INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Fri Oct 86:50pOwen Valley @ GreencastleFootball
Fri Oct 86:50pCovenant Christian @ Park TudorFootball
Fri Oct 86:50pMt Vernon @ ShelbyvilleFootball
Fri Oct 86:50pTraders Pt @ NC FarmersburgFootball
Fri Oct 86:50pWest Central @ FrontierFootball
Fri Oct 86:50pTindley @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Sat Oct 91:15pDefiance @ ManchesterCollege Football
Sat Oct 92pGuerin Sectional FinalSoocer Sectional Championship

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Adams Central (6-1) at Bluffton (3-4)

Attica (0-4) at South Newton (3-4)

Avon (0-7) at Zionsville (3-4)

Ben Davis (2-5) at Lawrence Central (3-4)

Benton Central (0-5) at Lafayette Central Catholic (4-3)

Bowman Academy (0-6) at South Bend Washington (2-3)

Bremen (4-3) at South Bend Riley (1-3)

Brown County (3-4) at North Putnam (1-5)

Brownsburg (5-2) at Noblesville (2-5)

Calumet (6-1) at River Forest (3-3)

Cambridge City Lincoln (0-3) at Winchester (3-4)

Carroll (Flora) (6-1) at Clinton Prairie (3-3)

Carroll (Fort Wayne) (6-1) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-6)

Castle (5-2) at Evansville Central (2-5)

Caston (2-5) at Winamac (5-0)

Central Noble (6-1) at Eastside (7-0)

Columbia City (4-3) at Leo (7-0)

Columbus East (2-5) at Jeffersonville (2-4)

Columbus North (4-3) at Bloomington North (5-2)

Covenant Christian (5-2) at Park Tudor (5-2)

Crawford County (2-3) at West Washington (2-3)

Crawfordsville (0-7) at Tri-West (5-2)

Crown Point (4-3) at Chesterton (6-1)

DeKalb (1-6) at Bellmont (0-7)

Delphi (4-3) at Clinton Central (2-5)

Delta (4-3) at Greenfield-Central (4-3)

East Central (6-1) at Guerin Catholic (1-6)

Eastbrook (6-0) at Elwood (0-6)

Eastern Hancock (4-3) at Shenandoah (4-2)

Edgewood (1-5) at Northview (5-1)

Elkhart (3-3) at Mishawaka Marian (4-3)

Evansville Bosse (2-5) at Evansville Reitz (2-5)

Evansville Mater Dei (5-2) at Evansville Harrison (1-6)

Evansville North (4-3) at Jasper (7-0)

Fairfield (3-4) at Lakeland (3-4)

Fishers (5-2) at Westfield (6-1)

Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-3) at Fort Wayne Snider (5-1)

Fort Wayne Northrop (2-5) at Fort Wayne North (2-5)

Fort Wayne South (1-5) at Fort Wayne Luers (7-0)

Fort Wayne Wayne (2-5) at Homestead (4-3)

Franklin Central (4-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (6-1)

Franklin County (4-3) at Batesville (4-3)

Frankton (2-5) at Madison-Grant (3-4)

Fremont (2-5) at Prairie Heights (2-5)

Garrett (3-4) at Angola (2-5)

Gary West (4-2) at Hammond Central (1-6)

Gibson Southern (6-1) at Princeton (2-5)

Goshen (2-5) at Plymouth (0-7)

Greensburg (1-4) at Milan (2-5)

Greenwood (2-5) at Franklin (2-5)

Heritage (2-5) at Southern Wells (0-7)

Heritage Christian (7-0) at Indianapolis Tindley (3-3)

Hobart (4-3) at Highland (3-4)

Huntington North (2-5) at Norwell (6-1)

Indian Creek (2-5) at Sullivan (5-2)

Indianapolis Cathedral (7-0) at Brebeuf Jesuit (6-1)

Indianapolis Chatard (3-4) at Terre Haute North (3-4)

Indianapolis Ritter (0-7) at Indianapolis Scecina (4-3)

Indianapolis Roncalli (7-0) at Cincinnati Elder (Ohio)

Indianapolis Shortridge (2-3) at South Putnam (6-1)

Indianapolis Washington (2-4) at Indianapolis Attucks (3-3)

Jay County (3-4) at Lapel (5-2)

Jennings County (1-6) at Floyd Central (2-5)

Kankakee Valley (3-4) at Andrean (5-2)

Kokomo (6-1) at Harrison (West Lafayette) (6-1)

Lake Station (2-3) at Boone Grove (0-5)

LaVille (5-1) at North Judson (5-2)

Lawrence North (5-1) at Center Grove (7-0)

Lawrenceburg (6-1) at Connersville (1-6)

Lewis Cass (2-4) at Hamilton Heights (4-3)

Linton-Stockton (7-0) at Eastern Greene (1-6)

Logansport (5-1) at Lafayette Jeff (4-3)

Lowell (4-3) at Munster (2-5)

Maconaquah (2-3) at Manchester (3-3)

Madison (3-4) at Bedford North Lawrence (3-4)

Marion (3-3) at Indianapolis Tech (4-3)

McCutcheon (0-6) at Muncie Central (1-6)

Merrillville (7-0) at Lake Central (3-4)

Michigan City (4-3) at LaPorte (2-5)

Mishawaka (5-2) at Wawasee (1-6)

Mississinewa (4-2) at Blackford (1-5)

Monrovia (5-2) at Cascade (2-5)

Mooresville (5-2) at Martinsville (5-2)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (6-1) at Shelbyville (1-3)

New Albany (4-3) at Seymour (2-4)

New Castle (2-5) at New Palestine (4-3)

New Haven (3-4) at East Noble (4-2)

North Central (Indianapolis) (0-7) at Pike (0-7)

North Daviess (4-3) at North Knox (5-2)

North Montgomery (2-3) at Frankfort (2-4)

North Newton (4-3) at North White (3-2)

North Posey (6-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (6-1)

North Vermillion (3-4) at Fountain Central (3-4)

Northeastern (3-4) at Knightstown (1-5)

Northridge (5-2) at Concord (6-1)

NorthWood (4-3) at Warsaw (6-1)

Oak Hill (5-2) at Alexandria (3-3)

Oldenburg Academy (0-4) at South Decatur (0-5)

Paoli (4-1) at Mitchell (3-3)

Pendleton Heights (4-3) at Yorktown (4-3)

Penn (3-4) at New Prairie (6-1)

Perry Central (6-1) at Springs Valley (5-1)

Perry Meridian (2-5) at Decatur Central (6-1)

Peru (4-2) at Northfield (5-2)

Pike Central (1-4) at Forest Park (2-5)

Pioneer (5-2) at Culver (2-3)

Plainfield (3-4) at Whiteland (3-3)

Providence (3-4) at Corydon Central (0-6)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-6) at Monroe Central (7-0)

Rensselaer Central (4-3) at Northwestern (0-6)

Richmond (1-6) at Anderson (1-4)

Riverton Parke (2-4) at Parke Heritage (5-2)

Rochester (3-2) at North Miami (0-7)

Rock Creek Academy (1-5) at Edinburgh (4-3)

Rushville (0-7) at South Dearborn (5-2)

Salem (4-1) at Charlestown (5-2)

Scottsburg (5-2) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-4)

Sheridan (5-2) at Eastern (Greentown) (6-1)

Silver Creek (4-2) at Brownstown Central (7-0)

South Adams (5-2) at Woodlan (3-4)

South Bend Adams (3-3) at Jimtown (5-2)

South Bend Clay (0-7) at John Glenn (3-4)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-5) at Culver Academy (5-2)

South Spencer (3-4) at North Harrison (2-5)

South Vermillion (3-4) at Seeger (4-3)

Southmont (5-2) at Lebanon (4-3)

Southport (0-7) at Terre Haute South (0-7)

Southridge (4-3) at Heritage Hills (5-2)

Speedway (6-1) at Indianapolis Lutheran (7-0)

Switzerland County (2-4) at North Decatur (2-4)

Taylor (0-3) at Tri-Central (2-5)

Tell City (4-3) at Tecumseh (1-5)

Tippecanoe Valley (7-0) at Wabash (1-5)

Tipton (7-0) at Western (5-2)

Traders Point Christian (3-4) at North Central (Farmersburg) (2-4)

Tri (5-2) at Hagerstown (1-5)

Tri-County (0-6) at Covington (5-2)

Triton (3-4) at Knox (1-6)

Triton Central (4-3) at Beech Grove (3-4)

Twin Lakes (2-5) at West Lafayette (7-0)

Union City (4-2) at Centerville (6-0)

Union County (3-3) at Wes-Del (0-6)

Valparaiso (6-1) at Portage (1-6)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-6) at Evansville Memorial (6-1)

Warren Central (5-2) at Carmel (6-1)

Washington (0-6) at Boonville (1-5)

West Central (1-6) at Frontier (1-6)

West Noble (3-4) at Churubusco (5-2)

West Vigo (2-3) at Cloverdale (0-6)

Western Boone (5-2) at Danville (6-1)

Wheeler (5-1) at Hanover Central (6-1)

Whiting (2-5) at Griffith (3-4)

Whitko (1-6) at Southwood (3-4)

Owen Valley (6-1) at Greencastle (5-2)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

#15 Coastal Carolina 52 Arkansas State 20

Houston 40 Tulane 22

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Week 6

Friday, Oct. 8
Temple at No. 5 Cincinnati | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Charlotte at FIU | 8 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford at No. 22 Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Oct. 9
Maryland at No. 7 Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX
No. 11 Michigan State at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Vanderbilt at No. 20 Florida | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Northern Illinois at Toledo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas (Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas) | 12 p.m. | ABC
No. 13 Arkansas at No. 17 Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Akron at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
West Virginia at Baylor | 12 p.m. | FS1
South Carolina at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 2 Georgia at No. 18 Auburn | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Georgia Tech at Duke | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Old Dominion at Marshall | 2 p.m. | CBSSN on Facebook
Wisconsin at Illinois | 2:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
North Texas at Missouri | 3 p.m. | SEC Network
Virginia at Louisville | 3 p.m. | ACC Network
Miami (Ohio) at Eastern Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Middle Tennessee at Liberty | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 24 SMU at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Central Michigan at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Florida State at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
FAU at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
No. 19 Wake Forest at Syracuse | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
UConn at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports/NESN
Boise State at No. 10 BYU | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
San Jose State at Colorado State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Ball State at Western Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU
No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa | 4 p.m. | Fox Sports
Oregon State at Washington State | 4 p.m. | PAC-12 Network
East Carolina at UCF | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
LSU at No. 16 Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
UTEP at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Wyoming at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
UTSA at Western Kentucky | 7 p.m. | Stadium
TCU at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Buffalo at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Georgia Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia State at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Alabama at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 14 Notre Dame at Virginia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
No. 9 Michigan at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | CBS
Utah at USC | 8 p.m. | FOX
Memphis at Tulsa | 9 p.m. | ESPN2
New Mexico at No. 25 San Diego State | 9 p.m. | FS1
New Mexico State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
UCLA at Arizona | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

NFL SCOREBOARD

Los Angeles Rams 26 Seattle 17

NFL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Sunday, October 10, 2021
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 11, 2021
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

MLB PLAYOFFS

Houston 6 Chicago White Sox 1

Tampa Bay 5 Boston 0

NBA PRE-SEASON

Philadelphia 125 Toronto 113

Memphis 128 Charlotte 98… Desmond Bane 19pts, 6reb

Miami 113 Houston 106

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONALS

North White 4 Rossville 1

Heritage Hills 2 Evansville Mater Dei 1

Park Tudor 1 University 0

Plainfield 2 Decatur Central 0

Carmel 3 Pike 1

Plainfield 2 Decatur Central 0

Mount Vernon 3 Boonville 0

Trinity 5 Kouts 0

South Dearborn 9 Rushville 1

Westview 9 Elkhart Christian 2

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 1 Fort Wayne Luers 0

South Knox 1 Washington Catholic 1 (South Knox wins shootout 2 – 0)

Fort Wayne Concordia 8 Tippecanoe Valley 0

West Lafayette 9 Benton Central 1

New Albany 2 Jeffersonville 1

Plymouth 2 Culver Academies 1

Cathedral 9 Beech Grove 0

Logansport 2 Kokomo 1

Bellmont 4 Norwell 0

Switzerland County 2 Oldenburg Academy 1

Western 2 Mississinewa 0

Mount Vernon 5 Greenfield Central 1

Heritage Christian 9 Triton Central 0

Union County 3 Knightstown 1

North Posey 5 Southridge 2

Penn 3 Concord 0

Mishawaka 8 South Bend Riley 2

Warsaw 9 Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Cascade 2 Traders Point 0

Tri-West Hendricks 3 Greencastle 0

Hamilton Heights 3 Yorktown 0

Columbus North 1 Center Grove 1 (Columbus North wins shootout 4 – 2)

Roncalli 9 Warren Central 0

Blackford 2 Manchester 2 (Manchester wins shootout 7 – 6 2OT)

Evansville North 2 Evansville Central 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Fort Wayne Snider 1

Valparaiso 4 Portage 0

Owen Valley 1 Edgewood 0

Noblesville 7 Pendleton Heights 0

Silver Creek 3 Corydon Central 0

Plainfield 7 Decatur Central 0

Brebeuf 3 Ritter 0

North Central 3 Pike 0

Hanover Central 3 Griffith 0

Evansville Mater Dei 6 Gibson Southern 1

Covenant Christian 3 Washington Township 0

Bloomington South 2 Terre Haute North 0

Franklin Central 4 Perry Meridian 0

Tipton 2 Tri-Central 0

Brownsburg 2 Avon 1

Lowell 2 Kankakee Valley 2 (Kankakee Valley wins shootout 3 – 2)

Lafayette Central Catholic 3 Danville 0

Jay County 5 Delta 4

Sccina 4 University 3

Mishawaka Marian 4 Glenn 0

Marion 1 Heritage 0

Lawrenceburg 8 Franklin County 0

Fort Wayne Canterbury 5 Woodlan 1

Goshen 1 Elkhart 1 (Goshen wins shootout 5 – 4)

Covington 1 N. Putnam 0

Fort Wayne Carroll 5 E. Noble 0

Leo 3 Columbia City 0

Harrison 4 Lafayette Jeff 0

Lakewood Park 4 Lakeland Christian 1

Providence 5 Trinity Lutheran 1

LaVille 4 N. Miami 0

NorthWood 3 Lakeland 0

Castle 11 Evansville Harrison 0

Forest Park 3 NE. Dubois 1

Wabash 0 Eastbrook 0 (Wabash wins shootout 2 – 1)

Wapahani 2 Muncie Burris 2 (Muncie Burris wins shootout 3 – 2)

Andrean 6. Hammond Noll 0

Vincennes Lincoln 8 Princeton 2

Homestead 8 Huntington North 0

Milan 3 Rising Sun 1

North Knox 3 Sullivan 1

East Central 9 Shelbyville 0

Columbus East 4 Whiteland 1

Chesterton 13 Merrillville 0

South Bend St. Joseph 3 South Bend Adams 0

Northview 9 Brown County 0

Fishers 12 Anderson 0

Madison 2 Scottsburg 1

Evansville Memorial 7 Heritage Hills 0

Terre Haute South 0 Bloomington North 0 (Bloomington North wins shootout 3 – 1)

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SECTIONALS

Rensselaer Central 3 Illiana Christian 0

Covenant Christian 3 Speedway 2

Highland 1 Munster 0

Argos 8 Culver Community 0

Southwestern 3 Austin 1

DeKalb 2 W. Noble 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Lanseville 3 Crothersville 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Heritage 1

Trinity Lutheran 3 New Albany 0

Hebron 3 N. Judson 1

LaPorte 3 Lake Central 2

East Central 3 Greensburg 2

Lawrenceburg 3 Batesville 0

Triton 3 South-Central 0

South Newton 3 Kankakee Valley 0

Pendleton Heights 3 Connersville 0

Oldenburg Academy 3 Rushville 2

South Ripley 3 Shawe Memorial 1

Woodlan 3 Wayne Trace 0

Benton Central 3 Seeger 0

Morristown 3 Greenwood Christian 1

Prairie Heights 3 W. Noble 0

Wabash 3 Peru 0

Brebeuf 3 N. Central 0

Crown Point 3 Michigan City 0

Fairfield 3 Chrubusco 0

Mount Vernon 3 New Palestine 0

Munster 3 Highland 0

West Lafayette 3 N. White 0

Daleville 3 Liberty Christian 0

Pioneer 3 Twin Lakes 0

Southwestern 3 Henryville 2

Plymouth 3 Northridge 1

Northfield 3 N. Miami 1

LaVille 3 South Bend Clay 0

Union City 3 Randolph Southern 0

Rochester 3 Whitko 1

Leo 3 DeKalb 1

Linton Stockton 3 Mitchell 2

Blue River Valley 3 Monroe Central 2

Hamilton Heights 3 Sheridan 0

Frontier 3 Rensselaer Central 0

Clinton Prairie 3 Clinton Central 0

Lebanon 3 Lafayette Jeff 1

Borden 3 Orleans 1

Frankton 3 Mississinewa 0

Maconaquah 3 Tipton 1

Southridge 3 NE. Dubois 2

Southwood 3 Tippecanoe Valley 0

Bethesda Christian 3 University 0

Andrean 3 Hobart 0

Indiana Deaf 3 Anderson Prep 0

Northview 3 W. Vigo 1

Illiana Christian 3 Calumet New Tech 0

Kouts 3 Oregon Davis 0

Barr Reeve 3 Tecumseh 0

Carmel 3 Kokomo 0

Warsaw 3 Concord 0

Washington 3 Boonville 0

Brownsburg 3 Noblesville 0

Lawrence North 3 Pike 2

Crawfordsville 3 Covington 1

Plainfield 3 Western Boone 0

Christian Academy 3 Charlestown 1

Garrett 3 Central Noble 0

Lafayette Central Catholic 3 Rossville 0

NorthWood 3 Wawasee 0

Fort Wayne Concordia 3 Fort Wayne Northrup 0

Providence 3 DuPont Manuel 0

Fort Wayne Luers 3 Fort Wayne South 0

Hamilton Southeastern 3 Franklin Central 0

Lakewood Park 3 Lakeland 0

Seymour 3 Bloomington South 1

Roncalli 3 Columbus East 2

Oak Hill 3 Blackford 0

Bellmont 3 Columbia City 0

Edgewood 3 N. Putnam 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 3 Manchester 0

Hagerstown 3 Centerville 0

Fishers 3 Westfield 0

Center Grove 3 Ben Davis 0

Dayton Christian 3 Middletown Christian 0

Huntington North 3 Norwell 1

Fort Wayne Carroll 3 Angola 0

Jeffersonville 3 Scottsburg 0

Sullivan 3 Cloverdale 0

Eastern 3 Carroll 0

New Haven 3 E. Noble 0

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Arozarena shines, Rays blank Red Sox 5-0 in ALDS opener

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Randy Arozarena is off and running in October again.

The do-it-all rookie became the first player to hit a home run and steal home in a postseason game, propelling the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in their AL Division Series opener Thursday night.

The breakout star of October last year, Arozarena made a breathtaking dash to the plate for the first straight steal of home in the postseason since Jackie Robinson did it for the Brooklyn Dodgers against Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series, according to the FS1 broadcast.

“I noticed the pitcher wasn’t really keeping his attention to me. So I was able to take a big enough lead and be able to take that base,” Arozarena said through a translator. “That’s the first time I’ve ever stolen home.”

Nelson Cruz also homered – off a Tropicana Field catwalk – and rookie Shane McClanahan pitched five stellar innings for the AL East champion Rays.

Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Friday night, with Chris Sale scheduled to start for Boston against rookie Shane Baz.

Wander Franco also sparkled in his playoff debut, delivering an early RBI double that sent the speedy Arozarena home from first base to get the defending AL champions off to a quick start.

Arozarena, a 26-year-old Cuban who still qualifies as a rookie despite setting postseason records with 10 homers and 29 hits in 20 games a year ago, capped another exhilarating performance by stealing home against lefty reliever Josh Taylor to make it 5-0 in the seventh.

“I think it just happens. You know, I just focus a little bit more,” Arozarena said about his postseason prowess. “Luckily, it’s happening in October. That means it’s closer to the World Series.”

It was the first steal of home of any kind in a playoff game since Javier Baez did it for the Chicago Cubs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the 2016 NLCS.

Baez took a big lead off third base, drawing a pickoff throw from catcher Carlos Ruiz. As soon as Ruiz let go of the ball, Baez scampered home and beat an off-balance throw from third baseman Justin Turner to the plate.

“This game is all about history, and any time you are putting your name in those categories like Randy has, I’ve never seen anything like it in 2020, and hopefully I’ll say that here at the end of 2021,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

With one of the lowest payrolls in baseball and a roster lacking household names, the Rays are in the playoffs for a third straight year after winning a franchise-record 100 games and their second consecutive AL East title.

If not for Arozarena’s flashy, crowd-pleasing play and the hitting of the 20-year-old Franco, who was promoted to the majors in June, then McClanahan’s pitching may well have been the story of the night.

The 24-year-old lefty, who made his big league debut during Tampa Bay’s run to last year’s World Series, scattered five hits and struck out three in his first career playoff start.

McClanahan felt good about his outing, but was much more impressed with Arozarena.

“I said it three times tonight: That’s got to be the Rookie of the Year. I don’t think it’s even a competition in my mind,” the pitcher said. “What that guy does every single day on a baseball field is so special.”

Cruz, acquired in July to add a potent bat to the middle of the lineup, hit his 18th career postseason homer for a 3-0 lead in the third. Arozarena also went deep against right-hander Nick Pivetta with the bases empty in the fifth for his 11th homer in 21 career postseason games.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, wasted opportunities to get back in the game, including the eighth inning when they loaded the bases with one out against J.P. Feyereisen. He escaped by striking out Rafael Devers and getting Hunter Renfroe to foul out.

“We had traffic out there, and we just didn’t cash in,” Boston manager Alex Cora said.

Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez took the loss, allowing two runs, two hits and walking two in 1 2/3 innings. Pivetta spared Cora from having to expend the bullpen by working 4 2/3 innings in relief.

Franco chased Pivetta with his second double of the night, an opposite-field hit to left that sent Arozarena scampering from first to third in the seventh. Four pitches later, Arozarena took advantage of Taylor not paying attention to him and took off for the plate.

“It caught everybody by surprise,” Cora said. “It’s a great baseball play. He had a great baseball game.”

The victory extended Tampa Bay’s recent mastery of the Red Sox.

The Rays lost four straight to Boston before winning 11 of the final 15 meetings during the regular season. And they wasted no time jumping on Rodriguez this time, using their speed to turn a leadoff walk to Arozarena, Franco’s double to left-center and Yandy Diaz’s two-out infield single into a quick 2-0 lead.

Cruz homered off one of the catwalks that support the roof at Tropicana Field, setting off another thunderous ovation from a yellow towel-waving sellout crowd of 27,419 that included college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, a Rays season-ticket holder who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The veteran slugger launched a high drive toward left-center, and the ball bounded back into the field of play after hitting a catwalk. By stadium rule, it was a home run.

