NFL SCOREBOARD

Indianapolis 27 Miami 17

Washington 34 Atlanta 30

Buffalo 40 Houston 0

Chicago 24 Detroit 14

Dallas 36 Carolina 28

Cleveland 14 Minnesota 7

New York Giants 27 New Orleans 21 OT

New York Jets 27 Tennessee 24 OT

Kansas City 42 Philadelphia, 30

Arizona 37 LA Rams 20

Seattle 28 San Francisco 21

Baltimore 23 Denver 7

Green Bay 27 Pittsburgh 17

Tampa Bay 19 New England 17

NFL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 10, 2021

New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN

Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 11, 2021

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESP

WEEK 6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE

Thursday, Oct. 7

Houston at Tulane | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 15 Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Friday, Oct. 8

Temple at No. 5 Cincinnati | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Charlotte at FIU | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

Stanford at No. 22 Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Oct. 9

Maryland at No. 7 Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

No. 11 Michigan State at Rutgers  | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Vanderbilt at No. 20 Florida | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Northern Illinois at Toledo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas (Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas) | 12 p.m. | ABC

No. 13 Arkansas at No. 17 Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Akron at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

West Virginia at Baylor | 12 p.m. | FS1

South Carolina at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 2 Georgia at No. 18 Auburn | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Georgia Tech at Duke | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Old Dominion at Marshall | 2 p.m. | CBSSN on Facebook

Wisconsin at Illinois | 2:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

North Texas at Missouri | 3 p.m. | SEC Network

Virginia at Louisville | 3 p.m. | ACC Network

Miami (Ohio) at Eastern Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Liberty | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 24 SMU at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Central Michigan at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Florida State at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

FAU at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

No. 19 Wake Forest at Syracuse | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2 

UConn at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports/NESN

Boise State at No. 10 BYU | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

San Jose State at Colorado State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

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

No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa | 4 p.m. | Fox Sports

Oregon State at Washington State | 4 p.m. | PAC-12 Network

East Carolina at UCF | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

LSU at No. 16 Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

UTEP at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Wyoming at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

UTSA at Western Kentucky | 7 p.m. | Stadium

TCU at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Buffalo at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Georgia Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia State at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

South Alabama at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 14 Notre Dame at Virginia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

No. 9 Michigan at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | CBS

Utah at USC | 8 p.m. | FOX

Memphis at Tulsa | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

New Mexico at No. 25 San Diego State | 9 p.m. | FS1

New Mexico State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

UCLA at Arizona | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Iowa
  4. Penn State
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Ohio State
  8. Oregon
  9. Michigan
  10. BYU
  11. Michigan State
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Arkansas
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Kentucky
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Auburn
  19. Wake Forest
  20. Florida
  21. Texas
  22. Arizona State
  23. North Carolina State
  24. SMU
  25. San Diego State

Others Receiving Votes
Clemson 96, Texas A&M 41, Oregon State 27, Baylor 24, Mississippi State 18, Virginia Tech 13, Stanford 11, UTSA 10, Pitt 6, Fresno State 5, Texas Tech 4, Western Michigan 3, Appalachian State 2, Kansas State 2, Boston College 1, UCLA 1

COLLEGE COACHES FOOTBALL POLL

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Iowa
  4. Penn State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Ohio State
  8. Michigan
  9. Oregon
  10. BYU
  11. Michigan State
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Kentucky
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Arkansas
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Florida
  19. Auburn
  20. Wake Forest
  21. Clemson
  22. North Carolina State
  23. Texas
  24. SMU
  25. Arizona State

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INDIANA SRN FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

  1. Center Grove
  2. Westfield
  3. Hamilton Southeastern
  4. Carmel
  5. Merrillville

5A

  1. Cathedral
  2. Valparaiso
  3. Bloomington South
  4. Decatur Central
  5. Harrison (West Lafayette)

4A

  1. Roncalli
  2. Leo
  3. Jasper
  4. Mooresville
  5. Mount Vernon

3A

  1. West Lafayette
  2. Brebeuf
  3. Danville
  4. Gibson Southern
  5. Lawrenceburg

2A

  1. Heritage Christian
  2. Fort Wayne Luers
  3. Andrean
  4. Eastbrook
  5. Tipton

1A

  1. Lutheran
  2. Monroe Central
  3. Adams Central
  4. Covenant Christian
  5. South Putnam

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Boston 7 Washington 5

New York Yankees 1 Tampa Bay 0

Cleveland 6 Texas 0

Toronto 12 Baltimore 4

Detroit 5 Chicago White Sox 2

Minnesota 7 Kansas City 3

LA Angels 7 Seattle 3

Houston 7 Oakland 6

Cincinnati 6 Pittsburgh 3

San Francisco 11 San Diego 4

LA Dodgers 10 Milwaukee 3

Miami 5 Philadelphia 4

Arizona 5 Colorado 4

Chicago Cubs 3 St. Louis 2

Atlanta 5 NY Mets 0

MLB PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
AL Wild Card Game, Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Yankees at Red Sox

NL Wild Card Game, Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET on TBS
Cardinals at Dodgers

AL Division Series (starts Thursday)
Best-of-five format
Wild Card Game winner at Rays
White Sox at Astros

NL Division Series (starts Friday)
Best-of-five format
Wild Card Game winner at Giants
Braves at Brewers

DIVISION SERIES
Presented by Good Sam
Best-of-five

Thursday, Oct. 7
• ALDS A, Game 1 (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 1 (FS1 or MLBN)

Friday, Oct. 8
• ALDS A, Game 2 (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 2 (FS1 or MLBN)
• NLDS A, Game 1 (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 1 (TBS)

Saturday, Oct. 9
• NLDS A, Game 2 (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 2 (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 10
• ALDS A, Game 3 (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 3 (FS1 or MLBN)

Monday, Oct. 11
• ALDS A, Game 4* (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 4* (FS1 or MLBN)
• NLDS A, Game 3 (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 3 (TBS)

Tuesday, Oct. 12
• NLDS A, Game 4* (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 4* (TBS)

Wednesday, Oct. 13
• ALDS A, Game 5* (FS1)
• ALDS B, Game 5* (FS1)

Thursday, Oct. 14
• NLDS A, Game 5* (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 5* (TBS)

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Best-of-seven
Presented by loanDepot

Friday, Oct. 15
• ALCS Game 1 (FOX)

Saturday, Oct. 16
• ALCS Game 2 (FOX or FS1)
• NLCS Game 1 (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 17
• NLCS Game 2 (TBS)

Monday, Oct. 18
• ALCS Game 3 (FS1)

Tuesday, Oct. 19
• NLCS Game 3 (TBS)
• ALCS Game 4 (FS1) 

Wednesday, Oct. 20
• ALCS Game 5* (FS1) 
• NLCS Game 4 (TBS)

Thursday, Oct. 21
• NLCS Game 5* (TBS)

Friday, Oct. 22
• ALCS Game 6* (FS1) 

Saturday, Oct. 23
• NLCS Game 6* (TBS)
• ALCS Game 7* (FOX or FS1) 

Sunday, Oct. 24
• NLCS Game 7* (TBS)

WORLD SERIES
Best-of-seven

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

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

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

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

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

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

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

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

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

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Nashville 8 Indianapolis 3

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York City 0 Nashville 0

Sporting KC 4 Houston 2

Toronto 3 Chicago 1

Philadelphia 3 Columbus 0

Portland 1 Inter Miami 0

Los Angeles 1 Los Angeles FC 1

Seattle 3 Colorado 0

WNBA PLAYOFFS

Chicago 86 Connecticut 83

Phoenix 87 Las Vegas 60

NBA PRE-SEASON

Brooklyn 123 LA Lakers 97

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SECTIONAL-MONDAY

MATCH-UPS

Centerville – Seton Catholic

Boone Grove – West Lafayette

Franklin County – South Dearborn

Homestead – Fort Wayne Wayne

Mississinewa – Northwestern

South Bend St. Joseph – Glenn

Brownsburg – Avon

Covington – Indiana Math and Science

Marion – McCutcheon

Fishers – Hamilton Southeastern

River Forest – New Prairie

Faith Christian –Carroll

Scecina – Tindley

East Chicago Central – Lake Central

Providence – Lanesville

South Bend Riley – Mishawaka

Illiana Christian – Kouts

Herron – Speedway

White River Valley – North Knox

NorthWood – Garrett

Southridge – Washington

Hauser – Morristown

Fort Wayne Snider – Fort Wayne Carroll

Penn – Northridge

Western Boone – Lebanon

Zionsville – Westfield

Fort Wayne Luers – Fort Wayne Dwenger

Franklin – Southport

Hobart – Merrillville

Mount Vernon – Connersville

Irvington Prep – Indianapolis Lutheran

Evansville Day – North Posey

Jennings County – New Albany

Franklin Central – Indianapolis Tech

Anderson Prep – Taylor

Oregon Davis – Washington Township

Bethany Christian – Prairie Heights

Argos – Tippecanoe Valley

Blackford – New Castle

Evansville Bosse – Boonville

Southmont – Frankfort

Shawe Memorial – South Ripley

Evansville North – Evansville Memorial

Terre Haute North – Martinsville

Edgewood – Sullivan

Corydon Central – Silver Creek

Western – Tipton

Munster – Lowell

Anderson – Muncie Central

Cascade – North Putnam

Mooresville – Ben Davis

Harrison – Logansport

International – Heritage Christian

Rushville – Greensburg

South Bend Adams – Michigan City

Bremen – Mishawaka

Andrean – Covenant Christian

Fort Wayne South – Huntington North

Henryville – Christian Academy

Hanover Central – Griffith

Indianapolis Washington – Chatard

Concord – Goshen

Pike Central – Princeton

Mitchell – Vincennes Rivet

Fort Wayne Northrup – DeKalb

Brebeuf – Hamilton Heights

Indianapolis Shortridge – North Central

West Noble – Wawasee

Northeast Dubois – South Spencer

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONAL – MONDAY

MATCH-UPS

Bloomfield – Washington Catholic

Wapahani – Centerville

North Knox – White River Valley

NATIONAL HEADLINES

Colts get 1st win of season, top sputtering Dolphins 27-17

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The last seven times Carson Wentz had played in a football game, he had walked off on the losing side. His final four appearances with Philadelphia last season, all losses. His first three appearances with Indianapolis this season, all losses.

Unthinkable, really, for someone with Wentz’s talent.

And Sunday looked like it would be more of the same – until things started to click. Still dogged by a pair of sprained ankles, Wentz threw a pair of touchdown passes to Mo Alie-Cox, Jonathan Taylor rushed for 103 yards and a score and the Colts got their first win of the season by topping the sputtering Miami Dolphins 27-17.

“We know we have a good football team,” Colts coach Frank Reich said.

A good quarterback, too.

Wentz completed 24 of 32 passes for 228 yards for the Colts (1-3), who avoided what would have been their first 0-4 start since 2011. They spent most of the day frustrating former Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who completed 20 of 30 passes but threw for 123 of his 199 yards in the final quarter.

“Feels great, honestly,” Wentz said. “Feels like you have the monkey off your back a little bit, for both me and the team.”

It was the first two-TD game for Alie-Cox, who had a total of four scores in his first 43 NFL appearances entering Sunday.

The Dolphins (1-3) lost their third straight, largely because their offense couldn’t do much of anything until it was too late. Miami was outgained 349 yards to 203 and 139-35 on the ground, and 123 of Brissett’s 199 passing yards came in the fourth quarter.

“I think we’ve got to take a look at everything,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “We will take a look at everything. I would say it’s really across the board – offense, defense, special teams. It starts with me, coaching. I’ve got to do a better job. I say that every week. I don’t want to say that every week.”

Brissett found Mike Gesicki with 10:40 left on fourth-and-goal from the 1 – two runs from there went nowhere, so the Dolphins went back to the air – to get Miami within 20-10. It was only the second passing touchdown of the season for the Dolphins, the first coming in the Week 1 win at New England when Tua Tagovailoa connected with Jaylen Waddle.

If there was hope for Miami, it didn’t last long.

The Dolphins’ ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, giving Indianapolis the ball at the 40. Wentz threw a 41-yard pass to Zach Pascal on the first play of the possession to get the Colts inside the Dolphins’ red zone, then wound up finding Alie-Cox seven plays later for the clincher.

“He’s a big man,” Wentz said of his tight end, “and plays big.”

The drive was fueled by Miami mistakes, a recurring theme of the day.

Among the Dolphins’ problems: They were outgained 226-15 in the middle two quarters; went 30 minutes – game time, not real time – between first downs; jumped offside on a punt to extend a Colts drive that turned into Indianapolis’ first touchdown; and then Brissett lost the ball early in the fourth quarter for a turnover after evading two tackles but not a third wave.

“We’re out there taking turns making mistakes, in all three phases,” Flores said.

Brissett threw another TD pass, this one to DeVante Parker to get Miami back within 10 on the ensuing possession. But a pass interference call on third down extended the next Indy drive instead of giving Miami the ball again with about 4 minutes left, and the Colts ran out the clock.

“You don’t think 0-4. Who thinks `lose’?'” Colts linebacker Darius Leonard said. “You think every game, you’re going to win the game. Who’s even thinking about 0-4 right now? We’re 1-3. That’s the mindset now, to keep building.”

In Stefanski’s return, Browns defense dominates Vikings 14-7

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) After winning the NFL’s Coach of the Year award in his first season with Cleveland, Kevin Stefanski now has a victory over his old team in Minnesota to highlight the start of his second year.

The Browns are finally on the rise, behind their steady young leader on the sideline.

Myles Garrett and the defense produced another dominant performance, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt kept the ball moving on the ground, and the Browns beat the Vikings 14-7 on Sunday.

“That was what the game called for today. It might be completely different next week, and we have to be ready to do it to win in any which way,” said Stefanski, who spent 14 seasons as an assistant with the Vikings working his way up the staff.

Garrett was credited with one-half of Cleveland’s two sacks and four hits on Kirk Cousins, Greedy Williams became the first player this season to intercept Minnesota’s quarterback and the Browns (3-1) again leaned on their two-pronged rushing attack to control the ball and win an ugly game.

“It was pretty sloppy, to be honest, but we got the win and that’s all that matters,” Chubb said.

Cousins hit Justin Jefferson for a touchdown pass to cap a commanding opening drive by the Vikings (1-3), who took possession 11 more times without scoring or even trying a field goal. The furthest they came was the 26-yard line, where they had one final play to try to tie the game. Cousins threw on the run into the end zone, where the ball fell incomplete.

“They did a good job to make it a tough day for us,” said Cousins, who was 6 for 6 on the first drive but 14 for 32 after that to finish with 203 yards.

Chubb had 21 carries for 100 yards and Hunt ran 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown to help offset a rather rocky game for Baker Mayfield, who was under plenty of pressure himself and went just 15 for 33 for 155 yards.

“There’s a lot of easy throws there that I missed,” Mayfield said. “Situationally, you get into running the ball and I don’t have a couple throws for a while, you get out of that rhythm.”

The return of Dalvin Cook from an ankle injury didn’t make a difference for the Vikings, who took it easy on their star running back and gave Alexander Mattison plenty of use. Cousins didn’t connect on enough of the quick throws the Vikings designed to minimize the pressure from Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney and the rest of a fierce front the Browns have assembled. Takkarist McKinley’s third-and-3 sack ended Minnesota’s first drive of the second half.

“Those two No. 1 draft picks were a pain today on our guys,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, alluding to Garrett and Clowney.

Just when the Vikings appeared to find their breakthrough, a 37-yard completion to Jefferson on third-and-12 from their own 27 midway through the third quarter, tight end Tyler Conklin was called for holding in a daunting one-on-one blocking matchup against Garrett.

“I understood the flag,” Jefferson said, giving his unspoken praise for Garrett. “I understood it.”

Fields, Bears bounce back to beat winless Lions 24-14

CHICAGO (AP) Justin Fields took some inspiration from Russell Wilson and flashed the skills that made him the No. 11 overall pick in the draft.

It was just what the Bears needed.

Fields brushed off a nightmarish first start, and Chicago bounced back from one of the worst offensive performances the NFL has seen to beat the winless Detroit Lions 24-14 on Sunday.

Fields and the Bears (2-2) were in much better form coming off a brutal loss at Cleveland last week. They scored touchdowns on their first two possessions and rang up 373 yards after being held by the Browns to 47, the ninth-lowest total in league history.

“I saw Russell Wilson posted a tweet this past week saying, `I love adversity,’ and I truly do love that because it just brings a whole different person out of me,” Fields said. “And in some ways I’m glad last week happened. I think if we would’ve won last week, it wouldn’t have pushed us as much to get better and practice hard.”

Fields looked more comfortable, completing 11 of 17 passes for 209 yards in his second consecutive start with Andy Dalton sidelined because of a bone bruise in his left knee. The former Ohio State star threw an interception. But he was also sacked just once, a big improvement after being taken down nine times for 67 yards while throwing for just 68 the previous week.

Was it enough to supplant Dalton as the No. 1 quarterback? Coach Matt Nagy didn’t say.

“All we wanted to do, quite honestly, today was win the game, go to 2-2, and be able to talk about everything else as we go,” he said. “You guys know in regards to Andy, we’re working through what he went through this past week, so we’ll see where he’s at.”

David Montgomery ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with a knee injury. He scored on Chicago’s first two possessions, running it in from the 4 and 9 to make it 14-0, but hobbled off the field following a 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Nagy said he wasn’t sure how serious the injury is.

Darnell Mooney caught five passes for a career-high 125 yards, including a 64-yarder.

Robert Quinn had a strip-sack with the Lions deep in Chicago territory. Khalil Mack added a sack and fumble recovery, and the Bears got some payback for a loss to Detroit at Soldier Field last season that capped a six-game skid.

Houdini Heinicke: Washington beats Falcons 34-30 on late TD

ATLANTA (AP) With a flair for improvisation, Taylor Heinicke has been pulling off all sorts of bizarre plays most of his life

To do it in front of family and friends really made it special.

