COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
Wisconsin 27, No. 9 Iowa 7
No. 2 Cincinnati 31, Tulane 12
No. 8 Michigan State 37, No. 6 Michigan 33
Miami 38, No. 17 Pitt 34
Maryland 38, Indiana 35
Virginia Tech 26, Georgia Tech 17
Bowling Green 56, Buffalo 44
UCF 49, Temple 7
Liberty 62, UMass 17
No. 16 Baylor 31, Texas 24
Louisiana 45, Texas State 0
Rutgers 20, Illinois 14
Robert Morris 38, Hampton 35
Yale 37, Columbia 30
Dartmouth 20, Harvard 17
Holy Cross 31, Lehigh 12
Lafayette 24, Georgetown 23
Charleston Southern 27, Campbell 14
Kennesaw State 34, Gardner-Webb 30
Monmouth 35, North Carolina A&T 16
Penn 45, Brown 17
Colgate 33, Bucknell 10
Nicholls 42, Northwestern State 21
Stetson 56, Presbyterian 14
Chattanooga 13, Furman 3
VMI 46, Samford 45
Western Carolina 41, Wofford 21
West Virginia 38, No. 22 Iowa State 31
North Texas 30, Rice 24
Central Arkansas 38, Jacksonville State 14
Eastern Kentucky 42, Lamar 10
Montana 20, Southern Utah 19
Delaware State 30, Howard 23
Norfolk State 31, Morgan State 20
South Carolina State 27, N.C. Central 24
South Dakota State 47, Youngstown State 16
Southeast Missouri State 38, Eastern Illinois 15
Davidson 29, Morehead State 22
Mercer 34, The Citadel 7
Utah State 51, Hawai’i 31
Washington State 34, Arizona State 21
Missouri 37, Vanderbilt 28
Weber State 40, Idaho State 17
Sacramento State 27, Northern Colorado 24
Missouri State 32, North Dakota 28
UT Martin 17, Austin Peay 16
Texas Southern 59, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 17
St. Francis (PA) 17, Duquesne 10
No. 1 Georgia 34, Florida 7
Marshall 38, FIU 0
Old Dominion 23, Louisiana Tech 20
No. 4 Oklahoma 52, Texas Tech 21
No. 7 Oregon 52, Colorado 29
Clemson 30, Florida State 20
Middle Tennessee 35, Southern Miss 10
Appalachian State 59, UL Monroe 28
Syracuse 21, Boston College
Kansas State 31, TCU 12
Minnesota 41, Northwestern 14
Purdue 28, Nebraska 23
North Dakota State 44, Indiana State 2
Alabama A&M 42, Alabama State 28
No. 13 Wake Forest 45, Duke 7
San Jose State 27, Wyoming 21
Western Kentucky 45, Charlotte 13
Northern Arizona 38, Idaho 31
Western Illinois 38, Illinois State 31
Incarnate Word 49, Houston Baptist 21
Florida A&M 26, Grambling 3
South Alabama 31, Arkansas State 13
Portland State 42, Cal Poly 21
Northern Iowa 23, Southern Illinois 16
Stephen F. Austin 41, Abilene Christian 27
FAU 28, UTEP 25
Georgia State 21, Georgia Southern 14
Tennessee State 27, Murray State 21
No. 18 Auburn 31, No. 10 Ole Miss 20
No. 15 Oklahoma State 55, Kansas 3
Houston 44, No. 19 SMU 37
Mississippi State 31, No. 12 Kentucky
USC 41, Arizona 34
Cal 39, Oregon State 25
Boise State 28, Colorado State 19
Sam Houston 45, Tarleton State 27
Southern 38, Alcorn State 35
Southeastern Louisiana 23, McNeese 20
No. 5 Ohio State 33, No. 20 Penn State 24
NC State 28, Louisville 13
No. 11 Notre Dame 44, North Carolina 34
Utah 44, UCLA 24
Fresno State 30 No. 21 San Diego State 20
No. 25 BYU 66 Virginia 49
Washington 20 Stanford 13
INDIANA COLLEGE SCOREBOARD
Maryland 38 Indiana 35
Purdue 28 Nebraska 23
Dayton 38 Butler 31
North Dakota State 44 Indiana State 2
San Diego 21 Valparaiso 14
Missouri S&T 39 Indianapolis 28
Indiana Wesleyan 27 Siena Heights 10
Wabash 59 Kenyon 34
Franklin 13 Defiance 7
Albion 31 Trine 24
DePauw 27 Dennison 10
Hanover 33 Manchester 0
St. Francis 42 Taylor 31
Rose Hulman 48 Bluffton 12
Mount St. Joseph 35 Anderson 18
WEEK 10 SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Ball State at Akron | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Miami (Ohio) at Ohio | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Eastern Michigan at Toledo | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Central Michigan at Western Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Northern Illinois at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Thursday, Nov. 4
Georgia State at Louisiana | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Friday, Nov. 5
Virginia Tech at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Utah at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Nov. 6
Army at Air Force | 11:30 a.m. | CBS
Liberty at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Pitt at Duke | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
SMU at Memphis | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Louisiana Tech at UAB | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Illinois at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Georgia Tech at Miami | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Appalachian State at Arkansas State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Idaho State at BYU | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
North Texas at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Temple at East Carolina | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
UL Monroe at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Tulsa at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Navy at Notre Dame | 3:30 p.m. | NBC
Rice at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
South Alabama at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Colorado State at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Mississippi State at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Tulane at UCF | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Marshall at FAU | 6 p.m. | CBSSN Facebook
Tennessee at Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Old Dominion at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
UNLV at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium
Florida at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Houston at South Florida | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UTSA at UTEP | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2
Missouri at Georgia
LSU at Alabama
Ohio State at Nebraska
Indiana at Michigan
Oregon at Washington
Michigan State at Purdue
Iowa at Northwestern
Wake Forest at North Carolina
Auburn at Texas A&M
Oklahoma State at West Virginia
Baylor at TCU
Penn State at Maryland
San Diego State at Hawai’i
Texas at Iowa State
NC State at Florida State | ACC Network
Clemson at Louisville
Wisconsin at Rutgers
Rhode Island at UMass
Kansas State at Kansas
Cal at Arizona
Oregon State at Colorado
USC at Arizona State
Utah State at New Mexico State
San Jose State at Nevada
Atlanta 3 Houston 2 (Atlanta leads series 3 – 1)
Washington 115 Boston 112 2OT
New York 123 New Orleans 117
Detroit 110 Orlando 103
Toronto 97 Indiana 94
Philadelphia 122 Atlanta 94
Chicago 107 Utah 99
San Antonio 102 Milwaukee 93
Miami 129 Memphis 103… Desmond Bane 17 pts
Golden State 103 Oklahoma City 82
Denver 93 Minnesota 91
Phoenix 101 Cleveland 92
Nashville 3 NY Islanders 2
Los Angeles 5 Montréal 2
Toronto 5 Detroit 4
Boston 3 Florida 2
San Jose 2 Winnipeg 1
New Jersey 4 Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 1 Chicago 0
Colorado 4 Minnesota 1
Edmonton 2 Vancouver 1
Calgary 4 Philadelphia 0
New York City FC 3 Miami 1
San Jose 4 Real Salt Lake 3
New York 1 Montréal 0
Atlanta 1 Toronto 1
Columbus 3 DC 1
Dallas 2 Austin 1
NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 8
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 01, 2021
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Merrillville (10-0) at Lafayette Jeff (7-3)
Chesterton (7-3) at Penn (5-5)
Warsaw (7-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (9-1)
Hamilton Southeastern (8-2) at Westfield (9-1)
Carmel (9-1) at Brownsburg (8-2)
Ben Davis (5-5) at Indianapolis Tech (6-4)
Lawrence North (6-3) at Lawrence Central (4-6)
Columbus North (6-3) at Center Grove (10-0)
Valparaiso (9-1) at Munster (3-7)
Michigan City (7-3) at Mishawaka (8-2)
Fort Wayne Snider (8-1) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (6-4)
Zionsville (6-5) at Kokomo (8-2)
Indianapolis Cathedral (10-1) at Decatur Central (9-1)
Whiteland (6-3) at New Palestine (7-3)
Bloomington North (7-3) at Bloomington South (7-2)
New Albany (7-3) at Seymour (4-5)
Hobart (8-3) at Lowell (8-3)
South Bend St. Joseph (4-7) at New Prairie (9-2)
Leo (11-0) at Northridge (7-4)
Fort Wayne Wayne (4-7) at Mississinewa (8-2)
Connersville (3-8) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (10-1)
Indianapolis Chatard (7-4) at Indianapolis Roncalli (11-0)
Martinsville (7-4) at East Central (9-2)
Evansville Memorial (9-2) at Northview (9-1)
Hanover Central (10-1) at Knox (5-6)
Jimtown (9-2) at Mishawaka Marian (8-3)
Norwell (10-1) at Peru (8-2)
Western Boone (7-4) at Brebeuf Jesuit (9-2)
Tri-West (9-2) at Danville (10-1)
Owen Valley (9-1) at Vincennes Lincoln (3-8)
Brownstown Central (11-0) at Lawrenceburg (10-1)
Heritage Hills (9-2) at Gibson Southern (10-1)
Andrean (8-3) at Whiting (5-6)
Pioneer (9-2) at LaVille (8-2)
Eastside (11-0) at Fort Wayne Luers (10-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Luers Field.
Eastbrook (10-0) at Tipton (10-1)
Lafayette Central Catholic (7-4) at Speedway (9-2)
Indianapolis Scecina (8-3) at Centerville (10-0)
Paoli (7-2) at Triton Central (7-4)
North Posey (9-2) at Evansville Mater Dei (9-2)
Culver (4-5) at North Judson (7-3)
Clinton Prairie (6-4) at Carroll (Flora) (8-3)
South Adams (9-2) at Union City (6-4)
Triton (4-6) at Adams Central (10-1)
Parke Heritage (9-2) at Riverton Parke (4-6)
Covenant Christian (7-4) at Indianapolis Lutheran (11-0)
North Decatur (6-4) at Tri (9-2)
North Central (Farmersburg) (5-5) at Springs Valley (9-1)
INDIANA GIRLS STATE SOCCER FINALS
1A: Heritage Christian 4 Andrean 0
2A: Evansville Memorial 1 Mishawaka Marian 0 (OT)
3A: Homestead 2 Carmel 1
INDIANA BOYS STATE SOCCER FINALS
3A: Noblesville 3 Carmel 1
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE
McCutcheon 3 Penn 2
Castle 3 Roncalli 0
Bellmont 3 West Lafayette 0
Brebeuf 3 Silver Creek 2
Andrean 3 South Adams 0
Western Boone 3 North Posey 1
Trinity Lutheran 3 Bloomfield 0
Lafayette Central Catholic 3 Kouts 0
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL FINAL-MUNCIE
Class A State Championship | 11 am ET
Lafayette Central Catholic (26-9) vs. Trinity Lutheran (30-4)
Class 2A State Championship, 1:30 pm ET
Andrean (31-5) vs. Western Boone (27-8)
Class 3A State Championship, 4 pm ET
Bellmont (30-5) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (31-3)
Class 4A State Championship, 6:30 pm ET
McCutcheon (29-6) vs. Castle (32-2)
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS
Columbus North 79, Carmel 92, Chesterton 221, Hamilton Southeastern 232, Noblesville 254, Homestead 255, Franklin Central 266, Westfield 267, Floyd Central 269, Fort Wayne Carroll 271, North Central 274, Penn 274, Valparaiso 317, Northview 371, Bloomington North 365, Northridge 401, Warsaw 413, Avon 426, LaPorte 426, East Noble 462, Princeton 463, Jasper 475, Harrison 546, West Lafayette 602.
Top 20 individuals
1, Lily Cridge, Bishop Chatard, 17:32.7; 2, Nicki Southerland, Delta, 18:03.6; 3, Sophia Kennedy, Park Tudor, 18:06.5; 4, Gretchen Farley, Park Tudor, 18:15.1; 5, Addison Knoblauch, Homestead, 18:18.0; 6, Karina James, Lowell, 18:30.5; 7, Addy Wiley, Huntington North, 18:40.2; 8, Lily Baker, Columbus North, 18:42.5; 9, Lillian Zelasko, New Prairie, 18:44.0; 10, Alivia Romaniuk, Carmel, 18:45.1. 11, Julia Kiesler, Columbus North, 18:53.4; 12, Bailey Ranta, Chesterton, 18:56.3; 13, Kaylie Politza, Valparaiso, 19:01.8; 14, Lily Myers, Bloomington South, 19:02.6; 15, Jamie Klavon, Carmel, 19:04.4; 16, Kendall Martin, Brebeuf Jesuit, 19:04.6; 17, Julie Smith, Penn, 19:09.0; 18, Jasmine Klopstad, Carmel, 19:09.3; 19, Ellie Hall, Forest Park, 19:09.6; 20, Kaitlyn Stewart, Floyd Central, 19:11.0.
Brebeuf Jesuit 78, Hamilton Southeastern 117, Columbus North 136, Fishers 142, Carmel 157, Center Grove 164, Zionsville 263, Northridge 288, Noblesville 299, Goshen 301, Floyd Central 323, Northview 334, Bloomington North 344, La Porte 350, Valparaiso 379, Franklin Central 395, Penn 428, Bloomington South 441, Fort Wayne Carroll 455, Crown Point 482, Chesterton 489, Morgan Township 500, Austin 526, Warsaw 552.
Top 20 individuals
1, Reese Kilbarger-Stumpff, Columbus North, 15:22.6; 2, Izaiah Steury, Angola, 15:23.8; 3, Krisha Thirunavukkarasu, Brebeuf, 15:26.3; 4, Kole Mathison, Carmel, 15:37.2; 5, Abram Eckman, Jasper, 15:43.4; 6, Cole Raymond LaPorte, 15:49.2; 7, Charlie Schuman, Carmel, 15:49.8; 8, Jack Moore, Northridge, 15:50.1; 9, Spenser Wolf, Forest Park, 15:58.5; 10, Kai Connor, Westfield, 15:59.4.
11, Nolan Satterfield, HSE, 16:00.8; 12, Drew Hogan, Goshen, 16:02.5; 13, Matthew Newell, Columbus North, 16:03.2; 14, Austin Hall, Columbia City, 16:04.2; 15, Griffin Hennessy, Center Grove, 16:05.6; 16, Trevor Monroe, Castle, 16:05.6; 17, Garrett Hicks, HSE, 16:07.6; 18, Cole Johnston, Goshen, 16:10.2; 19, Collin Stevens, 16:10.6; 20, Robert Lohman, Carroll, 16:11.8.
TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS AND HEADLINES
Unlikely hero, 2 HRs carry Braves to brink of Series title
ATLANTA (AP) This Atlanta Braves team couldn’t have picked a more fitting way to move to the brink of a World Series championship.
A pitcher who spent most of the year in the minors kept ’em in it.
A slugger who came in a flurry of trades won it for ’em.
If this gritty bunch can do it one more time, the Braves will have their first Series title in 26 years.
Dansby Swanson and pinch-hitter Jorge Soler connected for back-to-back homers in the seventh inning Saturday night, propelling the Braves to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros and a commanding 3-1 Series lead.
Game 5 is Sunday night. The Braves can wrap up the championship on their home field, just as they did two stadiums ago when they beat the Cleveland Indians in 1995.
They’ve sure been tough at home, improving to 7-0 this postseason.
“It’s just such a cool moment for this city,” Swanson said. “But we’ve got one more. They’ve got a great ballclub over there and we can’t take anything for granted.”
That triumph more than a quarter-century ago at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium remains the franchise’s only World Series crown since moving to the Deep South in 1966.
This is the closest the Braves have been to a second title since then.
What an improbable crown it would be.
The Braves stumbled along at .500 or worse until Aug. 6. They had to rebuild their entire outfield before the July 30 trade deadline after Ronald Acuna Jr. went down with a knee injury and Marcell Ozuna was sidelined by a hand injury and legal troubles. They won the NL East with just 88 wins, the fewest of any playoff team – and less even than two teams that didn’t make the postseason.
With former president Donald Trump watching from a private box down the right-field line, the Braves got a huge boost from a most unlikely player.
Former first-round draft pick Kyle Wright, who made only two appearances in the majors during a season spent mostly at Triple-A Gwinnett, got through 4 2/3 critical innings out of the bullpen after surprise starter Dylan Lee retired only one hitter.
Wright was hardly overpowering, giving up five hits – including a solo homer by Jose Altuve in the fourth that staked the Astros to a 2-0 lead – and three walks. But he continually pitched out of trouble, giving the Braves a semblance of hope until the offense woke up.
“He probably doesn’t realize what he did, how big it was,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “I’m so proud how he handled the situation.”
Wright has a career record of 2-8 with a 6.56 ERA. In two 2021 starts for the Braves, he was 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA.
“Honestly, I was a little lost,” he conceded.
He found himself just in the nick of time for the Braves.
In the sixth, Eddie Rosario became the first Atlanta hitter to get past first base with a one-out double off Brooks Raley.
Rosario wound up scoring on another clutch postseason hit by Austin Riley, who lined a two-out single to left against Phil Maton.
The Braves left the bases loaded, but they weren’t done. Just like that, they stunningly engineered the first lead change of the entire Series, with Swanson and Soler becoming the third duo in World Series history to hit back-to-back homers that tied and put a team ahead.
The first two guys to do it were named Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Facing Cristian Javier, Swanson went the opposite way for a homer that tied the game at 2, the ball hit so hard that it ricocheted off the tabled section in the right-field stands and rolled all the way back to the infield.
“It was like, `You know what? Let’s get rid of everything else and just compete,'” Swanson said. “And you know what? Something amazing happened.”
The celebration had barely simmered down when Soler, one of four outfielders acquired in trades by general manager Alex Anthopoulos, stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter.
On a 2-1 pitch from Javier, Soler put a charge into a hanging slider and drove it into the Astros’ bullpen in left. Yordan Alvarez was left hanging helplessly atop the short fence as the ball sailed over his head.
Luke Jackson worked a scoreless eighth, getting a great catch from Rosario slamming into the same left-field wall that Soler homered over, and Will Smith worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save in six chances this postseason.
The Astros could only kick themselves for squandering countless chances, going hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position and leaving 11 on base overall.
“They’ve been playing us tough. They’ve been playing us real tough,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We’ve had our backs to the wall before. Our guys know what to do.”
Seven teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series, with the Cubs being the most recent in 2016.
The Braves certainly know it’s not over. Last year, they squandered a 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series and lost to the Dodgers.
Houston got just what it wanted from 38-year-old starter Zack Greinke, who threw four scoreless innings.
The bullpen just couldn’t hold it.
Now, there’s no more room for error.
“Just basically focus on one game at a time. That’s it,” Altuve said. “If we win tomorrow, then try to win Game 6 and see what happens. But we’ve got to focus on one game, and that game is tomorrow.”
Castro dropped from Astros roster due to COVID-19 protocols
ATLANTA (AP) Backup catcher Jason Castro was dropped from the Houston Astros’ World Series roster before Game 4 on Saturday because of Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 protocols.
He was replaced by Garrett Stubbs.
Castro was placed on the COVID-19 related injured list. Unlike a player replaced due to injury, Castro is eligible to return if he is cleared.
Castro, 34, was 0 for 2 in Game 1 against Atlanta and 0 for 1 in Game 2. He hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning off Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi to help the Astros win Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.
Castro is a member of the players’ association’s eight-man executive subcommittee supervising collective bargaining with MLB.
Stubbs hit .176 in 34 at-bats during the regular season. He has not appeared in a big league game since Sept. 16 and last played at any level on Sept. 30 for the Triple-A Sugar Land Skeeters.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL: Week 9 Football Recaps
RUTGERS 20, ILLINOIS 14: Noah Vedral threw for 138 yards and rushed for a touchdown to lead Rutgers past Illinois 20-14 on Saturday. Isaih Pacheco rushed 21 times for 91 yards and Kyle Monangai ran 15 times for 77 yards and a touchdown for Rutgers. [FULL RECAP]
MARYLAND 38, INDIANA 35: Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 419 yards and two touchdowns, and Maryland snapped its three-game losing streak with a 38-35 victory over Indiana on Saturday. The Terrapins trailed 17-14 after a 66-yard touchdown run by Indiana’s Stephen Carr in the third, but Maryland answered with two touchdown drives before the quarter was over. [FULL RECAP]
WISCONSIN 27, IOWA 7: Graham Mertz scored on two quarterback sneaks and threw a touchdown pass to help Wisconsin trounce No. 9 Iowa 27-7 on Saturday for its fourth consecutive victory. Wisconsin forced three turnovers, produced six sacks and limited Iowa to 24 yards rushing on 30 carries. The Badgers maintained control of their destiny in the Big Ten West Division race and regained possession of the Heartland Trophy that goes to the winner of this annual matchup. [FULL RECAP]
MICHIGAN STATE 37, MICHIGAN 33: Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III had a banner day in the Spartans 37-33 win over Michigan on Saturday, running for 193 yards and five touchdowns. It was his second game this season with four or more rushing touchdowns, which leads all running backs in the FBS. He’s only the third Michigan State player to score five rushing touchdowns in one game, and he’s the first since Javon Ringer had five touchdowns against Eastern Michigan in 2008. [FULL RECAP]
PURDUE 28, NEBRASKA 23: Behind a stout defensive performance in the second half and forcing four turnovers, the Purdue football team picked up a 28-23 win on the road at Nebraska on Saturday afternoon. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell threw two touchdown passes in the win. The Boilermakers (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) hounded the Nebraska (3-6, 1-5) offense, holding the hosts to just 162 yards and forcing three interceptions in the second half. Purdue intercepted four passes for the second time in three games and held the Cornhuskers to just 36 yards through most of the second half. [FULL RECAP]
MINNESOTA 41, NORTHWESTERN 14: Mar’Keise Irving ran for two touchdowns and a career-high 110 yards and Justin Walley scooped up a fumble and ran 25 yards for a score as Minnesota defeated Northwestern 41-14 Saturday. Tanner Morgan threw for 134 yards and ran for a touchdown and Ky Thomas added 106 yards on 21 carries as Minnesota (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) improved to 3-0 on the road. [FULL RECAP]
Henderson, No. 5 Ohio State hold off No. 20 Penn State 33-24
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Facing adversity for the first time in more than a month, Ohio State showed off the mettle the Buckeyes believe they’ll need to get through the rest of a rugged Big Ten schedule.
TreVeyon Henderson ran for 152 yards on a season-high 28 carries and No. 5 Ohio State made just enough long plays and short field goals to hold off No. 20 Penn State 33-24 on Saturday night.
The Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) finally finished off the Nittany Lions (5-3, 2-3) on Noah Ruggles’ fourth field goal, a 26-yarder with 2:41 left to make it a nine-point lead.
Three days before the first College Football Playoff rankings, the Buckeyes like where they stand.
“We weren’t trying to get style points against Penn State,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “That’s not how it works.”
Coming off an ugly nine-overtime loss at home to Illinois, Penn State looked more like the team that had climbed into the top five before losing to Iowa in a game where quarterback Sean Clifford was injured.
“I thought we were more physical, broke some tackles, made some people miss things like that,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. “We’ve got to continue to build on it.”
Clifford looked healthy and sharp, going 35 for 52 for 361 yards and a touchdown after a tentative performance last week. Still, the Nittany Lions lost their third straight to fall out of contention in the Big Ten East.
“I feel like I could have done so much more to change the outcome,” said Clifford, an Ohio native.
“We’re being tested right now,” he added.
Ohio State had hardly been tested since losing to Oregon in Week 2. Against Penn State, the Buckeyes played a lot like they did against the Ducks: struggling to finish drives and get off the field on third down.
The Buckeyes are tied for first in the East Division with unbeaten Michigan State, which defeated No. 6 Michigan in a thriller earlier Saturday. Ohio State finishes the season with consecutive games against the Spartans and Wolverines.
“College football right now, it’s about surviving and moving on,” Day said.
The highest-scoring team in the country was held out of the end zone for the first 26 minutes before two explosive plays in the span of about 1:24 gave Ohio State the lead.
C.J. Stroud floated a pass Chris Olave ran down for a 38-yard touchdown to make it 10-7 with 3:48 left in the first half.
Stroud finished with 305 yards passing.
Penn State responded by moving quickly into Ohio State territory, but Clifford was sandwiched by ends Tyreke Smith and Zach Harrison and the ball came loose. Jerron Cage scooped it up and sprinted untouched 57 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-7.
Harrison’s reaction when he saw Cage cruising toward the end zone? “What? Is he running for the score?”
Day laughed, pointing out Cage’s shaky ball security.
“He was carrying it like a loaf of bread,” Day said.
The 305-pound Cage was feted by teammates on the sideline with water and waving hands and towels to cool him off as he caught his breath.
Penn State tied it at 17 in the third quarter on a 2-yard TD run on direct snap to star receiver Jahan Dotson.
Henderson, after a false start on the goal line that forced Ohio State to settle for a field goal on its previous possession, ripped off a 68-yard run to setup a 1-yard scoring plunge by the fabulous freshman. That made it 27-17 with 3:35 left in the third.
“It was tough,” Henderson said “That was a physical game, but I stayed the course. We stayed the course.”
Penn State came right back with another long TD drive, finished off with Keyvone Lee’s 1-yard run to make it 27-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
Cam Brown’s interception in Penn State territory set up a 25-yard field goal by Ruggles to make it 30-24 with 4:03 left.
“These type of games are definitely needed when you go into this Big Ten play, especially this year, a lot of Big Ten teams are great,” Stroud said.
No. 1 Georgia, defense dominate Florida in Cocktail Party
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) No. 1 Georgia and its top-ranked defense dominated Florida, scoring three touchdowns off turnovers in a 12-play sequence that turned “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” into another lopsided affair in a 34-7 victory Saturday.
Georgia (8-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) won its 12th consecutive game since getting steamrolled in Jacksonville a year ago. The Bulldogs’ injury-riddled defense allowed 571 yards in that one, the most in coach Kirby Smart’s six seasons.
Georgia vowed to not let it happen again and responded with another demoralizing effort that might be their most impressive all season.
Florida (4-4, 2-4) managed no points, 11 first downs and 214 yards through three quarters and looked like its decades-old, NCAA-record scoring streak might be in jeopardy down the stretch. But the Gators finally got on the scoreboard with 2:49 remaining, extending the streak to 418 games. They have scored in every outing since getting shut out by Auburn in 1988.
The late touchdown run by Emory Jones did little to negate Georgia’s mastery for three-plus hours on a cool, sundrenched afternoon. All the empty seats on Florida’s side of TIAA Bank Field told the real story.
This one was over by halftime.
And Georgia’s defense deserved a toast for making it happen.
Nolan Smith started the onslaught by ripping the ball out of Anthony Richardson’s arms near the end of an 8-yard run. Richardson was making his first career start, getting the nod over turnover-prone Jones.
James Cook sliced his way through Florida’s defense for a 10-yard touchdown run on the ensuring play.
Two plays later, Travon Walker tipped Richardson’s pass over the middle and Smith intercepted it. Stetson Bennett, who started his fourth consecutive game in place of JT Daniels, found Kearis Jackson for a 36-yard score on first down.
Trailing 17-0, Richardson had Florida on the move before throwing a pass that Nakobe Dean picked off and returned 50 yards for a touchdown.
That was plenty for Georgia’s defense.
The Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in 2 minutes, 9 seconds. The last team to score three TDs in that little time at the end of a half was Utah State, which did it in a 52-26 win over Boise State in 2015.
Walker-led No. 8 Michigan St tops No. 6 Michigan 37-33
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Kenneth Walker earned the right to stump for Heisman Trophy votes and humbly refused, shaking off questions about the coveted award as if they were linebackers trying to tackle him.
Walker ran for 197 yards and five touchdowns, helping No. 8 Michigan State top No. 6 Michigan 37-33 for a thrilling comeback win on Saturday.
“I don’t feel like it was a Heisman moment,” said Walker, who started the day leading the nation in rushing and finished it with 1,194 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. “But it was just a great team win.”
The Wake Forest transfer had a lot to do with it.
The Spartans (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) trailed by nine at halftime and 30-14 with 6:47 left in the third quarter before rallying as Walker boosted his chances of being selected college football’s most outstanding player.
Walker’s fifth touchdown – a 23-yard run – lifted the Spartans to a 37-33 lead with 5:08 remaining. He had 8.6 yards a carry, an average that spiked thanks to his 58-yard touchdown that helped the Spartans pull into a 30-all tie early in the fourth quarter.
“This was a huge stage, the whole world was watching, and you got a chance to see what type of player he is,” coach Mel Tucker said. “Any recognition he’s getting for Heisman consideration is well deserved.”
The Wolverines (7-1, 4-1) forced a final punt and had the ball at their 33 with 1:15 and no timeouts left.
After a roughing-the-passer penalty gave them the ball at midfield, Michigan State cornerback Charles Brantley sealed the victory by picking off a floating pass from Cade McNamara.
“This one stings,” McNamara said. “We have to respond. Our backs are against the wall now.”
McNamara threw for 383 yards and two touchdowns, but his interception was costly, as was freshman quarterback J.J. McCarthy’s lost fumble on an attempted handoff in the fourth quarter.
“That exchange didn’t go smoothly,” said Harbaugh, who said McNamara was “working through something,” when he the freshman replaced him.
The rivals were on the same field with 7-0 or better records for the first time, matching up as top-10 teams for the first time since 1964.
Michigan State’s win puts the program in contention for the Big Ten conference championship and potentially a spot in the College Football Playoff.
“We’re in the hunt,” Tucker said.
Michigan’s loss leaves Jim Harbaugh with a 3-4 record against Michigan State as a coach, putting even more pressure on him to earn his first victory against No. 5 Ohio State next month.
The Spartans had some calls and reviews go their way, including one that overturned Payton Thorne’s fumble late in the first half that Aidan Hutchinson recovered in the end zone, but Harbaugh refused to publicly lash out.
“I made my thoughts known throughout the game,” he said.
The Wolverines started strong, leading 23-14 after an entertaining first half and by 16 points in the third quarter.
On their first drive, McNamara threw a 93-yard touchdown pass to former East Lansing High School star Andrel Anthony. After Thorne’s second interception, the Wolverines settled for the first of four Jake Moody field goals and a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Walker bounced a run to the outside, finding a hole to sprint through for a 27-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter.
Tucker went for it on fourth-and-1 near midfield and Thorne’s play-action pass to Jalen Nailor set up Walker’s 8-yard TD run and a 14-13 lead.
Anthony caught a 17-yard TD pass and Moody kicked a 35-yarder in the final seconds of the first half. McNamara tacked on another TD pass in the third, finding Mike Sainristil for a 19-yarder that made it 30-14 with 6:47 left.
Tucker went for it again on fourth down late in the third as Thorne threw a 28-yard pass to Jayden Reed to set up Walker’s third touchdown.
Michigan State was 0 for 7 on third down until converting three straight on one drive, including Walker’s 58-yard touchdown run.
Defense carries Wisconsin to 27-7 triumph over No. 9 Iowa
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin safety Collin Wilder was planning his Halloween costume this week when he bought a red and white hat for $7 at a mall and wrote a message on it with a Sharpie.
Just like that, he came up with the object that best symbolizes how the Badgers have turned their season around.
Wisconsin forced three turnovers and produced six sacks in a 27-7 victory over No. 9 Iowa on Saturday that enabled the Badgers to maintain control of their destiny in the Big Ten West Division race. Each time a Wisconsin player made a big play on defense, he wore Wilder’s hat with the homemade slogan, “The Grit Factory.”
Consider it a more blue-collar, Midwestern version of Miami’s turnover chain.
“That’s the mentality of this whole program, is grit,” said Wilder, who intended to dress up as a factory worker or mechanic for Halloween. “I feel like that’s what this program was built on. When you talk about the grit factory, this is the factory of grit – the University of Wisconsin.”
That mentality has helped Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) win four straight after losing three of its first four games.
“A lot of people counted us out,” said Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz, who scored on two quarterback sneaks and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ferguson. “Everybody in that locker room, that never even crossed our mind.”
Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen rushed for 104 yards on 20 attempts. The 17-year-old freshman has run for over 100 yards in four straight games after totaling just 12 carries in Wisconsin’s first four games.
Iowa (6-2, 3-2) has been outscored 51-14 in its last two games after being ranked second in the nation just a couple of weeks ago. This was the Hawkeyes’ first game since a 24-7 home loss to Purdue on Oct. 16.
“There’s no panic,” Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras said. “We’ve been there before. We started last season 0-2. The biggest thing is pushing through when you get knocked down like this. There’s no quit in this team.”
Iowa had no answers for a Wisconsin defense that limited the Hawkeyes to 24 yards rushing on 30 carries.
The Badgers built a 20-0 halftime lead as Iowa fumbled three times inside its own 20-yard line in the second quarter, leading to 10 points for the Badgers. Iowa was ranked third and Wisconsin tied for 124th among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in turnover margin before Saturday’s game.
The tone was set from the start of the game after Iowa won the toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff rather than defer.
“We saw they wanted the ball,” Wisconsin linebacker Leo Chenal said. “We were like, `OK, we’re going to show you that’s not a good decision.’ “
Iowa didn’t pick up a first down until just 1:15 remained in the second quarter. Iowa’s net yardage total didn’t get into positive territory for good until midway through the second quarter when the Hawkeyes already trailed 17-0.
“They played really well today, and obviously we couldn’t match their tempo,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.
Wisconsin’s defense showed its tenacity all day. Linebacker Jack Sanborn exemplified that as much as anyone.
Iowa trailed 20-7 and was threatening to get back into the game in the third quarter when Sanborn returned from a cut on a finger that required stitches. He teamed up with Scott Nelson to stop Iowa fullback Monte Pottebaum for no gain on fourth-and-1 from Wisconsin’s 40-yard line, foiling the Hawkeyes’ second straight fullback dive attempt.
“I think it’s what everyone expected,” Sanborn said. “It’s Wisconsin vs. Iowa. I think everyone would have been disappointed if they didn’t do a fullback dive there.”
Iowa never threatened again.
Wisconsin’s student section poured onto the field after the game while the Badgers brought out the Heartland Trophy that goes to the winner of this annual matchup. In the meantime, Wilder was left to ponder how he might alter his Halloween costume.
“I don’t think I can wear this hat out there,” Wilder said. “I don’t think I can. It’s sacred now. I think I’ll have to find another hat.”
Ridder, Whyle, help No. 2 Cincinnati top Tulane, 31-12
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Two underwhelming victories in a row has Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell answering questions about whether the still unbeaten, second-ranked Bearcats are living up to their billing.
Ridder connected twice with tight end Josh Whyle for touchdowns, and No. 2 Cincinnati pulled away late for a 31-12 victory Saturday over a struggling but feisty Tulane squad that didn’t trail by more than nine points until the latter half of the fourth quarter.
“We know we’ve got to do a better job,” Fickell said. “We know what brings the energy to our program. We’ve got to find better ways to get that going earlier in games.”
Jerome Ford rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown – his 14th this season – for Cincinnati (8-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference), which briefly trailed in the second quarter and led by just two at halftime before outscoring Tulane 17-0 the rest of the way.
“We’re 8-0; that’s all we care about,” Ridder said. “No team’s just going to lay over for us, no matter if we’re No. 2 or No. 18. It doesn’t matter, every team is going to give us their best.”
Ridder passed for 227 yards and three touchdowns to go with his 47 yards rushing, but also was sacked in the end zone for a safety and intercepted. Whyle caught four passes for 79 yards.
“We don’t try to pay attention to the rankings,” Whyle said. “Yeah, it was ugly. We could have done better. But a win is a win and we’re going to celebrate.”
But if Bearcats want one of just four College Football Playoff spots, they’ll have to pay attention to rankings – and the first CFP rankings of this season are due out Tuesday night.
Tulane (1-7, 0-4), which was playing without starting quarterback Michael Pratt because of his concussion last week at SMU, lost its sixth straight, but did have some standout performances.
Running back Tyjae Spears rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries, highlighted by his 47-yard touchdown.
“Spears is a good back; he’s tough and has good speed,” Tulane coach Willie Fritz said.
“I thought we took a step forward, particularly on the defensive side of the ball,” Fritz added. “There are some good things to take away from this.”
Third-string QB Kai Horton, a freshman, started for Tulane because backup Justin Ibieta also was hurt. He completed seven of 16 passes for 79 yards. He was intercepted twice and sacked four times.
Cincinnati cornerback Coby Bryant’s third interception of the season on Horton’s deep pass ended Tulane’s last scoring threat early in the fourth quarter, when the Bearcats’ still led by just nine.
After Cincinnati scored first on Whyle’s 16-yard catch, Tulane surprisingly surged into the lead with a series of successes that began with linebacker Marvin Moody wrapping up Ridder in the end zone for a safety in the second quarter.
On the ensuing possession, Spears’ long scoring run made it 9-7.
The Bearcats responded with an 80-yard, five-play scoring drive, highlighted by Whyle’s 28-yard catch, Ridder’s 37-yard scramble and Ford’s 3-yard TD run in which he pushed through a pack of defenders.
Cincinnati looked primed to pull away when Evan Prater intercepted Horton’s screen pass in Tulane territory, but Macon Clark intercepted Ridder several plays later.
Soon after, Horton fumbled as he was sacked by Malik Vann, but the loose ball bounced up to 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive lineman Rashad Green, who bowled his way forward for a 15-yard gain.
That set up Merek Glover’s 41-yard field goal to make it 14-12 at halftime.
“They came out and executed well, kind of put us on our heels,” Whyle said. “We just had to go out in the second half and execute the way we know how.”
Van Dyke outduels Pickett, Miami edges No. 17 Pitt 38-34
PITTSBURGH (AP) Tyler Van Dyke was buried on the Miami depth chart two months ago. The redshirt freshman tried to stay patient, repeating to himself over and over that his time would come.
Consider it here.
Brilliant at the start and gutty at the finish, Van Dyke threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns to outduel Heisman Trophy candidate Kenny Pickett as the Hurricanes edged No. 17 Pittsburgh 38-34 on Saturday.
While Pickett threw for a school-record 519 yards, Van Dyke nearly matched him while completing 32 of 42 passes for the three scores and an interception as Miami (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated a ranked opponent for a second straight week.
“He’s a freshman, but he’s making veteran plays out there,” tight end Will Mallory said of Van Dyke.
With more than just his arm.
While Van Dyke hit Mallory for a 57-yard touchdown off a reverse flea-flicker in the first quarter, he also found himself diving at a loose ball in the final minutes after a fumble by Mallory threatened to cost Miami a first down and potentially the game.
Mallory could only watch as the ball squirted loose and went backward toward the Miami sideline. Van Dyke rushed over in an attempt to knock it out of bounds. Chaos briefly ensued before officials ruled the ball out. The Hurricanes retained possession, allowing Van Dyke to kneel down three times.
Its season on the brink of collapse and coach Manny Diaz’s grasp on his job tenuous at best after narrow losses to Virginia and North Carolina, Miami has responded with taut victories over the Wolfpack and Panthers.
“If we continue to play with the spirit and the fight that we have (we’ll be fine),” Diaz said. “It’s hard to fix fight if we don’t have, and we have it in abundance.”
So does Pickett.
The senior continued to take over the Pitt record book. His 519 yards passing set a Pitt single-game mark on a day he also broke Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s school record for career touchdowns responsible for (now at 84) and Alex Van Pelt’s record for career total offense.
“He is that guy,” Diaz said of Pickett. “He is special.”
But not infallible. Pickett completed 39 of 55 passes and three scores but also tossed his second and third interceptions of the season. Both were costly.
The first – by Miami’s Tyrique Stevenson in the second quarter – led to a Jaylan Knighton 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Hurricanes a 31-17 halftime lead. The second – by freshman safety James Williams – came with 4:07 to play and Pitt driving for a go-ahead touchdown. Pickett threw behind star wide receiver Jordan Addison and Williams made a diving grab at the Miami 4.
Pickett, who has mounted a Heisman Trophy campaign that’s morphed from unlikely to legitimate over the last two months, blamed miscommunication on the Williams pick.
Pitt (6-2, 3-1) remains in control of its destiny in the ACC Coastal Division but any remote shot at crashing the College Football Playoff is long gone.