“I had no clue what was going on,” Cruz said. “I was watching the outfielders. I was like, what happened? Just thank God it was a homer.”

AGE IS JUST A NUMBER

Franco and Cruz are the two biggest additions to this year’s Tampa Bay offense, which ranked second in the majors with 857 runs. With the 20-year-old shortstop and 41-year-old slugger in the lineup, the Rays scored 263 runs in 43 games.

The duo became the second set of teammates to each have a hit in a postseason game when one player was 20 or younger and the other was at least 40. They joined Manny Machado and Jim Thome, who did it in 2012 for the Baltimore Orioles, according to ESPN.

Cruz, meanwhile, became the second-oldest player to homer in the postseason after 43-year-old Julio Franco in 2001.

UP NEXT

Baz, an Olympic silver medalist who began the season in Double-A and made his major league debut in late September, will start Game 2 for the Rays.

The Red Sox, who beat the rival Yankees at home in the AL wild-card game to advance to the ALDS, will counter with Sale, who returned from Tommy John surgery in mid-August and went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA over nine starts down the stretch.

McCullers shines as Astros beat White Sox 6-1 in Game 1

HOUSTON (AP) Lance McCullers Jr. was terrific. Yordan Alvarez delivered, and Jose Altuve scored on a nifty slide.

The Houston Astros sure love October.

McCullers pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning, and the Astros beat Lance Lynn and the Chicago White Sox 6-1 in Game 1 of their AL Division Series on Thursday.

Michael Brantley added two hits and two RBIs as the AL West champions showed off their playoff experience in an impressive opening performance. McCullers allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings in his eighth career postseason start.

“You get the ball in Game 1 and your team is expecting this from you,” McCullers said.

While Houston is in the playoffs for the fifth straight season, winning the World Series in 2017 and making it to the AL Championship Series last year, Chicago is making a second straight playoff appearance for the first time in franchise history. It lost to Oakland in the first round in 2020.

Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Friday in Houston. The teams also met in the 2005 World Series, with the White Sox sweeping the Astros for the title.

It was Houston’s eighth straight win in the opener of the division series dating to Game 1 of the 2004 NLDS against Atlanta.

“Everyone did their part, did their thing and we came out with a great win,” McCullers said.

McCullers, playing the role of staff ace after the Astros lost Gerrit Cole in free agency and Justin Verlander to injury in recent years, struck out four and walked none. He set career highs with 13 wins, a 3.16 ERA and 185 strikeouts during the regular season, but he also led the AL with 76 walks.

The 28-year-old McCullers didn’t allow a hit until Yoan Moncada singled with one out in the fourth. The right-hander left to a standing ovation after giving up consecutive singles with two outs in the seventh. He waved to the cheering fans just before entering the dugout.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “We didn’t do much with him.”

Alvarez hit an RBI double in the third and a solo homer in the fifth. Manager Dusty Baker is thrilled to have the 2019 AL Rookie of the Year back this season after he missed all but two games last year after surgery on both knees.

“You don’t know when he’s going to leave the yard and he’s going to drive in some big runs,” Baker said. “So, yeah life wasn’t too pleasant last year without Yordan.”

The 24-year-old Alvarez watched Houston’s 2020 playoff run on television.

“To be able to be back with the team and be able to help it out is really special for me,” he said through a translator.

Altuve wowed the crowd of 40,497 when he slid home and slapped the back of the plate just ahead of Yasmani Grandal’s tag in the third.

“I think the turn of the game was that slide by Altuve … that gave us the momentum,” McCullers said.

Lynn was making his first playoff appearance since 2018 after posting a career-low 2.69 ERA this season. But the burly right-hander relies on his fastball, and the Astros are one of the majors’ best fastball-hitting teams.

Lynn was tagged for five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings. Five of the six hits that he allowed came off his four-seam or cut fastball.

“I gave up some two-out runs on pitches that could have been better,” Lynn said. “When it’s all said and done I just wasn’t making quality pitches when I needed to. That’s pretty much it.”

Rookie Jake Meyers had two hits and drove in a run for Houston. Brantley chased Lynn with a two-run single.

Chicago got on the board on Jose Abreu’s two-out single in the eighth. But Kendall Graveman retired Grandal on a liner to center for the final out.

ABREU’S HEALTH

Abreu was in the lineup after dealing with flu-like symptoms for the last few days. He did not travel with the team to Houston, instead arriving Wednesday night after multiple tests showed his illness wasn’t COVID-19-related. The White Sox weren’t sure if he’d be able to play before he went through pregame workouts, so they submitted two different lineups to the Astros – one with the 2020 AL MVP and one without him.

“If I told you that I was feeling 100%, I would be lying to you,” he said through a translator. “But because of the commitment that I have for this team I have to give my best for this team every day (and) it was important for me to play.”

MOVING AHEAD

Thursday’s win gave Baker a 105-104 edge in career games managing against La Russa.

UP NEXT

Houston left-hander Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14 ERA) opposes Lucas Giolito (11-9, 3.53 ERA) on Friday.

Stafford, Rams beat Seahawks 26-17; Wilson injures finger

SEATTLE (AP) Matthew Stafford was able to manage the discomfort with the finger on his throwing hand and pick apart the Seattle Seahawks’ beleaguered defense.

Meanwhile, Russell Wilson was left as a spectator. His own finger injury was too severe for the Seattle’s star quarterback to continue against the division rival.

“It was just a little bit out of place and was able to put it back in and keep going,” Stafford said. “It didn’t affect me too much, to be honest with you.”

Stafford seemed just fine, throwing for 365 yards and a touchdown and the Rams beat the Seahawks 26-17 on Thursday night in a game Wilson left in the second half with the finger injury on his throwing hand.

Wilson missed significant game time due to injury for the first time after injuring the middle finger on his throwing hand. Wilson was hurt by contact on a follow through midway through the third quarter. He attempted to direct one more drive before turning the game over to backup Geno Smith.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said it was a “badly sprained finger,” and that further tests would be coming.

“He wasn’t able to hold on to the football the way he needed to to throw,” Carroll said.

Held to just three points in the first half for only the fifth time in the regular season under Sean McVay, the Rams (4-1) woke up in the final 30 minutes and rebounded from their first loss of the season last Sunday to Arizona.

Stafford said his finger first started bothering him in the second quarter, but was manageable. He threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Higbee late in the third quarter to give the Rams a 16-7 lead. Stafford hit DeSean Jackson for 68 yards earlier in the quarter on third-and-10 that led to Darrell Henderson’s 5-yard run that gave Los Angeles its first lead of the game.

And after Seattle (2-3) pulled to 16-14 in the fourth quarter, Stafford was 4 of 4 for 71 yards on the ensuing drive leading to Sony Michel’s 2-yard touchdown run with 6:08 remaining.

Robert Woods had 12 catches for 150 yards and the Rams won their second straight in Seattle after last January’s playoff victory over the Seahawks.

“He was big when we were backed up, made some explosive plays,” Stafford said about Woods. “He played great tonight.”

The Rams finished with 476 yards of offense, the most they’ve amassed in their last 20 games since Week 3 vs Buffalo in 2020 when they had 478. It’s also their third-biggest offensive game in the last two calendar years since Week 5 at Seattle in 2019 when they posted 477 yards.

Seattle pulled to 23-17 on Jason Myers’ field goal from 32 yards with 2:45 left. Seattle forced a quick punt after Carlos Dunlap batting down Stafford’s third-down pass.

But Smith couldn’t lead a storybook final drive, with his first pass intercepted by Nick Scott as Tyler Lockett tripped making his break. Smith was 10 of 17 for 131 yards in the fourth quarter.

“I really thought we had a chance and I thought we were going to come back and get it done. Unfortunately, we didn’t,” Smith said.

Smith was needed because Wilson’s fingers hit Aaron Donald’s arm on the follow through of a pass that nearly went for a touchdown but was slightly overthrown midway through the third quarter.

Wilson remained in for one more series and attempted one pass. He was sacked on third-and-5 by Donald, No. 88 1/2 of his career setting a new franchise record – although the Rams records don’t include Deacon Jones as sacks weren’t an official stat when he played. Wilson never took another snap and finished 11 of 16 for 152 yards, one touchdown and his first interception of the season.

“It felt good and it’s a blessing. It’s even better when you can accomplish something like that coming off a divisional win,” Donald said of the record.

Smith entered with Seattle backed up at its own 2. Since arriving in Seattle at the start of the 2019 season, Smith had thrown a total of five passes, all of them coming in a blowout win over the Jets last season.

On his first drive, Smith was perfect. He was 5 of 5 for 72 yards, the last a 23-yard strike to DK Metcalf for his second touchdown of the game with 9:23 remaining to pull Seattle to 16-14.

KEY PENALTY

Seattle appeared to take a 14-3 lead at the end of the first half but a 15-yard touchdown pass to Lockett was called back on a holding penalty against Duane Brown. Jason Myers then missed a 35-yard field goal and the Seahawks had to settle for a 7-3 halftime advantage.

INJURIES

Rams CB Darious Williams suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and did not return. … Seattle played without starting RB Chris Carson due to a neck issue.

UP NEXT

Rams: At the New York Giants on Sunday, Oct. 17.

Seahawks: At Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct. 17.

AP source: Browns’ Mayfield has torn labrum in left shoulder

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Baker Mayfield’s non-throwing shoulder is damaged.

The Browns quarterback is playing with a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder that will not require surgery at this time, a person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Mayfield will continue to start as long as the injury doesn’t worsen, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

It’s possible Mayfield could play the remainder of the season with the injury and then undergo a procedure.

Mayfield hurt his shoulder while tackling Houston safety Justin Reid after throwing an interception against the Texans on Sept. 19. He led the NFL in completion rate after two games (81.6%), but has dropped to 65.5%.

Last week, Mayfield was unusually inaccurate, completing just 15 of 33 passes in a win over Minnesota. On Wednesday, he disclosed he’s been wearing a harness on the shoulder and added “it shouldn’t” be bothering his passing ability.

But the disclosure of the tear could explain some of Mayfield’s uneven play the past two weeks – wins over Chicago and Minnesota.

Earlier this week, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said he hasn’t noticed Mayfield being affected by the injury but didn’t provide any details of its severity. Stefanski is not scheduled to meet with reporters Thursday.

NFL Network was first to report Mayfield’s torn labrum.

Mayfield has not missed a game snap or practice since getting hurt, so the Browns (3-1) have not listed him on recent injury reports.

Cleveland visits the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t surprised Mayfield is continuing to play through any pain.

“You would expect that from him,” said Beckham, who added he’s dealt with a similar injury for years. “He’s not going to sit there and complain about it and do all these other things. He’s just going to go out there and play.”

Browns linebacker Anthony Walker Jr., who returned to practice Wednesday after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, said Mayfield’s grit is infectious.

“Toughness,” Walker said. “I’m not going to do my T.O. (Terrell Owens), `that’s my quarterback,’ but for real, that’s how I feel. Him sucking it up every day for us, as a quarterback, can take a hit every play or has to throw the ball in so much pain, everything like that.

“I’m over here complaining about a little nick and bruise over here, but to see him out there every day, no complaints, nothing, just comes out to work every day. When you have a quarterback like that, a leader like that, it makes you want to play a little harder.”

LB Jaylon Smith joins Packers one day after Cowboys drop him

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Jaylon Smith has joined the Green Bay Packers, one day after the Dallas Cowboys released the veteran linebacker.

The Packers officially announced Thursday afternoon that they had signed Smith. Packers coach Matt LaFleur had talked earlier in the day about how the former Cowboy would fit in with the Packers.

“I just think (he’s) a veteran guy who’s played at a really high level and just can bring kind of a mentality and leadership to our defense,” LaFleur said.

“Certainly he’s going to be behind quite a bit, being the fact we’re heading to Week 5 and it’s a totally different system, so there’s going to be a lot of work that needs to be put in, not only from him but from our coaching staff to get him up to speed, but we’ll let him kind of come in here and compete to play.”

Smith wasn’t available to practice on Thursday, and LaFleur said it’s “highly unlikely” that Smith would play for the Packers (3-1) as soon as Sunday’s game in Cincinnati (3-1).

When defensive coordinator Joe Barry spoke to reporters late Thursday afternoon, he still hadn’t met Smith. Barry said teaching the verbiage will be the starting point.

“He’s a good football player,” Packers linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti said after meeting Smith for the first time. “He’s played a ton of football. He can do a lot of different things. To be quite honest, we’ll find out more once we get our hands on him a little bit.”

Smith made the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement in 2019 and led the Cowboys in tackles each of the past two seasons. He had nine tackles against Green Bay during the Packers’ 34-24 victory at Dallas in 2019.

“I remember he was a bad dude in there,” Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. “He was definitely somebody we had to account for sideline to sideline, being a force in the middle, so excited to have him on the team.”

Smith’s performance had dipped over the past year. Smith played just 16 snaps in a season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Cowboys cleared the way for rookie linebacker Micah Parsons, the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft.

The Cowboys released Smith at the same time they anticipated getting linebacker Keanu Neal back after the converted safety missed two games because of a positive COVID-19 test.

“I like him as a person, and he’s a super like friendly, happy guy, even on the field,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Wednesday when he was asked about Smith.

“He’s a fierce competitor, but he always has a smile on his face. So I appreciate that about him, and it was just more of a respectful competitor-to-competitor conversation after the game.

“I haven’t heard if anything’s been done yet, but in general, I think anytime you add a veteran player to a team, there’s the possibility of a guy getting an opportunity who’s played football before at a high level, and sometimes it just takes an environment switch for some of those guys to play their best football.”

Smith’s pending move to Green Bay would reunite him with LaFleur, who spent the 2014 season as Notre Dame’s quarterbacks coach when Smith was starring for the Fighting Irish.

Smith won the Butkus Award as college football’s most outstanding linebacker the following year, but suffered a severe knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl that dropped him into the second round of the 2016 draft and caused him to miss his entire rookie season.

LaFleur said that Smith was one of his favorite players during his year at Notre Dame.

“He’s got a great presence, No. 1,” LaFleur said. “He’s got an infectious personality. He’s a guy that everybody on the team really gravitated to, was a great leader not only by example but vocal as well. And then he was a pretty damn good player, too. He was the complete package.”

While the Packers seemed on the verge of welcoming a veteran inside linebacker, they also likely lost a reserve outside linebacker for the rest of the season. LaFleur said Chauncey Rivers suffered a significant knee injury during Wednesday’s practice and was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

“My heart goes out to him because I think he was really doing a great job,” LaFleur said. “He was battling. He was getting us snaps on defense, playing on special teams. He came to work every day with a great attitude, a great mentality, was a great teammate in the locker room.”

Bridgewater returns to practice four days after concussion

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Teddy Bridgewater’s chances of playing at Pittsburgh this weekend improved dramatically Thursday when he returned to practice four days after suffering a concussion against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bridgewater worked with the starters and was listed as limited on the injury report. He remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Bridgewater left the Broncos’ 23-7 loss to the Ravens at halftime after taking a helmet to his chin from Ravens rookie pass rusher Odafe Oweh. The hit wasn’t flagged. Nor was a whistle blown on the previous play when wide receiver/kick returner Diontae Spencer suffered a chest injury when he was hit by cornerback Tavon Young.

Coach Vic Fangio argued both should have been whistled, Oweh for a high hit on the QB and Young for hitting a defenseless receiver.

Fangio sent the plays to NFL headquarters and intimated the league concurred with him.

“I did” hear back “and I’m not sure I’m supposed to share it with you, but you can figure it out,” Fangio said, smiling.

Backup Drew Lock, who lost his starting job to Bridgewater in training camp, was ineffective in his first appearance as a backup. Denver punted on his first four series and he threw an end zone interception with 3 seconds left on his final drive.

Lock locked in on receiver Courtland Sutton and never saw running back Javonte Williams wide open over the middle. Cornerback Anthony Averett, one of three defenders around Sutton, picked off the pass thrown toward the left corner of the end zone.

That takeaway allowed the Ravens to run the ball one more time instead of taking a knee, and Lamar Jackson’s 5-yard rush put Baltimore over 100 yards on the ground for a record-tying 43rd consecutive game.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio and Ravens coach John Harbaugh exchanged digs in a public spat the following day.

The Broncos (3-1) visit the Steelers (1-3) Sunday.

NFL WEEKEND CAPSULES: WEEK 5

NEW YORK JETS (1-3) VS. ATLANTA FALCONS (1-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 9:30 AM ET // TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

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

STREAKS: Falcons have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 10/29/17: Falcons 25 at Jets 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/7/13: Jets 30, Falcons 28 (Atlanta)

JETS NOTES:

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 21 of 34 passes (61.8 pct.) for season-high 297 yards with 2 TDs vs. INT for season-high 97.3 rating last week in 1st-career win. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) rushed for 1st-career TD last week. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 171 scrimmage yards (127 rush, 44 rec.) this season. RB TEVIN COLEMAN had 3,350 scrimmage yards (2,340 rush, 1,010 rec.) & 29 TDs (18 rush, 11 rec.) in 4 seasons with Atl. (2015-18). • WR COREY DAVIS had 4 catches for season-high 111 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row on road this season with 5+ catches. Had 5 catches for 91 yards & TD in only career game vs. Atl. (9/29/19 w/ Ten.). Has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC South. WR JAMISON CROWDER had team-high 7 catches for 61 yards & TD last week in season debut. Had 8 catches for 87 yards in only career game vs. Atl. (10/11/15 w/ Was.). Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC South. WR KEELAN COLE had season-high 92 rec. yards in Week 4. • DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had 6 tackles & 2 sacks last week, 2ndcareer game with 2 sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with 1.5+ sacks. LB QUINCY WILLIAMS had career-high 12 tackles, PD & 1st-career sack in Week 4. Quinnen & Quincy became 1st pair of brothers with sacks in same game since 1982. LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with season-high 13 tackles & had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 10+ tackles. DE JOHN FRANKLINMEYERS has sack in 3 of 4 games this season.

FALCONS:

QB MATT RYAN passed for 283 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.5 rating in Week 4, his 13th-career game with 4+ TD passes. Passed for 319 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111 rating in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ & 3rd in row overall with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Passed for 2 TDs vs. INT & 108.3 rating in only previous International game (10/26/14 vs. Det. at Wembley Stadium). • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 5 receptions, 116 scrimmage yards (82 rec., 34 rush) & became 1st RB in franchise history with 3 rec. TDs in single game last week. Is 1 of 4 (JAMES CONNER, ROB GRONKOWSKI & COOPER KUPP) with 2 games with 2+ TDs in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with 5+ catches. RB MIKE DAVIS had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 games this season. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had team-high 7 receptions & 80 rec. yards in Week 4. Has 5+ catches in 11 consecutive games, 2nd-longest active streak in NFL (DAVANTE ADAMS – 16). TE KYLE PITTS leads rookie TEs in receptions (15) & rec. yards (189). • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had team-high 12 tackles & 4thcareer sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 12+ tackles. LB DEION JONES had 11 tackles last week. Has 11+ tackles in 3 of 4 games this season. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. S ERIK HARRIS tied his career high with 3 PD last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NFLN (9:30 AM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross, Melissa Stark (field reporters) SIRIUS: 133 (NYJ), 85 (Atl.) | XM: 384 (NYJ), 228 (Atl.) | SXM App: 824 (NYJ), 801 (Atl.)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-3) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS: Panthers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/21/18: Panthers 21 at Eagles 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/12/17: Eagles 28, Panthers 23

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS passed for career-high 387 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105.1 rating & had 47 rush yards in Week 4. Has 300+ pass yards in 4 of his 8 career starts & 40+ rush yards in 6 of his 8 career starts. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his 1st 4 games in 2021. Is only QB with 1,100+ pass yards (1,167) & 200+ rush yards (226) this season. • RB MILES SANDERS has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Since 2019, ranks 3rd among RBs with 4.9 yards per rush attempt (min. 300 atts.). Rookie RB KENNETH GAINWELL set career highs in receptions (6) & scrimmage yards (89) in Week 4 & had 2nd-career rush TD last week. • TE ZACH ERTZ had season-high 6 receptions for 60 yards in Week 4. Had 9 receptions for 138 yards in last meeting. Had 2 rec. TDs in last road meeting. TE DALLAS GOEDERT had seasonhigh 5 catches for 56 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Rookie WR DEVONTA SMITH had career-high 7 receptions & 1st-career 100-yard game (122) last week. WR GREG WARD aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE had 6 tackles & sack last week. Is 1 of 3 in NFC (DANIELLE HUNTER & CHANDLER JONES) with 5 sacks in 2021. Aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles. LB ERIC WILSON led team with 10 tackles & had 1st INT of season last week. Since 2020, is 1 of 2 LBs (LOGAN WILSON) with 4+ INTs (4). LB ALEX SINGLETON aims for his 4th in row with 9+ tackles. CB DARIUS SLAY leads NFL with 111 PD since 2013.

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 301 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 85.5 rating & had 2 rush TDs in Week 4. Became 1st QB ever with 5 rush TDs in his team’s 1st 4 games of season. Became 6th QB since 1970 with 2 rush TDs in consecutive games. Is only NFC QB with 3 games of 300+ pass yards in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY has 1,428 scrimmage yards (158.7 per game) & 12 TDs (10 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 9 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 135+ scrimmage yards. Had 10 receptions & TD catch in last home meeting. Rookie RB CHUBA HUBBARD aims for his 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR DJ MOORE had 8 receptions for 113 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 4, his 3rd-career game with 2 TD catches. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & 4th in row with 8+ receptions. Is only player in NFL with 6+ catches in each of 1st 4 games in 2021. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had season-high 5 catches in Week 4. WR BRANDON ZYLSTRA had season-high 63 rec. yards last week. • DE BRIAN BURNS has 6 sacks in his past 6 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Aims for his 3rd in row overall with PD. LB HAASON REDDICK has 12 sacks & 7 FFs in his past 8. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with Car. with 1.5+ sacks. LB SHAQ THOMPSON has 10+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 7+ tackles. S JEREMY CHINN aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Davis, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 211 (Phi.), 98 (Car.) | XM: 388 (Phi.), 229 (Car.) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 804 (Car.)

GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-1) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Bengals lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS: Bengals have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 9/24/17: Bengals 24 at Packers 27 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Bengals 34, Packers 30

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 248 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 95.6 rating & had 32nd-career rush TD last week. Has 420 career TD passes, tied with HOFer DAN MARINO for 6th-most in NFL history. Passed 313 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 102.6 rating in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 6 of his past 7 on road. Aims for his 4th in row in 2021 with 2+ TD passes. • RB AARON JONES had 99 scrimmage yards (51 rec., 48 rush) in Week 4. Aims for his 4th in row with 95+ scrimmage yards. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. Since 2019, ranks 2nd in NFL with 35 TDs (27 rush, 8 rec.). RB A.J. DILLON had season-high 97 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 16 rec.) last week. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 6 catches for 64 yards in Week 4. Has 5+ catches in 16 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. Had 60 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 13 rec. TDs in his past 13 on road. Aims for his 15th in row on road with 5+ receptions. WR RANDALL COBB had 5 catches for team-high 69 yards & 2 rec. TDs, his 8th-career game with 2+ TD catches. TE ROBERT TONYAN is 1 of 4 TEs with 60+ receptions (60) & 10+ rec. TDs (12) since 2020. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with 9 tackles & had PD in Week 4. Aims for his 4th in row with 9+ tackles. Rookie CB ERIC STOKES had 2 PD & 1st-career INT last week. Aims for his 5th in row with PD. DL KENNY CLARK had 5th-career FR in Week 4. LB RASHAN GARY had sack last week. DL KINGSLEY KEKE had 5th-career sack & 2nd-career FF in Week 4.

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JOE BURROW completed 25 of 32 passes (career-high 78.1 pct.) for season-high 348 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career high 132.8 rating last week. Is 1 of 4 in NFL (DEREK CARR, PATRICK MAHOMES & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 2+ TD passes in each of 1st 4 weeks. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating. • RB JOE MIXON rushed for 2nd TD of season last week. Had 101 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 39 rec.) in last meeting. • WR TYLER BOYD set season highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (118) in Week 4. Has 7+ catches in 2 of past 3. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. Rookie WR JA’MARR CHASE had season-high 6 catches for 77 yards last week. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 career games. Aims for 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Leads rookies in rec. yards (297) & rec. TDs (4). TE C.J. UZOMAH set career highs in rec. yards (95) & rec. TDs (2) last week. • LB LOGAN WILSON led team with 10 tackles & had 1st sack of season in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has INT in 2 of past 3. Leads all LBs with 3 INTs in 2021. LB GERMAINE PRATT had 8 tackles & TFL last week. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of 4 games this season. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TFL. DE TREY HENDRICKSON has sack in 2 of past 3. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC North. S VONN BELL aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with TFL. S JESSIE BATES aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with TFL.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (GB), 83 (Cin.) | XM: 386 (GB), 225 (Cin.) | SXM App: 811 (GB), 806 (Cin.)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-3) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (1-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 8-3

STREAKS: Texans have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/22/20: Patriots 20 at Texans 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/20

PATS NOTES:

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 31 of 40 passes (season-high 77.5 pct.) for 275 yards & season-high 2 TDs vs. INT for 101.6 rating last week. Leads all rookies in completions (112), comp. pct. (70) & pass yards (1,012) this season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS had 54 scrimmage yards (43 rush, 11 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB BRANDON BOLDEN tied career-high with 6 catches for 51 yards last week. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with 8 catches for 70 yards in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had 5 catches for 58 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 55 rec. yards in Week 4. Had 5 catches for 116 yards & TD in only career game vs. Hou. (12/23/18 w/ Phi.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 100+ rec. yards. TE HUNTER HENRY had 1st TD catch of season last week. Had rec. TD in only career game vs. Hou. (11/27/16 w/ Chargers). TE JONNU SMITH had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 4. • DB J.C. JACKSON aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of 4 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. DB JONATHAN JONES tied career-high with 9 tackles last week. Has 2 PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Hou. DB KYLE DUGGER had season-high 7 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for 5th in row with TFL. LB MATT JUDON aims for 4th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with TFL.

TEXANS NOTES:

QB DAVIS MILLS (rookie) completed 11 of 21 passes (52.4 pct.) for 87 yards last week. • RB MARK INGRAM has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NE. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 8 vs. AFC East. Leads all active RBs in rush yards (7,495) & rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON had 132 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 43 rec.) & rush TD in only career game vs. NE (9/11/16 w/ Az.). Has 550 scrimage yards (110 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 5 career games vs. AFC East. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY rushed for 101 yards in only career game vs. NE (10/18/16 w/ Den.). • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 5 catches for 47 yards last week. Is 1 of 2 in AFC (HUNTER RENFROW) with 5+ catches in each of 1st 4 weeks of season. Had 4 catches for 85 yards in last meeting. Has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Had 65 catches for 1,082 yards & 7 TDs for NE in 2017. TE JORDAN AKINS had 5 catches for 83 yards in last meeting. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM aims for his 5th in row vs. NE with 7+ tackles. Since 2019, ranks 3rd in NFL with 328 tackles. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 7 tackles & PD in Week 3. Aims for his 6th in row with 6+ tackles. DE WHITNEY MERCILUS had sack last week & has sack in 3 of 4 games this season. Aims for 5th in row with TFL. CB DESMOND KING led team with 9 tackles & had 1st TFL & FF of season in Week 4. Had TFL in only career game vs. NE (10/29/17 w/ LAC). CB LONNIE JOHNSON had 1stcareer INT last week. Had 5 tackles in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (NE), 81 (Hou.) | XM: 385 (NE), 226 (Hou.) | SXM App: 821 (NE), 812 (Hou.)

TENNESSEE TITANS (2-2) VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 31-21

STREAKS: Titans have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/13/20: Titans 31 at Jaguars 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/20

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 30 of 49 passes (61.2 pct.) for 298 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Has 10 TDs (8 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 150.9 rating in his past 3 vs. Jax. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 157 yards & TD last week, 11thcareer game with 150+ rush yards, most in NFL since 2016. Has 175+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row with 110+ rush yards. Rushed for 215 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 175+ scrimmage yards & 7th in row vs. division with 100+ rush yards. Leads NFL with 635 scrimmage yards & 510 rush yards. RB JEREMY MCNICHOLS had career-high 85 scrimmage yards (74 rec., 11 rush) & led team with 8 catches in Week 4. • WR A.J. BROWN aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. WR JULIO JONES has 24 catches for 369 yards (123 per game) & 2 TDs in 3 career games vs. Jax. WR CHESTER ROGERS set season-highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (63) last week. • S KEVIN BYARD had season-high 6 tackles & PD in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Tied career-high with 11 tackles in last meeting. CB KRISTIAN FULTON had 2nd-career INT last week. Is 1 of 3 in AFC (ANTHONY AVERETT & BYRON JONES) with PD in each of 1st 4 weeks of season. Has INT in last meeting. LB HAROLD LANDRY led team with 7 tackles & had sack in Week 4. Has 0.5+ sacks in 3 of 4 games this season.

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) completed 17 of 24 passes (season-high 70.8 pct.) for 204 yards & 0 INTs for season-high 96.5 rating & rushed for 1st-career TD last week. Leads all rookies with 5 TD passes this season. • RB JAMES ROBINSON rushed for 78 yards & season-high 2 TDs last week, 2nd-career game with 2 rush TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ rush yards & rush TD. Has 203 scrimmage yards (101.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. Ten. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. • WR MARVIN JONES has 5+ catches in 3 of 4 games this season. Has 18 catches for 230 yards (115 per game) & TD in 2 career games vs. Ten., incl. tying his career-high with 10 catches in his last game (12/20/20 w/ Det.). WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 6 catches & career-high 110 scrimmage yards (99 rec., 11 rush) last week. Had 6 catches for 49 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 6+ catches. • LB MYLES JACK tied for team lead with 8 tackles in Week 4. Aims for his 14th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & TFL in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 10+ tackles. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. Ten. DE/LB JOSH ALLEN had 1st PD of season last week. Had 2 sacks & FF in only career home game vs. Ten. (9/19/19). DE ADAM GOTSIS had sack last week & has sack in 2 of 3 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. CB TYSON CAMPBELL had 8 tackles & TFL in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 8 tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Tiki Barber SIRIUS: 132 (Ten.), 99 (Jax.) | XM: 389 (Ten.), 230 (Jax.) | SXM App: 830 (Ten.), 814 (Jax.)

DETROIT LIONS (0-4) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 78-39-2

STREAKS: Vikings have won past 7

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Vikings 37 at Lions 35

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/8/20: Vikings 34, Lions 20

LIONS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF passed for 299 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105 rating in Week 4. Has 90+ rating in each of 1st 4 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Completed 26 of 33 atts. (78.8 pct.) for 465 yards & career high 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 158.3 rating in his last game vs. Min. (9/27/18 w/ LAR). • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT has 167 scrimmage yards (83.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. Min. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. NFC North. Ranks 2nd among RBs with 23 catches in 2021 & is 1 of 2 RBs (CHASE EDMONDS) with 4+ catches in each of 1st 4 games. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had season-high 66 rush yards in Week 4. Had 102 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 27 rec.) & 6 catches in his last game vs. Min. (11/1/20 w/ GB). Swift (338) & Williams (280) are 1 of 3 pairs of RB teammates each with 250+ scrimmage yards in 2021. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON leads NFC TEs in receptions (22) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (215). Had 5 catches & rec. TD in last road meeting. WR QUINTEZ CEPHUS had team-high 83 rec. yards last week. Had 51 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. WR KALIF RAYMOND had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs in Week 4. • LB CHARLES HARRIS had sack & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 4th in row overall with sack. LB ALEX ANZALONE aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had 5th-career INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with INT.

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS has 1,923 pass yards (274.7 per game) & 18 TDs (16 rush, 2 rec.) vs. INT for 124.6 rating in 7 career starts vs. Det. Has 3+ TD passes in 4 of his past 5 vs. Det. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Det. with 110+ rating. Has 26 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 108.1 rating in his past 10 at home. • RB DALVIN COOK has 767 scrimmage yards (127.8 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 6 career games vs. Det. Had career-high 252 scrimmage yards (career-high 206 rush, 46 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with rush TD. Has 7 rush TDs in his past 8 at home. • WR ADAM THIELEN is 1 of 2 NFC WRs (COOPER KUPP) with 20+ catches (24) & 4+ rec. TDs (4) in 2021. WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 6 catches for 84 yards & rec. TD last week. Became 3rd player (ODELL BECKHAM JR. & A.J. GREEN) with 100+ catches (114), 1,500+ rec. yards (1,738) & 10+ rec. TDs (10) in 1st 20 games in NFL history. Had 9 receptions for 133 yards in last meeting. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had sack last week. Has 11 sacks in 9 career games vs. Det. Had 3 sacks in his last game vs. Det. (12/8/19) & aims for his 4th in row at home vs. Det. with 2+ sacks. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack in Week 4. Has 16 sacks in 19 career games vs. Det. Aims for his 7th in row vs. Det. & 9th in row at home vs. Det. with sack. Had 3.5 sacks & 3 PD in 7 games with Det. in 2020. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had INT in last home meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Det. with 5+ tackles. S HARRISON SMITH aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with INT.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Det.), 146 (Min.) | XM: 390 (Det.), 231 (Min.) | SXM App: 810 (Det.), 820 (Min.)

DENVER BRONCOS (3-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 15-9-1

STREAKS: Steelers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 9/20/20: Broncos 21 at Steelers 26

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/20

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER had TD pass last week. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (RUSSELL WILSON) with 0 INTs this season (min. 50 attempts). Has 75+ comp. pct. in 3 of 4 games this season. QB DREW LOCK completed 12 of 21 passes (57.1 pct.) for 113 yards in season debut last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 250+ pass yards. • RB MELVIN GORDON led team with 56 rush yards last week. Had 84 scrimmage yards (70 rush, 14 rec.) & TD catch in last meeting. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Pit. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games. Leads all rookies with 186 rush yards this season. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Had 66 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 65+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. WR TIM PATRICK aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. TE NOAH FANT had team-high 6 catches for 46 yards & TD last week. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with TD catch. • LB VON MILLER is 1 of 2 in NFL (ROBERT QUINN) with 0.5 sacks in each of 1st 4 weeks of season. Aims for his 6th in row with TFL. Has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in 3 career games vs. Pit. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had season-high 8 tackles & 2 PD in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had 8 tackles, 2 PD & INT in last meeting. Rookie S CADEN STERNS had 1st 2 sacks of career last week. Is only rookie with 2 sacks & INT this season.

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 26 of 40 passes (65 pct.) for 232 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Became 8th QB in NFL history with 400 career TD passes. Has 61,381 career pass yards & surpassed HOFer DAN MARINO (61,361) for 6th-most all-time. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Den, with 300+ pass yards & 70+ comp. pct. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 91 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 29 rec.) & 1st career rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 80+ scrimmage yards. Leads all rookies with 363 scrimmage yards (185 rush, 178 rec.) & 26 catches this season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 9 catches for 92 yards & TD in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 92 yards & TD in last meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. WR JAMES WASHINGTON had season-high 69 rec. yards last week. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 3 catches for 88 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. • LB T.J. WATT had 2 sacks & FR last week & has 2 sacks in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 6th in row with sack. Had 2.5 sacks in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with FF. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (CHANDLER JONES) with 5+ sacks & 2+ FFs (2) in 2021. LB DEVIN BUSH had 6 tackles & 1st sack of season in Week 4. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had 7 tackles & 2 PD in last meeting. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK tied for team lead with 8 tackles last week. Had 6 tackles in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Brandon Gaudin, Mark Schlereth, Sarah Kustok (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Den.), 103 (Pit.) | XM: 391 (Den.), 232 (Pit.) | SXM App: 809 (Den.), 826 (Pit.)

MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-3) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Buccaneers lead all-time series, 6-5

STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 11/19/17: Buccaneers 30 at Dolphins 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/13: Buccaneers 22, Dolphins 19

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 20 of 30 atts. (66.7 pct.) for 199 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 107.5 rating, his 5th-career start with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Passed for 251 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 93.6 rating in his only career start vs. TB (12/8/19 w/ Ind.). • RB MALCOLM BROWN has TD in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC South. RB MYLES GASKIN has 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 4 catches for team-high 77 rec. yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 4. Has 50+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 on road. Amis for his 6th in row overall with 4+ receptions. TE MIKE GESICKI led team with 5 receptions & had 57 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Since 2019, ranks 5th among TEs with 1,457 rec. yards. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd among rookies in receptions (25) & 4th in rec. yards (200). • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had PD last week. Has 9 PD & 3 INTs in his past 6 on road. Had TFL & PD in last meeting. CB BYRON JONES aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with TFL & PD. Aims for his 6th in row overall with PD. DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had sack last week. Had 1.5 sacks & 2 PD in his only career game vs. TB (10/21/18 w/ Cle.). DB JASON MCCOURTY had season-high 8 tackles in Week 4.

BUCS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY became league’s all-time leading passer (80,560 yards) in Week 4. Has 70 TDs (67 pass, 3 rush) in 35 career starts vs. Mia. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Mia. with 2+ TD passes. Has 2+ TD passes in 8 of his past 9 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 4+ TD passes. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had season-high 138 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 47 rec.) in Week 4. Had rush TD in only career game vs. Mia. (12/23/18 w/ Jax.). RB RONALD JONES had 1st rush TD of season last week. • WR MIKE EVANS had 7 receptions for team-high 75 yards in Week 4. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. Had 5 receptions for 92 yards in last meeting. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 6 at home. WR ANTONIO BROWN had 7 catches for 63 yards last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Mia. Has 899 career catches & can become fastest player to 900 receptions (143 games). WR CHRIS GODWIN had 55 rec. yards in Week 4. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TD catch. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had TFL & PD last week. Since 2012, ranks 3rd in NFL with 129 TFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. & 13th in row at home with 7+ tackles. LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 8th in row at home with 6+ tackles. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had 2nd sack of season last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 3 at home. Rookie LB JOE TRYON-SHOYINKA had 1st 2 career sacks in Week 4. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 6th-career FR in TB debut last week. Leads active players with 36 career INTs.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (Mia.), 82 (TB) | XM: 387 (Mia.), 227 (TB) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 829 (TB)

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-2) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 17-10

STREAKS: Saints have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/8/18: Washington 19 at Saints 43

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/15/15: Washington 47, Saints 14

SAINTS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON completed 17 of 23 atts. (73.9 pct.) for 226 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 119.1 rating last week. Has 110+ rating in 3 of his 4 starts in 2021. Passed for 297 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.1 rating in his only career start vs. Was. (10/25/15 w/ TB). QB TAYSOM HILL had 54 scrimmage yards (28 rush, 26 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 4, his 3rd-career game with 2 rush TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. • RB ALVIN KAMARA rushed for season-high 120 yards last week. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with 115+ scrimmage yards. Has 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 11 on road. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in scrimmage TDs (60) & 3rd in scrimmage yards (6,560). • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY led team with season-high 74 rec. yards last week. WR DEONTE HARRIS led team with career-high 5 receptions & had 52 rec. yards last week. TE JUWAN JOHNSON is 1 of 3 NFC TEs (ROB GRONKOWSKI & DALTON SCHULTZ) with 3+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • S MALCOLM JENKINS led team with season-high 12 tackles & had TFL last week, his 12th-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 6 PD & INT-TD in 7 career games at Was. DE CAMERON JORDAN aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with sack & 2 TFL. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT & 10th in row with PD, longest active streak in NFL. Rookie LB PETE WERNER had career-high 10 tackles last week.

WASHINGTON NOTES:

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 290 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.1 rating & had 43 rush yards in Week 4. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) in 3 starts in 2021 & aims for his 4th start in row with 2+ TD passes. Incl. postseason, has 270+ pass yards in 4 of his 5 career starts. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 75 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 12 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD & 6th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 5 catches & 69 scrimmage yards (44 rec., 15 rush) last week. Has 5+ receptions in 3 of his past 4 at home. Gibson & McKissic are 1 of 3 pairs of RB teammates with 100+ rec. yards each in 2021. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 6 catches for 123 yards & 2 rec. TDs, his 8th-career game with 100+ rec. yards & 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs. Has 5+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 at home. WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 4 catches in season debut last week. Had 7 catches for 118 yards in his last game vs. NO (1/3/21 w/ Car.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 6+ catches. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 3rd sack of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. DE CHASE YOUNG aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. LB COLE HOLCOMB had team high 9 tackles & 4th-career FF last week. Aims for his 10th in row with 6+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 8th-career game with 2+ PD (2) last week. CB BOBBY MCCAIN tied his career-high with 3 PD in Week 4.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 119 (NO), 156 (Was.) | XM: 392 (NO), 233 (Was.) | SXM App: 822 (NO), 831 (Was.)

CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-1) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Chargers lead all-time series, 17-9-1

STREAKS: Chargers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 10/14/18: Chargers 38 at Browns 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/3/17: Chargers 19, Browns 10

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD has 1,947 pass yards (278.1 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 106.7 rating in his past 7 on road. 275+ pass yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his 4 starts in 2021. • RB NICK CHUBB had 18th-career game with 100+ rush yards (100) last week, 2nd-most since entering NFL in 2018. Ranks 2nd in league with 362 rush yards in 2021. Is only RB with 80+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 4 weeks. Has 6 rush TDs in his past 6 on road. RB KAREEM HUNT had 86 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 17 rec.) & 26th-career rush TD last week. Since 2017, is 1 of 3 (ALVIN KAMARA & CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 25+ rush TDs & 15+ rec. TDs (16). Aims for his 4th in row on road with rush TD. Has 438 scrimmage yards (146 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games vs. LAC. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 5 catches for 97 yards & TD catch in his only career game vs. LAC (10/8/17 w/ NYG). Has 494 catches & 6,934 rec. yards in 84 games & can join JULIO JONES as only players with 500+ catches & 7,000+ rec. yards in 1st 85 career games. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 2 TFL in Week 4. Leads NFL with 6 sacks & ties-1st with 7 TFL. Has 25 sacks & 29 TFL in 28 career road games. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 0.5+ sacks. Rookie LB JEREMIAH OWUSU-KARAMOAH had career-high 7 tackles in Week 4. CB DENZEL WARD has 10 PD in his past 7 & aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.6 rating last week. Became 1st QB in SB era with 500+ completions (509) in fewer than 20 career starts (19). Aims for his 3rd in row with 3+ TDs & 100+ rating. Since 2020, is 1 of 4 QBs (JOSH ALLEN, TOM BRADY & PATRICK MAHOMES) with 5,500+ pass yards (5,514) & 40+ TD passes (40). • RB AUSTIN EKELER had season-high 145 scrimmage yards (career-high 117 rush, 28 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 4. Has 18 career rec. TDs & surpassed DANNY WOODHEAD (17) for most rec. TDs by undrafted RB in common-draft era. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD & 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 7 receptions last week & had 7+ catches in 3 of 4 games this season. Had 10 catches for 105 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Cle. with TD catch. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 431 receptions. WR MIKE WILLIAMS has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5. TE JARED COOK had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Since 2018, ranks 2nd among TEs with 23 rec. TDs. • DE JOEY BOSA had 50th-career sack & 8th-career FF in Week 4. Has 3 sacks, 5 TFL & FF in 2 career games vs. Cle. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with sack & 2+ TFL. LB KYLER FACKRELL aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. S DERWIN JAMES had 4th-career INT last week. Has 5+ tackles in 11 of 12 career home games. Rookie CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR. aims for his 4th in row with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Cle.), 85 (LAC) | XM: 384 (Cle.), 228 (LAC) | SXM App: 807 (Cle.), 817 (LAC)

CHICAGO BEARS (2-2) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (3-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 8-7

STREAKS: Raiders have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/6/19: Bears 21 at Raiders 24 (London)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/27/11: Raiders 25, Bears 20 (Oakland)

BEARS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) passed for 209 yards & 82.7 rating in 1st career win last week. QB ANDY DALTON has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.7 rating in 2 career starts vs. Raiders. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Raiders wit 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had 70 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 15 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Raiders. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 63 rec. yards last week. Had 7 receptions for 97 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches. Has 6+ receptions in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 5 receptions & career-high 125 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ receptions in 4 of his past 5. TE JIMMY GRAHAM aims for his 3rd in row vs. Raiders with rec. TD. • LB KHALIL MACK had sack & FR last week. Had FR in last meeting. Was selected in 1st round (No. 5 overall) in 2014 & had 40.5 sacks, 68 TFL, 9 FFs & 4 FRs in 64 games (2014-17) with Raiders. LB ROQUAN SMITH had 10 tackles & 13th career sack last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 8+ tackles. Had 9 tackles in last meeting. LB ROBERT QUINN had sack & FF last week. Ranks 2nd among active players with 28 FFs. LB ALEC OGLETREE led team with 12 tackles in Week 4. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. LB TREVIS GIPSON had 1st-career sack & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. CB JAYLON JOHNSON ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 6 PD in 2021.