Heinicke ad-libbed a 30-yard touchdown pass to J.D. McKissic with 33 seconds remaining, rallying the Washington Football Team to a 34-30 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Returning to the metro area where he grew up, Heinicke completed 23 of 33 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns – two of them in the final 3:52 to pull it out for Washington (2-2).

Both were vintage Heinicke, seemingly created out of thin air.

“I feel like I’ve kind of been doing that, those kind of plays, throughout my life,” he said. “That’s the kind of player I am. Hey, I grew up watching Brett Favre. I saw a lot of crazy stuff from him.”

First, Heinicke eluded Dante Fowler Jr. and delivered an off-balance throw with another rusher in his face that Terry McLaurin, slipping away from two defenders, managed to catch in the back of the end zone for a 17-yard TD.

“No play is ever dead when Taylor’s back there,” said McLaurin, who finished with six catches for 123 yards. “I just knew Taylor was gonna give me a chance.”

Two missed extra points by Dustin Hopkins forced Washington to go for a two-point conversion. It failed, preserving a 30-28 lead for the Falcons (1-3).

Heinicke wasn’t done.

After the Washington defense forced a punt, Heinicke guided his team into field goal range.

As it turned out, Hopkins wasn’t needed.

Rolling to his left, Heinicke didn’t see anyone open among four possible targets. McKissic slipped out into the right flat with no one around, Heinicke spotted him, and made a daring throw back across the field.

“He was the fifth read,” Heinicke said. “No one was open, so I needed to make a play.”

McKissic broke a diving attempt by Deion Jones – the only guy with a chance to make a tackle – took off down the sideline and dove over the pylon for the winning score.

Heinicke’s heroics ruined a big day for Atlanta’s Cordarelle Patterson, who became the first Atlanta player since 2018 to score three touchdowns in a game.

Patterson hauled in a 42-yard pass from Matt Ryan for Atlanta’s longest play from scrimmage this season, giving the Falcons an early 10-0 lead.

He added touchdown catches of 12 and 14 yards.

“Obviously frustrating,” Falcons first-year coach Arthur Smith said. “We had multiple opportunities to win that game. We didn’t.”

Ryan threw four TD passes, also connecting with Mike Davis on a 7-yard scoring play that stretched Atlanta’s lead to 30-22. A disputed personal foul penalty on Chase Young allowed the Falcons to keep the ball after they appeared to be stopped on fourth down.

DeAndre Carter returned the second-half kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown, giving Washington a 19-14 lead.

Heinicke’s first TD pass was a a 33-yarder to McLaurin in the second quarter.

Elliott, Cowboys run over top defense, beat Panthers 36-28

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys ran over the NFL’s No. 1 defense, answering a little history from the legs of Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold.

Elliott carried 20 times for 143 yards in the two-time rushing champion’s first triple-digit game of the season, Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes and the Cowboys beat the Panthers 36-28 on Sunday.

Elliott scored the first touchdown as the Cowboys (3-1) rolled up 245 yards on the ground after the Panthers allowed just 135 total in the first three games while also leading the league in passing yards and total yards. Tony Pollard added 67 yards.

“They’re a good defense,” Elliott said after finishing with his most yards since 2018. “They bring a lot of different fronts. They run a lot of different things so they’re going to change it up on you. They haven’t seen an offense like us this year.”

Leading the Panthers in their first full game without injured star running back Christian McCaffrey, Darnold had two rushing touchdowns to become the first NFL quarterback with at least five TDs on the ground in the first four games.

It was a different story for Darnold behind the line of scrimmage before getting hot in the passing game with the Panthers (3-1) trying to erase a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter in their first loss.

Trevon Diggs had two interceptions for an NFL-leading five while becoming the first Dallas player with a pick in each of the first four games since the 1970 merger.

When he won a tug of war with receiver DJ Moore for the second pick, Diggs gave Dallas, this year’s NFL leader in forcing turnovers, multiple takeaways in an eighth consecutive game going back to last season, the longest active streak in the league.

“Player of the month, working on his second month of the season,” coach Mijke McCarthy said. “He’s playing with phenomenal confidence. Obviously a big responsibility watching their top receiver. Delivered with two huge plays there in the second half.”

The Cowboys sacked Darnold five times, including two from Randy Gregory, while Dallas kept Prescott upright against a defense that entered the game with an NFL-best 14 sacks.

Carolina’s pressure did force Prescott into more incompletions than he’s been used to while completing 77.5% of his passes the first three weeks, but he had enough time for scoring passes to four different receivers.

Three of the TDs came in the third quarter to erase a 14-13 halftime deficit as Prescott finished 14 of 22 for 188 yards. His scoring tosses were 18 yards to Blake Jarwin, 35 to Amari Cooper, 6 to Dalton Schultz and 23 to Cedrick Wilson, the last set up by Diggs’ first pick.

“Just being able to mix it around, get it in different guys’ hands,” Prescott said. “All these guys are great. The next guy’s going to try to make a touchdown if they don’t get theirs with their opportunity.”

Elliott set up Schultz’s short scoring catch with a 47-yard run, his longest since a 55-yarder as a rookie in 2016.

Pollard has three consecutive games of at least 60 yards for the first time in his three seasons, and the Cowboys are averaging 201 yards on the ground in three games since finishing with just 60 in the opener, a 31-29 loss to Tampa Bay.

“Our rush defense has been our sort of calling card,” Carolina coach Matt Rhule said. “We were not able to stop the run today, were not able to get to the quarterback, were not able to take the ball away and our offense turned the ball over.”

Darnold, who had five rushing TDs in 38 career games with the New York Jets, matched Elliott’s 1-yard plunge in the first quarter with a 1-yard option keeper. The Panthers went ahead 14-13 on an 11-yard QB draw. Darnold finished with 35 yards on six carries.

Darnold was 26 of 39 passing for 301 yards with fourth-quarter TDs of 6 and 8 yards to Moore, who caught eight passes for 113 yards.

Mahomes throws 5 TD passes, Chiefs beat Eagles 42-30

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and the Kansas City Chiefs gave Andy Reid a record-setting homecoming.

Mahomes threw five touchdown passes three different ways, including three to Hill, and the Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 42-30 on Sunday.

Reid returned to Philadelphia and earned his 100th career win with the Chiefs, becoming the first coach in NFL history to win 100 games with two teams. Reid’s 140 victories with the Eagles are the most in franchise history.

“The people here have been phenomenal since I got here,” said Reid, who was briefly hospitalized after last week’s loss to the Chargers. “My room was loaded with food so it was good to have a cheesesteak and a lot of other things. It’s good to be back.”

Asked if coming back to Philadelphia made him emotional, the normally stoic Reid joked: “I’m pretty good. You want me to cry up here?”

Jalen Hurts threw for a career-high 387 yards and two TDs but Philadelphia (1-3) couldn’t keep up with Kansas City’s high-powered offense. The Eagles had three touchdowns negated by penalty and settled for field goals three times inside the red zone.

“You’re furious that you’re 1-3,” Eagles rookie coach Nick Sirianni said. “The self-inflicted wounds have got to stop.”

The two-time defending AFC champion Chiefs (2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak after entering with a losing record for the first time since they were 4-5 in 2015.

Mahomes tossed TD passes underhanded, overhanded and shoveled one on Kansas City’s three possessions in the first half. He finished with 278 yards passing and his interception was the only possession the Chiefs didn’t score a TD. Hill had 11 catches for 186 yards.

Mahomes flipped a 1-yard TD pass underhanded to Clyde Edwards-Helaire for a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.

Mahomes said Travis Kelce designed that play with himself serving as the decoy. Edwards-Helaire gave away the name of the play: “Tom and Jerry.”

“When you have receivers coming up and saying: “If I do this, it’ll get someone else open,’ that’s a special group of guys,” Mahomes said.

Mahomes threw a normal 6-yard TD pass to Hill to give the Chiefs a 14-10 lead. He set up the score a few plays earlier on first-and-20 from the 42 with a beautiful 32-yard pass to Hill, who made an excellent over-the-shoulder, fingertip catch near the sideline.

His 2-yard shovel pass to Jody Fortson increased Kansas City’s lead to 21-13 with under a minute left in the first half.

Darrel Williams ran in from the 1 to extend the lead to 28-16 but the Eagles answered with Kenneth Gainwell’s 7-yard TD run to get within 28-23.

Mahomes then connected with Hill on TD passes of 12 and 44 yards.

Jets get first win, top Titans 27-24 in OT on Bullock’s miss

AST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Robert Saleh had just gotten soaked from a celebratory Gatorade bath when he turned to Zach Wilson after earning their first NFL victory together.

“You having fun yet?” the first-year head coach asked the rookie quarterback with a laugh.

The New York Jets can only hope there are plenty more days like this – but maybe without as much drama.

Matt Ammendola kicked a 22-yard field goal in overtime, and then Randy Bullock was wide left on a potential tying 49-yarder with 15 seconds left to give the Jets their first victory, 27-24 over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

“I am (having fun),” a grinning Wilson said. “It’s an interesting fun, though. It was a roller-coaster game.”

After the Jets took the lead in the extra period but failed to seal it with a touchdown despite getting to the 1-yard line, Ryan Tannehill – playing without injured receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown – marched the Titans downfield with the help of two fourth-down conversions.

On second-and-5 from the Jets 26, Anthony Firkser couldn’t hold onto a pass from Tannehill and then the Titans took a delay of game penalty. Tannehill threw incomplete to Jeremy McNichols, setting up the tying kick for Bullock – but the ball sailed wide left and sent the Jets (1-3) into a wild celebration.

“We battled back,” Tannehill said. “Proud of the way we battled through. Defense made a big stop in overtime. Got us the ball back, gave us a chance. We didn’t execute well enough in field goal range.”

The Jets had a chance to win it without giving the ball back to the Titans (2-2) when they got to the 1 on Tevin Coleman’s 8-yard catch – on which it was ruled he was out of bounds as he dived just short of the goal line. Wilson took a 3-yard loss on third down, a rookie mistake, setting up Ammendola’s 22-yarder.

“I was beating myself up on that last drive,” Wilson said. “I’ve got to take advantage of my opportunities to end that game.”

Wilson was mostly terrific, going 21 of 34 for 297 yards with touchdown passes to Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder and an interception.

He put New York ahead 24-17 with 9:06 left in regulation when he rolled out of the pocket to his right, pointed and waved downfield – urging Davis to keep going. The rookie then launched a perfectly placed ball into Davis’ hands for a 53-yard touchdown.

“It was, `No! No! No! No! … Oh my God!'” Saleh said of his reaction on the sideline.

The Jets tried to run out the clock late in regulation, but had to punt and gave the Titans one more chance with 2:09 left.

It was more than enough time.

After a pass interference call on Jarrod Wilson on fourth-and-10 from the Titans own 26, Tannehill tossed passes of 12 and 11 yards to Josh Reynolds, 6 to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and 6 to Firkser to get to the 2. After an incompletion, Tannehill found a wide-open Cameron Batson in the end zone for a tying 2-yard touchdown with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.

“It wasn’t like we didn’t move the ball,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “We just weren’t able to finish drives early in the game and kept them in it.”

Jones, Barkley lead Giants past Saints, 27-21 in OT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saquon Barkley ran for a 6-yard touchdown in overtime after Daniel Jones passed for a career-high 402 yards, and the New York Giants rallied for their first win of the season, 27-21 over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The Saints, playing in New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Ida struck on Aug. 29, led 21-10 in the fourth quarter before Jones and Barkley combined for a 54-yard touchdown pass that ignited the Giants’ comeback.

Jones ran for a 2-point conversion to make it 21-18, then led the Giants to Graham Gano’s tying, 48-yard field goal with 31 seconds left in regulation.

After New York won the coin toss to start the extra period, Jones completed five passes for 67 yards to set up Barkley’s winning score, giving the Giants (1-3) a last-play victory for a change after they’d lost on game-ending field goals the previous two weeks.

Jameis Winston passed for 226 yards and a touchdown, and reserve quarterback Taysom Hill ran for two touchdowns for the Saints (2-2), who wilted in front of nearly 70,000 fans in the first game played in the Caesars Superdome without restrictions on crowd size since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club spent the first three weeks of the regular season operating out of the Dallas area and moved its Sept. 12 home opener against Green Bay to Jacksonville.

Hill, whom the Saints employ as a change-of-pace, read-option QB, gave the Saints their first lead at 14-7 in the third quarter on a relentless, pounding, spinning, tackle-breaking run during which he was hit five times before crossing the goal line.

Jones marched the Giants right back down the field, but the Saints’ defense stiffened after New York had a first-and-goal at the 3 to force Gano’s short field goal that made it 14-10.

Hill’s 8-yard touchdown run put the Saints up by 11 early in the fourth quarter

After a scoreless first 20 minutes that included missed field goals by each team, the Giants struck first on a long passing play that became the subject of a scoring change after the fact.

Jones found newly activated receiver John Ross down the middle of the field for a 52-yard touchdown. The ball came loose as Ross was tackled at the goal line, but the nearest official gave the touchdown signal and Saints defenders didn’t pursue the loose ball while Ross raced over to pick it up.

Several minutes later, the NFL announced that the play was officially ruled a forced fumble by Saints safety Marcus Williams that was recovered by Ross, taking the touchdown pass away from Jones but leaving the Giants’ 7-0 lead intact.

The Saints responded on their next series with Winston’s 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Juwan Johnson, capping a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ran out most of the last 8:51 of the second quarter.

Bills force 5 turnovers, overwhelm Mills and Texans 40-0

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Defensive end Jerry Hughes and the Buffalo Bills’ defense made it clear from the beginning.

If rookie quarterback Davis Mills and the Houston Texans couldn’t score on four snaps from Buffalo’s 13 off Josh Allen’s interception, what chance would they have the rest of the game?

None, it turned out.

Hughes tipped Mills’ screen pass for an incompletion, forcing the Texans to turn over the ball on downs at Buffalo’s 6 five minutes into the game, and the Bills forced five turnovers in a 40-0 win on Sunday.

“Whether they give it away on the 30-yard-line or the 1, we’ve got to go out and try to make a stop,” safety Micah Hyde said. “We got playmakers all over the field, so any time we can hold them to no points, it’s pretty awesome.”

Allen was relieved the defense bailed him out after he sailed his first attempt over the middle and it was intercepted by Lonnie Johnson Jr.

“That’s huge for the defense to blow up like that. Really, I’m hoping, `Let’s hold them to a field goal,'” Allen said. “It gives us a lot of confidence for sure.”

While the Bills’ offense struggled to find its footing on a rain-slicked field, their defense held its ground.

Hyde, Tremaine Edmunds, Tyler Matakevich and Jaquan Johnson each had interceptions, while Cam Lewis forced a fumble as Buffalo overwhelmed Mills in his second career start.

The Bills limited Houston to 109 yards of offense – 8 in the first half – and six first downs to post their second shutout in three weeks. Buffalo, which blanked Miami 35-0 on Sept. 19, has two shutouts in a season for the first time since 1990.

And Buffalo did it with Johnson starting in place of veteran safety Jordan Poyer, Lewis filling in for injured cornerback Taron Johnson, and Matakevich replacing linebacker Matt Milano, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury in the second quarter.

“Those guys were ready,” Edmunds said of Buffalo’s backups. “Guys were able to make plays, not just being out there but making plays that dictated the game. I know it has to feel good. They put the work in. So I’m not even surprised.”

The Bills (3-1), coming off a 43-21 win over Washington, have won three straight since a season-opening loss to Pittsburgh.

Houston (1-3) dropped its third straight, the skid coinciding with starter Tyrod Taylor being sidelined with a hamstring injury in a 31-21 loss at Cleveland in Week 2.

Mills, a third-round selection out of Stanford, was in over his head against a defense that improved to 10-0 in its past 10 meetings against quarterbacks with 16 or fewer starts.

“That’s one of the most embarrassing losses I’ve ever had,” linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill said. “We’re all embarrassed. We’re not happy with this at all. But we are going to come in and correct. We are going to fix this.”

Houston’s defense did its part in holding Buffalo to 19 points – a touchdown and four field goals – through three quarters before finally caving. The offense was the bigger problem in the most lopsided loss in franchise history.

Mills, who finished 11 of 21 for 87 yards, kept repeating he didn’t play his best football, and closed his news conference by saying, “There’s only up from here.”

First-year coach David Culley blamed himself, saying: “First off all, I didn’t have them ready to play.”

He also came to Mills’ defense.

“It’s not just Davis. Our whole entire offense did not play well today,” Culley said. “We just played bad football today.”

Allen finished 20 of 29 for 248 yards with two touchdowns – a 25-yarder and a 1-yarder, both to Dawson Knox – and an interception before giving way to backup Mitchell Trubisky with 8:03 remaining.

Tyler Bass hit all four field-goal attempts – three from inside 30 yards.

Zack Moss scored on a 2-yard run, and Trubisky closed the scoring with a 4-yard TD run as Buffalo scored 40 or more points in consecutive weeks for the second time in team history, and first since 1990.

Murray keeps Cardinals unbeaten with 37-20 rout of Rams

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Kyler Murray passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 39 more yards in a virtuoso performance, and the Arizona Cardinals extended their longest unbeaten start since 2012 with a 37-20 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

A.J. Green caught a 41-yard TD pass, Chase Edmonds ran for 120 yards and James Conner rushed for two short scores for Arizona (4-0), which finally beat Sean McVay for the first time in nine tries.

Kliff Kingsbury’s Cards did it with style, lighting up the Rams’ defense for 465 total yards and scoring touchdowns after two early takeaways to affirm their arrival as a contender in the NFC West and beyond despite playing three of their first four games on the road.

Maxx Williams caught a TD pass from Murray, who went 24 for 32 and repeatedly frustrated the Rams’ defense. Arizona’s defense made several big plays, and it sealed the team’s first victory over the Rams since Jan. 1, 2017, by stopping Matthew Stafford and the LA offense on downs at the 1 with 12:05 to play.

Stafford went 26 of 41 for 280 yards and two touchdowns in his first ineffective performance with the Rams (3-1), who failed to start 4-0 for the first time since 2018 with an ugly home performance.