“Never had a lead in the game, and I thought we were going to take it in the fourth quarter and (we) fell short at the end,” Panther coach Pat Narduzzi said. “Tough one to swallow, but we will bounce back. All our goals are still in front of us. Still disappointing.”
No. 16 Baylor wins 31-24 as Texas again blows big lead
WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor running back Abram Smith took a quick pitch left, reversed field after spinning away from a defender and scampered for a touchdown.
That play was quite appropriate since the 16th-ranked Bears and Texas are going in opposite directions.
Smith ran for 113 yards with that nifty 32-yard score three plays after an ill-advised fake punt by Texas, following Bears tight end Ben Sims’ go-ahead 1-yard TD run earlier in the fourth quarter of a 31-24 win Saturday. Baylor was the third team in a row to overcome a double-digit deficit to beat the Longhorns.
“We got some adversity. It didn’t start off the way we wanted it to. We knew we had to finish strong,” Smith said. “We had to come out and be the team we knew we were.”
The handoff to the sweeping Sims for a score with 12:48 left put the Bears (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) back ahead for the first time since the first quarter.
“I think getting punched in the face by a really good Texas team, I think was anticipated,” Baylor coach Dave Aranda said. “So it was good that we were able to get our hands back up and throw some punches of our own. I’m proud of this team.”
Texas (4-4, 2-3) was coming off its open date, which followed consecutive losses to No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 15 Oklahoma State in which the Longhorns led by at least two touchdowns before halftime both times.
“That was a tough one to swallow,” first-year Texas coach Sarkisian said. “Any time you lose a game like that, with a little bit of a trend that we’ve had now for three consecutive weeks, that’s tough. It’s tough on our locker room.”
Big 12 rushing leader Bijan Robinson was limited to 43 yards on 17 carries, well below his 132 yards a game average with a 2.5 yard-per-carry that was the lowest in his career. But he did put the Longhorns up 21-10 with his 1-yard TD run on fourth down early in the second half when he followed a pair of blocking nose tackles with a combined weight of 643 yards into the end zone.
After the Longhorns got the ball with 2:07 left and no timeouts, Casey Thompson had four consecutive incompletions. He was heavily pressured on two of the throws.
“You never want to lose. They all suck,” Robinson said. “We work really hard throughout the week to get wins. But some things just don’t go our way.”
Hartman, No. 13 Wake Forest top Duke 45-7 to stay unbeaten
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Sam Hartman continued his recent tear by accounting for five touchdowns to help No. 13 Wake Forest beat Duke 45-7 on Saturday, giving the Demon Deacons their best start in program history.
Hartman threw for 402 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yarder to Jaquarii Roberson on the first possession. He also ran for 61 yards and two scores, including a 26-yarder, for the Demon Deacons (8-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
It came a week after Hartman threw for five touchdowns and ran for a sixth score in a 70-56 victory over Army. That tied this year’s team for the best start in program history set in 1944, nine years before the formation of the ACC.
Now Dave Clawson’s bunch owns a new milestone in what is becoming a special season for the league-leading Demon Deacons.
Christian Beal-Smith, Ke’Shawn Williams and Taylor Morin also had touchdowns for Wake Forest, which finished with 677 total yards while flirting with its first shutout in six years.
Mataeo Durant ran for 103 yards to lead the Blue Devils (3-5, 0-4), who had little go right in this one. They got little out of their passing game with Gunnar Holmberg throwing for 110 yards and exiting briefly in the first quarter with an apparent injury to his left (non-throwing) hand, then didn’t find the end zone until they late in a 45-0 game.
Duke: David Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils simply have to figure out how to score. Going back to Charlie Ham’s 22-yard field goal with 5:06 left in a loss to Georgia Tech on Oct. 9, Duke went 25 straight completed drives (uninterrupted by halftime or the game’s end) without scoring before reserve Riley Leonard’s 2-yard keeper ended the streak with 7:17 left in the fourth quarter.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have one of the FBS’ top offenses, and they continued putting up points at a brisk clip. But they also got a bounceback performance from a defense that had been struggling for stops through the month of October, including giving up 416 yards rushing against Army’s option-based running attack.
Doege, Brown lead West Virginia over No. 22 Iowa State 38-31
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia finally put together a solid effort after blowout losses to No. 22 Iowa State the past three seasons.
Jarret Doege threw three touchdown passes, Leddie Brown ran for two scores and West Virginia upset the Cyclones 38-31 on Saturday.
West Virginia (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) came alive on offense after averaging 20 points in its first four conference games.
“We wanted to make a statement of how good a football team that we actually are,” Doege said.
Iowa State (5-3, 3-2) was missing leading tackler Mike Rose because of an undisclosed injury and the league’s top defense gave up a season-high 492 yards. The linebacker had started all 45 previous games in his career. The Cyclones had kept their seven previous opponents under 350 yards.
Iowa State’s chances of reaching the Big 12 championship game for a second straight season took a huge hit.
West Virginia “played a great football game,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “From my standpoint, a lot of credit to coach (Neal) Brown and his kids. We have respect for who they are and what they are.”
Breece Hall rushed for 167 yards, including a 70-yard TD on Iowa State’s third play from scrimmage. But he fumbled reaching for the end zone in a pile of players for the potential tying touchdown with about 6 minutes left and West Virginia’s Alonzo Addae recovered. The play held up upon review.
West Virginia punted on its next series to give the Cyclones one last chance.
Brock Purdy ran for 14 yards on third-and-15 to the West Virginia 25. A false-start penalty then pushed Iowa State back. With no time left, Purdy threw into a crowd in the back of the end zone and the ball was batted away incomplete.
West Virginia, which had lost twice in the final minute on field goals to No. 4 Oklahoma and Texas Tech, finally got a close game to go their way.
“We finished on defense,” Neal Brown said. “If you think about it, we’ve been in that scenario that we just went through.”
Purdy, pressured around the pocket all game, finished 16 of 27 for 185 yards. He threw for one score and ran for another. Iowa State fell to 12-3 with Purdy in October and 16-3 during the month dating to 2017.
Doege completed 30 of 46 passes for a season-high 370 yards. He threw two interceptions, one on a deflected pass.
“I think the last two weeks I’ve just been throwing it really well, the best I’ve been throwing it this season,” Doege said.
Leddie Brown finished with 109 yards, including a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs. West Virginia improved to 9-1 when Brown surpasses 100 yards rushing over his career. He was held under 50 yards in two previous meetings against the Cyclones. Iowa State had not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.
A year ago, West Virginia was held to 54 rushing yards against the Cyclones.
“I just feel like I had a little chip on my shoulder from last year,” Leddie Brown said. “I just wanted to come out and run as physical as I can.”
Tied at 17 at halftime, the teams took turns trading big plays on both offense and defense.
After Bryce Ford-Wheaton was flagged for pass interference and the Mountaineers were penalized for a delay of game on consecutive plays, linebacker Jake Hummel then intercepted Doege and went 24 yards untouched into the end zone to put the Cyclones ahead 24-17.
Ford-Wheaton made up for his gaffe on the next series, reaching high to catch a 23-yard pass and tapping a toe in the back of the end zone for a touchdown that held up under review.
Hall swung the momentum right back to the Cyclones, going through a huge hole and dragging defenders with him on a 53-yard run that set up Purdy’s 1-yard scoring run for a 31-24 lead late in the third quarter.
Doege hit Winston Wright with a 22-yard scoring dart on fourth down on the next series and, after an Iowa State punt, Ford-Wheaton made a 45-yard reception to set up Brown’s 2-yard run for a 38-31 lead with 9:25 left.
Williams throws 6 TD passes, No. 4 Oklahoma routs Texas Tech
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Caleb Williams threw for 402 yards and six touchdowns and No. 4 Oklahoma finally put together a complete game, rolling past Texas Tech 52-21 on Saturday.
The true freshman quarterback tied Kyler Murray and Landry Jones for the second-most touchdown passes in a game in school history. Baker Mayfield threw seven against Texas Tech in 2016.
Marvin Mims caught four passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and Mario Williams had five receptions for 100 yards and a score to help the Sooners (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) extend their nation-leading winning streak to 17 games.
Oklahoma held Texas Tech to 373 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers.
Donovan Smith passed for 192 yards for the Red Raiders (5-4, 2-4) in Sonny Cumbie’s first game as interim coach since Matt Wells was fired. Erik Ezukanma caught eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Oklahoma had won six of its eight games by 12 or fewer points, and the offense, defense and special teams had spent much of the season bailing each other out. The Sooners put it all together Saturday.
Mims caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Williams late in the first quarter – the longest catch of his career – to put the Sooners ahead 14-7.
Williams passed for 268 yards and four touchdowns to four receivers in the first half to help Oklahoma take a 28-7 lead.
Williams then threw touchdown passes of 43 yards to Mims in the third quarter and nine yards to Austin Stogner in the fourth.
Chiefs’ Mathieu apologizes for calling KC fanbase ‘toxic’
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu apologized Saturday for a tweet calling his team’s supporters “one of the most toxic fan bases in all of sports” amid a disappointing 3-4 start for the two-time defending AFC champions.
The All-Pro safety, who is in the final year of his contract with the Chiefs, was replying to a tweet from teammate Anthony Hitchens on Friday. The linebacker had pointed out that Kansas City has been to three AFC title games, two Super Bowls and delivered the club’s first championship in 50 years in his three years with the club.
“Y’all fans will never be satisfied,” Hitchens concluded. “It’s sad!”
Mathieu said after Saturday’s practice that his tweet was “a mistake” and that he “shouldn’t have used those words.” He also said that he didn’t want to be a distraction ahead of Monday night’s game against the New York Giants.
“I haven’t had the season I’ve wanted to have,” Mathieu said. “As a team, we could say the same. You know, frustration tends to build up. Obviously, people that really know me – teammates, people that I deal with in the community, even fans that I happen to come across at the gas station – I think all of these people can see me being a genuine person.
“Obviously, I shouldn’t have used those choices of words. I think I’m man enough to admit that and really own that. So, just looking forward to playing better, doing better and I think most importantly, not being a distraction to my team.”
The Chiefs are last in the AFC West, a division they have dominated in recent years. The biggest reason has been one of the worst defenses in the NFL – defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s unit is 26th against the pass, 27th against the run and 28th overall while allowing 29 points per game.
Hitchens, who has been ruled out for Monday’s game with a triceps injury, has taken his share of criticism. He carries the green dot on his helmet that designates him the on-field play-caller for the defense, and his role as the middle linebacker is to plug the gap in the run game and occasionally drop back into coverage.
Lately, second-round pick Nick Bolton has played well in Hitchens’ place. The rookie out of Missouri had 15 tackles and four for loss in last week’s lopsided loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Mathieu has been among the most popular Chiefs since signing his $42 million, three-year deal, becoming a Pro Bowl regular and one of the league’s best safeties. And while he made it clear during the offseason that he hoped to sign an extension to stay in Kansas City, the sides so far have been unable to come to an agreement.
“These are emotional guys that love being Chiefs. They take a lot of pride in it and they take pride in each other,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, when asked about how players such as Mathieu respond to fans on social media.
“They protect each other, they do that whole thing,” Reid continued. “I do tell them that’s a dangerous area, though. We make that very clear. You’re really just talking to one guy, but now you’re talking to the whole world. So, we’ve got to do a better job with that in this case. I think Tyrann just told you that. That’s how we address them prior to it, during training camp. We try to educate them on that. That’s a tough deal though, as you know, in this day and age.”
Jets QB Wilson not placed on IR, could miss only 2 games
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets are optimistic about quarterback Zach Wilson’s sprained knee, choosing to not place him on injured reserve Saturday with the hope the rookie could return after missing just two games.
Wilson sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Jets’ 54-13 loss at New England last Sunday. He had already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.
Coach Robert Saleh said Friday the team was still weighing its options with Wilson, whose initial recovery time was set at two to four weeks. By placing him on IR, the Jets wouldn’t have Wilson available again – if healthy – until their home game against Miami on Nov. 21.
New York has a short turnaround with a game next Thursday night at Indianapolis, so he’ll also sit out that game. But by not putting Wilson on IR on Saturday, the Jets left the door open for Wilson to potentially return Nov. 14 against Buffalo at home.
Mike White will make his first NFL start against the Bengals on Sunday. Josh Johnson was elevated from the practice squad Saturday and will serve as White’s backup.
The Jets traded for veteran Joe Flacco last Monday, but he didn’t practice with the team until Friday and will be inactive Sunday. He could be in the mix to start next Thursday night if White falters.
Beyond that, the health of Wilson’s knee will determine who starts at quarterback.
In other moves Saturday, New York activated linebacker Jarrad Davis from IR and he’s set to make his debut with the team after being sidelined since late in training camp with an ankle injury. The Jets should have their projected starting middle linebackers in the lineup together for the first time with C.J. Mosley expected to play after missing the game at New England with a hamstring injury.
Linebacker Noah Dawkins was signed from the practice squad, safety Jarrod Wilson was waived from the active roster and defensive end Jabari Zuniga was elevated from the practice squad.
Wide receiver Corey Davis remained unlikely to play after injuring his hip in practice Thursday and sitting out Friday. He was listed as doubtful after Saleh said it was “not looking good” for Davis’ chances. Denzel Mims and Keelan Cole could see more action if Davis sits.
NFL WEEK 8 CAPSULES
CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (3-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 33-19
STREAKS: Falcons have won 6 of past 7
LAST GAME: 10/29/20: Falcons 25 at Panthers 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/20: Panthers 23, Falcons 16
QB SAM DARNOLD has 300+ pass yards & 2+ rush TDs in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Is 1 of 2 QBs (JALEN HURTS) with 5 rush TDs in 2021. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD (rookie) had 56 scrimmage yards (28 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 7. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Is only NFC rookie RB with 400+ scrimmage yards (419). • WR DJ MOORE led team with 6 catches & 73 rec. yards in Week 7. Had 93 rec. yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Has 80+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Atl. Has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games at Atl. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 8 catches for 112 yards in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with 5+ receptions. • LB HAASON REDDICK had sack in only career game at Atl. (12/16/18 w/ Az.). Leads NFC in sacks (6.5) & TFL (9). DE BRIAN BURNS had 4th sack of season last week. Has 5 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 5 on road. Had sack & FF in last road meeting. LB SHAQ THOMPSON aims for his 3rd in row at Atl. with 10+ tackles. S JEREMY CHINN led team with 8 tackles & had TFL in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 9+ tackles & PD. Since 2020, is 1 of 3 DBs (BUDDA BAKER & VONN BELL) with 150+ tackles (154). CB STEPHON GILMORE makes Car. debut. Is 1 of 4 active players with 100+ PD (114) & 25+ INTs (25). DT DERRICK BROWN had 1st sack of season last week, his 4th-career sack. CB DONTE JACKSON aims for his 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting.
QB MATT RYAN passed for 336 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.4 rating last week. Has 72 career games with 300+ pass yards, 3rd-most in NFL since 2008. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 1,937 pass yards (322.8 per game) & 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 106.7 rating in his past 6 home starts vs. Car. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON rushed for 60 yards & TD last week. Has 297 scrimmage yards (99 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 home games in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB MIKE DAVIS had 59 receptions, 1,015 scrimmage yards (642 rush, 373 rec.) & 8 TDs (6 rush, 2 rec.) in 15 games with Car. in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row at home in 2021 with TD. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 551 rec. yards (91.8 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 6 career games vs. Car. TE KYLE PITTS had 7 catches for 163 yards in Week 7, 4th-most rec. yards by rookie TE in single game all-time. Has 471 rec. yards, most by TE in 1st 6 career games in NFL history. Became 2nd rookie TE ever with 100+ rec. yards in consecutive games. • LB DEION JONES led team with 15 tackles, 3 TFL & had 2nd sack of season last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Car. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 13 tackles & 3rd-career INT in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Car. with 10+ tackles.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Car.), 85 (Atl.) | XM: 385 (Car.), 228 (Atl.) | SXM App: 804 (Car.), 801 (Atl.)
MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-6) AT BUFFALO BILLS (4-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 60-50-1
STREAKS: Bills have won past 6
LAST GAME: 9/19/21: Bills 35 at Dolphins 0
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21: Bills 56, Dolphins 26
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 32 of 40 passes (career-high 80 pct., min. 10 atts.) for 291 yards & career-high 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for season-high 109.5 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 275+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Passed for career-high 361 yards in last road meeting. • RB MYLES GASKIN rushed for season-high 67 yards & had TD catch last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 77 scrimmage yards (57 rec., 20 rush) & rush TD in last road meeting. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 on road. RB SALVON AHMED rushed for TD in last road meeting. • TE MIKE GESICKI had 7 catches for team-high 85 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. Buf. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 7 catches for season-high 83 yards in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 48 yards in Week 2 meeting. Leads all rookies with 44 catches, 2nd-most ever by WR in 1st 7 career games. WRs ISAIAH FORD & MACK HOLLINS each had 1st TD catches of season last week. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 3 PD & 2nd INT of season in Week 7. Aims for 6th in row with PD. Had 3 PD & INT in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with INT. S ERIC ROWE led team with 9 tackles & had PD last week. Has 7+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had 1st-career sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD.
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 35 of 47 passes (season-high 74.5 pct.) for 353 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 107.8 rating in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rating & 3rd in row with 315+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Has 10 TDs (8 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 116.3 rating in 3 career home games vs. Mia. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had season-high 82 rush yards & only rush TD of season in Week 2 meeting. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Mia. RB ZACK MOSS has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 2 rush TDs in Week 2 meeting. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 9 catches for 89 yards & TD in Week 6. Has 60+ rec. yards in every game this season & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had TD catch in Week 2 meeting & has rec. TD in 3 of 4 career games vs. Mia. Has 6+ catches in 10 of 11 home games since joining Buf. in 2020. Has 4 rec. TD in his past 3 vs. division. WR COLE BEASLEY had 7 catches for 88 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 6. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 5 catches for 91 yards in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE TOMMY SWEENEY had 1st-career rec. TD in Week 6. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with season-high 10 tackles & had TFL in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ tackles & TFL. Has PD in 2 of past 3 at home. S JORDAN POYER had INT in Week 6 & has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Had 4 tackles & PD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TFL. CB TARON JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 4 of his 5 games this season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (Mia.), 206 (Buf.) | XM: 386 (Mia.), 229 (Buf.) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 803 (Buf.)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-4) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-4)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 32-31-1
STREAKS: Bears have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/23/18: Bears 14 at 49ers 9
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/3/17: 49ers 15, Bears 14
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO has 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 111.4 rating in 2 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Passed for 293 yards in last road meeting. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) rushed for career-high 107 yards & 2nd-career rush TD last week. Is only rookie with 2 games with 100+ rush yards in 2021. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL led team in receptions (7) & rec. yards (100) & had 4th rec. TD of season last week. Is 1 of 3 WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS & COOPER KUPP) with 3 games with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards this season. Has 44 receptions (6.3 per game) & 810 scrimmage yards (115.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7 on road. Has TD catch in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NFC North. • DL NICK BOSA has 4 sacks & 6 TFL in 3 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. LB FRED WARNER had 9 tackles, 2 TFL & 4th-career FR last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 9+ tackles. LB AZEEZ AL-SHAAIR had 9 tackles & 1st-career FR last week. Has 9+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. DL KENTAVIOUS STREET had 2nd sack of season & 1st-career FF in Week 7. CB JOSH NORMAN led team with 10 tackles, had careerhigh 3 TFL & 2nd-career game with 2 FFs last week. Is only player with 15+ FFs (16) & 15+ INTs (15) since 2012. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. CB EMMANUEL MOSELEY had career-high 4 PD. Has 2+ PD in 3 of his past 4.
QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) completed 22 of 32 attempts (careerhigh 68.8 pct.) & rushed for 38 yards last week. Has 60+ comp. pct. in 3 of his past 4 starts. • RB KHALIL HERBERT (rookie) had career-high 133 scrimmage yards (career-high 100 rush, 33 rec.) & career-best 5 receptions last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with 75+ rush yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches & 94 scrimmage yards (85 rec., 9 rush) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC West with 4+ receptions. WR DARNELL MOONEY has 27 receptions (6.8 per game) & 329 rec. yards (82.3 per game) in his past 4 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ receptions. WR MARQUISE GOODWIN had 91 receptions for 1,543 yards & 7 TDs in 36 games (2017-19) with SF. TE COLE KMET had 5 receptions & team-high 43 rec. yards last week. • LB KHALIL MACK aims for his 6th in row at home with sack. Has 2 sacks & 3 TFL in 2 career games vs. SF. Since 2014, ranks 3rd in NFL with 76.5 sacks. LB ROBERT QUINN has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 13 tackles last week. Is 1 of 2 LBs (DENZEL PERRYMAN) with 6 games of 10+ tackles in 2021. Had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row with 9+ tackles. DE EDDIE JACKSON tied his career-high with 11 tackles last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (SF), 83 (Chi.) | XM: 384 (SF), 225 (Chi.) | SXM App: 827 (SF), 805 (Chi.)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-3) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 75-60-1
STREAKS: Steelers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Steelers 22 at Browns 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 29 of 40 passes (seasonhigh 72.5 pct.) for 229 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ rating & 0 INTs. Passed for 501 yards & 4 TDs in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Passed for 335 yards in last road meeting. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 127 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 46 rec.) & TD catch in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with TD. Ranks 2nd among all rookies with 632 scrimmage yards (388 rush, 244 rec.) in 2021. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 9 catches & 96 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 70+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Had 11 catches for career-high 117 yards in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Had 96 rec. yards in last road meeting. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle., incl. playoffs, with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (58) in Week 6. TE ERIC EBRON had 3rd-career rush TD in Week 6. Had TD catch in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. • LB T.J. WATT had 3 PD, 3 TFL, 2 sacks & FF in Week 6, 3rd game this season with 2+ sacks, most in NFL. Became 4th player with 2 sacks in single OT period since 1994. Has 13 TFL & 9 sacks in 7 career games vs. Cle. LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had career-high 1.5 sacks in Week 6. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK tied for team lead with 9 tackels & had 1st FF of season in Week 6. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with PD.
QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 263 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.2 rating in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108.6 rating in his past 8 on road. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. QB CASE KEENUM passed for 199 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 90.3 rating in Week 6, 1st start of season. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in his last start vs. Pit. (11/25/18 w/ Den.). • RB NICK CHUBB aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Had 145 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 69 rec.) & TD catch in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit., incl. postseason, with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON led team with career-high 168 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 22 rec.) & rushed for 1st career TD last week. FB JOHNNY STANTON had 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. • JARVIS LANDRY had team-high 5 catches in Week 7. Had 5 catches for 92 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had season-high 42 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit., incl. postseason, with TD catch. • DE MYLES GARRETT led team with 1.5 sacks last week & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had PD in last meeting. Has 7 sacks in his past 3 at home. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. Had FF & PD in his last game vs. Pit. (10/25/20 w/ Ten.). LB ANTHONY WALKER aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles. S JOHN JOHNSON had 1st INT of season in Week 7.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Pit.), 82 (Cle.) | XM: 388 (Pit.), 227 (Cle.) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 807 (Cle.)
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-5) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-7)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Lions lead all-time series, 16-15-2
STREAKS: Lions have won past 3
LAST GAME: 9/22/19: Lions 27 at Eagles 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/9/16: Lions 24, Eagles 23
QB JALEN HURTS passed for 236 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating & rushed for 61 yards in Week 7. Has 30+ rush yards in each of his 1st 11 career starts. Has 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 91.9 rating in 4 road starts this season. Aims for 5th start in row on road with 2+ total TDs. • RB MILES SANDERS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 7 games this season. RB BOSTON SCOTT had 1st rush TD of season last week. Rookie RB KENNETH GAINWELL had 61 scrimmage yards (41 rec., 20 rush) & 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT led team with 70 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Rookie WR DEVONTA SMITH had team-high 5 catches & 61 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of 4 career road games. Is 1 of 3 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE & KYLE PITTS) with 30+ catches (32) & 400+ rec. yards (406). WR JALEN REAGOR had 3rd-career rec. TD last week. • LB ALEX SINGLETON had 9 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 9+ tackles. Since 2020, ranks 5th in NFL with 188 tackles. DT JAVON HARGRAVE has 5 sacks in 4 road games this season. DT FLETCHER COX had sack in last road meeting. CB DARIUS SLAY had 341 tackles, 104 PD & 19 INTs in 103 games (2013-19) with Det. Since 2013, leads NFL with 113 PD. S MARCUS EPPS led team with career-high 11 tackles in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB AVONTE MADDUX had 1st INT of season last week, his 3rd-career INT.
QB JARED GOFF passed for 268 yards & had TD pass last week. Passed for 267 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 142.1 rating in his last start vs. Phi. (9/20/20 w/ LAR). Has 90+ rating in 2 of his 3 home starts in 2021. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had season-high 144 scrimmage yards (career-high 96 rec., 48 rush), tied his career-high with 8 receptions & had 4th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 5th in row at home with TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. Leads all RBs in receptions (42) & rec. yards (391) in 2021. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for 57 yards last week. Has 50+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 6 catches & 48 rec. yards last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches. Ranks 2nd among TEs with 38 catches in 2021. WR KALIF RAYMOND had 6 catches for season-high 115 yards in Week 7, his 2nd-career 100-yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 6+ catches. • LB JULIAN OKWARA had sack & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB JALEN REEVES-MABIN had season-high 8 tackles last week & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. LB ALEX ANZALONE has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT & 4th in row at home with PD. S TRACY WALKER had 8 tackles last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Phi.), 211 (Det.) | XM: 389 (Phi.), 230 (Det.) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 810 (Det.)
LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-1) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (1-6)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 3-1
STREAKS: Rams have won past 2
LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Texans 7 at Rams 33
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/13: Rams 38, Texans 13
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 334 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.3 rating last week & became 13th QB in NFL history with 300+ TD passes (301). Is 1 of 2 QBs (KYLER MURRAY) with 4 games with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 95+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 64 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 19 rec.) in Week 7. Has 288 scrimmage yards (96 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR COOPER KUPP had 10 receptions for 156 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 7 & became 4th player in SB era with 2+ rec. TDs in 4 of his team’s 1st 7 games. Is 1st player in SB era with 800+ rec. yards (809) & 9+ rec. TDs (9) in his team’s 1st 7 games of season. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ catches, 125+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs. WR ROBERT WOODS had 6 catches & 70 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ receptions in 2 of his past 3 on road. Had 8 catches for 171 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with TD catch. • DL AARON DONALD has 3.5 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had sack & FF in last meeting. LB LEONARD FLOYD has 4.5 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 4 on road. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 2nd INT of season last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 11 PD in 4 career games at Hou. & aims for his 5th in row at Hou. with PD. LB TROY REEDER had season-high 8 tackles in Week 7.
QB TYROD TAYLOR had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97 rating in only career start vs. LAR (10/9/16 w/ Buf.). Rookie QB DAVIS MILLS completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 pct.) for 135 yards last week. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119 rating in 2 home starts this season. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 64.9 comp. pct. this season. • RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 111 yards & had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. LAR (11/25/19 w/ Bal.). Leads all active players in rush yards (7,618) & ranks 2nd in rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 66 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 18 rush) in only career game vs. LAR (10/14/18 w/ Den.). Has 50+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. • WR BRANDIN COOKS has 5+ catches in 6 of 7 games this season. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Had 122 catches for 1,787 yards & 7 TDs in 2 seasons (2018-19) with LAR. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with TFL. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home. DE JONATHAN GREENARD had 2 sacks & 1st PD of season in Week 7. Aims for 4th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. DE DEMARCUS WALKER had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. DE MALIEK COLLINS had 1st sack of season in Week 7. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 8 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4. CB LONNIE JOHNSON led team with season-high 9 tackles & had INT last week. Has INT in 3 of past 4 & PD in 4 of past 5.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jen Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (LAR), 81 (Hou.) | XM: 387 (LAR), 226 (Hou.) | SXM App: 818 (LAR), 812 (Hou.)
TENNESSEE TITANS (5-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-4)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 35-18
STREAKS: Titans have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/26/21: Colts 16 at Titans 25
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/20: Titans 45, Colts 26
QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 21 of 27 passes (season-high 77.8 pct.) for 270 yards & TD vs. INT for 105.2 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 105+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for season-high 3 TDs & tied career high with 56 rush yards in Week 3 meeting. Has 11 TDs (8 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 108.7 rating in his past 5 vs. division. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 102 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 16 rec.) last week & aims for his 7th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 125+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 of past 4. Rushed for 113 yards in Week 3 meeting & aims for his 5th in row vs. Ind. with 100+ rush yards. Has 886 rush yards (177.2 per game) & 10 rush TDs in his past 5 vs division. Leads NFL with 1,023 scrimmage yards, 869 rush yards & 10 rush TDs this season. • WR A.J. BROWNset season highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (133) & had rec. TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Had 4 catches for 98 yards & TD in last road meeting. WR JULIO JONES has 125+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Ind. TE MYCOLE PRUITT had TD catch in Week 7. • S KEVIN BYARD had 1st FF of season last week. Has PD in 4 of his past 5 & INT in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles & 2 PD in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 5+ tackles. LB RASHAAN EVANS had FR & 1st-career INT last week. Had TFL in Week 3 meeting. LB BUD DUPREE had 1st sack & FF of season last week. Aims for is 3rd in row vs. Ind. with sack. DT DENICO AUTRY had season-high 2 sacks in Week 7.
QB CARSON WENTZ aims for 5th in row with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 105+ rating, longest active streak in NFL. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 119.5 rating in past 4. Has 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in 2 career starts vs. Ten. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (RUSSELL WILSON) with 1 or fewer INTs this season (min. 100 attempts). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 107 yards & TD last week. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD, longest active streak in NFL. Rushed for 64 yards in Week 3 meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 579 rush yards & tied-3rd with 5 rush TDs this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had 79 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 25 rush) & only rush TD of season in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB MARLON MACK has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. • WR T.Y. HILTON has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. Has 70+ rec. yards 7 of his past 8 at home vs. division. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 105 rec. yards & TD last week. Has 85+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 6 catches for 68 yards in Week 3 meeting. TE MO ALIE-COX aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. • LB DARIUS LEONARD tied for team lead with 7 tackles & had FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FF & 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 6 tackles, INT & FR in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with PD. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & sack. Has 2 TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC South. CB XAVIER RHODES had 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 7. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 at home.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 98 (Ten.), 132 (Ind.) | XM: 390 (Ten.), 231 (Ind.) | SXM App: 830 (Ten.), 813 (Ind.)
CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-2) AT NEW YORK JETS (1-5)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 15-10
STREAKS: Bengals have won past 3
LAST GAME: 12/1/19: Jets 6 at Bengals 22
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/11/16: Bengals 23, Jets 22
QB JOE BURROW completed 23 of 38 passes (60.5 pct.) for career-high 416 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 113.5 rating last week, his 2nd-career game with 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Is 4th player ever with 2 such games within 1st 20 career games. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating. Is only player in NFL with 2+ TD passes in 7 games this season. • RB JOE MIXON rushed for 59 yards & TD last week. Aims for 5th in row with TD. Had 70 scrimmage yards (44 rush, 26 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC East with 70+ scrimmage yards. RB SAMAJE PERINE had 75 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 23 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) led team with 8 catches for 201 yards & TD last week, becoming 2nd-youngest player ever with 200+ rec. yards in single game. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Has 6+ catches, 150+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 754 rec. yards, most-ever by player in 1st 7 career games. TE C.J. UZOMAH had 91 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Ties for lead among TEs with career-high 5 rec. TDs this season. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for 4th in row with sack. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (MYLES GARRETT & T.J. WATT) with 20+ sacks (20) since 2020. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 7. LB SAM HUBBARD had PD & career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting.
QB MIKE WHITE expected to make 1st-career start. Completed 20 of 32 (62.5 pct.) for 202 yards & TD in NFL debut last week. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had season-high 104 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 37 rush) with 8 catches last week, tied for most catches by NYJ rookie RB in single game since 1970 (BLAIR THOMAS in 1990). Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 333 scrimmage yards (202 rush, 131 rec.) this season. RB TY JOHNSON had 6 catches for career-high 65 rec. yards in Week 7. • WR COREY DAVIS had 4 catches for 47 yards & TD last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 8 catches for 128 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cin. (11/1/20 w/ Ten.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & rec. TD. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE rushed for 1st-career TD last week. • S MARCUS MAYE led team with career-high 12 tackles & had TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had TFL last week & has TFL in 3 of past 4. Had TFL in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TFL. LB C.J. MOSLEY has 72 tackles (7.2 per game) in 10 career games vs. Cin. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 10+ tackles. LB DEL’SHAWN PHILLIPS had 1st-career sack in Week 7.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 99 (Cin.), 121 (NYJ) | XM: 391 (Cin.), 232 (NYJ) | SXM App: 806 (Cin.), 824 (NYJ)
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-4) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 23-14-2
STREAKS: Patriots have won past 5
LAST GAME: 12/6/20: Patriots 45 at Chargers 0
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/20
QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 24 of 36 passes (66.7 pct.) for season-high 307 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.7 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating & 5th in row with 95+ rating. 4th rookie ever with 225+ passing yards & TD pass in 5 straight games. Leads all rookies in completions (174), passing yards (1,779), TD passes (9) & rating (92.8). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for season-high 106 yards & career-high 2 TDs last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Had 95 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 15 rec.) in last meeting. RB BRANDON BOLDEN led team with 6 catches for 79 yards & had 1st rec. TD of season last week. RB J.J. TAYLOR rushed for 1st 2 career TDs in Week 7. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS aims for 3rd in row overall & 7th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had 68 rec. yards & 25-yard TD pass last week, 1st-career pass attempt. Had TD catch in only career game vs. LAC (9/30/18 w/ SF). WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 51 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 7. TE HUNTER HENRY aims for 5th in row with rec. TD. Had 196 catches for 2,322 yards & 21 TDs in 5 seasons (2016-20) w/ Chargers. • CB J.C. JACKSON had INT last week. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 10 PD this season. CB MYLES BRYANT had 1st-career sack & FF in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. S KYLE DUGGER led team with 8 tackles & had INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with INT & 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 5 tackles in last meeting.
QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 22 of 39 passes (56.4 pct.) for 195 yards & TD vs. INT in Week 6. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 3 of past 4. Passed for 209 yards in last meeting. Has 620 pass yards (310 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 115.3 rating in his past 2 at home. • RB AUSTIN EKELER has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 & TD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for 4th in row at home with 115+ scrimmage yards. Had 68 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 32 rec.) & 4 catches in last meeting. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Is only player in NFL with 3+ rush TDs (4) & 3+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 games this season. Had 5 catches for 48 yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 43 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 7+ catches, 90+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE JARED COOK had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • DE JOEY BOSA set season highs in tackles (5) & TFL (2) & had sack in Week 7. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with TFL. DT LINVAL JOSEPH had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 7+ tackles. LB UCHENNA NWOSU had season-high 5 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. S DERWIN JAMES aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles & FF. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home. Ties for lead among safeties with 2 FFs & ranks 3rd with 50 tackles in 2021.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (NE), 206 (LAC) | XM: 386 (NE), 229 (LAC) | SXM App: 821 (NE), 817 (LAC)
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-5) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-5)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 5-3
STREAKS: Seahawks have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Seahawks 24 at Jaguars 30
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Seahawks 45, Jaguars 17
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 319 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 93.2 rating in Week 6. Is only rookie with 300+ pass yards in 2 games this season. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ rating. Has 0 INTs in 2 of past 3. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 101 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TD in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 458 scrimmage yards (114.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 4. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB CARLOS HYDE had 449 scrimmage yards (356 rush, 93 rec.) & 4 rush TDs in 2020 with Sea. • WR MARVIN JONES set season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (100) & had rec. TD in Week 6, his 13th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 117 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Sea. (10/28/18 w/ Det.). Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC West with 50+ rec. yards. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 6 catches for 54 yards in Week 6. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 5+ catches. WR JAMAL AGNEW had 5 catches for career-high 78 rec. yards in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN aims for 4th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. LB DAMIEN WILSON led team & tied career high with 12 tackles in Week 6. Aims for his 9th in row with 5+ tackles. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had 248 tackles, 48 PD & 6 INTs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Sea. CB NEVIN LAWSON had 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 6.
QB GENO SMITH passed for 167 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.3 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row with TD vs. 0 INTs & 90+ rating. • RB ALEX COLLINS has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Rushed for 82 yards in his only career game vs. Jax. (9/25/17 w/ Bal.). • WR DK METCALF had 96 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has 6+ catches in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC. WR TYLER LOCKETT has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. Had 4 catches, 100 scrimmage yards (90 rec., 10 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Metcalf (23 rec. TDs) & Lockett (21) are 1 of 3 teammate pairs (MARK ANDREWS & MARQUISE BROWN; TRAVIS KELCE & TYREEK HILL) with 20+ TD catches each since 2019. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 7 tackles in Week 7. Had 9 tackles, TFL & INT in last home meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 79 tackles in 2021. Since 2012, leads league with 1,290 tackles. LB CARLOS DUNLAP had 5 tackles & 0.5 sacks last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 4 vs. Jax. S QUANDRE DIGGS aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS has 5+ tackles in 6 of his 7 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with 5+ tackles. DE RASHEEM GREEN had 2nd sack of season last week. LB JORDYN BROOKS had 1st-career FR in Week 7. Has 7+ tackles in 6 of his 7 games this season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Jax.), 85 (Sea.) | XM: 385 (Jax.), 228 (Sea.) | SXM App: 814 (Jax.), 828 (Sea.)
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-5) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-4)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 7-6
STREAKS: Washington has won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Broncos 11 at Washington 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: Broncos 45, Washington 21
QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 268 yards & TD vs. INT for 86.3 rating & had career-high 95 rush yards last week. Has 40+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 starts. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 250+ pass yards. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON rushed for 51 yards last week. Has 9 scrimmage TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 10 career road games. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 4 catches & 56 scrimmage yards (34 rec., 22 rush) in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 3rd among RBs with 249 rec. yards in 2021. Is 1 of 2 RBs (ALVIN KAMARA) with 100+ receptions (105) since 2020. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 7 receptions for 122 yards & had 15th-career rec. TD in Week 7, his 9th-career 100-yard game. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 6+ catches, 120+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES had career-high 6 catches for 51 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 20th-career sack & 6th-career FF last week. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. DT JONATHAN ALLEN had 2nd 2-sack game this season, his 5th-career 2-sack game. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 12th in row on road with 6+ tackles. S LANDON COLLINS led team with 7 tackles & had 4th-career FR last week. CB KENDALL FULLER has PD in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Den.
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 23 of 33 (69.7 pct.) passes for 187 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 91.4 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 75+ comp. pct. in 2 of his past 3 starts vs. NFC East. Ranks 5th in NFL with 70.1 comp. pct. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 1st TD catch of season last week. Rushed for 78 yards & TD in only career game vs. Was. (12/10/17 w/ LAC). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had season-high 6 catches, incl. 1st-career rec. TD in Week 7. Aims for 7th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd among rookie RBs with 442 scrimmage yards, 320 rush yards & 20 catches this season. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. WR TIM PATRICK has 40+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with TD catch. TE NOAH FANT aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • LB VON MILLER aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with FF & TFL. Had sack in last home meeting. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 10 TFL, 7 sacks & 3 FFs in 6 career games vs. NFC East. S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 9 tackles in Week 7. Aims for 5th in row with 6+ tackles. Had 10 tackles, sack & PD in his last game vs. Was. (11/18/18 w/ Hou.). S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 5 tackles & PD last week. DE SHELBY HARRIS had 2nd sack of season last week. Has TFL in 2 of past 3.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Brandon Gaudin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (Was.), 81 (Den.) | XM: 387 (Was.), 226 (Den.) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 809 (Den.)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-1) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // CAESARS SUPERDOME // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 37-21
STREAKS: Saints have won past 5
LAST GAME: 11/8/20: Saints 38 at Buccaneers 3
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Saints 34, Buccaneers 23
QB TOM BRADY had 4 TD passes last week & became 1st player in NFL history with 600+ TD passes (602). Has 37 games with 4+ TD passes & 97 games with 3+ TD passes, both tied with DREW BREES for most all-time. Has 3,514 pass yards (319.5 per game) & 28 TDs (24 pass, 4 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 107.2 rating in 11 road starts with TB. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) at NO in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21). • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE aims for his 4th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 107 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 44 rec.) & TD catch at NO in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21). Is 1 of 3 RBs (ALVIN KAMARA & JONATHAN TAYLOR) with 400+ rush yards (413) & 200+ rec. yards (222) in 2021. • WR MIKE EVANS had 2nd-career game with 3 rec. TDs last week. Is 1 of 2 WRs (COOPER KUPP) with 3+ games with 2+ rec. TDs in 2021. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 at NO, incl. playoffs. WR CHRIS GODWIN led team with 8 catches & 111 rec. yards & had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 reg. season games at NO. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 10 tackles & had 6th-career FR last week. Had 11 tackles, INT & FR in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21) at NO. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NO, incl. playoffs, with 11+ tackles. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 21st-career game with 2+ sacks (2) & 21st-career FF last week. Had sack in last reg.season road meeting. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack, FF & FR last week. Had sack & FF in last reg. season meeting.
QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 222 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in Week 7. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 138 rating in 2 home starts this season. Was selected No. 1 overall by TB in 2015 NFL Draft. Is TB franchise all-time leader in pass yards (19,373) & pass TDs (121). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 10 catches, season-high 179 scrimmage yards (128 rec., 51 rush) & 19th-career rec. TD last week. Has 5 games with 10+ catches, tied-4th most by RB all-time. Has 351 career catches & can surpass ROGER CRAIG (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD & 5th in row with 115+ scrimmage yards. Has 850 scrimmage yards (106.3 per game) & 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.) in 8 career games vs. TB. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had TD catch in last meeting. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 1st sack of season last week. Has TFL in 6 of his past 7 at home vs. TB. Ranks 4th in NFL with 94.5 sacks since 2012. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 10 tackles, careerhigh 4 TFL, 2 sacks & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 8 PD in his past 5 vs. TB. Had sack in last home meeting. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE aims for his 8th in row vs. TB & 12th in row overall with PD. Is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 1st sack of season last week. Had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Davis, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews/Kristina Pink (field reporters) SIRIUS: 133 (TB), 83 (NO) | XM: 384 (TB), 225 (NO) | SXM App: 829 (TB), 822 (NO)
DALLAS COWBOYS (5-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 13-12
STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/22/20: Cowboys 28 at Vikings 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/20
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for season-high 445 pass yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 108.7 rating in Week 6. Has 9 games with 400+ pass yards since 2018, most in NFL. Has 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 road starts. Passed for 397 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 101.4 rating in his last start vs. Min. (11/10/19). • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 119 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 50 rec.) & season-high 7 receptions in Week 6. Aims for his 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 1,576 scrimmage yards (121.2 per game) in 13 career SNF games. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB TONY POLLARD had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (149) & 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs in Week 6. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 80+ rec. yards & 5th in row on road with 5+ catches. WR AMARI COOPER has 22 receptions for 307 yards (102.3 per game) & rec. TD in 3 career games vs. Min. Has 10+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. TE DALTON SCHULTZ has 5+ catches in 5 of 6 games in 2021 & aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • CB TREVON DIGGS became 2nd player since 1970 (HOFer ROD WOODSON) with 7 INTs in team’s 1st 6 games of season & 2nd player in SB era (BRIAN RUSSELL – 2003) with INT in each of his team’s 1st 6 games of season.
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for season-high 373 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.6 rating in Week 6. Has 20 career games with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating, most by QB in 1st 10 seasons in NFL history. Passed for 314 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.1 rating in last meeting. Has 2,172 pass yards (310.3 per game) & 17 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 113.6 rating in 7 starts on SNF. • RB DALVIN COOK rushed for 140 yards & TD in Week 6. Has 343 scrimmage yards (171.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 games vs. Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 160+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Aims for his 4th in row on SNF with TD. RB ALEXANDER MATTISON has 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 at home. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 8 catches for 80 yards in Week 6. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ receptions. Had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 9 rec. TDs in his past 10 at home. WR ADAM THIELEN had season-high 11 receptions for 126 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 6. Had 8 catches for 123 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Has 31 catches (7.8 per game) for 374 yards (93.5 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on SNF. WR K.J. OSBORN had 6 catches for 78 yards & rec. TD in Week 6. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Had 2 sacks in only career home game vs. Dal. (12/1/16). DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 4 sacks in 3 home games in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. Has 1.5 sacks, FF & FR in 3 career games vs. Dal. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 2nd sack of season & 5th-career FR in Week 6.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Dave Pasch, Mike Golic SIRIUS: 81 (Dal..), 211 (Min.), National (88) | XM: 226 (Dal..), 225 (Min.), National (88) | SXM App: 808 (Dal.), 820 (Min.), National (88)
NEW YORK GIANTS (2-5) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-4)
MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 11-3
STREAKS: Giants have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 11/19/17: Chiefs 9 at Giants 12
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Chiefs 31, Giants 7
QB DANIEL JONES passed for 203 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.9 rating in Week 7. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 25+ completions. Ranks 3rd among QBs with 229 rush yards in 2021. • RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 66 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 15 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR STERLING SHEPARD aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ catches & 75+ rec. yards & 3rd in row on MNF with 6+ receptions. WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 5 catches for team-high 63 yards in Week 7. Has 100+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 5+ catches. WR DANTE PETTIS had 5 receptions & 9th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. TE EVAN ENGRAM had season-high 6 receptions in Week 7. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with sack & 4th in row on MNF with TFL. LB AZEEZ OJULARI had career-high 2.5 sacks last week & leads all rookies with 5.5 sacks. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 3rd INT in Week 7 & is 1 of 2 DBs (J.C. JACKSON) with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. Aims for his 5th in row on MNF & 9th in row overall with PD. Since 2016, ranks 2nd in NFL with 73 PD. DB LOGAN RYAN had 13 tackles & 3 PD in his last game vs. KC (11/10/19 w/ Ten.).
QB PATRICK MAHOMES has 250+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 6 games this season, tied-most in NFL (MATTHEW STAFFORD). Aims for his 5th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Has 36 TDs (35 pass, 1 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 108.1 rating in 12 career starts vs. NFC. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 18 TD passes this season. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 3 rush TD in 2 career games vs. NFC East. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had team-high 7 catches for 65 yards last week, his 79th-career game with 5+ catches, 4th-most ever by TE. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 109 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 at home. Leads all TEs with 45 catches & 533 rec. yards this season. WR TYREEK HILL aims for 6th in row with 5+ catches. Had 7 catches for 68 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 9+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 52 catches in 2021. WR BYRON PRINGLE set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (73) last week & aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & PD in his last game vs. NYG (9/23/18 w/ Hou.). Rookie LB NICK BOLTON had season-high 15 tackles & 4 TFL last week. Has 7 TFL in his past 3. Leads all rookies with 55 tackles & 9 TFL this season. LB BEN NIEMANN had 1st sack of season in Week 7. LB WILLIE GAY 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 (NYG), 83 (KC), National (88) | XM: 226 (NYG), 225 (KC), National (88) | SXM App: 823 (NYG), 815 (KC), National (88)
Beal, Dinwiddie lead Wizards past Celtics, 115-112 in 2 OTs
WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal scored 36 points, Kyle Kuzma added 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards outlasted the Boston Celtics 115-112 in two overtimes Saturday.
Montrezl Harrell added 20 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out in the second overtime for Washington, which improved to 5-1 with its second victory over Boston in three games.
“We’re just having fun, man” Beal said of a team that was dramatically restructured in the offseason. “We embrace each other on the daily. And it’s amazing to be where we are. But … we have that humble and hungry mentality. We haven’t scratched the surface yet.”
Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points and sank the final Washington basket as the Wizards overcame 36.5% shooting (38 of 104) for their second overtime win of the season.
“It just shows our resilience,” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “I keep using that word, but it’s who we are and who we have to be. And every night somebody else finds a way to step up and make a play for us.”
Jaylen Brown had 34 points for the Celtics, who lost for the second time in three overtime games this season to drop to 2-4. The Celtics, who are in a similar period of transition to Washington without the early success, played only four overtime periods in all of the previous season.
“I think it shows how we’re a good team and we’re almost there,” reserve Josh Richardson said of all the overtime games. “That once we get some more continuity on the offensive side of the ball, I think that hopefully we’ll be able to finish these games out a little quicker.”
Jayson Tatum added 27 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Boston, but made just 10 of his 32 shots. He missed all five of his 3-point attempts on a night the Celtics shot just 2 of 26 beyond the arc as a team.
The night may have yet gone Boston’s way without a pivotal moment with 1:14 remaining in the second overtime.
Officials originally called a foul on Deni Avdija, but ruled his play a clean block of Tatum’s shot following video review.
Beal hit a runner high off the glass off the ensuing possession to give the Wizards the lead back, Tatum missed a difficult runner on the other end, and then Dinwiddie got his pull-up to fall to make it 115-112 with 20 seconds left in the second extra period.
After the teams traded turnovers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stripped Brown trying to attempt a tying 3-pointer.
“We wanted to get a 3 somewhere in there,” Richardson said. “But I think the Wizards guarded the play pretty well.”
Richardson scored 18 points.
“We stayed composed, we stayed within each other, and we got the job done,” Caldwell-Pope said.
Butler has 27, Heat make 21 3s and rout Grizzlies 129-103
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Jimmy Butler scored 27 points, Tyler Herro added 22 and the Miami Heat used a strong shooting performance to rout the Memphis Grizzlies 129-103 on Saturday night.
Duncan Robinson and Kyle Lowry scored 15 points apiece. Lowry added eight assists and the Heat made 21 3-pointers, one short of the franchise record set last May at Milwaukee.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who can score the ball,” Butler said. “We know that. But we’re also picking it up on the defensive end. . Guys are just gaining more and more confidence.”
The performance was particularly satisfying for Robinson, who has struggled from outside the arc this season. Entering the game, Robinson was shooting right at 28% from 3-point range, making only 12 of 43 shots. That included going 2 of 11 from distance in Friday night’s win over Charlotte.
He made 5 of 10 3-pointers against Memphis.
“The way I started this year, obviously not up to what I know I’m capable of,” Robinson said. “With that being said, and I can see a couple go (in), it helps with some confidence.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Miami teammates have encouraged Robinson to keep shooting, even after the poor performance against the Hornets.
“If you’re going to be a great shooter in this league, you have to have a quick memory. I think that’s where Duncan’s really grown over the years,” Spoelstra said.
Ja Morant and De’Anthony Melton each had 20 points for Grizzlies. Desmond Bane finished with 17 points and Kyle Anderson scored 13.
“We got punched in the mouth,” Melton said after the Heat built an early lead they never surrendered. “I think we’ve got to understand that facing veteran teams like that, they’re going to come out (fast), and we’ve got to respond. And we’ve got to respond quick.”
Through three quarters, the Heat kept shooting and kept making. The 56% shooting at that point included 18 of 28 from 3-point range and a lead that had swelled to 26 points. That was enough for Miami’s fifth win of the first six games.
“We’ve got to lock in for the game and come out and play hard for a full 48 (minutes),” Anderson said. “We don’t want to give teams any advantages or things like that. So, we’ve got to come out ready to go.”
Barrett scores 35 points, Knicks top Pelicans, 123-117
NEW ORLEANS (AP) What R.J. Barrett liked most about his career-best scoring night was the way it ended.
Barrett made two of his career-high six 3-pointers in the final two minutes to finish with 35 points, and the New York Knicks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-117 on Saturday night for their fifth victory in six games to start the season.
“It was fun of course – especially the type of game that that was,” said Barrett, who has led the Knicks in scoring in each of their past two games, both victories.
The Pelicans “really made a push; it came down to the end of the game,” Barrett continued. “So, it was definitely cool to have a career high. But, you know, I’m really happy we got the win.”
Evan Fournier hit five from deep and scored 19, and Kemba Walker made four 3s and also scored 19 for the Knicks, who never trailed and led from the time Walker hit from long range 16 seconds after the opening tip.
“We’re just playing with good flow and going with what’s in front of us,” Fournier said. “Tonight, it was R.J. that made shots and we kept going to him.”
The Knicks went 19 of 33 (57.6%) from 3-point range, the difference in a game that saw the teams relatively even in many other statistical categories. New Orleans, which has opened the season with six losses in seven games, made 11 of 33 (33.3%) from deep.
The Pelicans were already having trouble early this season creating consistent offense without star power forward Zion Williamson, who is working his way back from offseason foot surgery. Against New York, Brandon Ingram, another of New Orleans’ top scorers, was ruled out before tip-off with a right hip contusion.
New Orleans still found a way to remain competitive until the final minutes.
“We’re learning from every single game. I still feel in my heart that we’re getting better and things will turn around,” Pelicans first-year coach Willie Green said. “We’re right there. We’re fighting. We’re knocking on the door.”
Jonas Valanciunas led New Orleans with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while Devonte’ Graham finished with 17 points.
The Pelicans used a 13-3 run to pull to 111-109 on rookie Herb Jones’ cutting layup with 1:51 left.
But that’s when Barrett, now thriving in his third pro season, closed out the game while Williamson, his old Duke teammate, could only watch from New Orleans’ bench.
Barrett hit a 3, and the Pelicans briefly responded when Graham hit a floater off the glass as he was fouled and fell to the court.
But Barrett then fed Taj Gibson for a cutting dunk and followed up that clutch assist with a pull-up 3 to make it 119-112 with 44 seconds left.
“I was just kind of reading the defense,” Barrett said. “I know that I’m the type of player that can have nights like that and I’m happy I was able to show that today.”
The Knicks built their first double-digit lead less than three minutes into the game when back-to-back 3s by Barrett and Julius Randle made it 14-3.
The lead ballooned to 16 in the second quarter when Alec Burks’ running pull-up made it 44-28. New York still led by 16 with just under 5 minutes remaining in the half when the Pelicans began to climb back into it.
Valanciunas, who scored 18 in the first half, hit a 20-foot jumper, and Graham followed with a 3, initiating a 20-8 Pelicans run to close the quarter.
Graham added a 12-foot, running one-handed floater, Nickeil Alexander-Walker added a 3 and Josh Hart hit a layup to pull the Pelicans to 63-59 at halftime.
Warriors bench gets big minutes as Warriors thump Thunder
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry’s fourth-quarter scoring of late has been a focus of those looking to critique the reigning NBA scoring champion.
Curry didn’t score in the final quarter again – because he didn’t have to.
“We should trade him,” coach Steve Kerr cracked afterward.
Curry scored 20 points in 27 minutes while getting ample and much-deserved rest, Draymond Green did a little bit of everything as usual, and the Golden State Warriors thumped the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-82 on Saturday night.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 for the Thunder, held to 35.8% shooting.
Green added 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Andrew Wiggins also scored 14 in the second meeting over five days between the teams. The Warriors won 106-98 on Tuesday at Oklahoma City.
Curry was 2 for 6 for five points in the first half, 1 of 6 on 3s. The Warriors led 55-44 at intermission but the league’s reigning scoring champion warmed up in the third and scored 15 that quarter.
“He’s obviously the head of the snake for them,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said before the game.
Curry’s 156 career 3-pointers against Oklahoma City are his second most against any opponent, behind his 163 against the Clippers. He also had six assists and five rebounds.
The Warriors took better care of the ball with 15 turnovers after committing 22 while squandering a 19-point lead and losing their first game of the season with a 104-101 overtime defeat to Memphis on Thursday night.
Lu Dort added 14 points for a disjointed Thunder team (1-5) coming off its first victory of the season Wednesday against the Lakers that included a 26-point comeback.
Not this time.
With the Warriors lacking their usual depth, rookie forward Jonathan Kuminga was active for the first time after missing the initial five games with a patellar tendon strain in his right knee. He made his NBA debut with 6:04 remaining and scored his first points on a 3 with 2:04 to play.
“It felt great. I was waiting for this moment,” said Kuminga, gifted with the game ball. “Everyone was waiting for this moment.”
Golden State has won the last five in the series and nine of 13. The Thunder never led.
Harris, Embiid help lead 76ers rout of Hawks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tobias Harris had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Joel Embiid added 19 points and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Atlanta Hawks 122-94 Saturday night.
Philadelphia carried a 60-36 advantage over the Hawks in the paint while outscoring Atlanta by a 34-14 margin on fast-break points. Six different Sixers finished in double figures with, Tyrese Maxey (16), Seth Curry (15), Matisse Thybulle (11) and Shake Milton (11) all adding to the scoring party in the first game between the teams since Atlanta’s seven-game ouster of the Sixers in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals.
“When we go out like we did last season, this was a good test for us early this season to know where we stand,” Harris said. “There was obviously more to this game than just a regular-season game.”
Most of what Philadelphia was able to do against Atlanta was breakout on transition, pushing the action and getting open looks inside, shooting 30 of 36 from the paint.
“We kept moving the ball and the paint points came from just moving the ball and eventually shots will fall,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. “When we play like that, we’re pretty good offensively.”
Harris was 9 of 13 from the floor and had four assists. Embiid – who has been forced to play at the perimeter and away from the post because of nagging knee issues left over from last year’s postseason – shot 5 of 13 and grabbed five rebounds.
“The defense allowed us to increase our pace, feel good running, get a stop and helped us all around,” Harris said.
Cam Reddish led the Hawks with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor. Trae Young and Bogan Bogdanovic each had 13 points, but Young struggled at 5 for 15 from the floor and only got to the foul line four times.
“Our offense is out of sync and that’s leading to no defense at all,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re turning the ball over. Our shot selection – we’re taking quick shots and it’s leading to transition baskets. We have no rhythm right now. And this group has to find a chemistry on the offensive end of the floor and that’s leading to poor defense.”
It was the first meeting between the teams since Atlanta beat top-seeded Philadelphia in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“I didn’t talk about it,” Rivers said. “I didn’t think I needed to. I think they knew it.”
The 76ers’ Game 7 defeat was punctuated by Ben Simmons passing on an open dunk in the final minutes – a flashpoint in the ongoing drama between the All-Star point guard and the organization.
Simmons was spotted on an exercise bike at the 76ers practice facility following shootaround Saturday.
Booker scores 27, Suns use huge run to beat Cavs 101-92
PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker was feeling good on the court for his 25th birthday and saw Mikal Bridges streaking toward the rim. He let the pass fly from well beyond halfcourt and Bridges soared through the air, corralled it with two hands and stuffed it through the hoop.
For the first time in a while, the Phoenix Suns looked a lot like the Suns who made it to the NBA Finals last year.
Booker had 27 points and nine assists, Deandre Ayton added 17 points and 12 rebounds and the Suns beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-92 on Saturday night.
“It was just getting out, picking up the pace a little bit,” Booker said. “Just playing basketball.”
The Suns used a 50-12 run that Booker called “crazy” to break open the game. The dominant stretch – which included a lot of Suns fast-break buckets and a lot of Cavs turnovers – lasted from the middle of the second quarter to late in the third and turned a 14-point deficit into a 24-point lead.
“We think we’re capable of that all the time,” Suns guard Cameron Johnson said. “You keep your head down, keep pushing, keep trying to get better, keep trying to get back to high-level championship basketball. I think we’ve got a good team, good guys who always stick together.
“That period of the game showed it.”
It was a reassuring stretch for the Suns, who haven’t looked much like the team that came two victories away from winning the NBA Finals last season. Phoenix is 2-3 this season and had lost two straight.
Chris Paul added 16 points and 10 assists. Ayton shot 8 of 10 from the field but left in the second half with a right leg contusion. The 6-foot-11 forward said he banged knees with one of the Cavaliers during the game, but was feeling OK.
The Cavaliers managed to close the gap to 78-65 by the end of the third but couldn’t make up enough ground in the fourth. It was the second loss in two days for Cleveland, which also fell to the Lakers 113-101 on Friday night.
Cedi Osman led the Cavaliers with 20 points off the bench. He made 6 of 12 shots from 3-point range. Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff pulled most of his starters by the end of the 50-12 run, frustrated by their ineffectiveness.
The Cavaliers had 19 turnovers.
The Cavaliers led by as many as 14 in the second quarter but the Suns responded with a 19-2 run to end the first half and took a 50-46 lead into the break. Ayton had 11 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Darius Garland scored nine for the Cavs.
Teixeira upsets Błachowicz, claims 205-pound belt at UFC 267
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Glover Teixeira stopped Jan Błachowicz by submission in the second round at UFC 267 on Saturday night, with the 42-year-old Brazilian veteran claiming Błachowicz’s light heavyweight belt and becoming the oldest first-time champion in UFC history.
Teixeira (33-7) finished the 38-year-old Błachowicz (28-9) by rear naked choke in an impressive upset victory that capped a remarkable late-career surge.
Petr Yan also won an interim bantamweight title with a hard-hitting decision victory over Cory Sandhagen. Earlier, rising stars Islam Makhachev and Khamzat Chimaev returned to the cage with impressive wins on the show at the Etihad Arena.
Błachowicz was a significant favorite in the second-oldest combined title fight in UFC history, but Teixeira earned his sixth consecutive victory in style. After largely controlling the first round, Teixeira made an exceptional takedown in the second round and worked his way into position to sink the winning choke at 3:02.
Teixeira hadn’t fought for a UFC title since 2014, when his 20-fight winning streak was snapped in a clear decision loss to Jon Jones. After struggling through a 5-5 stretch of his career, Teixeira rededicated his training and reeled off five straight victories since the start of the 2019 to earn this title shot.
Błachowicz never got to unleash much of his famed striking strength, dubbed “Polish Power” by his fans. He struggled on the ground against Teixeira’s jiu-jitsu and fell short in his second defense of the title he won by beating Dominick Reyes last year.
Teixeira becomes the second fighter to hold the UFC’s 205-pound belt since Jon Jones left the division he dominated for much of the past decade in a bid to move up to heavyweight.
Earlier, Yan (16-2) reasserted his claim to the bantamweight belt by beating Sandhagen (14-4) in a thrilling match of elite strikers.
Yan won the bantamweight belt last year in Abu Dhabi, but lost it to Aljamain Sterling in March when Yan was disqualified for an illegal knee strike in the fourth round of a bout he appeared to be winning in Las Vegas. The UFC decided to award an interim belt to the winner of Yan’s showdown with Sandhagen because Sterling isn’t ready to return from neck surgery.
Yan and Sandhagen traded a wide variety of strikes and ground moves in a high-level technical fight that thrilled Abu Dhabi’s fans. Yan got the better of more exchanges and won 49-46 on all three cards.
Chimaev (10-0), a popular pick to contend for the welterweight belt in the near future, dominated Li Jingliang in his first fight since early last year. Chimaev had been sidelined by COVID-19 and other difficulties.
He returned to the cage with a remarkable opening takedown of Li, picking up his Chinese opponent shortly after the opening bell and then carrying him over to the side of the cage, where he said a few words to UFC President Dana White before throwing Li to the canvas.
Chimaev eventually finished by rear naked choke midway through the first round. His last three opponents have been unable to land one significant strike.
Makhachev (21-1) continued his roll with a first-round submission victory over veteran Dan Hooker, ending it with a kimura near the midway point of the first round. The Dagestani veteran has won nine straight fights since 2015, including three wins in 2021.
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Game Rewind: Pacers 94, Raptors 97
The Pacers hoped to avenge Wednesday’s 18-point loss in Toronto on Saturday night, when they welcomed the Raptors to Gainbridge Fieldhouse. They put together a much better effort this time around, but still came up short, as Toronto (4-3) came away with a 97-94 win over Indiana (1-6).
The Raptors led 82-76 and had a two-on-one breakaway with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Gary Trent rose up for a slam on the left baseline, but was emphatically denied at the rim by Myles Turner.
That appeared to be a turning point, as T.J. McConnell scored on the other end. After another stop, McConnell then found Turner in the left corner and the 6-11 center buried the three to make it a one-point game with 4:18 remaining.
But the Raptors responded, as Trent hit a jumper and then — after Turner missed a potential game-tying three — buried a 3-pointer of his own to push the visitors’ lead back to six.
Out of a timeout, Turner knocked down another three, making it a one-possession game once again as the game hit the three-minute mark.
But once again, Toronto had an answer. Khem Birch converted a putback dunk at 2:15 and then Fred VanVleet drained a deep 3-pointer as the shot clock expired on the next possession to push the Raptors’ lead to eight, the largest margin of the night for either team.
Five straight points from Justin Holiday got the Pacers back within three with 27 seconds remaining. After VanVleet hit just one of two free throws, Domantas Sabonis nailed a 3-pointer to pull Indiana within one with 8.9 seconds remaining.
Scottie Barnes made two foul shots on the other end. Sabonis then had a look to tie the game at the buzzer, but his shot bounced off the backboard and the front of the rim, as the Raptors held on for their second win over the Blue & Gold in four days.
Sabonis finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers in the loss. Holiday added 16 points off the bench, going 4-for-13 from 3-point range.
The Pacers got a significant boost on Saturday as Caris LeVert made his season debut. The sixth-year swingman had missed all of training camp and the first six regular-season games with a sore back, but returned to practice earlier this week and was cleared to play against Toronto hours before Saturday’s game.
LeVert played well in 16 first-half minutes, tallying 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, two assists, and two steals, but did not play in the second half, which head coach Rick Carlisle said postgame was the plan for the night.
“Today was a great start for him,” Carlisle said. “It would have been great to have him in the second half, but that just wasn’t in the cards. And rather than play him seven minutes a half and have to sit out a long halftime and all that kind of stuff, it makes more sense to play him one half with a short break and then get him cooled off and hopefully ready for Monday.”
LeVert was in the starting lineup and made his presence felt quickly. He scored his first basket in transition off a dish from rookie Chris Duarte at the 9:36 mark in the first quarter. Two possessions later, he pulled up and drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc. On the other end, Sabonis stole the ball from OG Anunoby, triggering a fastbreak that culminated with another LeVert layup for his sixth and seventh points in a 1:03 span.
LeVert wasn’t done there, adding an assist to Sabonis and another layup on the next two Pacers possessions to help Indiana out to a 13-6 lead. But the Raptors promptly answered with a 12-2 run to surge ahead.
3-pointers by Holiday and Jeremy Lamb put the hosts back in front, and they maintained the lead for the remainder of the opening quarter, taking a 25-22 advantage into the second.
“I thought we played well as a team,” LeVert said of the start of the game. “I tried to come in and provide some energy for us. I had a couple turnovers that I didn’t like, but I think overall that it was a success for myself and for the team.”
The two teams went back and forth in the ensuing frame, which featured four ties and four lead changes. Toronto got a boost off the bench from Svi Mykhailiuk, who scored nine of 11 points for the Raptors in one stretch, including a pair of dunks.
But Sabonis scored 11 points in the frame, enough to give the Blue & Gold a 47-46 lead entering the intermission.
Neither team was able to create much separation in a low-scoring third quarter. Toronto used a 7-0 run to take a 61-58 lead with four minutes remaining in the frame before Lamb tied the game with a 3-pointer at 3:07.
Birch’s three-point play put the Raptors back in front, but once again Lamb answered with a trey at the 1:03 mark to knot the game once again. Oshae Brissett’s layup with 29.7 seconds left put Indiana back in front, but Chris Boucher’s triple on the other end gave the visitors a 67-66 lead entering the fourth.
Mykhailiuk scored five points as the Raptors opened the final frame with an 8-2 run to extend their lead to seven points. Duarte kept Indiana within striking distance, knocking down a pair of threes, but baskets by fellow rookie Barnes on the other end kept the hosts at arm’s length.
Duarte finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and six assists for Indiana. Lamb scored 11 points off the bench, while Turner stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, 11 boards, four assists, and five blocks.
Barnes led the Raptors with 21 points and 12 rebounds. VanVleet added 16 points, six boards, four assists, and two steals.
Indiana has now dropped four straight games. The Pacers will continue a three-game homestand with games against San Antonio and New York on Monday and Wednesday before embarking on a four-game Western Conference road trip late next week.
Inside the Numbers
Sabonis topped 20 points for the fourth time and also recorded his fourth double-double in seven games to start the season.
Turner collected his second double-double of the season and had a season-high five blocks, four of them coming in the second half.
Duarte reached double figures for the seventh straight game to start his NBA career.
Mykhailiuk scored 16 points off the bench for Toronto on 6-of-10 shooting, doubling his previous season high.
The Pacers went 11-for-16 from the free throw line in the first half, but did not attempt a foul shot over the final two quarters.
You Can Quote Me On That
“It’s a tough league. We’ve just got to do better. We’ll look at the film. We struggled with turnovers again. We struggled a little on the boards again…There will be a lot of fixation with shotmaking. We played very hard, we’ve just got to play better.” -Carlisle
“Caris is going to open up a lot, obviously for himself — that’s what he does get buckets — as well for other players…The first half, Caris showed exactly what he does. Didn’t miss a beat, came in, played well, played aggressive, and opened a lot of stuff for us.” -Holiday on LeVert’s return
“I think it went well. I was on him just about being more aggressive because I’m a guy who likes to throw the ball ahead and be a playmaker out there. So I was just letting him know be aggressive out there and I’ll find myself. Don’t worry about me.” -LeVert on playing alongside Duarte for the first time
“If you’re open, he wants you to shoot the ball and all of us are capable of doing so. Our offense is made to generate open shots, open threes, and when you’re open, you have to shoot them.” -Holiday after matching his career high with 13 3-point attempts
“We’re missing some shot-creators. We’ve got to get the ball in the paint more. When you have guys that can create like Caris, Malcolm (Brogdon), it definitely helps our offense.” -Turner
Stat of the Night
After surrendering 31 points off 23 turnovers (both season highs) in Toronto, turnovers were once again an issue for the Blue & Gold on Saturday. The Raptors scored 28 points off 20 Indiana giveaways.
- Starting point guard Malcolm Brogdon missed his second straight game with a strained left hamstring.
- Indiana is now 1-1 on the season when playing on the second half of a back-to-back.
- After scoring a career-high 28 points in Friday night’s loss in Brooklyn, Pacers forward Torrey Craig went scoreless in 8:29 off the bench on Saturday.
The Pacers continue their homestand on Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 PM ET, when they welcome Doug McDermott, Thaddeus Young, and the San Antonio Spurs to Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
INDY ELEVEN SOCCER
RECAP | Memphis 901 FC 3 : 0 Indy Eleven
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Saturday, October 30, 2021) – Indy Eleven ended its 2021 USL Championship season with a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of a playoff bound Memphis 901 FC Saturday evening at AutoZone Park. The result pushed Indy’s final record on the season to 9W-15L-8D, its subsequent 35 points placing sixth in the Central Division standings to close out its fourth Championship campaign.
After both sides kept each other largely at bay across the opening 10 minutes, Memphis struck first in the 12th minute on a scoring chance unlocked by Mark Segbers’ through ball into the right side of the area. That’s where Michael Salazar squared centrally for a waiting Roland Lamah, who split the space between two defenders to touch past Eleven netminder Jordan Farr and gave 901 FC the early advantage. Memphis kept the pressure on and had two dangerous chances in the middle of the stanza, but goal mouth clearances by Eleven midfielder Gershon Koffie and defender Jared Timmer in the 20th and 25th minutes, respectively, kept the home side at bay.
In the 27th minute, Eleven midfielder Aboubacar Sissoko was put inside the area by Patrick Seagrist’s through ball down the left flank, but the Canadian’s attempt to catch 901 FC goalkeeper Brady Scott flat-footed was instead batted away. Perhaps the Eleven’s best chance to equalize came just after the half hour mark, when midfielder Ayoze achieved the left endline and sent a back post cross towards Manuel Arteaga, who saw his header across frame again pushed away by Scott.
Indy rued that missed chance immediately, as Memphis scored just seconds later on a swift counter that ended with Kyle Murphy sweeping a shot inside the left post that gave the striker his 20th goal of the season and 901 FC a 2-0 lead. The visitors tried to claw one back late in the half through a half-chance volley by Timmer from 20 yards that couldn’t dip in time to test Scott once more. While the opening half saw the Eleven out-shoot Memphis by an 8-7 margin and finish even on shots on target with three apiece, Indy entered the break down two tallies and in search of answers.
The proceedings did not improve for Indiana’s Team coming out of halftime, and Kissiedou again played provider to put things out of reach in the 56th minute. The Ivory Coast native’s chip put Andre Fortune into the right side of the area, from where he lofted a ball over Farr and inside the back post to move the score to 3-0, despite vehement protests from the Indy defensive corps that the offside flag should have been raised on the set up.
Indy pressed forward despite the deficit, with Ayoze setting the tone until the end. In the 63rd minute, the Spaniard nearly got one back with a low shot from 25 yards out that almost brushed the outside of the right post as it slid just wide. In the 71st minute, the captain played a looping ball for Arteaga that the Venezuelan laid into the path of substitute Nick Moon, who couldn’t keep his curling effort on goal.
Arteaga exited the match in the 76th minute, but not before he became just the third field player in club history to appear in every regular season match during a normal length campaign (not including last year’s COVID-shortened season), joining Don Smart (2014) and Tyler Gibson (2019) on that short list. Arteaga finished the season as the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals, making him just the fifth different player to register double-digit tallies in a single season for the Boys in Blue.
Ayoze kept the service coming in the 77th minute, his set piece inside the area finding an open Timmer for a half-shot/half-cross that just missed connecting with defender Tobi Adewole as he crashed the back post. Ayoze went the full 90 in finishing out his fourth season with the squad, and his club-leading five assists made him 4-for-4 in topping Indiana’s Team either solo or shared in the category – and also improved his club-record to 21 assists.
USL Championship Regular Season
Memphis 901 FC 3 : 0 Indy Eleven
Saturday, October 30, 2021
AutoZone Park – Memphis, Tenn.
Indy Eleven: 9W-15L-8D, 35 pts.; 6th place in Central Division
Memphis 901 FC: 14W-10L-8D, 50 pts.; 3rd place in Central Division
MEM – Roland Lamah (Michael Salazar) 12’
MEM – Kyle Murphy (Laurent Kissiedou) 32’
MEM – Andre Fortune (Laurent Kissiedou) 56’
MEM – Andre Fortune (yellow card) 7’
IND – Peter-Lee Vassell (yellow card) 25’
MEM – Andre Reynolds (yellow card) 66’
IND – Nick Moon (yellow card) 80’
MEM – Zach Carroll (yellow card) 81’
IND – Kevin Partida (yellow card) 85’
Indy Eleven line-up (4-5-1): Jordan Farr; Patrick Seagrist, Jared Timmer, Tobi Adewole, Rece Buckmaster; Peter-Lee Vassell (Nick Moon 61’), Gershon Koffie, Kevin Partida, Aboubacar Sissoko (Jeremiah Gutjahr 61’), Ayoze (captain); Manuel Arteaga (Aidan Liu 76’)
IND substitutions: Bobby Edwards (GK), Liam Doyle, Karl Ouimette, Neveal Hackshaw
Memphis 901 FC line-up (4-2-3-1): Brady Scott; Alan Winn, Zach Carroll, Skylar Thomas, Mark Segbers (Andre Reynolds 62’); Leston Paul (captain), Laurent Kissiedou; Roland Lamah (Tycho Collins 90’), Andre Fortune (John Talley 69’), Michael Salazar; Kyle Murphy (Rashawn Dally 45’)
MEM substitutions: Niall Logue, Jake Gelnovatch. Kadeem Dacres
INDIANA FOOTBALL: Hoosiers Fall Short Against Terps, 38-35
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Welcome to the evolution of a college quarterback, and the continued excellence of a record-setting senior tight end.
Was it enough for a Hoosier victory under must-win pressure?
Not on Saturday at Maryland.
Indiana (2-6) fell behind by 14, rallied for the lead, but couldn’t hold it in a 38-35 defeat.
“I’m very disappointed,” head coach Tom Allen told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during his post-game radio show. “We needed this win.
“The kids are fighting. They fought to the end.”
The defense, which got burned for the second-straight week, generated this blunt Allen assessment:
“We got let down by our defense.”
In his first college start, true freshman quarterback Donaven McCulley was 14-for-25 for 242 yards, an IU true freshman yardage record, two touchdown, and no turnovers.
“It was his first college start as a true freshman on the road in the Big Ten,” Allen told Fischer. “That’s tough to do. He played the way I hoped he would. Expected him to.”
It was big improvement from last week’s college debut against No. 5 Ohio State, when McCulley, a four-star prospect from Indianapolis Lawrence North High School, completed just one of six passes for 30 yards in rainy conditions after starter Jack Tuttle got hurt.
“Last week was tough to be thrust in that moment,” Allen told Fischer. “But he had a good week of practice.
“You can see the talent that’s there. Mistakes were made, but he grew up a whole bunch and gave us a chance to win.”
The 6-5 McCulley started fast — hitting six of his first eight passes — while avoiding turnovers. He made mistakes, but never lost his poise. To help with that, offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan was on the sidelines rather than in the press box.
The result — even with the status of veterans Tuttle and Michael Penix Jr. uncertain with injuries, quarterback prospects are promising.
“Donaven is going to be a very special player,” center Dylan Powell told Fischer. “He’s young. He’s shown flashes of what we have in the future with him.
“No matter who’s back there, we expect them to make plays. They have to play to the standard we need them to play. The offensive line has to produce for them.”
Peyton Hendershot went where no Hoosier tight end has gone before. He passed Ted Bolser as the school record holder for receiving yards. He caught six passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns, plus a conversion. That gives him a tight-end record 125 catches for a record 1,383 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Bolser had 117 catches with 15 TD receptions and 1,337 yards.
Wide receiver Ty Fryfogle caught four passes for 78 yards. Miles Marshall had one catch for 41 yards, plus blocked a punt.
Tailback Stephen Carr had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. He ran 21 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He broke loose for a 66-yard TD run.
He sparked a ground game that totaled 204 yards.
With left guard Mike Katic not making the trip with an injury, right guard Matthew Bedford took his spot and back-up center Zach Carpenter moved to right guard.
“I’m proud of our offense,” Allen told Fischer. “We’re trying to find some ways to move the ball and score. They did that.
“Carpenter was ready to step in there. He deserved to play. He’s versatile. He can play guard and center.”
Maryland (5-3), which snapped a three-game losing streak, was led by quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa’s 419 passing yards and two touchdowns.
“I know we had some (breakdowns) in our secondary,” Allen told Fischer. “We were trying to do some things there to patch that up. We got exposed. There were too many third downs we didn’t get off the field.”
After rallying for a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter, IU gave up consecutive touchdown drives and never recovered.
“I’m really disappointed in the defense,” Allen told Fischer. “We got that lead. Gave up two drives on those scores. It can’t happen.”
Maryland opened a 14-0 lead after 11 minutes, then missed a field goal.
IU caught fire.
McCulley hit Hendershot with a 31-yard pass, converted a crucial fourth-down pass to Fryfolge for a first down, then another long pass to Hendershot to set up Carr’s 1-yard touchdown run and close within seven points.
The Hoosiers forced a three-and-out, then Marshall blocked a punt to give IU the ball on the Maryland 13-yard line. It didn’t take advantage when Campbell missed a 42-yard field goal attempt.
Campbell made up for it with a career-long 55-yard field goal — the second-longest in program history behind Griffen Oakes’ 58-yarder — for a 14-10 halftime score.
McCulley was 6-for-13 for 93 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. His ability to avoid turnovers gave the Hoosiers a second-half chance.
Carr’s 66-yard touchdown run – a combination of good blocking and then good vision and speed – pushed IU ahead 17-14 early in the third quarter.
The Terrapins responded with a pair of touchdowns for a 28-17 lead.
IU used a fake punt – Bryant Fitzgerald took the snap and ran for a first down – to set up Campbell’s 30-yard field goal to make it 28-20.
After another Maryland touchdown, McCulley connected with Hendershot twice – once for a touchdown, once for a two-point conversion, for a 35-28 score.
IU forced a punt, but the offense couldn’t capitalize and the defense gave up a field goal for a 38-28 score with 80 seconds left.
McCulley connected for 53 yards with Fryfogle to set up a second TD pass to Hendershot to make it 38-35 with a minute left.
The Hoosiers went for an onside kick, but didn’t get it.
In the aftermath, Allen told Fischer, “We need a playmaker on every part of this team.”
IU heads to No. 6 Michigan (7-1) next Saturday. The Wolverines are coming off a 37-33 loss to No. 8 Michigan State.
The Hoosiers need to win out to become bowl eligible.
“That’s the way it is,” Allen told Fischer. “We have to watch film, make corrections, keep competing, keep fighting. That’s what we’re going to do.”
