INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE PAIRINGS

6A-30 SCHOOLS

Sectional 1 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Crown Point at Merrillville.

G2: Lafayette Jefferson at Lake Central.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Sectional 2 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Portage at Chesterton.

G2: Penn at Elkhart.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Sectional 3 (3 teams)

Semifinal

G1: Homestead at Carroll (Fort Wayne).

Championship

G2: Warsaw Community at G1 winner.

Sectional 4 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Westfield at Noblesville.

G2: Fishers at Hamilton Southeastern.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Sectional 5 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Carmel at Avon.

G2: Brownsburg at Pike.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Sectional 6 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Southport at Ben Davis.

G2: Perry Meridian at Indianapolis Arsenal Technical.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Sectional 7 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: North Central (Indianapolis) at Lawrence North.

G2: Warren Central at Lawrence Central.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Sectional 8 (3 teams)

Semifinal

G1: Center Grove at Franklin Central.

Championship

G2: Columbus North at G1 winner.

5A-37 SCHOOLS

Sectional 9 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Munster at Hammond Central.

G2: Hammond Morton at Valparaiso.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Sectional 10 (6 teams)

First Round

G1: South Bend Adams at Goshen. Oct. 22

G2: LaPorte at Concord. Oct. 22

Semifinals

G3: Michigan City at G1 winner. Oct. 29

G4: Mishawaka at G2 winner. Oct. 29

Championship

G5: G3 winner vs. G4 winner. Nov. 5

Sectional 11 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Fort Wayne Northrop at Fort Wayne Snider.

G2: Fort Wayne North Side at Fort Wayne Bishop

Dwenger.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Sectional 12 (5 teams)

First Round

G1: McCutcheon at Zionsville. Oct. 22

Semifinals

G2: Anderson at Kokomo. Oct. 29

G3: Harrison (West Lafayette) at G1 winner. Oct. 29

Championship

G4: G2 winner vs. G3 winner. Nov. 5

Sectional 13 (5 teams)

First Round

G1: Terre Haute North Vigo at Indianapolis Cathedral.

Oct. 22

Semifinals

G2: Decatur Central at Terre Haute South Vigo. Oct. 29

G3: Plainfield at G1 winner. Oct. 29

Championship

G4: G2 winner vs. G3 winner. Nov. 5

Sectional 14 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Columbus East at Whiteland Community.

G2: Franklin Community at New Palestine.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Sectional 15 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Bloomington South at Castle.

G2: Evansville North at Bloomington North.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Sectional 16 (5 teams)

First Round

G1: Jeffersonville at Floyd Central. Oct. 22

Semifinals

G2: Seymour at Bedford North Lawrence. Oct. 29

G3: New Albany at G1 winner. Oct. 29

Championship

G4: G2 winner vs. G3 winner. Nov. 5

4A-61 SCHOOLS

Sectional 17 (6 teams)

First Round

G1: Lowell at Highland.

G2: Griffith at Hobart.

Semifinals

G3: Gary West Side at G1 winner.

G4: East Chicago Central at G2 winner.

Championship

G5: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Sectional 18 (8 teams)

G1: South Bend Riley at Kankakee Valley.

G2: South Bend St. Joseph at Logansport.

G3: Plymouth at New Prairie.

G4: Culver Academies at South Bend Clay.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 19 (8 teams)

G1: DeKalb at Wawasee.

G2: Leo at East Noble.

G3: Northridge at NorthWood.

G4: Angola at Columbia City.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 20 (8 teams)

G1: Marion at Fort Wayne Wayne.

G2: Fort Wayne South Side at Delta.

G3: Jay County at Mississinewa.

G4: New Haven at Huntington North.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 21 (8 teams)

G1: Richmond at Shelbyville.

G2: Muncie Central at Connersville.

G3: Pendleton Heights at Mt. Vernon (Fortville).

G4: Greenfield-Central at New Castle.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 22 (8 teams)

G1: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard at Frankfort.

G2: Indianapolis Crispus Attucks at Indianapolis

Shortridge.

G3: Beech Grove at Lebanon.

G4: Roncalli at Western.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 23 (8 teams)

G1: South Dearborn at Madison Consolidated.

G2: Martinsville at Silver Creek.

G3: Mooresville at Jennings County.

G4: Greenwood Community at East Central.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 24 (7 teams)

First Round

G1: Evansville Memorial at Evansville Harrison.

G2: Evansville Reitz at Boonville

G3: Northview at Jasper.

Semifinals

G4: Evansville Central at G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship

G6: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

3A-62 SCHOOLS

Sectional 25 (6 teams)

First Round

G1: Twin Lakes at Hanover Central.

G2: Calumet at Knox.

Semifinals

G3: Benton Central at G1 winner.

G4: River Forest at G2 winner.

Championship

G5: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Sectional 26 (8 teams)

G1: Lakeland at Glenn.

G2: West Noble at Jimtown.

G3: Mishawaka Marian at South Bend Washington.

G4: Tippecanoe Valley at Garrett.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 27 (8 teams)

G1: Norwell at Maconaquah.

G2: Northwestern at Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran.

G3: Oak Hill at Bellmont.

G4: Heritage at Peru.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 28 (8 teams)

G1: West Lafayette at Brebeuf Jesuit.

G2: Yorktown at North Montgomery.

G3: Hamilton Heights at Guerin Catholic.

G4: Crawfordsville at Western Boone.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 29 (8 teams)

G1: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter at Christel House.

G2: West Vigo at Tri-West Hendricks.

G3: Greencastle at Danville Community.

G4: Indian Creek at Indianapolis Washington.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 30 (8 teams)

G1: Vincennes Lincoln at Princeton Community.

G2: Edgewood at Washington.

G3: Brown County at Pike Central.

G4: Sullivan at Owen Valley.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 31 (8 teams)

G1: Scottsburg at Brownstown Central.

G2: Rushville Consolidated at Batesville.

G3: Greensburg at Charlestown.

G4: Franklin County at Lawrenceburg.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 32 (8 teams)

G1: North Harrison at Heritage Hills.

G2: Corydon Central at Evansville Bosse.

G3: Salem at Southridge.

G4: Gibson Southern at Mt. Vernon.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

2A-63 SCHOOLS

Sectional 33 (8 teams)

G1: North Newton at Rensselaer Central.

G2: Wheeler at Andrean.

G3: Hammond Bishop Noll at Boone Grove.

G4: Whiting at Bowman Academy.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 34 (8 teams)

G1: Lewis Cass at Delphi Community.

G2: Wabash at Pioneer.

G3: Bremen at Manchester.

G4: LaVille at Rochester Community.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 35 (8 teams)

G1: Bluffton at Eastside.

G2: Whitko at Central Noble.

G3: Fairfield at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.

G4: Prairie Heights at Woodlan.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 36 (8 teams)

G1: Eastern (Greentown) at Eastbrook.

G2: Lapel at Frankton.

G3: Blackford at Tipton.

G4: Alexandria Monroe at Elwood Community.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 37 (8 teams)

G1: South Vermillion at Lafayette Central Catholic.

G2: Southmont at Cascade.

G3: Monrovia at North Putnam.

G4: Speedway at Seeger.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 38 (7 teams)

First Round

G1: Heritage Christian at Indianapolis Scecina.

G2: Centerville at Eastern Hancock.

G3: Northeastern at Winchester Community.

Semifinals

G4: Shenandoah at G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship

G6: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

Sectional 39 (8 teams)

G1: Providence at Switzerland County.

G2: Union County at Paoli.

G3: Triton Central at Eastern (Pekin).

G4: Mitchell at Clarksville.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 40 (8 teams)

G1: North Posey at Crawford County.

G2: South Spencer at North Knox.

G3: Linton-Stockton at Tell City.

G4: Forest Park at Evansville Mater Dei.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

1A-61 SCHOOLS

Sectional 41 (8 teams)

G1: Caston at South Central (Union Mills).

G2: South Newton at Culver Community.

G3: Winamac Community at West Central.

G4: Lake Station Edison at North Judson-San Pierre.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 42 (7 teams)

First Round

G1: Clinton Prairie at Clinton Central.

G2: Traders Point Christian at North White.

G3: Frontier at Carroll (Flora).

Semifinals

G4: Tri-County at G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship

G6: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

Sectional 43 (8 teams)

G1: Monroe Central at Wes-Del.

G2: South Adams at Madison-Grant.

G3: Southern Wells at Taylor.

G4: Union City at Tri-Central.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 44 (7 teams)

First Round

G1: Northfield at Fremont.

G2: North Miami at Southwood.

G3: Adams Central at Churubusco.

Semifinals

G4: Triton at G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship

G6: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

Sectional 45 (8 teams)

G1: Parke Heritage at Attica.

G2: North Vermillion at South Putnam.

G3: Fountain Central at Covington.

G4: Riverton Parke at Cloverdale.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 46 (7 teams)

First Round

G1: Indiana Deaf at Covenant Christian (Indianapolis).

G2: Park Tudor at Sheridan.

G3: Edinburgh at Indianapolis Lutheran.

Semifinals

G4: Tindley at G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship

G6: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

Sectional 47 (8 teams)

G1: Oldenburg Academy at Milan.

G2: North Decatur at South Decatur.

G3: Hagerstown at Tri.

G4: Knightstown at Cambridge City Lincoln.

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 48 (8 teams)

G1: Springs Valley at North Daviess.

G2: Rock Creek at West Washington.

G3: Eastern Greene at Tecumseh.

G4: Perry Central at North Central (Farmersburg).

Semifinals

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

THE INDIANA SRN FINAL FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

1. Center Grove

2. Westfield

3. Merrillville

4. Carmel

5. Hamilton Southeastern

5A

1. Cathedral

2. Valparaiso

3. Harrison

4. Decatur Central

5. Fort Wayne Snider

4A

1. Indianapolis Roncalli

2. Leo

3. Jasper

4. Mount Vernon

5. East Central

3A

1. West Lafayette

2. Gibson Southern

3. Danville

4. Brownstown Central

5. Lawrenceburg

2A

1. Heritage Christian

2. Fort Wayne Luers

3. Eastbrook

4. Linton – Stockton

5. Tipton

1A

1. Indianapolis Lutheran

2. Monroe Central

3. Adams Central

4.Winamac

5. South Putnam

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 9

Alexandria (3-4) at Frankton (2-6)

Anderson (2-4) at Logansport (5-2)

Andrean (6-2) at Lowell (5-3)

Angola (2-6) at Eastside (8-0)

Attica (0-5) at South Vermillion (3-5)

Batesville (4-4) at Connersville (1-7)

Bedford North Lawrence (4-4) at Columbus East (3-5)

Beech Grove (3-5) at Franklin County (5-3)

Bellmont (1-7) at East Noble (5-2)

Blackford (1-6) at Oak Hill (6-2)

Bloomington North (5-3) at Southport (0-8)

Bloomington South (6-1) at Indianapolis Chatard (4-4)

Bluffton (3-5) at Lakeland (3-5)

Boone Grove (1-5) at Whiting (2-6)

Boonville (2-5) at Gibson Southern (7-1)

Bowman Academy (0-7) at River Forest (4-3)

Brown County (3-5) at Edgewood (1-6)

Brownstown Central (8-0) at Scottsburg (6-2)

Calumet (6-2) at Hanover Central (7-1)

Carmel (7-1) at Lawrence Central (3-5)

Carroll (Flora) (6-2) at Sheridan (6-2)

Center Grove (8-0) at Indianapolis Cathedral (8-0)

Charlestown (6-2) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-5)

Chesterton (6-2) at Merrillville (8-0)

Churubusco (6-2) at Fairfield (4-4)

Cloverdale (0-7) at Owen Valley (7-1)

Corydon Central (0-7) at Silver Creek (4-3)

Covington (6-2) at Riverton Parke (2-5)

Culver (2-4) at LaVille (5-2)

Danville (7-1) at North Montgomery (3-3)

Dugger Union (1-2) at Oblong (Ill.)

East Central (7-1) at Indianapolis Roncalli (8-0)

Eastern (Greentown) (6-2) at Clinton Prairie (4-3)

Eastern Hancock (5-3) at Lapel (6-2)

Elwood (0-7) at Mississinewa (5-2)

Evansville Central (2-6) at Evansville North (4-4)

Evansville Harrison (1-7) at Evansville Bosse (2-6)

Evansville Mater Dei (6-2) at Evansville Reitz (3-5)

Evansville Memorial (7-1) at Castle (6-2)

Floyd Central (3-5) at New Albany (5-3)

Forest Park (3-5) at Southridge (4-4)

Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-4) at Fort Wayne Northrop (3-5)

Fort Wayne North (2-6) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-7)

Fort Wayne Snider (6-1) at Fort Wayne Luers (8-0)

Fort Wayne South (1-6) at Homestead (5-3)

Fort Wayne Wayne (2-6) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (7-1)

Fountain Central (3-5) at Parke Heritage (6-2)

Frankfort (2-5) at Crawfordsville (0-8)

Franklin (3-5) at Decatur Central (7-1)

Frontier (1-7) at South Newton (4-4)….INDIANA SRN

Garrett (4-4) at Central Noble (6-2)

Greenfield-Central (5-3) at New Castle (2-6)

Griffith (4-4) at Wheeler (5-2)

Guerin Catholic (1-7) at Culver Academy (6-2)

Hagerstown (1-6) at Northeastern (4-4)

Hamilton Southeastern (7-1) at Brownsburg (6-2)

Hammond Central (1-7) at East Chicago Central (2-5)

Harrison (West Lafayette) (7-1) at Richmond (1-7)

Heritage (3-5) at Jay County (3-5)

Heritage Christian (8-0) at Christel House Manual (2-5)….INDIANA SRN

Highland (3-5) at Kankakee Valley (3-5)

Huntington North (2-6) at New Haven (3-5)

Indianapolis Attucks (3-4) at Gary West (5-2)

Indianapolis Lutheran (8-0) at Traders Point Christian (4-4)….INDIANA SRN

Indianapolis Ritter (0-8) at Cascade (2-6)

Indianapolis Tech (5-3) at Kokomo (6-2)

Indianapolis Tindley (3-4) at Indianapolis Washington (3-4)

Jasper (8-0) at Vincennes Lincoln (1-7)

Jennings County (1-7) at Jeffersonville (2-5)

Jimtown (6-2) at South Bend Riley (1-4)

John Glenn (3-4) at South Bend Washington (3-3)

Knightstown (1-6) at Centerville (7-0)

Knox (2-6) at Caston (2-6)

Lake Central (3-5) at Valparaiso (7-1)

Lebanon (5-3) at Western Boone (5-3)

Leo (8-0) at DeKalb (1-7)

Maconaquah (2-4) at Rochester (4-2)

Madison-Grant (4-4) at Eastbrook (7-0)

Martinsville (5-3) at Plainfield (3-5)

McCutcheon (1-6) at Marion (3-4)

Michigan City (5-3) at Crown Point (5-3)

Milan (2-6) at Switzerland County (2-5)

Mishawaka Marian (5-3) at South Bend St. Joseph (2-6)

Mitchell (3-4) at Perry Central (6-2)

Monroe Central (8-0) at Shenandoah (4-3)

Monrovia (6-2) at Indianapolis Scecina (5-3)

Mooresville (6-2) at Perry Meridian (2-6)

Mount Vernon (Posey) (7-1) at Washington (0-7)

Muncie Central (1-7) at Lafayette Jeff (5-3)

Munster (2-6) at Hobart (5-3)

New Palestine (5-3) at Delta (4-4)

New Prairie (7-1) at Elkhart (4-4)

Noblesville (2-6) at Avon (0-8)

North Central (Farmersburg) (2-5) at Eastern Greene (1-7)

North Central (Indianapolis) (1-7) at Ben Davis (3-5)

North Decatur (3-4) at Wes-Del (0-7)

North Harrison (3-5) at Providence (4-4)

North Judson (6-2) at Pioneer (6-2)

North Knox (6-2) at Paoli (5-1)

North Miami (0-8) at Northfield (5-3)

North Posey (6-2) at Pike Central (1-5)

North Putnam (2-5) at Greencastle (5-3)….INDIANA SRN

North White (3-3) at West Central (2-6)

Northridge (5-3) at Mishawaka (6-2)

Northview (6-1) at Indian Creek (2-6)

Norwell (7-1) at Columbia City (4-4)

Park Tudor (6-2) at Edinburgh (5-3)

Peru (5-2) at Manchester (4-3)

Pike (0-8) at Lawrence North (5-2)

Plymouth (0-8) at NorthWood (4-4)

Portage (1-7) at LaPorte (2-6)

Prairie Heights (3-5) at West Noble (3-5)

Princeton (2-6) at Heritage Hills (6-2)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-7) at Covenant Christian (5-3)….INDIANA SRN

Rock Creek Academy (1-6) at Clarksville (1-6)

Rushville (0-8) at Greensburg (2-4)

Seeger (5-3) at North Vermillion (4-4)

Seymour (2-5) at Madison (3-5)

Shelbyville (1-4) at Pendleton Heights (4-4)

South Bend Adams (3-5) at Penn (3-5)

South Bend Clay (0-7) at Bremen (5-3)

South Central (Union Mills) (2-3) at Hammond Noll (1-5)

South Dearborn (6-2) at Lawrenceburg (7-1)

South Decatur (1-5) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-4)

South Putnam (7-1) at Linton-Stockton (8-0)

South Spencer (3-5) at Tell City (5-3)

Southern Wells (0-8) at South Adams (6-2)

Southside HomeSchool at Indiana Deaf (4-3)

Southwood (4-4) at Tippecanoe Valley (8-0)

Springs Valley (6-1) at North Daviess (4-4)

Sullivan (6-2) at West Vigo (3-3)

Taylor (0-4) at Delphi (5-3)

Tecumseh (1-6) at Crawford County (2-4)

Terre Haute North (3-5) at Brebeuf Jesuit (6-2)

Terre Haute South (1-7) at Columbus North (5-3)

Tri-Central (3-5) at Clinton Central (2-6)

Tri-County (0-7) at North Newton (5-3)

Triton (3-5) at Winamac (6-0)

Triton Central (5-3) at Speedway (6-2)

Tri-West (6-2) at Southmont (5-3)

Union County (4-3) at Tri (6-2)

Wabash (1-6) at Whitko (1-7)

Warsaw (7-1) at Concord (7-1)

Wawasee (1-7) at Goshen (3-5)

West Washington (3-3) at Salem (4-2)

Westfield (7-1) at Franklin Central (4-4)

Whiteland (4-3) at Greenwood (2-6)

Winchester (4-4) at Union City (4-3)

Woodlan (3-5) at Adams Central (7-1)

Yorktown (5-3) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (7-1)….INDIANA SRN

Zionsville (4-4) at Fishers (5-3)

Northwestern (0-7) at Benton Central (0-6)

Lewis Cass (2-5) at Twin Lakes (2-6)

Hamilton Heights (5-3) at Rensselaer Central (5-3)

Tipton (7-1) at Lafayette Central Catholic (5-3)

Western (6-2) at West Lafayette (8-0)

INDIANA BOYS REGIONAL SOCCER SEMI – FINALS

THURSDAY

3A

Noblesville vs. Columbia City

Fort Wayne North vs. Harrison

Elkhart vs. South Bend Adams

Chesterton vs. Munster

Castle vs. Columbus East

Bloomington South vs. Southport

East Central vs Winner Lawrence North-Cathedral (Monday)

Carmel vs. Avon

2A

THURSDAY

Yorktown vs. Fort Wayne Dwenger

Fort Wayne Canterbury vs. Oak Hill

West Noble vs. Bremen

West Lafayette vs. Griffith

Heritage Hills vs. Madison

Gibson Southern vs. West Vigo

South Dearborn vs. Speedway

Brebeuf vs. Tri-West Hendricks

1A

THURSDAY

Park Tudor vs. Liberty Christian

Carroll Flora vs. Wabash

Caston vs. Westview

Trinity vs. Illiana Christian

Forest Park vs. South Knox

Providence vs. Southwestern

Southwestern (Shelbyville) vs. Providence Cristo Rey

Centerville vs. Cascade

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER SEMI – FINALS

WEDNESDAY

3A

Noblesville vs. Homestead

Fort Wayne Carroll vs. Harrison

Penn vs. South Bend St. Joseph

Valparaiso vs. Crown Point

Castle vs. Floyd Central

Bloomington South vs. Columbus North

East Central vs. Roncalli

Carmel vs. Brownsburg

2A

Hamilton Heights vs TBA

Leo vs. Western

DeKalb vs. TBA

West Lafayette vs. Hanover Central

Evansville Memorial vs. Silver Creek

Jasper vs. Northview

South Dearborn vs. Cathedral

Brebeuf vs. Tri-West Hendricks

1A

Fort Wayne Blackhawk vs. Manchester

Faith Christian vs. Tipton

Westview vs. Argos

Trinity vs. Andrean

Forest Park vs. South Knox

Providence vs. Switzerland County

Muncie Burris vs. Heritage Christian

Greenwood Christian vs. Cascade

NFL SCOREBOARD

Atlanta 27 New York Jets 20

Philadelphia 21 Carolina 18

Green Bay 25 Cincinnati 22 OT

New England 25 Houston 22

Tennessee 37 Jacksonville 19

Minnesota 19 Detroit 17

Pittsburgh 27 Denver 19

Tampa Bay 45 Miami 17

New Orleans 33 Washington 22

Chicago 20 Las Vegas 9

Los Angeles Chargers 47 Cleveland 42

Arizona 17 San Francisco 10

Dallas 44 New York Giants 20

Buffalo 38 Kansas City 20

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/scoreboard.asp

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 6

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 18, 2021

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

MLB PLAYOFFS

Boston 6 Tampa Bay 4 (13)….BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=411010102&final=true

Chicago White Sox 12 Houston 6….BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=411010104&final=true

NBA PRE-SEASON

San Antonio 101 Orlando 100

Chicago 102 Cleveland 101

Milwaukee 130 Oklahoma City 110

Phoenix 123 LA Lakers 94

WNBA PLAYOFFS

Chicago 91 Phoenix 77

MLS SOCCER

Colorado 3 Minnesota 1

AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

1. Georgia

2. Iowa

3. Cincinnati 

4. Oklahoma

5. Alabama

6. Ohio State

7. Penn State 

8. Michigan 

9. Oregon

10. Michigan State

11. Kentucky

12. Oklahoma State

13. Ole Miss 

14. Notre Dame

15. Coastal Carolina

16. Wake Forest

17. Arkansas

18. Arizona State

19. Brigham Young

20. Florida

21. Texas A&M

22. North Carolina State

23. SMU

24. San Diego State

25. Texas

Others receiving votes: Auburn 106, Clemson 63, Baylor 62, UTSA 22, Mississippi State 7, Kansas State 3, Air Force 2, Appalachian State 2, Pittsburgh 1

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Week 7

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Appalachian State at Louisiana | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Thursday, Oct. 14

Navy at Memphis | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Georgia Southern at South Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Friday, Oct. 15

Marshall at North Texas | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Clemson at Syracuse | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Cal at No. 9 Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 24 San Diego State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 16

No. 10 Michigan State at Indiana | 12 p.m. | FS1

No. 20 Florida at LSU | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Auburn at No. 17 Arkansas | 12 p.m. | CBS

No. 21 Texas A&M at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Rutgers at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Ohio at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

UCF at No. 3 Cincinnati | 12 p.m. | ABC

Tulsa at South Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Nebraska at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Yale at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Texas | 12 p.m. | FOX

Duke at Virginia | 12:30 p.m. | RSN

Ball State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Akron at Miami (Ohio) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Troy at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

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

No. 11 Kentucky at No. 1 Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Purdue at No. 2 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Western Kentucky at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

UAB at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

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

Kent State at Western Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Miami at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network

Pitt at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network

Bowling Green at Northern Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 19 BYU at Baylor | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Vanderbilt at South Carolina | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Texas Tech at Kansas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Rice at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 5 Alabama at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Colorado State at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Liberty at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Utah State at UNLV | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 13 Ole Miss at Tennessee | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Stanford at Washington State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Iowa State at Kansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

TCU at No. 4 Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 22 NC State at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Army at Wisconsin | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

UCLA at Washington | 8:30 p.m. | FOX

Louisiana Tech at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 18 Arizona State at Utah | 10 p.m. | ESPN

Hawai’i at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Air Force at Boise State | FOX, FS1 or FS2

Fresno State at Wyoming | FOX, FS1 or FS2

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

Ground Rule Trouble: Red Sox bounce Rays in 13 on odd call

BOSTON (AP) Kevin Kiermaier’s line drive sailed over right fielder Hunter Renfroe’s head and bounced off the short wall in front of the Boston bullpen and back onto the warning track. It ricocheted off Renfroe and into the air.

The Red Sox right fielder waved at it desperately — and unsuccessfully — to keep it from going out of play.

It’s a good thing he couldn’t.

Saved by an obscure rule and a bounce that was weird even for quirky Fenway Park, the Red Sox staggered Tampa Bay 6-4 Sunday night on Christian Vazquez’s 13th-inning walk-off homer to move one victory from eliminating the 100-win Rays from the AL Division Series.

“I was speechless,” said center fielder Kike Hernandez, who had come over to back up Renfroe. “I don’t know if you guys have seen that before. I’ve never seen that before in my life.

“I wasn’t sure what was going to get called. I wasn’t sure if the runners had to return. … Like, I had no idea,” he said. “Luckily, it went our way. And you call it home-field advantage if you want – call it whatever you want – but we won.”

The wild-card Red Sox took a 2-1 edge in the best-of-five matchup. Game 4 is Monday at Fenway — Marathon Day in Boston — with Game 5 in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Wednesday, if necessary.

Tampa Bay rallied from a 4-2 deficit to tie it in the eighth inning and it was still 4-all when Yandy Diaz singled with one out in the 13th.

Then came the play that had the umpires scurrying for the rulebook and the Rays scratching their heads.

Diaz was halfway from second to third when Kiermaier’s ball bounced over the 5-foot-high wall, and he easily would have scored had it remained in play. But the umpires conferred and went to the headsets before awarding Kiermaier a double and sending Diaz back to third.

Baseball Rule 5.05(a)(8) states: “Any bounding fair ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands, or over or under a fence on fair or foul territory, in which case the batter and all runners shall be entitled to advance two bases.”

“If I stayed at second, that’s fine,” Kiermaier said. “But I was hoping to see that Yandy scored, because he would have scored obviously. . It’s incredible that it worked out to their advantage just like that.”

Rays manager Kevin Cash said he watched the replay and it was obvious Renfroe didn’t knock it over the wall on purpose.

“That’s just the rule. That’s the way it goes. It was very unfortunate for us,” he said. “I think it was fairly obvious that K.K. or Yandy was going to come around to score, but it didn’t go our way.”

Said umpire crew chief Sam Holbrook: “It’s in the rulebook. It’s a ground-rule double. There’s no discretion that the umpires have.”

“There’s no, `He would have done this, would have done that.’ It’s just flat-out in the rule book, it’s a ground-rule double,” he said.

When play resumed, Nick Pivetta struck out Mike Zunino to end the inning and came bounding off the mound in celebration.

Renfroe walked with one out in the bottom half, then Vazquez hit the first pitch from Luis Patino over the Green Monster to end it.

Hernandez and Kyle Schwarber each had three hits, including a homer, for Boston.

Hernandez singled in the first, singled in the third and homered in the fifth to give him seven consecutive hits in the series. He went 5 for 6 with a home run and three doubles in Boston’s Game 2 win, becoming the first Red Sox player ever with four extra-base hits in a postseason game.

Red Sox ace Nate Eovaldi allowed Austin Meadows’ two-run homer in the top of the first, but Schwarber led off the bottom half with a home run. Hernandez’s fifth-inning homer gave Boston a 4-2 lead, but the Rays tied it in the eighth when Wander Franco hit a solo homer and Meadows and Randy Arozarena doubled.

Garrett Whitlock struck out Zunino to end the inning.

LATE THREATS

With a runner on first in the 10th, J.D. Martinez fouled off five pitches with two strikes and then hit one to straightaway center, where Kiermaier pulled it in right in front of the 379-foot marker. (The wind was blowing in.)

In the 11th, Arozarena stole second and was caught in a rundown on his way to third, but he scrambled back to the bag safely. But he was stranded there when Pivetta struck out Zunino and Jordan Luplow to end the inning.

Boston had a runner on first in the 11th when Hernandez hit a chopper into the hole between short and third. Franco went to his right to field it, then made a long throw that first baseman Luplow picked out of the dirt for the third out.

SCHWARBER TIME

Schwarber, a star of the Cubs’ 2016 World Series title who homered in the wild-card game against the Yankees, also singled and scored in the third, when Boston scored a pair of runs to chase Drew Rasmussen and take a 3-2 lead. He singled in the ninth before leaving for a pinch-runner.

But it was Schwarber’s play in the field that endeared him to the Fenway fans.

After earning an error when he lobbed the ball over pitcher Nathan Eovaldi’s head on a grounder in the third inning, Schwarber was tested on a similar play made a more accurate toss in the fourth.

He celebrated by raising both arms in the air and giving a fist pump, then tipping his cap to the cheering fans. Schwarber turned toward the dugout and laughed.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: Arozarena slipped on his way to second base on his eighth-inning double, then limped into the dugout while the Red Sox changed pitchers. But he remained in the game.

Red Sox: RHP Hansel Robles appeared to be experiencing discomfort after striking out Diaz for the second out in the eighth. He winced and stretched his shoulder, then gave up Arozarena’s double to tie it 4-4.

UP NEXT

The teams play again on Monday night, with the starters to be announced. Nick Pivetta had been expected to start for Boston and Patino for the Rays, but both pitched in Game 3. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said it would most likely be Eduardo Rodriguez.

García, Grandal star as White Sox beat Astros 12-6 in ALDS

CHICAGO (AP) Two big swings by pint-sized Leury Garcia. A rule-testing run by Yasmani Grandal. Solid relief work from Liam Hendriks and company.

Right when the Chicago White Sox got in big trouble, they found a way.

Garcia and Grandal homered, and Grandal’s borderline baserunning helped the White Sox top the Houston Astros 12-6 on Sunday night to stay alive in their AL Division Series.

Backed by a boisterous crowd of 40,288, the AL Central champions erased a 5-1 deficit in the franchise’s first home playoff game in 13 years, trimming Houston’s series edge to 2-1. Tim Anderson collected three more hits, and Ryan Tepera started a stellar finish for Chicago’s bullpen after Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech (1-0) struggled.

“It’s a real tough-minded bunch,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said, “and sometimes you get rewarded with a comeback like that.”

Houston was hoping to sweep its way into its fifth consecutive appearance in the AL Championship Series. The AL West champions got off to a fast start behind Kyle Tucker, but they went down in order in the last five innings.

Game 4 of the best-of-five series is scheduled for Monday afternoon, but there is rain in the forecast.

“I don’t say anything to them. They know. They know the importance of tomorrow,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “They know the importance of today. These guys have been here many, many times.”

The playoff-tested Astros rolled into Chicago after a pair of impressive victories at home, then jumped out to a 5-1 lead in Game 3. The sweet-swinging Tucker hit a two-run double off Cease in the second and a two-run homer off Kopech in the third.

Houston’s fast start silenced the towel-waving crowd, but it got revved up again in the bottom half of the third.

After Grandal’s two-run shot just over the wall in left made it 5-3, Yoan Moncada and Gavin Sheets reached on two-out singles. Leury Garcia then looked at two balls from Luis Garcia before Baker replaced his starting pitcher with Yimi Garcia (0-1).

The winner of the Garcia trilogy was Leury, listed at 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds. The versatile veteran drove a 3-1 pitch from Yimi Garcia deep to center for a 436-foot homer.

“I mean that ball was scalded,” La Russa said.

The game was tied at 6 when the White Sox went ahead to stay with three runs in the fourth – highlighted by a memorable run by Grandal that rankled Baker and the Astros.

After Jose Abreu’s tiebreaking RBI single put runners on the corners with none out, Grandal hit a bouncer to Yuli Gurriel at first. Gurriel tried to come home, but his throw went went off Grandal as the catcher sprinted up the line in the infield grass.

“I wish I could tell you it was a heads-up play,” Grandal said. “I was just trying to get to first. It takes me a long time to get there.”

Luis Robert scored, taking out umpire Tom Hallion in the process, and Gurriel was charged with an error. The Astros lobbied for an interference call on Grandal, but the umpires huddled and left the play in place.

Baker then had a long argument with Hallion before returning to the dugout.

“Clearly, he was running inside,” Baker said. “I mean, that’s interference, you know, in itself. That was a big play because we didn’t get an out.”

The 77-year-old La Russa, who became the oldest manager in major league history to win a postseason game, said the umpires made the correct call.

“I guarantee you that there was no intent to interfere with that play. I can guarantee it,” La Russa said.

Eloy Jimenez capped the big fourth with his second RBI single, and the White Sox put it away with three more runs in the eighth. Leury Garcia doubled in Andrew Vaughn and scored on Anderson’s single.

The 16-hit attack for Chicago – a franchise postseason record – overshadowed perfect relief by Ryan Tepera, Aaron Bummer, Craig Kimbrel and Hendriks. Tepera worked two innings before Bummer got five outs. Kimbrel got the last out of the eighth before Hendriks finished.

“All I can say really is it was a lot of fun,” Tepera said.

NOT BAD AT ALL

Anderson has 16 hits in six career playoff games, the most by any player in a six-game postseason span.

UP NEXT

Carlos Rodon starts Game 4 for the White Sox. Rodon went 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA in 24 starts this year, but he was limited down the stretch because of shoulder soreness and fatigue. The Astros will start Jose Urquidy, who was 8-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 20 starts.

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)

  1. Baltimore has won its last two games against Indianapolis, including a 24-10 road win last season. The Ravens have never won three straight games against the Colts, the franchise which began in Charm City before moving to Indianapolis in 1984.
  2. The Colts got their first win of the season in Week 4, defeating Miami, 27-17, on the road. Since the start of last season, Indianapolis is 10-0 when scoring 27 or more points, one of three teams undefeated in such games over that span (Tampa Bay, 11-0; Pittsburgh, 8-0).
  3. The Ravens have won three straight games after beating the Broncos, 23-7, on the road in Week 4. Baltimore has allowed 170.0 net passing yards per game over the past two games after allowing 376.0 net passing yards per game in its first two games of the season.
  4. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 103 yards and his first rushing touchdown of the season against the Dolphins. The Colts are 7-0 when Taylor, who is in his second year in the NFL, rushes for 80 yards or more yards in his career.
  5. Lamar Jackson threw for 316 yards and a touchdown against Denver, his highest passing yardage total since Week 1 of 2019 (324). Jackson has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 13 consecutive home games.
  6. The Colts have lost their last six road games against AFC North opponents and are 2-10 against the AFC North in all locations since 2015. That is the second-worst mark by any team against a single division over that span (minimum 10 games; Cle vs. AFC West: 2-11).

Allen, Bills beat Chiefs 38-20 in AFC title game rematch

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Josh Allen threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, sending the Buffalo Bills to a 38-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night in an AFC title game rematch delayed more than an hour by lightning.

Allen finished with 315 yards through the air, and Micah Hyde returned a rare interception of Patrick Mahomes 26 yards for another score, as the Bills (4-1) beat the turnover-prone Chiefs (2-3) for only the second time in their last seven meetings.

Mahomes finished with 272 yards passing and two touchdowns to go with two interceptions and a lost fumble. He also wound up being the leading rusher for the Chiefs with 61 yards as they struggled to get going offensively.

It didn’t help that running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire left with a knee injury early in the second half. Travis Kelce also left in the closing minutes after taking a blow to the head on an incomplete pass.

Still, the Chiefs had closed to 31-20 early in the fourth quarter when Rashad Fenton picked off Allen’s pass on a third-down jump ball near midfield. But Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was called for roughing the passer, giving the Bills the ball and a fresh set of downs, and they marched downfield for the clinching touchdown.

Emmanuel Sanders had two TD catches for the Bills. Dawson Knox had 117 yards receiving and the other one.

The game had been hotly anticipated since January, when the Chiefs romped past Buffalo on their way to the Super Bowl, largely because it promised to once again showcase two of the AFC’s best offenses in prime time.

The problem for Kansas City? It also has one of the worst defenses.

That was clear long before L’Jarius Sneed blew coverage on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders that gave Buffalo a 14-10 lead. Or Daniel Sorensen blew coverage on a 61-yard pass to Stefon Diggs that led to a field goal, or when the safety blew coverage on tight end Dawson Knox that resulted in a 53-yard touchdown reception.

Allen only completed seven passes in the first half. They went for 219 yards and two scores.

The Chiefs were fortunate to trail only 24-13 at halftime, when lightning lit up the sky and sent fans scurrying for the concourses. The Bills had begun to warm up but were pulled off the field for what became an hour-long wait.

Things didn’t get a whole lot better for Kansas City when the game finally resumed.

After the teams traded punts, Mahomes slung a bullet that bounced off Tyreek Hill’s hands and right to Hyde, who had nothing but mushy green field in front of him. He returned it 26 yards for his first career pick-six.

The Chiefs quickly drove into the Buffalo red zone on their next possession, but Mahomes threw a pass that Greg Rousseau batted at the line of scrimmage. The rookie defensive end managed to corral it for another interception.

FLASH FORWARD

Chiefs wide receiver Josh Gordon was active for the first time. He signed late last month after the NFL cleared him to play following his sixth suspension. Gordon caught one pass for 11 yards but also was called for offensive pass interference.

INJURIES

The Chiefs’ Edwards-Helaire left with a left knee injury after getting tackled following a screen pass with 8:08 left in the third quarter. He finished with 13 yards on seven carries after back-to-back 100-yard rushing games.

UP NEXT

The Bills play in primetime again at Tennessee on Oct. 18.

The Chiefs head to Washington next Sunday.

Ryan, Pitts lead Falcons past Jets 27-20 in London

LONDON (AP) Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, including the first NFL score for Kyle Pitts, and the Atlanta Falcons held on and closed out the New York Jets in a 27-20 victory Sunday in the NFL’s return to London.

The Falcons (2-3) built a 20-3 halftime lead and eventually grounded out the victory despite allowing the Jets to stick around by losing two fumbles.

But Zach Wilson and the Jets (1-4) had trouble moving the ball, which has been the story of the season for the rookie quarterback. Coming off his best game of the season last week against Tennessee, Wilson finished 19 of 32 for 192 yards and no touchdowns with one interception.

Pitts, taken by Atlanta two spots after Wilson at No. 4 overall in the NFL draft in April, had his best game with nine receptions for 119 yards and his first NFL TD.

Ryan completed 33 of 45 passes with no interceptions despite playing without his top two receivers – Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. Ridley didn’t accompany the team to London “due to a personal matter,” while Gage is sidelined with an ankle injury.

Cordarrelle Patterson continued doing a little of everything for the Falcons, and the Jets had few answers for him. The running back/wide receiver/kick returner had seven receptions for 60 yards and ran for a team-leading 54 yards on 14 carries.

The Jets struggled mightily again in the first half, gaining just 80 yards and getting five first downs compared to the Falcons’ 251 yards and 17 first downs in the first two quarters. New York battled back in the second half with rushing TDs from Ty Johnson and Michael Carter, but couldn’t pull off the comeback.

Carter’s 2-yard run and Jamison Crowder’s catch on the 2-point conversion trimmed Atlanta’s lead to 20-17 with 6:55 remaining.

The Falcons then finally found the dagger drive they’ve been missing, driving 75 yards on nine plays, ending with Mike Davis’ 3-yard run. On second-and-goal, Davis took the handoff, spun and got a collective push from his offensive linemen to get into the end zone to extend the lead to 27-17 with 2:19 to play. Davis finished with 53 yards on 13 carries.

The scoring drive included a 39-yard reception by Pitts, followed by Olamide Zaccheaus’ 15-yard catch and dive for a first down to the Jets 24 on third-and-13.

Matt Ammendola’s 49-yard field goal made it 27-20, but the Jets’ onside kick was recovered by Falcons receiver Olamide Zaccheaus – sealing Atlanta’s victory.

PITTS PARTY

After Patterson’s 17-yard reception to the Jets 2 in the first quarter, the Falcons got a mismatch with defensive end John Franklin-Myers covering Pitts on first-and-goal. Ryan hit Pitts near the back right corner of the end zone to make it 10-0.

After another Jets three-and-out that included Wilson throwing behind Corey Davis, the Falcons ended a 77-yard drive with Hayden Hurst’s 17-yard TD catch to make it 17-0.

LONDON STALLING

London hasn’t been kind to rookie quarterbacks. With Wilson’s loss, they are 0-5 in the English capital since the NFL started staging regular-season games here in 2007.

It was the second London game for both teams, but their first at Tottenham. In 2014, the Falcons blew a 21-0 lead to the Detroit Lions, losing 22-21 on Matt Prater’s game-winning 48-yard FG at Wembley Stadium. A year later, the Jets beat the Miami Dolphins 27-14 also at Wembley.

The NFL will hold another game at Tottenham next Sunday when the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Miami Dolphins.

UP NEXT

Jets: Bye week, then at the New England Patriots on Sunday, Oct. 24

Falcons: Bye week, then at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Oct. 24.

Hurts runs for 2 TDs, Eagles come back to top Panthers 21-18

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jalen Hurts was quiet in the run game for the better part of three quarters, often handing off on zone-read options instead of keeping the ball.

That all changed with the game on the line.

Hurts took matters into his own hands, running for two second-half touchdowns on Sunday and the Philadelphia Eagles battled back from a 12-point deficit to defeat the Carolina Panthers 21-18 and snap a three-game losing streak.

“We were just executing at its purest form,” Hurts said. “It was the zone read making it happen.”

Carolina’s defense controlled the tempo for most of the game and kept Hurts in check, but the momentum began to slip away late in the third quarter when he connected on a 53-yard pass to Quez Watkins to set up a 1-yard TD run.

After T.J. Edwards blocked a Carolina punt, Hurts took advantage with a 6-yard TD run after faking a handoff to give the Eagles their first lead of the game with 2:38 remaining. He capped the score by imitating Cam Newton’s Superman celebration, pretending to rip open his jersey.

Hurts finished with 198 yards on 22 of 37 passing and ran for 30 yards on nine carries, while DeVonta Smith had seven catches for 77 yards and a 2-point conversion for the Eagles (2-3).

Hurts said the Eagles didn’t play up to their standards, but “it was enough.”

“It was the definition of a team win,” added Eagles coach Nick Sirianni. “It’s the definition of what we talk about with `Dawg Mentality’ because the offense wasn’t going good for a long time of that game. But when they needed to make plays at the end and it was still tight, they made the plays that we needed to make there.”

For the Panthers (3-2), it was a painful loss in a game they felt they should have won.

“It sucks, it hurts and I probably won’t sleep tonight,” said Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson of surrendering the double-digit lead.

Sam Darnold had his worst game since joining the Panthers, as he was intercepted three times including twice by Darius Slay. Darnold was sacked three times as Carolina managed just 267 yards against an Eagles defense that allowed 83 points and 851 yards in its previous two games.

It was yet another game in which the Panthers have struggled to find their rhythm on offense in the third quarter.

“We have to come out of the locker room firing,” Darnold said. “We have to execute. We can’t hurt ourselves with penalties and turnovers.”

Darnold finished 21 of 37 for 177 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

“There were guys that were open and we’ve got to make those throws,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said of Darnold’s performance.

Darnold’s effort to bring Carolina (3-2) back in the final 2 1/2 minutes ended when he was picked off by Steven Nelson along the left sideline as he threw under pressure. The Eagles, who were held to 88 yards in the first half, ran out the clock to hand Carolina its first loss at home.

Carolina certainly had its chances to put the Eagles away early.

Darnold slightly underthrew Robby Anderson on a deep ball that was batted away by Avonte Maddox at the last second. He also overthrew Anderson on a third down pass that would have moved the chains. He threw two bad interceptions, one that was returned to the Carolina 10. And, the Panthers missed a golden opportunity for an easy touchdown when center Jason Kelce snapped the ball over Hurts’ head into the end zone, prompting a scramble for the ball. Carolina had four chances to corral the ball before it rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

“We should have scored more points in the first half,” Rhule said.

HUBBARD’S BIG DAY

The Panthers are 3-0 with Christian McCaffrey and 0-2 without him.

But it was difficult to pin the loss on the absence of the 2019 All-Pro as rookie Chuba Hubbard filled in well, rushing for 101 yards on 24 carries – the first 100-yard rushing game of his NFL career. But Hubbard was in no mood to celebrate, saying “We have to find ways to put games away.”

DARNOLD UNDER PRESSURE

Darnold isn’t getting much help from his offense. In the back-to-back losses to NFC East foes Dallas and Philadelphia, he has been hit 19 times and sacked eight times.

“I need to get the ball out faster,” Darnold said.

INJURIES

Neither team reported any injuries.

UP NEXT

Eagles: Host Buccaneers on Thursday night.

Panthers: Host Vikings on Sunday, their fourth home game in six weeks.

Crosby hits 49-yarder after 3 misses, Packers top Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby’s fell into a nightmarish Sunday as the afternoon grew late and a stiff wind kept the flag billowing right to left in Paul Brown Stadium.

The historically reliable kicker missed three straight potential winning field-goal attempts before hitting a 49-yarder in overtime to lift Green Bay (4-1) to a wild 25-22 win over the Bengals.

Crosby had a chance to hit a potentially decisive kick with 2:12 left, and again with 3 seconds remaining in regulation. Both went wide left. He got another chance to win it in overtime, but again he missed left.

Improbably, he got one more try to redeem himself.

“The fact that we kept getting opportunities, you’ve got to give it up to our team, the way we fought to get in that position again,” said Crosby, who’d converted all six field goals and 11 PATs in the first four games. “And I just wanted so badly to come through there. I had a couple go bad there, and I’m just happy to hit that last one. There was a little bit of relief.”

Packers coach Matt LaFleur talked to Crosby before deciding to send him back out again on fourth-and inches from the Cincinnati 32.

“I did what I thought in my gut was the right thing to do,” LaFleur said.

The Bengals’ Evan McPherson also missed on shots that could have won the game – with 26 seconds left in regulation and again in overtime.

“Both teams tried to lose that game a few times,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.

McPherson thought he won it in overtime. He jumped into the arms of holder Kevin Huber after the kick.

“I mean I couldn’t really tell you, maybe a big gust of wind caught it at the last second, but I struck it well,” McPherson said.

Cincinnati had tied the score late in the fourth period. Joe Mixon bounced right for an 8-yard touchdown run, and Joe Burrow hit Tee Higgins in the back of the end zone for the 2-point conversion with 3:27 left.

Crosby was set up for a 36-yard shot with 2:12 left. After that miss, the Bengals drove to the Packers 47, but McPherson’s attempt bounced off the right upright with 26 seconds left. Then it was Crosby’s turn to miss again, a 51-yard attempt.

In overtime, Burrow was intercepted by linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, but Crosby missed his third straight.

“That thing was a roller coaster,” Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said. “I don’t know how we ended up in the situation we were in.”

The Bengals had their opportunities after closing the score to 16-14 at the half and then tying it late.

“We weren’t in unmanageable situations,” Taylor said. “Just couldn’t quite get in that rhythm, and in the second half it just seemed like we had much longer possessions and kind of got on flow and called the game the way we wanted to.”

BURROW INJURED

Burrow was taken to the hospital as a precaution after the game for a possible throat contusion, the team said. Burrow threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns but also took a beating from the Green Bay defense.

RODGERS MOVING UP

Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to move into fifth place on the all-time list. Davante Adams had 11 catches for a career-high 206 yards.

Rodgers threw a 12-yard TD pass to AJ Dillon in the first quarter to tie for fifth place all-time with Philip Rivers. His 5-yard scoring toss to Adams in the second quarter put him ahead of Rivers. He finished 27 for 39 for 344 yards and an interception as the Packers won their fourth straight since losing the opener to New Orleans.

INJURIES

Packers: CB Kevin King left in the second half with a shoulder injury. … Campbell left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury but returned. … Lucas Patrick started in place of C Josh Myers (finger). … CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder) was put on injured reserve on Saturday.

Bengals: LB Jordan Evans was carted off the field with a knee injury late in the first half and did not return. … G Xavier Su’a-Filo was placed on injured reserve on Friday. He started the first two games and suffered a knee injury in Week 2 at Chicago.

UP NEXT

Packers: at Chicago next Sunday.

Bengals: at Detroit next Sunday.

Patriots use late field goal to get 25-22 win over Texans

HOUSTON (AP) Trailing on the road in the fourth quarter, the New England Patriots needed Mac Jones to deliver on Sunday.

The rookie came through, throwing a touchdown pass to tie it before Nick Folk’s 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds left lifted the Patriots to a 25-22 win over the Houston Texans.

The game was tied at 22 before New England (2-3) used a 15-play, 85-yard drive capped by Folk’s fourth field goal of the game to take the lead. The drive was kept alive when Maliek Collins was flagged for roughing the passer on third-and-18 early in the possession.

Houston rookie Davis Mills threw an incompletion after Folk’s field goal before Brandin Cooks fumbled after a catch to seal New England’s victory.

Jones tied it when he connected with Hunter Henry on a 13-yard touchdown with about nine minutes remaining.

“Mac has been good for us all year in terms of his leadership and resilience,” coach Bill Belichick said. “We are counting on him to do the right thing, and he’s doing it on a high level.”

Jones threw for 231 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the Patriots ended a two-game skid.

“Sometimes you have to find a way to win,” said Jones, the 15th overall pick in the draft. “It feels better to not play as well, but win and learn at the same than play OK and end up losing. So the win feels good.”

Jones completed 23 of 30 passes to give him 135 completions this season and tie Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow for the most completions by a rookie quarterback in his first five starts in NFL history.

New England center David Andrews raved about the poise of Jones down the stretch.

“What a great win for him,” Andrews said. “What a great win for this football team. We needed it.”

Mills threw for a career-high 312 yards with three touchdowns to bounce back from last week’s terrible performance where he tied a franchise record with four interceptions.

“Davis protected the football,” coach David Culley said. “He was very good in the pocket and ran our offense very well. We knew going into the game, the most important thing to do was be able to protect the football and he did that.”

But he was unable to move the ball late as the Texans (1-4) lost their fourth straight after beating Jacksonville in the opener.

“You don’t want to lose football games ever, so it’s a harsh feeling,” Mills said. “But the guys rallied together. We (played) how we wanted to a lot during that game, and we can learn from that and find ways to win.”

Belichick continued his success against rookie quarterbacks, improving to 23-6 in those games.

Mills threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Chris Conley on a flea flicker early in the third to extend Houston’s lead to 22-9.

The Texans made an embarrassing mistake later in the third when Cameron Johnston’s punt bounced off the back of teammate Terrence Brooks for zero yards, giving the Patriots the ball at the Houston 36. New England took advantage of the mistake when Folk made a 52-yard field goal that cut the lead to 22-12.

Folk added a 32-yard field goal later in the third to get the Patriots within 22-15 and the Texans missed a 56-yard field-goal attempt early in the fourth quarter.

Mills looked good early as the Texans capped an 18-play drive that took 10 minutes with an 11-yard TD pass from Mills to Antony Auclair. Ka’imi Fairbairn, who made his debut last week after opening the season on injured reserve, missed his first extra point attempt of the season to leave Houston up 6-0.

Damien Harris took a direct snap in the wildcat formation and ran 1 yard for a touchdown for New England early in the first and Nick Folk missed the PAT to tie it at 6-6.

The Texans regained the lead when Chris Moore, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday, made a leaping catch to grab a short pass and dash for a 67-yard TD. Fairbairn missed again to leave Houston up 12-6.

It is the second time in franchise history that the Texans have missed two extra points in a game and the first since Fairbairn also missed two in a 27-20 loss to the Falcons on Oct. 6, 2019.

The Patriots had a chance to tie it after that, but Harris fumbled near the goal line, and the Texans recovered it.

The teams exchanged field goals after that, to leave the Texans up 15-9 at halftime.

INJURIES

Houston left tackle Laremy Tunsil left the game in the third quarter with a thumb injury. … Harris had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter with a rib injury.

PILING `EM UP

New England linebacker Matt Judon had two sacks Sunday to give him 6 1/2 this season, which is the most in franchise history through five games. He’s the first Patriots player to have a sack in four games in a row since Jamie Collins and Chase Winovich both did it in 2019.

UP NEXT

Patriots: Host Dallas next Sunday.

Texans: Visit Indianapolis next Sunday.

Henry scores 3 TDs; Titans send Jags to 20th straight loss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Derrick Henry enjoyed another happy homecoming while continuing to torment his hometown team.

Henry ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns about 25 miles from where he grew up, Kevin Byard returned a fumble for a score and the Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville 37-19 Sunday, sending the Jaguars to their 20th consecutive loss.

Henry padded his NFL rushing lead – he now 640 yards on the ground through five games – as the Titans (3-2) rebounded from an overtime stunner at the New York Jets and avoided consecutive losses to winless teams.

“I think he’s a stud,” Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said. “The crazy thing is, from a rushing standpoint, as an offensive line, we can do way better. We’ve played way better in the past. We’re leaving a lot of meat on the bone there.”

Henry ended a streak of three consecutive road games with at least 150 yards rushing. But he became the third Titans/Oilers player in history to top 60 rushing touchdowns, joining Hall of Famer Earl Campbell (73) and Eddie George (64). Henry has 62 total, including 14 against Jacksonville.

Henry and the Titans have won four straight and eight of nine in the series.

“Derrick does a great job pretty much every week,” Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “You look at what he’s done over the course of his career, especially the last three years. He’s big, his physical and he’s tough. He runs hard and he’s durable. It’s fun to be able to play with him.”

Jacksonville (0-5) moved into sole position of the second-longest skid in NFL history, six shy of tying the record Tampa Bay set in 1977 over its first two seasons as an expansion team. The franchise’s latest debacle came eight days after coach Urban Meyer was captured on camera with a young woman dancing near his lap at an Ohio bar, behavior team owner Shad Khan called “inexcusable.”

Meyer was more animated than usual on the sideline and even ran near the goal line to celebrate a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal play.

But Meyer ended up once again lamenting all that went wrong for his team.

“I see a group of warriors. I see a group of players that I love to death,” Meyer said. “I see a group of players that are spilling it on the field and we’re not getting it. We’re not closing it out.”

The Jaguars fumbled on the third play of the game. Byard scooped it up and ran 30 yards for a score. Jacksonville also missed an extra point; dropped what should have been an interception and maybe a pick-six; missed a 53-yard field goal; and was flagged for a phantom pass interference penalty on a third-down play.

Adding to the list, quarterback Trevor Lawrence appeared to run for his second score of the day in the fourth quarter. But replay officials ruled him down inside the 1-yard line, setting up a fourth-down call. Carlos Hyde was dropped for a 3-yard loss on the ensuing play, and center Brandon Linder suffered what appeared to be a significant leg injury.

The Titans probably needed all that fortune. Their defense was porous most of the afternoon, allowing 454 yards and forcing just two punts. Jacksonville’s James Robinson ran 18 times for a career-high 149 yards and a touchdown.

“Not gonna apologize for winning,” Byard said. “Obviously, it wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t perfect at all. We’ve got to a lot of stuff we need to clean up. But happy to get a win, man, in Duval (County).”

Tennessee was better on the other side of the ball, with Henry grinding out his yardage on 29 carries. Ryan Tannehill completed 14 of 22 passes for 197 yards with a touchdown.

KEY INJURIES

Linder was carted to the locker room, a potentially huge loss for the Jaguars. … Titans CB Kristian Fulton (hamstring), LB Rashaan Evans (quadriceps), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder) and LB Monty Rice (groin) all left the game, adding to an already mounting injury list for the defending AFC South champions. . Jaguars LBs Myles Jack (back) and Dakota Allen (shoulder) also were injured.

UP NEXT

Titans host Buffalo on Monday night, Oct. 18.

Jaguars travel to London to play a “home” game against Miami next Sunday.

Vikings survive Lions rally 19-17 on Joseph FG at final gun

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mike Zimmer has seen enough game-deciding kicks in eight years as coach of the Minnesota Vikings, with outcomes more often than not favoring the other team, that he usually turns away.

“I’m usually saying, if they’re kicking, `Miss this, blankety-blank,’ and if we’re kicking it it’s, `Make this, blankety-blank,'” Zimmer said with a slight smile.

This time, after a near-collapse against the winless Detroit Lions, the Vikings wound up with the better view.

Greg Joseph made a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give the Vikings a 19-17 victory over the Lions on Sunday after new Detroit coach Dan Campbell successfully called for the go-ahead 2-point conversion try with 37 seconds left.

“I’m proud of our guys the way they fought. Not particularly proud of the way we played, though,” said Zimmer, who watched the Vikings (2-3) lose a 10-point lead with less than three minutes left.

Joseph made four field goals, including a career-best 55-yarder, as the Vikings casually played a field position game until the extra-safe strategy nearly cost them a must-have victory.

After Joseph’s 49-yard attempt with 3:17 remaining strangely fell short, the Lions (0-5) went the other way for Austin Seibert’s third field goal to pull within 16-9.

Alexander Mattison, who ably filled in for the injured Dalvin Cook with 153 total yards and a second quarter touchdown catch, had the ball ripped away by Jalen Reeves-Maybin on a third-and-7 run from the Minnesota 21 right after the 2-minute warning with Detroit out of timeouts.

Three plays later, D’Andre Swift had the Lions in the end zone with 7-yard run. Instead of settling for the tie, Campbell kept the offense on the field. Jared Goff, who had turnovers earlier in the game to end two drives that inside the 30, connected on a pass to KhaDarel Hodge for the lead.

“You want it for everybody, man. You’ve got to earn one. We’re this close. We haven’t done it,” said Campbell, who held back tears during his postgame news conference.

The Lions, who have lost nine straight games overall, surely knew better than to feel comfortable at that point. The Vikings used two timeouts and two deep throws from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen to get in range for Joseph, who came through this time after missing a 37-yard field goal on the final play in a 34-33 loss at Arizona on Sept. 19.

“So happy for all the guys in locker room. The team deserved that win, and so happy I was able to deliver,” Joseph said.

Two weeks ago, the Lions lost 19-17 to Baltimore after the Ravens scrambled in the closing seconds to set up an NFL-record 66-yard field goal by Justin Tucker.

“It’s as hard as it gets in this league, to do stuff like that and to try to bounce back from it. I say that every week, but we’ve got a resilient bunch who will bounce back,” said Jared Goff, who posted a 64.3 passer rating while going 21 for 35 for 203 yards.

Eric Kendricks made a one-handed interception in the third quarter, and Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter each had 1 1/2 of the team’s four sacks.

SLOWING DOWN

Justin Jefferson took six of his seven catches for first downs and finished with 124 yards for the Vikings, whose offense has not scored a second half touchdown in four straight games.

Thielen had a 20-yard reception to the 4 that was negated by holding during a second quarter drive the Vikings capped with a field goal. Mattison had a first down catch that crossed midfield called back for a penalty in the third quarter, when the Vikings wound up punting. Cousins went 25 for 34 for 275 yards and an interception. Thielen had one of three drops by Vikings receivers.

“We aren’t happy with our performance, but at the end of the day we’ve got to enjoy a win. We’ve got to still use it as momentum,” Thielen said.

ROOKIE TROUBLE

Griffen beat first-round draft pick Penei Sewell on back-to-back plays in the first quarter to destroy a promising drive for the Lions. On first-and-10 from the 23, Griffen bull-rushed past the seventh overall selection for an 8-yard sack. Then, Griffen used a slick spin move to slip past Sewell, who was listed as questionable for the game with an ankle injury, and take down Goff in tandem with Hunter.

Griffen was credited with a half-sack and a forced fumble, recovered by James Lynch at the 35. Goff leads the league in both fumbles (six) and fumbles lost (four).

INJURY REPORT

Lions: WR Quintez Cephus left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and didn’t return. He landed hard while being tackled as he tumbled out of bounds after a 21-yard reception. … CB Corey Ballentine hurt a hamstring in the fourth quarter.

Vikings: DT Michael Pierce (elbow) was inactive after getting hurt during the game last week, replaced in the starting lineup by Armon Watts. … Cook has missed 23 of 69 regular season games to injury in his career.

UP NEXT

Lions: host Cincinnati next Sunday.

Vikings: visit Carolina next Sunday.

Roethlisberger throws 2 TDs, Steelers top Broncos 27-19

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers silenced the noise. At least for a week.

Funny how having something resembling a running game for the first time in a long time will do that.

Riding an offensive balance nonexistent for most of the last two years, the Steelers held off Denver 27-19 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.

Rookie Najee Harris ran for a career-best 122 yards and a touchdown for Pittsburgh (2-3) before a cramping issue in his calves forced him to stand on the sideline while a late rally by Denver fell short.

The Broncos (3-2) trailed by 18 in the fourth quarter before a pair of Teddy Bridgewater touchdown passes brought them within striking distance. Bridgewater’s fourth-down heave to the end zone with 11 seconds left was intercepted by James Pierre, allowing the Steelers to exhale. For a minute anyway.

Asked if the victory will quiet withering criticism he’s endured over the last month, Roethlisberger just smiled.

“Probably not,” he said. “But we won the game, and that’s all that matters.”

And won in a way they’re probably going to need to keep pace in the highly competitive AFC North. With H arris churning through holes that didn’t exist over the first four games, the Steelers didn’t have to rely exclusively on their 39-year-old quarterback to make something happen.

That was kind of the plan all along and got lost amid a difficult first month. The Steelers dropped three of four behind a retooled offensive line that at times looked overmatched.

Not so much against the Broncos. The Steelers gave up one sack and kept Denver outside linebacker Von Miller in check while running the ball 35 times and passing just 25, the kind of ratio Roethlisberger is more than happy to live with.

Several times Roethlisberger lined up in the shotgun with the option to run or pass, saw coverage that indicated he should probably throw it and opted to hand it off to Harris anyway because the 22-year-old runner and the five linemen in front of him had it going.

“Why take it out of his hand when you’re grinding it, you’re getting it?” Roethlisberger said. “It was kind of fun to watch him excel and take over.”

Yet cramps forced out Harris in the middle of the fourth quarter. Bridgewater, who spent the bulk of the week in the NFL’s concussion protocol before returning to practice Friday, nearly drew the Broncos even.

Bridgewater completed 24 of 38 passes for 288 yards with a pair of scores: a 2-yard dart to Kendall Hinton and a 39-yard rainbow to Courtland Sutton with 5:46 to go that drew Denver within 24-19. Bridgwater then drove Denver to the Pittsburgh 3 in the final seconds before Pierre’s first career interception ended the threat.

“We can’t wait until the game is out of hand to have a sense of urgency,” Bridgewater said.

The loss made Denver’s perfect September look more like a mirage. The Broncos piled up wins against the Giants, Jaguars and Jets last month. Tested by Baltimore and Pittsburgh in back-to-back weeks, the Broncos came up short.

MISSED CHANCES

While Bridgewater lamented another slow start, Denver’s defense didn’t do much to help.

Three times the Broncos appeared to have their hands on an interception only to have the ball fall harmlessly to the turf. Running back Javonte Williams ripped off a 49-yard run in the second quarter only to spike the ball after getting tackled at the Pittsburgh 1. The act drew a delay-of-game penalty and the Broncos ended up with a field goal.

A pass-interference penalty on Kyle Fuller set up Harris’ 1-yard dive, and a rare “leverage” penalty on a Pittsburgh field-goal attempt instead gave the Steelers a first down. Three plays later, Roethlisberger connected with Chase Claypool to give the Steelers 24-6 lead, just enough to give them a bit of peace following a tumultuous stretch.

“We didn’t care if it was pretty (or) ugly,” Roethlisberger said. “We just wanted to win the game.”

INJURIES

Broncos: Cornerback Mike Ford (knee) left in the second half and did not return.

Steelers: Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster went to the hospital with a shoulder injury sustained while getting tackled following a 3-yard gain on an end-around in the second quarter. … Inside linebacker Devin Bush left in the third quarter with an unspecified leg injury. … Harris departed late with the cramping issue.

UP NEXT

Broncos: They begin AFC West play next week hosting the Raiders. Las Vegas swept the season series last year.

Steelers: They host the Russell Wilson-less Seattle Seahawks (2-3) next Sunday night. The Seattle star QB is out after undergoing surgery on his right middle finger last Friday. Geno Smith is expected to start in Wilson’s place.

Brady’s 5 TD passes to pace Bucs’ 45-17 rout of Dolphins

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Antonio Brown is 33 years old and no longer the top playmaker on his team. With Tom Brady’s help on and off the field, though, the oft-troubled receiver is making the most of an opportunity to revive his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady threw for 411 yards and five touchdowns, while Brown showed no signs of slowing down as a playmaker, becoming the fastest NFL player to 900 receptions as the defending Super Bowl champions rolled to a 45-17 rout of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

“I take so much inspiration from Tom. As a professional, as a leader, making sure that I’m doing my job, making sure that all the other 10 guys are doing their job,” said Brown, who had seven catches for 124 yards and two TDs. “He just continues to up the standard and raise the bar.”

Brady threw for more 400 yards with five TDs in the same game for the first time in his 22-year career.

Brown, who joined the Bucs at midseason a year ago after serving an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL personal conduct policy, scored on receptions of 62 and 4 yards in the first half.

Brown, who has stayed out of trouble since signing with the Bucs and helping them win the Super Bowl, joined Julio Jones, Jerry Rice, Torry Holt and Andre Johnson as the only players in league history with 12,000 career receiving yards in fewer than 150 games.

The 11th-year pro was Ben Roethlisberger’s No. 1 option for much of his career. After a brief stay in training camp with the Raiders, Brown played one game with Brady in New England before being released by the Patriots two years ago.

“I’ve played with some great quarterbacks. Roethlisberger. Tom Brady. It’s a blessing,” said Brown, one of a slew of dynamic targets on a deep, talented Tampa Bay roster also featuring Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette.

“When you got Chris and Mike, and AB’s the third guy, it’s ain’t a fair fight,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said.

Brown also extended the NFL’s longest active streak with at least one catch to 141 consecutive games and also became the fastest to 900 career receptions on his first catch of the day. He reached the milestone in 143 career games. Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison was the previous fastest at 149.

“It’s pretty amazing. Just give him a lot of credit. He’s been through a lot and he’s shown a lot of mental toughness, a lot of resilience. Everyone just wants him to succeed,” Brady said.

“We’ve got a unique group of guys. Very talented, but very selfless too,” Brady added. “All those guys are getting opportunities to make plays, and just fun to see when everyone’s involved how fun it can be.”

Since entering the league as a sixth-round draft pick of the Steelers in 2010, Brown has 45 100-yard games receiving – second in the league behind Julio Jones (59). His 19 games with multiple TD catches are tied with Gronkowski for the most over the span.

Evans had TD catches of 34 and 22 yards, and Giovani Bernard also scored on a 10-yard reception from Brady, who finished 30 of 41 with no interceptions – the third straight game the Bucs have gone without a turnover.

The Dolphins (1-4) have lost four straight following a season-opening victory over New England.

“We didn’t execute our game plan defensively. Just collectively as a defense we just didn’t do enough. I’m concerned. We’re out of sync,” Miami coach Brian Flores said. “We’ve adjusted some things, but we’re not seeing the production on Sundays.”

Jacoby Brissett completed 27 of 39 passes for 275 yards, two TDs and an interception in his third consecutive start filling in for the injured Tua Tagovailoa.

Running back Myles Gaskin scored on receptions of 1 and 37 yards for the Dolphins, who trailed 24-17 heading into the fourth quarter.

Fournette scored on a 5-yard run and Brady threw his TD passes to Evans to break the game open before being replaced by backup Blaine Gabbert with 7:06 remaining.

“It’s a tough loss. We’ve got to find a way to bounce back and move forward,” Brissett said.

“Obviously it’s cliche, it’s early in the season, but it really is,” the Dolphins quarterback added. ” We’ve got a lot of football ahead of us.”

INJURIES

Dolphins: WR DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring) was inactive after being limited in practice and listed as questionable. … Brissett appeared to tweak his hamstring scrambling for no gain in the opening quarter, but remained in the game. … TE Adam Shaheen (ankle) left the game late in the second quarter.

Buccaneers: LB Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/hand) returned to the lineup after missing two games. CB Jamel Dean (knee) started after sitting out the previous week. … LB Lavonte David (ankle) limped off the field late in the first half and did not return.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: travel to London to face Jacksonville next Sunday.

Buccaneers: at Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Hail Mary Saints: Winston has 4 TDs, Saints beat Washington

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) After Jameis Winston connected with Marquez Callaway on a Hail Mary touchdown on the final play of the first half, Sean Payton recalled a similar play in his first season as New Orleans Saints coach.

Fifteen years ago, his team’s Hail Mary in Atlanta overshadowed a halftime performance by country music duo Sugarland. Payton on Sunday thought to himself: “If there was any halftime entertainment, that’s a tough spot to be in.”

This one was even sweeter. The Hail Mary was one of Winston’s four touchdown passes, as he overcame two turnovers to help the Saints beat Washington 33-22 for a bounce-back victory.

“Turnovers are going to happen – you just don’t want the trickle-down effect to happen,” said Winston, who completed 15 of 30 passes for 279 yards and made up for an inexplicable interception on the first possession and a fumble on Chase Young’s first sack of the season. “We played efficient football. We made plays when we needed it.”

The win came at a cost with two more injuries. Winston took every snap at quarterback for the first time this season, a necessity after Taysom Hill suffered a concussion while trying to catch a pass in the second quarter.

Winston completed a 72-yard touchdown pass to Deonte Harris, who departed with a hamstring injury. He also connected with Callaway on the 49-yard Hail Mary TD, found Callaway wide open from 12 yards out early in the fourth quarter and sent Washington fans to the exits with a pass to Alvin Kamara that turned into a 19-yard score.

Kamara also had a 23-yard TD run, returned punts in Harris’ absence and racked up 151 total yards.

“Any time I’m catching the ball, I love it,” said Kamara, who didn’t have a reception last week in the overtime loss to the New York Giants. “I think it adds an aspect to our offense. We had an opportunity to do that.”

The Saints (3-2) picked off Taylor Heinicke twice and put some pressure on him a week after not sacking the Giants’ Daniel Jones. Antonio Gibson ran for two touchdowns, but Washington (2-3) could not outscore another rough performance by its defense.

“I think we lack a little bit of confidence right now,” coach Ron Rivera said. “I’m very frustrated. We have too many good football players. Your record tells everybody what you are. We’re a 2-3 football team.”

BIG PLAY SAINTS

New Orleans had two scoring plays of 45-plus yards for the first time since Dec. 18, 2016, when Drew Brees threw TD passes of 45 and 65 yards to Brandin Cooks.

Winston’s 72-yard pass was his longest completion and scoring play of his career and the longest reception and scoring play of Harris’ career.

GILLIKIN’S ISLAND

Punter Blake Gillikin was an unsung star for the Saints, pinning Washington inside its 5-yard line three times. Gillikin had a 60-yard punt that rolled out of bounds at the 1, a 57-yarder to the 3 and a 53-yarder to the 2.

“I’d love to not punt at all because that means we’re doing well,” Gillikin said after getting a game ball. “But to have that kind of game and also get a win is great.”

Washington punted twice and turned the ball over once on those possessions.

BAD WASHINGTON DEFENSE

Washington defenders were convinced the much-maligned unit had turned the corner after beating Atlanta last week in a victory made possible by Heinicke. Instead, the Saints finished with 369 yards and had scoring drives of 75, 60 and 75 yards to go along with the one-play Hail Mary possession.

INJURIES

Saints: Hill and Harris joined a long list of injured New Orleans players, which includes starting LT Terron Armstead (elbow) and C Erik McCoy (calf). LG Andrus Peat left briefly to force some juggling along the offensive line but returned midway through the fourth quarter.

Washington: Wide receiver Curtis Samuel’s lingering groin injury that caused him to miss the first three games of the season knocked him out after being targeted once by Heinicke. … Rookie right tackle Sam Cosmi injured his left ankle on Gibson’s touchdown, and attempted to return later in the second quarter before aggravating it, limping off and being ruled out for the rest of the game. … CB Darryl Roberts left with a quadriceps injury. … WR Dyami Brown and 2020 All-Pro RG Brandon Scherff were each inactive with a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Saints: have their bye week and then visit Seattle on Mon. Oct. 25.

Washington: hosts Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday.

Fields throws 1st TD pass, Chicago’s defense dominates Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) Justin Fields threw his first career touchdown pass, and the Chicago Bears’ defense largely shut down the Las Vegas Raiders’ high-powered offense in a 20-9 victory Sunday.

Damien Williams rushed for a touchdown in the Las Vegas debut for the Bears (3-2), who were accompanied by thousands of vacationing fans.

Derek Carr passed for 206 yards and Josh Jacobs rushed for a late touchdown in the second straight loss for the Raiders (3-2) – their first with fans in the stands at 2-year-old Allegiant Stadium.

Las Vegas struggled on offense in Jon Gruden’s first game since the revelation of the veteran Raiders coach’s racist comment about players’ union leader DeMaurice Smith in an email in 2011. The NFL is looking into the matter, and Gruden could face league discipline for comments made back when he was employed by ESPN.

Jesper Horsted caught the first TD pass by Fields, who went 12 of 20 for 111 yards in the touted Ohio State rookie’s third career start – his first since being named the Bears’ No. 1 quarterback by coach Matt Nagy. The Bears’ 32nd-ranked offense managed just 252 yards, but Chicago’s defense allowed three points in the first 50 minutes.

Khalil Mack led the Bears’ defensive dominance of his former team with eight tackles and a sack of Carr, his good friend, on a 2-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter.

After Cairo Santos’ 46-yard field goal with 2:45 to play put the Bears up by eight, Las Vegas moved 5 yards on its ensuing drive, and Carr overthrew Bryan Edwards on fourth down.

Santos hit another field goal with 56 seconds left, and Chicago hung on to win the latest meeting of two beloved NFL franchises that failed to win a playoff game in the previous decade.

Both offenses started slowly, but Fields pushed Chicago to a 14-3 halftime lead with ample help from the Raiders’ untimely penalties. Chicago went ahead for good early in the second quarter on Fields’ 2-yard TD pass to Horsted in traffic.

Fields briefly left the game in the second quarter when he twisted his left leg while getting tackled by Yannick Ngakoue. Andy Dalton only took two snaps, but still completed a key third-down pass before Fields returned to lead a 16-play, 86-yard, 8 1/2-minute drive ending in Williams’ 4-yard TD run.

Jacobs scored the Raiders’ first touchdown with 9:01 to play, stretching the ball over the goal line an instant before it was ripped out of his hands by Chicago’s defense – but Mack dropped Carr on the 2-point try to keep the Bears’ lead at five points.

SLOW STARTS

The Raiders failed to score on their opening drive in their 11th consecutive game, their longest such streak in nearly a decade. Las Vegas reached the Chicago 3 on its second drive, but a holding penalty on Foster Moreau wiped out a TD run by Jacobs, and the Raiders settled for a field goal.

Las Vegas has scored just eight points in the first quarter this season. Only three teams have scored fewer than the Raiders’ 34 combined points in the first half.

INJURIES

Bears: RT Germain Ifedi left in the second quarter with a knee injury. … Rookie LB Caleb Johnson also was lost with a knee injury.

Raiders: Carr was shaken up on a quarterback sneak on the first snap of the fourth quarter. He appeared to take a head shot from Roquan Smith, but Carr returned a few snaps later after a brief trip to the injury tent.

UP NEXT

Bears: Host the Green Bay Packers (4-1) next Sunday.

Raiders: At the Denver Broncos (3-2) next Sunday.

Herbert’s 398 yards, Ekeler 3 TDs lead Chargers over Browns

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Austin Ekeler scored three touchdowns, including a 3-yard score with 1:31 remaining, as the Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Cleveland Browns 47-42 in a wild shootout Sunday.

Justin Herbert had his record 11th 300-yard game with 398 yards passing and tied a career-high with four touchdowns. Mike Williams had 165 receiving yards and caught two TD passes for the Chargers, off to their first 4-1 start since 2014.

The game saw one tie and eight lead changes, including four lead changes in the final 15 minutes when the teams combined for 41 points.

Ekeler finished with 119 scrimmage yards (66 rushing, 53 receiving). Los Angeles, under first-year coach Brandon Staley, has won three straight and leads the AFC West after losses by Denver and Las Vegas.

Herbert has the most 300-yard games by any quarterback in their first two years in the league.

Browns running back Nick Chubb rushed for 161 yards and Baker Mayfield bounced back, going 23 of 32 for 306 yards and two touchdowns. David Njoku had 149 receiving yards for Cleveland (3-2), which has its two defeats after having double-digit leads in the second half.

After Ekeler’s 19-yard screen pass score from Herbert drew the Chargers within 42-41 with 3:15 remaining, Tristan Vizcaino missed his second extra point of the game.

Cleveland went three-and-out on its ensuing possession, setting up the winning five-play, 48-yard drive.

Herbert, who completed 26 of 43 passes, connected with Jared Cook for a 29-yard completion to the Browns 18-yard line. Four plays later, Ekeler went into the end zone.

Mayfield, who completed less than half his passes last week at Minnesota, was on target on his first nine attempts Sunday, which included a 7-yard touchdown to Rashard Higgins early in the second quarter to give the Browns a 10-7 lead.

Chubb went over the 100-yard mark for the 19th time on the opening drive of the third quarter with a 52-yard run off right tackle to extend Cleveland’s lead to 27-13 before the Chargers rallied.

GOING DEEP

Williams had been the Chargers’ deep threat the past two seasons, but had emerged as a short-route receiver in the new offense during the first four games. That wasn’t the case on Sunday as he had a career-high, 72-yard TD during the second quarter.

After Herbert’ 9-yard keeper and 2-point conversion brought the Bolts within 27-21, the Chargers regained the lead when Williams was left wide open for a 42-yard score.

INJURIES

Browns: Cleveland was already thin in the secondary with rookie CB Greg Newsome II inactive. It got even worse when CB Denzel Ward (neck) was injured during the first half and did not return. The Browns were also missing both starting tackles after right tackle Jack Conklin suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. S M.J. Stewart had a hamstring injury in the second half and did not return.

Chargers: G Oday Aboushi suffered a knee injury during the first quarter and did not return.

UP NEXT

Browns: host the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.

Chargers: hit the road to face the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.

Cardinals use Hopkins, stellar defense to beat 49ers 17-10

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1974, riding a stellar defensive performance to a 17-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

DeAndre Hopkins hauled in a difficult 9-yard touchdown catch with 5:13 remaining, hanging onto the football despite tight defense from San Francisco’s Josh Norman. That gave the Cardinals a 17-7 lead, enough of a cushion to close out the win.

Kyler Murray completed 22 of 31 passes for 239 yards. Hopkins caught six passes for 87 yards.

Niners rookie quarterback Trey Lance had an up-and-down first start, making some impressive plays with his arm and feet. But the San Francisco offense struggled in many of the biggest moments, converting 1 of 5 chances on fourth down.

Lance finished 15 of 29 passing for 192 yards and one interception. He also led the team with 89 yards rushing.

The Cardinals settled for a 10-0 halftime lead after Matt Prater missed a 61-yard field goal attempt as time expired. The 49ers (2-3) did a good job of slowing Arizona’s offense, which came in averaging an NFL-best 35 points per game.

The 49ers finally broke through on offense late in the third quarter when Deebo Samuel ran 13 yards for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 10-7. Samuel came in as the NFL’s leading receiver and also proved a capable runner, taking the pitch from Lance and evading several Cardinals on the way to the end zone.

San Francisco had a few more chances in the fourth quarter but couldn’t convert on fourth downs. Kyle Juszczyk was stopped short on fourth-and-1 at the Cardinals 48 and Arizona defensive lineman J.J. Watt deflected a fourth-down pass a few minutes later.

Arizona, the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team, grabbed a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter thanks to an efficient eight-play, 66-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by James Conner.

Lance was making his first career start in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, inactive for the game because of a calf injury suffered in last week’s loss to Seattle. The 21-year-old rookie had a rough start, throwing an interception after sailing a pass past his intended receiver and right into the arms of Arizona safety Budda Baker. He was also stopped on two fourth-down runs, including one inches shy of a touchdown.

On that play, Lance scrambled to his right and looked like he was going to score, but Isaiah Simmons and Tanner Vallejo closed quickly, meeting the quarterback just before the goal line in a violent collision. Simmons was evaluated for a concussion after the play, but later returned to the game.

WATT’S PRESENCE

Watt had his best game with the Cardinals, coming up with the big pass deflection in the fourth quarter and also getting his first tackle for a loss, stopping Elijah Mitchell for a 3-yard loss in the first quarter.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has had a relatively slow start this season from a numbers standpoint. Even so, defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has been pleased with how much attention Watt draws from opposing blockers, making it easier for other on the defense to make plays.

INJURIES

Cardinals: Cornerbacks Byron Murphy Jr. and rookie Marco Wilson were both inactive because of rib injuries. … TE Maxx Williams was carted off the field in the second quarter after a knee injury. Williams caught a 14-yard pass and then his knee appeared to buckle as he ran out of bounds. … LB Ezekiel Turner (shoulder) and C Rodney Hudson (ribs) left in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

The 49ers are off next weekend before hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 24.

The Cardinals travel to face the Cleveland Browns next Sunday.

Prescott, Cowboys beat Giants 44-20 year after ankle injury

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott threw for three touchdowns the day before the one-year anniversary of his severe ankle injury in the same stadium against the same opponent, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 44-20 on Sunday.

The already injury-plagued Giants lost running back Saquon Barkley to an apparent ankle sprain in the first quarter and quarterback Daniel Jones to a concussion in the second quarter.

After a woozy Jones was taken off on a cart, New York (1-4) pulled even at 10-all on backup QB Mike Glennon’s first snap of the season, a fourth-down handoff to Barkley’s replacement Devontae Booker from the 1.

Glennon and the Giants couldn’t keep it up 364 days after then-Dallas backup Andy Dalton led a comeback to a 37-34 victory following the season-ending compound fracture and dislocation of Prescott’s right ankle at the home of the Cowboys.

Dallas (4-1) has won four games in a row since a loss to Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay in the opener.

Prescott had scoring tosses of 49 yards to CeeDee Lamb and 24 yards to Amari Cooper before star running back Ezekiel Elliott caught a pass in the flat and high-stepped into the end zone for a 4-yard score shortly after missing two plays to get his back checked.

Jones was injured when he was tackled just shy of the goal line by rookie Cowboys linebacker Jabril Cox on a bootleg from the 1. Jones struggled to stay upright, twice putting his hands on his knees before stumbling badly as Dallas’ Jayron Kearse and others rushed to help.

The cart came out for Jones a short time later, just as it did a year earlier when an emotional Prescott was driven off with the pandemic-limited crowd knowing his season was over because of the gruesome scene on the field.

Prescott celebrated to the end this time with more than 90,000 at AT&T Stadium for the third consecutive week. He was 22 of 32 for 302 yards, bouncing back from an interception and botched snap for a lost fumble in the first half.

Barkley had two carries for 9 yards when he stepped on Dallas cornerback Jourdan Lewis’ foot on a play away from the ball. TV footage showed significant swelling on the outside of his left ankle.

Elliott finished with more than 100 yards in consecutive games for the first time since three straight in 2019, finishing with 110 yards and a punctuating 13-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys had 515 yards total offense.

Glennon was 16 of 25 for 196 yards with a late 3-yard touchdown to Booker and two interceptions. The first was Trevon Diggs’ NFL-leading sixth, and the second was returned 45 yards for a score by Anthony Brown in the final two minutes.

Diggs has at least one interception in all five games. The only other Dallas player to do that was Don Bishop in 1961.

TONEY TOSSED

Giants rookie receiver Kadarius Toney, who had season highs of 10 catches for 189 yards, was ejected for throwing a punch at Dallas safety Damontae Kazee after his last reception. Toney threw the punch after Kazee slung him to the ground at the end of a 13-yard play. Toney and Kazee were given offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

INJURIES

Giants LT Andrew Thomas was active but didn’t start because of a foot injury. Nate Solder moved from RT to LT, and Matt Peart took Solder’s spot. Solder was the starting LT before he opted out of the pandemic-altered 2020 season. … Already without WRs Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton because of hamstring injuries, New York lost WR Kenny Golladay to a knee injury. CB Rodarius Williams also didn’t return because of a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Giants: The Los Angeles Rams visit next Sunday.

Cowboys: The added game in the first 17-game season is next Sunday at New England.

Joe Burrow taken to hospital; Daniel Jones carted off field

(AP) — Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals was taken to a hospital as a precaution after suffering a bruised throat, and Daniel Jones of the New York Giants was carted off the field with a concussion on a rough day for young quarterbacks.

The Bengals said Burrow, the first pick overall in the 2020 draft, was having trouble speaking after a 25-22 overtime loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Burrow, already playing with a surgically repaired left knee, was knocked down hard in the second quarter by defensive end Dean Lowry and stayed on the ground for several minutes before walking off the field. The Bengals punted, but Burrow returned on the next drive and threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase.

Jones, the sixth pick overall by the Giants in the 2019 draft, was ruled out against the Dallas Cowboys after sustaining a concussion in the first half. He looked woozy and was taken off on a cart following a hit near the goal line as he was trying to score on a bootleg. Jones tried to get up twice, the second time stumbling before others rushed to keep him upright. After a brief evaluation, the cart came out and took Jones to the locker room.

The Giants also lost running back Saquon Barkley, ruled out after an ankle injury in the first quarter. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay and cornerback Rodarius Williams also left with knee injuries.

Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was taken to a hospital for evaluation of a bruised throat after a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Inglewood, California. The Browns also lost cornerback Denzel Ward (neck), right tackle Jack Conklin (knee) and safety M.J. Stewart (hamstring).

Chargers guard Oday Aboushi (knee) was knocked out in the first quarter.

Tight end Maxx Williams of the undefeated Arizona Cardinals was carted off the field in the second quarter after a knee injury. Williams caught a 14-yard pass and then his knee appeared to buckle as he ran out of bounds. The Cardinals also lost linebacker Ezekiel Turner (shoulder) and center Rodney Hudson (ribs) in the third quarter.

Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders was shaken up on a quarterback sneak on the first snap of the fourth quarter of a loss to the Chicago Bears. Carr appeared to take a head shot from Roquan Smith, but returned after a brief trip to the injury tent.

The Bears lost right tackle Germain Ifedi and rookie linebacker Caleb Johnson with knee injuries, and backup linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (pectoral muscle).

New Orleans’ Taysom Hill suffered a concussion while trying to catch a pass in the second quarter of the Saints’ 33-22 win against Washington, and Deonte Harris, who caught a 72-yard scoring pass from Jameis Winston, left with a hamstring injury.

Washington also lost multiple players. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel’s lingering groin injury that caused him to miss the first three games of the season knocked him out after being targeted once by Taylor Heinicke. Rookie right tackle Sam Cosmi injured his left ankle, attempted to return later but then aggravated it, limped off and was ruled out for the rest of the game. Cornerback Darryl Roberts left with a quadriceps injury.

In a potentially huge loss for Jacksonville, center Brandon Linder was carted to the locker room with what appeared to be a significant leg injury during a 37-19 loss to Tennessee. Linebackers Myles Jack (back) and Dakota Allen (shoulder) also were injured in the Jags’ 20th straight loss.

The defending AFC South champion Titans saw their injury list grow when cornerback Kristian Fulton (hamstring), linebacker Rashaan Evans (quadriceps), guard Rodger Saffold (shoulder) and linebacker Monty Rice (groin) all left the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster went to a hospital with a shoulder injury sustained while getting tackled following a 3-yard gain on an end-around in the second quarter of a 27-19 win against Denver. Inside linebacker Devin Bush left in the third quarter with an unspecified leg injury.

Other injuries Sunday included Dolphins tight end Adam Shaheen (ankle), Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) and Broncos cornerback Mike Ford (knee).

NFL: SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

There have been 18 games with a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime this season, the most such games through the first five weeks all-time.

There have been 21 games decided by three points or less this season, including four such games in Week 5, tied with 2007 (21 games) and 1988 (21) for the third-most such games through the first five weeks of a season in NFL history.

Green Bay defeated Cincinnati, 25-22, in overtime in Week 5. At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first five weeks of the 2021 season, marking the second time ever (2018) that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first five weeks.

With two games remaining in Week 5, 12 of 14 games (85.7 percent) have been within one score in the fourth quarter while three teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points to win in Week 5: the Los Angeles Chargers overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Cleveland, 47-42, New England overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Houston, 25-22, while Philadelphia overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat Carolina, 21-18.

The ARIZONA CARDINALS, the last remaining undefeated team, improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1974 with their 17-10 win over San Francisco in Week 5.

Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 411 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 144.4 rating while wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had seven catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 45-17 win over Miami.

Brady has nine career games with at least five touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (nine games) for the second-most such games in NFL history. Only DREW BREES (11 games) has more.

Brady has 36 career games with at least four touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (35 games) for the second-most such games in NFL history. Only DREW BREES (37 games) has more.

Brady has 12 career games with at least 400 passing yards, tied with BEN ROETHLISBERGER (12 games) for the fourth-most such games all-time. Only DREW BREES (16 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famers PEYTON MANNING (14) and DAN MARINO (13) have more.

Brady, who threw a 62-yard touchdown pass in Week 5, has 45 career touchdown passes of 50-or-more yards, tied with DREW BREES (45) and JOHN HADL (45) for the third-most such touchdown passes in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHNNY UNITAS (51) and PEYTON MANNING (46) have more.

Brown has 906 career receptions in 143 career games and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (149 games) as the fastest player (143 games) to reach 900 career receptions in NFL history.

Brown, who has 12,071 receiving yards in 143 career games, became the fifth player in league annals to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in fewer than 150 games, joining JULIO JONES (125 games), Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (142), TORRY HOLT (146) and ANDRE JOHNSON (146).

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 344 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 25-22 overtime win at Cincinnati.

Rodgers has 422 career touchdown passes and surpassed PHILIP RIVERS (421 touchdown passes) for the fifth-most in NFL history.

Cincinnati rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE had six receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown on Sunday.

Chase is the fifth rookie in NFL history with at least 50 receiving yards in each of his first five career games, joining EARL MCCULLOUCH (first seven games in 1968), CEEDEE LAMB (first six games in 2020), TERRY GLENN (first five games in 1996) and TERRY MCLAURIN (first five games in 2019).

Chase, who has five touchdown receptions this season, is the third rookie since 1990 with at least five touchdown receptions in his team’s first five games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998) and CALVIN RIDLEY (2018).

Making his 20th career start, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 398 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 122.0 rating in the Chargers’ 47-42 win over Cleveland.

Herbert has 44 career touchdown passes, surpassing TONY ROMO (43 touchdown passes) for the fourth-most by a quarterback in his first 20 career starts in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (60 touchdown passes) and Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (51) and DAN MARINO (47) had more.

Herbert has 11 career games with at least 300 passing yards and surpassed PATRICK MAHOMES (10 games) and Pro Football of Famer DAN MARINO (10) for the most such games by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history.

Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY completed 22 of 31 pass attempts (71 percent) for 239 yards with one touchdown pass while wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS totaled six receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals’ Week 5 victory.

Murray has completed 124 of 165 pass attempts (75.2 percent) and has 1,512 passing yards this season and joined DREW BREES (2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (2013) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 1,500 passing yards and a completion percentage of 75-or-higher through his team’s first five games of a season.

Hopkins, who is 29 years and 126 days old, has 770 career receptions and surpassed LARRY FITZGERALD (764) for the most receptions ever by a player prior to his 30th birthday.

The NFL returned to London in Week 5 for the first of two international games on the 2021 schedule, as the ATLANTA FALCONS defeated the NEW YORK JETS, 27-20, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

With touchdowns by Atlanta rookie tight end KYLE PITTS and New York Jets rookie running back MICHAEL CARTER, it marked the third international NFL game in which a rookie from each team scored a touchdown, joining Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on November 11, 2016 (BRAXTON MILLER and JALEN RICHARD) and Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 6, 2019 (JOSH JACOBS and DAVID MONTGOMERY).

Pitts recorded nine receptions for 119 yards and his first-career touchdown reception in the victory, the most receiving yards by a rookie in an international NFL game, surpassing DAVONE BESS (74 receiving yards at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada on December 7, 2008).

Six rookie quarterbacks started in Week 5, including five who are under the age of 23: Chicago’s JUSTIN FIELDS (age 22), New England’s MAC JONES (age 23), San Francisco’s TREY LANCE (age 21), Jacksonville’s TREVOR LAWRENCE (age 22) and the New York Jets’ ZACH WILSON (age 22). It marks the first time since Week 16 of the 2019 season that five quarterbacks under the age of 23 started in the same week.

New England rookie quarterback MAC JONES completed 23 of 30 pass attempts (76.7 percent) with one touchdown and one interception for a 95.3 rating in the Patriots’ 25-22 win over Houston.

Jones has 135 completions in his first five starts, tied with JOE BURROW (135 completions in 2020) for the most completions by a rookie quarterback in his first five career starts in NFL history.

Houston rookie quarterback DAVIS MILLS passed for 312 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 141.7 rating on Sunday against New England.

Mills is the first rookie quarterback to record at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 140-or-higher in a single game in NFL history.

San Francisco rookie quarterback TREY LANCE made his first-career start at 21 years and 154 days old on Sunday and became the fourth-youngest quarterback to start a game in the Super Bowl era.

Other notable performances from Sunday include:

Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 37-19 win at Jacksonville.

Henry has five career games with at least 100 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, tied with JOE MORRIS (five games) and ADRIAN PETERSON (five) for the third-most by a player in his first six seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (nine games) and SHAUN ALEXANDER (six) have more.

New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA totaled 122 scrimmage yards (71 rushing, 51 receiving) and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Saints’ 33-22 win over Washington.

Kamara has 19 career games with at least two touchdowns, tied with four players for the third-most such games by a player in his first five career seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (21 games) and EMMITT SMITH (20) have more.

Kamara has nine career games with both a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown, tied with CHUCK FOREMAN (nine games) and CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (nine) for the most by such games by a player in his first five career seasons all-time.

Dallas cornerback TREVON DIGGS recorded his league-leading sixth interception of the season in the Cowboys’ Week 5 win over the New York Giants.

Diggs is the third player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one interception in each of his team’s first five games of a season, joining BRIAN RUSSELL (first six games in 2003) and LEMAR PARRISH (first five games in 1979).

AP Top 25: Georgia is No. 1, Big Ten grabs half of top 10

(AP) — Georgia was the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday by a unanimous vote, taking the top spot during the regular season for the first time since November 1982.

The Bulldogs (62 first-place votes) moved up one spot in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, a day after preseason No. 1 Alabama lost at Texas A&M. The defending national champion Crimson Tide slipped four spots to No. 5 after its first loss of the season.

After falling out of the rankings last week for the first time this season, the Aggies are back in at No. 21.

Alabama was one of two top-five teams to lose Saturday, opening the door for several teams to rise to rare heights.

Iowa is No 2, up one spot after winning a top-five matchup with Penn State. The Hawkeyes have their best ranking since they reached No. 1 in 1985.

No. 3 Cincinnati has its best ranking ever.

No. 4 Oklahoma moved up two spots after a come-from-behind victory against Texas in the Red River Rivalry.

No. 5 Alabama had a run of 14 straight polls at No. 1 snapped. It is out of the top three for the first time since 2019.

The Big Ten dominates the back half of the top 10 with Ohio State at No. 6, Penn State at No. 7, Michigan at eighth and Michigan State 10th. The Big Ten has five top-10 teams for the first time in the history of the AP poll, which dates to 1936.

Oregon slipped in at No. 9. Kentucky moved up five spots to No. 11 for the Wildcats’ best ranking since 2011.

POLL POINTS

-The last time Georgia was No. 1 was the 2008 preseason poll, but the Bulldogs slipped after the first week of games – even though they won — and has not been back.

This is the 16th time overall the Bulldogs have held the top ranking and the first time they have been a unanimous No. 1.

OUT

Auburn dropped out of the rankings after losing for the second time this season. The Tigers were the latest team smothered by Georgia’s dominant defense.

Auburn did manage to score an offensive touchdown against the Bulldogs, just the second one this season yielded by Georgia.

CONFERENCE CALL

The only other league that has had half the top 10 in the rankings is the Southeastern Conference, which has done it 23 times, according to ESPN.

Not including last season when some FBS teams were ineligible for the poll early in the season because their conferences were not planning on playing a fall schedule, the last time the SEC had five top-10 teams was the final regular-season poll of 2019.

SEC – 7 (Nos. 1, 5, 11, 13, 17, 20, 21).

Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 2, 6, 7, 8, 10).

Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 4, 12, 25).

ACC – 2 (Nos. 16, 22).

American – 2 (Nos. 3, 23).

Pac-12 – 2 (Nos. 9, 18).

Mountain West – 1 (No. 24).

Sun Belt – 1 (No. 15).

Independent – 2 (Nos. 14, 19).

RANKED vs RANKED

No. 11 Kentucky at No. 1 Georgia. The de facto SEC East championship.

No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Texas. The Longhorns get a crack at the other undefeated Big 12 team this week after a crushing loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.

Larson wins Charlotte as Elliott and Harvick continue feud

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Rick Hendrick first began to worry when Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman had electrical issues at nearly same time.

By the time reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott was deliberately crashed by Kevin Harvick and nearly knocked out of the playoffs, Hendrick had seen enough destruction on The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“I was upset. I was ready to go home. It was time to get the helicopter and get out of here,” Hendrick said. “We wrecked everything we had down there.”

Good thing the boss stuck around: Larson rallied from his early electrical issues Sunday to win for the seventh time this season and storm into the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs. It ended a topsy-turvy day for Hendrick Motorsports in which Larson and Elliott advanced, Bowman and William Byron were eliminated, and Elliott was nearly sabotaged by a vengeful Harvick.

Harvick laid in wait to deliver payback on Elliott for Elliott costing him a win at Bristol three weeks ago and the retaliation came at about the halfway mark. Harvick sent Elliott into the wall and on the verge of playoff elimination.

Just as the crews for Larson and Bowman had done earlier to salvage their races, Elliott’s No. 9 team went to work and got the driver back into contention. And even with his bumper flapping in the wind off the back of his Chevrolet, Elliott drove through the field and into position to ruin another day for Harvick.

The team said on their radio Elliott should wreck Harvick if given the chance and maybe that caused Harvick to worry. As Elliott closed on Harvick as they hurtled into the first turn with 10 laps remaining, Harvick botched the entry almost as if he was defensively driving in his rearview mirror

Harvick drove directly into the wall, crumpled the front of his Ford and the crowd erupted as Elliott cruised through the crash scene. Just like that, Harvick’s title run came to its earliest end since the elimination format began in 2014.

Harvick had advanced to the third round the past seven years and all the way to the title race five times. He didn’t admit to wrecking Elliott as payback for Bristol, but he didn’t deny it, either.

“You remember Bristol,” Harvick said the first time he was asked about his intentions. The second time he was asked he responded “sometimes real life teaches you good lessons.”

On the day he made his 750th career start, he finished 33rd and was eliminated along with Christopher Bell, Byron and Bowman.

When asked if the two are now even, Harvick simply walked away.

Elliott subtly masked his pleasure.

“As far as Kevin goes, I just want to wish them a merry offseason and a happy Christmas,” Elliott said.

Is it over as far as Elliott is concerned?

“For us, we’re just eyes forward and happy to be moving on,” Elliott said. “That’s the big picture. We’ll keep fighting.”

Larson, meanwhile, had plunged to 36th when he began to lose power. The lengthy stops to change the battery and the alternator belt saved his race and staved off his own startling flirtation with an early playoff exit.

“I noticed my battery was going low, I was getting stressed out, `Like man, I’m not going to get knocked out of the playoffs like this!’ It wasn’t looking too good,” Larson said. “You think you’re good then all of a sudden you’re running like 40th. I knew I was going to have some sketchy moments. I just had to pick my way through traffic and stay calm.”

Larson became the first driver in NASCAR history to win three road course races in a season. He passed Denny Hamlin for the lead with eight laps remaining to become the first driver since Kasey Kahne in 2006 to win both the Coca-Cola 600 in May and Charlotte’s fall race in the same season.

It was the 36th overall win at Charlotte in any configuration and all series for Hendrick Motorsports, which is headquartered five minutes away from the track.

The Larson victory ended Elliott’s streak of two consecutive wins on the hybrid road course/oval that Charlotte officials designed in 2018 to add an interesting new circuit to the playoffs. The venue didn’t disappoint on Sunday as drivers jockeyed over 109 laps trying to avoid playoff elimination.

“Just a wild race for so many different people,” Larson said. “So many drivers had to overcome something. I don’t think there was anybody that probably had a smooth race at all.”

GMS RACING

Ty Dillon will return to full-time competition next season as the driver for GMS Racing in its inaugural Cup season.

Dillon has run four Cup races this year with Gaunt Brothers Racing and 11 Xfinity Series races with three different teams. He lost his ride at the end of 2020 and has been trying to claw his way back into a seat, and GMS Racing said Dillon was the only driver the team seriously looked at for the job.

Dillon will drive the No. 94 Chevrolet for the team in an alliance with Richard Childress Racing and ECR Engines. The car number dates to the 1990s when current GMS Racing president Mike Beam partnered with Bill Elliott to form Bill Elliott Racing to field the No. 94.

The original Bill Elliott Racing shop is still a current part of the GMS Racing facility.

RICK WARE RACING

Rick Ware Racing will be a full Ford team in 2022 with an alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing and Roush Yates Engines.

RWR has fielded four cars per race this year and owns three charters and leases a fourth. The team owner is under pressure to unload some of the charters to focus on fielding competitive cars.

Ware said Sunday he will have two cars next year, perhaps a third.

“I’m not prepared to run four cars at this time,” Ware said.

JAMES BOND

Daniel Craig capped his final opening weekend as James Bond with a stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he waved the green flag on NASCAR’s playoff race.

Craig is a car enthusiast – he said he’s currently driving an “Audi RS6 which is quite pokey” – and has previously tested for Aston Martin on a closed course. Sunday was his first NASCAR race.

UP NEXT

The opening race of the third round of the playoffs Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

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RECAP | Birmingham Legion FC 3 : 1 Indy Eleven

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (Sunday, October 10, 2021) – Indy Eleven continued to battle for a crucial full three points in a pivotal match for playoff positioning at Birmingham Legion FC, but a trio of goals from the hosts thwarted the Boys in Blue Sunday evening. Midfielder Nicky Law netted his third goal of the season with a first half equalizer but wasn’t enough to overcome second half tallies from Legion FC’s Eli Crognale and Jake Rufe.

Sunday’s loss means that the margin to clinch a playoff berth continues to get thinner for Indy Eleven. Indy remains level on points with Atlanta United 2 at 31, with the Georgian side holding the tiebreaker after claiming the head-to-head record last Saturday at Carroll Stadium. With only 40 possible points available for the rest of the season, Indy will be closely watching the results of those ahead of them in the stands – FC Tulsa (39 pts.), Memphis 901 FC (38 pts.), OKC Energy FC (35 pts.) and Atlanta (31 pts.).

Heavy pressure from Legion FC paid dividends almost immediately as the home side registered three shots on frame in the opening five minutes of the match, two of which forced Eleven goalkeeper Jordan Farr into diving saves. However, Birmingham forward Neco Brett opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a dipping shot inside Indy’s 18 that flew across the face of the goal and into the upper-right corner out of Farr’s diving reach, the opportunity provided by midfielder Ryan James’ flick through the top of the box.

The Three Sparks continued the offensive as Prosper Kasim struck from inside Indy’s penalty area in the 11th minute, but the attempt ended wide of the left post after pressure from Eleven defenders Tobi Adewole and Jared Timmer forced the striker to mishit. Brett put Indy’s back line on notice once again 11 minutes later with a one-time hit off Anderson Asiedu’s squared pass into the 18, but a deflection off Timmer’s ankle sent the ball wide left of the goal with Birmingham being shown the offside flag on the play.

The Boys in Blue had their first look at goal in the 24th minute after earning a free kick from nearly 30 yards out. In his debut with Indiana’s Team, midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma lobbed the dead ball towards the far-left post, but windy conditions carried the ball just out of reach and over the byline for a Birmingham goal kick.

Neither side had another chance at goal until Eleven midfielder Nicky Law leveled the game in the 42nd minute. A long ball from midfielder Gershon Koffie found Ledesma along the right flank for another quick pass to Nick Moon inside Legion FC’s 18-yard box. Moon started to dribble out before turning to drive a low pass to Law at the top of the six, the Englishman chipping the ball over Birmingham ‘keeper Matt VanOekel for his third goal of the season. Despite Legion FC outshooting Indy 10-3 in the first 45 minutes, both teams entered the locker rooms on even ground.

Both sides cautiously restarted the game with Indy getting the first bit of action after the break in the 57th minute when Ledesma’s in-swinging cross from the corner found froward Manuel Arteaga in front of Birmingham’s goal as Venezuelan’s nodded effort fell just wide of the right post. Indiana’s Team put VanOekel to the test again two minutes later as Arteaga’s pass from the right flank bent around two Legion FC defenders and to the feet of Law for a one-time shot from close range, the goaltender doing well to palm the attempt back up the field.

Another 10 minutes passed before Legion FC its next look at goal via another dipping shot from 20 yards out by substitute Zach Herivaux, but Farr came up big with a jumping block to push the ball over the crossbar. Shots from distance continued to pay off big for Birmingham, as Crognale capitalized on a giveaway shortly after entering the match from 30 yards out of Indy’s goal, taking one touch to settle before dipping the ball into the back of the net in the 74th minute.

Indy and Birmingham traded back-to-back chances in the 77th minute with both goalkeepers being forced into diving saves. Legion FC found another look in the 84th minute by way of Mikey Lopez with a low shot inside Indy’s penalty area, but Farr came to the rescue once again after deflecting the ball upwards and collecting before Birmingham could react.

However, Legion FC claimed the final goal of the evening four minutes into second half stoppage time. All 11 of Indy’s players crowded Birmingham’s box to prepare for a corner kick in the dying seconds of the match, but a turnover from the cross led to Rufe getting a chance at goal from 55-yards out and finding the wide-open net before the final whistle.

The Boys in Blue will return home on Saturday, October 16, to take on archrival Louisville City FC for the final time in regular season play. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff on “Real Men Wear Pink Night” presented by Community Health Network Foundation can be secured by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours. Fans who can’t make it to “The Mike” can watch live on MyINDY-TV 23 and ESPN+, listen on Exitos Radio 94.3 FM & exitos943.com, and follow @IndyElevenLive on Twitter.

USL Championship Regular Season

Birmingham Legion FC  3 : 1  Indy Eleven

Sunday, October 10, 2021

BBVA Field – Birmingham, Ala.

Indy Eleven: 8W-14L-7D, 31 pts.; 7th place in Central Division

Birmingham Legion FC: 16W-7L-5D, 53 pts.; 1st place in Central Division

Scoring Summary

BHM – Neco Brett (Ryan James) 8’

IND – Nicky Law (Nick Moon) 42’

BHM – Eli Crognale (unassisted) 74’

BHM – Jake Rufe (unassisted) 90+4’

Discipline Summary

BHM – Phanuel Kavita (Yellow card) 45’

BHM – Thomas Vancaeyezeele (Yellow card) 54’

BHM – Jake Rufe (Yellow card) 90+4’

Indy Eleven line-up (4-4-2): Jordan Farr; Patrick Seagrist, Jared Timmer, Tobi Adewole, Nick Moon; Kevin Partida (Jeremiah Gutjahr 81’), Gershon Koffie (Aboubacar Sissoko 81’), Nicky Law, Ayoze Garcia (captain) (Peter-Lee Vassell 67’); Emmanuel Ledesma (Gordon Wild 67’), Manuel Arteaga

IND substitutions: Bobby Edwards (GK), Liam Doyle, Jeremiah Gutjahr, Karl Ouimette

Birmingham Legion FC line-up (4-3-3): Matt VanOekel; Ryan James (Ben Ofeimu 89’), Phanuel Kavita, Alex Crognale, Jonny Dean; Mikey Lopez, Anderson Asiedu, Thomas Vancaeyezeele (Zach Herivaux 61’), Bruno Lapa (Eli Crognale 71), Prosper Kasim (Jaden Servania 61’), Neco Brett (Jake Rufe 89’)

BHM substitutions: Trevor Spangenberg (GK), Daigo Kobayashi

Indiana Completes Weekend at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Indiana Men’s Tennis Team spent the weekend at Clemson to take on Liberty, the host-Tigers and Mississippi State in a four-team round-robin invite.
 
On Friday afternoon, IU faced off with Liberty in singles and doubles matches. Senior Carson Haskins and junior Luka Vukovic opened the weekend with a 6-3 victory at the No. 2 doubles position.
 
Sophomore Ilya Tiraspolsky continued his hot streak of play with a 7-5, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 singles spot. Senior Vikash Singh was the other winner for IU at No. 6 singles with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory.
 
IU was back in action on Saturday afternoon with a matchup against Clemson. The Hoosiers got a 6-3 victory from senior Patrick Fletchall and sophomore Jagger Saylor in the doubles matchups. Tiraspolsky and sophomore Michael Andre were also winners (6-6, retired) after the Clemson opposing duo withdrew with injury.
 
To cap off the weekend, IU saw positive results in a matchup with Mississippi State. Fletchall/Saylor and Vukovic/Haskins were winners at doubles while Singh got a second win of the weekend in singles.
 
IU is back in action next weekend at the Louisville Invitational starting on Friday the 15th.

IUMG to Compete in Purdue Fall Invitational

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The men’s golf team head just north to in-state rival Purdue to play in the Purdue Fall Invitational at the Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette from Oct. 11-12.
 
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Purdue Fall Invitational • West Lafayette, Ind.
Kampen Golf Course
Par 72 • 7415 yards
Live Scoring via GolfStat
 
TEAMS COMPETING (12)
Ball State, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, INDIANA, Kent State, Marquette, Miami (OH), Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Toledo
 
INDIANA LINEUP
1. Drew Salyers
2. Noah Gillard
3. Ethan Shepherd
4. Mitch Davis
5. Clay Merchent
Harry Reynolds
Ethan Chelf
 
*Competing as an individual
 
TOURNAMENT NOTES
• The 54-hole tournament will be contested over two days with 36 holes being played on Monday and 18 on Tuesday. Each team will play five players (plus individuals) with four counting towards the team total score.
• Both days will utilize a shotgun start with Monday’s action teeing off at 9 a.m. ET and Tuesday beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET.
• The No. 17-ranked Purdue Boilermakers highlight the field that includes four programs inside the top-50 of the latest GolfWeek rankings.
 
TEAM NOTES
• Sophomore Drew Salyers has twice been named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week (Sept. 8 and Sept. 22) after winning his first tournament as a member of the Cream and Crimson at the Hoosier Collegiate and earned a second-straight top-5 finish at the Fighting Illini Invitational.
• The Hoosiers check in at No. 30 in the latest GolfWeek Collegiate Rankings.
 
PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON
• Indiana opened the 2021-22 season with a third-place finish (860; +6) as hosts of the 2021 Hoosier Collegiate Invitational at The Pfau Course in Bloomington. Sophomore Drew Salyers collected Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after winning the individual tournament with a score of 208 (68-72-68; -5) over three rounds.
• The Hoosiers played to a sixth-place finish (856; +16) against a loaded field in the Fighting Illini Invitational and topped six ranked programs. Salyers led the Hoosiers for the second time in as many tournaments to open the season and finished t-fifth after shooting a 209 (68-72-69; -1).
• IU placed 10th overall (856; +4) at the Windon Memorial Classic with both Noah Gillard and Clay Merchent (211; -2) pacing the Hoosiers with t-16th individual finishes.

Indiana Falls in Overtime to No. 24 Kent State

KENT, Ohio. – The Indiana Field Hockey team controlled most of the match on Sunday afternoon but dropped a close 2-1 contest to No. 24 Kent State to close out the Ohio-based weekend.
 
With the setback, IU falls to 7-7 (1-4) while Kent State goes to 8-4 (3-1) on the season.
 
KEY MOMENTS
• Senior forward Hailey Couch earned the first shot of the day, but she was turned away by the Kent State goalie.
• IU earned its first corner of the day in the first period but freshman defender Yip van Wonderen’s shot was blocked away.
• On the second of back-to-back corners, sophomore forward Meghan Dillon tipped in a shot from redshirt sophomore defender Sydney Keld to take an early 1-0 lead.
• Freshman goalie Arabella Loveridge made consecutive saves in the second period to keep Kent State off the board
• IU earned a penalty corner late in the third period but freshman midfielder Kira Curland’s attempt was blocked.
• Couch had another chance on net in the fourth, but Kent State’s keeper made another fantastic save.
• Kent State found an equalizer in the 59th minute off a penalty corner.
• For the second time this season, IU went to overtime to settle a match.
• Kent State got the winning goal in the 65th minute after earning another penalty corner.
 
NOTABLES
• Dillon’s goal was the first of her IU career. She became the 11th different player to score for the Hoosiers this season.
• Keld recorded her third assist of the season on the first-period goal.
• Loveridge made four saves on the afternoon.
 
UP NEXT
• IU returns home on Friday afternoon for a crucial clash with Michigan State at 3:00 p.m.

Epic Comeback Powers 25th-Ranked Boilermakers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A second-half scoring surge helped the No. 25 Purdue soccer team erase a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat Minnesota 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Folk Field.
 
The Boilermakers (10-2-2, 5-1-0 Big Ten) trailed 2-0 after 41 minutes, but dominated a three-goal second half to beat the Golden Gophers (6-4-3, 2-4-0 Big Ten). The rally was started with a goal by sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews in the 64th minute, and an own goal tied the match at 2-2 in the 71st. The comeback was completed in the 85th minute as senior forward Sarah Griffith scored her 11th goal of the season.
 
Purdue’s 10-2-2 overall record and 5-1-0 Big Ten mark is its best since 2007. Ranked nationally for the first time since 2009, the Boilermakers have won two in a row and eight of their last nine and are second in the conference standings with 15 points.
 
“I thought our team showed tremendous resiliency today, being down 2-0 to a good Minnesota team,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “It was a lot to overcome, but I knew if we got that first goal, somewhat early in the half, we could get the momentum. I loved our mentality in the second half. We played a tempo, we played a pace and we moved the ball quickly. We had to send some numbers forward and take some chances, and it really paid off.”
 
Tied for the conference lead with 11 goals, Griffith ranks No. 4 in school history for goals in a season, and her 21 career scores is tied for seventh-most. The three game-winning goals is second in the conference and her eight career game-winners is No. 7 in the Purdue record books.
 
A Naperville, Illinois, native, Griffith has scored in five consecutive matches, tied for the second-longest streak in school history, with six goals in the stretch. She has at least one point in all six Big Ten contests, the second-longest point streak in team history.

No. 25-Ranked Purdue Wraps Up Fall Slate at Kampen Course

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s golf team looks to end its fall slate on a high note, hosting the Purdue Fall Invitational at the Kampen Course on Monday and Tuesday.
 
The 12 teams in the field will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday, via shotgun start. Action is slated to begin at 9 a.m. ET, Monday and 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday.
 
The field is comprised of mostly Big Ten and MAC schools as Purdue puts a cap on the fall season. Seven of the teams are ranked in Golfweek’s most-recent rankings (as of Oct. 7), led by the Boilermakers at No. 25, Indiana at No. 32 and Kent State at No. 33.

THE FIELD (Golfweek Rankings)

  • (25) Purdue
  • (32) Indiana
  • (33) Kent State
  • (45) Cincinnati
  • (74) Marquette
  • (76) Northern Illinois
  • (78) Illinois State
  • (104) Miami, Ohio
  • (119) Minnesota
  • (137) Toledo
  • (145) Eastern Michigan
  • (154) Ball State

 
LAST TIME OUT
Purdue won its first team title in almost two years in thrilling fashion last week, defeating Missouri by one shot at the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate. The Boilermakers, which trailed by five shots with about eight total holes to play among its five players, used a Herman Sekne birdie on the final hole to win the tournament at 21-under par. Individually, Sekne’s birdie on 18 gave him medalist honors by one shot and Joe Weiler finished tied for sixth for his 10th career top-10 placing.
 
PURDUE LINEUP

  • Joe Weiler, Senior / Bloomington, Indiana
    • Continues to play well to start the season, posting three top-12 finishes in three events (10th at Erin Hills, T-12th at Olympia Fields; T-6th at Rich Harvest Farms.
    • All nine of his rounds have been 73 or lower.
    • Ranks 34th in PGA Tour University, the second-highest ranked player in the Big Ten.
    • Owns 10 career top-10 finishes (in 39 events), moving him into 10th all-time in top-10 finishes at Purdue. Has 12 career top-20 finishes.
    • Owns a career 73.17 stroke average – good for third in school history behind Austin Eoff (72.82) and Timmy Hildebrand (72.92).
    • Since the start of the 2019-20 season, 28 of his 54 rounds have been even or under par and is a cumulative 4-over par (71.80 stroke average in that span).
  • Cole Bradley, Senior / West Lafayette, Indiana
    • Strong start to the 2021-22 campaign with a T-6th finish at Erin Hills (67-70-71= 208).
    • After a rough start at Rich Harvest Farms, responded with a final-round 66 to help Purdue to the team title.
    • Ranks seventh on Purdue’s career stroke average list (73.41).
    • 10 of his last 17 rounds dating to last year have been even or under par.
    • Needs 602 strokes to become just the eighth player in school history to amass 10,000 career strokes – a who’s who of Purdue golf.
  • Herman Sekne, Sophomore / Oslo, Norway
    • Sekne is off to an outstanding start as a sophomore, posting three top-25 finishes (T-12 at Erin Hills; T-24 at Olympia Fields; 1st at Rich Harvest Farms). Won his first career tournament last week at Rich Harvest Farms (11-under par).
    • Has posted a team-low score in five of nine rounds so far this year.
    • Averages 68.67 strokes in the first round this year (67 at Erin Hills; 70 at Olympia Fields; 69 at Rich Harvest).
    • All nine rounds have been 74 or lower.
    • Owns a 72.90 career stroke average in 30 rounds.
  • Andrew Farraye, Junior / St. Augustine, Florida
    • Returns to the lineup after posting a top-10 finish at the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate.
    • Owns a 72.33 stroke average and a cumulative 2-over par tally.
    • Has six top-20 performances in 19 career events.
  • Nick Dentino, Junior / Carmel, Indiana
    • Owns a 72.13 stroke average with three rounds of par or better.
    • Has four career top-20 showings in 17 events, including a top-20 at last year’s Boiilermaker Invitational at the Kampen Course.


THE COURSE
The Kampen Course is rated one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and has been awarded 4.5 stars on Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” Kampen receives high marks, being ranked as one of the most difficult golf courses in Indiana. The course has also played host to a number of prestigious collegiate and public tournaments such as the 2000 Men’s Big Ten Championship, the 2003 Women’s NCAA Championship, the 2004 Indiana Open, the 2005 Women’s Western Amateur, and the 2008 Men’s NCAA Championship, the 2017 NCAA Men’s Regional Championship and is slated to host a 2024 NCAA Men’s Regional.
 
PURDUE FALL INVITATIONAL
This will be the inaugural event of the Purdue Fall Invitational. Normally played in the spring, Purdue will host the Boilermaker Invitational on Ackerman-Allen Golf Course in April.
 
WEATHER FORECAST
Monday: Mostly cloudy, afternoon thunderstorms; 85 degrees; S wind 10-20 MPH.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny; 76 degrees; SW wind 10-15 MPH.

Up Next for Butler Golf Women is the Rocket Classic

Butler’s fall campaign continues with the Rocket Classic hosted by Toledo. The 54-hole event will be contested Monday and Tuesday.
 
The Bulldogs’ line-up will include Ally RossAlaina BowieClaire EdwardsKatelyn Le, and Katie SteinmanMadalin Small will play as an individual.

Ross is the reigning BIG EAST Women’s Golfer of the Week following her third-place finish at the Butler Fall Invitational. She led the Bulldogs to a third-place team finish as well.

The Rocket Classic will be played at the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, Ohio. The par-72 course will be set up at 6,118 yards.
 
The Bulldogs are joined in the field by host Toledo, along with Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, the University of Indianapolis, Purdue Fort Wayne, and Ohio.
 
Monday’s play features 36 holes, beginning with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Tuesday features the final 18 holes and another 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Live scoring will be available through Golfstat.

Cardinals Drop Heartbreaker to Rockets

TOLEDO, Ohio – Tatiana Mason collected her second goal of the season on Sunday as the Ball State soccer team returned to the pitch for a Mid-American Conference contest with Toledo. The Cardinals (4-7-1, 2-3-1) fell to the Rockets (8-4-2, 3-3-0), 2-1 from Paul Hotmer Field.
 
The Rockets came out firing with a shot on target just 22 seconds into the contest, but Bethany Moser was up for the task to make the stop.
 
At the eight-minute mark, Mason picked up her first shot on goal, but was unable to beat the UT netminder.
 
In the 17th minute, the Rockets sent a ball on net, but newly inserted goalie Alex DeRuvo was up for the challenge and made the save. Toledo rattled off three more shots, but DeRuvo was unfazed and made all three saves.
 
The Cardinals ended the half strong as they produced the final four shots on goal but were unable to beat the UT goalie. The match went into the half level at 0-0.
 
The second half started slow, as neither squad was able to get a shot on frame until the 61st minute when the Rockets put a shot on goal, but DeRuvo kept the ball out.
 
Kennedy Metzger recorded back-to-back shots on goal at the 74-minute mark but could not beat the Toledo goaltender.
 
In the 82nd minute, Nicky Potts set up Mason who buried a shot into the back of the net and broke the stalemate. Mason notched her second goal of the year, while Potts earned her first assist on the season.
 
The lead did not last long as the Rockets needed just 19 seconds to tie the match when Claire Cahalan found the back of the net. Four minutes later, Stephanie Currie broke the tie as she recorded a goal for the Rockets.
 
BSU returns to the friendly confines of the Briner Sports Complex on Thursday, Oct. 14, for a MAC matchup with Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
 
From the Coach – Head Coach Josh Rife
“Disappointed to play well enough to get a good result today and came away with nothing. For 83 minutes we played well, but unfortunately the last seven minutes proved to be costly. The objective is pretty clear moving forward. We need to put together some wins if we want to have a chance to make the conference tournament.”

GOLDEN GAETINO DELIVERS 2-1 DOUBLE OT WIN OVER CLEMSON

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – It was ‘Golden Goal Gaetino’ inside Alumni Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the sophomore defender lifted the Notre Dame women’s soccer team (12-1-1, 6-0-0) to a 2-1 double-overtime victory against the Clemson Tiger (8-5-0, 3-3-0). 

The Irish not only remain unbeaten at home this season (8-0-1), but also continue their historic start in ACC play with an unblemished 6-0-0 record. 

In the 107th-minute, Sammi Fisher placed a perfect free kick in the middle of Clemson’s box, where Eva Gaetino went full superman dive and headed the ball into the back of the net. It was Gaetino’s first goal of the season. 

How It Happened

Notre Dame’s first goal wasn’t exactly how they drew it up but the Irish certainly didn’t mind. Olivia Wingate found Sammi Fisher on the left side of the box, who tried to cross it back to the middle but instead hit off a Clemson defender and into the goal. 

Most of the half featured the Irish threatening, including a near goal from Kiki Van Zanten, who hit a rocket from around 20 yards out that hit off the left post. Sammi Fisher almost got her goal in the 27th as Clemson’s Hensley Hancuff had to make a diving save to her right to stave off the Irish. 

Clemson had a few opportunities off corners to begin the game including a shot off a corner that would have gone in but Korbin Albert came to the rescue on the far post with a block and a clearance. 

The Tigers got the equalizer in the 52nd-minute off of a corner kick, as the ball found the head of Hal Hershfelt who placed it perfectly in the corner. 

Maddie Mercado almost had the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute after beating a few defenders to free up a right-footed bending shot that glanced off the right post. 

Fast forward to the opening minutes of overtime and Van Zanten had the unfortunate luck of hitting the post yet again after a great right-footed flick beat the keeper. 

Then, in the 107th-minute, Gaetino delivered off the free kick to hand Notre Dame its eighth straight win. For Fisher, it was her fourth assist on the season. 

Up Next

The Irish embark on a critical three-match road swing against three straight top-10 opponents, starting with Virginia on Oct. 17. 

Moala named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State redshirt senior defensive end Inoke Moala was named this week’s Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Sunday evening.
 
Moala was key to the Sycamore’s defensive efforts against visiting Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon as Indiana State set a new Curt Mallory-era record six sacks in the 37-27 win over the Leathernecks.
 
The Mishawaka, Ind. native took over the game early with 3.5 sacks over the first half. Moala made his impact felt right before the first half break as the defensive end recorded sacks on back-to-back plays, including forcing a fumble the offense recovered. The back-to-back sacks led to a hurried WIU field goal that missed and gave the Sycamores the 24-7 lead at the break.
 
Overall, Moala finished with a season-high six tackles in the contest and added 3.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry in Indiana State’s first conference win of the 2021 season.
 
Moala currently leads the MVFC in total sacks (6.0) and tackles for loss (10.0). He is also tied for seventh overall in the FCS individual rankings in both statistical categories.
 
Sunday’s recognition marks the second time Moala has received conference weekly honors in his career. He previously earned the recognition back in the 2019 season following a two-sack, two-forced fumble game against Eastern Kentucky on September 14.
 
Moala is also the second Sycamore defensive player and fourth player overall to receive conference weekly honors this season. Michael Thomas (Defensive) received the nod following his performance against Eastern Illinois, while Phazione McClurge (Newcomer) and Hunter Lunsford (Special Teams) earned recognition in the ISU win over Eastern Kentucky.

Mastodons Celebrate Senior Day And Defeat Wright State 2-1

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team celebrated senior day and picked up three huge points with a 2-1 win over Wright State on Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

With the win, Purdue Fort Wayne’s record improves to 4-6-4 overall on the season and 3-4 in the Horizon League. Wright State’s record drops to 4-7-3 overall and 2-3-2 in the Horizon League. The win was also the Mastodons’ first win in program history against Wright State, ending a streak of 10 matches against the Raiders without a win.

Wright State got off to a quick start with a goal in the seventh minute by Josie Krupp. Krupp’s shot was deflected by a Mastodon defender and was able to get past a diving Samantha Castaneda. The Mastodons would respond with a goal of their own from Morgan Reitano at the 26th minute, with the assist from Kayla Shebar. Shebar had a long cross to the middle of the field, Reitano caught the Wright State goalkeeper out of position and snuck the ball to the low left post.

In the second half, Reitano would score the go-ahead goal at the 52nd minute with the assist coming from Rylee Vruggink. Vruggink was able to find Reitano off a cross towards the net, and Reitano would again sneak the ball past the goalkeeper to the low right post. The goals are Reitano’s team leading fifth and sixth goals of the season, while Vruggink and Shebar picked up their second assist of the season. Reitano’s six goals is tied for second in program history for most goals scored in a season.

The Raiders would not go down without a fight. They had a free kick opportunity 20-yards away from the goal with seven minutes left in the second half. Olga Massombo attempted the free kick, and her shot was saved high and to the left by a diving Castaneda. The save proved to be a crucial moment in keeping the lead for the ‘Dons. The Mastodons are now 4-1 when Reitano scores a goal.

On the day, the Raiders out-shot the Mastodons 18-11 and had a 10-5 shots on goal advantage. Reitano led the ‘Dons in shots with four, three of her shots would be on goal. In goal was Castaneda, she saved nine shots and allowed one goal. She had several crucial saves to limit the Raiders to one goal. 

In addition, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team honored seniors Kailyn WadeAlexandra Ibarra, and Tia Johnson prior to Sunday’s match.

The Mastodons will be back at the Hefner Soccer Complex on Thursday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) against Youngstown State. Thursday’s game will be a pink out.

Mastodons Blast Off to Rocket Classic This Week

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team will take on nine teams this week at the Rocket Classic.

Event: Rocket Classic
Host: Toledo
When: October 11-12 | 36 holes Monday, 18 holes Tuesday
Where: Catawba Island Club | Port Clinton, Ohio
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,118 yards
Format: Play 5, take 4
Live Results: Golfstat

Competing Teams
Ball State, Bowling Green, Butler, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Indianapolis, Purdue Fort Wayne, Ohio, Toledo

Catawba Island Club
The Catawba Island Club has evolved to become one of the finest private clubs on the Great Lakes. Renowned for its natural beauty, generations of families have come to renew and create their fondest memories at CIC, “Your home away from home.”

Mastodon Lineup
Emma SchroederLaura CaetanoAnna OlafsdottirKennedy Brooker and Casey Bunner will play for the Mastodons’ team score. Arny Dagsdottir and Taylor Norman will play as individuals.

One in a Brazilian
Laura Caetano, a native of Brasilia, Brazil, has the second-best career average in Mastodon history. She has an average of 84, which only trails Holly Anderson’s 77.39. Anderson played for the Mastodons from 2018-21. Caetano shot a 75 in the second round of the Cardinal Classic on September 20 and in the second round of the Golden Grizzlies Invitational on September 27.

Last Time Out
The ‘Dons took seventh at the Golden Grizzlies Invitational on September 27.

Next Time Up
Purdue Fort Wayne will close its fall season with a trip to Kettering, Ohio to play in the Dayton Flyer Invitational.

Freshmen Continue to Thrive on Final Day at Bradley

For the second consecutive day, a pair of freshmen sat atop the team leaderboard for the Valparaiso University women’s golf team on Sunday. Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills) provided the team’s top score of the day at the Bradley Coyote Creek Classic, a two-day, 54-hole event hosted by the Braves at the par-72, 6019-yard Coyote Creek Golf Club in Bartonville, Ill. Valpo’s second-best Round-3 performance came from fellow freshman Madison Keil (LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland), who achieved the team’s top overall score for the tournament.

How It Happened

  • Fay enjoyed her second sub-80 round of the tournament, matching her Round-1 score with a 77 on Sunday. She finished the weekend at 236 (+20) to climb to t-41 on the overall leaderboard.
  • Keil ended up as part of a tie for 38th with her team-best 235 (+19). She stroked her second sub-80 round of the weekend with a 78 to close out the event on Sunday.
  • Freshman Katie Schreiner (Fenton, Mo. / Summit) accounted for one of the four eagles in the tournament. She eagled the Par-4 eighth hole in Thursday’s final round.
  • The remaining three Valpo golfers all carded 85s on Sunday.
  • The team matched its Round-2 score with a 325 in Round 3 to total 966 (+102) over the 54 holes. The Beacons placed 11th, just four strokes behind 10th-place Western Michigan while owning a healthy 17-stroke edge on 12th-place Chicago State.
  • Xavier won the team title at 871, while Emma McMyler of the Musketeers took individual medalist honors at 206.

Thoughts from Head Coach Jill McCoy

“Anna and Madison did a great job of keeping the ball in play today. I’m very happy with their scores and the progress they have made during their first fall season.”

Up Next

The Beacons will close out the fall portion of the season at the Dayton Flyer Intercollegiate, which will take place on Oct. 18-19 at NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio. 

SHUMATE’S STRIKE SENDS JAGUARS TO 1-0 ROAD WIN

DETROIT, Mich. – The IUPUI women’s soccer team got a critical road victory on Sunday (Oct. 10), tallying a first half goal and making it stand in a 1-0 win at Detroit Mercy. Sophomore Leah Shumate scored on a free kick from just inside midfield and senior goalkeeper AP Woodall dialed up a shutout for IUPUI’s first road win of the season. 

The win snapped the Jaguars’ four-game losing skid with three of those outcomes coming by a one goal margin. 

On Sunday, freshman Paige Waskom drew a foul in a seemingly innocuous spot on the field, just inside the midfield stripe in the 34th minute. Shumate made the Titans pay, driving a long ball towards the upper left-hand corner of the net. UDM goalkeeper Jazmine Scott read the attempt correctly, but had the ball squirt through her hands and over the endline for the game’s first goal. 

“It’s always a great feeling to get the lead. We had a great effort by the whole team to keep it,” Shumate said. “It’s awesome to come out with a win and we are aiming to keep the momentum going.”

It proved to be enough as the IUPUI (3-10-1, 2-5 HL) defense kept Detroit’s offense at bay throughout. The Titans were limited to just nine shots overall and one on target in the game’s closing minutes. Woodall came up with her lone save of the day in the 88th minute, engulfing a Hailey Wentzloff attempt hit right at her. 

Juniors Autumn WeeksGrace Moore and Maya Turner helped deliver the win from the defensive third, neutralizing the Titans’ group of front runners. On the flip side, Elizabeth Bueckers paced the IUPUI offense with three shot attempts and Maya LacognatoSam Slimak and Shumate had two each. 

IUPUI outshot Detroit Mercy 11-9 and 4-1 on target. Senior Renae Blevins had a quality chance in the 43rd minute, hitting a strike from just outside the penalty area that Scott pushed wide of target. 

The Jags tried to deliver a knockout blow early in the second half, getting early attempts from Slimak and Bueckers, but was unable to get one past Scott. 

The shutout was the eighth of Woodall’s collegiate career.

The win was beyond critical for the Jaguars’ postseason hopes as the league’s top six teams will earn spots in the Horizon League Tournament. IUPUI entered play with just one Horizon League victory, but has already faced the top three teams in the league standings this year. 

IUPUI will return home to host Green Bay on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium. 

Hounds Top Competition in Epic Early-Season Meet

GREENWOOD, Ind. – The UIndy swimming & diving teams topped a star-studded field at the UIndy Invitational Saturday and Sunday, held both on campus at the Ruth Lilly fitness Center and in nearby Greenwood, Ind., at the Center Grove Aquatics Center. At a meet that featured a combined nine top-eight teams from last spring’s NCAA DII Championships, senior Johanna Buys set a high-profile individual record while leading the women’s 200 free relay squad to a strong B-cut time.
 
Buys highlighted the meet with a lightning-fast first leg of the 200 FR. The Lusaka, Zambia native broke her own UIndy 50 free record with a time of 22.52  – which would have won the event national championship last year. She was joined in the relay by Leticia VaselliJulia Magierowska and Krystal Caylor, as the quartet notched an NCAA provisional mark of 1:32.36.

FINAL TEAM SCORES

Women’s
1.UIndy (3)787.5
2.Wingate (6)687
3.Lindenwood (4)669.5
4.Nova Southeastern (8)630
5.Grand Valley State (5)554
Men’s
1.UIndy (3)860
2.Lindenwood (5)702
3.Wingate ((7)655.5
4.Grand Valley State (8)642.5
5.Nova Southeastern (14)466

(#) denotes placement at the 2021 NCAA DII Championships

#2 Hounds Slide by Truman 2-0 Sunday Afternoon

INDIANAPOLIS – Another win was added to the total for the No. 2 University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team, who dropped Truman 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Key Stadium in a Great Lakes Valley Conference showdown. The Greyhounds now sit at a perfect 8-0-1 on the season so far.

HOW IT HAPPENED 
Despite the Hounds firing a handful of shots at the net, both teams were forced into a scoreless stalemate heading into the halftime locker room. The high powered offense finally led to a goal in the 55th minute when Bryan Moreira collected a pass from Alejandro Steinwascher and netted his third goal of the season.

The duo of Moreira and Steinwascher jumped right back into the points column later on in the 82nd minute when Steinwascher blasted his team-high seventh goal past the keeper on a Moreira assist. With the goal, Steinwascher has now tallied a goal in three-straight matches.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-UIndy dominated the offensive side of the ball by managing 29 shots compared to just six from Truman
-A total of six yellow cards were called, four of which were on the Bulldogs
-Steinwascher led the team with five shots while Cole Rainwater and Kendall Allen trailed right behind with four apiece.

UP NEXT
The Greyhounds will hit the road and travel to Southwest Baptist for a matchup beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Greyhounds Split Sunday Match Against Bulldogs

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team gained their first draw of the season against Truman State on Sunday at Key Stadium, their record is now 8- 1 -1 overall.
 
The Hounds were led by Kiki Sauceda who scored the lone goal for the Greyhounds off a penalty kick near the end of the first half. Sauceda had four shots, two of which were on goal.
 
Truman got six shots off against the Greyhounds, landing three on goal. Greyhound Goalkeeper, Sophia Saucerman manned the net for the entirety of the match, posting two saves.
 
The Bulldogs were led by goalkeeper Beth Hopwood who posted seven saves.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– UIndy took 19 shots, landing eight on goal.
– There was 11 fouls on each team
– The Hounds took seven corners while Truman had two.
 
UP NEXT
The Hounds will travel to Southwest Baptist on Friday, Oct. 15. Kickoff will happen at 6 p.m. ET.

Czerwonka Sisters Win MVC Championship in Flight 1 Doubles, Olivia Takes Crown in Flight 2 Singles

Sisters and doubles partners Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) have achieved no shortage of accomplishments in their time with the Valparaiso University tennis program. But Sunday represented perhaps their most significant achievements yet.

The sisters knocked off Illinois State’s top-seeded doubles tandem of Zlatanovic/Potsi 8-4 to capture the conference crown in Flight 1 Doubles at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships, hosted this weekend at the Valpo Tennis Complex.   

“I cried after the match,” Claire said. “This was my last time competing in the individual conference championships, and winning this is something I’ve wanted to do for five years. We’ve worked hard for this. We didn’t get to have individual conference last year due to COVID, so this was our time.”

An unforgettable day for the Czerwonka family continued as Olivia rolled to a straight-set 6-4, 6-2 victory over Illinois State’s Alexandra Abyasova in the Flight 2 Singles championship to secure her second conference title of the day.   

“I’m really speechless,” Olivia said. “I’m proud to be standing with Claire to win the doubles championship together. It’s incredible for our team and we’re proud to represent Valpo. We’re so blessed to be doubles partners with each other; each of us knows how the other one plays.”  

Leading 4-3 with the match on serve, Valpo broke the Illinois State tandem to take a 5-3 edge and go up a break in the eventual 8-4 victory.

“The break was big,” Claire said. “In doubles, that’s tough to do, so that was a big break and it gave us the momentum. We worked really hard for this moment during the COVID year, and our teammates were a big part of it. Our team chemistry is great and everyone had an amazing showing this weekend. The support of our teammates and coaches has been special.”  

In Set 1 of the singles match against Abyasova, Olivia broke serve on a deuce point at 4-3 to go up 5-3. Illinois State broke back to put the match back on serve, but Olivia broke serve at 5-4, winning on another deuce. In Set 2, Olivia broke serve on a deuce to go up 4-2 in the set on her way to the 6-2 victory. Olivia had faced Abyasova earlier this season in the Redbird Invite and prevailed 6-0, 4-6, 10-8.

“The first set was extremely important,” Olivia said. “I had faced (Abyasova) earlier this season, and we split the first two sets. I knew it was going to be a tough one. After the first set, I was confident in my mindset.”

This marked the first time Valpo hosted an MVC Championship event in tennis and the third time the University has hosted an MVC Championship in any sport.

“It was awesome to be at home,” Olivia said. “We had the support of our family and friends and the other athletes. It was fun to hear people cheering us on. Being able to sleep in our own beds instead of staying in a hotel helped a lot as well.”

Olivia became the second Valpo singles player to win an MVC tennis title, joining Jelena Vujanic (2018). The Flight 1 win by the sisters marked the program’s first MVC title in doubles.

“Winning this is incredible and shows a lot about our program,” Olivia said. “I give all of the credit to (head coach) Bob (Modesto) and (assistant coach) Patrick (McAuley). They’re out here every day at 6 a.m. to help us get better. It’s incredible what they do for our team. The team has improved so much under Bob’s coaching the last few years.”

In Flight 2 Doubles, Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) and Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) garnered a close 8-6 victory over Lukacova/Houston of Missouri State in the fifth-place match.

A trio of Valpo players competed in third-place singles matches on Sunday. Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) earned her second win of the tournament by besting Bradley’s Madalena Andrade on a third-set tiebreak 6-3, 2-6, 10-4. In Flight 6 Singles, Schoolcraft fell 6-2, 6-2 to Drake’s Kelsey Neville. In Flight 5 singles, Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) fell 6-4, 6-2 to Illinois State’s Elena Jankulovska.

Inside the Matches

  • The Czerwonka sisters collected their sixth win as a doubles tandem this season, capping off an unblemished 3-0 weekend. Olivia lifted her career doubles win total to 31, while Claire elevated her program-record doubles win total to 58.
  • The Czerwonka sisters’ victory came over an Illinois State pair that featured Tijana Zlatanovic – the 2020-21 MVC Singles Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and an All-MVC selection in both singles and doubles.
  • Olivia became the first Valpo student-athlete to win multiple individual conference championships on the same day since Julian Smith won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the 2012 Horizon League Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
  • Olivia upped her season singles record to 10-2 and boosted her career singles win total to 34. She went a combined 5-0 between singles and doubles during this weekend’s event.
  • Tabanera and Schoolcraft grabbed their fifth win as a doubles tandem this fall.
  • Jhaveri increased her season singles win total to six and her career singles win total to 22.

Thoughts from Head Coach Bob Modesto

“This is the first time we’ve won an MVC Championship in doubles, so that shows you how far we’ve come in our doubles play. It’s phenomenal to see Olivia win the singles championship; she puts in the work and does things the right way. She’s so coachable and teachable. For her to accomplish what she’s accomplished bodes well for the future of Valpo tennis. Olivia is going to sleep well after winning two conference championships in one day.”

“Claire not only surpassed the program doubles record on Friday, but she kept winning in doubles on Saturday and Sunday. Claire and Olivia had lost to part of that Illinois State doubles team in the past, so that makes this a great accomplishment.”

“Amanda did tremendously well this weekend. She finished fifth in singles and did a great job in doubles. She combined for a 4-2 record in singles and doubles this weekend. Demi came back and won a match tiebreak today to finish off a great weekend. A lot of players are devastated after losing the second set, but Demi came back and won that match tiebreak with a tremendous performance. Mia is an all-star for us. She didn’t have the results she would like, but she is a no-quit type of player who never gives up. We’re looking for great things from her in the future. Bella did terrific in doubles; she came through in the clutch. It was Allison (McConnell’s) birthday yesterday – unfortunately she had an injury – but she enjoyed a great birthday weekend none-the-less.”   

“Two years ago, when we played at Northern Iowa for the MVC Individual Championships, we were done after two days and were already home on Sunday. For us to not only be in the finals, but to win two of them, is a great accomplishment for the team. This shows how far we’ve come. We feel really good about the way we played this weekend.”  

Up Next 

The Beacons will close out the fall season this Saturday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. with a dual match against Grand Valley State that will take place at the Valpo Tennis Complex.

Niesner Named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Valparaiso University football fifth-year senior Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) was recognized by the Pioneer Football League following his best statistical performance in a Valpo uniform in Saturday’s game at St. Thomas.

The Spring 2021 co-PFL Special Teams Player of the Year boasted a career-best 53.2 yards per punt average on six attempts this week, launching four punts of 50-plus yards and all six 40 yards or more. His performance marked the 10th-best single-game punting average in Division-I FCS this season.

Niesner’s biggest boot of the day was a 63 yarder that represented his career long. With his successful Saturday in St. Paul, Niesner’s season average is up to 43.7 yards per punt. He ranks 17th nationally in Division-I FCS this season and ranks seventh among active Division-I FCS players with 7,843 career punting yards.

Niesner, who was named to the FCS Punter of the Year Preseason Watch List and was a semifinalist for that honor a year ago, also earned PFL Special Teams Player of the Week laurels twice during the six-week Spring 2021 docket.

Following Saturday’s 20-13 setback to the Tommies, Valpo has a bye week before returning to action on Oct. 23 vs. Dayton at noon at Brown Field.

Freshmen Continue to Thrive on Final Day at Bradley

For the second consecutive day, a pair of freshmen sat atop the team leaderboard for the Valparaiso University women’s golf team on Sunday. Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills) provided the team’s top score of the day at the Bradley Coyote Creek Classic, a two-day, 54-hole event hosted by the Braves at the par-72, 6019-yard Coyote Creek Golf Club in Bartonville, Ill. Valpo’s second-best Round-3 performance came from fellow freshman Madison Keil (LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland), who achieved the team’s top overall score for the tournament.

How It Happened

  • Fay enjoyed her second sub-80 round of the tournament, matching her Round-1 score with a 77 on Sunday. She finished the weekend at 236 (+20) to climb to t-41 on the overall leaderboard.
  • Keil ended up as part of a tie for 38th with her team-best 235 (+19). She stroked her second sub-80 round of the weekend with a 78 to close out the event on Sunday.
  • Freshman Katie Schreiner (Fenton, Mo. / Summit) accounted for one of the four eagles in the tournament. She eagled the Par-4 eighth hole in Thursday’s final round.
  • The remaining three Valpo golfers all carded 85s on Sunday.
  • The team matched its Round-2 score with a 325 in Round 3 to total 966 (+102) over the 54 holes. The Beacons placed 11th, just four strokes behind 10th-place Western Michigan while owning a healthy 17-stroke edge on 12th-place Chicago State.
  • Xavier won the team title at 871, while Emma McMyler of the Musketeers took individual medalist honors at 206.

Thoughts from Head Coach Jill McCoy

“Anna and Madison did a great job of keeping the ball in play today. I’m very happy with their scores and the progress they have made during their first fall season.”

Up Next

The Beacons will close out the fall portion of the season at the Dayton Flyer Intercollegiate, which will take place on Oct. 18-19 at NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio.

MEN’S GOLF: IU EAST AT RANDAL SADLER INVITE – DAY 2 RECAP

LIBERTY, Ind. – Angel Del Valle and Emiliano Tercero both placed 15th to lead the Indiana University East men’s golf representatives at the Earlham College Randal Sadler Invitational, which concluded Oct. 10.

Del Valle and Tercero posted a 36-hole score of 166 on the par-72, 6,964-yard layout at Harbor Links Golf Course. Del Valle carded a team-best 80 in the final round.

An IU East group that included the Red Wolves’ four true freshmen finished with a team score of 684 to finish fourth in the team standings. IU East posted identical team scores of 342 in both rounds of the 36-hole event.

Del Valle, Tercero (82 in the final round) and Dillon Letendre (84 in the final round) all improved their scores from Round 1 to Round 2.

Tournament host Earlham won the event with a 36-hole team score of 627. Earlham’s Mychal McKelvey was medalist with a 150.

This tournament gave the IU East players who did not travel to the Red Wolves’ late-September out-of-state events a chance to compete in a fourth fall event.

This event concluded IU East’s fall season. The Red Wolves’ conference championship season is in the spring.

WOMEN’S GOLF: IU EAST AT BATTLE AT THE HENGE PREVIEW

The 35th-ranked Indiana University East women’s golf team concludes its fall season at the Grace College “Battle at the Henge” on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12.

Play begins at noon on Oct. 11 at Stonehenge Golf Club in Winona Lake, Ind.

The final round begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Oct. 12.

FOLLOW THE TOURNAMENT

Stonehenge Golf Club is located at 2850 East Pierceton Road in Winona Lake, Ind.

Live scoring is scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for tournament recaps and results.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* The is the fifth and final event on the IU East fall schedule. The Red Wolves have two first-place finishes and two runner-up finishes in four events this year.

* In addition to being ranked a program-best 35th in the NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches Poll, the Red Wolves are 30th in the GolfStat NAIA national team ranking. IU East’s Jo Wisecup is 120th in the GolfStat NAIA national individual ranking.

* IU East enters this event with an 18-hole fall team average of 319.13. Jo Wisecup has a team-best 18-hole individual average of 77.63.

2021 HCAC Women’s Golf Championship – Day 3 Recap

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology makes it three in a row, capturing its third straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Women’s Golf Championship title on Sunday.
 
Complete Team Scores – Day 3
Complete Individual Scores – Day 3
Combined Team Results – Day 3
2021 HCAC Women’s’ Golf Championship Page
 
The Fightin’ Engineers took the 2021 team title with an impressive 54-hole total of 947 (318, 306, 323), setting a new HCAC Championship team record. Transylvania University finished in second place with a score of 1,004 (343, 337, 324), with Hanover College picking up third with a team tally of 1,026 (336, 350, 340).
 
Rose-Hulman’s Rachel Zhang took the medalist honors, carding a strong three-day total of 227 (81, 69, 77), featuring a second-round score of 69, which set a new HCAC Championship record. Fightin’ Engineer teammate Meg Fosnot finished in second overall, garnering Newcomer of the Year honors, as the lowest scoring first-year in the competition with a total of 237 (82, 74, 81). Maci French of Franklin College took third, with a score of 239 (81, 79, 79) while there was a three-way tie for fourth, with Transylvania’s Grace Chilton (84, 81, 78), and Rose-Hulman’s Precious Saelee (77, 85, 81) and Lily Byrne (78, 80, 85) all carding 243 totals. Claire Waggener from Earlham College set a new program record for her efforts, finishing in eight with a 246 (79, 82, 85).

The top-10 finishers of the championship earn all-conference honors. For leading the Fightin’ Engineers to their second straight championship, Kevin Robinson was voted the 2021 HCAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year.

Tigers Sweep Weekend After 1-0 Victory Over Gators

Meadville, Pa.- The DePauw University field hockey team finished its weekend on the road on top, beating the Allegheny College Gators 1-0.

The Tigers’ only goal of the matchup between the Gators came in the 12th minute of play by Allison Quackenbush, who managed to rebound a saved shot and slip it past Allegheny’s goalkeeper and into the cage.

DePauw would finish the matchup outshooting its opponents 16-9 and only allowed a total of two penalty corners throughout the whole game. In the cage, goalkeeper Bella Lauber totaled six saves and improved to 3-0 this season.

DePauw improves to 2-1 in NCAC play and, on October 16, hosts the Kenyon College Ladies at Reavis Stadium at 12 pm EDT.

Tigers Drop Non-Conference Match to Big Blue

Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw dropped to 9-8 on the season following a 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-18) loss to Millikin on Senior Day in Neal Fieldhouse. The Big Blue improved to 13-6 on the year.

Millikin outhit DePauw, .144-.050, while the Big Blue held a 31-23 edge in kills. Sarah Herman and Katie Gansle each recorded six kills for the Tigers, with Tori Stuart pacing Millikin with 11. Grace Filbrun led DePauw with 10 assists with Olivia Grbavac finishing with a match-high 17 for Millikin.

Jenna Purichia paced the Tigers with three of the team’s four aces and Anna Deutschmann had four of the Big Blue’s 11. Purichia led with 15 digs and Ashley Haas totaled three blocks. Julianna Vassallo had 11 digs for Millkikin with Sophia Gibbs recording a team-high three blocks.

DePauw returns to North Coast Athletic Conference action on Saturday, October 16, with a 1 p.m. match at Oberlin.

Women’s Golf Concludes Fall Slate at HCAC Championships

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Manchester University women’s golf team concluded its fall slate at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships this weekend. The Black & Gold wrapped up the three-day outing on Sunday October 10.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology claimed this year’s conference title after shooting a team score of 947. Transylvania (1004), Hanover (1026), Mount St. Joseph (1037), and Franklin (1053) rounded out the top half of this year’s conference field.

Manchester finished the weekend with a team score of 1224. Individual Scores for the Spartans are below.
 

PlayerRound 1Round 2Round 3TotalFinish
Sara Knepper90918326416th
Bella Carrillo100WithdrewN/AN/AN/A
Colleen Caylor989399290T-30th
Sydney Dillmon10610710832143rd
Ella Qualkenbush11613211736548th
Totals3944234071224

RECAP | Men’s Golf Closes Out Fall Slate with Third Place Finish

LIBERTY, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s golf team concluded their fall slate of competition with the Second Annual Randal Sadler Invitational on Oct. 9-10, hosted by Earlham College.

The Grizzlies’ top-five ended their fall with a third place finish, shooting a 652 (332-320) to finish behind Earlham and Tiffin in the standings.

Senior Alan Showalter capped off the fall with a sixth place finish, shooting a 157 (78-79). A pair of freshman in Tim Leonard (85-79) and Hayden Posch (83-81) finished just outside the top-10, tying for 12th place overall with a pair of 164s. Rounding out the Grizzly top-five was junior Carter Giggy in 18th place with a 167 (86-81) and Zach Ricketts in a tie for 26th with a 174 (92-82).

The Grizzlies ‘B’ team was paced but sophomore Zayne Spangler and his tie for 19th place with a 169 (87-82). Freshman Ryan Bostic placed 21st with a 170 (90-80), senior Lucas Thornton finished 30th with a 180 (90-90), sophomore Blake Hammond tied for 36th with a 188 (96-92) and freshman Sam Maurer placed 40th with a 194 (92-102).

RECAP | French Earns Third All-Conference Honor, Grizzlies Wrap Up Fall at HCAC Championships

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin College senior Maci French became a three-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) selection on Sunday (Oct. 10) as the Grizzly women’s golf team wrapped up their fall at The Legends Golf Club and the final round of the HCAC Championships.

The Lebanon, Ind.-native earned her third straight top-10 finish at the conference championships, placing third overall with a 239 (81-79-79). French became the latest Grizzly to earn three straight All-HCAC nods and the first since former FC standout Paige Lundy, who was an all-conference selection each year from 2013-16. She also became the fourth Grizzly all-time to earn three all-conference selections, joining Lundy, Grace Adams and Katie Tewell.

Franklin finished the event in fifth place overall, shooting a 54-hole total of 1063 (362-343-348).

Placing second on the team and 21st overall was junior Mara Wilson, who carded a 270 (91-89-90) from the number two spot in the lineup. A pair of freshmen finished third and fourth on the team, with Claire Sampson tying for 22nd with a 272 (93-89-90) and Sarah Cooper earning a share of 27th with a 277 (102-86-89).

Freshman Jenna Imel took 37th with a 303 while sophomore Kayla Nance took 41st with a 306. Both competed as individuals. Senior Taylor Dixon and sophomore Jocelyn Duncan also competed in the event.

RHIT Women’s Golf Wins 3rd Straight HCAC Title – Headed to NCAA Again

FRANKLIN, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology took home four of the top five positions to earn its third straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s golf championship at Legends of Indiana Golf Course on Sunday.

The Fightin’ Engineers earned a 57-shot victory over the field to earn HCAC championship honors for the third straight season.  Rose-Hulman will also represent the HCAC at the NCAA Division III Championships for the second consecutive year.  This spring’s NCAA championship begins May 10 in Houston, Texas.

Rachel Zhang led Rose-Hulman’s performance with a 10-shot victory in the individual competition.  Zhang, a 3-time all-HCAC honoree, won the tournament with a score of 227 after rounds of 81, 69 and 77.  Her Saturday round of 69 marked Rose-Hulman and HCAC championship records.  She now has finishes of 1st (2021), 3rd (2018) and 4th (2019) in HCAC championship competition.

Meg Fosnot came home 2nd individually with a 3-day score of 237.  Fosnot was also named HCAC Newcomer of the Year after rounds of 82, 74 and 81.

Lily Byrne and Precious Saelee tied for 4th place with 3-day scores of 243.  Saelee earned her second career all-HCAC honor with rounds of 77, 85 and 81.  She has career HCAC individual finishes of 1st (spring 2021) and 4th (fall 2021).  Byrne made her initial appearance at a conference championship event with scores of 84, 81 and 78.

Lauren Conley added a 14th place individual finish with scores of 94, 83 and 84 for a total score of 261.

Kevin Robinson captured HCAC Coach of the Year honors for the 3rd consecutive year.  He leads a program that finished 14th at the 2021 NCAA Division III National Championships last spring, the best national finish for a Rose-Hulman women’s athletic team at NCAA championship competition.

Rose-Hulman will now take a break from competition until the spring of 2022.

Men’s Soccer: Ravens Top Lions on Stadium Dedication/Hall of Fame Induction Day

The Anderson University men’s soccer team earned its second Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) victory on Saturday after defeating the Lions of Mount St. Joseph University 4-2. After going down in the first half, the Ravens were able to gain their composure and come back to secure the victory.

Before the match, Anderson University hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to mark the completion of Stage 1 of the newly named Fridley Field. Stage 1 of the project consisted of: an underground sprinkling system, video scoreboard, fencing of the facility, finishing the press box, vinyl siding the building, concessions stand purchased, picnic tables, landscaping, stadium bleachers, and four team areas with sports medicine and a restroom.

During the celebration, it was announced by the AU Men’s Soccer Alumni that the field will now be named after Head Coach Scott Fridley as Fridley Field.

With the match underway, the ball went back and forth on the field with both sides taking a shot on goal. A physical match ensued between the two sides, with multiple fouls happening throughout the full 90 minutes.

As both sides continued to take shots, the Lions (2-10, 1-3) found the back of the net first in the 27th minute from Sergio Dole off a Justin Ives assist. Mount St. Joseph would take a couple more shots, but it would be the Ravens (5-6-2, 2-0-2) who found the net next. In the 43rd minute, right before halftime, Drew Vaughn (Beavercreek, Ohio / Beavercreek) found the back of the net off a Dalton Grubbs (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) assist. The half ended in a 1-1 tie.

The second half resulted in an offensive showcase for the Ravens, taking multiple shots and finding the goal multiple times. The half started with two back-to-back shots by Caleb Gonser (Terre Haute, Ind. / Terre Haute South), with the first being blocked and the second saved by Lions goalkeeper Matthew Hibbard. The Lions would take the ball down the field and have two shots as well, but hit both off frame. Then, in the 63rd minute, Dalton Grubbs found the back of the net for himself to give the Ravens the lead. The play started with Grant Conklin (Lewisburg, Ohio / Troy Christian) making a pass across the box that the Lions were able to clear out. Dalton Grubbs was then able to be the first player to get to the ball, taking one touch to put him about 25 yards out from goal, then sending in the air above the Lions defense and into the top right corner. The ball hit off the crossbar, but landed straight down and just across the goal-line to give the Ravens a 2-1 lead.

Both teams would get one more shot before the Ravens found the goal for the third time. Grant Conklin gave the Ravens a 3-1 lead with a goal in the 75th minute. Conklin received the ball in the center of the box in-between two defenders. He was able to keep the ball on his foot as he turned it around with the outside of his foot to get past his defenders and face the goal and slide the ball on the inside of the oncoming keeper into the back of the net. 

Just three minute later, Conklin would get his second goal of the game. The Ravens would earn a free kick on their offensive half. Dalton Grubbs would use the free kick to send the ball into the box. Sam Rowlison (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) got a piece of the free kick, which he headed where Grant Conklin was running to be able to volley the ball in the air and put the ball low and to the ground just under the Lions’ goalkeeper. The Ravens now led the Lions 4-1.

Mount St. Joseph answered quickly, taking a shot off a free kick that was initially saved twice by the Ravens but followed up by the Lions Michael Abel to make it a 4-2 game.

Anderson would spend the rest of the game taking six more shots, but were unable to get any past the Lions goalkeeper. The final whistle would blow and the Ravens would secure their second victory of the week.

On the match, Conklin totaled two goals while Grubbs racked up four points off a goal and two assists. The Ravens dominated the game, almost doubling the Lions’ shots. Anderson held 22 shots with half of them on goal versus the Lions’ 13 shots and nine on goal. Caleb Gonser led the team with five shots on the day, hitting three on frame. Victor Silva (Paramount, Calif. / St. Matthia Catholic) had four shots with one on goal. Grant Conklin followed with three shots, putting two in the back of the net to help lead the Ravens to victory. Stephen Fite (Cincinnati, Ohio / Homeschool) had two shots with one on goal. Drew Vaughn and Dalton Grubbs both netted their only shot. Cameron Beadle (Terre Haute, Ind. / North Vigo) and Caleb Opoku (Columbus, Ohio / Worthington) both hit their only shot on goal. Matthew Murray (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike), Sam Rowlison Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern, Luke Burkle (Muncie, Ind. / Delta), and Usman Kamara (Indianapolis, Ind. / Franklin Central) tallied up the rest of the Ravens shots.

On defense, Danny Moro-Medina (Goshen, Ind./ Goshen) saved seven of the nine shots he faced. Dalton Grubbs and Drew Vaughn shared the team lead with three steals each while Caleb Gonser and Drew Vaughn shared the team lead with two intercepts apiece.

The AU men’s soccer program had 2001 graduate Ryan Bennison inducted into the Anderson Hall of Fame as well as the 2000 men’s soccer team inducted into the Anderson Hall of Fame. Bennison is the fourth men’s soccer player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He earned first-team all-HCAC honors as a junior and senior, while being named the HCAC MVP as a senior. The 2000 men’s soccer team is the first team in program history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. That conference championship team finished with a 13-8 overall record and a 5-0 HCAC record, marking the program’s only undefeated season in conference play.

Head Coach Scott Fridley had this to say after Saturday’s game and Homecoming festivities: “What a day. We had early opportunities to get ahead and couldn’t get it in the goal. We are learning and getting better for sure. The second half, we did a better job of finding the net. It was an exciting day. There were lots of people celebrating Ryan Bennison and the 2000 team. They are a very special bunch. I’m proud of the boys.”

On Wednesday the Ravens hit the road as they head to Defiance, Ohio to take on the Yellow Jackets of Defiance College (7-8, 2-2) in an HCAC match-up. Kick-off is at 3:30PM.

Women’s Tennis: Anderson Secures No. 2 Seed on Senior Day

The Anderson University women’s tennis team secured a No. 2 seed for the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament on Senior Day as the Ravens went 2-0 on Saturday at the Riviera Club in Indianapolis.

Anderson (9-4, 4-1) and Hanover (3-4, 3-2) entered the match tied for second in the HCAC standings with the winner of Saturday’s HCAC matchup clinching the No. 2 seed and a first round bye in the conference tournament. The Ravens fought past the Panthers with a 6-3 victory. Anderson then edged Adrian College (3-3) by a score of 5-4 to close out the day. Anderson also recognized its lone senior Anna Creech (Richmond, Ind. / Richmond)

COMMENTS ON WIN AGAINST HANOVER

Anna Creech – The team really fought hard. We showed tremendous grit to beat a conference rival. It is great to get a first round bye at conference.

Coach Matt Moore – We outlasted a great opponent in a war of attrition. Our mental poise and physical conditioning led us to the victory. I could not be prouder of this victory.

ANDERSON 6, HANOVER 3

No. 1 Doubles – Maddie Shannon/Linde Meerpoel (Hanover) def. Anna Creech/Morgan Nation (Anderson) 8-5

No. 2 Doubles – Madelyn Brown/Megan Long (Anderson) def. Melania Tippery/Isabelle Roberts (Hanover) 8-5

No. 3 Doubles – Jenna Kuntz/Claire Hannaford (Anderson) def. Rachel Pinnick/Lyka Waskom (Hanover) 8-5

No. 1 Singles – Anna Creech (Anderson) def. Maddie Shannon (Hanover) 6-2, 7-5

No. 2 Singles – Linde Meerpoel (Hanover) def. Megan Long (Anderson) 6-1, 6-1

No. 3 Singles – Madelyn Brown (Anderson) def. Isabelle Roberts (Hanover) 6-1, 3-6, 6-0

No. 4 Singles – Morgan Nation (Anderson) def. Melania Tippery (Hanover) 6-2, 7-5

No. 5 Singles – Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) def. Rachel Pinnick (Hanover) 6-3, 6-2

No. 6 Singles – Cassie Froedge (Hanover) def. Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) 6-1, 6-2

ANDERSON 5, ADRIAN 4

No. 1 Doubles – Jules Johnson/Elizabeth Himebauch (Adrian) def. Anna Creech/Morgan Nation (Anderson) 8-3

No. 2 Doubles – Megan Long/Madelyn Brown (Anderson) def. Bethany Posey/Vasiliki Gargasoulas (Hanover) 8-3

No. 3 Doubles – Regan Snyder/Liv Depies (Adrian) def. Jenna Kuntz/Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) 8-7 (10-8)

No. 1 Singles – Jules Johnson (Adrian) def. Anna Creech (Anderson) 6-4, 6-0

No. 2 Singles – Megan Long (Anderson) def. Elizabeth Himebauch (Adrian) 6-3, 6-2

No. 3 Singles – Madelyn Brown (Anderson) def. Vasiliki Gargasoulas (Adrian) 6-3, 6-0

No. 4 Singles – Morgan Nation (Anderson) def. Liv Depies (Adrian) 6-3, 6-1

No. 5 Singles – Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) def. Bethany Posey (Adrian) 6-2, 6-4

No. 6 Singles – Regan Snyder (Adrian) def. Claire Hannaford (Anderson) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)

UP NEXT

The Ravens open the HCAC Tournament on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Ky. Anderson takes on the winner of the HCAC play-in matchup between third-seeded Hanover and sixth-seeded Manchester University (0-12, 0-5) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Hanover.

Men’s Tennis: Ravens Fight Past Adrian

The Anderson University men’s tennis team (7-1) fought past Adrian College (2-1) with a 6-3 victory on Saturday at the Riviera Club in Indianapolis.

DOUBLES RESULTS

No. 1 – Brandon Falk/Ryan Cuddy (Adrian) def. Seth Nation/Colton Stevens (Anderson) 8-5

No. 2 – Tucker Bradley/Parker Bradley (Anderson) def. Zachary Perry/Sebastian Smith (Adrian) 8-7 (7-5)

No. 3 – Cory Evans/Sam Songer (Anderson) def. Sebastian Cowan/Whitman Hopper (Adrian) 8-3

SINGLES RESULTS

No. 1 – Ryan Cuddy (Adrian) def. Colton Stevens (Anderson) 6-1, 6-3

No. 2 – Brandon Falk (Adrian) def. Tucker Bradley (Anderson) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

No. 3 – Seth Nation (Anderson) def. Sebastian Cowan (Adrian) 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 1-0 (11-9)

No. 4 – Cory Evans (Anderson) def. Sebastian Smith (Adrian) 6-3, 6-4

No. 5 – Sam Songer (Anderson) def. Zachary Perry (Adrian) 6-2, 6-1

No. 6 – Dylan Lemon (Anderson) def. Joey Quigley (Adrian) 6-4, 6-3

UP NEXT

Anderson is scheduled to resume its match with Alma College (0-1) on Feb. 19 at the Community Sport and Wellness Center in Pendleton at a time to be determined.

Women’s Golf: Anderson Takes Ninth in HCAC Championships

The Anderson University women’s golf team took ninth place in the three-day Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships, which concluded on Sunday in Franklin.

Anderson compiled a 54-hole team score of 1,211. The Ravens recorded daily team scores of 390, 421 and 400. As a team, Anderson finished with a relative-to-par round average of 28.92, which is the lowest overall average since 2014 and the lowest average in a conference meet since 2013.

“I’m super proud of the girls and how they handled themselves this weekend,” Coach Morgan Douglass said. “They did a great job of working through tough holes and competing! I’m looking forward to the spring and seeing them continue to grow.”

Lauren Chapman (Carmel, Ind. / Heritage Christian School) claimed 33rd place with a 291 (+75). The junior from Carmel carded rounds of 99, 102 and 90 on the par-72 layout at The Legends Golf Club.

Taylor Gillum (Daleville, Ind. / Daleville) tied for 36th with a 304 (+88) after firing rounds of 100, 107 and 97.

“We all had our highs and lows each day,” Gillum said. “Overall, I’m glad with how we played and how the season ended. I’ve really enjoyed playing with the girls this season and spending time with them.”

Faith Firle (New Castle, Ind. / New Castle) also tied for 36th with a 304 (+88) after shooting rounds of 97, 104 and 103. Jayda Hurst (Pittsboro, Ind. / Tri-West) earned 39th with a 313 (+97) after providing rounds of 94, 109 and 110. Lauren Benton (Frankton, Ind. / Frankton) secured 44th with a 332 (+116), behind rounds of 113, 108 and 111 to round out Anderson’s scorers.

Anderson resumes action in its non-traditional season in the Spring.

Men’s Golf: Ravens Secure Seventh in 2nd Annual Randal Sadler Invitational

The Anderson University men’s golf team finished in seventh place on Sunday in the two-day 2nd Annual Randal Sadler Invitational in Liberty.

Anderson put together a team score of 786. The Ravens finished Day 1 with a score of 384 and Day 2 with 402.

Carson Coffman (Coshocton, Ohio / Coshocton) finished in a tie for 28th place with a score of 175. Coffman shot rounds of 83 and 92 on the par-72 layout at Harbor Links at Sagamore Resort.

Tyler Nettles (Terre Haute, Ind. / Northview) finished in 41st with a combined score of 197 (95-102). Right behind him was Konnor Johnson (Muncie, Ind. / Yorktown) and Joey Stern (Lapel, Ind. / Lapel) finishing in 43rd and 44th respectively. Johnson recorded a total score of 204 (104-100) while Stern had a 210 (102-108).

Sunday marked the end of the non-traditional season for the Ravens. Head Coach Carter Collins had the following to say about the weekend: “This was an important weekend for us to wrap up the non-traditional season. The course at Earlham was challenging – probably the most difficult of the three that we played this fall. I believe that our guys are heading into the offseason with the right mindset, as we look to grow and improve heading into our spring season in a few months.”

Anderson will be back on the course in the Spring of 2022 for their traditional season.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1909       At Bennett Park, Honus Wagner becomes the first player to steal three bases in a World Series contest. The Pirates’ third baseman’s thievery enables Pittsburgh to beat Detroit, 8-6, in Game 3 of the Fall Classic.

1911       Ty Cobb (Tigers – AL) and Frank Schulte (Cubs – NL) receive cars for being the first-ever Most Valuable Player in their respective leagues. The new honor, known as the Chalmers Award, is sponsored by Chalmers Automotive, a Detroit based automobile company.

1915       In front of the largest crowd ever to see a World Series game, 42,300 fans watch the Red Sox beat the Phillies in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, 2-1. The contest, which is played at the National League home of the Braves to accommodate more Boston patrons, ends when Duffy Lewis singles with two outs to score Harry Hooper in the bottom of the ninth inning.

1929       The Cubs become the first National League team to win a Fall Classic contest since 1926 when the Redbirds beat New York in Game 7. Chicago breaks the Senior Circuit’s ten-game World Series skid in Game 3 with a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia at Shibe Park.

1947       The Yankees trade Joe Gordon, a future Hall of Fame second baseman who will leave the Bronx after playing in precisely 1,000 games and collecting exactly 1,000 hits, to the Indians for Allie Reynolds, known as Superchief by his teammates due to his Creek heritage. The trade works well for both teams when Cleveland’s newest infielder plays a significant role in the Tribe’s World Championship next season, with the Bronx Bombers’ recently arrived right-hander compiling an impressive 131-60 (.686) record during his eight years with the team.

1948       In Game 6 of the Fall Classic, the Indians beat Boston at Braves Field, 4-3, to capture the team’s second World Series title in franchise history. Bob Lemon wins the game, with Gene Bearden pitching the final one and two-thirds innings to earn the save.

1959       At Syracuse’s MacArthur Stadium, middleweight champion Carmen Basilio umpires an exhibition game between Mickey Mantle’s AL All-Stars and Willie Mays’ NL All-Star barnstorming squads. The contest, which costs only $2.50 to attend, features a home run hitting competition between Braves slugger Hank Aaron and Indians right fielder Rocky Colavito, who led the American League in home runs this season.

1964       In Game 4 of the World Series, Ken Boyer’s sixth-inning grand slam off Yankee starter Al Downing gives the Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Yankees. The St. Louis third baseman is the second National Leaguer to hit a postseason bases-loaded round-tripper.

1965       In Game 5, a 7-0 victory over the Twins at Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis becomes the second player to steal three bases in a World Series game. The L.A. center fielder joins Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, who accomplished the feat on the same date 56 years ago against Detroit in Game 3 of the 1909 Fall Classic.

1967       Carl Yastrzemski, Reggie Smith, and Rico Petrocelli, his second of the game, all go deep off Dick Hughes in the bottom of the fourth inning at Fenway Park, marking the first time three teammates hit home runs in the same inning in a World Series game. Boston’s eventual 8-4 victory over St. Louis knots the Fall Classic at three games apiece.

1967       With a year remaining on his contract to manage Washington, Gil Hodges inks a three-year deal to become the Mets skipper, ending the speculation that Yogi Berra, a coach with the team, would replace the recently-resigned Wes Westrum. New York agrees to pay significant reparations to the Senators and send a player from the 40-man roster to Washington to get the fan-favorite former Dodger.

1968       The Giants name Clyde King as the team’s new manager, replacing Herman Franks. San Francisco fires their new skipper, who will guide the club to 90 victories next season after the team blows an 8-0 lead in a contest against the Padres in May of 1970.

1968       The Cardinals trade outfielder/first baseman Bobby Tolan and right-hander Wayne Granger to the Reds for Vada Pinson. The World Champion Redbirds obtain the former All-Star Gold Glove outfielder to replace Roger Maris, who retired after the season ended.

1970       “It was as if [Boston] Mayor Menino were to trade the USS Constitution to Baltimore for the USS Constellation.” – HERB CREHAN, referring to the Red Sox dealing Tony Conigliaro to the Angels in his book Red Sox Heroes of Yesteryear. During the O’s/Reds World Series, the Red Sox trade fan-favorite Tony Conigliaro along with Ray Jarvis and Jerry Moses to the Angels for Doug Griffin, Jarvis Tatum, and Ken Tatum. The deal stuns the baseball community and crushes the former Boston outfielder, who fans admire for his courageous comeback after being hit in the left cheekbone by a Jack Hamilton pitch that caused a severe eye injury.

1971       At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, Pat Nixon becomes the first First Lady to toss out a ceremonial first pitch at a major league game. Richard’s wife, a frequent visitor at Washington DC’s Griffith Park with her then vice-president husband and daughters in the 1950s, does the honors before Game Two of the World Series, a contest that hometown Orioles handily beat the Pirates, 11-3.

1972       Bobby Winkles, former head baseball coach at Arizona State, becomes the first major league skipper taken from the collegiate ranks since Hugo Bezdek managed the Pirates in 1917. The Angel coach, who compiled a 524-173 record en route to three national championships with ASU, replaces the recently fired Del Rice, who spent one season with the fifth-place (75-80) Halos.

1972       In the fifth and deciding game of the NLCS at Riverfront Stadium, George Foster scores the winning run from third base in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch thrown by Bob Moose, giving the Reds a dramatic 4-3 walk-off victory over the Pirates. Earlier in the inning, Johnny Bench hit a home run off Dave Giusti to tie the score.

1973       Less than two weeks after leaving the Yankees for the second time in his career, Ralph Houk signs a three-year deal to be the Tigers manager, a team in a rebuilding mode. The Major, replacing a fiery Bill Martin, fired by the team at the end of August, will compile a 363-443 (.450) record during his five seasons in the Motor City.

1975       As the first host of Saturday Night Live, George Carlin compares baseball to football in the opening monologue of the ground-breaking show. The comedian jokes the national pastime is a gentler game, portraying the sport as pastoral and played in a park as opposed to football, where the objective is to march downfield and penetrate enemy territory in a stadium.

1976       With Davey Johnson in the on-deck circle, Japanese slugger Sadaharu Oh hits his 715th home run, surpassing Babe Ruth’s much-heralded career home run total. Johnson was also in the lineup two seasons ago, batting in the hole, when Henry Aaron passed the Sultan of Swat with his 715th round-tripper to become the all-time major league home run leader.

1978       Rookie right-hander Bob Welch strikes out Reggie Jackson with two men on base and two out in the top of the ninth inning, dramatically preserving a 4-3 Dodger victory over the Yankees in Game 2 of the Fall Classic. The relief performance will put the 21-year-old in the national spotlight.

1981       The Expos post their first-ever playoff series triumph, winning NLDS when they beat the defending World Champion Phillies, 3-0, behind Steve Rogers’ six-hit complete-game shutout at Veterans Stadium. The franchise will not advance in another postseason until 2019, when the team takes the Wild Card game as the Washington Nationals.

1985       With Davey Johnson in the on-deck circle, Japanese slugger Sadaharu Oh hits his 715th home run, surpassing Babe Ruth’s much-heralded career home run total. Johnson was also in the lineup two seasons ago, batting in the hole, when Henry Aaron passed the Sultan of Swat with his 715th round-tripper to become the all-time major league home run leader.

1986       With Davey Johnson in the on-deck circle, Japanese slugger Sadaharu Oh hits his 715th home run, surpassing Babe Ruth’s much-heralded career home run total. Johnson was also in the lineup two seasons ago, batting in the hole, when Henry Aaron passed the Sultan of Swat with his 715th round-tripper to become the all-time major league home run leader.

1992       After participating in a game against the Dolphins in Miami, NFL Falcons’ cornerback Deion Sanders flies to Pittsburgh, hoping to become the first athlete to play in two professional leagues on the same day. However, the traveling outfielder will not be in the lineup for the Braves’ 7-1 loss in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium that evening.

1999       An ailing Pedro Martinez, with both starters ineffective in the decisive Game 5 of the ALCS and the score tied at 8-8 in the fourth, enters the game and doesn’t yield another hit to the Indians for the next six innings. Troy O’Leary collects a grand slam and a three-run home run, following intentional passes to Nomar Garciaparra, contributing to the Red Sox’ 12-8 victory at Cleveland’s Jacobs Field.

2000       The Yankees’ eight hits in the eighth inning in Game 2 set an ALCS record and contribute to the Bronx Bombers’ 7-1 victory over the Mariners. The new mark surpasses the accomplishments of the Orioles (Game 1 – 1970), the Yankees (Game 2 – 1981), and the Blue Jays (Game 3 – 1985), who each had seven hits in one inning of a championship series.

2002       Buck Showalter, who compiled a 563-504 (.527) managerial record in six seasons with the Yankees and Diamondback, is hired by the last-place Rangers to replace Jerry Narron, let go two days ago as the team’s skipper. The Cubs, Mets, Devil Rays, and Brewers had also expressed an interest in the 46-year-old ESPN commentator.

2003       In Game 4, the Cubs (6) and Marlins (8) tie the NLCS homer record by hitting 14 dingers in the championship series. The mark, which the teams will expand to 23 in the five-game series, was established by the Giants and Cardinals last year.

2004       The Astros, after seven tries during their 43-year history, finally win a postseason playoff series when they eliminate the Braves in the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS, 12-3. The Houston victory marks the third consecutive year that Atlanta has lost a decisive Game 5 of the division series at home in Turner Field.

2005       The last-place Pirates name Jim Tracy as the team’s manager to replace the recently-fired Lloyd McClendon. The selection of the former Dodger skipper, who will guide the Bucs to a 135-189 record during his two seasons at the helm, marks the first time in nearly two decades Pittsburgh has looked outside the organization to hire its field boss.

2006       On a rainy mid-week afternoon in Manhattan, Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor Tyler Stanger die as their four-seat plane crashes into an Upper East Side high-rise building. Manny Acta, the Mets’ third base coach, is not sure he will be able to go to his home after tonight’s scheduled Game 1 of the NLCS at Shea Stadium due to damage to the Belaire Condominiums caused by the crash.

2009       In the final game played at the Metrodome, the Yankees advance to the ALCS by defeating the hometown Twins, 4-1. A costly eighth inning base-running blunder by Nick Punto ends Minnesota’s hopes of a comeback over a very talented New York team, including Alex Rodriguez, who went 5-for-11 with two homers and six RBIs in the three-game division series sweep.

2009       Jonathan Papelbon, who had never given up a run in any of his previous 26 postseason innings, allows two inherited runners to score in the eighth, and yields another three runs in the ninth, giving the Angels, trailing 5-1 going into the sixth inning, a 7-6 victory over the Red Sox. The Halos’ comeback victory at Fenway completes a three-game sweep of the ALDS over a team that historically had been their nemesis, losing their past four postseason encounters with Boston.

2009       Admitting to a blown call, which led to the decisive run in the Rockies’ 6-5 Game 2 NLDS loss to the Phillies at a very chilly Coors Field, home plate umpire Jerry Meals, after watching a post-game replay, states the ball that glanced off Chase Utley’s leg should not have been in play. To make matters worse, in the same at-bat in which the ball was foul, umpire Ron Kulpa ruled the runner safe on a close call, which appeared to have the Philadelphia infielder beat at first base.

2010       The Giants, with their 3-2 victory over the Braves in Game 4 of the NLDS at Turner Field, advance to the National League Championship Series to play the Phillies. After the last out, the San Francisco players come onto the field to salute the opposing manager, Bobby Cox, who is retiring after 29 years in the dugout.

2012       For the first time since the divisional playoffs began in 1995, all four series will go the distance to a Game 5 when both the Nationals and Orioles knot their respective series against the Cardinals and Yankees. Washington and Baltimore join the A’s and Giants, who also forced a decisive game with victories over the Tigers and Reds in yesterday’s LDS games.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills410.8000.0172642-1-02-0-03-1-01-0-04 W
New England Patriots230.4002.096920-3-02-0-02-1-01-1-01 W
Miami Dolphins140.2003.0791540-2-01-2-01-3-01-1-04 L
New York Jets140.2003.0671211-1-00-3-01-2-00-1-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers410.8000.01421162-1-02-0-03-0-02-0-03 W
Denver Broncos320.6001.0102761-1-02-1-02-2-00-0-02 L
Las Vegas Raiders320.6001.01131202-1-01-1-03-1-00-1-02 L
Kansas City Chiefs230.4002.01541631-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens310.7500.0105921-0-02-1-02-1-00-0-03 W
Cincinnati Bengals320.6000.51141002-1-01-1-02-0-01-0-01 L
Cleveland Browns320.6000.51421142-0-01-2-01-2-00-0-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers230.4001.5941121-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans320.6000.01321301-1-02-1-02-1-02-0-01 W
Indianapolis Colts130.2501.583970-2-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Houston Texans140.2002.0891411-2-00-2-01-3-01-0-04 L
Jacksonville Jaguars050.0003.0931520-3-00-2-00-4-00-2-05 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys410.8000.01701173-0-01-1-03-1-02-0-04 W
Washington Football Team230.4002.01231551-2-01-1-02-1-01-0-01 L
Philadelphia Eagles230.4002.01151240-2-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
New York Giants140.2003.01031390-2-01-2-01-3-00-2-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals5001.0000.0157952-0-03-0-03-0-02-0-05 W
Los Angeles Rams410.8001.01411162-1-02-0-03-1-01-1-01 W
Seattle Seahawks230.4003.01201260-2-02-1-01-2-01-1-01 L
San Francisco 49ers230.4003.01171190-2-02-1-02-3-00-2-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers410.8000.01201222-0-02-1-02-1-01-0-04 W
Chicago Bears320.6001.0841002-0-01-2-01-1-01-0-02 W
Minnesota Vikings230.4002.01131092-1-00-2-02-1-01-0-01 W
Detroit Lions050.0004.0981380-2-00-3-00-4-00-3-05 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers410.8000.01671223-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 W
Carolina Panthers320.6001.0115872-1-01-1-01-2-01-0-02 L
New Orleans Saints320.6001.0127911-1-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons230.4002.01051481-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 W
 

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
Philadelphia2812973827119-3-33-6-445
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 York2810711343046-5-34-2-837
Columbus2897123239-77-3-32-4-934
Inter Miami CF2895142543-185-2-74-3-732
Chicago2976162946-176-5-51-1-1127
Toronto FC2867153454-204-5-42-2-1125
FC Cincinnati2848162954-251-5-73-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2817654823258-4-39-2-257
Sporting KC2815765131208-5-27-2-452
Colorado2814954128137-6-17-3-451
Portland2814410454419-2-35-2-746
Real Salt Lake2811611454418-4-23-2-939
Los Angeles28116113945-67-3-44-3-739
Minnesota28108103135-48-2-42-6-638
Vancouver2891093538-38-2-41-8-537
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