Van Jefferson caught an early TD pass and Robert Woods made a TD grab with 1:14 to play, but Stafford was frequently off in his connections with his receivers. McVay regularly abandoned his running game despite Darrell Henderson’s 89 yards – the second-best performance of his career – on just 14 carries against a defense that hasn’t stopped the run well this season.

Los Angeles’ defense had few answers for Murray, who consistently found open receivers or picked up his own yardage while the Cardinals scored on seven of eight drives after an opening punt.

The Cardinals streaked to a 24-13 halftime lead behind Murray, who struggled to work his magic against the Rams in his first two NFL seasons. He was in fine form early in his SoFi Stadium debut, passing for 186 yards and rushing for 34 more in the first half while the Cards shredded a Los Angeles defense that had allowed fewer than 21 points per game this season.

Arizona scored touchdowns after both of Los Angeles’ turnovers in the first half.

Green’s long TD catch came after Byron Murphy Jr. picked off Stafford’s underthrown pass to DeSean Jackson, and Williams’ TD catch resulted from a drive that began with Sony Michel’s fumble and included an exceptional first-down scramble by Murray on 3rd and 16.

The Rams had a long TD drive ending in Jefferson’s catch, but otherwise struggled or settled for field goals. Stafford went 11 for 21 in the half, hitting NFL receiving leader Cooper Kupp just twice on seven targets. Kupp finished with five catches for 64 yards, while Jefferson had six for 90 yards.

Russell Wilson leads Seahawks past 49ers 28-21

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Russell Wilson overcame a shaky start to throw for two touchdowns and run for a third and the Seattle Seahawks rebounded from back-to-back losses by beating the San Francisco 49ers 28-21 on Sunday.

The Seahawks (2-2) went three-and-out on their first five drives of the game and appeared in danger of their first three-game losing streak in a season in nine seasons with Wilson at quarterback.

But he connected on a 12-yard TD pass to DK Metcalf late in the first half and then produced two touchdowns in a span of less than a minute in the third quarter with a 16-yard run and 13-yard pass to Freddie Swain around a fumbled kickoff by Trenton Cannon.

The TD pass to Swain was vintage Wilson, who spun away from a blitzing Dontae Johnson before finding Swain for the TD.

Alex Collins added a 14-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter and the 49ers (2-2) were unable to overcome it after losing starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a calf injury at halftime and playing without injured kicker Robbie Gould all game.

Garoppolo threw a 21-yard TD pass to Ross Dwelley on the opening drive but did little else before leaving with the injury.

Rookie Trey Lance took over and connected on a 76-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel but the Niners only crossed midfield one other time before scoring on another TD pass to Samuel with 1:20 remaining. Seattle recovered the onside kick to seal the game.

Lance finished 9 for 18 for 157 yards with two TDs, 41 yards rushing and a 2-point conversion run.

SLOW START

The Seahawks took plenty of time to get going offensively with five straight three-and-outs to begin the game. Seattle was held to minus-7 yards on those possessions before finally breaking through with a 28-yard pass to Collins on the opening play of the sixth drive.

Wilson then completed a 28-yard pass to Metcalf to get Seattle into the red zone and capped the drive with a 12-yard throw to Metcalf that tied the game at 7.

Ravens knock Broncos from unbeaten ranks with 23-7 rout

DENVER (AP) Lamar Jackson threw for 316 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown pass to a diving Marquis Brown, and the Baltimore Ravens used a relentless defense to swat the Denver Broncos from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 23-7 win Sunday.

The Ravens (3-1) won their third consecutive game following an overtime loss to Las Vegas in the opener. They were in danger of coming up just short of tying the Steelers’ NFL record for consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing before Baltimore cornerback Anthony Averett intercepted Drew Lock in the end zone with 3 seconds left.

Instead of taking a knee in victory formation, Jackson took the shotgun snap from his 20 and hustled around left end for a 5-yard gain. That gave the Ravens 102 yards on the ground, their 43rd consecutive 100-yard rushing game, which tied the mark set by Pittsburgh from 1974-77.

The Ravens knocked Broncos starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the game with a concussion on his final pass of the first half. Rookie linebacker Odafe Oweh wasn’t flagged for hitting Bridgewater in the chin.

Neither was cornerback Tavon Young whistled one play earlier for hitting a defenseless receiver when his brutal hit sent WR/KR Diontae Spencer from the game with an injury to his sternum.

The injuries occurred during a series of curious calls by Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who had Bridgewater throw three times after Denver got the ball at its 17 with 1:02 left in the first half and Denver down 14-7.

All three throws fell incomplete – Bridgewater completed just 7 of 16 passes after posting 75% days in each of Denver’s three wins – and the Broncos punted the ball back to Baltimore with Justin Tucker, fresh off an NFL-record 66-yard game-winning field goal at Detroit, warming up on the sideline.

Tucker didn’t need to attempt a record long field goal this time because Devin Duvernay’s 42-yard return set him up for a relatively short 40-yarder as the first half expired, giving the Ravens a 17-7 halftime lead.

The Broncos (3-1), whose three wins came against opponents who were a combined 0-9, turned to Lock, who lost his QB clash to Bridgewater during training camp, and the Broncos struggled to move the ball in the second half.

Lock was 12 for 21 for 113 yards with three sacks and the interception. Bridgewater was sacked twice.

One play after bouncing a short pass to Sammy Watkins, Jackson wound up and hit Brown with a 49-yard touchdown pass that gave Baltimore a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

Brown, who dropped three touchdown passes at Detroit a week earlier, broke free when safety Justin Simmons got turned around. Brown dived for the ball just after sprinting across the goal line.

Both teams punted on their first three possessions before finding the end zone. Noah Fant caught a 3-yard TD pass from Bridgewater to put Denver on the board and the Ravens responded with a long drive capped by Latavius Murray’s 11-yard touchdown romp.

Fant’s TD was set up by rookie Javonte Williams’ 31-yard run in which he broke five tackles before cornerback Marlon Humphrey finally knocked him down. Williams carried tacklers four and five more than 10 yards before finally getting brought down.

The only scoring in the second half came on Tucker’s field goals of 46 yards and 20 yards. The first came on a 13-play drive and the second capped a 15-play drive.

Broncos linebacker Justin Strnad had two of Denver’s three sacks on Jackson.

Rodgers-Cobb connection helps Packers beat Steelers 27-17

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb for two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Green Bay Packers won their third straight, 27-17 over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Cobb caught a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to put the Packers (3-1) ahead for good and scored again on a 1-yard reception that made it 27-10 in the third period. That short throw was the 420th TD pass of Rodgers’ career, tying Dan Marino for sixth all-time.

Rodgers went 20 of 36 for 248 yards and scored the Packers’ first points on a 4-yard rush in his first home start against the Steelers, the only team he hadn’t faced at Lambeau Field.

Pittsburgh (1-3) has lost three straight, failing to top 17 points in each game, since a surprising season-opening win at Buffalo.

Cobb began his career in Green Bay and played for the Packers from 2011-18 before landing in Dallas in 2019 and Houston last year. The Packers reacquired Cobb at the start of training camp at Rogers’ request.

Through the first three games, Cobb had four catches for 58 yards. He caught five passes for 69 yards Sunday.

It was the first time Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger had faced off as starting quarterbacks since Green Bay edged Pittsburgh 31-25 in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6, 2011. Roethlisberger led the Steelers to wins over Green Bay teams quarterbacked by Matt Flynn in 2013 and Brett Hundley in 2017, as separate collarbone injuries prevented Rodgers from playing in either game.

Roethlisberger threw his 400th career touchdown pass on the game’s opening series – a 35-yarder to Diontae Johnson – and became the eighth player to reach that milestone. That ended an 11-game stretch in which Pittsburgh’s offense had failed to score any first-quarter points.

But the Steelers didn’t return to the end zone until Najee Harris scored from 1 yard out with 4:10 left in the game. Roethlisberger ended up going 26 of 40 for 232 yards with an interception.

Pittsburgh got a tough break just before halftime as a penalty wiped out a touchdown off a blocked kick that would have put the Steelers ahead.

Green Bay led 14-10 when Pittsburgh’s Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked Mason Crosby’s 26-yard field-goal attempt. Fitzpatrick recovered the ball and raced 75 yards to the end zone. But officials called Pittsburgh’s Joe Haden offside, and Crosby made the ensuing 26-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in the first half.

Crosby added a 29-yarder in the third quarter for his 24th consecutive successful field-goal attempt, breaking his own franchise record. Crosby made 23 straight from 2010-11.

Tom Brady beats Patriots in New England return, 19-17

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady brought two decades of touchdown passes, victories and championships to New England.

He returned and reminded his former team what they’re missing.

Brady rallied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 19-17 victory over the Patriots on a rainy Sunday night, with Ryan Succop hitting the winning 48-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.

Brady was 22 of 43 for 269 yards with no touchdowns, but engineered the fourth-quarter drive to beat the team he led to six Lombardi trophies. Ronald Jones added an 8-yard scoring run for defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay (3-1).

Brady said the Patriots made them earn the win on an emotional night for him.

“It’s not that I would predict what would happen,” Brady said. “There were a few emotional moments thinking about the people that meant so much in my life. My football journey took me somewhere else.”

Brady broke Drew Brees’ NFL career passing yardage record and became the fourth quarterback with victories against all 32 NFL teams, joining Brees, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.

“In crunch time when we needed a field goal, he got us down the field,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said. “He wasn’t going to make any mistakes that cost us the game.”

New England had a chance to win, but Nick Folk’s 56-yard field-goal try hit the left upright with less than a minute to play. The Patriots are 1-3 for the first time since 2001. Bill Belichick dropped to 8-12 since Brady left New England.

“The Bucs won this game,” Arians said. “Everyone wanted to make this Brady versus Belichick. I don’t think Bill took a snap.”

Belichick said nothing Brady did surprised them.

“We went against Tom Brady every day, every day in practice defensively,” Belichick said. “So it’s not like we’ve never seen Tom Brady before.”

Patriots rookie Mac Jones finished 31 of 40 for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

“I have a long way to go, and I just try to put my best foot forward every day, and we all want to win,” Jones said.

The Buccaneers were hurt by multiple mistakes on defense and spotty special teams play – marked by poor punts, a missed early field goal and costly penalties.

But Tampa was able to come up with timely plays to stay in the game, including Antoine Winfield Jr. forcing a fumble by J.J. Taylor that was recovered by Richard Sherman – playing his first game since signing a one-year deal last week – to thwart a promising drive early in the third quarter.

Down 17-16, Brady and the Buccaneers took over on their own 25 and needed just seven plays drive to the Patriots 30. After Antonio Brown failed to hang onto a pass in the end zone Succop calmly connected on a 48-yarder with 2:02 left.

Leading 7-6, the Patriots punted and Matt Slater appeared to recover a fumble by Jaydon Mickens. But an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Slater negated the play.

The Bucs took over and finished an eight-play, 52-yard drive with an 8-yard scoring run by Ronald Jones.

The Patriots responded on their next possession, using six straight completions by Jones to drive to the Bucs 1. Jones then found Jonnu Smith in back of the end zone for to put the Patriots back in front 14-13.

Tampa marched to the Patriots 8 on their ensuing drive before being forced to settle for Succop’s third field goal to make it 16-14.

New England took back over with 7:58 left in the game and quickly moved down the field, getting into the red zone on a trick play that ended with receiver Jakobi Meyers throwing a 30-yard pass to Nelson Agholor. The drive stalled there and the Patriots nudged back in front 17-16 on Nick Folk’s 27-yard field goal.

Brady was welcomed with cheers during the pregame before taking the field to a stream of boos on the Buccaneers’ first drive of the night.

Some cheers returned on their second offensive series of the night when he completed a 28-yard pass to Mike Evans to surpass Brees’s mark of 80,358 yards to become the NFL’s career passing leader in the regular season.

The pass helped set up a 29-yard field goal to put the Bucs in front 3-0.

Tampa Bay’s defense dialed up the pressure on Jones on the Patriots’ next drive. Linebacker Devin White got a free run at Jones up the middle, forcing him to hurry a pass that was tipped by Ross Cockrell and intercepted by Winfield.

The Patriots made the mistake moot, stopping the Buccaneers on third down just inside the red zone. The Buccaneers attempted another field goal, but this time Succop was wide right from 36 yards.

NFL: SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

  • The ARIZONA CARDINALS defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 37-20, and advanced to 4-0 for the first time since 2012. The LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, who visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, can also improve to 4-0 this week.

    With two games remaining in Week 4, there have been 15 games with a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime, the most such games through the first four weeks of a season since at least 1970.

    With two overtime games in Week 4, at least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first four weeks of the season for the fifth time in NFL history (2021, 2018, 2002, 1983 and 1979). The New York Giants overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat New Orleans, 27-21, in overtime while the New York Jets defeated Tennessee, 27-24, in overtime this week.

    Chicago Bears rookie quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS and New York Jets rookie quarterback ZACH WILSON earned their first career victories in Week 4. It marks the first time since Week 3 of the 2019 season (DANIEL JONES and GARDNER MINSHEW) that two rookie quarterbacks each earned their first career win in the same week.

  • The BUFFALO BILLS defeated Houston, 40-0, in Week 4 and have scored at least 35 points in three consecutive games.

    The Bills, who registered a shutout in Week 2, are the third team since 1990 to record two shutouts in their first four games of a season, joining the BALTIMORE RAVENS (2000) and WASHINGTON (1991).

    The BALTIMORE RAVENS rushed for 102 yards in their Week 4 win at Denver. Baltimore has rushed for at least 100 yards in 43 consecutive regular-season games, tied with the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (43 consecutive games from 1974-77) for the longest such streak in NFL history.

  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS recorded three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) with no interceptions in the Packers’ 27-17 win over Pittsburgh.

    Rodgers has 420 career touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (420 touchdown passes) for the sixth-most all time.

    Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER threw his 400th career touchdown pass on Sunday and became the eighth quarterback all-time with 400 career touchdown passes.

    Roethlisberger, who had 232 passing yards in Week 4, has 61,381 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (61,361) for the sixth-most passing yards in NFL history.

  • Making his 50th career start, Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES recorded five touchdown passes while wide receiver TYREEK HILL totaled 11 receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-30 win over Philadelphia.

    With the Chiefs’ victory, head coach ANDY REID became the first head coach in NFL history to record at least 100 wins with multiple teams, including the playoffs. Reid has 100 wins in nine seasons (2013-current) with Kansas City after registering 140 victories in 14 seasons (1999-2012) with Philadelphia.

    With the Chiefs’ win, Mahomes has a 40-10 record (.800) as a starting quarterback and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer KEN STABLER (40-9-1) as the only quarterbacks whose career began in the Super Bowl era to win 40 of their first 50 career starts.

    With five touchdown passes in Week 4, Mahomes became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to register at least three touchdown passes in each of his first four games of a season, joining TOM BRADY (first 10 games in 2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famers STEVE YOUNG (first five games in 1998), DAN MARINO (first four games in 1987) and KURT WARNER (first four games in 1999).

    Mahomes became the first player with four games of at least five touchdown passes in his first 50 career starts and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (four games) for the most such games by a player in his first five seasons all-time.

    Mahomes has 25 career games with at least three touchdown passes and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (33 games) as the only players with at least 25 such games in their first five seasons in NFL history.

    Hill, who recorded his fifth-career game with at least 180 receiving yards, is the fifth player with five games with at least 180 receiving yards in his first six seasons in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (eight games), CHARLEY HENNIGAN (seven), Pro Football Hall of Famer ISAAC BRUCE (six) and ANTONIO BROWN (five).

  • Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) with no interceptions and a 116.0 rating in the Seahawks’ 28-21 win over San Francisco.

    Wilson earned his 100th career regular-season win and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (105 wins) as the only quarterbacks with at least 100 regular-season wins in their first 10 seasons in NFL history.

    Wilson has a passer rating of 110-or-higher and no interceptions in each of his first four games this season and joined JOHN HADL (1973) and MILT PLUM (1960) as the only players in NFL history with a rating of 110-or-higher and no interceptions in each of his team’s first four games of a season.

  • Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 143 yards and one touchdown while cornerback TREVON DIGGS recorded two interceptions in the Cowboys’ 36-28 win over Carolina.

    Elliott, who has 50 rushing touchdowns and 10 touchdown receptions in 75 career games, is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 50 rushing touchdowns and 10 receiving touchdowns in his first 75 career games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARCUS ALLEN and JIM BROWN, as well as ARIAN FOSTER and TODD GURLEY.

    Diggs, who recorded one interception in each of the first three weeks of the season, is the fourth player since 1990 and first Cowboy all-time to record an interception in each of his team’s first four games of a season, joining DEVIN MCCOURTY (2019), BRIAN RUSSELL (2003) and OTIS SMITH (1995).

  • Arizona wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS had four receptions for 67 yards in the Cardinals’ 37-20 win at the Los Angeles Rams.

    Hopkins, who is 29 years and 119 days old, has 764 receptions, tied with LARRY FITZGERALD (764 receptions) for the most receptions by a player prior to his 30th birthday.

  • Other notable performances from Sunday include:

    • Carolina quarterback SAM DARNOLD passed for 301 yards and totaled four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) on Sunday.

      Darnold is the first quarterback in NFL history to record five rushing touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

      Darnold, who also had two rushing touchdowns in Week 3, is the sixth quarterback since 1970 to record multiple rushing touchdowns in consecutive games.

    • Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON recorded six receptions for 84 yards and one touchdown on Sunday.

      Jefferson has 114 receptions for 1,738 yards and 10 touchdowns in 20 career games and joined ODELL BECKHAM JR. and A.J. GREEN as the only players with at least 100 receptions, 1,500 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in their first 20 games in NFL history.

Iowa up to No. 3; Clemson out of Top 25 first time since ’14

(AP) — Iowa is gearing up for its biggest home game since the 1980s, Cincinnati has its highest ranking in 12 years and Clemson is on the outside looking in at The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2014.

Alabama and Georgia are the only constants during this topsy-turvy college football season. They held down the top two spots for a fifth straight week in the AP Top 25, which is presented by Regions Bank.