Added Powell: “We can’t give up. We’re going through some adversity, but we’re going to keep strapping up our helmets and playing for each other. Doing whatever we can to turn this around.
“We’re going to keep coming to work. I know we can turn this around.”
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Big Ten Title Chance Awaits IU Sunday
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Playing its best at the right time, Indiana men’s soccer (12-3-1, 5-2-0 B1G) has a chance to win its fourth straight Big Ten Championship as it battles fellow title contender Maryland (11-3-1, 4-2-1 B1G) on the final matchday of the regular season Sunday (Oct. 31) at 1 p.m. on Ludwig Field.
Sitting tied with Penn State atop the Big Ten table at 15 points apiece, Indiana can clinch at least a share of the trophy with a win. Maryland is also in the mix, sitting third with 13 points.
The match will be aired live on Big Ten Network. Live stats are available at IUHoosiers.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana men’s soccer is in its best stretch of the season so far, winning nine of its last then matches and recording seven straight shutout victories.
• IU has yet to drop points in a conference road match, owning a perfect 3-0-0 record in such matches.
• The Hoosiers have won 17 Big Ten regular season titles, including three straight championships, in the program’s illustrious history.
ABOUT THE TERRAPINS
• Maryland is led by 29th-year head coach Sasho Cirovski. He owns a 413-159-58 record during his time with the Terrapins.
• The Terrapins are undefeated at home on Ludwig Field this season, owning a 7-0-1 record.
• Sophomore midfielder Ben Bender leads the Terrapins with six goals and is tied with freshman forward Joshua Bolma and freshman forward Jacen Russell-Rowe for the team lead in assists, with four.
• Junior goalkeeper Niklas Neumann has started 11 of 15 matches for Maryland this season and owns a 1.03 goals allowed average and three shutouts.
• Indiana and Maryland have played each other 17 times since 1999 with Indiana holding a 6-4-7 record in the all-time series.
• IU has won the last two matchups, both coming in the Big Ten Tournament.
• Junior forward Victor Bezerra scored a brace during Indiana’s 2-0 victory the last time the two teams met on April 14, 2021.
• The Indiana defense has posted seven consecutive clean sheets and 10 total shutouts this season.
• The Hoosiers have not allowed a goal in 676 consecutive minutes of play.
• Indiana student-athletes have earned the last three Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards, with Daniel Munie earning two (Oct. 12 & 26) and Roman Celentano the other (Oct. 19).
• Munie, Celentano and Nyk Sessock have all been named to a Top Drawer Soccer or College Soccer News Team of the Week in the last two cycles.
• Sessock and All-America left back Spencer Glass (13 starts) typically bookend Indiana’s four-wide back line, filled in the middle by Munie and sophomore center back Joey Maher.
INDIANA SWIMMING AND DIVING: No. 5/11 Indiana Starts Strong in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana swimming and diving owns an advantage in four of five matchups after day one of its double dual meet Friday (Oct. 29) night at Ohio State.
The Hoosier men hold leads over No. 11 Ohio State, No. 12 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Penn State going into the final day of competition Saturday (Oct. 30). For the women’s team, IU has a 100-67 lead over No. 18 Virginia Tech, but will look to close a 101-66 gap against No. 10 Ohio State.
Competition resumes at 10 a.m. ET Saturday.
No. 5 Indiana 113, No. 12 Virginia Tech 54
No. 5 Indiana 129, No. 25 Penn State 37
No. 5 Indiana 101, No. 11 Ohio State 66
No. 11 Indiana 100, No. 18 Virginia Tech 67
No. 10 Ohio State 101, No. 11 Indiana 66
Michael Brinegar – 500 Freestyle (4:20.99)
Brendan Burns – 200 Backstroke (1:44.00), 200 Butterfly (1:42.30), 400 Medley Relay (3:07.59)
Gabriel Fantoni – 400 Medley Relay (3:07.59)
Van Mathias – 400 Medley Relay (3:07.59)
Rafael Miroslaw – 400 Medley Relay (3:07.59)
Carson Tyler – 3-Meter Dive (440.65)
Mariah Denigan – 500 Freestyle (4:49.18)
Tarrin Gilliland – 3-Meter Dive (358.90)
Mackenzie Looze – 200 IM (1:59.14)
• Indiana dominated the women’s 3-Meter dive, placing six of the top seven finishers and recording five NCAA Zone Qualifying scores.
• IUSD totaled 10 NCAA B cut time and seven NCAA Zone Qualifying scores.
• Brendan Burns led IU with three victories and two NCAA B cut times.
• A day after they were named to the USA Swimming rosters for the 2021 FINA World Championships and Marathon World Series, Michael Brinegar and Mariah Denigan swept the men’s and women’s 500-Yard Freestyle for the second straight meet.
• Brinegar used a final lap surge in the 500 Free to finish ahead of Ohio State’s Chalie Clark by just .07 seconds, touching the wall in 4:20.99. Mikey Calvillo finished third with a 4:23.18, earning both Hoosiers an NCAA B cut time.
• IU freshmen Carson Tyler and Quinn Henninger finished first and second on the men’s 3-Meter dive, with outstanding scores of 440.65 and 429.25, respectively. The pairing finished 1-2 in their last meet, at No. 24 Northwestern, as well.
B: Michael Brinegar – 500 Free (4:20.99); Brendan Burns – 200 Back (1:44.00), 200 Fly (1:42.30); Mikey Calvillo (4:23.18); Gabriel Fantoni – 200 Back (1:44.13); Jack Franzman – 100 Free (1:00.95); Corey Gambardella – 200 Fly (1:46.15); Mackenzie Looze – 200 IM (1:59.14); Rafael Miroslaw – 100 Free (43.60); Noelle Peplowski – 100 Breast (1:00.95)
NCAA ZONE QUALIFYING SCORES
1-Meter: N/A (Saturday)
3-Meter: Tyler Carson (440.65), Megan Carter (296.00), Anne Fowler (310.60), Tarrin Gilliland (358.90), Quinn Henninger (429.25), Carmen Hernandez (292.20), Kayla Luarde (288.40)
The meet resumes Saturday (Oct. 30) at 10 a.m. in the women’s 200 Medley Relay. Live results are available via IUHoosiers.com and the competition will be streamed on the Big Ten Plus digital platform.
PURDUE FOOTBALL: Purdue Takes Down Nebraska on the Road, 28-23
LINCOLN, Neb. – Behind a stout defensive performance in the second half and forcing four turnovers, the Purdue football team picked up a 28-23 win on the road at Nebraska on Saturday afternoon. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell threw two touchdown passes in the win.
The Boilermakers (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) hounded the Nebraska (3-6, 1-5) offense, holding the hosts to just 162 yards and forcing three interceptions in the second half. Purdue intercepted four passes for the second time in three games and held the Cornhuskers to just 36 yards through most of the second half.
O’Connell was 34-of-45 passing with two touchdowns. The offense finished with 349 yards, including 116 on the ground.
The second quarter saw a flurry of action on the scoreboard. Early in the period with Nebraska on its own 44-yard line, Jalen Graham stepped in front of an Adrian Martinez pass and took it all the way back to the endzone to tie it up at 7-7.
Nebraska countered on the ensuing 75-yard drive with a touchdown to retake a 14-7 lead, before Aidan O’Connell marched the Boilermakers down the field on a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by a Zander Horvath 1-yard scoring run.
Again, the Cornhuskers pushed the ball down the field, but the Boilermaker defense held stout and forced a 33-yard field that gave the hosts a 17-14 lead at the break.
After Graham’s second interception of the game in the third, O’Connell found Milton Wright for a three-yard touchdown pass to give Purdue its first lead of the day at 21-17 with 2:47 left in the quarter. Purdue added to the lead in the fourth when O’Connell hit Jackson Anthrop for a 9-yard strike to make it 28-17.
The Cornhuskers cut into the lead with 1:44 to play on a 12-yard touchdown pass by Martinez to make it 28-23. The defense prevented Nebraska from converting a two-point conversion, and Payne Durham pounced on the ensuing onside kick attempt to seal the victory.
THE GROUND GAME
The Boilermakers placed an emphasis on the ground game and rushed 41 times for 116 yards, the second game over 100 yards on the year. The total was the second-most attempts by Purdue this season, one shy of the team’s season high. Zander Horvath picked up 24 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown, while Jackson Anthrop ran for a career-high 27 yards on five rushes.
The Boilermakers intercepted four passes on the afternoon. Jalen Graham finished the day with two interceptions, the firsts of his career. His pick-six was Purdue’s first since 2019 when Cory Trice housed an interception against Maryland. Cam Allen had his fourth interception of the year and seventh of his career, while Chris Jefferson notched his first as a Boilermaker and 14th of his career.
• Purdue had four interceptions for the second time in three games.
• The Boilermakers are 5-5 all-time against the Cornhuskers, including the last three and four of five.
• Aidan O’Connell was 34-of-45 for 233 yards with two touchdowns, one completion shy of tying a career high
• Along with its four interceptions, the defense had 50 tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack
Purdue returns to Ross-Ade Stadium to face Michigan State next Saturday. Kickoff time will be announced early this week.
PURDUE WSOCCER: Hosts Big Ten Quarterfinal Sunday
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Postseason soccer returns to Folk Field as the No. 18 Purdue soccer team hosts Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal on Sunday, October 31, at 3 p.m. ET, in a nationally-televised contest on the Big Ten Network.
Tickets are on sale now, at PurdueSports.com/Soccer and https://boile.rs/B1GQTix21. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth and students.
The John Purdue Club is hosting a Kick-or-Treat Tailgate, presented by Coors Light, outside Folk Field from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday. The pregame event is free and open to all fans and will include free snacks and refreshments and fun activities, including a costume contests for students and families. The Purdue Band and Purdue Pete also will be in attendance at the game.
University, local and state health guidelines will be followed on game day. Updates will be provided by Purdue Athletics, if necessary. A clear bag policy will be implemented for all events in Purdue Athletics facilities this year, and information can be found at PurdueSports.com/ClearBag.
The match will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and on the Fox Sports app, and live stats are available at BigTenStats.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. Additional information on the Big Ten Tournament is available at BigTen.org/WSOC.
Winners of five of its last six, with three shutouts in four games, Purdue is 13-3-2 overall and finished 8-2-0 in the Big Ten, both its best marks since 2007. The team has 13 wins for the first time since 2007 and the fifth time ever, and eight Big Ten wins ties the program record, set in 2007. The Boilermakers placed second in the Big Ten standings to tie their best regular-season finish, along with 2005 and 2007, and are the No. 2 seed in the eight-team conference tournament.
Seventeen players have earned at least a point and 16 have at least one assist, both second-most in the Big Ten. Ten Boilermakers have scored a goal, tied for fifth-most in the conference. Purdue boasts a 33-16 advantage in goal differential, including 22-8 in the second half and 2-0 in overtime.
The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten with 103 points, 37 assists, a .856 save percentage and 5.28 saves per game, while they are third with 33 goals.
Individually, senior forward Sarah Griffith is No. 3 nationally 4.88 shots per game and 2.65 shots on goal per game, No. 4 with 14 goals, No. 13 with 30 points and No. 22 with four game-winning goals. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova is 25th in the NCAA with a .849 save percentage, and she leads the Big Ten with 90 saves and is third with 1656:23 minutes.
Additionally, sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway have a team-high-tying seven assists, which is fourth in the Big Ten. Mathews also is second on the team with five goals and 17 points.
The Buckeyes enter the Tournament seeded seventh overall. They are 9-7-2 overall with a 4-4-2 mark in the Big Ten.
THE BOILERMAKERS IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
This is Purdue’s 12 Big Ten Tournament appearance in program history and its third since 2017, which came after a nine-year hiatus. The Boilermakers are 8-8-2 all-time with a tournament title in 2007. Purdue is 3-2-1 against Ohio State, 7-4-1 in the quarterfinal and 3-1-0 as a No. 2 seed. Purdue won the 2007 championship as the second seed in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with 3-0 wins over Northwestern and Illinois and a 3-1 triumph over OSU in the championships game. In 2005, the second-seeded Boilermakers lost a 3-0 quarterfinal matchup to Wisconsin.
In 2019, eighth-seeded Purdue upset top-seeded and No. 7-ranked Wisconsin, 1-0 in the quarterfinal in Madison. Current Boilermakers Ally Mussallem and Skylurr Patrick assisted on the game-winning goal in the 45th minute, and Bova made six saves to earn the shutout victory. In the quarterfinal, Purdue lost a 2-0 contest to Penn State in Piscataway, New Jersey, as Bova registered four saves.
West Lafayette is hosting a postseason game for the fourth time ever, along with the 2001 Big Ten Quarterfinal, the 2007 NCAA Tournament First and Second Round and the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, which the Boilermakers did not qualify for. Purdue is 1-1-1 all-time in home postseason games.
PURDUE EARNS ALL-BIG TEN AWARDS
Griffith was named the Big Ten Forward of the Year to highlight five Boilermakers who were named to All-Big Ten teams. She was joined on the All-Big Ten First Team by Mathews, while Bova and senior defender Skylurr Patrick were honored on the All-Big Ten Second Team and senior midfielder Grace Walsh collected All-Big Ten Third Team distinction. Additionally, senior midfielder Skylar Giacobetti was bestowed with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Purdue’s five All-Big Ten Team honors are its second-most in the team’s 24 seasons and comes after a total of four players were recognized between 2011 and 2020. Just the 2021 team and the 2007 squad, with six, have earned more than three All-Big Ten awards since the program’s inaugural season in 1998.
Griffith is the second player in program history to be recognized as the league’s Forward of the Year, along with Maddy Williams in 2017, and the fifth to ever earn a Big Ten Player of the Year accolade. Griffith and Mathews’ first team awards are Purdue’s first since 2017 and the first time since 2009 the team has had more than one. Bova is the third All-Big Ten goalkeeper in team history. Griffith, who was on the second team in 2020, and Walsh, on the third team a year ago, are two-time All-Big Ten Team honorees, the seventh and eighth in program history.
The Boilermakers have earned six Big Ten Player of the Week awards. Griffith is a three-time Offensive Player of the Week honoree this year, tied for fourth-most by a single player in conference history, as she was recognized on August 31, September 28 and October 5. Sophomore defender Nicole Kevdzija was the Defensive Player of the Week on August 31, with Griffith, Mathews earned offensive accolades on September 21 and Bova was the Goalkeeper of the Week on October 26. Additionally, Mathews was recognized on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week twice.
Purdue is No. 18 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25. The Boilermakers are ranked nationally for the fourth consecutive week, and it is their highest ranking since 2009, which also was the last year the team was ranked before three weeks ago. Purdue debuted at No. 25 on October 5, was No. 19 on October 12 and No. 18 last week. The Old Gold and Black also are at No. 3 in the North Region ranking, and they are No. 18 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue is No. 18 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll and No. 23 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings.
In her career, Bova’s 0.890 goals-against average, .805 save percentage and 19 shutouts are all second-best all-time. She is fourth with 27 wins, 5,086.36 minutes and 54 starts and fifth in school history in with 207 saves.
In a single season, Bova is No. 3 with 90 saves and a .849 save percentage, No. 5 with 13 wins and tied for No. 6 with five shutouts and a 0.87 goals-against average. Her 13 victories is the most by a Boilermaker goalkeeper since 2007.
Griffith’s 24 career goals and nine game-winning goals are sixth-most all-time and her 56 points is ninth. In 2021, she has 14 goals, tied for the school record, while her four game-winning goals and 30 points are tied for fourth.
She scored a goal in eight of 10 Big Ten games, had a point in all but one conference contest and notched a seven-game goal streak and an eight-game point streak, both school records. Meanwhile, senior midfielder Teagan Jones had a three-game assist streak, one game shy of tying the school record.
Mathews and Dunaway’s seven assists are tied for No. 9 overall in a single season, and Dunaway is No. 2 in the school record books for assists by a freshman.
LAST TIME OUT: KEEPING THE BOOT, AGAIN
Purdue retained the Golden Boot Trophy for a seventh consecutive season with a 2-0 victory over rival Indiana on a rainy afternoon at Folk Field to conclude the regular season on October 24. Purdue improved to 16-4-6 all-time against IU with the win.
Mussallem and Griffith each had three points and Mathews two. Mussallem scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute and Griffith the insurance goal in the 80th, as they each assisted on the other’s goal and Mathews had the primary helper on both. Meanwhile, Bova made two saves and another ball was cleared off the line to secure the clean sheet.
Griffith had a match-high six shots, four on goal, and Mathews had three shots. IU had 14 shots to Purdue’s 13, but the defense allowed just three of the visitor’s shots to go on target, while the home side delivered seven shots on goal. The Hoosier keeper made five saves.
A complete recap from the match, including box score, highlights and postgame reaction from coach Drew Roff, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
SERIES HISTORY VS. OHIO STATE
Purdue is 12-12-4 all-time against Ohio State, 4-7-2 in West Lafayette and 3-2-1 in the Big Ten Tournament. When the Boilermakers are ranked, they are 5-2-2 in the series, with all five wins and both ties coming against an unranked Buckeye side. Two weeks ago, on October 14 in Columbus, Purdue won a 1-0 overtime thriller in its first road game in the series since 2015. The Old Gold and Black have won the last three tournament games, including a 3-1 championship game victory in 2007 and a 2-1 quarterfinal win in 2008. The only time the two teams have met in the postseason in West Lafayette came in 2001, a 2-1 Purdue loss in overtime in the quarterfinal.
Two weeks ago, Griffith scored the fastest overtime goal in program history as Purdue beat Ohio State 1-0 in Columbus. The game-winner came at 90:34, as Griffith converted on a beautiful ball into the box by Jones. It was Purdue’s fastest overtime goal and the fourth ever in the first minute of OT.
Bova made a career-best nine saves to earn her 17th career shutout. Senior midfielder Sydney Duarte had a team-best three shots, one on goal, and Griffith was held to one shot, which found the back of the net. Ohio State’s goalkeeper made three saves.
A complete recap from the match, including box score and highlights, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State is 9-7-2 after a 4-4-2 Big Ten slate. OSU is 3-2-1 on the road and 3-5-0 against top-25 opponents. Following the 1-0 overtime loss to then-No. 19 Purdue on October 14, the Buckeyes are unbeaten in their last three, with a 2-1 home win against No. 22 Michigan on October 17, a double-overtime scoreless draw at Wisconsin on October 20 and a 2-1 win at Northwestern on October 24.
The Buckeyes are fourth in the Big Ten with 15.89 shots per game and fifth with 30 assists.
UP NEXT: BIG TEN TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL
The winner between second-seeded Purdue and seventh-seeded Ohio State will advance to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal on Thursday, November 4, at 4 p.m. ET, on the Big Ten Network. The opponent will be the winner between No. 3-seed Michigan and No. 6-seed Penn State, and the contest will be held at the highest-seeded remaining team in the eight-team tournament.
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: Taylor and Nze Combine for 48 in @ButlerMBB’s Exhibition Win Over Tiffin
Butler freshman Jayden Taylor and graduate student Bryce Nze combined for 48 points as Butler posted a 94-84 win over Tiffin in an exhibition contest Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
In his first outing in front of the Bulldog Faithful, Taylor went 8-of-11 from the field, including 5-of-6 from behind the arc, to post 25 points. Nze was almost equally efficient, hitting 11 of his 15 attempts from the field. He posted a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Aaron Thompson also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Bryce Golden narrowly missed one with 10 points and nine rebounds. Jair Bolden added 13 points.
Tiffin, which lost 90-87 to Bellarmine earlier this week, used a 15-for-29 performance from three-point range to stay within reach for much of the afternoon.
“It was great to be back at Hinkle and it was definitely time for us to see an outside opponent,” said coach LaVall Jordan. “This was a really good test with their pace and their ability to shoot the ball. We have a lot to take from this and learn from. I thought there was a lot to like as well, especially how we shared the ball.”
Butler had 20 assists against only 11 turnovers in the contest. The Bulldogs shot 58 percent from the field, including 10-of-25 from three-point range. Butler had a 37-23 rebounding advantage and posted a 50-28 edge in paint points.
Tanner Johnson led Tiffin with 21 points, going 7-for-8 from behind the arc.
The Bulldogs play their second and final exhibition on Friday, hosting the University of Indianapolis at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
BUTLER FOOTBALL: Dayton Holds Off Butler Football 38-31
DAYTON, Ohio – The Dayton Flyers (4-4, 3-3) recorded a 38-31 win over Butler (2-7, 0-6) on Saturday afternoon at Welcome Stadium. The Bulldogs posted 530 yards of total offense and outscored the Flyers 24-14 in the second half, but were unable to find the win column.
How it Happened
Bret Bushka threw for 392 yards and added a team-best 58 yards on the ground to lead the Butler offense. His favorite receivers on Saturday were Johnny O’Shea and Yogi Flager. O’Shea was targeted 20 times which led to his 13-catch game. He ended the day with a game-high 164 receiving yards. Flager pulled in six of his nine targets for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Bushka’s counterpart Jack Cook was in the box score with 269 yards and two touchdowns. Dayton’s top performer on Saturday was running back Jake Chisholm. He rushed 24 times for 161 yards and three touchdowns. He also opened up the scoring with a 50-yard TD reception.
Butler and Dayton were tied at 7-7 after the first quarter, but the Flyers would take control of the action by winning the second quarter 17-0. A BU fumble set up a short field for Dayton to start the second quarter and the Flyers would go up 10-7 after a 20-yard field goal.
Butler looked to get those points back after a Tommy Carlsen interception. Bushka would push the ball downfield after the pick and hit Flager for a gain of 26. The Bulldogs got the ball down to the Dayton 30 yard line, but would be stopped on fourth and four to turn the ball over on downs.
Dayton used that momentum to take control of the second quarter. A pivotal part of the game came on a huge third down conversion. Cook faced third and 11, but found Bubonics for a gain of 30. The next pass from Cook covered 22 yards and eventually Chisholm would cash in to give Dayton the 17-7 advantage.
Dayton scored that touchdown with 2:30 left in the first half and the Flyer defense would get the ball back to their offense with 1:28 to play in the second quarter. Cook helped Dayton cover 70 yards in just three plays (44 seconds) to get another TD before the half.
After the stoppage, Butler’s offense went back to work and scored on their first drive. BU would face a fourth down and six situation on the Dayton 25 yard line. Bushka kept the ball on fourth and gained 19 yards. Two plays later, AJ Deinhart crossed the goal line from one yard out to make the game 24-14.
Butler’s offense was back on the field in a hurry after Dayton scored on a two-play drive that covered 49 yards. Butler wouldn’t match the six points, but instead would settle for three on a 32-yard field goal by JJ Wadas making the score 31-17.
Dayton used another quick score to extend their lead to 38-17. Chisholm would break free and scatter 49 yards to the end zone for his third touchdown of the day.
The Bulldogs didn’t blink and would score their own touchdown just 11 seconds later. Flager beat his man and Bushka would find him for the 75-yard TD pass. The ‘Dawgs would keep grinding and get a second touchdown run from Bushka in the fourth quarter to get within seven points.
Bushka’s TD came with 2:06 on the clock, and with just two timeouts remaining Butler elected for the on-side kick. The attempt was unsuccessful, but the Bulldog D would hold strong and force a Dayton punt. Butler tried to get the ball down the field with less than a minute to play, but a Dayton interception would end any chance of a comeback and Cook would take a knee to deliver the victory.
Stat of the Game
Dayton’s final three touchdowns of the game all came on big plays. They scored on a three-play drive in just 44 seconds before the half, then added a two-play TD drive to start the third quarter. (33 seconds). Their final touchdown on Saturday came on the third play, covering 60 yards (44 seconds).
Inside the Box Score
– Butler recorded eight more first downs than Dayton and won time of possession (36-24)
– BU passed for 22 of their 28 first downs
– AJ Deinhart rushed the ball 16 times for 55 yards and a TD
– Bushka recorded 58 rushing yards and scored twice on the ground
– Nick Orlando completed one pass for eight yards and caught two for 34
– Sam Rogers caught three balls for 26 yards
– Connor Reid led BU with 11 tackles at Welcome Stadium
– Michael Wellman recorded a sack for the Bulldog defense
– Tommy Carlsen returned his interception 18 yards for BU
– BU never punted in the second half (3 TD’s, 1 FG, 2 INT)
The final home game of the 2021 campaign is up next on the schedule for the Bulldogs. Butler will host Valparaiso on Saturday, Nov. 13. Senior Day will feature a 12 PM kick-off. The Hoosier Helmet will also be on the line.
BUTLER WSOCCER: Hosts UConn in BIG EAST Quarterfinal
Matchday Information – UConn at Butler
DATE: Sunday, October 31 / 1 PM
LOCATION: Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl
LIVE STATS: butlersports.com
LIVE VIDEO: BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD: Butler leads, 2-0-0
LAST MEETING: October 3, 2021 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 3, UConn 0
Full Notes (PDF)
The Butler women’s soccer team is preparing to host UConn for a quarterfinal match in the BIG EAST Tournament on Sunday, October 31, at 1 pm. The Bulldogs are the No. 3-seed while the Huskies come in as the No. 6-seed.
Abigail Isger is 22nd nationally with four game-winning goals and is tied for the BIG EAST lead.
Katie Soderstrom is second in the BIG EAST and 26th nationally with 11 goals. Soderstrom is second in the BIG EAST and 18th nationally with 29 points.
Alli Leonard and Soderstrom, each with seven assists, are fourth in the BIG EAST and 57th nationally. Isger, with six, is eighth in the BIG EAST.
Emma Martin’s eight shutouts are third in the BIG EAST and 16th nationally, while her .629 GAA is third in the conference and 20th nationally.
2021 is the seventh consecutive season that Butler women’s soccer has qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament. The Bulldogs made the championship match in four of the previous six seasons and won the tournament in 2015.
2021 is the ninth season of the past ten in which Butler has produced double-digit wins. Excluding 2014, the Bulldogs have had at least 10 wins every season since 2012.
The Bulldogs have scored 38 goals in 18 matches this season (2.11 goals/match) while giving up 15 goals
(0.833 goals allowed/match).
Twelve different players have scored at least one goal in 18 matches this season, and twelve have also produced an assist.
In Butler’s 3-0 win over UConn earlier this season: The Bulldogs scored goals in the 27th, 50th, and 75th minutes. Becky Dean’s game-winning goal was her first goal of the season. Abigail Isger scored her sixth of the season, Julia Leonard notched her second. Katie Soderstrom produced two assists, both coming off corner kicks, while Alli Leonard tallied her seventh of the season. Freshman Emma Martin made two saves and was credited with her fifth shutout of the season.
Butler outshot Connecticut, 11-5 total, and 7-2 on goal.
The Bulldogs earned seven corner kicks compared to five for the Huskies.
Butler and UConn have met only two times, with Butler winning both.
In addition to the 10/03/21 match, the Bulldogs won a BIG EAST semifinal contest on April 16, 2021, 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: No. 21 Georgetown W, 1-0
UConn has scored 21 goals this season and allowed 25 goals.
Ten players have scored a goal for the Huskies, and eleven have produced an assist.
Current offensive standouts for UConn include:
#13 Jaydah Bedoya (6g, 4a)
#7 Jada Konte (4g, 3a)
#4 Lucy Cappadona (2g, 4a)
#99 Duda Santin (2g, 3a)
Kaitlyn Mahoney (7-7-1) has started 16 of 17 matches in goal and played 78% of the minutes. She has 74 saves (.804) and has allowed 18 goals, producing a 1.32 GAA.
BALL STATE ATHLETICS
BALL STATE SWIMMING: Women’s Swimming & Diving Earns Nine Event Wins vs. Ohio
MUNCIE, Ind. – – In a down-to-the-wire finish, the Ball State women’s swimming & diving team fell just a few lengths short of a victory Saturday morning, suffering a 153-147 setback to Ohio at the Lewellen Aquatic Center.
Coming off a late-night win at Eastern Illinois Friday, the Cardinals (1-1) traveled back to Muncie to give a fresh Bobcats (1-1) squad all they could handle in Saturday’s home opener. In fact, Ball State would claim victory in nine of the 16 total events, led by a pair of individual wins each from sophomore freestyle specialist Marcella Ribeiro and freshman diver Ashleigh Provan.
“Today, we responded really well,” head coach J. Agnew said. “It was a tough road trip yesterday, but you’re getting ready for a seven-session MAC Championship at the end of the year, so they need to have some adversity. I thought they stood up to the test, raced their guts out, and swam really well. I’m really proud of them.”
The Cardinals started the meet strong, taking top honors in the 200 medley relay, with junior Shelby Crist, senior Alex Bader, freshman Abby Hartshorne and junior Apsara Sakbun combining for a time of 1:44.76.
Ribeiro would make it two straight event wins, taking home top honors in the longest event of the day with a time of 10:28.15 in the 1000 freestyle. Later in the meet, Ribeiro would claim victory in the 500 freestyle with a clocking of 5:04.34.
Provan would go on to make her mark, and then some, in the well by sweeping the diving events in her Lewellen competition debut. In fact, her 1-meter score of 276.00 was an NCAA Zone Diving cut and 37.05 points ahead of second-place. She was just as dominant on the 3-meter board, with her score of 272.63 winning by 34.58 points.
“Ashleigh is really focused, but she’s also good at keeping things in perspective,” Agnew said. “She has a really balanced approach, very professional about what she does. She works her tail off, but also can relax and enjoy the sport. It’s pretty fun to watch.”
Back in the pool, in addition to helping lead the 200 medley relay to victory, Bader would win the 100 breaststroke (1:04.65) and Sakbun would claim the top spot in the 50 freestyle (23.58).
Freshman Hannah Jones added a win in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 57.57 in the meet’s fourth event, while sophomore Sophia Kuehn picked up a huge win in the 400 individual medley (4:34.14), giving Ball State a three-point lead entering the final event.
Unfortunately, the Bobcats would end the meet with a Lewellen Aquatic Center record time of 3:28.43 to win the 400 freestyle relay and claim the overall victory.
Despite the loss, it was a major improvement for the Cardinals, who suffered a 188.5-110.5 loss to the Bobcats in the last regular season meeting between the two clubs on Jan. 25, 2020.
“Everybody knows we are in this together,” Agnew added. “We have a lot of support and a lot of excitement in this program. Everybody know we are moving forward at a pretty quick pace. To feel that energy from the crown, from the guys, from their teammates, it gives everybody a vote of confidence that we’re in this together.”
Up next for the Ball State women’s swimming & diving program, a Noon competition at Toledo on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Student Recreation Center Pool.
Ball State Individual Results versus Ohio
200 Medley Relay
1st – Shelby Crist, Alex Bader, Abby Hartshorne, Apsara Sakbun – 1:44.76
4th – Meri Gray, Laura Wright, Eliza Bader, Elizabeth King – 1:48.45
DQ – Lilia Newkirk, Abbie McCarter, Phoebe Rensink, Alexa McDonald
1st – Marcella Ribeiro – 10:28.15
3rd – Katie Walker – 10:31.41
4th – Mary Kate Phillips – 10:43.53
4th – Kayleigh Witt – 1:58.56
5th – Elizabeth King – 2:00.21
6th – Sophia Kuehn = 2:04.64
1st – Hannah Jones – 57.57
2nd – Lilia Newkirk – 58.11
3rd – Shelby Crist – 58.36
EX – Jessie Fraley – 1:00.17
EX – Meri Gray – 1:00.43
EX – Cecilia Moore – 1:00.78
1st – Alex Bader – 1:04.65
5th – Abbie McCarter – 1:06.44
6th – Laura Wright – 1:07.00
EX – Jenn Gillen – 1:09.51
EX – Alexa Arkenberg – 1:13.23
3rd – Abby Hartshorne – 2:06.97
5th – Katie Walker – 2:10.18
6th – Phoebe Rensink – 2:11.05
1st – Apsara Sakbun – 23.58
3rd – Gracey Payne – 24.55
4th – Alexa McDonald – 24.65
EX – Gracie Saulman – 24.80
EX – Eliza Bader – 25.17
1st – Ashleigh Provan – 276.00 – NCAA Zone Diving Cut
4th – Madison Gatzlaff – 219.15
5th – Maddie Gleave – 218.93
2nd – Apsara Sakbun – 51.99
4th – Gracey Payne – 53.35
5th – Alexa McDonald – 53.65
EX – Elizabeth King – 54.64
EX – Kayleigh Witt – 55.43
EX – Emma Horton – 57.18
2nd – Lilia Newkirk – 2:05.43
5th – Jessie Fraley – 2:08.81
6th – Shelby Crist – 2:09.46
EX – Cecilia Moore – 2:11.24
3rd – Laura Wright – 2:24.19
4th – Alex Bader – 2:24.50
6th – Jenn Gillen – 2:28.56
1st – Marcella Ribeiro – 5:04.34
3rd – Mary Kate Phillips – 5:09.86
2nd – Hannah Jones – 57.74
5th – Abby Hartshorne – 58.51
6th – Phoebe Rensink – 58.72
EX – Eliza Bader – 59.70
1st – Ashleigh Provan – 272.63
4th – Maddie Gleave – 225.45
1st – Sophia Kuehn – 4:34.17
3rd – Alexa Arkenberg – 4:35.44
4th – Katie Walker – 4:37.74
400 Freestyle Relay
2nd – Gracey Payne, Alexa McDonald, Hannah Jones, Apsara Sakbun – 3:31.30
4th – Kayleigh Witt, Marcella Ribeiro, Elizabeth King, Abby Hartshorne – 3:34.90
6th – Gracie Saulman, Abbie McCarter, Eliza Bader, Alex Bader – 3:40.78
BALL STATE CROSS COUNTRY: Machan earns All-MAC honors as Ball State competes at conference championship
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Elka Machan earned First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors after leading the Ball State cross country team Saturday afternoon at the MAC Championship at Eagle Crest Golf Club.
Machan finished fourth with a personal-best 6k time of 20:46.9. It marked the second consecutive fourth-place finish by the sophomore in two appearances in the conference championship.
After finishing inside the top-seven once again, Machan became the first Cardinal to earn two first-team nods on the all-conference team since Alison Bishel, who accomplished the feat in 2007 and 2009.
As a team, Ball State placed seventh with 195 points. Toledo won the event with 32 points.
“Today was a good opportunity for us to see who we are,” Cardinals head coach Adrian Wheatley said. “We had some individuals that had lifetime PRs at the championship, and that’s where we want to have them. As a team and a staff, we always want to continue to get better. This is laying down the foundation that we need to take it to that next level.”
Sophomore Kylee Mastin finished second on the team and 35th overall after crossing the line at 22:21.9.
Competing in their her postseason races, freshmen Carly Spletzer posted a 6k time of 22:26.1, while senior Karleigh Conner and freshman Jenna Schifferer completed their run in 22:56.6 and 22:57.2, respectively.
In addition to the underclassmen, seniors Maddie Aul and Conner continued the pack mentality Saturday afternoon, drawing praise from Wheatley following the conclusion of his first conference meet at the helm.
“I was really pleased with our seniors who kept coming and kept competing. Karleigh (Conner) and Maddie (Aul) had great opportunities to run really hard today. It was exciting to see Elka have a lifetime PR and make all-conference. The future is bright here and we’re excited.”
Ball State now shifts its focus to NCAA Regionals, which is set to take place Nov. 13 in Evansville, Ind.
NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS
WILLIAMS CARRIES #11 NOTRE DAME PAST NORTH CAROLINA, 44-34
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The No. 11 Notre Dame football team (7-1) had its best rushing performance of the season as they defeated North Carolina, 44-34 Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish tallied 293 rushing yards as a team, the most since they had 353 against Florida State last season.
Running back Kyren Williams had a career day with 199 rushing yards, the most by an Irish player since Dexter Williams had 202 rushing yards against Florida State in 2018. He busted loose for a career-long 91-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, the longest rush by an Irish player since Chris Tyree had a 94-yard rush last season against Syracuse.
The Irish struck first in the contest, scoring on their second drive of the game. Kyren Williams gave Notre Dame a short field with a 47-yard punt return to the UNC 41-yard line. The Irish turned the field position into points, going 41 yards in seven plays for the touchdown, capped off by a seven-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Buchner to Avery Davis to make it 7-0.
The Tar Heels responded with a touchdown drive of their own to level the score at 7-7 early in the second quarter. The drive went 81 yards over eight plays.
On the ensuing drive the Irish marched down the field to the Tar Heel 13 yard line but the drive stalled, resulting in a Jonathan Doerer 31-yard field goal to make it 10-7.
North Carolina once again answered, this time with a 38-yard field goal to knot the game back up at 10-10 with 3:22 left in the half.
The see-saw battle continued on the next Irish drive, as Notre Dame hit multiple chunk plays, connecting with Mayer early in the drive for 30 yards. Three plays later Kevin Austin Jr. pulled down an impressive 21-yard touchdown catch from Coan to put the Irish back on top 17-10.
UNC managed to drive down the field and converted on a 26-yard field goal with just two seconds left in the half to trim the Notre Dame lead to 17-13 heading into the halftime break.
The Tar Heel offense picked up where they left off to start the second half, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive of the third quarter to take their first lead of the night at 20-17. UNC’s Ty Chandler broke a 53-yard run for the score.
Notre Dame instantly responded with one of its most explosive drives of the season, totaling 75 yards in just three plays to retake the lead at 24-20 with 12:23 left in the quarter. Williams started the drive with a 14-yard run followed by a 40-yard pass to Lorenzo Styles. On the very next play Coan called his own number and scampered 21 yards for the touchdown.
The Notre Dame defense then forced a three-and-out, allowing the offense to go back to work. The Irish methodically drove down the field, putting together an 11-play, 81-yard drive that resulted in a one-yard touchdown dive from Logan Diggs, his first career touchdown, to give Notre Dame its largest lead of the night at 31-20.
The Tar Heels refused to go away, once again answering with a touchdown to make it a one-possession game at 31-27. Sam Howell found a wide open Antoine Green for the 33-yard strike.
The two sides traded punts and the Irish were backed up on its own nine-yard line. Williams took a handoff and looked to be stuffed for a three-yard loss but he was able to bounce it outside and sprinted 91-yards down the sideline for a touchdown that electrified Notre Dame Stadium and pushed the lead back to 11 at 38-27 in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
On the very next play from scrimmage Notre Dame’s D.J. Brown picked off Howell to give the Irish the ball on the UNC 15-yard line. The Irish managed to turn the turnover into three points off a 20-yard field goal from Doerer to push the lead to 41-27.
The Tar Heels got it back to a one-score game with 7:23 left in the game but the Irish put the game out of reach on the very next drive. They went 73 yards over 13 plays and ended with a 21-yard field goal by Doerer to clinch the win.
The Irish wrap up a three-game homestand at Notre Dame Stadium with a matchup against Navy at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 6. The game will be broadcast on NBC.
Notre Dame Hockey: #14 Irish Edged Late At #7 Minnesota
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 14 Notre Dame twice erased one-goal deficits but could not take the lead down the stretch despite several chances and fell at No. 7 Minnesota 3-2 on Saturday evening at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
Grant Silianoff and Solag Bakich scored for the Fighting Irish (4-3-0, 0-2-0 B1G), while Bryce Brodzinski scored the game winner for the Gophers (5-3-0, 2-0-0 B1G) with just 2:15 left in the third period.
In net, Ryan Bischel finished with 20 saves for the Irish, while Jack LaFontaine made 26 stops to earn the win.
Notre Dame continued an impressive streak of killing off 27 straight opponent power plays to start the year after negating Minnesota’s only power play of the game early in the first period. Notre Dame finished 0-for-3 on the power play advantage.
How It Happened
Ryder Rolston tested the Gophers early, getting a shot off from the low slot two minutes in that was pushed aside by Jack LaFontaine’s blocker.
The Irish killed off their 27th consecutive opponent power play to start the season five minutes into the first, including a big shot block by defenseman Jake Boltmann.
Ryan Bischel made a glove stop on Ben Meyers midway through the second to keep it a 0-0 game but the Gophers were able to break through at 11:25 of the first on a goal by Grant Cruikshank.
Chase Blackmun nearly tied it back up with 7:15 left in the first after corralling a loose puck following a scramble in front, but his snapshot rang off the post after eluding LaFontaine and the Gophers held the 1-0 lead after one.
Five minutes into the second Jack Adams, Landon Slaggert and Graham Slaggert combined for a great chance but LaFontaine fought it off down low. The Irish then went on the power play but chances by Cam Burke and Landon Slaggert were denied as well.
