INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE WEEK 1

South Bend Adams (3-6) at Goshen (4-5)

LaPorte (2-7) at Concord (8-1)

McCutcheon (1-7) at Zionsville (4-5)

Terre Haute North (3-6) at Indianapolis Cathedral (8-1)

Jeffersonville (3-5) at Floyd Central (3-6)

Lowell (6-3) at Highland (4-5)

Griffith (4-5) at Hobart (6-3)

South Bend Riley (1-5) at Kankakee Valley (3-6)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-7) at Logansport (5-2)

Plymouth (0-9) at New Prairie (7-2)

Culver Academy (6-3) at South Bend Clay (0-8)

DeKalb (1-8) at Wawasee (1-8)

Leo (9-0) at East Noble (6-2)

Northridge (5-4) at NorthWood (5-4)

Angola (2-7) at Columbia City (4-5)

Marion (4-4) at Fort Wayne Wayne (2-7)

Fort Wayne South (1-7) at Delta (4-5)

Jay County (3-6) at Mississinewa (6-2)

New Haven (4-5) at Huntington North (2-7)

Richmond (1-8) at Shelbyville (1-5)

Muncie Central (1-8) at Connersville (1-8)

Pendleton Heights (5-4) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (8-1)

Greenfield-Central (6-3) at New Castle (2-7)

Indianapolis Chatard (5-4) at Frankfort (2-6)

Indianapolis Attucks (3-5) at Indianapolis Shortridge (2-4)

Beech Grove (3-6) at Lebanon (6-3)

Indianapolis Roncalli (9-0) at Western (6-3)

South Dearborn (6-3) at Madison (3-6)

Martinsville (5-4) at Silver Creek (5-3)

Mooresville (7-2) at Jennings County (1-8)

Greenwood (2-7) at East Central (7-2)

Evansville Memorial (7-2) at Evansville Harrison (2-7)

Evansville Reitz (3-6) at Boonville (2-6)

Northview (7-1) at Jasper (9-0)

Twin Lakes (2-7) at Hanover Central (8-1)

Calumet (6-3) at Knox (3-6)

Lakeland (3-6) at John Glenn (4-4)

West Noble (4-5) at Jimtown (7-2)

Mishawaka Marian (6-3) at South Bend Washington (3-4)

Tippecanoe Valley (9-0) at Garrett (4-5)

Norwell (8-1) at Maconaquah (2-5)

Northwestern (0-8) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-7)

Oak Hill (7-2) at Bellmont (1-8)

Heritage (4-5) at Peru (6-2)

West Lafayette (9-0) at Brebeuf Jesuit (7-2)

Yorktown (5-4) at North Montgomery (3-4)

Hamilton Heights (6-3) at Guerin Catholic (2-7)

Crawfordsville (1-8) at Western Boone (5-4)

Indianapolis Ritter (0-9) at Christel House Manual (2-5)

West Vigo (3-4) at Tri-West (7-2)

Greencastle (6-3) at Danville (8-1)

Indian Creek (2-7) at Indianapolis Washington (3-5)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-8) at Princeton (2-7)

Edgewood (1-7) at Washington (0-8)

Brown County (4-5) at Pike Central (1-6)

Sullivan (7-2) at Owen Valley (7-1)

Scottsburg (6-3) at Brownstown Central (9-0)

Rushville (0-9) at Batesville (5-4)

Greensburg (3-4) at Charlestown (7-2)

Franklin County (6-3) at Lawrenceburg (8-1)

North Harrison (4-5) at Heritage Hills (7-2)

Corydon Central (0-8) at Evansville Bosse (2-7)

Salem (5-2) at Southridge (5-4)

Gibson Southern (8-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (8-1)

North Newton (6-3) at Rensselaer Central (5-4)

Wheeler (6-2) at Andrean (6-3)

Hammond Noll (1-6) at Boone Grove (1-6)

Whiting (3-6) at Bowman Academy (0-8)

Lewis Cass (3-5) at Delphi (6-3)

Wabash (2-6) at Pioneer (7-2)

Bremen (6-3) at Manchester (4-4)

LaVille (6-2) at Rochester (5-2)

Bluffton (4-5) at Eastside (9-0)

Whitko (1-8) at Central Noble (7-2)

Fairfield (4-5) at Fort Wayne Luers (8-1)

Prairie Heights (3-6) at Woodlan (3-6)

Eastern (Greentown) (7-2) at Eastbrook (8-0)

Lapel (7-2) at Frankton (3-6)

Blackford (1-7) at Tipton (8-1)

Alexandria (3-5) at Elwood (0-8)

South Vermillion (4-5) at Lafayette Central Catholic (5-4)

Southmont (5-4) at Cascade (3-6)

Monrovia (6-3) at North Putnam (2-6)

Speedway (7-2) at Seeger (5-4)

Heritage Christian (8-0) at Indianapolis Scecina (6-3)

Centerville (8-0) at Eastern Hancock (5-4)

Northeastern (5-4) at Winchester (5-4)

Providence (4-5) at Switzerland County (2-6)

Union County (4-4) at Paoli (5-2)

Triton Central (5-4) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-6)

Mitchell (3-5) at Clarksville (2-7)

North Posey (7-2) at Crawford County (2-5)

South Spencer (4-5) at North Knox (7-2)

Linton-Stockton (9-0) at Tell City (5-4)

Forest Park (3-6) at Evansville Mater Dei (7-2)

Caston (2-7) at South Central (Union Mills) (4-3)

South Newton (5-4) at Culver (2-5)

Winamac (7-0) at West Central (2-7)

Lake Station (2-5) at North Judson (6-3)

Clinton Prairie (4-4) at Clinton Central (2-7)

Traders Point Christian (4-5) at North White (4-3)

Frontier (1-8) at Carroll (Flora) (6-3)

Monroe Central (9-0) at Wes-Del (0-7)

South Adams (7-2) at Madison-Grant (4-5)

Southern Wells (0-9) at Taylor (0-5)

Union City (4-4) at Tri-Central (4-5)

Northfield (6-3) at Fremont (3-6)

North Miami (0-9) at Southwood (4-5)

Adams Central (8-1) at Churubusco (7-2)

Parke Heritage (7-2) at Attica (0-6)

North Vermillion (5-4) at South Putnam (7-2)

Fountain Central (3-6) at Covington (7-2)

Riverton Parke (2-6) at Cloverdale (0-7)

Indiana Deaf (5-3) at Covenant Christian (5-4)

Park Tudor (7-2) at Sheridan (7-2)

Edinburgh (5-4) at Indianapolis Lutheran (9-0)

North Decatur (4-4) at South Decatur (2-5)

Hagerstown (1-7) at Tri (7-2)

Knightstown (1-7) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-5)

Springs Valley (7-1) at North Daviess (4-5)

Rock Creek Academy (1-7) at West Washington (3-4)

Eastern Greene (1-8) at Tecumseh (2-6)

Perry Central (7-2) at North Central (Farmersburg) (3-5)

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

Class A (at Kokomo) — Park Tudor (15-3-1) vs. Westview (15-5), 1 p.m.

Class A (at Evansville North) — Providence (14-3-3) vs. Cascade (13-5-1), 6 p.m.

Class 2A (at Kokomo) — FW Bishop Dwenger (13-4-2) vs. West Lafayette (17-1-2), 3 p.m.

Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.

Class 3A (at Kokomo) — Noblesville (18-1-1) vs. Chesterton (18-1-1), 5 p.m.

Class 3A (at Seymour) — Castle (20-1) vs. Carmel (15-3-2), 3 p.m.

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

Class A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Andrean (14-3-3) vs. Tipton (10-4), 11 a.m.

Class A (at Providence) — Providence (13-5-1) vs. Heritage Christian (13-8), 1 p.m.

Class 2A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Leo (19-0-2) vs. Mishawaka Marian (19-3), 1 p.m.

Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.

Class 3A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Homestead (20-0) vs. South Bend St. Joseph (17-2-1), 3 p.m.

Class 3A (at Seymour) — Bloomington South (20-0-1) vs. Carmel (17-2-2), 5 p.m.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL MATCH-UPS

4A

at LaPorte

Penn vs. LaPorte

Crown Point vs. Munster

At Noblesville

Fort Wayne Carroll vs. Fishers

McCutcheon vs. Homestead

At Greenfield Central

Yorktown vs. Cathedral

Brownsburg vs. Roncalli

At Bloomington North

Floyd Central vs. Castle

Center Grove vs. Columbus East

3A

at Kankakee Valley

Culver Academies vs. West Lafayette

New Prairie vs. Hanover Central

At Norwell

Bellmont vs. Angola

Northwestern vs. NorthWood

At Danville

Ritter vs. Tri-West Hendricks

Brebeuf vs. Brownstown Central

At Charlestown

Greensburg vs. Evansville Memorial

Silver Creek vs. Barr Reeve

2A

at Bremen

Fairfield vs. Andrean

North Judson vs. South Central

at Elwood

Madison Grant vs. Alexandria Monroe

South Adams vs. Rossville

At Cascade

Union County vs. Covenant Christian

South Putnam vs. Western Boone

at Mitchell

North Posey vs. Mitchell

Linton Stockton vs. South Ripley

1A

at Culver

Southwood vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Kouts vs. Triton

At Wes-Del

Seton Catholic vs. Lafayette Central Catholic

Daleville vs. South Newton

At Morristown

Bloomfield vs. Waldron

Indiana Deaf vs. Indianapolis Lutheran

At Loogootee

Lanesville vs. Springs Valley

Trinity Lutheran vs. Loogootee

MLB PLAYOFFS

LA Dodgers 11 Atlanta 2 (Atlanta leads series 3-2)

Friday, Oct. 22
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 6 (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 23
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 6 (TBS, 5 p.m. ET)
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 7* (FOX/FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Start time of NLCS Game 6 will move to 8 p.m. ET if the ALCS has concluded

Sunday, Oct. 24
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 7* (TBS, 7:30 p.m. ET)

WORLD SERIES
Best-of-seven

Tuesday, Oct. 26
• World Series Game 1 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 2 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• World Series Game 3 (FOX)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• World Series Game 4 (FOX)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• World Series Game 5* (FOX)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• World Series Game 6* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• World Series Game 7* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

NBA SCOREBOARD

Atlanta 113 Dallas 87

Miami 137 Milwaukee 95

Golden State 115 LA Clippers 113

NHL SCOREBOARD

Carolina 4 Montréal 1

San Jose 2 Ottawa 1

Florida 4 Colorado 1

Washington 4 New Jersey 1

Columbus 3 NY Islanders 2

Calgary 3 Detroit 0

Winnipeg 5 Anaheim 1

NY Rangers 3 Nashville 1

Edmonton 5 Arizona 1

Vancouver 4 Chicago 1

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SCOREBOARD

#21 SMU 55 Tulane 26

Florida Atlantic 38 Charlotte 9

Louisiana 28 Arkansas State 27

San Jose State 27 UNLV 20

Friday, Oct. 22

Middle Tennessee at UConn | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

Columbia at Dartmouth | 6 p.m. | ESPNU

Memphis at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Colorado State at Utah State | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Washington at Arizona | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Saturday, Oct. 23

Illinois at No. 7 Penn State | 12 p.m. | ABC

Northwestern at No. 6 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX

No. 3 Oklahoma at Kansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 2 Cincinnati at Navy | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 16 Wake Forest at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

UMass at Florida State | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Kansas State at Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | FS1

Northern Illinois at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Pennsylvania at Yale | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Morehead State at Marist | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Duquesne at Sacred Heart | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Syracuse at Virginia Tech | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Kent State at Ohio | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Brown at Cornell | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

North Carolina Central at Morgan State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Youngstown State at Indiana State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgetown at Bucknell | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

San Diego at Presbyterian | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Lehigh at Fordham | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Harvard at Princeton | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Dayton at Valparaiso | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Norfolk State at Howard | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Chattanooga at Samford | 1 p.m.  | ESPN3

Incarnate Word at McNeese | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Stetson at Drake | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Robert Morris at Gardner-Webb | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas State at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

North Carolina A&T at Hampton | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Illinois State at South Dakota | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Carolina at The Citadel | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

East Tennessee State at Furman | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Bethune-Cookman at Jackson State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

South Carolina State at Delaware State | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Virginia Lynchburg at Tennessee Tech | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Wisconsin at No. 25 Purdue | 3 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Jacksonville State at Sam Houston | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho State at Montana State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Illinois at South Dakota | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Southeast Missouri State at UT Martin | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Iowa at South Dakota State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Charleston Southern at North Alabama | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Austin Peay at Murray State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

LSU at No. 12 Ole Miss | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Clemson at No. 23 Pitt | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Maryland at Minnesota | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 8 Oklahoma State at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

No. 10 Oregon at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

BYU at Washington State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Colorado at Cal | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Western Michigan at Toledo | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Rice at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Miami (Ohio) at Ball State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Buffalo at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m.

Missouri State at North Dakota State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Boston College at Louisville | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

East Carolina at Houston | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Liberty at North Texas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Weber State at Eastern Washington | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Kennesaw State at Campbell | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Colgate at Holy Cross | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Wofford at Mercer | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Tennessee at No. 4 Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN

South Alabama at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 22 San Diego State at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Nevada at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | FS2

Western Kentucky at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Temple at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 24 UTSA at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m.

Central Arkansas at Lamar | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Midwestern State at Tarleton | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Nicholls at Houston Baptist | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Prairie View A&M at Southern | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

USC at No. 13 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

No. 5 Ohio State at Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

West Virginia at TCU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

South Carolina at No. 17 Texas A&M | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 18 NC State at Miami | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Georgia Tech at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Utah at Oregon State | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Montana at Idaho | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UC Davis at Cal Poly | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Colorado at Southern Utah | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Stephen F. Austin at Dixie State | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Arizona at Sacramento State | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico State at Hawai’i | 11:59 p.m.

NFL

SCOREBOARD

Cleveland 17 Denver 14

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 25, 2021

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

SPORTS NEWS

Taylor hits 3 HRs, Dodgers beat Braves 11-2 to extend NLCS

LOS ANGELES (AP) For a guy who dislikes drama, Chris Taylor sure provided plenty of it.

Taylor hit three homers and drove in six runs, joining the likes of Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth in October baseball lore, as the Los Angeles Dodgers broke loose at the plate to beat Atlanta 11-2 on Thursday, cutting the Braves’ lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven NL Championship Series.

“It’s cool. It’s definitely a surreal feeling for me,” Taylor said. “I never thought I was going to hit three homers in a game, let alone a postseason game, and it just still hasn’t really sunk in.”

AJ Pollock had two home runs and four RBIs for the defending champion Dodgers, who have won seven straight postseason elimination games dating to last season. They also trailed 0-2 and 1-3 against Atlanta in the NLCS last year before rallying to win three straight at a neutral site in Texas.

“We needed to make a statement,” the mild-mannered Taylor said. “They put it on us yesterday. We had to respond.”

Game 6 is Saturday in Atlanta, where the Braves get two more chances to clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1999.

“I guess when our backs are against the wall we play our best and fight, but that’s just not an ideal spot to be in,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

After mustering only four hits during a 9-2 loss in Game 4 that pushed them to the brink of elimination, the desperate Dodgers rapped out eight hits by the third inning off Max Fried. They finished with 17, a club record for a postseason game, and also equaled a postseason franchise mark with five home runs.

The Dodgers got to Fried with four consecutive hits in the second. Pollock hit a tying homer and Taylor drove the first pitch he saw to left field, putting Los Angeles in front for good, 3-2.

Starting in place of injured Justin Turner at third base, Taylor became the second Dodgers player with a three-homer game in the playoffs. Kike Hernandez also did it in Game 5 of the 2017 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field as Los Angeles won its first pennant in 29 years.

Taylor had an RBI single in the third to make it 4-2. He went deep in the fifth, sending an 0-2 pitch from Chris Martin to center field and extending the lead to 6-2.

Taylor homered again in the seventh, taking Dylan Lee out to left-center before taking a curtain call in the dugout.

“I never look cool doing anything,” Taylor said.

The versatile veteran had an opportunity to match the major league mark of four home runs in a game, but struck out swinging to end the eighth.

“I was trying not to think about it,” Taylor said. “Usually I’m just trying to hit line drives.”

Taylor also hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth inning against St. Louis in the NL wild-card game for the 106-win Dodgers.

“He’s just super calm and he’s so consistent for us,” Pollock said. “Maybe the three home runs might have spiked his adrenaline, but probably not.”

Albert Pujols wasn’t just hugging, he was hitting, too.

The 41-year-old slugger got on base three times, including a walk, and scored twice on Taylor’s homers. He got two singles for his third and fourth hits of the postseason in his second start. He had two hits in the NL Division Series against San Francisco.

Pujols has taken to greeting his much younger teammates with bear hugs in the dugout after home runs, and they kept him busy.

The three-time MVP is among the 11 players with a three-homer game in the postseason. Ruth accomplished the feat twice in the World Series.

“Watching Chris doing that, it was pretty special,” Pujols said. “I was actually rooting for four, but he ended up striking out. But he did a heck of a job out there.”

Los Angeles got a clutch performance from its bullpen, too, after opener Joe Kelly allowed a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman in the first and soon exited after 28 pitches with tightness in his right biceps that will sideline him for the rest of the postseason.

Evan Phillips, Alex Vesia, Brusdar Graterol, Blake Treinen, Corey Knebel and Kenley Jansen combined to allow just three hits the rest of the way.

Phillips struck out three in 1 1/3 innings and was credited with the win.

Atlanta’s Eddie Rosario, who homered twice in his second four-hit game of the NLCS in Game 4, went 2 for 4 with a strikeout.

Pitching in his hometown, Fried gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked two.

“I wasn’t executing on the corners like I normally do and when you leave the balls over the middle, normally damage happens,” Fried said.

In the feast-or-famine nature of the Dodgers’ offense, Cody Bellinger went 3 for 4 with a strikeout and NL batting champion Trea Turner was 3 for 4 with an RBI single in a four-run eighth capped by Pollock’s three-run homer. But Mookie Betts and Corey Seager were a combined 2 for 10.

“We’re up 3-2 and we’re going home,” Freeman said. “That’s a great position to be in. We’re going to be just fine.”

American Athletic Conference rebuilding with 6 C-USA schools

(AP) — The American Athletic Conference is adding UAB, Texas-San Antonio, Rice, North Texas, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic to the league, replacing three schools that are leaving for the Big 12 Conference and growing to 14 teams.

The AAC announced the additions Thursday, a move that it hopes will stabilize the conference in the short term and allow it to withstand future poaching of its members by wealthier leagues.

The conference said when exactly the new members join is still to be determined.

“This is a strategic expansion that accomplishes a number of goals as we take the conference into its second decade. We are adding excellent institutions that are established in major cities and have invested in competing at the highest level,” AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement.

The American, formerly the Big East, has been a feeder conference from Power Five leagues for nearly two decades. Most recently, the Big 12 announced the additions of AAC powers Cincinnati, Houston and Central Florida to replace Southeastern Conference-bound Oklahoma and Texas.

The Sooners and Longhorns have said they will join the SEC in 2025, but a quicker departure is possible.

The Big 12 has said it is targeting 2023 for the arrival of its new members, which also includes BYU.

The AAC’s move strips Conference USA of six schools, leaving that league both searching for new members and trying to fend off other poachers. The Sun Belt has said it is interested in expanding beyond its current 10 football members and some of C-USA’s remaining eight schools would be geographic fits.

The American was born in 2013 from the downfall of Big East football, rebuilding around mostly C-USA schools. The AAC emerged as the strongest of the so-called Group of Five conferences when it comes to football during the College Football Playoff era. Five times in seven season, the American has earned the New Year’s Six bowl spot that goes to the highest ranked G5 conference champion.

But four of those championships were won by the schools now heading to the Big 12.

The AAC targeted schools located in big media markets and fertile recruiting territory, hoping that with better exposure and more revenue, they could develop into the next UCF.

The six new schools will join AAC holdovers East Carolina, Memphis, Navy (football only), South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa and Wichita State (which does not compete in football). The additions will give the American four members in Texas. The league office recently relocated to the Dallas area after being headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

“We have enhanced geographical concentration, which will especially help the conference’s men’s and women’s basketball and Olympic sports teams,” Aresco said. “And we will continue to provide valuable inventory to our major media rights partner, ESPN, which will feature our members on the most prominent platforms in sports media.”

The AAC is at the front end of a 10-year deal with ESPN that will pay the conference’s schools between $7 million and $8 million per year over the length of the contract. It is unclear whether the value of the deal will be impacted by the change in membership, but the contract makes the conference the wealthiest in major college football outside the Power Five.

Conference USA has floundered in recent seasons by comparison, with TV deals that have generated well under $1 million per year per school and made the league’s games tricky for its fans to find.

The most recent deal provides more consistency with CBS Sports Network as the primary cable TV home of C-USA’s games and some streaming on ESPN+.

Keenum, 3rd-string back Johnson lead Browns past Broncos

CLEVELAND (AP) Baker Mayfield had the best seat in the house to watch the Browns’ backups deliver.

Case Keenum stepped in for an injured Mayfield and made the most of his first start in two years, third-string back D’Ernest Johnson rushed for 146 yards and Cleveland overcame a short week and a long list of injuries to beat the Denver Broncos 17-14 on Thursday night.

Keenum didn’t put up impressive stats (21 of 33 for 199 yards), but threw a touchdown pass and did enough – as did Cleveland’s maligned defense – to get the Browns (4-3) a much-needed victory.

They survived without Mayfield, who sat out with a shoulder injury and could miss more time.

“Unfortunately, some people are going to get hurt,” Keenum said after his first win since 2019. “At the same time, you love other young guys getting chances.”

Johnson, playing because stars Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt were both out with calf injuries, had the best game of his young career. He scored on a 4-yard run in the first half and picked up 52 yards on seven carries as the Browns chewed up the final 5:17 after the Broncos pulled within three.

Once he reached the end zone, Johnson wasn’t sure how to react.

“It’s unexplainable,” he said. “I wanted to celebrate but I didn’t know what to do. It’s been a long journey.”

The Broncos couldn’t stop Johnson and now they can’t stop losing, either.

“The last drive was very frustrating,” Denver coach Vic Fangio said. “We loaded up against the run and we couldn’t stop them.”

Afterward, Johnson, who worked on a fishing boat when he wasn’t drafted, got doused with water by his teammates in a raucous locker room celebration.

Johnson couldn’t believe that NBA superstar LeBron James tweeted about him in the game’s final minutes.

“LeBron?” he said. “Man, that’s my favorite basketball player. LeBron? That’s amazing. That means a lot. Wow!”

Denver quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of TD passes and gutted it out while playing with foot and quadriceps injuries. He finished 23 of 33 for 187 yards with one interception.

The Broncos (3-4) dropped their fourth straight game, and maybe as importantly, lost star linebacker Von Miller to a sprained ankle. The eight-time Pro Bowler missed all of 2020 with a dislodged ankle tendon.

Miller got hurt late in the first half when he banged legs with teammate Dre’Mont Jones while rushing Keenum.

Mayfield, who has been playing with a torn labrum, also has a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder but believes he can continue to play with it, a person familiar with the quarterback’s health told the Associated Press.

Mayfield hopes the injury improves enough in coming days days that he can play against Pittsburgh on Oct. 31, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The fourth-year QB revealed the break in his humerus bone – which runs from his shoulder to elbow – to Fox during the network’s pregame show.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski did not get into any specifics about Mayfield’s injury, but said it was “too far away” to know if the QB will be back next week.

Until he’s ready, Keenum showed he can keep the Browns going forward.

So did Johnson, an unlikely hero.

“A guy like him, who the locker room loves and everybody loves – a great young family and just a good overall person,” Keenum said. “To come in here and having an incredible night like that and make some big time plays for us on a national stage, very pumped for him. It was exciting.”

After Bridgewater’s 8-yard TD pass to Melvin Gordon brought the Broncos within 10-7 in the third quarter, Keenum directed a 13-play, 75-yard drive he capped with a 1-yard scoring pass to fullback Johnny Stanton IV.

Keenum made the biggest play on the drive, converting a fourth-and-3 play with a 5-yard scramble to Denver’s 1.

The 33-year-old, who last started for Washington two years ago, was excited about the opportunity to play, saying Wednesday he was “built for this” and Keenum showed he’s more than capable of filling in.

Browns activate WR Landry from IR to face Broncos

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry was been activated from injured reserve to help Cleveland’s injury-decimated offense Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.

One of the league’s most consistent pass catchers, Landry has been out since he sprained his medial collateral knee ligament while being tackled in the first quarter against Houston on Sept. 19.

Landry returned to practice last week and increased his activity over the past few days.

Landry’s return coincides with the Browns (3-3) missing starting quarterback Baker Mayfield and running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt with injuries, and there’s uncertainty about whether receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) and starting tackles Jack Conklin (knee) or Jedrick Wills Jr. (ankle) are healthy enough to play.

Beckham got hurt in last week’s loss against Arizona. It was his fourth game after undergoing offseason knee surgery. Beckham did not practice this week.

Landry is a team leader and his presence can have a calming effect and help backup Case Keenum, who is making his first start since 2019.

The 28-year-old Landry is one of just five players with at least 642 receptions since 2014. Before he got hurt, Landry had caught at least two passes in 111 consecutive games – the fourth-longest streak in history.

Landry has caught at least 72 passes in each of his first seven seasons, and had 976 yards or more five times. He led the league with 112 receptions in 2017.

NFL WEEKEND CAPSULES

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-4) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (5-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 19-15-1

STREAKS: Washington has won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/8/19: Washington 15 at Packers 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/8/19

WASHINGTON NOTES:

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 182 yards & had TD vs. INT last week. Has 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 107.5 rating in 2 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 3+ total TDs. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has 179 scrimmage yards (89.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 road games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD & 4th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 9 career road games. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had season-high 8 receptions & career-high 110 scrimmage yards (65 rec., 45 rush) in Week 6. Since 2020, leads all RBs in receptions (101) & ranks 2nd among RBs in rec. yards (804). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 on road. Has 4+ catches in each of his 1st 6 games in 2021. Had 57 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES had 4 catches for season-high 58 rec. yards & 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 4+ receptions & 40+ rec. yards. • DE CHASE YOUNG had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 3 TFL, 2 sacks & 2 FRs in his past 4 on road. DE MONTEZ SWEAT has sack in 3 of his past 4 on road. LB COLE HOLCOMB had 10 tackles, 1st sack of season & 5th-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 1st INT of season in Week 6. Aims for his 4th in row with PD.

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 128 rating in Week 6, his 19th-career game with 2+ TD passes & rush TD. Has 1,584 pass yards (316.8 per game) & 11 TDs vs. INT for 105.8 rating in 5 career starts vs. Was. Has 32 TDs (29 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 122.4 rating in his past 10 home starts. • RB AARON JONES had 110 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 34 rec.) & 4th rec. TD of season in Week 6. Had 192 scrimmage yards (134 rush, 58 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 2,200 scrimmage yards (110 per game) in his past 20 at home. Has 29 TDs (23 rush, 6 rec.) in 28 career home games. Aims for his 6th in row with 95+ scrimmage yards. RB A.J. DILLON aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 89 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 9th in row at home with 6+ catches. Since 2016, leads NFL with 60 rec. TDs, ranks 4th in catches (504) & ranks 5th in rec. yards (6,307). WR ALLEN LAZARD had 1st rec. TD of season last week. TE ROBERT TONYAN had TD catch in last meeting. • DL KENNY CLARK had 2 sacks in Week 6, his 4th-career 2-sack game. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 10 tackles, 2 TFL & 2 PD in his last game vs. Was. (9/20/20 w/ Ari.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles. LB PRESTON SMITH had 24.5 sacks, 29 TFL, 4 INTs & 3 FRs in 64 games (2015-18) w/ Was. S DARNELL SAVAGE had 1st INT of season in Week 6. Had FF in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Davis, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Was.), 121 (GB) | XM: 388 (Was.), 229 (GB) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 811 (GB)

ATLANTA FALCONS (2-3) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-5)

SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 9-4 STREAKS: Dolphins have won past 2 LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Dolphins 20 at Falcons 17 LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Dolphins 27, Falcons 23

ATLANTA NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN passed for 342 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.7 rating in Week 5 & became 2nd-fastest QB (DREW BREES) to reach 5,000 career completions (210 games). Has 57,099 pass yards & surpassed ELI MANNING (57,023) for 8th-most in NFL history. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rating & 5th in row with 2+ TD passes. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 7 catches & 114 scrimmage yards (60 rec., 54 rush) in Week 5. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 5th in row with 5+ receptions. Had rec. TD in his last game at Mia. (12/9/18 w/ NE) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with TD catch. RB MIKE DAVIS rushed for 53 yards & TD in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY is 1 of 2 WRs (COOPER KUPP) with active streak of 10+ consecutive games (12) with 5+ receptions. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC. Rookie TE KYLE PITTS set career-highs in receptions (9), rec. yards (119) & had his 1stcareer rec. TD in Week 5. Became 1st rookie TE since JORDAN REED (10/20/13) with 9+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD in single game. • LB DEION JONES had 11 tackles & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. LB JACOB TUIOTI-MARINER had 2nd sack of season in Week 5. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN aims for his 11th in row on road with 5+ tackles. CB A.J. TERRELL had 4th-career FF in Week 5.

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed season-high 33 of 47 passes (70.2 pct.) for season-high 329 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.1 rating last week, 3rd-career game with 300+ pass yards. • RB MYLES GASKIN aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with TD. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • TE MIKE GESICKI had 8 catches for season-high 115 yards last week, 2nd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 3 of past 4. TE DURHAM SMYTHE had 5 catches for career-high 59 yards in Week 6. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 10 catches for season-high 70 yards & 2 TDs last week. Is only rookie with 10+ catches in 2 games this season. Leads all rookies with 37 catches. WR DEVANTE PARKER has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC South. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. WR MACK HOLLINS set season highs in catches (4) & rec. yards (61) last week. Had 5 catches for 50 yards in only career game vs. Atl. (9/15/19 w/ Phi.). • CB XAVIEN HOWARD aims for his 5th in row with PD. Has 4 PD in his past 2 at home. Since 2020, ties for NFL lead with 11 INTs. LB JEROME BAKER aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. LB ANDREW VAN GINKEL had PD & season-high 6 tackles last week. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had sack & PD last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had half sack in only career game vs. Atl. (11/11/18 w/ Cle.). DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS had sack & 1st-career FF in Week 6. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Atl.), 85 (Mia.) | XM: 384 (Atl.), 226 (Mia.) | SXM App: 801 (Atl.), 819 (Mia.)

NEW YORK JETS (1-4) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 68-53-1

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 11

LAST GAME: 9/19/21: Patriots 25 at Jets 6

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21: Patriots 28, Jets 14

JETS NOTES:

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 19 of 32 passes (59.4 pct.) for 192 yards in Week 5. Completed 19 of 33 passes (57.6 pct.) for 210 yards in Week 2 meeting. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) led team with 58 scrimmage yards (38 rush, 20 rec.) & had rush TD in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Had career-high 88 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 29 rec.) in Week 2 meeting. Ties for lead among rookies with 2 rush TDs this season. RB TY JOHNSON had 1st rush TD of season in Week 5. Rushed for season-high 50 yards in Week 2 meeting. • WR COREY DAVIS had 4 catches for team-high 45 rec. yards in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 40+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 2 of 3 road games this season. WR JAMISON CROWDER has 7+ catches in 4 of his past 5 on road vs. division. WR DENZEL MIMS has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. WR BRAXTON BERRIOS set season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (73) in Week 2 meeting. • DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS has sack in 2 of past 3. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. LB C.J. MOSLEY had 8 tackles & 1st FF of season in Week 5. Aims for 5th in row with 8+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & PD in Week 2 meeting. LB QUINCY WILLIAMS had 8 tackles & season-high 2 FFs in Week 5, 1 of 4 players in NFL with 2 FFs in single game this season. Has FF in 2 of past 3. Aims for 5th in row with 6+ tackles. Rookie CB BRANDIN ECHOLS led team with season-high 9 tackles & had PD in Week 5.

PATS NOTES:

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 15 of 21 atts. (71.4 pct.) for 229 yards with 2 TDs for season-high 118.9 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 95+ rating. Completed 22 of 30 atts. (73.3 pct.) for 186 yards in Week 2 meeting. Leads rookies in pass yards (1,472), comp. pct. (71.1) & rating (89.6). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for season-high 101 yards & TD last week, 5th-career game with 100+ rush yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards & rush TD. Rushed for 62 yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. Rookie RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON rushed for 1st-career TD in Week 6. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS had 5 catches for 44 yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had 75-yard TD catch in Week 6. Has 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. TE HUNTER HENRY aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had 42 rec. yards in Week 2 meeting. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had 6 tackles last week. Has sack in 4 of past 5 & 2 TFL in 3 of past 4. Had sack in Week 2 meeting & has sack in 2 of 3 career games vs. NYJ. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 6.5 sacks this season. LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with season-high 13 sacks & had TFL & FF in Week 6. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had 8 tackles, TFL & PD in Week 2 meeting. CB J.C. JACKSON had 2 INTs in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYJ with INT. S KYLE DUGGER had 1st-career INT last week. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (NYJ), 113 (NE) | XM: 385 (NYJ), 227 (NE) | SXM App: 824 (NYJ), 821 (NE)

CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-3) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (1-5)

SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 6-4

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/7/18: Giants 31 at Panthers 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/20/15: Panthers 38, Giants 35

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 207 yards & had TD vs. INT in Week 6. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 pass) vs. 2 INTs for 90.3 rating in 2 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ rush TDs. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 97.9 rating in his only career start vs. NYG (11/10/19 w/ NYJ). • RB CHUBA HUBBARD (rookie) had 61 rush yards & 1st-career rush TD in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards & 5th in row overall with 60+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 281 rush yards. • WR DJ MOORE led team with 5 receptions & 73 rec. yards last week. Is 1 of 3 WRs (JUSTIN JEFFERSON & COOPER KUPP) with 6 games of 5+ catches in 2021. Aims for his 5th in row on road & 10th in row overall with 5+ catches. Has 16 catches for 239 yards (119.5 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 2 road games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ catches & 110+ rec. yards. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB HAASON REDDICK had 3 TFL & 2nd-career FR in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. Set career-highs in sacks (5) & FFs (3) in his last game vs. NYG (12/13/20 w/ Ari.). DE BRIAN BURNS had 4 sacks & 3 PD in his past 4 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on road with PD. Rookie CB KEITH TAYLOR set career-highs in tackles (10) & PD (3) & had 1st-career FF last week. S JEREMY CHINN had season-high 9 tackles last week. Has 5+ tackles in each of 1st 9 career road games.

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 242 yards last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 at home. Since 2019, is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KYLER MURRAY & RUSSELL WILSON) with 900+ rush yards (903). • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 129 scrimmage yards (81 rec., 48 rush) & career-high 2 TD catches in last meeting. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 69 scrimmage yards (41 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR STERLING SHEPARD led team with season-high 10 receptions & 76 rec. yards last week, his 4th-career game with 10+ catches. Has 7+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 75 rec. yards in last meeting. WR KENNY GOLLADAY aims for his 3rd in row at home in 2021 with 60+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 113 yards & rec. TD in his only career game vs. Car. (11/18/18 w/ Det.). WR KADARIUS TONEY ranks 3rd among rookies with 317 rec. yards. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had season-high 1.5 sacks last week & has 3 sacks in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. LB TAE CROWDER had team-high 10 tackles last week & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 10+ tackles. DB LOGAN RYAN had PD in 3 of his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. Had 10 tackles & PD in his last game vs. Car. (11/3/19 w/ Ten.). S XAVIER MCKINNEY had career-high 2 INTs in Week 6. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 2 PD in Week 6. Is 1 of 2 CBs (TREVON DIGGS) with PD in each of 1st 6 games.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (Car.), 132 (NYG) | XM: 387 (Car.), 230 (NYG) | SXM App: 804 (Car.), 823 (NYG)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-3) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 27-23

STREAKS: Titans have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/10/19: Chiefs 32 at Titans 35

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/10/19

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 32 of 47 passes (68.1 pct.) for season-high 397 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 90.5 rating last week, 29th-career game with 300+ pass yards, tied-most alltime by player in 1st 5 seasons. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (JOE BURROW) with 2+ TD passes in 6 games this season. Passed for 446 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating in last meeting. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS had season-high 89 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row on road with rush TD. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 8 catches for team-high 99 yards last week. Has 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 games this season. Had 7 catches for 75 yards & TD in last meeting. Leads all TEs with 38 catches this season & ties for lead with 468 rec. yards. WR TYREEK HILL had 9 catches for 76 yards & TD in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Had 11 catches for 157 yards & TD in last meeting. Ties for NFL lead with 46 catches this season. WR DEMARCUS ROBINSON had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 6. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 5 tackles last week. Has 4 PD in his past 3 on road. CB L’JARIUS SNEED had TFL & FR in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. CB RASHAD FENTON had 2 PD & career-high 7 tackles last week. Rookie LB NICK BOLTON led team with 9 tackles & had TFL in Week 6. Leads rookies with 40 tackles. DT TERSHAWN WHARTON had 1st-career INT last week.

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 18 of 29 passes (62.1 pct.) for 216 yards & rushed for TD last week. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 95.9 rating in 3 career games vs. KC, incl. postseason. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC West with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 143 yards & 3 TDs last week, 3rd game with 3 rush TDs this season, most in NFL. Aims for 6th in row with 100+ rush yards, 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 3+ rush TDs. Rushed for 188 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. AFC West. Leads NFL with 783 rush yards & 10 rush TDs, 3rd player ever with 750+ rush yards & 10+ rush TDs in team’s 1st 6 games of season. • WR A.J. BROWN set season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (91) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches. WR JULIO JONES had 59 rec. yards in Week 6. Has 13 catches for 221 yards (110.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career games vs. KC. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with 100+ rec. yards. TE ANTHONY FIRKSER had TD catch in last meeting. • S KEVIN BYARD aims for 3rd in row with INT & 5th in row with PD. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC West with 5+ tackles. Ties for lead among safeties with 3 INTs this season. LB HAROLD LANDRY aims for 4th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Has 6 TFL in his past 3. Had sack in last meeting. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 6.5 sacks in 2021. LB DAVID LONG led team with career-high 14 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 12+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 206 (KC), 82 (Ten.) | XM: 386 (KC), 228 (Ten.) | SXM App: 815 (KC), 830 (Ten.)

DETROIT LIONS (0-6) AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (5-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 44-40-1

STREAKS: Rams have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Rams 30 at Lions 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/15: Rams 21, Lions 14 (St. Louis)

LIONS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF passed for 202 yards last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Was selected No. 1 overall by Rams in 2016 NFL Draft. Had 18,171 pass yards & 117 TDs (107 pass, 10 rush) in 69 starts from 2016-20 w/ Rams. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 5 catches, 67 scrimmage yards (43 rec., 24 rush) & rush TD in Week 6. Has TD in 4 of 6 games this season. Ranks tied-1st among RBs in receptions (34) & rec. yards (295). Is 1 of 2 NFC RBs (LEONARD FOURNETTE) with 200+ rec. yards & 200+ rush yards (214). RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 60+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in only career game vs. LAR (10/28/18 w/ GB). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON led team in catches (8) & rec. yards (74) in Week 6. Is only TE with 3 games of 8+ catches in 2021. Is 1 of 2 NFC TEs (DALTON SCHULTZ) with 30+ receptions (32) & 300+ rec. yards (311) this season. WR KALIF RAYMOND tied his careerhigh with 6 catches last week. Rookie WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN aims for his 3rd in row on road & 4th in row with 5+ catches. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE has INT in 3 of his past 4 & ranks tied3rd in NFL with career-high 3 INTs. LB JULIAN OKWARA had 1st-career sack last week. LB AUSTIN BRYANT had 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4. Rookie LB DERRICK BARNES led team with career-high 8 tackles last week. DE MICHAEL BROCKERS had 28 sacks & 48 TFL in 138 games (2012- 20) with Rams.

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 4 TDs vs. INT for 128.7 rating last week. Has 944 pass yards (314.7 per game) & 9 TDs vs. INT for 122.1 rating in 3 home starts this season. Spent 12 seasons (2009-20) with Det. & is franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards (45,109), pass TDs (282) & rating (89.9). • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 107 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 29 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 2nd-career game with 2 TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD & 6th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. • WR COOPER KUPP had 9 catches for 130 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week. Joined HOFer MARVIN HARRISON (1999) as only players with 45+ catches (46), 650+ rec. yards (653) & 7+ rec. TDs (7) in his team’s 1st 6 games of season in NFL history. Aims for his 6th in row at home & 11th in row overall with 5+ catches. WR ROBERT WOODS had 3rd rec. TD of season in Week 6. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 home games this season. Had rec. TD in last meeting. TE TYLER HIGBEE aims for his 4th in row at home with 4+ receptions. • DL AARON DONALD has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had 2 sacks & 4 TFL in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with sack & 2+ TFL. LB LEONARD FLOYD had 1.5 sacks, FF & FR last week. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home & aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. CB JALEN RAMSEY has 8 PD in his past 5 at home. S TAYLOR RAPP had career-high 3 PD & 1stcareer game with 2 INTs in Week 6.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 83 (LAR) | XM: 383 (Det.), 225 (LAR) | SXM App: 810 (Det.), 818 (LAR)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-4) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS: Eagles have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME: 12/25/17: Raiders 10 at Eagles 19

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/13: Eagles 49, Raiders 20 (Oakland)

EAGLES:

QB JALEN HURTS had 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 pass) last week & became the 7th QB since 1970 with 2+ rush TDs in consecutive games. Has 8 rush TDs in 1st 10 starts, tied-2nd most (KORDELL STEWART) by QB in 1st 10 starts all-time. Has 1,468 pass yards (293.6 per game), 259 rush yards (51.8 per game) & 12 TDs (9 pass, 3 rush) in 5 career road starts. • RB MILES SANDERS had 66 scrimmage yards (56 rush, 10 rec.) last week. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. AFC. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) has 7+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his 3 career road games. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 345 rec. yards & tied-3rd in receptions (27). TE DALLAS GOEDERT has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road vs. AFC. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. • DT FLETCHER COX had FR in last meeting. DT JAVON HARGRAVE has 5 sacks in 3 road games this season & aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Is 1 of 2 NFC DL with 6+ sacks (6) in 2021. LB ALEX SINGLETON had season-high 15 tackles & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 10+ tackles & 6th in row overall with 9+ tackles. CB DARIUS SLAY has 4 PD & 3 INTs in his past 4 on road. Leads NFL with 113 PD since 2013. CB STEVEN NELSON had 1st INT of season in Week 5. Has 5 PD, 2 TFL & FF in his past 4 vs. Raiders. S ANTHONY HARRIS had 1st INT of season last week, his 10th-career INT.

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR completed 18 of 27 passes (66.7 pct.) for 341 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 134.4 rating last week. Has 2 TD passes in 5 of 6 games this season. Has 325+ pass yards in 3 of past 4 at home. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,946 pass yards this season. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 82 scrimmage yards (53 rush, season high 29 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 65+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. RB KENYAN DRAKE had season high 73 scrimmage yards (39 rec., 34 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, 3rd-career game with rush TD & rec. TD. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC East. • TE DARREN WALLER had team-high 5 catches for 59 yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 games this season. Has 466 rec. yards (93.2 per game) in his past 5 at home. Ranks 3rd among TEs in catches (33) & rec. yards (378) in 2021. WR HENRY RUGGS had 3 catches for 97 yards & TD in Week 6. Aims for 6th in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR BRYAN EDWARDS had 67 rec. yards last week. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 at home. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 3 sacks & PD last week, 2nd-career game with 3+ sacks. Has PD in 2 of past 3. DT QUINTON JEFFERSON had 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Had half sack & FR in his last game vs. Phi. (11/24/19 w/ Sea.). LB DENZEL PERRYMAN ties for NFL lead with 72 tackles in 2021. LB CORY LITTLETON had 11 tackles & PD last week. S JOHNATHAN ABRAM had 9 tackles & 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 7th in row with 6+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Phi.), 113 (LV) | XM: 385 (Phi.), 227 (LV) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 816 (LV)

HOUSTON TEXANS (1-5) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (6-0)

SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Series tied, 2-2

STREAKS: Cardinals have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/19/17: Cardinals 21 at Texans 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/10/13: Cardinals 27, Texans 24

TEXANS NOTES:

QB DAVIS MILLS (rookie) completed 29 of 43 passes (67.4 pct.) for 243 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 225+ pass yards & 65+ comp. pct. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 63.3 comp. pct. this season. QB TYROD TAYLOR rushed for 76 yards & TD in only career start vs. Az. (9/25/16 w/ Buf.). • RB MARK INGRAM led team with 73 rush yards last week. Has 291 scrimmage yards (97 per game) in 3 career games vs. Az. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Az. with 75+ scrimmage yards. Leads all active players in rush yards (7,609) & ranks 2nd in rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON totaled 5,347 scrimmage yards (3,128 rush, 2,219 rec.) & 48 TDs (33 rush, 15 rec.) in 5 seasons with Az. (2015-19). RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had season-high 54 scrimmage yards (39 rush, 15 rec.) in Week 6. Rushed for 90 yards & TD in only career game vs. Az. (10/18/18 w/ Den.). • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 9 catches for 89 yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 5 of 6 games this season. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 5+ catches. Rookie WR NICO COLLINS had season-high 44 rec. yards in Week 6. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM has 7+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 on road. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had TFL in Week 6. Has TFL in 2 of 3 road games this season. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 0.5+ sacks. LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL led team with 7 tackles last week. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Has 4 TFL in his past 3 on road. DE JONATHAN GREENARD had career-high 2 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TFL & sack.

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129 rating in Week 6, his 2nd-career game with 4 TD passes (Week 1). Is 1 of 2 QBs (DAK PRESCOTT) with 5 games of 100+ rating in 2021. Has 2,909 pass yards (290.9 per game) & 29 TDs (20 pass, 9 rush) in his past 10 home starts. Has 19 TDs (13 pass, 6 rush) & 107.5 rating in 7 career starts vs. AFC. • RB JAMES CONNER rushed for 71 yards last week. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 4. Had 149 scrimmage yards (109 rush, 40 rec.) & rush TD in his last game vs. Hou. (9/27/20 w/ Pit.). RB CHASE EDMONDS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 6 games in 2021. Ranks 4th among RBs with 26 catches this season. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 12th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs (2) in Week 6. Has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 at home. Spent 7 seasons (2013-19) with Hou. & ranks 2nd in franchise history in receptions (632), rec. yards (8,602) & rec. TDs (54). WR A.J. GREEN led team with 79 rec. yards & had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his 5 career games vs. Hou. • DE J.J. WATT had 1st sack of season & 26th-career FF last week. Spent 10 seasons (2011-20) with Hou. & is franchise leader in sacks (101) & TFL (172). Watt (102 sacks) & LB CHANDLER JONES (102) are only active pair of teammates with 100+ sacks each. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 5th-career game with 2+ sacks (2) & 10th-career FF last week. Has 3 FFs in his past 5. LB JORDAN HICKS had career-high 2 sacks in Week 6. S BUDDA BAKER had 12 tackles, sack, 2 FFs, 2 PD & FR in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Hou.), 85 (Az.) | XM: 384 (Hou.), 226 (Az.) | SXM App: 812 (Hou.), 800 (Az.)

CHICAGO BEARS (3-3) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 40-20

STREAKS: Bears have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/8/20: Buccaneers 19 at Bears 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/17/17: Buccaneers 29, Bears 7

BEARS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) had 217 yards (174 pass, career-high 43 rush) & TD vs. INT in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd start in row with TD pass. • RB KHALIL HERBERT (rookie) set career highs in rush yards (97) & scrimmage yards (112) & had 1st-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ rush yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 4 catches for team-high 53 rec. yards last week. Had 10 catches for 90 yards in last meeting. Had 7 catches for 72 yards & 2 rec. TDs in his only career game at TB (10/11/15 w/ Jax.). Since 2019, is 1 of 6 WRs with 220+ catches (221) & 2,600+ rec. yards (2,631). WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 5 receptions & had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his 6 games this season. TE COLE KMET had 4 catches for season-high 49 yards last week. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had rec. TD in last meeting. • LB KHALIL MACK had sack in Week 6. Has longest active sack streak (5 consecutive games) in NFL. Has 5 sacks, 6 TFL & 2 FFs in 3 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with sack & 2+ TFL. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 12 tackles last week. Had 7 tackles & 2 PD in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 (DENZEL PERRYMAN) with 6 games of 9+ tackles in 2021. LB ROBERT QUINN had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has 5.5 sacks in 2021 & had 5+ sacks in 9 of 11 career seasons. Ranks 2nd among active players with 28 career FFs. DT AKIEM HICKS had sack last week. DB EDDIE JACKSON had season-high 8 tackles last week.

BUCS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY completed 34 of 42 atts. (81 pct.) for 297 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102.1 rating last week, his highest career comp. pct. in game with 40+ atts. Has 146 games with 100+ rating, most all-time. Has 1,066 pass yards (355.3 per game) & 14 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 123.7 rating in 3 home starts in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 4+ TD passes. Has 1,848 pass yards (308 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 105.3 rating in 6 career starts vs. Chi. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 6 catches, 127 scrimmage yards (81 rush., 46 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 6, his 6th-career game with 2+ rush TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD & 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR MIKE EVANS aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 5+ catches. WR ANTONIO BROWN led team with 9 catches & 93 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 19 catches for 306 rec. yards (153 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. Chi. WR CHRIS GODWIN has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. • LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 9th in row at home with 6+ tackles. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 4.5 sacks & 2 FF in his past 3 vs. Chi. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with sack. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 3 sacks in his past 3. Has 5.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 at home. DT VITA VEA had sack last week & had sack in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 206 (Chi.), 82 (TB) | XM: 386 (Chi.), 228 (TB) | SXM App: 805 (Chi.), 829 (TB)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-4) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 26-18

STREAKS: Colts have won past 4

LAST GAME: 10/8/17: 49ers 23 at Colts 26 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Colts 27, 49ers 7

COLTS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 223 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.7 rating last week. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.4 rating over past 3 games, highest rating in NFL since Week 4. Has 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs in 2 career starts (both wins) vs. SF. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 158 scrimmage yards (season-high 145 rush, 13 rec.) & 2 TDs last week, 4th-career game with 150+ scrimmage yards, tied 3rd-most among RBs since 2020. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 682 scrimmage yards (472 rush, 210 rec.) in 2021. RB MARLON MACK rushed for 91 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 251 rush yards (125.5 per game) in 2 career games on SNF. • WR T.Y. HILTON had 4 catches for 80 yards in season debut last week. Had 7 catches for 177 yards in last meeting. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN has 50+ rec. yards 4 of past 5. TE MO ALIE-COX had 28-yard TD catch last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 7 tackles, INT & FF last week. Only player in NFL with 2 INTs & 2 FFs in 2021. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Has PD in 4 of past 5. Aims for 4th in row on road with FR. LB BOBBY OKEREKE led team with career-high 14 tackles last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 2 TFL & 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC West. Had 38 TFL & 28.5 sacks in 4 seasons with SF (2016-19). S KHARI WILLIS had sack, FR & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 7+ tackles. CB ISAIAH RODGERS had 1st-career INT last week.

49ERS NOTES:

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO has 85+ rating in 3 of his 4 starts this season. Aims for his 5th in row in 2021 with TD pass. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 100+ rating. Rookie QB TREY LANCE passed for 192 yards & rushed for 89 yards in 1stcareer start in Week 5 & became 4th-youngest QB to start game in SB era. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. FB KYLE JUSZCZYK has rec. TD in 3 of his past 5 at home. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 71 scrimmage yards (58 rec., 13 rush) & 4th-career rush TD in Week 5. Has 5+ catches in 4 of 5 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR BRANDON AIYUK has 4+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC with 5+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. • DL NICK BOSA had sack & 2 TFL in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 6th in row with TFL. Has 24 TFL in 23 career games. LB FRED WARNER led team with 9 tackles in Week 5. Has 9+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 & aims for his 4th in row with 9+ tackles. DL DEE FORD had career-high 3.5 sacks in his only career game vs. Ind. (10/30/16 w/ KC). DL D.J. JONES had 1st sack of season in Week 5. CB EMMANUEL MOSELEY has 5 PD in his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with PD. CB DONTAE JOHNSON had 1st-career FF & FR in Week 5. DB JIMMIE WARD had season-high 7 tackles in Week 5.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Derek Rackley SIRIUS: 85 (Ind.), 211 (SF), National (88) | XM: 226 (Ind.), 225 (SF), National (88) | SXM App: 813 (Ind.), 827 (SF), National (88)

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-2) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-4)

MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 8-6

STREAKS: Saints have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 9/22/19: Saints 33 at Seahawks 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/19

SAINTS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON had season-high 279 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 108.2 rating in Week 5. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his 5 starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating. Passed for 335 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.9 rating in his only career start at Sea. (11/3/19 w/ TB). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 100+ rating. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.5 rating in 2 career starts on MNF. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had season-high 122 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 51 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5. Has 9 games with both rush & rec. TD, tied-most by player in 1st 5 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD & 4th in row overall with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 161 scrimmage yards (92 rec., 69 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush ,1 rec.) in last meeting. Has 36 receptions (7.2 per game) & 654 scrimmage yards (130.8 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 5 on MNF. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had career-high 85 rec. yards & 1stcareer 2-TD game in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. WR DEONTE HARRIS had career-long 72-yard rec. TD in Week 5. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had career-high 6 PD in Week 5, 1st DB with 6 PD in single game since KYLE FULLER (12/24/17). Aims for his 11th in row with PD. Had 12 tackles & PD in last meeting. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 1st sack of season in Week 5. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 8+ tackles. Rookie LB PETE WERNER aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB GENO SMITH completed 23 of 32 attempts (71.9 pct.) for 209 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 99.6 rating in Week 6. Had rush TD in only career game vs. NO (11/3/13 w/ NYJ). • RB ALEX COLLINS rushed for 101 yards & TD in Week 6, his 3rdcareer game with 100+ rush yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. RB TRAVIS HOMER had season-high 54 scrimmage yards (27 rush, 27 rec.) last week. • WR DK METCALF had team-high 6 catches for 58 yards last week. Has 22 receptions for 322 yards (107.3 per game) in 3 career games on MNF. Aim for his 4th in row on MNF with 6+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has 11 rec. TDs in his past 11 at home. WR TYLER LOCKETT had 5+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 at home. Had 11 receptions for 154 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Ranks 5th in NFL with 31 rec. TDs since 2018. TE GERALD EVERETT has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4 on MNF. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 14 tackles in Week 6 & tied for leaguelead with 72 tackles in 2021. Had 19 tackles in last meeting & had 45 tackles (15 per game) in 3 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NO with 10+ tackles. LB CARLOS DUNLAP has 6 sacks in 9 career games on MNF. S JAMAL ADAMS had 8 tackles & FF in his only career game vs. NO (12/17/17 w/ NYJ). Aims for his 5th in row on MNF with 5+ tackles & TFL. S QUANDRE DIGGS has INT in 3 of his past 4 on MNF. Has INT in 3 of his past 5 at home. DE KERRY HYDER had 2nd FR of season last week. Had sack in his last game vs. NO (11/15/20 w/ SF).

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (NO), 83 (Sea.), National (88) | XM: 226 (NO), 225 (Sea.), National (88) | SXM App: 822 (NO), 828 (Sea.), National (88)

Congress seeks information from NFL on WFT investigation

(AP) — A Congressional committee is seeking documents and information from the NFL regarding the investigation into the Washington Football Team and how the league handled it.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform said Thursday it sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting by Nov. 4 all documents and communication about the probe into the workplace culture at the Washington Football Team.

“We have serious concerns about what appears to be widespread abusive workplace conduct at the WFT and about the NFL’s handling of this matter,” U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, wrote in the letter to the commissioner.

“Communications between league management and WFT leadership also raise questions about the league’s asserted impartiality in these investigations.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league has received the letter and shares the committee’s “concern that all workplaces should be free from any form of harassment and discrimination. We look forward to speaking to her office soon.”

The Washington Football Team hired lawyer Beth Wilkinson in the summer of 2020 to look into allegations of sexual harassment and other improper conduct within the organization. The league later took over that investigation and fined the team $10 million in July and said the culture at the club was “toxic” and ownership and senior officials paid little attention to sexual harassment and other workplace issues.

Owner Dan Snyder has stepped away from day-to-day operations, but there was no written report on Wilkinson’s inquiry.

“The NFL’s lack of transparency about the problems it recently uncovered raise questions about the seriousness with which it has addressed bigotry, racism, sexism, and homophobia – setting troubling precedent for other workplaces,” the letter said.

Earlier this month, emails gathered in relation to that investigation revealed racist, homophobic and misogynistic language from former Raiders coach Jon Gruden to Washington team President Bruce Allen when Gruden was an announcer at ESPN.

Gruden resigned as coach of the Raiders on Oct. 11 and lawyers representing 40 former employees of the Washington Football Team urged the league to immediately release the full findings of the investigation.

The NFL has refused but the committee is now asking for that information, as well as any reports about the investigation, details on top league counsel Jeff Pash’s role in the investigation, who from the league oversaw Wilkinson’s investigation and why there wasn’t a written report.

The New York Times reported that Pash and Allen exchanged numerous emails on topics ranging from jokes on the league’s diversity initiatives, cutting player salaries and reducing a fine from the NFL.

The league has called those emails “appropriate” as part of conversations between the league and teams.

Mordecai throws 3 more TDs, No. 21 SMU beats Tulane 55-26

DALLAS (AP) SMU coach Sonny Dykes saw the best first half of the season from his team, which made it easier to excuse a drop-off after halftime.

Tanner Mordecai threw three touchdown passes to push his nation-leading total to 29, ran for another score and No. 21 SMU dominated the opening half in a 55-26 victory over Tulane on Thursday night.

The Mustangs (7-0, 3-0 American Athletic) are a victory away from their second 8-0 start in the past three seasons as they get ready to play three of the next four games on the road in a stretch that ends with a trip to No. 2 Cincinnati.

“You’ve got to go play well when you have the national stage,” Dykes said. “We don’t get it very often. I thought our guys were excited about the opportunity and took advantage of it certainly in the first half. Second half wasn’t as good.”

Mordecai had 300 of his career-high 427 yards at halftime, capped by a 22-yard toss to Reggie Roberson Jr. for a 31-7 lead 53 seconds before the break. The Oklahoma transfer’s 3-yard scoring run on a bootleg off a fake pitch fooled the entire Tulane defense early.

“Overall just poor execution on the defensive side of the ball,” Tulane linebacker Nick Anderson said. “Many times we had them third-and-long and just didn’t execute the right calls to get off the field.”

Second-year freshman Michael Pratt tied a career high with three touchdown passes to give him at least one in all 17 of his games, but the early deficit was too big in a fifth consecutive loss for the Green Wave (1-6, 0-3), which was displayed by Hurricane Ida early in the season.

Pratt exited the game midway through the fourth quarter after getting hit while sliding at the end of a scramble. SMU linebacker Gary Wiley was penalized for a late hit after a targeting call was overturned. Freshman Kai Horton took over and later threw an interception.

“I thought those guys played hard all the way through the game,” Dykes said. “That’s hard to do when those guys have been through what they’ve been through this year. I know it’s been a tough year for them.”

With lead running back Ulysses Bentley IV limited again by an ankle injury, SMU’s Tre Siggers had 81 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 1-yard score that was initially ruled short of the goal line but reversed on replay. Bentley had one early catch for 6 yards.

Danny Gray had eight catches for a career-high 140 yards, the biggest a 43-yarder on third-and-14 from the SMU 18-yard line with Tulane building momentum in the third quarter.

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL

• Six Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by four of the top 10 teams in the country. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Penn State, No. 9 Michigan State, No. 11 Iowa and No. 25 Purdue. 

• Two Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Michigan State and Michigan are 7-0 and 6-0, respectively. Additionally, Ohio State is 3-0 in conference play and 2-0 in the East Division. 

• No. 9 Michigan State defeated Indiana, 20-15, to improve to 7-0 on the season, marking the first time that the Spartans have started 7-0 since 2015 and just the eighth time in program history that they have won their first seven games. Additionally, the Spartans are now 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2017.

• No. 25 Purdue upset then-No. 2 Iowa, 24-7, marking the second time in the last four seasons that the Boilermakers have defeated a team ranked No. 2 in the nation. Prior to Saturday’s win over Iowa, Purdue defeated then-No. 2 Ohio State, 49-20, on Oct. 20, 2018. Senior QB Aidan O’Connell completed 30 of 40 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns, while junior WR David Bell was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week following a performance that included 11 receptions for 240 yards (21.8 avg.) and a touchdown. Bell’s 240 receiving yards marked the second-highest single-game total in school history and are the second-most receiving yards in a game by a FBS player in 2021.  Defensively, Purdue registered four interceptions — two by Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Cam Allen — and four sacks. 

• After holding Iowa to just 7 points, Purdue now ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering just 14 points per game. Additionally, the Boilermakers rank third in the country in red zone defense (60 pct.), fifth in defensive passing efficiency (103.41) and sixth in first downs allowed (89). Offensively, Purdue ranks 10th in the country in passing (334.0 yards per game). 

• Minnesota improved to 4-2 overall on the season with a 30-23 win over Nebraska. The Gophers were led by QB Tanner Morgan who completed 20 of 24 passes — including a school-record 16 consecutive completions — and threw two touchdowns. WR Chris Autman-Bell caught a career-high 11 passes for 103 yards and RB Bryce Williams carried 17 times for 127 yards (7.47 avg.), including a 56-yard touchdown run. 

• In the final non-conference matchup of the season, Wisconsin topped Army 20-14 at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers were led defensively by three players who registered double-digit tackles: junior LB Leo Chenal (17), senior LB Jack Sanborn (12) and senior S Scott Nelson (11). Chenal added 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble in the victory. Offensively, sophomore QB Graham Mertz tallied two rushing scores, while RB Braelon Allen was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week following his 108-yard rushing performance. 

• Northwestern improved to 3-3 overall with a 21-7 victory over Rutgers. The Wildcats were led on defense by junior DL Adetomiwa Adebawore who tallied seven tackles, four TFLs, a sack, two QB hits and a forced fumble. Adebawore’s four TFLs marked the most by a Northwestern defender since 2018. Offensively, sophomore QB Ryan Hilinski finished 18-for-33 for 267 yards and two touchdowns.

• The Big Ten boasts four teams who rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Penn State (4th, 13.8 ppg), Purdue (5th, 14.0), Iowa (7th, 14.6) and Michigan (9th, 15.5). The conference has three teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (3rd, 101.70), Penn State (4th, 102.12) and Purdue (5th, 103.41). Additionally, three Big Ten teams rank in the top 10 in the nation in run defense: Wisconsin (3rd, 64.3 ypg), Minnesota (6th, 86.8) and Iowa (7th, 89.7).

• Ohio State has scored more than 50 points in its last three games and leads the nation in total offense (563.2 ypg), while ranking second in scoring offense (48.5 ppg.) and second in team passing efficiency (187.76). The Buckeyes offense also ranks second in the country in third-down conversion percentage (.565 pct.).

• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-5 single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa), Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (3rd, 264 at Northwestern) and Illinois’ Chase Brown (4th, 257 vs. Charlotte). Walker III also eclipsed 200 yards rushing at Rutgers (8th-most in a single game in 2021), while Northwestern’s Evan Hull rushed for 216 yards vs. Ohio (tied for 14th).

• Additional top-5 single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (4th, 266.174 passing efficiency; and 5th, 484 passing yards vs. Oregon), Purdue’s David Bell (2nd, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (3rd, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), and Michigan State’s Jayden Reed (5th, 285 all-purpose yards vs. Western Kentucky; and 5th, 88 punt return yards vs. Western Kentucky on Oct. 2). 

• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.      

• Eight Big Ten standouts were named candidates for the 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award: Illinois’ Blake Hayes, Indiana’s Ty Fryfogle, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Andrew Vastardis, Minnesota’s Conner Olson, Nebraska’s Ben Stille, Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Penn State’s Sean Clifford. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior students in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during football bowl season in December.

• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. OHIO STATE

INDIANA NOTES:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program will square off with No. 5/5 Ohio State under the light in front of a sold-out crowd inside Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 23. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

No. 5/5 OHIO STATE (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) at INDIANA (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten)
Memorial Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 23 | 7 p.m. ET
TV: ABC |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
 
Setting The Scene
•  Indiana (2-4, 0-3 B1G East) wraps up its two-game homestand against No. 5/5 Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 B1G East) on Saturday, Oct. 23. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on ABC.
•  The Buckeyes are the Hoosiers fifth ranked opponent and fourth Top-10 foe in seven games.
•  IU held No. 10 Michigan State to 20 points, 100 rushing yards, 141 passing yards, and 241 total yards last weekend. MSU came into the game averaging 36.7 points, 217.2 rushing, 269,7 passing, and 486.8 total yards.
•  Ty Fryfogle became the 11th Hoosier to reach 2,000 receiving yards against the Spartans.
•  He ranks 10th in yardage (2,056), eighth in receptions (145), and T-10th in touchdowns (14) in IU lore.
•  Peyton Hendershot needs four catches (114) and 95 yards (1,242) to set the program marks for a tight end.
•  Hendershot is second with 11 TDs, trailing Ted Bolser’s 15 (2010-13).
•  Saturday’s game is IU’s second sellout of the season (Cincinnati).
 
The Coaches
•  The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allenis 26-26 (.500) in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15)
•  Ryan Day is in his third season as Ohio State head coach. He posted a 3-0 record as the Buckeyes acting head coach to open 2018 and owns a 28-3 overall mark (.903), including a perfect 18-0 Big Ten record.
 
News & Notes
•  Indiana is 16-11 overall and 11-8 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019.
•  The Hoosiers have won 11 of their last 17 league games.
•  IU was ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969.
•  Indiana appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the 11th-straight week, a program record.
•  The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr.season captains.
•  Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.
•  The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).
•  IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).
•  Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.
•  Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

OHIO STATE NOTES:

FIRST AND TEN  Ohio State, off last weekend, travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Indiana Hoosiers that ABC will televise to a national audience.  This is the 95th game in the all-time series and Ohio State holds a 76-12-5 advantage.  Ohio State has won 25 consecutive in the series, but … f Indiana is making things a little too interesting – as in uncomfortably interesting – for Ohio State of late. Consider: 52-49 in 2012; 42-27 in 2014; 34-27 in 2015; 49-26 in 2018; and 42-35 last year.  Indiana’s last wins over Ohio State: back-to-back in 1987 (31-10) and 1988 (41-7). The ’87 win snapped a 23-game Ohio State win streak over the Hoosiers. The two teams tied, 27-all, in 1990.  Last year, both teams were ranked in the AP Top 10. Ohio State led at one point 35-7 and held on for a 42-35 win. Indiana rallied behind Michael Penix (491 passing yards and 5 TDs).  Fifth-year Ohio State OC Kevin Wilson was IU’s head coach for six years, from 2011-16. He led his final two Hoosier teams to bowl games.  The teams next meet on 10-29-22 in Columbus.

Ohio State has won three consecutive games since a 35-28 home loss to Oregon in Week 2 of the season, and it comes back from its off weekend with a 5-1 overall record and 3-0 mark in the Big Ten. Two of its three conference wins have come on the road. f The Buckeyes are averaging 54.5 points in the last four games and are giving up just 14.2.  The Buckeyes have outscored – 152-40 – and outgained – 587.0 ypg-303.0 – the last three opponents by considerable margins.  Over the last three games – in wins over Akron, Rutgers and Maryland – Ohio State has given up just five touchdowns.  The Buckeyes have not allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 2 against Oregon and are allowing just 79.0 yards per game on the ground over the last four games.  Ohio State possesses one of the top offenses in college football. The Buckeyes rank nationally No. 1 in total offense (562.7), No. 2 in scoring (48.5), No. 8 in passing (352.2) and No. 22 in rushing (211.0).  The Buckeyes are also tied for fifth nationally in scrimmage plays of at least 50 yards with nine of them by four players (TreVeyon Henderson – 4; Garrett Wilson – 2; Chris Olave – 1; and Miyan Williams – 1).  The Buckeyes defense, after allowing an average of 471.3 yards and 28.7 points through the first three games of the season, has lowered those averages considerable in the last three weeks to current cumulative averages of 387.3 yards and 20.5 points.  Ohio State’s defense has improved by 49 positions in scoring defense and by 34 in total defense the past three weekends.  Ohio State’s defense is second nationally in passes defended (43; 34 PBUs and 9 INTs).

Twenty-one of Ohio State’s 22 trips into the red zone have resulted in points – 11th nationally; 95.45 pct. – with 17 touchdowns (nine rushes; eight passes).  Ohio State is T3rd nationally with 46 plays from scrimmage of at least 20 yards (7.6 per game). The Buckeyes had 11 such plays vs. Oregon, nine vs. Akron and eight against both Rutgers and Maryland.

SCOUTING INDIANA  Indiana fell to 2-4 last Saturday after a 20-15 loss to No. 10 Michigan State in Bloomington.  All four of Indiana’s losses have come to team’s that are currently ranked in the Associated Press top 10: Iowa, Penn State, Cincinnati and Michigan State.  Jack Tuttle started at quarterback against the Spartans for an injured Michael Pennix Jr. and completed 28 of 25 passes for 188 yards and two interceptions.  Ty Fryfogle, the 2020 Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year, caught a game-high seven passes. He is Indiana’s leading receiver this season with totals of 33 catches for 337 yards and one touchdown.  Stephen Carr leads the Hoosiers in rushing with 439 yards on 121 carries and four touchdowns. He’s averaging 73.2 yards per game.  On defense, Indiana ranks 37th nationally in total yards given up (334.8 per game) and is 18th in third down conversion defense, allowing opponents to convert just 31.7 percent of the time.  Linebacker and All-Big Ten performer Micah McFaddan leads the team in tackles (36), tackles for loss (9.0) and sacks (3.5). He also has two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. WISCONSIN

PURDUE NOTES:

PURDUE RETURNS HOME FOR A SELLOUT • No. 25 Purdue Football (4-2, 2-1) hosts Big Ten Conference foe Wisconsin (3-3, 1-2) on Saturday, Oct. 23, in front of what has already been announced as a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium. • Head coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers will aim to keep the train rolling after the tremendous 24-7 win at No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16), the program’s second-straight victory over an AP No. 2-ranked squad. • As announced on Sept. 22, Saturday’s game against the Badgers will be a capacity crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium. Notably, the day is also Purdue’s Hammer Down Cancer Game. • The Boilermakers head into Saturday’s game with a 4-2 record for the first time since the 2010 season. With a win against Wisconsin, Purdue would improve to 5-2 for the first time since 2007. PURDUE – WISCONSIN SERIES HISTORY • Purdue is 29-50-8 all-time against Wisconsin and will be looking for its first win in the series since 2003 on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. • Historically, the Boilermakers are 16-22-3 at home against the Badgers. The most recent home Purdue victory over Wisconsin dates back to the 1997 season, when the Boilers rolled the No. 24-ranked Badgers, 45-20 (Oct. 18, 1997). • The Boilermakers and head coach Jeff Brohm came close to snapping its slide against the Badgers in 2018, dropping a triple overtime heart-breaker, 44-47 (Nov. 17, 2018). • Interestingly, the Boilermakers have more ties, eight, vs. Wisconsin than any other opponent in school history. The series dates back to 1892 and is Purdue’s fourth-longest contested matchup. Earlier first meetings include: Illinois (1890), Michigan (1890) and Indiana (1891). RANKED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2007 • The Boilermakers are back in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since the 2007 season, earning a No. 25 nod for the Week 8 (Oct. 17) edition of the poll. Back in the 2007 season, Purdue’s 5-0 start to the season vaulted the Boilermakers to No. 23 in the Week 5 (Sept. 30, 2007) poll. • For head coach Jeff Brohm, he previously led a squad into the Top 25 during his three-year tenure at Western Kentucky. His 2015 program made two appearances in the Top 25, earning the 25th slot for the Week 14 (Dec. 6, 2015) poll and finishing 24th in the season’s final poll. • All-time, Purdue is 3-0 when ranked 25th in the Associated Press poll. Most recently, Purdue won two games as the nation’s No. 25 team during the 2004 season under Joe Tiller’s guidance. Tiller’s Boiler squad defeated Syracuse (51-0, Sept. 5, 2004) and Ball State (59-7, Sept. 11, 2004) during a 5-0 start to that campaign.

RING THE BELL • If you hadn’t heard of heard Bell before the Iowa game, now you have. The junior WR from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) torched the No. 2 Hawkeyes for 240 receiving yards (11 catches), the second-highest yardage total in team history, behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 vs. Michigan State (October 16, 1999). • Bell’s effort against Iowa sets him as the eighth Boilermaker to have 200-plus receiving yards in a game and the first since Rondale Moore had 220 vs. Vanderbilt (September 7, 2019). • Also within the Iowa game was a season-long 60-yard snag for Bell, which is the longest play from scrimmage for the Boilermakers in 2021. His longest is an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5).

• Bell has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 14 of his 23 career games at Purdue, which ties the program record held previously solely by John Standeford. • Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11). • Bell missed the Minnesota (Oct. 2) game due to being in concussion protocol after taking a hit to his upper body in the second half at Notre Dame (Sept. 18). • The Boilermaker star ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game (135.8), and first in the Big Ten Conference. • For his career, Bell is averaging 7.7 catches per game, 101.7 yards per game and 0.2 touchdown receptions per game. His 101.7 receiving yards per game is No. 1 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.7 receptions per game is currently the second-most for an active NCAA career, only trailing Western Kentucky’s Jerreth Sterns (8.7). • The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04). GOODBYE, NUMBER TWO • With the win against No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16), Purdue improved to 6-10 all-time against teams ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, and the Boilermakers have won two in a row, including the 49-20 win against second-ranked Ohio State on October 20, 2018 • The Boilermakers have 16 wins over top-five opponents when they are unranked, the most in the country. • The Iowa win is Purdue’s first against a top-2 foe on the road since a 31-20 victory at Notre Dame on September 28, 1974.

DEFENSE! DEFENSE! • The Boilermakers have gotten tremendously stingy on defense, ranking fifth nationally in scoring defense (14.0) through six games this season. In the neighborhood with Purdue includes: Georgia (6.6), Clemson (12.5), Cincinnati (13.7) and Penn State (13.8). • Brohm’s squad is uniquely one of seven programs in the country to average more than 420.0 yards of total offense and less than 300.0 yards of total defense (Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Georgia, Iowa State, Liberty, NC State). • The Boilermaker defense had four interceptions at Iowa (Oct. 16), the most since 2018, a four-INT game against Boston College (Sept. 22, 2018), and the four takeaways is the team’s most since it had four at Wisconsin (Nov. 23, 2019). • Purdue’s defense is led by a new array of assistant coaches selected to join the Boilermaker staff by head coach Jeff Brohm during the offseason leading up to the 2021 season. Three new co-defensive coordinators were hired, Brad Lambert, previously at Marshall, and Ron English, previously at Florida. In his second stint on Purdue’s staff, Mark Hagen was selected by Brohm and elevated to co-defensive coordinator. • Lambert and English coach the linebacker and secondary groups, respectively, while Hagen returned to Purdue in 2021 to lead the defensive line. Brohm also added cornerbacks coach James Adams to his staff from Navy.

WISCONSIN NOTES:

BADGERS BEGIN BIG TEN STRETCH RUN AT PURDUE  The race for the Big Ten West Division takes center stage for Wisconsin, which opens a stretch run that will see the Badgers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) take on 5 division opponents in the season’s final 6 weeks. That run through the West begins with a trip to West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday to take on No. 25 Purdue (4-2, 2-1) in a game that will kick off at 2 p.m. and air live on Big Ten Network.  The Badgers are coming off consecutive wins for the first time this season after downing their first West Division foe, Illinois, on Oct. 9 and scoring a 20-14 win over Army in a non-conference clash last Saturday.  Wisconsin seeks a 15th consecutive win over the Boilermakers and looks to extend a streak of 8 straight victories in West Lafayette that dates to 1999.  Purdue marks the 4th ranked opponent the Badgers have faced in the first 7 weeks of the season.

The Badgers are in their 7th season under head coach Paul Chryst, who is 59-22 (.728) as head coach at his alma mater. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has led the Badgers to a 38-15 (.717) conference record and a 5-1 mark in bowl games. Chryst is in his 16th season overall on the Badgers’ coaching staff. Jim Leonhard is back for a 5th season as defensive coordinator, and 6th season on the coaching staff overall, at his alma mater. Under Leonhard — an All-America safety during his playing days at UW — the Badgers have continued their run as one of the nation’s most consistently high-performing defenses. Over Leonhard’s first 5 seasons on staff, Wisconsin has ranked among the nation’s top 5 units in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and passing efficiency defense. Nationally, only No. 1 Georgia (207.1) is allowing fewer offensive yards per game than the Badgers (225.8), who have held two opponents to fewer than 100 total yards this season. UW has allowed an average of just 4.04 yards per play, 3rd-best behind Georgia (3.55) and San Diego State (4.03).  Including doing so consecutively in wins over Illinois and Army, the Badgers have held 3 opponents under 100 passing yards this season, matching Georgia for the most such performances on the year.  Wisconsin ranks 3rd nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 64.3 yards per game. In their other games, UW’s opponents are averaging 192.9 rushing yards. The Badgers have limited 4 of their 6 opponents to 50 rushing yards or less. Junior ILB Leo Chenal leads UW with 42 total tackles, despite missing the team’s first 2 games. His average of 10.5 tackles per game is the 2nd-best of any Power Five player, trailing only LSU LB Damone Clark (11.3).  The Badgers have produced 5 100-yard rushing performances through 6 games, with junior RB Chez Mellusi (3) and freshman RB Braelon Allen (2) each logging multiple games over the century mark. Rushing for 108 yards and a TD vs. Army, Allen was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Read more, Page 6  TE Jake Ferguson has caught at least 1 pass in each of his 40 career games, breaking the school record for consecutive games with a catch.

BALL STATE VS. MIAMI FOOTBALL NOTES:

BALL STATE NOTES:

BALL STATE (4-3, 2-1) CARDINALS Home: 2-1 | Away: 2-2 | Streak: Won 3 Head Coach: Mike Neu (6th season)

MIAMI REDHAWKS (3-4, 2-1) Home: 3-0 | Away: 0-4 | Streak: Won 1 Head Coach: Chuck Martin (8th season)

Ball State and Miami are set to square off for the 45th time in series history Saturday afternoon at Scheumann Stadium in a matchup between the last two MAC champions. The Cardinals and RedHawks were granted rivalry status by the MAC in 2017. The cross-division foes play each year for the Red Bird Rivalry trophy.  The Cardinals are scheduled to host their annual Homecoming game for the 95th time in program history Saturday. Ball State is 54-37-2 on Homecoming all-time and won its last event 52-14 over Toledo on Oct. 19, 2019. The Cardinals did not host a Homecoming game last season due to COVID-19. Ball State is 2-1 against Miami on its Homecoming all-time, earning wins on Oct. 1, 1988 (45-14) and Oct. 7, 1989 (37-9). The RedHawks got the better of the Cardinals in the last Homecoming battle on Oct. 18, 2003 (49-3).  Seven weeks into the 2021 season, fifth-year WR Justin Hall is averaging 144.7 all-purpose yards per game, good for 12th-most in the country and first in the Mid-American Conference. Hall is second in the country in average all-purpose yards among players who have logged at least one yard through rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return only to Jayden Reed (Michigan State). In addition, Hall is one of just four players nationally to score a touchdown via rush, receiving and kickoff return this season, joining Devon Achane (Texas A&M), Rasheen Ali (Marshall) and Chris Tyree (Notre Dame).  In his first career start at Eastern Michigan last week, true freshman RB Carson Steele had a career-high 138 rushing yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. He became the first Ball State player to have over 100 yards on the ground this season and is the first to eclipse the 100-yard plateau since Tye Evans at Toledo on Nov. 28, 2020 (101 yards, 25 att.). Steele had 117 yards on 15 carries in the second half alone, including 59 yards on 11 carries in just the fourth quarter to help ice away the game.  Ball State has three of the top 10 tacklers in the Mid-American Conference in S Bryce Cosby, ILB Jaylin Thomas and ILB Clayton Coll. Cosby and Thomas are tied for sixth in the league with 56 tackles apiece, while Coll is tied for seventh with 55 stops. 8 In total, 13 different players have recorded at least 1.0 TFL this season, including seven with 3.0.

INSIDE THE SERIES: MIAMI Ball State and Miami are set to square off for the 45th time in series history Saturday afternoon at Scheumann Stadium. The RedHawks have won four of the last five Red Bird Rivalry games, dating back to 2016. The Cardinals had four of the five previous duels. Ball State’s lone loss in 2020 came at the hands of Miami in the season opener, 38-31, as the RedHawks scored with 10 seconds left to go in the game. Saturday’s matchup is set to feature the last two MAC champions. Ironically enough, the loser of the Red Bird Rivalry has gone on to win the league title the last two seasons. Ball State and Miami were granted rivalry status by the MAC in 2017. The cross-division foes play each year for the Red Bird Rivalry trophy. BSU has been known as the Cardinals since 1927, while Miami adopted the RedHawks moniker in 1997. The series dates back to 1931 but really heated up in the 1970s when BSU joined the MAC.

MIAMI NOTES:

FIRST AND TEN • Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (703), conference wins (301), MAC Championships (16) and bowl wins (7). The RedHawks also captured the 2019 MAC Championship with a 26-21 win over Central Michigan. • Although Miami was 4-26 in Coach Martin’s first 30 Mid-American Conference games, the RedHawks are 27-10 in the last 37 games versus schools from the MAC, the best record in the conference during that span. • Miami went 2-1 in 2020, missing the final three contests of the year due to COVID. The RedHawks beat Ball State, the eventual MAC Champions, to open 2020, 38-31. • The RedHawks clinched the MAC East Division Championship with a 6-2 record in 2019 and went 2-1 in 2020. Miami has now had a winning conference record in four of the past five years. • Martin, in his eighth year leading the RedHawks, has had many of the same coordinators in the previous six seasons. Offensive Coordinator Eric Koehler has been with Martin all eight years on the offensive side of the ball. Spence Nowinsky (fourth year) and John Hauser (eighth year) manage the defense. • Miami is 8-2 in one-score games, dating back to the 2018 campaign. The RedHawks were 5-0 in one-score games in 2019, including a 26-21 victory over Central Michigan in the MAC Championship Game. Miami’s 31-26 loss to Minnesota earlier this year ended Miami’s consecutive one-score win streak at eight. • In its last 32 contests, Miami has had a lead at some point in 28 of those games. The only four setbacks were a 42-10 loss at Buffalo in 2020 and three different losses in 2021. • Miami competed in the 2020 LendingTree Bowl, its fourth bowl eligible season in the last five years. From 2006-15, Miami was bowl eligible just twice. • Miami’s defense has forced a turnover in 32 of its last 48 games and is 20- 12 in contests when it forces a turnover. The RedHawks’ defense has also recorded a sack in 37 of its last 48 games.

LAST MEETING:

The Miami RedHawks began their season on a high note in 2020, scoring four critical touchdowns in the second half as the RedHawks defeated Ball State, 38-31, at Yager Stadium. The win, which gave Miami the Red Bird Trophy, was also the 300th MAC win in team history. The second half proved to be pivotal for the RedHawks in the season opener, with four touchdowns for 28 points to erase a 21-10 deficit to the Cardinals. Miami finished with 418 total yards in the victory. AJ Mayer finished the contest 16-of-24 for 211 yards with three touchdowns, including two passes to redshirt freshman Jack Coldiron. This game included milestones for the pair, with Mayer throwing his first touchdown pass and Coldiron scoring his first touchdown with his first career catch.

ABOUT BALL STATE Ball State is 4-3 overall and 2-1 in MAC played, tied for second in the MAC West. Offensively, the Cardinals average 25.6 points per game and are led by quarterback Drew Plitt, who has thrown for 1,364 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021. His top receiver, Justin Hall, has 44 grabs for 474 yards and three scores. Defensively they allow 28.4 points and 398.8 total yards per contest. Tavion Woodard and Bryce Cosby have a combined 9.0 sacks on the season. SERIES VS. BALL STATE Saturday marks the 35th meeting between the two schools with Miami up 20-13-1 in the all-time series, including a 38-31 win last season in Oxford. The RedHawks are 8-7-0 in Muncie, which includes a 41-27 defeat back in 2019. REDBIRD RIVALRY The RedBird Rivalry trophy game between Ball State and Miami, two Mid-American Conference universities separated by a little more than 70 miles, is in its fourth year. The rivalry between the schools dates back to a 1931 meeting in Oxford, Ohio, but didn’t blossom until Ball State joined the MAC in the mid-1970s. The two teams played each other in football every year from 1985 through 1998. MAC expansion in the late 1990s changed league scheduling as the conference had too many teams to play every team on an annual basis. Because Miami is in the MAC East and Ball State is in the MAC West, they have only faced off 10 times since 2000. NOTES FROM AKRON • Miami’s balanced offensive attack rolled up its highest rushing total of the season with 245 yards on the ground to go along with AJ Mayer’s 229 passing yards. • Miami sacked Akron three times, gaining one apiece for Ivan Pace Jr., Lonnie Phelps and Nasir Washington. • Through three quarters of play the Zips had 19 yards rushing on 17 attempts before Miami played most of its second string the final 15 minutes of play. Akron ended the contest with 65 yards rushing on 24 attempts. • Jack Sorenson had five catches for 113 yards, his second-straight 100-yard performance. • Jaylon Bester, finally back from several leg injuries, scored a first half touchdown versus the Zips. He now has 15 touchdowns in his last 12 games, dating back to the start of the 2019 campaign. CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE While Miami’s 2019 MAC Championship victory was two seasons ago, Miami still has 13 starters returning in 2021 that started in that championship game. On offense: Andrew Homer, Rusty Feth, Jaylon Bester, Tyre Shelton, Brett Gabbert, Pete Nank, Caleb Shaffer and Jack Sorenson all started in the 26-21 win over CMU. Defensively, Mike Brown, Sterling Weatherford, Ryan McWood, Kameron Butler and Ben Kimpler return in 2021. In all, Miami has 26 players on the 2021 roster that participated in the 2019 MAC Championship Game.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL NOTES VS. USC

NOTRE DAME NOTES: BY THE NUMBERS

7

Seven different Irish players have recorded an interception

this season after TaRiq Bracy tallied his first career

interception against Virginia Tech.

8 Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for eighth in the

NCAA with 1.0 sacks per game this season.

10

Notre Dame is currently tied for fifth nationally with 10

interceptions to begin the 2021 season. The 10 interceptions

are the most to begin a season since the 2014 campaign,

when the Irish also had 10 interceptions to begin the

season.

14 The Irish have totaled 14 takeaways through the first six

games of the season, which is tied for 11th nationally.

15 15 different Irish defenders have recorded a tackle-for-loss

so far this season.

19

Notre Dame is 19th nationally for third down defense as it

has held opponents to 29-for-91 (32%) on third down this

season.

36

With the 32-29 win over Virginia Tech, the Irish have won

36-straight games against unranked opponents dating

back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active

streak in the FBS.

37

Notre Dame has won 37-straight games when it has scored

30 or more points after the road win over Virginia Tech. The

Irish are 70-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score

30 or more points.

54

Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 54 career

games, which sets the all-time program record. Following

the Purdue game, he surpassed Daelin Hayes, Drue

Tranquill, Romeo Okwara and Matthias Farley who held the

previous record of 52 career games.

58

JD Bertrand has totaled 58 tackles through the first six

games of the season. It is the most by an Irish player

through the first six games of a season since Manti Te’o had

69 in the first six games of the 2010 season.

377^ Career games coached by Brian Kelly, second among active

NCAA coaches to Mack Brown (North Carolina).

The Irish secured another comeback win this season when they scored 11-unanswered points to defeat Virginia Tech 32-29 at Lane Stadium on Oct. 9. • It is the third time this season the Irish have won a game after the opponent scored first and second time this year they have won a game when they have trailed heading into the fourth quarter. • The win extended Notre Dame’s win streak to 36-straight wins over unranked opponents. It is the longest active streak in the FBS. • The Irish also won their 21st-consecutive regular season game against ACC opponents. The Irish are 25-1 against ACC foes in the regular season since the start of the 2017 season. • The win was also the eighth-straight road win for the Irish, a streak that goes back to 2019. • Notre Dame won its 37-consecutive game when they have scored 30 points or more. The Irish are 70-9 under Brian Kelly when they score 30 or more. • Quarterback Jack Coan led the Irish on two scoring drives in the final three minutes to complete the comeback. It is his second game-winning drive in the final two minutes of the season after not having one in his career entering this year. • Fellow quarterback Tyler Buchner set a Notre Dame record in the win. He is the first true freshman quarterback to have a passing and rushing touchdown in the same game. • Buchner had his first career rushing touchdown in the second quarter, followed by a passing touchdown to Kyren Williams right before halftime to give the Irish their first lead of the night. • Buchner finished with a career high 113 passing yards and a career-long 46-yard reception. • Williams had 107 all-purpose yards (81 rushing, 26 receiving) for his fourth game this season with 100 all-purpose yards or more. He had a rushing and a receiving touchdown in the same game for the third time in his career. • Cornerback TaRiq Bracy notched his first career interception against the Hokies, the seventh different Irish player to record an interception this season. • Kicker Jonathan Doerer hit his second game-winning field goal this season with the 48-yarder with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter that put the Irish up for good.

Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 14 takeaways this season. The 14 takeaways are tied for 11th nationally. • Of those 14 takeaways, the Irish have recorded 10 interceptions from seven different players. • The 10 interceptions is currently tied for fifth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions through the first six games of the season since 2014 when the Irish also had 10 interceptions to start the year. • The Irish are also stout defensively on third down, as they are 19th in the country with a 32 percent (29-91) conversion rate. • Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions and is ranked tied for seventh nationally with 0.7 per game. • Cam Hart has two interceptions on the season and is tied for 35th nationally with 0.3 per game. • Hamilton and Hart both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman). • The Irish have 16 sacks this season and rank 35th in the country with 2.67 sacks per game. Eight different players have a sack so far this season. • The depth of the defense has been on full display as 15 different players have recorded a tackle for loss this season. • The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for fifth nationally.

USC NOTES:

GAME 7 USC (3-3 overall, 2-3 Pac-12 South) vs. No. 13 Notre Dame (5-1 overall) Release Date: Oct. 18, 2021 #BLVDBound Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, NBC Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.

THEMES *USC takes a break from Pac-12 play and starts the second half of its regular season when it goes to No. 13 Notre Dame for the 92nd edition of the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. *The game is a battle between schools with glorious gridiron heritages. The winner gets year-long possession of the jeweled Shillelagh. *Will form hold true for the Trojans, who are undefeated on the road this season (but struggle mightily at home) and who have gone W-L-W-L-W-L so far in 2021? *The Trojans have lost only 7 of the past 18 contests with the Irish, but the losses all have been since 2010 (including in the past 3 meetings). Troy has dropped its last 4 games in South Bend. *Historically, USC has held the upper hand against Notre Dame whenever either team is coming off a bye, and particularly in the rare instances (like this year) when both teams enter the game following an off week. *This will be the seventh time since 1961 that USC goes to South Bend with 3 or more losses, but the Trojans have won several of those games. *This is just the sixth Trojan night game at Notre Dame Stadium (2011 was the first) and also ties for the latest USC-ND kickoff time ever. *USC and Notre Dame did not play each other last season (due to COVID-19 scheduling limitations), marking the first time since World War II that the rivals didn’t meet. *The Trojans, with interim head coach Donte Williams at the helm, are looking to bounce back from their first-ever Coliseum loss to Utah before the bye. USC features one of the nation’s best players in All-American nominee WR Drake London, the leading candidate for the Biletnikoff Award. London’s astounding 64 receptions (many of the eye-popping variety) and 832 receiving yards are both second most in the nation. The Trojan offense is directed by QB Kedon Slovis, a 68% career passer (above the USC record) who is in the school’s all-time Top 8 in completions and total offense. He is coming off a 400-yard passing outing (his USC record fifth). TB Keaontay Ingram has emerged as the top ball carrier (he averages nearly 6 yards per carry) and he gets spelled productively by TBs Darwin Barlow and Vavae Malepeai (he has more than 1,700 career rushing yards). The USC defense features top tacklers in ILB Kana’i Mauga and S Chase Williams, sack meister OLB Drake Jackson (10.5 career sacks) and emerging QB-chasing freshman DL Korey Foreman, along with solid play from DLs Jacob Lichtenstein and Tuli Tuipulotu and S Isaiah PolaMao. Aussie P Ben Griffiths, in the national Top 20 in punting, had a 71-yard boot last game (the longest by a Trojan since 2002). PK Parker Lewis has missed just one field goal this season and most of his kickoffs have been touchbacks. *Notre Dame rebounded from its first loss of 2021 (to Cincinnati at home) with a last-minute victory at Virginia Tech before its bye. The Irish have won their past 36 games against unranked opponents. Head coach Brian Kelly, in his 12th season at Notre Dame, recently became the winningest coach in school history. QB Jack Coan directs the Irish offense, with RB Kyren Williams topping a ground attack that averages less than 100 yards per outing and TE Michael Mayer (in the national Top 25 in receptions) the leading pass catcher. RB Chris Tyree has scored a TD this year rushing, receiving and returning kickoffs. ND’s defense is in the national Top 25 in interceptions, pass efficiency defense and turnover margin. Top tacklers include LB JD Bertrand, S Kyle Hamilton and DL Isaiah Foskey, who are Top 20 ranked nationally in tackles, interceptions and sacks, respectively. PK Jonathan Doerer’s late 48-yard field goal beat Virginia Tech. RANKINGS *USC is not ranked in the current AP sports media and USA Today coaches polls. Notre Dame is 13th by both AP and USA Today.

SERIES *Notre Dame leads the series with USC, which began in 1926, 49-36-5 (not including Troy’s 2005 victory that was later vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 49-37-5). Including that 2005 vacated game, USC has won 11 of the last 18 meetings and 14 of the last 24 (including 8 in a row from 2002 to 2009), but ND has won 7 of the last 10. Since 1967, USC has gone 25-24-3 (not including the 2005 vacated game; original record: 26-24-3). *In South Bend, USC is 13-27-1 (not including the 2005 vacated game; original record: 14-27-1), with 2 other USC losses in Chicago. USC has lost in its last 4 trips to South Bend (its longest streak since dropping 7 consecutive there from 1983 to 1995), but Troy had won the previous 5 times there and 6 of the previous 8. *For the first time since the World War II years of 1942 to 1945, USC and Notre Dame did not play each other last season. That 2020 game would have been played in Los Angeles, but Pac-12 teams played an abbreviated schedule featuring only conference opponents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. *In 2019 in the teams’ most recent meeting, USC–despite a 24-point second half–came up just short in its comeback attempt at No. 9 Notre Dame, falling 30-27. See page 4 for a complete recap of that most recent matchup. GOOD BYES *USC is 98-47-4 in all regular season games it has played following byes. Since 1955, the Trojans are 59- 18-1 following byes (6 of those losses and the tie were to UCLA). (Not including 2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty; original records: 99-46-4 overall, 60-17-1 since 1955.) USC VS. ND FOLLOWING BYES *This will be just the seventh time in series history that both USC and Notre Dame enter this game coming off byes. USC has gone 5-1 in those meetings (wins in 1932-72-80-2004-09, loss in 1947). When USC had a bye prior to the game, Troy has gone 7-5-1 against the Irish (wins in 1932-39-72-80-2004-08-09, losses in 1937-41-42-47-2019, tie in 1948). When Notre Dame had a bye prior to the game, the Trojans have gone 10-7- 2 (wins in 1928-32-38-50-72-80-81-2004-09-11, losses in 1934-40-47-65-92-2013-17, ties in 1936-68; does not include USC’s win in 2005 that was vacated due to NCAA penalty, original USC record: 11-7-2). 3-PLUS LOSS USC IN SOUTH BEND *Since 1961, when USC’s game at Notre Dame began being held in October instead of November or December as it was earlier in the series, this will be the seventh time that the Trojans have come to South Bend with 3 or more losses. USC is 2-4 in those games, with wins in 1971 and 1997 and losses in 1983-91-93- 2001. The 1971 win–50 years ago–was played on Oct. 23 in South Bend, same as this 2021 game. IN OCTOBER *USC has a 312-123-19 (.708) all-time record while playing in the month of October (not including 5 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty; revised record: 317-123-19, .711). AT NIGHT *USC is 182-71-4 (.716) at night, including 107-634-4 in the Coliseum, 60-29 on the road and 15-8 at neutral sites. (Does not include 5 wins and 1 loss vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 187-72-4, .719 overall, 110-34-4 in the Coliseum, 17-9 at neutral sites, USC had a school-record 32-game win streak at home at night from 1997 to 2010.) USC-ND AT NIGHT *This year’s USC-Notre Dame game is just the sixth Trojan night game ever at Notre Dame Stadium (2011 was the first and it also happened in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019). It also ties with those games as the latest USC-ND game ever (7:30 p.m. kickoff), as all 12 such night encounters in Los Angeles were 5 p.m. starts. ARTIFICIAL TURF *USC is 47-30-1 in its last 78 games on artificial turf (not including 3 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 50-30-1). USC-NOTRE DAME CONNECTIONS *USC has no players from Indiana, while Notre Dame has 13 Californians on its roster. *USC director of football sports performance Robert Stiner was an assistant director of football strength and conditioning at Notre Dame for the past 3 seasons (2018-20). *USC assistant director of football sports performance Ian Bures was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Notre Dame the past 3 seasons (2018-20). *USC assistant football sports performance coach Zaviar Gooden was a strength and conditioning intern at Notre Dame in the spring of 2018. *USC OL Caadyn Stephen celebrates his 20th birthday on Saturday (Oct. 23). *USC WR Jake Smith attended Notre Dame…Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale (Ariz.), that is! *Notre Dame wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander lettered as a wide receiver at USC in 1993 and 1994, then was a USC graduate assistant coach in 1996 and 1997. *The athletic departments and business schools at USC and Notre Dame, along with those at North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan and Texas, conduct the Sports Management Institute for mid- and upper-level sports administrators who aspire to be athletic directors, executive directors or general managers in college, amateur or pro sports.

THIS WEEK IN MAC FOOTBALL

Saturday, October 23
*Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, Noon (ESPN+)
*NIU at Central Michigan, Noon ET/11 am CT (ESPNU)
*Kent State at Ohio, 1:00 pm (ESPN+)
*Western Michigan at Toledo, 3:30 pm (CBSSN)
*Buffalo at Akron, 3:30 pm (ESPN+)
*Miami at Ball State, 3:30 pm (ESPN+)
 


 
Saturday, October 23
Eastern Michigan (4-3, 1-2 MAC) at Bowling Green (2-5, 0-3 MAC) | Noon ET | ESPN+
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Eastern Michigan (4-3, 1-2 MAC) enters the game in hopes of evening its MAC ledger. The Eagles fell to Ball State, 38-31, inside Rynearson Stadium in their most recent contest, Oct. 16. 
 
No team in the Mid-American Conference is more successful on third down than Eastern Michigan. As an offense, Eastern converts 46 percent (42-of-91) of its third down tries. That number ranks 25th in the nation. EMU was 9-of-13 in its most recent contest, against Ball State, Oct. 16. EMU has converted 56 percent of its third-and-short attempts (9-of-16), 68 percent of its third-and-medium tries (22-of-32), and 25 percent of its third-and-long attempts (11-of-43).
 
Bowling Green (2-5, 0-3 MAC) enters the contest with hopes of capturing its first conference victory this season. The Falcons lost to Northern Illinois, 34-26, Oct. 16, in DeKalb, Ill.
 
This year’s BGSU team has allowed the second-fewest passing yards (1,033) through the first seven games of a season in records dating back to 2000. BGSU is forcing opponents to 57.0 percent completion rate through the first seven games of the season. In records dating back to 2000 that is the eighth-lowest rate through the first seven games of the season.
 
Northern Illinois (5-2, 3-0 MAC) at Central Michigan (4-3, 2-1 MAC) | Noon ET/ 11 AM CT | ESPNU
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NIU travels to Central Michigan as the only MAC team to go unbeaten in conference play to date while riding a four-game winning streak. The Huskies are coming off a 34-26 home victory over Bowling Green as NIU gained 319 rushing yards on 59 carries, led by Jay Ducker who ran for 210 yards on 33 attempts. 
 
After going 0-6 a year ago, NIU’s turnaround has come with a roster that includes 75 players who finished high school in 2020 or 2021 and 11 more who graduated in 2019. 
 
A Central Michigan win over NIU will give Coach McElwain 60 career victories. He tallied his 50th career win against NIU at home in 2019.
 
Marshall Meeder was recognized as the MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week and named a Star of the Week by the Lou Groza Award after kicking four field goals against Toledo including the game winner. Meeder connected from 46, 51, 44 and 38 yards in overtime to becoming the first Chippewa since David Harman in 2012 to make four field goals in a game.
 
Kent State (3-4, 2-1 MAC) at Ohio (2-5 MAC, 1-2 MAC) | 1 PM ET | ESPN+
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Ohio (1-6, 1-2 MAC) is back in Athens on Saturday, Oct. 23 when the Bobcats host Kent State (3-4, 2-1 MAC). Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. inside Peden Stadium. 
 
Overall, the Bobcats are averaging 20.3 points per game to go along with 346.3 total yards per game. De’Montre Tuggle leads the ground game with 494 yards, while averaging 70.6 yards per game with three touchdowns. O’Shaan Allison adds 267 yards on the ground, while Armani Rogers adds 448 yards on 67 carries and a team-leading six touchdowns. 
 
Kent State dropped their first MAC game of the season at Western Michigan, 64-31 last Saturday. Dustin Crum tossed two touchdown passes in the loss and has six multi-touchdown games over the last two seasons. Dante Cephas kept his hot streak going, recording 96 yards receiving and one of the two touchdowns
 
Kent State ran for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Golden Flashes are second in the MAC and 16th in the FBS with a 223
rushing yard per game average.
 
Western Michigan (5-2, 2-1 MAC) at Toledo (3-4 MAC, 1-2 MAC) | 3:30 PM ET | CBS Sports Network
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Western Michigan defeated Kent State Golden Flashes, 64-31, in front of 18,716 fans on Homecoming at Waldo Stadium on Saturday. The Broncos (5-2, 2-1 MAC) racked up a season-high 652 yards of offense on the back of 341 yards rushing and 311 yards through the air. Sophomore running back Sean Tyler had a career-high 169 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. It was the third time that Tyler broke the century mark in his career. 
 
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Kaleb Eleby was 15-22 passing with 311 yards and three touchdown passes, while rushing for 33 yards and a touchdown. Skyy Moore and Jalen Hall each had 144 yards receiving with Moore leading the game with eight receptions, including two touchdowns. 
 
Toledo is coming off a 26-23 overtime setback at Central Michigan last week. Redshirt freshman quarterback Dequan Finn nearly rallied Toledo from a 17-point second-half deficit, but the Rockets came up just short.
 
Toledo ranks first in the MAC in scoring defense (18.7) and total defense (316.7), second in defensive passing efficiency (111.4), and third in rushing defesne (143.3). The Rockets also rank sixth in scoring offense (27.7) and total offense (383.9).
 
Buffalo (3-4, 1-2 MAC) at Akron (2-5 MAC, 1-2 MAC) | 3:30 PM ET | ESPN+
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Akron outscored the Miami RedHawks 14-13 in the second half, but could not overcome a 21-7 first-half deficit as the Miami triumphed 34-21 at Yager Stadium on Saturday. Akron redshirt freshman QB Zach Gibson threw for a career-high 291 yards and matched a career-best three touchdowns which included a 50-yard touchdown pass late in the game to junior WR Andre Williams. 
 
Akron freshman WR Konata Mumpfield was recognized for his outstanding campaign as The Athletic tabbed him to its freshmen midseason All-America squad on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Mumpfield was one of only two non-Power Five players selected to the team.
 
The Bulls have won the last three meetings against Akron and have only allowed one touchdown over that three-game span.
 
Running back Dylan McDuffie is enjoying the best season of his career. The junior running back has rushed for 492 yards and a team-best six touchdowns on the season. He has already surpassed his rushing total of his first three seasons combined (225). McDuffie has scored a rushing touchdown in five of the seven games this season.
 
Miami (3-4, 2-1 MAC) at Ball State (4-3 MAC, 2-1 MAC) | 3:30 PM ET | ESPN+
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Ball State and Miami are set to square off for the 45th time in series history Saturday afternoon at Scheumann Stadium in a matchup between the last two MAC champions. The cross-division foes play each year for the Red Bird Rivalry trophy.
 
Seven weeks into the 2021 season, fifth-year WR Justin Hall is averaging 144.7 all-purpose yards per game, good for 12th-most in the country and first in the MAC. Hall is second in the country in average all-purpose yards among players who have logged at least one yard through rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return only to Jayden Reed (Michigan State). 
 
Miami’s balanced offensive attack rolled up its highest rushing total of the season vs. Akron with 245 yards on the ground to go along with AJ Mayer’s 229 passing yards. Miami sacked Akron three times, gaining one apiece for Ivan Pace Jr., Lonnie Phelps and Nasir Washington. Jack Sorenson had five catches for 113 yards, his second-straight 100-yard performance.
 
Miami is 27-10 versus MAC opponents over its last 37 games, best in the conference in that span. Over that time, Miami has outscored its opponents 1,055-799.

Stephen Curry scores 45, Warriors hold off Clippers 115-113

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry waved to acknowledge the adoring fans as shot after shot dropped through the net and screamed in celebration – no trash about it.

Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds remaining to follow up a 30-footer less than a minute earlier, and he relished every bit of his 45-point home opener that lifted the Golden State Warriors over the Los Angeles Clippers 115-113 on Thursday night.

The reigning NBA scoring champion even secured a key rebound with 36 seconds left before calmly converting a pair of free throws with less than 5 seconds left, scoring eight points over the final 1:54.

Fans cheered Curry well after the game ended until he finally disappeared down the tunnel.

“Steph Curry was just Steph Curry, there’s never been anybody like him,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Those last two 3s were ridiculous. … I’m still blown away.”

Chants of “MVP!” began late in the first quarter, and by the time the buzzer sounded to finish the initial period, Curry already had topped his total from two nights earlier with 25 points on 9-of-9 shooting and five 3-pointers as Golden State built a 44-27 lead.

Curry wound up 16 of 25 from the floor and 8 for 13 from deep with 10 rebounds.

On Tuesday, the two-time MVP shot just 5 for 21 – making 2 of 8 3s – on the way to 21 points in a season-opening road win at the Lakers on Tuesday night in a performance that he called “trash.”

“You know Steph, when he has a poor shooting night, he’s always coming back strong,” Kerr said.

Damion Lee hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:55 remaining and scored 11 points off the bench while Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and six rebounds.

Paul George had 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the Clippers’ season opener, and Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points. Los Angeles fought back from a 19-point deficit in the second quarter to take a 67-66 lead into halftime while capitalizing on Warriors’ turnovers.

The 33-year-old Curry, who earlier in the day was named one of the top 75 NBA players of all time, dazzled in the first home game of his 13th NBA season after taking the mic before tipoff and thanking the fans for their support and patience through the coronavirus pandemic and welcoming them back to Chase Center.

He returned with 7:43 left in the second, made another jumper and finally missed a 3-point try at the 4:55 mark.

“This is going to be a great, great season back in Chase Center,” Curry told the crowd before tipoff, adding, “Can’t wait to welcome Klay Thompson back.”

Draymond Green exited in the third and headed to the locker room with a right wrist injury having missed six of seven free throws but later returned.

“He responded beautifully,” Kerr said.

This is a new beginning of sorts for the Warriors, who lost in the play-in game to Memphis, given they finally have fans back at the start of a season. The sellout crowd marked the first regular-season game at full capacity since March 2020.

“Two years ago was such a bizarre season with all the injuries and the brand-new venue. It did seem strange,” Kerr said. “Last year the whole world was strange. It does feel like a fresh start.”

Young, Hawks open season with 113-87 rout of Mavericks

ATLANTA (AP) Beginning a season of high expectations, the Atlanta Hawks showed they’re far more than Trae Young.

He’s their unquestioned leader, of course, but a 113-87 rout of the Dallas Mavericks displayed Atlanta’s impressive depth.

Cam Reddish scored 20 points, Young added 19 and four others scored in double figures as the Hawks blew away Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Thursday night, ruining the debut of Dallas coach Jason Kidd.

Coming off a surprising run to the Eastern Conference final, the Hawks took control of the game with a dominant third quarter, stretching a 51-44 halftime lead to 86-64 heading to the fourth.

After a sluggish start, Young scored 12 points and dished out nine assists in the decisive period, drawing chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the home crowd in the very first game.

Reddish led a stellar effort from the deep Hawks bench, which contributed 44 points.

Seven Hawks scored before Young finally knocked down his first shot with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Young said. “We’ve got so many guys who can play.”

Coach Nate McMillan, who guided the Hawks to a remarkable turnaround last season after taking over on an interim basis, wants his starters to play as hard as they can right from the opening tip.

“We can play 10, 11 guys,” McMillan said. “There’s no need to pace yourself when you have a bench that can come in. We want to keep the pressure on an opponent.”

The Mavericks were thoroughly miserable in their first game under Kidd, who had not been a head coach since he was fired in Milwaukee midway through the 2017-18 season.

Kidd learned before the game that he was picked as one of the NBA’s 75 greatest players as part of the league’s 75th anniversary.

It was all downhill from there.

The Mavericks appear to have a lot more work to do if they want to take the next step behind Doncic, their dynamic young star.

“I thought guys got great looks. They just didn’t go in for us,” said Kidd, who took over in Dallas after longtime coach Rick Carlisle stepped down on the heels of a first-round playoff loss last season.

With De’Andre Hunter doing a stellar defensive job, Doncic was held to 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting, to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

He didn’t get much help from anyone except Jalen Brunson, who scored 17 off the bench.

The Mavericks shot a dismal 32.6% (31 of 93) from the field.

In the unending comparison between Young and Doncic, who were traded for each other during the 2018 draft, the Atlanta point guard was the clear winner in this one.

“We’ve got to find that balance so we’re not clogging up the paint,” said Kristaps Porzingis, who managed just 11 points and five rebounds. “Everybody has got to find their most comfortable spot.”

CLEARING THE BENCH

Leading by as many as 30, the Hawks were able to empty their bench in the fourth quarter.

Fourteen players got on the court for Atlanta, including first-round pick Jalen Johnson. He scored six points and grabbed two rebounds.

Everyone played for Atlanta except veteran Lou Williams, who suited up but was dealing with a hip injury.

Herro scores 27 points, Heat rout Bucks 137-95 in opener

MIAMI (AP) Only one thing went wrong for the Miami Heat on Thursday night. Udonis Haslem voted no.

The rest went as well as anyone could have expected.

Tyler Herro scored 27 points in 24 minutes off the bench, Jimmy Butler added 21 and the Miami Heat opened their season with an easy 137-95 victory over the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

“I mean, 137’s a lot,” Herro said. “Hopefully, we can see that a lot this season.”

Bam Adebayo had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, who set team records for opening night scoring and opening night margin of victory. It was nearly the biggest margin of victory in any game – falling just short of a 43-point win over the Los Angeles Clippers in 1994.

The previous team record for points in an opener was 128 points against Detroit in 1999, and the biggest margin of victory was 26 points over Orlando in 2000. The only event that left Heat fans wanting more was when Haslem, now in his 19th season, politely declined cries from the crowd – and even some on his own bench – and didn’t check into the game in the final moments.

“That was just great, hearing everybody chanting his name,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He doesn’t need to go in there. That was just all love.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points and Grayson Allen added 14 for Milwaukee. Olympic gold medalist Khris Middleton had 10 points on 4-for-14 shooting for the Bucks, who were without, among others, Jrue Holiday (right heel), Brook Lopez (back) and Bobby Portis (left hamstring).

Miami outrebounded Milwaukee 58-38.

“We’ll get some of the guys back and every team is going to deal with this at different points, most likely,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “It’s a long journey and we’re just getting started.”

P.J. Tucker started his Miami debut, against the team that he helped win an NBA title a few months ago, and had eight points and six rebounds.

Tucker committed Miami’s first foul of the game, a reintroduction to Antetokounmpo just 38 seconds after tip-off. And in the second quarter, Tucker chased down a loose ball and went airborne – crashing into the Milwaukee bench and ending up saying hello to occupants of some of the most expensive seats in the sold-out arena.

The outcome was never in doubt. A 19-0 run in the opening minutes gave the Heat a 22-3 lead out of the gate, Herro beat the first-quarter buzzer with a 35-footer that gave Miami a 40-17 edge, one that was up to 72-43 by halftime.

“We kept locking in,” Adebayo said.

Over a nine-minute stretch of the opening quarter, Milwaukee missed 13 consecutive shots and had four turnovers in that span as well. The Bucks were within 53-38 with 3:35 left in the half – and Miami then scored the game’s next 14 points.

Herro’s 27 points off the bench matched a Heat record for any reserve playing 25 minutes or less. Goran Dragic had 27 points in 20 minutes against Golden State on Feb. 27, 2019; Dwyane Wade had 27 points in 25 minutes against Philadelphia on Feb. 27, 2018.

“We got our butts kicked,” Budenholzer said. “That happens in the NBA.”

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Second-year S Julian Blackmon tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season. Blackmon was hurt in practice Wednesday.

PURDUE // Williams Tabbed to Malone Award Watch List 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Purdue senior forward Trevion Williams is one of 20 players to be named to the Karl Malone Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s top power forward.
 
Williams is one of four Big Ten players named to the list (Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis, Maryland’s Donta Scott, Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell).
 
Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will open up on Friday, October 22 so your fans can vote for their favorite players in each of the three rounds. Please help promote the fan voting to your fan base through your social media channels. The top 10 player selections from the fan vote will get an additional vote towards making the next round. 
 
This list will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February and then 5 finalists will be selected in March that will be presented to Jerry West and the selection committee. The winner of this award will be presented on a to be determined date. Presentation details will be announced at a later date.  

Williams, a 6-foot, 10-inch senior forward from Chicago, was named to the list after being a first-team All-Big Ten selection and being one of five finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award given to the nation’s top center after averaging 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game a year ago. He owned 11 double-doubles and his six 20-10 games were the third-most nationally for a major-college player. He also became just the ninth Big Ten player in the last 30 years to average at least 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game and was one of six players nationally a year ago to reach those marks.

Williams enters the season with 967 career points, 630 rebounds and 126 assists, being one of five active players to have at least 950 points, 625 rebounds and 125 assists.

The Boilermakers will open their season with an exhibition game Nov. 4, against Indianapolis. The regular-season opener comes five days later against Bellarmine in Mackey Arena.

No. 18 Purdue Responds with 1-0 Win to Clinch Second in Big Ten

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 18 Purdue soccer team clinched a second-place finish in the Big Ten standings with a 1-0 victory over Northwestern on Thursday night at Folk Field.
 
The Boilermakers (12-3-2, 7-2-0 Big Ten) won their 12th game for the first time since 2009 and their seventh Big Ten game for just the third time in program history, joining an eight-win 2007 squad and a seven-win 2005 team. Purdue’s overall and conference records are both its best since 2007.
 
For the third time in team history, along with 2005 and 2007, the Old Gold and Black will finish second in the Big Ten standings to tie their best regular-season finish. The Boilermakers have 21 points, four ahead of the third-place team, with one regular-season match to play. That final contest is an in-state rivalry game against Indiana at Folk Field on Sunday, October 24. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET, as the Golden Boot Trophy will be on the line.
 
With Thursday night’s win, Purdue will host a quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Tournament against the No. 7 seed on Sunday, October 31, at Folk Field. Additionally details, including opponent, start time and ticket information, will be announced at the conclusion of the regular season.
 
Senior forward Sydney Duarte scored her third goal of the season in the 16th minute and senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova and the defense shut out the Wildcats (7-8-1, 3-5-1 Big Ten) to help the Boilermakers to their 12th win.
 
The clean sheet victory is the fourth of the season and second in three games. The win came after a 2-1 loss at Penn State on Sunday, as the Boilermakers have won four of their last five and 10 of 12.
 
“The team responded really well,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “I’m really proud of them, tonight was a tough one. The early goal was fantastic, but we want to keep pushing for that second one. We didn’t just want to sit in and catch them in transition, which just didn’t happen, so we had to really defend and hang in there. Northwestern was playing for the three points, they were definitely throwing everything at us. It was tough dealing with the direct play and good athletes, so I’m really proud of [Marisa Bova] and the back line just hanging tough and getting the shutout victory.”
 
Duarte’s goal is her third this year and fifth of her career, and her first game-winning goal. Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway earned assists, Mathews’ fourth and Dunaway’s team-leading seventh. Dunaway’s seven assists are second-most by a freshman in program history and tied for No. 9 overall in a single season.
 
Bova made three saves to earn the clean sheet as she continued to climb up the Purdue record books. Her 18 career shutouts continues to rank No. 3 all-time, and her four this season is tied for No. 7. Bova collected her 26th career victory, which remains fourth, and it was her 12th win this year, tied for fifth. With three saves tonight, she has 88 on the season, tied for No. 4, and 205 in her career, a total that continues to be No. 5.
 
Purdue had 17 shots to Northwestern’s 13, and the Boilermakers had a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal. NU’s keeper made eight saves, and both teams cleared a ball off the line. Senior forward Sarah Griffith had a game-high eight shots, four on goal, and Mathews had a pair of shots, one on target.
 
The lone goal of the match came at 15:23. Off a Northwestern turnover near the Big Ten logo on the near side of the field, senior midfielder Grace Walsh sent a quick pass to Dunaway, who collected the ball, spun and passed to Mathews just inside the corner of the 18-yard box. Mathews dribbled once and sent a right-footed cross towards the back post. She met a sprinting Duarte on the far side of the goal box, who beat the NU defender and goalkeeper to the ball. Duarte then simply tapped it in to give the Boilermakers the lead.

After Purdue had a 9-5 edge in shots in the first half, and a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal, each team had eight shots in the second half, with two on target for NU and three on goal for the home side.
 
With a 1-0 lead, Bova and the back line prevented Northwestern, fighting for a top-eight qualifying spot in the conference tournament, from finding the equalizer.
 
“This time of year, everybody’s just trying to get the most out of the season as they can, and everybody’s fighting for those last, eight teams qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament, with the table so tight in the Big Ten,” Roff added. “Northwestern usually plays with certain formations, and tonight they came out with something totally different than we’ve seen on film. They usually like to keep the ball a little bit, tonight they put us under pressure and forced us to make mistakes. It definitely caught us a little off guard, just because we hadn’t seen that, but we made the adjustment. Getting that one goal was crucial, but our backline of [seniors] Skyler Patrick [and] Maya Lambert, [sophomore] Nicole Kevdzija and [junior] Lauren Holleran did a great job of dealing with some of those long serves and winning the headers and then standing players up. It’s key with those athletic forwards to get in transition that you don’t dive in because if you miss, then you really put yourself in a tough spot.”
 
Up next, the regular season concludes against in-state rival Indiana on Sunday, October 24, at 1 p.m. ET, at Folk Field. Admission is free for all fans.

Jackson-Davis Named to Karl Malone Watch List

Springfield, Mass. — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 20 watch list members for the 2022 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its eighth year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

Sophomore All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davisthe leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, was a finalist for the award during his second season on campus. The Center Grove product has been named first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by noted analyst Dick Vitale and ESPN.com, Preseason First Team All-American by Athlon’s and Second Team by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
 
He started all 27 games last season and was the only high major player to average at least 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during last season. He was fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1), second in rebounding (9.0), fifth in field goal percentage (51.7%) and blocked shots (1.4) and was third in minutes played (34.2). In league games only, he finished third in scoring (18.4), second in rebounding (9.2), fourth in field goal percentage (50.6%) and blocked shots (1.4) and third in minutes played (34.2). He is the first returning first, second, or third team All- American for the Hoosiers since Calbert Cheaney in 1993.
 
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to annually recognize the best student-athletes in the collegiate game with positional awards bearing the names of some of the greatest players of all time,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “To be named to the watchlist of the Naismith Starting Five is a great honor and I know our Hall of Famers sincerely enjoy the opportunity to watch these players compete. We thank Mr. Malone for his unwavering support over the years and the unique perspective he brings to ultimately selecting a winner.”
 
Karl Malone attended Louisiana Tech University due to its close proximity to his hometown of Summerfield, Louisiana. He led the Bulldogs to a Sweet 16 appearance and earned All-Southland honors in his three seasons while averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Malone achieved great success during his 19 seasons in the NBA as a 14-time NBA All-Star (1988-98, 2000-02), 11-time All-NBA First Team player (1989-99) and a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He also won two Olympic gold medals (1992, 1996).
 
College basketball fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. In late January, the watch list of 20 players for the 2022 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award will be narrowed to 10 and then in late February to just 5. In March the five finalists will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee where a winner will be selected. 
 
The winner of the 2022 Karl Malone Award will be presented on a to be determined date, along with the other four members of the Men’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, Jerry West Shooting Guard Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award, in addition to the Women’s Starting Five.
 
Previous winners of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Drew Timme, Gonzaga (2021), Obi Toppin, Dayton (2020), Zion Williamson, Duke (2019), Deandre Ayton, Arizona (2018), Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017), Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016) and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015).

Butler WSoccer Unable to Overtake No. 17 Xavier

CINCINNATI, OHIO – The Butler women’s soccer team fell on the road to BIG EAST leader, and 17th-ranked, Xavier by the final score of 2-1. The Musketeers (15-1-1, 8-1-0 BIG EAST) went up by two goals in the 59th minute and seemed to have control of the match. The Bulldogs (12-3-1, 5-2-1 BIG EAST) cut the lead in half with less than a minute remaining, but time quickly ran out on the Bulldogs’ rally.
 
Key Moments

  • 9′ | Xavier earns its third corner of the match, and the resulting header is saved by Emma Martin.
  • 12′ | Xavier’s Chloe Netzel takes a pass from within the penalty area. Her shot from the left side goes into the right side of the net, past the outstretched arm of Martin. Xavier takes and early 1-0 lead.
  • 24′ | Alli Leonard gets a quality chance from 18 yards, but Xavier makes the save.
  • 24′ | A hard Musketeers’ shot is saved by the outstretched arms of Martin.
  • 44′ | Butler corner earns its first corner of the match, but Xavier’ keeper hauls it in.
    HALFTIME
  • 55′ | A hard Xavier foul leads to a Butler free kick from 25 yards, on the left side. The service produces a header from Claire Farrington which is saved in front of the Xavier goal.
  • 59′ | Xavier sends a long cross into the box from the right side. Ella Rogers breaks free and is able to head the ball directly into the goal. Xavier now leads, 2-0.
  • 61′ | Amanda Kowalski gets a good look and takes a long shot, but it sails over the crossbar.
  • 77′ | Katie Soderstrom feeds Alexei Whittaker and a hard on-target shot is deflected out for a corner kick.
  • 78′ | Whittaker gets another quality shot that is saved by Xavier.
  • 79′ | Butler earns a free kick to the left of the penalty area, but the resulting header from Alexandra Pulaski arches over the bar.
  • 89′ | Butler connects four passes building up an attack that ends when Alli Leonard takes a pass from Anastasia Savich from the right side of the box and, with her left foot, hits it into the right side of the net. The Bulldogs trail, 1-2, with less than a minute to play.

Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Alli Leonard
ASSISTS: Anastasia Savich

Bulldog Bits

  • Alli Leonard’s goal was her second of the season and the seventh of her career.
  • The assist from Anastasia Savich was her third of the season and the twelfth of her career.
  • Freshman Emma Martin (12-2-1) made four saves in the match.
     
  • The Musketeers outshot the Bulldogs, 15-13, though each side had six shots on goal.
  • Katie Soderstrom and Alexei Whittaker each had three shots to lead Butler’s offensive attack. Alli Leonard added a pair.
  • Xavier produced 11 corner kicks, to only two for Butler.
     
  • Despite the loss, the Bulldogs maintain the third spot in the BIG EAST standings with 16 points. Xavier remains at the top with 24 points, and Georgetown is in second with 20 points. St. Johns and UConn are the nearest to Butler, with 13 points.

Up Next
Butler travels to Villanova for a 1pm kickoff on Sunday, October 24. Then, the Bulldogs play their final regular-season home match on Thursday, October 28, when Creighton comes to Indianapolis.

NOTRE DAME SWIMMING: MEET PREVIEW: PURDUE

THE DETAILS

Teams: Purdue
Dates: Friday, October 22
Times: 5 p.m. ET
Location: Rolfs Aquatic Center | South Bend, Ind.
Admission: FREE
Live Results: und.com/swimmingstats (Also available on Meet Mobile)
NOTE: All fans regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask while inside the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The only exception will be if they are eating or drinking.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

#1 Women 200 Medley Relay
#2 Men 200 Medley Relay
#3 Women 1000 Free
#4 Men 1000 Free
#5 Women 200 Free
#6 Men 200 Free
#7 Women 100 Back
#8 Men 100 Back
#9 Women 100 Breast
#10 Men 100 Breast
#11 Women 200 Fly
#12 Men 200 Fly
#13 Women 50 Free
#14 Men 50 Free
#15 Women 3-mtr Diving
#16 Men 1-mtr Diving
#17 Women 100 Free
#18 Men 100 Free
#19 Women 200 Back
#20 Men 200 Back
#21 Women 200 Breast
#22 Men 200 Breast
#23 Women 500 Free
#24 Men 500 Free
#25 Women 100 Fly
#26 Men 100 Fly
#27 Women 1-mtr Diving
#28 Men 3-mtr Diving
#29 Women 200 IM
#30 Men 200 IM
#31 Women 400 Free
#32 Men 400 Free

LAST TIME OUT

The University of Notre Dame swimming and diving team opened the season with a weekend sweep over Pittsburgh and Cleveland State at the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The men’s team defeated Pitt 200.5-152.5 and Cleveland State 162-92. The 25th-ranked women’s team took down Pitt by a score of 271-82 and defeated Cleveland State 300-52. The Irish won a total of 31 of the 38 events over the course of the weekend with the women winning 17 events and the men with 14 wins.

In his first collegiate meet, freshman Chris Guiliano led the men’s squad with six victories on the weekend. He was part of relay wins in the 200 free (1:21.88), 400 free (2:59.21), 200 medley (1:29.26), 400 medley (3:15.27) and picked up individual wins in the 100 free (45.25) and the 50 free (20.65).

The women also had a pair of freshmen led the way with five victories each for Madelyn Christman and Jessica Geriane. The pair were both on the winning relay teams in the 200 medley (1:41.72), 200 free (1:32.69) and 400 free (3:25.12). Christman earned individual wins in the 200 back (1:56.80) and 200 IM (2:04.22). Christman’s time in the 200 back ranks eighth all-time in program history. Geriane also got a win in the 400 medley relay (3:43.09) and the 50 free (23.64).

On the diving board, graduate student Kelly Straub swept both her events this weekend with a 347.55 score in the 3-meter diving and a 325.25 score in the 1-meter diving. She was named the ACC Women’s Diver of the Week following her performance on the weekend.

Notre Dame Hockey: Irish Edged In OT by RIT, 3-2

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame erased a two-goal deficit but ultimately fell in overtime, 3-2, to RIT on Thursday night at Compton Family Ice Arena (2,283). 

Graham Slaggert scored his first goal of the season, while Nick Leivermann’s power-play goal midway through the third period tied it at 2-2 but RIT goaltender Kolby Matthews made 32 saves to lead the Tigers (3-1-1) to the win.

RIT’s Carter Wilkie won it in OT, just moments after Cam Burke’s would-be game winner from the doorstep was denied by Matthews.

Notre Dame (3-1-0) turned in another strong showing on the penalty kill, going 3-for-3 to improve to 20-for-20 on the season. The Irish also finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Ryan Bischel totaled 16 saves in net. 

How It Happened 

Will Calverley put the Tigers in front 1-0 at 13:12 of the first period when RIT took advantage of a turnover to convert a 3-on-1 chance, with the assist going to Nick Bruce.

Kobe Walker pushed it to a 2-0 RIT lead at 17:11 of the first when he took a Calverley neutral zone faceoff win all the way around the Irish net and scored from in close on Bischel. The Tigers took the 2-0 lead to the locker room after 20 minutes of play.

In the second period, Notre Dame generated a lot of early chances including a Burke bid at the far post, a Silianoff chance and shorthanded attempt that Burke and Ryder Rolston combined on but Matthews held strong. 

Then Graham Slaggert’s first goal of the year cut it to a 2-1 game at 15:22 of the second when his wrist shot from the circle beat Matthews high to the glove side. Slaggert was sent into the offensive zone when Ryder Rolston tapped an Adam Karashik clear to the neutral zone over to Slaggert on the wing.

The second period came to a close with that same scoreline and Notre Dame still trailing 2-1. 

Skating on a 4-on-3 advantage midway through the third period, Leivermann beat the RIT defense and then Matthews short side from the slot at the 9:13 mark to tie it up at 2-2. The goal was unassisted.

With 6:01 left in the third, a Trevor janicke drop pass set Graham Slaggert up in the slot, but his shorthanded bid was gloved by Matthews, ultimately setting up the overtime stanza.

Notes

  • Notre Dame’s penalty kill went 3-for-3 on the night and improved to 20-for-20 to open the 2021-22 season. 
  • With Graham Slaggert netting his first of the year, nine Notre Dame players have scored through four games this season. 
  • With an assist, Ryder Rolston extended his point streak to four games to start the year.

Next Up

  • The Irish and Tigers close out their two-game series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night (Oct. 22) at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

NO. 15 IRISH LOSE 1-0 HEARTBREAKER TO NO. 6 BLUE DEVILS IN OT

DURHAM, N.C. – It was a heartbreaker in overtime for the No. 15 Notre Dame women’s soccer team (12-3-1, 6-2-0), dropping a 1-0 affair to No. 6 Duke (11-2-1, 5-2-1) inside Koskinen Stadium. The Fighting Irish had the better chances in the match, which included a shot from Maddie Mercado that glanced off the post, or a Brooke VanDyck look at an open net that was thwarted by a last-second tackle. 

Yet, the difference-maker was a through ball in overtime that just beat a sliding Ashley Naylor, which led to the 1-0 win.

How It Happened

It was a very physical game inside Koskinen Stadium tonight. In the first half alone, 16 fouls were called. 

Notre Dame’s best chance in the half came in the 14th minute. Korbin Albert on the right side of the box dished to Brooke VanDyck who was at the top-middle. VanDyck then passed to a wide-open Kati Druzina on the left, but her one-timed shot sailed left. 

On the defensive side, the backline of Eva Gaetino, Eva Wirtz and Waniya Hudson continued to be solid, allowing zero shots on goal. 

The defensive highlight of the night came in the 52nd minute, when sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Naylor made a fully-extended diving save to her left to keep the Blue Devils off the scoreboard. 

In the 66th minute, Sammi Fisher played a short corner to Korbin Albert who broke down her lone defender. Albert then found Maddie Mercado at the top of the box whose shot glanced off the top of the crossbar. 

The stalemate extended into overtime, but that’s when Duke struck on a rare opportune moment. A through pass found Michelle Cooper who just beat Naylor to the ball, as her touch opened her up to an open net shot and goal. 

Up Next

Notre Dame will remain in North Carolina and head down the road to No. 7 UNC. The Irish and Tarheels clash on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. ET on ACCNX.  

MAC West Leaders Collide as Volleyball Heads to Western Michigan

Match 22: Ball State (18-3; 8-1 MAC) at Western Michigan (14-6; 7-2 MAC)
   Friday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. ET – University Arena
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Match 23: Ball State (18-3; 8-1 MAC) at Western Michigan (14-6; 7-2 MAC)
   Saturday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. ET – University Arena
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MUNCIE, Ind. – – It will be a battle of the top two teams in the Mid-American Conference West Division this weekend when the Ball State women’s volleyball team travels to Kalamazoo, Michigan, to take on Western Michigan for a pair of matches.
 
The Cardinals (18-3; 8-1 MAC) and Broncos (14-6; 7-2 MAC) will square off at 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at WMU’s University Arena.
 
Ball State opened a pivotal four-match stretch on a strong note Tuesday, taking down Toledo by a score of 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-20). The Rockets entered the contest a match behind the Cardinals, and half a match behind the Broncos, in the league standings.
 
Following this weekend’s matches at WMU, Ball State returns home to take on the defending MAC regular season and tournament champions Bowling Green. The Falcons enter the weekend with a 13-6 overall record, including an unblemished 9-0 league ledger.
 
BSU and BGSU will face off at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in Worthen Arena in what could be the de facto MAC regular season championship match.
 
This past Tuesday’s battle pitted the top offense in the league in Ball State, versus the top defense in the MAC in Toledo. After a slow start in the opening set, it was the Cardinals’ offense which came out on top as BSU found its rhythm over the final three sets to earn the 3-1 victory.
 
Ball State hit .206 in the win, marking the 20th time in 21 matches this season the Cardinals have hit at least .200.
 
That has been a big key to the Cardinals’ success this season, as BSU has successfully been able to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing. Four different Ball State players enter the weekend averaging at least 2.28 kills per set, while six are smashing at least 1.75 kills per set.

Outside Jaclyn Bulmahn leads the club with a 2.92 kills-per-set average, while opposite Natalie Mitchem is not far behind at 2.78. Rounding out the top four attackers are outside Emily Hollowell (2.41) and middle Marie Plitt (2.28).
 
The BSU’s offense is also connecting at a league-best .262 clip this season, well ahead of Bowling Green in second which is hitting .250 as a squad. In fact, the Cardinals have hit .200-or-above in 20 of its 21 matches this season, including above .300 marks five times.
 
Playing a large role in guiding the offense has been setter Megan Wielonski who is fourth in the MAC with a 10.29 assist-per-set average. In fact, Wielonski set Ball State to a .476 attack percentage in the sweep of St. Thomas (Aug. 27), which ranks as the third-best single match team performance in program history.
 
Defensive specialist Kate Vinson leads the Ball State defense with a 3.20 dig-per-set average. Outside hitter Natalie Risi is second on the team at 3.00 digs per set, while Maggie Huber, who has served as the team’s libero in each of the last three matches, is third at 2.63.
 
At the net, Gilliland leads the squad and is ninth in the league at 0.96 blocks per set, while middle Marie Plitt and Mitchem are not far behind at 0.75 and 0.74, respectively.
 
As a team, the Cardinals are limiting opponents to a .205 attack percentage, which ranks as the fourth-best defense in the MAC. BSU also ranks fifth in the MAC at 2.08 blocks per set and eighth in the league at 14.96 digs per set.


 
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

  • In addition to leading the MAC and ranking 31st nationally with a .262 team hitting percentage, Ball State features two of the top three attackers in the league based on attack percentage … Middle Lauren Gilliland ranks second in the conference and is 74th nationally at .357, while middle Marie Plitt is third in the MAC and 92nd nationally at .346.
     
  • Setter Megan Wielonski enters the weekend ranked seventh nationally with her 823 total assists, while her 10.29 assists-per-set average is 44th … Wielonski is also putting up big numbers in the backcourt with 11 assist/dig double-doubles this season … In fact, her 208 total digs, including a career-high 21 at Wright State (Sept 3), are third on the squad.
     
  • In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, Megan Wielonski has also proven to be the league’s top server ranking first at 0.46 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 37 service aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30), are first in the league and rank ninth among all NCAA Division I players nationwide.
     
  • Outside Jaclyn Bulmahn has made her presence felt in the Ball State lineup, leading the squad with a 2.92 kills-per-set average … A First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection at Valparaiso last season, Bulmahn has reached double digits in 15 matches so far this season, including a season-high 19 kills in the Sept. 25 sweep at Kent State … The 19 kills tie as the most in a three-set match in the MAC this season and are four shy of her career-high 23 set versus Southern Illinois (Feb. 14, 2021) during her 2021 spring season at Valpo.
     
  • Jaclyn Bulmahn enters Friday’s match at Western Michigan with 890 career kills, including 231 so far in her first season at Ball State … Her career-best for kills in a season is 277 set her junior year at Valpo, while she averaged a career-best 3.05 kills per set for the Beacons last season.
     
  • Opposite Natalie Mitchem has gotten off to a strong start in 2021, ranking second on the team with a 2.78 kills-per-set average … She has smashed double-digit kills in 12 of BSU’s 20 matches, including tying her career high with 21 in Tuesday’s win over Toledo (Oct. 19) … She’s also turned in a strong effort at the net, averaging 0.74 blocks per set with at least one block in 20 matches, including tying her career high with seven blocks last Friday vs. Northern Illinois (Oct. 15).
     
  • So far this season, the Cardinals have turned to three different liberos, most recently having Maggie Huber suit up in the off-colored jersey for the last three matches … Huber has done a solid job in the role, averaging 4.60 digs per set … Defensive specialist Kate Vinson was BSU’s libero for the first 10 matches of the season, and currently ranks 13th in the MAC with 224 total digs … Natalie Risi took over the role for the next eight matches, and is 11th in the league with 240 total digs … Vinson averages a team-best 3.20 digs per set for the year, while Risi is second on the squad at 3.00.
     
  • Natalie Risi move back to the left side for this weekend’s series versus Northern Illinois and did not disappoint … She set the tone for the Ball State block in last Friday’s win over the Huskies, registering solo blocks on two of the first five points in the contest … She tallied three total solo blocks in the match, and added another late in last Saturday’s third set, helping the Cardinals stomp out an NIU rally attempt … Risi entered the weekend with just five solo blocks in her first 70 career matches … She tallied four last weekend, to go along with 15 kills, 16 digs and a pair of block assists.
     
  • Ball State enters Friday’s match with a 959-623-2 (.606) all-time record in women’s volleyball in its 50th season of play … In addition, the Cardinals own a 409-212 (.659) all-time record in Mid-American Conference play … The only program with a better all-time league mark is Western Michigan at 413-208 (.665).
     
  • With a 7-0 record at home so far this season, the Cardinals own a 288-93 (.756) all-time record in Worthen Arena … BSU is even more dominate in Worthen Arena in MAC play, with a 210-57 (.787) mark.
     
  • Ball State holds a slim 50-48 lead in the all-time series with Western Michigan after the Broncos earned a 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-22) victory in the lone meeting during the 2020-21 spring season played March 7 in Kalamazoo … Prior to the loss, the Cardinals had won the four previous meetings … While BSU leads the series, WMU does have a 24-19 edge in matches played on its home court.

Cardinals Drop Road Match Against Broncos

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Ball State soccer team hit the road for a Thursday Mid-American Conference matchup against Western Michigan. The Cardinals fall to 4-9-2 overall and 2-5-2 in MAC play, while the Broncos improved to 5-11-0 and 3-6 in the conference, after a WMU 2-0 victory.
 
BSU recorded the first shot on target off the foot of Maya Millis, but the WMU keeper made the stop at the eight-minute mark. Three minutes later Western Michigan sent a ball on frame, but Alex DeRuvo came up with the save.
 
In the 23rd minute, Tatiana Mason sent a ball on target, but was unable to find the back of the net. The Broncos responded with a shot on net in the 25th minute but DeRuvo made another save.
 
At the 28th-minute mark, Mason notched her second shot on net, but was unable to beat the WMU keeper.
 
The Broncos got on the scoreboard at the 34-minute mark when Morgan Otteson found the back of the net. Two minutes before the end of the first half, Jenna Blackburn extended the WMU lead with a goal.
 
Nicky Potts recorded the second half’s first shot on goal at the 47th minute but was unable to get the Cardinals on the board. In the 52nd minute, Mason posted her third shot on target but was kept out by the WMU goalie.
 
The Broncos put a ball on net in the 56th minute but DeRuvo was up for the challenge and kept WMU from extending its lead.
 
Grace Alsop had a scoring chance in the 61st minute but was unable to beat the WMU keeper. Two minutes later, Melissa Diceman put a ball on frame, but the shot was kept out. Emily Simmons put a last-second shot on goal with just 10 seconds left on the clock but was unable to find the back of the net.
 
The Cardinals return to the friendly confines of the Briner Sports Complex on Sunday, Oct. 24. Fans be sure to get to the match early as we will recognize and celebrate 11 seniors for Senior Day prior to first touch. Kickoff with Northern Illinois is scheduled for 2 p.m.
 
From the Coach – Head Coach Josh Rife
“I’m always proud of the group, with their effort and how they play. At the end of the day, the things that matter are goals scored and goals conceded, and we haven’t done enough at either end. As a coach, I have to look and find ways to help us be better in critical moments.”

BROWN PUTS DOWN 17 KILLS IN 3-1 ROAD LOSS AT UIC

CHICAGO – Freshman Briana Brown put home a game-high 17 kills as part of her team-high eighth double-double of the season, but the Jaguars fell at UIC, 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 25-27, 25-12). 

The win gave UIC (11-10, 7-2 HL) a season sweep of the Jaguars. The host Flames hit .228 for the match while IUPUI (3-19, 1-10 HL) was limited to hitting just .121. 

UIC got 16 kills from Martina Delucchi and 15 kills and 16 digs from Paola Santiago in the win. 

The Flames blitzed the Jags in the opening set as IUPUI put down just four kills and committed five errors in the stanza. UIC built a quick 7-2 lead behind four straight aces from Santiago as part of 10 aces in the opening set. 

IUPUI made an adjustment and tightened things up in the second set. The Jags trailed 16-13 but outscored UIC by a 7-1 margin to take a 20-17 lead with Rhiannon Schuenemann on the service line. UIC fired back with three straight points before getting a side out on a service error. Allie Pogue came up with a critical kill to bring the Jags even at 22 all before the Flames closed the set with three straight points. 

UIC sprinted out to a 5-1 lead in the third set before IUPUI reeled off five straight points to take a 6-5 lead. Things stayed tight throughout, but it looked like the hosts would complete the sweep after building a 23-21 lead after an IUPUI attack error. But the Jags countered with kills from Sidney Veatch and Brown to prompt a timeout. After the timeout, Brown put down another kill to get the Jags to set point. UIC got a key side out on a Santiago kill and then got to set point after a Delucchi kill. However, a service error tied things up at 25 all and Brown sealed the set with back-to-back kills.

The Flames engulfed IUPUI in the fourth set as the hosts hit .417 and held IUPUI to .074 in sealing the win. The score was 8-7 early before the Flames flipped a switch and ran away to a 25-12 victory. 

Brooke Phillips had a team-high 15 digs and 26 assists for the Jaguars while Pogue put down seven kills. Addie Evans had 10 digs and five assists and both Millai Madison and Emily Alan had four blocks each. 

IUPUI will continue the three-game trip at Milwaukee on Friday night (Oct. 22) at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+. 

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Sycamores welcome Youngstown State for Homecoming Clash

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State is back home this weekend as the Sycamores welcome the Western Illinois Leathernecks to Memorial Stadium for a Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup on Saturday, October 9. The contest between the Sycamores and the Leathernecks will be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

Game Day Information and Activities
Game Day Sponsor: Refreshment Services Pepsi
Today’s Game Day Sponsor is Refreshment Services Pepsi. In 2020 and beyond, RSP will “Perform with a Purpose” with each and every one of our partners, communities, and team  members while adhering to the following same key principles of the past: We want to exceed our customer’s expectations by helping them meet their goals and objectives. We are working to be the best customer service company …. PERIOD. We are working as one team to maximize productivity and efficiency in and between all departments so that we can better serve our customers.
 
Homecoming Schedule
Homecoming is Indiana State’s biggest event of the year and includes great traditions such as the Trike Race, Blue & White Parade and the traditional Homecoming football game. Prior to the football game, please join us as we launch a new campus tradition – Sycamore Village. Sycamore Village is located inside Memorial Stadium on the north side. Sycamore Village will provide alumni and friends a dedicated location to meet prior to the football game. Please join us, Saturday, October 23 at 11:00 am inside Memorial Stadium.  Food and beverages are available for purchase inside Sycamore Village. To find out more, click here.
 
Updated Tailgating and Clear Bag Policies
Indiana State Athletics announced updated tailgating and clear bag policies for the 2021-22 athletic year in early August. The policies are consistent with other members in both the Missouri Valley Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference. To find out more, click here.
 
Sycamore Athletics Lands New Flagship Radio Home
Indiana State has found a new home radio station. Sycamore Athletics and DLC Media have reached a three-year agreement to bring ISU sports to 105.5 FM. To see more, click here.
 
Football Tickets Still on Sale/Mobile Ticketing
Indiana State football single game tickets are still on sale for this weekend’s Homecoming Game against Youngstown State. Single game tickets start at just $14 for adults and $8 for youth. To purchase tickets, click here.
 
Game Notes
Keeping the Hopes Alive
Indiana State enters the week looking to bounce back after a tough road loss this past weekend at Missouri State. The Sycamores are looking to keep their potential playoff hopes alive as they head into a tough final four game stretch this year. The Sycamores still have contests against top-10 opponents in North Dakota State and Southern Illinois, while also competitive matchups against Youngstown State and Illinois State. The Sycamores can still be in the mix in a conference that features seven teams ranked in the top-25 in both major FCS polls.
 
Protecting the Turf
Indiana State is 2-1 on the friendly surface of Memorial Stadium this season as the Sycamores head into their final two home contests in 2021. The Sycamores opened the year with a 26-21 thriller over Eastern Illinois that featured a key defensive touchdown late in the contest against the Panthers. Indiana State picked up its second win at Memorial two weeks ago as the offense and defense put together a complete performance in the 37-27 win over Western Illinois. Inoke Moala recorded 3.5 sacks in the win over the Leathernecks, while Peterson Kerlegrand racked up 178 rushing yards and a pair of scores.
 
Missouri Valley Challenging Slate
The Missouri Valley Football Conference continues to dominate the FCS landscape as we near the midway point of the 2021 regular season. The MVFC has featured at least three teams in the top-10 in both major polls for a majority of the season, while seven different teams have been listed among the top-25 or receiving votes over the last three weeks. Highlighting the polls have been the emergence of both North Dakota State and Southern Illinois among the top-five teams, while South Dakota State and South Dakota have continued to fight their way up the rankings this year.
 
Series Matchup
Youngstown State leads the all-time series between the two teams, 23-7, dating back to their first matchup in the 1988 season. The Penguins won 18 of the first 19 games to take control of the series early, but lately it has been more balanced between the two teams on the field. Indiana State has won six of the last 10 contests and has put together a trio of two-game winning streaks. ISU has won the last two contests in both 2018 and 2019.
 
First Three
November 5, 1988 – at Youngstown State – L, 25-7
October 7, 1989 – vs. Youngstown State – L, 20-19
October 3, 1992 – vs. Youngstown State, L, 30-24
 
Last Three
November 4, 2017 – vs. Youngstown State – L, 66-24
October 27, 2018 – at Youngstown State – W, 43-17
November 16, 2019 – vs. Youngstown State – W, 24-17
 
On This Date
Indiana State has played in 11 games on October 9 in program history and has posted a 2-8-1 overall record on the date. The Sycamores have never faced Youngstown State on October 23 in their series. Overall, Indiana State has also held its homecoming game on October 23 with the Sycamores winning both matchups in 1993 and 1999.
 
On This Date
1937 – Eastern Michigan – L, 33-7
1948 – Ball State – L, 10-7
1954 – at Butler – L, 38-26
1965 – at DePauw – T, 14-14
1971 – at Butler – L, 21-14
1976 – at Illinois State – L, 24-14
1982 – at Southern Illinois – L, 21-9
1993 – vs. Western Kentucky (Homecoming) – W, 41-14
1999 – vs. Western Illinois (Homecoming) – W, 39-36 (OT)
2004 – at Western Kentucky – L, 31-9
2010 – at North Dakota State – L, 27-15
 
Opponent Information
Youngstown State was selected ninth overall in the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s preseason poll as voted on by the league coaches, media, and sports information directors. The Penguis received 126 total points in the poll after a spring season that saw YSU post a 1-6 overall record in the conference.
 
The Penguins enter the weekend coming off a bye as Youngstown State has posted a 2-3 overall record in 2021 with a 1-2 mark in MVFC play. Youngstown State opened up the 2021 fall season with a 44-41 win over Incarnate Word in the season opener and bounced back from a tough three-game stretch with a 41-33 win over Missouri State back on October 9.
 
Youngstown State boasts one of the top rushing attacks in the FCS as the Penguins sit fifth overall in the NCAA in rushing offense at 249.0 yards per game. The Penguins have posted at least 250 rushing yards in three separate games and are coming off a 377-yard effort two weeks ago against Missouri State. YSU also put up 351 yards against Incarnate Word in the opener and added 293 rushing yards against Western Illinois.
 
The Penguins rushing attack is paced by senior tailback Jaleel McLaughlin and redshirt freshman quarterback Demeatric Crenshaw with the duo combining for 1,075 yards in their five contests on the season. McLaughlin leads the way and averages 117.6 yards per game on the ground with a team-high seven touchdowns. Crenshaw has added 97.4 rushing yards per game and six rushing touchdowns on the season.
 
When YSU takes to the air, the Penguins have spread the ball around with 13 different receivers hauling in passes on the year. Senior tight end Andrew Ogletree is the team leader with 15 catches for 120 yards, while C.J. Charleston has added 10 catches for 55 yards. Jorge Portorreal is the team leader with two of the team’s four touchdown receptions.
 
Defensively, Jordan White is the team leader with 33 tackles on the year and adds a team-high two interceptions. Grant Dixon has added 30 tackles and four tackles for loss on the year. Overall, YSU has posted nine sacks and 22.0 tackles for loss on the year.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Returns to Action by Hosting Dayton on Saturday

Dayton (3-3, 2-2 PFL)
at Valparaiso (1-5, 1-2 PFL)

Game #7 Saturday, Oct. 23, Noon CT
Brown Field (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

This Week in Valpo Football: After a bye week that blended rest and recovery with additional practice and preparation, the Valparaiso University football team will return to action this week as the Beacons are set to host Dayton on Saturday at high noon at Brown Field. This week will mark a reunion of sorts for head coach Landon Fox, who will oppose one of his coaching mentors in longtime Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin. Prior to arriving at Valpo, Fox spent 11 years as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Dayton. Saturday will be Family Day at Brown Field.

Previously: Prior to the bye week, Valpo incurred a 20-13 setback at St. Thomas on Oct. 9. A strip sack by Nick Price and an interception by Austin Chilton helped ignite a fourth-quarter surge that saw Valpo outscore the hosts 10-0 over the final 15 minutes, but the Beacons couldn’t fully overcome a 17-point deficit. Kicker Brian Bartholomew made a pair of field goals and punter Ben Niesner achieved 53.2 yards per attempt, while the Valpo defense was led by Jaxon Peifer’s career-high-tying 14 tackles. QB Ben Nimz completed 17 passes for 183 yards, while the Tommies contained the running game to the tune of 24 carries for 37 yards. Penalties were a major bugaboo as Valpo was flagged 13 times for 112 yards. The frequent penalties were an aberration from the norm under head coach Landon Fox, as this marked the first time during his tenure that Valpo was penalized for at least 100 yards in a game, something that had most recently occurred on Nov. 3, 2018 (110 at Marist).

Series Notes: Dayton holds a 26-3 advantage in an all-time series that dates back to 1988. The two teams faced off 27 consecutive seasons from 1993-2019, a streak that was snapped when Dayton opted to sit out the Spring 2021 season. This will mark the 28th straight season in which both teams have participated that the charter Pioneer Football League members have faced off. Dayton came to Brown Field and prevailed 41-28 on Oct. 12, 2019 in Fox’s first matchup with his former team. Valpo’s most recent win over the Flyers was 8-7 on Nov. 18, 2017, a victory that clinched the program’s best season since 2003, a mark that has since been surpassed by the Spring 2021 squad. Dayton has won 14 of the last 15 matchups.

Following the Beacons: All home games this season will be broadcast on ESPN3. The longtime Voice of Valpo Todd Ickow will have the play-by-play alongside color analyst Tom Byrne, who was a standout on Valpo’s offensive line from 1999-2002 and is a member of the Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame. In addition, Garrett Willis and James Sroge will have the call on WVUR, 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app. For in-game social media updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (6-18) is in his third season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in Fall 2021. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. Valpo limited the opposition to 172.2 passing yards per game, the program’s best passing defense since 2008. In addition, the squad boasted its best rushing defense (111.2 yards per game) and scoring defense (18.7 points per game) since 1999. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.

Strength of Schedule: Valpo’s three nonconference opponents currently hold a combined 16-1 record. North Dakota State is a flawless 6-0 and is ranked third nationally. Dartmouth owns a 5-0 mark and is coming off a 38-21 victory at No. 23 New Hampshire. Dartmouth is now ranked 25th in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 and is receiving votes in the FCS Coaches’ Poll. Indiana Wesleyan has just one loss and is ranked 10th nationally in NAIA. In addition, Valpo’s two conference setbacks have come against teams with a combined PFL mark of 5-1. This past weekend, Drake – a team Valpo beat earlier this season – took perennial league powerhouse San Diego down to the wire in a 13-10 Torero triumph, while Marist bested a traditionally-strong Dayton program 20-17 and St. Thomas blitzed Stetson 38-7.

Close Calls: Dating back to last season, Valpo has played seven straight PFL games decided by seven points or fewer. Dating back to 2019, Valpo’s last 14 league games have been decided by 12 points or fewer and 12 of those 14 have been dictated by 10 points or fewer. Valpo’s last two games have resulted in a pair of close defeats, 27-24 in overtime on Oct. 2 vs. Marist and 20-13 on Oct. 9 at St. Thomas. Dating back to 2019, six of Valpo’s last eight losses in PFL play have come by seven points or fewer.

Niesner Notes: Ben Niesner averaged a career-high 53.2 yards per punt on six attempts in the Oct. 9 game at St. Thomas, helping him earn Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He launched four of his six punts 50-plus yards and all six 40-plus yards. His performance marked the 10th-best single-game punting average in Division-I FCS to that point in the season. His biggest boot of the day was a 63 yarder that represented his season long and the second-longest punt of his collegiate career. With his successful Saturday in St. Paul, Niesner is up to 43.7 yards per punt, which ranks 13th nationally in Division-I FCS. He is also seventh among active Division-I FCS players with 7,843 career punting yards. Niesner, who was named to the FCS Punter of the Year Preseason Watch List and was a semifinalist for that honor a year ago, also earned PFL Special Teams Player of the Week laurels twice during the six-week Spring 2021 docket. Valpo has had a higher punting average than its opponent in each of the first six games this season. Niesner’s season average is up to 43.7, currently placing him in position to surpass his program-record-tying mark of 43.6 from a year ago.

Robert in the Record Book: Valpo running back Robert Washington has rushed for 1,109 career yards in just 12 games in a Valpo uniform. He is on the fringe of passing Kyle Cartales (1,140 yards; 38 games) and Brandon Hall (1,196 yards; 23 games) on Valpo’s career rushing list. He has a chance to get past Jarrett Morgan (1,267 yards; 39 games) and Jake Huston (1,296 yards, 26 games) for Valpo’s highest career rushing total since Jeff Horton closed out his career in 2007 with a school-record 3,072. In order to crack the top 10 in program history in career rushing yards, Washington would need to get to 1,644. With 456 rushing yards in six games, Washington is on pace to rank third in Valpo history in single-season rushing yards. If he sustains the current pace, he would rush for 890 yards this year.

Coming Off a Bye: There were no bye weeks during the Spring 2021 season, and Valpo’s bye week during the 2019 season came in Week 2, while 2018 came in Week 1. In 2016 Valpo had a bye the final week of the season, so over the last six years, this marks just the second time Valpo’s bye has come in the midst of PFL play. The only other time in that stretch that Valpo broke up league action with an off week was the 2017 campaign, when a well-rested group followed an Oct. 21 bye with a 63-32 home victory over Morehead State on Oct. 28. That sparked a stretch where Valpo won three of its final four games.

Scouting the Opponent: Dayton was picked fourth of 11 in the Pioneer Football League preseason poll. The Flyers, who opted out of the Spring 2021 season, went 7-3 overall and 6-2 in PFL play during the 2019 campaign. They opened this season with a 17-10 victory over scholarship-foe Eastern Illinois. Dayton owns a league-record 12 PFL championships, has the best all-time PFL record in league history and entered this season with the fifth-best winning percentage in FCS football since 2000. The Flyers are coming off a 20-17 home loss to Marist last week.

Proving Polls Imprecise: Valpo was picked to finish sixth of 11 in the Pioneer Football League preseason poll, but knocked off a Drake team that was projected to finish third in the Week 4 PFL opener. Valpo has won three straight games against teams predicted to finish ahead of them in the standings after topping Drake and San Diego last spring, when the Toreros were picked to finish first and the Bulldogs were projected third. Valpo’s next chance to knock off a team picked ahead of the Beacons in the preseason poll will come this week vs. Dayton at Brown Field.

Working Overtime: Although Valpo’s Week 5 game vs. Marist continued a trend in terms of close contests, it was the only game in that stretch that required overtime to determine a victor. In fact, the game marked Valpo’s first overtime contest since Sept. 28, 2013 vs. Campbell, a 49-42 victory.

Block Party: Entering Week 8 vs. Dayton, Valpo is one of six teams in the FCS nation with four or more blocked kicks. The Beacons are tied for third in FCS with four blocked kicks, behind only Arkansas Pine Bluff and Delaware State with five apiece. During the Spring 2021 campaign, Valpo finished as one of 17 teams nationally with three or more blocked kicks. In 2019, Valpo was tied for ninth nationally with five blocked kicks. In total, the team has blocked 12 kicks since Landon Fox took over prior to the 2019 season.

Bittner Blocks: Brett Bittner blocked a Dartmouth punt in the second quarter of the Sept. 18 game against the Big Green, then turned away a Marist punt in the Oct. 2 game at Brown Field. Through Week 7, Bittner is one of just nine players in the FCS nation with multiple blocked kicks this season. He is tied for third nationally, behind only Delaware State’s Kevin Deshields and Southern Illinois’ Anthony Knighton, who have three apiece.

Dropped Behind the Line: The Valpo defense had success with dropping Marist players behind the line of scrimmage in the Oct. 2 game at Brown Field. The team accrued 12 tackles for loss and six sacks in the matchup with the Red Foxes. The six sacks represented Valpo’s most in a single game since Oct. 3, 2009, a seven-sack performance at Drake. The dozen TFL was Valpo’s most since Oct. 5, 2019 at Drake and tied for the most in the Landon Fox Era. Prior to Fox’s arrival, Valpo’s last PFL game with 12 or more TFL was Sept. 25, 2010 (13 vs. Drake). Through that point in the season, there were only 14 instances nationally of a team having more than 12 TFL in a game this season. In addition, only 14 teams had seven or more sacks in a single game this year at that juncture. Since head coach Landon Fox took over prior to the 2019 season, Valpo has totaled 134 tackles for loss in 23 games, a significant uptick from prior to his arrival.

Mastodons Drop #HLVB Contest at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team fell to the Milwaukee Panthers 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-13) on Thursday night (Oct. 21) in the Klotsche Center.

Milwaukee jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the opening set before the Mastodons got a kill from Madelyn Wurster and Katie Crowe to cut the lead to four. The two squads traded points the rest of the way and Milwaukee took an early 1-0 advantage. Ramei Jackson had four kills on seven attacks in the first set.

The second set was all Panthers, as they went on a 13-3 run. The three points in that stretch came by two kills from Crowe and a block from Wurster and Molly Mirabelli. The third set was similarly advantageous to the home team, but the Panthers got the job done with several smaller runs.

Crowe was the team-leader with 10 kills on 26 swings for a .308 hitting percentage. Milwaukee’s Madi Malone had 13 kills with a .385 clip.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 5-19, 3-8 Horizon League while Milwaukee improves to 16-6, 10-0. The ‘Dons have a quick turnaround, as their next match is tomorrow, Friday, October 22, at 7 p.m. at Green Bay.

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Starts Road Swing at Quincy

WEEK 8
at Quincy Hawks (3-4, 1-2 GLVC)
Saturday | October 23 | 2 p.m. ET

The Greyhounds (4-3, 2-1 GLVC) will close the final month of the regular season with three of their final four games on the road. The stretch starts with a trip to Western Illinois Saturday afternoon to clash with the Hawks of Quincy University.

UIndy has won eight of the nine all-time meetings with the Hawks, including a 38-0 shutout at Quincy last April. In both teams’ first official game in some 500 days, a 17-yard passing TD from Bryce Stancombe to Frank Bentley late in the first quarter got the scoring started and the Hounds never looked back. UIndy piled on in a variety of ways, scoring three more TDs, two safeties and a field goal, all while holding the Hawks to just 56 total yards on the way to its first shutout since October of 2017.

LAST TIME OUT UIndy endured a 28-20 home loss to Lindenwood last week. Trailing by 13 points at the break, the Lions held the Greyhounds scoreless in the second half while overcoming another 200-yard game by running back Toriano Clinton. The result ensured the UIndy’s first season with three home losses since 2009.

CLINTON WATCH UIndy’s aforementioned star running back continues to impress in this his senior season. The nation’s rushing leader at 1,287 yards through seven games (183.9 ypg), Clinton racked up 229 yards versus Lindenwood, giving him four games with at least 197 yards on the ground. The Calumet, Ill., product has twice broken the UIndy single-game rushing record this fall – first with 270 yards at Hillsdale in week 2 and again with 287 yards versus McKendree in week 6. Prior to the Hillsdale game, UIndy’s single-game rushing record of 254 yards had stood for 56 years, set by Jack Schuck in 1965. A third notable game saw Clinton add a national record to his resume. At Southwest Baptist in week 5, Clinton broke the Division II mark for most rushing yards in a single quarter, racking up 197 first-quarter yards on just 10 attempts in a lopsided victory. Furthermore, he is within striking distance of the school’s single-season rushing record, as he needs just 189 yards to surpass the 1,475 put up by Klay Fiechter in 2012. Also, his 14 rushing TDs are six shy of matching the UIndy single-season benchmark of 20 (Andrew Walker, 2015). Meanwhile, an average of 128 rushing yards over the regular season’s final four weeks will elevate Clinton’s career total past the program record of 3,809, also held by Fiechter (2010-13). See page 3 for where Clinton and other Greyhounds rank on select UIndy career top-10 lists. Currently, Clinton tops Division II in both rushing yards (1,287) and all-purpose yards (1,413) on the season while ranking third in total touchdowns (14) and sixth in yards per carry (7.2).

MAX PROTECT Led by veteran tackles Clay Hadley and Tarnjeet Singh, UIndy’s offensive line has been a major factor in helping Clinton and the rest of the offense move the chains. The quintet has helped the Hounds rank highly in Division II in rushing offense (6th), fewest tackles for a loss allowed (7th), fewtest sacks allowed (14th) and scoring offense (24th).

GETTING DEFENSIVE On the other side of the ball, UIndy has made life difficult for opposing offenses with solid play at all three levels. The Greyhounds rank in the top 10 in Division II in both sacks per game (8th, 3.9 per) and tackles for a loss per game (10th, 8.7 per). Additionally, UIndy ranks 15th in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 89 yards on the ground per week.

TOP 25 SHAKE-UP A notable seven top-10 teams garnered a loss last weekend, including both No. 1 and No. 2, leading to massive movement in this week’s AFCA DII Coaches Poll (page 3). Defending national champ West Florida dropped its first game of the season, falling 30-26 to then-12th-ranked West Geogia, while former-No. 2 Northwest Missouri State fell 17-16 at the hands of unranked Washburn. The week’s marquee game featured a pair of Super Region 3 powers, as No. 3 Ferris State defeated rival and seventh-ranked Grand Valley State, 35-28. Ferris State has since ascended to the very top of the coaches poll, while GVSU dropped just one spot to No. 8. Meanwhile, no GLVC teams received any votes from the coaches for the first time since week 2 of the 2012 season.

INDIANAPOLIS SWIMMING: Makes Strong Statement With Both #1 Rankings in CSCAA Preseason Top 25

NORFOLK, Va. – The University of Indianapolis swimming & diving programs have swept the top of the leaderboards in the preseason edition of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division II Top 25 Poll, officials released on Thursday.
 
The top ranking in the poll comes after both sides dominated at the highly competitive UIndy Invite back on Oct. 9 and 10. The invite featured five of the most dominate programs in the NCAA D-II, and the Hounds had little trouble as the women’s team won by 100.5 points and the men’s team claimed victory by 158 points.
 
UIndy is joined by a handful of company from the Great Lakes Valley Conference on both sides. On the women’s side, Lindenwood (No. 5), Drury (No. 8), Truman (No. 20) , and McKendree (No. 24) all earned a spot in the rankings. Over in the men’s poll, Lindenwood (No. 3), McKendree (No. 4), Drury (No. 7), Missouri S&T (No. 15), Lewis (No. 24), and Missouri-St. Louis (receiving votes) all earned recognition.
 
With the new preseason No. 1 ranking in control, the Greyhounds are gearing up for a meet tomorrow afternoon against a D-I opponent in the Cincinnati Bearcats. Action is slated to begin at 1 p.m.
 

CSCAA DII Men’s Preseason PollCSCAA DII Women’s Preseason Poll
RKSCHOOLPTSRKSCHOOLPTS
1.UIndy1461.UIndy148
2.Queens University of Charlotte1452.Wingate141
3.Lindenwood1373.Queens University of Charlotte136
4.McKendree1254.Nova Southeastern132
5.Grand Valley1245.Lindenwood128
6.Wingate1226.Grand Valley115
7.Drury1167.Carson-Newman109
8.Colorado Mesa1078.Drury107
8.Nova Southeastern999.Colorado Mesa103
10.Florida Southern9510.Northern Michigan97
11.Carson-Newman8711.West Chester94
12.Tampa7812.Tampa93
12.Northern Michigan7413.West Florida79
14.Delta State6614.Cal State East Bay71
15.Missouri S&T6415.Lynn61
16.West Chester6316.Delta State55
16.Wayne State4217.Concordia-Irvine46
16.Oklahoma Christian3818.Rollins45
19.Florida Tech3019.Florida Southern43
20.Saginaw Valley State2820.Truman34
21.Henderson State2621.Augustana (SD)33
22.Mines2522.Saint Leo26
23.Concordia-Irvine2123.Mines17
24.Lewis1924.McKendree16
25.Emmanuel1825.UNC-Pembrooke7

MARIAN FOOTBALL: GAMEDAY GUIDE: NO. 11 MARIAN WELCOMES NO. 5 CONCORDIA FOR HOMECOMING

INDIANAPOLIS – After flattening St. Francis 56-10 in the Franciscan Bowl one week ago, the Marian football team welcomes No. 5 Concordia to Indianapolis, as the Knights host their annual homecoming game. The Knights enter the week ranked No. 11 in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Poll with a 5-2 overall record and 3-1 MSFA Mideast mark, while Concordia enters 5-0 with a perfect 3-0 record in MSFA play. 

THE SERIES

Marian has owned the all-time series against Concordia, holding an 8-2 record all-time against the Cardinals. Of their eight wins, the Knights have picked up five victories at St. Vincent Field, most recently winning at home two seasons ago by a score of 28-13, paced by Charles Salary‘s historic 309 yard rushing performance. Concordia won the last meeting in the series at Ann Arbor, squeaking out a 16-14 win in the spring portion of the 2020 season. 

KNIGHTS COME HOME

Since 2015 Marian is undefeated on homecoming, holding a 5-0 record in the annual game. The Knights won their last homecoming game defeating Lawrence Tech 46-0 in 2019. Marian has hosted Concordia once before on homecoming, defeating the Cardinals 48-17 during the 2018 season. Marian scored 34 points in the first half of that game, rushing for four touchdowns alone in the first half. 

WHERE TO WATCH

Fans unable to attend the game can watch live on ISC Sports Network or on Comcast channel 81. Live stats will also be available at marianstats.com. Live updates throughout the game will be provided on the official Marian athletics Twitter page @MUKnights.

TICKETS AND TAILGATING

Fans are highly encouraged to purchase tickets prior to their arrival at St. Vincent Field. Tickets can purchased online here. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Fans wishing to tailgate at Saturday’s game should click here to purchase a spot and click here to view all rules and regulations.

GAMEDAY FESTIVITIES

Homecoming weekend will feature several activities for alumni and current students, with festivites on campus beginning Thursday October 21. The annual homecoming court will be announced at the beginning of halftime, and following the game Mass and an alumni dinner will be held. For the full details, click here.

Marian and Concordia will kick off at 1:05 p.m. at St. Vincent Field. A full report will be available postgame on MUKnights.com.

FRANKLIN FOOTBALL: WEEK 8 PREVIEW | Grizzlies Set to Open Two-Game Road Trip at Anderson on Saturday

The Opening Kick

The Grizzlies head out on the road on Saturday to battle the Anderson Ravens in the first of two straight contests away from Faught Stadium.

Last Time Out

The Grizzlies hosted Bluffton last Saturday for homecoming and sent the home crowd home happy. Franklin dominated the Beavers on both sides of the ball, out-gaining Bluffton by almost 300 yards and forcing four turnovers in a 45-6 trouncing. Garrett Cora scored three touchdowns and Franklin held the ball for 33:06 in the win.

About the Ravens

The Ravens are still looking for their first win after dropping last week’s match with Rose-Hulman. Now in his fourth season at the helm of the Ravens, head coach Steve Rock is in search of his first win over the Grizzlies after spending 11 years as an assistant in Franklin.

Junior quarterback Tyson Harley leads the Anderson offense. One of the league’s most prolific passers in his first two years at Anderson, Harley has struggled in his third year as the starter, completing 53.9% of his passes and averaging just 132 yards per game. Junior Dean Foundos has also taken snaps under center this year, throwing for 142 yards on 58 attempts. 

Senior wideout Zac Tallent leads the Ravens and is currently tied for second in the league in receptions with 41, racking up 315 yards and a score. 

The defense is led by sophomore safety Sam Feola, who tops the team with 39 total tackles and has four pass break-ups. Junior defensive lineman Tristan Chambers leads all players with 5.5 tackles for loss and freshman corner Javonte Malone lads the team with five pass break-ups.

Last Time They Met

The two teams kicked off the first spring season in league history and lit up the scoreboard, with Franklin winning 55-48 at Faught Stadium. The Grizzlies have won every matchup in the series dating back to 2005.

Among the League’s Best

The Grizzlies sit third overall in total offense at 29.7 points per game and their scoring defense is fourth overall at 25.8 points per game

On offense, Jarrett Gibson sits third in the league in catches with 38 and with 518 receiving yards. Gibson is the current league leader in all-purpose yards with 821, and his 138.6 all-purpose yards per game leads all players. Cora ranks fifth in the conference with 397 yards on the ground and second overall with nine total touchdowns. 

Dylan Boswell tops all league punters with 40.1 yards per kick, dropping 14 punts inside the 20 and recording a league-high 11 punts totaling more than 50 yards.

On defense, Jireh Ojata leads the league with seven sacks and ranks third overall in tackles for loss with 9.0. Nick Winders is tied for the league lead with nine pass break-ups.

Bully Ball

The Franklin defense has allowed fewer than 200 yards of total offense on two occasions this season, holding Bluffton and Manchester to under that number. Prior to this year, the last time the Grizzlies didn’t allow a team to surpass 200 yards of total offense was back in a 2015 game against Defiance.

Around the HCAC

League play resumes on Saturday and will feature three other games in conjunction with the Grizzlies and Ravens. The rest of the slate is as follows: 

Hanover at Bluffton, 1:30 PM

Mount St. Joseph at Defiance, 1:30 PM

Rose-Hulman at Manchester, 1:30 PM

Catch the Action Live

Saturday’s game will be shown live, with video courtesy of the Anderson athletic department. Live stats and a link to the broadcast are also available.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST 6, OHIO CHRISTIAN 0

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – Shelby O’Leary scored three goals to lead the Indiana University women’s soccer team to a 6-0 victory over Ohio Christian University on Thursday, Oct. 21.

With their third straight River States Conference win, the Red Wolves are now 9-6 overall and 7-2 in the league as Ohio Christian falls to 3-7-1, 1-6-1.

“I am excited for our team and the way they played today,” IU East coach Shane Meridith sid. “We had some real quality finishes. Now we have big games ahead.”

O’Leary scored twice in the first half to help the Red Wolves to a 3-0 advantage. Kayla Amidon had the second of the three scores in the opening stanza off a free kick by Ellie Guenther.

“I thought we all played well together and found the outsides a lot, which allowed us to find the net so much,” O’Leary said. “I’m excited to see what we’ll do in Pittsburgh next. If we play how we did tonight, I think we’ll have the success we need.”

In the second half, Kimberly Trapp scored on a header on a pass Abbie Conway. O’Leary completed her hat trick with an assist from Amidon to give the Red Wolves a 5-0 lead. Guenther added the final score with her first goal of the season with help from Vittoria Cataldo.

The three goals for O’Leary tie the IU East record for the most in a game. Dejhanna O’Bryant was the first to do it in 2017, while Trapp has done it three times. Trapp did it once last season and twice this fall.  Trapp leads the Red Wolves with 11 goals this season with O’Leary next at six. Amidon has three goals.

IU East is back in action on the road at Point Park University on Thursday, Oct. 28. The conference affair gets underway at 6 p.m.

MEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST 4, OHIO CHRISTIAN 0

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – The Indiana University men’s soccer team picked up a 4-0 River States Conference victory over Ohio Christian University on Thursday, Oct. 21.

The Red Wolves are now 2-11-1 overall and 2-4 in the conference, while Ohio Christian is 1-13, 1-7.

“It was good to get back in the win column today,” IU East coach Steve Moore said. “Especially when it means four different guys scoring and playing as many guys as we did. It’s important to gather some momentum for our playoff push here at the end of the season.”

Gavin Miller put IU East on top with a goal in the first period before the Red Wolves added three more scores in the second half by Tristan ThomasBrian Alvarez and Fitz Jolly.

Goalkeeper Alex Visscher had two saves for the Red Wolves to post his first shutout of the season.

Thomas tops IU East in scoring with six goals with an assist for 13 points. The goals by Miller, Alvarez and Jolly were the first of the season for each player.

Alvarez has a team-high three assists this fall after helping on Miller’s goal, while Manny Cabrerra picked up his first assist on the score by Thomas.

Next up for IU East is a trip to Oakland City University on Saturday, Oct. 23. The RSC contest begins at 1 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL: WEEKEND PREVIEW

The Indiana University East volleyball team heads south for a pair of River States Conference divisional crossover matches this weekend.

IU East (13-9, 8-2) starts its trip with a match at Oakland City University (6-6, 9-11) on Oct. 22. Start time is 8 p.m. (IU East time).

The Red Wolves then play at Brescia University (4-8, 4-15) on Oct. 23. Match time is noon (IU East time)

FOLLOW THE MATCHES

Oakland City’s Johnson Center is located on the Oakland City campus, GPS address 705 North Franklin Street in Oakland City, Ind.

Live video, produced by Oakland City, is scheduled to be available for the match between the Red Wolves and the Mighty Oaks.

Brescia University’s Moore Center is located at 717 Frederica Street in Owensboro, Ky. 

Oakland City and Owensboro are both on Central time.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* This is the third and final weekend of crossover matches against RSC West Division opponents for RSC East leader IU East. 

* The Red Wolves lead the RSC East Division by two games over Point Park.

* This is the first NAIA volleyball meeting between IU East and Oakland City.

* IU East is 12-3 all-time against Brescia. The Red Wolves beat the Bearcats in four sets last fall in the RSC Championship quarterfinals to halt a three-match losing streak against Brescia.

Jessica Swimm (3.58 kills per set), Teah Barrett Matthews (.325 hitting average), Reece Shirley (8.95 assists per set), Jenna Mitchell (.52 aces per set), Sammei Fulkerson-Bird (3.72 digs per set) and Sheridan Phillips (.79 blocks per set) are IU East’s leaders in the standard stats categories.

BETHEL FOOTBALL: No. 15/16 Royals Return Home for Key MIAC Divisional Matchup with Macalester

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The Bethel University Royals return to Royal Stadium Saturday to play the Macalester College Scots for the first time since 2001. The Scots have rejoined the MIAC this season and are a part of the Skyline Division along with the Royals in the MIAC’s new divisional format. Bethel sports a 2-0 Skyline Division record while Macalester is 0-2. The winner of the Skyline Division will play the winner of the Northwoods Division in week 10 for the MIAC’s automatic berth to the NCAA Playoffs. Bethel is coming off a huge division win against Concordia, 21-16 in Moorhead last Saturday while the Scots lost at Augsburg 37-29. 

The Macalester Scots are back in the MIAC for football for the first season since 2001. The Scots went independent until joining the Midwest Conference in 2014. Macalester won the MWC in their first season, earning a trip to the NCAA Playoffs where they fell to eventual national champion UW-Whitewater 55-2. The Scots are still searching for their first MIAC win this season after winning the season opener 38-32 over UMAC member Minnesota-Morris. The last time the Royals and Scots matched up was the conference and home opener of the 2001 season, a 33-6 Bethel victory that was played just four days after 9-11. Bethel would go on to earn a share of the MIAC championship in 2001 while MAC finished 1-9, beating Carleton 13-2 which remains their last MIAC victory.

Today’s matchup marks the third of four MIAC Skyline division games for the Royals and thanks to the victory over Concordia last week, BU now sits in the drivers’ seat of the division in order to earn the top spot and place in the MIAC championship game. The two division winners will matchup in week 10 for the MIAC’s automatic berth to the NCAA playoffs. The Royals have defeated Hamline and Concordia with Skyline division games yet to go against Macalester and Augsburg.

Bethel safety Nate Farm is leading the MIAC in interceptions with five on the season and none have been bigger than his last one against Concordia last Saturday. Farm picked off a Cobber pass in the endzone as the Cobbers were driving late in the game looking for a go ahead score. With just 56 seconds remaining the Arden Hills native helped secure the win with his second INT of the game. Farm was also the leading tackler for Bethel with 10 stops on the day.

Kickoff on Saturday at Royal Stadium will be at 1 p.m. and it is Family Weekend at Bethel University. Tickets can be purchased at the gates which open at 11 a.m.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1845       The first known box score appears in the New York Morning News. Alexander Cartwright’s notation detailing the game comes a month after some of his fellow Knickerbockers write the first set of rules.

1910       After three straight defeats and trailing Philadelphia by a run in the ninth, The Cubs tie the score, winning 4-3 in 10 innings for their only World Series victory. The A’s will easily take the Fall Classic in five games.

1927       Future Hall of Famer Ross Youngs dies of Bright’s disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases. ‘Pep’ was a .322 hitter during his ten-year Giant career and was one of John McGraw’s favorite players.

1929       In Baltimore, Phillies’ starting catcher Walt Lerian dies from injuries sustained when a runaway truck pins him against a brick wall for hours before his extraction. Minutes before the collision, the 24-year-old backstop, known as Peck, had attended mass at St. Martin’s Catholic church.

1933       Phil Ball, the millionaire owner of the Browns, dies of septicemia. Manager Rogers Hornsby will take over the reins of the franchise, staying on as skipper until he is fired in 1937 by Donald Barnes, who purchased the team from the Ball estate last year.

1960       “But immortality is nontransferable. The papers said that the other players, and even the umpires on the field, begged him to come out and acknowledge us in some way, but he never had and did not now. Gods do not answer letters.” – JOHN UPDIKE, author of Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu. published in the New Yorker. The New Yorker magazine publishes Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu, an article by 28 year-old John Updike which chronicles Ted Williams’ last game in the major leagues. The future Pulitzer Prize-winning author, among the 10,000 fans at the fabled game, ends the much-celebrated baseball essay with, “Gods do not answer letters,” as an explanation of the superstar not acknowledging the Fenway faithful after homering in his final major league at-bat.

1967       The A’s name Bay Area native Joe DiMaggio to be the team’s executive vice president and consultant. Oakland owner Charlie Finley uses the ‘Yankee Clipper’ to be a part-time hitting coach and public relations advocate for the club, a job the former superstar will quickly become unhappy with, leaving the organization after just two years in the position.

1972       The transplanted A’s, capturing their first championship in 42 years, become the first Bay Area team to win a world title when they defeat the Reds, 3-2, in the seventh game. World Series MVP Gene Tenace, who hit only five home runs in the regular season, connects for four round-trippers during the Fall Classic, including an unprecedented two homers in his first two at-bats in Game 1.

1974       Considered to be among the biggest one-for-one trades in baseball history, two very well-known outfielders are exchanged for one another as the Giants send Bobby Bonds to the Yankees for Bobby Murcer. The swap of the next ‘Willie Mays’ (Bonds) for the next ‘Mickey Mantle’ (Murcer) marks the first time two $600,000 players have traded for one another.

1975       In a fitting finish to one of the most classic World Series ever played, the Reds beat the Red Sox in a thrilling Game 7 victory, 4-3. Future Hall of Fame infielder Joe Morgan’s ninth-inning bloop single into center field, scoring Ken Griffey, proves to be the decisive hit in the Fenway Park contest.

1979       Ed Kranepool declares his free-agency, ending his 18-year major league career, played entirely with the Mets. The first baseman and pinch-hitter, who signed with the expansion team in 1962 at the age of 17 as an amateur free agent, set franchise records in eight categories, including the most hits (1,418), most games played (1,853), at-bats (5,436), and pinch-hits (90).

1986       After losing the first two games at home, the Mets pull even with the Red Sox in the World Series. Gary Carter’s two Fenway Park home runs power New York to a 6-2 victory in Game 4 of the Fall Classic.

1997       With the temperature hovering at 35 degrees, the coldest start of any postseason game on record, the Indians’ bats come out smoking in Game 4 of the World Series, scoring three runs in the first and another trio of tallies in the third inning in their 10-3 rout of the Marlins at Jacobs Field. The two rookie starters, Cleveland’s 21-year-old right-hander Jaret Wright and Florida’s 23-year-old southpaw Tony Saunders, marks the sixth time that two freshman hurlers have opposed one another in the Fall Classic.

2000       In Game 2, the Yankees extend their World Series winning streak to 14 consecutive games, defeating the Mets, 6-5, in a contest overshadowed by Roger Clemens throwing the barrel of a shattered bat at Mike Piazza as the Met catcher runs to first. Due to the Rocket’s beaning of the Mets’ superstar in July, the eagerly awaited at-bat results in the two players confronting one another and the emptying of both benches.

2002       In Game 3 of the World Series, Giants’ P.A. announcer Renel Brooks-Moon becomes the first woman to announce a championship game in any professional sport. The Bay Area native sends the scorecard from the Fall Classic contest to the Hall of Fame.

2003       In Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Alex Gonzalez’s solo home run off Jeff Weaver in the bottom of the 12th gives the Marlins a 4-3 victory over New York and ties the series at two games apiece. The loss ends the Yankees’ extra-inning World Series game winning streak at seven.

2006       The Spiezios become the first father-and-son combination in baseball history to have appeared in a World Series game as a player for the same franchise. Scott, the Cardinals’ current second baseman, and his father, Ed, a third baseman for the 1967 club, both played for in the Fall Classic for winning Redbird teams.

2007       Tony La Russa agrees to a two-year contract to continue as the Cardinals manager. During his 12-year tenure in St. Louis, the 63-year-old skipper has compiled a 1,055-887 (.543) record, which includes six Central Division championships, two NL pennants, and one World Series Championship.

2007       Washington State native Mel Stottlemyre returns to the big leagues as the pitching coach of the Seattle Mariners, accepting a one-year contract to join skipper John McLaren’s staff. The former pitching coach for the Yankees and Mets, who is receiving treatment for multiple myeloma, left the Bronx after the 2005 season, tiring of the criticism from owner George Steinbrenner.

2007       Dave Trembley, who became the Orioles’ interim manager in June, has his contract extended through the 2008 season, with a club option for 2009. Since his horrific first game as skipper, losing to the Rangers 30-3, the team has a winning record and has not lost more than three in a row.

2008       Jack Zduriencik, the first non-GM to be selected as Baseball America Executive of the Year, is named as the Mariners general manager, the eighth in franchise history. The former Brewers vice president and special assistant for player personnel is given credit for the marked improvement in Milwaukee due to his scouting savvy.

2008       For only the third time in World Series history, and the first since 1997, when Jim Palmer faced Gary Nolan, both starting pitchers in Game 1 are under the age of 25. Cole Hamels, the 24-year-old left-hander, gets the victory when the Phillies beat the Rays and their 24-year-old southpaw Scott Kazmir at Tropicana Field, 3-2.

2011       In the Cardinals’ 16-7 rout of the Rangers in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, Albert Pujols hits three homers, drives in six runs, and collects five hits, all equaling World Series records. ‘Prince Albert’, who also set a Series mark with 14 total bases, connects on fastballs from three different Texas pitchers, joining Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson for the most round-trippers in a World Series game.

2013       Tim Lincecum agrees to a two-year $35 million deal to stay with the Giants. The 29 year-old fan favorite, a two-time Cy Young winner who pitched a no-hitter this year, has a 4.76 ERA over his last two seasons with San Francisco.

2016       The Cubs win their first pennant since 1945, blanking the Dodgers 5-0 at Wrigley Field in Game 6 of the NLCS. Kyle Hendricks, who goes 7.1 innings, and Aroldis Chapman combine to face the minimum 27 batters, allowing only two hits and one walk, making it the first time this has occurred in the postseason play since Don Larsen threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills420.6670.0203982-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
New England Patriots240.3332.01251270-4-02-0-02-1-01-1-01 L
New York Jets140.2002.5671211-1-00-3-01-2-00-1-01 L
Miami Dolphins150.1673.0991770-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-05 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.01481502-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders420.6670.01471442-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs330.5001.01851761-2-02-1-01-3-00-1-01 W
Denver Broncos340.4291.51401271-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-04 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens510.8330.01701233-0-02-1-04-1-00-0-05 W
Cincinnati Bengals420.6671.01481112-1-02-1-02-0-01-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns430.5711.51731653-1-01-2-02-2-00-0-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers330.5002.01171322-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans420.6670.01661612-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-02 W
Indianapolis Colts240.3332.01391311-2-01-2-02-2-01-1-01 W
Houston Texans150.1673.0921721-2-00-3-01-4-01-1-05 L
Jacksonville Jaguars150.1673.01161721-3-00-2-01-4-00-2-01 W
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys510.8330.02051463-0-02-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Washington Football Team240.3333.01361861-3-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 L
Philadelphia Eagles240.3333.01371520-3-02-1-02-3-00-1-01 L
New York Giants150.1674.01141770-3-01-2-01-4-00-2-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals6001.0000.01941092-0-04-0-03-0-02-0-06 W
Los Angeles Rams510.8331.01791272-1-03-0-04-1-01-1-02 W
San Francisco 49ers230.4003.51171190-2-02-1-02-3-00-2-03 L
Seattle Seahawks240.3334.01401490-2-02-2-01-2-01-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers510.8330.01441362-0-03-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Minnesota Vikings330.5002.01471372-1-01-2-03-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears330.5002.0981242-1-01-2-01-2-01-1-01 L
Detroit Lions060.0005.01091720-3-00-3-00-4-00-3-06 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers510.8330.01951443-0-02-1-03-1-01-0-03 W
New Orleans Saints320.6001.5127911-1-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
Carolina Panthers330.5002.01431212-2-01-1-01-3-01-0-03 L
Atlanta Falcons230.4002.51051481-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 W

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New York101.0001-01-01-01-01 W
Philadelphia101.0001-01-01 W
Toronto01.0001.00-10-10-11 L
Brooklyn01.0001.00-10-10-11 L
Boston01.0001.00-10-10-10-11 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago101.0001-01-01-01-01 W
Milwaukee11.5000.51-00-11-11-11 L
Cleveland01.0001.00-10-11 L
Indiana01.0001.00-10-10-11 L
Detroit01.0001.00-10-10-10-11 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami101.0001-01-01-01 W
Washington101.0001-01-01-01 W
Charlotte101.0001-01-01-01 W
Atlanta101.0001-01-01 W
Orlando01.0001.00-10-11 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah101.0001-01-01-01-01 W
Minnesota101.0001-01-01-01 W
Denver101.0001-01-01-01 W
Portland01.0001.00-10-10-11 L
Oklahoma City01.0001.00-10-10-10-11 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State201.0001-01-02-02-02-02 W
Sacramento101.0000.51-01-01-01 W
Phoenix01.0001.50-10-10-11 L
LA Clippers01.0001.50-10-10-10-11 L
LA Lakers01.0001.50-10-10-10-11 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
San Antonio101.0001-01-01 W
Memphis101.0001-01-01 W
New Orleans01.0001.00-10-11 L
Dallas01.0001.00-10-11 L
Houston01.0001.00-10-10-11 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers4400841873-0-01-0-04-0-0
Washington Capitals4301731672-0-11-0-03-0-1
New York Rangers53117311110-0-13-1-03-1-1
Carolina Hurricanes3300631361-0-02-0-03-0-0
Buffalo Sabres3300621243-0-03-0-0
Detroit Red Wings42115213122-1-12-1-1
Pittsburgh Penguins42026216111-0-11-0-12-0-2
Columbus Blue Jackets4310631493-0-00-1-03-1-0
Philadelphia Flyers3201521692-0-12-0-1
10 Toronto Maple Leafs421152872-0-10-1-02-1-1
11 Ottawa Senators422042892-1-00-1-02-2-0
12 New Jersey Devils321042992-1-02-1-0
13 Tampa Bay Lightning42204212170-2-02-0-02-2-0
14 New York Islanders41213110151-2-11-2-1
15 Boston Bruins211021671-0-00-1-01-1-0
16 Montreal Canadiens5050004190-3-00-2-00-5-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Edmonton Oilers44008319103-0-01-0-04-0-0
St. Louis Blues3300631583-0-03-0-0
San Jose Sharks3300631141-0-02-0-03-0-0
Minnesota Wild3300631181-0-02-0-03-0-0
Vancouver Canucks52215114162-2-12-2-1
Dallas Stars422041892-2-02-2-0
Anaheim Ducks52304214161-1-01-2-02-3-0
Calgary Flames311131780-0-11-1-01-1-1
Winnipeg Jets41213114151-0-00-2-11-2-1
10 Seattle Kraken51313111191-3-11-3-1
11 Los Angeles Kings312021971-1-00-1-01-2-0
12 Vegas Golden Knights3120217121-1-00-1-01-2-0
13 Nashville Predators4130218111-3-01-3-0
14 Colorado Avalanche41302111171-1-00-2-01-3-0
15 Arizona Coyotes4031108220-2-00-1-10-3-1
16 Chicago Blackhawks5041109210-2-00-2-10-4-1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England31216462382411-3-110-3-369
Nashville SC30111634727208-8-03-8-349
Philadelphia30121084232109-3-33-7-546
Orlando City SC3012108434218-5-24-5-646
Atlanta3011109403468-4-33-6-643
CF Montreal3011910434038-4-33-5-742
D.C.30125135144710-1-42-4-941
New York City FC30118114534118-3-33-5-841
New York2911711353057-5-34-2-840
Columbus30108123740-38-3-32-5-938
Inter Miami CF30105152847-196-2-74-3-835
Chicago3187163551-166-5-52-2-1131
Toronto FC3067173459-254-5-52-2-1225
FC Cincinnati3048183259-271-5-93-3-920
Western
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Seattle3017765026248-4-39-3-358
Sporting KC2915775233198-5-27-2-552
Colorado30141064332117-7-17-3-552
Portland30144124849-19-2-45-2-846
Los Angeles30136114446-28-3-45-3-745
Minnesota30128103537-29-2-43-6-644
Vancouver30111094041-19-2-42-8-543
Real Salt Lake2912611484539-4-23-2-942
Los Angeles FC3011712464427-5-34-2-940
San Jose3099124047-75-3-74-6-536
Houston31612133549-146-6-40-6-930
FC Dallas30610144150-94-7-42-3-1028
Austin3074192949-205-2-82-2-1125