Alabama received 53 of a possible 62 first-place votes Sunday, with Georgia picking up the rest.

After those two teams, the movement up and down and in and out of the Top 25 was about what would be expected after a week in which nine ranked teams lost, including four in the top 10.

Through the first five weeks of the season, 34 ranked teams have lost, the most in poll history.

Iowa leapfrogged Penn State to take the No. 3 spot after its 51-14 road win over previously unbeaten Maryland. The Hawkeyes have their highest ranking since 2015. Penn State beat Indiana 24-0 at home and remained No. 4.

No. 5 Cincinnati, coming off a 24-13 road win over Notre Dame, has its best ranking since Brian Kelly’s 2009 Bearcats were No. 4 in the first week of November.

Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan and BYU round out the top 10.

Clemson’s 19-13 home win over previously unbeaten Boston College didn’t impress voters enough to keep the Tigers in the Top 25. Thus ends their streak of 107 consecutive weeks in the rankings. The last time the Tigers were unranked was the week of Oct. 5, 2014.

They are one spot out of the Top 25, 15 points behind San Diego State.

POLL POINTS

Midway through the season, it’s strange that a rankings-based debate over the top two teams in the Big Ten doesn’t include Ohio State.

The Buckeyes very well may be the best, and the voters certainly show their respect by ranking them ahead of Oregon despite a Week 2 home loss to the Ducks and a meh home win over Tulsa in the following game.

This week’s Penn State-Iowa clash is the Big Ten’s game of the year – so far.

It will be the highest-ranked matchup in Iowa City since 1985, when the No. 1 Hawkeyes beat No. 2 Michigan 12-10 on a field goal as time ran out for what Hayden Fry called the biggest win in program history.

IN

– No. 16 Kentucky (5-0) is rewarded for its win over then-No. 10 Florida with its first ranking of the season.

– No. 21 Texas (4-1) beat TCU for its third straight victory and is back in for the first time in a month.

– No. 22 Arizona State (4-1) returns after wins over Colorado and UCLA.

– No. 24 SMU is 5-0 for a third straight season.

– No. 25 San Diego State (4-0) returns for the first time since November 2019.

OUT

– Clemson managed only one touchdown and four field goals against BC. The Tigers get a week off before facing a top-15 defense at Syracuse.

– Texas A&M got bounced for losing two in a row and Alabama comes calling this week.

– Fresno State is out following two weeks after committing six turnovers and blowing a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter against Hawaii.

– UCLA was ranked for three straight weeks but got bumped after losing two straight home games.

– Baylor couldn’t get its running game going against Oklahoma State and is out after a one-week appearance.

CONFERENCE CALL

Losses by Arkansas and Florida made room for the Big Ten to claim four of the top 10 spots, and Michigan State is sitting at No. 11.

Last week, the Southeastern Conference had four teams in the top 10 and five of the top 12. Alabama and Georgia are the SEC’s only two in the top 10 this week.

The Atlantic Coast Conference’s first absence from the top 20 in 10 years lasted only a week thanks to Wake Forest moving up to No. 19.

SEC – 7 (Nos. 1, 2, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20).

Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 3, 4, 7, 9, 11).

ACC – 2 (Nos. 19, 23).

Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 6, 12, 21).

Pac-12 – 2 (Nos. 8, 22).

American – 2 (Nos. 5, 24).

Sun Belt – 1 (No. 15).

Mountain West – 1 (No. 25).

Independents – 2 (Nos. 10, 14).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa. This isn’t the same Nittany Lions team that lost by 20 points to Iowa last year.

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas. Red River Rivalry will be hard-pressed to duplicate last year’s four-overtime thriller won by the Sooners.

No. 13 Arkansas at No. 17 Mississippi. These are a couple of teams looking for a re-set after lopsided losses to the nation’s best two.

No. 2 Georgia at No. 18 Auburn. Bulldogs have won 12 of 15 in the series.

Man arrested in Utah football player’s shooting death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Police arrested a man early Sunday in connection with the shooting death of Utah sophomore cornerback Aaron Lowe.

Homicide detectives with the Salt Lake City Police Department located Buk M. Buk, 22, in Draper and booked him on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder and felony discharge of a firearm. Online jail records do not indicate if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

“Because of the incredible work of our homicide detectives, we have justice for Aaron,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said during a news conference Sunday. “When I talked to Aaron’s mother on Monday, I made her a promise. We would find her son’s alleged killer.”

Brown did not discuss a motive and declined to answer questions from reporters. But he did say the shooting was not a targeted attack on the university, its athletic department or Lowe, nor was it gang-related.

Lowe, 21, was shot at a house party just after midnight Sept. 26 after other, uninvited guests were asked to leave, police said. A 20-year-old woman also was shot and critically injured at the party, which was thrown hours after the Utes beat Washington State 24-13.

Police had previously received noise complaints about the party, but officers didn’t respond because they were dealing with other emergency calls, police spokesman Brent Weisberg has said. When dispatchers got a call about a fight with a weapon more than an hour later, officers immediately went to the house in the Sugar House neighborhood.

Lowe’s death came less than a year after his teammate Ty Jordan was killed in an accidental shooting.

Lowe was a high school teammate of Jordan’s in Mesquite, Texas, and switched his jersey from No. 2 to No. 22 to honor his friend after the 19-year-old died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on Christmas night 2020.

In August, Lowe was named the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, voted on by the team.

The Utes credited Lowe for persuading Jordan to play at Utah after decommitting from the school. Jordan was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year and led all freshmen nationally in rushing yards per game before he was killed.

Lowe appeared in 16 combined games on special teams his first two seasons and played in four games this season.

Votto hits 36th homer, Reds top Pirates 6-3 in season finale

PITTSBURGH (AP) Joey Votto capped off a resurgent season by hitting his 36th home run, Nick Castellanos reached the 100-RBI plateau for the second time in his career and the Cincinnati Reds topped Pittsburgh 6-3 win on Sunday.

Rookie Reiver Sanmartin (2-0) beat the Pirates for the second time in as many starts as Cincinnati finished over .500 (83-29) over the course of a 162-game season for the first time since 2013.

Votto’s three-run shot off Cody Ponce (0-6) during Cincinnati’s four-run fifth inning gave the 38-year-old first baseman 99 RBIs on the season, his highest total since 2017. Aristedes Aquino added his 10th home run for the Reds, who spoiled Pittsburgh’s last chance to earn a series sweep.

The Pirates capped off their third straight last-place finish in the NL Central by falling to 0-16 this season when having an opportunity to every game of a series. Pittsburgh’s 61-101 mark is the franchise’s worst since 2010.

Pirates shortstop prospect Oneil Cruz hit his first major-league home run in the ninth a day after having two hits in his big-league debut on Saturday night. Michael Chavis added three hits for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller allowed one run in three innings. The 25-year-old remains a bit of an enigma three seasons into his career. Once considered one of the team’s top pitching prospects, Keller went 5-11 with a 6.17 ERA.

The Pirates are still in the early stages of a top-to-bottom makeover. While there have been signs of progress at the minor-league level, the major-league product remains underwhelming.

Pittsburgh scored the fewest runs (610) and hit the fewest home runs (124) in the majors by considerable margins. The pitching staff was one of three teams – fellow cellar-dwellers Arizona and Baltimore were the others – to post a team ERA north of 5.00.

While the Pirates were basically out of contention by late spring, the Reds found themselves in playoff position in late August before a 14-22 swoon over the final six weeks pushed them out of the postseason mix.

Despite the slide and the letdown that came after being officially eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday, Cincinnati ended with a flourish by sending 10 batters to the plate in the fifth to break open a tie game.

Jonathan India reached after getting hit by a pitch with one out. Max Shrock followed with a double that led to a bizarre sequence the ended with Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton’s third ejection of the season.

Second-base umpire Randy Rosenberg ruled India out for failing to touch second on Shrock’s double. The play was overturned on replay and Shelton raced out to voice his objection even though video clearly showed India did touch the bag.

Aquino followed by singling home India. Aquino and Shrock then trotted home after Votto’s shot to the seats in right field finished off a remarkable comeback season for the 15-year veteran.

Votto hit .266 with 36 homers and 99 RBIs a year after batting a career-worst .226 during the COVID-19 pandemic shortened season.

The outburst in the fifth was more than enough for Sanmartin. The 25-year-old lefthander had little trouble with the Pirates for the second time in a week. Sanmartin overcame a somewhat shaky opening frame to allow one run on seven hits over six innings with one walk and six strikeouts.

Cubs edge Cardinals 3-2 in rain-shortened finale

ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Duffy extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with a pair of run-scoring singles to help the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday in a game that was halted after seven innings by rain.

Tommy Edman homered for St. Louis, which will face Los Angeles in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday. The Cardinals removed regulars Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado after two innings to rest for that.

The Cardinals closed the regular season by winning 19 of their final 22 games, with a franchise-record, 17-game winning streak from Sept. 11-28. They will be participating in the postseason for the third year in a row.

Chicago lost 91 games this season, the most since it went 66-96 in 2013.

Duffy broke a 2-all tie with a run-scoring hit in the fifth.

Edman ripped the first pitch over the wall in left leading off the first. It was his third leadoff homer of the year and sixth for the Cardinals.

Joe Biagini (1-0) picked up the win with three innings of scoreless relief in his season debut.

Jake Woodford (3-4) gave up three runs on six hits in five innings.

The Cubs used a major league-record 69 players this season. Catcher Tyler Payne and Biagini made their debuts on Sunday.

Tigers end losing season by beating playoff-bound White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) Daz Cameron’ homered leading off the ninth to spark a three-run inning, and the Detroit Tigers closed their fifth straight losing season with a 5-2 win over the AL Central champion Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Detroit finished third at 77-85, 16 games behind the White Sox (93-69), whose six-game winning streak was ended.

After winning the division for the first time since 2008, the White Sox open the Division Series on Thursday at AL West champion Houston. Chicago swept the 2005 World Series, when the Astros were in the NL. This series will feature a match-up of long-time rivals Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker.

With the scored tied in the ninth, Cameron drove a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez (4-4) over the right-field fence for his fourth homer of the season and a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, Dustin Garneau had an RBI double and Akil Baddoo caped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

Joe Jimenez (6-1) worked a scoreless eighth and Michael Fulmer got three outs for his 14th save in 18 chances.

Chicago’s Jose Abreu entered the game four RBIs behind the major-league lead, but was given the day off. Manager Tony La Russa said Abreu has been battling an illness and it didn’t make sense to push him. Abreu finished with 30 homers, 117 RBIs and a .261 batting average.

Astros rout A’s 10-4, secure ALDS home-field advantage

HOUSTON (AP) Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker hit two of the Astros’ four homers as Houston locked up home-field advantage in the AL Division Series with a 10-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.

With the win, the AL West champion Astros will have host the first two games in their best-of-five match-up against the AL Central champion White Sox next week. The Astros own the tiebreaker over the White Sox, winning five out of seven against Chicago this season.

“It feels great,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “It feels great for us. It feels great for our team. It feels great for the city. This is what you play for and what you wanted.”

Alvarez connected on a three-run homer to right in the first, and Tucker hit a two-run homer to left in the seventh.

Jason Castro hit a solo home run into the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left in the second, and Yuli Gurriel hit a solo home run to left in the third that was initially ruled a double but overturned and ruled a home run on review.

Michael Brantley had a two-run triple in the sixth to increase Houston’s lead to 8-3.

Gurriel and Brantley had two hits each, leaving Gurriel leading the AL with a .318 average going into the final day and Brantley second at .313.

Alex Bregman added an RBI groundout in the second. Jose Altuve had four hits for Houston.

“I like the fact that the last couple games, we’re scoring,” Baker said. “We have some guys swinging the bat pretty good.”

Jake Odorizzi yielded three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Odorizzi did not pitch more than five innings in any of his last six outings.

“My fastball command was pretty good,” Odorizzi said. “I felt it had good metrics to it. It was one of my higher carry days of the season. That’s good to see. That’s one of my strong points. I think it’s the highest that it’s been this year. I felt like I located it pretty well.”

Phil Maton (6-0) loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth but induced a groundout by Seth Brown to earn the win.

Oakland took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on an RBI triple by Starling Marte and an RBI double by Chad Pinder.

Tony Kemp, who had a career-high four hits, hit RBI singles in the fifth and eighth innings.

“He’s had a great year let alone the last couple months,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said of Kemp. “Whether we lead him off, whether we hit him down the lineup, whether he plays second, whether he plays left, he’s just had a good year. This is the best year he’s ever had.”

Paul Blackburn (1-4) was tagged for a season-high six runs on seven hits in two innings. Blackburn’s struggles against the Astros continued as the right-hander has allowed 21 runs over 13 1/3 innings in four career appearances against Houston.

“Today is definitely a tough thing to go into the offseason with,” Blackburn said. “I’m kind of frustrated and kind of embarrassed with the way it went today.”

Giants beat Padres, win NL West title on season’s final day

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants finally won the NL West without needing to wait for the rival Dodgers’ result on the season’s final day, pounding the San Diego Padres 11-4 on Sunday for a franchise-record 107th victory to top the 1904 New York team.

Logan Webb did it all in leading surprising San Francisco to its first division crown since 2012, delighting a delirious, deafening crowd of 36,901. Buster Posey had an incredible day, too.

Posey raised both arms into the air when Eric Hosmer struck out swinging to end it, and ran out to the mound to hug reliever Dominic Leone.

“The first thing that comes to mind for me is how proud I am of this group and what they accomplished,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler told fans from the field. “Part of the reason that I feel that way is because I think we all knew at the beginning of the season, or even dating back to the beginning of spring training, what the projections are and what the industry sort of thought of us as a club. What I realized is there are some intangibles that those projections and viewpoints failed to take into consideration.”

Webb walked off to a roaring standing ovation when replaced in the eighth after allowing three straight singles. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter while pitching seven-plus stellar innings, and also hit a two-run homer in the fifth to clear the fences for his first time in his career – a pretty line drive to left.

Posey drove in three runs on a pair of singles and got his 1,500th career hit as San Francisco’s division hopes came down to the final day. The Giants clinched the title in Game 162 after losing 3-2 in 10 innings a day earlier as Los Angeles won at night against NL Central champion Milwaukee.

The Giants will host the winner of Wednesday night’s wild-card game between the Dodgers and Cardinals in Game 1 of an NL Division Series on Friday at Oracle Park.

San Francisco wanted to earn it this way to dethrone the reigning World Series champion Dodgers, who could have forced a Monday tiebreaker with a win and a Giants loss. The Dodgers had won the last eight NL West titles since the Giants last did so nine years ago.

San Francisco held baseball’s best record for 125 days and won on the last day of the regular season for the first time since 2017.

“This group always thought we were going to win the game. Always,” Kapler said.

Manny Machado briefly made things interesting with a sacrifice fly in the fourth against Webb, who went unbeaten since May 5 at Colorado. He finished 10-0 after that loss but was coming off three straight no-decisions since beating the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sept. 12.

There were so many big hits to back the right-hander’s latest gem. Mike Yastrzemski’s two-run double in the seventh made it 11-1.

Webb walked to load the bases with one out in the fourth and Tommy La Stella followed with an RBI single before Wilmer Flores singled in two more runs.

This one brought on some Oct. 3 memories for the storied franchise, now determined to create some more in October like the 2010, ’12 and ’14 World Series champions with some of the same faces of today in Posey, Brandon Crawford and injured slugger Brandon Belt.

Webb delivered just as Jonathan Sanchez did pitching the Giants past the Padres on the final day in 2010 to advance the club to its first playoff appearance in six years.

Or you could even go way back to Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World as Willie Mays and the New York Giants beat Brooklyn 5-4 to clinch the 1951 pennant before eventually losing the World Series.

These 2021 Giants completed a stunning turnaround in manager Gabe Kapler’s second season from a club that finished 29-31 for third place in the division during the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season.

Los Angeles and these Padres, after all, were the hands-down favorites to win the division when the season began six months ago.

Instead, this might have been Jayce Tingler’s final game managing disappointing San Diego (79-83), which had high hopes of contending behind stars Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. The Padres lost eight of their final nine and finished below .500 for the 10th time in 11 years – they were 37-23 last year – after losing 13 of their last 15.

Padres starter Reiss Knehr (1-2) worked three innings in his 12th major league appearance and fifth career start.

Boston’s JD Martinez leaves game with sprained left ankle

WASHINGTON (AP) Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez left Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning with a sprained left ankle.

Martinez is usually a designated hitter but was playing right field in an NL park.

Boston replaced him with a pinch-hitter in the top of the sixth, and Hunter Renfroe moved from center field to right in the bottom half.

Martinez began Sunday with a .286 average, an AL-leading 42 doubles, 28 homers and 99 RBIs.

The Red Sox went into the day tied for the top AL wild-card spot with the New York Yankees.

Dodgers’ Kershaw goes back on injured list ahead of playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returned to the injured list Saturday, days before Los Angeles begins a postseason defense of its World Series championship.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner has left forearm discomfort, the same injury that sidelined him for 57 games from Aug. 9 to Sept. 13.

He worked out in the weight room Saturday and was still experiencing soreness, manager Dave Roberts said. Kershaw will undergo tests on Monday.

Asked if Kershaw will pitch again this season, Roberts replied, “I don’t think so. There’s always a chance, but right now where we’re at, we’re going to proceed with that mindset.”

Kershaw left his start Friday night against Milwaukee after 1 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs with one strikeout. He is is 10-8 with a 3.38 ERA, his highest mark since a 4.26 ERA as a rookie in 2008.

Roberts said he knew the potential existed for Kershaw to get hurt again.

“He was determined to do everything he could in his power to see everything through this year,” the manager said. “Unfortunately, it gave way.”

A subdued Kershaw knew immediately that his chances of pitching again this season were slim.

“I just wanted to be a part of this team going through October,” he said. “This team is special.”

Kershaw’s injury moves left-hander Julio Urias into a starting role in the postseason, Roberts said.

The Dodgers went into Saturday two games behind San Francisco in the chase for the NL West title but assured of hosting the NL wild-card game if they don’t catch the Giants with two games left.

