Argos at Trinity Greenlawn 7:30 pm
Detroit Western (Mich.) at Hammond Morton 9:00 pm
East Noble at Westview 7:30 pm
Evansville Central at Princeton 8:00 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Evansville Harrison 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Leo 7:30 pm
Garrett at Hamilton 7:30 pm
Hammond Central at East Chicago Central 8:00 pm
Heritage Christian at Indianapolis Tindley 7:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Whiting 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Indianapolis Herron 7:30 pm
Jasper at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Phalen Academy 6:00 pm
Lakewood Park at Montpelier (Ohio) 7:30 pm
Linton-Stockton at Vincennes Rivet 7:30 pm
Lowell at LaPorte 8:00 pm
Martinsville at Bedford North Lawrence 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at Westfield 7:30 pm
New Haven at Fort Wayne Snider 7:30 pm
Northside HomeSchool at East Central 7:30 pm
NorthWood at Columbia City 7:30 pm
Peru at North Miami 7:45 pm
Pike at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Providence at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
South Vermillion at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
St. Francis deSales (Ill.) vs. Bowman Academy 3:00 pm
Sullivan at North Knox 7:30 pm
West Vigo at Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
Western at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:30 pm

Hendricks County Tournament
Brownsburg at Avon 7:45 pm R1
Danville at Cascade 7:45 pm R1

Madison County Tournament
Anderson Prep at Frankton 7:30 pm R1
Liberty Christian at Alexandria 7:30 pm R1
Elwood at Lapel 7:30 pm R1
Anderson at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm R1


Carmi (Ill.) at Evansville Day 8:00 pm
Castle at Boonville 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Hammond Noll 8:00 pm
Lawrence Central at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Lighthouse CPA at Gary 21st Century 8:00 pm
Mississinewa at Southwood 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Indiana Math & Science 7:30 pm
Rock Creek Academy at Corydon Central 7:30 pm
South Bend Adams at Merrillville 2:30 pm

Madison County Tournament
Loser Game 2 at Loser Game 1 6:00 pm Con
Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 7:30 pm Con
Winner Game 2 at Winner Game 1 6:00 pm SF
Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3 7:30 pm SF

Randolph County Tournament
Monroe Central at Union (Modoc) 6:00 pm R1

Ripley County Tournament
Milan vs. South Ripley 6:00 pm R1
Jac-Cen-Del at Batesville 7:30 pm R1

White River Valley Tournament
Eminence at White River Valley 7:30 pm R1


Andrean at Hammond Noll 8:00 pm
Austin at South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian at Rossville 7:00 pm
Blackford at Delta 7:30 pm
Bloomington North at Eastern Greene 7:30 pm
Brown County at Bloomington South 7:00 pm
Central Noble at Bremen 7:30 pm
Concord at West Noble 7:30 pm
Cowan at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Eastside vs. DeKalb 7:30 pm
Evansville Christian at South Spencer 8:00 pm
Fairfield at Garrett 7:30 pm
Fishers at Pike 7:30 pm
Forest Park at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Jay County 7:30 pm
Frankfort at West Lafayette 7:30 pm
Frontier at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Greencastle at Clay City 7:30 pm
Henryville at Crothersville 6:00 pm
Homestead at North Central (Indianapolis) 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Indianapolis Washington 6:00 pm
Irvington Prep at Christel House 6:00 pm
John Glenn at NorthWood 7:45 pm
Kankakee Valley at Lake Central 8:00 pm
Leo at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Madison at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
North Posey at Wood Memorial 7:30 pm
Norwell at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:30 pm
Oak Hill at Lewis Cass 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at West Vigo 7:30 pm
Penn at New Prairie 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Paoli 8:00 pm
Perry Meridian at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
River Forest at Tri-Township 8:00 pm
Riverton Parke at Southmont 7:30 pm
Rushville at Franklin County 7:30 pm
Salem at Borden 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Seymour 7:30 pm
Sheridan at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington vs. Chicago Butler (Ill.) 7:00 pm
Southern Wells at Daleville 7:00 pm
Tipton at Mississinewa 7:30 pm
University at Western 6:00 pm
Washington at Southridge 7:30 pm
Washington Twp. at Munster 8:00 pm
Westview at Heritage 7:30 pm
Yorktown at Muncie Central 7:30 pm

Hendricks County Tournament
Brownsburg at Avon 6:00 pm R1
Danville at Cascade 6:00 pm R1

Madison County Tournament
Anderson Prep at Frankton 6:00 pm R1
Elwood at Lapel 6:00 pm R1
Anderson at Pendleton Heights 6:00 pm R1

Ripley County Tournament
South Ripley vs. Milan 6:00 pm R1
Batesville at Jac-Cen-Del 7:30 pm R1


Angola at East Noble 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at Jennings County 7:30 pm
Bellmont at South Adams 7:30 pm
Ben Davis at Homestead 2:30 pm
Blue River at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
Bluffton at North Miami 7:30 pm
Churubusco at Manchester 7:30 pm
Cissna Park (Ill.) at South Newton 7:00 pm
Connersville at Union County 7:30 pm
Eastbrook at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Edinburgh at Speedway 7:30 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Evansville Harrison 7:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Evansville Central 8:00 pm
Evansville North at Evansville Bosse 8:00 pm
Hammond Morton at Hobart 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Riverside at Providence Cristo Rey 6:00 pm
Lawrence North at Valparaiso 2:30 pm
Madison-Grant at Tipton 7:30 pm
Northview at Edgewood 7:30 pm
Park Tudor at Guerin Catholic 7:30 pm
Peru at Tri-Central 7:30 pm
Plymouth at Rochester 7:00 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Indiana Math & Science 6:00 pm
South Vermillion at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
Southport at Shelbyville 6:30 pm
Southwood at Marion 7:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at Northridge 7:45 pm
Triton at Oregon-Davis 6:00 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Princeton 8:00 pm
Westfield at Indianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm
Westville at Chesterton 8:00 pm

Randolph County Tournament
Randolph Southern vs. Winchester 7:30 pm R1

Rivertown Tournament
Switzerland County at South Dearborn 6:00 pm R1
Rising Sun vs. Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm R1

White River Valley Tournament
Shoals at White River Valley 6:00 pm R1






5. CENTER GROVE (16-1)



7. HOMESTEAD (12-2)

9. LAKE CENTRAL (13-3)



1. NORWELL (12-4)


3. INDIAN CREEK (13-4)


5. GREENSBURG (12-3)

6. WESTERN (13-1)

7. SCOTTSBURG (14-2)





1. NORTH KNOX (16-1)


3. SOUTH KNOX (14-1)

4. EASTBROOK (13-1)

5. LAPEL (11-3)

6. CARROLL (FLORA) (14-2)

7. ALEXANDRIA (13-3)



10. BLACKFORD (12-4)


1. LANESVILLE (15-1)

2. CASTON (15-0)

3. BORDEN (13-2)




7. ORLEANS (13-1)

8. MORGAN TWP. (12-4)

9. TRI-TOWNSHIP (14-0)

10. JAC-CEN-DEL (12-3)


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1. PURDUE (12-1)

2. KANSAS (12-1)

3. HOUSTON (13-0)

4. UCONN (11-2)

5. TENNESSEE (9-3)

6. KENTUCKY (10-2)

7. MARQUETTE (11-3)


9. ILLINOIS (10-2)

10. ARIZONA (10-3)

11. OKLAHOMA (12-1)

12. BYU (12-1)


14. DUKE (9-3)

15. MEMPHIS (11-2)

16. CLEMSON (11-1)


18. BAYLOR (10-2)

19. JAMES (13-0)

20. TEXAS (10-2)

21. WISCONSIN (9-3)

22. OLE MISS (13-0)

23. PROVIDENCE (11-2)

24. GONZAGA (9-4)

25. AUBURN (10-2)





2  UCLA (12-0)

3  NC STATE (13-0)

4  IOWA (13-1)

5  COLORADO (11-1)

6  BAYLOR (12-0)

7  LSU (13-1)

8  STANFORD (12-1)

9  USC (10-1)

10 TEXAS (13-1)

11 KANSAS STATE (13-1)

12 UCONN (10-3)


14 INDIANA (11-1)

15 UTAH (10-3)

16 NOTRE DAME (9-2)

17 LOUISVILLE (12-2)

18 GONZAGA (13-2)

19 MARQUETTE (12-1)

20 OHIO STATE (10-3)

21 CREIGHTON (10-2)


23 TCU (14-0)


25 SYRACUSE (11-1)

















PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jalen Milroe caught a low snap on fourth down in overtime at the Rose Bowl and ran straight ahead into wall of blue and maize.

That wall of Michigan defenders had been hardened by the Wolverines’ violent practice drills. Toughened by two previous College Football Playoff losses. Made impenetrable by months of turmoil that battered the program and its beloved head coach, Jim Harbaugh.

Alabama’s quarterback went nowhere.

The Wolverines are going to Houston.

Blake Corum rushed for a 17-yard touchdown on the second snap of overtime, and top-seeded Michigan advanced to its first CFP championship game with a 27-20 victory over fourth-seeded Alabama in the Rose Bowl on Monday night.

Harbaugh’s Wolverines (14-0) will play for their school’s first national title since 1997 against Washington or Texas on Jan. 8 — but only after a fourth-quarter comeback and a hair-raising finish when the two winningest programs in college football history played just the second overtime game in the 110 editions of the Granddaddy of Them All.

“Glorious. That was glorious,” Harbaugh said. “It was a tremendous football game.”

Roman Wilson made a 4-yard TD catch with 1:34 left in regulation for the Wolverines, who hadn’t scored in the second half until that gritty 75-yard drive led by J.J. McCarthy.

Corum, who caught an early TD pass and rushed for 83 yards, needed only two snaps to score in the first overtime period, breaking tackles and spinning wildly into the end zone.

After Milroe was stopped 2 yards short of the end zone on the final snap, the Wolverines’ entire sideline sprinted onto the field, throwing a few helmets in the air while fireworks soared from behind the Rose Bowl scoreboard.

“Everything that we went through this entire year made us unbreakable, and in the biggest moments, we were going to show up,” said McCarthy, who passed for 221 yards and three touchdowns to win the Offensive Player of the Game award.

Jase McClellan rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama (12-2), which fell heartbreakingly short of the chance to play for Nick Saban’s seventh national title at the school. The Tide led 20-13 on Will Reichard’s 52-yard field goal with 4:41 to play, but their defense couldn’t preserve it.

“We just didn’t finish the last four minutes of the game like we would like to, and we’re all very disappointed,” Saban said. “But one thing I told them in the locker room, this is one of the most amazing seasons in Alabama football history in terms of where this team came from and what they were able to accomplish.”

Milroe passed for 116 yards and rushed for 63 for the Tide, whose 11-game winning streak ended.

Michigan is the sixth straight No. 1 seed to win its semifinal game in the CFP’s 10 years of existence — but only after surviving just the third overtime Playoff game. After everything that has happened to Michigan in the past several months, Harbaugh believes his team is primed to keep fighting.

“If ever a game was going to be won up front, it was going to be won with toughness and physicality,” Harbaugh said. “Our guys were just there in rhythm and got it done. Epic game. Epic game. The stick-togetherness — I guess what people don’t know, how could they know, what the togetherness is like? There’s just nothing that can separate these guys.”

Michigan is one win away from reaching the primary goal set by Harbaugh when he returned to his alma mater in 2015 to restore its dominance. The former Wolverines quarterback won no Big Ten titles in his first six seasons, but Michigan has been elite since 2021, winning three straight conference titles and advancing to three Playoffs.

“We broke through after the COVID year, getting here,” linebacker Michael Barrett said. “We fell short a couple of times, man, but finally doing this, especially against Alabama, especially with a great coach like Nick Saban, great athletes they have, just having this tone-setting win, it’s definitely a turning point for the program.”

The Wolverines’ pristine record masked a profoundly messy season bookended by two three-game suspensions for Harbaugh — the first issued preemptively by the school amid an investigation of possible recruiting violations, and the second mandated by the Big Ten over allegations of sign-stealing and in-game scouting.

“It’s almost been an unfair advantage, all the things that the team has gone through,” Harbaugh said. “We don’t care anymore. Don’t care what people say. Don’t care about anything that comes up. We just know we’re going to overcome it.”

Michigan defensive coordinator Jesse Minter acknowledged that the program’s infamously difficult 9-on-7 tackling drills are “definitely” done for moments just like the end of this Rose Bowl.

“You put the faith in your players and trust their training, and when the game’s on the line, you let them go play fast and don’t overthink it,” Minter said. “The game comes down to the last play. We’re going after him, and that’s what we’re able to do. So proud of our guys for the win.”

Michigan was the dominant team for long stretches of the first three quarters of the Rose Bowl, yet Alabama hung in impressively with big plays and just enough defensive stops.

The Wolverines snapped their six-bowl losing streak and survived a handful of potentially disastrous mistakes that undercut their long stretches of superiority in this matchup. The biggest was a muffed punt by Jake Thaw, who was tackled at the Michigan 1 with 43 seconds left in regulation and barely avoided what would have been one of the most spectacular safeties in football history.

McClellan made an untouched 34-yard TD run in the first quarter, and Michigan answered with Corum’s 8-yard catch for his FBS-leading 25th TD — his first on a reception. Corum has been at Michigan for three straight appearances in the CFP, but he barely played two years ago when the Wolverines were routed by Georgia, and he was injured when they were upset by TCU last year.

The Wolverines went ahead shortly before halftime when Tyler Morris made a 38-yard TD catch, but McClellan put the Tide up 17-13 with a 3-yard TD run on the second snap of the fourth quarter. Down seven moments later, Michigan finally got moving with Corum and Wilson making big plays before Wilson’s tying TD.

“It’s very frustrating, man,” Alabama defensive back Malachi Moore said. “We always preach finishing, and we’re competitors at the end of the day, so when it comes down to stuff like that it really eat at you.”


Alabama: The Tide will go three straight seasons without a national title for the first time in Saban’s tenure, but there’s no reason to be embarrassed about this well-played game against an elite opponent. The low snap on the final play will be crushing for center Seth McLaughlin, who didn’t want to talk to reporters afterward.

Michigan: The Wolverines have broken through the penultimate barrier in Harbaugh’s tenure with a victory that emphasized the upside of everything their coach teaches.


Alabama: The Tide will return with another touted recruiting class. Saban’s program remains a gold-standard powerhouse, and it’ll likely stay that way for as long as he wants to keep coaching.

Michigan: The College Football Playoff championship game in Houston on Jan. 8.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Michael Penix Jr. passed for 430 yards and two touchdowns, and Washington held off Texas 37-31 in the Sugar Bowl on Monday night to advance to the College Football Playoff championship game, earning both the sixth-year quarterback with two surgically repaired knees and the beleaguered Pac-12 one more game this season.

The second-ranked Huskies

The second-ranked Huskies (14-0) will face No. 1 Michigan next Monday night in Houston, looking for their first national championship since 1991 and the Pac-12’s first since Southern California in 2004. Washington is one of 10 schools fleeing the Pac-12 for other Power Five conferences next year, with the Huskies headed to join Michigan in the Big Ten.

But first, the final season of the four-team playoff before expansion to 12 in 2024 comes down to a Pac-12-Big Ten matchup, just like the first when Ohio State beat Oregon.

“Huskie Nation stand up,” Penix told the UW crowd in the postgame trophy ceremony. “We goin’ to the natty!”

No. 3 Texas (12-2) had four shots at the end zone after getting to the UW 12 with 15 seconds left, but Quinn Ewers missed on the last three. The final throw was a fade to Adonai Mitchell that was well-covered by Elijah Jackson.

“Those guys are the most resilient guys I have ever been around,” Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said.

In Texas’ first CFP appearance and final football game as a member of the Big 12 before it goes to the Southeastern Conference, Ewers passed for 318 yards and a touchdown. But it wasn’t enough against Penix and his array of talented receivers.

“They were a second away from playing for a national championship,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “They should be proud of themselves. Penix got hot and (Washington) made some big plays down the field.”

Penix spent his first four college seasons at Indiana, suffering three season-ending injuries. When his former offensive coordinator at Indiana, DeBoer, took over at Washington, Penix didn’t think twice before moving to Seattle.

The left-hander stayed healthy and blossomed into a star, the Heisman Trophy runner-up this year, and now has a chance to win a national championship after another brilliant performance.

“It was the tough times. I feel like everything I’ve been through prepared me for this,” Penix said.

Penix went 29 for 38 with no turnovers. He completed 12 straight at one point, the longest on-target streak in the CFP’s 10-year history.

And he did it attacking down field as usual. He completed six passes of at least 20 yards, connecting with Rome Odunze six times for 125 yards and Ja’Lynn Polk five times for 122.

It was in some ways a perfect CFP semifinal for the last season before massive changes in college football: two teams switching conferences next season, led by star quarterbacks who transferred in.

A wild first half included a 77-yard connection with Polk on Penix’s second pass of the game, defensive tackle Byron Murphy II plunging into the end zone for a 1-yard TD run for Texas, a Penix-to-Polk TD pass where the receiver tipped the ball to himself and the Longhorns capping the second quarter with a long touchdown drive to tie it at 21-all at the intermission.

There was a fourth-and-1 stop by Texas of Washington deep in Longhorns territory, which didn’t deter DeBoer from going for a fourth-and-1 at his own UW 33, and converting.

Penix had 255 yards and five completions of over 20 yards in the first half alone, and then kept it rolling on the first drive of the second half, throwing a dart down the middle to Jalen McMillen for a 19-yard score.

Washington added two field goals by Grady Gross to take a 34-21 lead early in the fourth quarter. Holding the Huskies to field goals kept Texas in the game, and when Ewers found Adonai Mitchell, the Georgia transfer with two national titles, for a 1-yard score with 7:23 left, it was a one-possession game.

The Superdome sounded like Darrell K. Royal Stadium west, with Texas fans easily outnumbering the visitors from the Pacific Northwest.

Penix calmly went back to work, hitting Odunze over the shoulder for 32 yards down the sideline to set up a first-and-goal that led to the third field goal of the day for Gross, a former walk-on who was put on scholarship after hitting a walk-off winner in the Apple Cup.

That put Washington up 37-28 with 2:40 left, and had its purple clad fans doing its best to drown out the Longhorns with a “Let’s go Huskies!” chant.

Texas kicked a field goal with 1:09 left cut the lead to six. Washington recovered an onside kick, but couldn’t kill the clock. Texas flew down the field and had an improbable comeback in sight.

But as Washington has done all season, it came through in the clutch. The Huskies’ last nine victories have all been decided by 10 points of fewer.


After tackling No. 4 Alabama in the Rose Bowl on Monday, top-ranked Michigan has been installed as the favorite to win its first College Football Playoff title in program history.

The Wolverines (14-0) earned a 27-20 victory over the Crimson Tide, setting up a meeting with No. 2 Washington (14-0) in next Monday’s championship game. The Huskies snuck by third-ranked Texas, 37-31, in the Sugar Bowl on Monday.

Michigan and Washington are both appearing in the CFP title game for the first time ever, and FanDuel and DraftKings have the Wolverines as 4.5-point favorites. Both books also have Michigan at -192 on the moneyline.

The Huskies sit at +158 on FanDuel and at +160 on DraftKings.

As for the game’s total, FanDuel has it set at 55.5, with DraftKings giving up the half-point to list it at 55.

Next Monday’s winner will dethrone Georgia, which has won the past two national championships.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bo Nix threw for 363 yards and five touchdowns to cap a recording-breaking career, and No. 8 Oregon closed out a season that started with national title expectations by rolling over No. 18 Liberty 45-6 in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday.

Nix played like a Heisman Trophy finalist after opting to join his teammates on the field one last time, throwing for 257 yards and four touchdowns as the Ducks built a 31-6 halftime lead. Nix finished 28 of 35 in just over three quarters and completed 77.44% of his passes this season, breaking the NCAA record of 77.36%, set by Alabama’s Mac Jones in 2020.

Tez Johnson had 11 catches for 172 yards and a touchdown, part of a 584-yard afternoon by the Ducks (12-2).

Considered a national title contender at the start of the season, Oregon missed the College Football Playoff by six points — three each in a pair of losses to No. 2 Washington.

Winning the Fiesta Bowl won’t erase the disappointment of coming so close to the CFP, but it is a nice way to close out Nix’s career.

Liberty (13-1) overcame the death of freshman offensive lineman Tajh Boyd early in camp with the best season in the program’s short FBS history.

Playing in their fallen teammate’s honor, the Flames had the nation’s best rushing attack and an opportunistic defense that led the nation in interceptions.

Liberty got off to a fast start in its first New Year’s Six bowl, moving 75 yards in six plays in an opening drive capped by Keidon Salter’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Bentley Hanshaw.

The Flames ran into waves of Ducks after that.

Liberty’s offense had some small successes after the opening drive, but few big plays.

After limiting Oregon to a field goal on its opening drive, the Flames’ defense got pushed around by the Ducks the rest of the afternoon to see their undefeated season come to a crashing end.


Liberty: The Flames were no match for the bigger, faster Ducks, but set a solid foundation in their first season under coach Jamey Chadwell.

Oregon: The Ducks did what they do best after a slow start, improving to 3-1 in the Fiesta Bowl, while Nix added an exclamation point before heading off to the NFL.


Liberty: Salter is a sophomore, running back Quinton Cooley is a junior and a large chunk of the defense should be back to keep the Flames on the rise.

Oregon: Nix, RB Bucky Irving, WR Troy Franklin and DB Khyree Jackson are among the underclassmen who have declared for the NFL draft. Oregon will replenish quickly after pulling in the No. 6 recruiting class in the early signing period, according to the 247 Sports composite.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Garrett Nussmeier threw for 395 yards and three touchdowns, helping 13th-ranked LSU launch its post-Jayden Daniels era with a come-from-behind 35-31 victory over Wisconsin in the ReliaQuest Bowl on Monday.

Stepping in to make his first college start after Daniels — the 2023 Heisman Trophy winner — opted out to begin preparing for the NFL draft, Nussmeier completed 31 of 45 passes. He tossed TD passes of 14 yards to Chris Hilton Jr. and 38 and 4 yards to Brian Thomas Jr., whose second touchdown put LSU ahead with 3:08 remaining.

Nussmeier rallied the Tigers (10-3) from a 14-point second-half deficit to overshadow a stellar performance by Wisconsin’s Tanner Mordecai, who threw for a season-high 378 yards and three TDs for the Badgers (7-6), who played without star running back Braelon Allen.

Nussmeier, who turns 22 in February, had appeared in 17 games over three years at LSU, including five this season while Daniels was compiling dazzling statistics — 3,812 yards and 40 TDs passing, 1,134 yards and 10 TDs rushing — on the way to winning the Heisman.

The Tigers started slowly — trailing 14-0 after one quarter, 21-14 at halftime and 31-28 heading into the fourth quarter.

Nussmeier set up the winning touchdown with completions of 37 yards to Kyren Lacy and 43 yards to Hilton. Thomas finished with eight catches for 98 yards, while Lacy had six receptions for 97 yards for the Tigers.

Mordecai, a sixth-year senior playing his final college game, finished 27 of 40 passes without an interception for the Badgers, who rolled up more than 500 yards of total offense despite playing without Allen, who opted out of the bowl game because he’s declaring for the NFL.

Mordecai threw for 7,152 yards and 72 touchdowns in two seasons at SMU before transferring to Wisconsin, where his arrival — along with the addition of multiple transfer receiver and Air Raid disciple Phil Longo as offensive coordinator — created expectations that the Badgers were on the verge of abandoning their traditional staid run-oriented offense and would throw the ball more.

But Mordecai, who missed three games with a broken throwing hand, threw for just six touchdowns during the regular season.


Wisconsin: Mordecai had the first 300-yard game by a Badgers quarterback since September 2019, offering a glimpse of the direction the offense is headed next season when Tyler Van Dyke, who is transferring from Miami, is expected to open as the starting quarterback.

LSU: The Tigers are confident Nussmeier has everything it takes, including a strong returning supporting cast, to be successful in 2024. LSU led the nation in total offense (547.8 yards per game) and scoring (46.4). One of coach Brian Kelly’s priorities will be improving a defense that allowed 409.2 yards and 27.75 yards per game.


Wisconsin: The Badgers open next season against Western Michigan and South Dakota before hosting Alabama on Sept. 14.

LSU: The Tigers begin the 2024 schedule against Southern California in the Vegas Kickoff Classic on Sept. 1.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Freshman quarterback Nico Iamaleava ran for three touchdowns and threw for one in his first career start, and No. 25 Tennessee shut down No. 20 Iowa’s Division I-worst offense to beat the Hawkeyes 35-0 in the Citrus Bowl on Monday.

Iamaleava, a prized recruit for Volunteers coach Josh Heupel, stepped in for senior Joe Milton, who opted out of the game to prepare for the NFL draft. The 19-year-old threw for 151 yards, and his 27 rushing yards included three scores.

Dylan Sampson rushed 20 times for 133 yards for the Vols (9-4), and Tennessee’s defense did the rest against an Iowa offense that came in averaging 16.6 points per game and 238.8 yards.

The Hawkeyes (10-4) were blanked in consecutive games to close the season after falling 26-0 to No. 1 Michigan in the Big Ten championship game. Iowa’s defense gave up more than 20 points for the third time this season — all of them in shutout losses.

The shutout was the largest in Citrus Bowl history. East Carolina beat Maine 31-0 in 1965, when the game was known as the Tangerine Bowl.

The Hawkeyes finished with 173 yards of offense. Deacon Hill threw for 56 yards, was intercepted twice and lost a fumble. The Vols sacked him six times, resulting in 24 lost yards. The Hawkeyes crossed midfield only once in the first three quarters, and that drive concluded when Andre Turrentine intercepted Hill in the end zone.

Iamaleava, meanwhile, ran for touchdowns on consecutive drives — scoring from 19 yards and 3 yards — that gave Tennessee an all-but-insurmountable 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

Hill was sacked and fumbled at Iowa’s 2-yard line late in the third quarter, setting up Iamaleava’s 2-yard rushing TD. James Pearce Jr.’s 52-yard pick-6 put the Vols ahead 28-0 early in the fourth, and Iamaleava provided the exclamation point with an 18-yard TD toss to McCallan Castles.


Iowa’s offense found a bit of a spark when freshman Marco Lainez replaced Hill in the fourth quarter. Lainez scrambled for a team-high 51 yards on six carries and got Iowa past midfield for the second time in the game. But he completed just 2 of 7 passes for 4 yards.


Tennessee came in averaging 31.5 points and 453.5 yards per game, but was held to 366 by Iowa. That was the second-most yards allowed by the Hawkeyes this season, with only Penn State gaining more in a 31-0 victory.


Tennessee recorded its first shutout in a bowl game since a 3-0 win over Texas A&M in the 1957 Gator Bowl. Iowa was shut out in a bowl game for the first time since a 28-0 loss to Washington in the 1982 Rose Bowl.


Tennessee should have high hopes for next season with Iamaleava running the offense under Heupel and coordinator Joey Halzle, who will be entering his second year in that role.

Iowa will hope to improve its offense to match its defense. The Hawkeyes will hire a new offensive coordinator this offseason after announcing at midseason that Brian Ferentz, the son of coach Kirk Ferentz, would not return in that role. Iowa should get quarterback Cade McNamara back from a torn ACL suffered in September.


“I’m gone. Ain’t no if, ands, or buts about it,” the junior told ESPN’s Alex Scarborough following Monday’s 27-20 loss to Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

Widely considered one of the top edge rushers of his draft class, Turner racked up 53 tackles (13.5 for loss), a team-high 10 sacks, and two forced fumbles in 14 games during the 2023 season en route to being named SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender racked up 22.5 sacks across three seasons with the Crimson Tide.

Turner headlines the 2024 draft class of edge rushers along with UCLA’s Laiatu Latu and Florida State’s Jared Verse.


Former Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward will enter the 2024 NFL Draft after exploring his transfer options, he announced Monday.

Ward, who took official visits to Miami and Florida State, said he was considering going pro when he announced his intention to enter the portal in early December.

The 21-year-old, who had a year of eligibility remaining, joined the Cougars via transfer ahead of the 2022 season after starting his college career with Incarnate Word.

In 25 appearances for Washington State, Ward produced 6,968 passing yards and 48 touchdowns against 16 interceptions while adding 13 scores on the ground. He’s currently projected to be a Day 3 selection in a strong quarterback class.

Following Ward’s decision, Miami has pivoted to two other transfer quarterback options: USC’s Malachi Nelson and Arkansas’ KJ Jefferson, a source told Pete Thamel of ESPN. However, Jefferson has committed to joining UCF.


ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia running backs Daijun Edwards and Kendall Milton say they are entering the NFL draft.

Edwards led the Bulldogs with 880 rushing yards. Milton capped a productive senior season by rushing for two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 63-3 rout of Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

Milton was named MVP of the Orange Bowl for No. 6 Georgia (13-1) after rushing for 104 yards on only nine carries on Saturday night. The two touchdowns gave Milton a team-leading 14 for the season. He finished second on the team with 790 yards rushing.

Milton (6-1, 220) finished the season with three consecutive two-touchdown games, including a career high 156 rushing yards with two scores in a 31-23 win over Georgia Tech to close the regular season.

Milton announced his plans to enter the NFL draft on social media on Monday. “This has without a doubt been the best 4 years of my life,” he posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “I have developed relationships that will last the rest of my life.”

Milton, who is from Fresno, California, thanked Georgia coaches “for taking a chance on the kid from Fresno.”

Edwards, also a senior, followed with his announcement later Monday, saying “it has been a blessing” to play for Georgia.

Edwards and Milton join offensive lineman Amarius Mims and defensive backs Kamari Lassiter, Javon Bullard and Tykee Smith in announcing plans to enter the NFL draft. Tight end Brock Bowers has not announced his plans.


Former Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei is transferring to Florida State, the signal-caller told ESPN’s Pete Thamel on Monday.

Uiagalelei was reportedly FSU’s top transfer target before his commitment was finalized. His two options after entering the portal were joining the Seminoles or going pro and declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Florida State will be Uiagalelei’s third program. A former five-star recruit, he initially began his college career with Clemson before transferring to Oregon State after the 2022 season.

Uiagalelei completed 57.1% of his passes for 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2023 with the Beavers.

Florida State needed a new starting quarterback with Jordan Travis headed to the NFL.

The Seminoles went 13-0 during the 2023 regular season, but were controversially left out of the College Football Playoff. They ended their campaign with a 63-3 defeat to Georgia in the Orange Bowl.



The Dallas Cowboys got another big victory without taking the field Sunday. The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers took care of business to make sure they get an extra week of rest.

The NFL’s playoff picture is clearer with one week to go.

Nine teams are in. Five spots remain open. Twenty clubs are still chasing the Super Bowl.

Baltimore secured the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a 56-19 victory over Miami. Lamar Jackson threw five touchdown passes and had a perfect passer rating, helping the Ravens (13-3) secure a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs while also boosting his chances to win his second NFL MVP award.

The 49ers wrapped up the NFC’s No. 1 seed with a 27-10 victory at Washington and help from Arizona. When the Cardinals rallied to beat Philadelphia 35-31, that gave San Francisco (12-4) the top spot.

The Ravens and 49ers can rest their starters next week and they don’t have to play until the divisional round on Jan. 20-21.

Arizona’s stunning comeback win over the Eagles (11-5) also gave the Cowboys (11-5) control of the NFC East. Dallas would secure the division and lock up the No. 2 seed with a win at Washington in Week 18.

The Cowboys got all the breaks over the weekend. After poor clock management by coach Mike McCarthy nearly blew the game Saturday night, the officials gave Dallas a reprieve and the Cowboys held on to beat Detroit 20-19. The Lions were successful on a 2-point conversion to take the lead in the final minute only to have it negated by a penalty because offensive lineman Taylor Decker was an ineligible receiver when he caught the pass.

Referee Brad Allen said Decker never reported as eligible. Allen and his officiating crew missed a call on the previous drive by Dallas that may have prevented the wacky ending.

A tripping penalty on Cowboys tight end Peyton Hendershot turned a second-and-3 into a first-and-25 at the Detroit 44. The tripping penalty should’ve been called against Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson instead of Hendershot. There was no comment from the league about the call on Sunday.

Now the Cowboys are in position to start the playoffs at home, where they went 8-0. All they have to do is beat the Commanders (4-12) on the road.

The Dolphins (11-5) went from playing for the AFC’s No. 1 seed to having to beat Buffalo next week to clinch the division title. If the Bills (10-6) beat Miami on the road, they’d secure the AFC East and the Dolphins would drop to the No. 6 spot. Buffalo would finish sixth, seventh or out of the playoffs with a loss.

The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs (10-6) took the AFC West for the eighth straight season by beating Cincinnati 25-17. The Chiefs will enter the playoffs as the No. 3 seed. They’ve hosted the AFC championship game five straight years, but the path to doing it again requires a couple of teams to get upset.

The Jaguars, Colts and Texans each won to stay in the race for the AFC South at 9-7 apiece. Jacksonville holds the tiebreakers and would clinch the division and the No. 4 seed for the second straight year with a win at Tennessee (5-11) next week. Indianapolis visits Houston with the winner advancing as division champion or wild-card winner and the loser eliminated.

The Steelers (9-7) kept their playoff hopes alive with a 30-23 win at Seattle. Pittsburgh needs a win over Baltimore plus help to get a wild-card spot.

Joe Flacco and the Cleveland Browns (11-5) already have the AFC’s No. 5 seed locked up and will play the AFC South champion in the wild-card round.

Tampa Bay missed an opportunity to clinch its third straight NFC South with a flat performance in a 23-13 loss at home to New Orleans. The Buccaneers (8-8) still can wrap up the division crown with a win at Carolina (2-14) next week.

The Saints (8-8) and Falcons (7-9) face off with a chance to win the division if the Panthers upset Tampa Bay. New Orleans still would have a shot at a wild-card spot if the Buccaneers win.

The Los Angeles Rams (9-7) edged the New York Giants 26-25 to clinch a wild-card berth. Green Bay routed Minnesota 33-10 to surpass Seattle and take control of the final wild-card spot. The Packers (8-8) would get in with a win at home over Chicago. The Vikings (7-9) need a win at Detroit and a lot of help. The Seahawks (8-8) have to win at Arizona and need the Packers to lose.


Miami standout pass-rusher Bradley Chubb tore his right ACL in the final minutes of the Dolphins’ blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, ESPN and NFL Network reported.

An MRI on Monday confirmed what the team feared. Chubb, the team leader in sacks with 11, is now done for the playoffs and a big chunk of the 2024 season.

Chubb, inexplicably still on the field, suffered the injury with just 3:10 remaining in the Ravens’ 56-19 win over the Dolphins. The Dolphins already lost edge rusher Jaelan Phillips to a torn Achilles the day after Thanksgiving.

In addition to his 74 tackles and 22 quarterback hits, Chubb also led the NFL with six forced fumbles, recovering two.

The Dolphins (11-5) have already clinched a postseason berth but must beat Buffalo (10-6) this Sunday night in order to win the AFC East and secure the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

The Dolphins acquired Chubb from the Denver Broncos on Nov. 1, 2022. He has 39.5 career sacks in 73 games (72 starts) with the Dolphins and Broncos, who selected him No. 5 overall in the 2018 draft.

Chubb, 27, suffered a torn left ACL with Denver in 2019 and missed 10 games in 2021 with an ankle injury.


The Denver Broncos announced that Jarrett Stidham would remain the starting quarterback for the Week 18 finale Sunday against the host Las Vegas Raiders.

Russell Wilson will again serve as QB2.

Stidham led Denver to a 16-9 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. However, the Broncos (8-8) were eliminated from playoff contention by virtue of Kansas City’s win over Cincinnati.

“No. 1, our job is to score,” Payton said Monday. “We had opportunities (Sunday) … that’s the first thing. I thought Jarrett did a good job after seeing the tape, with his decisions, ball security, all the things you want to see from that position. … A lot of positives to build off of.”

Stidham’s start in Week 18 could also signal the end of Wilson’s short tenure in Denver. Payton benched Wilson this past week for football reasons, looking for a spark, but reports last week surfaced that the Broncos don’t want to risk injury to Wilson in the event they decide to release him in the offseason.

Stidham, 27, threw for 224 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, earning his first victory in the NFL after 15 career games (three starts).

Wilson, 35, has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 3,070 yards and 26 TDs against eight interceptions in 15 starts this year. He has not experienced the level of success he reached in Seattle, where he went 104-53-1 as the starter, throwing for 37,059 yards and making nine Pro Bowls in 10 seasons from 2012-21.



Purdue remained atop the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll for the third straight week Monday, while Gonzaga dropped to No. 24 after a loss to San Diego State but kept alive its streak of 142 consecutive weeks in the poll.

The Boilermakers picked up three more first-place votes and had 49 of 63 from the national media panel, easily outdistancing second-place Kansas, which received five first-place nods. Houston remained third despite keeping its perfect record intact with a victory over Penn and picking up the other nine first-place votes.

UConn and Tennessee each moved up one spot to round out the top five following Arizona’s loss to Stanford on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs fell 11 spots from No. 13 after their 84-74 loss to San Diego State. Gonzaga has been ranked in every poll since Jan. 11, 2016, but that streak is in jeopardy after coach Mark Few’s team dropped to 9-4 with no Quad 1 wins this season.

“These guys have some great fight and spirit and a lot of substance to them,” Few said, “but at this point, we should be pretty well along on our way on some of the mental errors we’re making, and we’re just not quite.”

The Bulldogs were 11th in the preseason poll and climbed as high as seventh before three losses in their past five games.

“We’ve got to keep that fight,” Few said, “and we have to clean up some of these missed assignments.”

Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd knows something about missed defensive assignments. The Wildcats, who spent two weeks at No. 1 earlier this season, fell from fourth to 10th after the Cardinal rolled to a 100-82 victory in their Pac-12 matchup.

The Wildcats’ second loss in three games allowed a bunch of teams to jump ahead of them: Kentucky climbed two spots to sixth, Marquette moved up three spots to seventh, North Carolina rose to eighth and Illinois climbed two spots to ninth.

Oklahoma began the next 10, with Big 12 newcomer BYU right behind. Colorado State climbed back to No. 13 to match the best ranking in school history, set earlier this season, while Duke, Memphis and Clemson were right behind the Rams.

FAU dropped from a program-best seventh to No. 17 as voters grappled with the odd resume the Owls have put together this season. They beat Texas A&M and earned a marquee win with a double-overtime victory over Arizona, but they lost to Bryant and were upset by Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday night.

“They outplayed us in every facet of the game,” Owls coach Dusty May said afterward. “As a group, we haven’t handled success as well as we need to. As we close the 2023 preconference schedule, we are pleased where we are overall, but what we learned is our highs are very highs and our lows are relatively low.”

Baylor was No. 18, with James Madison and Texas rounding out the top 20. The final five in the first poll of 2024 were Wisconsin, unbeaten Mississippi, Providence, struggling Gonzaga and Auburn, which is ranked for the first time this season.


Memphis made the biggest positive move, climbing four spots to No. 15 after beating Austin Peay, while Marquette rose three spots to seventh after knocking off No. 22 Creighton on Saturday. Gonzaga dropped 11 spots, FAU fell 10 and Arizona dropped six as they took losses on what was a relatively light slate of games during the holidays.


Auburn moved into the poll for the first time since Jan. 30, 2023, after improving to 10-2 with a victory over Chattanooga. The Tigers took their spot in the Top 25 from the Bluejays, whose 72-67 loss to Marquette was their third in four games.


There were 10 conferences represented in the poll this week, led by six from the Big 12, which also had four of the top 12 teams in the nation. The SEC was next with four, followed by the Big Ten, Big East and ACC with three apiece.



AUSTIN, Texas — Graduate guard Ithiel Horton posted his first collegiate career double-double with 13 points and a career-best 10 rebounds to lead No. 20/24 Texas (11-2) to a 79-62 win against UTA (6-7) on Monday afternoon in Moody Center. This marked the final non-conference contest of the regular season for the Longhorns.

Horton, who moved into the starting lineup with the absence of guard Tyrese Hunter (sick), converted 3-of-7 three-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws while adding one assist, one blocked shot and one steal in a season-best 36 minutes. Graduate forward Kadin Shedrick tallied 17 points (5-9 FG, season-high 7-8 FT), seven points and two blocks in 27 minutes, and graduate forward Brock Cunningham set his career high in blocks (3) and tied his career high in rebounds (11).

Graduate guard Max Abmas recorded a game-high 18 points (5-5 FT) and tied his season high with seven assists in 37 minutes. Abmas moved up to No. 21 on the NCAA all-time Division I career scoring list with 2,785 points, passing J.J. Redick (Duke) at 2,769. He also moved up to No. 6 on the NCAA all-time Division I career three-point field goals made chart with 456 threes, passing Jordan Bohannon (Iowa) at 455, and is just one away from tying Redick (457) for fifth all-time.

The Longhorns led from start-to-finish for the fifth time this season, including the fourth time in their last five contests. UT jumped out to a 5-0 advantage following an Abmas three-pointer at the 17:26 mark. Texas increased its cushion to 17-9 after a Chendall Weaver layup with 11:28 remaining, before the Mavericks used a 10-2 spurt over the next 90 seconds to cut the deficit to 19-17 following an Aaron Cash jumper at the 9:50 mark.

The Longhorns answered with a 10-0 run to build a 29-17 lead after a Horton three-pointer with 7:01 left. UTA responded with a 12-2 spurt over the next three minutes to trim the margin to 31-29 following a Shemar Wilson layup at the 3:54 mark. A Makaih Williams three-pointer pulled UTA to within 35-32 with 2:09 remaining, before the Longhorns scored the final four points of the half to take a 39-32 lead into the break.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Kade Douglas and Phillip Russell closed the gap to 39-38 at the 19:04 mark, but that was as close as the Mavericks would get. Texas responded with a 10-0 run over the next two-and-a-half minutes to increase its cushion to 49-38 following an Abmas layup with 16:39 left. Another Douglas three-pointer trimmed the deficit to 49-41 at the 16:24 mark, but that would be the last time the margin would be in single digits for the remainder of the contest.

UT scored six-straight points to take a 55-41 advantage after an Abmas three-pointer with 14:06 left, and the Longhorns increased the cushion to as much as 19 points (65-46) following a Cunningham three-pointer at the 9:46 mark. The lead did not fall below 14 points the rest of the way.

Texas is back in action when it hosts Texas Tech (11-2) in the Big 12 Conference opener on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central at Moody Center, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.



Jordan Clarkson registered Utah’s first triple-double in nearly 16 years and the Jazz avenged a 50-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks with a 127-90 victory on Monday night in Salt Lake City.

Clarkson totaled 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to become the first Jazz player with a triple-double in the regular season since Carlos Boozer had one on Feb. 13, 2008.

The Mavericks trounced the Jazz 147-97 in Dallas on Dec. 6. Luka Doncic, who had a first-half triple-double in that blowout, finished with 19 points, 14 assists and six rebounds on Monday. Kyrie Irving returned from a 12-game heel injury absence and had 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Dallas.

Utah, which has won eight of its past 11 games, controlled the play for much of the night and used a 25-2 run in the second half to blow the game open.

Raptors 124, Cavaliers 121

Pascal Siakam scored 36 points and Toronto defeated visiting Cleveland.

Scottie Barnes added 20 points for the Raptors, who had lost their previous two games. RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley made their Toronto debuts after being acquired from the New York Knicks on Saturday. Barrett scored 19 points and Quickley had 14.

Caris LeVert scored 31 points and Donovan Mitchell scored 26 for the Cavaliers. Jarrett Allen had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Isaac Okoro and Sam Merrill also scored 16 points apiece.

Pacers 122, Bucks 113

Tyrese Haliburton scored 26 points and Bennedict Mathurin dropped 25 to lead Indiana to a win against host Milwaukee, which saw a 15-game home winning streak come to an end.

Haliburton and Mathurin each had a double-double, with Haliburton dishing out 11 assists and Mathurin grabbing 13 boards. Isaiah Jackson added 18 points and nine rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 30 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists for his third triple-double of the season. Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez each poured in 21 points, and Damian Lillard had 13 on a poor shooting night (3-for-16 overall).

Knicks 112, Timberwolves 106

Julius Randle scored 12 of the final 13 points for New York, which squandered most of a 22-point third-quarter lead before holding off visiting Minnesota.

Randle finished with 39 points — two shy of his season high — and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who snapped a three-game losing streak in OG Anunoby’s team debut. Anunoby had 17 points and six rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Anthony Edwards scored 35 points while Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points for the Western Conference-leading Timberwolves, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Rockets 136, Pistons 113

Alperen Sengun and Jalen Green combined for 37 points in the third quarter as host Houston turned an offensive explosion in that period into a victory over Detroit that snapped a three-game skid.

Sengun finished with 26 points, nine assists and three steals while Green totaled 22 points and five rebounds. Jae’Sean Tate, starting in place of injured forward Dillon Brooks (oblique), added 16 points while Fred VanVleet (15 points, seven assists) and Tari Eason (17 points) contributed to the scoring onslaught.

Alec Burks scored 21 points off the bench for the Pistons while Jaden Ivey added 19 and Jalen Duren posted 12 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double on the season.

Nuggets 111, Hornets 93

Jamal Murray scored 11 of his 25 points in another big third quarter for Denver, which beat visiting Charlotte to hand the Hornets their 11th straight loss.

Michael Porter Jr. scored 22 points, Nikola Jokic had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Reggie Jackson scored 15 points for the Nuggets. Aaron Gordon returned to Denver’s lineup after missing two games due to injuries to his face and hand from a dog bite and finished with 10 points.

Miles Bridges had 26 points and nine rebounds, Brandon Miller and Nick Richards scored 15 points apiece and Bryce McGowens and Ish Smith each supplied 10 points for Charlotte.

Suns 109, Trail Blazers 88

Bradley Beal netted 21 points to lead seven scorers in double figures as Phoenix recorded its fourth consecutive victory with a rout of visiting Portland.

Beal went 8-for-16 from the floor while recording at least 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time since being traded to Phoenix this past offseason. Fellow Suns starters Jusuf Nurkic (18 points), Chimezie Metu (14), Grayson Allen (12) and Devin Booker (10) also scored in double figures, contributing to a balanced attack with star forward Kevin Durant out (right hamstring).

Scoot Henderson led Portland with 17 points and matched Booker’s game high with six assists. Jerami Grant added 15 points.



South Carolina started the new year where it finished off 2023 — atop The Associated Press women’s basketball poll.

The Gamecocks received 34 of the 35 first-place votes from a national media panel Monday. They had been unanimous the previous six weeks.

UCLA got the other No. 1 vote after beating then-No. 6 USC in a Los Angeles showdown Saturday. The No. 2 Bruins have now defeated four top-25 teams this season, with two wins coming at neutral sites and one on the road.

Syracuse entered the poll at No. 25, marking its first appearance since Jan. 18, 2021. The Orange beat then-No. 13 Notre Dame on Sunday. The Irish fell to 16th. The Orange (11-1) have lost this season only to Maryland and will next play at North Carolina on Thursday. Syracuse is off to its best start since 2017-18 and the Orange hope to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2021.

The Tar Heels fell out of the Top 25, ending a 34-week streak in the poll. That was the seventh-longest active run.

No. 3 North Carolina State and Iowa followed UCLA. Colorado moved up three spots to No. 5 after a win over then-No. 12 Utah.

Baylor climbed in the rankings to No. 6, up four places after a win over then-No. 5 Texas. The Longhorns, who lost star Rori Harmon to an ACL injury last week, dropped to 10th.

No. 7 LSU, Stanford and USC followed the Bears.


Iowa star Caitlin Clark moved into fifth on the Division I all-time scoring list after a 35-point effort in a win over Minnesota. She has 3,149 points and trails Kelsey Plum (3,527), Kelsey Mitchell (3,402), Jackie Stiles (3,393) and Brittney Griner (3,283).

Clark also moved to No. 1 on the Big Ten all-time assists list with 904. She passed Samantha Prahalis’ 901 and has helped the Hawkeyes to a 10-game winning streak, their longest since 2004-05.


UConn moved up three spots to No. 12 after routing then-No. 18 Marquette on Sunday. The Huskies steadily have climbed in the poll after falling to a 30-year low of 17th in early December. Next up for Geno Auriemma’s team is a trip to Nebraska to face No. 21 Creighton on Wednesday.



SEATTLE — Joey Daccord capped a memorable day in the Emerald City with a historic perfect game.

Daccord made 35 saves, Eeli Tolvanen had a goal and an assist, and Will Borgen and Yanni Gourde scored in the Seattle Kraken’s 3-0 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2024 Discover NHL Winter Classic at T-Mobile Park on Monday.

It’s the first shutout in the 15-game history of the Winter Classic.

“Today is just

“Today is just a special day for everybody,” Daccord said. “For our team, for the city, for hockey, today was an incredible day and just so grateful to be a part of it. … It was something I’ll never forget and probably one of the coolest days of my life.”

It’s the fifth shutout in NHL outdoor game history that spans 39 games and first since Dec. 16, 2017, when the Ottawa Senators won 3-0 against the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.

Daccord’s perfecto happened in front of 47,313 people packed into the home ballpark of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners, all celebrating and showcasing the rise of hockey in their market in a party-like atmosphere on a day made for outdoor hockey.

Partly overcast, no rain, the retractable roof open, 46.1 degrees Fahrenheit at puck drop.

“You really know this city is a hockey town now,” Gourde said. “It’s amazing.”

The Kraken (15-14-9) have ignited the market by winning five games in a row to improve to 7-0-2 in their past nine games, setting a team record for most consecutive games with a point. They are over .500 for the first time this season.

Daccord, who moved into the No. 1 role after Philipp Grubauer sustained a lower-body injury Dec. 10, has won four straight starts and is 6-0-2 with two shutouts in eight starts since Dec. 12, establishing a team record for longest point streak by a goalie (Martin Jones, seven games, Jan. 1-14, 2023).

He left the ice to fans in the sold-out crowd chanting, “Joey, Joey, Joey.”

“It’s truly the coolest thing in the world to have that,” Daccord said. “I think Yanni and I can both say we have the best fans in the world and it was so much fun hearing that.”

Logan Thompson made 24 saves for the Golden Knights (22-11-5), who have lost five of their past six games, all in regulation.

“Yesterday with the family and stuff, obviously, that was super nice, but you’ll always remember that game as a loser,” Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault said. “So, it’s really disappointing for our group.”

The Kraken struck early with Tolvanen authoring a 1-0 lead at 4:50 of the first period, scoring with a netfront stick deflection of Vince Dunn’s shot from the point.

“Didn’t have to chase the game,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “That’s a good place to start.”

Tolvanen had a hand in Borgen’s goal that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead at 2:19 of the second period.

His shot from the point was deflected in front by Tye Kartye. Thompson made the save, but the rebound came to the top of the right circle, where Borgen walked into a slap shot that hit off the goalie’s blocker and went in.

“I thought we’d be better, to be honest with you,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “When we kind of got going, it was 2-0. We just didn’t have the urgency required early on. By the time we got to it, we’re chasing it, which has happened to us lately.”

The Golden Knights felt they were starting to push late in the second, but it didn’t carry over.

Gourde gave Seattle a 3-0 lead at 2:10 of the third. He stole the puck from Paul Cotter, lost it, but stayed with the play to knock it into the net after it got loose in the blue paint off Thompson’s right pad.

“If you want to come back and win the hockey game in the third period, you can’t give up a goal like that early or at all probably, to honest with you,” Cassidy said. “In that situation, if we can win the first six or eight minutes and generate some offense, get a goal, you’re in the game. But then it gets tough.”

Daccord made 10 saves in each of the first two periods before finishing the game with 15 in the third, including a highlight-reel glove save on Jack Eichel with 2:13 remaining that he said might go down as the specific moment that he will remember the most.

“I honestly felt like I was out on my buddy’s backyard rink, it was so cool,” Daccord said. “It was just a really special [day] for our whole group and our whole city.”

NOTES: It was the first outdoor game for the Kraken and second for the Golden Knights, who also played in the 2021 NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe on Feb. 21, 2021. … Tolvanen’s goal was his 26th in 86 games with the Kraken since making his debut with the team on Jan. 1, 2023. … Borgen’s goal was his first of the season and first in a regular-season game since April 3, 2023. He scored one goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. … The Kraken are the third team with a shutout win in its outdoor game debut, joining the Anaheim Ducks (3-0 against the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014 Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium) and Calgary Flames (4-0 in the 2011 Heritage Classic against the Montreal Canadiens at McMahon Stadium).



2024 is off to an electric start for the Indiana Pacers.

In a New Year’s Day clash, the Pacers (18-14) scraped their way to a 122-113 win over the Milwaukee Bucks (24-9) at Fiserv Forum.

Indiana gutted out the Central Division victory, as the Blue & Gold trailed by 15 points twice, shot 44 percent overall from the field, and made just 5 of 35 attempts from 3-point range.

While the Pacers struggled to shoot the ball, they made up for their lack of shotmaking with effort plays and aggression. In the win, the Pacers pulled down a season-best 52 rebounds while also making and taking season-highs in free throws, finishing 31-for-38 from the charity stripe. The Pacers also flexed their depth on the night, outscoring the Milwaukee bench 70-16.

“I just thought we did a lot of things you need to do on the road,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “You need to keep your poise, stay aggressive, and we kept good internal energy and kept believing in each other.”

The Pacers trailed most of the game before besting the Bucks 38-25 in the fourth quarter. The Blue & Gold point guards went to work down the final stretch, with veteran T.J. McConnell logging 12 points in the final frame and All-Star Tyrese Haliburton registering nine points and four rebounds in the fourth quarter.

Indiana is now 3-1 against the Bucks this season — winning the season series for the first time since the 2017-18 season — with one game still to play. Indiana will host Milwaukee on Wednesday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in their final matchup of the regular season.

Before Monday, the Bucks were riding a 15-game winning streak at Fiserv Forum.

Six players finished in double-digit scoring for the Pacers. Haliburton logged 26 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, while Bennedict Mathurin put up a strong 25 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for his second double-double of the season. Rounding out the top scoring, Isaiah Jackson had 18 points and nine rebounds, McConnell added 16 total points and nine assists, Myles Turner scored 13 and Obi Toppin logged 11 points for Indiana.

Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a triple-double for the Bucks, his second of the season, by collecting 30 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists, while Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton scored 21 points each.

“We just found a way to win,” McConnell said. “I think we kind of hang our hat on getting a lot of threes up, and when we’re making them we’re pretty tough to beat. When we don’t make them, it’s typically tough for us to win. I just tip my cap to this group. We just found a way to win and adjusted to our cold shooting night and got it done.”

Indiana’s bench kept the score within striking distance in the first half, accounting for 33 points, but the Pacers trailed 62-56 at halftime. Indiana shot just 36 percent in the first half.

Indiana trailed by 15 points twice in the first quarter before closing it to 32-25.

The Blue & Gold went 2-for-10 in the first six minutes of action, and the Bucks took advantage by stringing together a 19-5 run behind seven points each by Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard.

Thanks to solid play from the second unit, Indiana responded with an 11-3 run in the final 2:32 of the opening frame to make it a seven-point game. Indiana’s bench accounted for 14 of the team’s points in the first 12 minutes.

The Pacers carried their momentum into the second quarter, putting together a 13-5 run on four points by Toppin and Mathurin each to go ahead 38-37 with 8:50 left in the half.

Milwaukee reached the penalty about four minutes into the second quarter, and the Pacers emphasized attacking the rim the rest of the period – a strategy that would play out the remainder of the game.

An 8-0 run, where Jackson accounted for six points, gave the Pacers a 47-41 lead before the Bucks answered with an 8-0 run of their own after Middleton and Lopez each made 3-pointers to put Milwaukee up 49-47 with 4:44 remaining in the half.

The score stayed within a possession until a Pat Connaughton 3-pointer and Antetokounmpo layup gave the Bucks a 62-54 advantage. At the buzzer, Jalen Smith tipped in a 3-point miss from Turner to make it a six-point game.

Out of halftime, Milwaukee used runs of 9-3 and 8-0 to lead 82-67. Indiana then responded with a 17-6 run to close the third quarter to make it 88-84.

Two buckets by Jackson and a finger-roll layup by Mathurin put the Pacers ahead 90-89 with 10 minutes remaining, but Jackson fouled out with 8:21 left.

The game then stayed within two points until back-to-back baskets by Mathurin, a bucket from McConnell, and a jumper from Haliburton pushed the Pacers ahead 105-101 to force a Bucks timeout with 4:52 remaining.

McConnell scored four points out of the huddle, and Haliburton drained a pair of shots from around 18 feet to put the Pacers up 113-104. Haliburton then converted an and-one with 90 seconds left, and the Blue & Gold held on from there.

The Pacers outrebounded the Bucks 52-46 in the game and outscored Milwaukee 64-50 in the paint. Both teams ended up shooting 44 percent overall.

Stat of the Night

After shooting 38 percent overall through three quarters, the Pacers made 14 of 21 shots (66.7 percent) in the final frame.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers were 31-for-38 from the free throw line and the Bucks made 21-of-26 from the charity stripe.

The Pacers matched a season-low five made 3-pointers on Monday. The team is averaging 14 3-pointers made per game this season.

Milwaukee coughed up 11 turnovers and the Pacers had seven giveaways.

Indiana is 15-4 this season when six or more players score in double figures.

Tyrese Haliburton has achieved 24 double-doubles this season.

Haliburton has scored 20 or more points 20 times this season and has logged 10 or more assists 25 times.

Indiana is 8-3 when outrebounding their opponent.

Bennedict Mathurin has scored 20 or more points six times this season.

You Can Quote Me on That

“It’s just a special group of competitors. The guys on our team like each other, they support each other. They compete against each other hard in practice, but when it comes to the games they pat each other on the butt and really encourage each other. They really make it about the team.” – Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle on the team

“(T.J.) McConnell was the star of the game to me. I just thought he was brilliant the entire night.” – Carlisle on McConnell

“(Bennedict) Mathurin had a great game. He was a factor all night long, and I thought he showed some real maturity in the second half defensively guarding a really tough guy in (Khris) Middleton, who is a scoring machine.” – Carlisle on Mathurin

“Nights like tonight you’ve got to get a little bit lucky. You’ve got to play hard enough and do enough good things where you get a little lucky with the opponent missing some shots as well.” – Carlisle on the win

“Pretty much just going into the game as myself. Try to keep the game simple, try to make the right plays, and try to help the team win.” – Mathurin on his performance

“We have a lot of depth on the team. We have a lot of players that came big tonight. T.J. had a great game and Tyrese (Haliburton) was just being himself. It was fun seeing the guys taking turns impacting the game.” – Mathurin on the win

“T.J. is known for making big plays, and he’s a winning player.” – Mathurin on McConnell

“It’s always a work in progress. I feel like the team is giving me catch and shoots, so I just need to let it fly. I’m pretty confident in doing it.” – Mathurin on his offensive game

“This locker room is really close, and we’re really tied together. From one to 15 … not only great basketball players, but great human beings as well. Great teammates. When you have that, it’s fun to be a part of.” – McConnell on the Pacers’ locker room

“They punked us the last time we were here. They were more physical, they were the better team. We just wanted to kind of match the physicality. Milwaukee is a great team – you have to match their energy.” – McConnell on the Bucks


Bruce Brown missed a fifth straight game for the Pacers due to a right knee bone bruise.

Pacers starting guard Andrew Nembhard exited the game during halftime with a sore back and did not return.


The Pacers will play their first home game of 2024 when they host Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 7:00 PM ET.



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. ––– It was a busy day for Indiana Wrestling as 13 Hoosiers took on wrestlers from 19 other programs in one of the country’s most prestigious tournaments to start the new year.

Through the first two sessions, nine Hoosiers are still alive in the tournament field with six of them winning their first three matches to reach the semifinals.

The following will wrestle in the semifinals tomorrow morning: No. 22 Dan Fongaro (141), No. 22 Graham Rooks (149), Tyler Lillard (165), No. 10 DJ Washington (174), Roman Rogotzke (184) and Gabe Sollars (197).

Blaine Frazier (125), Michael Spangler (125) and Clayton Fielden (174) are all alive in the wrestlebacks.

After day one, the Hoosiers are in second place in the team standings with 81.5 points. They only trail Stanford who is sitting in first with 97 points. Oklahoma sits in third with 77.5 points.


• No. 24 Dan Fongaro (141) won in bonus-point style in his first two matches with a pin and a win by tech fall.

• No. 22 Graham Rooks (149) opened the tournament with two tight matches that were decision victories. He easily won his quarterfinal match over Jeremiah Price (App State) with a pin in the first period (2:40).

• Tyler Lillard (165) dominated his opponents all day, picking up two pins in his first two matches, only to follow up with a 21-5 tech fall victory (6:39) over No. 27 Hunter Garvin (Stanford).

• No. 10 DJ Washington (174) won his first match by major decision and had two pins after that. In his Round of 16 match, he pinned Oklahoma State’s Blake Skidgel in 21 seconds.

• Roman Rogotzke (184) won both of his matches by a combined plus-15 point-differential.

• Gabe Sollars (197) won his first two matches by fall.


• Lillard’s win over No. 27 Hunter Garvin (Stanford) was his second ranked win of the year and his career.

• Blaine Frazier (125) picked up his first ranked victory of his career, defeating No. 31 Ethan Berginc (Army) by decision, 8-5 in the Round of 16.

• Eleven of Sollars’ 15 wins this season have been by fall.

• This is Indiana’s first appearance in the Southern Scuffle since 2012.

• As a team, the Hoosiers had a combined 11 falls.


• Indiana will wrap up competition at the Southern Scuffle tomorrow morning and through the afternoon in McKenzie Arena.


Blaine Frazier – 125 lbs.

R32: Blaine Frazier (IU) advanced on bye.

R16: Blaine Frazier (IU) def. No. 31 Ethan Berginc (Army): Dec. 8-5

Quarter: Conrad Hendrikson (Oklahoma) def. Blaine Frazier (IU): Dec. 9-3

Michael Spangler – 125 lbs.

R32: Michael Spangler (IU) def. Logan Agin (Duke): Dec. 12-8

R16: Michael Spangler (IU) def. Richie Sandoval (CSU Bakersfield): SV-1, 4-1

Quarter: No. 18 Steveo Poulin (Northern Colorado) def. Michael Spangler (IU): Dec. 10-5.

No. 24 Dan Fongaro – 141 lbs.

R32: No. 24 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. Jackson Sichelstiel (Davidson): Fall (2:33)

R16: No. 24 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. Yuta Otero (Chattanooga): TF, 15-0 (4:38)

Quarter: No. 24 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. Isaac Byers (App State): Dec. 3-0

Cole Rhemrev – 141 lbs.

R32: Kaden Smith (Oklahoma) def. Cole Rhemrev (IU): TF, 23-7 (6:30)

Consi of 16 #1: Cole Rhemrev (IU) def. Luis Ramos (Cal State Bakersfield): Med. Forfeit

Consi of 8 #1: Dominic DiTullo (Gardner-Webb) def. Cole Rhemrev (IU): Fall (3:12)

No. 22 Graham Rooks – 149 lbs.

R32: No. 22 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Carson DeRosier (Citadel): Dec. 5-1

R16: No. 22 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Riley Bower (Bucknell): Dec. 3-1

Quarterfinal: No. 22 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Jeremiah Price (App State): Fall (2:40)

Nico Bolivar – 157 lbs.

R32: Kolby Depron (Bucknell) def. Nico Bolivar (IU): Dec. 10-4

Consi of 16 #1: Landen Johnson (North Dakota State) def. Nico Bolivar: Med. Forfeit

Tyler Lillard – 165 lbs.

R32: Tyler Lillard (IU) def. Nico Lozano (Little Rock): Fall (2:00)

R16: Tyler Lillard (IU) def. Brendan Howes (North Dakota State): Fall (6:24)

Quarter: Tyler Lillard (IU) def. No. 27 Hunter Garvin (Stanford): TF, 21-5 (6:39)

Robert Major – 165 lbs.

R32: Drake Acklin (App State) def. Robert Major (IU): MD, 12-4

Consi of 16 #1: Robert Major (IU) def. Aidan Lenz (Citadel): Fall (5:47)

Consi of 16 #2: Mannix Morgan (Oklahoma) def. Robert Major (IU): Dec. 7-2

Clayton Fielden – 174 lbs.

R32: Suds Dubler (Clarion) def. Clayton Fielden (IU): Dec. 4-1

Consi of 16 #1: Clay Fielden (IU) def. Warren Hoyt (Little Rock): TF, 16-0 (5:00)

Consi of 16 #2: Clay Fielden (IU) def. Blake Skidgel (Oklahoma State): Dec. 8-6

Consi of 8 #1: Clay Fielden (IU) def. Jack Janda (Drexel): Dec. 6-5

No. 10 DJ Washington – 174 lbs.

R32: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. Kodiak Cannedy (Little Rock): MD, 14-4

R16: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. Blake Skidgel (Oklahoma State): Fall (0:21)

Quarter: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. John Worthing (Clarion): Fall (2:27)

Roman Rogotzke – 184 lbs.

R32: Roman Rogotzke (IU) advanced on bye.

R16: Roman Rogotzke (IU) def. Andrew Donahue (Northern Colorado): Dec. 12-5

Quarter: Roman Rogotzke (IU) def. Dalton Battle (App State): MD, 10-2

Gabe Sollars – 197 lbs.

R32: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Ethan Wiant (Clarion): Fall (4:30)

R16: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Hunter Adams (App State): Fall (2:42)

Quarter: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Lathan Duda (North Dakota State): Dec. 8-3

Nick Willham – 285 lbs.

R32: Nick Willham (IU) def. Logan Shephard (Bucknell): Dec. 4-2

R16: Xavier Doolin (Northern Colorado) def. Nick Willham (IU): SV-1, 4-1

Consi of 16 #2: Nick Willham (IU) def. Jake Fernicola (Davidson): Fall (2:16)

Consi of 8 #1: Ethan Vergara (Chattanooga) def. Nick Willham (IU): TB-2, 3-2




[1] Purdue (12-1 / 1-1) vs. Maryland (9-4 / 1-1)

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

7 p.m. ET | College Park, Maryland

XFinity Center (17,950)

TELEVISION / STREAM: Peacock (Paul Burmeister, Tre Demps)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)


• The No. 1-ranked Purdue Boilermakers ring in the New Year with the resumption of Big Ten Conference play when it travels East to battle Maryland at the XFinity Center in College Park on Tuesday, Jan, 2, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

• Purdue is looking for its first win in College Park since Dec. 1, 2017, having lost four straight games by a combined 36 points. Maryland owns the nation’s third-longest home winning streak (19 games) and Purdue hasn’t scored more than 60 points in College Park in the last four games (56, 50, 60, 54). Even with recent losses at Maryland in 2019 and 2023, Purdue won the Big Ten title in those seasons.

• Purdue’s senior class has won at 11 of 13 visiting Big Ten arenas, needing wins at Maryland and Rutgers to complete the rare feat.

• Purdue was voted No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll on New Year’s Day for the third straight week and for the fourth time during the 2023-24 season. With its No. 1 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 25 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 11 weeks (Kansas – 14). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 19 of those 25 weeks.

• Purdue started the year ranked No. 1 (first poll of 2023) and ended the year ranked No. 1 (final poll of 2023). The Boilermakers are the only team in the country to be ranked No. 1 in each of the last three seasons (2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24), and have now been ranked No. 1 in four different calendar years (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024).

• The 25 straight weeks ranked in the top 5 is the fifth-longest streak in Big Ten history, but the second-longest streak in the last 45 years.

• Purdue has scored at least 80 points in seven straight games, matching the longest streak for the program since the 1987-88 team scored 80 or more points in 10 straight games (also 2021-22 and 1993-94 seasons). During the streak, Purdue is shooting 50.6 percent from the field and has an offensive efficiency of 128.8, while also averaging just 11.0 turnovers per game in that span.

• Purdue owns a 41-7 record (.854) since the start of last season, the fifth-most wins nationally in that span. Twenty-nine of the 41 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 23 against teams ranked in the top-50. The seven losses during that span are the tied for the second fewest in the country (Houston – 4; Florida Atlantic – 7), and have come by 1, 5, 6, 14, 8, 5 and 4 (OT) points.

• Since having 17 turnovers against Northwestern, Purdue is averaging just 10.0 turnovers per game while dishing out 22.6 assists per game (2.26 assist / turnover ratio) in the last five games. Purdue has 50 turnovers in that span, while forcing 68 turnovers during the stretch, which have against teams that love to press and push the tempo (Iowa, Alabama, Arizona, Jacksonville, Eastern Kentucky).

• Purdue is shooting just 15-of-50 (.300) from 3-point range in the last two games, but is shooting 53-of-82 (.646) from inside the arc.

• Purdue’s starting lineup of Braden Smith, Lance Jones, Fletcher Loyer, Trey Kaufman-Renn and Zach Edey have started all 13 games. It’s the longest stretch for a starting group to start the season since the 2017-18 season (28 games).

• Zach Edey has moved into second on the school’s career rebounding chart (979) and is now ninth in points (1,834) and 5th in blocks (179). He needs 166 points, 21 rebounds and 21 blocks to become the third player in NCAA history (Patrick Ewing, David Robinson) to have scored 2,000 career points with 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks while shooting at least 60.0 percent from the field.

• Zach Edey is averaging just 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over his last three games, and hasn’t had a double-double in the last four games. It’s the longest streak without a double-double since Feb. 16 to March 1, 2022. Yet, Purdue is averaging 1.26 points / possession during that span, shooting 52.3 percent from the field while his teammates are averaging 73.0 points per game in that span.

• Purdue is in search for its 26th Big Ten Championship, already owning the most Big Ten titles in league history. Should Purdue win the Big Ten title in 2024, it will mark its fourth title in the last eight seasons and back-to-back titles for the first time since 1994-95-96.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team carries a nine-game home winning streak into a Tuesday night clash with Rutgers. The 7 p.m. tipoff will be streamed on B1G+.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will be on the call for the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.


Tim Newton Night – Tuesday night is Tim Newton Night at Mackey Arena. The Voice of the Boilermakers called his 1,000th game for Purdue women’s basketball on Dec. 20 against Indiana State. Newton is in his 34th season on the air for Purdue. His voice has given life to some of the most memorable moments in program history, including the 1999 National Championship Game as time ticked off the clock. The first 800 fans through the gates will receive a Tim Newton t-shirt.


Purdue (8-5, 1-1) vs. Rutgers (6-9, 0-2)

Tuesday, Jan. 2

Time: 7 PM

TV/Stream: BTN

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats:


The Boilermakers rolled out of the holiday break to down Wisconsin 89-50 on Saturday night. All five of Purdue’s starting lineup finished in double figures, led by Caitlyn Harper’s 16 points. Jeanae Terry narrowly missed a triple double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Mary Ashley Steven went for 13 points and eight rebounds as the Boilermakers dominated the glass to a plus-20 margin 44-24.


• The all-time series is tied at 8-8 after three straight wins by Purdue.

• The two sides met for the first time 25 years ago in the 1999 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, when Purdue won 75-62 with 22 points from Stephanie White and 20 points from Camille Cooper.

• Jeanae Terry nearly recorded her third career triple-double, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists against Wisconsin. Terry leads the Big Ten with 13.5 rebounds per league contest and sits second with nine assists per night.

• After holding Wisconsin to 50 points, the fewest given up to a Big Ten opponent since 2017, Purdue has held nine teams to 60 or fewer points this season, for second in the Big Ten. Purdue is 24-3 when holding a team to 60 or lower in the Katie Gearlds era.

• Madison Layden retook the Big Ten lead and ranks 10th nationally in 3-point percentage at 49.3% after connecting four times beyond the arc against Wisconsin. Layden is 8-of-11 in Big Ten games to sit second in the league.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson is one of the most consistent freshman producers in the Big Ten this season with four games recording at least eight points and eight rebounds to lead the conference.

• Abbey Ellis has scored in double figures in 12 games this season to lead the team with 14.7 points per game. Scoring over 1,700 points in her career, Ellis needs 116 points to reach 1,000 at Purdue.

• Purdue is a perfect 4-0 when dishing out 20 or more assists this season and 17-0 when hitting that mark in the Katie Gearlds era.

• Rashunda Jones returned to the rotation against Wisconsin after missing four games. Jones ranks fourth among Big Ten freshmen at 10.1 points per game. Earlier this season, Jones was Purdue’s first Big Ten Freshman of the Week since the 2017-18 campaign.

• Caitlyn Harper is one of 12 Big Ten players averaging double figures while shooting over 55% from the field. Harper has hit double figures in eight games and is third on the team with 10.3 points per game at a 56.7% shooting clip.

• After suffering a knee injury that ended her high school career less than a year ago, Sophie Swanson continues to see her minutes grow. The freshman has tallied 19 points and shot 66.7% with three 3-poitners over the last two games off the bench.

• Purdue is riding a nine-game winning streak at Mackey Arena, the program’s longest since 2005-07 (12). Purdue’s streak is the second-longest active mark in the Big Ten, behind Maryland’s 19-game stretch.

• Madison Layden has made four or more triples in six games this year, tied for third among players from major conferences.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson is one of 12 freshmen from major conferences averaging nine points and eight rebounds per game.

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.



The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday at St. John’s after a holiday break that last had the team playing Dec. 23. Posh Alexander returns to Carnesecca Arena to face his old team; Alexander led the BIG EAST in steals in each of his three seasons in a St. John’s uniform. Artemios Gavalas also formerly played at St. John’s before joining the Butler program.

Butler (10-3, 1-1 BIG EAST) at St. John’s (9-4, 1-1)

Tuesday, Jan. 2;  8:30PM

Carnesecca Arena; Queens, N.Y.

TV: FS1 – Alex Faust & Jim Spanarkel

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 386, SXM App 976 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

The Series with the Red Storm

• All but one meeting in the series have come since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season.

• That first meeting came in the 1958 NIT (a 78-68 St. John’s win). Tony Hinkle coached Butler in that game. Lou Carnesecca would join the St. John’s staff as an assistant coach the next season.

• Butler and St. John’s played three times last season with each winning on their home court. The Red Storm also won a BIG EAST Tournament first round game between the two programs.

• A total of 20 players saw action in that March 8, 2023 BIG EAST Tournament game; only five remain on the Butler and St. John’s rosters: Jalen Thomas, Connor Turnbull, Joel Soriano, Drissa Traore, and Posh Alexander (now at Butler).

Series: Series Tied, 11-11

Streak: St. John’s, W1

In Queens: St. John’s Leads, 7-3

First Meeting: SJU, 78-68, 3/13/58 (NIT)

Last Meeting: SJU, 76-63, 3/8/23 (at MSG)


• DJ Davis (22) and Pierre Brooks II (20) both eclipsed 20 points in the team’s most recent game at Providence; it marked the third game this season when two Bulldogs scored 20 or more.

• Davis, Brooks, Jahmyl Telfort and Posh Alexander all have games scoring 20 or more points this season.

• Brooks has scored in double figures in each game this season. His 16.8 points per game scoring average is fifth in the BIG EAST.

• Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in seven games this season, including a season-low five against Providence Dec. 23. Butler is 8-1 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• The Bulldogs rank third nationally, committing just 12.8 fouls per game.

• Landon Moore scored 14 points Dec. 23 at Providence, his highest scoring output in a Butler uniform.

• Butler shot only 11-for-20 (55 percent) from the free throw line at Providence. It marked the team’s first performance under 70 percent. For the season, the Bulldogs are shooting 77.3 percent from the line, which is 18th nationally.

• Davis ranks seventh nationally in free throw percentage (95.6). He has two separate games going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and has hit 43 of his 45 attempts on the season.

• Butler’s 83.2 points per game rank 35th nationally.

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in eight of its 13 games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

• Butler’s loss to Providence dropped the Bulldogs to 2-1 in overtime contests this season.

• Butler owned a 46-22 advantage in points in the paint over Georgetown in the BIG EAST opener Dec. 19. Butler has outscored its opponent in the paint in 11 of its 13 games this season.

• Alexander matched his career-high with 10 rebounds at Providence. His all-around game also has him among the BIG EAST leaders in steals per game (second at 2.08 per game) and assists per game (fifth at 5.2 per game).

• Jalen Thomas has pulled down eight or more rebounds in six of the team’s last seven games. He averages a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game and has led the Bulldogs in rebounds in seven of the team’s 13 games this season.

• Butler out-rebounded Georgetown, 37-29, in the BIG EAST opener. Butler is 9-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• Butler’s nine non-conference wins heading into BIG EAST play are the most since the 2019-20 season.

• Finley Bizjack became the tenth different Bulldog to hit double figures in a game this season with his career-high 17 points against Saginaw Valley Dec. 15. It also marked the sixth game this season with five or more Bulldogs scoring in double figures.

• Butler shot 52 percent from the field Dec. 9 vs. Cal; the Bulldogs have shot 50 percent or better in six games this season.

• The Bulldogs trailed 37-34 at halftime Dec. 9 vs. Cal, giving the team its first win of the season when trailing at intermission (1-2).

• Against Buffalo Dec. 5, Telfort matched or set new career-highs in rebounds (nine), assists (eight) and steals (four) to go along with 18 points.



The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has announced changes to the MIVA Tournament format. The conference has also announced that future tournament winners will receive the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.

The MIVA Tournament has been played after every regular season since 1980 except 2020, and was also played from 1964-69. The new format for the MIVA Tournament will reward the highest seeds, providing an advantage for a path to the NCAA tournament via the MIVA’s automatic bid.

The opening round of the eight-team tournament will be played at the higher four seeds. No. 1 will host No. 8, No. 2 will host No. 7, No. 3 will host No. 6, and No. 4 will host No. 5.

The semifinal and final rounds will be hosted by the highest remaining seed in the field. The field will also re-seed. The highest remaining seed will host the lowest remaining seed and the other two teams will play in the other semifinal. The two winning teams will play in the final match for the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.

The new namesake for the MIVA Championship Trophy was inducted into the inaugural class of the MIVA Hall of Fame in 2017. His impact on the conference is unmeasurable. He co-founded the MIVA and served as its first president. As the head coach of the Ball State Cardinals, he won 20 championships in 34 years with 14 trips to the NCAA tournament. He finished with a career record of 769-280-6 (.732), which is the second-most wins in NCAA men’s volleyball history. He was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983, Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996, and AVCA Hall of Fame in 2003.

The path to the MIVA title and the chance to hoist the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy begins on April 13. The semifinal will be on April 17 and the title match will be on Saturday, April 20.


Ball State vs. Wabash College

Tuesday, Jan. 2 (6 pm ET)

Muncie, Ind.

Ball State vs. Wabash College

Wednesday, Jan. 3 (11 am ET)

Muncie, Ind.

Ball State vs. Thomas More University

Wednesday, Jan. 3 (2 pm ET)

Muncie, Ind.

Live Stats | Tickets

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team opens its 2024 season Tuesday at 6 pm ET in Worthen Arena and will play two matches on Wednesday against Wabash at 11 am ET and then Thomas More at 2 pm ET.

Wabash College is located in Crawfordsville, Ind. This marks the first-ever meeting between the Cardinals and the Little Giants. This is only the fourth season Wabash has had men’s volleyball. Last season the Little Giants finished off the year with a 9-19 overall record.

Thomas More is located in Crestview Hills, Ky., The Saints and the Cardinals will also be playing for the first time in program history. This is only the sixth year the Saints have had a men’s volleyball program. Last year Thomas More ended the season with a 13-13 ledger.

Ball State head coach Donan Cruz enters his third season at the helm of the Cardinals and owns an overall record at BSU of 43-13 (.767) along with a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament Championship, two MIVA regular season titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Cardinals are looking to continue an already historically successful program. Ball State is coming off another Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season title and its second-straight MIVA Tournament championship appearance. Ball State ended the season with a 20-9 record.

The 2024 roster is a good mixture of some familiar faces along with several newcomers. One of the Cardinals returnees is sophomore outside hitter Tinaishe Ndavazocheva who was recently named to the 12-member preseason All-MIVA conference team. Ndavazocheva turned in quite the rookie season for the Cardinals last year. He earned MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Off the Block National Honors on Feb. 7. He turned in a career high 27 kills against Lewis (2/9) and had 22 double digit kill performances in 2023. Ndavazocheva ended the season ranked second on the team in kills (342) and in points (397.5). He also received All-MIVA First Team honors and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.

The Cardinals are starting the 2024 season with five-straight matches. After Wednesday, Ball State will play at No. 18 BYU Friday (Jan. 5) and Saturday (Jan. 6). Both BYU matches will begin at 9 pm ET in Provo, UT. BYU leads the all-time series 18-5.



The Ball State men’s basketball team travels to Northern Ohio to play Kent State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in both teams’ Mid-American Conference opener.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+, while Mick Tidrow and David Eha handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM.

The Cardinals (8-4) and Golden Flashes (7-5) meet for the 92nd time in series history. Last season, each team won the games played on its home court, as Ball State prevailed 82-70 on Feb. 21 after Kent State claimed an 86-65 decision on Jan. 20.

Jalin Anderson put up 26 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the Cardinals’ most recent game on Dec. 21 at Minnesota, but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Gophers won 80-63 over a shorthanded Ball State group. The Cardinals trailed by seven points with under eight minutes to play, but host Minnesota pulled away late.

Kent State has lost two in a row, both road games at Oregon (84-70 on Dec. 21) and Saint Mary’s (66-46 on Dec. 29), entering Tuesday’s MAC opener. The Flashes won the conference tournament in 2023.

SCOUTING KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes went 28-7 (15-3 MAC) last season in head coach Rob Senderoff’s 12th leading the program. Kent State went a perfect 15-0 at home and finished second in the league’s regular season standings to Toledo.

The Golden Flashes pace the MAC in scoring offense (79.9 points per game), steals per game (8.2) and free throw percentage (77.5), which ranks No. 14 in NCAA Division I.

Graduate student forward Chris Payton Jr. ranks No. 12 in the MAC in points per game (14.8), No. 2 in rebounds per game (8.8) and No. 1 in free throws made at 61.


Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (18.3 points per game) and rebounding (7.2) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring eight games so far, scoring in double-figures 11 times, including five games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (220) rank third in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding average is fifth.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank No. 12 nationally in fewest fouls committed per game (13.7), while being second in the league in rebounding margin (+4.8) and 3-point shooting (37.9 percent), which ranks 29th nationally.

Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.

The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.

Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.

Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.

Ball State recently signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Junior forward Basheer Jihad leads the team in scoring (18.3 points per game), rebounding (7.3 per game) and field goal percentage (50.7) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season. Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring five times already this season, including in the Dec. 10 win vs SIUE (27 points).

The Detroit native’s scoring average has nearly tripled over last year (7.1), while his rebounding average has more than doubled (3.6). Jihad started only one game in his first two seasons at Ball State, but has been a mainstay in the starting lineup as an upperclassman now.

JALIN JAMS: Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring (16.3 points per game) and the team in assists (4.5 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and is on pace to set career bests for points, rebounds, assists and steals. Anderson has shown a penchant for explosive offensive performances, posting four 20+ point games so far in the nonconference season.

EMERGENCE OF BIG BEN: Redshirt junior center Ben Hendriks had started each of the last six games before missing the Dec. 21 game at Minnesota, totaling career-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds in the Dec. 2 win over Bellarmine and 32 minutes played in the Dec. 10 win against SIUE.

Hendriks already surpassed his career-bests for points (56), rebounds (40), assists (12), blocks (10) and steals (four) in a season through the schedule’s first 12 games while shooting an impressive 84.2 percent at the free throw line. The big man has seen increased playing time over his last six contests, averaging 22.7 minutes per game after playing 6.8 per in the first five games.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X2: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on both Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, setting career highs in scoring three times over the four-game stretch to lead Ball State to a 3-1 record.

WINNING IN WORTHEN: The Cardinals clinched an undefeated home nonconference slate for the fourth straight season with the Dec. 10 decision over the Cougars.

Ball State has won 19 consecutive nonconference contests at Worthen Arena, with its last loss being on Dec. 3, 2019 to Loyola (Chicago).

1,300 WINS: The Ball State men’s basketball team recorded win No. 1,300 in program history with the Dec. 2 decision against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are the tenth current MAC men’s basketball team to reach that milestone.

MAC Program Wins (as of Dec. 4, 2023)

Akron – 1,697

Ball State – 1,300

Buffalo – 1,279

Bowling Green – 1,452

Central Michigan – 1,356

Eastern Michigan – 1,292

Kent State –

Kent State – 1,332

Miami (OH) – 1,436

Northern Illinois – 1,315

Ohio – 1,614

Toledo – 1,551

Up Next

The Cardinals return to Worthen Arena to play Central Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday in their first home game in almost a month.



GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team dropped its first Horizon League game of the season at Green Bay 72-46 on New Year’s Day.

The ‘Dons outshot Green Bay 10-6 from three-point range with six in the first half. Renna Schwieterman led the team with four triples and Ryin Ott hit two. Purdue Fort Wayne made 35.7 percent of their triples and limited Green Bay to just 27.3 percent.

Schwieterman led the ‘Dons with 12 points and Amellia Bromenschenkel joined her in double figures with 11 points while adding six rebounds. Ott and Destinee Marshall scored six and five, respectively.

Marshall scored the game’s first basket to give the ‘Dons the first lead of the game. Shayla Sellers hit a three pointer a few minutes later to put her team ahead 5-2. From there, Green Bay went on a 12-5 run to finish the first quarter and lead the remainder of the game.

After trailing by seven at half, the ‘Dons cut it to four when Bromenschenkel had an old-fashioned 3-point play. This was as small as the deficit got in the second half.

Maddy Schreiber was Green Bay’s leading scorer with 19 points.

The Mastodons fall to 9-5 and 3-1 in the Horizon League. The 9-5 start is still tied for the best start since 2010-11. Green Bay improves to 10-3 and 3-0 in league play. The ‘Dons host Robert Morris at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Jan. 4).
























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January 2, 1922 -Tournament Park, Pasadena, California -The 8th Rose Bowl game had a small college from Pennsylvania, Washington and Jefferson against the University of California. The internet page shares an interesting tale of the game. The Golden Bears were the top team on the West Coast and W&J were undefeated in 1921 and the best team on the East side of the nation. The Bears though were a heavy favorite, 14 points was the reported spread on the contest as W&J with a mere 450 students was the smallest school to ever participate in a Rose Bowl game. It is an interesting billing right there with the best of the East versus West theme but the story of the Presidents trek to Pasadena is where we want to dive into. During the undefeated season of W&J football their roster of 17 young men showed that only 11 of them participated on game days. Yes it is hard for us to fathom in this era of gridiron platooning and specialists but the Presidents had 11 fellas that just stayed on the field and balled out on every snap. The coach of this western PA group was the legendary Greasy Neale who was both a great player and coach not only on the gridiron but on the baseball diamond too. From a football perspective Greasy would go on to lead the Philadelphia Eagles teams of the 1940’s from the sidelines. The football budget for Washington and Jefferson in 1921 was extremely tight, in fact they only had enough dough to send 11 players to the Rose Bowl. The athletic administrator of the school himself reportedly had to mortgage his home to be able to attend the game. A major issue would occur on the team’s cross country travel, one of the eleven players on the trip C.L. Spillers contracted pneumonia and had to be left in Kansas City. W&J now faced the threat of not having enough players to field a full squad in the Bowl game! Author E. Lee North’s narrative titled, “Battling the Indians, Panthers, and Nittany Lions … The Story of Washington & Jefferson College’s First Century of Football, 1890-1990,”  says that one of the reserve players Bucky Buchanan had stowed away on the train and that he was given Spiller’s ticket when it was found that he could not continue on the journey. Another story from the December 28, 1921 New York Tribune says that the team wired home to have another reserve, Al Haddon sent to take Spiller’s place. The evidence of Buchanan being in the Pasadena team photos and not Haddon gives some credence to the stowe away story, plus it makes the whole thing more legendary and nostalgic. Any way the Presidents made it to Pasadena and fielded eleven to play in what would be the final game at Tournament Park. W&J ‘s Quarterback Charles West gave the game another breakthrough moment as he became the first signal caller of African-American descent to play in the Grand Daddy of them All. The game was a defensive battle throughout. Cal’s offense could muster only 49 yards on the ground and did not complete even one pass! The Presidents did not fare much better as their 114 yards rushing was about it for offense stats. In the end Washington & Jefferson and Cal tied, 0-0 in the only scoreless Rose Bowl game ever. W&J’s team captain Russ Stein, was voted as the game’s Most Outstanding Player  and he went on to play for the NFL and was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1991.

5 Quick Gridiron Headlines from

January 2, 1928 – It was a close one in the 14th Rose Bowl when the Stanford Cardinal outlasted the Pittsburgh Panthers by the score of 7-6.

January 2, 1956 – Sugar Bowl – Pitt’s Bobby Grier was a racial trailblazer as he became the first African American player, to break the color barrier in the segregated Deep South.

January 2, 1956 – The 22nd Orange Bowl was a battle of highly ranked teams. In the contest the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners got past the #3 Maryland Terrapins 20-6.

January 2, 1961 – Rose Bowl , Pasadena, California – In a slight upset the #6 Washington Huskies knocked off the top ranked team in the country, the Golden Gophers of Minnesota, 17-7.

January 2, 1965 – The New York Jets signed future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath to a record contract in professional football. It sounds small by today’s standards but Namath and the Jets agreed to a $427,000 contract over three years.

January 2, 1966 – Lambeau Field, Green Bay –  The Cleveland Browns made their way to Wisconsin to battle the Packers in the final National Football League Championship Game before the Super Bowls started. This 1965 NFL Championship game was the first League title game broadcast in televised color. The teams exchanged passing TDs in the first quarter according to the boxscore on the Pro-Football-Reference website. The Browns could only muster two Lou Groza field goals the rest of the game while the Pack added a Paul Hornung touchdown run and three Don Chandler 3 pointers to steal the title. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-12 in this last championship game of the Pre Super Bowl Era of Pro football.

January 2, 1972 – Miami’s Orange Bowl – The 1971 AFC Championship game matched the Baltimore Colts up against the Miami Dolphins per The Dolphins showed the League a little of what was to come as they beat Baltimore Colts, 21-0 as Paul Warfield and Larry Csonka scored offensive TDs for the Fins while defender Dick Anderson added a 62 yard pick six for good measure.

Some Great Quick hitter headlines

January 2, 1982 – “The Epic in Miami”, in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records

January 2, 1983 – In a 35-27 win over the Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson completes 20 consecutive passes and finishes the season winning his second consecutive passing title with an NFL record 70.55% completion percentage

January 2, 1984 – 50th Orange Bowl: #5 Miami (FL) beats #1 Nebraska, 31-30

January 2, 1987 – 16th Fiesta Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Miami, 14-10

January 2, 1989 – 18th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Notre Dame beats #3 West Virginia, 34-21 for the national title

January 2, 2012 – A very exciting and high scoring Fiesta Bowl was witnessed. As two top 5 teams squared off with #3 Oklahoma State matched up against #4 Stanford as covered by an article. Ok State signal caller Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and 3 touchdowns matched his stats against Cardinal Andrew Luck who tossed for 2 TDs and 347 yards himself. The contest lived up to its billing as the Cowboys prevailed in overtime over the Cardinal 41-38.

HOF Birthdays

January 2,  1912 – Canton, Illinois – Illinois Wesleyan’s great Tackle, Tony Blazine arrived into the world. The NFF tells of how Tony was a four year letterman at his school as they had a winning record in an era when they faced teams like Michigan State, DePaul and Kentucky. Tony Blazine was accepted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. Blazine played 8 seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Cardinals and the New York Giants. He then served as assistant coach at the University of Illinois and the University of Washington.

January 2, 1927 – Smithers, West Virginia – The standout defensive end from the University of San Francisco Gino Marchetti was born. According to the Pro Football HOF site Marchetti was the New York Yanks number 2 pick in the 1952 Draft. The Yanks soon after became the Dallas Texans for a season and then turned into the Baltimore Colts. He was a feared defender as he went to 11 straight Pro Bowls and was an All-NFL selection in an unbelievable nine different seasons of his 14 year NFL career! Gino was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.

January 2, 1930 -Cumberland, Maryland – Bobby Williams the fine quarterback from the University of Notre Dame was born. Williams as a nineteen year old according to the NFF quarterbacked the 1949 Notre Dame team to ten straight victories  with a 56 percent completion rate and the national championship. Bobby’s best performance of the magical 1949 season came against Michigan State when he had a 50 yard punt that went out of bounds at the four, and ran 40 yards for a touchdown on a bootleg and went 13 of 16 on some timely passing! Bob Williams was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame by Football Foundation voters in 1988. 

January 2, 1959 – Sacramento, California – Stanford running back Darrin Nelson celebrates his day of birth. Darrin was a trend setter in college football as he became the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and catch more than 50 passes in one season per the NFF’s bio on him. Darrin Nelson didn’t just do this one time though, he would accomplish the feat three times during his standout career as a Cardinal! Nelson would finish his collegiate career as the NCAA leader for all-purpose yards, which remains a school record at 6,885. There was little doubt when the National Football Foundation selected Darrin Nelson into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

January 2, 1964 – Boston, Mass. – Plymouth State University’s great halfback Joe Dudek arrived on the scene.  Plymouth State may be only a Division III school but in 1985 Dudek gave them national attention according to the website story on Joe when his face was smack dab on the cover of the December 2, 1985 Sports Illustrated Magazine! Joe’s impact on college football was pretty big as he received the highest vote ranking for a Division III player in Heisman history when he was ninth in 1985. Dudek in his college career earned the Division III All-America honor three times as he rushed and gained 5570 career yards for an average of 7.1 per play and scored 79 touchdowns. Joe Dudek made his grand entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. 


14 – 22 – 3 – 81

January 2, 1943  – University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team begins 129 home game winning streak that only ends in 1955. This run also includes NCAA Men’s basketball titles in 1948, 1949 and 1951

January 2, 1983 – In a 35-27 win over the Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Number 14, Ken Anderson completed 20 consecutive passes and finishes the season winning his second consecutive passing title with an NFL record 70.55% completion percentage

January 2, 1986 – New York Islanders future Hall of Fame right wing Number 22, Mike Bossy scored his 499th and 500th career goals in the final 2:22 to lift the New York to a 7-5 victory over the Boston Bruins. Bossy was the 11th player in NHL history to score 500 career goals.

January 2, 2012 – 41st Fiesta Bowl: The #3 Oklahoma State Cowboys defeated the #4 Stanford Cardinal, 41-38 in Over Time. Cowboys Quarterback Number 3, Brandon Weeden Connected on three touchdown passes with Wide Receiver Number 81, Justin Blackmon to aid OSU to victory. The scoring strikes were from 43-yards, 67-yards and 17-yards out for the duo. With the win Oklahoma State finished 3rd in the BCS polls.


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