Graham Slaggert had a breakaway chance with 3:07 left in the second but another pad stop by LaFontaine kept the Irish off the board.
But with just 1.7 seconds left in the second, Grant Silianoff knocked in a rebound after a Ryder Rolston shot for his first goal of the year to tie it up at 1-1 heading to the third period. Rolston’s shot came following a drop pass by Cam Burke, who earned the second assist on the play.
Just 29 seconds after Minnesota’s Johnny Sorenson gave the Gophers a 2-1 lead, Solag Bakich answered for the Irish with his second goal of the season to tie it back up, 2-2. The junior finished off a nice passing play, which included Zach Plucinski’s first career assist and Max Ellis’ fifth assist of the season.
With 11 minutes left in the third Bischel was forced to make a big glove stop on Jaxon Nelson, who was all alone in the slot after picking off an Irish pass.
Trevor Janicke nearly put the Irish in front with a chance at the back post with 5:45 left in third as the Irish had several more chances.t
But then with 2:15 left in the third, Bryce Brodzinski got a wrist shot off from the faceoff circle that beat Bischel through traffic and handed the Gophers the 3-2 lead.
Notre Dame’s penalty kill went 1-for-1 on the night and improved to 27-for-27 to open the 2021-22 season.
Zach Plucinski’s assist on Solag Bakich’s third period goal was his first career assist.
With an assist on Grant Silianoff’s second period tally, Cam Burke registered his fifth point of the season (3-2-5) tying his single season career-high mark set during his freshman season when he had five points (4-1-5) in 32 games played.
The Irish have a quick turnaround as they head home to play host to Holy Cross on Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday Nov. 5 at the Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets).
Both games against the Crusaders will begin at 7:30 p.m., while Thursday’s game will be broadcast on NBCSN and Friday’s game will be available via NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago Plus and NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus.
INDIANA STATE ATHLETICS
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: Sycamores fall in MVFC road contest at No. 2/2 North Dakota State
FARGO, N.D. – Indiana State fell behind early as the Sycamores were unable to keep pace with host No. 2/2 North Dakota State on Saturday afternoon in the 44-2 loss to the Bison in the Fargodome.
North Dakota State (8-0, 5-0 MVFC) took advantage of an early Indiana State (4-5, 2-4 MVFC) turnover to build an early double-digit lead. The Bison capitalized on a 97-yard Kobe Johnson touchdown run on their way to building a 30-0 halftime lead and the Sycamores were unable to rally back from the early deficit in falling in the Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup.
The Sycamores relied heavily on offensive stalwarts Peterson Kerlegrand (18 carries, 89 yards) and Dante Hendrix (nine catches, 87 yards) in the loss as Indiana State racked up 275 total yards in the loss. Quarterback Anthony Thompson was 7-of-11 for 60 yards before coming out of the game due to injury, while Kurtis Wilderman finished 13-of-25 for 121 yards to close out the game.
Cam Miller paced an efficient NDSU offense with the quarterback going 10-of-14 through the air for 179 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Josh Babicz put together two catches for 58 yards and a score, while Christian Watson finished with four catches for 23 yards and a touchdown to pace the Bison offense.
Kobe Johnson led the NDSU rushing game with 155 yards on five carries with a 97-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as the Bison finished the contest with 294 team rushing yards.
Ethan Hoover led the Sycamores with six tackles in the game, while Matt Thompson and Geoffrey Brown combined for a tackle-for-loss in the loss. Dwayne Thompson II added his first interception of the 2021 season to lead the defense.
Michael Tutsie paced the Bison defense with eight tackles, while North Dakota State finished with four sacks and six tackles for loss in the win.
How They Scored
North Dakota State scored on the opening possession as Cam Miller found Josh Babicz from three-yards out in the left flat to put NDSU ahead early, 7-0, with 10:45 remaining in the first quarter. The Bison were aided by a 55-yard completion from Miller to Babicz to highlight the seven-play, 72-yard drive.
The Bison took advantage of a Sycamore fumble on ISU’s opening possession to tack on a 43-yard field goal from Jake Reinholz and add to the NDSU lead with 8:24 remaining in the first quarter, 10-0.
TaMerik Williams added to the Bison lead with a 20-yard touchdown run at the 3:03 mark to put NDSU ahead 16-0 following the five-play, 89-yard drive. NDSU’s two-point conversion attempt failed.
Following an ISU turnover on downs deep within Bison territory, NDSU was back on the board at the 10:01 mark in the second quarter on a 97-yard touchdown run from Kobe Johnson to increase the lead to 23-0.
The Bison added to their lead with 4:05 remaining in the first half as Miller found Christian Watson on a rollout pass in the left flat for an eight-yard touchdown pass to put the score at 30-0 in favor of NDSU.
Miller found Hunter Luepke for a one-yard touchdown pass to end an eight-play, 50-yard drive with 8:51 remaining in the third quarter to put the Bison lead at 37-0.
Cole Payton added to the Bison lead with 11:36 remaining in the fourth quarter with an 18-yard touchdown run on the QB keeper to put the score at 44-0.
Hunter Lunsford put the Sycamores on the scoreboard with 6:51 remaining in the contest as the senior defensive back blocked a NDSU punt attempt through the back of the end zone for a safety to put the final margin at 44-2.
Inside the Statistics
North Dakota State held the 477-275 edge in total yards thanks in part to a strong rushing game as the Bison picked up 292 yards on the ground.
The Sycamores held the 17-14 edge in first downs and the 31:37-28:23 advantage in time of possession in the loss.
North Dakota State took advantage of two Indiana State turnovers and converted them into 10 points in the win.
The Bison also took advantage of a pair of fourth-down stands and added touchdowns in the Sycamores loss.
Indiana State was 3-of-15 in third-down conversions in the loss.
Travis Reiner averaged 41.7 yards over his seven punts in the game with a game-long 51-yard attempt. Four of his punts were fair-caught inside the 20-yard line.
News & Notes
Dante Hendrix kept his Indiana State consecutive games with a catch record intact as the redshirt junior receiver hauled in a pass on the Sycamores’ second drive of the game. The streak now spans 25 consecutive games dating back to 2018.
Hendrix finished the game with nine catches for 78 yards, just shy of his his second double-digit catch game of the season.
Zach Larkin also kept his receiving streak alive as the tight end has caught a pass in 15 consecutive games dating back to the early 2019 season. Larkin finished the game with one catch for five yards.
Peterson Kerlegrand entered the game leading the Missouri Valley Football Conference in total carries and the senior running back added to his totals with 18 carries for 89 yards in Saturday’s loss.
It was Kerlegrand’s sixth game this season with at least 15 carries and fifth consecutive game to reach double-digits in the category.
Dwayne Thompson’s interception just before the end of the first half marked his first interception of the 2021 season as the junior became the seventh Sycamore to record a pick on the year.
The Sycamores defense has recorded an interception in four consecutive games with Thompson’s interception in the contest.
Hunter Lunsford’s blocked punt marked Indiana State’s first blocked punt of the 2021 season and third time ISU has gotten a hand on the ball on special teams this year. Lunsford scored on a muffed snap punt against Eastern Kentucky, while Dwayne Thompson got a hand on an eight-yard punt against Western Illinois.
It marked Indiana State’s first punt block since John McDonald-Horner successfully blocked a punt against Western Illinois back in the 2016 season and the second safety ISU has recorded this year.
The Sycamores fall to 1-10 all-time in the series against the Bison and 1-4 all-time in Fargo, N.D. with the loss.
Indiana State is on a bye week this upcoming week before returning to the field for their final home game of the 2021 season on Saturday, November 13. The Sycamores will welcome Southern Illinois to Memorial Stadium for Senior Day with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Snaps Skid with a 3-1 Victory Over Valpo
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball ended a three-match losing streak Saturday evening after defeating Valparaiso 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-20) inside the ISU Arena. In the win, the Sycamores posted a season-high 19 blocks led by Kylie Newby who posted a career day with 12 blocks in the match.
Newby led the charge at the net as six Sycamores posted blocks in the match. The Louisville, Kentucky native was a part of nine block assists and three solo blocks — both career highs for the junior — while Madeline Williams also assisted on five blocks. Mallory Keller joined the block part with one solo block as four block assists in the match.
A trio of Sycamores in Kaitlyn Hamilton, Williams and Newby tallied nine kills each in the win as ISU outhit Valpo .127 to .041 over four sets of action. Both Emma Kaelin and Chloe Mason tallied double-doubles in the match in assists and digs. Mason led the Trees with 17 assists to go with 19 digs while Kaelin went for 12 assists and 10 digs. Libero Melina Tedrow fell just short of a double-double with a match-high 22 digs and seven assists.
Valpo’s Haley Hart led all players with 11 kills while Victoria Bulmahn assisted on 24 of the Beacons’ 46 kills. Bella Ravotto recorded 16 digs and six kills for VU.
Set One – Indiana State 25, Valpo 23
After a 10-10 tie, Indiana State took the lead and never looked back
Six Sycamores recorded kills led by Williams’ five
ISU outhit the Beacons .286 to .176
Mason assisted on six of ISU’s 13 kills in the set
Set Two – Valpo 25, Indiana State 22
Valpo reeled off a 4-1 run after being tied at ten en route to the set win
VU’s Hart led all players with six kills in the set while Newby caught fire for ISU with five
ISU hit its lowest percentage of the match at .081 while Valpo hit .111
Set Three – Indiana State 25, Valpo 20
Indiana State trailed for much of the set until a 5-1 run midway through to lead 20-15
The set featured 12 ties and five lead changes
The Trees held Valpo to a -.087 attacking percentage in the set while blocking eight shots
Valpo recorded 14 attack errors in the set while also recording three service errors
Set Four – Indiana State 25, Valpo 20
ISU rallied from a 7-2 deficit to take the set
After tying the match at 12, ISU went on an 8-1 run and never looked back
Keller recorded four kills to lead all players in the set while Gall and Hamilton added three each
ISU held Valpo under a .100 hitting percentage for the second-straight set as the Beacons hit just .018
Tedrow picked up nine of her 22 digs in the set
Indiana State returns to action Monday night as Missouri State comes to town. First serve is set for 6 p.m. from the ISU Arena.
INDIANA STATE WSOCCER: No. 3 Indiana State to Host No. 6 Evansville in MVC Quarterfinal
ERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will host No. 6 seed Evansville in an MVC Quarterfinal match on Sunday, October 31 at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.
Regular Season in the Rear-View
-Indiana State will be making its 12th overall appearance in the MVC Tournament in program history.
-This will be the second straight season that the Sycamores have hosted an MVC match. Indiana State is searching for their first conference tournament win since 2013 where the Trees advanced to the MVC Tournament Final against Illinois State.
-The Sycamores clinched the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a 3-1 win over SIU on Thursday to end the regular season.
-CeCe Wahlberg has climbed her way into the Sycamore record book in multiple categories. She now ranks second all-time in shots on goal with 70, third all-time in total shots with 133, and tied for ninth with 12 career goals.
-Wahlberg currently leads the Sycamores with 15 points on the season (six goals, three assists).
-During conference play, Wahlberg led the MVC with 13 points (five goals, three assists) as well as finishing second in shots on goal with 17.
-Katie Yankey, Sasha Thompson and Wahlberg are tied for the team lead with three assists each.
-Maddie Alexander has 76 saves on the season, making at least six in seven different matches.
-Indiana State’s four MVC wins and four road wins this season are both tied for second-most in program history.
-A Sycamore brought home MVC weekly award honors five times during the regular season. Mackenzie Kent won Freshman of the Week twice, CeCe Wahlberg and Sasha Thompson both won an Offensive Player of the Week and Maddie Alexander earned a Defensive Player of the Week honor.
The Evansville Purple Aces will come to Terre Haute for the second time this season with the Trees winning 4-1 on October 3 at Memorial Stadium.
Evansville earned the No. 6 seed after finishing the regular season with a 6-4-6 (2-3-3) record. They played Missouri State to a 0-0 tie on Thursday to earn a result and a trip to the postseason.
This will be the 26th all-time meeting between the two programs with Evansville leading the series 9-14-2. Sunday will be the fifth matchup in the MVC Tournament. Most recently, Indiana State defeated Evansville 2-1 in the MVC Quarterfinal on November 2, 2012.
The Sycamores hold a 7-3-2 advantage in games played at Memorial Stadium.
The Purple Aces are led by Emily Ormson who finished the regular season with 13 points (six goals, one assist) and Alex Eyler who dished out six assists which is tied for second-most among MVC players.
Evansville is searching for their first MVC Tournament win since 2018 when they defeated UNI on PK’s to advance to the semifinals.
The winner of Sunday’s match will advance to an MVC Semifinal match where they will face No. 2 seed Valparaiso on Friday, November 5 at 4 p.m. ET in Chicago.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE ATHLETICS
PFW MSOCCER: Nasser’s PK Leads Purdue Fort Wayne to 1-0 Win Over IUPUI
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Thanks to a penalty kick goal from Ali Nasser, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team defeated IUPUI 1-0 on Saturday (Oct. 30) at Warrior Field.
The Mastodons and Jaguars were tied after 45 minutes of play, despite the ‘Dons having an 8-4 advantage in shots. IUPUI had all four of its first-half shots in the first 18 minutes. Purdue Fort Wayne had six shots after this point. The Jaguars’ most dangerous shot in the first half came inside the six-yard box, but Danny Salazar smothered the ball before IUPUI could take further advantage.
Logan Lee put a strike on target 24 minutes in, but IUPUI’s Lucas Morefield got a save. Late in the first half, the ‘Dons had a good opportunity with a corner kick leading to a shot that Luke Benford had blocked. This led to a second corner kick just before halftime, but it did not result in a goal.
After halftime, Lee had another shot on goal in the 50th minute to the top right corner, but IUPUI’s keeper made another play to keep the match scoreless.
The goal that broke the 0-0 tie came shortly into minute 67, when Ali Nasser was fouled in the box and was granted a penalty kick. Nasser stepped up and buried the PK for his third goal of the season. This was the second time he converted a PK this year.
The Jaguars sought after an equalizer, as they took a pair shots after Nasser’s goal, but Salazar registered the save necessary to lead the ‘Dons to their third-straight shutout.
After 90 minutes of play, Purdue Fort Wayne out-shot IUPUI 17-7 and had a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Mastodons have recorded three straight shutouts.
Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 5-8-2, 3-5-1 in the Horizon League while IUPUI falls to 3-11-1, 2-7-0. The Mastodons will finish out the regular season on Wednesday, November 3 at Milwaukee at 2 p.m. ET.
PFW WCROSS COUNTRY: King Places in top Five at Horizon League Meet
CARMEL, Ind. – Madison King placed in the top five to lead the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s cross country team at the Horizon League Championships on Saturday, Oct. 30.
King led the way for the ‘Dons finishing in fifth place with a time of 23:02.6. This is the second season in a row King has placed in the top 10 at the Horizon League championships, and is the highest finish for a Mastodon since Emma Rafuse won the Summit League Championships back in 2018.
Behind King was Brooke Neal in 44th place with a 24:40.7, Kathy Potter in 63rd with a time of 25:17.6, Madison Langdon in 78th with a time of 26:00.1, Makaila Groves in 80th with a time of 26:03.9, Paige Benecke in 83rdwith a time of 26:12.8 and Mercedes Sarver in 89th with a time of 27:10.5.
Milwaukee was the Horizon League team champion with 47 points. Wright State’s Abigail Halsey was the race champion, finishing with a time of 22:10.6.
The Mastodons finished ninth out of 12 teams with 220 points at Saturday’s championship race.
The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s cross country team will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 12 at the Great Lakes Regional meet in Evansville, Ind.
PFW MCROSS COUNTRY: Whitinger Places in Top 10 at the Horizon League Championships
CARMEL, Ind. – Andrew Whitinger placed in the top 10 to lead the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s cross country team at the Horizon League Championships on Saturday, Oct. 30.
The Mastodons finished seventh out of 11 teams with 167 points at Saturday’s championship race.
Whitinger finished Saturday’s race in seventh place with a time of 26:03.2.
His seventh-place finish is the highest a Mastodon has finished at a conference championship meet. He is the just the third Mastodon to place in the top 10 individually at a conference championship meet. The last time a Mastodon finished in the top 10 in a conference championship meet was Logan Kitchen back in 2017.
Behind Whitinger was Draven Thompson, who finished in 30th place with a time of 27:00.9, Jared Neff in 32ndwith a time of 27:04.4, Nathan Mills in 57th with a time of 27:52.9, Kehinde Oladapo in 62nd with a time of 27:57.7, JT Hodges in 65th with a time of 28:15.5, Husam Saleh in 71st with a time of 28:28.4, and Kobe Milledge in 84th with a time of 28:56.8.
IUPUI won the team championship with 30 points. UIC’s Carlos Cabrera was the race winner at 25:36.8.
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s cross country team will continue play on Friday, Nov. 12 at the Great Lakes Regional meet in Evansville, Ind.
Youngstown State Knocks Off Purdue Fort Wayne WVB
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Youngstown State women’s volleyball team defeated Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday night (Oct. 30) 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 27-25) on the Arnie Ball Court.
The Mastodons, led by Katie Crowe (18 kills) and Madelyn Wurster (18 kills), took the first set after using a 7-1 run late in the frame. Sidney Schiller picked up an ace in this stretch.
Youngstown State, which got 23 kills from its star freshman Paula Gursching, took set two after earning five of the last seven points of the set. Purdue Fort Wayne led 17-13 in set three after a kill from Schiller, but YSU went on a 7-2 run to close the set and go up 2-1.
The Mastodons used a 7-2 stretch to come back in set four from down four to take a 23-22 advantage. From this point, however, Youngstown State finished the set on a 5-2 stretch.
Crowe and Wurster led the team offensively with 18 kills each, while Molly Mirabelli joined them in double-figures with 10. Mirabelli and Wurster had seven and six blocks, respectively, while Madison Gates (19), Schiller (18) and Rachael Crucis (10) reached double-figure digs.
Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 7-21, 5-10 in the Horizon League. Youngstown State improves to 5-20, 2-12. The Mastodons will welcome Wright State and Northern Kentucky to the Gates Sports Center next week (Nov. 5-6).
IUPUI MCROSS COUNTRY: JAGUARS CAPTURE THIRD STRAIGHT #HLXC CHAMPIONSHIP
CARMEL, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s cross country team rode its impressive depth to a third straight Horizon League title on a sloppy Northview Church course on Saturday (Oct. 30). The Jaguars put three finishers among the race’s top five and had six among the top 11 in a dominating 30-point effort. Youngstown State was second at 59 points.
Nick Perkins led the way, placing third overall in a time of 25:48.0 and Nate Kaiser was fourth at 25:51.0. Mitchell Gits joined them as first team all-league performers with a fifth-place finish at 25:52.1.
What was suspected became official as Alex Ratkovich placed eighth at 26:08.3 and Eric Hoffman was tenth at 26:12.0 as the team’s No. 5 finisher. IUPUI had a security blanket on ready as redshirt freshman Grant Moon earned the league’s Freshman of the Year Award by placing 11th in a time of 26:19.0.
Mitchell Rans was also in the mix, placing 18th in a time of 26:38.1.
“We kind of expected (to win) coming in, but you don’t want to be overconfident,” Horizon League Coach of the Year Chuck Koeppen said afterwards. “We’ve got a really good group of guys who just go out and fight for each other. They’re great guys who show up, work hard and do things the right way.
“I’m really proud of the guys because they earned it.”
The Jags took charge from the outset as the group of Kaiser, Perkins and Gits went to the front from the opening gun. That trio set the tone, working together to maintain a composed lead throughout.
Even as others made their way among the lead pack, namely UIC’s Carlos Cabrera who won in a time of 25:36.8 and YSU’s Hunter Christopher, who placed second at 25:42.1, the Jaguars’ raced confidently amidst less than ideal conditions.
As soon as the mud caked Ratkovich and Hoffman crossed an adjusted finish line, the celebration began just beyond the final chute.
With the win, IUPUI becomes the first program to three-peat since Butler capped off a long string of victories with a final title in 2011. Koeppen earned his third straight Coach of the Year Award and an IUPUI runner earned Freshman of the Year honors for a third straight season.
The Jags, who ranked No. 11 in the Great Lakes Region entering the championships, will compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Evansville on Friday, Nov. 12.
IUPUI WCORSS COUNTRY: ELDER, FRY PACE JAGUARS AT 2021 #HLXC CHAMPIONSHIPS
CARMEL, Ind. – An injury depleted IUPUI women’s cross country team put up a tenth-place finish at the 2021 Horizon League Championships at Northview Church on a soggy Saturday (Oct. 30) in Central Indiana. Senior Sabrina Elder led the Jaguars, placing 30th overall in a time of 24:08.2 and sophomore Madison Fry was 48th overall at 24:46.8.
IUPUI was limited to just six entries as injuries have decimated the Jaguars’ roster over the course of the season.
“This year has been tough. There was a lot of things out of our control that put us in a rough situation this season. However, I’m proud of how our team competed this year and how they supported each other every step of the way,” head coach Antonio McDaniel said. “Each of them did everything they could to step up for the team. With what they learned this year, bringing back more of our top group and our incoming freshmen, I fully expect us to be back competing for a conference championship next year.”
Coming off a third-place finish last year with a predominantly freshman squad, expectations were high entering this season. However, hopes were dashed as two of last year’s top five went down during the season and two others were never able to get going. The aptly named Elder has stepped up while Fry emerged over the course of the year.
Sophia Taylor clocked a time of 25:12.7 to place 60th overall and Kara Krol finished at 25:27.9 to finish 65th. Freshman Laci Provenzano rounded out the scoring five in 67th place at 25:31.0 and Alexandra Schwartz placed 73rd at 25:42.4.
The course was equal parts grass and bog as the women’s 6K was the fourth collegiate championship race at Northview in a two-day span. Elder and her drenched teammates shared hugs and tears at the culmination of the day’s events.
“Today was a great race to end my cross country career,” Elder said. “I’m so proud of my teammates and all we’ve overcome this year, so I loved being able to go run a strong race one more time with my girls.”
Milwaukee won the team title with 47 points while Oakland was second at 64. Wright State’s Abigail Halsey took the individual tape in a time of 22:10.6 to win by more than 12 seconds.
IUPUI MSOCCER: JAGUARS FALL ON THE ROAD ON A SECOND HALF PK
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s soccer team dropped a soggy 1-0 road match at Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday (Oct. 30), played at nearby Indiana Tech. The host Mastodons got the game’s only offense in the game’s 67th minute on an Ali Nasser penalty kick.
Purdue Fort Wayne (5-8-2, 3-5-1 HL) outshot the Jaguars by a 17-7 margin and had seven corner kicks to IUPUI’s three and got their offense from the spot. After an IUPUI defender was called for a foul inside the 18-yard box after a long throw-in, Nasser made it stand with his third score of the year.
The Mastodons controlled pace and possession for much of the first half but was unable to get anything past Lucas Morefield. PFW had three corner kicks in a three minute span, but were only able to get one shot attempt off the restart opportunities.
IUPUI’s lone shot on goal in the opening stanza came in the 18th minute when Logan Finnegan tested Danny Salazar from in close.
After Nasser’s score in the 67th minute, IUPUI had just one shot on frame in the final 30 minutes as Carson Shrader attempted a low drive from the right side. Tommy Patacca also had a shot on target early in the second half.
Morefield finished with three saves in the loss while Finnegan had a team-high two shot attempts. Seth Mahlmeister had a team-high four shot attempts for the hosts.
IUPUI will cap the regular season on Wednesday (Nov. 2) when the Jaguars host Robert Morris at 2:00 p.m. at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Aces take 74-45 win in exhibition opener
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Emmette Page and Shamar Givance recorded 14 points apiece to lead the University of Evansville men’s basketball team to a 74-45 victory over Mount St. Joseph in the exhibition opener on Saturday at the Ford Center.
Page had an efficient 5-of-6 day from the field while Givance added five rebounds and five helpers, both the highest totals on the team. In his debut for the Purple Aces, Antoine Smith Jr. scored 13 points while hitting three triples.
“It was good to finally get out and play someone different than ourselves, and it is nice to now have the game film and we can go back and see what we did well today and what we need to improve upon,” UE head coach Todd Lickliter said after the game. “We will go back, look at film and get better before Thursday.”
Mount St. Joseph saw the duo of David Luers and Kris McClure score eight points apiece with Devin Young accounting for seven.
Noah Frederking tallied the first points of the contest, hitting a triple at the 17:27 mark to give UE a 3-0 lead. His shot ended a 0-for-4 start from the field. Mount St. Joseph countered with their first points on the ensuing possession before the Aces scored five in a row to open a 7-2 lead. Iyen Enaruna scored four in a row in the run.
The Lions did not let the early deficit phase them as they battled back to take an 11-10 lead on a basket by Evan Wieh just over seven minutes in. Trailing for the first time, Evansville took control, going on a 15-3 run to take a 25-14 advantage. With the score knotted at 13-13, a free throw by Page gave Evansville the lead for good. Over a stretch of nearly seven minutes, the Aces held the Lions to just two free throws while forcing them to miss six shots in a row while forcing a pair of turnovers.
Antoine Smith Jr. connected on a 3-pointer to get things rolling before Blaise Beauchamp finished the run with a jumper to push the lead into double figures for the first time with 5:23 remaining in the first half. A tenacious Lions squad continued to fight, getting within eight (30-22) inside of the 3-minute mark. Another UE run shifted the momentum as the Aces scored 10 in a row over the final minutes to take a 40-22 advantage into the break. Five points came from Shamar Givance before Smith wrapped up the half with his second 3-pointer of the day.
Over the first seven minutes of the final period, the advantage for Evansville hovered between 14 and 19 points with Mount St. Joseph doing its best to stay in the contest. With 12:55 on the clock, an and-one by Page pushed the lead to 22 (52-30) and Evansville would cruise from there. Gage Bobe recorded a triple that made it a 30-point game with 8:15 remaining before the game would Aces won by a final of 74-45.
A total of 3,159 fans were in attendance at Saturday’s contest following last season where attendance was limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shamar Givance explained how the support made a difference with more a of a normal atmosphere.
“It was nice to have the fans back today. Last year was really different, but today felt more like normal. It was great to have the fans back,” Givance exclaimed.
Another exhibition game is on tap Thursday when the Aces welcome Kentucky Wesleyan to the Ford Center for a 6 p.m. contest.
FB: San Diego 21, Valpo 14
The Valparaiso University football team got off to a stellar start and strong defensive play helped the Beacons cling to the lead for much of the game, but San Diego scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:15 remaining to edge Valpo 21-14 on a sunny Saturday at Torero Stadium. All three of Valpo’s setbacks in Pioneer Football League play have come by seven points or fewer. Valpo tied a PFL record with three blocked kicks in a single game.
How It Happened
A commendable day for Valpo’s kick-blocking unit began from the outset, as San Diego received the opening kickoff and had its first drive result in a blocked punt by Diego Del Castillo (Murrieta, Calif. / Rancho Verde).
The blocked punt helped the Beacons start their opening possession at midfield, and the drive saw Valpo move the ball favorably. Quarterback Ben Nimz had a pair of rushes totaling 18 yards, then Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) zipped through the line and into the open field for a 28-yard touchdown on a 4th-and-1 play.
San Diego moved the ball to the Valpo 24 on the following drive, but Jamauri Jackson made a key play immediately after entering the game to replace an injured player. After notching a pick six in last week’s win vs. Dayton, he turned the trick again with an 83-yard interception return for a touchdown to put Valpo ahead 14-0 with 6:33 left in the first.
The Toreros got on the board on a 15-yard TD pass from Mason Randall to Emilio Martinez early in the second quarter. They moved a step closer on Brandon Eickert’s 31-yard field goal with 7:45 remaining in the half that cut the lead to four. The two teams exchanged a series of punts before the Toreros moved it 32 yards on nine plays to set up a 33-yard field goal by Eickert with 38 seconds left in the half. Although the Toreros inched to within a point, the Valpo defense limited the damage with the two stops that forced the Toreros into field-goal tries.
Valpo tried a fake punt on the opening drive of the second half, but turned it over on downs when the pass fell incomplete.
The kick block of the Beacons was at it again on San Diego’s first second-half drive. Brett Bittner (Chicago, Ill. / St. Laurence) recorded his third blocked punt of the season.
The next San Diego drive also resulted in a blocked kick, Valpo’s third of the day. This one came courtesy of Nathan Orlandini (Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington), who turned away a 47-yard field goal try to keep Valpo in front 14-13.
The defense continued a stellar effort with 5:09 left in the third when a strip sack by Austin Martins (Newman, Calif. / Orestimba [Modesto JC]) set up an Orlandini fumble recovery at the San Diego 27.
The Beacons couldn’t cash in on the strong field position, as the Toreros came up with a blocked kick of their own, turning away a 42-yard field goal try to keep the Valpo lead at one.
San Diego had a chance to gain the lead with 10:41 left in the fourth on a 37-yard field goal attempt, but missed it wide right.
A 62-yard boot by punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) pinned San Diego on its own 22 with 8:48 to play, then a sack by Martins started the drive. The Beacons eventually forced a punt and regained possession at midfield with 6:35 remaining. On 4th-and-4 from the San Diego 28, Nimz completed a pass to Connor Hebbeler (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Bergen Catholic [Wake Forest]), but USD made the stop two yards shy of the sticks and took over on downs with 3:42 left.
The ensuing San Diego drive featured a key 37-yard reception by Derek Kline and ended with a 15-yard TD run by Randall to give the hosts their first lead of the game. A successful 2-point try made it 21-14 with just over a minute remaining. That stood as the final score.
Inside the Game
Dating back to last season, Valpo’s last four PFL losses have come by seven points or fewer. The team’s last nine PFL losses have been close games, decided by 12 points or fewer.
Valpo tied the Pioneer Football League record for blocked kicks in a single game with three. The most recent PFL squad to do so was Morehead State vs. San Diego in 2018.
After the three blocked kicks on Saturday, Valpo now holds sole possession of the FCS lead with seven blocked kicks this season. Entering play on Saturday, no other FCS team in the nation had more than five. In fact, Valpo is the only team in all of college football – FBS or FCS – that has blocked seven kicks this season.
Valpo has tied the 2002 season for the second-most blocked kicks in a single season in program history. The 1991 team holds the program record with 14.
Bittner became just the third player in the nation with three or more blocked kicks this season, joining Delaware State’s Kevin Deshields and Southern Illinois’ Anthony Knighton.
Niesner averaged 48.7 yards per punt over seven attempts including a long of 63. The 63 yarder tied for the second-longest of his career behind only a 72-yard rocket against San Diego last season.
Before last week, Valpo hadn’t had an interception return for a touchdown in any game since Oct. 20, 2018 (Drew Snouffer), but now the same player has turned the trick in consecutive weeks with Jackson notching his second pick six of the year. His 83 yarder on Saturday is the 10th-longest in the FCS nation this season, pending other stats across FCS on Saturday.
Martins’ forced fumble was his first of the season and he also owns a pair of fumble recoveries. His force was his second in a Valpo uniform. Orlandini came up with his second career fumble recovery, both this season.
Martins had 4.5 tackles for loss on Saturday, tied for the seventh-most in the FCS nation this season. He is one of 13 players nationally with 4.5 or more TFL in a single game this season. Two of those tackles were sacks.
Martins finished with a career-high 12 tackles, while Trey Psota (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) accrued 11 tackles, which also represented his career watermark. Anthony Sciaronni (Columbus, Ohio / St. Francis DeSales [Alderson Broaddus at Findlay]) also had a big day, boasting nine stops.
The 21 points were the fewest Valpo has allowed in its last nine trips to San Diego. It marked Valpo’s best defensive performance as far as points permitted in a game at San Diego since Oct. 28, 2000, a 32-10 victory.
Valpo (2-6, 2-3 PFL) will return to the gridiron next week to host Presbyterian on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. CT at Brown Field. Ticket information can be found on valpoathletics.com/tickets. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 as well as the Valpo Sports Network (95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app).
Men’s Basketball Opens Exhibition Slate on Saturday
A late surge helped the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team cut a 20-point deficit to as few as six, but visiting Ashland closed out an 87-78 victory in the exhibition opener at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach, Fla.) exploded for 32 points on seven made 3s, while Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) poured in a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds on an efficient 7-of-8 shooting in his first game action in a Valpo uniform. The game marked the return of spectators to the ARC for the first time since the end of the 2019-2020 season prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How It Happened
Ashland jumped out to an early lead, and held a 15-10 advantage at the first media timeout behind three 3s and a 6-for-6 shooting showing. The Beacons also knocked down 80 percent of their shots in the early going, including a pair of Edwards’ triples.
By the midway mark of the first half, Valpo had leveled the score at 21-all with 10:28 on the clock with both teams enjoying hot shooting.
Valpo grabbed its first lead of the game on a layup by Kithier with 3:10 left in the opening half that put the hosts on top 40-39.
The lead swayed back and forth for the final three minutes of the half, with Valpo regaining the edge on an Edwards steal and score with 1:35 to play. However, the Eagles hit a 3 with 1:16 on the clock and that stood as the final points of the half, allowing the guests to enter the locker room leading by two.
Ashland shot 61.5 percent in the game’s opening 20 minutes, while Valpo posted an also-strong clip of 52.9 percent. Kithier drained all four of his first-half shots, while Edwards led all scorers with 15 at the break.
An Edwards trey trimmed the Ashland lead to two with 15:06 left of second-half time, but the Eagles followed with an 8-0 run featuring two triples of their own to expand the lead to double figures at 61-51 with 13:04 on the clock.
Another seven-point surge by Ashland saw the lead bulge to 14 with 11:11 to play. By the time the game reached the 6:45 mark, Ashland had upped the lead to 20 at 80-60.
The Beacons went on an 18-4 spurt (including a 10-0 run) to shrink the lead to six at 84-78 when Edwards drained a 3 with 1:42 to go, but the Beacons couldn’t get over the final hump and incurred a nine-point setback.
Inside the Game
Edwards (32) and Kithier (16) were joined in double figures by Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]), who posted 13 points to go along with six rebounds.
Newcomers accounted for 60 percent of the starting lineup as Taylor, Kithier and Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [ Wisconsin]) joined Edwards and Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [Jasper Place]).
Seven of the 10 players who saw action on Saturday are newcomers.
Anderson dished out a team-high six assists to go along with nine points.
Edwards nailed seven of his 14 3-point attempts and shot 11-of-21 from the field.
Valpo finished the game at a 47.5 percent shooting clip, while Ashland turned in a robust shooting percentage of 61.1 including 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from 3.
All five Eagle starters were in double figures, led by Hunter Shedenhelm with 16 points including four 3s.
Ashland is the defending champion of its conference and went to the Division-II NCAA Tournament last season, winning a game in the D-II Midwest Regional.
Valpo will take on another Division-II powerhouse next Thursday, Nov. 4 as Flagler comes to the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 6 p.m. tip to close out the exhibition slate. No video streaming is available for exhibition games, but the game will be broadcast on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn radio app with Todd Ickow on the call.
INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Miners Slip Past Hounds in GLVC Road Tilt
ROLLA, Mo. – The UIndy football team (5-4, 3-2 GLVC) endured its first road loss of the season Saturday, falling 31-28 at Missouri S&T (5-4, 3-2). The host Miners managed 17 points in the fourth quarter to earn the comeback win.
INS & OUTS
With the S&T passing game heating up late, the Greyhounds saw their once 21-point lead slowly disappear. The Miners generated 158 passing yards in the final period while also benefitting from a number of pass interference calls.
The Hounds built a 28-7 advantage with two quick touchdowns early in the third quarter. On the opening drive of the second half, veteran QB Bryce Stancombe connected with rookie wideout Jeremiah Lee on a 57-yard bomb for the latter’s second score of the afternoon. Stancombe later found Jon Eineman after a niffy double-move to make it a third-score game with 10 minutes left in the third.
UIndy would not score again, however, while the Miners employed a potent passing attack to chip away at the lead.
Clinging to seven-point edge in the fourth quarter, the Hounds seemingly pulled off a game changer with a 50-plus-yard interception return by Kiave’ Guerrier, but it was ultimately nullified by a roughing the passer call.
S&T parlayed that reversal into a 49-yard field goal with 5:54 to go before notching the go-ahead score with just 2:47 left, as senior Breon Michel hauled in a 40-yard touchdown for the game’s final tally.
INSIDE THE BOX
– Linebacker Gavin Bane earned a 14-yard pick-6 in the second quarter. He also was credited with a sack-fumble deep in Miner territory that led directly to another Greyhound TD.
– Stancombe finished 22-for-45 passing for 266 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
– Receivers Eineman and Logan Koehne combined for 14 catches and 121 yards, while Lee amassed 100 yards on just four catches.
– Trevon Hall led the team with 12 tackles while Landry Mavungu and Dylan Shelton each had two tackles for a loss.
– Paul Buisman punted 10 times with an even 40 yard average, including three inside the 20.
The familiar stats will be posted when available.
The Greyhounds return to the friendly confines of Key Stadium next weekend. Senior Day festivities will be on the docket for the season’s final home game, as the Hounds are set to host William Jewell on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: Hounds Sweep Past Miners
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team bounced back with a 3-0 win over GLVC foe Missouri S&T on Saturday afternoon. The Hounds served up six service aces to the Miners’ one while racking up 37 kills.
With the win, UIndy improves to12-13 overall and 8-5 in conference action with only two weeks of regular season competition remaining.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing 9-8 in the first, the Hounds scored four quick points to jump out to a 12-9 lead. Elizabeth Eads served up an ace in the run while Alex Equihua capped it off with a kill. The Miners fought off set points but Emma Jones sealed the 25-23 win with a kill.
The Hounds trailed 18-17 late in the second set before a trio of Miner errors gave the Hounds a 20-18 lead. Grace Hegwood, Equihua, Lauren Cullison and Emma Jones combined to record the final five kills the Hounds in another 25-23 win.
UIndy posted a game-best .241 hitting percentage in the third and final set. Cullison’s kill put the Hounds ahead 24-17 before a Miner service error gave UIndy the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Cullison paced the Hounds with 11 kills while Hegwood recorded seven.
– Equihua tallied 30 assists while adding three kills.
– MaKenna Barnhart led the defense with 19 digs.
UIndy heads out for three road matches next week, first traveling to Evansville to take on Southern Indiana on Tuesday night. The Hounds then visit Missouri-St. Louis on Friday and Maryville on Saturday in their final road trip of the regular season.
MARIAN WSOCCER: NO. 6 MARIAN FALLS TO NO. 9 INDIANA WESLEYAN IN OT TO END REGULAR SEASON
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer team ended the regular season with a tough loss on Saturday afternoon, falling to No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan in a 2-1 overtime loss. The Knights will head into postseason play with a 14-3-1 record and a 6-2-1 mark in Crossroads League play.
Marian began the afternoon with an advantage, taking a 1-0 lead with 21 minutes left in the opening half. Allie Schlom found the back of the net after a nice pass from Erin Oleksak which deflected off of the Indiana Wesleyan goalkeeper. The Knights also had a great look a few minutes before, but Oleksak’s run towards the goal was thwarted by a tackle by the Wildcats. Indiana Wesleyan took a few shots to end the first half, but Marian goalkeeper Noelle Rolfsen kept things a 1-0 entering halftime.
The second half turned into a physical, evenly-matched contest. The Wildcats game through to tie the game up at 1-1 with Sydney Brown scoring a goal. Several Wildcat corner kicks were successfully defended by Marian, but not without some yellow cards being awarded. Gretchen Mallin picked up a yellow card after a foul in the 52nd minute, and Jacelyn Smith also received a caution in the 73rd minute. Indiana Wesleyan’s Clois Jones also received a yellow card. The Knights continued to wear down Indiana Wesleyan as the half went along, with three shots in the final 10 minutes. However, Oleksak’s shot in the 89th minute was the last scoring chance for both squads before overtime.
Marian took the attack in overtime, with Oleksak taking several shots in the opening minute. She just missed what would have been another game-winning goal after her shot went just left of the post in the 93rd minute. Indiana Wesleyan countered and scored after a corner kick, which was headed by Lauren Turner to Brown for the strike.
Both teams finished with an even 11 shots in the contest, but the Wildcats had seven on goal to Marian’s three. Rolfsen made five saves in the loss. Marian yielded five corner kicks and took four. Oleksak led the Knights with four shots, while Smith had three and Delaney Taylor took two.
The Marian women’s soccer team will be back at St. Vincent Field, hosting the Crossroads League Tournament quarterfinals on November 6.
MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL: MARIAN BLOWS OUT SIMMONS IN SEASON OPENER
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team cruised to an 80-point victory in their 2021 season opener Saturday night, blowing out Simmons College of Kentucky 106-26. The win is the largest margin of victory for Marian under head coach Scott Heady. The Knights had seven players score in double figures, as they begin their 2021-2022 season 1-0.
The Knights got out to a quick 14-0 lead before the opening media timeout, with each of the five starters scoring one bucket in the game’s opening run. A Christian Stewart three after the media timeout grew the lead to 17 before Simmons would eventually get on the board. Nolan Foster and Brody Whitaker scored their first points as Knights shortly after checking in, growing the lead to 19 points with over 10 minutes to play in the first half.
A barrage of baskets on three straight Marian possessions created a 7-0 run, and a three pointer from both Malek Edmonds and Jacob Wiley helped Marian take their lead to 30 points with over five minutes remaining in the half. Marian shot over 50 percent from the field in the first half, and ended the opening period on a buzzer-beating tip-in from Whitaker to send the teams back to the locker rooms with the Knights leading 50-14. As a team Marian had 26 first half rebounds, five blocks, and six steals, while assisting on 10 of their 19 makes. Defensively Marian held Simmons to just six made shots in the first half, forcing 13 turnovers.
After halftime Marian quickly added to their lead, with Stewart throwing a pair of alley-oops to Wiley as the newcomer put a dent in the rim. Stewart put Marian up by 50 after the first media timeout of the second half with a pair of free throws. The defense continued to be strong against Simmons, holding them to zero points over the final half’s first 5:39. With 10 minutes remaining in the half Sean Jenkins canned a three to put Marian on top 78-21, and Whitaker followed the offense making a layup on two of Marian’s next four possessions.
Over the final 10 minutes the Knights out-scored Simmons 28-5, and picked up big contributions from Edmonds, Stewart, and Wiley during the run. Whitaker converted a three-point play to push Marian to the century mark, and newcomers Jenkins and Foster capped the scoring for the Knights combining for the final six points in the 106-26 rout.
Marian shot 59.4 percent as a team in the win, holding Simmons College to just 18.5 percent and 10 made baskets. Seven of the 10 players that got into the game for Marian ended in double-figures, with Wiley and Stewart leading the way with 18 each. Jenkins scored 15 off the bench, and Foster had 11 bench points to go with nine rebounds. Wiley also had nine rebounds, and Stewart ended with a balanced statline of both six rebounds and six assists.
Marian will embark on a three game road stint next Saturday when they travel to No. 23 Thomas More.
INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS
INDIANA WESLEYAN VOLLEYBALL: WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL ENDS REGULAR SEASON WITH WIN OVER MOUNT VERNON
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – No. 21 Indiana Wesleyan volleyball team traveled to RV Mount Vernon Nazarene this afternoon coming away with a 3-0 win over the Cougars. This extends Wildcats win streak over the Cougars to thirteen. Wildcats finish the regular season 20-4 and 14-4 in conference play.
WIN 3-0: 25-15, 25-15, 25-16
Wildcats boasted a .314 kill percentage to MVNU’s .070
IWU posted 41 kills led by Ana Collar with 11 and Macy Puthoff with eight.
Olivia Zawadzki spread the offense with 40 assists
Wildcats recorded 58 digs on the night led by libero, Paige Thibault with 20.
“It was a solid bounce back win! Offensively it was a great effort hitting over .300 every game. The defense also worked together extremely well picking 58 digs with Paige leading with 20 digs! We are excited to start the post season tournament!
NEXT TIME OUT
Wildcats finish second in the conference and will host the Grace College on Saturday, November 6 in Crossroads League Tournament quarterfinals.
INDIANA WESLEYAN FOOTBALL: FOOTBALL USES FOURTH-QUARTER EXPLOSION IN WIN OVER SIENA HEIGHTS
MARION, Ind. – No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan football used 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter Saturday, topping Siena Heights University 27-10. The afternoon was highlighted with the celebration of 31 football seniors pre-game.
NSIDE THE GAME
Devodney Alford put together his fourth 100-yard rushing performance on the season, and his 10th touchdown. Alford has rushed for a touchdown in all but one game this season. Alford needs just 194 yards to reach 2,500 career rushing yards.
Ben VonGunten was stellar for yet another week, punching through two field goals from 26-yards out and averaging 43.8 yards per-punt on six attempts. He put four punts inside the 20 yard line and booted one 63 yards.
Clayton Mosher led all Wildcats with nine tackles. As a squad IWU recorded five sacks pushing their season total to 27 sacks, good for Top-10 in the NAIA.
NEXT TIME OUT
IWU finishes their season on the road heading to Taylor next Saturday for a 1 p.m. start, and Madonna University the week after for a 12:30 p.m. start.
IU EAST ATHLETICS
IU EAST WBASKETBALL: IU EAST 95, MILLIGAN 67
RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team had five players in double figures for the second straight game as the Red Wolves beat Milligan University 95-67 on Oct. 30.
IU East is now 2-0 for the first time since the Red Wolves won their first five contests during the 2017-18 season. Milligan is 0-2.
“This was a great game for us going into next weekend and hosting our First Bank Richmond Classic,” IU East coach Tiffani Selhorst said. “We made a lot of mistakes, but showed a lot of resilience. I think this team is really motivated to get better every day in practice, and that’s what’s going to make this team successful.”
Addie Brown led the Red Wolves with 25 points in their finale of the RedStorm Classic in Newt Oliver Arena on the campus of the University of Rio Grande.
“I’m really, really proud of this team,” Brown said. “We have been preparing for this for months, and it’s insane to see the results of hard work. I can’t wait to see all we accomplish this season because we get to do it together. This team is special.”
In her second game for IU East, Bethany Mackin finished with 18 points and a team-high five assists.
Paige Gregory and Kennedy Griffin both tossed in 13 points. Kami McEldowney added 11 points.
Tia Tolbert contributed seven points as she and Brown led the way with seven rebounds.
After a tight first quarter, the Red Wolves were able to pull away by halftime and held a 52-35 advantage. IU East led 68-53 at the third stop.
The Red Wolves hosts the First Bank Richmond Classic next weekend. IU East faces the University of Northwestern Ohio on Friday, Nov. 5. The contest begins at 2 p.m.
IU EAST MSOCCER: IU EAST 7, CARLOW 1
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – Brian Alvarez, Santy Elavarasu and Callum Coleman each scored a pair of goals as the Indiana University East men’s soccer team earned a trip to the postseason with a 7-1 victory over Carlow University on Saturday, Oct. 30.
The Red Wolves have won four straight road matches as they are now 5-11-1 overall and 5-4 in the River States Conference.
IU East has made the conference tournament in all five years in the history of the program. The Red Wolves are 12-0 in must-win matches to qualify for the tourney since 2018. Carlow finishes at 2-14, 0-9.
“The team worked hard from the beginning to make sure we got the job done to see us into the playoffs,” Coleman said. “We performed well in both ends of the pitch today making the most of our chances and only providing Carlow with a few.”
IU East travels to Oakland City University for a quarterfinal contest of RSC Championship. The match will be on Saturday, Nov. 6.
“Today wasn’t our sharpest match, but we got the result we wanted and now will begin preparing to go back to Oakland City for a rematch from last Saturday (Oct. 23),” IU East coach Steve Moore said of his team’s 1-0 win over the Mighty Oaks. “It was a hard-fought match then and I’d expect nothing less this time around. We’ve got a week to get ready.”
Alvarez scored on a penalty kick to give the Red Wolves a lead before an own goal by the Celtics made it 2-0.
After Carlow scored, Alvarez added another goal for IU East to make it 3-0 before the intermission with an assist from Michael Hall.
In the second period, IU East picked up four more scores with Elavarasu finding the net twice as Tristan Thomas assisted on the second.
Coleman scored the final two goals for the Red Wolves. Gavin Miller assisted on Coleman’s initial score.
IU EAST WSOCCER: IU EAST 1, CARLOW 0
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – The Indiana University East women’s soccer team will be the third seed in the postseason after a 1-0 victory over Carlow University on Saturday, Oct. 30.
The Red Wolves are 10-6-1 overall and 8-2-1 in the River States Conference, while Carlow’s season ends at 3-12-1 and 2-8-1.
IU East will entertain No. 6 seed Oakland City University in the quarterfinals of RSC Championship on Saturday, Nov. 6. The contest at Eaton (Ohio) High School gets underway at 3:30 p.m. The Red Wolves won 3-1 in Oakland City during the regular season.
With the win, IU East has won at least 10 matches in the last four seasons as the Red Wolves look for a third straight RSC tourney title and appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.
Sophie Pohlabel gave the Red Wolves the lead late in the first half at the Montour Junction Sports Complex when she scored at 38:16 with an assist from Kayla Amidon.
“Our team is just going up from here,” Pohlabel said. “This weekend was full of great memories.”
Goalkeeper Ashlynn Black had five saves for IU East to post her second shutout of the season.
IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST 3, OHIO VALLEY 0
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East volleyball team celebrated its Senior Day with a three-set River States Conference win against Ohio Valley University.
Final score before a Saturday afternoon Lingle Court crowd bolstered by the Red Wolf seniors’ friends, families and fans: 25-14, 25-14, 25-21.
IU East (16-11, 11-4) continues to lead the RSC East Division by a half-game over Point Park. Ohio Valley is 2-14 overall and 2-13 in the league.
The three IU East players in their fourth years of college volleyball – Hallie Holbrook, Jenna Mitchell and Sammei Fulkerson-Bird – were honored before the game.
Holbrook returned to the court for Senior Day after missing several weeks due to injury. She made her Senior Day match one to remember with a 10-point serving run to put IU East ahead 15-1 in the first set plus a team-high 12 kills, including a kill on match point.
“Coming back after a while, it was a really good feeling,” Holbrook said. “Having your last game or Senior Day game is never something you want to plan, but that’s what we had to do. I appreciate all my teammates backing me up, and especially (setters) Maddy (Harmon) and Brooke (Lepper) for feeding me the ball and believing in me.”
Mitchell contributed a team-best 17 digs and four aces.
“I’ll remember spending this moment with my teammates,” Mitchell said. “I wouldn’t want any other group of girls with me. It was super fun, and I wouldn’t have wanted to share this moment with anyone else.”
Fulkerson-Bird wanted to make the most of the day for her fellow fourth-college-year teammates.
“I’ll always remember playing for the other seniors,” she said. “It’s a really big day, not just for me, but for the other seniors as well.”
IU East starts the final week of the regular season with a road trip to WVU Tech on Nov. 2. Match time is 4 p.m.
EARLHAM CROSS COUNTRY: Men first, women sixth at HCAC Championship
SHELBYVILLE — The Earlham College men’s cross country team battled rain and cold to winn its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship in program history at Blue River Memorial Park.
The men’s team finished with an average time of 27:58 in the 8K race to win the event while the women averaged a 26:52 in the 6K to finish in sixth.
The Quaker men were closely followed by Manchester who finished just six total points behind Earlham, the race for the win came down to the final 600 meters of the race.
Connor Del Carmen earned newcomer of the year on the men’s side as he led the Quakers with a seventh-place finish. Ian Gorely was second for the Quakers, finishing less than a second behind Del Carmen. The pair earned All-HCAC status.
Shianna Bellingham earned all-conference honors on the women’s side with her ninth-place finish.
Austin Burt, Alex Roberts, Henry Foultner and Greta Shaffer earned honorable mention status for their finishing position.
This ranks as the first men’s cross country championship for the Quakers since 1996 and the fourth conference championship in program history.
Derick Lawrence was named Cross Country Coach of the Year by the HCAC.
Both teams improved from their preseason ranking, where the men were tabbed third and the women selected seventh.
The Quakers will be back on course November 13th at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky.
EARLHAM FIELD HOCKEY: FH beats Witt, clinches playoff home game
RICHMOND — The Earlham College field hockey team sent its seniors off with a win in Darrell Beane Stadium with a 3-1 score over Wittenberg University. The Quakers have clinched at least a second-place finish in the North Coast Athletic Conference and will host their first tournament game on Tuesday.
The Quakers improved to 15-2 (6-1 NCAC) while the Tigers fell to 10-8 (4-4 NCAC).
After a scoreless first quarter, Earlham senior Denise Bergdolt scored the opening goal for the Quakers. She was assisted by Molly McKellar on a penalty corner. Bergdolt secured the ball near the top of the penalty arc and fired a shot low and to the left side of the Tiger goalkeeper for the score.
Earlham scored again less than two minutes later from Reilly Swislosky. The Quakers were pushed up in an attack after a penalty corner and Regan Seeman ended up with the ball in front of the goal. She elected to make the extra pass to Swislosky who had an open opportunity on the backside of the goal.
Guin Schalck netted the final goal for Earlham in the 44th minute of play. The Quakers were pulled back on defense for a Tiger penalty corner. After making the stop the defense sent the ball upfield to Schalck. The junior ran off on a breakaway all the way up the left sideline where she cut towards the goal and slotted a shot behind the goalkeeper for the score.
The Tigers scored a consolation goal in the 44th minute off of a penalty corner play.
Earlham took 21 shots with 10 landing on frame, and the Quakers tallied eight penalty corners. The Earlham defense only allowed three shots from the Tigers all game.
Reigning NCAC Player of the Week, Meg Murphy collected one save in goal.
The Quakers have clinched a home game for their first round of the NCAC tournament. This will mark the first time in program history that the field hockey team has qualified for the NCAC postseason championship. The Quakers still have a chance to win the regular season championship with a Kenyon loss tonight and a Quaker win over Ohio Wesleyan tomorrow.
This game served as senior day for Earlham, Murphy, Bergdolt, McKellar, Olivia Layne and Kate Neal were honored before the game for their contributions to the program over the last four years.
Earlham has a quick turnaround as the Quakers travel to Delaware, Ohio tomorrow where they will conclude their regular season play against Ohio Wesleyan University. Earlham will host either the third or fourth seed in the NCAC tournament on Tuesday in Darrell Beane Stadium.
WABASH MSOCCER: Tie Versus Oberlin Enough To Send Wabash To NCAC Soccer Tourney
Wabash College earned its fourth consecutive trip to the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament with a 1-1 draw versus Oberlin at home on Saturday. The Little Giants will compete in the conference tournament beginning with the semifinal round on Wednesday.
Wabash (11-5-2, 4-3-2 NCAC) struck first in Saturday’s match. Alexis Delgado scored his fifth goal of the season off a pass from Emilio Paez in the 20th minute to provide the 1-0 lead. That score held until the 70th minute when Nic Jandeleit picked up the game-tying goal for Oberlin (5-9-4, 3-4-2 NCAC).
The two teams played a pair of scoreless overtime periods to end in the 1-1 draw, giving Wabash the one team point it needed to finish fourth in the regular-season conference standings. The Little Giants scored a total of 14 points in conference play this season. DePauw finished fifth with 12 points, while Oberlin took sole possession of sixth place with a total of 11 points.
Wabash goalkeeper Michael Bertram faced a total of 13 shots and five shots on goal to record four saves in the match. The Little Giants finished with 24 total shots and seven shots on goal, including the only shot on goal in either of the extra overtime periods.
The Little Giants will travel to Kenyon College for a 2 p.m. contest Wednesday in the semifinal round of the tournament. Wabash and Kenyon have played twice in previous NCAC semifinal matches with the Lords claiming a 3-0 win in 2014 and a 1-0 victory in 2018.
WABASH MCROSS COUNTRY: Pine, Curnutt Earn All-NCAC Honors, Wabash Fourth At Conference Meet
Wabash College senior Ethan Pine and freshmen Brayden Curnutt earned all-conference honors with top-11 finishes at the 2021 North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Championship race on Saturday. The Wabash team finished fourth out of nine teams at the meet.
Pine finished the 8,000-meter course in 26:53.4 to capture 10th place to earn Second Team All-NCAC honors. Curnutt joined Pine as a Second Team All-NCAC runner by finishing in 11th place three seconds back at 26:56.8, just nine seconds off his best time of the season.
Drake Hayes narrowly missed a place on the all-conference team after finishing 24th overall with a time of 27:28.5. Ian Dickey scored a 32nd-place finish at 27:48.5. Hunter Wakefield finished the race in 27:51.9 to place 34th overall.
Will Neubauer captured 35th place with a time of 27:56.3 in his first conference championship meet. Clarke Criddell finished 44th with a time of 28:03.1.
Wabash scored a total of 104 points to capture fourth place. DePauw won the men’s team title with a total of 32 points, finishing ahead of Allegheny (71 points) and Denison (79 points). Oberlin (147 points) placed fifth overall with Wittenberg (172 pts.), Wooster (184 pts), Kenyon (209 pts.), and Ohio Wesleyan (219 pts.) completing the team scoring.
The Little Giants will compete at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, November 13 in Shelbyville, Indiana.
WABASH FOOTBALL: Scoring Explosion Lifts Wabash to 59-34 Win At Kenyon
Wabash produced 606 yards of total offense and scored eight touchdowns to snap a two-game losing streak with a 59-34 road win at Kenyon Saturday.
Wabash (6-2, 5-2 NCAC) ran for five touchdowns in the game. Quarterback Liam Thompson threw for three scores while passing for a career-high 431 yards.
The Little Giants and Kenyon (2-6, 2-5 NCAC) traded first-quarter scores before Wabash picked up a three-yard Thompson run and nine-yard pass from Thompson to Jackson Clayborne for a 21-7 lead. The Lords answered with back-to-back touchdowns to tie the game at 21-21 five minutes into the second quarter.
Thompson connected with sophomore wide receiver Derek Allen on a 75-yard catch and run on the first play from scrimmage after the game-tying score from Kenyon. The 75-yard pass tied the longest of Thompson’s career and helped Allen to a career-best 181 receiving yards. Allen caught five passes total with two ending in touchdowns for the Little Giants.
Kenyon matched the Wabash offensive output once again to tie the game at 28-28 midway through the second period. Thompson provided the lead the Little Giants would not relinquish just before halftime by ending a 10-play, 81-yard drive with a seven-yard TD run to give Wabash a 35-28 halftime lead.
The Little Giants outscored Kenyon 10-6 in the third period. Wabash got a 40-yard field goal from Jacob Handley and a 10-yard Cade Campbell TD run to offset a Kenyon TD and missed extra point. A 14-0 fourth quarter put the game out of reach for Wabash. The Little Giants scored on a 28-yards Thompson-to-Allen TD pass and a Donovan Snyder seven-yard run.
Thompson was an efficient 18-of-27 passing in the game. He carried the ball 11 times for 40 yards and ran for a career-best three touchdowns. Thompson entered the game ranked seventh among Division III players in point responsible for with 21 passing touchdowns and five rushing TDs.
Snyder led the Wabash rushing attack with 25 carries for 120 yards and one score. Cooper Sullivan caught a team-high six passes for 145 yards to give the Little Giants two receivers with more than 100 yards for the second game in a row.
The Wabash defense intercepted a season-high three passes and held Kenyon to 109 total rushing yards. The Lords finished with 447 yards of total offense by completing 24-of-37 passes for 338 yards and two TDs. Wabash linebacker Joe Rios recorded two interceptions and Will Netting picked off a third Kenyon pass. David Marsh led the Little Giant defense with nine tackles with five solo stops. Netting recorded seven tackles. Cade Lansell finished with two sacks for Wabash. Seth Buresh added another sack to his career totals, giving him 18-1/2 for his career.
Wabash closes out the regular season with two home contests, beginning with a 1 p.m. contest next Saturday against Wittenberg University.
FRANKLIN WSOCCER: RECAP | Women’s Soccer Falls to Rose in HCAC Quarterfinals
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s soccer team made their seventh post-season appearance on Saturday (Oct. 30) afternoon, taking on Rose-Hulman in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament.
The sixth-seeded Grizzlies (5-12) gave the league’s top defensive team in Rose-Hulman (12-2-2) a battle but ultimately came up short in a 3-1 defeat.
How it Happened
Down by a goal midway through the first half, Franklin was awarded a penalty kick in the 23rd minute that freshman Jaiden Baker made no mistake on, sticking a shot into the left corner of the net to even things up at 1-1.
But the momentum would shift right back to the hosts as Rose re-claimed the lead with a 25th minute marker. Franklin would press for another equalizer throughout the rest of the first half before coming up empty. Rose got an insurance marker in the 81st minute that capped the afternoon’s scoring.
Inside the Box Score
-Shots were 16-6 in the Engineers’ favor, with the league’s top defense holding FC without a shot over the final 36 minutes of play.
-Riley Rice made five saves in goal for the Grizzlies. Baker and Katelyn Duff tied for the team lead with two shot attempts each.
FRANKLIN WCROSS COUNTRY: RECAP | Freshman Duo Earns All-Conference Finishes at HCAC Championships
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s cross country team faced off against the top runners from around the conference on Saturday (Oct. 30) at the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships at Blue River Park.
Franklin’s women saw two rookies earn all-conference accolades in their first conference championship showing. As a team, the Grizzlies placed eighth overall, finishing with a team score of 169 points.
Freshman Haley Makowski earned HCAC All-Conference accolades with her showing in the 6K race. The Osceola, Ind.-native hit the finish line in 25:08.1 to finish 11th overall, just clearing the threshold for all-conference honors. Collecting honorable mention all-conference honors was fellow freshman Ella Bashor, who ended her day with a time of 25:56.1 for an 18th-place finish and one of eight spots on the honorable mention team.
Freshman Emily Rector placed third on the team and 48th overall, hitting the finish line in 27:48.9. Not far behind her was senior Taylor Wooten (28:13.3) and junior Emma Bowling (28:43.2), who capped the scoring with 54th and 57th place finishes, respectively.
Also taking part in the race for Franklin were: sophomore Mallory Watson (69th/29:35.4), junior Angelina Gregory (70th/29:45.3), junior Lex Desenberg (73rd/30:21.8), sophomore Josie Lyons (78th/35:08.9), freshman Natalie Venable (80th/40:52.7) and freshman Emily Doffin (81st/41:17.1).
Manchester took home the team championship, finishing with 41 points to best runner-up Rose-Hulman.
The Grizzlies will be off for two weeks before returning to Blue River Park to serve as the host for the 2021 Great Lakes Championship.
FRANKLIN MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: RECAP | Asplund, Sells Earn All-Conference Nods at HCAC Championships
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s cross country team faced off against the top runners from around the conference on Saturday (Oct. 30) at the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships at Blue River Park.
The Grizzlies saw two runners collect all-conference accolades for the first time in their careers in the race. As a team, the Grizzlies placed sixth overall, finishing just behind Hanover in the standings.
Freshman John Asplund and sophomore Jack Sells collected all-conference accolades with their showings in the race. Bloomington, Ind.-native Asplund collected one of 12 HCAC All-Conference honors with a 10th place finish, crossing the line in 27:40.1. Not far behind him on the field in 18th place was Sells, with the Indianapolis, Ind.-native earning honorable mention all-conference honors with his time of 28:31.5.
Placing third on the team and 28th overall was junior Jaycee Wilburn with a time of 29:05.8. Sophomores Drew Hargis (29:14.9) and Eli Cochrane (29:16.0) rounded out the scoring times with 31st and 32nd place finishes, respectively.
Also taking part in the race for Franklin were: freshman Elliott Gough (40th/29:38.8), junior Corbin Lee (60th/30:44.5), senior Jordan Johnson (61st/30:46.8), freshman Noah McCracken (66th/31:24.4), freshman Travis Bullock (67th/31″28.8), freshman Drew McGaha (73rd/32:34.0), freshman Tristan Konkler (75th/32:54.1), junior Henry Davidson (79th/33:17.4), freshman TyJay Lester (82nd/33:45.4), junior Ethan Bequeret (83rd/33:51.9), freshman Luke Paddock (86th/34:29.3) and sophomore Brayden Devenport (93rd/36:53.6).
Earlham claimed the team championship with 61 points, edging out Manchester for the top spot.
The Grizzlies will be off for two weeks before returning to Blue River Park to serve as the host for the 2021 Great Lakes Championship.
Football: Lions Take Win against Ravens
Lions Take Win against Ravens
Mount St. Joseph University (5-3, 4-1) took a 35-18 victory against the Anderson University football team (0-8, 0-5) during Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup in Cincinnati.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Tyson Harley connected with James Tucker on a two-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Mount St. Joseph held a 21-6 lead at halftime.
Tyson Harley delivered a 29-yard touchdown pass to Zac Tallent in the fourth quarter.
Kolby Richardson threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Brown in the fourth quarter.
The Lions recorded 402 yards of offense while the Ravens tallied 295 yards of offense.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Tyson Harley – 254 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns
Zac Tallent – 8 receptions, 129 receiving yards, 1 reception touchdown
Caleb Brown – 7 receptions, 99 receiving yards, 1 reception touchdown
James Tucker – 1 reception touchdown
Kolby Richardson – 1 passing touchdown
Caden Robinson – 5 receptions
Sam Feola – 14 tackles
Caden McClain – 12 tackles
Jawan Coney – 5 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack
Collin McCaffrey – 9 tackles
Cayden Sotelo – 8 tackles
Brandon Goodman – 6 tackles
Anderson faces off with Defiance College (1-7, 1-4) in HCAC action for Senior Day on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Macholtz Stadium.
Thunder Victorious 1-0 over Adrian as Butterworth Breaks Scoreless Match in MIAA First Round
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University women’s soccer team defeated Adrian College in the First Round of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament 1-0 behind a goal from Olivia Butterworth [Murray, Ky. / Murray] in the 89th minute.
The win is the first conference tournament victory in program history and the first postseason win since 1998, when the Thunder topped Aquinas in the Second Round of the NAIA District 21 tournament. The team’s 15th win in the 2021 season also sets the record for most victories in a single season in program history.
Trine’s victory sets them up to face the number one seed Calvin University on the road in the MIAA Semifinal round on Tuesday, November 2 at 7 pm.
Just 30 seconds in, the Thunder nearly had a disastrous defensive breakdown as Adrian had a shot hit the left post. Trine countered with a shot that just missed the mark off the foot of Rachel Hill [Guilford, Ind. / East Central] on a free kick in Bulldog territory.
Aside from the attempt by Hill, Adrian controlled possession for a majority of the first 20 minutes. Towards the end of the first half, Bella Mabry [Oregon, Ohio / Clay] and Lia Franzone [Lancaster, N.Y. / Lancaster] each took two shots, including a look from Mabry that was saved by the Bulldog keeper as the last line of defense.
Teresa Ashbrook [Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt], who was named First Team All-Conference earlier in the day, had a shot saved just before half as well.
Ashbrook had another close opportunity turned away in the 57th minute, this time by the left woodwork and the match remained scoreless.
With the clock winding down, both teams were desperate to get on the board, with both keepers able to make saves on counterattacks with less than 20 minutes in regulation.
The opening was finally there for Trine in the 89th minute as Second Team All-Conference recipient Butterworth had a shot blocked and then Veronica Ocampo [Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Memorial] got a touch on a loose ball just in front of the net and shunted it back to her for the game-clinching goal.
Sophie Aschemeier [Findlay, Ohio / Liberty-Benton], also a Second Team All-Conference honoree, polished off her second consecutive shutout along with the defensive line of Hill, Ellie Price [Terre Haute, Ind. / Terre Haute North Vigo}, Anissa Rios [Chandler, Ariz. / Corona del Sol] and Andrea Wright [Plainfield, Ind. / Plainfield].
Men’s Hockey Shuts Out Hamline
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Trine University men’s hockey team finished the weekend undefeated after shutting out Hamline University in the second half of the weekend doubleheader by the score of 4-0.
The Thunder wasted little time taking a lead, scoring their first goal in just the second minute of play. Senior Garrett Hallford (McKinney, Texas) came up with an offensive zone steal passing the puck to junior Justin Meers (St. Charles, Mo.) who quickly passed it back to Hallford. After a quick fake toward the net, Hallford passed it across the face instead to freshman Tyler Shetland (Laguna Hills, Calif.) who wasted little time putting the puck through the wide-open net in front of the diving goalie.
The goal was the lone score of the first period and Trine took the 1-0 lead into halftime. It took the team even less time in the second period to add to their lead. Following a faceoff victory in the offensive zone, junior Brendan Prappas (West Bloomfield, Mich.) fired a shot from the point that was turned aside by the opposition’s goalie. The rebound came out wide where senior Brandon Krumpschmid (Grand Rapids, Mich.) collected it before passing it across the face of the net to freshman Bobby Price (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) who scored the goal.
The Thunder added to their lead in the 14th minute of the second. Sophomore Jackson Clark (Fort Mill, S.C.) started the play passing the puck up the boards to Meers who would forward the puck behind the net to Hallford. After moving just to the front of the net, Hallford passed it across the face to Meers who beat the goalie for the 3-0 lead.
The final goal of the contest came just under a minute later. Krumpschmid came up with the puck in the neutral zone before passing it to Prappas who quickly pushed it ahead to Price who had positioned himself behind the defense. Price streaked to the net and deked the goalie tallying his second goal of the contest.
After a scoreless third period, Trine finished off the contest with the 4-0 victory.
In net, sophomore Shane Brancato (Lake Villa, Ill.) picked up his first shutout of the season finishing the contest with 21 saves.
The Thunder improve to 2-0 following the win. They will travel to face the State University of New York at Fredonia in their next contest on Friday, Nov. 5. The game is set to start 7 p.m.
Women’s Hockey Drops Tight Contest with Visiting Lakers
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University women’s hockey team dropped a tight contest with visiting Oswego State by the score of 2-1.
The Thunder looked ready to keep their momentum from last night going as they struck first in the contest. With the puck in the offensive end and an extra skater on the ice following a penalty by the Lakers, the team had excellence passes around the point and into the flat where senior Brandi Wilson (Fenton, Mich. / Little Caesars) was able to finish off the play with her first goal of the season. Freshman Payton Hans (Johnson Creek, Wis. / Madison Capitals) and senior Kirsten Vandenheuvel (Denfield, Ont. / Bluewater Hawks) added assists.
After a scoreless final nine minutes of the first period, Trine entered the first intermission with the 1-0 lead.
Oswego would score the final two goals of the contest, one in each of the final two periods and would come up with the victory 2-1.
Once again freshman Ryleigh Furlong (Lakeville, Minn. / Farmington) showed her talent in net, despite the team coming up short on the scoreboard. She finished the game with 36 saves.
The Thunder all to 1-1 following the loss. They will next take the ice when they travel to take on St. Olaf College for the first half of a weekend doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 5. The contest is set to start at 5 p.m. ET or 4 p.m. CT.
Football Stumbles at Albion
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University football team dropped their first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) of the season falling to Albion College by the score of 31-24. The Thunder struck first in the contest but 21 straight points from the Britons was too much for the team to overcome.
The Thunders started the contest with the ball and quickly worked their way down the field. After an opening run from junior Xaine Kirby (Sweetser, Ind. / Eastbrook), the Thunder picked up a large chuck of yardage through the air. Junior Alex Price (Reading, Mich. / Reading) connected with Anthony Latin (Benton Harbor, Mich. / Berrien Springs) for 44 yards to give the team a first and ten inside the Albion 30 yard line. Price then finished off the drive with an 18-yard connection with junior Kyran Pearson (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Central) to give the team a 6-0 lead.
The Britons quickly responded scoring their own touchdown just over a minute later and were able to convert the extra point to take a 7-0 lead. Then after the ensuing Thunder drive ended in a punt, Albion drove down the field again and scored another touchdown before the end of the quarter to make the score 14-6. A final touchdown to start the second quarter gave the Britons a 21-6 lead.
Finally, the Thunder were able to respond on offense, when Price connected with sophomore Connor Arthur (Bryan, Ohio / Bryan) for a 64-yard touchdown to pull back within a score at 21-13.
The teams traded punts over the next few drives, Albion would find the endzone next going 78 yards to take a 28-13 lead which they would carry into halftime.
After a slow start by both teams to start the second half, Albion converted a field goal attempt to take what would be their largest lead of the contest at 31-13.
Halfway through the fourth quarter the Thunder cut into that lead with a 32-yard field goal from senior Ryan Hibbetts (Monticello, Ind. / Twin Lakes) making the score 31-16.
The defense then held strong forcing a three and out on the ensuing Albion drive giving the offense the ball back with four minutes remaining int the contest. Price led a quick drive down the field before connecting with Pearson for a second touchdown to cut the deficit to 31-22. Another completed pass gave put the Thunder back within a single score at 31-24.
Trine went for the onside kick in a final bid to tie the game, but Albion recovered the attempt and was able to kneel out the game, handing the Thunder their first MIAA loss of the season.
Price finished the contest going 17 for 27 for 339 yards in the air and three touchdowns, his best game of the season and just the second time he has broken the 300-yard mark in a single contest. The Britons’ defense was solid against the run stopping the Trine running crew from ever getting going. It is just the third time this season that the team has finished with less than 100 yards in a game.
Defensively senior Keysean Amison (Sandusky, Ohio / Perkins) led the way for the team with 12 total tackles including eight solo attempts. Sophomore Jamon Gibson (Toledo, Ohio / Central Catholic) came up with a pair of sacks while also finishing the game with seven total tackles. Senior Aaron Dean (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Eastside) had the lone takeaway in the contest with an interception.
The Thunder fall to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in MIAA following the loss. They will continue their season by traveling to face Alma College on Saturday, November 6. The contest is set to start at 1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer Advances to MIAA Semifinals in 4-0 Triumph over Albion
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s soccer team rolled to a 4-0 victory over Albion College in the First Round of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament on Saturday night. The number four seed Thunder advance to play the top seed, Calvin University, in the Semifinal Round on Wednesday, November 3.
Brian Morris [Metamora, Mich. / Lapeer] put the Thunder in front in the 12th minute of play with a goal from long distance on the right side of the pitch. The Thunder were on the attack to add on, as Tyler Murphy [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central] accumulated three shots in the first 30 minutes of play.
Chippy play in both directions was evident with multiple fouls and three yellow cards distributed in the first period.
In the 42nd minute, Alhasan Yahya [Melvindale, Mich. / Melvindale] gave the Thunder a 2-0 lead. Murphy had his shot sent away by the Briton keeper, but Yahya was there for the rebound and score and provide a wave of momentum before intermission.
Connor Malmquist [Valparaiso, Ind. / Morgan Township] helped to pile it on in the 58th minute and create an insurmountable advantage.
In the 73rd minute, Alhusain Yahya [Melvindale, Mich. / Melvindale] converted off of a rebound as well. This time, it was a shot from the foot of Joey Donovan [Aurora, Ill. / Metea Valley] that was deflected back into play and Yahya was there to count it.
Troy Saylor [Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia] made four saves in his fourth shutout of the 2021 campaign. Murphy, who was named First Team All-Conference earlier in the day, led the team with four shots.
BETHEL MEN’S BASKETBALL: PILOTS BLOW OUT SIMMONS IN HOME OPENER
MISHAWAKA – Bethel Men’s Basketball routed Simmons (Ky.) 106-47 in the Wiekamp Athletic Center for their first game on the newly-redesigned Mike Lightfoot Court on Friday afternoon. Six Pilots scored at least 11 points, led by Jake Johnson’s 16 off the bench.
Score: Bethel def. Simmons 106-47
Records: Bethel (2-0) | Simmons (0-2)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR
Location: Wiekamp Athletic Center | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.
Jake Johnson: 16 pts, 4-9 3-pt, 4 stl
Drew Greene: 12 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl
Brandon Hunt: 12 pts 6 reb, 2 blk
Foster Mefford: 8 pts, 5 ast, 2 stl
Mihailo Stojanov: 13 pts, 4 reb, 3-5 3-pt
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots shot 53.3 percent for the game.
The Pilots outrebounded the Falcons 59-24.
The Pilots opened the game on a 21-2 run in the first 5:08 of play and scored 64 points in the opening stanza.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots travel to Grand Rapids to take on Cornerstone on Monday at 7:30 pm.
BETHEL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: ‘PILOT BALL’ TAKES DOWN NO. 20 OLIVET NAZARENE
MISHAWAKA – Bethel Women’s Basketball scored their first upset of the season with a convincing 82-74 victory over No. 20 Olivet Nazarene on Saturday. The Pilots forced the top 20 team into 40 turnovers and took the lead for good with 5:25 remaining in the game on a Nyla Asad three-pointer to make it 67-65 and held on with free throws to seal the win.
Score: Bethel def. Olivet Nazarene 82-74
Records: Bethel (3-0) | Olivet Nazarene (1-1)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | Olivet Nazarene – No. 20
Location: Wiekamp Athletic Center | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.
Kallie McElroy: 13 pts, 2 reb, 11-12 fg
Nyla Asad: 13 pts, 5 reb, 6-9 fg
Maggie Deboy: 6 pts, 10 reb
Maiah Shelton: 8 pts, 4 stl
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots earn their first win over a top 25 team since a 93-89 win over No. 25 IU Northwest on October 30, 2019 in Doug Porter’s first season at Bethel.
Nyla Asad and Maiah Shelton were named to the Bethel Tip-Off Classic All-Toiurnament team for their efforts.
The Pilots allowed 37 offensive rebounds and were outscored 21-7 on second chance points.
Doug Porter gets his first win over his previous school since leaving Olivet Nazarene in 2012.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots travel to University Park, Illinois to take on Governors State on Wednesday at 6:00 pm.
BETHEL VOLLEYBALL: PILOTS RUIN NO. 6 MARIAN’S PERFECT SEASON
INDIANAPOLIS – Bethel Volleyball upset Crossroads League-leading No. 6 Marian in the regular season finale in four sets on Saturday, dropping the first set before storming back to take the next three. Isabelle North led the Pilots with 11 kills and 9 blocks, while five other Pilots recorded at least 3 blocks in the match.
Match Score: Bethel def. Marian 3-1 (15-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-21)
Records: Bethel (27-7, 12-6) | Marian (29-1, 17-1)
NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll: Bethel – NR | Marian – No. 6
Location: Physical Education Center | Marian University | Indianapolis, Ind.
Isabelle North: 11 kills, 9 blocks, .409 hit pct.
Maddy Payne: 8 kills, 7 blocks, 4 aces
Madyson Beaver: 11 kills, 20 assists, 15 digs, 6 blocks
Hanah Weiss: 8 kills, 3 blocks
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
With the victory, coupled with a Mt. Vernon Nazarene loss, the Pilots jump to the fourth spot in the Crossroads League standings and will host a Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinal game.
The NAIA’s No. 1-ranked blocking team recorded 16.5 total blocks and held the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked hitting team to just 15.8-percent hitting.
The Pilots recorded a win on the road against a top-10 ranked Marian squad for the second straight season.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots host Mount Vernon Nazarene in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinal on Saturday, November 6 in the Wiekamp Athletic Center at 3:00 pm.
DEPAUW FOOTBALL: Clinches Share of NCAC Title with Seventh-Straight Win
Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw jumped out to a 17-0 first-half lead on the way to a 27-10 North Coast Athletic Conference win over visiting Denison which clinched a share of the Tigers’ first NCAC title. The Tigers improved to 7-1 overall and 7-0 in the NCAC with their seventh-straight victory, while the Big Red dropped to 5-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference.
DePauw wasted little time in getting on the board in the showdown of the NCAC leaders as quarterback Chase Andries rushed for a 10-yard score just 4:54 into the contest to cap an 8-play, 75-yard series.
Joe Sullivan’s 35-yard field goal with 3:25 left in the quarter pushed the lead to 10-0.
Early in the second quarter, DePauw’s Dylan Hyatt picked off Denison quarterback Drew Dawkins at the Denison 28 on a third-and-long. On the opening play of the ensuing series, Josh Major kept it for a 10-yard gain on a reverse. Andries then connected with Gabe Quigley on two passes totaling nine yards before he found Jaylon Smith for a 13-yard score in the left corner of the end zone to make it 17-0 with 9:05 left in the half.
A DePauw fumble gave Denison the ball on the DePauw 38 and, 10 plays later, Pat Kramer booted a 24-yard field goal with 18 seconds left in the half for the Big Red’s lone points of the half.