The team recalled right-hander Mitch White.

Ohtani open to longterm talks with Angels in offseason

SEATTLE (AP) Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani said Sunday he is “very open” to negotiating a longterm contract with the club this offseason.

Ohtani spoke before the Angels’ regular-season finale in Seattle, then led off with his 46th home run to reach 100 RBIs for the first time in the major leagues.

Ohtani could have pitched on turn on the final day of the season, but opted to skip his final start. He was the designated hitter in the Angels lineup for the last game of a possible MVP season.

“Of course I’ll be very open to negotiation. I mean the team is supporting me for this whole four years and I’m really appreciative of that,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. “Whether or not there’s any contracts extensions I just want to, like I said earlier, be ready and be ready for next season.”

Ohtani is finishing his fourth season with the Angels and is signed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract that pays $5.5 million next year in its final season. He is eligible for salary arbitration after the 2022 season and free agency following the 2023 season, if the rules do not change following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement on Dec. 1.

Ohtani is the presumptive leader in the AL MVP race after going 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts on the mound.

“I was really happy to get through the season without any injuries,” Ohtani said. “And honestly, I wish I could have done a season like this a little earlier. This is my fourth year so I think it took a little too long.”

But the team performance on the field hasn’t matched Ohtani’s aspirations when he arrived from Japan’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in 2018. The Angels will finish in fourth place in the AL West for the fourth straight season, besieged by injuries to Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon. Los Angeles has yet to post a record above .500 since Ohtani arrived.

“I think the biggest thing is the guys that we have right now we need to have an offseason so we can stay healthy the whole next year so we could compete,” Ohtani said. “Any addition during the offseason, I mean I’ll be looking forward to seeing all the additions that they’re going to make.”

Rain pushes NASCAR playoff race at Talladega to Monday

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) NASCAR’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway was washed out and rescheduled for Monday because persistent rain backed the series into too tight of a window to run as scheduled.

The race was initially delayed almost two hours and NASCAR made one attempt Sunday at starting the 500-miler. But it began to rain again as the cars circled the 2.66-mile superspeedway behind the pace car.

Talladega does not have lights – the Xfinity Series race on Saturday ended six laps early because of impending darkness – and the lengthy delay meant NASCAR would flirt with sunset if it even started the race. Talladega’s 500 miles average a 3 hour, 41 minute runtime and NASCAR does not like to start a race unless it expects to run to completion.

Compounding the scheduling issue was that the Cup Series race was the lead-in to NBC’s airing Sunday night of Tom Brady’s return to New England, an NFL game that would have taken priority over the race. The rescheduled start is 1 p.m. Monday on NBC Sports Network.

Early weather reports called for rain in Alabama on Monday, as well. Same for Tuesday and part of Wednesday.

Talladega marks the middle race of the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs, with the hybrid road course/oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway scheduled as next week’s elimination race. The field of 12 playoff drivers will be whittled to eight at The Roval, and only Talladega pole sitter Denny Hamlin already has earned a berth into the third round.

Drivers have been on edge headed into Talladega because of the unpredictability of the 2.66-mile superspeedway and the risks of pack racing. Both the Truck Series race and Xfinity Series race doubleheader on Saturday were crash-marred and won by non-playoff drivers.

The Cup drivers don’t want the same aggressive racing because one wrong move can trigger a championship-ruining wreck.

“I’m going into a superspeedway race below the cutoff line, so it’s definitely a stressful weekend,” Alex Bowman, ranked 11th out of 12 drivers, said Sunday. “We’re going to race to win, right? That’s our game plan.”

NASCAR and NBC were in early discussions on how to mitigate crowd ambiance after spectators at Talladega on Saturday chanted an expletive directed at President Joe Biden that was picked up on air during winner Brandon Brown’s interview.

The race winner typically stops on the frontstretch to collect the checkered flag and then do a live interview. The chants Saturday at Talladega, where a convoy of trucks and motorcycles waved Confederate flags as they paraded past the main entrance on Speedway Boulevard, could be heard over Brown’s interview.

Ideas being discussed were to move the interview away from the grandstand fence in an effort to diminish the ambient noise.

Sam Burns pulls away in Mississippi for 2nd win of the year

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Sam Burns was in the mix down the stretch at the Sanderson Farms Championship along with a half-dozen players who were searching for their first PGA Tour title.

Burns played like he had been there before, and it led to his second win of the year.

He played mistake-free until it didn’t matter and ran off three straight birdies that allowed him to seize control Sunday and close with a 5-under 67 at the Country Club of Jackson to win by one shot over Nick Watney and Cameron Young.

Burns won the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in the spring. He finished one shot out of a playoff at Riviera and lost in a playoff at the World Golf Championship in Tennessee.

The experience didn’t hurt.

“Having those experiences around the lead, I think those were really important for me. I learned a lot,” Burns said. “Having that under my belt today, that experience was definitely helpful, and coming down the stretch I felt a lot different than I have in the past – not necessarily more confident, but just in a better state of mind.”

Burns had four birdies in six-hole stretch on the back nine. The final three birdies were key. He made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 13th, hit a 5-iron to 15 feet that set up a two-putt birdie on the next hole to take the lead and then hit a perfect pitch from behind the green on the reachable par-4 15th for a tap-in birdie.

Staked to a two-shot lead going down the 18th, he took a safe bogey from the greenside bunker to secure the victory.

Watney, coming off his worst season in more than a decade, closed with a 65 and had his best finish in more than three years.

Young’s hopes began to fade on the 14th with a clunker out of the rough into a fairway bunker that led to him having to make a 4-footer for bogey.

Still, he made a slick up-and-down from off the 18th green for par that gave him a 68 and a share of second, which sets him up well for the season. That starts with playing next week in Las Vegas instead of having to go through Monday qualifying.

“I love being in contention, I love feeling the nerves, so it was fun today. I enjoyed it, even though it might not have looked like it,” Young said. “I knew Sam was ahead of me and I had to make a couple and just didn’t, but I will another time.”

Sahith Theegala, the California rookie who began the final round with a one-shot lead, had control of the final round until he reached the back nine.

He failed to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker on the par-3 10th, missing a 7-foot putt. With a 7-iron in his hand for his second to the par-5 11th, he leaked the shot to the right and into the water, and missed a 4-foot putt to take bogey.

Two holes later, he three-putted from 18 feet for bogey. From there, it was about limiting the damage. He played the final five holes in 1 under for a 71. Theegala tied for eighth, which gets him into the field next week in Las Vegas.

For Burns, the 25-year-old from Louisiana is just starting to cash in.

Burns did well enough to earn some serious consideration from Steve Stricker as a captain’s pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. And now with his second win of the year – in his first start of the new season – Burns moves into the top 20 in the world ranking for the first time.

“I think getting the call from Stricker on Monday (after the Tour Championship) and hearing the news that I didn’t make the team was definitely very motivating and definitely kind of gut wrenching,” Burns aid. “So yeah, I think it’s definitely motivated me to try to be on the next team and continue to try to improve.”

Burns ended a trend in which six of the last seven winners of the Sanderson Farms Championship captured their first PGA Tour title.

He was among the few who had winning experience. Six players in contention at the start of the final round had recently earned PGA Tour cards through the Korn Ferry Tour.

Among the exceptions was Watney, first slowed by a lower back injury and then by a loss in confidence. He went back to working with Butch Harmon in the summer, and then put together a superb week with his putter, leading the field in the key putting statistic.

“There was definitely some lean times, especially last year, but I’m not trying to think about that any more,” Watney said. “I’m trying to continue to get better and this was a great step this week. I’m ready.”

Celine Boutier rallies with a 63 to win ShopRite LPGA

GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) Celine Boutier birdied two of her last three holes for an 8-under 63 and won the ShopRite LPGA Classic on Sunday when South Korea’s best two players faltered down the stretch Sunday.

Starting the final round five shots behind, Boutier ran off six birdies on the front nine of the windy Bayside Course at Seaview to join a growing list of contenders.

The 27-year-old from France holed a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 16 and then birdied the par-5 18th from 5 feet to set the target at 14-under 199.

Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park, who shared the lead going into the final round, couldn’t catch her.

Ko, going for her third win in her last five starts on the LPGA Tour, appeared to be in control until she started missing putts from the 10-foot range.

“I needed more birdies, but I couldn’t,” Ko said. “I needed a little more luck.”

Park rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the 14th to reach 13 under, and she tied for the lead on the next hole when Ko hit into a bunker and missed an 8-foot par putt.

Boutier was on the practice green and then watching on TV in the clubhouse to see if her score would stand. Park stayed in the game with gritty par saves on the 16th and 17th, while Ko wasted another chance by missing a 10-foot birdie chance on the 16th.

On the closing par 5, Ko hit a fairway metal to the right side of the green, leaving her some 70 feet away. She lagged that about 8 feet short. Park didn’t have the length to get home in two, and her wedge ran by about 10 feet.

Both missed their birdie putts, giving Boutier her second LPGA Tour victory, and her first on American soil. Her previous win was the 2019 Vic Open in Australia, two weeks before the LPGA Tour was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It feels like my first win in Australia was so long ago,” Boutier said. “I’m just over the moon.”

Brooke Henderson of Canada birdied the 18th for a 64 and also wound up one shot behind. Park and Ko each closed with a 69.

Maria Fassi of Mexico ran off four straight birdies around the turn and was still in the mix when she was just off the front of the 18th green. Her eagle putt to reach 14 under was about 6 feet short, and she lipped out the birdie chance. Fassi shot 64 and finished alone in fifth.

Another shot behind was Patty Tavatanakit, the first major winner of the year, who shot 69 to finish three shots behind.

Boutier shot 70 in the second round Saturday, when she couldn’t get a putt to fall. That wasn’t the case in the final round. Starting on the second hole, she had six birdies in an eight-hole stretch and played bogey-free in the final round.

Boutier won $262,500 for the victory.

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INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Indians Lose Season Finale, 8-3

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians rallied to tie the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning vs. the Nashville Sounds, but closed out their 2021 campaign with a loss on Sunday afternoon, 8-3.

With the loss, the Indians (61-67) finished the season with a 34-30 record at Victory Field. They have notched a record of .500 or better in 16 of their last 17 seasons dating back to 2004 and 22 of 25 seasons in Victory Field history.

Facing a 2-0 deficit, a double off the bat of Eli Wilson – his first Triple-A hit – and a wild pitch with Jared Oliva on third base tied the game for the Indians.

Nashville (70-58) retook the lead with one run in the top of the fifth and broke it open with five runs in the seventh. Former Indians infielder Pablo Reyes launched a two-out grand slam to give Nashville the 8-2 lead.

A one-out triple in the bottom of the eighth inning off the bat of Jared Oliva, his fourth of the season, led to another Indians run being scored.

Carmen Mlodzinski (L, 0-1) made his Triple-A debut in relief of Osvaldo Bido and gave up two runs (one earned) in two innings. Zack Brown (W, 1-0) tossed 1.1 shutout innings in relief for Nashville.

Bligh Madris led the Indians offense with two doubles in the contest, extending his on-base streak to a team-high 26 games dating back to Aug. 27. His streak beat Anthony Alford’s previous team-high of 25 games.

The Indians finished their season with a 4-5 record in the Triple-A Final Stretch. Their 19 home runs over those nine games totaled $950 donated to Indy RBI by Minor League Baseball.

Indiana, No. 17 Michigan Settle for Scoreless Draw

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s soccer battled No. 17 Michigan to a scoreless draw Sunday (Oct. 3) on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Nothing separated the teams after 90 minutes of regulation, forcing overtime. In the first minute of the opening extra period, the match was sent into a delay due to lightning in the area. During the break, the coaches agreed to end the match in a draw due to unplayable field conditions.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg had her work cut out for her in the 33rd minute when she had to face back-to-back Wolverine shots from within the box. Gerstenberg was positioned well and kept the match scoreless with a pair of saves.

• IU nearly broke the tie in the 54th minute off the boot of Paige Webber, but the shot was saved by Michigan keeper Hillary Beall going to her right.

• Melanie Forbes had the Hoosiers’ best opportunity of the match on a counterattack as she found herself with space coming down the left wing. Her open shot in the box, however, was corralled by Beall.

NOTABLES

• Indiana’s record moves to 8-2-3 on the season and 2-2-1 in Big Ten Conference play.

• The Hoosiers held the advantage in shots taken, 16-11.

• IU’s Forbes, Jen Blitchok, and Avery Lockwood each attempted three shots in the match. Four of those nine attempts forced a save.

• Indiana’s undefeated streak against Michigan improves to five straight matches, and the Hoosiers are 2-0-3 in that span.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers kick off a three-match Big Ten road swing Friday (Oct. 8) when they head to Evanston, Illinois, to play Northwestern. Start time is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Indiana Falls in Final Seconds to No. 6 Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Indiana Field Hockey team battled until the bitter end in a fierce, 80-minute battle with No. 6 Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. In the end, it was the Scarlet Knights that found a late winner to secure the victory in the 80th minute of play.

With the setback, IU moves to 6-6 (0-4) on the season while sixth-ranked Rutgers goes to 9-2 (2-1) on the campaign.

KEY MOMENTS

• Freshman goalie Arabella Loveridge was forced into action early with back-to-back saves early in the first period.

• Senior forward Hailey Couch had two chances in the second period but couldn’t find the power needed on the shot to challenge the goalie.

• Rutgers had multiple opportunities at the end of the first half, but the IU defense stood firm to keep it scoreless at the break.

• Senior defender Mary Kate Kesler came off the line to block a shot attempt on the penalty corner early in the third period.

• IU won back-to-back corners within the last minute of regulation but couldn’t get a great attempt on goal.

• Freshman forward Kayla Kiwak tried to get off a back-handed attempt in the second-overtime period, but it was blocked by a Rutgers defender.

• Rutgers scored the game’s lone goal with 30 seconds left to play in the second overtime period.

NOTABLES

• Freshman midfielder Kira Curland had a shot on goal at the end of regulation.

• Curland, Loveridge, freshman defender Yip van Wonderen and redshirt sophomore defender Sydney Keld played all 80 minutes of the match.

• Loveridge made six saves against 16 shots faced.

UP NEXT

• IU continues a five-game road trip with stops at Ohio State next Friday afternoon and Kent State next Sunday afternoon.

Women’s Golf Hosts Courtney Cole Invitational

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s golf team will have their first home invitational of the season on Oct. 4-5 at The Pfau Course as hosts of the Courtney Cole Invitational.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

2021 Courtney Cole Invitational • Bloomington, Ind.

The Pfau Course

Par 72 • 6178 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat

TEAMS COMPETING (5)

Ball State, Cincinnati, INDIANA, Indianapolis (individuals only), Loyola-Chicago

INDIANA LINEUP

1. Áine Donegan

2. Beatriz Junqueira

3. Mary Parsons

4. Valerie Clancy

5. Alexis Miestowski

*Hanna Tanaka

*Morgan Dabagia

*Maddie Dittoe

*Arushi Singh

*Lydia Cryer

*Competing as individuals

TOURNAMENT NOTES

• The tournament is named in honor of Courtney Cox Cole, a two-sport athlete at Indiana from 1990-93. She played for both the women’s basketball and women’s golf programs.

• Cox was a part of the 1991 NWIT runner-up team and played in 53 games over her career, making 22 starts. She was the team’s second leading scorer as a freshman where she averaged 9.1 points (254 points) and was a 1991 Academic All-Big Ten selection.

• Following the team’s NWIT run, she ended her basketball career to focus on golf. A standout on the course, the Noblesville, Ind., native made the NCAA Tournament twice with the program in 1992 and 1993. Cole was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, three-time All-Big Ten honoree and two-time NGCA Scholar Athlete. In addition, she played in 103 career rounds for the Hoosiers, finishing with a stroke average of 78.94.

• A total of 36 holes will be played in the tournament with 18 played on both Monday and Tuesday starting with rolling tee times at 8:30 a.m. ET. 

• The scoring will follow the standard play 5, score 4 format for each of the four teams playing with a full lineup. 

PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON

• Indiana started the season earlier this week with a 14th place finish in the Wolverine Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich. Freshman Áine Donegan had a strong collegiate debut, finishing in a tie for 11th place overall.

• The Hoosiers finished 10th overall in the Badger Invitational in the program’s second tournament of the season. Donegan again paced the team with an 10th-place individual finish, her second top-15 outing in as many tournaments to begin her collegiate career.

Women’s Golf Squad Wheels Up to Wilmette for Windy City Classic

WILMETTE, Ill. – Purdue Women’s Golf will be teeing it up from the Windy City Classic at Westmoreland Country Club on Monday, Oct. 4 and Tuesday, Oct. 5, taking part in a strong 15-team event that features a plethora of Top 25-ranked squads.

Head coach Devon Brouse’s Boilermaker lineup heading into the competition, which is played on Westmoreland’s 6,457-yard, par-72 course, has one change from its season-opening turn at the Sam Golden Invitational in Denton, Texas, back on Sept. 13-14.

Senior Danielle du Toit (Pretoria, South Africa) leads the way for the Boilermakers in Brouse’s top lineup slot. Du Toit began her 2021-22 campaign with a Top-50 individual finish at the Sam Golden, shooting a 219 (71-76-72) to tie for 42nd.

Junior Kan Bunnabodee (Chonburi, Thailand) will aim to replicate her outstanding start to the season, as her 9-under-par performance in Denton led Purdue. Bunnabodee carded a spectacular 69-66-72 event to tie for seventh place, individually.

Sophomore Ashley Kozlowski (Littleton, Colorado) tied for 42nd along with du Toit at the Sam Golden, scoring a 219 with rounds of 76-73-70. She heads to Wilmette in the third space on Brouse’s lineup card.

Junior Daniela Ballesteros (Lima, Peru) will make her first lineup appearance of 2021-22 on the trip to the Windy City Classic. Last season, within an abbreviated schedule, Ballesteros appeared in two tournaments as an individual and averaged 76.67 strokes per round.

Rounding out the Old Gold & Black group will be redshirt freshman Jocelyn Bruch (Carmel, Ind.). The Indiana native tied for 46th individually at the Sam Golden Invitational to start the season, registering rounds of 73-77-70 (220).

The field at the Windy City Classic features No. 1 South Carolina, No. 2 Duke, No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Texas, No. 10 Florida, No. 12 USC, No. 18 Michigan, No. 21 Virginia, and No. 22 Oregon. Purdue received five votes in the same WGCA poll (Sept. 17).

Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament on GolfStat.

Griffith Scores Twice as Purdue Upsets No. 18 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – A pair of goals by senior forward Sarah Griffith propelled the Purdue soccer team to a 2-1 upset victory at No. 18 Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex in Madison, Wisconsin.

Griffith’s goals, her ninth and 10th of the season, proved to be the difference as the Boilermakers (9-2-2, 4-1-0 Big Ten) earned a bounce-back, top-25 win one game after their six-match win streak was snapped. Winners of seven of its last eight, Purdue is off to its best start to a season since 2007 and remains tied atop the Big Ten standings with 12 points after three weekends.

“I’m really proud of the mentality of our team today,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “After a tough outing the other night, it was important that we refocused and came out ready to play, and that’s exactly what we did. We stayed composed and dealt with the elements extremely well, especially with the driving rain and a field that was soaked. We defended really well, we kept possession and looked dangerous in transition. Most importantly, today was one of those days where we just had to compete and play with a lot of intensity, and that’s exactly what we did and have to do to win Big Ten games on the road against good teams.”

With the win, the Boilermakers have won three in a row against the Badgers (7-3-3, 2-2-1 Big Ten), all on the road, with two coming in Madison against a top-20 UW side.

Griffith has scored at least one goal in four consecutive games, and she has five goals in the four-game span. As she is tied for the Big Ten lead with 10 goals, Griffith is tied for fourth-most in Purdue history for goals in a season, and her 20 career goals is tied for No. 8 all-time.

It was a rain-filled afternoon that included a lightning delay at halftime and heavy rain that led to a soaked field in the second half. The Boilermakers took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute on Griffith’s first goal, and the advantage was extended to 2-0 in the 60th minute on Griffith’s second goal, a highlight-reel shot through thick rainfall. Just more than 30 seconds later, UW answered for its lone goal of the match.

Purdue was out-shot 14-11 and Wisconsin had a 10-7 advantage in shots on goal. The Boilermakers earned four corner kicks to the Badgers’ two.

Griffith had a match-high six shots and five shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made a career-best eight saves in 79 minutes before she left the match due to an injury. The Purdue defense also cleared a ball off the line to prevent the game-tying goal late in the contest. UW’s goalkeeper made five saves.

“You have to have a team that has really good leadership, and that’s what we have with our seniors,” Roff added. “I had a feeling that they were going to come out and have a big, big day after our last game that wasn’t quite up to our standard. We defended really well, Skylurr Patrick, Maya Lambert, Nicole Kevdzija, and Lauren Holleran were outstanding in the back. Grace Walsh and Teagan Jones won a lot of balls in the middle, and Emily Matthews and Sarah Griffith really started the pressure up high for us. Of course, Sarah’s two goals were special things, and she continues to be on a roll.”

The Boilermakers took a 1-0 lead at 11:53. From 25 yards out, senior forward Sydney Duarte sent a centering pass to sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews, at the top of the penalty arc. She then passed to freshman forward Gracie Dunaway, who dribbled into the 18-yard box on the far side and sent the ball towards the goal. Off the shot, it was deflected and looped down to Griffith at the top of the goal box, where the senior headed it into the right side of the net for the 1-0 advantage.

Dunaway got the assist, her team-leading fifth of the season.
 
The lead grew to 2-0 at 59:57, again thanks to Griffith. From near midfield, she played the ball up into the far corner of the 18-yard box, where several players fought for possession. Griffith then came in and beat two Badgers for the ball, turned and fired a left-footed shot across the box and into the near corner of the goal. It was an impressive strike to reach the double-digit goal mark.

Thirty-two seconds later, Wisconsin answered to cut its deficit in half at 60:29. Natalie Viggiano scored her fourth of the year, from Emma Jaskaniec.
 
Following the goal, Bova made two great saves in the 69th and 70th minutes, as the rain continued to pound down. Eight minutes later off a corner kick, senior defender Maya Lambert cleared a ball off the line as the Badgers nearly tied it again, and the Purdue defense did a nice job to clear the ball.
 
In the 79th minute, Bova left with an injury, and freshman Sara Kile made her collegiate debut. In 12 minutes, she did not see a shot, and the Boilermaker defenders did not allow a shot as UW had possession looking for the equalizer.
 
The match was delayed for 40 minutes at halftime, with lightning in the Madison area.
 
“Overall, a really impressive team performance,” Roff said. “I love the mentality of this team, I love the character and I love the effort. They play good soccer and today was really an important result, and we had to fight through some challenges. But, we performed at a high level and competed at a level that is going to result in some more big moments like this.”
 
Following a Thursday off, Purdue returns home on Sunday, October 10, for a 1 p.m. ET matchup against Minnesota. It is Senior Day, and the Boilermakers’ senior class will be recognized prior to the contest at Folk Field. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home match in 2021.

Butler WSoccer Shuts Out Connecticut and Sits Atop BIG EAST

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team remains at the top of the BIG EAST standings as it picked up a 3-0 win over visiting Connecticut (5-5-0, 1-2-0 BIG EAST) on Sunday. The Bulldogs (10-1-1, 3-0-1 BIG EAST) scored one in the first period and added two more after the break to remain undefeated in conference play.

Key Moments

27′ | Katie Soderstrom sent a corner kick to the near post, and the deflection off a Huskies defender was one-touched from 15 yards by Becky Dean into the upper left corner of the goal. Butler took the early lead, 1-0, on what was Dean’s first goal of the season.

50′ | Abigail Isger passed to Alli Leonard just past midfield and then sprinted toward the goal. Leonard sent a diagonal ball in front of the steaking Isger, who beat her defender and shot low and just to the left of the charging UConn keeper. The ball rolled right into the center of the goal, and the Bulldogs led, 2-0.

75′ | Soderstrom hit another corner kick, this one to the far post. Julia Leonard was waiting on the backside, and her leaping header went directly into the left-side upper ninety.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Becky Dean, Abigail Isger, Julia Leonard

ASSISTS: Katie Soderstrom (2), Alli Leonard

Bulldog Bits

Becky Dean’s game-winning goal was her first goal of the season. For her career, it was her fifth overall goal and the 2nd that was a game-winner.

Abigail Isger, who had gone three matches without a goal, scored her sixth of the season.

Julia Leonard notched her second goal of the season and has scored in two of the past three matches.

Katie Soderstrom’s two assists, both coming off corner kicks, pushed her to six for the season. She continues to lead the Bulldogs in offensive points with 24.

Alli Leonard continues to lead Butler in assists, as she tallied her seventh of the season.

Soderstrom led the Bulldogs in today’s match in shots (4), while Dean had the most on target (2).

Freshman Emma Martin (10-0-1) made two saves and was credited with her fifth shutout of the season.

Butler outshot Connecticut, 11-5 total, and 7-2 on goal.

The Bulldogs earned seven corner kicks compared to five for the Huskies.

At 3-0-1, Butler is now in sole possession of first place in the BIG EAST standings. Xavier (3-0-1), Marquette (3-1-0), and No. 23 Georgetown (2-0-2) are in a three-way tie for second.

The Bulldogs are unbeaten in eleven straight matches, going 10-0-1 since an opening loss to current No. 17 Michigan.

Up Next

Butler travels to Washington, D.C. to play No. 23 Georgetown on Thursday, October 7, at 3 pm. A week later, the Bulldogs host Providence on Thursday, October 14.

Butler Golf Women Set to Host Fall Invitational at Highland

The Bulldogs will host their lone tournament of the season on their home course, welcoming competitors to Highland Country Club for the Butler Fall Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.

The two-day, 54-hole tournament will begin with 36 continuous holes Monday at 8:45 a.m. The final round will begin Tuesday at 9 a.m. (Eastern) with a shotgun start.

The par-70 Highland course will be set up at 6,010 yards.

Host Butler will be joined in the field by Austin Peay, Bellarmine, Belmont, Chicago State, Evansville, Eastern Illinois, Indiana State, IUPUI, Marian (Ind.), Marshall, Northern Kentucky, UIC, and Valparaiso.

The Bulldogs’ line-up includes Ally Ross, Alaina Bowie, Claire Edwards, Lexy Stuckey, and freshman Madalin Small. Four Bulldogs will compete as individuals: Katelyn Le, Nicole Jordan, as well as freshmen Giana Medica and Katie Steinman. The event will mark the season debut for Jordan and the first tournament of Medica’s Butler career.

Live scoring will be available via Golfstat.

Butler Golf Men Continue Fall Slate at Tontimonia Invitational in Cleveland

The Bulldogs continue their fall scheduling, traveling to Cleveland for the Tom Tontimonia Invitational. The event, hosted by Cleveland State, will be played at Lakewood Country Club on Monday and Tuesday.

The two-day tournament begins Monday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start and 36 continuous holes. The final 18 holes are set for Tuesday with an 8:45 a.m. tee time. The par-71 Lakewood course will be set up at 7,059 yards.

Participating teams joining Butler include host Cleveland State, Oakland, Dayton, Fort Wayne, Youngstown State, Northern Kentucky, Green Bay, IUPUI, Robert Morris, Detroit, DePaul, St. Francis, and Bowling Green.

The Bulldogs line-up includes Raymond Sullivan, Daniel Tanaka, Damon Dickey, Henry Quinn, and Stephen Kocerha.

The Tontimonia Invitational is the fourth of five fall tournaments for the Bulldogs. Sullivan leads the team with a 73.0 scoring average in his only outing of the fall so far. The five Bulldogs in the line-up for this tournament are the top five performers so far this season, with scoring averages ranging from 73.0 to 76.83.

Live scoring for this week’s event will be available on GolfStat.

Clutch Four Minutes Delivers Soccer Win Over Akron

MUNCIE, Ind. – – All it took was four minutes Sunday afternoon for the Ball State soccer team to get back on track in a big way.

Trailing 1-0 in the 62′ after an early goal from Akron, fifth-year senior Melissa Diceman took a hard shot from nearly 30 yards out which the keeper deflected off the crossbar and back into play.

As luck would have it for the Cardinals (4-5-1; 2-1-1 Mid-American Conference), senior midfielder Chelcy Ralph was right there to deposit the rebound into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season and set off an offensive barrage for BSU.

“When the ball was in the air coming down to me, in my mind I’m saying ‘okay Chelcy, take your time, you can place this ball or you can totally go over’,” Ralph said about her match-tying goal. “So, I took my time, I let it bounce and I blasted inside.”

Exactly 1:35 later, freshman Lexi Fraley took over. She started with an impressive juke of a Zips (2-10-0; 0-4-0 MAC) defender just inside the goal area and followed with a strong left-footer past the goalie, giving BSU a 2-1 edge.

Fraley was not done after her first career goal, however, as moments later she struck again. This time, she intercepted a backwards pass from an Akron defender, made another impressive move on the keeper, and smashed the ball into a wide open net for her first career brace.

“I’m just excited,” Fraley said after the win. “We went down 1-0 and we were all really motivated to battle back. We all worked together and picked up the pace to finish the match strong.”

When it was all said and done, the three goals in 3:56 gave the Cardinals a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over the Zips.

“First, give credit to Akron, they came out and played hard,” head coach Josh Rife said after the match. “That’s a team, that in spite of their record, is a quality opponent and can create chances. Ultimately in the second half, we just needed to be cleaner and better on the ball and our passes. Once we started doing that it gave us more control.”

Akron actually managed to score first in the contest, as Rielyn Hamilton snapped a 300-minute scoreless drought for the Zips in the 11′.

That would be the only shot to get by the Ball State defense, however, as senior keeper Alex DeRuvo shut out the Zips the rest of the contest. She finished the day with three saves on Akron’s 12 total shots.

After being limited to six shots in the opening period, the Cardinals stepped up its game in the second half, connecting for 11 shots, including eight on goal.

Next up for the Ball State soccer team, a rematch of this past spring’s MAC Championship game as Bowling Green visits the Briner Sports Complex Thursday for a 4 p.m. showdown.

CHE/VASHISTHA WIN DROBAC/BEEMAN INVITATIONAL

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Notre Dame men’s tennis duo of Matt Che and Aditya Vashistha will return to campus on Sunday as champions of the Drobac/Beeman Invitational, which was hosted by Michigan State. The Irish twosome won the mini-dual event after defeating teams from Marquette, Louisville, Illinois and Indiana.

Che and Vashistha went 4-0 in doubles and a combined 7-1 in singles to defeat each team they faced. Che finished off the weekend with an unblemished record in singles, going 4-0 as well. Che saved a match point in the doubles semifinals before defeating their Illini opponent and sending himself and Vashistha to the championship match. There, they went on to sweep the three contests against the Hoosiers who took out the other ND team of Malkowski and Conklin.

Jean-Marc Malkowski and Peter Conklin finished the event in 4th place out of the 16 teams competing. They won their opening rounds with a win over top-seeded Illinois before defeating Western Michigan in the quarterfinals. They would lose in the semifinals to the team from Indiana before falling to a different Illinois team in the 3rd/4th place matchup, but not without two 3-set battles in the singles portion of the match.

Next up, senior Axel Nefve will head to Tulsa to compete in the Main Draw of the ITA All-American Championships, which begins Wednesday. Next weekend, six Notre Dame players will head north again to the Vredevelt Invitational hosted by Western Michigan University.

Round of 16

Vashistha/Che (ND) def Krstulovic/Brady(MU) 6-2

Vashistha(ND) def Krstulovic(MU) 6-0, 6-3

Che(ND) def Brady(MU) 7-6, 6-0

Heck/Horve (ILL) def Malkowski/Conklin (ND) 6-3

Malkowski (ND) def Heck (ILL) 6-3, 6-1

Conklin (ND) def. Horve (ILL) 7-6 (3), 2-6, 1-0(5)

Quarterfinals

Vashistha/Che (ND) def Mizrahi/Tang (UL) 7-5

Vashistha(ND) def Mizrahi(UL) 6-4, 6-1

Che (ND) def Tang (UL) 6-3, 6-4

Malkowski/Conklin(ND) def George/Caballer(WMU) 6-2

Malkowski(ND) def George(WMU) 6-2, 7-5

Conklin(ND) def Caballer(WMU) 1-6, 6-1, 1-0(10)

Semifinals

Vahastha/Che(ND) def Petrov/Guzauskas(ILL) 6-2

Petrov(ILL) def Vashistha(ND) 7-6 (4), 3-6, 1-0(4)

Che(ND) def Guzauskas(ILL) 6-1, 2-6, 1-0(10)

Andre/Tiraspolsky(IU) def MalkowskiConklin(ND) 6-3

Tiraspolsky(IU) def Conklin(ND) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0(9)

Andre(IU) def Malkowsky(ND) 6-2, 6-0

Championship Match

Vashistha/Che(ND) def Andre/Tiraspolsky(IU) 6-4

Vashistha(ND) def Andre(IU) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(4)

Che(ND) def Tiraspolsky(IU) 6-2, 6-2

3rd/4th Match

Petrov/Guzauskas (ILL) def Malkowsky/Conklin(ND) 6-2

Petrov(ILL) def. Malkowski(ND) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0(8)

Guzauskas(ILL) def. Conklin 6-7, 6-3, 1-0(10)

IRISH EARN ROAD SWEEP OF CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C.  —  Aubrey Hamilton led the Irish with 12 kills and the Irish racked up nine service aces as Notre Dame earned a road sweep of Clemson (25-20, 25-23, 26-24) on Sunday afternoon inside Jervey Gym.

“More than anything, I loved watching our players compete,” said Irish head coach Mike Johnson. “These kids are fighters. I’m very proud of them.”

Hamilton led Notre Dame in kills for the second straight match this weekend while Charley Niego notched nine kills and Lindsey Miller collected eight kills with a .538 mark. Niego matched her career-high with five aces while Miller added three of her own. Zoe Nunez collected 32 assists in the sweep.

Hattie Monson led the Irish defensively with 23 digs while Nunez notched 10 digs and Niego and Caroline Meuth finished with nine digs each. Miller and Meuth also tied for a game-high three blocks each.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

The Tigers broke a 3-3 tie with a 7-2 run before the Irish earned four straight points to get within one at 10-9. Back-to-back aces by Niego sparked a 5-1 run for Notre Dame that put the Irish ahead 15-13 at the media timeout.

After the break, Hamilton added a pair of kills as the Irish extended their lead to 19-14 before Clemson converted three straight points to make it 19-17. Notre Dame closed the frame on a 4-0 run, capped with a kill from Niego, to take the opening set 25-10. The Irish hit .300 in the first set with Hamilton notching four kills and Miller adding three.

Second Set

After Clemson earned a 12-10 lead, the Irish rattled off five in a row, including two more aces by Niego and a block by Meuth/Tarnoff, to go up 15-12 at the media break. The Irish stayed hot after the break, earning three of the next four points, to earn an 18-13 advantage and force a Clemson timeout.

The Tigers came out of the timeout by earning eight of the next 11 points to even the set at 21-21. A pair of kills by Niego down the stretch helped the Irish regain the lead before Meuth delivered a kill to clinch a 25-23 triumph in the second stanza.

Third Set

The Irish erased an early 2-0 deficit with a 5-1 run that included two kills and a block by Meuth before Hamilton and Miller notched back-to-back kills that put Notre Dame up 15-12 at the media timeout.

An ace by Miller gave Notre Dame a 17-13 advantage, but Clemson earned the next four points to even the frame at 17-all. The Irish responded with a 3-0 run, capped by an ace by Nunez, to regain a 20-17 lead. Notre Dame earned a 24-19 advantage, but the Tigers rallied with five consecutive points to even the set again at 24-24.

Meuth and Miller combined for the block to put the Irish at match point again before Hamilton’s 12th kill clinched a 26-24 victory and sweep for Notre Dame.

UP NEXT

The Irish return home next weekend to host Syracuse and Boston College.

Notre Dame takes on the Orange on Friday (Oct. 8) at 7 p.m. ET before taking on the Eagles on Sunday (Oct. 10) at 1 p.m. ET

Both contests will be streamed via ACC Network Extra.

Indiana State Soccer Picks up First Conference Win in 4-1 Rout of Evansville

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer beat Evansville 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium to earn their first conference win of the season. The win moves the Sycamores record to 3-7-2 (1-2-1). Evansville’s record drops to 5-3-4 (1-2-1).

The first half did not see much action until the 38th minute when CeCe Wahlberg scored her third goal of the season from close range. Chloee Kooker collected a blocked shot and got the ball to Wahlberg for her first assist of the season.

The Sycamores took a 1-0 into halftime while attempting eight shots in the period. Evansville recorded nine shot attempts in the first half.

Indiana State extended their lead early in the second half when Isabella Hunter lofted a pass over the defense to Mackenzie Kent who snuck past the Purple Aces backline and scored her third goal of the season to make a 2-0 game. That was Hunter’s first assist of the season.

Chloe Tesny sped past the defense and beat the keeper on the right side to make it a 3-0 game in the 63rd minute. The unassisted goal was Tesny’s second of the season.

Evansville ended the shutout bid in the 71st minute when Alex Eyler scored on a feed from Emily Ormson to make a 3-1 game.

Kent would score again in the 89th minute for the Sycamores to put the finishing touches on the 4-1 victory. That was her team leading fourth goal of the season. She is the first player to score two goals in a match since Sidney Ewing scored twice against Chicago State on September 16, 2018. The Sycamores won that match 8-0 which was also the last time they scored at least four times.

Indiana State finished the match with 18 shot attempts while putting seven of them on goal. Wahlberg led the team with seven shot attempts, putting four of them on goal. Kent was right behind her finishing with six shot attempts. Maddie Alexander made six saves.

Evansville attempted 15 shots while putting seven of them on goal. Jayme-Lee Hunter and Maria Alexopoulos paced the Purple Aces with three shot attempts each. Michaela Till finished with three saves.

Up Next

The Sycamores will go back on the road on Saturday when they travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa for a 2 p.m. ET match against UNI at the UNI Soccer Field.

Evansville showcases attack, but falls to Bulldogs, 1-0

DES MOINES, Iowa – Recording a season-high in shots, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team showed its attacking ability, but was unable to find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to Drake on Sunday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa.

“I feel for our guys today. We did everything we needed to do to get the result and came out on the short side of it,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “It was an even match, a road match in the Valley. Playing down Ethan (Garvey) and Adam (Dahou) and a few other injuries and they never gave up and battled and fought and created chances at the end. We’ve got to keep working, that’s the answer, and stay consistent and get ready for our match on Saturday against Bradley.”

A few new faces dotted the Evansville starting eleven and made a strong impact on its attack. Making his first start as an Ace, Karl Mbouombouo tallied three shots on the afternoon, including one on frame, his first shots in the white and purple. A familiar face at the top of the stat sheet for the Aces, sophomore Pablo Guillen led the team with four shots in the match. In goal, redshirt junior Jacob Madden made six saves, while starting his sixth-straight match.

The first half saw Evansville hold the advantage with its attack, generating more shots in the opening half than it has in any match this season. The Aces recorded 12 total shots in the first 45 minutes, surpassing its previous match high of 10 set against SIUE on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Evansville’s defense allowed eight shots with just two coming on frame, both of which Madden saved.

Drake came out of the halftime break and immediately turned-up the heat on its attack, recording a pair of shots on goal in the first six minutes, but Madden again made saves on both. In the 62nd minute, the Bulldogs found their breakthrough, as Declan Watters received a pass from Louis Yuill and scored to give Drake the 1-0 lead. Around the 70th minute, senior Karl Mbouombouo recorded a pair of shots, with one blocked and the other missing high as the Aces looked to equalize the match. As the match entered the final 10 minutes, Evansville again mounted an attack with junior Nkosi Graham having a shot saved and Mbouombouo putting a shot on target that was saved as Drake held on to the 1-0 win.

Evansville returns to Arad McCutchan Stadium on Saturday, October 9 with a matchup against Bradley.

Sycamores attack too much for Aces in loss at Indiana State

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Facing a strong attack, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team could not overcome a second half deficit in a 4-1 loss at Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. on Sunday afternoon.

Senior Alex Eyler continued her re-emergence in her fourth collegiate season, scoring her first goal of the year in the 71st minute to go along with a team-high four assists in 2021. In goal, fifth-year senior Michaela Till moved closer to the program record for career saves, tallying three in the Aces loss.

In the first half, Evansville owned the slight advantage on shots, recording nine to Indiana State’s 8, but it was the Sycamores who capitalized late in the opening 45 minutes. The 38th minute saw Indiana State go in front off a corner as the ball rattled around in a scrum and was clipped in by Celeste Wahlberg.

To open the second half, Indiana State continued their strong attack. In the 52nd minute, the Sycamores tallied their second goal of the afternoon as Mackenzie Kent scored from the top of the 18. Just 10 minutes later, Indiana State added a third with a goal from Chloe Tesny. Evansville would pull one back in the 71st minute, looking to set-up a late comeback. A misplayed ball from the Sycamore backline was tipped by Emily Ormson, who found a sprinting Eyler. Eyler then took just one touch before firing the ball to the right post, slipping it past the keeper to cut the deficit to 3-1. With Evansville making a late run at it, Indiana State secured the win with a goal in the 89th minute by Mackenzie Kent as the Sycamores captured the 4-1 win.

Evansville returns to the pitch on Saturday, October 9th with a trip to take on Illinois State in Bloomington, Ill. at 6 PM.

Soccer Continues Roll With 2-1 Win at Missouri State Sunday

Make it five wins in a row as the Valpo soccer team continued its perfect start to Missouri Valley Conference play on Sunday in Springfield, Mo., getting early goals from Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) and Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) in a 2-1 win at Missouri State to improve its conference record to 4-0-0.

How It Happened

In stark contrast to their first three wins in MVC play, all of which have required goals late in regulation or in extra time, the Beacons jumped on top early Sunday. In the 13th minute, a pass back from a Missouri State midfielder to one of the Bears’ backs was misplayed and rolled back towards the MSU box. Despite the MSU backs having a five-yard head start, DuSatko went on a dead sprint and beat everyone to the ball, striking it first time with her right foot from the top right of the box inside the far post to put Valpo on top.

The lead doubled in the 18th minute, and again DuSatko helped make it happen. Freshman Abby White (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Central) played a long through ball that DuSatko looked to run onto. Just inside the top of the box, a Bears defender caught the sophomore on a tackle attempt which was immediately ruled a penalty.

James stepped up to take the ensuing spot kick, and for the second straight match easily converted a penalty kick, using her right foot to put it in the lower-left corner and make it 2-0 Valpo.

Missouri State cut the advantage to 2-1 in the 44th minute, as Anna Durnin headed a corner kick from Grace O’Keefe into the back of the net.

A pair of stellar plays in the back kept the one-goal lead for the Beacons in the 75th A cross from the right along the ground looked to be destined for the foot of MSU’s Grace O’Keefe for an easy tap-in, but junior Natalie Graf (Williamsburg, Mich./St. Francis) — playing just her second collegiate match at center back — came through with a clutch tackle to knock the ball away.

Graf’s clearance made it just to the top of the 18-yard box, but that was just enough time for goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) to get back into position to make a leaping save to her right to deny MSU’s Jade Loftness the potential equalizer.

Valpo had a great chance to add an insurance goal in the 81st minute, as James unleashed a curling effort from the top left of the box that looked destined for the upper-right corner until MSU goalkeeper Katherine Montgomery made a lunging save to keep it out of the back of the net.

The Beacons surrendered a pair of shots late as MSU pushed for the tying goal, but both were from distance and not on frame as Valpo maintained the advantage at the final whistle.

Inside the Match

Valpo has now won five in a row, its longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row in the 2014 season.

The Beacons have won four consecutive road matches, its longest winning streak in true road matches since winning seven straight as the visitor in 2014.

Valpo sits at a perfect 4-0-0 in MVC play through four match dates, picking up all 12 potential points from the first half of the conference slate.

Dating back to last season, the program has won six straight regular season MVC matches, its longest winning streak in league regular season play since the 2014 side ran through the Horizon League schedule with a perfect 8-0-0 record.

DuSatko’s goal was her third of the season and the sixth of her career. Coming at the 12:12 mark of the match, it was Valpo’s first goal in the opening 45 minutes of play in an MVC match this season.

The goal was Valpo’s earliest since James netted one less than seven minutes into her collegiate debut in the spring 2021 season opener versus Chicago State.

James remained tied atop the MVC’s goal-scoring chart this season, as her successful spot kick was her sixth goal of the season and the ninth of her career.

Valpo netted a pair of goals inside of 20 minutes for the first time since knocking home three in the first 18 minutes against Chicago State in September 2017.

Despite tying for conference-high honors with her six goals this year, James’ goal ended up being her first match-winner of the season. Valpo has had six different players score game-winning goals this season, the highest number of match-winning scorers since seven different players were credited with GWG in the 2014 season.

Ironically, this season’s win over Missouri State came in exactly the same fashion that Valpo beat the Bears this past spring — DuSatko opened the scoring, James came through with the eventual match-winner and then Missouri State grabbed a consolation tally.

Coryell made seven saves in goal to earn the victory, but outside of the 75th-minute stop, the rest came on efforts from some distance and were easy stops.

The goal by the Bears was the first Valpo has surrendered in MVC play this year and halted the team’s shutout streak at 419 consecutive minutes. The Beacons have given up one goal or fewer in eight of their last nine matches.

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“To go to four wins in as many matches in conference, I’m just so proud of our group. It’s great to come out with points from any road matches, but especially all three from the longest trip in the conference schedule.”

“We had a really good energy about us today, and we came out executing from the start, which helped us produce goals early.”

“We had a different challenge today, scoring those early goals and having to learn about how to manage a two-goal lead on the road. At times, we let the game get away from us, but it was a wonderful opportunity for us to go through that today against a good side — we learned from it and were able to adjust. Giving up the goal right before the half could have been the difference in the second half, but we came out and we grew in the first 15 minutes, played solid in the next 15 and saw out the game in a 5-3-2 the final 15.”

“I thought Chase did a really great job of winning balls in the air for us. Our front three of Kiley, Kelsie and Lindsey did well early working hard up top and earning the pair of goals. Nikki’s save towards the end of the match was obviously big for us as well. I liked what Katie did coming off the bench the last 15 minutes at center back, winning some big head balls and making a number of clearances — for me, that’s what this team is about, everyone coming in and doing what they’re asked to do for the betterment of our group.”

Next Up

Valpo (7-4-1, 4-0-0 MVC) steps out of conference play for the last time this season for Senior Night on Saturday evening from Brown Field, as the Beacons welcome Cornell (Iowa) College to Brown Field. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m., with Senior Night ceremonies to take place at about 6:45 p.m. The match can be seen live on The Valley on ESPN.

WOMEN’S GOLF: RSC FALL PREVIEW OUTLOOK

The Indiana University East women’s golf team competes at the River States Conference Fall Preview on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 at Belterra Resort in Florence, Ind.

Play begins at 8 a.m. on both days of the 36-hole event.

FOLLOW THE TOURNAMENT

Belterra Resort is located at 777 Belterra Drive in Florence, Ind.

Live scoring is scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for tournament updates.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* The RSC Fall Preview is being held at Belterra Resort for the fourth time. Belterra also is the host course for the RSC Championships in the spring.

* Results from the RSC Fall Preview are part of the selection process for the league’s all-conference team and player of the year.

* IU East was second at the 2020 RSC Fall Preview. The Red Wolves won the event in 2018.

* IU East was second behind reigning RSC champion Midway in the conference preseason ranking used as part of the national Top 25 voting process.

* IU East’s most recent event was a runner-up finish at the University of Pikeville Invitational, which concluded Sept. 26. The Red Wolves have finished first or second at all three of their fall events.

* Jo Wisecup and Annie Gillock are reigning RSC Golfers of the Week after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Pikeville event.

* IU East enters this event with a fall 18-hole team average of 320.17. Jo Wisecup leads the Red Wolves with a fall 18-hole average of 77.67.

Men’s Golf: Coffman Paces Ravens in Stateline Shootout

Anderson University men’s golf sophomore Carson Coffman (Coshocton, Ohio / Coshocton) tied for 40th place to lead the Ravens during the two-day Stateline Shootout, which concluded on Sunday in Harrison, Ohio.

Coffman compiled a two-day score of 164, firing rounds of 84 and 80 during the par-71 layout at Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Club.

Konner Johnson (Muncie, Ind. / Yorktown) took 59th with a 177 after shooting rounds of 87 and 90. Joey Stern (Lapel, Ind. / Lapel) finished 61st with a 189, behind rounds of 93 and 96.

The Stateline Shootout also served as a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Preview. Anderson will return to Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Club for the three-day HCAC Championships, beginning on April 29.

“This was a great opportunity for us to get some experience on the course that our Conference Championship will be played on in the spring,” Coach Carter Collins said. “I continue to be encouraged by our team’s positive outlook and our willingness to work towards improvement.”

The Ravens are set to battle in the two-day 2nd Annual Randal Sadler Invitational on Saturday at the Harbor Links at Sagamore Resort in Liberty.

Volleyball: Anderson Captures Four-Set HCAC Win against Grizzlies

The Anderson University volleyball team captured a 23-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-20 win against Franklin College on Saturday in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

“We are so proud of this team,” Coach Tami Miller said. “They set out determined to beat Franklin and did just that.”

The first set was a back-and-forth battle between the Ravens (8-8, 1-0) and the Grizzlies (8-10, 0-1). Franklin led the majority of the set, but neither team held more than a 3-point lead. Anderson tied the set at 23-all, but Franklin posted kills on the final two points to take the first set. The Grizzlies finished with a .233 attack percentage for the first set.

Lauren Dungan (Alexandria, Ind. / Alexandria-Monroe) started for the Ravens beginning with the second set. For the second set, the two teams remained within two points up through an 11-11 tie. The Ravens rattled off the next eight points to take a 19-11 lead. Anderson scored the final four points of the set to win 25-17. Anderson racked up a .393 attack percentage and held Franklin to a .037 hitting percentage.

The third set was once against back-and-forth and the early part of the set. Following a 16-16 tie, the Grizzlies scored four points in a row. The Ravens responded by scoring four consecutive points of their own. Anderson grinded out a 26-24 win in the third set with Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind. / Fairfield) getting the match-point kill. The Grizzlies were held to a hitting percentage of .038 in the third set.

During the fourth set, both teams made their way to an 11-11 score. Franklin scored three points, but Anderson responded with the next three points. After a 14-14 tie, the Ravens began to pull away from the Grizzlies. Olivia Ricica (Bryan, Ohio / Fairview) produced a couple of critical kills. The Ravens eventually sealed a 25-20 win in the fourth set to clinch the match.

“We had some great play off the bench from Lauren Dungan and late in the match from Olivia Ricica.”

Anderson put together a .205 hitting percentage while Franklin turned in a .108 attack percentage.

Bontrager contributed 13 kills and a .414 attack percentage to lead the Ravens. Shaylen Perry (Eaton, Ohio / Eaton) provided 10 kills and a .348 hitting percentage.

“The middle hitters continued to put pressure on Franklin and score points for us.”

Tess Perdue (Lexington, Ky. / West Jessamine) tallied 11 kills while Jimena Montano (Algonquin, Ill. / Harvest Christian Academy) recorded 10 kills and a .304 attack percentage. Dungan also added six kills. Kaycie Gates (Newburgh, Ind. / Castle) dished out 24 assists and delivered four service aces. Kate Todd (Festus, Mo. / Festus) also contributed 20 assists.

Brooke Troyer (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Memorial) scattered 18 digs while Ally Hall (Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights) collected 16 digs. Bontrager racked up seven kills while Montano notched five blocks.

“Our backcourt was relentless and kept us in plays with their scrappy defense. We had some good stuff blocks from our frontcourt that assisted in our defensive prowess. It was overall a great team effort.”

The Ravens battle Defiance College (2-9, 0-1) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Defiance, Ohio.

Tigers Shutout Pioneers, 2-0 on the Road

Lexington, Ky- The DePauw University field hockey team bounced back from its Saturday loss to Centre and shutout the Transylvania University Pioneers 2-0.

Powering through torrential rain, the Tigers across the first half outshot the Pioneers 11 to 0 while earning five penalty corners.

DePauw’s first goal of the matchup was just after a penalty corner; Maddie DeAscentis shoveled the ball to Sarah Goff to put the Tigers on the board.

Unfortunately, due to a weather delay, DePauw couldn’t fully capitalize on the shift of momentum and faced a rested opponent in the third quarter, leading to a more evenly match quarter.

Unwilling to give the Pioneers a chance to answer, the Tigers turned up their offense, putting up nine shots and five more corners in the fourth quarter.

In the 47th minute of play, Goff would find the back of the cage again, off an assist by Arden Duffy.

The Tigers played tough, holding onto its two-goal lead to win the game, breaking a three-game losing streak as it heads into North Coast Athletic Conference play this week.

DePauw is back home on Tuesday, October 5, to face Ohio Wesleyan at 7 pm EDT.

Hanover caps off Homecoming weekend with OT thriller

BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Panthers wrapped up Homecoming weekend with an overtime thriller as they defeated Bluffton 2-1. With the win, HC moves to 6-3-1 overall, 2-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action.

Senior Carlos Schryver (Sao Paulo, Brazil) paced the attack as he provided two goals, including the game winner in overtime.

The first half saw Bluffton deliver a strike in the 39th minute that propelled them into the half with the slight 1-0 advantage.

However, HC continued to apply the pressure as they were able to erase the deficit late in the second stanza. Schryver proved the goal as he took a pass from senior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) in the 80th minute that set the stage for an overtime thriller.

The back-an-forth battle continued into overtime as Hanover was able to secure the HCAC victory on a Schryver goal late in extra time. The goal marked his fourth on the season, second of the afternoon.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 6 when they take on Transylvania. Game time is slated for 3:30 PM.

Second half outburst sends HC past Bluffton

BLUFFTON, Ohio – A second half outburst sent the Panthers to a convincing 7-0 victory over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Bluffton on Sunday afternoon. With the win, HC remains perfect on the year at 7-0-2, 2-0-0 HCAC.

Leading the charge was senior Autumn Bootby (Mount Orab, Ohio) and senior Mggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) with two goals apiece. In frame, sophomore Maggie Hinegardner (Fort Thomas, Ky.) collected her sixth clean sheet with three saves.

Day provided the first dagger for the Blue and Red late in the opening stanza as she was able to break the scoreless tie and send HC into the break with the 1-0 lead.

The second half saw a scoring frenzy as Boothby netted the second blow of the afternoon just moments into the frame, 2-0.

Day added her final blow from the pitch in the 59th minute as she took a pass from senior Bryn Rolfsen (Loveland, Ohio) pushing the difference to 3-0.

The 63rd minute saw senior Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) collect a goal as she connected with sophomore Bri Matis (Liberty Twp., Ohio) blowing the game wide open. With just over 20 minutes to play in the contest Rolfsen would deliver a goal that saw Hanover push the difference to 5-0.

The final two strikes of the afternoon came from Boothby and senior Molly Johnson (Newburgh, Ind.) as they secured the clean sheet and the 7-0 victory.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 6 when they take on Transylvania. Game time is set for 7:0) PM.

Caldwell and Drake pace HC as part of the Wooster Fall Intercollegiate

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio – The women’s golf team posted a podium finish as they took third overall as part of the Wooster Fall Intercollegiate.

Leading the charge for the Blue and Red was Taylor Caldwell and junior Taylor Drake (Franklin, Ind.) who both finished tied for eighth overall. Caldwell’s best round came on day two of the Fall Intercollegiate as she turned in an 81 for a two-round total of 169 strokes.

Drake also carded a 169, with her best round of 83 strokes coming on day one of the tournament.

Teammate, junior Becca Chamberlin (Winchester, Ind.) finished tied for 16th overall as she turned in a 177. Her best round came on Sunday where she carded an 87.

Rounding out the field for the Panthers was senior Hannah Julow (Evansville, Ind.) who finished 21st with 181 strokes and junior Allison Stogsdill (Nineveh, Ind.) in 46th place with 206 strokes. Julow’s best round came on Sunday where she shot an 87 to finish among the top 25 participants.

Hanover returns to action on Friday, October 8 when they compete as part of the HCAC Championships hosted by Franklin.

Women’s Golf Wraps Up Play at Wooster Invitational

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio – The Manchester University women’s golf team concluded competition at the Wooster Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

The Black & Gold finished the two-day event in ninth-place following a team score of 781. Allegheny College led the field with a team score of 660.

Sara Knepper (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) led Manchester this weekend with a two-day total of 180. She carded 90 in both rounds over the weekend. Knepper placed tied-for-19th overall.

Bella Carrillo (Wabash, Ind./) placed 28th in Ohio. Carrillo shot a two-day total of 187. She posted round scores of 93 and 94.

Colleen Caylor (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) shot a two-day of 189 at the Wooster Invitational. Caylor carded round scores of 98 and 91.

Manchester University has one final event on its fall schedule – the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships – scheduled for October 8-10 at the Legends Way GC in Franklin, Ind.

Late Goal Snaps Cougars’ Three-Match Winning Streak

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A goal in the final two minutes of the match by Point Park University was the difference on Saturday as the Indiana University Kokomo women’s soccer team saw its three-match winning streak come to an end with a 2-1 loss to the Pioneers.

The Pioneers struck early as Athena Beck converted a penalty kick opportunity in the ninth minute of the match to give Point Park the early 1-0 advantage.

Just minutes before the Pioneers scored on the penalty kick, IU Kokomo’s Keely Hoopingarner narrowly missed her fourth goal in four matches as the junior took a shot that hit the crossbar.

IU Kokomo had two more scoring chances in the 19th minute when Morgan Scruggs and Kelsi Hoot both put shots on goal but the Pioneer keeper made both saves, keeping the Point Park 1-0 lead intact.

Cougar keeper Erica Bolinger kept IU Kokomo in the match, making two saves in the opening half. IUK would go into the lockerroom facing a 1-0 deficit.

The Cougars had many scoring chances in the first 30 minutes of the second half but were unable to convert any of them until Brook Switzer send a cross in from the left side of the field and Brooklyn Garber got her head on it and buried it in the back of the net for the equalizer.

In the 88th minute, the Pioneers sent in a cross from the right and Nola McGuire was able to finish for the game-winner with just over one minute left in the match.

Morgan Scruggs finished with a match-high four goals, three of them on goal.

The Cougars will travel to Richmond on Thursday to take on Indiana University East. The match will be played at Centerville High School Soccer Field.

Volleyball Sweeps Carlow; Earns Third Straight Victory

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team picked up its 10th straight win over the Carlow Celtics on Saturday afternoon as the Cougars cruised to a 3-0 victory, their eighth sweep of Carlow in 10 meetings and third straight win.

The Cougars dominated from start to finish, holfing the Celtics to just 37 points over three sets, including just eight in the final set.

Jocelyn Hack and Erica Packwood got things going for the Cougars in the opening set as Hack picked up her first kill of the match to put IUK up 1-0. On the ensuing serve, Packwood added to her team-best 33 aces with her first of the match to make it 2-0, IU Kokomo. With a 5-4 lead, the Cougars scored five unanswered to take a 10-4 advantage. The Cougars kept their foot on the gas for the duration of the set, winning 25-12 to take a 1-0 match lead.

It was much of the same in the second set for the Cougars, Carlow kept it close for the first 12 points, but a 5-0 run turned a 6-6 tie into an 11-6 IUK advantage. After the run turned into 7-1, Carlow took a timeout. The Cougars would add another point to make it an 8-1 before Carlow scored their next point. The Cougars sailed to a 25-17 victory, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

Kelsey Hammond provided a spark off the bench for the Cougars throughout the match as the sophomore registered eight kills in nine attempts, hitting .889 in the match.

In the third and final set, the Cougars collected 15 kills while committing just one error, hitting .538. IU Kokomo dominated the set from start-to-finish, winning 25-8 to secure the 3-0 sweep of the Celtics.

The IU Kokomo defense came up with nine total blocks, led by Hack who had four. Erinn Adam added three while Audrey Strawsma chipped in with two.

Kendal Williams saw all the assist opportunities in the win as the senior dished out a season-high 41.

The Cougars will return to the court next Friday as they host Ohio Christian University at the Student Activities and Events Center. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

JENNA DYE SCORES 2ND GOAL AS WOMEN’S SOCCER FALLS TO JUDSON SATURDAY

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — Sophomore Jenna Dye scored her second goal of the season in the 42nd minute as the IU Northwest women’s soccer team lost their Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match to Judson at the MAC Sports Complex Saturday.

TEAM RECORDS

Judson 4-4-0 (3-1-0 CCAC) | IU Northwest 1-9-0 (0-6-0 CCAC)

HALF BREAKDOWN

FIRST HALF: Judson 4, IU Northwest 1

Judson scored the first four goals of the half to make it 4-0.

Mackenzie Rainwater looked to tie it in the 19th minute but her shot was saved.

in the 24th minute, Brynn Nylin was on the attack but the goalkeeper was right there with the save.

IU Northwest got the scoreboard in the 42nd minute after Jenna Dye connected on her second goal of the season.

Kelly Shaffer recorded 12 saves in the first half.

SECOND HALF: Judson 5, iU Northwest 0

Judson would pour on and add five goals to make it 9-1.

Amanda Cruse looked to cut into the deficit but her shot was saved by the goalkeeper.

FINAL SCORE: Judson 9, IU Northwest 1

UP NEXT

IU Northwest will be back in action Wednesday, October 6 as the RedHawks host CCAC opponent Saint Xavier at the Crown Point Sportsplex starting at 8 p.m. CT.

MOHIUDDIN CAPTURES MEN’S TITLE; CROSS COUNTRY COMPLETES OLDE ENGLISH INVITE SATURDAY

BELOIT, Wis. — Freshman Zakaria Mohiuddin won the men’s cross country title at the Olde English Invite hosted by Beloit College Saturday, becoming the second-ever IU Northwest Cross Country runner to win an individual competition.

Elizabeth Boster finished the women’s 6K race in ninth place after crossing the finish line at 30:09. Lilliann Butler completed the race in 30:46 which allowed her to finish in 12th place. Nascha Hladek crossed the finish line with a time of 33:08 which allowed her to finish in 18th.

WOMEN’S RESULTS (6,000 M Race)

9th place-Elizabeth Boster-30:09

12th place-Lilliann Butler-30:46

18th place-Nascha Hladek-33:08

Mohiuddin won the individual race after running the 8K race in 29:16. Brock Schulte finished his first race at IU Northwest in ninth place with a 6K 8K time of 36:42.

MEN’S RESULTS (8,000 M Race)

1st place-Zakaria Mohiuddin-29:16

9th place-Brock Schulte-36:42

UP NEXT

IU Northwest Cross Country will be back Saturday, October 23 as the RedHawks compete at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge hosted by Aquinas College.

Titans survive five sets at St. Francis

JOLIET, Ill.  – IU South Bend earned their fifth straight victory on Saturday night, surviving in a five-set thriller over St. Francis.

The Titans (12-3, 8-0 CCAC) remain perfect in CCAC play after coming back from behind 7-6 in the decisive fifth set. Hannah Marchand scored a kill and an ace in back-to-back points to put IUSB in front, starting a 6-1 run that saw the Titans take a 12-8 lead en route to the victory.

IUSB opened the match by taking the first two sets, before the Saints (10-11, 6-3 CCAC) responded with wins in games three and four. Trailing 14-9 in the opener, the Titans scored 13 of the next 15 points beginning with three straight kills from Marchand to take control, 22-16. A block from Julie Brown and Amber Jacobs at set point clinched the game, 25-18.

The Titans would lead the second set wire-to-wire after jumping out to a 9-2 lead, with six straight points coming from kills by Marchand and Brown, and a Felisha Campanello block. St. Francis would climb back to within three points at 14-11, but that would be as close as they would get, with McKenzie Powell and Brown scoring a block for the win at 25-21.

Nearly closing out the match in a sweep, an ace from Suriya Van der Oord tied the score at 20-20 in game three. The Saints bounced back however, scoring five of the final six points to extend the match with a 25-21 win.

St. Francis would take game four as well, breaking an 11-11 tie with a 5-1 rally, then going 5-for-5 on sideout points the rest of the way to earn a 25-17 win.

In game five, the home team opened with a 4-2 advantage, but kills from Jacobs and Marchand quickly tied the game at 4-4. The set remained tied at 7-7, before a Marchand ace put IUSB in front for good. Leading 12-8, the Titans nearly lost the lead as St. Francis rallied to within a point at 14-13, but Marchand finished the night with her 25th on the fourth match point.

Marchand finished one kill shy of her career high, leading the Titans with 25 kills, while Brown collected 15 kills in the win. Jacobs earned her fifth double-double of the year, with 12 kills and 21 digs. Powell picked up 54 assists as well as 16 digs, while Van der Oord led the defense with 29 digs.

The Titans return to the Student Activities Center on Tuesday night, when they host IU Northwest. First serve with the Redhawks is set for 7:00 p.m. on October 5.

Pride post 4-3 win over Winona State; Close fall slate with 3-1 record

WINONA, Minn. – The Purdue University Northwest women’s tennis team pulled out a 4-3 win over Winona State on Sunday to sweep both weekend matches at the Winona Tennis Center. PNW entered Sunday’s match after defeating Upper Iowa 7-0 yesterday and closes the fall portion of its schedule with a 3-1 record.

After surrendering the Doubles point, PNW responded to claim four wins in Singles play in the No. 1, 3, 4 & 6 flights.

Sophomore Sienna Lopez and freshman Oona Kintscher got things rolling at No. 1 Doubles with a 6-1 victory, but the Warriors claimed No. 2 Doubles and edged out the No. 3 Doubles match with a 7-4 tiebreak.

Lopez defeated Winona State’s Beth Munmann in the top Singles flight, 6-2, 6-2, while Kintscher moved past Rina Niehoff in No. 3 Singles, 6-2, 6-3.

The Pride kept it going as senior Nicole Uzcategui claimed a victory at No. 4 Singles, 6-3, 6-1, over Brooklyn Jorgensen. Freshman Hayley Tsuen earned the win at No. 6 Singles with a convincing 6-1, 6-0 margin.

Patricia Dizon and Salma Raslan each competed in close matches at the No. 2 and No. 5 Singles flights, respectively, but each would end up falling in a third-set tiebreak.

UP NEXT

PNW will open the spring schedule when it travels to Hillsdale on Sunday, Feb. 6.

FINAL MLB REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Tampa Bay10062.61752 – 2948 – 3351 – 2519 – 1315 – 197 – 3L 1
Y-Boston9270.568849 – 3243 – 3841 – 3520 – 1315 – 185 – 5W 3
Y-NY Yankees9270.568846 – 3546 – 3536 – 4022 – 1022 – 127 – 3W 1
Toronto9171.562947 – 3344 – 3842 – 3419 – 1516 – 166 – 4W 3
Baltimore52110.3214827 – 5425 – 5620 – 5610 – 2415 – 174 – 6L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Chi White Sox9369.57453 – 2840 – 4119 – 1444 – 3216 – 177 – 3L 1
Cleveland8082.4941340 – 4140 – 4113 – 2143 – 3315 – 175 – 5W 1
Detroit7785.4751642 – 3935 – 4618 – 1430 – 4618 – 163 – 7W 1
Kansas City7488.4571939 – 4235 – 4612 – 2136 – 4014 – 195 – 5L 2
Minnesota7389.4512038 – 4335 – 4613 – 2037 – 3913 – 206 – 4W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Houston9567.58651 – 3044 – 3718 – 1319 – 1649 – 274 – 6W 2
Seattle9072.556546 – 3544 – 3719 – 1515 – 1747 – 297 – 3L 1
Oakland8676.531943 – 3843 – 3815 – 1823 – 1037 – 394 – 6L 2
LA Angels7785.4751840 – 4237 – 4316 – 1721 – 1229 – 475 – 5W 1
Texas60102.3703536 – 4524 – 5714 – 2011 – 2128 – 485 – 5L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Atlanta8873.54742 – 3846 – 3545 – 3122 – 1215 – 168 – 2W 2
Philadelphia8280.5066.547 – 3435 – 4641 – 3520 – 1413 – 194 – 6L 2
NY Mets7785.47511.547 – 3430 – 5139 – 3713 – 2016 – 174 – 6L 2
Miami6795.41421.542 – 3925 – 5635 – 4112 – 2017 – 173 – 7W 2
Washington6597.40123.535 – 4630 – 5130 – 4614 – 1811 – 232 – 8L 5
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Milwaukee9567.58645 – 3650 – 3117 – 1447 – 2923 – 124 – 6L 4
Y-St. Louis9072.556545 – 3645 – 3617 – 1642 – 3420 – 137 – 3L 2
Cincinnati8379.5121244 – 3739 – 4220 – 1343 – 3311 – 225 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs7191.4382439 – 4232 – 4913 – 2135 – 4117 – 154 – 6W 2
Pittsburgh61101.3773437 – 4424 – 5717 – 1723 – 5311 – 214 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-San Francisco10755.66054 – 2753 – 2821 – 1120 – 1453 – 238 – 2W 1
Y-LA Dodgers10656.654158 – 2348 – 3324 – 920 – 1350 – 269 – 1W 7
San Diego7983.4882845 – 3634 – 4715 – 1816 – 1734 – 422 – 8L 1
Colorado7487.46032.548 – 3326 – 5419 – 1314 – 1931 – 453 – 7L 2
Arizona52110.3215532 – 4920 – 6113 – 2113 – 1922 – 544 – 6W 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills310.7500.0134442-1-01-0-02-1-01-0-03 W
Miami Dolphins130.2502.0621090-2-01-1-01-3-01-1-03 L
New England Patriots130.2502.071700-3-01-0-01-1-01-1-02 L
New York Jets130.2502.047941-1-00-2-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders3001.0000.090722-0-01-0-03-0-00-0-03 W
Denver Broncos310.7500.583491-1-02-0-02-1-00-0-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers210.6671.067600-1-02-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs220.5001.51341251-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals310.7500.092752-0-01-1-02-0-01-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens310.7500.0105921-0-02-1-02-1-00-0-03 W
Cleveland Browns310.7500.0100672-0-01-1-01-1-00-0-03 W
Pittsburgh Steelers130.2502.067930-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans220.5000.0951111-1-01-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
Houston Texans130.2501.0671161-1-00-2-01-2-01-0-03 L
Indianapolis Colts130.2501.083970-2-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Jacksonville Jaguars040.0002.0741150-2-00-2-00-3-00-1-04 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys310.7500.0126972-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Washington Football Team220.5001.01011221-1-01-1-02-0-01-0-01 W
Philadelphia Eagles130.2502.0941060-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-03 L
New York Giants130.2502.083950-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals4001.0000.0140851-0-03-0-02-0-01-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams310.7501.0115992-1-01-0-02-1-00-1-01 L
Seattle Seahawks220.5002.01031000-1-02-1-01-1-01-0-01 W
San Francisco 49ers220.5002.01071020-2-02-0-02-2-00-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers310.7500.0951002-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Chicago Bears220.5001.064912-0-00-2-01-1-01-0-01 W
Minnesota Vikings130.2502.094921-1-00-2-01-1-00-0-01 L
Detroit Lions040.0003.0811190-2-00-2-00-3-00-2-04 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers310.7500.01221052-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers310.7500.097662-0-01-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
New Orleans Saints220.5001.094691-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons130.2502.0781280-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 L
 

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

MLS STANDINGS

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

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference