INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL MATCH-UPS
FINAL REGULAR SEASON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL INDIANA SRN POLLS
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- CROWN POINT
- FW SNIDER
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
- NEW PALESTINE
- EVANSVILLE REITZ
- WEST LAFAYETTE
- GIBSON SOUTHERN
- OAK HILL
- HANOVER CENTRAL
- LINTON STOCKTON
- EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
- INDY LUTHERAN
- NORTH JUDSON
- ADAMS CENTRAL
- NORTH DECATUR
INDIANA BOYS/GIRLS SOCCER SEMI-STATE MATCH-UPS
1 PM ET | CLASS 1A BOYS | WESTVIEW (19-1-1) VS. PARK TUDOR (18-2-1)
3:30 PM ET | CLASS 3A BOYS | PENN (13-4-4) VS. NOBLESVILLE (14-3-3)
6 PM ET | CLASS 3A GIRLS | CROWN POINT (17-4-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (18-1)
1 PM CT | CLASS 2A BOYS | MISHAWAKA MARIAN (17-1-2) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (16-1-3)
3:30 PM CT | CLASS 2A GIRLS | MISHAWAKA MARIAN (19-1-1) VS. LEO (17-4)
6 PM CT | CLASS 1A GIRLS | ANDREAN (14-2-4) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (10-8-3)
3. EVANSVILLE NORTH
1 PM CT | CLASS 2A GIRLS | INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (18-2-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (20-0-1)
3:30 PM CT | CLASS 2A BOYS | BREBEUF JESUIT (15-4-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (15-3-2)
6 PM CT | CLASS 1A GIRLS | PARK TUDOR (19-1-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (14-7)
1 PM ET | CLASS 3A GIRLS | CARMEL (17-2-2) VS. CENTER GROVE (17-2-2)
3 PM ET | CLASS 3A BOYS | INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (10-7-5) VS. COLUMBUS NORTH (18-1-1)
5 PM ET | CLASS 1A BOYS | GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (10-7-3) VS. FOREST PARK (14-6-1)
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY SEMI-STATE
1. NEW PRAIRIE | 10:30 AM CT; 11:15 AM CT | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: CROWN POINT, CULVER ACADEMIES, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE), CHESTERTON
2. NEW HAVEN @ INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: DELTA, ELKHART, MARION, WEST NOBLE
3. SHELBYVILLE @ BLUE RIVER PARK | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEN DAVIS, NOBLESVILLE, RUSHVILLE CONSOLIDATED, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY
4. BROWN COUNTY | 11:30 AM ET; 12:15 PM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, COLUMBUS NORTH, CRAWFORD COUNTY, PIKE CENTRAL
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL MATCH-UPS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLLS
AP TOP 25
1. GEORGIA (31), 7-0 LAST WEEK: 1
2. OHIO STATE (17), 6-0 LAST WEEK: 2
3. TENNESSEE (15) 6-0 LAST WEEK: 6
4. MICHIGAN 7-0 LAST WEEK: 5
5. CLEMSON 7-0 LAST WEEK: 4
6. ALABAMA, 6-1 LAST WEEK: 3
7. MISSISSIPPI 7-0 LAST WEEK: 9
8. TCU 6-0 LAST WEEK: 13
9. UCLA 6-0 LAST WEEK: 11
10. OREGON 5-1 LAST WEEK: 12
11. OKLAHOMA STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 8
12. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 6-1 LAST WEEK: 7
13. WAKE FOREST 5-1 LAST WEEK: 14
14. SYRACUSE 6-0 LAST WEEK: 18
15. UTAH 5-2 LAST WEEK: 20
16. PENN STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 22
17. KANSAS STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 17
18. ILLINOIS 6-1 LAST WEEK: 24
19. KENTUCKY 5-2 LAST WEEK: 22
20. TEXAS 5-2 LAST WEEK: 22
21. CINCINNATI 5-1 LAST WEEK: 21
22. NORTH CAROLINA 6-1 LAST WEEK NR
23. NC STATE 5-2 LAST WEEK: 15
24. MISSISSIPPI STATE 5-2 LAST WEEK: 16
25. TULANE 6-1 LAST WEEK: NR
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: PURDUE 95, LSU 87, UCF 13, SOUTH CAROLINA 13, KANSAS 12, OREGON STATE 6, JAMES MADISON 6, MARYLAND 5, SOUTH ALABAMA 4, LIBERTY 2, MINNESOTA 1, FLORIDA STATE 1, ARKANSAS 1
USA TODAY COACHES POLL
1. GEORGIA (43), 7-0 LAST WEEK: 2
2. OHIO STATE (17), 6-0 LAST WEEK: 3
3. MICHIGAN (1) 7-0 LAST WEEK: 4
4. TENNESSEE (2) 6-0 LAST WEEK: 8
5. CLEMSON 7-0 LAST WEEK: 5
6. ALABAMA, 6-1 LAST WEEK: 1
7. MISSISSIPPI 7-0 LAST WEEK: 9
8. TCU 6-0 LAST WEEK: 15
9. OREGON 5-1 LAST WEEK: 11
10. UCLA 6-0 LAST WEEK: 12
11. OKLAHOMA STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 7
12. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 6-1 LAST WEEK: 6
13. WAKE FOREST 5-1 LAST WEEK: 14
14. SYRACUSE 6-0 LAST WEEK: 18
15. UTAH 5-2 LAST WEEK: 19
16. PENN STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 10
17. KANSAS STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 16
18. KENTUCKY 5-2 LAST WEEK: 22
19. CINCINNATI 5-1 LAST WEEK: 21
20. ILLINOIS 6-1 LAST WEEK: NR
21. TEXAS 5-2 LAST WEEK: 24
22. NORTH CAROLINA 6-1 LAST WEEK 25
23. NC STATE 5-2 LAST WEEK: 13
24. MISSISSIPPI STATE 5-2 LAST WEEK: 17
25. TULANE 6-1 LAST WEEK: NR
SCHOOLS DROPPED OUT
NO. 20 KANSAS; NO. 23 BAYLOR.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
LOUISIANA STATE 51; CENTRAL FLORIDA 33; KANSAS 30; SOUTH CAROLINA 24; PURDUE 23; MARYLAND 15; LIBERTY 12; WASHINGTON 9; BAYLOR 7; COASTAL CAROLINA 5; PITTSBURGH 4; SOUTH ALABAMA 3; ARKANSAS 3; TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 1.
INDIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
ANDERSON AT DEFIANCE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.
BALL STATE VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)
BUTLER VS. MARIST, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: FLOSPORTS)
DEPAUW VS. OHIO WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.
FRANKLIN AT ROSE-HULMAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.
HANOVER VS. MT. ST. JOSEPH, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.
INDIANA AT RUTGERS, OCTOBER 22 AT NOON (TV: BIG TEN NETWORK)
INDIANA STATE VS. ILLINOIS STATE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: ESPN3)
MANCHESTER VS. BLUFFTON, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.
MARIAN AT CONCORDIA, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.
NOTRE DAME VS. UNLV, OCTOBER 22 AT 2:30 P.M. (TV: PEACOCK)
PURDUE AT WISCONSIN, OCTOBER 22 AT 3:30 P.M. (TV: ESPN)
ST. FRANCIS AT INDIANA WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 22 AT NOON (TV: ESPN3)
TAYLOR VS. MADONNA, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.
TRINE VS. ALBION, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.
UINDY VS. QUINCY, OCTOBER 22 AT 6 P.M.
VALPARAISO AT MOREHEAD STATE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)
WABASH AT OBERLIN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19
GEORGIA STATE AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
THURSDAY, OCT. 20
VIRGINIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
TROY AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FRIDAY, OCT. 21
PRINCETON AT HARVARD | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
LONG ISLAND AT WAGNER | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
TULSA AT TEMPLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
UAB AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, OCT. 22
IOWA AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
SYRACUSE AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ABC
UT MARTIN AT TENNESSEE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
KANSAS AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M.
CINCINNATI AT SMU | 12 P.M.
UL MONROE AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
INDIANA AT RUTGERS | 12 P.M.
HOUSTON AT NAVY | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
AKRON AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
DUKE AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TOLEDO AT BUFFALO | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
BOWLING GREEN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN3
EASTERN MICHIGAN AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT OHIO | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
UNLV AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | PEACOCK
WEST VIRGINIA AT TEXAS TECH | 3 P.M.
RICE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
OLE MISS AT LSU | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
UCLA AT OREGON | 3:30 P.M.
BOSTON COLLEGE AT WAKE FOREST | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
MARSHALL AT JAMES MADISON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BYU AT LIBERTY | 3:30 P.M.
PURDUE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
NORTHWESTERN AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M.
MEMPHIS AT TULANE | 3:30 P.M.
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT OLD DOMINION | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
FIU AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
NORTH TEXAS AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M.
VANDERBILT AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ARIZONA STATE AT STANFORD | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
HAWAI’I AT COLORADO STATE | 4 P.M.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE AT LOUISIANA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN MISS AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
SAN JOSE STATE AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 6 P.M.
FRESNO STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 6:30 P.M. | FS2
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
BOISE STATE AT AIR FORCE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
MINNESOTA AT PENN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
TEXAS A&M AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
UCF AT EAST CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
KANSAS STATE AT TCU | 8 P.M.
COLORADO AT OREGON STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
PITT AT LOUISVILLE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UTAH STATE AT WYOMING | 9:45 P.M.
WASHINGTON AT CAL | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE AT NEVADA | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NFL SCOREBOARD WEEK 6
ATLANTA 28 SAN FRANCISCO 14
NEW ENGLAND 38 CLEVELAND 15
NY JETS 27 GREEN BAY 10
INDIANAPOLIS 34 JACKSONVILLE 27
MINNESOTA 24 MIAMI 16
CINCINNATI 30 NEW ORLEANS 26
NY GIANTS 24 BALTIMORE 20
PITTSBURGH 20 TAMPA BAY 18
LA RAMS 24 CAROLINA 10
SEATTLE 19 ARIZONA 9
BUFFALO 24 KANSAS CITY 20
PHILADELPHIA 26 DALLAS 17
NFL WEEK 7
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2022
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (THU) 5:15P (MST) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2022
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
ATLANTA FALCONS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
DETROIT LIONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK GIANTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW YORK JETS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022
CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
NY YANKEES 4 CLEVELAND 2
MONDAY, OCT. 17
ALDS GAME 5, CLE @ NYY 7 P.M., TBS
The National League Championship Series presented by loanDepot is set to begin Tuesday, Oct. 18, and will be televised by FOX or FS1. The American League Championship Series presented by loanDepot will get underway Wednesday, Oct. 19, on TBS. If necessary, Game 7 of the NLCS is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25, while Game 7 of the ALCS is set for Wednesday, Oct. 26.
The winners of the NLCS and ALCS will meet in the 2022 World Series, with the Fall Classic slated to run through Saturday, Nov. 5, if seven games are necessary.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
TUESDAY, OCT. 18
NLCS GAME 1, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FS1
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19
NLCS GAME 2, PHI @ SD 4:30 P.M., FOX OR FS1
ALCS GAME 1, NYY/CLE @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS
THURSDAY, OCT. 20
ALCS GAME 2, NYY/CLE @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS
FRIDAY, OCT. 21
NLCS GAME 3, SD @ PHI 7:30 P.M., FS1
SATURDAY, OCT. 22
ALCS GAME 3, HOU @ NYY/CLE 5 P.M., TBS
NLCS GAME 4, SD @ PHI 7:45 P.M., FOX
SUNDAY, OCT. 23
NLCS GAME 5, SD @ PHI 2:30 P.M., FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
ALCS GAME 4, HOU @ NYY/CLE 7 P.M., TBS
MONDAY, OCT. 24
ALCS GAME 5, HOU @ NYY/CLE 4 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLCS GAME 6, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
TUESDAY, OCT. 25
ALCS GAME 6, NYY/CLE @ HOU 6 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLCS GAME 7, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FOX OR FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26
ALCS GAME 7, NYY/CLE @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
GAME 1 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
GAME 2 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX
MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, FOX
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
AUSTIN 2 SALT LAKE 2
MONTRÉAL 2 ORLANDO 0
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Cole, Yankees save season, beat Guards to force ALDS Game 5
CLEVELAND (AP) Gerrit Cole brought the Yankees back from the brink. They’re Bronx bound, still chasing a championship.
Cole gave New York what it needed, seven solid innings and Harrison Bader hit a two-run homer as the Yankees forced a decisive fifth game in the AL Division Series with a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians in Game 4 on Sunday night.
There was no margin for error, no second chances. Cole, who failed in a similar spot last October, had the weight of New York’s season, the one Aaron Judge’s home-run swing made historic, on his shoulders.
He handled it. Like an ace should.
“Preparing for this game, there’s an opportunity to clinch or an opportunity to go home, I didn’t approach the game any different,” Cole said. “I just went out there and did my job.”
New York’s $324 million man, Cole allowed two runs and struck out eight in beating the Guardians for the second time in six days. He didn’t dominate, but Cole kept Cleveland’s hitters off base and off balance.
Bader homered for the third time in the best-of-five series, connecting in the second inning off Cal Quantrill, who came in unbeaten in 44 games at Progressive Field.
After blowing Game 3 on Saturday, when the Yankees’ bullpen had its greatest meltdown in the team’s storied postseason history, New York recovered and is headed home for a winner-moves-on game.
New York will start Game 2 loser Jameson Taillon against Aaron Civale on Monday night at Yankee Stadium. The winner advances to meet Houston in the AL Championship Series.
Josh Naylor homered for the Guardians, who are trying to end Major League Baseball’s current longest World Series drought in their first year after a franchise name change. Cleveland hasn’t won it all since 1948.
With a history of postseason heartbreak, Cleveland teams are 1-7 in winner-take-all games.
“You know if you would have told me back in March, we just signed up to play Game 5 in New York to go to the ALCS, I would have jogged to New York,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “I’m excited.”
Cole was pulled after 110 pitches and Yankees manager Aaron Boone brought in closer Clay Holmes for the eighth. Holmes didn’t pitch in Game 3 after Boone decided to shut him down but didn’t tell the right-hander.
Holmes struck out Amed Rosario and All-Star Jose Ramirez in the eighth before Wandy Peralta finished for the save. Working his third straight day, Peralta retired three batters on just seven pitches.
“Our guys had that look in their eyes tonight, and it starts with Gerrit,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “It’s a complete win for us and that’s who we are and that’s the wins we need to have.”
The Guardians weren’t supposed to be here. But they won the AL Central, swept Tampa Bay in the wild-card round and had the Yankees on the cusp of elimination. All Cleveland’s kids have to do now is beat the Yankees in baseball’s most hostile environment.
“It’s going to be exciting,” Civale said. “Everyone that was there saw what it was like. It’s going to be crazy, it’s going to be a lot of screaming and a lot of fans. But at the end of the day it’s noise.”
This was the kind of game the Yankees envisioned Cole pitching in when they signed him to a nine-year contract in 2019 as a free agent after he spent two seasons with the Astros.
“Gerrit showed up huge tonight and now we’re headed back to the Bronx, where we like our chances,” Holmes said. “We all believed we could win two games, and this is the first step.”
There was no magic this time for the Guardians, who overcame a two-run deficit in the ninth inning on Saturday to win Game 3 in dramatic fashion.
Cleveland not only rallied against New York’s bullpen on Saturday, but the Guardians became the first team in 168 games to overcome a multi-run deficit and beat the Yankees in the postseason.
The Guardians closed within 3-2 in the fourth on Naylor’s second career postseason homer – and third homer in 17 at-bats – off Cole.
Naylor’s laser shot into the seats fronting the outfield bullpens sent Cleveland’s crowd into a frenzy that got wilder as the animated DH circled the bases swinging his arms back in forth as if he was rocking a baby.
Cole didn’t find it amusing.
“Whatever,” he said. “It’s cute. I didn’t see it in the moment, and it wouldn’t have bothered me in the moment, and it just is kind of funny.”
Bader’s 429-foot shot into the left-field bleachers put the Yankees ahead 3-0 in the second, and not only gave them momentum but belief they would even the series following their gutting loss in Game 3.
New York’s dugout erupted with shouts and fist pumps as Bader rounded first following his fifth hit in six career at-bats off Quantrill. He also homered in Game 1, when Cole and the Yankees beat Quantrill.
The Guardians got a run back in the third, but missed a chance for more when Ramirez got a little overaggressive on the base paths.
With runners at first and second, Ramirez dropped a bloop into left field that scored rookie Steven Kwan. Thinking he had a chance to take an extra base, Ramirez went about halfway to second before realizing he had no chance and got thrown out retreating to first.
Both managers are expected to empty their bullpens in the finale.
Boone said it’s possible Peralta could pitch in his fifth straight game, and that Game 2 starter Nestor Cortes is also available.
Francona is confident Civale will pitch well, and after that, he’s got Trevor Stephan, James Karinchak and closer Emmanuel Clase – his top three relievers – all rested and ready.
ODDS AND ENDS
Cole saves his best for Cleveland in the postseason. He’s 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four career starts against the Guardians. … Bader’s three homers in the series are his three longest this season. … New York improved to 14-12 in the postseason against Cleveland. … It was the 19th anniversary of Boone’s walk-off homer to beat the Boston Red Sox in 2003.
Boone spent much of his pregame news conference attempting to clarify the communication breakdown between him and Holmes in Game 3.
After the bullpen melted down, Holmes, who was recently sidelined with a shoulder strain, told reporters he was available. Boone, though, said he never informed the right-hander he was down, creating confusion and awkwardness.
Boone said he decided not to pitch Holmes on consecutive days so as not to risk his health. Holmes reported soreness after pitching in Game 2.
“As a competitor, I want to be out there as much as possible, but I totally understand the plan,” Holmes said.
Making his first career relief appearance, Taillon allowed two runs ad three hits without recording an out in Game 2. Civale hasn’t pitched since Oct. 5. He’s won his last three starts with a 3.18 ERA. The right-hander was on the injured list three times this season.
Mariota accounts for 3 TDs, Falcons beat 49ers 28-14
ATLANTA (AP) Marcus Mariota threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score against the NFL’s top-ranked defense, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 28-14 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Mariota completed his first 13 passes for the Falcons (3-3), finally throwing his lone incompletion on his final attempt of the day with less than 11 minutes remaining. He finished with 129 yards through the air in Atlanta’s conservative passing game, also rushing for 50 yards on six carries.
The Niners (3-3) couldn’t overcome two interceptions by Jimmy Garoppolo and a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by the Falcons.
Kyle Pitts caught his first TD pass of the season and just the second of his 22-game career, hauling in a 7-yard throw from Mariota that prompted the young tight end to break out the vintage “Dirty Bird” dance.
Veteran tight end MyCole Pruitt, who was elevated from the practice squad for the game, collected the other scoring pass from Mariota, a 2-yarder to cap an 11-play, 74-yard drive on Atlanta’s opening possession.
Mariota bootlegged it in from the 3 in the final minute of the first half to the put the Falcons ahead to stay, 21-14.
Atlanta’s defense outshined the Niners’ touted unit, making things tough on Garoppolo, limiting San Francisco to 50 yards rushing and even scoring a touchdown of its own.
On a third-and-1 plunge into the line, Jeff Wilson had the ball knocked away by Rashaan Evans. A.J. Terrell scooped it up at the San Francisco 21 and took off for the end zone. He fumbled, too, trying to stretch for a TD, but teammate Jaylin Hawkins gobbled up the loose ball to put the Falcons ahead 14-0.
San Francisco tied it with touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter, both of them on TD throws to Brandon Aiyuk.
Garoppolo connected with Aiyuk on a 12-yard score, the Falcons went three-and-out, Ray-Ray McCloud broke off a 35-yard punt return, and Garoppolo returned to Aiyuk for a 14-yard TD toss.
But that was about all the offense the Niners could muster. The Falcons controlled the clock by outrushing San Francisco 168-50 on a season-high 40 carries.
49ers: Already without DE Nick Bosa because of a groin injury, San Francisco lost two more starters during the game. CB Charvarius Ward (groin) and OT Mike McGlinchey (left calf) both hobbled off the field in the first half and didn’t return. WR Ray-Ray McCloud III and S Talanoa Hufunga also missed time being evaluated for possible concussions. Both were cleared to return to the game.
Falcons: CB A.J. Terrell (thigh) was injured in the second half and didn’t return. Atlanta’s other starting corner, Casey Hayward, also hobbled off late in the game with a shoulder injury.
49ers: Return home from two weeks on the East Coast to host the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday.
Falcons: Wrap up a tough stretch of games to begin the season by traveling to Cincinnati to face the defending AFC champion Bengals on Sunday.
Patriots bury Browns, Belichick ties Halas with 324th win
CLEVELAND (AP) New England Patriots rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe has made the most of the opportunity to get his name out there.
And people are learning how to say it now, too.
A little known fourth-round draft pick who played at Conference USA school Western Kentucky, Zappe – pronounced ZAPP-ee – was pushed into action two weeks ago when starter Mac Jones and veteran backup Brian Hoyer went out with injuries. He now has now won two games in as many starts.
On Sunday, he threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots buried the Cleveland Browns 38-15. It was the 324th career win for coach Bill Belichick, who tied George Halas for second on the NFL’s career list.
“We’re just playing football,” the 23-year-old Zappe said. “It’s what we’ve been playing since we were 5 years old, so it’s fun to play with these guys.”
Zappe, starting for the second consecutive week, threw second-half TD passes to Tyquan Thornton and Hunter Henry as the Patriots pulled away from the anemic Browns.
Zappe finished 24 of 34 passing a week after throwing for 188 yards and a touchdown in his first start, a 29-0 win over Detroit.
“He has pretty good instincts, but again, there’s a lot for him to learn,” Belichick said of the young quarterback. “He saw some things today and he learned from them, he was able to take advantage and make a couple plays, so it was a solid performance.”
The Patriots’ offense took a while to get going in this one, and the Browns (2-4) never really did.
Late in the first half, Rhamondre Stevenson broke through, bounced left and tore down the sideline for a 31-yard score.
Early in the second half, Zappe hooked up with Jonnu Smith for 53 yards to get down to the Browns 20, and a 13-yard completion to Henry set up first-and-goal at the 2. Three plays later, Thornton grabbed Zappe’s short toss in the end zone.
Later Patriots linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley hit quarterback Jacoby Brissett as he was throwing, leading to a pick by Jalen Mills that gave them the ball at the Cleveland 40. Three plays later, Zappe found a wide-open Henry, who ran untouched for a 31-touchdown and a 24-6 New England lead.
The Browns’ offense produced only a pair of field goals by Cade York in the first half.
Cleveland’s Nick Chubb, who entered leading the NFL in rushing, didn’t have a double-digit gain until late in the third quarter. He had 23 yards rushing and 14 receiving on that drive, but again the Browns stalled – and York came on for a 51-yard field goal.
Chubb finished with 12 carries for 56 yards, both season lows.
Brissett, who finished 21 for 45 for 266 yards with two interceptions, threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Amari Cooper in the fourth quarter but a 2-point attempt failed, leaving it a two-score game with 6:22 left.
New England sealed it with a 19-yard end-around for a touchdown by Thornton. Brissett fumbled the ball away on the Browns’ next drive, leading to Stevenson’s second TD, a 6-yard plunge with 3:40 left.
It was the most points allowed by Cleveland this season and its most lopsided loss.
“Every way you can get beat – offense, defense, special teams, coaching – we got beat,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “They beat us, and we also beat ourselves a few too many times.”
Defensive end Myles Garrett said Zappe caught the Browns off-guard when he came out throwing.
“The plan was they were going to run the ball, based on what’s happened the last two weeks,” Garrett said. “But we shouldn’t have made it so easy on him.”
Belichick, who is 324-159 including the playoffs, has a chance to pass Halas next Monday night at home against Chicago – the franchise with which Halas won all his games. Don Shula tops the list with 347.
“You can’t win games in this league without good players, so I’ve been very fortunate to coach a lot of great players and have a lot of great coaches through the years,” Belichick said. “A lot of those guys have gone on to great coaching careers and the players, obviously, some are going to the Hall of Fame.”
Garrett became the Browns’ career sack leader with 62 1/2 when he stripped the ball from Zappe in the first quarter, but later had to leave the game with an injury. Garrett aggravated a shoulder injury he suffered in a car crash on Sept. 26, but said he plans to play next week. The three-time Pro Bowler surpassed Clay Matthews on the Browns’ list.
Patriots: WR Kendrick Bourne left in the second quarter with a toe injury. … DL Christan Barmore (knee) was helped off the field in the second quarter and was ruled out. … Cody Davis suffered a knee injury in the first half and didn’t return.
Browns: Pro Bowl RG Wyatt Teller left in the second quarter with a calf injury and did not return. He will have an MRI on Monday.
Patriots: Host the Bears on “Monday Night Football” on Oct. 24.
Browns: At Baltimore to face the AFC North-rival Ravens next Sunday.
Jets continue surge with convincing 27-10 win at Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Breece Hall, Quinnen Williams and the young New York Jets are making a convincing statement to the rest of the NFL.
They aren’t the same old Jets who haven’t reached the playoffs since the 2010 season, the league’s longest active drought.
Hall ran for 116 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown, and Williams had two of New York’s four sacks against Aaron Rodgers as the Jets won their third straight, 27-10 over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
“It just shows that we’re trending upwards,” said Hall, a rookie second-rounder who has quickly become a key playmaker in the offense. “I feel like a lot of people expected that it would be a surprise if we won this game, but we expected to come in and win this game.”
Their confidence was apparent from their exuberance.
Hall celebrated his fourth-quarter touchdown by doing his own version of a “Lambeau Leap ” into a collection of Jets fans.
“We actually had all talked about it before the game,” Hall said. “We were like, whichever one of us scores, we’ve got to do the `Lambeau Leap.’ Brax (Braxton Berrios) got the first one, but I don’t think there were any Jets fans on the side that he scored. So when I scored, I had to do it.”
Jets rookie cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner was seen after the game modeling one of the cheesehead hats typically worn by Packers fans as he walked around Lambeau Field.
Gardner said afterward that some Jets fans had given it to him.
“Just being able to play against somebody like Aaron Rodgers, that was a true blessing,” Gardner said. “I said I grew up playing Madden and he’s always been on Madden since I can remember. Running off the field with that cheesehead thing, with cheese on my head, that was a crazy feeling right there. I’m never going to forget that.”
The Jets (4-2) are off to their best six-game start since 2015, when they also were 4-2 before finishing with a 10-6 record.
They’re feeding off the mindset of their coach.
“Just keep giving them body blow after body blow after body blow and just keep hitting them,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “Just keep hitting them in the mouth. O-line just keep pushing and leaning on them. And we felt like if we could just keep taking them down the deep water, they’ll find out they can’t swim. It was just a mindset.”
Eventually, the Packers sank.
Green Bay (3-3) has lost consecutive regular-season games within the same season for the first time since coach Matt LaFleur’s arrival in 2019. The Packers fell 27-22 to the New York Giants in London last week.
The Jets, whose offensive coordinator is LaFleur’s younger brother Mike, outrushed Green Bay 179-60 in a game during which Zach Wilson was just 10 of 18 for 110 yards.
Rodgers was asked after the game if he felt the Packers’ season was getting a little wobbly with the team falling to .500.
“We’ve got to be realistic of where we’re at,” said Rodgers, who went 26 of 41 for 246 yards with a touchdown. “We’ve played a couple of subpar games the last two. We’ve got to play better. But wobbly? Only if people are breaking rank. I think it’ll be interesting to look at the comments from all of our guys and coaches, and hopefully we stick together.
“That’s the important thing. Until I see us breaking ranks, I’m not going to say there’s any wobbliness going on.”
Rodgers had injured his right thumb while getting sacked as he prepared to throw a Hail Mary pass on the final play against the Giants. The thumb prevented Rodgers from practicing Wednesday.
He said after the game his thumb was “a little sore” but added that it only impacted him on “maybe a couple (of throws), but not too many.”
New York broke a 3-all tie and pulled ahead for good by scoring two touchdowns in a span of less than 2 1/2 minutes in the third quarter.
Berrios gave the Jets the lead by scoring on a 20-yard end-around. After New York stopped Green Bay on its next possession, Michael Clemons blocked a punt and Will Parks got the ball and raced 20 yards into the end zone.
The Packers got back in the game as Rodgers threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard later in the third.
New York quickly resumed control.
Hall scored on his 34-yard burst to open the fourth quarter to make it 24-10, the longest run from scrimmage in the young career of the rookie second-round pick from Iowa State.
“It was supposed to be a reverse pass,” Hall said. “I was supposed to pitch it to Garrett (Wilson), but I felt the D-end was too far upfield so I couldn’t get the pitch off. I just saw daylight and just let my natural ability take over.”
The Packers entered Sunday having won 20 of the last 21 home games Rodgers had started against AFC teams, including 11 straight victories.
But the reigning MVP had a frustrating afternoon against the Jets’ promising young defense.
“We feel like our D-line matches up from an advantages standpoint versus anybody, whether that’s cocky or unguided confidence, whatever it is,” Saleh said. “We love our D-line. We think they’re a rolling ball of butcher knives, and there’s a lot of them that can play at a high level.”
They’re starting to realize just how high they can go.
“We see where we can go when we do the things we need to do,” Williams said.
Packers OG Jake Hanson left with a biceps injury. … Packers WR Randall Cobb headed to the locker room on a cart after injuring an ankle in the third quarter. … Gardner was evaluated for a head injury in the fourth quarter.
Jets: At Denver next Sunday.
Packers: At Washington next Sunday.
Cook’s late touchdown ices Vikings’ 24-16 win over Dolphins
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Dalvin Cook is very familiar with the Hard Rock Stadium end zones, having scored in them often in high school and college.
Playing less than 10 miles from where he shined as a prep, Cook rushed for a 53-yard insurance touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Minnesota Vikings a 24-16 win over the injury-riddled Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Cook said he had about 60 family members at the game.
“It was good seeing them out there and seeing the smiles on their faces when I walked through the tunnel,” he said. “That was a moment that I’ll always replay in my head for the rest of my life.”
Cook was quiet most of the afternoon until his score with 3:15 left restored a two-touchdown lead for Minnesota (5-1).
“I was hoping he’d tripped over the turf, the grass,” said Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, a former Viking and, like Cook, a South Florida native. “He’s a little bow-legged or parrot-toed, and sometimes when he runs, he trips. I was hoping he’d have one of those moments where he’d trip and our defense would get a stop. Hats off to the Vikings, man. They’re a great team.”
Miami (3-3) had rallied behind Bridgewater, who returned Sunday from concussion protocol but was only put into game action after third-stringer Skylar Thompson injured his thumb in the second quarter.
Before Cook’s run, Dolphins receiver Jaylen Waddle fumbled on a drive when Miami was swiftly moving the ball down the field, trailing 16-10.
“I wish I had that one back,” Waddle said. “But it comes with the game.”
Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson, who entered the game as the NFL’s leader in receiving yards, had a 47-yard catch-and-run at the end of the third quarter – part of a six-catch, 107-yard performance. That set up a 2-yard touchdown catch by Adam Thielen to make it 16-3.
Facing their fifth straight fourth-quarter deficit, the Dolphins found the end zone for the first time when Bridgewater threw a 4-yard TD pass to tight end Mike Gesicki.
The Vikings defense came away with an interception and fumble recovery on the Dolphins’ next two possessions. Minnesota’s defense sacked Miami’s quarterbacks six times.
“We talked last night about any way it would take,” said Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, “any means necessary to get to 5-1 going into this bye.”
Miami had three receivers – Waddle, Tyreek Hill and Gesicki – with at least six catches. Hill had 12 receptions for 177 receiving yards and Waddle had six catches for 129 yards. Gesicki caught the Dolphins only two touchdowns.
Thompson started in place of Bridgewater and Tua Tagovailoa. He didn’t return after injuring his thumb, marking the fourth consecutive game a Dolphins starting quarterback was injured.
Bridgewater replaced Thompson with about 11 minutes left in the first half after spending most of the week in the NFL’s concussion protocol. He finished with 329 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
“The toughest part about this kind of situation is it’s similar to last week, man,” Bridgewater said, referring to his injury on the first offensive snap against the Jets. “Skylar had to get in there and just run plays that he didn’t really rep physically. It was the same today for me. Limited reps, but it’s the offense that I know.”
Cousins was 20 for 30 with 175 yards and two touchdowns. Cook ran for 77 yards on 13 carries.
The Vikings got Jefferson and Thielen involved on their fifth possession of the game after four-consecutive three-and-outs. The result was a touchdown catch by tight end Irv Smith Jr. for a 7-3 lead.
“We still haven’t played our best ball yet, honestly,” Jefferson said. “There’s so many things that we need to fix. The plays are there, we just got to execute them.”
From the start, Thompson looked more comfortable throwing the ball than he did in last week’s loss to the Jets. But the Dolphins did little to help their rookie quarterback on their first two drives.
Thompson had an impressive third-down scramble on Miami’s opening drive, then followed with a throw to Gesicki in tight coverage for an 18-yard gain.
Miami’s offensive line, playing without starting left tackle Terron Armstead, allowed Patrick Jones to get through to Thompson untouched for an 8-yard sack that knocked the Dolphins out of field goal range.
Miami had another drive in the first half spoiled by five penalties over 10 plays, wiping out gains of 20, 32 and 9 yards.
The Dolphins honored Bristol, Connecticut, police Sgt. Dustin Demonte, who was shot dead last Wednesday long with Bristol officer Alex Hanzy. Demonte was a lifelong Dolphins fan and had planned to attend Sunday’s game.
Dolphins: CB Nik Needham tore an Achilles tendon in the second quarter and was ruled out for the season, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the severity of the injury. … LB Trey Flowers injured his foot in the first quarter and did not return. … DE Emmanuel Ogbah went to the locker room in the second quarter with a back injury but later returned. … Keion Crossen (knee) left just before halftime and did not return. … Waddle appeared to hurt his left shoulder after a 49-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter, but returned to the game – though coach Mike McDaniel suggested the injury may linger.
Vikings: Have a bye next week. Host Arizona on Oct. 30.
Dolphins: Host Pittsburgh next Sunday night.
Burrow-Chase connection leads Bengals past Saints 30-26
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow entered the Superdome on Sunday morning wearing Ja’Marr Chase’s No. 1 LSU jersey from a college national championship triumph over Clemson three football seasons ago.
“I just wanted to pay tribute to the people of Louisiana and all the fans, playing in the stadium we won the national title game in,” Burrow explained, adding that Chase is “from here and we made a lot of great plays together at LSU.”
The gesture also foreshadowed what Burrow, who won the Heisman at LSU, and Chase, a Biletnikoff Award winner, were about to do in their return to New Orleans as pros against the Saints.
Burrow passed for three touchdowns and scrambled 19 yards for a score, with two of his scoring passes going to Chase in a 30-26 comeback victory.
The second Chase touchdown came on a quick pass to the left sideline that the receiver turned into a 60-yard, go-ahead score with 1:57 left.
Chase spun away from cornerback Bradley Roby as he made the catch before sprinting past safety Tyrann Mathieu.
“That’s just on us,” Matheiu said. “We’ve got to make that tackle.”
Chase ended the play by high-stepping into the end zone, where he punted the ball in celebration.
“I can come back after the season and talk a little trash, so that’s good,” Chase said lightheartedly. “My family members all love the Saints. It’s good for me to come back home and rub it in their face a little bit.”
Cincinnati (3-3) rallied for nine points in the final four minutes, starting with Evan McPherson’s 52-yard field goal that trimmed New Orleans’ lead to 26-24.
The Saints (2-4) failed to get a first down on their next series, and Blake Gillikin’s shanked punt fluttered out of bounds at the Cincinnati 40.
One play later, Chase was racing away from the Saints secondary to finish his day with seven catches for 132 yards.
“We got it in great field position, so the original thought was get 20 yards and try to run the clock out” and win on a field goal, Burrow recalled. “But then Ja’Marr did what Ja’Marr does and just goes and scores a touchdown.”
It was the Bengals’ first lead, and they made it stand up by stalling New Orleans at midfield on a long, incomplete pass on fourth down. Former Saints cornerback Eli Apple was in coverage on that play, falling down in front of receiver Marquez Callaway as the ball came down near the sideline.
The Saints, and their fans, protested for a pass interference penalty, but no flag was forthcoming.
“I felt like there was a lot of contact there for Quez to try to make a play on the ball and get brought down,” said Saints QB Andy Dalton, who was making his third start for injured season-opening starter Jameis Winston.
New Orleans rushed for 228 yards as a team, but ended four drives inside the Cincinnati 20-yard line with Wil Lutz field goals.
“When you’re kicking field goals instead of scoring touchdowns, that was the difference in the game for sure,” Dalton said.
Burrow’s other touchdown passes went for 9 yards to Joe Mixon and 15 yards to Chase, who caught seven passes for 132 yards.
A fumble by Bengals punt returner Trent Taylor set up the game’s opening score. Andrew Dowell stripped the ball free and Adam Trautman recovered for New Orleans at the Cincinnati 32.
Shortly after, Dalton connected with Tre’Quan Smith over the middle for an 18-yard score.
After Mixon’s TD tied it, the Saints regained the lead when undrafted rookie receiver Rashid Shaheed, making his NFL regular-season debut, took an end-around to the right side 44 yards for a touchdown.
Burrow trimmed the Saints’ lead to 17-14 in the second quarter when he ducked out of a near sack and scrambled 19 yards for a score.
“Sometimes when it looks like things are really bleak and dead, Joe finds a way out of the mess,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “You don’t know how he does it. He just does it.”
VICTORY, BUT NO CIGAR
Burrow’s highlights pleased a number of fans in the stands wearing Burrow’s No. 9 jersey – some in Bengals black and orange and others in LSU’s purple and gold.
“It was great to come back and feel the culture and energy of the fans,” Burrow said. “I might have gotten one little boo there when I first came out. That was interesting, but it finished the right way.”
Burrow memorably smoked a cigar after LSU beat Clemson in the Superdome.
Not this time.
“Only championships,” Burrow said, smiling wide at the memory – or maybe it was a prediction.
Bengals: Reserve defensive end and special teams contributor Jeff Gunter went down with a knee injury during warmups and was carted off the field. … Linebacker Logan Wilson left the game with a shoulder injury.
Saints: Trautman, a starting tight end, was treated for an ankle injury in the second quarter.
Bengals: host Atlanta on Oct. 23.
Saints: visit Arizona on Thursday night.
Giants rally from 10 down, top Ravens 24-20 on Barkley’s run
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) After five straight losing seasons and three coaching changes, the New York Giants are doing the unexpected under first-year coach Brian Daboll. They are finding ways to win.
The Giants (5-1) stunned another opponent as Julian Love’s interception and 27-yard return set up Saquon Barkley’s 1-yard touchdown dive with 1:43 to play in a 24-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
The five wins surpassed the Giants’ total from 2021, and New York has rallied from a 10-plus-point deficit in three of those victories. Meanwhile, the Ravens (3-3) blew a game late for the third time this season.
Giants co-owner John Mara was all smiles leaving MetLife Stadium.
“We have lost so many games like that in the last five years, maybe it’s our time,” Mara told The Associated Press.
However, no one could have expected a team that went 4-13 last season to start by winning five of six.
“We’re not shocked that we find ways to win,” said Daniel Jones, who threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns. “I think we’re confident in what we can do. And we’re confident in our toughness, our ability to compete and find ways to win down the stretch.”
There is still a lot to work on. Baltimore outgained New York 406 yards to 238. The difference was the Giants got contributions from all three phases. New York’s only turnover was a meaningless lost fumble on the final play of the first half.
“That’s the biggest story for us, is winning the game at the end of the game,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Making the plays that need to be made, and not making the errors that cost you an opportunity to win the game.”
New York’s defense, led by Baltimore’s former coordinator Wink Martindale, forced two turnovers by Lamar Jackson late in the fourth quarter. After Barkley’s go-ahead score, rookie K eyvon Thibodeaux sacked Jackson and forced a fumble that Leonard Williams recovered.
Barkley prevented the Ravens from getting the ball back when he went down after getting a first down instead of walking into the end zone.
Jones threw touchdown passes to two rookies: 5 yards to Wan’Dale Robinson and 8 yards to Daniel Bellinger. The second got New York within 20-17 with 6:53 to go.
Kenyan Drake ran for 119 yards, including a 30-yard TD, and Jackson hit Mark Andrews on a 12-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter for a 20-10 lead.
Baltimore collapsed against Miami in Week 2, allowing four touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a 42-38 loss. The Ravens also blew an early 17-point lead against Buffalo in Week 4, when a late interception by Jackson gave the Bills an opportunity to drive for the game-winning field goal.
The Ravens seemed to have a stranglehold on the game when Jackson had a third-down sneak to the Baltimore 46 for an apparent first down. An illegal formation nullified the play and a premature shotgun snap on third-and-5 went past Jackson. He picked up the ball deep behind the line of scrimmage, and his desperation pass was intercepted by Love and returned to the 13.
“It’s frustrating because we’re losing these games,” said Jackson, who threw for 210 yards and had 77 of the Ravens’ 211 yards rushing. “It happened. It’s over with. We have to move on to the Browns. We just can’t keep beating ourselves up because that’s what it is. It’s not our opponent.”
On a third-and 3 from the Baltimore 3, cornerback Marcus Peters was called for pass interference in the end zone, nullifying his interception. Barkley dived over the goal line on the next play.
Jackson appeared to be getting the better of Martindale’s defense before the Giants stepped up late, sparked by their first interception of the season.
Justin Tucker kicked two short field goals for Baltimore and Graham Gano added one for New York
Despite outgaining Giants 256 yards to 90 in the opening half, Baltimore led 10-7.
Andrews finished with seven catches for 106 yards. He now has 302 career catches, the fourth Raven to his the 300 plateau. The 100-yard game was the ninth, tying him with Mark Clayton for the franchise record.
Barkley finished with 22 carries for 83 yards. He also had three catches for 12 yards. … Bellington led the Giants with five catches for 38 yards. … Robinson had three catches for 37 yards and his first career touchdown in his return to the lineup after missing the last four games with a knee injury.
Ravens: RT Morgan Moses left late in the first half with a heel injury and was carted off. … Harbaugh said RB J.K. Dobbins aggravated a knee injury. Dobbins had 15 yards on seven carries.
Giants: C Jon Feliciano injured a groin in the second half but came back.
Ravens: Host AFC North rival Cleveland next Sunday.
Giants: At Jacksonville next Sunday.
Trubisky comes off bench as Steelers stun Brady, Bucs 20-18
PITTSBURGH (AP) Mitch Trubisky stood on the Acrisure Stadium sideline two weeks ago with a baseball cap on, his future uncertain and his chance at proving he’s a capable NFL starting quarterback all but gone.
He didn’t complain. Or throw a tantrum. Or give up his captaincy for that matter, an honorarium that requires him to lead, something Trubisky kept doing even while helping rookie Kenny Pickett prepare to be the face of the Pittsburgh Steelers for years to come.
While Pickett remains very much the face of the future, for one remarkable quarter on Sunday, Trubisky seized the present and offered a glimpse of the player he believes he can still be while helping orchestrate a stunning 20-18 victory over Tom Brady and the suddenly adrift Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Mitch was put in a tough spot and he never wavered,” said Pittsburgh wide receiver Chase Claypool, whose 6-yard touchdown reception with 9:59 remaining provided the winning points. “Love that guy.”
Pittsburgh (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak behind 144 yards passing from Trubisky – who filled in after Pickett went into the concussion protocol late in the third quarter – and a largely anonymous defense that somehow found a way to beat Brady, a task far more star-studded versions of the Steelers have failed to do through the years.
“We ain’t back yet,” defensive end Cam Heyward said after Pittsburgh toppled Brady for just the fourth time in 16 tries. “We’ve still got work to do.”
Maybe, but Pittsburgh avoided its worst start in 34 years by keeping Brady in check for long stretches. The 45-year-old struggled to have his way with a Steelers secondary missing four of its top five players, including star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Brady completed 25 of 40 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown but also saw drives bog down consistently in the red zone. Four times Tampa Bay drove inside the Pittsburgh 20. Three times the drive ended with Ryan Succop kicking a field goal instead of an extra-point attempt.
“We didn’t earn the win,” Brady said after his team lost for the third time in four weeks. “It’s a game of earning it and it’s a game of playing well and performing well and we’re just not doing a good job of that. I don’t think we’ve done it for six weeks. I think we’re all playing less than what we’re capable of.”
The seven-time Super Bowl champion let his teammates know it. At one point cameras caught Brady excoriating an offensive line that let the Steelers – who had barely produced much of a pass rush since T.J. Watt went down with a left pectoral injury in the season opener – make Brady far more uncomfortable than he’s used to.
“It’s all of us,” Brady said. “It’s our whole offense. … Obviously there’s no position that’s performing at an elite level right now.”
Then again, neither were the Steelers, who were outclassed in every way imaginable during the club’s worst loss since 1989. Head coach Mike Tomlin, faced with the prospect of his first losing season in 16 years on the job, ordered his players to dig in.
They responded by producing one of the most improbable regular-season wins of his long tenure as 10-point underdogs at home. Linebacker Devin Bush, a former first-round pick whose erratic play led the team not to pick up his fifth-year option, knocked away a 2-point conversion attempt with 4:38 remaining after Brady’s touchdown pass to Leonard Fournette cut Pittsburgh’s lead to two.
Trubisky did the rest, connecting with Claypool for a 26-yard gain down the sideline, then running 9 yards on an option play as the Steelers simultaneously bled the clock and stop the bleeding – at least momentarily – on a season that was on the verge of spinning out of control.
“I went in there, really tried to play free, tried to stay aggressive,” Trubisky said. “If I looked relaxed, I mean I felt relaxed. It felt good. … I would love to duplicate what we did.”
Pickett’s first NFL start at the same stadium where he starred at the University of Pittsburgh ended early after he was knocked to the ground by Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White in the third quarter shortly after throwing an incomplete pass.
The 20th overall pick in the draft lay on the turf for several seconds before slowly picking himself up as officials motioned for Pittsburgh’s training staff to check on him. Pickett then sat down briefly while being tended to before going into the protocol. He completed 11 of 18 passes for 67 yards and his first touchdown pass, a 6-yard flip to Najee Harris in the first quarter.
Tampa Bay: Tight end Cameron Brate left on a stretcher late in the third quarter after getting tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Myles Jack following a 6-yard catch. Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said Brate is dealing with a neck injury.
Buccaneers: Travel to NFC South rival Carolina next week. Tampa Bay is 4-0 against the Panthers since Brady arrived in 2020.
Steelers: Visit Miami for the first time since 2016 next Sunday night.
LA Rams rally in 2nd half to beat Wilks, Panthers 24-10
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Matthew Stafford passed for 253 yards, Darrell Henderson and receiver Ben Skowronek rushed for touchdowns in the second half, and the Los Angeles Rams snapped their two-game skid with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Allen Robinson caught a TD pass for the defending Super Bowl champion Rams (3-3), who bounced back from two straight ugly defeats and the latest injury setback for their offensive line to spoil Steve Wilks’ debut as the Panthers’ interim head coach.
Wilks took over when Matt Rhule was fired last Monday, and the former Arizona coach already has drama on his hands: He apparently sent receiver Robbie Anderson to the locker room shortly before the end of the third quarter after a shouting match with receivers coach Joe Dailey.
Donte Jackson returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown for the Panthers (1-5), who have lost three straight. Christian McCaffrey racked up 158 total yards, but P.J. Walker passed for just 60 yards while making his third career start in the injury absences of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Matt Corral.
Walker was sidelined in the fourth quarter with a neck injury, but passed concussion protocol. Jacob Eason, promoted from the practice squad this week, passed for 59 yards for the Panthers, whose offense didn’t score after a field goal on the opening drive.
Los Angeles trailed 10-7 at halftime, but took control in the second half. Skowronek put the Rams ahead and scored his first NFL touchdown in the third quarter with an 18-yard sprint on his first career rushing attempt, and Henderson added a 2-yard TD run with 8:15 to play.
Cooper Kupp caught seven passes for 80 yards, while Henderson rushed for 43 yards in the absence of Cam Akers, who stayed home amid an apparent conflict with the coaching staff. Rams general manager Les Snead told Fox’s broadcast crew he is trying to trade Akers, his highest draft pick in the past five years.
Rams left tackle Joseph Noteboom left the field on a cart with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Los Angeles already was without five of its top eight offensive linemen before losing Noteboom, the replacement for retired left tackle Andrew Whitworth.
The Rams still made a 73-yard scoring drive after Noteboom’s injury left them playing four backups on the offensive line. Robinson’s TD catch on a fade route was the free-agent signee’s second score in his underwhelming start with LA.
But Carolina took a 10-7 lead to the break after Stafford overthrew Kupp and Jackson took it to the house for his first career touchdown 1:58 before halftime. The pick-6 was the 29th of Stafford’s career.
Los Angeles tied it with a field goal after its 87-yard drive stalled at the Carolina 3 in the third quarter, and the Rams took the lead late in the third when Skowronek took a handoff on a sweep and scored his first NFL touchdown while Robinson blocked two defensive backs.
Carolina yielded 360 total yards in the first game since Al Holcomb replaced the fired Phil Snow as defensive coordinator. The Panthers had one of the NFL’s worst rushing defenses coming in, and the Rams managed 111 yards on the ground.
The Rams played pregame scoreboard tributes to Carolina P Johnny Hekker and RG Austin Corbett, two key members of Los Angeles’ championship team. Hekker spent 10 years with the Rams starting in St. Louis, earning four All-Pro selections.
Carolina played without top cornerback Jaycee Horn, who injured his ribs last week. Jackson then injured his ankle in the second half, and CB C.J. Henderson went into the concussion protocol after that. … Noteboom missed significant portions of the previous three seasons with injuries, including the Rams’ final two playoff games last season. … Rams DB Grant Haley injured his knee in the first half. … Panthers LB Cory Littleton went out with a groin injury in the second half.
Panthers: Host Buccaneers on Sunday.
Rams: Bye week.
Walker runs for key TD, Seahawks beat Cardinals 19-9
SEATTLE (AP) Rookie Kenneth Walker III rushed for an 11-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 19-9 on Sunday.
The Seahawks (3-3) jumped into a share of the lead in the NFC West with San Francisco, which lost earlier Sunday at Atlanta.
Walker, a second-round pick out of Michigan State, took over as Seattle’s feature back because of Rashaad Penny’s season-ending broken leg. He had a season-most 21 carries for 97 yards.
Geno Smith completed 20 of 31 passes for 197 yards for Seattle. He also ran for 48 yards on six carries. Jason Myers kicked four field goals for the Seahawks.
Kyler Murray completed 23 of 37 passes for 222 yards with an interception, while rushing for 100 yards for the Cardinals (2-4), who struggled all day to finish drives.
Matt Ammendola made a 23-yard field goal to cap Arizona’s first drive of the game, the first time all season the Cardinals scored in the first quarter. But Arizona didn’t score again in the first half, and Chris Banjo’s fumble recovery in the end zone led to its lone touchdown.
The Cardinals were also hurting at running back. James Conner (ribs) and Darrel Williams (knee) were ruled out. Jonathan Ward (hamstring) was put on injured reserve this week.
Rookie Cameron Thomas’ third-down sack of Smith stalled the Seahawks’ opening drive, leading to Myers’ 39-yard field goal. Myers added a 27-yarder to give the Seahawks a 6-3 lead before a 34-yard field goal just before halftime.
Although helped by a pair of Arizona penalties, including a flag for roughing the passer, the Seahawks settled for Myers’ 32-yarder to extend the lead to 12-3 in the third quarter.
On Arizona’s next drive, Tariq Woolen recovered Murray’s fumble on the Seattle 19. But the Seahawks couldn’t capitalize, and Arizona forced the punter Michael Dickson to fumble in the end zone. Banjo recovered for a touchdown that made it 12-9, but Ammendola missed the extra point.
Arizona had won five of its last seven trips to Seattle, including last year’s 23-13 win.
Arizona left guard Justin Pugh had to be helped off the field with a knee injury at the end of the first quarter. He did not return. Outside linebacker Dennis Gardeck left early in the second half with an ankle injury.
Arizona receiver Marquise Brown hurt his left ankle late in the game and had to be helped to the locker room. The Cardinals’ leading receiver had five catches for 68 yards.
RING OF HONOR
Seattle inducted Shaun Alexander into its Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony, the 15th member of the organization to be honored. Alexander, a first-round draft pick in 2000 out of Alabama, spent eight of his nine NFL seasons in Seattle. He was the league MVP in 2005 when he rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns, helping lead the Seahawks to their first NFC championship and Super Bowl appearance. Alexander finished his career in Seattle with 9,453 yards rushing and 100 touchdowns.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
The game was played as scheduled after the Seattle Mariners fell to the Houston Astros on Saturday. Had the Mariners won and forced a Game 4 in the American League Division Series, the start of the NFL game was set to be moved back by 90 minutes to avoid crowd issues at the adjacent downtown stadiums.
Cardinals: Host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
Seahawks: Visit the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.
Bills rally to beat Chiefs 24-20 in playoff rematch
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Von Miller had just finished talking about the importance of the Buffalo Bills beating the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium when he stopped in the hallway outside the visiting locker room and grabbed Josh Allen in a hug.
The Bills quarterback was masterful again on Sunday.
This time, it was in a winning effort.
Allen threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead toss to Dawson Knox with 1:04 left, and the Bills held on for a 24-20 victory to exact a measure of revenge for their epic overtime loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in last year’s playoffs.
“I’ve come to this stadium a whole bunch of times. Been at this same podium. But I ain’t have many smiles,” Miller said. “It just feels so good to go out there with my teammates, to work toward something like this and come out on top.”
Stefon Diggs had 10 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown, and Gabe Davis also had a TD catch after torching Kansas City for four of them in January, as the Bills (5-1) won in the same place their season had ended the past two seasons.
It was the divisional round in January. It was the AFC championship game the year before that.
“Nothing we did last year translates to what we’re doing this year,” Allen said with a shrug. “What happened in the past, that’s where it is. All we can do is focus on the next one. Today was the next one.”
For a moment, it looked as if it could be the next heartbreak.
The Chiefs got the ball back after Knox’s touchdown with plenty of time left. But after Mahomes misfired on first down, Buffalo cornerback Taron Johnson jumped his pass to Skyy Moore and picked him off with 51 seconds left.
The Bills ran out the clock from there.
“It was a great battle. You love these games,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “You just don’t want to be sitting on this end of it. But you love the competition and the way the guys get after it.”
Mahomes finished with 338 yards passing to go with two touchdowns and two interceptions, including one in the end zone early in the game. JuJu Smith-Schuster had five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.
The down-to-the-wire nail-biter was a fitting follow-up to their playoff game, when the teams combined to score 25 points in the final two minutes of regulation, and the Chiefs (4-2) won it on the first possession of overtime.
The teams scored on their final six possessions that night, and they picked up Sunday right where they left off – with a small caveat. The Bills and Chiefs both marched the length of the field in the first quarter, chewing up defenses that looked downright lost, only to turn the ball over when they reached the red zone.
Then the similarities to their incredible divisional playoff game really began.
Mahomes, at his improvisational best, stayed alive long enough in a collapsing pocket to find Smith-Schuster for a 42-yard TD reception. And after the Bills blew another red-zone opportunity, when Allen threw incomplete on fourth-and-goal at Kansas City’s 3, Buffalo answered with a touchdown drive in the final minute of the half.
Backed up to its own 1-yard line, Allen threw a dart to Davis for a first down. He hit Knox, Diggs and Khalil Shakir on his next three throws, then had Davis beat rookie cornerback Joshua Williams for a 34-yard TD catch.
The drive took 73 seconds, covered 96 yards and gave the Bills a 10-7 lead.
And just like January, the Chiefs answered in seconds. Only instead of using 13 to drive within range of Harrison Butker’s 49-yard field goal to force overtime, they had 16 seconds to move 27 yards and set up his 62-yarder to knot the game.
The back-and-forth continued in the second half: Buffalo took the lead after Butker’s 51-yard miss when Diggs hauled in a long TD catch, then Kansas City drove 83 yards and Mecole Hardman tied it with his short reception.
When the Bills failed on another fourth-down attempt, Butker added a 44-yarder to give Kansas City a 20-17 lead.
But unlike January, the Bills made the plays down the stretch.
Allen’s scrambling, hurdling run on their go-ahead drive got them in scoring position, and his throw to Knox – a pinpoint dime along the sideline – gave the Bills the lead. And when Johnson came up with his interception a few minutes later, the Bills had their long-awaited revenge in Kansas City.
“There were still some bad memories from this place last year,” Knox said, “so it was nice to wipe those from our minds.”
STATS AND STREAKS
Allen had a career-best 13 straight completions before missing on his first throw of the fourth quarter. … Miller had two sacks, giving him 16 in 19 games against Kansas City. … Chiefs DT Chris Jones, who had a controversial roughing-the-passer penalty last week, tripped Allen for a sack in the fourth quarter. … Chiefs TE Travis Kelce had eight grabs for 108 yards.
Bills: RT Spencer Brown (ankle) was carted off in the second quarter. CB Dane Jackson left with a stinger in the third.
Chiefs: CB Rashad Fenton (hamstring) was inactive. CB Jaylen Watson left briefly in the fourth.
Bills: Off next week before facing the Packers on Oct. 30 in Buffalo.
Chiefs: Visit the 49ers next Sunday in their final game before their bye.
Eagles improve to 6-0, Hurts key in 26-17 win over Cowboys
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Eagles closed out another familiar outcome – their latest victory as they roll unbeaten into an off week – with a recognizable tune: “Dancing On My Own.” Yes, the Eagles borrowed the signature anthem for the Philadelphia Phillies that they’ve blasted in the clubhouse on their way toward a spot in the National League Championship Series.
It’s a great time for Philly sports fans.
Even better for the athletes who only know how to win around here of late.
“We up! Philly’s up right now,” cornerback Darius Slay said. “We’re going up. Up, up, up. We’re going up to that room.”
Maybe the Eagles will find a Lombardi Trophy once they get to Slay’s room.
Jalen Hurts threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns, C.J. Gardner-Johnson had two of Philadelphia’s three interceptions of Cooper Rush, and the Eagles stayed undefeated with a 26-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
The Eagles held on after their 20-0 lead shrank to 20-17 early in the fourth quarter, improving to 6-0 for the first time since 2004 – when they won their first seven games and went to the Super Bowl.
“We know we’ve got to play a complete game,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “What’s exciting about being 6-0 and not having played a complete game is we know it’s coming.”
Philly put the game away with an efficient drive that took up more than half the fourth quarter. The Eagles converted three third downs and Hurts hit DeVonta Smith for a 7-yard touchdown. Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs ripped off his helmet and slammed it in anger after the score, one final blown opportunity to make a stop and wrest the NFC East lead away from the Eagles.
The Eagles failed on the 2-point conversion and led 26-17.
Hurts converted two of the third downs on rushing attempts and Philly needed the clutch runs after the Cowboys (4-2) powered their way back into the game. Ezekiel Elliott scored on a 14-yard run in the third that made it 20-10 and Rush, who mostly struggled, threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ferguson in the fourth for a 20-17 game.
Gardner-Johnson made a diving catch for his second interception to cut off one late drive, and Brett Maher missed a 59-yard field-goal attempt in a last-gasp effort to stay within striking distance.
“Read your keys and go get the ball,” Gardner-Johnson said. “It feels good to come out in into the field like a hawk and go get the ball.”
Rush had led Dallas to four straight victories in place of the injured Dak Prescott but was overmatched under the lights in front of a rowdy crowd – and an Eagles defense that ranks second in the NFL in points off turnovers. Rush threw two interceptions in the first half that led to 10 points for the Eagles and the ineffective QB finished the half with a 1.0 rating.
No wonder the Eagles stand as the NFL’s lone unbeaten team.
Prescott, out since he suffered a broken right thumb in the season-opening loss to Tampa Bay, said his was plan was to play next week.
The Eagles scored 20 points in the second quarter and have now outscored opponents 112-27 in that quarter this season.
The Eagles had converted 8 of 12 fourth-down attempts coming into the game and kept the gambles rolling on their first scoring drive. Hurts connected with A.J. Brown on fourth-and-3 for 11 yards. Then on fourth-and-4 from the 10, the Eagles snared Dallas in a neutral zone infraction for an automatic first down. Miles Sanders scored on a 5-yard TD run and a 7-0 lead.
Rush, solid but hardly lighting up the scoreboard as a starter, had a pass deflected and intercepted by Gardner-Johnson, who flapped his arms after the pick and had Eagles fans going wild. Philly sports fans haven’t had much chance to settle down this fall. The Eagles are perfect, the Phillies are in the NL Championship Series, the Union host a playoff game this week, and the 76ers open the season this week and play the home opener Thursday.
Hurts capitalized off the pick and hit Brown for a 15-yard TD and a 14-0 lead.
Jake Elliott, who missed last week’s game with a bad ankle, added field goals of 51 and 34 yards to make it 20-0. Elliott’s second field goal came after Slay intercepted Rush.
“We took some shots from them,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said.
It’s what the Eagles do. It’s why they’re in first place.
Eagles T Lane Johnson left with a concussion.
FIRST LADY IN THE HOUSE
First lady Jill Biden attended the game as part of cancer awareness night. Biden met with cancer patients, cancer survivors and their families. She also chatted with 76ers center Joel Embiid and was at midfield for the coin toss.
SIX IN THE CITY
The Eagles started 7-0 in 2004 when they finished 13-3 in the regular season before falling in the Super Bowl to the Patriots, and began 6-0 in 1981 but dropped their first playoff game.
Embiid and several other Sixers were at the game. So was New Jersey native, Anaheim Angels slugger and Eagles fan Mike Trout. Slay gave the ball from an interception earlier this season to Sixers star James Harden. After his pick against Rush, Slay gave the ball to rapper Meek Mill. Questlove and Bradley Cooper, wearing an Allen Iverson T-shirt, were also at the game. Gardner-Johnson, who played with a left hand injury, has a tattoo in honor of Meek Mill on his right arm.
The Cowboys return home next Sunday and play Detroit.
The Eagles are off next week and host the Steelers on Oct. 30.
AP Top 25: Tennessee up to No. 3, ‘Bama’s top-5 streak ends
(AP) — Tennessee moved to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll behind No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Ohio State after knocking off Alabama.
The Crimson Tide was one of five unbeaten teams to fall during a wild weekend and dropped three places to No. 6 in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. Alabama swapped places with the Vols after losing to them 52-49 on a field goal as time expired Saturday.
Georgia remained No. 1 and received 31 first-place votes and Ohio State had 17 first-place votes.
The Vols received 15 first-place votes and have their best ranking since starting the 2005 season at No. 3. The last time Tennessee was ranked this highly in the second half of the season was 2001, reaching the top 10 in late October and headed into the SEC championship at No. 2.
No. 4 Michigan moved up a spot Sunday, switching places with No. 5 Clemson after the Wolverines blew out now-No. 16 Penn State.
No. 7 Mississippi moved up two spots and No. 8 TCU, No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 Oregon all moved into the top 10.
The Crimson Tide had its string of 40 straight appearances in the top five snapped. It was the longest such active streak in the country.
Georgia now has the longest run of top-five appearances with 24.
The Tide’s latest top-five run is only the third longest of the Saban era. The Tide’s 68 straight top-five appearances from 2015-19 is the AP poll record, and a string of 48 consecutive top-five rankings from 2011-13 is tied for fourth.
EXPLAIN YOUR VOTE
Tennessee made a case to be the No. 1 team in the country, and it swayed some voters.
Those who bought in on the Vols cited a resume that includes four victories against teams that were ranked at the time (at Pitt, Florida, at LSU and Alabama).
“I voted Tennessee No. 1 because the Vols’ strength of schedule is far superior to UGA and Ohio State,” said Ron Counts of the Idaho Statesman in Boise.
For comparison, Georgia has played just one team (Oregon) that has been ranked at any point this season. Ohio State has played three, though only one was ranked at the time (Notre Dame) and all of those opponents have at least three losses.
Plus, beating Alabama doesn’t happen often and holds a lot of weight with voters. No team this season has beaten a team with a better ranking at the time the game was played than Tennessee.
“It was a tough call between Tennessee and Georgia for No. 1,” said Kellis Robinett of The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle. “I have been voting the Bulldogs ahead of everyone else for several weeks, mostly because their blowout victory over Oregon has aged like a fine wine. But I think beating Alabama is slightly more impressive.”
So why only No. 3 for Tennessee?
The ranked-at-the-time argument falls flat for some voters, who were less impressed with victories against Florida and Pitt and give Georgia and Ohio State credit for being more dominant overall.
“I’ve been high on Tennessee all year, but I don’t think ranking them No. 3 is any kind of snub this week,” said Mike Barber of the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch.
– No. 22 North Carolina is ranked for the first time this season.
– No. 25 Tulane is this week’s breakthrough team. The Green Wave (6-1) is ranked for the first time since 1998, when quarterback Shaun King led them to an unbeaten season and No. 7 in the final Top 25.
– Kansas lost two straight games after snapping a poll drought of 13 years and is unranked again.
– James Madison is out after becoming the first team to be ranked in its first season as an FBS member. The Dukes lost 45-38 on the road at new Sun Belt rival Georgia Southern.
SEC – 6 (Nos. 1, 3, 6, 7, 19, 24).
ACC – 5 (Nos. 5, 13, 14, 22, 23).
Big 12 – 4 (Nos. 8, 11, 17, 20).
Big Ten – 4 (No. 2, 4, 16, 18).
Pac-12 – 4 (Nos. 9, 10, 12, 15).
American – 2 (Nos. 21, 25).
RANKED vs. RANKED
After six games matching ranked teams this past weekend, five more are on tap, including the first top-10 matchup in the Pac-12 since the 2016 conference championship game (No. 4 Washington and No. 9 Colorado).
No. 14 Syracuse at No. 5 Clemson.
No. 20 Texas at No. 11 Oklahoma State.
No. 9 UCLA at No. 10 Oregon.
No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 6 Alabama.
No. 17 Kansas State at No. 8 TCU.
SEC fines Tennessee 100k; Vols crowdsourcing new goalposts
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has fined Tennessee $100,000 for a wild, field-storming celebration after a win over Alabama.
Meanwhile, the school has turned to fans to help pay for new goalposts.
The league announced the fine on Sunday for the school’s second violation of the access to competition area policy. The first came after a basketball game against Florida in 2006.
The third-ranked Volunteers knocked off No. 6 Alabama 52-49 on a last-play field goal Saturday at Neyland Stadium. It ended a 15-game losing streak to the Tide.
Fans stormed the field, ripped up one of the goal posts and heaved it into the Tennessee River.
Tennessee turned to crowdsourcing to pay for replacement goalposts. More than $18,000 had been raised as of Sunday afternoon.
Athletic director Danny White tweeted “We had some fun, didn’t we?” and asked fans to “help us out.”
SEC policy states that “access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy.”
A third offense and beyond would cost Tennessee $250,000.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: 25 TRANSFERS TO WATCH (THE ALMANAC)
1. Kendric Davis, Memphis
Unlike a lot of other transfers, Davis does not have to deal with the uncertainty of moving
up or down conferences. Instead, the 2021-22 AAC Player of the Year goes from SMU
to conference rival Memphis, providing the Tigers with the elite point guard they’ve been
2. Pete Nance, North Carolina
The Northwestern transfer will fill Brady Manek’s spot in the starting lineup. He isn’t the
shooter Manek was, but Nance made 45.2 percent of his attempts last season. He will
also provide a big boost to the Tar Heels as an elite secondary playmaker and a versatile
3. Nijel Pack, Miami
NIL drama aside, Pack was one of the biggest home run transfers of the cycle. Pack is a
perfect replacement for Charlie Moore in Miami’s offense, and can play both on- and offball alongside Isaiah Wong. Playing with other scorers should give Pack room to showcase his elite shooting.
4. Tyrese Hunter, Texas
Hunter was the best perimeter defender available — and might be the best in the country. He was key to Iowa State’s defensive success last year and will be the linchpin in
Chris Beard’s defensive system. His offense is coming along, too. He dropped 23 on LSU
in the Big Dance.
5. Johni Broome, Auburn
Auburn had its two frontcourt starters selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, but
Broome should step in and prevent a severe drop-off. The 6-10, 235-pounder was a
double-double machine last year at Morehead State, and he was third in the country in
blocks last season.
6. Terrence Shannon Jr., Illinois
In an offseason transfer cycle dominated by bigs and guards, Shannon was one of the
few high-major caliber wings available. As long as he stays healthy, he has the experience and scoring efficiency to be a big piece in what Illinois wants to do on both ends of
7. Fardaws Aimaq, Texas Tech
Aimaq was a mega-productive machine at Utah Valley. Over two seasons in Orem, Aimaq put up 42 double-doubles. His ability to defend the rim should also fit in well with
Mark Adams’ defense at Texas Tech, and his newly developed 3-point shot could be an
8. Isiaih Mosley, Missouri
Mosley is the rare efficient volume scorer who can create offense for himself whenever
he wants. He averaged over 20 points last season for Missouri State while joining the
prestigious 50-40-90 shooting club. Mosley will immediately become one of the SEC’s
most electric scorers.
9. KJ Williams, LSU
Williams followed Matt McMahon from Murray State to LSU and should remain the
coach’s best player. The 2022 OVC Player of the Year had 11 double-doubles and was
top-two in the league in scoring, rebounding and offensive rating. Williams will be counted on to produce in the SEC.
10. Norchad Omier, Miami
The reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year (and DPOY) gives the ‘Canes the dominant interior big they lacked during 2022’s Elite Eight run. At Arkansas State, he was the fourthbest rebounder and was top-50 in blocks. The ever-hungry glass-eater will start right
away for Miami this year.
11. Mark Sears, Alabama
Sears is everything Nate Oats wants from his Alabama point guards. In 2022, Sears put
up 19.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists at Ohio, while shooting 40 percent on 3s.
He’s capable of carrying the load; when Jahvon Quinerly gets back, the Tide could have
D1’s best PG tandem.
12. Baylor Scheierman, Creighton
It isn’t everyday that a guy like reigning Summit Player of the Year Baylor Scheierman
enters the transfer portal. With Creighton expecting to take a huge leap this season, his
limitless 3-point range, solid rebounding and pinpoint passing vision will make him a pivotal addition for the Jays.
13. Kyle Lofton, Florida
Landing Kyle Lofton was a huge win for Todd Golden in his first year as head coach for
Florida. Lofton, a four-year starter for St. Bonaventure is one of the best floor generals
in college basketball, and will provide the Gators with an excellent perimeter defender.
14. Darrion Trammell, San Diego State
Trammell was one of the best two-way guards in mid-major hoops during two years at
SeattleU. His knack for coming up with steals should allow him to quickly slide into SDSU’s elite defensive system. On offense, the speedster’s ability to create off the dribble
provides a much-needed jolt.
15. Kevin McCullar, Kansas
Coming off a national title, Kansas wasted no time reloading and nabbed big-bodied
guard Kevin McCullar from Big 12 rival Texas Tech. McCullar, who played most of his
minutes on the wing for the Red Raiders, is an excellent defensive guard who could see
more time at the point.
16. Matthew Mayer, Illinois
Mayer showed flashes of offensive brilliance during his career at Baylor but wasn’t able
to put it together on a nightly basis. Still, the 6-9, 225-pounder emerged as an elite defender in 2022. Illinois is hoping that keeps up while Mayer starts tapping back into his
17. Courtney Ramey, Arizona
Just like everything else at Texas last season, Courtney Ramey’s production took a huge
hit in a wildly inconsistent offense. Heading to Arizona, which loves to run in transition
and desperately needs a veteran backcourt presence, Ramey’s production should improve as the floor opens up.
18. David Jones, St. John’s
While much of the discussion surrounding St. John’s will be on their unpredictable backcourt, intraconference transfer David Jones may quietly be the best piece on the roster.
The former DePaul forward can do it all: score, rebound, distribute and defend.
19. Osun Osunniyi, Iowa State
The most accomplished defensive player in the portal, the two-time reigning A10 DPOY
will now anchor Iowa State’s stout unit. Osunniyi might be D1’s best rim protector, and
he’s also a quality rebounder. He won’t be a primary offensive option, but he’ll have a
huge impact in the Big 12.
20. Manny Bates, Butler
Even if the shoulder injury that cost Bates all of last season precludes elite scoring, his
impact at Butler would still be felt. He brings elite rim protection the Bulldogs haven’t
seen since Rolf van Rijn in the late ‘90s, and he has the potential to break the school’s
single-season blocks record.
21. Trevon Brazile, Arkansas
After spending just one season as a starter for SEC bottom feeder Missouri, Trevon
Brazile is heading to conference rival Arkansas. In Musselman’s system, Brazile should
be able to take advantage of his rim-protection and interior scoring efficiency for a Top
22. Brandon Murray, Georgetown
Patrick Ewing may not have found sustained success at Georgetown yet, but adding
sophomore guard Brandon Murray is a good step in the right direction. Murray’s 10.0
points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game were enough to earn him SEC All-Freshman honors last year.
23. Grant Sherfield, Oklahoma
Sherfield had a stellar two-year run at Nevada, earning all-conference honors each season with cumulative averages of 18.8 points and 6.2 assists per game. He now tries his
hand at being a leading man in the Big 12. The Sooners need point guard help and more
perimeter scoring pop.
24. Emoni Bates, Eastern Michigan
After a roller-coaster transfer saga, Emoni Bates is back home in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to
play for EMU. An offseason arrest on felony gun charges has placed his availability for
the Eagles in question as the school has suspended him until the legal process plays out.
But, if he gets on the court, he has the size and athleticism to dominate the MAC as a
25. Dawson Garcia, Minnesota
Garcia transferred back to his home state following an up-and-down season at UNC that
ended when he left the program in January due to family medical issues. He showed
plenty of promise as a Marquette freshman, though, and now pairs up with high-scoring
forward Jamison Battle.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACHES ON THE RISE
Jeff Boals, Ohio
Record: 59-33 (31-21, MAC) in three seasons
Boals has led his alma mater to a winning record in three straight seasons and
the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory in a decade. Boals has proven he
can develop NBA talent (see: Jason Preston), and he spent seven seasons as a
high-major assistant at Ohio State.
Darian DeVries, Drake
Record: 95-40 (48-24, MVC) in four seasons
DeVries has won 20-plus games in each of his four seasons since taking over at
Drake after nearly two decades as an assistant at Creighton. He has won MVC
Coach of the Year twice, had Drake in the AP Top 25, and is now one of America’s
most sought-after mid-major coaches.
Kim English, George Mason
Record: 14-16 (7-9, A10) in one season
Despite a losing record in Year 1 at GMU, English built a strong reputation as one
of the game’s up-and-comers as an assistant with Colorado and Tennessee. Still
extremely young at 34 years old, his debut featured multiple highlights. English is
an attractive target for high-major ADs.
Jared Grasso, Bryant
Record: 62-54 (39-28, NEC) in four seasons
In four years, Grasso has turned the Bulldogs from an NEC afterthought to earning a league title and the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. He has been
a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award, given annually to the best mid-major coach
in the sport, in three of his four seasons.
Matt Langel, Colgate
Record: 176-165 (108-75, Patriot) in 11 seasons
The 44-year-old has led the program to four consecutive Patriot League titles,
which has put Colgate in the last three NCAA Tournaments. No other mid-major
program has experienced this run of consistent success, which makes Langel a
Robert Jones, Norfolk State
Record: 166-126 (104-34, MEAC) in nine seasons
Jones has done a lot of great work in nine seasons at NSU, guiding the Spartans
to consecutive NCAA Tournaments in 2021 and 2022. Under Jones, Norfolk State
has won the conference in three of the last four seasons. Jones won the coveted
Hugh Durham Award this past season.
Jeff Linder, Wyoming
Record: 39-20 (20-14, MWC) in two seasons
The 45-year-old has produced high-level results at each of his two coaching stops.
Linder led Northern Colorado to three consecutive seasons with at least 21 wins.
Last year, he guided the Cowboys to 25 wins, an appearance in the AP Top 25 and
an NCAA Tournament appearance.
COACHES ON THE HOT SEAT
Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
Record: 68-84 (26-63, Big East) in five seasons
Let’s be clear: Without his name, he wouldn’t still be the head coach of the Hoyas.
But he’s the most celebrated Georgetown player in school history, and that bought
Ewing another season. The Hoyas disastrously failed to win a single game in Big
East play in 2022, so the entire program must make major strides.
Brad Brownell, Clemson
Record: 218-166 (103-111, ACC) in 12 seasons
Brownell has to get to the NCAA Tournament, or else it’ll likely be his final season
with Clemson. While Brownell has gone to a trio of Big Dances in his tenure, new
AD Graham Neff is a hoops guy — and he wants the Tigers’ program to be relevant on the hardwood more consistently.
Chris Collins, Northwestern
Record: 133-150 (56-113, Big Ten) in nine seasons
Remember when Collins was the hottest thing in college hoops after leading NU
to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017? Since then: five consecutive losing seasons, and a little more than five Big Ten wins per year. Collins likely
needs another postseason appearance to stay in Evanston.
Fred Hoiberg, Nebraska
Record: 24-67 (9-50, Big Ten) in three seasons
Hoiberg has won just nine Big Ten games in three years, and the ‘Huskers have
finished dead last twice and 13th once. Hoiberg restructured his contract under
new AD Trev Alberts, and the buyout dropped from $18.5 million to $11 million.
This is a make-or-break season for Hoiberg, or he’ll join Scott Frost on the Cornhusker chopping block.
Jeff Capel, Pittsburgh
Record: 51-69 (21-53, ACC) in four seasons
Capel had a major rebuild on his hands when he took over in 2018, but Pitt just
hasn’t been relevant, finishing 14th, 13th, 12th and 11th in the ACC in four seasons at
the helm. There was speculation he might not get another year, but a $15 million
buyout likely kept him around.
Mike Anderson, St. John’s
Record: 50-41 (23-33, Big East) in three seasons
Anderson has never had a losing season as a head coach, but it’s been three mediocre years with no postseason appearances. Even Chris Mullin took St. John’s
to the First Four in Year 4. Anderson must take the Johnnies to the Big Dance this
year, or AD Mike Cragg could get antsy.
This past season, there were 60 job changes.
There were a half-dozen each in the SEC and the A-10, and four in the Big East.
Many weren’t surprising, like Tom Crean (Georgia), Frank Martin (South Carolina), Ben Howland (Mississippi State) and
Bruce Weber (Kansas State). Will Wade (LSU) was fired due to the NCAA’s investigation. Others seemed like they might get
another year, but Travis Steele (Xavier) and LaVall Jordan (Butler) didn’t make it. Mark Turgeon (Maryland) and Chris Mack
(Louisville) didn’t even last the whole season.
Here are a dozen high-major coaches who need to perform this season to stick around.
Bobby Hurley, Arizona State
Record: 118-100 (60-67, Pac-12) in seven seasons
Hurley led ASU to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and 2019, and he was en route
to a third trip in 2020 before COVID hit. The last two years have been lackluster
in Tempe — a total of 25 victories. Hurley will need to get the Sun Devils back on
track, or this might be his final year in the desert.
Mike Hopkins, Washington
Record: 85-75 (45-49, Pac-12) in five seasons
Hopkins won a total of 48 games his first two years at U-Dub and made an NCAA
Tournament appearance in 2019, but the Huskies underachieved in 2020 with
high-level recruits. Then, there was a five-win season in 2021. Even with last year’s
step forward, Hopkins still has work to do.
Mark Fox, California
Record: 35-58 (15-43, Pac-12) in three seasons
Fox inherited a mess in 2019, but now it’s Year 4 — the Bears must make progress. There have been just 15 league wins in three years, and a 35-58 overall mark.
Again, this was a major rebuild — and everyone knows Fox can coach — but it’s
pivotal he shows improvement in 2023.
Kermit Davis, Ole Miss
Record: 64-61 (30-42, SEC) in four seasons
Davis started off well, winning 20 games his first season in Oxford and taking the
Rebels to the NCAA Tournament. But the last three years resulted in just a single
NIT appearance in 2021. Davis must get back over the .500 mark this season following a 13-19 overall record in 2021-22.
Jerod Haase, Stanford
Record: 98-90 (52-60, Pac-12) in six seasons
Haase has been solid in his six seasons, but he’s yet to get to an NCAA Tournament. This could be the year, though, thanks to a strong roster. The good news:
Stanford is patient with coaches; previous skipper Johnny Dawkins went to the
Dance just once in eight years before being let go.
Kevin Keatts, NC State
Record: 90-68 (43-50, ACC) in five seasons
In his sixth season, Keatts can’t have another year like 2021-22, in which the Pack
went 11-21 overall and finished 4-16 in the ACC. Keatts took NC State dancing in
his first season, but he needs at least an NIT berth this year. That said, a significant buyout could buy Keatts time.
THE TOP 100 PLAYERS IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL THIS SEASON
1. OSCAR TSHIEBWE, KENTUCKY
2. DREW TIMME, GONZAGA
3. ARMANDO BACOT, NORTH CAROLINA
4. MARCUS SASSER, HOUSTON
5. HUNTER DICKINSON, MICHIGAN
6. TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, INDIANA
7. KENDRIC DAVIS, MEMPHIS
8. JAIME JAQUEZ JR., UCLA
9. NICK SMITH, ARKANSAS
10. DERECK LIVELY II, DUKE
11. ZACH EDEY, PURDUE
12. DARIQ WHITEHEAD, DUKE
13. ADAMA SANOGO, CONNECTICUT
14. ADAM FLAGLER, BAYLOR
15. CAM WHITMORE, VILLANOVA
16. MIKE MILES, TCU
17. RJ DAVIS, NORTH CAROLINA
18. JALEN WILSON, KANSAS
19. ISAIAH WONG, MIAMI (FL)
20. KEYONTE GEORGE, BAYLOR
21. CALEB LOVE, NORTH CAROLINA
22. RYAN KALKBRENNER, CREIGHTON
23. COLIN CASTLETON, FLORIDA
24. JAMAL SHEAD, HOUSTON
25. MAX ABMAS, ORAL ROBERTS
26. TYGER CAMPBELL, UCLA
27. AZUOLAS TUBELIS, ARIZONA
28. JULIAN STRAWTHER, GONZAGA
29. KEVIN MCCULLAR, KANSAS
30. LJ CRYER, BAYLOR
31. HUNTER MALDONADO, WYOMING
32. KRIS MURRAY, IOWA
33. KYLE FILIPOWSKI, DUKE
34. NIJEL PACK, MIAMI (FL)
35. WILL RICHARDSON, OREGON
36. MATT BRADLEY, SAN DIEGO STATE
37. SANTIAGO VESCOVI, TENNESSEE
38. PETE NANCE, NORTH CAROLINA
39. BRANDON MILLER, ALABAMA
40. JORDAN WALKER, UAB
41. CALEB DANIELS, VILLANOVA
42. DARIUS MCGHEE, LIBERTY
43. HARRISON INGRAM, STANFORD
44. DARON HOLMES II, DAYTON
45. TERRENCE SHANNON JR., ILLINOIS
46. TYRESE HUNTER, TEXAS
47. TIMMY ALLEN, TEXAS
48. PJ HALL, CLEMSON
49. MARK SEARS, ALABAMA
50. ISAIAH STEVENS, COLORADO STATE
51. GG JACKSON, SOUTH CAROLINA
52. ARTHUR KALUMA, CREIGHTON
53. ANTHONY BLACK, ARKANSAS
54. ANTOINE DAVIS, DETROIT MERCY
55. MARCUS CARR, TEXAS
56. JACK NUNGE, XAVIER
57. JEREMY ROACH, DUKE
58. JAYDEN GARDNER, VIRGINIA
59. KEL’EL WARE, OREGON
60. ACE BALDWIN, VCU
61. COLBY JONES, XAVIER
62. KJ WILLIAMS, LSU
63. MATTHEW CLEVELAND, FLORIDA STATE
64. TERQUAVION SMITH, NC STATE
65. DARRION TRAMMELL, SAN DIEGO STATE
66. ISIAIH MOSLEY, MISSOURI
67. JUSTYN MUTTS, VIRGINIA TECH
68. BRANDON SLATER, VILLANOVA
69. POSH ALEXANDER, ST. JOHN’S
70. RYAN NEMBHARD, CREIGHTON
71. KYLE LOFTON, FLORIDA
72. JOSIAH-JORDAN JAMES, TENNESSEE
73. GRAHAM IKE, WYOMING
74. DREW PETERSON, USC
75. BAYLOR SCHEIERMAN, CREIGHTON
76. JAVONTE PERKINS, SAINT LOUIS
77. CALEB MCCONNELL, RUTGERS
78. CASON WALLACE, KENTUCKY
79. AMARI BAILEY, UCLA
80. DEANDRE WILLIAMS, MEMPHIS
81. TYLER WAHL, WISCONSIN
82. CHUCK HARRIS, BUTLER
83. NOLAN HICKMAN, GONZAGA
84. JARED BYNUM, PROVIDENCE
85. OSUN OSUNNIYI, IOWA STATE
86. JOHNI BROOME, AUBURN
87. SAHVIR WHEELER, KENTUCKY
88. MATTHEW MAYER, ILLINOIS
89. PELLE LARSSON, ARIZONA
90. KEVIN OBANOR, TEXAS TECH
91. TRAMON MARK, HOUSTON
92. JAKE STEPHENS, CHATTANOOGA
93. REECE BEEKMAN, VIRGINIA
94. JALEN COOK, TULANE
95. COLEMAN HAWKINS, ILLINOIS
96. XAVIER JOHNSON, INDIANA
97. JAMARION SHARP, WESTERN KENTUCKY
98. BRANDON MURRAY, LSU
99. JORDAN HAWKINS, CONNECTICUT
100. TYRECE RADFORD, TEXAS A&M
Wallace charges after Larson following crash at Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) Bubba Wallace tried to fight reigning NASCAR champion Kyle Larson after a crash Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that also collected title contender Christopher Bell.
Wallace had led 29 laps and clearly had a fast car in the opening race of the third round of the playoffs. Wallace did not qualify for the playoffs, and Larson was eliminated last week.
The incident began when Larson attempted a three-wide pass – Kevin Harvick in the middle dropped out of the bunch – and Larson slid up the track against Wallace. When Wallace didn’t lift to give Larson any room, Larson used his Chevrolet to shove Wallace’s Toyota into the wall.
Wallace then bounced back down the track, followed Larson’s car down to the apron and appeared to deliberately hook him in retaliation. That sent Larson spinning into the path of Bell, who won last Sunday at Charlotte to earn the automatic berth into the round of eight, and ended Bell’s race.
Wallace climbed from his car and marched his way toward Larson. Wallace was shouting before he even got to Larson and immediately began to shove the smaller driver. Larson tried to turn away from him and several times lifted his arms to block Wallace’s shoves, but Wallace got in multiple shots before a NASCAR safety worker separated the two.
Wallace claimed he didn’t deliberately wreck Larson, but both Larson and Bell viewed it as clear retaliation. NASCAR could penalize Wallace if it also believes he deliberately retaliated.
“I’m smart enough to know how easily these cars break, so when you get shoved into the fence deliberately like he did trying to force me to lift, the steering was gone,” Wallace said. “Larson wanted to make a three-wide divebomb, but he never cleared me and I don’t lift.
“I know I’m kind of new to running up front, but I don’t lift. I wasn’t even at a spot to lift and he never lifted, either, and now we’re junk. Just (very bad) move of his execution.”
Asked what message he was trying to send to Larson when he began shoving him, Wallace said, “He knows.”
“He knows what he did was wrong. He wanted to question what I was doing, and he never cleared me,” Wallace said.
And as for Bell becoming collateral damage?
“Sports,” Wallace, who like Bell is a Toyota driver, said with a shrug.
Larson, who hit the wall last week at Charlotte to contribute to his playoff elimination, said he wasn’t surprised Wallace hooked him.
“I obviously made an aggressive move into (turn) three, got in low, got loose and chased it up a bit,” Larson said. “He got to my right front, and it got him tight and into the wall. I knew he was going to retaliate. He had a reason to be mad, but his race wasn’t over until he retaliated.
“It is what it is. Just aggression turned into frustration and he retaliated.”
He thought Wallace’s crashing of Larson was inappropriate considering how much scrutiny NASCAR has been under concerning its new Next Gen car. Alex Bowman, who is Larson’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, is out for a third consecutive race with a concussion and Kurt Busch has been forced to step away following his July concussion.
“I think with everything that’s been going on here lately, with head injuries… I don’t think it’s probably the right thing to do,” Larson said. “I’m sure with everything going, he’ll know that he made a mistake in the retaliation part and I’m sure he’ll think twice about that next time.”
He also said he expected Wallace to be ready to fight when Wallace approached his crashed car.
“I saw him walking over, so I figured he would do something,” Larson said. “He had every right to be upset. I would rather him do that (fight) than tear up our cars in a dangerous manner.”
Bell, who will be scored 34th on Sunday and likely drop to last in the eight-driver playoff standings, said “we got the short end of the stick” with Larson and Wallace tangling.
“It’s disappointing because our performance is capable of racing for the championship, and it doesn’t appear that we’re going to get to,” he said.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
Ryan, Pierce hook up in final minute, Colts beat Jags 34-27
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich trusted Matt Ryan to make the right calls Sunday.
In the waning moments, the 15-year veteran delivered again.
Ryan read Jacksonville’s defense, relied on his instincts and then lobbed a 32-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Alec Pierce, who caught it just over the hands of a defender with 17 seconds left to give the Colts a 34-27 victory.
“Alec is so good on those kinds of routes and I think in that situation throwing the ball past the sticks and taking a shot, you can’t play scared,” Ryan said. “I thought it was a great call, a great route and I wanted to take a chance there.”
His perfect throw, despite taking a hit as he released the ball, capped a memorable day with a victory that may finally get the Colts’ offense righted.
Ryan was 42 of 58 for 389 yards with three touchdowns, no sacks and no turnovers. He broke the franchise’s single game record for completions and moved into seventh on the NFL’s career passing list.
Dan Marino has 61,361 yards. Ryan now has 61,499 yards and 45 career game-winning drives. He’s also fifth all-time with 30 career games of 350 or more yards passing.
But Ryan also knew what mattered most. Indy (3-2-1) snapped a two-game skid against its AFC South rival and improved to 1-2-1 in division play. Plus, Indy ended a touchdown drought that stretched to Week 4 and topped the 20-point mark for the first time in eight games.
” Matt was hot,” Reich said. “So I slipped in a run every now and then, but I didn’t want to take it out of Matt’s hands.”
Jacksonville (2-4) has lost three straight despite gashing Indy’s usually stout rushing defense for 243 yards and big play after big play.
The Jags led the entire first half, extended the margin to 21-13 just five plays into the second half and responded with a 10-minute, 18-play drive after Indy had finally taken a 26-21 lead on Ryan’s TD pass to Jelani Woods early in the fourth quarter.
Trevor Lawrence responded with a 4-yard scoring pass to Christian Kirk for 27-26 lead with 2:44 to go. A 2-point conversion pass failed.
Lawrence was 20 of 22 with 163 yards and one score while running for two TDs.
But the Jags left too much time for the Colts, who had already moved into field-goal position and were facing third-and-3 when Ryan took a shot on Pierce.
There was nothing Shaquill Griffin could do to stop it.
“I played inside like I usually do, they kind of threw it over the shoulder, and they’d been calling so many pass interference (penalties) every time we were hand fighting,” Griffin said. “He was pushing, and I’m pulling and ended up tripping over his feet. Stuff like that is going to happen, so, yeah, that one hurt.”
Jaguars: The Jags had 150 yards rushing in the first half and finished with 243 against a defense allowing just 96.6 yards per game. … Lawrence was sacked four times after being sacked only six times in the first five games. … Travis Etienne Jr. had 10 carries for 86 yards including a career best 48-yard run early. … JaMycal Hasty scored on a 61-yard run on his second carry of the season.
Colts: Deon Jackson had 12 carries for 42 yards and 10 catches for 79 yards. … Parris Campbell caught seven passes for 57 yards and a 4-yard TD with 2:06 left in the first half that ended the drought at 110 minutes, 20 seconds. … Michael Pittman Jr. had 134 yards on a career-high 13 catches.
Jaguars: The Jags only significant injury appeared to be WR Jamal Agnew, who left the game in the first half with an injured knee.
Colts: Punt returner Keke Coutee had the game’s scariest moment when he took a hard shot and remained on the ground as players from both teams took a knee. Eventually, he got up and walked straight to the locker room where he was diagnosed with a concussion. Jackson helped replace injured RBs Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines before leaving late with an injured quad.
HE SAID IT
“I remember growing up he was like slinging it and the first time I met him, he said `No matter what, just keep slinging it,'” Ryan said, referring to Marino. “Any time you’re mentioned in the same breath as Dan, it’s pretty cool. I’m proud of that.”
Jaguars: Host the New York Giants next Sunday.
Colts: Head to Tennessee next Sunday for the fifth of six division games.
Salyers Matches School Record in Opening Rounds
VERO BEACH, Fla. – Junior Drew Salyers tied a program record on the first day of competition at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational as the Indiana men’s golf team is tied for ninth place on Sunday. The Hoosiers shot a 563 (281-282; -13) on the day.
No. 43 North Florida (-28), No. 29 Notre Dame (-27), No. 45 Missouri (-26) and Liberty (-23) all shot under 560 in the opening rounds to carry the team leaderboard.
Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational • Vero Beach, Fla.
Quail Valley Golf Club
Par 72 • 7350 yards
Live Scoring via GolfStat
Team Standings: t-9th/16 – 563 (281-282; -13)
Top Indiana Player: Drew Salyers – 130 (65-65; -14)
• Junior Drew Salyers turned in a record-tying performance on Sunday with back-to-back rounds of 65 (-7) for a total score of 130 (-14), tied for the lowest score ever record through 36 holes by an Indiana men’s golfer.
• The low rounds matched the mark set by All-American Jeff Overton in both the 2003 Xavier Invitational and the 2005 Big Ten Championships.
• Salyers secured seven birdie conversions and an eagle on No. 10 in the opening round before playing a bogey-free second round that included five birdies and another eagle, this one coming on No. 14. The Howard, Ohio, native currently sits atop the player leaderboard and holds a two-stroke advantage over Nick Gabrelcik of North Florida.
• Fifth-year senior Mitch Davis played a 2-under 142 (71-71) during the debut day of the tournament. Both rounds consisted of two birdies.
• Senior Noah Gillard fired a 1-over 145 (74-71) on Sunday. He carded three birdies on the back nine of the opening round and followed it with three more birdies in the second round.
• Senior Eric Berggren turned in a scorecard of 2-ov er 146 (71-75). He converted three birdie tries in each round of the day.
• Fifth-year senior Harry Reynolds shot an 8-over 152 (75-77) with five total birdie conversions.
HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS
1. Drew Salyers – 130 (65-65; -14)
t-43. Mitch Davis – 142 (71-71; -2)
t-60. Noah Gillard – 145 (74-71; +1)
t-65. Eric Berggren – 146 (71-75; +2)
t-82. Harry Reynolds – 152 (75-77; +8)
The Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational will come to a conclusion with the final round beginning at 8 a.m. ET on Monday. Indiana will be paired with Memphis, Michigan State and Toledo during the third round.
Cerame’s 23 Digs, Saris’ 21 Kills Help Power Indiana Past Michigan State 3-2
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A fantastic day from Paula Cerame in the back row, paired with timely contributions from key pieces in the IU lineup saw the Indiana Volleyball team (10-10, 3-5) outlast Michigan State on Sunday afternoon in Wilkinson Hall.
In a match that showcased the Big Ten’s depth, the Hoosiers bounced back from a first-set loss to win 21-25, 25-23, 27-25, 23-25, 15-10 for their third conference win of the season.
With 12 games remaining, IU has matched its overall and conference win total from a season ago.
Paula Cerame had 23 digs, 48 on the weekend, despite missing a majority of the fourth set against the Spartans. Mady Saris responded from a slow start to hit .308 on the day with 21 kills from 52 swings. Camryn Haworth had 46 assists to pair with 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
IU moves into a tie for ninth in the Big Ten standings following the first eight contests. IU hits the road next weekend for a clash with Michigan and a rematch with Michigan State.
SET 1 (Michigan State 25, Indiana 21)
• A pair of kills from Savannah Kjolhede and Mady Saris within the first six points saw IU jump out to a 5-1 lead over the Spartans.
• Morgan Geddes got into the action with a pair of kills to push IU’s lead out to 8-5 in the early stages of the first.
• After being tied at 13-all, Michigan State went on a 9-4 run to force IU into a timeout down 17-22.
• The Spartans would take the first set 25-21 after being down by four points early in the frame.
SET 2 (Indiana 25, Michigan State 23)
• Again, Indiana jumped out to an early lead after a series of Michigan State attacking errors pushed the Hoosier advantage to 5-3.
• Michigan State would respond with a 10-5 run and force IU into a timeout.
• A kill from the Spartans’ Nil Okur out of the timeout was met with three-straight IU attacks to shrink the gap to just one point.
• Grae Gosnell provided a pair of crucial kills down the stretch before a Michigan State error closed out an IU 25-23 win in the second.
SET 3 (Indiana 27, Michigan State 25)
• Mady Saris had a run of three-straight kills as she found her groove in the third, putting IU up 10-7 and forcing Michigan State head coach Leah Johnson into a timeout.
• Out of the timeout, Camryn Haworth provided consecutive service aces to pin the Spartans back.
• The Hoosiers saw a lead as big as 18-11 shrink to nothing when Michigan State leveled the scoring at 22-all on a kill by Aliyah Moore.
• Back-to-back kills from Mady Saris in the third set finished off a 27-25 victory in a frame that saw her record nine kills.
SET 4 (Michigan State 25, Indiana 23)
• The closest set of the day, IU took a 20-18 lead following a kill from Ashley Zulauf.
• Camryn Haworth leveled the scoring at 23-all before Michigan State closed out the 25-23 victory with the final two points.
SET 5 (Indiana 15, Michigan State 10)
• Behind an outstanding run of serve from Paula Cerame (two aces), IU jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and forced Michigan State to burn both timeouts.
• Michigan State would close the gap to 12-9 but never closer as a Morgan Geddes kill and Spartan errors gave IU the 15-10 set win and match victory.
• Mady Saris had 21 kills, the third time she’s reached 20+ kills in a match this season. She totaled 37 kills on the weekend following her 16 in the match against No. 9 Purdue.
• Paula Cerame was a rock at the back, providing the Hoosiers a game-high 23 digs. She had 48 total on the weekend and has had the game high in digs in four-straight matches.
• Camryn Haworth had 46 assists on the afternoon, the fifth time she’s had 40+ on the season. She also tallied 12 digs to score her sixth double-double of the season.
• Haworth also provided four kills and two aces. Cerame had three aces and five assists in her performance as well.
• Savannah Kjolhede had 11 kills the fourth time she’s been in double digits this year. She paired that with five total blocks and four digs.
• Morgan Geddes offered up 11 kills, the first time she was in double digits since a win over Iowa on Sept. 28.
• Ashley Zulauf hammered home a career high seven kills to pair with three digs, three blocks and two assists.
Bennett, Smith Score in 2-2 Draw Against Purdue
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior forward Anna Bennett and freshman midfielder Olivia Smith each netted a goal in a 2-2 draw against archrival Purdue at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
• Purdue’s Gracie Dunaway scored the first goal of the match on a corner kick in the 27th minute.
• Bennett found the equalizer with an Olimpico goal in the 36th minute after Indiana was awarded a corner kick.
• Freshman midfielder Olivia Smith put the Hoosiers up 2-0 in the 28th minute. A header that was deflected by Purdue landed at the right foot of Smith as she hit it off the right goal post to put the Hoosiers up.
• However, Purdue would score the equalizer in the 63rd minute from Sydney Duarte to tie the score, 2-2.
• Indiana is now 16-4-7 all-time against Purdue.
• The Hoosiers out shot the Boilermakers 18-8 with seven shots on goal.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg totaled five saves facing two shots on goal.
• Indiana led 5-4 in corner kicks.
• Anna Bennett netted her second goal this season and her seventh in her career.
• Smith scored her first career goal in the match.
GOALS: Anna Bennet (36′), Olivia Smith (38′)
Indiana will host Maryland in its last home game of the regular season on Oct. 20 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Match will be broadcasted BTN+ at 7 p.m. ET.
Purdue Retains Golden Boot Trophy for Eighth Straight Year
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Golden Boot Trophy is staying home with the Purdue soccer team for an eighth consecutive season after a 2-2 draw at Indiana on Sunday afternoon.
On a sun-soaked day at Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana, Purdue remained unbeaten in its last eight games against Indiana. It’s the second-longest streak in the all-time series, behind a 15-game stretch for the Boilermakers from 2000-2011. Purdue is 16-4-7 all-time in the series against its in-state rivals and 5-2-4 on the road.
Sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season to give the Boilermakers a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute, before the Hoosiers got the next two, in the 36th and 38th minutes. Fifth year midfielder Sydney Duarte notched the equalizer in the 63rd minute, her second goal of the year.
Duarte’s game-tying goal, and her first career three-point game, ensured that she won the Golden Boot Trophy in each of her five years as a Boilermaker. This year’s graduating seniors also retained the rivalry trophy every year they donned the Old Gold and Black.
In an evenly-played match on Sunday, the Boilermakers (3-9-3, 0-5-3 Big Ten) had eight shots, four on goal, while the Hoosiers (2-6-7, 0-6-2 Big Ten) registered 18 shots, seven on target. Indiana had five corner kicks to Purdue’s four, and the visitors held an 11-10 edge in fouls.
Duarte led the team with three shots and had a game-high-tying two shots on goal, as she also assisted on the opening goal. Junior midfielder Emily Mathews, whose corner kick set up both scores, had two shots and also earned an assist on the team’s first goal. Freshman goalkeeper Kailey Kimball made five saves.
Kimball’s first stop came in the ninth minute, as she made a nice save before Duarte registered her first shot, which was off target, one minute later. IU had the next four chances, two of them saved by Kimball, while one was blocked and another forced wide.
Freshman forward Kayla Budish set up Purdue’s first goal with a shot that was deflected wide, which resulted in a corner kick and Dunaway’s goal at 27:20.
Mathews’ corner was sent on the ground to Duarte at the corner of the goal box. She then redirected the ball to the top of the 18-yard box to Dunaway, who fired a left-footed strike into the upper-left corner of the goal. With plenty of traffic between her and the goal, IU’s goalkeeper could not attempt a save on the hard-struck ball.
That gave the Boilermakers a 1-0 lead, as Dunaway scored her seventh career goal and sixth of her sophomore campaign. Duarte’s assist was her fourth in 2022 and the eighth of her career, while Mathews collected her team-best sixth assist of the season and 15th of her career.
IU had the next two chances, as the defense forced the first off target and blocked the second, before the home side got the equalizer at 35:19. Anna Bennett scored unassisted to make it 1-1.
Two minutes later, at 37:13, Indiana took the lead as Olivia Smith scored to make it 2-1.
Kimball followed with a 41st-minute save, and a Hoosier blocked shot was the last chance for either team in the first half.
Indiana held an 11-3 advantage in shots and a 6-1 edge in shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes. A total of seven corner kicks were taken in the first half, four for IU and three for Purdue.
The Boilermakers opened the second half with a shot high by Mathews 55 seconds in, and she added another shot in the 53rd minute. Freshman forward Naomi Splittorff had a chance saved minutes later, as Purdue had the first three opportunities out of the break.
Duarte tied the game at 2-2 at 62:58. The play again began with a corner kick, as Mathews sent a high ball into the penalty box. Sophomore midfielder Abigail Roy and the IU keeper leaped for the ball, with Roy winning the header. She directed the ball towards the goal line, but an Indiana defender was there to clear it off the line. The defender’s attempt to clear the ball only went three feet, right to Duarte who taped it in.
The goal is Duarte’s seventh in her career and second this season. The fifth-year Boilermaker has eight points in 2022, a career high, and 22 career points.
Duarte had a chance to give Purdue the lead less than two minutes later, but her chance was saved.
While both teams looked for the go-ahead goal in the final 25 minutes, Indiana had the final six shots. The first five were forced off target before a last-second opportunity was saved by Kimball with less than 10 seconds remaining.
The home side held a 7-5 edge in shots in the second half, though the visitors had a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams earned one corner kick.
The Boilermakers’ roadtrip concludes at Minnesota on Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. ET in Minneapolis. Purdue then returns to Folk Field for the final time in 2022 on Sunday, October 23, against Maryland at 2 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all fans to the contest.
Terrapins Sweep #9 Boilermakers
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 9 Purdue Boilermakers (15-3, 6-2 Big Ten) were upended by the Maryland Terrapins (12-8, 3-5 Big Ten) in three sets 22-25, 19-25, 23-25.
The Boilermakers were within reach of pushing the match to a fourth set with a 21-15 lead in the third game, but nation’s leader in blocks contained Purdue in the final stretch, recording three blocks in the process of the squad’s run to take the match.
The loss marked the first time Purdue was swept in Holloway in four years (last: vs. No. 5 Wisconsin, 9/29/2018).
Fifth-year transfer Hannah Clayton led the team with a .353 clip behind eight kills and one error on 17 swings, her most efficient match in six outings (last: .467 vs. #8 Minnesota, 9/23). Meanwhile, freshman Eva Hudson produced 11 kills to lead the team.
Sophomore Raven Colvin led the blocking effort with seven stuffs (two solo, five assisted), coming within one block of her season-high. As a team, Purdue totaled nine blocks.
The back row was led by Maddie Schermerhorn’s 16 digs. The senior added an ace and four assists in the match.
The Boilermakers and Terrapins will meet again in College Park during Thanksgiving week. The penultimate match of the season is slated for a 7 p.m. ET start on Wednesday, November 23 and will be streamed on B1G+.
No. 9 Purdue will return to Holloway on Wednesday for a midweek showdown vs. No. 3 Nebraska at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can watch on Big Ten Network.
Despite the loss, Purdue’s 6-2 start to the Big Ten season is the best since 2015 (6-2) and marks the fourth time the Boilermakers have started the season with six wins in the last 36 years (2015, 2014 and 2006).
The loss marked the sixth time the Boilermakers have been swept at home in the last 10 years, including the second time the straight-set-loss has come against an unranked opponent (last: vs. Wisconsin, 11/28/2015).
Meanwhile, it is just the eighth time the Boilermakers have lost at home in the last 53 matches inside Holloway
Grace Balensiefer joined the prestigious 1,000 digs club, ending the day with 1,001, a feat she began at Northern Illinois and racked up 957 before earning the last 41 digs at Purdue.
Raven Colvin’s seven blocks were the most since reaching seven at Iowa (9/25/2022). She has recorded at least seven blocks six times this season.
Purdue moves to 10-2 all-time vs. Maryland, including 5-1 at home.
Butler WTennis Wraps Up Weekend of Play at SMU Red and Blue Challenge
Four Bulldogs made the trip to Dallas to take part in the Red & Blue Challenge, hosted by SMU. The round-robin, flighted event took place Friday through Sunday.
The Bulldogs were joined in the field by a number of Texas-based teams. Butler freshman Jordan Schildcrout is from Dallas and her family hosted the group.
Freshman Chase Metcalf went 2-1 in singles play, winning both of her matches in straight sets. The other three Bulldogs each posted a 1-2 record in singles. Natalie Boesing won one match in straight sets and then both of her losses came in third-set match tiebreakers.
Boesing and Metcalf combined for the Bulldogs’ only win in doubles action.
The Bulldogs continue fall play with the ITA Ohio Valley Regional. The event, hosted in Knoxville by the University of Tennessee, begins Thursday.
Full Butler Results
Aucagne (TX A&M CC) def. Boesing (Butler) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)
Boesing (Butler) def. Tsai (TCU) 6-1, 6-0
Vergara (UTA) def. Boesing (Butler) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
Schurhamer (Butler) def. Crisologo (ACU) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5)
Gorisek (UTA) def. Schurhamer (Butler) 6-1, 6-3
Johnson (SMU) def. Schurhamer (Butler) 6-1, 6-0
Metcalf (Butler) def. Casasampere (UTA) 6-3, 6-1
Dunitrescu (UTA) def. Metcalf (Butler) 6-4, 7-6
Metcalf (Butler) def. Garrote (ACU) 6-3, 6-1
Schildcrout (Butler) def. Arranz (ACU) 6-2, 6-4
Garrote (ACU) def. Schildcrout (Butler) 6-4, 6-1
Cassampere (UTA) def. Schildcrout (Butler) 6-1, 6-4
Alogo/ Zhou (UNT) def. Schurhamer/ Schildcrout (Butler) 6-2
Pinto/ Rublevsha (TX A&M CC) def. Schurhamer/ Schildcrout (Butler) 7-6
Guerrero/ Arraz (ACU) def. Schurhamer/ Schildcrout (Butler) 7-5
Vergara/ Jimenez (UTA) def. Boesing/ Metcalf (Butler) 6-2
Weir/ Mukhutdinova (UTSA) def. Boesing/ Metcalf (Butler) 7-6 (6)
Boesing/ Metcalf (Butler) def. Cascos/ Crisologo (ACU) 6-0
Butler WSoccer Shuts Out UConn on the Road
STORRS, Conn. – The Butler women’s soccer team scored two goals in the first 17 minutes of its match at UConn and held on to shutout the hosts, 2-0. The Bulldogs (7-7-1, 4-3-0 BIG EAST) and Huskies (7-6-1, 3-4-0 BIG EAST) were tied in the BIG EAST standings with identical 3-3 records going into the match. With the win, Butler now is in sole possession of the fifth spot, just one point behind Creighton and two points behind St. John’s. As they seek to be one of the six teams that qualify for the conference tournament, the Bulldogs will still face Seton Hall, No. 17 Georgetown, and Creighton.
2′ | Amelie Darey drives a shot from 20 yards out that forces a diving save from UConn’s keeper and leads to a corner kick.
5′ | UConn gets past Butler’s defense and penetrates into the left side of the area. Her shot from seven yards is saved by Emma Martin.
9′ | Katie Soderstrom carries parallel to the 18 and dishes to Arianna Jalics. Jalics’ on-goal strike forces a Huskies save.
12′ | Talia Sommer takes a pass from Darey almost to midfield. She sends the ball forward to a sprinting Abigail Isger, who breaks past the UConn defense. Isgar shoots just to the right of the Huskies keeper and just inside the far, right post. Butler takes the early, 1-0 lead.
17′ | On a Butler corner kick, the ball bounces around in the six-yard box. Darey gets a touch toward the far post, and a UConn defender deflects the ball into the net. The Dawgs now lead, 2-0.
26′ | A UConn free kick forces Martin to make a diving save to her left.
36′ | UConn’s Jada Conte brakes free of the Butler defensive line. Martin comes out to take her one-on-one and dives low to get the ball. The players collide, and Matin is able to secure the ball.
37′ | A pass from Alli Leonard finds Soderstrom approaching the 18. Soderstrom’s hard shot forces a diving save from UConn’s keeper.
56′ | A Butler free kick from the left side leads to a Talia Sommer shot from the 18. Her low shot to the far post forces a diving, fingertip save from UConn’s keeper.
63′ | UConn breaks the Butler defense on the left side. Martin must leap to push a Huskies shot out of the goal, leading to a corner kick.
71′ | Martin comes out to challenge a charging Huskie. She uses her body to block the dangerous opportunity.
Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Abigail Isger
ASSISTS: Talia Sommer
Abigail Isger’s goal was her fifth of the season and the 14th of her career.
Talia Sommer’s assist was the third of her career.
Emma Martin (1-0-0) made her second appearance and first start of the season in goal for Butler. She made seven saves in earning her first win and first solo shutout of the season. With 10.5 shutouts for her career, she has now entered the top-five on Butler’s all-time list for career shutouts.
JAGUARS ROLL TO 3-0 HOME WIN OVER ROBERT MORRIS ON SENIOR DAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team scored three second half goals and dialed up a league-best tenth shutout as the Jaguars rolled past Robert Morris, 3-0, at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 16). Junior Emma Antoine tallied a pair of goals in the win and fellow junior Sam Slimak deposited the game-winner early in the second half. Senior Maya Lacognato delivered a pair of assists in her final regular season home game.
“I’m proud of how the young ladies responded today,” head coach Chris Johnson said. “I thought we were a little more efficient and a little more effective in the attack in the second half. Defensively, Maya Turner did a tremendous job of keeping things in front of her and I thought Ashton really commanded her back line.
“This was a really good team win.”
IUPUI (8-2-6, 4-2-3 HL) moved its winning streak to three straight behind an offensive attack that rifled off 30 shots, putting 11 on frame. However, IUPUI didn’t get on the board until the 53rd minute when a Slimak left-footed drive went off the hands of RMU keeper Morgan Brustman and just over the endline for her third tally of the season. Lacognato setup the score with a short pass before Slimak blazed home the winner.
The Jags continued to push for insurance and were finally able to breathe easier in the 73rd minute when Antoine pushed her first of two goals home. Emma Manolovic lofted a pass between two RMU backs and Antoine nudged a header just past Brustman for her fourth score of the year.
In the 89th minute, Antoine lit the victory cigar by blasting home an easy finish off a pass from Lacognato. Freshman Emma Frey sent a long lead pass in behind RMU’s high line to Lacognato, who delivered a left-footed cross towards the goal. A sprinting Antoine knocked in the celebratory finish, just moments ahead of the postgame Senior Day processions.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ashton Kudlo made seven saves and benefited from a team save as part of her fifth clean sheet of the season. Kudlo’s best stop of the day came on a Haleigh Finale attempt in the game’s ninth minute. After IUPUI dominated the opening minutes with three shots in the opening four minutes, RMU (7-5-4, 1-5-2 HL) flipped possession and began to apply pressure to the IUPUI defense.
After attempting 10 first half shots, RMU was outshot 15-5 in the second half, despite playing with a strong wind at its back. Brustman made seven saves in the loss while Gabriella Lecuona had a team-high four shot attempts off the Colonials’ bench.
Slimak paced IUPUI with eight shots, putting four on frame, and Lacognato and Antoine had four each. The Jaguars’ 30 shot attempts were easily a season-high, while their nine corner kicks were their second-highest output of the season.
IUPUI will cap the regular season at Youngstown State on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 p.m.
IRISH WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT AS THEY DEFEAT VIRGINIA TECH
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish take home their fourth consecutive win in a row as they defeat the Virginia Tech Hokies in four sets in Purcell Pavilion (25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22).
The Irish were led by Paris Thompson and Kaylyn Winkler who finished with 16 and 12 kills, respectively. Winkler also chipped in four blocks, followed by Lauren Tarnoff and Charity McDowell who finished with three blocks apiece. Nancy Kane and Maisie Alexander also tallied three services aces apiece for the Irish. Phyona Schrader had an impressive day as she finished with eight kills, 15 digs, and 44 assists.
The Irish came out strong, claiming a 5-1 lead to start the match, but it didn’t take long for the Hokies to battle back and tie it up at 7-7. A kill from Ross sparked a 5-0 run for the Irish to take the lead 12-7, but it was tied up yet again at 15-15. While the Irish took the lead 18-15, Notre Dame had a difficult time pulling away. The Hokies brought it within two at 23-21, but a kill from Ross and a block from McDowell and Winkler gave the Irish set one 25-21.
Notre Dame got off to 4-0 start in set two and while they were able to maintain a lead, Virginia Tech wasn’t going anywhere. The Hokies tied it up at 11-11 and the Irish responded with another 4-0 run to take the lead 15-11. At an even 19-19, Schrader sent home a kill to claim the 20-19 advantage, but the Hokies scored six straight points to close the set and win 25-20.
The lead went back and forth with the Irish and Hokies to start set three, but it became an even set again at 15-15. A 3-0 run from the Irish, which included a Thompson service ace and Ross kill, gave Notre Dame the 18-15 advantage as they were looking to take home their second set of the night. The Hokies were able to bring it within one at 21-20, but the Irish closed set three with the final four points and took home set three 25-20.
It was another close start for the Irish and Hokies, with neither team being able to pull away from the other. Notre Dame claimed an 11-8 lead, but a 3-0 run from Virginia Tech made it an even 11-11. A kill from Tarnoff started a 4-0 for the Irish as they took the lead again at 15-11. A service ace from Maisie Alexander extended the Irish lead to five and while the Hokies closed the gap to two at 24-22, another Tarnoff kill gave the Irish the fourth set victory.
Notre Dame is back on the road as they travel to No. 8 Pitt on Friday and Virginia on Sunday.
Cardinals Take Down Bobcats in Athens
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ball State soccer team was back on the pitch for a Mid-American Conference matchup with Ohio on Sunday. The Cardinals relied on goals from Grace Alsop and Lexi Fraley for a 2-1 victory over the Bobcats.
Ball State recorded its first win in Athens since a 1-0 victory in 2007. The Cardinals improved to 6-4-5 overall and 5-1-2 in MAC contests, while the Bobcats fell to 7-6-2 overall and 3-4-1 in conference action.
“It’s great to get back on track with a win today,” said Head Coach Josh Rife. “I thought the team battled hard and did a lot of the little things to preserve the victory. Wins are always great, but road wins are just a little sweeter because they’re always a little harder to come by. I continue to be proud of this group and their fight.”
In the eighth minute, the Cardinals earned a corner kick. Lexy Smith stepped up and sent a perfectly placed ball to the back post. Alsop was there and headed the corner into the back of the net to give Ball State a 1-0 lead.
At the break, the Cardinals outshot the Bobcats 8-3. The shots on goal tally was much closer, 3-2, in favor of BSU. Bethany Moser made two saves in the first half.
In the 53rd minute, Abby Elgert sent a well-placed cross into the box for Fraley. Fraley used the first touch to rip it by the Ohio keeper. Fraley’s goal extended the Carinal lead to 2-0.
Abby Townsend cut the Ball State lead in half with a shot that she got to pinball off the crossbar and bounce into the back of the net.
Moser improved to 6-4-5 on the season and made three saves on the afternoon. She moved her saves total on the season to 55. Alsop netted her first goal of the season, while Fraley collected her fourth of the season. Elgert notched her team-leading sixth assist of the season, while Smith tallied her fourth.
Ball State stays on the road for its next MAC contest. The Cardinals take on the Kent State Golden Flashes on Thursday, Oct. 20, with first touch scheduled for 7 p.m.
Mastodon WSOC Earns Senior Day Shutout Over Green Bay 2-0
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne picked up a key Horizon League women’s soccer victory on Sunday (Oct. 16) with a 2-0 decision over Green Bay at the Hefner Soccer Complex. The Mastodons are tied for first place in the league with two matches left.
The Mastodons controlled the vast majority of the match, recording a season-high 29 shots in the contest. It is their most shots in a game since 30 against Southern Illinois on Sept. 6, 2019.
Despite 14 first-half shots for the ‘Dons, it stayed scoreless to the break. In the 48th minute, Bella Reitano knocked through a penalty kick to put the ‘Dons up 1-0. It was her second goal of the season.
The defense tightened after the break as Green Bay had just one shot in the second half. Constant Mastodon pressure was rewarded in the 81st minute. Gigi Ricciardi scored thanks to a long cross from Isabelle Wissel. Ricciardi now has four goals on the season. Wissel now has two assists.
The Mastodons have seven shutouts on the season.
The ‘Dons earned the clean sheet with senior goalkeepers Samantha Castaneda and Melina Kozachik contributing to the shutout. They were two of 11 seniors honored prior to the game as part of Senior Day. Gabrielle Fanning, Madde Elliott, Olivia Hansen, Megan Sinnott, Mackenzie Evans, Isabelle Wissel, Kelsey Gallagher, Morgan Reitano and Abby Klimkowski were also honored.
The win moves the Mastodons to 8-3-5 (4-1-3 Horizon). They have 15 points, tied with Oakland and Wright State for the top spot in the league.
Green Bay is now 3-9-2 (1-5-2 Horizon).
The ‘Dons finish the regular season with two road matches. First is a trip to Detroit Mercy on Saturday (Oct. 22) before a visit to Cleveland State.
Chambers named MVFC Freshman of the Week
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State quarterback Cade Chambers was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Freshman of the Week following his performance in Saturday’s loss to Youngstown State.
The Maryville, Tenn. native went 15-for-29 through the air for a career-high 311 passing yards, while adding five total touchdowns in the 48-42 loss to the Penguins. Chambers completed passes to six different receivers and connected on touchdown passes to Dakota Caton (twice) and Justin Dinka in Saturday’s contest.
Chambers added touchdown runs of two yards and 11 yards in ISU’s second-half comeback attempt against the Penguins for his second and third scores on the ground this season.
Among the highlights of note from Saturday’s game, Chambers became the first ISU quarterback to top 300 passing yards in a single game since Ryan Boyle threw for 325 against South Dakota back in 2018. He also guided a Sycamore offense that featured a 300-yard passer, 100-yard rusher (Justin Dinka, 159) and 100-yard receiver (Dante Hendrix, 117) in the same game for the first time since 2016.
Chambers becomes the third Sycamore to claim weekly honors from the conference office joining Rylan Cole (Defensive, twice) and Ryan O’Grady (Special Teams) to have earned recognition in 2022.
The MVFC Players of the Week this week included Southern Illinois’ Nic Baker (Offensive), South Dakota’s Stephen Hillis (Defensive), and South Dakota State’s Hunter Dustman (Special Teams).
Indiana State is back home for Homecoming Week as the Sycamores welcome Illinois State to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 22. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Redbirds is set for 1 p.m. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.
Sycamores Fall to Bulldogs at Home
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Drake scored once in each half to defeat Indiana State 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Sycamores fall to 2-4-2 in MVC play while the Bulldogs are now 2-2-4.
The first half of action was scoreless through 23 minutes after both teams traded a pair of shots on goal. Drake broke the 0-0 tie with a header goal from Rachel Panther off a feed from Brooke Davies. The Bulldogs would take a 1-0 lead into the locker room, outshooting ISU 7-5 in the first half.
Both teams were active on offense in the second half, combining for 19 total shots. Indiana State attempted 12 and put five on goal but were unable to find the back of the net all afternoon. Anna Holcombe led the way with four shots while Katie Yankey and CeCe Wahlberg attempted three apiece.
Wahlberg put one shot on goal to add to her career total which now sits at 88, just two from breaking the all-time ISU record for shots on goal.
Drake would add to their lead in the 63rd minute when Meghan Brown fired from well outside the box and tucked a goal in the top right of the net. Brown’s goal gave Drake a 2-0 lead and was assisted by Emma Nagel and Lauren Kullberg.
Tara Hoffman finished the match with four saves while Bulldog goalkeeper Viany Lopez had six.
Indiana State will finish out their regular season with a pair of road matches this week at UIC and Valparaiso. The Sycamores will take on the Flames on Thursday, October 20 at 7 ET and then face Valpo on Sunday, October 23 at 1 ET.
Firsdon’s Brace Powers Belmont Past UE, 2-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont sophomore forward Leah Firsdon’s first career brace helped power the host Bruins past the visiting University of Evansville women’s soccer team, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville, Tennessee.
Firsdon scored on rebound goals in the 54th and 63rd minutes to give Belmont a 2-0 advantage after a rain-soaked first half of play. Firsdon’s first goal came on a header off the right half of the six-yard box, while her second was a right-footed shot to the upper-right corner of the goal off a corner kick.
Evansville would get one goal back in the 67th minute, as fifth-year forward Emily Ormson converted from the penalty spot to cut the deficit to 2-1. Senior midfielder Monique Landrum earned the penalty kick by being taken down in the box on a ball played forward by UE. For Ormson, it was her team-leading fifth goal of the year and 18th career goal overall. She now stands just one goal shy of moving into UE’s career top 10 in goals, as she would tie former Purple Aces Heidi Grey (2004-07) and Stephanie Hartong (1993-97) for ninth place overall on Evansville’s career goals chart with one more goal.
Evansville threatened to equalize in the 79th minute, but a shot from out top by senior Kristen Harvey was saved by Belmont goalkeeper Sarah Doyle. Then, in the final minute, Evansville earned a corner kick, and senior defender Emilie Hill had a shot from behind traffic cleared away by Doyle in the final seconds, before a foul on the Purple Aces essentially ended the match.
With the victory, Belmont improves to 5-4-5 overall and 3-2-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Meanwhile, Evansville moves to 1-9-5 overall and 0-6-3 in the Valley with the result. The Purple Aces will conclude the 2022 season on Thursday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium, as UE will host Illinois State (2-13-1, 0-7-1 MVC) on “Senior Night.” Kick-off Thursday is set for 6:05 p.m.
Coming within inches of a tie Sunday, Eagles drop 1-0 contest to Skyhawks
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer came within inches of tying the University of Tennessee at Martin late in the second half Sunday, but the visiting Skyhawks prevailed to a 1-0 win against the Screaming Eagles.
UT Martin struck early, scoring in the fifth minute. Sophomore midfielder Izzy Patterson scored in the far-side netting from a difficult, horizontal angle off a throw-in in the attacking third by redshirt-sophomore defender Lynette Hawkins.
Later in the first half, USI’s junior forward Morgan Beyer (Rossford, Ohio) took a long-range shot in the 26th minute that was tip-saved off the crossbar by the Skyhawks’ freshman goalkeeper Poppy Bastock. The Screaming Eagles had another good chance in the 35th minute, as sophomore midfielder Peyton Wilkinson (Collierville, Tennessee) headed a cross from junior midfielder Avery Schone (Galena, Ohio) that was also saved by Bastock.
UT Martin carried the 1-0 lead into the half. The Skyhawks outshot the Screaming Eagles in the first half 5-4 and 3-2 in shots on goal. Both teams had three corner kicks in the opening 45 minutes.
Southern Indiana started the second half with strong momentum on a pair of transition chances in the first ten minutes of the half. The Screaming Eagles seemed to have good numbers going forward, but both chances were called back due to offsides.
The middle of the second half settled into a scrappy battle for possession, as shot opportunities became tough to come by. Both defenses tightened up down the stretch, and USI pressed numbers forward when the attacking chances presented themselves.
The Screaming Eagles made a charge in the last two minutes. Junior midfielder Alexis Schone (Galena, Ohio) served a cross into the box toward her sister, Avery Schone, who headed the ball high above the crossbar. Seconds later, freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) struck the ball from just above the arc at the top of the box and hit the top woodwork.
For the match, UT Martin had eight shots with six on goal, and USI had six shots with two on target. USI finished with seven corners while UT Martin had three.
Graduate student Elizabeth Lippert (Lexington, Kentucky) led USI with two shots on the day. Beyer and Wilkinson each tallied a shot on goal. In goal, senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) collected four saves in the match, sitting two shy of third all-time in USI history.
With two matches remaining in the 2022 regular season, USI will travel Thursday to Southeast Missouri State University for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
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Eagles outsoared in four-set loss to Redhawks
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-19, 1-8 OVC) ended the weekend with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 11-25) loss to Southeast Missouri State University (11-10, 6-3) at Screaming Eagles Arena Saturday afternoon. The Screaming Eagles produced solid numbers despite the loss, nabbing 40 or more kills and 30 or more assists for the second straight match.
USI fell in the opening set to SEMO, 25-20. The first frame kicked off with a 6-2 Redhawks lead before sophomore middle blocker Lauren O’Neill (Covington, Indiana) stopped the run with a kill. SEMO returned the favor, adding five of the next seven points to make it 11-5. Down by seven, the Eagles tallied three straight kills from three different players to cut the deficit. After the media timeout, USI came out firing with a 3-0 run to make it 15-13. With a 19-15 Redhawks advantage, the Eagles went on another short spurt to pull within one. After a strategic timeout from SEMO, the Redhawks stormed ahead and score six of the final eight points to win the opening set. Both sides produced positive offensive numbers as USI added 11 kills with a .118 hitting percentage while SEMO had 14 kills and a .235 hitting percentage.
A late run from the Eagles lifted USI to a 25-23 victory in the second set. The frame started with a close battle between the two programs to force a 9-9 tie. SEMO was able to capitalize on offense, forcing three kills to nab a 13-10 lead. The Eagles did not back down, tallying back-to-back kills from sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois) to help tie the match at 13. Not too long after the surge from USI, SEMO went on a 4-0 stint that extended their lead to 18-14. After a key timeout from head coach Randi Raff, the Eagles came out fighting by scoring six of the next eight points to tie the set at 20. Sparking the crucial run was freshman libero/defensive specialist Keira Moore (Newburgh, Indiana) who recorded her first ace of the match. With the set tied at 23, USI won the frame thanks to a pair of kills from Bednar and junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) to give the Eagles their first set win in eight straight frames. USI put up a set-high 16 kills while hitting a solid .256 in the second set.
It was all SEMO in the third frame as the Redhawks won 25-22. The set began with an 8-3 lead for SEMO after four Redhawks’ kills before Koch stopped the bleeding with a kill. With an 11-7 deficit, USI earned back-to-back kills from Bednar and sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) to stay in the fight. A 5-0 run by SEMO provided some insurance and gave the Redhawks a 19-12 advantage. Down 21-15, the Eagles recovered a lot of ground by earning seven of the final 11 points, but to no avail, as SEMO seals the victory. The Redhawks’ offense totaled a match-high 17 kills and two aces while USI provided 13 kills and an ace of their own.
An early deficit proved to be costly for USI as SEMO controlled a 25-11 final set victory. The Redhawks led 6-1 to start the frame before a trio of kills from the Eagles stopped the stint and put USI within four. Another 5-0 surge from SEMO gave the Redhawks an even larger lead, 14-5. After a service ace from SEMO, the Eagles gained some momentum by capturing three straight points off two kills and an ace from sophomore defensive specialist/outside hitter Anna Ballengee (Montgomery, Indiana). The Redhawks were unphased, scoring eight of the last 10 points to secure their third-straight match win as the Eagles drop their fifth straight.
Anderson tallied a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs, both team-highs. Sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) scored a match-high 27 assists while Koch and O’Neill earned two blocks each. Sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana), freshman setter Jordan Troutman (Henderson, Kentucky), and Ballengee each recorded one ace.
USI ended the match with 49 kills, 46 assists, and four aces along with 69 digs and three blocks. SEMO finished with 54 kills, 50 assists, and six aces to go along with 71 digs and seven blocks.
NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:
The Eagles travel to Little Rock, Arkansas for the first time in program history to face the University of Arkansas Little Rock next Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. Both matches will be live on ESPN+.
Men’s Golf Leads Iowa Fall Classic Through Two Rounds
The Valparaiso University men’s golf team is 18 holes away from closing out a commendable fall season with perhaps its most significant achievement yet. The Beacons hold a slim edge atop the team leaderboard at the Iowa Fall Classic, which began with two rounds on Sunday in chilly and windy conditions at the par-72, 7141-yard Blue Top Ridge in Riverside, Iowa. A strong first round helped head coach Dave Gring’s team finish the day with a one-stroke lead on the host Hawkeyes, a member of the Big Ten Conference.
How It Happened
Valpo completed the first round with a seven-stroke lead on Iowa for the top spot in a nine-team field. A balanced team effort saw the Beacons post a score of 287 in Round 1, but that was followed by a 308 in Round 2 that allowed the Hawkeyes to make up six strokes to cut the deficit to one.
Valpo holds a 12-stroke lead on third-place UNI and leads the four Missouri Valley Conference teams in the tournament as defending MVC champion Southern Illinois is fourth and Drake is seventh.
Fifth-year senior Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point [Ball State]) paced the team on the first day of the event and is in second place in a 50-player field. He got the tournament going with a 69 (-3) in Round 1 before finishing the day at 144 (E) after a 75 (+3) in Round 2. He is two strokes behind Iowa’s Mac McClear in the battle for medalist honors.
Kostouros leads a trio of Beacons in the top 10 as usual suspects Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) and Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) are also part of that collection. Delisanti is tied for seventh at 149 (+5), while VanArragon is at t-10 at 150 (+6).
Sophomore Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) boasted an impressive score of 73 (+1) in the opening round to rank third on the team at the day’s midway point before finishing the 36 holes at 154, tied for 21st on the player leaderboard.
Inside the Rounds
Valpo holds a tournament-best par-4 scoring average of 4.19. The Beacons are second in the field on par-3 holes at 3.18. Kostouros is tied for the tournament’s best par-4 scoring average at 4.00.
Valpo has a tournament-most 107 holes at exactly par, led by VanArragon (26) and Kostourous (25), who are the top two individuals in the tournament in that category.
The Beacons are tied for the third most birdies in the event with 23, led by Delisanti with seven.
Delisanti also accounted for one of three eagles on the tournament’s opening day. He eagled the par-4 third hole in Round 2.
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“Playing 36 holes today was a real test of patience, perseverance and character. We knew the weather was going to be a factor and get worse as the day progressed. We started with temps in the 30s at the start of the tournament, and the day ended with steady 20 mph winds and wind chills in the low 40s. Add to that the excellent green complexes on the course and the necessity to ‘hit to zones’ on the putting greens, and it made for a challenging day. The second rounds scores for the entire field were two shots per round higher than the first round, which is significant.”
“I felt that the first 30 holes today were some of the best golf that we have played this fall. All of the guys were methodical in figuring their yardages into greens, decisive with their club selections and they made solid, aggressive swings. The results were shots on-target and missing to the correct side of the hole. We had an excellent start to our rounds, making some quality birdies on the front nine. Each nine of the first 27 holes found us just over par as a team. Unfortunately, that shifted in our last six holes, when conditions were very challenging and we played those holes 16 over par to finish the day.”
“Yianni played really steady for us today. His shots off the tee were exceptional, and he played with a lot of confidence throughout both rounds. He played with a lot of poise and made a lot of good decisions in managing the golf course. As we shift to tomorrow, our rounds are going to be all about character and how we manage our mental game and handle the inclement weather conditions that will even be worse than today. It’s going to be even more of a grind than today, but the guys are excited for the challenge and we will be ready to get after it.”
The fall season will conclude on Monday, the final day of the Iowa Fall Classic. A link to live scoring is available on ValpoAthletics.com.
Soccer Completes Perfect Weekend with Comeback Win at Murray State
For the second straight match, the Valpo soccer team fell behind, and for the second straight match, the Beacons overcame the deficit, scoring twice after conceding the opener to come from behind for a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon at Murray State. With the victory, Valpo keeps pace with MVC-leading Missouri State at the top of the table.
How It Happened
Junior goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made a strong, leaping save on a shot by the Racers in the 18th minute to keep the match scoreless.
Murray State struck less than two minutes later, however, to go ahead 1-0.
Less than seven minutes later, sophomore Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) had a stellar opportunity to level the match as she was central in the box to receive a cross, but her effort went right at MSU goalkeeper Jenna Villacres, who made the stop.
The ensuing corner proved fruitful, however. Senior Allie Anderson (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South [Xavier]) delivered the corner towards the near post, and Villacres’ punch went up in the air more so than out from goal. The Beacons took advantage, with multiple players in position to strike at the second ball — it was Joiner who made contact from close range, banging it into the back of the net to even the match 1-1 in the 28th minute.
The match entered halftime level at 1-1.
The Racers were poised to pull back ahead less than five minutes after intermission, as a foul in the box gave Murray State a penalty kick. But Coryell was up to the task on a spot kick for the second time in the last three matches, correctly guessing along the ground to her right and parrying the shot wide of goal to keep it a 1-1 game.
Coryell’s save was just the start of the decisive sequence of the match, however. On the ensuing corner, Valpo won the first ball and Murray State the second ball before freshman Molly O’Rear (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) took the third ball and took advantage of MSU pushing numbers forward on the corner to put a pass over the top to junior Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./North).
The speedy DuSatko raced in towards goal behind the final defender, with just goalkeeper Jamie Skarupsky between her and the goal. DuSatko downshifted to take it around Skarupsky at the top of the box, and chose wisely not to force a shot from the right side of the box with a pair of defenders getting back in position for a potential block. Instead, she waited patiently and slotted a pass to the center of the box, where sophomore Abby White (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Central) had raced forward from left back. White took her shot first time from 10 yards out with her right foot, easily inside the left post to make it 2-1 Valpo.
Coryell kept the scoreline in Valpo’s favor with another stellar save in the 60th minute, lunging up and to her left to push an MSU shot from outside the box over the crossbar.
Holding the one-goal advantage, the Beacons absorbed pressure from the Racers throughout the final 25 minutes, but only surrendered one official shot attempt as they saw out the victory.
Inside the Match
Sunday’s victory improves Valpo’s record to 6-1-1 in MVC action. With 19 points, the Beacons are in second place, three points back of Missouri State and with a game in hand on the Bears.
Valpo secured a top-three finish in the final MVC regular season standings with the three points on Sunday.
The Beacons have won each of their last three matches, their second three-match winning streak within MVC play.
Sunday’s result, combined with Thursday’s 2-1 win at Belmont, marks just the second time in program history that Valpo has come from behind to win in consecutive matches. In nonconference play early in the 2006 season, Valpo was down 2-1 at Belmont before winning 3-2 in extra time and followed with a 3-1 win at Lipscomb after trailing 1-0.
This weekend is the first time Valpo has won multiple matches on the same road trip since wins at Youngstown State and at Cleveland State in October 2009.
Joiner continued her prolificacy on the attack with her MVC-best sixth goal of the season and the ninth of her career. Five of Joiner’s six goals have come in Valley play, one apiece in each of the five matches she has entered off the bench.
Joiner’s five goals in conference play match the most by a Valpo player in league action since Jackie Kondratko netted six goals in Horizon League matches in 2009.
Joiner found the back of the net for a third consecutive match, the first Valpo player to score in back-to-back-to-back fixtures since Cory Griffith tallied goals in the last three matches of the 2017 season.
Anderson cracked Valpo’s single-season top-10 chart for assists with her corner kick which led to Joiner’s goal. With a team-high five helpers on the season, Anderson is tied for fourth in a single season in program history.
White’s goal was her second of the season and the third of her career. It was her second career match-winner, as she also netted Valpo’s second goal to overcome a 1-0 deficit for a 2-1 win last year at Robert Morris.
DuSatko’s assist on the match-winner was her third assist of the season and gives her five career assists.
Coryell made seven saves to earn the win on Sunday, none bigger than her penalty save which opened the sequence which led to the match-winning goal. The seven saves were one shy of the junior’s season high between the pipes.
Valpo has outscored its opponents 14-3 since the start of MVC play. It is the Beacons’ most prolific league campaign in terms of goal scoring since finding the back of the net 15 times in Horizon League play in 2015.
The Beacons have surrendered more than one goal just once in their last 25 MVC regular season matches, a stretch which includes 14 clean sheets.
Senior center back Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels), who left Thursday’s match early on due to injury, did not feature on Sunday — snapping a streak of 65 consecutive matches started since stepping on campus. Fellow senior Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) kept her starting streak going, as she has been announced as part of the starting eleven in each of Valpo’s 66 matches since the start of the 2019 campaign.
Thoughts From Coach Marovich
“What I take away from this weekend is tremendous pride in our group. We have a resilient group who, in both matches on this trip, did a great job responding to adversity. It’s very hard to get results on the road in the Valley, and for our team to take all six points this weekend is worthy of praise.”
“Again today, we found a way to respond after falling behind. It was a gritty goal from Addy, putting herself in position to take advantage of that second ball.”
“It was just a great team sequence to get the second goal. From the PK stop by Nikki, to Allie stepping up and winning the first ball on the corner, to Molly getting the third ball and having the vision to play it forward, to Lindsey getting behind the defense and then being patient and playing a nice pass to Abby, who finished well — so many people had a hand in us going ahead.”
“This was a prototypical Valley match. We scored that second goal, and then saw the game out as well as we could. We dealt well with Murray State’s pressure in that final stretch.”
“I thought a lot of players stepped up this weekend. Emma stepped in at center back, Sam had a big weekend. I thought our midfield did a great job today especially. The ball was in the air a lot and Murray State was putting heavy pressure on us. Our midfielders had to cover a lot of ground and did a lot of hard work, and deserve a lot of credit for today’s result.”
Valpo (7-6-3, 6-1-1 MVC) returns home for its final two matches of the 2022 regular season, beginning with a Thursday night match against Southern Illinois from Brown Field at 7:30 p.m. which can be seen live on ESPN+. The Beacons will do no worse than share the MVC regular season title with wins in their final two matches.
Tom Zeuch and Edgar Destouet Win ITA DII Doubles National Championships
ROME, Ga. – University of Indianapolis tennis can now add a new trophy to its case as Tom Zeuch and Edgar Destouet have made history. The pair who ran the gauntlet at the ITA DII Midwest Regional have done it once again, this time almost 500 miles away from Indianapolis.
Their journey started early on Thursday, and that is where the dynamic duo set the tone for their tournament. Facing a doubles pair from Washburn, they made quick work, eliminating their opponents in straight 6-3 sets.
They then advanced to the quarterfinals from that point where they took on the pair of Javier Cueto Ramos and Santiago Perez from Columbus State. The first set was tight with the Hounds eking out a 7-5 victory. Their Cougars adversaries did not allow a sweep however, taking the second set 6-1. In the tiebreak set the Hounds won the fight with an explosive 10-7 win.
Now in the semifinals against a duo from the University of West Alabama, it was once again a three-set affair. The UWA duo squeaked out an extremely tight first set. Despite being down 1-0, the Greyhounds held on, winning set two confidently 6-4. Set three saw Zeuch and Destouet’s resolve outlast their foes, as they crushed the tiebreak 10-8, sending them to a chance at the title.
The championship match kicked off Sunday morning at 10 a.m. under the sun of Rome, Ga. The Greyhounds were challenging the duo of Tomas Descarrega and Facundo Bermejo of the University of West Florida, the runners-up for the ITA DII South Regional. First set was exactly what the Hounds needed as they won steadily 6-4. Zeuch and Destouet could not secure the sweep as they fell in set two 6-2. It all came down to a tiebreak set in which Zeuch and Destouet were up to the task. They dominated their final set winning 10-1 and putting their name in UIndy history.
On the other side of the tournament, Lea Cakarevic fell early in the tournament, losing 6-2, 6-1. Anna Novikova and Sofia Sharonova did not fare much better losing in the round of 16 6-3, 3-6, 5-10.
The duo of Zeuch and Destouet will continue their reign of terror on the doubles world at the ITA National Fall Championships. They will take place on Nov. 2-6 at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif.
Men’s Soccer Defeats Southwest Baptist 5-0 On Senior Day
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team defeated Southwest Baptist by a dominating score of 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at Key Stadium for Senior Day. With this, the Hounds have now won six-straight games and improve their record to 8-2-3 overall including a 5-2-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).
Today, UIndy honored Mason Stearn, Sean Werling, Leo Yamamoto, Ibo Yilmaz, Bryan Moreira, Cole Rainwater, Ro Thang, Seth Ward, Erik Wilhelm, Caleb Taber, Owen Atkison, and Patryk Olczyk.
HOW IT HAPPENED
UIndy found the scoreboard early in the 14th minute on an own goal by the Bearcats. Then, with the half coming to a close, Yilmaz successfully sent a penalty kick into the back of the net to give the Hounds a 2-0 lead after the first 45 minutes.
Moving into the second half, the Greyhounds scored again in the 58th minute when Michael Tselios crossed a ball into Seth Ward who fired a shot past the goalkeeper. UIndy would cap the afternoon off with unassisted goals by Kabiru Gafar in the 65th minute and Yilmaz in the 78th minute.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-UIndy finished with 17 total shots while SBU had just four.
-In total, the Hounds had four yellow cards while the Bearcats had just one.
-Will vanHoornbeek and Pierre Lurot each played valuable minutes for UIndy against their former team.
The Hounds will hit the road beginning next Friday for a conference road match against Missouri-St. Louis. The match is slated to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Greyhounds Dominate SBU on Senior Day
NDIANAPOLIS – Senior day for the University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team was a success to say the least. The Greyhounds unloaded a plethora of offense, sending four into the back of the net in their regular season home finale. With the win the Greyhounds moved to 5-5-4 on the season with two matches left before the conference tournament.
Prior to the action, the Greyhounds celebrated the group of seven seniors in Elisabeth Kessler, Elena Espinosa, Mady Meiring, Kiki Sauceda, Gracyn Montfort, Maria Herrero and Alexi Hardie.
INS AND OUTS
The first half was as exciting as it could be with the Greyhounds racking up three goals. The first had to be by a senior and Herrero was up to the task. At the 17th minute, some ball movement resulted in a pass from Sauceda right to Herrero who, with a studder step, crushed the ball over the goalkeeper for the first of the contest.
The Hounds did not stop there as the Birthday girl Maddy Theis got her first goal of her career off a corner kick at the 20th minute. But the onslaught did not stop there as just 23rd minute Sarah Wegener got on the board with a boom from 10 yards out to put the score at 3-0.
That score held going into the second half, but like clockwork the Greyhounds found the back of the net once again. Herrero made it a two-goal day with a header into the net at the 47th minute. That 4-0 score would hold through the end of the contest, allowing the Hounds to snag their second home conference win of the season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Shots were by-far in favor of the Greyhounds, 25-6 with the Hounds having 11 on goal to the Bearcats two
– SBU struggled in the fouls category, getting hit 13 times to UIndy’s 11.
– The Hounds had two yellow cards, going to Wegener and Hardie.
Head Coach Holly Cox on the senior day festivities…
“For senior day you always see it as an exciting day, but it’s also really sad. I mean, these seniors have put in blood sweat and tears over there for years, if not five years for some of them careers. They’re a great group and that will for sure miss them.”
Cox on the win against SBU…
“The offense really played together as a team, I feel like in previous games, we’ve been very individual when in certain aspects of the field. Today, it clicked as a group and that’s what is needed. In order to score goals, you can’t rely on one, two or three people, it’s a full team effort. Even the ladies that came off the bench made an impact in the game today.”
Kessler on the emotions of senior day…
“I already cried two times, because I have family coming from the other side of the country. I’m with my team for the last time on Key and it’s really emotional. This is my fourth year and it’s been a very emotional day but I’m really glad we got to win the day just to make it full circle.”
The Hounds head to St. Louis as they take on the Tritons of the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Friday, Oct. 21. Kickoff is currently set for 6 p.m.
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|Buffalo Bills||5||1||0||.833||0.0||176||81||2-0-0||3-1-0||4-1-0||0-1-0||3 W|
|New York Jets||4||2||0||.667||1.0||143||128||1-2-0||3-0-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|Miami Dolphins||3||3||0||.500||2.0||131||155||2-1-0||1-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||3 L|
|New England Patriots||3||3||0||.500||2.0||141||113||1-1-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||2 W|
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|Kansas City Chiefs||4||2||0||.667||0.0||179||149||2-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||3||2||0||.600||0.5||122||136||1-1-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|Denver Broncos||2||3||0||.400||1.5||75||80||2-1-0||0-2-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||1||4||0||.200||2.5||125||130||1-1-0||0-3-0||1-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||3||3||0||.500||0.0||158||141||1-2-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Cincinnati Bengals||3||3||0||.500||0.0||138||115||1-1-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||2||4||0||.333||1.0||148||163||1-3-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||1-0-0||3 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||4||0||.333||1.0||97||146||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||1 W|
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|Tennessee Titans||3||2||0||.600||0.0||96||118||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||3||2||1||.583||0.0||103||121||2-1-0||1-1-1||3-2-1||1-2-1||2 W|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||2||4||0||.333||1.5||138||114||1-1-0||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||3 L|
|Houston Texans||1||3||1||.300||1.5||86||99||0-1-1||1-2-0||1-2-1||1-0-1||1 W|
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|Philadelphia Eagles||6||0||0||1.000||0.0||161||105||3-0-0||3-0-0||5-0-0||2-0-0||6 W|
|New York Giants||5||1||0||.833||1.0||127||113||3-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||3 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||4||2||0||.667||2.0||110||98||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Washington Commanders||2||4||0||.333||4.0||102||135||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
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|San Francisco 49ers||3||3||0||.500||0.0||122||89||2-0-0||1-3-0||3-2-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||3||0||.500||0.0||104||126||2-2-0||1-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||3||3||0||.500||0.0||146||163||2-1-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||2||4||0||.333||1.0||114||142||0-3-0||2-1-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||2 L|
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|Minnesota Vikings||5||1||0||.833||0.0||139||118||3-0-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||3-0-0||4 W|
|Green Bay Packers||3||3||0||.500||2.0||107||123||2-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|Chicago Bears||2||4||0||.333||3.0||93||118||2-1-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|Detroit Lions||1||4||0||.200||3.5||140||170||1-2-0||0-2-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||3 L|
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|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||3||0||.500||0.0||121||103||1-2-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||3||3||0||.500||0.0||146||136||2-1-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|New Orleans Saints||2||4||0||.333||1.0||141||158||1-3-0||1-1-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|Carolina Panthers||1||5||0||.167||2.0||103||146||1-3-0||0-2-0||1-4-0||1-0-0||3 L|
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1960 At the Sheraton Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, the National League owners vote to admit Houston and New York, making it the first structural change in the Senior Circuit since the turn of the century. The New York franchise, thanks to the efforts of prominent attorney William A Shea, is awarded to a group headed by Joan Payson, and Judge Roy Hofheintz is one of five owners of the new club in Texas.
1964 The Yankees, who finished with a 99-63 record, fire Yogi Berra after dropping the World Series to the Cardinals in seven games. The 39-year-old dismissed skipper will join the crosstown Mets as a coach, becoming the team’s manager in 1972 following Gil Hodges’ unexpected death in spring training.
1964 Johnny Keane, rumored to be replaced as the Cardinals’ manager by Leo Durocher before the Redbirds surged to win the World Series, surprises team owner Gussie Busch with a letter of resignation that he had written at the end of September during the height of the pennant race. The former St. Louis skipper will take the Yankee job, which opens due to the firing of Yogi Berra, which also occurs today.
1966 The Tigers lose the second of the two skippers who managed the team this season when 51-year-old Bob Swift succumbs to lung cancer. The former major league catcher had taken over as the team’s interim manager in mid-May for Charlie Dressen, who was stricken with a heart attack and died before the end of the summer.
1967 In an Associated Press poll, 324 of 397 baseball writers and broadcasters select Dick Williams as the American League’s Manager of the Year, easily outdistancing runner-ups Eddie Stanky of the White Sox and the Angels’ Bill Rigney. The 38-year-old rookie skipper led the 92-70 Red Sox through a tight four-team pennant race to their first pennant since 1946.
1971 Roberto Clemente hits a fourth-inning homer off Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar to put the Pirates ahead, 1-0, in Game 7 of the World Series. The right-fielder has hit safely in all seven games of the series, a feat he also accomplished in 1960 against the Yankees, to extend his consecutive Fall Classic hitting streak to 14 contests.
1971 At Memorial Stadium, behind Steve Blass’s complete-game four-hitter, the Pirates beat Mike Cuellar and the heavily favored Orioles to capture their fourth world championship in franchise history. Immediately after the Game 7 victory, 21-year-old rookie Bruce Kison and his champagne-soaked best man Bob Moose are whisked away by helicopter to a waiting Lear Jet to attend his wedding in Pittsburgh, in which he arrives 33 minutes late.
1978 The Yankees capture their twenty-second and second consecutive World Championship, beating Los Angeles with a 7-2 victory at Dodger Stadium. Playoff hero Bucky Dent, who collects ten hits in the six-game series, is named the Fall Classic’s Most Valuable Player.
1979 In Game 7, Willie Stargell goes 3-for 4, including his third home run in the Series, propelling the Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the Orioles. The Bucs overcame a three-games-to-one deficit to win their fifth World Championship in franchise history.
1979 “Next time, get your ass here before the seventh game,”- RICK DEMPSEY, Orioles’ catcher chiding the president for skipping Opening Day ceremonies during his term in office. At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, Jimmy Carter throws the ceremonial first pitch before the Pirates’ 4-1 defeat of the Orioles in Game 7 of the Fall Classic. The toss marks the only time the Commander-in-Chief will perform the pregame ritual during his presidency.
1982 In Game 5, played at County Stadium, Robin Yount becomes the first player in World Series history to have two four-hit games. In addition to today’s 4-for-4 performance, the Brewers’ third baseman collected four hits in 6 at-bats in the Fall Classic opening contest, helping Milwaukee beat the Cardinals, 10-0.
1985 Billy Martin, who had become the team’s skipper for the fourth time after the Yankees fired Yogi Berra in April, is replaced by Lou Piniella. “Billy, the Kid’, piloted the 97-64 Bronx Bombers to a second-place finish, ending the season two games behind Toronto.
1987 In the first World Series game played indoors, the Twins club the Cardinals, winning Game 1 of the Fall Classic at the Metrodome, 10-1. The noise made by the boisterous hanky-waving sold-out Minnesota crowd at times exceeds 110 decibels, an audio level equivalent to a jet plane taking off at an airport.
1989 “Well, I don’t know if we’re on the air or not and I’m not sure I care at this particular moment but we are. Well folks, that’s the greatest open in the history of television, bar none. We’re still here. We are still as we can well on the air, and I guess you are hearing us, even though we have no picture and no return audio. And we will be back, we hope, from San Francisco in just a moment.” – AL MICHAELS, the ABC-TV play-by-play announcer, reacting to the Bay Area earthquake. As the Giants and A’s get ready to play Game 3 of the World Series, a massive 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake hits the Bay Area, which will be responsible for 63 deaths. Commissioner Fay Vincent quickly postponed the Candlestick Park contest, wisely ordering the ballpark’s evacuation.
1999 With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 15th frame, Robin Ventura hits a home run, which becomes known as “The Grand Slam Single,” driving the Mets fans into a frenzied state as the team, who lost the first three games of the playoff series, extends the NLCS to a Game 6. Failing to touch all four bases when mobbed by his teammates on the base paths, the Shea Stadium hero only gets credit for a single with the umpires awarding New York a 4-3 victory, ruling Roger Cedeño crossed home plate before the on-field celebration began.
2000 David Justice’s three-run homer propels the Yankees to their 37th American League pennant in a come-from-behind victory over the Mariners, 9-7. The Bronx Bombers will face the Mets in the Fall Classic, setting up the first Subway Series in New York in 44 years when they faced the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956.
2000 With an opposite-field single, Mariners catcher Dan Wilson snaps his 0-for-42 skid, the longest hitless streak in postseason history. Marv Owen had gone 0-for-31 in the 1934 and 1935 World Series playing for the Tigers.
2002 The legal suit against the fan who caught Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 73rd home run, brought by three friends claiming a promise they made to split the ball’s value in exchange for a game ticket, becomes settled when Jay Arsenault agrees to sell the ball and divide the money. Arsenault’s lawyer said his client initially eluded the friends because of being overwhelmed by the situation.
2003 Early editions of the New York Post include an editorial claiming the Yankees couldn’t get the job done against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the ALCS. However, the Bronx Bombers rally to beat their arch-rival in 11 innings, 6-5.
2004 Carlos Beltran, in Game 4 of the NLCS at Minute Maid Park, goes deep in the seventh inning, giving the Astros an eventual 6-5 victory over the Cardinals. With the round-trippers, the Houston center fielder sets a new postseason record, hitting a homer in five consecutive playoff games, and ties Barry Bonds’ 2002 mark with a total of eight postseason round-trippers.
2005 The juiced Minute Maid Park crowd, anticipating the Astros’ first National League crown, after the first two batters are quickly retired, is ‘pulverized’ when Albert Pujols hits a two-out, three-run ninth-inning homer. A two-strike single stroked by David Eckstein and a walk worked out by Jim Edmonds set the stage for the Cardinals’ dramatic 5-4 comeback.
2018 In Game 4 of the ALCS, crew chief Joe West rules fan interference, turning Jose Altuve’s potential two-run homer into the second out of the inning. Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts appeared ready to make a catch over the top of the wall before a fan inadvertently bumped into his open glove, closing it the instant before he could make the play.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-2018
Los Angeles Dodgers (1) vs Boston Red Sox (4)
The 2018 World Series was the 114th edition of Major League Baseball’s World Series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox.
There were exactly two pitchers in Major League Baseball in 2018, who had at least 1,000 innings pitched, and an career earned run average below 3.00. Game 1 featured those two twirlers, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Chris Sale of the Red Sox. Both left the mound after four strong innings in a tight back-and-forth game. The normally strong LA bullpen surrendered five runs in two frames giving Boston a relatively easy series opener.
When you give a pitcher $30 million a year (David Price) and a designated hitter $23.75 million a year (J.D. Martinez), you expect results – that duo propelled the Red Sox to a commanding 2-0 lead courtesy of six strong innings pitched and a two-out, two-run, go ahead clutch hit.
Down 0-2, the Dodgers were in a must-win situation, as no team had ever come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a Fall Classic. The Red Sox made them earn the 3-2 victory, as both teams combined to use a post-season record 18 pitchers, every bench player, in what became the longest World Series game in baseball history – an 18-inning marathon that lasted seven hours, 20 minutes (longer then every game combined from the 1939 World Series).
Riding their Game 3 momentum, LA broke open a pitcher’s duel in the sixth, scoring four runs and appeared to be ready to tie up the Series 2-2. Rich Hill had only surrendered one hit, a single to Christian Velazquez in the fifth inning, when he was pulled from the game after striking out Eduardo Nunez in the top of the 7th. The bullpen imploded, surrendering 2 home runs, 7 hits, and 9 runs over the final three innings; Red Sox 9, Dodgers 6.
Needing one more victory to win it all, Boston went back to their ace, Price, and Los Angeles countered, putting Kershaw back on the mound. Each one surrendered runs in the first, Red Sox 2 / Dodgers 1, then settled in to pitch seven strong innings, but Clayton surrendered solo homers to Mookie Betts in the sixth, and J.D. Martinez in the seventh, giving the Red Sox a four run cushion that the Dodgers never challenged.
The baseball season ended, with one of the most dominating teams of the century (108 regular season wins) capping off an amazing season with their fourth World Championship since 2004.
Points for scores are set ( well at least for a little while)
October 17, 1883 – New York City- A rules convention meeting discussed point totals for different scoring plays including making a Safety worth 1 point, a touchdown worth a score of 2 points, Goal following Touchdown equaling 4 points, Goal from the field-5 points, Also the position of Referee was established to monitor play.
Basketball’s founder gives football helmet protection?
October 17, 1891 – James Naismith, yes the same guy that invented Basketball, wears what is considered the first time a football head covering is worn in a game. After suffering Cauliflower-ear by playing center for Springfield College ( Mass.) then called Young Men’s Christian Training School against powerhouse Yale on Oct 14 1891. James was head locked and smacked on the side of his head quite a bit in the brutal line play of the era, by the Bulldogs. Naismith was fitted with pieces of flannel to cover and protect his ears by his girlfriend (future wife) Maude. The game against Amherst on October 17, 1891 is the probable game the head covering was first worn as it was Springfield’s next game following the Yale contest that season.
The Da Bears Play Da First One
October 17, 1920 – Chicago Bears (as the Decatur Staleys) played their very 1st NFL (APFA) opponent, the Rock Island Independents. Per the Pro-Football-Reference website the Staley’s team featured legendary stars Jimmy Conzleman, Paddy Driscoll and George Halas in the game. The Decatur squad won the game over Rock Island by the score of 7-0.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for October 17
October 17, 1918 – Detroit , Michigan – Ralph C. Wilson Jr. is born into this world. Ralph Wilson is best known for being the owner and founder of the Buffalo Bills franchise. Mr. Wilson started his ownership journey by first being a minority owner with the Detroit Lions. Mr. Wilson then sold out of the Lions and became one of the original founders of the AFL in 1960 and had a big part in the AFL/NFL merger in the late 1960’s. In the AFL, Ralph Wilson watched on as his team won the AFL Championship in 1964 and again in 1965 according to profootballhof.com. He also saw the Bills make it into an unprecedented four consecutive appearances in Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII. Ralph has gone down in history as being third on the list of longevity of NFL owners as his 53 years with the Bills was only surpassed by George Halas’ 63 seasons with the Bears and Art Rooney’s 55 years with the Steelers. Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Ralph Wilson Jr. into the great building of legends in 2009. At the enshrinement ceremony, Wilson had one of the most memorable HOF speeches ever when he said, “It shouldn’t take much calculating to decide whether to pay $5 or $50,000 for a seat at a football game. I had just such a choice a few years back and, contrary to what you might expect of a sane man, I chose the higher priced seat. It wasn’t that I was interested in the view, but the $50,000 entitled me to any seat in the house; I had finally become what I had long wanted to be-the sole owner of a pro football team.”
October 17, 1946 – Mount Morris, Michigan – Herb Orvis, a defensive tackle for the University of Colorado, was born. With the Buffalos, Orvis was a 1971 First-team All-American and twice earned first-team All-Big Eight honors. Per a great bio of Mr. Orvis on footballfoundation.org we learn that he led the Buffs to three consecutive bowl games; wins in the 1969 Liberty Bowl and the 1971 Bluebonnet Bowl; and a No. 3 national ranking in 1971. Herb was a large player for his era standing at 6-foot-5 and weighed approximately 235 pounds, and his ferocity terrorized opponents his entire career in college. The National Football Foundation selected Herb Orvis to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2016. After graduation, Orvis became the 16th overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 1972 NFL Draft. Herb played for the Lions from 1972-77 and then with the Baltimore Colts for four additional seasons. He received Second Team All-NFC honors in 1975.
October 17, 1947 – Detroit, Michigan – Ron Johnson a University of Michigan running back came into this world. How good was Ron Johnson, well his Michigan teammates voted him as their MVP twice and also they selected him as one of their captains for the 1968 season. Mr. Johnson was the first African-American in Wolverine history to serve as a team captain. Ron was an outstanding student at the University too and earned awards such as the Big Ten Medal of Honor for his hard work on the field and in the classroom. As a runner he was dynamite, exemplified in the game against Wisconsin in the 1968 season, as Johnson pounded out 347 yards on the ground, which stood as an NCAA record for three years and remains a Michigan record per the National Football Foundation’s bio on the great player. After college, Ron Johnson was picked in the first round by the Cleveland Browns in the 1969 NFL Draft. He stayed with the Browns for one season before playing with the New York Giants from 1970 to 1975. In New York, he twice earned All-Pro honors (1970 and 1972), and he became the first player in Giants history to gain at least 1,000 rushing yards in a season, twice hitting the milestone. Ron Johnson entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
October 17, 1957 – Houston, Texas – Steve McMichael the top notch defensive end was born. Steve played his college football at the University of Texas and was selected as a unanimous first-team All-American after the 1979 season. As the footballfoundation.org website describes, Steve graduated as the school’s all-time leader in career tackles (369) and sacks (30). He was a finalist for the Lombardi and Outland Awards in 1979 and became the Hula Bowl’s Most Valuable Player. The National Football Foundation selected Steve McMichael to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Steve was drafted into the NFL by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 1980 Draft. The next year Chicago picked him up as a free agent and he spent 13 fruitful seasons with the Bears including victory in Super Bowl XX with one of the most feared defenses in NFL history.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS:
21 – 34 – 20 – 8 – 19 – 77 – 7
October 17, 1971 – World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 2-1 at Memorial Stadium to claim championship. 4-3; MVP: Pirates outfielder Number 21, Roberto Clemente
October 17, 1974 – World Series: Oakland A’s 3-peat; beat LA Dodgers, 3-2 in Oakland for 4-1 series win; MVP: A’s pitcher Rollie Fingers, wearing Number 34
October 17, 1978 – World Series: NY Yankees repeat as champions; beat LA, 7-2 at Dodger Stadium for 4-2 series victory; MVP: NY shortstop Number 20, Bucky Dent
October 17, 1979 – World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4-1 at Memorial Stadium for 4 games to 3 series win; MVP: Pirates 1B Number 8, Willie Stargell
October 17, 1982 – Robin Yount, Number 19 was the first MLB player to have two 4-hit games in a World Series
October 17, 1991 – Pittsburgh Penguin Number 77, Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points (309 goals & 744 assists)
October 17, 2015 – Star forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Number 7 becomes Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer across all competitions, overtaking club legend Raul with his 324th goal in a 3-0 win over Levante
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