Hyatt intercepted Dawkins on the first play of the second half and returned it to the Denison 8. The drive stalled but Sullivan connected on a 33-yard field goal.
Denison’s only touchdown of the afternoon came on the next drive as the Big Red covered 84 yards in nine plays with Andrew Blanchard scoring on a 1-yard run to cut the DePauw lead to 20-10 with 9:02 remaining in the third.
The teams exchanged punts the rest of the quarter before Sam Secrest picked off Andries at the DePauw 45 early in the fourth after Clay Denstorff tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage. DePauw’s defense held, Kramer’s 46-yard field goal try was short and the Tigers took over on their own 29.
Andries carried for two yards on first down and then connected with Trey Shaw over the middle and Shaw outran the Big Red secondary for a 69-yard score which pushed the lead to 27-10 with 11:19 left.
Denison drove to the DePauw 12 on its next possession, but the Tigers’ defense held and the offense ran out the final 6:04 to seal the win.
DePauw outgained Denison, 407-252, and held the NCAC’s top rushing attack to just 118 yards on the ground.
Gus Baumgartner topped the 100-yard rushing plateau for the third-straight week after running for a career-high 124 yards on 20 carries. Andries completed 17 of 23 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns, while Quigley hauled in career bests of six catches for 70 yards.
Trey Fabrocini rushed for 47 yards in nine tries, while Dawkins completed 15 of 30 for 134 yards. DJ Johnson led with five catches for 61 yards.
Luke Marsh led the defense with 12 tackles and Evens Cribs followed with eight. The Tigers recorded three sacks against an offense that had allowed just one this season. Brevon Gude totaled two and Joe Zanca added the other.
Ryan Hallinan paced the Big Red with 12 tackles and Jeff Moore added eight. Joey Muncie paced the team with two sacks and Denstorff had one.
DePauw can wrap up the outright NCAC title and the automatic qualification into the NCAA Championship with a win next Saturday against Oberlin. Kickoff from Nick Mourouzis Field at Blackstock Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
DePauw has now won its last 11 last games against Division III opponents and its last nine NCAC games with the last loss coming at Denison on November 2, 2019
The win was the Tigers’ ninth straight at Blackstock Stadium, marking the longest streak since DePauw won 25 in a row at home from 1980 to 1985
Brett Dietz’s 9-1 start to his DePauw coaching career marks the best record after 10 games since Nick Mourouzis led the 1981 Tigers to a 9-1 mark in his first season
Joe Sullivan has made all 30 of his point-after attempts and is 9-of-11 in field goal tries
The Tigers have kicked at least one field goal in all eight games this year
Dylan Hyatt’s five interceptions this season are the most by a Tiger since Brooks Hepp picked off six in 2016
DePauw has intercepted at least one pass in each game this year and entered today’s contest ranked third in Division III in turnover margin (+2.0), seventh in interceptions and 10th in turnovers gained
Gus Baumgartner’s three consecutive 100-yard rushing games are the first for a DePauw player since Jeremiah Marks did it in 2005
With 277 yards of offense today, Chase Andries passed Jeff Voris (1986-89) and into third place in DePauw history with 5,804
Andries passed Bernie Haskins (1995-97) and moved into sixth on DePauw’s career passing yards list with 4,716
DePauw’s NCAC title is the first conference championship since 2010 when the Tigers won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
DEPAUW WSOCCER: Tigers Close Out Season in 1-0 Victory Over the Ladies
Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw women’s soccer team closed out its season in a 1-0 shutout home victory over the Kenyon College Ladies.
The Tigers came out to win, and its energy and aggressiveness from the start forced the Ladies to play on their heels.
DePauw broke down the Kenyon defense early, flying around the field, winning 50/50 balls in the air, and creating opportunities from every direction.
In the 18th-minute of play, the Tigers scored its only goal off a free-kick taken by Grace Truax, who placed it just in front of Annalise Grammel for her second goal of the season.
Up by a goal, DePauw’s defense stayed calm under pressure, with Maya Caldwell tallying four crucial saves throughout her time inside the net. And on the offensive end, DePauw continued to force the Ladies to be reactive, putting up five shots and three corners in the second half of regulation.
The Tigers completed their season with an overall record of 3-8-2 and an NCAC record of 2-4-1.
DEPAUW MCROSS COUNTRY: DePauw Captures Fourth-Straight NCAC Title
Springfield, Ohio – Led by three top-five individual finishes, DePauw totaled 32 points and won its fourth-consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country championship. Allegheny was second with 71 points and Denison third with 79.
Jacob Kissling led the Tigers with a second-place showing in 26:04.1 and was named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year. Bailey Scott followed in third in 26:17.3 and Hudson Alden rounded out DePauw’s first team all-NCAC performances in fifth in 26:40.1.
A pair of Tigers earned spots on the second team as Zane Williams was eighth in 26:45.7 and Matt Vennemann 14th in 27:03.5. Michael Ocasek (16th/27:13.3) and Thomas Brelage (17th/27:18.8) earned honorable mention.
“Very excited to win four in a row,” DePauw head coach Kori Stoffregen said. “Our younger guys carried us today. We haven’t hit on all cylinders yet and hope to do that at regionals.”
Stoffregen earned NCAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year honors for the fourth straight year.
DePauw returns to action on Saturday, November 13, when it competes in the NCAA Regional at Shelbyville, Ind.
DEPAUW WCROSS COUNTRY: DePauw Posts Runner-Up Finish at NCAC Championships
Springfield, Ohio – Led by three top-15 finishes, DePauw’s women totaled 71 points and finished second at the North Coast Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Allegheny won the team title with 33 points and the Gators’ Megan Aaron won in 22:43.7.
Earning spots on the all-NCAC second team were Jenny Noll with a 10th-place showing (23:53.9) and Sophie Porter in 12th (23:57.5).
Four Tigers achieved honorable mention including Emma Jacobs (15th/24:11.5), Lannea Allen (16th/24:13.7), Rachel DeLancey (18th/24:23.0) and Kate Hennessey (21st/24:32.4). Ashley Baldwin rounded out the Tigers’ top-seven in 28th in 25:00.9.
“Second place is the highest we have ever finished in the NCAC,” DePauw head coach Kori Stoffregen said. “That was our goal and they ran great. They want more!”
DePauw returns to action on Saturday, November 13, when it competes in the NCAA Regional at Shelbyville, Ind.
HANOVER FOOTBALL: Hanover celebrates Hall of Fame Day with victory over Manchester
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers celebrated Hall of Fame Day on Saturday afternoon with a win as they rushed past Manchester to the 33-0 victory.
The Blue and Red were led in the contest by senior Matt Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) who charted a team-best 146-yards on the ground and 369-yards through the air. He added two passing TD’s and a season-best 74-yard rushing touchdown.
The Hanover offense was firing on all cylinders as they wasted little time finding the endzone. Senior Matt Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) piloted the offense 81-yards on five plays finding senior Jared Frank (Louisville, Ky.) for a 45-yard hook-up and score, 6-0.
The first quarter saw another Panther strike as a 15-yard rush from Weimer placed Hanover at their own 37-yardline before senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) took over. The senior ran through a pair of Manchester tacklers for a 48-yard touchdown, 12-0. The TD marks his eighth of the season.
However, Coane wasn’t done as he delt another blow as time expired in the opening half. With no time remaining, Weimer was flushed out of the pocket where he found Coane on a short route that he took to the house for the 29-yard and score. The catch capped off a 17 play 99-yard drive.
The second half would see the Panthers deliver another touchdown as senior Walt Ballinger (Beech Grove, Ind.) made his first trip to the endzone following a one-yard rush. The rush capped off a 68-yard 11 play drive.
The final strike came from Weimer who flexed his speed on the drive breaking free for a 72-yard run and score en route to the dominating 33-0 victory.
At halftime, Hanover recognized three new Hall of Fame inductees Carley (Meek) Riehle, Molly (Martin) Pabst, and Larry Duke.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 6 when they welcome area rival Franklin for the playing of the 91st Victory Bell game. Kick-off is set for 1:30 PM from Alumni Stadium.
HANOVER WCROSS COUNTRY: Medcalf leads Hanover to 3rd place finish as part of HCAC Championship
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – The Hanover women’s cross country team competed as part of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship hosted by Anderson University on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers finished third overall in the nine team field with a score of 83.
Leading the Blue and Red was senior Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) who captured HCAC All-Conference honors with a third place finish. The senior completed the 6k course in a time of 24:10.0. She averaged 6:28.7 per mile.
Following her across the finish line was freshman Allie Thomas (Edmonton, Ky.) in 13th place overall, earning All-Conference accolades. Thomas ran the race in a time of 25:23.7.
Teammate sophomore Amberleigh Sorensen (Yorktown, Ind.) finished 16th overall in a time of 25:47.3, while freshman Eliza Weston (Milton, Ky.) took 24th in a time of 26:22.7.
Rounding out the field for Hanover was freshman Kaylie Magallanes (Memphis, Ind.) finishing 27th overall with a time of 26:49.1.
HANOVER MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Weston paced men’s cross country as part of HCAC Championship
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers competed as part of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Anderson University on Saturday morning finishing fifth overall in the very competitive nine team field.
Pacing the Panthers was sophomore Ethan Weston (Louisville, Ky.) capturing a podium finish and All-Conference honors, with a third-place mark. Weston completed the race in a time of 26:47.5, averaging 5:23.4 per mile.
Following him across the finish line was teammate senior Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.) who also captured a top 10 mark taking sixth overall, claiming All-Conference accolades. Hanson completed the 8k race in a time of 27:18.7.
Freshman Carson Kitchens (Salem, Ky.) finished 15th overall to be named Honorable Mention with a time of 28:20.01, averaging 5:42.1 per mile.
The Panthers also picked up a 34th place finish from junior Robert Hoegeman (Monroe, Ohio) in a time of 29:26.0, while Owen Via finished the race in a time of 30:07.2 for 52nd place overall.
Rounding out the field for Hanover was freshman JJ Stenger (St. Leon, Ind.) with a 59th place finish in a time of 30:43.7 and freshman RJ Thalls (Richmond, Ind.) in 76th place in a time of 33:07.9.
HANOVER VOLLEYBALL: Hanover defeats Rose-Hulman in straight sets
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers wrapped up regular season action on Saturday evening as they defeated Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Rose-Hulman in straight sets 3-0 (30-28, 25-15, 25-19).
With the win, Hanover finished the regular season at 16-9 overall 7-2 HCAC and will be the four seed in the upcoming HCAC tournament.
The opening set was paced by sophomore Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) who led a late Panther rally of seven points that saw them pull within 20-21 before taking the lead moments later off a junior Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.) kill. Hanover went on to seal the set as a senior Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) kill and a Dunn service ace secured the 30-28 win.
Set two would see Hanover chart a game best 17 kills for a .214 hitting percentage. Senior Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) and Harmon paced the set as they teamed up to spark a Panther 6-0 run that saw them claim the 10-7 advantage. Hanover continued on the attack as a Ketcham kill secured the victory.
The final set of the evening would see the Panthers run away early. Dunn paced the charge from behind the service line where she propelled HC to the 11-2 advantage. Ketcham handled the rest securing the straight set win for the Blue and Red.
Harmon led the Panthers with a team-high 11 kills, while Edwards added 10 total kills.
Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 3 when they take on no. 3 seed Anderson. First serve is slated for 7 PM.
ROSE HULMAN ATHLETICS
RHIT Women’s Swim-Dive – 3rd at Illinois Wesleyan
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Rose-Hulman women’s swimming and diving team finished in 3rd place at the Illinois Wesleyan Halloween Invitational. Other teams that Rose-Hulman competed against were Illinois Wesleyan, Millikin University, and North Central College.
The Fightin’ Engineers were led by a sweep of the 1-meter diving competition. Audrey Hankins finished first with 190.15 points, Reilly Foote placed second with 159 points, and Chloe Koutsoumpas rounded out the top three with 155.20 points.
Other swimmers that finished in the top five in individual events were Arya Ziegler in the 200-butterfly (2:46.89), Natalija Pumpurs in the 200-backstroke (2:27.86), and Megan Howell in the 200-breaststroke (2:58.94). Seven Rose-Hulman relay teams all finished in third place.
The team hosts Anderson University and Bluffton University on Saturday, November 6 in a tri-meet at the Rose-Hulman Natatorium at 1pm.
RHIT Volleyball Falls in Season Finale
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball team fell to Hanover College on Senior Day for team member Emily Wilcox on Saturday at Hulbert Arena.
Sophia Koop led the Fightin’ Engineers with 10 kills. Jillian Gregg tallied 24 assists, and Aaliyah Briggs added 5 blocks. Kylie Rathbun and Claudia Rowan recorded double-digit digs with 18 and 14, respectively.
RHIT honored Emily Wilcox before the match as part of Senior Day activities. Wilcox, a Colorado Springs, Colorado native, is a four-year member of the team. The mathematics major was also a member of the 2018 volleyball HCAC championship team that appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The match also concludes the 2021 Rose-Hulman volleyball season. The Fightin’ Engineers finish with an overall record of 11-16 and tied for 8th in the HCAC regular season standings at 2-7 in league play.
RHIT Men’s Cross Country – 4th at HCAC Championship
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s cross country finished in 4th place at the HCAC Championship at Blue River Cross Country Course on Saturday.
John Sluys came in 4th place out of 96 runners to lead the RHIT effort with a time of 26:49.9. Aidan Woods was the second RHIT finisher in 12th place, finishing in 28:00.1.
Sluys and Woods each earn first team all-HCAC honors with their top-12 finishes.
Elliott Whiteside (28:40.40) placed 23rd and was the third Rose-Hulman runner to finish. Tyler Koopman (28:47.7), Ethan Miller (28:48.3), and Daniel Gaull (28:51) all come home 25th, 26th, and 27th, respectively. Evan Brill rounded out the top seven runners in 33rd place with a time of 29:20.8.
Rose-Hulman prepares for its next meet, which is the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, November 13 at the Blue River Cross Country Course in Shelbyville, Ind.
RHIT Women’s Cross Country – 2nd at HCAC Championship
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s cross country came home 2nd place with two top-10 finishers at the HCAC Championship in Shelbyville, Ind.
Kaia Johnson was the first RHIT finisher with a time of 24:30.30, good for 6th place out of 81 runners. Libby Smith (25.01.2) was the second finisher for Rose-Hulman in 10th place. Madison Lindfelt finished in 12th with a time of 25:12.
Johnson, Smith, and Lindfelt all earn first-team all-HCAC honors with their top-12 finishes.
Other top Rose-Hulman finishers included: Liv Aspholm in 21st (26:12.5), Whitney Shepherd in 23rd (26:19.6), Haley Braker in 25th (26:31.4), and Audrey Pangerc in 26th (26:35.1).
Rose-Hulman prepares for its next meet, which is the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, November 13 at the Blue River Cross Country Course in Shelbyville, Ind.
RHIT W-Soccer Wins HCAC Tournament Opening Round Match
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer won the opening round match of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament against Franklin College, 3-1. Rose-Hulman improved to 12-2-2 on the season and 8-1-1 in HCAC play, while Franklin ended their season 5-12 and 4-6 in league play.
With the victory, the Fightin’ Engineers head to Hanover College on Wednesday, November 3 for the semifinal round of the HCAC tournament. Kickoff on Wednesday is set for 11am.
Kyra Hicks opened the game with a goal in the sixth minute, courtesy of Sarah Shoemaker and Christina Rogers. Elle Vuotto recorded the second goal of the game in the 25th minute, and Caroline House scored her first goal of the season in the 81st minute. Hicks now has six goals on the season and Vuotto has four.
RHIT controlled the shot chart by a tally of 16-6, led by Hicks with six shots and Vuotto with three. Natalie Dillon recorded the tournament win as goalkeeper with one save.
RHIT Football – Rose-Hulman 48, Bluffton 12
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won its fifth straight game by handling Bluffton University 48-12 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football action on Saturday at Cook Stadium.
Shane Welshans rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and Alex Gresock added a third touchdown rush to lead the Engineer offense. Andrew Dion completed 20-of-31 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown, a 6-yard strike to Gresock.
Leading receivers included Noah Thomas with five receptions for 96 yards; Adam Tice-Saliu with six catches for 76 yards; and Daniel Huery with six receptions for 51 yards.
The Rose-Hulman defense played a key role in the victory, highlighted by two pick-six touchdowns. Chaikou Sow returned a pass over the middle 68 yards for a first-half touchdown, and Winston Amankwah added a 45-yard interception return for a score. Amankwah recorded a pick-six defensive touchdown for the second straight week after scoring at Manchester in the most recent game.
Sow also added a fumble recovery to his defensive effort. Cameron Dorsey and Tyce Miller also had interceptions as the Fightin’ Engineers forced four interceptions and one fumble turnover on the day.
Michael Stevens led the tackling effort with seven stops and one forced fumble. Kyzer Bowen added five tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and one pass breakup.
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 17-6 lead with 3:28 left in the first quarter. Gresock scored on a two-yard touchdown run and Welshans scored from three yards out for early touchdowns. Jonathan Oliger added a 21-yard field goal to put Rose-Hulman up by three scores early.
After a 15-yard touchdown pass from Blake Rine to Ethan Beringer closed Bluffton within 17-6, Sow provided the biggest play of the day with his 68-yard interception return to give Rose-Hulman a 24-6 lead at the half.
In the second half, Dion and Gresock connected on a 6-yard touchdown pass and Amankwah scored on his 45-yard interception to put Rose-Hulman up 38-6. Welshans added a two-yard run to make the score 45-6.
Oliger closed the Rose-Hulman scoring with a career-long 42-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
Rose-Hulman improved to 6-2 overall and 5-0 in HCAC play, while Bluffton dropped to 2-6 and 1-4 in league games. The Fightin’ Engineers return to action at Franklin College next Saturday Nov. 6 at 1:30 pm.
MANCHESTER FOOTBALL: Spartans Suffer Road HCAC Defeat at Hanover
HANOVER, Ind. – The Manchester University football team suffered a road Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference defeat at Hanover College on Saturday October 30.
The Panthers racked up 674 yards of total offense while limiting the Black & Gold to just 66 yards of offense en route to a 33-0 victory.
The Panthers ran for three scores and were led on the ground by quarterback Matthew Weimar’s 117 yards. Shawn Coane added 90 yards and a score on the ground. Weimar was also lethal in the air, throwing for 369 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Jared Frank hauled in 6 passes for 134 yards and a score.
Hanover possessed the ball for more than 36 minutes in Saturday’s contest.
Willis Sands Jr (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) led Manchester with a career-high 14 total tackles on the day. He also broke up a pass. Jalen Masden (Evansville, Ind./Harrison) filled the stat sheet with 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.0 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery against the Panthers. Josue Castro (Miami, Fla./Westland Hialeah) added 9 tackles against Hanover.
Manchester (2-6, 2-3 HCAC) will look to get back into the win column next weekend when it travels to Bluffton University in Ohio.
Hanover College (5-3, 4-1 HCAC) won for the third straight week. The Panthers will look to extend their winning streak next weekend at Mount St. Joseph.
MANCHESTER MCROSS COUNTRY: Manchester Trio Leads Spartans to Runner-Up Finish at HCAC Championships
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – The Manchester trio of Thomas Richardson, Enrique Salazar, and Connor Havens led the Black & Gold men’s cross country team to a runner-up team finish at the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
Richardson (Ladoga, Ind./Southmont) was this year’s HCAC Individual Champion after winning Saturday’s race with a top overall time of 26:28.8. Salazar (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) finished right behind his junior counterpart, placing second overall with a time of 26:46.6. Havens added a fifth-place finish for the Black & Gold after clocking a time of 27:08.7.
Dylan Leininger (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) also added a top-15 finish on Saturday afternoon, placing 14th with a time of 28:18.3.
Richardson, Salazar, and Havens all garnered All-HCAC honors while Leininger earned Honorable Mention All-HCAC recognition. Richardson’s individual title marked the third straight individual conference title won by a Spartan – he follows Enrique Salazar (Spring 2020) and Lucas Fontanez (2019). Manchester has won eight individual titles since 2008.
The Quakers of Earlham College won this year’s conference championship after posting a team score of 61. The Black & Gold were a close second with a team score of 67. Transylvania placed third with a team score of 85, while Rose-Hulman finished fourth with a team score of 90.
2021 HCAC Championships – Men’s Team Score
Rank Team Score
No. 1 Earlham 61
No. 2 Manchester 67
No. 3 Transylvania 85
No. 4 Rose-Hulman 90
No. 5 Hanover 102
No. 6 Franklin 119
No. 7 Bluffton 187
No. 8 Anderson 208
No. 9 Mount St. Joseph 258
MANCHESTER WCROSS COUNTRY: Lohman Claims Individual HCAC Crown as Spartans Earn 9th HCAC Title
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – Fifth-year Elizabeth Lohman led an excellent team performance by the Manchester University women’s cross country program at the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday afternoon.
The three-time HCAC Athlete of the Week ran to an individual HCAC crown after winning Saturday’s race with a top time of 23:37.2. Lohman became MU’s first individual champion since Hannah Wappes won the individual title at the 2019 HCAC Championships. The Spartans claimed their ninth HCAC title and their first conference crown since 2019 after posting a team score of 41 on Saturday afternoon.
Lauren Smith (5th – 24:29.4 – Anderson, Ind./Lapel), Fiona Frost (7th – 24:51.7 – Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central), and Hannah Brubaker (8th – 24:52.1 – Goshen, Ind./NorthWood) all added top 10 placements for the Black & Gold.
Sarah Rohr (Rochester, Ind./Rochester) added a 20th-place finish for Manchester after posting a time of 26:07.2.
Lohman, Smith, Brubaker, and Frost all earned All-HCAC honors while Rohr picked up Honorable Mention All-HCAC recognition on Saturday.
Rose-Hulman came in second-place after posting a team score of 72, while Hanover (83) and Anderson (127) placed third and fourth.
Head Coach Brian Cashdollar was named the HCAC Coach of the Year on the women’s side. Cashdollar has now won 21 HCAC Coach of the Year awards during his time at Manchester and has guided the Spartan cross country programs to a combined 16 HCAC crowns.
2021 HCAC Championships – Women’s Team Score
Rank Team Score
No. 1 Manchester 41
No. 2 Rose-Hulman 72
No. 3 Hanover 83
No. 4 Anderson 127
No. 5 Bluffton 129
No. 6 Earlham 144
No. 7 Mount St. Joseph 163
No. 8 Franklin 169
No. 9 Transylvania 229
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS
ST. FRANCIS VOLLEYBALL: No. 25 Taylor Trojans Prove too Strong for Cougars to Overcome
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (6-23; 4-13 Crossroads) traveled to Upland, Indiana to face the No. 25 Taylor University Trojans (26-6; 14-4 Crossroads) in the season finale and lost in three set by scores of 25-21, 25-17, and 25-10.
In the first set both teams went back-and-forth in the early going. Each team exchanged leads on several occasions with neither able to gain a significant edge.
But then with the score tied at 21, the Trojans took advantage of a few attack errors and a kill to score on the last four rallies and claim the opening set by four.
As the second set got underway the Trojans jumped out to a 7-1 lead and spent the remainder of the frame maintaining that distance from the Cougars as Saint Francis came no closer than to within three points after that.
The Trojans carried their momentum over into the third set and never looked back, defeating the Cougars by 15 and handing them the loss.
Throughout the match freshman outside hitter Paige Fortkamp led the Cougars in kills with 16, freshman setter Alexa Sparks led the team in assists with 23, and junior libero Maile Steckelberg had a team-leading 14 digs.
Cougar fans please make sure to stay updated with all events, recaps, and new signees during the 2021-22 offseason for Saint Francis Cougars volleyball.
ST. FRANCIS MBASKETBALL: No. 2 Cougars Complete Perfect Weekend with 80-63 Win Over Aquinas Saints
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the No. 2 University of Saint Francis Cougars (3-0) took on the Aquinas College Saints (1-1) in the final day of the 2021 Goshen College Comfort Inn Halloween Classic and won 80-63 outscoring them 41-30 in the second half.
The game started as a back-and-forth battle between both teams, but with the score tied at 10 the Saints found some momentum. They went on to score six unanswered points to build a 16-10 lead and ultimately grew it to as big as 12 points, leading 24-12 halfway through the first half.
Although the Cougars started slow, they didn’t get discouraged and spent the next several minutes developing smart plays on offense which led them to score 12 unanswered points and tie the score in just over three minutes of play.
Both teams exchanged leads through the next several minutes of the first half, but then down 29-28 with 3:24 to play, Saint Francis went on to score seven more unanswered points to build a six-point lead which stood until halftime.
Through the first half the Cougars held a 39-33 lead over the Saints.
Heading into the second half, both teams started strong as the Saint didn’t let the Cougars’ lead grow any more in the early going. But all it takes is for some momentum to get started for the Cougars and a three-pointer by junior guard Dan McKeeman gave it to them.
In a four-minute span, the Cougars went on to score 11 unanswered points to take a 53-39 lead midway through the frame.
From there the Cougars had full control of the game, building upon their lead, and maintaining it all the way to the buzzer where they won by 17 points.
“I think we have done some great things in the first three games,” Head Coach Chad LaCross said after the weekend tournament. “We definitely have some things we need to clean up but this group really plays hard and competes!”
Throughout the game the Cougars shot 45 percent from the floor, 30 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 71 percent from the free throw line. Junior guard Antwaan Cushingberry led the team in scoring with 31 points while sophomore forward David Ejah led the team in rebounds with eight and also had 17 points to his credit.
The Cougars resume play on Wednesday evening when they return home to Hutzell Athletic Center to face the Indiana Tech Warriors (0-1) beginning at 7:00 pm.
ST. FRANCIS WBASKETBALL: Lady Cougars Open 2021-22 Season in Hard-Fought Battle with No. 14 Warriors, but Fall by Six
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On late Saturday morning, the RV University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars (0-1) began their 2021-22 campaign on the road to face the No. 14 Indiana Tech Warriors (1-0) but fell 80-74 in a hard-fought battle.
Junior forward Meleah Kunkel got the scoring started 15 seconds in with the first points on the season for the Lady Cougars, and a tight battle commenced.
The first quarter saw both teams exchange leads on several occasions and ended with the score tied at 17.
As the second quarter got underway however, the Warriors sank a three-pointer to take the lead and extended it to seven points just minutes into the frame.
But the Lady Cougars stayed resilient and scored 10 unanswered points to regain the lead 30-27. Then in the last five minutes of the first half the Warriors got the lead back and extended it to four points on another three as the game went to halftime with Saint Francis trailing 39-35.
Just several minutes into the second half the deficit grew to 11 points on a couple occasions for the Lady Cougars and they were outscored 23-15 in the frame as the game entered the fourth with Indiana Tech holding a 62-50 lead.
Come the fourth, the Lady Cougars showed great poise and scored the first six points of the frame to cut the deficit in half. However, they then faced the largest deficit of the day down 70-57 with 6:19 to play.
As the clock winded down the Lady Cougars scratched and clawed narrowing the gap back to four points on a couple occasions, but the Warriors made the free throws when they needed to as Saint Francis fell on the short end of an 80-74 battle.
“Today was a great day for us to gain experience, find some things we need to work on and get back to improving in practice,” Head Coach Jason Ridge said. “Defense is going to be something we are going to have to take a look at but we’ll figure it out. You have to give Indiana Tech a lot of credit. They are a really good basketball team with a lot of pieces and a good coaching staff.”
The Lady Cougars outscored the Warriors 24-18 in the final frame.
Throughout the game, the Lady Cougars shot 39 percent from the floor, 33 percent form beyond the arc, and 77 percent from the free throw line. Freshman guard Emily Parrett and senior guard Cassidy Crawford each had 13 and 12 points respectively to lead the team while junior forward Elise Scaggs had 10 of her own.
In addition, Parrett, Kunkel, and Scaggs each had a team-leading six rebounds, and Parrett was the team-leader with three steals and four assists.
The Lady Cougars resume play on Friday evening when they come home to Hutzell Athletic Center for the home opener and first day of the 2021 Catholic Classic where they will face the Cardinal Stritch University Wolves beginning at 6:00 pm.
ST. FRANCIS FOOTBALL: Cam Peterson’s Three TD’s Lead the Charge as Cougars Top Taylor Trojans 42-31
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (3-4; 1-3 MSFA) traveled to Upland, Indiana for an MSFA match against the Taylor University Trojans (2-6; 1-4 MSFA) and sparked by three fourth quarter touchdowns and 28 unanswered points, prevailed 42-31.
After a hard-fought but heartbreaking finish to the No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats last week, the Cougars started with the ball to open the game and immediately put together a successful drive. Junior quarterback Heath Simmons and junior running back Cameron Peterson guided the offense down the field.
After 11 plays, Peterson ran it in for a touchdown to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead in the game’s opening drive.
After the defense stepped up to answer with a big stop both defenses stole the show for the next several drives as the first quarter ended with Saint Francis ahead by a touchdown.
But in the opening drive of the second quarter the Trojans got a big play on a 43-yard reception resulting in their first touchdown of the game tying the score.
The script remained the same through the next several drives with the Cougars defense carrying their momentum over from last week into Upland. They had consecutive stops to open the game and forced fumble recovered by Luke Conner snuffed out a threat in the second by the Trojans.
However, since their opening touchdown drive, the Trojans defense had held the Cougars offense in check as well. Then the Trojans got the ball midway through the second and had their big scoring drive of the half.
10 plays capped off with a one-yard touchdown run gave Taylor the lead 14-7, but the half was far from over.
On the next drive for Saint Francis, only six plays were needed for them to answer back. Big rushes by junior running back Will Homan and another by Peterson got the Cougars into Trojans territory and what followed was a 16-yard touchdown pass from Simmons to senior wide receiver Matt Kominkiewicz tying the game at 14.
After 30 minutes neither team had an edge as the game went to halftime a 14-14 tie.
Opening the second half were the Trojans and much like the Cougars did in the first, Taylor produced a successful drive. A 24-yard field goal put them back ahead less than four minutes into the frame and a wild third quarter unfolded.
Junior linebacker Isaiah Lacey forced a fumble that junior defensive end Ethan Theurer recovered, a couple three-and-outs ensued for Saint Francis, and what followed was a blocked punt run back for a 78-yard return by Taylor as they expanded their lead 24-10 over the Cougars.
Though it was a big blow, the Cougars remained resilient and answered the call right back. Less than 30 seconds later, Peterson stormed down the field and in to the endzone for a 68-yard touchdown run for his second of the game and third for the Cougars who now trailed just by three.
The Cougars defense made another big stop and Simmons got the ball back and the momentum of the offense didn’t skip a beat. The third quarter ended with Taylor still ahead 24-21, but Saint Francis was driving.
Will Homan ran the ball downfield for the Cougars this time with four carries with his last resulting in a one-yard touchdown to give Saint Francis a 28-24 lead.
Now with their first lead since the second quarter, the Cougars’ defense carried their momentum over too with only two plays allowed ending on a fumble recovered by junior linebacker River Walsh.
Saint Francis had all the momentum now. A four-point lead and the ball on the opposition’s 11-yard line. What followed was Heath Simmons’ second touchdown pass of the afternoon this time to freshman Ethan Dye for two yards.
Suddenly, three straight possessions, three straight touchdowns for Saint Francis.
With the clock winding down and the Trojans in dire straights it was time for the Cougars defense to step up one more time.
And they did.
A field goal blocked by senior cornerback Damon Hunter was recovered and returned by junior linebacker Emmanuel Davis for 69 yards, and a one-yard touchdown run by Cameron Peterson sealed the deal for the Cougars as they get a big bounce back win.
Throughout the game, Simmons threw for 129 yards and two touchdowns, while Peterson led the way on the ground with 120 yards and three touchdowns with Homan collecting 62 yards and a touchdown himself.
The Cougars resume play next Saturday afternoon when they return home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium to face the Lawrence Tech University Blue Devils (6-2; 2-2 MSFA) beginning at 12:00 pm.
INDIANA SOUTHEAST ATHLETICS
IU SOUTHEAST WBASKETBALL: RALPH’S 31 SEND IU SOUTHEAST PAST ROOSEVELT IN SEASON OPENER
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Emmy Ralph had a career-high 31 points and nine rebounds to lead the Grenadiers to a 92-77 win over Roosevelt University on Saturday to open the 2021-22 for IU Southeast.
Freshman Karly Sweeney had 16 points, four rebounds and three steals for the Grenadiers. Lauren Lambdin had 14 points and Alex Maher added 12 points for the Grenadiers.
IU Southeast (1-0) led 18-14 in the first quarter but Ralph closed the period by scoring the final six points for the Grenadiers to extend the lead to 24-18. Ralph finished with 11 points in the first quarter.
The Grenadiers used a 13-2 run in the second quarter to take a 39-27 lead with 1:43 to play in the half. Five different Grenadiers scored during the run and seven scored in the period. IU Southeast led 39-32 at halftime.
The Grenadier offense clicked in the third quarter as IU Southeast shot 59 percent from the field (10-of-17) and were 4-of-10 from three-point range. Lauren Lambdin scored 10 of her 14 points in the third quarter. IU Southeast led by as many as 19 in the period.
A furious Roosevelt comeback cut the deficit to 74-69 with 4:25 led in the fourth quarter after a three-pointer by Gabrielle Beggs connected.
IU Southeast responded by closing the game on a 18-3 run. A three-pointed by Ralph, a three-point play by Lamdin and a jumper by Sweeney provided the spark for the Grenadiers to close out the win.
The Grenadiers shot 47 percent from the field in teh contest and held the Lakers to just 37 percent shooting.
IU Southeast hosts No. 16 Lindsey Wilson Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
IU SOUTHEAST VOLLEYBALL: GRENADIERS SWEEP ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS ON SATURDAY
ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. – IU Southeast defeated St. Mary-of-the-Woods in three sets 25-14, 25-22, 25-19 on Saturday.
Emilee Organ and Macy Graves led the Grenadiers with seven kills and Makendri Fisher added six in the victory.
With the teams tied 5-5 in the first set, IU Southeast (14-11, 10-5 RSC) used a 9-0 run to jump out to a 14-5 lead. Graves had three of her four first-set kills in the 9-0 run and Cate Murphy added two aces for the Grenadiers. The Grenadiers would go on to win the first set 25-14.
The second set saw the Grenadiers jump out to a quick 4-0 lead on two kills from Jennie Malone, one kill from Organ and an ace from Averee Yoder. IU Southeast extended their lead to 21-14, but a 4-0 run from St. Mary-of-the-Woods (11-13, 6-10 RSC) brought the lead to just three at 21-18. SMWC brought it to within two, but the Grenadiers took the second set 25-22 on a kill by Organ.
Malone and Organ each added four kills in the second set. Yoder added an ace and Delaney Nichols, Graves and Makendri Fisher all had two kills apiece to lead IU Southeast to the set victory.
IU Southeast quickly erased an early third set SMWC lead with a 5-0 run, which provided the Grenadirs with a lead that they would not give up. The Grenadiers took a 22-10 advantage before SMWC brought the lead to within five at 23-18. A kill by Nichols gave the third set to IU Southeast 25-19 and secured the match for the Grenadiers.
The third set saw nine different Grenadiers record a kill, with Makendri Fisher and Alexis Franks each recording four apiece. Three different Grenadiers recorded an ace in the set, led by Hannah Brown with two
Cate Murphy had 25 of IU Southeast’s 38 assists. The three-set victory saw five different Grenadiers record double digit digs, led by Lexie Fisher with 30. IU Southeast recorded seven aces in the match.
IU Southeast hosts Asbury University for Senior Night on Tuesday.
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS
IU KOKOMO VOLLEYBALL: Cougars Sweep Midway; Clinch Outright River States Conference Title and NAIA Tournament Bid
KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s volleyball team knocked off Midway in straight sets Saturday, avenging their lone conference loss on the year. The win gives IU Kokomo their fifth River States Conference regular season title and seventh straight NAIA National Tournament bid. The Cougars improved to 23-8 overall, and 15-1 in River States Conference play.
Sidney Gerig led the Cougar offensive attack with nine kills while Erinn Adam and Morgan Weir each added six. Kaley Lyons led IU Kokomo with 17 assists. Weir led the Cougars with four service aces.
Midway opened the match by winning the first two points, however the Cougars were able to bounce back and keep the set tight until finding their groove. Trailing 20-17, IU Kokomo reeled off seven straight points to take a 24-20 lead late in the set. An Eagle kill cut the lead to three, but the Cougars would clinch the opening set 25-21 on ensuing point.
IU Kokomo dominated the second set, hitting for a whopping .320 while limiting Midway to a -.032 hitting percentage. Leading by one early in the set, the duo of Erinn Adam and Sidney Gerig had blocks on consecutive points, energizing the Cougar bench and home-crowd. The Cougars led comfortably for the remainder of the set, winning it 25-13.
The third set was back and forth to begin. Trailing 9-8, the Cougars went on a 5-0 spurt to take a 13-9 lead. Then, leading by two at 15-13, IU Kokomo would end the set with a 10-3 run to close out Midway 25-16.
With today’s victory, IU Kokomo clinched their fifth RSC regular season title, the number 1 seed in the conference tournament, and their seventh straight NAIA National Tournament appearance. IU Kokomo will host the entire River States Conference tournament.
The Cougars will return to the court Tuesday, November 2, as they welcome Oakland City University to the Student Activities and Events Center. The match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
IU NORTHWEST ATHLETICS
IU NORTHWEST WBASKETBALL: ORD EARNS 1ST WIN AT IU NORTHWEST; WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES DOWN MICHIGAN DEARBORN, 61-43, SATURDAY
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s basketball team won their first game under new head coach Jesse Ford with the RedHawks defeating Michigan-Dearborn, 61-43, during the final day of the Cardinal Stritch Classic Saturday.
IU Northwest (1-1) | Michigan Dearborn (0-3)
IU NORTHWEST LEADERS
Points: Michaela Schmidt (17), Sarah Martin (14), Samantha Martin (10)
Rebounds: Michaela Schmidt (12)
Assists: Sarah Martin (4)
Blocks: Sarah Martin (1)
Steals: Karli Miller (4)
Michigan-Dearborn opened the game with back-to-back threes before Tiara Jackson was able to make a basket. Moments later, Sarah Martin tied the game at 10-all after making a three-pointer of her own but UMD responded right back with one to close out the quarter with the Wolverines leading 13-10.
Samantha Martin had back-to-back baskets for IU Northwest to begin the second quarter. UMD went ahead 22-16 with 5:40 left in the half.
The RedHawks were able to get four straight baskets to give IU Northwest a 24-22 lead. Schmidt, Sarah Martin, Karli Miller, Alyna Santiago all had buckets to grab the lead.
Michigan-Dearborn bounced back and made a three-pointer to regain the lead. The Wolverines closed out the half making a pair at the line to make it 29-28 at the break.
The third quarter was all RedHawks as IU Northwest outscored the Wolverines 20-3 and IUN did not allow a field goal in the entire period. Samantha Martin made a basket and Schmidt converted a huge and-one to start the third period.
Samantha Martin and Lauren Smolen opened the scoring in the fourth quarter to give the RedHawks a 52-32 lead. The Wolverines looked to bounce back but the big third quarter proved to be the difference.
Schmidt and Emma Schmidt had back-to-back layups to give IU Northwest a 24-point lead (61-37), their biggest of the night. Michigan-Dearborn hit two straight three-pointers to end the game with the RedHawks winning 61-43.
IU Northwest will be back in action Tuesday, November 2 as the RedHawks travel to Goshen College for a matchup against the Maple Leafs starting at 6 p.m. CT.
IU NORTHWEST MSOCCER: PROTS SCORES GOAL IN MEN’S SOCCER LOSS IN SEASON FINALE AGAINST TRINITY CHRISTIAN SATURDAY
CROWN POINT, Ind. — Sophomore Vitaliy Prots scored his fourth goal of the season in the 51st minute but it was not enough as the Indiana University Northwest men’s soccer team dropped their season finale against Trinity Chrisitan Saturday.
Trinity Christian 6-11-1 (4-8-1 CCAC) | IU Northwest 1-14-1 (0-13-0 CCAC)
FIRST HALF: Trinity Christian 3, IU Northwest 0
Trinity Christian got on the scoreboard first in the 26th minute after Thadd LeFebre received the corner kick from Alec Belcastro.
Gianni Ramirez looked to tie the match up at 1 but his shot attempt in the 27th minute went wide.
The Trolls doubled their lead in the 29th minute after LeFebre scored his second goal of the match after Matt Tamminga passed it into it.
TCC wasted no time as on their next possession in the 30th minute the Trolls made it 3-0 after Justin Taylor knocked one through.
Trevor Witte looked to put IU Northwest on the scoreboard but his shot attempt in the 33rd minute went high.
Fernando Ramos recorded four saves in the first half.
SECOND HALF: Trinity Christian 1, IU Northwest 1
Prots put the RedHawks on the board in the 51st minute after finding the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
Witte went on the attack again, looking to break through in the 74th minute but his shot went wide.
Alejandro Sotelo expanded the lead to 4-1 after picking up a goal in the 81st minute.
Prots tried to score his second goal of the match during the 84th minute but his header went high.
Moments later, Sami Issa went on the attack in the 85th minute but his shot was saved by the goalkeeper.
Ramos picked up five more saves in the second half.
FINAL SCORE: Trinity Christian 4, IU Northwest 1
IU Northwest Men’s Soccer has concluded its 2021 season. The RedHawks will be back next fall 2022.
IU NORTHWEST WSOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER HONORS MAZE AND VARGAS BEFORE MATCH SATURDAY
CROWN POINT, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s soccer team honored Hayley Maze and Katherin Vargas before the match on Saturday as the RedHawks took on Trinity Christian.
Trinity Christian 14-4-0 (10-3-0 CCAC) | IU Northwest 2-15-0 (1-12-0 CCAC)
FIRST HALF: Trinity Christian 5, IU Northwest 0
Trinity Christian struck first in the 10th minute as Selah Hopkins received the corner kick from Jade Maldonado.
The Trolls wasted no time, on their next possession Katie Drenth made it 2-0 after making a goal in the 12th minute.
Brianna Uhl was able to make it 3-0 TCC after finding the back of the net in the 15th minute.
Hopkins recorded her second goal of the match in the 18th minute to make it 4-0.
Carissa Urra went on the attack in the 24th minute for IU Northwest and got off a shot but it was blocked.
Hopkins was able to record her hat trick all in the first half, picking up her third goal in the 27th minute which extended the lead to 5-0.
Mackenzie Rooke recorded two saves in the opening half.
SECOND HALF: Trinity Christian 3, IU Northwest 0
Demi Schibetta made it 6-0 after she collected the rebound off Katie Drenth’s shot in the 53rd minute.
Uhl picked up her second goal of the game in the 62nd minute which expanded the lead to 7-0.
Autumn Bergemann made it 8-0 after scoring on a penalty kick in the 68th minute.
Jenna Dye looked to get the RedHawks on the scoreboard but her shot in the 79th minute was saved.
Rooke picked up three more saves in the second half.
FINAL SCORE: Trinity Christian 8, IU Northwest 0
IU Northwest Women’s Soccer has concluded its 2021 season. The RedHawks will be back next fall 2022.
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS
IU SOUTH BEND WBASKETBALL: Titans earn third win in a row to open season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – IU South Bend overcame a slow start with 27 points in the third quarter, as the Titans scored their third win in as many games to start the new season, winning 81-64 on the road at Concordia.
Maddie Gard finished with a game-high 20 points in the win, on 8-of-13 shooting. Sara Doi tallied a season-high 17 points with four steals. Courtney Haynes pulled down a game-high seven rebounds to go with 11 points.
The Titans (3-0) opened with an early 9-5 lead following Gard’s layup at the 7:02 mark of the first quarter, until an 11-1 run over the next four and a half minutes put the Cardinals (1-1) in front, 16-10.
The home team would hold the lead until Doi’s bucket with 9:19 in the second quarter allowed the Titans to reclaim a 23-21 advantage. Her layup was part of a 13-2 run for IUSB that stretched the Titan lead to seven, 32-25 midway through the second. The Titans would enter the halftime break with a 43-38 lead, behind nine first-half points from Maddie Gard.
IU South Bend opened a double-digit lead at the start of the second half, opening with five straight points from Gard. Amaya Rufus’ jumper at the 6:17 mark of the third quarter pushed the lead to 14, and despite a quick run from the Cardinals cutting the lead to single digits, IUSB would lead 70-53 going into the fourth quarter. Maddie Gard’s jumper midway through the fourth gave the Titans their largest lead of the night, 75-55 on their way to the win.
The Titans will now prepare for the start of CCAC play, when they hit the road next Wednesday to face St. Francis. Tipoff from Joliet on November 3 is set for 8:00 p.m.
IU SOUTH BEND MBASKETBALL: #25 Titans pull away from Blue Devils in second half
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – No. 25 IU South Bend would double-up their opponents in the second half, as the Titans pulled away down the stretch in a 68-42 road win at Lawrence Tech on Saturday.
Leading by six at the half, the Titans (2-0) out-scored the host Blue Devils (2-1) by a 40-20 margin in the second half to earn their second win in the early season. Spencer Pettit led IUSB with 19 points in just his second game in a Titan uniform, going 7-for-8 from the floor, and 5-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Micah Poole pitched in with 11 points off the bench, on 4-of-8 shooting. Tracy Miles finished with ten points, five rebounds, and three steals in the win.
The Titans managed a small lead throughout most of the first half, until an 11-2 run over a three minute stretch gave IUSB a 28-20 advantage by the 2:01 mark, highlighted by five straight points from Donyell Meredith that started the rally.
Lawrence Tech would briefly take the lead in the second half, going up 37-36 with 13:49 left to play. The Titans responded with back-to-back threes from Sam Snodgrass and Poole, kicking off a run of 17 unanswered points over a five-minute stretch. Poole contributed eight points during the run, including a pair of three-pointers as the Titans took a 53-37 lead.
IU South Bend would keep Lawrence Tech scoreless over the final 6:04 to secure the win.
The Titans wrap up the current three-game road trip on Wednesday, when they take on Bethel (Ind.). Tipoff from Mishawaka is set for 7:00 p.m.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Ellis, Sonnichsen Lead Taylor in Loss to USF
UPLAND, Ind. – Stephen Ellis and Dakohta Sonnichsen had career-days, giving Saint Francis all it wanted inside Turner Stadium on a cold and dreary Saturday afternoon, but the Cougars overcame a 10-point third quarter deficit to escape with a 42-31 win against Taylor.
The two sides traded first half touchdowns, with USF (3-4, 2-3 MSFA) scoring the first and third touchdowns of the day for leads of 7-0 and 14-7, only for Taylor to counter each time to knot the margin at 7-7 and 14-14.
Taylor took its first lead of the day on the first possession of the third quarter, using a 43-yard pass from Zac Saltzgaber to Preston Scott to setup an eventual 24-yard field goal off the boot of Zane Shilts for a 17-14 edge with 11:30 remaining in the third.
After TU forced a second-straight punt from the Cougars to open the second half, Sonnichsen broke loose and gave the Trojans a 24-14 lead. The freshman playmaker hauled in the punt on his own 22-yard line and raced around the corner and down the TU sideline 78 yards to the end zone.
The 10-point lead and momentum would evaporate as quickly as it arrived, as USF punched back with a 68-yard touchdown burst on its first play of the ensuing drive to cut the margin to 24-21.
The game turned on that play, as Taylor turned in a three-and-out on its next touch, only to see Saint Francis strike once again for a 28-24 lead. A TU fumble three plays later gave USF the ball on Taylor’s 11 and the Cougars quickly capitalized with a third touchdown in less than 10 minutes of game action.
One more big play put the game away, as Saint Francis blocked a TU field goal attempt on the next drive and ran it back to the one, setting up a fourth-unanswered touchdown and pushing the USF lead to 41-24 with just over six minutes left.
Taylor added one final score but it was too little and too late, as the guests escaped with the victory.
TU closed the game with 399 total yards of offense over 80 snaps, with 259 yards coming on the ground for a third-straight game with at least 250 yards rushing.
Ellis made it go for the Trojans, churning out career-highs of 155 yards and 34 carries. The sophomore averaged 4.6 yards per touch and found the end zone twice.
Sonnichsen rushed four times for 16 yards but did the majority of his damage in the return game, picking up 93 yards on two punt returns, with 78 coming via the touchdown return that lifted the Trojans to their 10-point lead.
Grant Gerig was also productive, catching five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Josh Saltzgaber paced the Purple and Gold defensive unit with seven stops and TU’s lone takeaway, via an interception. Darien Taylor and Sam Bartu each got in on one sack and Hojun Yun added a team-leading eight tackles and one hit for lost yardage.
Taylor (2-6, 1-4 MSFA) will close the home portion of its schedule on Saturday, November 6, when it celebrates Senior Day against Indiana Wesleyan at 1:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Drop Second Game of Weekend
CHICAGO – Playing for the second time in 24 hours, the Taylor men’s basketball team showed some fatigue in a 63-57 defeat at Governors State.
The Trojans shot just 38.9 percent in the contest, including nine-of-32 from deep against the Jaguar (2-2) defense.
A trio of Trojans cracked double figures in scoring, with Jason Hubbard leading the way with 15 points and six rebounds. Jackson Lewis closed with 13 points and three steals and Kaden Fuhrmann added 10 points, five boards and four assists.
A slow start cost TU, as the hosts netted the first nine points of the game, bolted to a 14-1 lead and maintained control throughout the opening 20 minutes, en route to a 30-23 lead at the break.
The margin grew to 38-25 before Taylor came to life with a 22-7 surge to grab a 47-45 lead midway through the stanza.
Lewis sparked the run by hitting back-to-back triples and then traded treys with Aaron Hahn, before Hubbard scored the team’s next 10 points to push TU in front by two.
Taylor’s final lead came via a Jeff Clayton jumper with 5:19 remaining, but GSU moved back on top and held the edge over the final 4:11 to secure the win.
Taylor (0-3) will play inside Odle Arena for the first time this season when it hosts Rio Grande (0-0) on Friday, November 5 at 7:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 25 Taylor Wears Down USF for Senior Night Victory
UPLAND, Ind. – The 25th-ranked Taylor volleyball celebrated its senior class prior to Saturday’s match with Saint Francis and then closed the regular season in style, taking a 25-21, 25-17, 25-10 sweep over the Cougars.
Taylor took time getting on track against USF (6-23, 4-14 CL) but eventually dispatched the guests with little trouble after a contested opener. TU ended the night plus-15 in kills, plus-13 in digs and plus-six in blocks compared to their guests and hit .300 in the affair.
Amanda Adams posted a 10-kill, 10-dig double-double and Grace Isaacs added 10 kills in 17 swings and three blocks. Sarah Scott was also efficient with seven terminations in 15 tries and Ryan Czerniak tallied six kills without an error in 13 swings.
Kacy Bragg spread the ball around and ended with 37 assists and one ace, while Nikki Parrett added seven digs, Stephaney Fifield posted 23 digs and Jessica Dodane closed with three service aces.
Lauryn Mekelburg and Nicki Sechrist entered in the third set and teamed for four kills in 12 tries.
The win improved Taylor to 26-6 overall, marking the program’s highest win total since also winning 26 in 2014. TU’s 14-4 Crossroads League record and tie for second-place finish in the standings also marked the program’s best since going 17-1 in its championship season of 2011.
The match was the final home regular season contest for Taylor’s seven seniors, as Parrett, Mekelburg, Dodane, Isaacs, Czerniak, Adams and Sechrist will look to lead TU into the 2021 Crossroads League Tournament.
No. 25 Taylor (26-5, 14-4 CL) will take the third-seed into the CL Tournament and will host sixth-seeded Spring Arbor (14-17, 7-11 CL) on Saturday, November 6 with a start time to be determined.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Kirtley Shines yet Trojans Fall 83-77
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – On the second day of the Bethel Tip-off Classic, the Taylor women’s basketball team dropped its second game of the year to Trinity Christian (1-1) by a score of 83-77. Kayla Kirtley dominated in stretches throughout the game and secured her first double-double of the season, yet the Trojans were unable to overcome an adverse fourth quarter.
Kirtley energized the Trojans to an early 9-2 lead, however, the Trolls kept pace and finished the first frame by cutting the Trojan lead to three. As a team, Taylor was somewhat inefficient from the field in the opening 10 minutes, shooting 33 percent from the floor and 30 percent from three.
The Trojans extended their lead in the second quarter, though, thanks in large part to a monster 10 minutes from Taylor Westgate. The Trojan sophomore, who locked in a double-double last night, was one rebound away from another one today. Even so, Westgate scored 10 points in the second quarter alone, on her way to a 20-point and nine-rebound effort.
Taylor was much more efficient in the second frame, increasing its shooting percentage to a respectable 44.4 percent from the floor and 38.9 percent from three. Even more, the Trojans were masterful in their ball-movement, recording 14 assists on 16 made field goals in the opening half, which fueled the Trojans on their way to a 44-30 lead at intermission.
The Trolls managed to hang tight, however, outscoring the Trojans 25-20 in the third quarter and cutting the Taylor lead to nine. Claycee West had a big 10 minutes, scoring seven points while shooting 50 percent from the floor. Kirtley contributed another six points, while collecting five boards in the third frame alone. Nonetheless, Trinity Christian continued to put the ball in the basket, seemingly priming the Trolls for a fourth quarter explosion.
While beginning the final frame with a nine-point lead, Taylor was outscored 28-13 in the last 10 minutes of the game. The Trojans turned the ball over seven times in that stretch, while shooting just 29.4 percent from the floor and a troubling 12.5 percent from three.
On the flip side, the Trolls turned the ball over just twice and shot 52.6 percent from the field, en route to their fourth quarter comeback.
Kirtley finished the game with 19 points and 15 rebounds, alongside Westgate’s 20 points and nine boards. Claycee West contributed 12 points herself, while Merideth Deckard scattered the scorebook with nine points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.
All in all, it was not enough to hold back the Trolls, led by Gabby Kreykes and her 44-point effort, as Trinity Christian beat Taylor 83-77.
Taylor (1-2) will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the Trojans will take on Cornerstone (0-1) on Tuesday, November 2, at 6:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Score Late for Senior Night Win
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University men’s soccer team celebrated Senior Night by riding the momentum of a second half goal by junior, Jhon Alzate, defeating St. Francis (4-10-4, 0-7-2 CL) by a score of 2-1 in the 2021 regular-season finale.
The Trojans got off to an aggressive start, taking five shots in the opening 15 minutes of the match, before scoring the first goal of the night. Senior, Luke Holwarda, headed in his fourth goal of the year, bearing the fruit of a beautiful cross into the box from freshman, Pablo Gonzalez Cacho, earning the first-year player his second assist.
10 minutes later, however, the Cougars would answer with a header of their own, leveling the match at one goal apiece.
The match moved into the half tied at one, while Taylor outshot the Cougars 9-3.
The shot comparison would soon lean even more heavily toward the Trojans, as Taylor took 18 shots throughout the second half while limiting the Cougars to a mere two. The backup St. Francis goalie, who entered the game late in the first half, however, made save-after-save, keeping the score locked at one.
Junior, Jhon Alzate, was eager to write a different script, though, as he scored the game’s third goal in its 80th minute. Brian Matipa first created the space, striking a shot that was blocked by the Cougar defense. Alzate outhustled a St. Francis defender, made one touch, and then ripped a shot into the right pocket of the net for a 2-1 Trojan lead.
While navigating some tricky stoppages of time in the final minutes, the clocked eventually ran out with the Trojans up 2-1. When all was said and done, the Trojans outshot the Cougars 27-5, the 27th of which being the decisive factor.
Taylor will return to the pitch on Saturday, November 6th, in the opening round of the Crossroads League Tournament. Taylor holds the seventh-place position in the league standings, earning a match-up with second-place Grace (9-9, 6-3 CL).
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Dominate in Season Finale
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Taylor University women’s soccer team steamrolled St. Francis (2-14-1, 0-10 CL) on Saturday night, scoring four goals while preventing the Cougars from taking a single shot.
Taylor did not waste much time before taking the lead, striking the back of the net twice in the opening 14 minutes, in both of which, senior, Erin Teevans, had a role to play.
Teevans, first, set up fellow senior, Ali Vander Kolk, for her fifth goal of the season, knocking the ball in via her head. The Barlett, Illinois, native then scored a goal of her own, moving into double-digit goals on the season as she racked in her 10th.
Up 2-0, the scoring parade would pause for a moment before the Trojans rapidly tacked on two more. Freshman, Sarah Mullins, ignited the short burst for Taylor, scoring her third goal of the season on Claire Massey’s team-leading fifth assist.
Senior, Linli Tu, entered in on the action just 90 seconds later, as she scored the fifth goal of her senior season.
The Trojans struck two further shots on goal before the end of the half, both of which, however, were saved by the Cougar defense. Taylor went into the half up 4-0, while outshooting St. Francis 11-0.
There was not much action in the second half, nor did the Trojans need there to be, as Taylor arranged a handful of corner kicks and a couple more shots en route to maintaining its 4-0 lead.
The match ended with the Trojans on top 4-0, with Taylor having outshot the Cougars 13-0.
Taylor (11-6, 3-6 CL) will return to the pitch on Saturday, November 6th, in the opening round of the Crossroads League Tournament. The Trojans hold the seventh place in the league standings, earning them a match-up with crosstown rival No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan (13-3, 8-1 CL).
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS
INDIANA TECH HOCKEY: Warriors Remain Sixth in ACHA National Rankings
UNION LAKE, Mich. – The Indiana Tech men’s ice hockey team was ranked sixth in the ACHA Division I National Rankings, the association announced.
Tech received 335 points in the fifth regular season edition of the rankings and remained in the number six spot for the second straight week. The Warriors have now been ranked for 29 straight polls.
The sixth regular season edition of the ACHA National Rankings will be released on November 3.
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS
PNW sweeps Lewis with 6-4 victory, Herman records hat trick
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — Craig Herman (Bloomington, Minn.) recorded a hat trick and an assist to power Purdue Northwest past Lewis 6-4 on Saturday inside the Canlan Ice Sports Arena.
With the win, PNW improved to 8-6 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Pride have won four straight games after completing the two-game sweep over Lewis.
PNW trailed 2-1 after the first period, but responded with three goals in the second to claim a 4-3 advantage at the second intermission.
Herman scored the first two goals for the Pride while Dan Oliszewicz (Orland Park, Ill.) and Tyler Hoffman (Waunakee, Wis.) netted the next two goals in the second period. Sam Bourdages (Hearst, Ontario) got in on the scoring action with the eventual game-winner in the third period, while Herman registered his third goal of the night to cap the Pride scoring.
Assists were credited to Bourdages (2), Anthony Caserta (Perth, Ontario) (2), Patrick Janik (Burbank, Ill.), Kevin Pietrucha (Crestwood, Ill.), Herman, Bandstra and Blake Witkowski (Thompson, Conn.).
Goaltender Kyle Fritz (Montreal, Canada) earned the win after recording 49 saves between the pipes.
PNW returns home on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 5-6, for a pair of league games against Marquette at The Kube.
Pride take Parkside to five sets in thrilling match
HAMMOND, Ind. — Purdue Northwest fell 3-2 (25-10, 15-25, 16-25, 25-23, 15-9) to Parkside Saturday afternoon at the Fitness & Recreation Center. It was the first five-set match of the season for the Pride.
Riley Kraiza (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and Summer Clark (Chicago, Ill.) each produced double-double performances to lead the Pride attack. Kraiza finished with a team-high 12 kills with 14 digs and four aces to total 16.5 points. Clark put down 11 kills with 15 digs. Lauren Sanders (Indianapolis, Ind.) also reached double digits in the kills column with 10.
Olivia Brooke (Logansport, Ind.) handed out 38 assists and recorded a team-best 20 digs. Defensively, libero Alexis Wade (Union Mills, Ind.) and Caleigh Smith (Marengo, Iowa) notched double-digit digs with 18 and 13, respectively. The Pride tallied a season-high 90 digs — the most in a regular-season match during the program’s NCAA Division II era.
PNW (2-20, 0-11 GLIAC) came up two points shy of clinching the match in four sets. With the score tied at 23-23 in the fourth, Parkside was able to record the final two points to force the deciding set. The Pride rallied in the fourth from an 18-12 deficit to nearly pull off the win.
In the fifth set, Parkside jumped out to a 7-3 lead and held off the Pride from making another comeback attempt. PNW sliced the deficit to two in the final frame after back-to-back kills from Sanders and Clark made it 11-9. However, the Rangers registered the final four points to clinch the match.
Parkside’s Rachel Hedman led the Rangers with 14 kills and 19 digs, along with Jessica Pappas who recorded 14 kills.
PNW will host Ferris State next Friday at 7 p.m. in the Hammond campus Fitness & Recreation Center. The following day, PNW will welcome Grand Valley State to H.D. Kesling Gymnasium at the Westville campus for a 2 p.m. match.
VUVB wins Region 24 Championship in four-set win over John A. Logan
MT. CARMEL, Ill. – The 2021 Vincennes University Trailblazers volleyball team won their first Region 24 Championship in program history Saturday afternoon after defeating John A. Logan 25-12, 20-25, 25-20, 25-19.
The last VU Region Championship came in 2006 before the Trailblazers made the move to NJCAA Division I in 2016 from Division II and later moved from Region 12 to Region 24 in 2018.
“It feels amazing, this is what we’ve been working for all season,” VUVB sophomore team captain and second-year libero Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) said. “This really just shows how we were able to go 12-0 in the Region and hopefully continue this run at District.”
“This year we had a lot of good team chemistry and that has really helped,” Earp said. “Last year we had the talent, but this year we really had the heart and that’s what really helped. We felt good coming into the Region tournament this year, we felt like we were really going to do something.”
“I think the freshman class we got this year came in really open to learning and I tried to push aggressiveness and heart through every practice and every game. Even when we were down we could still win if we kept pushing,” Earp said.
“This win is huge,” VU third-year sophomore Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.) said. “The girls that came back from last year, we just can’t believe this has happened. We’ve worked our butts off all year.”
“It’s been great having two girls come in who were State Champions (freshmen Addison Ainscough and Hannah Graber), they have really showed up and showed out for us this year,” Metzger said.
“I’ve had to take on a lot of responsibility this year and I’ve had a lot on my shoulders this year, with not just being a sophomore, but a third-year sophomore,” Metzger said about her leadership role this season. “I’ve had to really step up to the plate and I think I’ve handled it well.”
“This upcoming week of practice has to be the most intense practices we’ve ever done,” Metzger said. “We have to have everyone on the court and healthy and just work as hard as we ever have.”
“When this team met for the first time in July, we talked about making this run,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We talked about making history and chasing history. They can be the first to do this.”
“It goes to show you how difficult it is to win, that you need all of the intangibles and not just talent,” Sien added. “Honestly, this is one of the few teams I have ever coached where I always had a good feeling about, no matter how much we were down by.”
“This group of sophomores returned with a purpose and this exceptional group of freshmen, all from winning programs, gelled right from the beginning,” Sien said. “This Championship is not only for them, but for the many Alumni who have put on the Trailblazer colors. We hope we made all of you proud today.”
Vincennes set the tone early in this Championship match, jumping out to a 15-4 lead midway through the opening set.
Logan was unable to rally as the Trailblazers took set one 25-12.
The Volunteers were able to respond however in the second set as they gained a 13-9 lead before VU answered with a 6-1 scoring run to take the lead back.
John A. Logan built another four point lead late in the set and although the Trailblazers were able to cut the deficit to a single point, VU was unable to gain the advantage back as the Volunteers won set two 25-20.
Set three began much like set one as Vincennes completely gained the momentum back from John A. Logan by scoring nine of the first 11 points.
The Volunteers would not go away quietly this time however as the Vols cut the lead to 12-11.
Vincennes never relinquished the lead as the Trailblazers won set three 25-20 to take a 2-1 match lead.
The fourth set was a back-and-forth contest with the two teams traded leads and small scoring runs before VU used a 10-2 scoring run late in the set to jump ahead 22-17.
With the Blazers serving match point, the Volunteers looked to keep the match going before a block at the net by sophomore Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) and freshman Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) gave Vincennes the win and earned VUVB their first Region 24 Championship in program history.
VU was led offensively by Ainscough who finished with a double-double of 11 kills and 16 digs, while also adding a pair of aces and one block.
Freshman Jagoda Szybinska and sophomore Breanna Metzger, Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) and Emilie Cornelson controlled the game from both sides of the net.
Szybinska finished with nine kills and two blocks, Metzger and Russell ended with seven kills, with Metzger leading the team with five blocks. Russell and Cornelson each finished with four blocks, with Cornelson also adding five kills offensively.
Freshman Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) also came through at the net, ending the day with four kills and four blocks.
Freshmen setters Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) ran the Vincennes offense, with Graber finishing off a double-double with 23 set assists, 11 digs, five kills and a team-high three aces.
Mulligan nearly finished with a double-double as well, ending with 18 set assists, nine digs and an ace.
Sophomores Grace Earp and Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.) patrolled the backrow defense for the Trailblazers. Earp ended the game with a team-high 19 digs and one set assist, while Beedle added 11 digs.
“We probably had a few too many hitting mistakes, but like last night we kept on swinging and put the ball away,” Sien said. “Our blocking was on task as we literally took control of all net play. Emilie, who had several big plays in key moments, along with Jamie, Breanna and Gosia all had a big contribution to that.”
“Grace and Amee, who we didn’t have the first two times we played John A. Logan, Josephine and Hannah refused to let a ball hit the floor,” Sien said. “We cannot leave out the fine all-around play of Addison and Jagoda, who both took the toughest swings all day.”
Vincennes earned their 12th consecutive win Saturday and must now set their sights on the NJCAA Midwest District Championships next weekend in Missouri. The location and opponents for the District Championships are still to be determined.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1931 The Cardinals release right-hander Burleigh Grimes, the last legal spitballer. Ol’ Stubblebeard will finish his 19-year Hall of Fame career with a 270-212 record along with an ERA of 3.53.
1953 After touring Japan with the Giants, Commissioner Ford Frick compares the level of Japanese play to that of Class A of the American minors. The Americans will finish the 14-game schedule against various Japanese teams with a 12-1-1 record, including nine consecutive victories at the start of the series.
1957 Yogi Berra says the team returned fine money to players involved in the Copacabana fight. A group of Yankees, including Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Bill Skowron, gathered at the New York popular nightspot to celebrate Billy Martin’s 29th birthday in May when the infamous altercation occurred with a group of patrons, resulting in unwanted newspaper headlines for the storied franchise.
1960 The Giants trade infielder Andre Rodgers to Milwaukee for Alvin Dark. San Francisco obtains their former team captain not to be a player but rather to be the team’s new manager for the upcoming season.
1967 As the overwhelming choice of 23 of the 24 experts surveyed, Dick Williams is selected as the United Press International’s American League Manager of the Year. The 38 year-old skipper guided the underdog Red Sox to a pennant, emerging on top from a fierce four-team pennant race that went down to the last day of the season.
1972 In a seven-player trade, Don Money is dealt by the Phillies along with Bill Champion and John Vukovich to the Brewers in exchange for Ken Brett, Jim Lonborg, Ken Sanders, and Earl Stephenson. The 25 year-old versatile infielder will spend over a decade with Milwaukee, becoming a four-time All-Star.
1972 Gaylord Perry (24-16,1.92) of the Indians edges Wilbur Wood (24-17, 2.51) for the American League Cy Young Award. Although the future Hall of Fame hurler receives only 9 of the 24 first-place votes, the North Carolina native still out points the White Sox starter, 64-58.
1979 Mike Flanagan (23-9, 3.08) wins the Cy Young Award, easily outdistancing New York’s Tommy John (21-9, 2.97). The Orioles’ southpaw receives 26 of the 27 first-place votes cast by the writers.
2001 For the first time since Philadelphia A’s Mule Haas hit a game-tying two-run homer in Game 5 of the 1929 World Series, a team comes from behind to tie a Fall Classic game in the ninth and goes on to win in extra innings. Tino Martinez sends the game into overtime with a two-out homer off Diamondbacks’ closer Byung-Hyun Kim and Derek Jeter, dubbed Mr. November, wins it after the stroke of midnight with a full count two-out round-tripper giving the Bronx Bombers a 3-2 victory and knots the series at two games apiece.
2005 On Halloween night, former Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, on the night of his resignation, eludes the media parked outside Fenway Park disguised in a gorilla suit. At a future charity event, the hairy costume will be auctioned and will make $11,000 for the Jimmy Fund and Theo’s Foundation, To Be Named Later.
2006 Joining Don Mattingly (Yankees, 1987), Cal Ripken Jr. (Orioles, 1991), Frank Thomas (White Sox, 1995), Jeff Bagwell (Astros, 1995), and Manny Ramirez (Red Sox, 2002), Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols becomes the sixth player to get a perfect score (100) in the annual player rankings. The Elias Sports Bureau rating, which was created as part of the settlement of the 1981 strike to determine compensation for the loss of a free agent, takes into account a player’s plate appearances, batting average, on-base percentage, home runs, and RBIs compared to others playing the same position during the two past seasons.
2006 The Astros announce the club will not exercise their option on first baseman Jeff Bagwell for the 2007 season. ‘BagPipes’ is the all-time franchise leader in home runs, RBIs, and walks.
2008 The Mets waste no time in exercising their $12 million option on Carlos Delgado. After a well-publicized slow start, which strained the relationship with his then-manager Willie Randolph, the 36 year-old first baseman batted .313, blasted 24 homers, and drove in 70 runs during the last three months of the season playing for new skipper Jerry Manuel.
2009 Alex Rodriguez’s Game 3 fly ball in the right-field corner of Citizens Bank Park becomes the subject of the first instant replay call in World Series history. The Yankee third baseman’s hit, initially ruled a double, is changed by the umpires to a home run after the replay clearly shows the ball going over the fence before striking a television camera and bouncing back to the field.
2010 For the first time in major league history, two former presidents attend the same World Series game when George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are both at Rangers Ballpark for Game 4 of the Fall Classic. Before the contest against San Francisco, the elder Bush, a former first baseman at Yale, stands close by when his son, the former controlling owner of the Texas franchise, throws the ceremonial first pitch.
2010 In Game 4, southpaw Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey become the first rookie battery to start a World Series game since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra appeared together in the first game of the 1947 series. The freshmen do not disappoint when the 21-year-old freshman hurler becomes the fourth youngest to post a Fall Classic victory, limiting the Rangers to three hits while throwing eight strong innings, and the San Francisco backstop contributing to the Giants’ 4-0 win in Arlington with an eighth-inning home run.
2011 Although offered approximately $4.5 million for a three-year extension, four times the amount of his previous salary, Theo Epstein decides to leave the BoSox after being the youngest general manager to lead a team to a World Championship. The split with team president Larry Lucchino, who hired the 18 year-old Yale undergraduate as an Oriole intern, gave him a position with the Padres before bringing the ‘Boy Wonder’ to Boston, takes the Red Sox Nation by surprise.
2011 The World Champion Cardinals announced that Tony La Russa, the team’s manager for the past 16 seasons, has decided to retire. The 67 year-old skipper, who is only 35 games behind John McGraw on the all-time list for second place for games won, compiled a 2,728-2,365 (.536) managerial record during his 33 seasons with the White Sox, A’s, and St. Louis.
2011 The Mets announce on their Twitter page that the team is planning to move the left- and right-field fences at Citi Field closer to home plate by as much as 12 feet and lower the home-run line to eight feet. The Amazins, who have hit the fewest home runs at home of any major league team since moving into their new ballpark in 2009, will see the number of round-trippers dramatically increase when the new dimensions result in 21 additional homers for the team and 24 more for opponents
2013 The Nationals name Diamondback coach Matt Williams as their sixth manager in team history, replacing Davey Johnson, who previously announced his retirement. The job will be the 47 year-old former All-Star third baseman’s first major league managerial stint.
2014 “We saw it as a unique opportunity and faced a clear dilemma: be loyal to Rick or be loyal to the organization. In this business of trying to win a world championship for the first time in 107 years, the organization has priority over any one individual. We decided to pursue Joe.” – THEO EPSTEIN, explaining manager Rick Renteria’s dismissal. Theo Epstein dismisses first-year manager Rick Renteria (73-89) with two years remaining on his contract. The GM believes his skipper “deserved to come back for another season,” but replaces him with field boss Joe Maddon, a free-agent available after leading the low-payroll Rays to the postseason four times in his nine-year tenure with Tampa Bay.
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||4||2||0||.667||0.0||203||98||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|New England Patriots||3||4||0||.429||1.5||179||140||1-4-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|New York Jets||1||5||0||.167||3.0||80||175||1-1-0||0-4-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||2 L|
|Miami Dolphins||1||6||0||.143||3.5||127||207||0-3-0||1-3-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||6 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Las Vegas Raiders||5||2||0||.714||0.0||180||166||3-1-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||2||0||.667||0.5||148||150||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Kansas City Chiefs||3||4||0||.429||2.0||188||203||1-2-0||2-2-0||1-4-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Denver Broncos||3||4||0||.429||2.0||140||127||1-2-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||0-1-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Cincinnati Bengals||5||2||0||.714||0.0||189||128||2-1-0||3-1-0||3-0-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|Baltimore Ravens||5||2||0||.714||0.0||187||164||3-1-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Cleveland Browns||4||3||0||.571||1.0||173||165||3-1-0||1-2-0||2-2-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||3||3||0||.500||1.5||117||132||2-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||5||2||0||.714||0.0||193||164||3-1-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||2-0-0||3 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||3||4||0||.429||2.0||169||149||1-2-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||1||5||0||.167||3.5||116||172||1-3-0||0-2-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||1||6||0||.143||4.0||97||203||1-2-0||0-4-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||6 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Dallas Cowboys||5||1||0||.833||0.0||205||146||3-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||5 W|
|Washington Football Team||2||5||0||.286||3.5||146||210||1-3-0||1-2-0||2-2-0||1-0-0||3 L|
|Philadelphia Eagles||2||5||0||.286||3.5||159||185||0-3-0||2-2-0||2-3-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|New York Giants||2||5||0||.286||3.5||139||180||1-3-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Arizona Cardinals||7||1||0||.875||0.0||246||138||3-1-0||4-0-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Rams||6||1||0||.857||0.5||207||146||3-1-0||3-0-0||5-1-0||1-1-0||3 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||4||0||.333||4.0||135||149||0-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||4 L|
|Seattle Seahawks||2||5||0||.286||4.5||150||162||0-3-0||2-2-0||1-3-0||1-1-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Green Bay Packers||7||1||0||.875||0.0||192||167||3-0-0||4-1-0||5-1-0||2-0-0||7 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||3||3||0||.500||3.0||147||137||2-1-0||1-2-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Chicago Bears||3||4||0||.429||3.5||101||162||2-1-0||1-3-0||1-3-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|Detroit Lions||0||7||0||.000||6.5||128||200||0-3-0||0-4-0||0-5-0||0-3-0||7 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||1||0||.857||0.0||233||147||4-0-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||1-0-0||4 W|
|New Orleans Saints||4||2||0||.667||1.5||140||101||1-1-0||3-1-0||3-2-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||3||3||0||.500||2.5||135||176||1-2-0||2-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|Carolina Panthers||3||4||0||.429||3.0||146||146||2-2-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-0-0||4 L|
|New York||5||1||.833||—||2-1||3-0||2-0||4-1||5-1||3 W|
|Oklahoma City||1||5||.167||3.5||1-2||0-3||0-1||1-4||1-5||1 L|
|Golden State||5||1||.833||—||2-1||3-0||3-0||5-1||5-1||1 W|
|LA Lakers||3||3||.500||2.0||2-2||1-1||0-2||2-3||3-3||1 W|
|LA Clippers||1||4||.200||3.5||1-2||0-2||0-1||1-3||1-4||2 L|
|San Antonio||2||4||.333||1.5||1-2||1-2||0-1||0-3||2-4||1 W|
|New Orleans||1||6||.143||3.0||0-4||1-2||–||1-2||1-6||3 L|
|1 Florida Panthers||9||8||0||1||17||8||36||18||5-0-0||3-0-1||8-0-1|
|2 Carolina Hurricanes||7||7||0||0||14||7||31||11||4-0-0||3-0-0||7-0-0|
|3 Washington Capitals||8||5||0||3||13||5||30||19||3-0-3||2-0-0||5-0-3|
|4 New York Rangers||8||5||2||1||11||5||19||18||1-1-1||4-1-0||5-2-1|
|5 Buffalo Sabres||7||5||1||1||11||4||23||14||4-1-0||1-0-1||5-1-1|
|6 Detroit Red Wings||9||4||3||2||10||4||29||31||2-1-2||2-2-0||4-3-2|
|7 Philadelphia Flyers||7||4||2||1||9||4||25||21||2-1-1||2-1-0||4-2-1|
|8 Toronto Maple Leafs||9||4||4||1||9||4||21||29||3-1-1||1-3-0||4-4-1|
|9 Tampa Bay Lightning||8||4||3||1||9||4||26||28||1-2-1||3-1-0||4-3-1|
|10 New York Islanders||7||3||2||2||8||3||17||18||—||3-2-2||3-2-2|
|11 Boston Bruins||7||4||3||0||8||3||18||20||3-0-0||1-3-0||4-3-0|
|12 Pittsburgh Penguins||8||3||3||2||8||3||26||25||2-3-1||1-0-1||3-3-2|
|13 New Jersey Devils||6||4||2||0||8||4||18||17||3-2-0||1-0-0||4-2-0|
|14 Columbus Blue Jackets||7||4||3||0||8||4||19||19||4-1-0||0-2-0||4-3-0|
|15 Ottawa Senators||7||3||4||0||6||3||19||20||2-3-0||1-1-0||3-4-0|
|16 Montreal Canadiens||9||2||7||0||4||2||17||30||1-3-0||1-4-0||2-7-0|
|1 Calgary Flames||8||6||1||1||13||6||29||15||1-0-1||5-1-0||6-1-1|
|2 St. Louis Blues||7||6||1||0||12||6||29||15||3-1-0||3-0-0||6-1-0|
|3 Edmonton Oilers||7||6||1||0||12||5||29||19||3-1-0||3-0-0||6-1-0|
|4 San Jose Sharks||8||5||3||0||10||5||22||19||2-1-0||3-2-0||5-3-0|
|5 Winnipeg Jets||8||4||2||2||10||4||28||26||2-0-0||2-2-2||4-2-2|
|6 Minnesota Wild||8||5||3||0||10||5||22||26||2-1-0||3-2-0||5-3-0|
|7 Nashville Predators||8||4||4||0||8||3||23||22||3-3-0||1-1-0||4-4-0|
|8 Colorado Avalanche||8||4||4||0||8||3||24||27||2-2-0||2-2-0||4-4-0|
|9 Vegas Golden Knights||8||4||4||0||8||3||21||26||2-3-0||2-1-0||4-4-0|
|10 Seattle Kraken||8||3||4||1||7||3||22||25||2-1-0||1-3-1||3-4-1|
|11 Vancouver Canucks||9||3||5||1||7||2||22||25||0-3-0||3-2-1||3-5-1|
|12 Anaheim Ducks||9||2||4||3||7||2||27||33||1-2-1||1-2-2||2-4-3|
|13 Dallas Stars||8||3||4||1||7||2||15||22||1-1-1||2-3-0||3-4-1|
|14 Los Angeles Kings||8||2||5||1||5||2||21||25||2-2-0||0-3-1||2-5-1|
|15 Chicago Blackhawks||9||0||7||2||2||0||17||37||0-3-1||0-4-1||0-7-2|
|16 Arizona Coyotes||8||0||7||1||1||0||12||37||0-3-0||0-4-1||0-7-1|
|x – Nashville SC||32||12||16||4||53||31||22||8-8-0||4-8-4||52|
|New York City FC||33||14||8||11||55||35||20||10-3-3||4-5-8||50|
|Orlando City SC||32||12||11||9||47||47||0||8-6-2||4-5-7||47|
|Inter Miami CF||33||11||5||17||35||53||-18||7-2-8||4-3-9||38|
|x – Sporting KC||31||17||7||7||56||34||22||9-5-2||8-2-5||58|
|x – Seattle||32||17||7||8||51||31||20||8-4-4||9-3-4||58|
|x – Colorado||32||15||10||7||45||33||12||8-7-1||7-3-6||55|
|Real Salt Lake||32||13||6||13||53||51||2||9-4-3||4-2-10||45|
|Los Angeles FC||32||12||8||12||50||45||5||8-5-3||4-3-9||44|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Conference