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR aims for his 6th in row overall with 2+ TD passes. Has 300+ pass yards in 4 of his past 5 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with 325+ pass yards. Completed 25 of 32 atts. (78.1 pct.) & had 96.5 rating in last meeting. Leads NFL with 1,399 pass yards this season. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 143 scrimmage yards (123 rush, 20 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Has 6 rush TDs in his past 6 at home. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 78 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 21 rec.) in only career game vs. Chi. (10/14/18 w/ Mia.). • TE DARREN WALLER had 50 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 4. Is tied-1st among TEs in receptions (24) & ranks 2nd among TEs in rec. yards (274) this season. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR HUNTER RENFROW had team-high 6 catches for 45 yards & TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD & 5th in row with 5+ receptions. WR HENRY RUGGS aims for his 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. • DE MAXX CROSBY had sack in last meeting. Has 10.5 sacks & 17 TFL in 18 career home games. DT DARIUS PHILON had 1stcareer game with 2 sacks last week. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 12 tackles in Week 4. Is 1 of 3 LBs (ERIC KENDRICKS & BOBBY WAGNER) with 10+ tackles in each of 1st 4 weeks. LB CORY LITTLETON had season-high 12 tackles last week. Has 9+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack in his only career game vs. Chi. (10/16/16 w/ Jax.). S JONATHAN ABRAM aims for his 5th in row with 7+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Chi.), 81 (LV) | XM: 385 (Chi.), 226 (LV) | SXM App: 805 (Chi.), 816 (LV)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-2) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-0)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 32-27

STREAKS: 49ers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 12/26/20: 49ers 20 at Cardinals 12

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/26/20

49ERS NOTES:

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO had TD vs. INT last week. Has 1,264 pass yards (316 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 115.9 rating in 4 career starts vs. Az. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Az. with 2+ TD passes & 5th in row vs. Az. with 100+ rating. Rookie QB TREY LANCE passed for 157 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.1 rating & had 41 rush yards last week. • RB TREY SERMON (rookie) rushed for career-high 89 yards in Week 4. FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had 4 catches & 41 rec. yards last week. Had 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. • TE GEORGE KITTLE leads NFC TEs with 227 rec. yards in 2021. Aims for his 7th in row with 4+ receptions. Had 92 rec. yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Az. with 75+ rec. yards. WR DEEBO SAMUEL led team with 8 receptions for 156 yards & had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Is 1 of 2 WRs (TYREEK HILL) with 2 games (2) of 150+ rec. yards in 2021. Leads NFL with 490 rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 134 yards in his last game vs. Az. (11/17/19). • LB FRED WARNER had 9 tackles & TFL in Week 4. Has 54 tackles (9 per game), 5 PD & 2 FRs in 6 career games vs. Az. DL NICK BOSA had 4th sack of season last week. Aims for his 5th in row with TFL. DL DEE FORD had 2 sacks & FF in Week 4, his 6th-career game with 2+ sacks. DL D.J. JONES had 2nd-career FF last week. LB AZEEZ AL-SHAAIR led team with 10 tackles in Week 4 & aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. CB EMMANUEL MOSELEY aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD.

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 268 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.3 rating & had 39 rush yards in Week 4. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,273 pass yards. Is only QB with 9+ pass TDs (9) & 3+ rush TDs (3) in 2021. Has 2,670 pass yards (296.7 per game) & 28 TDs (19 pass, 9 rush) in his past 9 at home. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. SF. • RB CHASE EDMONDS had season-high 139 scrimmage yards (120 rush, 19 rec.) in Week 4. Ranks tied-1st among RBs (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT) in NFC with 395 scrimmage yards in 2021 & is 1 of 3 RBs (NICK CHUBB & DERRICK HENRY) with 75+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 4 weeks. RB JAMES CONNER had 7th-career game with 2 rush TD last week & is only RB in 2021 with 2 games of 2 rush TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ rush TDs. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 22 receptions (11 per game) for 199 rec. yards (99.5 per game) in 2 games vs. SF last season & aims for his 4th in row overall vs. SF with 8+ receptions. Has 764 career catches, tied with LARRY FITZGERALD for most by player before 30th birthday ever. WR A.J. GREEN had 5 receptions & 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. • LB CHANDLER JONES has 7 sacks & 11 TFL in 10 career games vs. SF & aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with sack. Jones (102 sacks) & DE J.J. WATT (101 sacks) rank 2nd & 3rd among active players in sacks. S BUDDA BAKER had 5th-career FR last week. Has 70 tackles (11.7 per game), 6 TFL & 4 PD in his past 6 vs. SF.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (SF), 82 (Az.) | XM: 387 (SF), 227 (Az.) | SXM App: 827 (SF), 800 (Az.)

NEW YORK GIANTS (1-3) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (3-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 69-46-2

STREAKS: Cowboys have won 7 of past 8

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Cowboys 19 at Giants 23

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/20: Cowboys 37, Giants 34

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES had career-high 402 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 108.5 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ rating & 6th in row overall with 90+ rating. Passed for 229 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.9 rating in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 QBs (JALEN HURTS & LAMAR JACKSON) with 150+ rush yards (188) in 2021. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had season-high 126 scrimmage yards (74 rec., 52 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD. Has 484 scrimmage yards (121 per game) & rush TD in 4 career games vs. Dal. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Dal. with 95+ scrimmage yards. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 6 receptions for team-high 116 rec. yards in Week 4, his 11th-career 100-yard game. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 games this season. WR STERLING SHEPARD had 8 receptions, 136 scrimmage yards (112 rec., 24 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in last meeting. Rookie WR KADARIUS TONEY set career highs in receptions (6) & rec. yards (78) last week. WR JOHN ROSS had 11th-career rec. TD in Week 4. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 5 receptions last week. Aims for his 4th in row at Dal. with TD. • DB LOGAN RYAN had 9 tackles & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD & 5th in row with 7+ tackles. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 13th-career INT in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT & 6th in row overall with PD. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 3 sacks in last meeting.

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB DAK PRESCOTT had 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 130.3 rating in Week 4, his 5th-career game with 4+ TD passes. Aims for his 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 125+ rating. Has 17 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 98.5 rating in 9 career starts vs. NYG. Has 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. NYG. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had season-high 143 rush yards & rush TD last week. Became 5th player ever with 50+ rush TDs (50) & 10+ rec. TDs (10) in 1st 75 career games. Has 29 games with 100+ rush yards since 2016, most in NFL. Aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. Has 754 scrimmage yards (94.3 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 8 career games vs. NYG. RB TONY POLLARD aims for his 4th in row with 60+ rush yards. • WR AMARI COOPER had team-high 69 rec. yards & 3rd TD catch of season last week. Has 4+ catches in 4 of his 5 career games vs. NYG. WR CEEDEE LAMB had 8 receptions for career high 124 yards in last home meeting. TE DALTON SCHULTZ had 6 receptions for 58 yards & TD catch in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches & rec. TD. Had 7 catches for 70 yards in last meeting. • CB TREVON DIGGS had 2 INTs last week & became 1st Cowboy since 1970 & 4th player since 1990 with INT in each of his team’s 1st 4 games. LB MICAH PARSONS ranks 2nd among rookies with 2.5 sacks. DE RANDY GREGORY had 1st 2 sacks of season last week. CB ANTHONY BROWN tied his career-high with 3 PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi (field reporters) SIRIUS: 113 (NYG), 83 (Dal.) | XM: 386 (NYG), 225 (Dal.) | SXM App: 823 (NYG), 808 (Dal.)

BUFFALO BILLS (3-1) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 24-21-1

STREAKS: Chiefs have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 10/19/20: Chiefs 26 at Bills 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/26/17: Bills 16, Chiefs 10

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 248 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 103.8 rating last week. Passed for 287 yards & 2 TDs & rushed for 88 yards in last meeting (2020 AFC-C, 1/24/21). Has 2,790 pass yards (310 per game) & 25 TDs (22 pass, 3 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 107.1 rating in his past 9 starts on road. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. • RB ZACK MOSS rushed for 61 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 4th in row overall with TD. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 86 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 7 rec.) in Week 4. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 games this season. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 1st 100-yard game (114) of season last week. Had 6 catches for 77 yards in 2020 AFC-C vs. KC (1/24/21). Had rec. TD in last reg. season meeting. Has 53 catches (8.8 per game) for 683 rec. yards (113.8 per game) & 5 rec. TDs in his past 6 on SNF. WR COLE BEASLEY had 7 catches for 88 yards in 2020 AFC-C vs. KC (1/24/21). Aims for his 3rd in row in reg. season vs. KC with TD catch. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. TE DAWSON KNOX had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Had rec. TD in 2020 AFC-C vs. KC (1/24/21). • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS had 4th-career INT last week. Had 12 tackles in last reg. season meeting. S MICAH HYDE had 19thcareer INT in Week 4 & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had INT in last road meeting. Has 3 PD & 2 INTs in 2 career games on SNF.

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES had 5 TD passes in Week 4 & became 5th QB with 3+ TD passes in each of his team’s 1st 4 games of season all-time. In Week 4, joined HOFer KEN STABLER as only QBs whose career began in SB era to win 40 of 1st 50 career starts. Passed for 325 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.6 rating in 2020 AFC-C vs. Buf. (1/24/21). Has 2,564 pass yards (320.5 per game) & 21 TDs (20 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 108 rating in 8 starts on SNF. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE had 4th-career game with 100+ rush yards (102) & 3rd-career rec. TD last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards & TD catch. Had career-high 161 rush yards in last reg. season meeting. • WR TYREEK HILL had 11 catches for 186 yards & 3 rec. TDs in Week 4 & became 5th player ever with 5+ games (5) of 180+ rec. yards in 1st 6 seasons. Had 9 catches for 172 yards in 2020 AFC-C vs. Buf. (1/24/21). TE TRAVIS KELCE had 13 catches for 182 yards & 2 rec. TDs in 2020 AFC-C vs. Buf. (1/24/21). Had 2 rec. TDs in last reg. season meeting. Aims for his 6th in row on SNF with TD catch. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 6+ catches. • S TYRANN MATHIEU has 4 PD in his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with 2+ INTs. CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 3rd-career sack & 1st-career FF last week. Had sack in 2020 AFC-C vs. Buf. (1/24/21). DE MIKE DANNA had career-high 2 sacks in Week 4 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Anthony Becht SIRIUS: 81 (Buf.), 211 (KC), National (88) | XM: 226 (Buf.), 225 (KC), National (88) | SXM App: 803 (Buf.), 815 (KC), National (88)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-3) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-1)

MONDAY, OCT. 11, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 8-5

STREAKS: Ravens have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/8/20: Ravens 24 at Colts 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/23/17: Ravens 23, Colts 16

COLTS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ completed 24 of 32 atts. (75 pct.) for 228 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.1 rating in Week 4. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs 0 INTs in his last start vs. Bal. (10/18/20 w/ Phi.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with rush TD. Aims for his 5th in row on MNF with 2+ TD passes. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had season-high 103 rush yards & 1st rush TD of season last week, his 4th-career 100-yard game. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 5 on road & aims for his 6th in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in last meeting. RB NYHEIM HINES has 60+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 on road & aims for his 5th in row on road with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team in receptions (6) & rec. yards (59) last week & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 56 rec. yards in last meeting. WR ZACH PASCAL has 4+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Had 55 rec. yards in last meeting. TE MO ALIE-COX had 1st 2 rec. TDs of season last week, his 1st-career game with 2 TD catches. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 8 tackles & 6th-career FR last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with FR & 4th in row with PD. Had 15 tackles & FR in last meeting. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had FF in last meeting. Has 2.5 sacks & 2 FRs, incl. FR-TD, in his past 4 on MNF. DE KEMEKO TURAY had 1st-career game with 2 sacks in Week 4. DT GROVER STEWART had 1st sack of season & 1stcareer FF last week.

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for 316 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 96.2 rating in Week 4, his 2nd-career 300-yard game. Has 10 TDs (8 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 111.9 rating in 4 career starts on MNF. Completed 19 of 23 atts. (82.6 pct.) & had rush TD in last meeting. Has 41 TDs (33 pass, 8 rush) & 101.8 rating in 16 home starts since 2019. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 59 rush yards & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Is 1 of 2 AFC RBs (KAREEM HUNT) with rush TD in 3 of 1st 4 weeks. • WR MARQUISE BROWN had team-high 91 rec yards & TD catch last week. Is 1 of 3 AFC WRs (JA’MARR CHASE & MIKE WILLIAMS) with rec. TD in 3 of 1st 4 weeks. Has 4 rec. TDs in 4 career games on MNF & aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with TD catch. TE MARK ANDREWS aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. Since 2018, is 1 of 4 TEs with 20+ rec. TDs (20). WR SAMMY WATKINS aims for his 5th in row with 4+ catches. • LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had 1st sack of season last week. Had 19 sacks & 22 TFL in 2 seasons (2019-20) with Ind. LB TYUS BOWSER had 2nd-career game with 2 sacks last week. Rookie LB ODAFE OWEH had 2nd-career sack last week. Has TFL in 3 of his 1st 4 career games. CB MARLON HUMPHREY has PD in 3 of 4 games in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with PD. CB ANTHONY AVERETT had 2nd INT of season last week. Aims for his 9th in row with PD. DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE had 1st sack of season in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL.

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, Ron Jaworski SIRIUS: 81 (Ind.), 83 (Bal.), National (88) | XM: 226 (Ind.), 225 (Bal.), National (88) | SXM App: 226 (Ind.), 225 (Bal.), National (88)

BIG TEN FOOTBALL

• Conference action continues this week, with five Big Ten contests highlighted by a trio of divisional matchups. Action kicks off on Saturday at noon ET when Maryland travels to Ohio State and Rutgers plays host to Michigan State. The complete schedule appears to the right.

• Four Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State are all 5-0.

• Five Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week, highlighted by two of the top five teams and four teams in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Penn State, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 9 Michigan, and No. 11 Michigan State.

• Michigan currently ranks among the top 20 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines rank 11th in scoring offense and sixth in scoring defense, scoring 39.8 points per game and allowing 12.8. Four other Big Ten teams rank among the top-15 in scoring defense: No. 2 Iowa (11.6), No. 3 Penn State (12.0), No. 12 Purdue (15.4) and No. 13 Nebraska (15.5).

• Thirteen Big Ten Conference students are among the 176 semifinalists for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy. Now in its 32nd year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. Representing the Big Ten as this year’s Campbell Trophy semifinalists are Illinois’ Doug Kramer, Indiana’s Jack Tuttle, Iowa’s Zach VanValkenburg, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan State’s AJ Arcuri, Minnesota’s Conner Olson, Nebraska’s Ben Stille, Northwestern’s Sam Gerak, Ohio State’s Jeremy Ruckert, Penn State’s Sean Clifford, Purdue’s Zander Horvath, Rutgers’ Noah Vedral and Wisconsin’s Matt Henningsen.

• Michigan’s 38-17 victory on Saturday marked the first in Madison since the 2001 season, snapping a five-game losing streak of games played at Wisconsin. The Wolverines improved to 5-0 to start the season for the first time since 2016. David Ojabo recorded 2.5 sacks and led the Wolverines with seven tackles (four solo), including two for a loss, for the first multi-sack game of his career.

• Ohio State defeated Rutgers, 52-13, in Piscataway, N.J., becoming the third team to win 20 straight Big Ten games. The Buckeyes also extended their road game win streak to 11 games, which ties for the fourth-most all-time and the longest active road win streak in FBS. It was also Ohio State’s ninth straight road win by double digits, which is the longest streak in Big Ten history and the third-longest by a FBS team since 2000.

• Iowa defeated Maryland 51-14 on Friday and has now won its last 11 games. The Hawkeyes have outscored their last 11 opponents, 380-141, averaging 34.5 points per game offensively and allowing 12.8 PPG during the winning streak. Iowa has won 11 straight for the first time since opening the 2015 season with 12 straight wins. That season, Iowa reached the Big Ten Championship Game and accepted an invitation to the 2016 Rose Bowl. The Hawkeyes have gone 27 straight games allowing 24 points or fewer, which is the longest active streak in FBS and the second-longest streak by a FBS team since 1990.

• Six different Hawkeyes intercepted a pass in Friday’s win over Maryland, tying a school record for most players with an interception in a single game. The six interceptions are the most in a game since Iowa had a school-record seven interceptions vs. Wisconsin in 1982. Iowa leads the nation with 12 interceptions this season and has 76 interceptions since 2017, more than any team in the country.

• A career day of 257 yards from sophomore RB Chase Brown led the Fighting Illini to a 24-14 victory against Charlotte on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Brown’s 257 rushing yards marked the fourth-most in a single game in Illini history and the third-most by an FBS player in 2021, trailing only Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (277 vs. Tulsa on Sept. 18) and Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (264 at Northwestern on Sept. 3).

•  Michigan State scored six touchdowns in the first half to open up a 26-point lead and put up more than 500 yards of total offense en route to a 48-31 win over Western Kentucky last Saturday. The Spartans improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2015 and for the 13th time overall in school history. Mel Tucker is the second coach in school history to begin his second season 5-0 joining Charlie Bachman in 1934. Junior running back Kenneth Walker III had 24 carries for 126 yards and scored three touchdowns, while redshirt sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne completed 20-of-30 passes for 327 yards, threw one touchdown pass and had seven carries for 31 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown run.

• All six of the New Year’s Six bowl games have had a chance to host a semifinal game twice with the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl doing so three times. This year, the Cotton and Orange Bowls will serve as semifinal games. Last year, Alabama became the second-straight No. 1 seed to win the playoff. The No. 1 seed didn’t win a title in the first five years. The No. 2 seed has won it three times and the No. 4 seed has won it twice. The No. 3 seed has won just three playoff games in seven years with Ohio State winning one of those last season.

• The 2021 campaign features 120 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Iowa and Ohio State lead the West and East Divisions, respectively, each welcoming back 14 All-Big Ten honorees this season. The talent is split evenly as 60 of the returning all-conference players hail from both the East and West Divisions. Each team returns at least three All-Big Ten performers.


Saturday, October 9, 2021
AwayHomeTimeLocationLinks
MarylandOhio State12:00 P.M.Columbus, OH (Conf.)TV: FOX Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network
Michigan StateRutgers12:00 P.M.Piscataway, N.J. (Conf.)TV: Big Ten Network Stats Radio: FOX Sports New Jersey 93.5-FM & 1450-AM, WOR 710-AM, XM 196, Sirius 132, Scarlet Knights App Video
WisconsinIllinois3:30 P.M.Champaign, Ill. (Conf.)TV: BTN Stats Radio: Busey Bank Illini Sports Network Video
Penn StateIowa4:00 P.M.Iowa City, Iowa (Conf.)TV: FOX or FS1
MichiganNebraska7:30 P.M.Lincoln, Neb. (Conf.)TV: ABC Stats Radio: Huskers Radio Network Video

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: MAC Football Week 6 Preview

Saturday, October 9
*Northern Illinois at Toledo, Noon ET/11 am CT (CBSSN)
*Akron at Bowling Green, Noon (ESPN+)
*Ball State at Western Michigan , 3:30 pm (ESPNU)
*Central Michigan at Ohio, 3:30 pm (ESPN+)
*Miami at Eastern Michigan, 3:30 pm (ESPN+)
*Buffalo at Kent State, 7 pm (ESPNU)

All times listed ET
 


Saturday, October 9
Northern Illinois (3-2, 1-0 MAC) at Toledo (3-2 MAC, 1-0 MAC) | Noon ET/11 am CT | CBS Sports Network

Northern Illinois Notes | Toledo Notes | Watch Live on CBS Sports Network | Live Stats
Saturday’s game marks the 49th meeting between NIU and Toledo with the Rockets holding a 32-16 edge in the all-time series and an 18-6 lead in games played in Toledo, although four of NIU’s wins have come in the last five games at the Glass Bowl. 

The Huskies’ 3-2 record through five games is NIU’s best start to a season in four years, since the 2017 Huskies won three of their first five games. NIU is looking for its first three-game winning streak since 2018.

NIU is coming off a 27-20 home win over Eastern Michigan in its MAC opener. The Huskies ran the ball 55 times for 242 yards, including a 101-yard performance from freshman Antario Brown in the second half, while the NIU defense limited EMU to 38 yards on the ground thanks in part to five sacks. 

Toledo ranks first in the MAC in scoring defense (16.6) and is second in total defense (299.8). The Rockets lead the MAC in tackles for loss with 37, led by Terrance Taylor (6.0), Desjuan Johnson (4.5), Jamal Hines (4.0) and Dyontae Johnson (4.0).

UT’s Bryant Koback has 2,990 career rushing yards. He needs 130 yards to pass Jalen Parmele (3,119 yards from 1991-94) to move into seventh place on Toledo’s all-time list. He also has 34 career touchdowns, which puts him in fifth place in career Rocket rushing scores.

Akron (1-4, 0-1 MAC) at Bowling Green (2-3 MAC, 0-1 MAC) | Noon ET | ESPN+
Akron Notes | Bowling Green Notes | Watch Live | Live Stats
Bowling Green opens the home portion of its Mid-American Conference action on Saturday against Akron. BGSU leads the all-time series with Akron, 18-9, who joined the MAC in 1992.

The Bowling Green defense has yielded just one passing touchdown all season and it came late in the fourth quarter at Tennessee in the season opener for the final score of the game. The team is No. 4 in the nation in team passing efficiency defense (93.64) and No. 6 in the nation in passing yards allowed (145.2). They will be tested by Akron, who is No. 1 in the MAC in team passing efficiency (148.26).

Akron generated 333 yards of total offense with 19 first downs in a loss to Ohio as redshirt sophomore QB DJ Irons completed 14-of-17 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Irons connected with a game-long 45-yard passing play, targeting freshman WR Konata Mumpfield for a second-quarter touchdown. Mumpfield finished the game with a team-high 69 yards on four receptions.

Ball State (2-3, 0-1 MAC) at Western Michigan (4-1 MAC, 1-0 MAC) | 3:30 pm ET | ESPNU
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Ball State and Western Michigan are set to meet on the gridiron for the 48th time in series history Saturday. Although the Broncos hold a 26-21 advantage in the series, the Cardinals have won two of the last three, all of which were decided by four points or less and a total of eight points. The two teams, along with Toledo, received first-place votes in the West Division by the league’s coaches and media in the annual preseason polls. 

In his first career start against Army, Ball State ILB Cole Pearce had a career-best (and team-high) 14 tackles, nine of which were solo. He had just nine tackles on the season entering the game and 10 in his career prior to the game. The Mason, Ohio native earned a scholarship the next day (Sunday, Oct. 3) in a team meeting 

The Broncos erupted for 17 points in the fourth quarter on Saturday to come away with a 24-17 victory at Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.

Sophomore wide receiver Skyy Moore had 11 catches for a career-high 163 yards and two touchdowns. Kaleb Eleby had another efficient game, finishing 21-for-33 with 279 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. La’Darius Jefferson racked up 97 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, while Sean Tyler ran for 80 yards on 14 carries.

Central Michigan (2-3, 0-1 MAC) at Ohio (1-4 MAC, 0-1 MAC) | 3:30 pm ET | ESPN+
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Central Michigan continues conference road action with a game at Ohio on Saturday, Oct. 9. CMU opened MAC play at Miami last weekend, dropping at 28-17 decision. The Chippewas own a 26-5-2 advantage in its all-time series versus Ohio, including a 12-3-1 mark in Athens.

JaCorey Sullivan and Dallas Dixon rank among the nation’s best in receiving touchdowns this season. Sullivan ranks sixth in the country with six TDs this season while Dixon is 12th nationally with five scores. SMU is the only other team to have two players in the top 15.

The Chippewas have been strong with their third-down defense this season, allowing opponents to convert just 18 of 63 opportunities (29%). That is second in the MAC and ranks 11th in the nation. Last year, CMU allowed opposing teams to convert 45% (40-89) of their third-down opportunities. On offense, CMU has converted 41% (33-81) of its third-down opportunities this season after posting a mark of 28% (24-85) last year.

Ohio football picked up their first win of the 2021 season Saturday afternoon (Oct. 2), defeating Akron by a score of 34-17. The Bobcats leaned heavily on their rushing attack, spearheaded by running back De’Montre Tuggle and quarterback Armani Rodgers, to start conference play 1-0. Tuggle set a career high in rushing yards (201) on just 17 carries, good for an 11.8 yard/carry average while also adding a touchdown, while Rodgers put two scores on the board on the ground.

Miami (2-3, 1-0 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (3-2 MAC, 0-1 MAC) | 3:30 pm ET | ESPN+
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Eastern Michigan is 3-2 after falling, 27-20, in a conference-opening heartbreaker at NIU, Oct. 2. Meanwhile, Miami is coming off a 28-17, home triumph over Central Michigan University on the same day.

Eastern Michigan’s offense is the best scoring unit in the Mid-American Conference. Averaging a league-leading 32.6 points per game, EMU has put up 163 total points on 22 touchdowns, three field goals, and 22 extra points. EMU has scored three more touchdowns than the next-best team in the conference (Buffalo – 19). It total, 12 different Eagles have found the pay dirt in 2021, including four players who have scored multiple touchdowns. Sophomore Samson Evans leads all Eagles with six touchdowns.

Miami saw the return of several playmakers in Saturday’s contest. Jaylon Bester and Tyre Shelton saw their first action since the 2019 campaign and Andrew Homer returned after missing the past three games. Mac Hippenhammer had a career-high eight catches for 170 yards.

A win on Saturday over the Eagles would give Miami its first 2-0 conference start since the 2012 RedHawks began the season 2-0 in the MAC. The 2010 RedHawks began the season 3-0 in conference play.

Buffalo (2-3, 0-1 MAC) at Kent State (2-3 MAC, 1-0 MAC) | 7 pm ET | ESPNU
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Buffalo travels to Kent State for a primetime matchup with the Golden Flashes on Saturday night. Buffalo has won 9 of the last 14 meetings against Kent State, including six of the last seven games played at Dix Stadium. Buffalo leads the all-time series, 14-12. 

Buffalo is coming off a 24-17 loss to Western Michigan last Saturday. Linebacker James Patterson led the Bulls with a career-high 14 tackles in the game.   

UB’s Quian Williams has had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. He is looking to become the first UB wide receiver to have three-straight 100-yard receiving games since Anthony Johnson did it over the final three games of the 2017 season.

Kent State is 2-3 overall, 1-0 in MAC play and is coming off a 27-20 win over Bowling Green last Saturday. The Golden Flashes are led by quarterback Dustin Crum who has thrown for 896 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 211 and two other scores.

Kent State’s Marquez Cooper had a career-high in rushes (31) and yards (121) in the game, along with a pair of rushing touchdowns. The Flashes feature three backs in the top-20 in the MAC in rushing yards per game (Cooper, Crum, Williams)

18 ex-NBA players charged in $4M health care fraud scheme

NEW YORK (AP) Eighteen former NBA players were charged Thursday with pocketing about $2.5 million illegally by defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan in a scam that authorities said involved claiming fictitious medical and dental expenses.

“The defendants’ playbook involved fraud and deception,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss told a news conference after FBI agents across the country arrested 15 ex-players and one of their wives in a three-year conspiracy that authorities say started in 2017.

According to an indictment returned in Manhattan federal court, the ex-players teamed up to defraud the supplemental coverage plan by submitting fraudulent claims to get reimbursed for medical and dental procedures that never happened.

Strauss said prosecutors have travel records, email and GPS data that proves the ex-players were sometimes far from the medical and dental offices at the times when they were supposedly getting treated.

In one instance, she said, an ex-player was playing basketball in Taiwan when he was supposedly getting $48,000 worth of root canals and crowns on eight teeth at a Beverly Hills, California, dental office in December 2018.

The indictment said the scheme was carried out from at least 2017 to 2020, when the plan – funded primarily by NBA teams – received false claims totaling about $3.9 million. Of that, the defendants received about $2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds.

Strauss said each defendant made false claims for reimbursements that ranged from $65,000 to $420,000.

A request for comment to the league wasn’t immediately returned.

Michael J. Driscoll, the head of New York’s FBI office, said the case demonstrated the FBI’s continued focus on uncovering health care fraud scams that cost the health care industry tens of billions of dollars a year.

Strauss said the conspiracy was led by Terrence Williams, who began his career as a first-round NBA draft pick in 2009. The indictment said he submitted $19,000 in fraudulent claims to the plan in November 2017 for chiropractic care. The claims led to a $7,672 payout for Williams.

The indictment said he then recruited other former NBA players to defraud the plan and offered to provide fraudulent invoices from a chiropractor and dentist in Southern California and a wellness office in Washington state.

At least 10 of the ex-players paid kickbacks totaling about $230,000 to Williams, according to the court papers. A lawyer who has represented Williams in the past declined to comment.

What was then the New Jersey Nets picked Williams as No. 11 in the 2009 draft. He went on to play with four franchises – the Nets, Boston, Houston and Sacramento – over four seasons as a role player, averaging 7.1 points per game. He was waived by Boston two days after his 26th birthday in 2013 and hasn’t appeared in the league since.

Among others charged was Tony Allen, a six-time All-Defensive team selection and a member of the 2008 champion Boston Celtics. His wife was also indicted. Tony Allen was not in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

For the most part, though, the ex-players charged had journeyman careers playing for several different teams and never reached anywhere close to the enormous stardom or salary that top players command.

Still, the 18 players combined to make $343 million in their on-court NBA careers, not counting outside income, endorsements or what any may have made playing overseas.

Strauss declined to speculate on their motivations or financial situations, saying to do so would go beyond the facts in the indictment.

Another former player charged in the scheme was Sebastian Telfair, a one-time high school star in New York who was highly touted when he turned pro, though his NBA career with eight franchises never brought the stardom some had expected.

Those charged also included four NBA champions. Glen Davis, along with Allen, was part of that 2008 title team in Boston. Shannon Brown won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Melvin Ely won a title with San Antonio in 2007.

Among others who were charged, Anthony Wroten, Ruben Patterson and Darius Miles were the only players who averaged double figures for their NBA career.

Wroten averaged 11.1 points in 145 career games. Patterson averaged 10.7 points per game with six different teams. Miles, the No. 3 pick in the 2000 draft, averaged 10.1 points per game and played with four different franchises.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS-PRESS RELEASES

IU-Ball State to Meet in 2026

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University and Ball State University announced on Thursday afternoon their football programs will meet at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 12, 2026.
 
The Cardinals are the Hoosiers third and final 2026 non-conference opponent. IU previously announced it will host Colorado State (Sept. 6) and travel to Connecticut (Sept. 26).
 
Below are Indiana’s future non-conference opponents:
 
2022
9.10 – Idaho
9.17 – Western Kentucky  
9.24 – at Cincinnati 
2023
9.9 – Indiana State
9.16 – vs. Louisville @ Lucas Oil Stadium
9.23 – Akron 
2024
8.31 – Florida International
9.7 – at Louisville
9.21 – Charlotte 
2025
8.30 – Old Dominion
9.6 – Louisville
9.13 – Indiana State 
2026
9.5 – Colorado State
9.12 – Ball State
9.26 – at Connecticut 
2027
9.11 – Indiana State 
2030
8.31 – at Notre Dame 
2031
9.27 – Notre Dame

Volleyball Heads East For Matches At Rutgers and Maryland

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (7-9, 1-3 Big Ten) embarks on an East Coast swing this weekend with matches against Rutgers (8-7, 0-4 Big Ten) and (RV) Maryland (13-3, 1-3 Big Ten). The Hoosiers will clash with the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J. on Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m. before a matchup with the Terrapins on Saturday, October 9 also at 7 p.m. Both matches will stream live on Big Ten Network Plus.
 
Indiana at Rutgers
Piscataway, N.J. | Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC)
Friday, October 8 | 7:00 p.m.
Video (BTN+) | Live Stats
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Indiana at Maryland
College Park, Md. | Xfinity Center Pavilion
Saturday, October 9 | 7:00 p.m.
Video (BTN+) | Live Stats
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
 
The Opening Serve
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame continues to rank No. 5 in digs among the Big Ten after tallying a team-leading 258 so far this season.
 
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth is having a solid start to her first campaign with Indiana as she currently ranks No. 6 in the Big Ten in aces with 22.
 
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg is leading the Hoosier attack, tallying 116 kills and a percentage of .394 so far in 2021. Her percentage is good enough for seventh in the conference.
 
• As a team, Indiana ranks No. 8 in digs and No. 9 in blocks amongst the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are averaging 14.17 digs per set and 2.35 blocks per set.
 
• Indiana owns the all-time series between the Hoosiers and Scarlet Knights, 13-1. The two teams met back in 2019 on back-to-back days where Rutgers took the first match, 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 19-25, 20-25) before Indiana bounced back and won the second, 3-1 (25-19, 25-15, 9-25, 25-23).
 
• The Terrapins hold the advantage in the all-series, 9-4. The two squads split the last two-game meeting this past spring. Indiana won the first game, 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-19) while Maryland picked up the victory in the second game, 3-1 (23-25,25-23, 17-25,21-25).
 
Checking Out the Competition
RUTGERS: Caitlin Schweihocker is the head coach of the Scarlet Knights and is in her second season with the program. Rutgers has an 8-7 overall record and is 0-4 in the Big Ten. Redshirt senior middle blocker Shea McNamara leads the way on attack with 100 kills and hitting percentage of .304. McNamara also has a team-leading 66 blocks in 2021. Senior Inna Balyko is their main setter who has recorded 450 assists so far this season. The Scarlet Knights are allowing their opponents to hit .212 while they are hitting .213.
 
MARYLAND: Adam Hughes sits at the helm of the Maryland squad and has coached them to a 13-3 overall record and 1-3 in conference play. Their lone Big Ten win was over then No. 2 Wisconsin. Graduate student outside hitter Paula Neciporuka leads the Terps attack with 163 kills and is hitting .230 so far this season. Sophomore outside hitter Sam Csire also has triple figure kills with 190 which is a team high. On defense, Senior middle blocker Rainelle Jones has thrown up a team-leading 92 blocks and is averaging 1.80 per set. Sophomore Sydney Dowler is Maryland’s main setter and has accounted for 574 of the Terrapins 638 assists this season. Maryland leads the Big Ten in opponent hitting percentage, allowing its opposing team to hit just .141. The Terrapins also lead the conference in digs with 895.
 
Last Time Out
• Last time the Hoosiers were in action was this past weekend when they hosted No. 14 Penn State at Wilkinson Hall. Despite letting the Nittany Lions take the first set, Indiana bounced back to win the second frame. After falling in the third the Hoosiers forced a fourth set but couldn’t hang on as Penn State won the match, 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 16-25, 22-25). Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the Hoosiers on offense with 18 kills and a hitting percentage of .349. The Rainer, Ore. native also tallied two blocks.
 
New & Notes
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10. Edwards has a team-leading 188 kills so far in 2021.
 
• Graduate Student setter Brooke Westbeld has put up 361 assists which leads the Hoosiers.
 
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg has reached triple figure kills with 116 and leads the team in hitting percentage at .394.
 
• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede is the squad leader in blocks with 52 and has recorded 90 kills on offense.
 
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth has made her presence known and leads the team in aces with 20 so far this season. She has also taken over the starting setter role and has contributed 210 assists.
 
• Senior outside hitter Kari Zumach has recorded at least one block in the last four matches she has played in. On the attack Zumach has tallied 57 kills for a hitting percentage of .240.
 
• As a team, the Hoosiers are hitting .201 compared to their opponents .187.

Hoosiers Travel to Northwestern for Friday Night Match

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – The Indiana women’s soccer team (8-2-3) will travel to Northwestern for a match on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
 
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern comes in with a record of 7-4-1 and 3-1-1 mark in Big Ten play. Northwestern is tied for third in the Big Ten standings. Most recently Northwestern beat Nebraska 2-1 and Illinois 1-0.
 
KEEPING OPPONENTS OFF THE BOARD
The Hoosiers have only allowed five goals in 13 matches this season. Indiana ranks fourth in the country in goals against average.
 
WEBBER, GERSTENBERG EARN BIG TEN HONORS
Paige Webber earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Jamie Gerstenberg earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Sept. 14. Webber got a hat trick against Murray State and added an assist in the Hoosiers win at Kansas State. Gerstenberg has three straight shutouts and six shutouts on the season.
 
GERSTENBERG SHUTING OUT THE COMPETITION 
Indiana goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg ranks third in the NCAA in shutouts with seven this season. Gerstenberg is two away from matching the Hoosiers program record for shutouts in a season. 
 
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION
Against Southeast Missouri State on Sunday the Hoosiers scored six goals, their most in a match since the 2011 season. All six goals came in the first half of the match, which set a program record for goals in a half. Six different players scored the six goals for the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers hold a 22-5 advantage in goal scoring over their opponents this season.
 
MAKING HISTORY AT NOTRE DAME
For the first time in program history the Hoosiers got a result against Notre Dame. On Sunday the Hoosiers and Fighting Irish battled to a 0-0 draw. Previously the Hoosiers were 0-11 all-time against Notre Dame.
 
2021 SPRING SEASON
The 2021 spring season was historic for the Hoosiers. Indiana tied a program record for Big Ten wins and established a new school record for Big Ten points in a season with 19. On March 2, the Hoosiers were ranked in the top-25 for the first time since 2013.
 
PRESEASON POLL AND HONORS
 The Big Ten announced its Women’s Soccer Preseason Players to Watch List on Monday with senior Hanna Nemeth, junior Avery Lockwood and freshman Jamie Gerstenberg representing Indiana. In addition, the preseason poll was unveiled with the Hoosiers coming in in sixth place. Both were voted on by the conference coaches.
 
Lockwood, a midfielder from Grand Rapids, Mich., earned All-Big Ten Third Team honors and was selected by the United Soccer Coaches to the All-North Region third team in the 2021 spring season. Lockwood, a leader for Indiana’s offense, scored a couple of game winners against Michigan and Michigan State. She started in all 12 games tallying a total of 24 shots and 15 shots on goal. Nemeth scored her first career goal against Penn State on March 4 and held Indiana’s back line strong aiding the Hoosiers four shutouts, including a shutout of Michigan for the first time since 2009.

Hoosiers Add Indiana Native, High School NFCA and PGF All-American Sarah Stone

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – The Indiana softball team added elite talent as IU head coach Shonda Stanton announced the addition of first base/utility player Sarah Stone to the Hoosiers roster.  Stone transferred from the University of Kentucky and will be eligible to compete in the spring.
 
“I am excited to be back home in Indiana and am overwhelmed by the welcoming spirit of Hoosier Nation,” Stone said.  “I am excited to build relationships with my new teammates, coaches, and classmates. I am so happy to be welcomed back into my home state of Indiana to play the game that I love. Go Hoosiers!”
 
Stone, an NFCA high school 1st Team All-American and native of Bedford, Indiana who was ranked the No. 17 overall player in the 2021 class was also ranked as the No. 9 catcher in the country winning the Johnny Bench Award  honoring the top high school catchers from the region.
 
Stone played high school softball at Bedford North Lawrence. She racked up the awards as a 3X All-State Selection, All Hoosiers Hills Conference honoree, All-Region Performer and Indiana All-Star. In addition to her success at BNL, Sarah excelled with the Beverly Bandits Demarini Travel Organization and was named a PGF All-American with top rankings by FloSoftball and Extra Inning Softball.
 
Stone registered 131 career home runs between high school and travel ball.  She set Bedford North Lawrence records for highest career batting average (.540), single season batting average (.603), most career RBIs (125) and most home runs in a single season (17).   She had 10 doubles, 17 triples, 49 RBI and 47 runs scored. She slugged 1.264, drew 33 walks and reached base at a .633 clip. Stone posted a .992 fielding percentage in 263 chances.

“We are super proud to welcome Sarah home,” Stanton said.  “She is a true slugger with one of the most explosive and consistent bats in the class of 2021.  Her presence will be felt immediately in our line-up with the ability to change the game in one powerful swing.  She is an elite ballplayer, and we cannot wait to have her wearing the Indiana script. With the exciting start to fall ball and the trajectory of our program, this addition simply quickens our rise.  Exceptional student-athletes should be taking a good, hard look at what Indiana University, Bloomington and what the Hoosiers have to offer.  This is a special place.” 

Details Announced for Purdue Basketball Fan Day

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue basketball teams will hold their annual Fan Day on Saturday, Oct. 16, beginning at 10 a.m. ET, at Mackey Arena.
 
Both women’s and men’s basketball teams will be featured on Fan Day. The women’s team will start the activities with an open practice and scrimmage starting at 10 a.m. ET. At noon, there will be an autograph session that will last for approximately 45 minutes for both teams before the men’s team will hold a practice and scrimmage beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. ET.
 
Fans are reminded that current Protect Purdue protocols require facial coverings for indoor settings, and this includes Purdue men’s and women’s basketball contests.
 
Autograph cards will be provided by Purdue Athletics for use during the autograph session and will be the only item that student-athletes will autograph. Outside items will not be eligible to be signed.
 
In addition, fans will have the chance to be part of Purdue men’s basketball’s “Whose House?” video for the season-opening game Nov. 9, against Bellarmine. Fans can sign up at the East entrance for a time slot to read the script for the pregame video that runs before the starting lineups, with the only request being that fans that wish to be in the video wear Purdue clothing. 
 
In addition, the ticket office and John Purdue Club representatives will be available from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., to purchase tickets. The team store and select concession stands will also be open on Fan Day and will operate on a cashless basis.

This will be the lone opportunity to see the men’s team before its exhibition game Nov. 4, against UIndy at Mackey Arena. The women’s team will open its season on Nov. 7, with an exhibition game against Findlay.

Tickets are available on PurdueSports.com, by calling 800.49SPORT or by visiting the Hayes Family Athletics Ticket Office at Mackey Arena. Single-game tickets will go on sale to John Purdue Club members beginning on Oct. 12, and to the general public on Oct. 15.

PURDUE FOOTBALL GETS TEXAS WR

Texas WR Zion Steptoe announced he’s commited to Purdue. He originally committed to Utah.

Steptoe made his announcement on social media. 

Steptoe is the 17th known commitment in the 2022 class. 

Steptoe attends Memorial High School in Frisco. He committed to the Utes in June. Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt were also in the hunt. 

IRISH WIN SEVENTH STRAIGHT WITH 3-0 WIN OVER LOUISVILLE

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (11-1-1, 5-0-0) extended its winning streak to seven games on Thursday night after handing Louisville (7-3-1, 3-2-0) a 3-0 defeat inside Alumni Stadium. With the victory, the Irish remain undefeated in ACC play with a 5-0-0 record. 

Notre Dame freshmen continue to shine bright, now having scored six of the team’s last seven goals, including five straight. Korbin Albert tallied her second brace of the season tonight, followed by a goal from Sophia Fisher, all in the first half. 

How It Happened

If you blinked you missed the first Irish goal of the evening as Albert found the back of the net in 37 seconds. The goal was the third quickest in program history, with the top two spots being 27 seconds (2001) and 16 seconds (2008). 

Sammi Fisher took the ball down the middle of the field and connected with Albert who delivered a dart to the lower right corner. 

Then the Fisher to Albert connection struck again in the 10th minute. Fisher from the Cardinals baseline spotted an open Albert around the penalty marker, who then notched goal number seven on the year. Furthermore, Fisher achieved assists two and three on the season. 

Later, Sophia Fisher got subbed into the game in the 37th minute and didn’t waste much time, securing her goal in the 41st minute. Kiki Van Zanten split the defense with a perfect through ball as Fisher took a few dribbles into the box and then buried it past the keeper for goal number three on the year. It was Van Zanten’s first assist this season 

On the defensive end of the field, the Irish backline continued to be a brick wall, not allowing a Louisville shot until the 63rd minute. All-in-all, the Cardinals mustered only four shots with just one on goal.   

Up Next

The Irish remain at home for a Sunday afternoon clash with the Clemson Tigers. First touch inside Alumni will be 3:06 p.m. ET, airing live on regional sports networks (Marquee Network locally). 

Notre Dame Hockey Set To Open Season Saturday Against Long Island

WHO: Notre Dame (0-0-0) vs. Long Island (0-2-0)
WHEN: Saturday, October 9 | 6 p.m. ET
WHAT: Notre Dame’s season opener (non-conference)
WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena | Tickets 
WATCH: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus, SNY
LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com
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SETTING THE STAGE

  • The University of Notre Dame hockey team opens the 2021-22 season at home on Saturday evening in its first ever meeting with Long Island University.
  • The Fighting Irish most recently dropped a 4-3 exhibition decision to the USNTDP on Sunday, October 3rd while the Sharks played a two-game series at Penn State (Oct. 3-4) and dropped both contests by scores of 3-1 and 5-2.
  • The Fighting Irish open the 17th season under head coach Jeff Jackson and their fifth season in the Big Ten.
  • Overall, it is the 53rd season of NCAA Division I hockey for Notre Dame.
  • The Irish are 8-7-1 in season openers under Jeff Jackson.
  • Current LIU assistant coach Will Messa served as Notre Dame’s intern assistant coach during the 2018-19 season.
  • Head Coach Jeff Jackson served as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders during the 2003-04 season. 
  • OT Note: if Saturday’s is tied after regulation, the teams would play a five minute 3-on-3 overtime period which could then result in a tie game (no shootout). 

CAPTAINS NAMED

  • Graduate student Adam Karashik and seniors Jake Pivonka and Graham Slaggert will serve as team captains for the Irish this season.
  • Additionally, seniors Nick Leivermann and Spencer Stastney will be alternate captains. 
  • Leivermann, Pivonka, Slaggert and Stastney will wear letters for the first time in their Notre Dame careers while Karashik served as UConn’s captain in 2020-21 before joining the Irish.

PRESEASON B1G: SLAGGERT & STASTNEY

  • Senior forward Graham Slaggert was named a Preseason Second Team All-Big Ten selection and senior defenseman Spencer Stastney earned Honorable Mention honors (Sept. 24)
  • Notre Dame was also tabbed fourth in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll. 
  • Slaggert, a South Bend, Indiana native, played 27 games last season and was the team’s second-leading scorer with 25 points on seven goals and a team-best 18 assists.
  • Slaggert’s 25 points as a junior marked a season-best total and he enters his senior season with 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points in 104 games played.
  • Stastney skated in all 29 games for the Irish last season, scoring a career-high five goals and adding seven assists for 12 points. 
  • A fifth round selection (131st overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Stastney’s five goals were tied with teammate Nick Leivermann and Michigan’s Nick Blankenburg for the most by a Big Ten defenseman a season ago.
  • Stastney has now played in 104 career games while scoring nine goals and adding 27 assists for 36 points. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection each of the past two seasons and earned Second Team All-BIg Ten honors last season.

QUICK HITS

  • The Fighting Irish are set to open the 53rd season of NCAA Division I hockey for Notre Dame and the 17th under head coach Jeff Jackson.
  • Notre Dame returns four of its top-five point getters from 2020-21, including Graham Slaggert (7-18-25), Landon Slaggert (8-14-22), Nick Leivermann (5-12-17) and Max Ellis (5-11-16).
  • The Irish welcome four graduate transfers into the fold for the 2021-22 campaign, including forward Jack Adams, defenseman Chase Blackmun, goaltender Matthew Galadja, and defenseman Adam Karashik. 
  • Five freshman also join the Irish this season in forward Tyler Carpenter, defenseman Ryan Helliwell, forward Justin Janicke, forward Hunter Strand and defenseman Hunter Weiss. 
  • Goaltender Josh Graziano also transferred into the program as a sophomore, having last played collegiately at Union. 
  • Including hosting Long Island, the Irish open the season with five consecutive non-conference matchups and are set to hit the road next weekend at Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan before hosting RIT for a pair of games inside Compton Family Ice Arena.
  • Notre Dame is also slated to host non-conference opponents Holy Cross (Nov. 4-5), Boston College (Nov. 26) and Niagara (Jan. 1-2).
  • Notre Dame has made each of the last five NCAA Tournaments, the longest streak in program history, and eight of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments overall.

LAPHONSO ELLIS WILL ENTER THE PURCELL PAVILION RING OF HONOR

lenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey has announced that LaPhonso Ellis will be the program’s ninth individual inducted into the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor on Saturday, December 11, 2021. 

“LaPhonso Ellis is one of the greatest athletes and gentlemen to ever suit up for Notre Dame basketball,” Brey said. 

“A dominant player on the court, ‘Phonz’ faced his share of challenges at Notre Dame, but overcame them all to become a great ambassador not only for our program, but our entire University. The Ring of Honor was meant to celebrate amazing individuals like LaPhonso and we can’t wait to induct him in December.”

Ellis dominated the front line, both offensively and defensively, during his career with the Irish from 1988 through 1992. He finished his career as the all-time leading shot blocker (200), third leading rebounder (1,075) and eighth on the all-time scoring list (1,505 – those rankings have changed over the years). Upon completion of his time at Notre Dame, Ellis was just the fourth Irish player to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in a career. 

One of the elite athletes in college basketball during his time, Ellis exploded for 27 points in 27 minutes in his first college game and never let up through his 97 career contests. He saved his best performances for some of Notre Dame’s best competition. During his senior season in 1991-92, Ellis averaged 20.6 points, 11.0 rebounds and shot .679 from the field against ranked opponents. 

That final season for Ellis at Notre Dame is one of the finest for a front court player in program history. Recording 22 double-doubles (third best for a single season), Ellis played 1,194 minutes (36.2 per game, a school-record at the time), shot 63 percent from the field while scoring 17.7 points per game and pulling down 11.7 rebounds per contest. On February 29, 1992, Ellis connected on 16 of 16 free throws against Rutgers which earned him a share of the school record for free throw percentage in a game. 

Ellis helped three Irish teams to postseason appearances, including a first-round NCAA tournament victory over Vanderbilt in 1989. He capped the 1992 season by leading the Irish to the NIT Championship game, earning all-tournament honors with 18 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. In keeping with Ellis’ penchant for stepping up against the best competition, he averaged 17.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field in seven postseason performances. 

While Ellis missed 20 games during his career when he fell behind academically, he graduated on time with a degree in accounting in 1992. He was the fifth overall pick of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, earning first-team all-rookie honors with the squad after the 1992-93 season. He helped the Nuggets make history in the 1994 postseason as they became the first No. 8 playoff seed to defeat at No. 1 seed (Seattle). Over his 11 year NBA career, Ellis played for the Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat, scoring over 7,400 points (11.9 average) with over 4,000 rebounds (6.5 average). 

Ellis joined the Notre Dame Basketball Radio network after his retirement from professional basketball as a color commentator, eventually working his way to ESPN in 2009 as a college basketball analyst. Ellis became a part of the popular College GameDay crew at ESPN starting in the 2019-20 season. 

Ellis In The Notre Dame Record Books:

  • T-1st – 16-16, 1.000, Free Throw Percentage, Single Game, vs. Rutgers 2/29/1992
  • 2nd – 200 – Blocked Shots, Career
  • 2nd – 2.1 – Blocked Shot Average, Career
  • 2nd – 54 – Double-Doubles, Career
  • 2nd – 86 – Blocked Shots, Season, 1991-92
  • 3rd – 22 – Double-Doubles, Season, 1991-92
  • T-3rd – 24 – Rebounds, Single Game, vs. Creighton 1/30/1990
  • 4th – 1,075 – Rebounds, Career
  • 4th – .631 – Field Goal Percentage, Season, 1991-92
  • 6th – .577 – Field Goal Percentage, Career
  • 8th – 11.1 – Rebounds/Game, Career
  • 10th – 385 – Rebounds, Season, 1991-92
  • 10th – 1.96 – Blocked Shot Average, Season, 1988-89
  • 11th – 53 – Blocked Shots, Season, 1988-89
  • 17th – 587 – Field Goals, Career
  • 18th – 12.6 – Rebounds/Game, Season, 1989-90

The Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor was established in 2010 by the University of Notre Dame Athletics Department to honor former or current men’s and women’s basketball coaches and student-athletes who have made distinguished and noteworthy contributions during their careers at the University.

Upon induction, the individual’s name, jersey number and years at Notre Dame are stitched onto a banner and raised to the rafters in Purcell Pavilion to forever inspire the present and future fans who attend events in the Joyce Center. The individuals are also presented with a small reproduction of their Ring of Honor banner and also receives a ring – similar to an NCAA or ACC Championship ring – in a private ceremony with the current men’s or women’s basketball team.

Georgetown Finds Late Goal in Win Over @Butler WSoccer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Butler women’s soccer team was defeated by Georgetown on a goal in the 89th minute. The Hoyas (7-0-6, 3-0-2 BIG EAST) earned a late corner kick and converted off a header from Sydney Cummings. For the Bulldogs (10-2-1, 3-1-1 BIG EAST), it was their first loss in twelve matches.
 
Key Moments

  • 9′ | The Hoyas make a couple of passes across the front of the goal, but strong defending prohibits a clean shot.
  • 21′ | Amanda Kowalski takes the ball to the right side and sends a cross toward the goal that finds Abigail Isger at the six-yard line. Isger’s one-touch shot is saved.
  • 23′ | A Georgetown corner sent to the far post is controlled by the Hoyas, and after a short pass, a shot from seven yards is saved by Martin.
  • 36′ | A cross into the penalty area sets up a couple of close-range shots for Georgetown, which are blocked, and Martin eventually secures the bouncing ball.
    HALFTIME
  • 47′ | Georgetown’s Gia Vicari carries the ball on a sprint to top of box but Lauren Doerr recovers and slides to block the shot.
  • 62′ | Less than a minute apart, each team gets a good look and a hard shot, but both sail over the crossbar.
  • 69′ | The Hoyas earn a corner kick and get an opportunity away from Martin, but the shot is well off target.
  • 77′ | Katie Soderstrom gets a good look from 20 yards but sends it over the bar.
  • 86′ | Soderstrom sends a ball into the penalty area to a charging Alli Leonard, but her shot is saved by the Hoyas’ keeper.
  • 89′ | On a Georgetown corner, Sydney Cummings lifts herself above the Bulldogs defense and heads the ball into the upper right corner for the game-winner. 

Butler Points Summary
GOALS: (none)
ASSISTS: (none)

Bulldog Bits

  • Three Bulldogs, Katie SoderstromAbigail Isger, and Alli Leonard had a pair of shots. Isger’s were both on target.
  • Freshman Emma Martin (10-1-1) made two saves as she suffered her first career loss.
     
  • Butler outshot Georgetown, 5-3, in the first period, but the Hoyas had an 11-3 edge in the second period, giving them a 14-8 advantage, overall. Both teams had three on goal.
  • The Hoyas earned eight corner kicks, compared to only one for the Bulldogs.
     
  • Since an opening loss to current No. 16 Michigan, Butler had gone without a loss (10-0-1) for eleven straight matches.
  • Today’s match was only the second BIG EAST regular season loss for the Bulldogs in the past two seasons. Butler also lost 0-1 to DePaul on March 21.

Up Next
Butler hosts a pair of games in Indianapolis. First, Providence comes to the Sellick Bowl on Thursday, October 14, for a 1 pm kick off. Three days later, on Sunday, October 17, DePaul pays a visit.

Cardinals Outshoot Falcons, But Fall in MAC Championship Rematch

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team (4-6-1, 2-2-1 MAC) was in action Thursday night at the friendly confines of the Briner Sports Complex as Bowling Green (4-5-3, 3-1-1 MAC) made the trip to Muncie. The Cardinals had more shots and shots on target than the Falcons but were unable to capitalize on the opportunities. BGSU claimed a 2-0 victory.
 
In the eighth minute, Chelcy Ralph had the first scoring chance, but a BGSU defender stepped in to make a team save.
 
Bowling Green capitalized on its first scoring chance as Audrey Shea found the back of the net off a free kick from Jasmijn Dijsselhof at the 14-minute mark. In the 31st minute, the Falcons put a shot on net, but Alex DeRuvo was there to make the save.  
 
Emily Simmons recorded the final two scoring opportunities in the half but was unable to beat the Falcon goalie for the equalizer.
 
The Cardinals came out firing in the second half as they recorded five shots in a two-minute span. Melissa Diceman and Tatiana Mason put balls on target, but the BGSU keeper was able to make the saves.
 
BGSU extended its lead to 2-0 in the 58th minute on a shot from Madi Wolfbauer, who was assisted by Kennedy White and Ruby Linton.
 
In the 74th minute, Kennedy Metzger had a scoring chance as she recorded a shot on goal, but the BGSU goalie made the stop. At the 81st-minute mark, Diceman put a well-placed shot into the top left corner, but the Falcon keeper made a leaping save to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard.
 
As a unit, Ball State outshot Bowling Green 15-5 and had the advantage in shots on goal, 7-4.
 
The Cardinals return to the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 10, on the road at Toledo. First touch is scheduled for 1 p.m. on ESPN+/ESPN3.
 
From the Coach – Head Coach Josh Rife
“I thought this was one of our better performances. That’s what hurts. Credit to BG, they played well. They made big plays when it mattered. We positioned ourselves well but when it mattered most. In critical moments we didn’t make plays and they did. Compared to how we’ve played of late, I thought we played well today.”
 
From the Players – Graduate Midfielder Melissa Diceman
“For 80 minutes we played really well and had the majority of the first-half possession. We just weren’t on for 10 minutes and that’s something we need to focus on going into the next match prepared to play 90 minutes.”

Volleyball Set For Big Road Weekend, Visiting Akron & Buffalo

Match 17: Ball State (13-3; 3-1 MAC) at Akron (8-8; 2-2 MAC)
   Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. ET – Rhodes Arena
   Live Stats  |  ESPN+
 
Match 18: Ball State (13-3; 3-1 MAC) at Buffalo (9-7; 2-2 MAC)
   Saturday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. ET – Alumni Arena
   Live Stats  |  Live Video
 
MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to the road for a pair of matches this weekend starting with a Friday (7 p.m.) contest at Akron. From there, the team travels to Buffalo for a Saturday (4 p.m.) showdown.
 
The Cardinals enter the week with a 3-1 Mid-American Conference record and are tied for second in the MAC West Division, trailing only Western Michigan’s 5-0 league mark. BSU has won three straight matches, which ties as the third-longest active winning streak in the league behind WMU at six matches and Bowling Green at five matches.
 
Last weekend, Ball State opened the home portion of its league schedule with a two-match sweep of MAC East Division rival Ohio. Trailing 2-1 in Thursday’s opener, the Cardinals rallied to win the final two sets, including rallying from down 14-12 in the fifth.
 
In Friday’s rematch, Ball State turned in a dominating performance by sweeping the Bobcats behind the strength of a .388 team attack percentage.
 
Highlighting the Cardinals’ efforts in the series was sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland who led the BSU offense with 3.00 kills per set and a .615 (24-0-39) attack percentage, while pacing the defense with a 1.13 blocks-per-set average. Gilliland finished both matches without a single hitting error and moved back to the top of the MAC rankings with a .375 (117-21-256) attack percentage for the year.
 
Overall, the Cardinals own the best record in the MAC so far this season at 13-3 (.813). Western Michigan and Toledo are not far behind, at 12-4 (.750) each, while Bowling Green has the best overall record in the MAC East Division at 8-6 (.571).
 
One of the keys to the Cardinals’ strong start to the season has been the team’s ability to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing. Four different Ball State players enter the weekend averaging at least 2.26 kills per set, while six are smashing at least 1.57 kills per set.
 
Graduate transfer outside Jaclyn Bulmahn leads the club with a 2.92 kills-per-set average, while junior opposite Natalie Mitchem is not far behind at 2.60. Third on the squad, graduate transfer outside Emily Hollowell at 2.34.
 
The BSU’s offense is also connecting at a league-best .257 clip this season, ahead of Western Michigan which is hitting .243 as a squad. In fact, the Cardinals have hit .200-or-above in 15 of its 16 matches this season, including finishing last weekend’s two-match series versus Ohio with a .324 rate of success.
 
Playing a large role in guiding the offense has been freshman setter Megan Wielonski who is fourth in the MAC with a 10.13 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.
 
Sophomore defensive specialist Kate Vinson leads the Ball State defense with a 3.45 dig-per-set average. Junior Natalie Risi, who has started at libero for BSU over the last six matches, is second on the team at 2.90 digs per set.
 
At the net, Gilliland leads the squad and is ninth in the league at 0.95 blocks per set, while junior middle Marie Plitt is not far behind at 0.68.
 
As a team, the Cardinals are limiting opponents to a .213 attack percentage and rank fifth in the MAC at 1.98 blocks per set and eighth in the league at 14.56 digs per set.
 
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

  • In addition to leading the MAC and ranking 32nd nationally with a .257 team attack percentage, Ball State features the top two attackers in the league based on attack percentage … Sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland leads the conference and is 52nd nationally at .375, while junior middle Marie Plitt is second in the MAC and 77th nationally at .358.
     
  • Freshman setter Megan Wielonski enters the weekend ranked 13th nationally with her 628 total assists, while her 10.13 assists-per-set average is 60th … Wielonski is also putting up big numbers in the backcourt with nine assist/dig double-doubles in the last 12 matches … In fact, her 163 total digs, including a career-high 21 at Wright State (Sept 3), are third on the squad as is her 2.63 digs-per-set average.
     
  • In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, freshman Megan Wielonski has also proven to be its top server ranking first at 0.48 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 30 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.
     
  • Graduate transfer 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 11 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 Akron with 837 career kills, including 178 so far in her first season at Ball State … Her season-high 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.
     
  • Junior opposite Natalie Mitchem has gotten off to a strong start in 2021, ranking second on the team with a 2.60 kills-per-set average … She has smashed double-digit kills in nine of BSU’s 16 matches, including a season-high 16 in the win over Wright State (Sept. 3) … She’s also turned in a strong effort at the net, averaging 0.66 blocks per set, with at least one block in 15 matches.
     
  • After serving as the team’s libero for the first three weeks of the season, sophomore defensive specialist Kate Vinson anchors the Ball State defense and ranks ninth in the MAC with a 214 total digs … She has collected double-digit digs in 11 of the 16 matches, including a career-high 29 versus Marshall (Sept. 4) … The 29 digs tie as the third-most in a match in the MAC so far this season.
     
  • Junior Natalie Risi transitioned from the outside back to the libero position for the past six, and is now second on the team with a 2.90 digs-per-set average … Since moving to libero for the Northern Kentucky series, Risi is averaging 4.08 digs per set, including a season-high 25 in the Sept. 24 match at Kent State.
     
  • Ball State enters Friday’s match with a 954-623-2 (.605) all-time record in women’s volleyball in its 50th season of play … In addition, the Cardinals own a 404-212 (.656) all-time record in Mid-American Conference play … The only program with a better all-time league mark is Western Michigan at 411-206 (.666) mark … Akron is ninth all-time based on winning percentage at 188-303 (.383), while Buffalo is 12th at 90-298 (.232).
     
  • Ball State holds a commanding 37-5 lead in the all-time series versus Akron, including a pair of wins in the COVID-19 shortened 2020-21 spring season … The Cardinals and Zips opened the spring slate with a pair of matches in Muncie, with BSU sweeping the first match 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-12) on Jan. 22 and winning 3-1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-19) the following evening … Akron’s last win in the series was the last match played at Rhodes Arena, with the Zips rallying from down two sets to win the match 3-2 (21-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-22, 18-16) … Overall, the Cardinals are 16-4 in matches played in Akron.
     
  • Ball State holds an even better record versus Buffalo, entering Saturday’s showdown with a 26-1 all-time mark against the Bulls … The Cardinals have won the last 12 meetings between the two clubs, including a pair of sweeps in the 2020-21 spring season … BSU scored a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-16) win on Jan. 28 and followed with another 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-15) victory Jan. 29 … Buffalo’s lone win in the series came on its home court Oct. 9, 2010 by a score of 3-2 (28-26, 20-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13) … Ball State is 11-1 all-time in matches played in Buffalo.

JAGUARS FALL TO #HLWSOC LEADER MILWAUKEE AT CARROLL

INDIANAPOLIS – Milwaukee’s Taylor Hattori had a goal and an assist and IUPUI was unable to solve the Panthers’ defense as the Jaguars dropped a home contest on Thursday night (Oct. 7), 2-0. IUPUI was able to find some occasional space against the Panthers, but was ultimately outshot 22-10 and 12-3 on frame in the loss. 

Senior goalkeeper AP Woodall was brilliant in making 10 stops in net, but yielded a pair of scores to the potent Milwaukee attack. 

IUPUI (2-10-1, 1-5 HL) just missed striking first blood in the fourth minute when she made a run up the right side and had Milwaukee’s Elaina LaMacchia beaten, but had her shot ring off the far post and back in play. Paige Waskom collected the rebound, but had her shot easily stopped by LaMacchia. 

“I thought that there were some moments in the first half where we created some good opportunities up there. We executed our gameplan of what we’re trying to do where we’d put them in pressure where they’d turn the ball over in their half of the field and just couldn’t quite capitalize like we wanted to,” head coach Chris Johnson said. “I liked their energy and effort in the first half and I thought in the second half we didn’t come out the way we needed to, to kind of jump on top of getting even and getting a goal. 

“I think we’ve got a lot of kids who are still learning and learning what effort level it takes to be successful and on top of the conference. (Milwaukee) is a team that does it 24-7 when you play them and we’re still trying to figure that out a little bit.”

Milwaukee (11-1, 6-0 HL) tallied the game’s first goal in the 26th minute when Hattori drove a shot from just inside the penalty area past Woodall. Maggie Woods freed Hattori who angled past a defender before drilling the go-ahead goal. Hattori later helped setup Kat Van Booven’s insurance goal in the 56th minute. 

After threatening to score in the first half, the IUPUI attack was less pungent in the second half, getting just four shot attempts and none on target. Maya Lacognato had a team-high three shot attempts and Waskom had two, both before intermission. Senior Renae Blevins had one of IUPUI’s best looks of the second half, but had it knocked down by a Milwaukee defender before it got to goal. 

At the other end, Woodall did well to keep the Jaguars in the game, stacking 10 saves for her fourth double-digit effort of the season. Many of her stops came from point blank range to help fend off the league’s top attack. 

Seven different Milwaukee players had multiple shot attempts, paced by Mackenzie Schill’s five attempts. 

The win kept Milwaukee atop the Horizon League standings at a perfect 6-0 while IUPUI is left hovering near the bottom at 1-5 with five matches remaining. 

IUPUI will return to action on Sunday, Oct. 10 when the Jaguars head north to face Detroit Mercy at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN+. 

FB Preview | Sycamores continue MVFC slate with home matchup against Western Illinois

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
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TribStar Appreciation Day
Indiana State Athletics is recognizing the employees of The Tribune-Star at the game on Saturday for their efforts and assistance in working with the Sycamores to promote Indiana State athletics throughout Terre Haute and the entire Wabash Valley.

Student Giveaway: All students attending the game will receive a raffle ticket that they can redeem for a chance to win a prize at the Indiana State – Bradley volleyball match on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at ISU Arena.
 
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 Season Tickets Still on Sale/Mobile Ticketing
Indiana State football season ticket membership renewals and new season ticket memberships are now on sale for the 2021 season. Season tickets start at just $50 for adults and $20 for youth. Faculty, staff, seniors and members of the I-Club can purchase tickets for just $45 while Family Packs are available for just $140. Chairback rentals are available for $20. To find out more, click here.

Game Notes
Keeping the Streak Alive
Indiana State enters the week looking to keep their two-game winning streak against Western Illinois as the Sycamores welcome the Catamounts to Memorial Stadium for their third MVFC matchup of the 2021 season. The Sycamores have won each of the last two contests against the Leathernecks including a 20-10 win in the 2019 season in their last game. The two-game winning streak matches ISU’s longest winning streak in the series which has occurred five separate times throughout the series.
 
Picking up the Conference Win
Indiana State is looking to bounce back after falling in back-to-back weeks to start Missouri Valley Football play. The Sycamores’ last time they started off the season with two consecutive losses was in the 2018 season. Following the two defeats, Indiana State caught fire toward the end of the season going 5-1 down the stretch to post a winning record in conference play for the first time since the 2012 year. The Sycamores will look to recapture that magic heading into a key conference game against the Leathernecks.
 
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.
 
Series Matchup
Western Illinois leads the all-time matchup between the two teams, 26-17, dating back to their first matchup in the 1967 season. The Sycamores have won each of the last two games in the matchup in both the 2018 and 2019 season which tied for their longest winning streak in the series. Eleven of the Sycamores wins in the series have come at home with ISU posting an 11-10 record at their home stadium against the Leathernecks.
 
First Three
November 11, 1967 – vs. Western Illinois – L, 26-7
November 16, 1968 – at Western Illinois – W, 14-10
September 11, 1971 – at Western Illinois – L, 23-21
 
Last Three
November 11, 2017 – vs. Western Illinois – L, 45-0
November 17, 2018 – at Western Illinois, W, 15-13
October 12, 2019 – vs. Western Illinois – W, 20-10
 
On This Date
Indiana State has played in 11 games on October 9 in program history and has posted a 2-9 overall record on the date. The Sycamores and Leathernecks have competed against each other once previously on October 9 with Western Illinois taking the 29-27 win.
 
On This Date
1937 – Ball State – L, 7-0
1948 – St. Joseph’s (Ind.) – L, 7-0
1954 – St. Joseph’s (Ind.) – L, 21-20
1965 – Ball State – L, 52-15
1971 – Ball State – L, 20-17
1976 – Northern Illinois – W, 28-10
1982 – Maryland – L, 38-0
1993 – Northern Iowa – L, 17-10
1999 – Illinois State – L, 20-17
2004 – at Western Illinois – L, 29-27
2010 – Illinois State – W, 59-24
 
Opponent Information
Western Illinois was selected 11th overall in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll as voted on by the conference’s head coaches, media members, and sports information personnel. The Leathernecks received 83 total points in the poll after a 1-5 spring season where they picked up a win over Youngstown State, before their final two weeks of the season were called due to COVID concerns.
 
Senior wide receiver Dennis Houston was recognized on the conference’s preseason First Team, while fellow wideout Tony Tate earned Second Team recognition. Quarterback Connor Sampson, offensive lineman William Waddell, and punter Adam Fellner were also recognized on the preseason honorable mention squad.
 
The Western Illinois offense has been clicking over the past few weeks as the Leathernecks have averaged 41.33 points per game in their last three contests, including a 62-56 shootout loss to Eastern Washington. The Leathernecks put up 38 points in their lone win of the 2021 season two weeks ago against Youngstown State, while their comeback attempt this past weekend against Southern Illinois fell short in overtime in the 31-30 loss.
 
Key to their success this season has been the quarterback play of the aforementioned Sampson. He currently leads the MVFC in pass attempts (199), completions (135), touchdowns (12), and yards (282.40). Sampson is also second overall in the conference in total offense per game at 274.4. Four different wide receivers have at least 15 catches in the WIU offense paced byt Houston and Tate.
 
The wide receiver duo of Houston and Tate have also wasted little time asserting their dominance early this year. Houston currently leads the MVFC in all-purpose yards per game (134.6), while Tate is ninth in the individual statistics (78.2). Houston (124.4) is the lone wide receiver in the conference to average over 100-yards receiving per game and his 41 receptions on the year are 12 more than his closest competitor in the category (29, Landon Lenoir – SIU).
 
The defensive talents of Darius Joiner and Michael Lawson pave the way for the Western Illinois unit in the 2021 season. Joiner leads the way with 66 tackles on the year and has added 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack. Lawson is close behind his teammate with 57 tackles, while his four interceptions lead the MVFC. Lawson also is first in the conference with four forced fumbles.
 
Larkin Does It All
Redshirt senior tight end Zach Larkin has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Indiana State offense in the 2021 season. Larkin has posted back-to-back five-catch games, scored receiving touchdowns against Northwestern and South Dakota, lined up as the Sycamores Wildcat quarterback in short-yardage situations, and the former quarterback even completed his first pass of the season against the Coyotes. Larkin’s ability to make things happen when the ball is in his hands has been vital to the Indiana State offense on the year and he enters the week having caught at least one pass in 12 consecutive games, while coming off a career-high 42 receiving yard game against USD. He is expected to once again be among the team leaders this weekend in a key matchup against Western Illinois.
 
Kerlegrand Among Conference Leaders
Senior running back Peterson Kerlegrand is one of just a few ballcarriers in the Missouri Valley Conference that can be labeled a true workhorse in the 2021 season as the season nears its midway point on the schedule. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native is second in the MVFC in total carries on the year (72) and is one of just three backs to eclipse the 70-rush mark on the season. Kerlegrand has a pair of 70-yard efforts on the year in the opener against Eastern Illinois and two weeks ago against South Dakota State, while he’s eclipsed 10-plus carries in all five Indiana State games in the 2021 season. Additionally, Kerlegrand is tied for fourth on the team with five receptions for 67 yards and is tied for the team lead with two 20-plus yard catches on the year.
 
Morgan Catches Everything
Wide receiver Rontrez Morgan continues to define the possession receiver role for the Indiana State offense in the 2021 season as the senior wide receiver sits third overall in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in total receptions. Morgan added four more catches to his team-leading total this past weekend against South Dakota to sit third in the conference with 26 grabs on the year. The Jacksonville, Fla. native has provided a key security blanket for the Sycamores quarterbacks on the season and has been among the team leaders in receiving yards through the first five games. He also reached double-digits in consecutive games with multiple catches dating back to the 2019 season as he continues to expand on his best year in the Sycamore Blue & White.
 
Thompson Showcases Versatility
Anthony Thompson showcased a little bit of everything this past weekend in the Sycamores’ loss to South Dakota. The redshirt senior quarterback finished 16-of-24 through the air for 135 yards and a touchdown, while adding six rushing carries in the contest. The Chicago, Ill. native was also on the receiving end of one of the Sycamores top passing plays of the season as Thompson took the throwback pass from Zach Larkin down the left sideline for a 30-yard pickup in their touchdown drive against the Coyotes. Thompson leads the team in passing yards (515) and passing touchdowns (3), while also sitting second on the team with 26 rushing attempts on the year.
 
Spreading the Ball Around
Indiana State’s quarterbacks have been able to spread the ball around to the wealth of targets in the offense this season. The Sycamores have completed passes to 12 different players on the year with Daijon Collins and Anthony Thompson adding their names to the list this past weekend against South Dakota. Rontrez Morgan leads the team with 26 catches on the year, while Phazione McClurge (15) and Zach Larkin (16) are also in double-digits on the year. Overall, 10 different players have recorded multiple catches in the Sycamores offense this season.
 
Limiting the turnovers
Indiana State’s struggles over the last three weeks can be attributed to the Sycamores struggling in the turnover battle. Indiana State has turned the ball over five times over the last three contests, including two games with at least two interceptions – including a pick-six in the eventual win over Eastern Kentucky. The Sycamores offense has worked best this year when it’s featured a ball-control set and is moving the chains consistently on the year. Western Illinois sits 17th in the FCS in turnovers gained on the year with 10 and will look to keep the pressure on the Sycamores offense this weekend.

Sycamore Volleyball Set for Three Match Homestand Beginning Friday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball is set to continue Missouri Valley Conference action with three matches inside ISU Arena beginning Friday. The Sycamores host Illinois State Friday, Bradley Saturday and Southern Illinois Monday. All three matches are slated to begin at 6 p.m. ET. Friday’s match will air on ESPN+ while Monday’s match can be seen on ESPN3.
 
Climbing the Ladder
Melina Tedrow continues to claw her way up the Indiana State record book — now at 1,414 career digs. She is now just eight digs away from fourth in the record book after recording 18 against Loyola. Kelly Spisak (2001-04) currently sits in fourth with 1,422 career digs while Kiya James (2008-11) is third with 1,706 career digs.
 
Getting Defensive
Indiana State has crept their way into the top-50 nationally in digs. The Sycamores rank 46th overall and fourth in the MVC with 16.28 digs per set. Melina Tedrow leading the way at libero. She sits at 76th in the nation with 4.54 digs per set as an individual.
 
Going Both Ways
Indiana State ranks third in the MVC as a team, hitting .235 while on the flip side holding opponents to a .182 hitting percentage. Karinna Gall (128 K) and Madeline Williams (103 K) rank 12th and 14th, respectively in the MVC. Williams also sits in the top-10 in MVC play with 0.92 blocks per set.
 
At Your Service
Sycamore setter Chloe Mason leads the MVC with .53 aces per set. Her 19 aces in 36 sets ranks 15th in the nation. Last weekend, the junior recorded a total of four service aces. She has recorded at least one ace in each match played and a season-high four in a win over Eastern Illinois (9/17).
 
Setting the Tone
Emma Kaelin and Chloe Mason both rank in the top 10 in the MVC in assists per set. Kaelin is averaging 6.02 with Mason right behind her at 5.72. Kaelin leads the team in assists and has seven matches with 20 or more assists. She picked up a season high 42 assists in a win at Belmont (9/4). Mason has picked up 20 or more assists in four matches, including a pair of 32 assist matches.
 
#500
With an undefeated weekend at the Music City Invitational, Sycamore volleyball earned their 500th victory in program history. Indiana State clinched victory 500 on Saturday evening, defeating Belmont, 3-1, on the Bruins home court. The Sycamores’ first official year of volleyball was 1977.

Beacons-Ramblers Selected for CBS Sports Network Distribution

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program has added another national television date as the Missouri Valley Conference revealed its CBS Sports Network slate on Thursday.

Valpo’s short trip west to visit Loyola on Chicago’s north side on Tuesday, Jan. 11 will receive national television exposure as the Beacons and Ramblers will tip at 8 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.

Valpo fell 54-52 to the No. 22/23 Ramblers in a near upset the last time the team competed in Gentile Arena – Feb. 17 of last season. The CBS Sports Network game will mark the second of two national TV appearances for Valpo during the 2021-2022 conference slate, both road games against NCAA Tournament teams from last season. The defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Ramblers went 26-5 overall and 16-2 in MVC play a year ago en route to a Sweet Sixteen appearance.

Valpo’s other national television date is Dec. 2 at Drake on ESPNU. The conference office will reveal the MVC TV Network (Bally Sports Network / NBC Sports Chicago) package on Friday.

Valpo is no stranger to national television exposure, as the game at Loyola will mark the program’s 66th national television appearance since 2010-11. In addition, this marks the 107th time in that span that Valpo Basketball has appeared on either national or regional television.  

Dons Head South to Northern Kentucky and Wright State This Weekend

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Fresh off of two wins, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will visit Northern Kentucky and Wright State on Friday and Saturday.


Game Day Information
Who: Northern Kentucky, Wright State
When: Friday, October 8 – Saturday, October 9
Where: Highland Heights, Ky. | Dayton, Ohio
Live Stats: NKU | WSU
Watch: NKU | WSU

Series History
• Purdue Fort Wayne and NKU have met 43 times since 1982, but have only played three times since 2001. The two played 39 matches in the Division II era for both squads, with 17 of them coming in the GLVC. NKU took the last meeting 3-0 in the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational.

• Wright State has a 12-10 advantage in the series history also dating back to 1982. These two teams have only met once as Horizon League foes, a 3-0 win for the Raiders in the league Tournament.

Know Your Foes
• Northern Kentucky is 6-6, 2-1 in the Horizon League with league wins over Wright State, Green Bay and Robert Morris. The Norse beat preseason favorite Wright State in five sets behind 18 kills from Anna Brinkmann and 16 from Reilly Briggs. Their only loss in Horizon League play came to Milwaukee. The Norse are coming off a 3-1 win over Robert Morris. The Norse are led by Brinkmann, who is averaging 4.14 kills per set. Miranda Wucherer is one of two primary setters, but she also plays right side in the 6-2 system. She has two triple-doubles this season.

• Wright State is 10-6 and 2-2 in Horizon League play. The Raiders’ season has been highlighted by a 3-2 win over Big Ten foe Michigan State. WSU’s first league win was a 3-0 match at Green Bay, in which Callie Martin had 11 kills. The Raiders are coming off a 3-0 win over Youngstown State. Offensively, Wright State spreads out its attack, with five players in starting roles that average between 2.0 and 3.0 points per set. The Raiders will host IUPUI prior to welcoming the ‘Dons.

No One Has Played More
No Division I institution has played more volleyball than Purdue Fort Wayne this season. The Mastodons are leading the country with 74 sets played. Marist and Marshall are the next closest, having played 71 sets each.

Leader For a Reason
Katie Crowe has led the Mastodons in kills in all but two matches this season. She has 257 kills, 71 more than the next player on the team: Maggie Castleman. The only matches where Crowe did not lead the team, at No. 9 Purdue and at Robert Morris, Castleman led the team.

Saturday Night Five
The Mastodons have played six five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State, Liberty, Green Bay, UIC and Oakland). Purdue Fort Wayne opened Horizon League play with three five-set matches in its first four games.

Double Trouble
Katie Crowe has 10 double-doubles this season, with 55 total in her career. She had three consecutive against SIUE (17k, 10d), Evansville (12k, 11d) and Kent State (13k, 12d). She then got back to her double-double ways with one at Western Michigan with 15 kills and 12 digs. She recorded her 50th double-double against Old Dominion with 21 kills and 10 digs. Most recently, she got a pair of double-doubles at Robert Morris and Youngstown State.

That Tends to Happen When You’re Around Forever!
Katie Crowe ranks 22nd in NCAA Division I in career kills with 1,449 and 10th in the country in career sets played with 479.

Diggin’ Up Everything
Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and top-15 in career digs.
Digs Per Set
1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)
3. Rachael Crucis (4.39, 2019-present)
4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)
5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)

Digs
11. Nicole Rightnowar (1,348, 2015-18)
12. Sarah Leffers (1,290, 2000-03)
13. Julie Parrot (1,248, 1993-96)
14. Kendall Wienkes (1,184, 2011-14)
15. Rachael Crucis (1,138, 2019-present)

Dishing ’em Out
Madison Gates is in the program’s top-10 in career assists.
6. Kris Wilder (3,818, 1987-90)
7. Jessica Dominiak (3,326, 2005-08)
8. Jill Lyon (2,975, 1990-93)
9. Madison Spence (2,168, 2011-14)
10. Madison Gates (1,814, 2018-present)

Moving Up the Career Charts
Katie Crowe is in the top-10 in program history in kills, digs, aces, sets played and matches played.
Kills
3. Laura Douglas (1,904, 1997-00)
4. Nicole Rightnowar (1,584, 2015-18)
5. Rebekah Roehm (1,506, 2006-09)
6. Andi Reichhart (1,502, 1994-97)
7. Katie Crowe (1,449, 2017-present)

Digs
5. Cynara Martins (1,455, 2004-07)
6. Fabiana Souza (1,434, 2002-05)
7. Emily Spencer (1,403, 2011-14)
8. Olivia Hahn (1,398, 2013-16)
9. Katie Crowe (1,387, 2017-present)

Aces
6. Deanna Brown (144, 1998-01)
7. Janna Plummer (138, 1988-91)
8. Lisa Zehr (135, 1985-88)
9. Amy Luben (133, 1994-97)
10. Katie Crowe (123, 2017-present)

Sets Played
3. Emily Spencer (484, 2011-14)
4. Peachy Jankowski (482, 2004-07)
5. Jen Milligan (480, 2010-13)
5. Kendall Wienkes (480, 2011-14)
7. Katie Crowe (479, 2017-present)

Matches Played
4. Peachy Jankowski (132, 2004-07)
5. Rebekah Roehm (130, 2006-09)
5. Fabiana Souza (130, 2002-05)
5. Amy Luben (130, 1994-97)
5. Katie Crowe (130, 2017-present)

Last Time Out
The Mastodons beat Robert Morris and Youngstown State 3-1 and 3-0, respectively.

Coming Up


The Mastodons have a home contest against Cleveland State on Tuesday, October 12.

Swimming & Diving Opens Season Saturday At EIU

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After a record-breaking spring 2021 campaign, the University of Evansville swimming and diving teams will take to the pool for the first time this fall on Saturday, as the Purple Aces will travel to Charleston, Illinois to battle Eastern Illinois in a dual meet.  The meet will begin at 1 p.m.

Evansville set three men’s school records and six women’s school records in the pool last season.  Overall, the Purple Aces have broken 13 different school records combined in head coach Stuart Wilson’s first two seasons as head coach.  The Purple Aces return 32 total letterwinners – 16 men and 16 women –including 11 different record-holders at UE.

“Training has been going very well so far this fall,” said Wilson.  “We are working on several different areas that will help the team perform even better this season, and this team has total trust in the training that we are doing.

“The attitude of this team has been incredible.  Getting back to training consistently has been a big breath of fresh air, and this team is excited to be able to do things that they couldn’t do last year.”

On the women’s side, junior school record-holders Sage Moore (Lexington, OH/Lexington), Sarah Jahns (Lilburn, GA/Parkview) and Maya Cunningham (Yakima, WA/Eisenhower) anchor the various disciplines for UE.  Moore, who earned honorable mention all-Missouri Valley Conference honors a year ago, set the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.74) last spring, while also posting the second-fastest 100-yard breaststroke time (1:03.93) in school history.

“Sage is one of the hardest workers on the team,” said Wilson.  “She gives everything that she has in the pool, dryland and in the weight room, and she has gained a lot more confidence this past year.  She will once again be a leader for us this year.”

Cunningham, meanwhile, rewrote the record book in the 200 butterfly, as the honorable mention all-MVC swimmer broke UE’s school record by over a second with a time of 2:03.19.  Jahns, another honorable mention all-Valley swimmer in 2021, meanwhile set school records in both the 1,000 free (10:14.99) and the 200 backstroke (2:00.65), shattering those records by seconds.

“Sarah is so competitive, and she does so much for our program both in the distance events and the backstroke,” said Wilson.  “Maya has also been tremendous for us in the butterfly events, and both have been very consistent in training this fall.”

Honorable mention all-MVC relay record-holders Iryna Tsesiul (Minsk, Belarus – sophomore backstroke) and Jessie Steele (Houston, TX – senior freestyler) also return for the Aces.  Senior captains Emily Vasquez (Huntsville, AL/St. John Paul II) and Nicolette Wickes (San Antonio, TX/Johnson) will provide leadership and depth in the freestyle and butterfly events.  UE will also return four of its divers from a year ago – honorable mention all-MVC senior Maggie Franz (Mundelein, IL/Mundelein), fellow seniors Fae-Siri Keighley (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Sarah Kempf (Greenwood, IN/Center Grove), and sophomore Madison Rollett (Evansville, IN/Reitz).

On the men’s side, junior co-captain Riccardo Di Domenico (Johannesburg, South Africa) returns after breaking the school record in the 100 butterfly (48:49), while also nearly breaking two of the oldest records on file at UE in the 100 (45.03) and 200 (1:38.38) freestyle events.  Di Domenico’s freestyle times rank as the second-fastest in UE history, and were within tenths of a second away from records that have stood since 2001 at Evansville.

“As good as Riccardo has been for us, he still has even more room for improvement, which is a great thing to think about as a coach,” said Wilson.  “He trains hard in every practice and never lets a good practice go to waste.  I expect him to make more noise in the Mid-American Conference this year.”

Sophomore Jackson Caudill (Mount Sterling, KY/Montgomery County) returns after smashing the school record in the 1,000-free by over five seconds with a time of 9:37.82.  Senior Oskar Menkhaus (Davidson, N.C./William A. Hough) also is a record-holder for UE, as he set the 500-yard free mark in 2020 with a time of 4:31.60.  Sophomore Grant Kay (Ellicott City, MD/Hebron) will help add depth in the mid-distance freestyle events, having posted top 10 times at UE in both the 500 and 1,000-free.  In all, UE has established new school records in three of the six freestyle distances in the past two years under Wilson.

“As good as our freestyle group has been, it has gotten even stronger with the freshman class coming in,” said Wilson.  “I really believe that we will open some eyes in the conference in the freestyle event with the group that we have this year.

Senior co-captain Zeke Metz (Topeka, KS/Seaman) and junior Max Dehen (Ramsey, MN/Anoka) also own parts of relay school records at UE, and both will help in the IM discipline.  Metz and Di Domenico will help lead a talented group of butterfly swimmers, as both senior EE Tan (Selangor, Malaysia) and junior Griffin Hammett (Loganville, GA/Loganville) posted times in UE’s career Top 10 a season ago.  Grad student Pierce Lively (Ringgold, GA/Heritage) also owns one of the 10 fastest times in the 100 breast for UE, while junior Sam Leatherwood (Loveland, OH/Milford) posted the seventh-fastest time in the 100 backstroke last season.

UE volleyball begins 3-match homestand on Friday

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After taking to the road for its first three Missouri Valley Conference matches, the University of Evansville volleyball team is at Meeks Family Fieldhouse for its next three contests.  That stretch begins this weekend with a Friday match at 6 p.m. versus Bradley and a Saturday contest against Illinois State beginning at 5 p.m.

Last Time Out
– Facing Valparaiso on the road Saturday evening, the Purple Aces fell in a hard-fought match by a 3-1 final
– Giulia Cardona led UE with 17 digs and 16 kills while Alondra Vazquez added 14 kills and 8 digs…Taya Haffner had one of her top outings, recording 45 assists, 12 digs and a pair of service aces
 
Another 40+ Performance
– Freshman Taya Haffner fell just one shy of her career mark with 45 assists on Saturday at Valpo while adding 12 digs and 2 aces
– Haffner’s average of 10.80 assists per set continues to pace the MVC while ranking 22nd in the country and 5th among all freshmen nationally
– She rebounded nicely from a season-low 20-assist contest at Loyola to pick up 45 the next night…it marked the fourth time in the fall that she has had 40+ helpers
– The return home should be a positive for Haffner, who registered 13.2 assists/set in two home matches including 43 versus Murray State, her top total in a 3-set match
– Starting her college career in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., Haffner averaged 12.33 assists and 3.00 digs on her way to a spot on the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational All-Tournament Team
 
On the Cusp
– With a total of 1,141 kills in her career, Alondra Vazquez is knocking on the door of UE’s career top ten list
– Laura Seib (1982-85) is currently 10th on the Aces list with 1,215
– Vazquez is also quickly approaching the top ten list for digs – Vazquez currently stands with 1,076 in her career and is closing in on Erica Haukap (2002-05), who is 10th with 1,137
 
Holding Her Own
– Things are coming together for freshman Madisyn Steele, who has picked up 8+ kills in two of her last four outings
– Her career kill mark came against Murray State where she finished with 10 while most recently, she recorded 8 at Valpo
– Steele has hit .636 or higher in three of the last five matches
– She earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the home-opening Dunn Hospitality Tournament
– With 0.81 blocks per set, Steele is second for UE – she has picked up one solo and 24 block assists in the last 26 frames

Homecoming Week On Tap for UIndy Football

WEEK 6
vs. McKendree Bearcats (2-3, 1-0 GLVC)
Saturday  |  October 9  |  6 p.m. ET

It’s Homecoming Week, and the Greyhounds welcome the McKendree Bearcats to Key Stadium Saturday night. UIndy fans and alumni have become accustomed to success at this annual event, as the Hounds have won nine consecutive Homecoming games and 13 of their last 14.

Including an exciting Homecoming meeting in 2016, McKendree has yet to defeat the Hounds in nine meetings all-time. Every game has been decided by 10 points or more, including a minimum of 28 points in each of the last three meetings. Last spring, UIndy earned a convincing 51-23 win in front of a COVID-limited crowd.

HOUNDS vs. BEARCATS McKendree has yet to defeat the Hounds in the teams’ all-time series, with UIndy a perfect 9-0 since they first hooked up in 2012. Every game has been decided by 10 points or more, including a minimum of 28 points in the last three meetings. The previous meeting came last spring at Key Stadium and ended in a 51-23 final. Trailing 16-7 midway through the second quarter, UIndy ran off four unanswered touchdowns to take control and later forced three McKendree interceptions in the second half to help ice it. QB Bryce Stancombe threw for 325 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, RB Toriano Clinton rushed for 147 yards, while CB Kasyus Kurns had a pair of picks.

LAST TIME OUT UIndy opened GLVC play last weekend with an impressive 77-10 rout at Southwest Baptist. The Greyhounds racked up a gaudy 601 yards of total offense on the way to the highest point total in Division II this season, as well as their highest total ever in a road contest and their most in any game since putting up a school-record 97 points versus Oakland City back in 1928.

RUSH WEEK The Hounds did the majority of their damage at SBU on the ground. Led by a record-breaking output from Toriano Clinton, UIndy totaled 448 rushing yards – most by the Hounds in the GLVC era (since 2012). Clinton racked up all of his 197 yards in the first quarter, setting a new NCAA Division II record for most rushing yards in a single quarter. Meanwhile, all four UIndy running backs on the trip garnered at least 11 carries, with Lenny Bennett (96 yds, 2 TDs), Kellen Porter (76 yds, 2 TDs) and JaQuan Buchanan (72 yds, 1 TD) joining Clinton as prominent contributors to the box score. Quarterback Bryce Stancombe got in on the action as well, scoring his first career rushing touchdown in the first quarter.

MEN’S BASKETBALL MODIFIES OPENING WEEKEND SCHEDULE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team has canceled their season opening Marian Classic on October 29 and 30, as one of the three teams in the field had to back out. The Knights will still open their season that weekend, hosting Simmons College of Kentucky at 6 PM on Ocotber 30. The game will be aired on the ISC Sports Network. 

Marian now has a total of 29 games scheduled for this season, and will look to add one more non-conference bout.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST 3, IU KOKOMO 1

CENTERVILLE, Ind. – A well-rested Indiana University East women’s soccer team returned to the field Oct. 7 and earned a 3-1 River States Conference win against Indiana University Kokomo.

The Red Wolves, who were playing their first match since Sept. 25, improved to 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference. 

IU Kokomo is 3-7-1 overall and 3-3 in the league.

Despite weeklong predictions of rain, the match was played with sunlight peeking through clouds before a good-sized crowd at Centerville High School.

Shelby O’Leary opened the scoring in the 15th minute when she found the goal from short distance off of a nice feed from Sophie Pohlabel.

Tori Martino provided the insurance goal in the 78th minute on a penalty kick after McKenna Kleinrichert drew a foul in the box.

The PK opened a flurry of scoring in the final minutes. Kleinrichert got a goal of her own on a breakaway created by a Pohlabel pass in the 82nd minute. IU Kokomo got its only goal one minute later.

The home team won for the first time in the IU East-IU Kokomo series. The teams had traded 1-0 wins on each other’s home fields in the first two meetings.

IU East stays at home to face Brescia University on Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. in the first match of a women’s-men’s RSC doubleheader at Centerville High School.

CROSS COUNTRY: IU EAST AT BRESCIA INVITATIONAL PREVIEW

The Indiana University East cross country teams make their debut under new coach Cam Tiberg on Oct. 8 at the Brescia University Invitational.

The meet will be held at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Ky. The 8K men’s race is at 5:30 p.m. (IU East time). The 5K women’s event is at 6:15 p.m. (IU East time).

FOLLOW THE MEET

Yellow Creek Park is located at 5710 KY-144 in Owensboro, Ky. Owensboro is on Central time.

Live results are scheduled to be available at https://results.midsouthracetiming.com/meets/11366.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East is back on the course for the first time since Sept. 18, when the Red Wolves hosted their own IU East Invitational. The Red Wolf women were third in their home event. Savannah Hart was fourth in the individual standings with a 5K time of 21:39. The IU East men were fourth at their home meet. Liam Nelson was 12th in the individual standings in an 8K mark of 30:03.

* This will be IU East’s first meet with new coach Cam Tiberg, who began his duties on Oct. 1.

* This meet starts a busy 29-day stretch for the Red Wolves which could include three meets leading up to the River States Conference Championship at IU East on Nov. 6.

* Yellow Creek Park was the site of the conference meet in 2011 and 2018.

VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST AT #17 TAYLOR PREVIEW

The Indiana University East volleyball team steps out of conference play for a match at No. 17 Taylor University on Oct. 8.

Match time is 6 p.m. at Taylor’s Odle Arena.

IU East enters the match with a 12-7 record. Taylor is 21-4.

FOLLOW THE MATCH

Taylor University is located at 236 West Reade Avenue in Upland, Ind.

Online tickets are available for $5 at https://www.taylortrojans.com/tickets.

Live video and live stats, produced by Taylor, are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the match recap and box score.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* This will be IU East’s third match this season against a Top 25 opponent. The Red Wolves also seek the program’s first NAIA win against Taylor.

* IU East looks to bounce back from a five-set home loss Oct. 2 against Indiana University Southeast, a result that snapped a seven-match winning streak.

Jessica Swimm (3.63 kills per set), Teah Barrett Matthews (.332 hitting average), Reece Shirley (8.83 assists per set), Jenna Mitchell (.54 aces per set), Sammei Fulkerson-Bird (3.78 digs per set) and Sheridan Phillips (.76 blocks per set) are IU East’s leaders in the standard stats categories.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 4 Taylor Maintains Position in Latest Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Taylor women’s cross country squad held its position as the No. 4 team in the nation, as announced in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll released on Thursday.

The Trojans tallied a total of 519 points in the voting, trailing behind No. 1 St. Francis (Ill.) with 591 points, No. 2 Milligan with 570 points and No. 3 Cornerstone with 555.  

TU continued its streak of being ranked inside the top-25. This is the 67th-straight poll Taylor has been ranked, with 55 of those ratings coming inside the top-10.

The Taylor women went up against top teams in the nation at the Louisville Classic on October 2, competing in the Gold Race compiled of NCAA Division I, II and top-ranked NAIA teams. The Trojans finished 38th place overall, but ended as the third-fastest NAIA school in the race behind No. 1 St. Francis and No. 3 Cornerstone. TU’s Ahna VanderWall led the Trojans, posting a personal-best time of 18:43.6 and finishing 185th-of-399 competitors.

The No. 4 Taylor women will return to action on October 23 for the Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Slip to No. 5 in Cross Country Ratings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Taylor men’s cross country team slipped two positions in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, from No. 3 to the No. 5-ranked team in the nation, as announced on Thursday.

TU accumulated 504 points in the voting, trailing behind No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan with 578 points and No. 2 Saint Mary (Kan.) with 575. No. 3 St. Francis (Ill.) tallied 554 points and No. 4 Milligan earned 525 points to jump ahead of the Trojans in this poll.

The Purple and Gold have been ranked inside the top-25 for 59-consecutive polls.

The Taylor men put together a strong performance at the loaded Louisville Classic on October 2, competing in the Gold Race against NCAA Division I, II and top-ranked NAIA teams. TU placed 21st overall and finished as the second-best NAIA school in the race, ending behind No. 3 St. Francis. Daniel Gerber and Alex Helmuth paced the Purple and Gold, clocking impressive career-best times and ending inside the top-40. Gerber posted a time of 24:04.7, finishing 30th-of-353 runners and claiming the second-fastest 8k time in TU program history. Helmuth ended with the third-fastest 8k time in TU history, finishing in 24:13.1 and 37th place overall.

The No. 5 Taylor men will return to action on October 23 for the Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Trailblazer Bowling season in full swing after first two tournaments

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Bowling season is underway and the Trailblazers are currently the 37th best team in the country.

The Blazers first hit the road to take part in the Golden Eagle Invite in Rockford, Ill, where VU placed 13 out of 22 teams, with a team score of 8597.

VU was led by sophomore Dylan Mollo (Centerville, Ind.) who finished with a total of 1291 in six games for the Blazers, which was good for a seventh-place finish as an individual.

Freshmen Reyce Buchanan (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Alex Wiles (Bloomington, Ind.) followed closely behind with Buchanan finishing with 1263 and Wiles ending at 1172.

Buchanan’s score was good enough for a Top-10 finish, placing 10th on the individual leaderboard.

Freshman Brighton Lucas (Salem, Ind.) shot a 839 in five games and freshman Garrison Taladay (Terre Haute, Ind.) ended with a 658 in four games.

Freshmen William Keene (Sullivan, Ind.), Michael Zimmerman (Highland, Ind.) and junior Lucas Breckenridge (Martinsville, Ind.) all bowled one game each, with Keene finishing with a 162, Breckenridge 159 and Zimmerman 153.

This past weekend the Trailblazers hit the road again to take part in the Midwest Collegiate Championships in Wauwatosa, Wis.

“The Midwest Championship was a Tier One tournament,” VU Bowling coach Stephen Mohn said. “Tier One tournaments tend to have bigger crowds and normally consist of the top talent in the country or region.”

“We did better in Wisconsin than our first tournament,” Mohn added. “We finished 17th against much tougher competition out of 41 teams.”

The Trailblazers finished just 280 pins out of the Top-10 or roughly 17 pins per game.

“We had a few guys that weren’t quite themselves and our spare shooting wasn’t quite as sharp, but we had a few pretty large Baker games and overall we just grinded all weekend.”

“Our team is still learning how to grind and how to become shot makers,” Mohn said. “But the team had a great time. Our team chemistry is fantastic and our best weeks are yet to come.”

Vincennes as a team, finished with a team score of 5706 in six games, with a 3095 score in Baker games, good for a total team score of 8801.

The Blazers had three bowlers finish with average scores above 200 pins, with Brighton Lucas leading the team with 1230 pins or 205 per game.

Dylan Mollo and Reyce Buchanan also broke the 1200 pin mark, with Mollo finishing with 1227 or 204.5 per game and Buchanan ending at 1201 or 200.2 pins per game.

Alex Wiles placed fourth for the Blazers with a total score of 1032 in six games.

Garrison Taladay and Michael Zimmerman rounded out the VU scorers with Taladay ending with 717 pins in four games and Zimmerman hitting 299 in two games for the Blazers.

The VU Bowling team will be on the road again this weekend as they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to take part in the Orange & Black Tournament, Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1904       Jimmy Barrett becomes the first major leaguer to play 162 games in a season, 57 years before the schedule expands from 154 contests to 162. The Tigers outfielder accomplished the unusual feat because Detroit played in ten tie games during the season.

1908       In a make-up contest necessitated by Fred Merkle’s baserunning blunder on September 23, Three Finger Brown outduels Christy Mathewson, 4-2, as the Cubs win the National League pennant by one game over the Giants in one of the most dramatic pennant races of all time.

1915       The Phillies take Game 1 of the World Series when Grover Cleveland Alexander throws a complete game, beating the Red Sox at the Baker Bowl, 3-1. Unfortunately for the franchise, the triumph will be the team’s last victory in the Fall Classic for 65 years.

1922       Behind Art Nehf’s complete-game five-hitter, the Giants repeat as World Champions, sweeping the Yankees in five games, including one tie. George Kelly’s RBI single fuels the comeback 5-3 victory during the three-run eighth inning at the Polo Grounds.

1927       In the bottom of the ninth of Game 4, Pirates right-hander Johnny Miljus loads the bases with no outs but gets Lou Gehrig to strike out swinging and strikes out Bob Meusel looking. The 32 year-old Pittsburgh hurler, facing Tony Lazzeri with two outs and a 0-1 count, throws a wild pitch, and Earle Combs races home with the winning run to give the Yankees the Fall Classic sweep of the Bucs and the team’s second world championship.

1929       In front of 50,000 fans at Wrigley Field, surprise starter Howard Ehmke establishes a new World Series record, striking out 13 Cubs en route to a 3-1 A’s victory in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. The mark will last for 34 years until Dodger hurler Carl Erskine fans 14 Yankees in 1953.

1939       In the top of the tenth, Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio scores from first base when Reds’ catcher Ernie Lombardi lies in a daze at home plate after being run over by ‘King Kong’ Charlie Keller. The Bronx Bombers score three runs thanks to ‘Lombardi’s Swoon,’ winning the game, 7-4, to complete the World Series sweep and become the first club to win four consecutive Fall Classics.

1940       With the Reds’ 2-1 victory over the Tigers in Game 7 of the Fall Classic, Bill McKechnie becomes the first manager to win a World Series with two different teams. The ‘Deacon’ also piloted the Pirates to a World Championship, beating Washington in seven games in the 1925 Fall Classic.

1948       Facing only thirty batters, Indians’ rookie hurler Gene Bearden five-hits the Braves for a 2-0 victory in front of 70,000 fans in Cleveland. The Tribe takes a 2-1 World Series game lead.

1953       Birmingham bans Jackie Robinson’s Negro-White All-Stars from playing in the city. After Robinson gives in and drops the team’s white players, city officials allow the team to play.

1956       Don Larsen pitches the first perfect game in World Series history, defeating the Dodgers, 2-0 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic at Yankee Stadium. The 27 year-old right-hander, who had a poor start in Game 2 because of a lack of control, throws only 97 pitches, striking out pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell looking for the final out.

1957       Club President Walter O’Malley makes it official, announcing the Dodgers will play in Los Angeles next season. The club’s departure from Brooklyn corresponds with the massive social shift taking place in the borough that finds many of its former residents leaving for the suburbs of Long Island.

1959       Chicago’s speed and quickness weren’t enough to overcome Los Angeles’ hitting and pitching when the ‘Go-Go Sox’ drop a 9-3 decision, losing the World Series in six games to the Dodgers, who win their first championship representing the City of Angels. In the Comiskey Park, LA’s Chuck Essegian sets a record with his ninth-inning shot off of Ray Moore to become the first player to hit two pinch-hit homers in the Fall Classic.

1961       In Game 4 at Crosley Field, Whitey Ford blanks the Reds for five innings to extend his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak to 32, breaking Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth’s previous record of 29.2 innings. Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer provide the offense, driving in two runs each in the Yankee 6-0 victory.

1962       In Game 4 of the World Series, Chuck Hiller’s seventh-inning grand slam off Marshall Bridges proves to be the difference in the Giants’ 7-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. The infielder’s bases-loaded homer, the first by a National Leaguer in the history of the Fall Classic, helps to even the series at two games apiece.

1966       The Orioles managed only three hits off Claude Osteen, but Paul Blair’s fifth-inning 430-foot home run proves to be the difference as Baltimore beats the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series, 1-0. Wally Bunker throws a six-hitter, getting the victory in the first Fall Classic game ever played in Baltimore.

1967       Boston’s Ken Brett becomes the youngest player ever to pitch in the World Series when he appears in relief against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the Fall Classic. The 19 year-old Red Sox rookie southpaw, the older brother of future Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, tosses a scoreless eighth inning, yielding a walk in the team’s 6-0 loss at Busch Stadium.

1972       After being drilled by a pitch in Game 2 of the ALCS, Bert Campaneris, 3-for-3 on the day, hurls his bat at Tiger pitcher Lerrin LaGrow, resulting in both players ejected from the game. In addition to levying a $500 fine, MLB suspends A’s shortstop for the rest of this series and five games to start next season but will be permitted to play in the World Series.

1973       In Game 3 of the NLCS, best remembered for the Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson brawl started when the New York feisty shortstop takes exception to ‘Charlie Hustle’s’ hard slide at second base to break up a double play, the Mets’ post a 9-2 victory over the Reds at Shea Stadium. After the fight, the Mets, fearing a forfeit due to their fans’ rowdy behavior, send an emissary, consisting of Willie Mays, Yogi Berra, Cleon Jones, Tom Seaver, and Rusty Staub, out to left field to quell the crowd’s unrest.

1977       In Game 4 of the NLCS played at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, Dodger hurler Tommy John goes the distance and beats Steve Carlton and the Phillies, 4-1. The LA southpaw considers this pennant-clinching performance the best game he has ever pitched in the major leagues.

1983       In front of 64,494 fans at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies win the NLCS behind the pitching of Steve Carlton and the power of Gary Matthews’ three-run homer, 7-2. Philadelphia will take on the Orioles in the Fall Classic, to become known as the I-95 World Series.

1986       Mike Scott tosses a five-hitter and ties a playoff record with 14 strikeouts, beating the frustrated Mets, who accuse the Astros’ right-hander of scuffing the ball in their 1-0 defeat in Game 1 of NLCS. A Glenn Davis home run in the second inning off Dwight Gooden accounts for the lone run in the Astrodome contest.

1995       Thanks to a two-run Edgar Martinez’s 11th-inning double off Jack McDowell that plates Ken Griffey, Jr. from first base, the Mariners become only the fourth team in major league history to overcome a two-game deficit to win a five-game series when they dramatically come-from-behind to beat the Yankees in a 6-5 walk-off victory. The winning run, winning hit and the winning decision (Randy Johnson) in the Kingdome contest are all accomplished by future Hall of Famers.

1995       After dropping the first two games of the series, the Mariners make a dramatic comeback in Game 5 to beat the Yankees with a 6-5 extra-inning victory to capture the ALDS. Ken Griffey Jr. ties a major league record when he hits his fifth home run in the postseason series, an eighth-inning round-tripper off David Cone, equaling the mark Reggie Jackson established in 1977 when he went deep five times in the World Series against the Dodgers.

2000       At Shea Stadium, the Mets blank the Giants, 4-0, to win the NLDS in four games. Bobby Jones, who was sent to the minors earlier in the season to work on his mechanics, retires the side in order eight of the nine innings, allowing only a fifth-inning double to Jeff Kent. The one-hitter is only the sixth in postseason history.

2002       The Tigers select their former All-Star shortstop Alan Trammell (1977-1996) to manage the faltering franchise. The California native had been a coach with the Padres for the last three seasons.

2006       In the inaugural season in their new ballpark, the Cardinals beat the Padres 6-2 at Busch Stadium to take the NLDS playoff three games to one. The Redbirds advance to the championship series for the third consecutive season when Chris Carpenter gets the win, earning his second victory in the best-of-five series.

2007       With a 6-4 victory at Yankee Stadium, the Indians advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1995. The Tribe’s win ends the Bronx Bombers’ season and begins speculation of the impending firing of New York skipper Joe Torre, who was chastised in the press yesterday by owner George Steinbrenner for the team’s first-round woes.

2007       A 6-4 defeat to the Indians in Game 4 of the ALDS at the Stadium proves to be Joe Torre’s final game with the Yankees. The veteran skipper, who won 1,173 games and made the postseason every year during his 12-year tenure with the team, rejects a $5 million, one-year contract to return as manager, a deal many believe to be structured to oust the popular pilot without upsetting the fans.

2008       The Cubs exercise Rich Harden’s $7 million option for next year, the day after tests reveal the 26 year-old hurler has a sound pitching shoulder. The hard-throwing right-hander, obtained from the A’s in a July deal, compiled a combined record of 10-2, posting a 2.07 ERA in 25 starts for his two teams.

2009       A ninth-inning error by left fielder Matt Holliday with the bases empty and two-out leads to the Dodgers’ stunning 3-2 walk-off victory and gives LA a commanding 2-0 game advantage in the NLDS. After the crucial miscue on the sinking line drive, Cardinals’ closer Ryan Franklin gives up RBI singles to Ronnie Belliard and pinch-hitter Mark Loretta to complete the improbable two-run comeback rally.

2010       Although the Astros finish ten games under .500, the team exercises the 2012 option on manager Brad Mills’ contract and adds a club option for the following season. After a dismal 17-34 start and the loss of veterans Roy Oswalt to the Phillies and Lance Berkman to the Yankees, the first-year skipper pilots Houston to a 59-52 record after June 1.

2011       Redbird right-hander Chris Carpenter out pitches Roy Halladay, throwing a three-hitter to beat the Phillies 1-0 in the deciding Game 5 of NLDS. The wild-card Cardinals plate the game’s only run in the first frame when Skip Schumaker doubles home Rafael Furcal, who led off the Citizens Bank Park contest with a triple.

2018       Brock Holt becomes the first player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game when he hits a ninth-inning home run in the Red Sox’s 16-1 rout of the Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. The Boston infielder collected a single and triple in the team’s seven-run fourth frame and added a double in the eighth inning during the Bronx ballpark contest.

2021       First baseman Freddie Freeman becomes the seventh player in franchise history to hit for the cycle and the first to do so more than once in a Braves’ uniform when he connects for a two-run home run in the top of the sixth at Miami’s loanDepot Park. The 2020 National League Most Valuable Player also doubled in the first inning, tripled in the fourth, and singled in the fifth in the team’s 11-9 win over the Marlins.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills310.7500.0134442-1-01-0-02-1-01-0-03 W
Miami Dolphins130.2502.0621090-2-01-1-01-3-01-1-03 L
New England Patriots130.2502.071700-3-01-0-01-1-01-1-02 L
New York Jets130.2502.047941-1-00-2-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers310.7500.095741-1-02-0-02-0-02-0-02 W
Denver Broncos310.7500.083491-1-02-0-02-1-00-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders310.7500.01041002-0-01-1-03-1-00-1-01 L
Kansas City Chiefs220.5001.01341251-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals310.7500.092752-0-01-1-02-0-01-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens310.7500.0105921-0-02-1-02-1-00-0-03 W
Cleveland Browns310.7500.0100672-0-01-1-01-1-00-0-03 W
Pittsburgh Steelers130.2502.067930-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans220.5000.0951111-1-01-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
Houston Texans130.2501.0671161-1-00-2-01-2-01-0-03 L
Indianapolis Colts130.2501.083970-2-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Jacksonville Jaguars040.0002.0741150-2-00-2-00-3-00-1-04 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys310.7500.0126972-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Washington Football Team220.5001.01011221-1-01-1-02-0-01-0-01 W
Philadelphia Eagles130.2502.0941060-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-03 L
New York Giants130.2502.083950-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals4001.0000.0140851-0-03-0-02-0-01-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams410.8000.51411162-1-02-0-03-1-01-1-01 W
San Francisco 49ers220.5002.01071020-2-02-0-02-2-00-1-02 L
Seattle Seahawks230.4002.51201260-2-02-1-01-2-01-1-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers310.7500.0951002-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Chicago Bears220.5001.064912-0-00-2-01-1-01-0-01 W
Minnesota Vikings130.2502.094921-1-00-2-01-1-00-0-01 L
Detroit Lions040.0003.0811190-2-00-2-00-3-00-2-04 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers310.7500.01221052-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers310.7500.097662-0-01-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
New Orleans Saints220.5001.094691-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons130.2502.0781280-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 L
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England29205457342311-2-19-3-365
Nashville SC28111434626208-7-03-7-347
Philadelphia2711973626109-3-32-6-442
Orlando City SC281198414108-4-23-5-642
D.C.28124124941810-0-32-4-940
New York City FC28117104432128-3-33-4-740
CF Montreal2811710403738-3-33-4-740
Atlanta281099373348-3-32-6-639
New York279711333035-5-34-2-834
Columbus2897123239-77-3-32-4-934
Inter Miami CF2795132542-175-2-74-3-632
Chicago2976162946-176-5-51-1-1127
Toronto FC2867153454-204-5-42-2-1125
FC Cincinnati2748152852-241-5-63-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2716654422227-4-39-2-254
Sporting KC2815765131208-5-27-2-452
Colorado2713953827117-6-16-3-448
Portland2814410454419-2-35-2-746
Real Salt Lake2811611454418-4-23-2-939
Los Angeles28116113945-67-3-44-3-739
Minnesota2710893032-28-2-32-6-638
Vancouver279108343408-2-41-8-437
Los Angeles FC2897124041-16-5-33-2-934
San Jose2889113544-94-3-74-6-433
FC Dallas29610133947-84-7-32-3-1028
Houston29512123345-125-6-30-6-927
Austin2874172944-155-2-72-2-1025

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference