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#1 North Carolina 102 Charleston 86

#2 Gonzaga 64 Michigan State 63

#3 Houston 81 St. Joseph’s 55

#4 Kentucky 77 Duquesne 52

#5 Baylor 87 Norfolk State 70

#7 Duke 84 South Carolina Upstate 38

#8 UCLA 93 Long Beach State 69

#10 Arkansas 74 Fordham 48

#14 TCU 77 Lamar 66

#15 Auburn 67 S. Florida 59

Temple 68 #16 Villanova 64

#17 Arizona 95 Southern 78

#18 Virginia 89 Monmouth 42

#19 San Diego State 82 BYU 75

#20 Alabama 95 Liberty 59

UC Irvine 69 #21 Oregon 56

#22 Michigan 88 Eastern Michigan 83

#23 Illinois 86 Kansas City 48

#24 Dayton 74 SMU 62


Minnesota 72 St. Francis New York 54

Wisconsin 60 Stanford 50

Purdue 63 Austin Peay 46



#1 South Carolina 81 #17 Maryland 56

#2 Stanford 98 Pacific 44

#3 Texas 68 Louisiana 45

#11 Indiana 93 UMass Lowell 37

#13 Virginia Tech 67 Bucknell 41

#15 Oklahoma 97 SMU 74

#16 LSU 111 Mississippi Valley 41

#22 Nebraska 79 Houston Baptist 48

#23 South Dakota State 91 Lehigh 73

Villanova 69 #24 Princeton 59

#25 Michigan 91 St. Francis PA 36


Kansas State 77 Wisconsin 63

Seton Hall 75 Rutgers 57

Penn State 77 Fairfield 49



Boston 131 Denver 112

Orlando 114 Phoenix 97

New York 121 Detroit 112

San Antonio 111 Milwaukee 93

Oklahoma City 132 Toronto 113

Memphis 114 Minnesota 103

Golden State 106 Cleveland 101

Sacramento 120 LA Lakers 114










ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen tested his injured throwing elbow on Friday for the first time in practice this week and is listed as questionable to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The Bills referred to Allen’s practice time as being limited, which is still considered a step in the right direction since he sat out the first two sessions after hurting his right elbow in the final minutes of a loss to the New York Jets last weekend.

Speaking before practice, coach Sean McDermott expected the decision on Allen’s playing status to come down to game time.

“We are literally in an hour-to-hour situation here,” McDermott said. “Just looking at how he’s going to progress through the day, and as he goes through these different tests, medically, making sure that he’s able to check the boxes in a progression to where we can see if we can proceed through the course of the day here.”

The coach then provided a vague response when asked what he needs to see from Allen in determining whether Allen can play: “That’s probably getting too far down the road at this point or into the weeds.”

McDermott added: “Respectfully, we’ve just got to continue to take it through the day here and we’ll see. Listen, I’m going to do a great job of being a listener also in terms of listening to our medical team.”

The Bills officially ruled out starting safety Jordan Poyer (elbow) and starting defensive end Greg Rousseau (ankle) from playing against the NFC North-leading Vikings (7-1). Rookie cornerback Kaiir Elam, who has split the starting duties with fellow rookie Christian Benford, is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury.

Starting middle linebacker Tremain Edmunds (groin/heel) is listed as questionable after he practiced for the first time this week on Friday, while McDermott said starting linebacker Matt Milano (oblique) “should be ready to go” after missing one game.

Allen hasn’t missed a start since sustaining a similar injury in 2018, which forced him to miss four games in his rookie season.

If he can’t go, the AFC-leading Bills (6-2) would turn over the NFL’s top-ranked offense in yards gained to journeyman backup Case Keenum. He’s a 10-year veteran who enjoyed his best season playing for the Vikings in 2017, when he went 11-3.

“Case is a true pro and we have all the confidence in Case and Matt Barkley for that matter,” McDermott said, referring to Buffalo’s two veteran backups. “(Keenum) has earned all the respect in the world around here. And and I know he’ll be ready if called upon.”


(AP) — Matthew Stafford is questionable for the Los Angeles Rams’ home game against Arizona while working through the NFL’s concussion protocol.

The quarterback has been “making good progress and steady progression” since being placed in the protocol Tuesday, Rams coach Sean McVay said Friday.

Stafford worked out and threw the ball Thursday, and he participated in the Rams’ practice Friday on a limited basis. None of that progress means Stafford will play for Los Angeles (3-5) against the Cardinals (3-6) at SoFi Stadium, however.

“It could go all the way up until 90 minutes before kickoff,” McVay said on the decision to allow Stafford to play.

“When you’ve got a guy that’s a veteran player like him, you’re not going to risk at all,” McVay added. “We’re not going to skip any steps. I don’t want that to be misunderstood. But I think it would be silly of me to rule him out when you’re talking about our quarterback, the guy that means so much to us, if there’s a possibility (for him to play) while not (putting him at risk).”

The Rams say they had no indication Stafford had concussion symptoms last Sunday during their loss at Tampa Bay. Stafford was sacked four times by the Buccaneers, and he has been sacked 28 times in eight games this season behind a patchwork offensive line consisting of eight different starting lineups in eight games.

Stafford went into the concussion protocol Tuesday after the usual postgame medical examinations, the Rams said.

Despite his poor protection, Stafford is completing a career-best 68.4% of his passes for 1,928 yards with eight touchdowns against eight interceptions, including just three picks in the past six games. He has been one of the NFL’s most durable quarterbacks during his career, missing only eight games – all of them in the 2019 season with Detroit – over the past 12 years.

John Wolford is expected to start for the Rams if Stafford can’t play. Wolford, a four-year backup in McVay’s offense, has played only in mop-up duty since he started two games for Los Angeles during the 2020-21 season, including a playoff game.

The Rams got positive injury news about offensive lineman Coleman Shelton and rookie running back Kyren Williams, who will both play against the Cardinals. Shelton, who has started at right guard and center this season, missed four games with a high ankle sprain.

Williams, a fifth-round pick out of Notre Dame, has yet to play on offense after injuring his ankle on his only special teams snap during the Rams’ season opener against Buffalo.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) Deshaun Watson has one last weekend off the field.

The Cleveland Browns’ suspended quarterback can begin practicing on Monday as part of his settlement with the NFL after he was accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen women when he played for Houston.

Watson, who was acquired by the Browns in a controversial trade in March, was banned for 11 games in August for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. He agreed to the suspension, a $5 million fine and to undergo counseling and treatment.

He returned to the team last month, but the three-time Pro Bowler has been limited to attending meetings, weight-room workouts and conditioning sessions with members of Cleveland’s training staff.

That changes on Monday, when he’ll be allowed to practice.

The Browns (3-5) play at Miami on Sunday and won’t have their next on-field workout until Wednesday when Watson, who will be eligible to play on Dec. 4 – against Houston – can rejoin his teammates.

“I’ve been waiting. We’re still waiting. I’m ready to play with him,” “said Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who was also Watson’s teammate with the Texans. “I’ve played with him before. He’s a big energy booster for a team. He can go out there make some crazy throws, make some plays, and I think when he gets back we can open up our playbook with him a little different.

“It’s going to be exciting to see when he gets back. I’m just ready for it.”

Watson has always denied being inappropriate with the women, who claim he exposed himself and touched them inappropriately during massage therapy sessions. The 27-year-old settled 23 of 24 civil lawsuits brought against him. (In October, another civil lawsuit accusing Watson of sexual misconduct was filed in Texas.)

Two grand juries in Texas declined to indict him on criminal charges.

Watson was courted by other teams and initially turned down a trade to the Browns before changing his mind after the team offered him a five-year, $230 million contract that’s fully guaranteed. The Browns sent three first-round draft picks to the Texans for Watson, and are counting on him to become a franchise QB.

Jacoby Brissett has played well while filling in at quarterback, but he’ll soon step aside for Cleveland’s final six games.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski declined to specify the team’s immediate plans for Watson when he comes back next week.

“We kind of have a plan for that moving forward,” Stefanski said. “Deshaun is a great, great teammate. He has been awesome having him back in the building and in the meetings rooms.”

The Browns can’t afford many more losses or their playoff hopes will vanish before Watson comes back. There’s obvious incentive to play well to set up Watson’s return to games, but All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett said that can’t be the focus.

“We’ve got to win regardless if he comes back or not,” Garrett said. “Anything can happen, praying to God that he’s healthy and everything goes right when he comes back, but I don’t plan on handing it to anyone.

“He’s coming back to us, so we’re all going to do our part and he’s going to come in and do an exceptional job, and we fully believe that. But we’ve got to win for the sake of winning, wanting to be great and do great for the sake of this city. Not just for him coming back.”




LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 9-5

STREAKS Seahawks have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 11/3/19: Buccaneers 34, Seahawks 40 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE (first meeting in Munich)


LAST WEEK: W 31-21 at Arizona

COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 2-3

PTS. FOR 26.8


PASSING Geno Smith: 207-283-2,199-15-4-107.2

RUSHING Kenneth Walker (R): 111-570-5.1-7

RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 51-598-11.7-4



SACKS Uchenna Nwosu: 7

INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 4

TAKE/GIVE +3 (15/12)

PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 49.2 (44.3)

KICKING Jason Myers: 79 (25/26 PAT; 18/19 FG)

QB GENO SMITH completed 26 of 34 atts. (76.5 pct.) for 275 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 106.9 rating last week. Leads NFL with 7 games of 2+ TD passes, 6 games of 100+ rating & 4 games with +75 comp. pct in 2022. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB KENNETH WALKER (rookie) had 129 scrimmage yards (109 rush, 20 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 9. Since Week 5, leads NFL with 7 rush TDs. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 570 rush yards. Can become 4th rookie since 2000 (J.K. Dobbins, Ryan Grant & Maurice Jones-Drew) with rush TD in 6 straight games. • WR DK METCALF had 4th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Had 6 catches for 123 yards & TD catch in last meeting. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 4th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 5+ catches 7 of his past 8. Had 13 receptions for 152 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Metcalf (33 rec. TDs) & Lockett (30) are 2 of 10 in NFL with 30+ rec. TDs since 2019. • LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with 12 tackles last week & ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 16 games of 10+ tackles since 2021. • LB UCHENNA NWOSU had 3rd career game with 2 sacks last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ sacks & 5th in row with TFL. Has career-high 7 sacks in 2022. • CB TARIQ WOOLEN (rookie) had 1st-career TFL last week. Is 1 of 3 (James Bradberry & Sauce Gardner) with PD in 8 games in 2022. Aims for his 8th in row with PD. • CB COBY BRYANT (rookie) leads NFL with 4 FFs in 2022. • S RYAN NEAL had 2nd FF of season last week.


LAST WEEK W 16-13 vs. L.A. Rams

COACH VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 0-1

PTS. FOR 18.0


PASSING Tom Brady: 260-398-2,547-10-1-90.5

RUSHING Leonard Fournette: 121-405-3.3-2

RECEIVING Mike Evans: 44-617-14.0-3



SACKS Vita Vea: 6.5

INTs Jamel Dean: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (9/7)

PUNTING (NET) Jake Camarda (R): 48.5 (43.0)

KICKING Ryan Succop: 76 (10/10 PAT; 22/24 FG)

QB TOM BRADY became 1st player in NFL history with 100,000 career pass yards, incl. postseason. Had 55th game-winning drive last week & surpassed HOFer Peyton Manning (54) for most all-time. Has 1,270 pass yards (317.5 per game) in 4 career starts vs. Sea., incl. postseason. Leads NFC with 2,547 pass yards in 2022. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 5 catches & 60 scrimmage yards (41 rec., 19 rush) last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 8 of 9 games this season. Rushed for 101 yards & TD in his only career game vs. Sea. (12/10/17 w/ Jax.). • WR MIKE EVANS aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. Needs 6 catches for 9thstraight 50+ catch season. Had 12 catches for 180 yards & rec. TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. • WR CHRIS GODWIN has 6+ catches in 9 of his past 10 & aims for his 7th in row with 6+ receptions. Had 7 catches for 61 yards in last meeting. • WR JULIO JONES has 60 catches for 900 yards (112.5 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 8 career games vs. Sea., incl. postseason. • LB LAVONTE DAVID aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with 7+ tackles. • LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Has 5+ tackles in 8 of his 1st 9 games in 2022. Had 12 tackles & 2 FFs in last meeting. • DT VITA VEA had 2nd career game with 2 sacks last week & has career-high 6.5 sacks in 2022. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. • S KEANU NEAL had season-high 10 tackles last week. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. aims for his 4th in row with TFL.

  • The Buccaneers are 0-3 in games played outside the United States (all in London), having been outscored, 96-51, in those games. The Seahawks, meanwhile, are 2-0 outside the U.S. (one in Toronto, one in London), outscoring their opponents, 77-20.
  • Pete Carroll is in his 17th season as an NFL head coach and has had at least six wins in each one. The only other head coach in NFL history to have six or more wins in each of his first 17 seasons was Don Shula, who did so in all 33 seasons of his career.
  • Kenneth Walker III is the first NFL rookie to rush for a touchdown and have his team earn the victory in each of his first four career starts since Robert Edwards for the Patriots in 1998.
  • Tom Brady has thrown at least 40 passes with no interceptions in seven consecutive starts. No other QB in NFL history has done that in more than four straight starts.
  • The Bucs have rushed for 75 or fewer yards in eight straight games, the second-longest streak in the Super Bowl era behind a nine-game streak by the Cardinals from 1991-92.
  • There has been just one turnover by the Bucs or their opponents over Tampa Bay’s last five games (a fumble by the Bucs in Week 8), the fewest combined turnovers by any team over a five-game span in the Super Bowl era. Tampa Bay’s streak of five straight games without a takeaway is tied for the second longest in the Super Bowl era (49ers, six straight in 2018).



LEADER Vikings lead all-time series, 8-6

STREAKS Bills have won past 2

LAST GAME 9/23/18: Bills 27 at Vikings 6

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/19/14: Bills 17, Vikings 16


LAST WEEK W 20-17 at Washington

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin O’Connell: 0-0

PTS. FOR 24.1


PASSING Kirk Cousins: 197-304-1,999-13-6-89.5

RUSHING Dalvin Cook: 131-608-4.6-5

RECEIVING Justin Jefferson: 59-867-14.7-3



SACKS Za’Darius Smith: 8.5

INTs Harrison Smith: 4

TAKE/GIVE +6 (14/8)

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Wright (R): 46.3 (43.5)

KICKING Greg Joseph: 51 (18/21 PAT; 11/16 FG)

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 265 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 4th in row on road with 80+ rating. Has TD pass in 38 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Has 615 pass yards (307.5 per game) & 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 110.3 rating in 2 career starts vs. Buf. • RB DALVIN COOK had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 5th in row overall with TD. Ranks 2nd among active players with 110.1 scrimmage yards per game. Has 42 TDs (40 rush, 2 rec.) since 2019, 4th-most in NFL. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON 7 catches for 115 yards & had 20th-career rec. TD last week. Has 19 games with 100+ rec. yards, tied with Odell Beckham Jr. & HOFer Randy Moss for most by player in 1st 3 career seasons all-time. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 100+ rec. yards & 6th in row on road with 6+ catches. • WR ADAM THIELEN has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 road games this season. Had career high 14 receptions for 105 yards in last meeting. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 9 receptions for 70 yards in Min. debut last week. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 2 sacks last week, his 10th-career game with 2+ sacks. Has 6+ sacks in 7 of his 1st 8 career seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & 5th in row overall with TFL. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH has sack in 3 of his 4 road games this season. Had sack in his last game vs. Buf. (9/9/18 w/ Bal.). Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. • LB JORDAN HICKS had 12 tackles & 2 PD last week, his 4th game with 10+ tackles in 2022. • S HARRISON SMITH aims for his 4th in row with INT. Had sack & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with FF.


LAST WEEK L 20-17 at N.Y. Jets

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McDermott: 1-0

PTS. FOR 27.5


PASSING Josh Allen: 191-298-2,403-19-8-99.2

RUSHING Josh Allen (QB): 62-392-6.3-4

RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 60-857-14.3-7



SACKS Von MIller: 7

INTs Jordan Poyer: 4

TAKE/GIVE +1 (15/14)

PUNTING (NET) Sam Martin: 47.6 (42.3)

KICKING Tyler Bass: 62 (26/26 PAT; 12/15 FG)

QB JOSH ALLEN had season-high 86 rush yards & 2 rush TDs last week, his 6th-career game with 2+ rush TDs, 3rd-most ever by QB in 1st 5 seasons. Has 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs with 119.1 rating in 3 home starts this season. Passed for 196 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs & with 111.2 rating & had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 10 of his past 11 starts vs. NFC. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 19 TD passes & 4th with 2,403 pass yards. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR STEFON DIGGS led team with 5 catches for 93 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of past 4. Has 358 rec. yards (119.3 per game) & 5 rec. TDs in 3 home games this season. Ties for NFL lead with 7 rec. TDs this season & ranks 3rd with 857 rec. yards. Had 365 catches, 4,623 rec. yards & 30 rec. TDs in 5 seasons with Min. (2015-19). • WR GABE DAVIS has 206 rec. yards (103 per game) in 2 home games this season. • TE DAWSON KNOX has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • LB VON MILLER had sack & 1st FF of season last week. Has sack in 4 of past 5. Has TFL in 2 of 3 home games this season. Had sack & FF in his last game vs. Min. (12/26/21 w/ LAR) & has sack in each of 3 career games vs. Min. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (Aaron Donald & Cameron Jordan) with 7+ sacks in 7 of the past 8 seasons. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS aims for 4th in row with 10+ tackles. Has PD in each of 1st 2 home games this season. Had 10 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. • DE A.J. EPENESA had 1st-career FR last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. • S DAMAR HAMLIN led team with career-high 12 tackles & had sack in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.

  • The Vikings have played eight games at Highmark Stadium and have held the Bills to 23 points or fewer in each one. That is the longest streak of allowing 23 points or fewer by a visiting team in the stadium’s history.
  • Minnesota has won six straight games, all by eight points or fewer. That is tied for the second-longest streak of one-possession wins in NFL history, behind a seven-game streak by the Chiefs in 2020.
  • T.J. Hockenson had nine catches in his Vikings debut last week, tying the Bills’ Keith McKeller (October 18, 1987) for the most receptions by a tight end in his debut with a team in the Super Bowl era.
  • The Bills have allowed 21 points or fewer in 12 straight regular-season games, the longest streak in franchise history and the second longest by any NFL team over the last 15 seasons (Ravens, 13 straight from 2019-20).
  • Buffalo is allowing 4.6 points per game in the second half this year. No NFL team has allowed less than 5.0 points per game in the second half over a full season since the Panthers in 1996 (3.5).
  • Josh Allen has started 63 consecutive games at quarterback, the second-longest streak in Bills history behind Joe Ferguson (107, 1977-84). It is the third-longest active start streak among QBs behind Tom Brady (102) and Derek Carr (84).



LEADER Bears lead all-time series, 104-75-5

STREAKS Bears have won past 2

LAST GAME 11/25/21: Bears 16 at Lions 14

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/3/21: Bears 24, Lions 14


LAST WEEK W 15-9 vs. Green Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Dan Campbell: 0-2

PTS. FOR 23.5


PASSING Jared Goff: 173-275-2,041-14-7-91.8

RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 126-545-4.3-8

RECEIVING Amon-Ra St. Brown: 39-399-10.2-3



SACKS Aidan Hutchinson (R): 4.5

INTs Kerby Joseph (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE -3 (9/12)

PUNTING (NET) Jack Fox: 49.1 (40.5)

KICKING Michael Badgley: 16 (4/4 PAT; 4/4 FG)

QB JARED GOFF had 2 TD passes vs. INT last week. Completed 21 of 25 atts. (84 pct.) for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 121.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Since 2017, ranks 4th in NFL with 28 games with 300+ pass yards. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 50 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 10 rush) last week. Has 604 scrimmage yards (100.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 on road. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for 81 yards last week. Leads NFC & ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 8 rush TDs in 2022. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 8th in row overall with 50+ rush yards. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN led team with 55 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 70 yards in last road meeting. • TE JAMES MITCHELL (rookie) had 1st-career rec. TD last week. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON (rookie) had 1st-career INT in Week 9. • LB DERRICK BARNES led team with 12 tackles & had TFL, PD & 1st sack of season in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & TFL. • S KERBY JOSEPH set career highs in tackles (10), PD (3) & INTs (2) last week & is only rookie with 2+ FFs (2) & 2+ INTs (2) this season. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. • S DESHON ELLIOTT has 5+ tackles in each of his 7 games this season. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. • CB JEFF OKUDAH had 1st-career FF last week. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles.


LAST WEEK L 35-32 vs. Miami

COACH VS. OPP. Matt Eberflus: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.8


PASSING Justin Fields: 110-187-1,322-10-6-85.0

RUSHING Justin Fields (QB): 91-602-6.5-4

RECEIVING Darnell Mooney: 32-407-12.7-1



SACKS Jaquan Brisker (R): 3

INTs Eddie Jackson: 4

TAKE/GIVE +1 (13/12)

PUNTING (NET) Trenton Gill (R): 48.0 (41.1)

KICKING Cairo Santos: 53 (14/16 PAT; 13/13 FG)

CHICAGO became 2nd team in SB era (1976 Pittsburgh) with 225+ rush yards in 4 straight games & 1st team since 1978 (New England) with 200+ rush yards in 4 straight games. • QB JUSTIN FIELDS rushed for career-high 178 yards last week & surpassed Michael Vick (173 on 12/1/02) for most rush yards by QB in reg. season game since 1940. In Week 9, became 1st player in NFL history with 3+ TD passes, 150+ rush yards & rush TD in single game. Aims for his 4th in row with rush TD & 5th in row with 60+ rush yards. • RB KHALIL HERBERT has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Has 3 rush TDs in 4 home games this season. Fields (602 rush yards) & Herbert (586) are only pair of teammates each with 500+ rush yards in 2022. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY rushed for 106 yards & 2 TDs in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Det. with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. • WR DARNELL MOONEY had 7 catches & 1st rec. TD of season last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 5+ catches & 120+ rec. yards. • TE COLE KMET had 5 catches & career-high 2 rec. TDs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Had career-high 8 receptions in last meeting. • LB NICHOLAS MORROW has 5+ tackles in 4 of his past 5. • DB EDDIE JACKSON had 7 tackles last week & has 5+ tackles in 7 of his past 8. Has 2 FFs & 2 INTs in 4 home games this season. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. Det. • DB JAQUAN BRISKER (rookie) has 5+ tackles in 7 of his past 8. Is only rookie with 4+ TFL (4) & 3+ sacks (3). Ranks 2nd among rookie DBs with 55 tackles. • DB KYLER GORDON ranks 4th among rookie DBs with 48 tackles. • DB JAYLON JOHNSON aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

  • From 2013 through 2017, Detroit won nine of the 10 games between these teams. But since 2018, Chicago is 7-1 against the Lions, holding them to fewer than 24 points in all seven wins. The lone exception was a 34-30 loss at home in Week 13, 2020.
  • The Lions beat the Packers, 15-9, at home last week. It was the first time they’d held an opponent to fewer than 10 points since a 31-0 win at Green Bay in Week 17, 2018. It was the first time they’d done so at home since a 19-7 win over the Packers in Week 3, 2014.
  • After throwing two touchdown passes last week, Jared Goff’s teams improved to 31-15 in his career when he throws multiple TD passes (2-2 this season). His teams are 16-28-1 when he throws for one or zero touchdowns (0-4 this season).
  • The Bears fell to the Dolphons, 35-32, at home last week. It was just the second time in franchise history that they’ve scored at least 32 points at home and lost — the other was a 37-34 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 10, 1995 (they have done so seven times on the road).
  • Justin Fields ran for 178 yards last week, the most ever by a quarterback in a regular season game (Colin Kaepernick’s 181 yards against the Packers in the 2012 playoffs is the only higher mark). Fields also threw three touchdown passes — no one had ever run for more than 130 yards while throwing for at least three scores.
  • Detroit has forced opponents to go three-and-out on just 12.0 percent of drives this season, the lowest mark in the league. Chicago hasn’t been much better, forcing a quick punt just 16.3 percent of the time (28th in the NFL).



LEADER Chiefs lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS Chiefs have won past 5

LAST GAME 9/8/19: Chiefs 40 at Jaguars 26

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/7/18: Chiefs 30, Jaguars 14


LAST WEEK W 27-20 vs. Las Vegas

COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 0-1

PTS. FOR 22.1


PASSING Trevor Lawrence: 198-308-2,075-11-6-87.5

RUSHING Travis Etienne: 120-680-5.7-4

RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 43-574-13.3-5



SACKS Dawuane Smoot: 5

INTs Tyson Campbell, Andre Cisco, Devin Lloyd (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE -2 (11/13)

PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 50.3 (44.3)

KICKING Riley Patterson: 57 (18/19 PAT; 13/15 FG)

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 25 of 31 atts. (80.6 pct.) for 235 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 109 rating & had career-high 53 rush yards last week. Has 3 games with 80+ comp. pct. this season, most in NFL (min 20 atts.). Has 0 INTs in 3 of past 4. Has 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 on road. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE had 126 scrimmage yards (109 rush, 17 rec.) & career-high 2 rush TDs last week. Aims for 6th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with 100+ rush yards & rush TD. Ranks 5th among AFC RBs with 854 scrimmage yards in 2022. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK led team with season-high 8 catches for 76 yards & TD in Week 9. Has 7+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 on road. Is 1 of 5 WRs with 500+ rec. yards & 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • WR MARVIN JONES had 5 catches for 48 yards in Week 9. Had 77 rec. yards in his last game vs. KC (9/29/19 w/ Det.). • WR ZAY JONES has 5+ catches in each of 3 road games this season. Had 5 catches in his last game vs. KC (12/12/21 w/ LV). Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 vs. AFC West. • TE EVAN ENGRAM has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had TD catch in his last game vs. KC (11/1/21 w/ NYG). • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team with 9 tackles & had TFL last week. Aims for 8th in row with 8+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of 4 road games this season. Had 6 tackles & INT in only career game vs. KC (12/27/20 w/ Atl.). • DE DAWUANE SMOOT had season-high 2 sacks in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 1.5+ tackles. Is 1 of 10 in NFL with 5+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. • CB TRE HERNDON had PD & 1st-career FF last week. Has PD in 2 of past 3.


LAST WEEK: W 20-17 vs. Tennessee (OT)

COACH VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 5-2

PTS. FOR 30.4


PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 219-331-2,605-21-6-103.6

RUSHING Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 69-293-4.2-3

RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 57-659-11.6-7



SACKS Chris Jones: 5.5

INTs Juan Thornhill, Jaylen Watson (R), Joshua Williams (R): 1

TAKE/GIVE -1 (8/9)

PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend: 51.5 (47.3)

KICKING Harrison Butker: 27 (12/13 PAT; 5/8 FG)

QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed career-high 43 of 68 atts. (63.2 pct.) for season high 446 yards & had career-high 63 rush yards with 1st rush TD of season last week. Can join Ryan Fitzpatrick (2018) & Dak Prescott (2020) as only QBs ever with 400+ pass yards in 3 straight games. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of past 5. Passed for 378 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 143.2 rating in last meeting. Has 300+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 career games vs. Jax. Leads NFL with 2,605 pass yards & 21 TD passes. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC South. • RB JERICK MCKINNON had 69 scrimmage yards (38 rec., 31 rush) in only career game vs. Jax. (12/11/16 w/ Min.). • TE TRAVIS KELCE had season-high 10 catches for 106 yards last week, his 32ndcareer game with 100+ rec. yards, tied with Rob Gronkowski for the most-ever by TE. Aims for 6th in row with 6+ catches & 4th in row with 95+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 85+ rec. yards. Ties for NFL lead with 7 rec. TDs in 2022. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had season-high 10 catches for 88 yards in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • WR MECOLE HARDMAN set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (79) & had rec. TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD catch. • DT CHRIS JONES aims for 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • DE CARLOS DUNLAP had season-high 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Has 3 PD in his past 2 vs. Jax. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED aims for 3rd in row with PD. Has 5+ tackles in each of 8 games this season.

  • Kansas City has won five straight games against the Jaguars with the most recent game being a 40-26 victory in 2019. Jacksonville is the only team to ever hold Patrick Mahomes to zero touchdown passes and multiple interceptions a regular-season game (Week 5, 2018).
  • Jacksonville overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Raiders Sunday, 27-20. It was the second largest comeback win in team history (21-points vs. Giants in 2014).
  • Travis Etienne Jr. has rushed for at least 100 yards in three consecutive games, the longest streak of 100-yard rushing games by a first-year player in Jacksonville team history.
  • The Chiefs ran 91 total plays in their 20-17 overtime win over the Titans while holding Tennessee to 48 total plays. It was the first time Kansas City had at least 90 plays while holding an opponent to 50 or fewer plays since a win over Cincinnati in 1978 (90 to 45).
  • Patrick Mahomes attempted 68 passes (completing 43) in the win over the Titans, both of which set single-game team records. The only player to attempt more passes in a win in the NFL since 1950 was Drew Bledsoe with 70 in Week 11 of the 1994 season.
  • The win over Tennessee was the 995th game the Chiefs have played in team history (regular season and playoffs). It was the first game in which the team did not have a single running back with more than five yards rushing.



LEADER All-time series tied, 9-9

STREAKS Dolphins have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 11/24/19: Dolphins 24 at Browns 41

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/16: Dolphins 30, Browns 24 (OT)


LAST WEEK Bye (W 32-13 vs. Cincinnati on Mon. in Week 8)

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 0-0

PTS. FOR 25.0


PASSING Jacoby Brissett: 163-255-1,862-7-5-86.8

RUSHING Nick Chubb: 149-841-5.6-10

RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 39-553-14.2-5



SACKS Myles Garrett: 7.5

INTs Grant Delpit, A.J. Green, Denzel Ward: 1

TAKE/GIVE -4 (8/12)

PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 47.3 (38.8)

KICKING Cade York (R): 60 (18/20 PAT; 14/18 FG)

QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 17 of 22 atts. (77.3 pct.) for season-high 278 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with career-high 133.7 rating & had rush TD in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ comp. pct., 0 INTs & 105+ rating. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for 101 yards & 2 TDs in Week 8, his 3rd game with 2+ rush TDs this season, tied 2nd-most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & TD in 6 of past 7. Has 377 scrimmage yards (125.7 pre game) in 3 road games this season. Had 168 scrimmage yards (106 rush, 58 rec.) in last meeting. Leads NFL with 10 rush TDs & ranks 2nd with 841 rush yards. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 72 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 30 rec.) in Week 8. Has TD in 2 of 3 road games this season. Has rush TD in each of 2 career games vs. Mia. • WR AMARI COOPER led team with 5 catches for season-high 131 yars & 5th rec. TD of season in Week 8. Is 6th player in SB era with 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 8 seasons. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for 88 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Mia. (9/22/19 w/ Dal.). Has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Dal. • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES had season-high 81 rec. yards in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row with 70+ rec. yards. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 1.5 sacks & PD in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Has 3 sacks in 2 road games this season. Has 13 sacks in 9 career games vs. AFC East. • LB SIONE TAKITAKI led team with career-high 13 tackles & had 1st sack & FF of season in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles & TFL. • LB DEION JONES had 1st sack of season in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had 3 TFL & sack in his last game vs. Mia. (10/24/21 w/ Atl.).


LAST WEEK W 35-32 at Chicago

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0

PTS. FOR 23.7


PASSING Tua Tagovailoa: 151-216-1,980-15-3-115.9

RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 110-478-4.3-2

RECEIVING Tyreek HIll: 76-1,104-14.5-3



SACKS Bradley Chubb (Den/Mia): 5.5

INTs Jevon Holland: 2

TAKE/GIVE -3 (7/10)

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 45.7 (40.7)

KICKING Jason Sanders: 57 (24/25 PAT; 11/15 FG)

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 21 of 30 atts. (70 pct.) for 302 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 135.7 rating last week, his 3rd game with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes this season, tied-most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 135+ rating. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 5th in row at home with 0 INTs. Leads NFL with 115.9 rating & ranks 3rd with 69.9 comp. pct this season. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had 2nd rush TD of season last week. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC North with 75+ scrimmage yards. • RB JEFF WILSON had 72 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 21 rec.) & 1st TD catch of season in Mia. debut last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. • WR TYREEK HILL led team with 7 catches for 143 yards & TD in Week 9, his 5th game this season with 125+ rec. yards, most in NFL. Aims for 7th in row with 7+ catches & 3rd in row with 140+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 197 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cle. (9/12/21 w/ KC). Leads NFL with 1,104 rec. yards, most by player in team’s 1st 9 games of season in SB era. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 5 catches for 85 yards & TD last week. Aims for 5th in row with 85+ rec. yards & 3rd in row with TD catch. Hill & Waddle have 2nd-most combined rec. yards (1,916) ever by teammates in team’s 1st 9 games of season. • LB MELVIN INGRAM had 3rd sack of season in Week 9. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 & 3 of 4 home games this season. Has 3 sacks in 5 career games vs. Cle. • LB ELANDON ROBERTS led team with season-high 9 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 at home. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 6 tackles, FF & PD in last home meeting.

  • The Browns are 5-2 (.714) against the Dolphins since 2005, their best record against any single opponent in that span.
  • Cleveland beat Cincinnati at home before their bye, 32-13. Since the beginning of 2020, the Browns are 5-0 against the Bengals but 9-16 against all other AFC opponents.
  • Nick Chubb leads the NFL with 10 rushing touchdowns. That is the most through the Browns’ first eight games of a season since Jim Brown in 1959 (also 10).
  • The Dolphins have scored at least 30 points in their last two games, including a 35-32 win in Chicago in Week 9. The last time Miami had a longer streak was 2009 (four games).
  • Tyreek Hill has 1104 receiving yards this season, the most by any player through his team’s first nine games in the Super Bowl era. Prior to this year, there had only been 11 times a Dolphins receiver recorded 1100 yards in an entire season.
  • The Dolphins are averaging 7.0 yards per play on 1st and 10 this season, best in the NFL. Last year, the Dolphins averaged 4.9 yards per play on 1st and 10, third worst in the NFL.



LEADER Giants lead all-time series, 4-1

STREAKS Giants have won past 4

LAST GAME 9/23/18: Giants 27 at Texans 22

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/21/14: Giants 30, Texans 17


LAST WEEK: L 29-17 vs. Philadelphia (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Lovie Smith: 3-1

PTS. FOR 16.6


PASSING Davis Mills: 162-258-1,656-10-8-81.2

RUSHING Dameon Pierce (R): 148-678-4.6-3

RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 32-354-11.1-1



SACKS Jerry Hughes: 7

INTs Jalen Pitre (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (11/9)

PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 49.1 (42.7)

KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 55 (13/13 PAT; 14/16 FG)

QB DAVIS MILLS passed for 154 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 2 TD passes in 2 of past 3. • RB DAMEON PIERCE rushed for season-high 139 yards last week, 2nd-most rush yards by rookie in single game this season. Is only rookie with 125+ rush yards in multiple games (131 in Week 4). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 5 of past 6. Has 408 scrimmage yards (102 per game) in 4 road games this season. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 on road. Leads rookies in scrimmage yards (776) & rush yards (678). • RB REX BURKHEAD has 4+ catches in 2 of past 3 on road. • WR BRANDIN COOKS has 4+ receptions in 6 of 7 games this season. Had 7 catches for 68 yards in his last game vs. NYG (9/18/16 w/ NO). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. NFC East. • WR PHILLIP DORSETT led team with season-high 69 rec. yards in Week 9. Has 45+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • WR CHRIS MOORE had 43 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • TE O.J. HOWARD has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. NYG. • TE TEAGAN QUITORIANO (rookie) had 1st-career TD catch last week in NFL debut. • DL JERRY HUGHES had season-high 5 tackles & 2 sacks in Week 9. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 2+ sacks in 3+ games this season. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TFL & sack. • DB STEVEN NELSON had 5 tackles & 1st sack & FF of season last week. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Has 5 tackles in 3 of 4 road games in 2022. • DB JONATHAN OWENS led team with 10 tackles in Week 9, his 5th game this season with 10+ tackles, most among DBs & tied 2nd-most in NFL.


LAST WEEK Bye (L 27-13 at Seattle in Week 8)

COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.4


PASSING Daniel Jones: 143-220-1,399-6-2-88.0

RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 163-779-4.8-5

RECEIVING Darius Slayton: 16-232-14.5-1



SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 4

INTs Julian Love: 1

TAKE/GIVE +2 (10/8)

PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 50.2 (42.2)

KICKING Graham Gano: 65 (14/14 PAT; 17/19 fG)

QB DANIEL JONES has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Has 5 TDs (3 pass, 2 rush) in 4 home starts in 2022. Has 65+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 5th rush TD of season in Week 8. Ranks 2nd among RBs with 121 scrimmage yards per game this season. Has 7 games with 85+ scrimmage yards in 2022, tied-most in NFL. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 85+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON led team with 5 catches for 66 yards in Week 8. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. • TE TANNER HUDSON had career-high 58 rec. yards in Week 8. • S JULIAN LOVE has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home & 6 of his past 7. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had season-high 8 tackles & 1st sack of season in Week 8. Since 2015, has 39 games with 5+ tackles, 4th-most among DL. • LB JIHAD WARD has 5 TFL in 4 home games in 2022 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL. • LB TOMON FOX (rookie) had 8 tackles & team-high 2 TFL in Week 8. • LB MICAH MCFADDEN (rookie) had 1st-career sack in Week 8. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 4th-career FF, 2nd-career FR & 5th PD of season in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. Has 4 PD & INT in 5 career games vs. Hou. • DB FABIAN MOREAU had 2 PD in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD & 4th in row with 5+ tackles.

  • After dropping their first meeting to the Texans in 2002, the Giants have won four straight in the series including both games played in New Jersey. The Giants have never lost a home game to a team from Houston (2-0 vs. Texans and 3-0 vs. Oilers).
  • The Texans fell to the Eagles, 29-17, in their last game despite being tied 14-14 at halftime. Houston is 1-4-1 (.250) this season when being tied or leading at halftime, which is the worst such record in the NFL.
  • In eight career games, Dameon Pierce has 678 rushing yards and 20 receptions. In the Super Bowl era, the only players to reach 650+ rushing yards and 20+ catches in fewer career games were Kareem Hunt, Eric Dickerson and Ottis Anderson (seven games each).
  • The Giants have two more wins than they did all of last season as they and the Jets are the only two NFL teams to already eclipse last season’s win total. New York will need to go 7-2 the rest of the way to tie their franchise record for largest win increase between two seasons (1928-29, four to 13).
  • Daniel Jones has not thrown a first-half interception this season, making him one of two QBs with at least 100 first-half attempts in 2022 without a pick thrown (Tom Brady). Jones entered the season with 15 first-half interceptions in his three NFL seasons.
  • Brian Daboll is the first Giants head coach to win six of his first eight games with the team since Allie Sherman was 6-2 on his way to a 10-3-1 season in 1961.



LEADER Saints lead all-time series, 9-7

STREAKS Saints have won past 3

LAST GAME 12/23/18: Steelers 28 at Saints 31

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/14: Saints 35, Steelers 32


LAST WEEK L 27-13 vs. Baltimore (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Dennis Allen: 2-0

PTS. FOR 23.6


PASSING Andy Dalton: 124-190-1,385-10-5-93.4

RUSHING Alvin Kamara: 104-443-4.3-1

RECEIVING Chris Olave (R): 43-618-14.4-2



SACKS Demario Davis: 6

INTs Tyrann Mathieu: 2

TAKE/GIVE -10 (7/17)

PUNTING (NET) Blake Gillikin: 47.6 (42.0)

KICKING Wil Lutz: 62 (20/20 PAT; 14/19 FG)

QB ANDY DALTON has 80+ rating in 5 of his 6 starts this season. Aims for his 4th road start in row with 300+ pass yards. Has 3,331 pass yards & 21 TDs (19 pass, 2 rush) in 16 career starts vs. Pit. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 vs. Pit. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 6+ catches & 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. Had 105 scrimmage yards (82 rec., 23 rush) & 2 rush TDs in last road meeting. • WR CHRIS OLAVE (rookie) led team with 6 receptions & 71 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches & 8th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Leads all rookies in receptions (43) & rec. yards (618). • WR JARVIS LANDRY has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Pit. • TE JUWAN JOHNSON had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 6 sacks & 8 TFL in his past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & 7th in row on road with TFL. Is only player with 5+ sacks in each of past 11 seasons. Had sack & INT in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with PD. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS had career-high 6th sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & 5th in row overall with TFL. Had sack & FR in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with sack. Needs 2 TFL for 6th-straight 10+ TFL season. • DT DAVID ONYEMATA aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • CB PAULSON ADEBO has PD in 4 of his past 5. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had FR in his last game vs. Pit. (12/26/21 w/ KC).


LAST WEEK: Bye (L 35-13 at Philadelphia in Week 8)

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 0-3

PTS. FOR 15.0


PASSING Kenny Pickett (R): 112-165-962-2-8-66.8

RUSHING Najee Harris: 108-361-3.3-1

RECEIVING Diontae Johnson: 43-372-8.7-0



SACKS Alex Highsmith: 6.5

INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick: 3

TAKE/GIVE -4 (10/14)

PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 44.5 (41.3)

KICKING Chris Boswell: 45 (9/9 PAT; 12/16 FG)

QB KENNY PICKETT (rookie) completed 25 of 38 atts. (65.8 pct.) for 191 yards & had season-high 37 rush yards in Week 8. Has 25+ completions in 3 of his past 4 starts. • RB NAJEE HARRIS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row overall with 50+ scrimmage yards. Since 2021, ranks 3rd among RBs with 98 receptions & is 1 of 3 RBs (Josh Jacobs & Joe Mixon) with 1,500+ rush yards (1,561) & 500+ rec. yards (579) since 2021. • RB JAYLEN WARREN (rookie) had career-high 75 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 8. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 5 receptions in Week 8. Has 5+ catches in 8 of his past 9 at home. Since entering NFL in 2019, ranks 5th with 38 games of 5+ catches. Needs 7 receptions for 4th-consecutive 50+ catch season. • WR GEORGE PICKENS ranks 5th among rookies with 338 rec. yards. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH had team-high 57 rec. yards in Week 8. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 at home. • LB T.J. WATT has 50 sacks in 40 career home games, incl. 15 sacks in his past 6 at home. Aims for his 7th in row at home with sack & 8th in row at home with TFL. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 3rd sack of season in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with PD. Aims for 4th in row overall with TFL. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK has 9 PD in his past 10. Has 5+ tackles in 8 of his past 9 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT & 4th in row at home with PD. • CB CAMERON SUTTON has PD in 7 of his 8 games this season.

  • New Orleans has won four of its last five games against Pittsburgh despite the Steelers averaging 27.4 points in the five games. The Steelers have never scored more points in a five-game span against a single opponent while losing four of the games.
  • The Saints fell to the Ravens last week, 27-13, which included a season-low 48 rushing yards on 15 attempts. It was their fewest attempts since Week 10, 2019 versus Atlanta (11).
  • Chris Olave caught six of his nine targets for 71 yards on Sunday and is leading all rookies in receiving yards (618). He is averaging 77.3 receiving yards per game, which would be the highest average by a Saints rookie all-time (current record: Michael Thomas in 2016 — 75.8).
  • The Steelers are coming off a bye after a 35-13 loss to the Eagles in Week 8. This is the second time under Mike Tomlin (since 2007) the Steelers have been 2-6 or worse through eight games (2013 — started 2-6, finished 8-8).
  • Najee Harris is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry this season, lowest among the 37 players with at least 75 rushing attempts this season. Harris has just one rushing touchdown this season after leading all rookies last season with seven.
  • The Saints rank last in the NFL in turnover differential at -10 while the Steelers are tied for fifth worst at -4. New Orleans has finished a season with the lowest turnover differential outright only two times in team history (1997 and 1984).



LEADER Titans lead all-time series, 23-16-1

STREAKS Titans have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 9/14/20: Titans 16 at Broncos 14

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/11/16: Titans 13, Broncos 10


LAST WEEK Bye (W 21-17 vs. Jacksonville in London, Week 8)

COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0

PTS. FOR 15.1


PASSING Russell Wilson: 134-228-1,694-6-4-83.5

RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 75-263-3.5-2

RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 35-467-13.3-1



SACKS Dre’Mont Jones: 5.5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE 0 (9/9)

PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 45.9 (41.4)

KICKING Brandon McManus: 53 (8/10 PAT; 15/19 FG)

QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 251 yards & TD vs. INT in Week 8. Has 250+ pass yards in 2 of past 3. Has 0 INTs in 3 of 4 road games this season. Has 973 pass yards (324.3 per game) 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 112.2 rating in 3 career starts vs. Ten. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 52 scrimmage yards (29 rush, 23 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 78 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 376 scrimmage yards (125.3 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Ten. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY rushed for 46 yards & TD in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD & has rush TD in 3 of his 4 games this season. • WR JERRY JEUDY had 6 catches for 63 yards & 3rd rec. TD of season in Week 8. Aims for his 6th in row with 50+ rec. yards & 3rd in row wth 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of 4 road games this season. Had 56 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. AFC South. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 76 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. • TE GREG DULCICH (rookie) led team with season-high 87 rec. yards in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE DRE’MONT JONES had season-high 7 tackles, sack & tied career high with 3 TFL in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TFL & sack. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 1st INT of season in Week 8. Has PD in 2 of past 3. • CB K’WAUN WILLIAMS had season-high 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with PD.


LAST WEEK L 20-17 at Kansas City (OT)

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 1-1

PTS. FOR 18.6


PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 95-146-1,097-6-3-92.7

RUSHING Derrick Henry: 183-870-4.8-9

RECEIVING Robert Woods: 22-256-11.6-1



SACKS Denico Autry: 7

INTs David Long: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (12/9)

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Stonehouse (R): 53.0 (44.9)

KICKING Randy Bullock: 47 (17/17 PAT; 10/12 FG)

QB RYAN TANNEHILL aims for his 4th in row with 0 INTs. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts. Passed for 249 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 97.9 rating in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of 3 career starts vs. Den. Is 6-0 with 13 TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 115.1 rating in his past 6 starts vs. AFC West. • QB MALIK WILLIS (rookie) totaled 120 yards (80 pass, 40 rush) last week. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 115 yards & 2 TDs in Week 9, his 3rd game this season with 100+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs, most in NFL. Aims for 7th in row with 115+ scrimmage yards, 6th in row with 100+ rush yards & 3rd in row with 2+ rush TDs. Has rush TD in 6 of past 7. Had 131 scrimmage yards (116 rush, 15 rec.) in last meeting. Leads NFL with 870 rush yards & ranks 2nd with 9 rush TDs. Can become 5th player ever with 10+ rush TDs in 5 straight seasons. • WR ROBERT WOODS had 7 catches for 109 yards in his last game vs. Den. (10/14/18 w/ LAR). Has 70+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC West. • TE CHIGOZIEM OKONKWO (rookie) led team with season=high 48 rec. yards last week. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with 12 tackles in Week 9 & 1 of of 3 DBs (Divine Deablo & Mike Edwards) with 12+ tackles in multiple games this season. Had 9 tackles, FF & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with PD. • CB ROGER MCCREARY (rookie) had 8 tackles & 1st-career INT last week. • DL DENICO AUTRY led team with 2 sacks last week, his 10th-career game with 2+ sacks & 2nd this season. Has sack in 4 of past 5. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had PD in Week 9. Has sack in 3 of past 4 & 2 TFL in 2 of past 3. Has 4 TFL, 3 sacks & FF in 3 home games this season. Had FR in last meeting.

  • Tennessee won its last meeting with Denver, 16-14, in Week 1 of 2020. The last time the Titans won consecutive games against the Broncos was 1987 and 1991.
  • The Broncos snapped a four-game losing streak with a 21-17 win at Jacksonville in Week 8 before their bye week. All three of Denver’s wins this season have been via a fourth quarter comeback. Only the Vikings and Giants have more fourth quarter comebacks (four each).
  • Russell Wilson is 1-2 (.333) as a starter against the Titans in his career. Including playoff games, the Titans are one of just five teams Wilson owns a losing record against (also the Chargers, Packers, Rams and Seahawks).
  • Tennessee lost in overtime at Kansas City in Week 9, 20-17. Between Ryan Tannehill and Malik Willis, the Titans do not have a passing touchdown in their last three games. The last time they had a longer streak was a five-game stretch in 2007.
  • Derrick Henry has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his last five games, which is tied for the longest streak of his career. The last NFL player to have a longer streak was DeMarco Murray in 2014 (eight games).
  • The Titans and Broncos have both scored 24 or fewer points in all eight of their games this season. They are two of four teams to do this along with the Steelers and Texans.



LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 10-8

STREAKS Raiders have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 1/2/22: Raiders 23 at Colts 20

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/13/20: Colts 44, Raiders 27


LAST WEEK: L 26-3 at New England

COACH VS. OPP. Jeff Saturday: 0=0

PTS. FOR 14.7


PASSING Sam Ehlinger: 32-52-304-0-1-69.7

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 107-462-4.3-1

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 54-550-10.2-1



SACKS DeForest Buckner: 5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -8 (9/17)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 43.9 (39.7)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 50 (8/8 PAT; 14/16 FG)

QB SAM EHLINGER completed 15 of 29 atts. (51.7 pct.) & totaled 142 yards (103 pass, 39 rush) in 1st-career road start last week. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 1,266 scrimmage yards (122.6 per game) & 12 TDs (10 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 10 on road. Has 279 scrimmage yards (139.9 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. LV. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 100+ rush yards & rush TD. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. Raiders. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5 overall & 6 of his past 7 on road. Had 6 catches for 47 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches. • WR PARRIS CAMPBELL has 40+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Had 5 catches in only career game vs. Raiders (9/29/19). • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 7 tackles & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack & has sack in 4 of past 5. Had half sack in last meeting. • DE KWITY PAYE led team with season-high 8 tackles & had sack in Week 9. Has sack in 2 of past 3 & has TFL in 5 of 6 games this season. Had sack in last meeting. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE aims for 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Had career-high 4 TFL, 2 sacks & PD in his last game vs. Raiders (12/15/19 w/ Jax.). Had 10 sacks in 2021 w/ LV. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD had season-high 5 tackles last week. Had 8 tackles, 2 FFs & INT in last meeting. Has FF in 2 of 3 career games vs. Raiders. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE had TFL, FF & FR in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row on road with FR. Has 7+ tackles in 8 of 9 games this season. Had 9 tackles in last meeting.


LAST WEEK: L 27-20 at Jacksonville

COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 0-2

PTS. FOR 22.9


PASSING Derek Carr: 170-273-1,880-11-5-88.5

RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 138-743-5.4-6

RECEIVING Davante Adams: 48-658-13.7-7



SACKS Maxx Crosby: 6

INTs Duron Harmon: 2

TAKE/GIVE -2 (5/7)

PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 49.9 (44.0)

KICKING Daniel Carlson: 69 (15/16 PAT; 18/18 FG)

QB DEREK CARR passed for 259 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs or 99.2 rating last week. Has 0 INTs in 4 of past 5 starts. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Has 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 96.3 rating in 3 home starts this season. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of 5 career starts vs. Ind. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 87 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 20 rec.) last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 6 of past 7. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 150+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. Had 80 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 70+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 4th in NFL with 915 scrimmage yards & 743 rush yards & can join HOFer Marcus Allen as only players in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 10 catches for season-high 146 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 21st-career game with 10+ catches, most in NFL since 2015. Has 95+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Had 7 catches for 106 yards & TD in his last game vs. Ind. (11/22/20 w/ GB). Has rec. TD in each of 2 career games vs. Ind. Ties for NFL lead with 7 rec. TDs in 2022. • WR HUNTER RENFROW has 55+ rec. yards in each of 2 home games this season. Had 7 catches for 76 yards & TD in last meeting. Aim for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 5+ catches. • TE DARREN WALLER aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 7+ catches. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 5 tackles, TFL & 1st FR of season last week. Has TFL in 7 of 8 games this season & ties for NFL lead with 13 TFL. Had 2 TFL in last home meeting. • DE CHANDLER JONES has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 10 tackles last week. Has TFL in 5 of 6 games in 2022. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with season-high 11 tackles in Week 9.

  • The Colts are 4-1 in their last five road games against the Raiders, including a win in their only trip to Vegas in 2020. They’re just 2-6 all-time at home against the Raiders, including a 23-20 loss in the last meeting in Week 17, 2022.
  • The Colts fell to the Patriots, 26-3, in New England last week, their third consecutive loss. They hadn’t lost three in a row since Weeks 1-3 of last season. Head coach Frank Reich was fired and replaced by longtime Colts center Jeff Saturday.
  • Sam Ehlinger was 15-for-29 for 103 yards against the Patriots. It was the fewest passing yards by a Colts quarterback (minimum 20 attempts) since Jacoby Brissett had 69 against the Bills in Week 14, 2017.
  • The Raiders lost to the Jaguars, 27-20, in Jacksonville last week despite leading 17-0 in the second quarter and 20-10 at halftime. It was their third blown lead of at least 17 points this season (also Week 2 and Week 5) — they had just five such games in their history prior to this year, and none since 2011.
  • Including his performance last week, Davante Adams has four career games with at least 10 receptions, 140 receiving yards and multiple touchdown catches. That’s tied with Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill, Andre Johnson, Jerry Rice and Andre Rison for the most such games in the Super Bowl era.
  • Indianapolis has gained at least four yards on first down just 42.6 percent of the time this year, second lowest in the league (Carolina, 42.2). Las Vegas has allowed opponents to gain 4+ yards on first down 54.9 percent of the time, second highest in the league (Atlanta, 55.2).



LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 16-13

STREAKS Packers have won past 2

LAST GAME 10/6/19: Packers 34 at Cowboys 24

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/16/16: Cowboys 30, Packers 16


LAST WEEK: Bye (W 49-29 vs. Chicago in Week 8)

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 0-0

PTS. FOR 22.9


PASSING Dak Prescott: 54-81-591-3-2-90.1

RUSHING Tony Pollard: 81-506-6.2-5

RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 42-556-13.2-3



SACKS Micah Parsons: 8

INTs Trevon Diggs: 3

TAKE/GIVE +6 (13/7)

PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 48.5 (42.4)

KICKING Brett Maher: 63 (18/19 PAT; 15/17 FG)

QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 21 of 27 atts. (77.8 pct.) for 250 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 114.5 rating & had 1st rush TD of season in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row with 110+ rating. Has 961 pass yards (320.3 per game) & 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) with 99.5 rating in 3 career starts vs. GB. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 397 scrimmage yards (132.3 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. GB & aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with 90+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road & aims for his 5th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. • RB TONY POLLARD had career-high 147 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 16 rec.) & career best 3 rush TDs in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had 5 catches for 77 yards & 3rd rec. TD of season in Week 8. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7 & aims for his 4th in row on road with 5+ catches. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ had season-high 6 receptions for 74 yards in Week 8. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 1st career FR-TD in Week 8. Has 8 sacks, 12 TFL & 3 FFs in 11 career road games & aims for his 4th in row on road with TFL. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 4th sack of season in Week 8. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG has sack in each of 1st 3 road games in 2022 & aims for his 6th in row on road with 0.5+ sacks. • CB TREVON DIGGS has 9 PD & 3 INTs in his past 6 on road. Leads NFL with 33 PD & 14 INTs since 2021. • S DONOVAN WILSON has 5+ tackles in each of 1st 8 games of season. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL.


LAST WEEK L 15-9 at Detroit

COACH VS. OPP. Matt LaFleur: 1-0

PTS. FOR 17.1


PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 205-317-2,091-14-7-89.0

RUSHING Aaron Jones: 107-600-5.6-1

RECEIVING Allen Lazard: 30-427-14.2-5



SACKS Preston Smith: 3.5

INTs Jaire Alexander: 3

TAKE/GIVE -5 (8/13)

PUNTING (NET) Pat O’Donnell: 45.5 (39.6)

KICKING Mason Crosby: 44 (17/17 PAT; 9/11 FG)

QB AARON RODGERS passed for season-high 291 yards last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 7 of his past 8 home starts. Had 13 TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 99.7 rating in 8 career games vs. Dal. Has 90+ rating in 5 of his past 6 vs. Dal. • RB AARON JONES has 409 scrimmage yards (102.3 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 home games in 2022. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Had 7 catches, 182 scrimmage yards (107 rush, 75 rec.) & career-high 4 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 125+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • RB A.J. DILLON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 8 of his past 9 home games. • WR ALLEN LAZARD led team with 87 rec. yards & had 5th rec. TD of season last week. Has 9 rec. TDs in his past 10 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. Aims for his 7th in row with 4+ receptions. • TE JOSIAH DEGUARA had career-high 5 receptions last week. • LB PRESTON SMITH has 7.5 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 7 at home. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with sack. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL has 5+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home & 4th in row vs. Dal. with 5+ tackles. • LB QUAY WALKER leads NFC rookies with 61 tackles & leads all rookies with 9 games of 5+ tackles. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had career high 3rd INT of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Had 3 PD & INT in last meeting. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. Dal.

  • Green Bay has won five of its last seven matchups with Dallas. Among active quarterbacks with at least five starts against Dallas, only Tom Brady (7-0) and Russell Wilson (5-1) have a better record against the Cowboys than Aaron Rodgers (5-2).
  • The Cowboys rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns in a Week 8 win over the Bears. It was the first time Dallas rushed for 200 yards and four scores since Week 1, 1995.
  • In the win over Chicago, Dak Prescott became the first Cowboys quarterback in the last 30 seasons to have a pass and rush of at least 25 yards in the same game.
  • The Packers have lost five straight games, averaging 15.8 points per game during the losing streak. It is the first time the Packers have lost five games in a row while averaging fewer than 16.0 points per game since Weeks 13 through 17 of the 1990 season.
  • Aaron Rodgers’ passer rating is at 89.0 this season after posting a 111.9 rating in 2021. The decrease of 22.9 is the largest by a Packers quarterback (min. 5 games played) since Bart Starr from 1966 to 1967 (105.0 to 64.4).
  • Tony Pollard rushed for 131 yards against the Bears, getting 9.4 yards per carry. It was his second career game with a rushing average above 9.0 on 10 or more carries. Only Tony Dorsett (four) has more such games in Cowboys history.



LEADER Rams lead all-time series, 46-39-2

STREAKS Rams have won past 2

LAST GAME 9/25/22: Rams 20 at Cardinals 12

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/3/21: Cardinals 37, Rams 20


LAST WEEK L 31-21 vs. Seattle

COACH VS. OPP. Kliff Kingsbury: 1-7

PTS. FOR 22.6


PASSING Kyler Murray: 240-360-2,168-12-6-86.9

RUSHING Kyler Murray (QB): 59-359-6.1-2

RECEIVING Zach Ertz (TE): 46-394-8.6-4



SACKS J.J. Watt: 4.5

INTs Six tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE +3 (12/9)

PUNTING (NET) Andy Lee: 46.8 (39.4)

KICKING Matt Prater: 33 (9/9 PAT; 8/8 FG)

QB KYLER MURRAY had 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 101.5 rating & 60 rush yards last week. Has 70+ comp. pct., 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 road starts. Passed for 314 yards in Week 3 meeting. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.3 rating in last road meeting. • RB JAMES CONNER had 5 catches & 64 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 19 rec.) last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 13 straight games, tied-4th longest active streak. Had 2 rush TDs in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LAR with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 3 on road & aims for his 4th in row on road with TD catch. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. LAR. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 4th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 6 catches in Week 3 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. LAR with 5+ receptions. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road & 6+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road. • DE J.J. WATT has 4 sacks, 5 TFL & 4 PD in his past 5 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ TFL. Had sack in Week 3 meeting. • DE ZACH ALLEN has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAR & 5 PD in his past 5 on road. • LB ISAIAH SIMMONS aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • S BUDDA BAKER led team with 11 tackles last week. Had FF in Week 3 meeting & FR in last road meeting. Aims for his 5th in row at LAR & 8th in row overall vs. LAR with 5+ tackles. • S JALEN THOMPSON had FR in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 6th in row overall & 7th in row vs. LAR with 5+ tackles.


LAST WEEK L 16-13 at Tampa Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McVay: 11-1

PTS. FOR 16.4


PASSING Matthew Stafford: 195-285-1,928-8-8-84.9

RUSHING Darrell Henderson: 62-253-4.1-2

RECEIVING Cooper Kupp: 72-813-11.3-6



SACKS Aaron Donald: 5

INTs Five tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -5 (8/13)

PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 49.6 (41.4)

KICKING Matt Gay: 47 (14/14 PAT; 11/12 FG)

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD had TD pass vs. 0 INTs last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts. Has 816 pass yards (272 per game) & 5 TDs vs. INT for 108.7 rating in his past 3 starts vs. Az. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 100+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON rushed for season-high 56 yards last week. • RB CAM AKERS rushed for 61 yards & TD in Week 3 meeting. • WR COOPER KUPP had 8 catches for 127 yards & 6th rec. TD of season last week & became 6th player ever with 20+ games (20) with 5+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 1st 6 career seasons. Leads NFC with 72 receptions, 3rd-most ever by player in team’s 1st 8 games of season. Has 112 catches for 1,422 rec. yards (109.4 per game) & 14 rec. TDs in his past 13 home games. Had rush TD in Week 3 meeting & has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. Az. • DL AARON DONALD had 5th sack of season last week. Has 16 sacks & 23 TFL in 17 career games vs. Az. Had sack & 2 TFL in Week 3 meeting. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had season-high 13 tackles & blocked FG last week. Has 5+ tackles in each of 1st 8 games in 2022 & aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ tackles. Had 9 tackles in Week 3 meeting & aims for his 8th in row vs. Az. with 9+ tackles. • LB LEONARD FLOYD aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Az. with sack. • DB JALEN RAMSEY had 2 PD last week. Had 8 tackles, 2 TFL & 2 PD in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with TFL & 4th in row vs. Az. with 2+ PD. Has 4 PD, 2 sacks, 2 FFs & INT in his past 4 at home. • CB TROY HILL had 2 PD last week. Has INT-TD in each of his past 2 vs. Az. with LAR (Week 13, 2020 & Week 17, 2021).

  • Los Angeles is 10-1 against the Cardinals since 2017, including a win in Arizona in Week 3 this year. The lone loss came at SoFi Stadium last season. The only team with more wins against a single opponent since 2017 is the Patriots, who are 11-0 against the Jets.
  • The Cardinals fell to the Seahawks, 31-21, at home last week. Since 2019, they’re now 2-9 in divisional games at home, tied with Atlanta for the worst mark in the league, but 5-5 in such games on the road.
  • Kyler Murray has thrown multiple touchdown passes and completed at least 70 percent of his attempts in each of his last two games, though the Cardinals have lost both. Prior to Week 8, they had won six straight games when Murray hit those marks.
  • The Rams lost to the Buccaneers, 16-13, in Tampa last week. It was just the third time since Sean McVay took over in 2017 that the Rams allowed 16 or fewer points and lost (also a 15-6 loss in Chicago in Week 14, 2018 and a 16-10 loss against Seattle in Week 5, 2017).
  • Last week was Cooper Kupp’s 20th career game with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2017. The only other players with more than 15 such games in that span are Davante Adams (19) and Tyreek Hill (18).
  • The Rams have gone three-and-out on 29.4 percent of their offensive drives this season, the second-highest mark in the league (Pittsburgh, 31.8). Last season, they did that on just 13.3 percent of their drives, the second-lowest mark in the league (Kansas City, 10.1).



LEADER Chargers lead all-time series, 8-6

STREAKS Chargers have won past 5

LAST GAME 9/30/18: 49ers 27 at Chargers 29

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/20/14: Chargers 38, 49ers 35 (OT)


LAST WEEK W 20-17 at Atlanta

COACH VS. OPP. Brandon Staley: 0=0

PTS. FOR 23.0


PASSING Justin Herbert: 233-351-2,254-13-5-90.6

RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 98-427-4.4-6

RECEIVING Mike Williams: 37-495-13.4-3



SACKS Khalil Mack: 6

INTs Bryce Callahan: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (11/9)

PUNTING (NET) JK Scott: 44.0 (42.9)

KICKING Cameron Dicker (Phi/LAC) (R): 16 (4/4 PAT; 4/4 FG)

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 30 of 43 atts. (69.8 pct.) for 245 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of 4 road starts this season. Has 375+ pass yards & 3 TD passes in each of 2 career starts on SNF. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 71 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 24 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 10th-career game with rush & rec. TD, tied with Alvin Kamara & Christian McCaffrey for most-ever by player in 1st 6 seasons. Aims for 6th in row with rush TD & has rush & rec. TD in 4 of past 5. Has 473 scrimmage yards (118.3 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in 4 road games this season. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with 2+ TDs. Has 10 TDs (6 rush, 4 rec.) in his past 6 in primetime. Ties for NFL lead with 10 TDs (6 rush, 4 rec.) in 2022. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 7 catches for 63 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row in primetime with 7+ catches & 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. • WR JOSH PALMER led team with 8 catches for career-high 106 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches and 55+ rec. yards. • WR DEANDRE CARTER had season-high 5 catches for 53 rec. yards in Week 9. • TE GERALD EVERETT aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. • LB KHALIL MACK had FF & FR in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with FR. Has 3 TFL & 2 sacks in 2 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row in primetime with sack. • LB DRUE TRANQUILL led team with 10 tackles & had 2 TFL & sack last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3 & TFL in 3 of past 4. Aims for 7th in row with 7+ tackles. • S DERWIN JAMES had 9 tackles & sack last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 2 PD & sack in last meeting. Has 4 PD in 3 career games on SNF.


LAST WEEK Bye (W 31-14 at L.A. Rams in Week 8)

COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 0-1

PTS. FOR 22.0


PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo: 140-210-1,691-11-4-100.7

RUSHING Christian McCaffrey (Car/SF): 111-525-4.7-3

RECEIVING Brandon Aiyuk: 38-483-12.7-4



SACKS Nick Bosa: 8.5

INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 3

TAKE/GIVE -3 (9/12)

PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 44.4 (40.0)

KICKING Robbie Gould: 49 (19/19 PAT; 10/13 FG)

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 21 of 25 atts. (84 pct.) for 235 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 132.5 rating in Week 8. Has 95+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts. Aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 101.4 rating in 4 home SNF starts with SF. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY became 4th player since 1970 with pass TD, rush TD & rec. TD in single game in Week 8. Is 1 of 3 RBs (Roger Craig & Alvin Kamara) with 400+ catches (400) in 1st 6 career seasons. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 & leads all active players with 113.4 scrimmage yards per game. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL has 640 scrimmage yards (91.4 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 7 at home. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home on SNF. Aims for his 4th in row at home on SNF with 5+ catches. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 4th rec. TD of season in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. Has TD in 4 of his 5 career SNF games. • TE GEORGE KITTLE aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 35 catches (8.8 per game) for 513 rec. yards (128.3 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 4 career home SNF games. • DL NICK BOSA had 1.5 sacks in Week 8. Has 8 sacks in his past 7 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 4th in row at home with sack. • LB FRED WARNER had season-high 12 tackles & 0.5 sacks in Week 8. Aims for his 5th in row on SNF & 7th in row overall with 6+ tackles. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD has 2+ PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. LAC. • S TALANOA HUFANGA aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT & 4th in row at home with PD. Is 1 of 2 DBs (Desmond King) with 5+ TFL (5) & 6+ PD (6) in 2022.

  • The Chargers are looking to win their sixth straight game against the 49ers, which would make them the first team to do so since the Seahawks (nine games from 2014 to 2018).
  • Justin Herbert was not sacked in the Chargers’ most recent win over Atlanta. LA has allowed the fewest sacks in the league this season (10). The Chargers have not allowed 10 or fewer sacks through eight games since the 2008 season (also 10).
  • Through 40 career starts, Justin Herbert has accounted for 90 touchdowns (82 passing, 8 rushing). Only Patrick Mahomes (107), Dan Marino (95) and Kurt Warner (91) accounted for more scores in their first 40 starts.
  • San Francisco’s last five games have all been decided by at least 14 points (3-2 record). The 49ers have not had six consecutive such games since an eight-game streak in 1999.
  • Christian McCaffrey threw for, rushed for and caught a touchdown in San Francisco’s win over the Rams. He was the first player to do so since the Chargers’ LaDainian Tomlinson completed the feat in Week 6 of the 2005 season.
  • Austin Ekeler both rushed for and caught a touchdown in the Chargers’ win over Atlanta. His 10 career games with both a rushing and receiving touchdown are the most in Chargers history, with the next closest player being LaDainian Tomlinson (seven).



LEADER Commanders lead all-time series, 87-82-5

STREAKS Eagles have won past 3

LAST GAME 9/25/22: Eagles 24 at Commanders 8

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/21: Philadelphia 27, Washington 17


LAST WEEK L 20-17 vs. Minnesota

COACH VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 5-5

PTS. FOR 17.7


PASSING Taylor Heinicke: 58-92-629-5-3-87.6

RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 89-328-3.7-2

RECEIVING Curtis Samuel: 45-455-10.1-3



SACKS Daron Payne: 5.5

INTs Jonathan Allen, Darrick Forrest, Danny Johnson: 1

TAKE/GIVE -4 (7/11)

PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 48.0 (44.5)

KICKING Joey Slye: 39 (12/13 PAT; 9/11 FG)

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 2 TDs vs. INT last week. Is 4-1 in his past 5 road starts with 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 4 INTs & 91.6 rating. Completed 27 of 36 atts. (75 pct.) for 247 yards in his only career start vs. Phi. (1/2/22). • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 overall & aims for his 4th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in Week 3 meeting & rush TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Phi. with 65+ scrimmage yards. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 5 catches for 56 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 102 rec. yards in Week 3 meeting. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his 7 career games vs. Phi. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 81 scrimmage yards (65 rec., 16 rush) & 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had 7 catches & 61 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 13 rush) in Week 3 meeting. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN had sack in last road meeting & has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Phi. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. • DT DARON PAYNE had 6 tackles, career-high 4 TFL & sack last week & has career high 5.5 sacks in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row overall with sack. • LB COLE HOLCOMB has 6+ tackles in 6 of his 7 career games vs. Phi. & aims for his 5th in row vs. Phi. with 7+ tackles. • CB KENDALL FULLER had PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. with PD. • CB BENJAMIN ST-JUSTE had 2 PD & 1st-career sack in Week 9. • S KAMREN CURL led team with 11 tackles & had 2 TFL last week. Had INT in his only career game at Phi. (1/3/21). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 8+ tackles.


LAST WEEK: W 29-17 at Houston (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 3-0

PTS. FOR 28.1


PASSING Jalen Hurts: 163-239-2,042-12-2-107.8

RUSHING Miles Sanders: 131-656-5.0-6

RECEIVING A.J. Brown: 43-718-16.7-6



SACKS Javon Hargrave: 6

INTs C.J. Gardner-Johnson: 5

TAKE/GIVE +15 (18/3)

PUNTING (NET) Arryn Siposs: 46.3 (41.7)

KICKING Jake Elliott: 41 (23/24 PAT; 6/8 FG)

PHILADELPHIA advanced to 8-0 for 1st time in franchise history. • QB JALEN HURTS completed 21 of 27 atts. (77.8 pct.) for 243 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.9 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes vs. 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Can surpass HOFer Peyton Manning (11 wins in 1999) & Dak Prescott (11 in 2016) for 3rd-longest winning streak by starting QB under age 25 since 1990. Passed for 340 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.5 rating in Week 3 meeting. • RB MILES SANDERS rushed for 93 yards & 6th TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home & 4th in row overall with rush TD. Had 146 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 15 rec.) in last home meeting. • WR A.J. BROWN had 6th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Has 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in each of his 1st 4 home games with Phi. Had TD catch in Week 3 meeting. Needs 7 catches for 4th-straight 50-catch season. • WR DEVONTA SMITH had 8 catches for career-high 169 yards & rec. TD in Week 3 meeting. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT had season-high 100 rec. yards & 2nd rec. TD of season last week, his 4th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in Week 3 meeting. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE had career-high 3 sacks last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Had sack & FR in Week 3 meeting. • LB HAASON REDDICK aims for his 4th in row vs. Was. with sack. • CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 3rd INT of season last week. Has PD in each of 1st 8 games in 2022 & is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 7 seasons. Bradberry (93 PD) & CB DARIUS SLAY (92) lead NFL in PD since 2016. • S C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON has career-high 5 INTs & aims for his 5th in row with INT.

  • Philadelphia took its first meeting of the season against Washington, 24-8, in Week 3. The Commanders held the Eagles to 72 rushing yards in that game, the only team to hold Philadelphia under 100 rushing yards in a game this season.
  • The Commanders’ defense had one interception in last week’s loss to the Vikings, bringing their total to three on the season. The three interceptions through nine games are tied for the Commander’s third fewest in any season since 1950 (2 in 1998 and 2006).
  • Taylor Heinicke has completed 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) passes in the middle of the field in three games this season. That is the lowest completion percentage out of 37 quarterbacks with at least 10 attempts to the middle this season.
  • The Eagles have had one or zero turnovers in all eight games to begin the season. Just five teams since 1950 have had at least nine straight such games to begin a season, including the 2004 Eagles.
  • Over his last three games, Jalen Hurts has posted a 128.3 passer rating. It is the highest passer rating in a three-game span by an Eagle (min. 50 attempts) since Nick Foles in 2013.

A.J. Brown is averaging 89.8 receiving yards per game this season. He is on pace to have the highest mark all-time by an Eagles player in their first season with the team, surpassing Terrell Owens’ 2004 season (85.7 yards per game).


Faster, more competitive games have the NFL feeling proud through the first half of the season.

While the league is constantly dealing with off-field issues, including Dan Snyder’s legal troubles, Brian Flores’ lawsuit and Deshaun Watson’s suspension, the NFL points out the product and viewing experience have improved.

Through Week 9, game time is down to 3:01:55. That would be the fastest for a full season in nearly 30 years. Games averaged 3:00:01 in 1993.

The average margin of victory is 9.43 points this season, the lowest at this stage since 1970.

There have been 104 games within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter. That’s the highest percentage (76.5) through nine weeks.

There have been 79 games decided by eight points or fewer, 72 decided by seven or fewer and 62 decided by six or fewer, the most such games at this stage of the season.

Also, many games are coming down to the final minutes, and fourth-quarter comebacks are on the rise.

There have been 42 games in which a team came back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter, the most through nine weeks. There have been 27 games in which a team overcame a deficit of at least 10 points to win or tie, the third-most, trailing only 1987 (31) and 2020 (26). There have been 12 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 14 points to win or tie, the third-most, trailing only 1987 (15) and 2011 (13).

There have been 31 games decided by a winning score within the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime this season, tied with 2012 (31) for the third-most such games through the first nine weeks, trailing only 2021 (35) and 2015 (33). Eleven games have been decided by the winning score on the final play.

“All of these different things allows for good fan experience, whether you’re in the stadium or watching on television,” league executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press.

Entering the second half of the season, 159 million people have watched NFL games. The average number of viewers per game is 16.2 million on television and digital platforms. NFL games rank as the top 38, and 47 of the top 50, shows on television since the start of the season.

“Here’s what our game looks like due to great coaching, great strategy and, frankly, good administration of officiating,” said Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations. “Sometimes it doesn’t feel that way, but all of these things have to work to produce what we’re seeing.”

Roughing-the-passer penalties became a hot topic in Week 5 when two questionable calls caused outrage among players, coaches and fans. However, the overall number of roughing-the-passer penalties is down this season. There were 55 called in nine weeks out of 20,698 plays. Last year, it was 79 at this point compared to 65 in 2020 and 86 in 2019.

The frustration with the two controversial penalties last month led many people to call for making roughing the passer a reviewable play.

“The data doesn’t even support it,” Vincent said. “And when you look at the volume number of plays, what’s being called and what’s not being called, that’s all part of the ebb and flow of a season. Keeping the quarterback healthy allows us to have these historical numbers after nine weeks of play.”

Tickets sold are up 3.5% for games played in the United States, and league executive Peter O’Reilly said ticket sales among fans 34 or younger are increasing.

“It’s a real positive for us and for clubs as we continue to focus on engaging younger fans,” O’Reilly said.


From awarding victory turkey legs to the star players to being the voice on the NFL’s biggest Thanksgiving Day games for years, John Madden was synonymous with the holiday he so adored.

The NFL is making that a lasting tribute by honoring the late broadcaster by launching the “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration” to begin on the first Thanksgiving following his death last December.

“No one cared more or contributed more to our game than John Madden,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Honoring his memory and impact on the NFL is important and Thanksgiving Day brings all of the elements significant to John to life – family, football, food and fun.”

The league plans for the Thanksgiving tribute to Madden to be an annual event starting Nov. 24, when there will be special segments on all three broadcasts by CBS, Fox and NBC dedicated to Madden.

A recording of Madden discussing Thanksgiving and the holiday’s relationship to football will serve as the lead-in to the three games that day: Buffalo at Detroit on CBS, the Giants at Dallas on Fox and New England at Minnesota on NBC.

Madden worked for all three of those networks during a career that included 20 games on Thanksgiving when he worked at CBS and Fox.

“There’s no place that I would rather be today on Thanksgiving than right here, right now, at a football game,” Madden said at the Bears-Lions Thanksgiving game in 1997. “There are just certain things that go together: the turkey, the family, the tradition, football. … And we have it all today.”

Madden began the tradition of handing out a turkey leg to the star of the game beginning in 1989 when Philadelphia’s Reggie White got it following a win over Dallas.

The following year Madden gave out victory legs to Dallas’ Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman and joked that he wished he had more for the offensive linemen. A barbecue owner in Texas took up the challenge and created an artificial six-legged turkey.

For this year’s games, the “Madden Player of the Game” will have a $10,000 donation made in their name by the NFL Foundation to the youth or high school football program of their choice.

There will also be “John Madden Thanksgiving” logos on the 25-yard lines and a sticker on the back of each helmet featuring an image of Madden with his fist up in the air.



LOS ANGELES (AP) Caleb Williams passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores, and No. 8 Southern California overcame an apparently serious injury to top running back Travis Dye in a 55-17 victory over Colorado on Friday night.

Williams accounted for five total touchdowns in his fourth consecutive outstanding game for the Trojans (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12), who warmed up for season-defining games against No. 9 UCLA and No. 20 Notre Dame in the next two weeks with a slow start followed by a blowout victory over the Buffaloes (1-9, 1-6).

Former Colorado receiver Brenden Rice had 70 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Trojans, while Tahj Washington and Austin Jones caught TD passes from Williams in the third quarter. Jones threw up a 2 and a 6 after his score to honor the jersey number of Dye, the Pac-12’s second-leading rusher with 884 yards.

Dye left the field on a cart with an air cast on his left leg after getting tackled awkwardly in the second quarter. The Oregon transfer and Los Angeles-area native has been a key component of the Trojans’ immediate transformation from a four-win program to a College Football Playoff contender.

Dye’s teammates all gathered around the cart in support before it left the field, and Dye flashed USC’s signature V for Victory to his cheering fans. Dye then watched the second half from the sideline on crutches while the Trojans scored at least 41 points for the fourth consecutive game with a prolific offense led by Williams, who had another standout game despite throwing only his second interception of the season.

Alex Fontenot rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Buffaloes, who have yielded 188 points during their four-game losing streak under interim head coach Mike Sanford.

J.T. Shrout passed for 124 yards and rushed for a late TD while Colorado fell to 0-16 against USC in a series that began in 1927 and includes 11 straight Pac-12 losses for the Buffs.

USC’s defense had its best game in a month, with Tuli Tuipulotu recording 2 1/2 sacks to increase in FBS-leading total to 11 1/2, but the Trojans actually trailed 3-2 after an ugly first quarter.

USC’s second drive ended when Williams’ underthrown long pass was wrestled away from Rice by Nikko Reed, but USC’s defense scored the game’s first points on a safety moments later when Tuipulotu pressured Shrout into an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone.

Williams quickly took control, and he excelled even with a third straight week of minimal help from his top two receivers. Jordan Addison made only one reception in limited action during the Biletnikoff Award winner’s return from a two-game injury absence, but receiver Mario Williams missed his third straight game with an injury.


Colorado: The Buffs’ first quarter will look good on film when interim coach Mike Sanford tells them they’ve got a chance to win one of their final two games. This lost season is a motivational challenge, but Sanford’s team clearly is still playing hard with what it has.

USC: Dye’s absence is a blow to the Trojans’ leadership and heart, but they’ve got talented backups in Jones and Raleek Brown, who had a 25-yard TD catch from Miller Moss in the fourth quarter. USC’s defensive play almost certainly will determine where the Trojans finish this regular season.


Colorado: At Washington on Saturday, Nov. 19.

USC: At UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 19.



HOUSTON (AP) Astros general manager James Click will not be given a new contract, a highly unusual move that the team announced Friday – just six days after Houston won the World Series.

Click was hired from the Tampa Bay Rays before the 2020 season and appeared increasingly distant from owner Jim Crane. The 44-year-old Click did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It’s believed to be the first change in general manager following a World Series title since 1947, when the Yankees’ Larry MacPhail was replaced by George Weiss.

Click said Tuesday at the general managers meetings in Las Vegas that his contract expired Oct. 31 and the situation had not been addressed. He also said that he was given little advance notice of Wednesday’s news conference, where the Astros announced that manager Dusty Baker was coming back on a one-year contract.

Click wouldn’t respond Tuesday when asked by reporters whether he had been offered a one-year contract. And he answered indirectly when asked whether autonomy over baseball operations was an issue.

“All of us always want to have areas of responsibility in areas that we can call our own, in areas that we can take pride in,” he said. “Inevitably in any of these jobs, these decisions are multimillion-dollar decisions, and ownership is going to be involved. It’s just a question of degree.”

Crane was asked about Click’s status multiple times Wednesday and said the two were in discussions. Crane also was asked how he would evaluate the job Click had done since taking over after Jeff Luhnow was fired in the wake of the team’s sign-stealing scandal.

“We’re going over that,” Crane said. “But I think James has done a good job. He stepped in and made some good moves. We’ll sit down and see where we’re going to end up with James.”

After that, Crane was asked whether he thought the organization was better off now with Click at the helm: “I’ve run a lot of businesses. This one is no different. I’m never satisfied. If I was satisfied maybe we wouldn’t be where we are. But I press everybody to get better from top to bottom … so I’m always looking to improve and I can improve, the people on my team can improve and the players can improve. So the standard is there for everyone.”

Click spent 14 years with the Rays, starting as a coordinator of baseball operations before becoming the team’s director of baseball research and development and director of baseball operations. He spent three seasons as vice president of baseball operations before Houston hired him.



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Armando Bacot started setting his feet, sealing off defenders and demanding the ball inside. His teammates complied. And that’s what finally got top-ranked North Carolina rolling offensively against the College of Charleston.

It also helped that coach Hubert Davis got the response he wanted after a “soft” first half, too.

Bacot had all but one of his 28 points after halftime to help UNC push past Charleston 102-86 on Friday night. The 6-foot-11 preseason Associated Press All-American got just one shot attempt in an opening half that set the tone for an offensively driven game with neither team consistently stringing together stops.

The Tar Heels (2-0) seemingly had to outscore the Cougars (1-1) after trailing at halftime as well as respond to physical play. Getting Bacot established helped both.

“He caught the ball where he wanted to,” Davis said. “He outworked whoever defended him to catch the ball as close as he could to the basket. His moves were definitive and strong, and he either scored or got fouled. I was very proud of him.”

Bacot went 10 for 12 from the field after the break.

“I still think my approach has got to be better. I didn’t think I played a good game today. I don’t know, I guess it’s something I’ve got to think on and just look at film and see what I need to work on and just get better at it,” he said.

Caleb Love added 25 points for the Tar Heels, who made 20 of 28 shots (71.4%) after halftime and finished the game shooting 60%.

Dalton Bolon scored 14 of his 16 points before halftime for Charleston, which led by eight points in the first half and 50-43 at halftime.

The Cougars shot nearly 53% in the first 20 minutes and hovered well beyond 50% until fading in the final minutes as the Tar Heels finally asserted control. Coach Pat Kelsey said his team knew “the storm was coming” but kept battling.

“Our guys withstood a couple of those runs, so that resilience was something exciting and something really good to see,” he said. “Obviously that last tsunami at the end, it was sort of game over from there.”


Charleston: Picked to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Cougars scored 85 points with nine 3-pointers in their opener to beat Chattanooga and showed plenty of offensive punch again. They repeatedly beat the Tar Heels off the dribble, including having their guards muscle UNC’s backcourt of Love and RJ Davis in the paint. Ultimately, though, they lost their 12th straight game against ranked opponents.

UNC: The Tar Heels labored through their opener against UNC Wilmington with a performance that Bacot called “rusty” and Davis hoped was just “first-game anxiousness and nervousness.” This one looked better from an offensive standpoint while Davis thought the team responded better defensively after halftime. Still, the Tar Heels didn’t go ahead for good until midway through the second half.

“One of the things we talked a lot about at halftime, I told them there’s nowhere to go,” Davis said. “There’s no exit route. there’s no stairs, there’s no door. You’re going to have to stay in there and you’re going to have to compete.”


Charleston entered 6-27 against ranked teams, with the last win coming at Baylor in November 2012. … UNC has been outrebounded in each of its first two games. … The Tar Heels made 27 of 38 free throws compared to 6 of 9 for the Cougars. … Charleston made 2 of 10 3-pointers after halftime. … Love had nine rebounds and six assists for UNC, while Leaky Black had 15 points. … Ante Brzovic had 12 of his 15 points before halftime for the Cougars.


Charleston: The Cougars host Richmond on Monday night.

UNC: The Tar Heels host Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night.


CORONADO, Calif. (AP) Drew Timme likened it to the feeling of playing hoops in a park as a kid, only this time it was on the flight deck of one of the world’s most powerful warships.

Timme led No. 2 Gonzaga in a spirited comeback from a 12-point deficit, finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulldogs beat Michigan State 64-63 Friday night on the USS Abraham Lincoln at North Island Naval Air Station.

“It’s definitely something different. It’s something you don’t experience every day,” Timme said. “I think growing up playing in the park is something that helped us. And look, they had to play on it too. … It wasn’t the prettiest game to watch but it was just put your nose in the dirt and keep going and don’t stop and I thought it was a true test of our grit and heart and I think we did a good job of answering the bell today.”

Timme twice gave the Zags the lead in the final 2:27. His inside shot made it 63-61 before Malik Hall answered with a hook to tie it. The Zags scored just one more point, when Timme made the second of two free throws with 1:51 left.

Gonzaga’s Julian Strawther was called for traveling with 31 seconds left and Michigan State’s Jaden Akins missed a desperation 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

“Gonzaga is who Gonzaga is because they’re really good,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. “But they’ve got a go-to guy. Down the stretch that guy he just rose up. That’s what he’s supposed to do.

“I want to feel so good about the setting, our fans, the veterans, the way our team played, but how do you feel good when you lose a game when you led for 30 minutes?” Izzo said. “It’s hard to do.”

Timme had tied the game at 55 with a 3-point play and Bolton tied it again at 59 with a big 3-pointer.

Strawther had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Nolan Hickman scored 10 for Gonzaga (2-0).

Michigan State big man Mady Sissoko scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half but committed his third foul early in the second half and didn’t have much of an impact the rest of the way.

The Spartans (1-1) led 45-33 three minutes into the second half before Timme and the Zags went on an 11-0 run to pull to 45-44. Timme made a spin move layup, was fouled and made the free throw, and then fed Rasir Bolton for a baseline jumper to close within three points. Efton Reid III’s slam dunk got the Zags to 45-44.

Tyson Walker made a layup with 12:10 left to break MSU’s five-minute scoring drought.

Timme’s 3-point play tied it at 55-55 and then Bolton hit a 3-point shot for a 59-59 tie with 3:54 left.

As impressive as he was overall, Timme made just four of 10 free throws and could have given the Zags a cushion late in the game.

The game was played 11 years to the day after North Carolina beat Michigan State on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson at North Island NAS, with then-president Barack Obama and wife Michelle watching from courtside.

The teams wore camouflage uniforms with U.S.A. on the back. Just before the second half began, the crowd rose for the retiring of the flag at sunset. The crowd of 3,000 was made up mostly of sailors from the aircraft carrier as well as fans of both teams.

Michigan State led 38-31 at halftime largely on the strength of the powerful inside game of the 6-foot-9 Sissoko. Sissoko had three slam dunks in the final 5 minutes of the half, including on an alley-oop pass from A.J. Hoggard. His final two dunks helped the Spartans take control. Michigan State had consecutive steals, which had coach Tom Izzo emphatically pumping his fist.

Neither team was afraid to hoist 3-pointers and each team made a shot from behind the arc in the first two minutes. The wind appeared to affect just one 3-point shot as the six-level conning tower and the scoreboard blocked most of the wind off the Pacific Ocean.


Michigan State: Coach Tom Izzo dropped to 0-2 in aircraft carrier games on San Diego Bay. His unranked Spartans certainly got Gonzaga’s attention with some tough defense.

Gonzaga: Timme returned for his senior season to take a final shot at bringing an elusive national title to Spokane.


Michigan State plays No. 4 Kentucky at Indianapolis on Tuesday night.

Gonzaga plays at No. 12 Texas on Wednesday night.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Jarace Walker scored 23 points and No. 3 Houston overcame a slippery floor to beat Saint Joseph’s 81-55 Friday night in the Veterans Classic.

J’Wan Roberts added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (2-0), who have yet to trail this season.

Houston’s biggest obstacle was the slick floor conditions that emerged in the first half and eventually forced a brief delay in the second half. At nearly every stoppage of play after the break, team managers, security personnel and ball boys were tasked with wiping the floor in several locations.

Cougars coach Kelvin Sampson said referee Pat Driscoll suggested calling the game during the final media timeout with 3:24 remaining.

“I didn’t think it had risen to that level, but I didn’t want any of their kids to get hurt,” Sampson said. “We both have long seasons. I certainly didn’t want any of our kids to get hurt, but I didn’t think it was at the point where we needed to call it.”

Erik Reynolds II scored a team-high 17 points for Saint Joseph’s (0-1), which lost in coach Billy Lange’s first game at Alumni Hall since concluding a seven-season stint at Navy in 2011.

Lange said he did not believe the second-half departures of guard Cameron Brown and forward Rasheer Fleming were related to the floor. Brown experienced cramping after colliding with a defender on a layup attempt. Fleming landed on someone’s foot after going up for an offensive rebound. Neither player returned.

Lange said he wanted to complete the game to ensure the Cougars were credited with a victory.

“To postpone a game when a team’s up 26 points, they’re going to win the game,” Lange said. “They’re a national championship-aspiration program, and that’s real this year. It’s very, very real.

“To play and not get a win, I just thought it was not the right decision to make. And I think we’re going to be good, so it could end up being a really quality win for them.”

Houston bolted to leads of 12-2 and 34-11 and was never seriously threatened. The Cougars held a 15-1 advantage in points off turnovers in the first half and took a 46-26 lead into the break.

Walker shot 10 of 14 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds in his second career game after scoring eight points on 3 of 14 shooting in Monday’s rout of Northern Colorado.

“He had 23 points tonight,” Sampson said. “That’s great. I don’t think anybody in our program is going to ask for his autograph because of that. He had eight rebounds, but how about getting 18 rebounds? Because he’s capable. We’re just going to keep challenging our guys. I don’t want them to ever be satisfied.”

Houston guard Marcus Sasser, an Associated Press preseason first team All-America pick, had seven points on 2 of 9 shooting.


Houston: In what is likely to become a frequent refrain this season, the Cougars overwhelmed an opponent with their length and athleticism on defense and their crisp passing at the offensive end.

Saint Joseph’s: The Hawks have six newcomers, and this was a difficult way for a relatively inexperienced roster to begin the season. Saint Joseph’s was picked to finish 13th in the 15-team Atlantic 10, and has some work to do before conference play begins Dec. 31.


With a pair of victories this week, Houston will remain in the top five for another week. Its first high-profile test awaits Nov. 20 at No. 21 Oregon.


Houston plays host to Oral Roberts on Monday.

Saint Joseph’s welcomes Lafayette to Philadelphia for its home opener Monday.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) It turns out to be about freshmen so often for Duke, and that proved to be the case Friday night.

Kyle Filipowski had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in as many games, and the No. 7 Blue Devils blew out South Carolina Upstate 84-38.

Filipowski became the second Duke freshman with two double-doubles to begin a career, joining Marvin Bagley III from five years ago.

“I’m doing what I should be doing on the offensive and defensive sides,” Filipowski said.

Perhaps the biggest development for Duke was the debut of center Dereck Lively II, the highest-rated recruit nationally in the freshman class. He had been out since a calf injury sustained in a preseason practice.

“I worry about Duke’s success, that’s all I worry about,” Lively said of his much-anticipated outing. “I always bring energy.”

Lively played about 15 minutes. He said there was no pain or tightness.

“Just waiting on my moment, waiting for the right time to show the world what I can do,” Lively said. “Taking it one step at a time.”

He came off the bench and flushed dunks for his only two baskets, providing the tying and go-ahead points after Duke’s ragged opening stretch.

“It was a great way to get the team, the sideline, everybody in the whole building just electrified,” Lively said. “I loved it.”

So did his teammates.

“He’s still getting himself back,” Mark Mitchell said. “I don’t think a lot of teams will be able to match the things he does once he gets back to full strength.”

It will take time before Lively’s full impact is evident.

“His game isn’t going to be back to full right away,” Duke coach Jon Scheyer said. “He did a really good job of pushing through.”

The time without Lively as a regular participant might have long-term benefits for the Blue Devils.

“An opportunity to find some things we might not have found otherwise,” Scheyer said. “Our depth we certainly feel is a strength of ours.”

Mitchell scored 13 points, Jacob Grandison had 12, Ryan Young contributed 11 and Jeremy Roach scored 10. Mitchell is a freshman, while Grandison and Young are graduate transfers.

Justin Bailey scored 13 points for SC Upstate (1-1).

Six players made at least one 3-pointer for the Blue Devils, who held a 52-27 rebounding edge.

Duke was credited with 39 points off 23 SC Upstate turnovers.

“(It’s a problem) when a team scores 40-something points off your turnovers,” Spartans coach Dave Dickerson said. “We just couldn’t keep the ball.”

SC Upstate, which led 7-0, managed only five points across a 10-minute span as it fell into a 25-12 hole.

“I think we got after it defensively,” Mitchell said.

Despite needing almost four minutes before scoring, Duke led 43-18 at halftime. The Blue Devils closed the first half on a 15-2 run.

Dickerson said the encouraging first couple of minutes was something to dwell on.

“That’s a little win for us right there,” he said.


SC Upstate: The Spartans had their best stretch in the opening two minutes and couldn’t maintain that. Still, it’s bound to be a valuable experience for SC Upstate, which has three more games against Power Five teams before Christmas. The goal will be making considerable strides to improve on last season’s 15-17 record.

Duke: Now it’s time to settle in after hoopla involving Scheyer’s first game as coach earlier in the week. It was important to get Lively, the Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Rookie of the Year, in action before next week’s showdown with national champion Kansas. That enabled the Blue Devils to work on more personnel combinations in game situations. Aside from allowing a couple of open perimeter shots in the second half, the defense was solid and the Blue Devils prospered from size advantages in the post.


SC Upstate: At Clemson on Tuesday night.

Duke: Faces No. 5 Kansas in Indianapolis on Tuesday night.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Khalif Battle got lost in a swarm of delirious Temple students that had mobbed the court in celebration of one of the program’s wildest wins in years.

Just one problem.

The tiniest of ticks were stuck on the clock.

Hey, it had been 10 years since the Owls knocked off mighty Villanova. What’s a few more seconds?

“It felt like the party just started,” Battle said. “I mean, they had to chuck-up a shot with .2 seconds on the clock. You do that, I take my hat off. But we won.”

Damian Dunn drew a foul on a driving layup with 1.1 seconds left and made both free throws as Temple beat No. 16 Villanova 68-64 on Friday night, sending the Owls’ fans into a court-storming frenzy – twice! – at Liacouras Center.

The 14 lead changes in the second half helped this one shape up into a Big 5 classic. All that was missing was the Palestra.

“Temple was one of the big-time programs,” Battle said. “We’re just trying to bring it back to that. Bring our name back. It was a big deal.”

Dunn sank the first free throw for a 65-64 lead and Villanova called timeout to ice the sophomore guard. Temple security guards lined the court in anticipation of the mayhem ahead — and Dunn delivered.

He hit the second one, Temple’s Zach Hicks intercepted the in-bound pass and hundreds of fans instantly swarmed the court. The public address announcer ordered fans to clear the court — “the game is not over!” — even as 0.0 remained frozen on the scoreboard.

Turned out, a foul was called on Villanova’s Eric Dixon and Hicks went to the free-throw line with 0.2 on the clock and hundreds of Temple students stuffed behind the other basket ready to sprint out again.

Hicks made both and Villanova called one final timeout. Temple players high-fived impatient fans and also tried to keep the peace safely contained off the court. When the game finally ended, it was Temple Court Storm, Take 2!

Temple coach Aaron McKie earned his signature win in his four seasons on the bench. The Owls beat a Top 25 team for the first time since they topped No. 16 Wichita State 65-52 on Jan. 15, 2020.

“It’s great for the players to see, that’s that college energy that these kids go play college basketball for,” McKie said.

Dunn led the Owls (1-1) with 22 points and Battle had 21.

Caleb Daniels led Villanova (1-1) with 19 points and Dixon had 18. Villanova averaged 26 3-point attempts per-game last season but shot only 2 of 7 against Temple. The Owls denied shots on the perimeter and forced the Wildcats to try passes into the paint, which they hit with mixed results.

“They did a good job of taking away something we like to do,” Villanova coach Kyle Neptune said.

Saint Joseph’s, Villanova, La Salle, Penn and Temple had its rivalry games intertwined in the fabric of Philadelphia sports for more than 60 years. The Big 5, though, lost its shine over the last decade as the Wildcats turned into a national power and the other four teams could not keep pace.

The pandemic wiped out the annual matchup each of the last two seasons and this was the first meeting since a Villanova win on Feb. 16, 2020. The Owls hadn’t won in the series since Dec. 5, 2012, when Fran Dunphy was still the coach. Villanova had won seven straight in the series by an average of 18 points.

The Owls hit the court fired-up for the upset.

Battle, healthy after missing nearly all of last season with a broken foot, hit a 3 and then converted a four-point play for a 24-11 lead. Temple fans erupted.

The Wildcats were were off their game in Neptune’s second game since he replaced retired Hall of Famer Jay Wright. Villanova closed on an 11-3 run and trailed 34-29.

The Wildcats played without expected starters Justin Moore (out indefinitely, torn Achilles) and preseason Big East freshman of the year Cam Whitmore (right thumb).

None of that mattered as fans ignored the PA pleas and danced and snapped selfies with Hooter after the final horn.


Villanova returns home Monday to play Delaware State.

Temple hosts Vanderbilt on Wednesday.



BOSTON (AP) Grant Williams dubbed himself “Batman” after he helped the Boston Celtics neutralize Nuggets star Nikola “Joker” Jokic during a win in Denver late last season.

The Celtics relied on their offense to keep the reigning back-to-back MVP from getting his revenge. Jayson Tatum had 34 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Boston extended its season-best win streak to five games by beating Denver 131-112 on Friday night.

It was Tatum’s third straight game with at least 30 points and seventh time with 30-plus this season. Boston had just seven turnovers and shot 57% from the field with 16 3-pointers. Jaylen Brown had 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

“It’s just a lot of fun right now on the offensive end,” said Al Horford, who had six 3-pointers and finished 21 points and seven rebounds. “Guys are really conscious of understanding of what coach wants and what he expects. He wants good spacing and we’re doing a good job of getting to those positions.

“It’s fun to see when it comes together like that.”

Interim coach Joe Mazzulla said he likes the trust on the floor he sees between his players.

“Our guys are bought into making each other better, whether they have the ball or not,” Mazzulla said.

The loss snapped the Nuggets’ four-game win streak.

Jokic had 29 points and and eight rebounds but struggled with early foul trouble. Aaron Gordon added 17 points and eight rebounds.

The Nuggets stayed close despite its bench playing shorthanded after Bones Hyland was placed in the health and safety protocols prior to tipoff. Bruce Brown was the most productive, playing 37 minutes and finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists

Denver trailed 77-70 when Jokic went to the bench after his fourth foul with about seven minutes left in the third quarter.

The Nuggets kept chipping away without him, eventually cutting what had been an 18-point, first-half deficit to 87-85.

Jokic returned at the start of the fourth, but it didn’t stop Boston from growing its lead to 111-95.

Things got a little chippy in the closing minutes.

Gordon was called for a Flagrant 1 foul after he scored on a dunk, then was deemed to have made a hostile act by running over Williams.

It did little to stifle the Celtics’ momentum.

Boston went on an 11-3 run after that, extending its lead to 127-109.


Nuggets: Coach Mike Malone won a challenge on what was originally called an offensive foul on Jokic with 9:37 left in the game. It was changed to a blocking foul on Boston’s Marcus Smart. It would have been Jokic’s fifth foul. . Ish Smith (calf) sat for the fifth straight game. . Closed the first half on a 17-6 run.

Celtics: Boston led 102-93 in the fourth when Michael Porter Jr. was called for a flagrant foul after he stepped into Tatum’s landing area on a 3-point attempt. Tatum came down on Porter’s foot and grabbed at his left ankle but was able to remain in the game. . Malcolm Brogdon sat out and is day to day with right hamstring tightness. … Took a 66-57 lead into halftime. . Led 33-25 at the end of the first, shooting 61% from the field with no turnovers.


Boston’s Payton Pritchard had the hustle play of the game in the second quarter.

The Celtics missed fight straight shots on a single possession before the ball was corralled by Denver’s DeAndre Jordan.

But just as he turned to push the ball up the court Pritchard – who had rebounded two of Boston’s previous misses – snuck in from behind, ripped it away and dropped in a layup to conclude the wild series. The effort sent the Celtics bench into a frenzy and prompted a Nuggets timeout.


Nuggets: At Chicago on Sunday.

Celtics: At Detroit on Saturday.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ja Morant had 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 114-103 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Desmond Bane finished with 24 points and five assists for Memphis, while Dillon Brooks scored 21. Brandon Clarke added 15 points, making all six of his shots as the Grizzlies won their fifth in the last six.

Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said his team’s play was indicative of how they approached the game all day. He told them before the game that they paid attention to details, and just needed to say “locked in” for another 48 minutes.

“Obviously a competitive game,” Jenkins said. “Competitive first half. Walked in at halftime showing clips. We had more dialogue about what we needed to do better.

“We gave up 63 in the first (half) and 40 in the second.”

Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 28 points, making 10 of 16 shots, including 3 of 4 from outside the arc. Jaden McDaniels had 15 points, while Rudy Gobert also had 15 points, making all five of his shots. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

But Minnesota coach Chris Finch noted that the Grizzlies had 15 offensive rebounds, leading to 32 second-chance points.

“The story of the game was their offensive rebounds,” Finch said. “They crushed us on the glass. A lot of things we talked about trying to do, we did.”

The game was the first between the two teams since last postseason’s spirited first-round playoff series won by the Grizzlies in six games.

The Timberwolves have added Gobert to the frontline with Towns. The duo and Minnesota have struggled lately, losing six of seven.

“I thought we had way more of a consistent effort than we have had,” Finch said, “especially if the game was kind of going against us.”

Memphis was able to build the lead to double digits in the first half.

The Grizzlies benefitted from 56% shooting in the first half but struggled from beyond the arc. Minnesota developed early foul problems on its front line. Towns drew four fouls and had three before halftime.

Bane scored 13 in the fourth quarter as Memphis solidified its lead.


Timberwolves: Reserve C Naz Reid was out with an illness. . Minnesota is 0-5 when scoring less than 110. . Edwards recorded his seventh game with 20 or more points this season. . The Timberwolves are 0-8 when trailing after three quarters. . The last Minnesota win in Memphis was March 23, 2019.

Grizzlies: Started the game 0 for 7 from 3. . Bane now has multiple 3-pointers in 29 straight games, the best active streak in the league. . Steven Adams passed Dan Roundfield for 50th in career rebounds. . Memphis has won the last six home games in the series and tied the all-time series at 51-51.


The game was the return for Kyle Anderson who signed with Minnesota during the offseason after four years with the Grizzlies. He was given a warm ovation when he entered the game in the first half. “For him to come and be in another jersey was kind of weird,” Morant said, adding: “After the game, when we were in our little huddle, he actually came in the huddle and told us he was proud of us. He loves us, and to keep working. I feel like nothing changed but the jersey.”


Timberwolves: Continue a four-game road trip in Cleveland on Sunday against the Cavaliers.

Grizzlies: Visit Washington on Sunday.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) As Stephen Curry approaches his mid-30s, Steve Kerr marvels at the superstar’s fitness and his ability to continue to take over games.

“You run out of adjectives to describe Steph’s play,” Golden State’s coach said.

Curry hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:18 to play, a go-ahead layup moments later off a perfect, long pass by Kevon Looney, then one more dagger 3 on the way to 40 points, rallying the Warriors past the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-101 on Friday night.

Donovan Mitchell had 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Cleveland, but went down hard grabbing at his right ankle in the waning moments. He got up and hit a pair of free throws with 12.4 seconds left.

Curry extended his NBA record to 200 straight regular-season games with at least one 3-pointer and shot 6 of 11 from deep.

“He’s just amazing night after night. He’s in such great shape,” Kerr said. “If there’s one area that he’s dramatically better now than when I first got here eight years ago it’s just his strength and conditioning.”

“He’s much bigger and stronger, much more capable of defending at a really high level and sustaining two-way basketball for an entire game and just knocking down shots from all over and finishing at the rim. He’s unbelievable,” he said.

A rarity: Curry missed two free throws over the final 17.6 seconds, but delivered a second straight 40-point performance.

Evan Mobley had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Cleveland dropped a third straight following an eight-game winning streak.

Andrew Wiggins’ short jumper with 8:48 remaining tied the game and Looney’s layup the next time down put the Warriors ahead. Wiggins delivered a big dunk with 6:06 to play and finished with 20 points.

Klay Thompson struggled with his shot and went 3 of 13 for nine points for the Warriors. His 3 with 2:53 left made it 96-95.

“I feel like we had a great game plan going up until the last three minutes, we didn’t execute it the way we wanted to,” Cleveland’s Caris LeVert said. “When you’re playing the Warriors you want other guys to beat you but I think Steph had eight, nine points down the stretch in the last in the last 2-3 minutes. So we obviously can’t let that happen.”

Golden State’s Draymond Green had 13 assists and 10 rebounds with two points. He was hit with a technical shortly before halftime and Kerr also received a T.

Jordan Poole came off the bench to score 18 points for Golden State, which is still trying to find the right combinations to get in sync consistently.

“I think it was our best defensive game,” Green said. “I think we were all locked in on that side of the ball.”


Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s team scored 52 points in the paint and helped keep the Warriors in check.

“They break you down and they break your back with points in the paint,” he said. “As long as they’ve been on this run, I know there’s this huge fear of the 3-point shot but they kill you with layups.”


Cavaliers: Former Warriors top assistant Luke Walton returned as a Cavs assistant to face his former franchise. He spent time catching up with Warriors coaches and executives before the game. … Cleveland hasn’t beaten the Warriors in the regular season since a 109-108 victory on Dec. 25, 2016.

Warriors: Curry’s 3-point streak dates to Dec. 1, 2018, at Detroit. … G Donte DiVincenzo returned from a 10-game absence with a strained left hamstring that he hurt Oct. 23 against Sacramento. DiVincenzo played 16 minutes. … Golden State is 5-1 at home and 2-0 vs. the Eastern Conference. … The Warriors have won the last 11 in the series – their longest active streak against any opponent – and eight straight at home. Including playoff meetings, Golden State has won 19 of the last 20.


Cavaliers: Host the Timberwolves on Sunday.

Warriors: At Kings on Sunday for the second matchup between the Northern California rivals in seven days. The Warriors have won the last seven vs. Sacramento, two in a row on the road.


LOS ANGELES (AP) De’Aaron Fox scored 32 points and had a season-high 12 assists, Domantas Sabonis added 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings rallied in the fourth quarter for a 120-114 victory over the floundering Los Angeles Lakers.

Kevin Huerter added 16 points for the Kings, who have won five of seven after starting the season with a four-game losing streak.

Anthony Davis had 24 points and 14 rebounds while Russell Westbrook scored 21 points with 11 assists for the Lakers, who were without LeBron James after he suffered a groin injury in Wednesday night’s loss to the Clippers.

The Lakers (2-10) have dropped five straight for the second time this season and have matched the 1957-58 and 2015-16 squads for the worst start in team history.

The loss also tied the Lakers with Houston for the NBA’s worst record.

It was Fox’s seventh 25-point game of the season in his 10th appearance. He is just the fifth player in franchise history with seven-plus 25-point games in the first 10 games of a season, and the first since the franchise moved to Sacramento in 1985. The last Kings player to accomplish this was Tiny Archibald (nine) in 1972-73.

Fox had 10 points and his four assists led to nine points in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers had a 114-112 lead with 2:13 remaining after Westbrook hit a 3-pointer, but the Kings closed the game with eight straight points. Harrison Barnes tied it with a pair of free throws and Fox put the Kings on top for good on a jumper with 1:06 remaining.


James is officially day-to-day after an MRI exam on Thursday revealed no tear to the groin. He is likely to miss Sunday’s game against Brooklyn but could be available when the Lakers host Detroit on Nov. 18.

James has missed 85 regular-season games in his four-plus seasons with the Lakers.


Kings: Barnes added 13 ponts while Terence Davis added 12 off the bench. … Sabonis has seven double-doubles this season. … Huerter was assessed a technical foul during the second quarter.

Lakers: Lonnie Walker IV and Austin Reaves scored 19 apiece. … Davis has six double-doubles this season. …. Westbrook (second quarter) and Patrick Beverley (third quarter) received technical fouls.


Kings: Host the Golden State Warriors Sunday.

Lakers: Host the Brooklyn Nets Sunday.



The Colts ruled out running back Deon Jackson, linebacker Shaquille Leonard and tight end Jelani Woods for Sunday’s Week 10 game against the Las Vegas Raiders, interim head coach Jeff Saturday announced Friday.



LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 10-8

STREAKS Raiders have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 1/2/22: Raiders 23 at Colts 20

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/13/20: Colts 44, Raiders 27


LAST WEEK: L 26-3 at New England

COACH VS. OPP. Jeff Saturday: 0=0

PTS. FOR 14.7


PASSING Sam Ehlinger: 32-52-304-0-1-69.7

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 107-462-4.3-1

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 54-550-10.2-1



SACKS DeForest Buckner: 5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -8 (9/17)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 43.9 (39.7)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 50 (8/8 PAT; 14/16 FG)

QB SAM EHLINGER completed 15 of 29 atts. (51.7 pct.) & totaled 142 yards (103 pass, 39 rush) in 1st-career road start last week. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 1,266 scrimmage yards (122.6 per game) & 12 TDs (10 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 10 on road. Has 279 scrimmage yards (139.9 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. LV. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 100+ rush yards & rush TD. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. Raiders. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5 overall & 6 of his past 7 on road. Had 6 catches for 47 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches. • WR PARRIS CAMPBELL has 40+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Had 5 catches in only career game vs. Raiders (9/29/19). • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 7 tackles & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack & has sack in 4 of past 5. Had half sack in last meeting. • DE KWITY PAYE led team with season-high 8 tackles & had sack in Week 9. Has sack in 2 of past 3 & has TFL in 5 of 6 games this season. Had sack in last meeting. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE aims for 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Had career-high 4 TFL, 2 sacks & PD in his last game vs. Raiders (12/15/19 w/ Jax.). Had 10 sacks in 2021 w/ LV. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD had season-high 5 tackles last week. Had 8 tackles, 2 FFs & INT in last meeting. Has FF in 2 of 3 career games vs. Raiders. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE had TFL, FF & FR in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row on road with FR. Has 7+ tackles in 8 of 9 games this season. Had 9 tackles in last meeting.


LAST WEEK: L 27-20 at Jacksonville

COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 0-2

PTS. FOR 22.9


PASSING Derek Carr: 170-273-1,880-11-5-88.5

RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 138-743-5.4-6

RECEIVING Davante Adams: 48-658-13.7-7



SACKS Maxx Crosby: 6

INTs Duron Harmon: 2

TAKE/GIVE -2 (5/7)

PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 49.9 (44.0)

KICKING Daniel Carlson: 69 (15/16 PAT; 18/18 FG)

QB DEREK CARR passed for 259 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs or 99.2 rating last week. Has 0 INTs in 4 of past 5 starts. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Has 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 96.3 rating in 3 home starts this season. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of 5 career starts vs. Ind. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 87 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 20 rec.) last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 6 of past 7. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 150+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. Had 80 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 70+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 4th in NFL with 915 scrimmage yards & 743 rush yards & can join HOFer Marcus Allen as only players in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 10 catches for season-high 146 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 21st-career game with 10+ catches, most in NFL since 2015. Has 95+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Had 7 catches for 106 yards & TD in his last game vs. Ind. (11/22/20 w/ GB). Has rec. TD in each of 2 career games vs. Ind. Ties for NFL lead with 7 rec. TDs in 2022. • WR HUNTER RENFROW has 55+ rec. yards in each of 2 home games this season. Had 7 catches for 76 yards & TD in last meeting. Aim for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 5+ catches. • TE DARREN WALLER aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 7+ catches. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 5 tackles, TFL & 1st FR of season last week. Has TFL in 7 of 8 games this season & ties for NFL lead with 13 TFL. Had 2 TFL in last home meeting. • DE CHANDLER JONES has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 10 tackles last week. Has TFL in 5 of 6 games in 2022. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with season-high 11 tackles in Week 9.

  • The Colts are 4-1 in their last five road games against the Raiders, including a win in their only trip to Vegas in 2020. They’re just 2-6 all-time at home against the Raiders, including a 23-20 loss in the last meeting in Week 17, 2022.
  • The Colts fell to the Patriots, 26-3, in New England last week, their third consecutive loss. They hadn’t lost three in a row since Weeks 1-3 of last season. Head coach Frank Reich was fired and replaced by longtime Colts center Jeff Saturday.
  • Sam Ehlinger was 15-for-29 for 103 yards against the Patriots. It was the fewest passing yards by a Colts quarterback (minimum 20 attempts) since Jacoby Brissett had 69 against the Bills in Week 14, 2017.
  • The Raiders lost to the Jaguars, 27-20, in Jacksonville last week despite leading 17-0 in the second quarter and 20-10 at halftime. It was their third blown lead of at least 17 points this season (also Week 2 and Week 5) — they had just five such games in their history prior to this year, and none since 2011.
  • Including his performance last week, Davante Adams has four career games with at least 10 receptions, 140 receiving yards and multiple touchdown catches. That’s tied with Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill, Andre Johnson, Jerry Rice and Andre Rison for the most such games in the Super Bowl era.
  • Indianapolis has gained at least four yards on first down just 42.6 percent of the time this year, second lowest in the league (Carolina, 42.2). Las Vegas has allowed opponents to gain 4+ yards on first down 54.9 percent of the time, second highest in the league (Atlanta, 55.2).




• Indiana (3-6, 1-5 B1G) will face off with No. 2/2 Ohio State (9-0, 6-0 B1G) on the muddy banks of the Olentangy on Saturday with

Big Noon Kickoff on site. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will kick off at Noon inside Ohio Stadium (102,780; Field Turf) on FOX.

• The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will meet for the 96th time in program history and the 63rd time in Columbus. The last meeting in

Ohio Stadium was a one-possession setback to the Buckeyes, 42-35, in 2020.


• Saturday’s game continues a streak of five opponents in a seven-game stretch that are ranked or receiving votes in the top 25.


• Cornerback Tiawan Mullen pulled in his second interception of the season against No. 16/16 Penn State and grabbed the team

lead in career takeaways with his 11th forced takeaway in four seasons.


• Running back Jaylin Lucas returned the opening kickoff at Rutgers for a touchdown to mark the first IU kickoff return for a score

since 2012 and the first return of the opening kickoff for a score since 2009. Lucas also led the FBS in kick return yardage during Week

8 and currently sits No. 6 the FBS in kickoff return average (28.2 ypkor).


• Running back Josh Henderson has scored at least one touchdown in five of the last eight games for Indiana. He has rushed for

three and caught three passing touchdowns, including one of each versus Maryland for his first career multi-touchdown game.


• Head coach Tom Allen is on pace to join a select group of coaches in IU history, as he is one victory away from the 30-win mark.


• Place kicker Charles Campbell continues to move up the career field goals made and scoring charts at IU. He sits among the

top 10 in field goals made (No. 8; 37) and extra points made (No. 10; 66), and the top 15 in career scoring (No. 14; 177).


• Outside linebacker Dasan McCullough is tied for the lead among all FBS true freshmen in tackles for loss or no gain, and is

tied for No. 3 in sacks and defensive stops (solo tackle or sack that led to an offensive failure) per Pro Football Focus.


• For the second straight season, the Indiana special teams units have blocked multiple kicks in a year for special teams

coordinator Kasey Teegardin. The two blocked field goals in 2022 mark the seventh and eighth blocked kicks in that span.


• Running backs Shaun Shivers and Henderson became the first pair of running backs with receiving touchdowns in the same

game since 2001 when they each hauled in touchdown passes at Cincinnati.



f Ohio State returns to Ohio Stadium for the penultimate game of this Ohio Stadium 100 anniversary season with a 12 noon game against the Indiana Hoosiers. The game will be Ohio State’s annual Military Appreciation Game. f Ohio State is on a 10-game winning streak dating to the 2022 Rose Bowl win over Utah and is 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten East Division. f Ohio State has won 26 consecutive games over Indiana, but Indiana has made things interesting of late with three one-score games in the last 10 years. f The game represents the 95th all-time in the series that began in 1901. Ohio State holds a 76- 12-5 advantage in wins. f Indiana’s last wins over Ohio State were back-to-back in 1987 (31-10) and 1988 (41-7). The teams played to a 27-all tie in 1990. Bill Mallory was IU head coach for each of those seasons. f Sixth-year Ohio State OC Kevin Wilson was Indiana’s head coach for six years (2011-16). He led his final two Hoosier teams to bowl games. f Ohio State has not allowed Indiana a rushing touchdown or 100 yards rushing in a game in six years, or since the 2015 game in Bloomington.

OHIO STATE VS. INDIANA: THE SERIES f Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. Indiana 76-12-5. The Buckeyes have won 26 consecutive games between the two teams. f The Buckeyes’ 26-game winning streak in the nation’s longest over a single opponent. f The second-longest active streak: Texas A&M has won 24 consecutive games over TCU. f Recent one-score games between Ohio State and Indiana: 42-35 in 2020; 34-27 in 2015; 52-49 in 2012. f Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a then-school record 243 yards in the second half of the 2015 game. f Two of the five times Ohio State has had three running backs rush for 100 yards in a game came against Indiana, including most recently: 2011 (Dan “Boom” Herron, 141; Carlos Hyde, 105; Braxton Miller, 105).



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior forward Mackenzie Holmes led all scorers with 17 points as No. 11 Indiana cruised to 93-37 victory over UMass Lowell on Friday night.


Holmes got things started for the Hoosiers (2-0) early, as she had all seven points for her team with 6:12 to play in the first quarter. She ended up with nine in the opening period, as IU led 22-12.

Defense was key in the second quarter, as the River Hawks hit just one shot as Holmes and senior guard Sara Scalia each had six points to give Indiana a 49-17 advantage at the break. 

Holding UMass Lowell (0-2) to single digits again in the third quarter, the Hoosiers were able to utilize their bench down the stretch as freshman forward Lilly Meister came in and offered up 10 points, eight in the second half as IU led by as many as 59 in the fourth quarter.

All 14 players saw action in the victory, as it was highlighted in the win by 60 points in the paint and 42 bench points.


The Hoosiers made defense a priority in the first half, only allowing UMass to score 17 points, shooting 18% from the field and forcing 10 turnovers. 

Mackenzie Holmes looks to move to 21st on the Hoosier all-time scoring leaders next game against Tennessee.

IU took control of the game from the start; the Hoosiers were down for only 12 seconds. 

The Hoosiers did a great job of getting good looks in transition off turnovers. Scoring 34 from UMass turnovers.

The Hoosiers scored 20+ points in each quarter while shooting just over 50% from the field. 

Lily Meister, Mackenzie Holmes, and Sara Scalia all finished in double figures. Meister had 10 points which contributed to IU’s 42 bench points.

Holmes led the way by going 7-8 from the field while adding five rebounds and two blocks.

With tonight’s win, the Hoosiers tie for the fourth largest win in team history, with a margin of 56 points. This is the largest win since 2019.

The Hoosiers were dominant in the paint, scoring 60 of their 93 points.

13 of IU’s 14 players played 11 minutes or more.


Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Good win tonight for the Hoosiers. A little bit disappointed. We shot the three-ball and it wasn’t what it was the other night. But I thought we still got great looks, they just didn’t go down for us and that will happen inside of a game. But I am very disappointed with our free throw shooting. I am not very happy with that category. We are much better free throw shooters. We work on free throws. It is something we spend time on throughout every practice, pressure free throws, you name it. We have to be able to capitalize on those freebies as we move forward going into Monday night’s contest and as we move forward in our schedule. We have to find a way how we can step up there with confidence and hit shots. 60 points in the paint, which is tremendous, 42 points from our bench which is probably a first for us. I thought in the fourth quarter we were really trying to play clean with those kids and some of those are young, Lexi Bargesser, Lilly Meister and Henna Sandvik were in there for a majority of the time and Mona Zaric only being a sophomore. I thought they did a lot of nice things, scoring 24 points in the fourth. That is a good sign for us, that the reps they are getting in practice are good for them, and they are doing some good things. On a night where we got to sit our starters, it was great to see those other kids do some good things.”


Indiana travels to No. 5/5 Tennessee in its first road game of the season on Monday night. Tipoff in Knoxville is set for 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  –  Despite either holding a lead or bringing the score level in all three sets, the Indiana Volleyball team (13-14, 6-9) fell 0-3 in a contested Friday night matchup with No. 16 Penn State.

The Hoosiers had the game level in the redzone (20 points or later) in all three sets but couldn’t secure the crucial points down the stretch, falling 22-25, 23-25, 22-25 to the Nittany Lions.

A match decided by a handful of back-and-forth plays saw the Hoosiers record more service aces and an equal number of blocks. Penn State dug 36 balls to IU’s 29 while outhitting the Hoosiers .211 to .141 inside Wilkinson Hall.

Savannah Kjolhede equaled a game-high six blocks while Paula Cerame earned a game-high 10 digs for IU’s defense.

Another short turnaround awaits IU with No. 9 Minnesota looming on Sunday in Minneapolis. The Hoosiers will have first serve from the Maturi Pavilion at 3:00 PM EST in two days’ time.

SET 1 (Penn State 25, Indiana 22)

•  Kenzie Daffinee opened the match with a serve that grazed the net and fell over for an ace and the first points of the game.

• Morgan Geddes blasted home a kill to push IU’s early advantage out to 11-8 in the opening frame.

• Camryn Haworth served a ball that gave Penn State troubles for her first service ace of the match, forcing the Nittany Lions into a timeout with the Hoosiers up 14-10.

• Following an IU timeout, Morgan Geddes was set a designed play and buried it home to bring the Hoosiers within 22-23 in the opening set.

• Penn State would win the final two points, handing it the early advantage on the evening.

SET 2 (Penn State 25, Indiana 23)

• The two teams exchanged points through the first 18 rallies before a kill from Morgan Geddes and an attack error from Zoe Weatherington handed the Hoosiers the first two-point advantage of the game at 11-9.

•  IU would fall behind 14-17 but came all the way back to tie the score at 19-all following a Penn State attacking error.

• The Hoosiers pushed it to 23-all but would drop the deuce game after Penn State finished off the final two points.

SET 3 (Penn State 25, Indiana 22)

• IU fell behind early at 4-10, forcing Steve Aird to burn his first timeout in the set.

• Down 17-21, the Hoosiers rattled off four-consecutive points with a block from Savannah Kjolhede and Camryn Haworth bringing the set level.

• Three-straight errors from IU would spell the end of the fight on Friday evening.


• Mady Saris had a game-high 12 kills, her 23rd game with 10+ kills this season.

• Paula Cerame (10) dug at least 10 balls for the 11th-consecutive match.

• Savannah Kjolhede had six stuffs, her 11th match this season with at least five blocks.


Purdue 63, Austin Peay 44 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 2-0 for the second straight season with a 63-44 decision over Austin Peay in front of the 43rd consecutive sellout at Mackey Arena.

Purdue has won 10 straight games at Mackey Arena and 16 straight home games against non-conference foes.

Purdue has held consecutive opponents to 55 or fewer points for the first time since Dec. 4 to 8, 2019 (40 vs. Virginia; 44 vs. Northwestern. The last time Purdue held opponents under 55 points in the first two games of the season was in 2010-11 (Howard – 40; Alcorn State – 48).

The 97 points allowed in the first two games of the season are the fewest since the 2014-15 season (40 vs. Samford; 57 vs. IUPUI).

Austin Peay’s 16 points in the first half were the fewest allowed in a half since Miami (Fla.) had 12 in the first half on Dec. 8, 2020.

Opponents are shooting just 33.6 percent from the field and 16.3 percent from 3-point range and Purdue is outrebounding opponents by 19.0 rebounds per contest through two games.

Purdue is now 55-1 under Matt Painter when holding opponents under 49 points. It is 167-7 when holding opponents to 59 or fewer points.

Purdue shot 22-of-29 (.759) from inside the 3-point line but went just 2-of-19 (.105) from deep. The Boilermakers started the game 0-of-16 from long range.

Zach Edey scored a career-high 30 points with 11 rebounds, going 12-of-13 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line. It marked his second straight double-double and 14th of his career.

Through two games, Edey is averaging 21.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game in 27.9 minutes. He is shooting 16-of-26 (.615) from the field and 10-of-14 (.714) from the free throw line.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zach Edey scored a career-hight 30 points on 12-for-13 shooting and had 11 rebounds and Purdue led the whole way in a 63-44 win over Austin Peay on Friday night.

Edey — who played 30 minutes — set his previous career-high of 25 points in 22 minutes against Michigan State last year on 10-for-15 shooting.

The 7-foot-4 junior made half of all the Boilermakers’ field goals. Purdue (2-0) finished 24 for 48 but was a paltry 2 for 19 from 3-point range. Purdue had five players score five points apiece.

For his part, Austin Peay’s 6-11 big man Elijah Hutchins-Everett, scored 19 points with seven rebounds for the Governors (0-2). Shon Robinson scored 11 points and Cameron Copeland 10. Austin Peay shot 15 for 53 (28.3%).

Edey’s dunk with 5:27 left before halftime made it 23-12 and the Boilermakers led by double digits for the remainder of the game.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will aim to remain undefeated in the young season when it faces Murray State on Sunday at Mackey Arena. The 2 p.m. tipoff will be streamed on BIG+.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will have the call for the Purdue Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.


Purdue (1-0) vs. Murray State (1-0)

Sunday, Nov. 13

Time: 2 PM

TV: B1G+

Radio: 95.6 BOB FM

Live Stats:


Purdue opened the season with a 73-61 win over Marshall on Thursday night. The Boilermakers jumped out to a 25-11 lead after the first quarter, leading the entire ball game. Caitlyn Harper led the way offensively with 17 points, followed by Jayla Smith’s career-high 16 points. Purdue held the Thundering Herd to just eight points in the fourth quarter.


• Purdue holds 1-0 series lead over Murray State, defeating the Racers 71-25 in 2010.

• Senior Jeanae Terry tallied 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Marshall, the first non-point double-double in program history and fifth in the Big Ten since 2009.

• Purdue is now 10-2 under Katie Gearlds in regular season non-conference games, including six straight wins.

• Purdue knocked down 11 3-pointers in the opener against the Thundering Herd. Cassidy Hardin and Jayla Smith both dropped a trio of triples.

• Purdue has made seven or more 3-pointers in 20 of the 33 games Katie Gearlds has coached, a 13-7 record.

• Lasha Petree scored 13 points in her Boilermaker debut Thursday night. The fifth-year senior is 11th among active Division I players in points with 1,668 and 27th with 215 career 3-pointers.

• Senior Jeanae Terry’s non-point double-double (10 rebounds, 10 assists) was the fifth by a Big Ten player since 2009.

• The Boilermakers improved to 13-1 under head coach Katie Gearlds when scoring 70 points or more, while moving to 15-5 when holding opponents to 70 points or fewer. Purdue held Marshall to just eight points in the fourth quarter.



• The Cannon Trophy is not the only thing that is up for grabs when Purdue Football travels west to face Illinois. A victory would move the Boilermakers into a tie atop the Big Ten West with just two week remaining in the season. Kickoff from Memorial Stadium is set for 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2. • The have won five of the past six Cannon Trophy games, as well as five in-a-row in Champaign dating back to 2010. • The last time the two teams met, the Boilermakers protected their home field with a 13-9 victory behind a late, 94-yard drive orchestrated by Aidan O’Connell coming off the bench. • The Boilermakers have limited negative plays on offense, allowing only 3.78 tackles-for-loss on average to rank seventh in the nation. • The Purdue defense ranks Top 25 nationally in third down defense (12th), fourth down defense (19th) and rushing defense (25th). • Wide receiver Charlie Jones ranks top 10 nationally in receptions per game (2nd-9.2), receiving touchdowns (4th-9) and receiving yards (6th-944). Last year with Iowa, Jones returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. • Purdue leads the Big Ten in passing offense (298.0 yards per game), ranking 16th nationally. The Boilermakers improve that to a conference-best 300.5 yards per game in league action. • Aidan O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards per game, averaging 304.8 yards to also rank ninth nationally. The sixth-year senior completes 28.6 passes per game, fourth most in the country. • O’Connell enters the contest as the only Big Ten quarterback to average more than 300 passing yards in conference play (300.5 yards per game). • The Boilermakers have controlled time of possession in eight straight games, and their time of possession (33:07) ranks 13th in the nation.



Illinois Looks to Remain on Top of the Big Ten West • Illinois is in first place of the Big Ten West at 4-2, one game ahead of a four-way tie for second place between Purdue, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota at 3-3. • Illinois controls its own destiny for a Big Ten West championship, needing a win over Purdue plus one more win over Michigan or Northwestern to guarantee a spot in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 3. • Illinois has been ranked for five straight weeks, the Illini’s first time in the AP Top 25 since 2011. • Illinois was ranked in last week’s College Football Playoff rankings at No. 16. It was the first time Illinois has ever appeared in the CFP rankings. • Illinois climbed to No. 14 in the AP Poll last week before falling to Michigan State. This is the third season in the last 30 years that Illinois has cracked the AP’s top 15 (2001, 2007). • Illinois is off to a 7-2 start through nine games, its best start since staring 8-1 in 2001. • Illinois completed its first undefeated October since 2001 (3-0). The Illini won four games in October for the first time since 1990. • Illinois has won five straight games against Big Ten West opponents for the first time since the Big Ten switched to East/West divisions in 2014. Illinois has beaten every Big Ten West opponent in their last meeting, except Purdue. • Illinois is 4-2 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2007. The Illini have already matched their Big Ten wins total from last season (4). • Illinois is 6-1 in its last seven home games. The Illini have outscored opponents 190-66 (27.1-9.4) during those seven home games. • Illinois’ seven wins are tied for its most since 2007. The Illini finished 7-6 in 2010 and 2011. • Bret Bielema is 12-9 in his Illinois career (8-7 Big Ten). It is the best 21-game start for an Illinois head coach since John Mackovic started 13-7-1 in the 1988-89 seasons. • Illinois is 3-0 against teams it lost to in 2021. The Illini have avenged losses against Virginia, at Wisconsin, and against Iowa by a 67-19 margin after losing to the same three opponents by a combined 99-37 last year. • After winning in Madison for the first time since 2002, Illinois beat Iowa for the first time since 2008. The win over Iowa snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Hawkeyes. • Illinois beat Iowa and Wisconsin in the same season for the first time since 1989. It is the first time Illinois has beaten Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota in the same year since 1983. • The 24-point margin of victory over Wisconsin was the third-largest in an Illinois win in Madison and its biggest since 1988. It was the largest margin of victory for the Illini in a Big Ten road game since defeating Purdue by 34 points on Nov. 7, 2015. • Illinois is 10-4 in its last 14 games dating back to Oct. 23, 2021. Illinois Defense Keeps Trending Up • Illinois national ranks: 1st in scoring defense (10.4), 1st in total defense (232.2), 1st in passing efficiency defense (84.09), 1st in interceptions (16), 1st in first downs allowed (113), 1st in passing touchdowns allowed (5), 1st in passing defense (152.6), 2nd in touchdowns allowed (9), 2nd in passes defended (64), 2nd in yards per pass attempt (5.2), 2nd in fourth down conversions against (3), 3rd in takeaways (22), 3rd in third down defense (25.6%), 3rd in third down conversions against (31), 3rd in rushing touchdowns allowed (4), 3rd in fewest red zone attempts allowed (17), 3rd in red zone touchdown percentage (35.3%), 4th in rushing defense (79.7), 5th in yards per rush (2.86), 6th in TFL yards (300), 9th in fourth down defense (30.0%), 9th in red zone defense (70.6%), 9th in sack yards (190) • Illinois’ defense is ranked 3rd in the nation by ESPN’s SP+ metric and 4th by PFF. • Illinois has allowed only seven points in fourth quarters, the fewest in the nation.

More on the Illinois Defense • Michigan State is the only team to have gained 100+ yards rushing and 100+ yards passing in the same game against Illinois. Wyoming and Minnesota are the only two teams to run the ball for 100+ yards against Illinois, and they threw for 30 and 38 yards, respectively. • Illinois’ pass coverage is ranked third in the nation and its run defense is ranked fifth by PFF. • Illinois had held six straight opponents to 14 points or fewer before the Michigan State loss, the longest streak since 1989. • Illinois is 7-0 when allowing fewer than 20 points. The Illini allowed 23 points in both losses. • Illinois has allowed only nine touchdowns on 114 opponent drives and only seven in the last 90 drives. Indiana and Michigan State are the only opponents to score points on back-to-back drives against Illinois this season. • Illinois has at least one interception in all nine games this season and has an interception in 12 straight games dating back to last season. Seven different Illini have an INT this season. • During Illinois’ seven wins, opponents have a third down conversion rate of 19.8% (18-91). • 11 different Illini have a sack this season, tied for the eighth-most in the nation. • Illinois had allowed only 17 second half points before MSU scored 14 in the third quarter. • Illinois is outscoring opponents 81-31 in the second half. • Illinois held Wisconsin to just two yards rushing, the fewest yards the Badgers have rushed for at home since being held to 12 yards on Nov. 3, 2007, vs. Ohio State. • Illinois did not allow a touchdown in nonconference play for the first time since 1921 (52-0 vs. South Dakota, 21-0 vs. DePauw), helping Illinois complete its first undefeated nonconference schedule since 2011. It was the first time Illinois played 3+ nonconference games without allowing a TD since 1917 (22-0 vs. Kansas, 44-0 vs. Oklahoma, 28-0 vs. Camp Funston). • Illinois has allowed 50 passing yards or fewer in three games (30 vs. Wyoming, 49 vs. Chattanooga, 38 vs. Minnesota). It is the first time since at least 2000 Illinois has held three opponents under 50 passing yards. • Kendall Smith and Sydney Brown are tied for eighth in the nation in interceptions (4) and second in the Big Ten. Illinois is the only team in the nation with two players with four interceptions. • Johnny Newton (43) and Seth Coleman (33) have 76 combined pressures, tied for the most of any teammates in the nation, according to PFF (Washington’s Bralen Trice and Jeremiah Martin).


INDIANAPOLIS – Butler Volleyball will play in their last two away conference games this season against the two teams currently at the bottom of the standings in Villanova and Georgetown. The Bulldogs will look to cement their spot in the BIG EAST tournament with two wins.

Bulldog Bits

– Mariah Grunze earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll accolades on Monday.

– Grunze ranks third in attacks per set (10.63) and sixth in kills per set (3.33) in the BIG EAST.

– Maddie Renn had three aces against Seton Hall. She leads Butler with 18 this season.

– Butler ranks second in the conference in blocks (219) and blocks per set (2.34).

– Marisa Guisti ranks second in the BIG EAST in blocks per set (1.09).

– Amina Shackelford was one kill off a double-double in Butler’s last match after posting nine kills and 14 digs.

– Shackelford had 10+ kills in each match vs. Villanova and Georgetown earlier this season at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

– Cora Taylor had 28 and 30 assists in last weekend matches against St. John’s and Seton Hall.

– Taylor ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in assists per set (9.42).

– Jaymeson Kinley leads the BIG EAST in digs per set (5.39) and ranks 10th in the NCAA.

– Kinley is the only Bulldog to play in all 94 sets this season. She ranks 17th in the NCAA in total digs (507).

– Kinley had 29 digs in the first meeting vs. Georgetown.

– Butler leads the BIG EAST in team attacks per set (37.26) and ranks 21st in the NCAA.

SCOUTING VILLANOVA: The Wildcats moved to 8-19 after defeating Georgetown on Thursday night in a 3-2 fashion. Their 4-11 conference record has Villanova in 10th in the BIG EAST standings. The win over Georgetown ends a three-game losing streak for the Wildcats in which they only won one set against the likes of UConn (1-3), DePaul (0-3), and Marquette (0-3). Additional conference wins earlier this year came against Providence (2x) and St. John’s. Four of Villanova’s eight total wins have been played at the Jake Nevin Field House. Saturday’s night tilt vs. Butler will serve as Senior Day for the Wildcats.

Villanova is led by Kiera Booth who ranks third in the BIG EAST in hitting percentage (.336). Booth also leads the team in blocks (82). Andrea Campos has also been impressive for the Wildcats ranking seventh in service aces during conference play as well as leading the team in assists (495).

VILLANOVA AT BUTLER (OCT. 9): Butler defeated Villanova in their matchup earlier this year at Hinkle Fieldhouse (25-23, 19-25, 26-24, 25-13). The Bulldogs held Villanova to a .169 hitting percentage. Andrea Campos had 40 assists for the Wildcats and Cora Taylor recorded 41 assists for Butler.

Cora Taylor had a double-double with 41 assists and 13 digs. Amina Shackelford and Mariah Grunze added 16 and 17 kills respectively.

SCOUTING GEORGETOWN: Georgetown remains at the bottom of the BIG EAST standings after the Thursday loss to Villanova. They hold an overall record of 4-22 and are 2-13 in the conference. Their two conference wins came early in league play, defeating Seton Hall (3-2) and Villanova (3-1). They have struggled since and are on a 10-game winless stretch. Georgetown has lost five matches in the fifth set including Thursday’s loss.

Emma Plutnicki’s 7.63 assists per set is seventh in BIG EAST and leads Georgetown. Defensively, Karis Park is seventh in the conference in digs per set (4.12).

GEORGETOWN AT BUTLER (OCT. 7): Butler won the last matchup when Georgetown visited Indianapolis earlier in the season (25-16, 25-21, 17-25, 25-17). Both teams struggled on the offensive end as Georgetown’s hitting percentage of .109 was only just below Butler’s .119. Jaymeson Kinley had 29 digs while Taylor and Grunze had 19 and 15 of their own. BU had a 9-0 advantage in service aces over the Hoyas.

Amina Shackelford led BU with 14 kills. Cora Taylor was active with 35 assists and 19 digs.

BIG EAST LEADER: Jaymeson Kinley leads the BIG EAST Conference and ranks 10th in the NCAA in digs per set (5.39).

Kinley’s 42 digs at Xavier were the second most in a single match by a Butler player in program history (45 by Jessica Taylor vs. UIC, Sept. 12, 1989).

REWRITE THE RECORD BOOK: Jaymeson Kinley set a school record last year with 610 digs in a single season. She has 507 this year with four matches to play. In order for Kinley to reach 600 in back-to-back seasons, she will need to average 24 digs per set over the last two weekends of the regular season. That number will clearly change if Butler can hang on and join the six-team BIG EAST Championship field.

Kinley has 1,343 career digs at Butler. She needs just six to move into the career top-ten at BU.

GRUNZE MAKES BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: In a 1-1 week, Grunze ranked second in the BIG EAST in both kills (5.17) and points (5.83). The sophomore’s 21 kills and 23.5 points at Seton Hall were the most of any BIG EAST competitor this week.

Grunze set new career-high totals in kills (21) and points (23.5) at Seton Hall.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Butler leads all-time series against Villanova 10-7. The Wildcats swept the season series in 2021 posting a 3-0 home win and a 3-2 victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler’s last win over Nova prior to this season was the first meeting in 2018. The Bulldogs lead the Hoyas in the all-time series 14-3. Butler’s last setback in DC came in 2018 (3-0).

There were 29 ties and 15 lead changes the last time Butler and Villanova played on Oct. 9. Georgetown avoided the sweep at Hinkle on Oct. 7, but the Bulldogs were in control holding the Hoyas under 20 points in two of their three wins.

UP NEXT: The final weekend of the regular season is up next for the Bulldogs. Butler will host Providence and UConn on Friday and Sunday. Each match will stream on

Butler will host Providence on Friday. Sunday’s 1 PM match vs. the Huskies will be Senior Day and Women Empowerment Day.


INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and IUPUI will compete inside Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon in a cross-town battle. The 2 PM tip will stream live on


Date: Sunday, Nov. 13

Time: 2 PM

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. – Hinkle Fieldhouse

Live Stats: – Statbroadcast

Watch: – Butler+

Bulldog Bits

– Every BIG EAST program won their season opener.

– Anna Mortag and Caroline Strande each set new career-high scoring totals in their Butler debut.

– Kelsy Taylor came off the bench to score 10 points in her Bulldog debut. She added a team-high eight rebounds.

– Kendall Wingler led Butler from behind the arc Wednesday making three of her five 3-point attempts for nine points.

– Jessica Carrothers led BU in assists (3) and steals (3) in her collegiate debut.

– Butler’s starting five in the season opener included four newcomers (3 transfers and 1 freshman).

– Butler shot 69.2% from the field in the second quarter by making nine of their 13 attempts.

– 84 points vs. Chicago State is the most points scored by Butler in an opener since 2013 (85).

– 11 Bulldogs logged 10+ minutes of playing time vs. the Cougars.

– Abby Stoddard is the only Bulldog not to see action in the regular season opener. She is working her way back into action after last year’s knee injury.

Scouting IUPUI                                                                                       

Four seniors and a graduate student make up the starting five unit for the IUPUI Jaguars. First-year head coach Kate Bruce has two games behind her early in the 2022-23 campaign. The Jags lost at home to UIC on Nov. 7 (52-50) and recently took a loss at #7 Louisville (84-62). Jazmyn Turner and Rachel Kent are the top two scoring threats on the team. Turner is 6-2 forward averaging a team-high 11 points per game. She dominated inside vs. UIC with 20 points, but was limited to just two points against the Cardinals. Kent played just the opposite with just three points in the opener, but 17 against the nationally-ranked Cardinals. Turner is a Ball State transfer and Kent came to IUPUI from Saint Louis. Bulldog fans will also see a familiar face on Sunday afternoon. Former BU guard Genesis Parker will use her final year of eligibility at IUPUI this season. She has appeared in each game so far, averaging 18 minutes of playing time per contest. The fourth transfer on the IUPUI roster is guard Destiny Perkins. She is an Indianapolis native that played at Akron as a freshman.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Butler leads the all-time series against IUPUI 17-8. The Jags hosted Butler at the Jungle during the 2021-22 campaign and handed Butler an 80-47 loss. Rachel Kent led the Jags with 16 points. Anna Mortag was with IUPUI during that contest and scored eight points against the Bulldogs. Butler’s last win over IUPUI came in 2019 (64-61). Rachel McLimore and now assistant coach Holly Hoopingarner combined for 20 points, eight rebounds and six steals in that contest. Ironically, Genesis Parker was the driving force behind the BU win with a game-high 23 points. The first-ever meeting between Butler and IUPUI was played in 1975-76 with IUPUI winning 70-37. The 75-76 season was the inaugural campaign for the BU women’s program.

2022-23 Roster Breakdown                                                                

Three graduate students, one senior, five juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen make up the 2022-23 Butler roster. These student-athletes hail from Indiana (4), Wisconsin (4), Ohio (2), Kentucky (2), Illinois, Texas and Canada. The Jags have two graduates, four seniors, one junior, two sophomores and four freshman on their team. Five players on the IUPUI roster are from Indiana.


Butler’s last 20+ point win over an opponent came in 2019. The Bulldogs defeated Purdue Fort Wayne 85-58 giving them a 27-point win, the same as Wednesday night’s contest.

Welcome To Butler                                                                                             

The Butler coaching staff welcomed eight newcomers to the roster for the second-straight season. All eight players saw the court in the season opener. Four started and seven played at least 16 minutes.

Austin Parkinson Appointed to Lead Butler                                    

Austin Parkinson is the Jaguars all-time winningest coach in program history (224 wins). During his 12 seasons at IUPUI, Parkinson posted eight 20-win seasons and earned the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance by winning the 2020 Horizon League Tournament. IUPUI punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament again in 2022 as a 13-seed. The 2022 season was capped off with IUPUI having a student-athlete selected in the WNBA Draft, marking the first Jaguar to be drafted in program history.

IUPUI Influence                                                                                     

Assistant coaches Latrell Fleming and Holly Hoopingarner were recently part of Parkinson’s IUPUI coaching staff. Fleming worked on post-play development at IUPUI with Parkinson for seven seasons and Hoopingarner joined the Jags coaching staff after playing point guard at IUPUI from 2016-20. Fellow assistant coach Kristin Wodrich was a part of the staff at IUPUI for three seasons before taking the head coaching job at UIndy in 2016.

Best vs. The Best                                                                                                 

IUPUI transfers Rachel McLimore and Anna Mortag played their best basketball against the best competition last year for the Jags. In games at #11 Michigan, at #15 Iowa and in the NCAA Tournament against No. 4 seed Oklahoma, McLimore averaged 19.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Mortag was also impressive averaging 10 points and four rebounds.

More on Mortag                                                                                                 

Anna Mortag scored a career-high 16 points in her Butler debut on Wednesday night. The 6-1 wing scored five of Butler’s first seven points and continued to attack the basket throughout the contest. She set another career-high against the Cougars by taking and making all eight of her free throw attempts.

Up Next                                                                                                                  

Butler’s first road game of the season will come next week when the Bulldogs travel up I-69 to face the Ball State Cardinals. Tip at Worthen Arena is set for 6:30 PM on Thursday, Nov. 17.


INDIANAPOLIS – The annual “Battle of the Bulldogs” game will take place this Saturday, Nov. 12 when Drake hosts Butler in Des Moines Iowa. All Bulldog fans can watch the 2 PM kick-off live on ESPN 3.


Date: Saturday, November 12

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Des Moines, Iowa / Drake Stadium

Live Stats:

Watch: ESPN 3

2022 PFL Standings

St. Thomas 6-0, 8-1

Butler 5-1, 7-2

Dayton 5-1, 7-2

Davidson 5-1, 7-2

Marist 4-3, 4-5

Valparaiso 3-3, 4-5

San Diego 2-3, 3-5

Stetson 1-4, 3-5

Drake 1-5, 1-8

Morehead State 1-5, 2-7

Presbyterian 0-7, 1-9

2022 PFL Schedule – Week 11

Valparaiso at Marist – 12 PM

Morehead State at Dayton – 1 PM

Stetson at St. Thomas – 2 PM

Butler at Drake – 2 PM

Davidson at San Diego – 4 PM

Bulldog Bits

– Luka Zurak was named FedEx Ground FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week.

– Zurak hit a career-long 56-yard field goal to help Butler defeat San Diego on the final play of the game.

– Butler tied the game at San Diego with 2:13 to play in the fourth quarter. Their first lead of the day came on the game-winning 56-yard field goal.

– Luke Wooten caught a career-high 14 passes for 147 yards at San Diego while adding a TD.

– Bret Bushka dropped back to pass a season-high 41 times at San Diego to record 268 passing yards.

– The Bulldogs have recorded a sack in six-straight games. Austin Korba came up with his second of the season at San Diego.

– Butler’s last five-game win streak came in 2012.

– Butler leads the FCS in red zone offense (97%). They have scored on 33 of their 34 attempts.

– Bret Bushka leads the PFL and ranks 17th in the FCS in completion percentage (66.3).

– Butler ranks second in the PFL and 22nd in the FCS in 3rd down conversion percentage (44%).

– BU leads the PFL in 4th down conversion percentage, net punting, completion percentage, sacks allowed, tackles for loss allowed, and scoring defense.

SCOUTING DRAKE: The Bulldogs are 1-8 this year with their lone win coming on Oct. 29 at Stetson 24-17. Luke Bailey took over under center for Drake in that game and passed for 236 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Dorian Boyland also rushed the ball 22 times for 115 yards and a score. Boyland has 507 rushing yards this season and has found the end zone three times. Bailey took over the huddle for senior Ian Corwin in Drake’s last game. The 6-2 junior completed 21 of his 40 attempts against the Hatters. Senior LB Tanner Pollack ranks third in the PFL with 80 tackles this season. He has 18 more tackles than anyone else on the Drake roster. The sack leader at Drake is Finn Claypool (5) and Tony Graham II leads the secondary with two interceptions.

Drake had two weeks to prepare for Butler as the Bulldogs come off their bye week. Before beating Stetson, Drake’s last win was the Oct. 2 meeting at Butler in 2021.

LAST MEETING: Cross Robinson scored the only touchdown of the game the last time Butler and Drake met on the gridiron. Butler led 3-0 at the half, but Robinson’s third quarter TD run from the four-yard line would give the away team a 6-3 victory. The Bulldogs had a chance to take the lead later in the second half, but they fumbled on the Drake 1-yard line with 4:53 to play in the third quarter.

Bret Bushka completed 12 passes for 109 yards in the contest and added 78 rushing yards. Thomas Rousseau had a sack for the BU defense.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Drake leads Butler in the all-time series 22-8-1. The first-ever meeting in 1932 was the tie in the series. Neither team was able to score in Indianapolis. Drake has won the last six meetings against Butler with four of those games coming in Indy.

Butler’s last win over Drake was a 20-13 victory at the Sellick Bowl in 2015. Their last and only win in Iowa was a 28-20 outcome in 1994!

ZURAK NAMED PFL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Luka Zurak’s 56-yard field goal as time expired lifted Butler to a 26-23 PFL victory at San Diego, Saturday. The 56-yarder is the third longest in the FCS this season and longest in the PFL. Zurak finished the day making 4-of-5, connected from 32, 21, 44, and 56 yards and missing a 45-yarder in the middle of the sequence. He also connected on two PATs and was responsible for 14 of the Bulldogs 26 points in a win that kept them alive in the bid to win the league’s automatic bid.

Zurak’s final kick was one yard shy of the school record. He added two extra points to score 14 points in the comeback victory.

LOOK AT LUKE: Freshman WR Luke Wooten caught a career-high 14 passes for 147 yards at San Diego. His fourth quarter TD with 2:13 to play tied the game at 23-23. 14 receptions ranks second all-time at Butler behind Tom Redmond who caught 15 passes vs. Ball State in 1972.

The last Bulldog to catch 14 passes in a single-game was Pace Temple. The BU standout did it two times in 2018 (at Youngstown State, and at Davidson). 14 receptions is the most by any PFL player this season. Three other FCS players have caught 15 passes this year.

THE LAST TIME: Butler hasn’t lost since Oct. 1 when the ‘Dawgs played at Davidson in the PFL opener. Since that setback, BU has snapped some significant streaks. On Oct. 8, Butler shutout Dayton 31-0 to end the longest scoring streak in Division I football (501 games). It was Butler’s first win over Dayton since 2013. On Oct. 15, Butler won the Hoosier Helmet at Valpo by outscoring the Beacons 20-6 in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs had lost the previous three meetings vs. their in-state rival. On Oct. 22, Butler defeated Marist 31-10 on homecoming weekend. It was only the program’s third win vs. the Red Foxes. On Oct. 29, Butler beat Morehead State for the first time since 2018. It marked the 600th all-time win in program history. On Nov. 5, Butler defeated San Diego at Torero Stadium for the first time since 2001!

Butler has not defeated San Diego, Morehead State, Valpo and Dayton in the same year since 2009. The Bulldogs went 11-1 that season and were crowned PFL Champs.

BUSHKA ADDED TO WATCH LIST: Bret Bushka is listed on the 2022 Walter Payton Award watch list, an honor that Stats Perform presents to the national offensive player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision.

Bushka leads the PFL in passing efficiency. He has thrown nine touchdowns over his last five starts with zero interceptions.

UP NEXT: The final game of the 2022 regular season will be played next weekend at the Sellick Bowl. Butler will host St. Thomas, looking to hand the Tommies their first PFL loss of the season.

The Butler football program will honor their senior class before the 12 PM kick-off on Saturday, Nov. 19.


CLEVELAND – The IUPUI men’s soccer team put up an impressive 3-0 victory over No. 2 Wright State in the second semifinal of the 2022 #HLMSOC Championships on Thursday night (Nov. 10), advancing to play top-seeded Cleveland State on Saturday for the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Redshirt junior Lucas Morefield registered a second straight shutout in postseason play and junior midfielder Lukas Hackaa powered the offense with a goal and two assists in the victory. Senior defender Caleb Hussain delivered the game-winner in the game’s 40th minute when he rifled a header past Wright State keeper Guilherme Pipolo for his first career score.

Hackaa provided insurance in the 60th minute and Logan Finnegan authored the finisher in the 75th minute.

“I think it took us a little bit – the intensity, the weight on the game of it being a semifinal is new to everybody in this program,” head coach Sid van Druenen said. “We got through it the first 10, 12 minutes and Wright State brought the intensity and I don’t think we were where we had to be. Luckily, we responded really well, we evened it out and stuck to the gameplan.

“We caught them in transition two times and scored a great header on a corner kick going into halftime.”

Wright State (4-7-6) had the better run of play in the early stages of the match, having one shot attempt denied by the post and another ricochet off the crossbar. IUPUI got a clean look in the 18th minute when Josemir Gomez played a gorgeous ball to Finnegan, but the resulting shot attempt was angled just wide of target.

IUPUI (7-6-6) went in front late in the first half when Hussain came barrelling forward to get on the business end of a Hackaa corner kick. Hussain redirected the service past Pipolo for his first-ever score, coming in his 35th career appearance.

The good feeling turned to great after IUPUI weathered an early barrage from WSU, the Jaguars got loose for an insurance tally. Medard Mikobi shifted a pass to Hackaa on the right side and the first team all-leaguer did his work from there, dekeing a defender before sliding a composed strike inside the far post for his eighth score of the season. Hackaa setup Finnegan’s score in the 75th minute, sending a long ball over the top to his fellow attacker. Finnegan maneuvered past the WSU goalkeeper and angled a shot into an empty net for his sixth score of the season.

Morefield was brilliant in goal, facing 22 shots and making six saves for his second straight shutout in the league tournament. Hussain and freshman Brady Horn played all 90 minutes in front of him, as did Mikobi and freshman Kade Tepe in the midfield.

Hackaa fired off a team-high four shots while IUPUI was held to three shots on goal, all of which found the back of the net.

“It’s a great time to be a Jag,” van Druenen said. “A clean sheet, three goals and a 3-0 win in a Horizon League tournament game – that’s massive.”

The win puts IUPUI in a league championship game for the first time since 2007 when the Jaguars hosted Oakland University in The Summit League title game at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis, ultimately falling 2-0.

IUPUI will take on host Cleveland State at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 12) on ESPN+ as Scott Agness (pxp) will describe the action.


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Jaguars fell to Cleveland State on Friday night in straight sets, 3-0. Junior Emily Alan led the attack with eight kills hitting .357.

In the opening set, Cleveland State came out swinging with 14 kills hitting .429 as a team compared to IUPUI’s nine with a .065 percentage to take set one 25-13. The Vikings continued that momentum winning set two, 25-11. Despite the Jags keeping it close in the third set, Cleveland State closed the match out with a third set victory, 25-22.

Alan led the Jaguar attack with eight kills while Allie Pogue followed with six and Briana Brown added five. Darragh Dixon and Sidney Veatch each collected 12 assists while Brooke Phillips earned 10 digs. Morgan Ostrowski, Phillips, Pogue and Brown each recorded a service ace.

The Jags close out the season at home tomorrow, Nov. 12 when they celebrate senior day as they face Oakland at 4:00 PM.



SERIES HISTORY • Notre Dame and Navy will be meeting for the 96th time on Saturday afternoon with the Irish leading the all-time series 80-13-1. • The Irish and Midshipmen met every season from 1927 through 2019. The scheduling challenges of the 2020 COVID-19-affected campaign ended the longest uninterrupted intersectional rivalry in college football and the third-longest uninterrupted college football rivalry overall. • Notre Dame’s 43-game win streak in the series from 1963 through 2007 remains the longest win streak between two annual opponents in college football history. • Once Navy broke the streak in 2007, they won three of four meetings against the Irish. Notre Dame has won nine of the last 10 meetings and four straight dating back to 2011. • The city of Baltimore plays a special role in the Notre Dame – Navy series. It was the site of the first meeting between the two teams (1927, a 19-6 Notre Dame win in Baltimore Memorial Stadium) and has played host to the rivalry 22 times (most recently a 27-21 Irish victory in 2008). Saturday afternoon marks the first game between the two teams in Baltimore since 2008 (a 27-21 Notre Dame victory). • The Irish are 18-4 against Navy in Baltimore and have not lost to the Midshipmen in the ‘Charm City’ since 1956. • Not only is the Notre Dame – Navy series special for its longevity, it is remarkable for the different sites around the country and the world that the game takes place in. Navy has never hosted a game on its campus and moves its home games to different venues across two continents. Other than Notre Dame Stadium (38 games), Baltimore has hosted the most ND-Navy contests (22), followed by Cleveland (11), Philadelphia (9), East Rutherford, New Jersey (7), Landover, Maryland (2) and Dublin, Ireland (2). • Notre Dame and Navy are scheduled to make their third trip ‘across the pond’ and play in Aviva Stadium next season on Saturday, August 26. • The Edgar ‘Rip’ Miller Trophy honors the Notre Dame – Navy football series and is unique in its status as a rivalry trophy as it doesn’t change hands year-to-year. Of a symmetrical design, each school owns its half of the trophy which is inscribed with the team captains for each meeting of the series. The trophy is reunited on special occasions whenever possible before each meeting between the two teams. Rip Miller was an offensive lineman at Notre Dame, one of the ‘Seven Mules’ who blocked for the legendary ‘Four Horsemen’ backfield and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. After his playing career at Notre Dame, he coached at Navy from 1931-33, moved to offensive line coach until 1947 and then served as the Naval Academy Athletic Director from 1948-74.

STORYLINES • Notre Dame returns to the road this week for the renewal of the annual series with Navy in M&T Bank Stadium at 12 p.m. ET. The last road trip for the Irish was also a noon ET kick at Syracuse on October 29. • The match up is team strength vs. team strength for Saturday afternoon’s contest. Navy is ninth in the country in rushing offense at 236.9 yards-per-game while Notre Dame is 28th at 195.1 yardsper-contest and have rushed for over 200 yards in five of their last six games played. The Irish and Midshipmen also are among the nation’s leaders in time of possession with Navy fifth at 34:46 and the Irish 17th at 32:39. • Notre Dame is coming off its signature victory of the 2022 campaign so far, defeating No. 5/5 Clemson 35-14 under the lights in Notre Dame Stadium last weekend. The Irish posted their third consecutive 200-yard rushing game and held their second-consecutive opponent to less than 100 rushing yards (61 at Syracuse, 90 vs. Clemson). • Record watch – Junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey needs one full sack to set a new Notre Dame career record for sacks. Junior tight end Michael Mayer is looking to break his own single-season TE touchdown record of seven, which he tied with a 17-yard scoring reception last weekend against Clemson.



Sophomore running back Audric Estimé has rushed for 100 yards in the past two

games (123 at Syracuse, 104 vs. Clemson) and hopes to become the first Irish player

to rush for 100 yards in three-consecutive games since Tony Jones Jr. in 2019.


The Irish will be looking to claim their fourth-consecutive victory away from Notre

Dame Stadium this season. Notre Dame has not lost away from home since the season-opener at No. 2/2 Ohio State.


Junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey has sacked the quarterback 5.5 times in the

last three games, pushing his career total to 24.0 – just 0.5 sacks behind Justin Tuck’s

Notre Dame career record. At 8.5 sacks this season, Foskey is second in the country

in total sacks.


Notre Dame has blocked a school-record (since 1937) and FBS-leading six punts this

season. The Irish have blocked four punts in the last three games, including two consecutive blocks against UNLV.


Since September 24 (when the Irish defeated North Carolina on the road) Notre

Dame is tied for seventh in the country in rushing attempts with 280. In that fivegame span, the Irish are averaging 233.8 rushing yards per game, which is the 10thbest average in the nation during that time frame.


Notre Dame’s pass rush has surged over the past two weeks and the Irish have sacked

the opposing quarterback eight times – four in each of the past three games. The

Irish are tied for 14th in the country in sacks per game (3.11, 28 in 9 games played).


Notre Dame has played on November 12 sixteen previous times, posting a 12-4 record that includes a 42-21 win over Navy in 2005 in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish

have a three-game win streak on Nov. 12 dating back to that ‘05 victory.


Notre Dame is 6-0 this season when it possesses the ball for 30 or more minutes,

peaking at 40:55 of possession time against BYU. The Irish were held under 30 minutes against Ohio State (27:01), Marshall (29:13) and Stanford (23:53).


As Michael Mayer continues to enscribe his name all over the Notre Dame record

books (see pages 9-10 for more), he also looks to continue his streak of games with

at least once reception. His streak currently stands at 33, which is every game he has

played for the Irish and the 11th-best current streak in the nation (he also is the only

active TE with a streak over 30 games – see page 10 for a full list).


Notre Dame is the only team in the country with three running backs posting 85 or

more carries this season – Audric Estimé (117), Logan Diggs (112) and Chris

Tyree (85). The Irish have not seen three backs post 100 carries each since Randy

Kinder (143), Marc Edwards (140) and Autry Denson (137) in 1995.


Notre Dame rushed for 263 yards in the victory over Clemson which is the fifth time

the Irish have surpassed 200 yards rushing this season. Notre Dame is 104-10 (.912)

since 1996 when it rushes for 200 yards or more.


OPENING KICK • Navy (3-6) and #20/25 Notre Dame (6-3) meet for the 95th time on the gridiron when the two square off on Saturday at 12-Noon at M&T Bank Stadium (71,008) in Baltimore. This will be the 23rd time Navy and Notre Dame have played in Baltimore and the first since 2008. This is the fourth time the Navy-Notre Dame game has been played at M&T Bank Stadium. Saturday’s contest is presented by Navy Federal Credit Union and Navy Mutual. • The two programs are among the winningest FBS teams in college football history. Notre Dame ranks fourth all-time with 935 wins, while Navy ranks 25th with 732 wins. • The two schools had played 93-consecutive times, which was the longest intersectional rivalry in college football, until 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the game to be canceled. Navy and Notre Dame were originally scheduled to open the 2020 season in Dublin, Ireland. Travel restrictions, however, forced the game to be moved to Annapolis for what would have been the first game in series history to be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium before the contest was ultimately canceled. The 2023 Navy-Notre Dame game will be played on Saturday, Aug. 26 in Dublin. It will mark the third time the Mids and Irish have met in Ireland and the first time with Notre Dame as the home team. • Notre Dame leads the series 80-13-1 and has won four in a row over the Mids. • Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo has beaten Notre Dame 3 times and has lost 4 other times by 10 points or less in his 13 games against the Irish. His 3 wins against Notre Dame are tied with Wayne Hardin (1960-61) for the most in school history. • Niumatalolo has beaten 5 Associated Press Top-25 opponents during his tenure with the last coming on Nov. 23, 2019, when the Mids defeated #21 SMU 35-28. Niumatalolo beat #19 Notre Dame 23-21 in 2009. The highest-ranked team a Niumatalolo-led Navy team has defeated came in 2016 when the Mids stunned #6 Houston 46-40. • Navy has defeated 4 Notre Dame teams ranked in the top 25: 1936 over #13 Notre Dame 3-0; 1944 over #2 Notre Dame 32-12; 1957 over #5 Notre Dame 20-6 and in 2009 over #19 Notre Dame 23-21. • Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman has Navy’s number when it comes to shutting down the option. In 2018, as defensive coordinator at Cincinnati, his unit held Navy to 171 yards of total offense, including just 124 yards on the ground, in a 42-0 win. Last year, as defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, his group again shut down the Mids, allowing just 189 yards of total offense, including 166 yards on the ground, in a 34-6 Notre Dame win. • Navy has made things interesting against the Irish at M&T Bank Stadium. In 2008, sophomore quarterback Ricky Dobbs came off the bench and nearly led the greatest comeback in school history. Navy trailed Notre Dame 27-7 with less than two minutes remaining when Shun White scored on a 24-yard touchdown run to make the score 27-14. Corey Johnson recovered the ensuing onside kick at the ND 41 and on the first play, Dobbs hit Tyree Barnes with a 40-yard pass down to the Notre Dame 1. Dobbs scored on the next play to make it 27-21 and then Johnson again recovered the onside kick at the ND 41, but this time the Notre Dame defense held thanks to a Pat Kuntz sack. • In 2002, a 1-7 Navy squad led 8-1 and ninth-ranked Notre Dame 23-15 deep into the fourth quarter until the Irish rallied for 2 touchdowns in the final 4:30 to hold on for a 30-23 win thanks to 2 Carlyle Holiday touchdown passes. • Navy is the only team in the FBS that will not play a home game in the month of November. Navy lost at Cincinnati (20-10) last Saturday, plays host to Notre Dame this Saturday in Baltimore, travels to UCF next week (11-19) before traveling to Philadelphia on Dec. 10 for the annual Army-Navy Game presented by USAA, in addition to a bye on Thanksgiving weekend. It marks the first time since 1988 that Navy will not have a home game in the month of November. Remarkably, in 1988, Navy played its final home game on Oct. 1 vs. Yale and then played 4 games on the road (Air Force, Pitt, Syracuse and South Carolina) and 2 neutral site games (Notre Dame in Baltimore and Army in Philadelphia) to finish 3-8. • Navy starting quarterback Tai Lavatai was lost for the year in the first quarter of the Temple game with a left knee injury. Backup quarterback Xavier Arline, who came on to finish the Temple game and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 23-yard run in overtime, started last week against Cincinnati and played well, rushing for 87 yards on 12 carries. Arline is a two-sport athlete for Navy as he is also a starting attackman on the lacrosse team. Arline initially committed to North Carolina to play both lacrosse and football, but after a change in the Tar Heel football coaching staff, Arline decommitted and signed with Navy. • Navy starts a combined 4 seniors on offense and defense, a mark that is tied with Cal, Louisiana Tech, North Texas and Temple for the third fewest in the country. • Navy defeated Temple on Oct. 29 without completing a pass. It was the eighth time in the Niumatalolo era that Navy has played an entire game without completing a pass. Not completing a pass in a game is not necessarily a bad thing for the Mids, as they are 7-1 in those games. In two of those games, 2009 vs. Wake Forest and 2008 against SMU, the Mids never attempted a pass. Both of those games were played in torrential downpours with Navy beating Wake Forest 13-10 and SMU 34-7.

SCOUTING NOTRE DAME 6-3 Overall Head Coach: Marcus Freeman • Notre Dame enters Saturday’s game as one of the hottest teams in the country, having won three straight and 6 of its last 7. Last week, the Irish manhandled #4 Clemson in South Bend 35-14. • Notre Dame has won 16-consecutive games in the month of November, which is the longest active streak in the FBS. • Junior quarterback Drew Pyne has had a solid year for Notre Dame, completing 111 of his 182 pass attempts for 1,278 yards and 14 touchdowns. Pyne has tossed just 4 interceptions. • Pyne’s favorite target is junior tight end Michael Mayer, who many consider the best tight end in the country and the greatest tight end in the history of Notre Dame. The surefire first-round draft pick has caught 51 passes for 624 yards and 7 touchdowns (#24 in the country). Sophomore Lorenzo Styles has 24 catches for 292 yards and a touchdown. • Notre Dame’s rushing attack is led by the 1-2 combo of sophomore Audric Estime and sophomore Logan Diggs. Estime has rushed for 662 yards and 9 touchdowns on 117 carries, while Diggs has 545 yards and a touchdown on 112 carries. • Notre Dame’s offensive line has allowed just 3.78 tackles for loss per game, which ranks seventh in the country. • Like Navy, Notre Dame likes to keep possession of the ball. Notre Dame is holding it 32:39 per game which ranks 17th in the country. • Defensively, Notre Dame is led by senior linebacker JD Bertrand and graduate student linebacker Jack Kiser. Bertrand has recorded 60 tackles this year, with 6.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks, while Kiser has 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Senior defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is fourth in the country in sacks, averaging 0.9 per contest. • Notre Dame’s defense ranks 19th nationally in fourth down defense (.375). The Irish have 2 defensive touchdowns, which is 16th nationally. The Irish are averaging 3.1 sacks per game, which is 14th best in the country. • Notre Dame has blocked an incredible 6 punts this year and has blocked a punt in four-consecutive games. Notre Dame’s first points last Saturday against Clemson came on a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown. Foskey has 2 blocked punts on the year, which is tied for third nationally. • Senior Brandon Johnson is 15th in the country in punt returns, averaging 9.9 yards per return. • Notre Dame is 16th in the country in fewest penalties per game (4.67) and 25th in penalties yards per game (43.8).


NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 18th-ranked University of Notre Dame fell to No. 3 University of Michigan, 5-1, Friday night in their first home loss of the season.

The Irish found themselves down early as a cross checking penalty went against the home team and its penalty kill unit went to work. Less than a minute later a Wolverine shot got a piece of pipe before being redirected back into the net for the 1-0 score.

Nick Leivermann found the equalizer at 13:06 of the opening period for his fourth of the season. After his first shot trickled just wide of the net, an outstretched Chayse Primeau wrapped the puck around the back of the net and onto the stick of Leivermann.

With an Irish skater looking on from the box, a pair of off-setting majors were called on each side and the two teams skated to the end of the first tied at 1-1.

Michigan scored another quick tally to open the second and the Irish found themselves trailing 2-1 just 55 seconds into period two.

A pair of Wolverine goals 21 seconds apart made it a 4-1 game halfway through the second period.

A powerplay tally at 18:01 of the second made it 5-1 in favor of the visitors, a score that would stand through the final horn.

The third period was riddled with penalties as the two teams combined for 13 penalties in the final period of regulation. Despite multiple powerplay opportunities for each side in the last 20 minutes, the scoreboard stayed the same as the Irish dropped the 5-1 final.


A netfront scramble in the waning seconds of an Irish powerplay resulted in an Irish goal when Nick Leivermann buried his shot from the top of the circle. After his first shot bounced wide, Chayse Primeau dove for the loose puck, tucking it back around the net and to Leivermann for the wide open shot. Trevor Janicke also tallied an assist on the play.


The Irish blocked 19 shots in the contest, led by Nick Leivermann with six pucks blocked in the game. Fellow defensemen Ryan Helliwell and Ben Brinkman also blocked multiple shots, jumping in front of four and three, respectively.

Ryder Rolston and Leivermann each fired four shots on net, a team-best. Together, the Irish posted 24 shots on goal in the contest.

Ryan Bischel made 39 saves between the pipes Friday night.


The two teams return to the ice Saturday night for the series finale inside Compton Family Ice Arena. Puck drop is set for 6:05 p.m. with a t-shirt giveaway for the first 300 students.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish dropped a close five set match to Florida State in Purcell on Friday Nov. 11 (18-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-14, 10-15).

The Irish were led by Lucy Trump with 17 kills, followed by Phyona Schrader with 11 kills and a .562 kill percentage. Clare Delaplane posted 10 kills tonight and Hattie Monson chipped in 19 digs for the Irish.

The Irish trailed 5-4 to start set one, but three straight points from the Irish gave the Irish the 7-5 advantage and forced a Seminole timeout. A Trump kill gave the Irish the lead again at 10-9 but it didn’t take long for the Seminoles to take the 16-12 advantage over the Irish. Notre Dame closed the gap to three at 18-15 after a solo block from Avery Ross, but FSU would go on to take set one 25-18.

Notre Dame came out strong in the second, posting an early 7-3 lead over the Seminoles and forcing an FSU timeout. Kills from Schrader, Winkler, and Trump, along with an ace from Schrader, would give the Irish a 13-5 advantage and force the Seminole’s second timeout of the set. Leading 20-15, the Irish would outscore the Seminoles 5-1 to close out the second, with Lucy Trump posting an impressive nine kills in the set with a .667 hitting percentage.

The Irish and Seminoles continued to exchange points to start the third, with neither team being able to pull away by more than two. Tied at 8-8, the Seminoles outscored the Irish 7-1 to take the lead at 15-9. FSU extended the lead to 20-13 before taking home set three 25-16.

Notre Dame started the fourth set with a 5-0 run, including three straight kills from Delaplane. While the Seminoles closed the gap to one at 8-7, the Irish would extend their lead to six at 15-9. Kills from Tarnoff and Schrader, plus a service ace from Trump, allowed the Irish to take the 19-10 advantage over FSU. Holding the Seminoles to just 14 points, the Irish closed out set four with a Ross kill and were ready to go into a competitive fifth set.

The Irish led 4-2 to start the fifth before a 3-0 FSU run gave the Seminoles the 5-4 advantage. Tied at 5-5, both teams were in a relentless pursuit for the win as Notre Dame and Florida State swapped points until it was an even 10-10 set. Despite the Irish’s late efforts, the Seminoles would score the final five points of the night and take home set five 15-10.


The Irish are back in action as they hit the road for NC State and take on the Wolfpack on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Notre Dame will host their final home game of the season against Louisville at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23.


MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to the court for its first road contest of the season against Indiana State on Saturday. The Cardinals and Sycamores are slated for a 2 p.m. start inside the Hulman Center.

The Cardinals are coming off a historic performance in the season opener as BSU recorded the largest margin of victory with a 109-39 win against Earlham. The 70-point margin bested the previous record by six, which was 64 points against Cardinal Stritch in 1989. The Cardinals’ 109 points is tied for the 13th most in program history and is the first time scoring over 105 points since February 18, 2017. Michael Lewis also made history as he earned his first career win as a head coach.

Spreading the Love

Ball State was able to spread the ball around as six players finished the game in double figures. Demarius Jacobs recorded a game-high 19 points and a game-high six assists. Mickey Pearson Jr. recorded a double-double with a career-high 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, the first of his career. Kaiyem Cleary produced 17 points, the most for him as an NCAA Division I player. Payton Sparks finished with 15 points and eight boards. Basheer Jihad produced 13 points to go along with four rebounds. Jalen Windham ended the game with 10 points, six rebounds with a career-high five assists and a career-best four steals.

Stout Defense

The Cardinals were impressive on the defensive end of the court in the season opener. Ball State held Earlham to 24.6 percent from the field and 21.1 percent from 3-point range. BSU was disciplined as well, as it limited Earlham to just six free throws for the entire game. The Cardinals were tough on the defensive glass as they brought down 38 defensive rebounds.

Series History with the Sycamores

Saturday marks the 137th meeting between BSU and ISU. The Cardinals lead the overall series 74-62. Ball State has won four of the last five meetings, including a 97-75 victory in Muncie on Nov. 27, 2021. The Sycamores lead the series 51-18 in games played in Terre Haute. Ball State’s last road win against Indiana State came on Nov. 25, 2017, by the score of 93-85.

Scouting Indiana State

Indiana State is led by Cooper Neese and Cameron Henry, who earned spots on the Preseason Missouri Valley All-Conference teams. Neese was a second team selection, while Henry landed on the third team. Courvoisier McCauley led the Sycamores in the season opener with 23 points, including going 6-of-12 from 3-point range. McCauley added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Trenton Gibson recorded a double-double in the opener with 18 points and a game-high 11 boards. Jayson Kent led the squad with five steals. Julian Larry and Xavier Bledson paced the team with five assists each.


ATHENS, Ohio – – It was a rough night for the Ball State women’s volleyball team which saw its 13-match winning streak come to an end Friday night with a 3-1 (21-25, 26-24, 15-25, 17-25) setback to Ohio.

“We did not play like we’re capable of tonight,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said after the loss. “Ohio is a strong team with a lot of talent and pushed us early.  Unfortunately, we came out flat and never recovered. We were out ball controlled and have to be better tomorrow.”

After falling behind 20-10 in the opening set, the Cardinals (21-7; 13-3) made a strong push to pull back within three. Unfortunately, the margin was too much to overcome as the Bobcats (18-9; 12-4 MAC) went on to claim the frame.

Ball State would answer in the second, however, capitalizing on back-to-back OU errors to win the frame and even the match. Unfortunately, Ohio responded with a pair of strong performances to take sets three and four by comfortable margins.

“After our performance tonight, we have to reset, look at film, and figure out what adjustments we can make to play better tomorrow,” Phillips added.

Overall, the Cardinals offense was held to a .156 (42-19-147) hitting mark despite a team-high nine kills and a team-best .348 (9-1-23) hitting mark from junior middle Lauren Gilliland.

Senior middle Marie Plitt chipped in eight kills, while senior outside Natalie Risi and senior opposite Natalie Mitchem added seven apiece.

In the backcourt, senior libero Maggie Huber tied for match-high honors with 19 digs, while Risi added 14 and sophomore setter Megan Wielonski registered 10 to go along with 34 assists for her 17th assist/dig double-double of the season.

Ohio finished the night hitting .281 (62-19-153), with three players reaching double-digit kills led by 14 from Caitlin O’Farrell. Sam Steele led four Bobcat defenders in double figures with 19 digs, helping OU to an 80-to-66 edge for the match.

Ohio also held an 8.0-to-4.0 lead in blocks and a 5-to-2 advantage in service aces.

The Cardinals and Bobcats will square off again Saturday evening with a 5:30 p.m. first serve at the Convocation Center.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Kaitlyn Hamilton recorded the first double-double of her collegiate career Friday, but visiting Belmont outlasted Indiana State in four set (19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23) inside ISU Arena.

Hamilton tied her career high of 17 kills and added 11 digs, while Emma Kaelin also notched a double-double with 44 kills and 11 digs. Storm Suhre and Mallory Keller added 13 kills apiece for the Sycamores, who hit .235 for the match.

Indiana State got off to a hot start from an attacking standpoint, hitting .538 in the opening set with just two attack errors. Back-to-back kills by Keller gave Indiana State a 7-6 lead early in the set, one they never relinquished. Keller and Hamilton led the way for the Trees early on with a combined 10 kills in the first set, with Keller providing the final kill in a 25-19 opening-set win.

The second set was a back-and-forth affair, as neither team led by more than two points at any stage. Back-to-back errors gave Indiana State an 11-9 lead in the set, but the Sycamores couldn’t add on to the difference. Belmont rallied to take a late lead and, despite a kill by Hamilton and an ace from Melina Tedrow, held on to win the set 25-23. Hamilton and Suhre combined for 11 kills in the second.

Neither team gained momentum in the third set until a Belmont service ace gave the Bruins a 10-7 lead. Indiana State rallied with kills by Keller, Jamie Brown and Taylor Shelton to the the set at 12-all but never managed to go in front. Back-to-back kills by Keller late in the set made it 20-18, but Belmont answered with the next five points to win the third 25-18.

Indiana State got out to a 6-1 lead in the fourth, using a pair of block assists by Keller and Suhre to go in front. The Sycamores maintained their lead for most of the set, going ahead 19-16 following a kill by Hamilton and a Belmont error. A late four-point run for the Bruins proved to be the difference despite Hamilton notching three kills in the final nine points, as Belmont hung on to take the set 25-23.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana State had a higher hitting percentage than its opponent for the first time since hitting .263 at Murray State on Sept. 30.

Indiana State had more digs than Belmont (67-66), with four different Sycamores recording double-digit digs Friday (Melina Tedrow 19, Kaitlyn Hamilton 11, Emma Kaelin 11, Cadence Gilley 10).

Indiana State’s .538 hitting percentage in the opening set was its best hitting percentage in a single set this season.

News and Notes

The 56 kills recorded by Indiana State Friday were the team’s most since notching 67 in a win over Missouri State on Oct. 7.

Kaitlyn Hamilton and Emma Kaelin became the first Sycamore teammates to record a double-double in the same match since Karinna Gall and Taylor Shelton accomplished the feat Oct. 7 against Missouri State.

Emma Kaelin’s 44 assists were a career high.

Up Next

Indiana State plays its final home match of the season Saturday at 5 p.m. against Murray State. The Sycamores will recognize its senior class of Melina Tedrow, Taylior Shelton and Kylie Newby prior to the match.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State Sycamores are hosting in-state foe Ball State Saturday afternoon at the Hulman Center for a 2 p.m. tip. The two teams will be facing off for the 136th time dating back to 1919, and ISU is looking to open the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011-12.

Ball State is one of five teams the Sycamores have home-and-home series with dating back to last season. ISU will also take on North Dakota State, Miami (Ohio), and Northern Illinois this season in scheduled rematches with all but the Miami game set to compete in Hulman Center, along with having already hosted Green Bay in the season opener.

Newcomers Courvoisier McCauley and Trenton Gibson wasted no time making an impact in the Blue and White as they combined for 41 points and 21 rebounds in Indiana State’s 80-53 season-opening win against Green Bay. Both players posted a double-double in their Sycamore debut and McCauley knocked down six triples while shooting 8-of-16 from the field overall in the game while Gibson shot an impressive 8-of-9 from the field.


Saturday is the 136th all-time meeting between in-state foes Indiana State and Ball State. Dating back to their first meeting in 1919, the two teams have faced each other in all but 10 calendar years in that span.

The Sycamores opened the all-time series with six straight wins, and are 40-16 against the Cardinals on home court all-time including 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Terre Haute.

Indiana State dropped the last meeting with the Cardinals, 75-97, in Muncie on Nov. 27, 2021. The Sycamores were led offensively by Micah Thomas’ 19 points while Xavier Bledson scored 15 in his return to the court in the game.


Indiana State basketball dropped its matchup with Ball State, 97-75, at Worthen Arena Nov. 27, 2021. The Sycamores were led offensively by Micah Thomas’ 19 points while Xavier Bledson scored 15 in his return to the court.

Five Cardinals scored in double figures led by Tyler Cochran who dropped 15 points. Miryne Thomas recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Luke Bumbalough added 14 points as the sharpshooter hit four of BSU’s 15 3-pointers.

Ball State shot lights out from the field in the first half at 45 percent from the field while shooting 53.3 percent (8-15) from behind the arc. Indiana State struggled shooting throughout the game and finished shooting 39.7 percent (23- 58) from the field and 36 percent (9-25) from downtown.


Ball State was picked fourth in the Preseason MAC Poll under first-year head coach Michael Lewis, and reigning MAC Freshman of the Year Payton Sparks was named preseason All-MAC First Team.

The Cardinals are coming off a historic performance in the season opener as BSU recorded the largest margin of victory with a 109-39 win against Earlham. The 70-point margin bested the previous record by six, which was 64 points against Cardinal Stritch in 1989. The Cardinals’ 109 points is tied for the 13th most in program history and is the first time scoring over 105 points since February 18, 2017. Lewis also made history as he earned his first career win as a head coach.

In Ball State’s season opener, Demarius Jacobs recorded a game-high 19 points and a game-high six assists. Mickey Pearson Jr. recorded a double-double with a career-high 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Kaiyem Cleary produced 17 points, and Payton Sparks finished with 15 points and eight boards. Basheer Jihad produced 13 points to go along with four rebounds. Jalen Windham ended the game with 10 points, six rebounds with a career-high five assists and a career-best four steals.


Newcomers Courvoisier McCauley and Trenton Gibson wasted no time making an impact in the Blue and White as they combined for 41 points and 21 rebounds in Indiana State’s 80-53 season-opening win against Green Bay.

All 10 Sycamores who saw action found their name on the scoresheet, paced by McCauley’s game-high 23 points. Gibson was the only other Sycamore in double-figures with 18 points while he and McCauley each notched a double-double with 11 and 10 boards, respectively, and it was the first time in more than 15 season that two or more Sycamores had a double-double in the same game.

After leading by just three points (34-31) at the half, Indiana State turned it up on both ends of the court in the second half, outscoring Green Bay 46-22 in the frame while holding the Phoenix to just one basket from the field in the last 13 minutes of the game. ISU’s lead peaked at 27 on a Masen Miller triple with 25 seconds to go.

The Sycamores dished out 21 assists and added eight steals in the win. Three different Sycamores had five assists including Julian Larry and Xavier Bledson with five off the bench, and Jayson Kent had a career-high five steals.


Several familiar foes dot the 2022-23 nonconference schedule as the Sycamores feature five returners from last season. ISU will feature four teams making the return trip to the Hulman Center this winter, while the Sycamores will hit the road once to close out the home-and-home contracts.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne had four players reach double-digit kills in Friday (Nov. 11) night’s 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21) win over Oakland.

Madelyn Wurster (15), Sidney Schiller (12), Molly Mirabelli (11) and Maggie Castleman (11) were the leading attackers on Friday night, with Rachael Crucis (24), Schiller (12) and LonDynn Betts (12) leading the way from a digs perspective. Ramei Jackson finished with five blocks.

Oakland took the opening set thanks to an 8-2 run late. The ‘Dons held off a pair of set points with a kill from Castleman and a block from Jackson and Wurster, but Oakland’s best player Patti Cesarini got a kill to close the frame.

There were no significant runs in the second set, but the ‘Dons never trailed. The best offensive stretch for the ‘Dons saw Castleman, Jackson and Wurster get kills. The Mastodon offense was clicking after a rough first set, shooting up to .350 in the second set. This offense continued into the third when they hit .325. It was back-and-forth in the third set until the Mastodons went on a 4-0 run with kills from Mirabelli, Haffner and Castleman to go up five. Oakland closed it to within one, but the ‘Dons had a 5-1 push to go up 24-19. Mirabelli capped off the set with a kill.

The fourth set was all Mastodons early, as they went up 11-2 behind Alexandra Traciak’s service. She put a pair of aces down to give the Mastodons a comfortable lead to nurse the rest of the way. Despite a late 4-0 run from Oakland, the ‘Dons got the final set to go their way.

The Mastodons improve to 9-19, 5-12 Horizon League while Oakland falls to 10-19, 6-11. With the loss, the Golden Grizzlies are eliminated from postseason contention. Purdue Fort Wayne will return to the Gates Sports Center on Saturday (Nov. 12) for a 6 p.m. first serve against Cleveland State. Prior to the match, the Mastodons will honor Wurster, Schiller, Traciak and Crucis for Senior Night.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The home portion of the 2022-23 Mastodon men’s basketball schedule gets going this weekend. The ‘Dons will host SIUE on Saturday and Manchester on Monday.

Game Day Information

Who: SIUE Cougars

When: Saturday, November 12 | 1 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Tickets: Link

Radio: 1380 AM The Fan | Online Only |  Listen

Game Notes (PDF): Purdue Fort Wayne | SIUE

Series Record: Mastodons lead 13-7

Game Day Information

Who: Manchester Spartans

When: Monday, November 14 | 7 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Live Stats: Link

Tickets: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Radio: 1380 AM The Fan |  Listen

Game Notes (PDF): Purdue Fort Wayne | Manchester

Series Record: Mastodons lead 7-3

// The Mastodons out-rebounded Michigan 44-38 on Monday, including a 15-4 edge on the offensive glass. The last time the ‘Dons got 15 offensive rebounds in a game was 15 at Iowa State on Dec. 22. The last time the ‘Dons grabbed 44 total rebounds was when they pulled down 45 at Western Illinois on Jan. 8, 2020 in a 77-69 victory.

// Purdue Fort Wayne was picked to win the Horizon League in the 2022-23 preseason poll. The ‘Dons tied with Northern Kentucky for the first spot.

// The ‘Dons are number 17 in the preseason Mid-Major Top 25.

// The Mastodon roster has an average age of 21. The ‘Dons have a 35 combined seasons of NCAA collegiate experience.

// Newcomer Anthony Roberts scored 1,312 points over three seasons at NCAA Division II St. Cloud State. He was an all-league first team selection each of his final two years when he averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game.

// The 2022-23 roster features student-athletes from Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina and the Bahamas.

// Jarred Godfrey (1,613), Damian Chong Qui (1,291) and Anthony Roberts (1,316) have each scored 1,000 career NCAA points. Deonte Billups (782) and Bobby Planutis (878) could enter that group this season.

// Jon Coffman owns a 139-115 career record. He is already the Mastodons’ all-time leader in Division I coaching victories. He is nearing the program record for career wins. That total is held by Andy Piazza who went 142-108 with the ‘Dons from 1987 to 1996.

// Quinton Morton- Robertson played 32 minutes with a team-high 15 points at Michigan. It was his first game as a Mastodon after using a redshirt season last year.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ending the game with 20 kills apiece, Alondra Vazquez and Giulia Cardona were the class of the field in Friday night’s match that saw the University of Evansville volleyball team earn a 3-1 victory over Murray State.

Vazquez added 9 digs while Cardona recorded 9 digs and 8 block assists.  Emilee Scheumann tallied six kills while Madisyn Steele added four.  Kora Ruff put together a stellar stat line that saw her finish with 39 assists, 9 digs, 4 block assists and 3 service aces.  Hannah Watkins paced UE with 9 block assists while Blakeley Freeman had a match-high 13 digs.

Set 1 – UE 25, MSU 23

Vazquez led the Purple Aces with five digs and six kills to start the game, while Cardona racked up five digs and five kills. Ruff also had a great showing, posting seven digs. Scheumann had two kills. Both teams put up a commendable fight, with ten tie scores and five lead changes. The teams battled from start to finish but a decisive stretch came when Evansville turned an 18-18 tie into a 20-18 lead.  The Racers responded to tie it at 23-23 before the Aces fended off the challenge to win by a score of 25-23.

Set 2 – UE 25, MSU 10

The Purple Aces jumped out to an early lead at 4-1, staying up on Murray State throughout the entirety of the set. Up 7-5, the Aces reeled off seven points in a row with Laura Ruiz contributing consecutive service aces.  UE extended the lead to double figures at 19-9 before cruising to the 25-10 victory.  Ruff added a pair of aces in the final three points.

Set 3 – MSU 26, UE 24

Murray State used a 4-0 run to open a 12-8 advantage to force an Evansville time out.  The Aces rallied to tie the score at 19-19 and set up an exciting finish.  Trailing 22-21, Evansville scored three in a row with Cardona adding a kill that set up match point.  The Racers had a final run left in them, embarking on a 4-0 run to force a fourth set.

Set 4 – UE 25, MSU 15

With the score tied at 4-4, UE changed the course of the set, scoring five in a row with Blakely Freeman picking up an ace. After the Racers cut their deficit to 13-9, the home team gradually extended their lead, defeating Murray State with a 25-15 victory in the final set.

On Saturday, the Aces welcome Belmont for a 5 p.m. contest.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Squaring off on the hardwood for the first time since 1998, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team is set to take on Saint Louis on Saturday evening inside Chaifetz Arena.  Set for a 6PM tip, the game will be carried live on Bally’s Sports Midwest and ESPN+.

Last Time Out

– Leading for 39 out of a possible 40 minutes, the Purple Aces opened the season with a 78-74 road win over Miami Ohio

– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. paced UE with 23 points and hit 9 of his 17 attempts

– Yacine Toumi scored the first 8 points of the night for the Aces before finishing with 15 tallies and a 2-for-4 showing from outside

– Sekou Kalle led all players with a career-high 10 rebounds

Adding Some Perspective

– Monday’s victory was the first season-opening win for the program since a 79-75 triumph over Ball State in 2019

– It was the first season-opening road win in 28 years when the Aces picked up a 63-51 win over Western Michigan to open the 1994-95 season; since that time, UE opened the season on the road on six occasions and dropped each contest

What a Debut

– Knocking down 9 of his 17 attempts, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 23 points to lead UE to a 78-74 win at Miami Ohio in the season opener

– His debut was the best for Evansville since DeAndre Williams scored 26 against Ball State in his first game with the program in 2019

– The effort has him tied for the top scoring average in the MVC

– Strawbridge scored a team-high 18 points in the exhibition win over Huntington

Starting Strong

– Yacine Toumi scored the first eight Aces points at Miami before finishing the game with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting

– In seven games as a member of the Little Rock program in 2020-21, Toumi did not attempt a 3-pointer, but in the opener he was 2-for-4

– He added three rebounds, two assists and two steals

– Toumi averaged 4.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in the Aces two exhibition games

What a Debut

– Knocking down 9 of his 17 attempts, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 23 points to lead UE to a 78-74 win at Miami Ohio in the season opener

– His debut was the best for Evansville since DeAndre Williams scored 26 against Ball State in his first game with the program in 2019

– The effort has him tied for the top scoring average in the MVC

– Strawbridge scored a team-high 18 points in the exhibition win over Huntington

Starting Strong

– Yacine Toumi scored the first eight Aces points at Miami before finishing the game with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting

– In seven games as a member of the Little Rock program in 2020-21, Toumi did not attempt a 3-pointer, but in the opener he was 2-for-4

– He added three rebounds, two assists and two steals

What a Debut

– Knocking down 9 of his 17 attempts, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 23 points to lead UE to a 78-74 win at Miami Ohio in the season opener

– His debut was the best for Evansville since DeAndre Williams scored 26 against Ball State in his first game with the program in 2019

– The effort has him tied for the top scoring average in the MVC

– Strawbridge scored a team-high 18 points in the exhibition win over Huntington

Scouting the Opponent

– Saint Louis opened the 2022-23 season with a 91-68 victory over Murray State on Monday

– Javonte Perkins paced the Billikens with 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting

– Gibson Jimerson completed the opener with 20 points

– Javon Pickett and Francis Okoro hauled in 13 rebounds apiece as SLU had a 48-34 rebounding edge

– Last season, Saint Louis was 23-12 and earned a berth in the Postseason NIT where they dropped an 80-68 decision against Northern Iowa


Edwardsville, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-27, 1-16 OVC) ends the night with a 3-1 loss (17-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-25) to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (12-16, 7-10 OVC) Friday night at First Community Arena. Junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) had 13 kills and 12 digs while sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) nabbed 32 assists and 11 digs to produce the two double-doubles for the Screaming Eagles.

Strategic runs from SIUE ended with a 25-17 opening-set loss for USI. The Eagles were keeping up with the Cougars until a 5-0 surge spotted SIUE a 10-4 lead. Despite getting a quick point off a service error, USI watched SIUE put up six of the next eight points to extend the lead, 16-7. Junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois) ended the run with one of her three kills in the frame to cut the deficit to eight. Down 21-11, the Eagles put up a 4-0 stint that included three kills by three different players to make it 21-15. However, the Cougars ended the set with back-to-back kills to get the 1-0 match lead. USI could only muster eight kills, their lowest all night.

The Cougars gapped the Eagles early to steal the second set, 25-21. USI picked up the first two points of the set off a pair of kills from Koch and sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana). SIUE retaliated by scoring seven of the next eight points to give the Cougars the 7-3 advantage. The Eagles were down 13-9 until a string of SIUE errors put USI back in the lead, 16-14. In that 7-1 stint, the Cougars had five attacking errors while USI had a kill from Downing and a service ace from junior libero/defensive specialist Audrey Crowder (Avon, Indiana). Despite the Eagles’ comeback efforts, the Cougars added a pair of 3-0 runs and some strategic play to score 11 of the final 16 points and take a 2-0 match lead. USI had minimal offensive mistakes in the second frame, producing nine kills with a match-low three errors.

Two big USI runs rewarded the Eagles with a third-set victory, 25-23. USI went down 3-0 before the Eagles’ 6-0 run doubled up SIUE, 6-3. The Cougars gained some ground by going up 9-8 after a key 4-0 stint. Down 13-10, USI added its biggest run of the match by going on an 8-1 surge, giving the Eagles the 18-14 advantage. USI produced five kills during that run with Sobieralski earning two of the five kills. A late SIUE comeback forced some panic for USI until a set-ending kill from freshman Bianca Anderson (Chicago Heights, Illinois) gave the Eagles their first win of the match. USI tallied 15 kills in the third frame, the most for USI in the entire match.

The Eagles could not get rolling in the final frame, falling 25-15. SIUE held a 4-1 lead before USI cut the deficit to just one. The Cougars would jump out to an enormous 11-3 advantage after a 7-0 run. Down 14-6, the Eagles watch SIUE go on another run, this time 5-0 which made the game 19-6. Despite being down by double-digits, the Eagles put in a last-minute effort with a 7-1 run to make it 23-15 before SIUE iced the cake and won the match.

Anderson led both sides of the net for USI, earning her 13th double-double of the season with 13 kills and 12 digs while Koch tallied 11 kills to round out the double-digit kill recipients. Sobieralski recorded 32 assists and 11 digs to notch her 10th double-double of 2022. Also contributing was sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) who added nine digs, eight kills, three blocks, and three aces while Downing recorded a team-high seven blocks.

As a team, the Eagles completed the match with 41 kills, 37 assists, and five aces along with 57 digs and nine blocks. The Cougars totaled 56 kills, 56 assists, and six aces with 69 digs and 13 blocks.


The Eagles end the 2022 season with their final match against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Saturday at 2 p.m.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball earned an 88-75 victory in front of a loud home crowd at Screaming Eagles Arena Friday night against Western Illinois University, securing a historic first win as an NCAA Division I program against another D-I school.

Southern Indiana had a hot start in the first three minutes of the opening quarter, jumping out to a 10-2 lead. Sophomore guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) connected on two baskets before back-to-back threes from senior guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) and junior guard Lexie Green (Indianapolis, Indiana).

After gaining a 21-9 lead after the first quarter, USI’s defense continued to be aggressive, forcing 13 turnovers by Western Illinois within the first 15 minutes of the contest. USI built a 32-13 lead, but midway through the second, Western Illinois went on a 7-0 run in a span of one minute and 25 seconds to cut USI’s advantage down to 12. The Screaming Eagles responded quickly after a called timeout, as Shafford hit a triple to push USI’s lead back to 15 with 5:17 left in the second quarter.

Western Illinois came back to within nine of USI with 2:03 left in the first half, but Southern Indiana was able to push it back to double figures before halftime. Senior forward Hannah Haithcock (Washington Courthouse, Ohio) made a solid cut to the basket with 1:28 left in the second, receiving a bounce pass from Shafford for a layup. USI led 41-30 going into the halftime locker room.

The Screaming Eagles outrebounded the Leathernecks 18-16 in the first half. USI went 15-31 for 48 percent overall and 5-10 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes. Western Illinois shot 12-28 for 43 percent and 3-6 from three. Defensively, USI forced 18 turnovers for 21 points with 10 steals in the first half. The top scorer at the break was Shafford with 12 points on 5-6 shooting.

The Leathernecks trimmed USI’s lead down to nine again early in the third quarter, but once again, the Screaming Eagles had a quick answer. Handley followed a two-point shot from Shafford with a three-pointer two minutes into the third to give USI a 14-point advantage. Western Illinois’ redshirt junior guard Jada Thorpe tried to will the Leathernecks back close with eight points in the third quarter at the free throw line, but USI’s Haithcock had a strong quarter of her own, scoring eight points in the third to reach 10 or more points for the 50th time in her USI career. USI led 61-50 through three periods of play.

Haithcock continued her solid second half with a basket and a foul with 8:23 left in the fourth quarter. With USI leading 65-54, the Leathernecks responded with four straight points to bring the game to within seven, the closest Western Illinois had been in the game since USI led 15-8 with 3:40 left in the first quarter.

With 6:12 remaining in the fourth, Thorpe made her way to the charity stripe again for Western Illinois, hitting all three free throws in the trip and bringing the Leathernecks to within four of USI 70-66. Southern Indiana had another answer, as a layup from Haithcock and a three-pointer by junior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) increased USI’s lead back to nine, 75-66, with 5:42 left in the fourth. Haithcock later followed with another bucket to score her 22nd point of the game and 20th of the second half to give USI a 77-67 advantage with 4:39 left to play. Raley and the Screaming Eagles put the finishing touches on the game, as Raley hit two more three-pointers and scored eight points in the last 3:15 to seal an 88-75 win for the Screaming Eagles.

Haithcock finished with 22 points, the fifth 20-point outing of her career. She went 8-12 overall and hit six free throws in 27 minutes. Following her eight late points, Raley scored 18 off the bench for USI. Shafford recorded 16 points on 6-8 shooting and five rebounds, while Handley scored 13 with four rebounds and five steals. Also of note, graduate forward Ashlynn Brown (Perrysburg, Ohio) pulled down 10 rebounds and senior guard Soffia Rieckers (Evansville, Indiana) posted seven assists.

USI shot 50 percent, going 30-60 from the floor, and hit eight triples. The Screaming Eagles won the rebounding battle 35-28, including 10 offensive boards. USI totaled 22 assists, 15 steals, and 31 points off WIU turnovers. The Leathernecks shot 42 percent, hitting 22 of 52 shots, and made seven threes. Both squads hit over 20 free throws, as USI went 20-27 from the stripe and Western Illinois went 24-31. The Leathernecks’ Thorpe made 14 free throws, missing only one attempt, on her way to 19 points to lead Western Illinois.

The Screaming Eagles will next hit the road for the first time this season Tuesday when USI takes on Northern Illinois University at 11 a.m. Live video coverage from DeKalb, Illinois can be seen with an ESPN+ subscription.


It was a typical battle in Missouri Valley Conference action at the ARC Friday night, and while the Valpo volleyball team trailed Bradley after three sets, 2-1, the Beacons kept at it to extend the match to a fifth set, where they completed the 3-2 (25-27, 25-23, 19-25, 25-21, 15-11) come-from-behind victory. The win, which secured Valpo a berth in the MVC Tournament, was highlighted by a career best in kills from senior right side Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) and by freshman libero Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) coming just one dig away from the program’s single-match record.

How It Happened

Bradley got out to the early lead in the decisive fifth set and led by two points at 5-3. An attack error by the Braves sent junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) to the service line, where she delivered a pair of aces around a kill from senior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) to give Valpo the 7-5 lead.

A Bradley block cut the lead to one before senior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) and fifth-year Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) recorded kills on consecutive points to push it back to three. After a Valpo attack error, Grant came up with another kill and junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) put away an overpass as the advantage reached 11-7.

The Braves scored back-to-back points to make it 11-9, but Valpo prevented Bradley from stringing together more than one point the rest of the way. Januski and Grant combined on a block for a 12-9 lead, Grant tallied yet another kill to make it 13-10 and Januski knocked home another kill to give Valpo match point at 14-11. Fittingly, Boyer’s career high in the kills department was capped by the match-deciding termination.

Six of Boyer’s kills came in the fourth set, while Januski had four blocks in the fourth frame alone to help extend the match to the fifth set. Valpo took the lead for good early in the set with a run of four straight points and Bradley got no closer than three points in the second half of the frame. Eventually, a kill by Boyer clinched the set.

Valpo trailed big early in set one, as the deficit reached as many as seven points. The Beacons battled back to tie the set at 16-16, but were unable to pull in front at that point, and Bradley pulled out to earn set point at 24-21.

Valpo scored the next four points to not only hold off three set points, but to go in front and take its first lead of the set at 25-24 on a kill by senior Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]). But the Braves picked up back-to-back kills and then converted their fourth set point chance to take the 1-0 lead in the match.

Much like set one, the early stages of set two were all Bradley, as the Braves pulled out to a quick 8-1 lead. But also much like set one, Valpo was able to rally, evening the set for the first time since 0-0 at 13-13.

Six times between 13-13 and 21-21, Valpo had the serve with a chance to take the lead, only to see Bradley side out. The Braves posted consecutive points to lead 23-21 late, but a service error returned the serve to Valpo and back-to-back attack errors gave the Beacons their first outright lead of the set and set point at 24-23. Januski came up with the big kill on the next point to level the match at one set apiece.

Valpo led 10-8 approaching the halfway mark of set three before the Braves scored six of the next seven to take the lead for good, eventually going up 2-1 in the match.

Inside the Match

Valpo secured a berth in the MVC Tournament with Friday night’s victory. With two matches remaining in the conference slate, the Beacons can finish anywhere from the third seed to the seventh seed.

Friday’s result also assured Valpo of finishing at least .500 in MVC play for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

Friday’s win was Valpo’s second of the year over Bradley in the full five sets. The Beacons are 4-2 in Valley play this year in five-set affairs and 6-2 overall this season when the match goes the distance.

Boyer was the highlight of the evening for Valpo offensively, easily surpassing her previous career high of 16 kills with a 20-kill night. The senior also took a career-high 52 swings and was in on four blocks defensively.

Hickey nearly set a program single-match record for any length match on Friday night, racking up a match-high 42 digs in the back row. The freshman came up just one dig shy of Rylee Cookerly’s record of 43, but still became just the third player in program history to register 40 or more digs in a match, joining Cookerly and Karen Kulick.

Hickey’s mark set a program record for a five-set match, while it is the highest dig total by an MVC player in the last two seasons.

With 647 digs on the year, Hickey is now just 14 away from cracking Valpo’s overall single-season top-10 and is 39 away from the freshman record held by Cookerly.

Hickey also posted 10 assists setting out of system, a season high for her first career double-double.

Speaking of setting, redshirt freshman Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) matched her season high with 36 assists in the win and picked up 14 digs as well.

Grant posted a season-best 15 kills on .302 hitting and added 15 digs for a double-double, while Ravotto (11 kills, 14 digs) and Bulmahn (17 assists, 16 digs) each notched double-doubles too.

Take last Saturday out of the equation and Januski would have registered a career best in blocks in Friday’s win, as the junior was part of eight of Valpo’s 13 team blocks — the eighth time in MVC play the Beacons have tallied at least 10 rejections.

Valpo finished the night with 111 digs, its second-highest tally in that department this season.

Next Up

Valpo (21-7, 9-7 MVC) looks not only for a weekend sweep, but to send its senior class out with a win on Senior Night Saturday evening at the ARC when the Beacons host Illinois State at 5 p.m. The match can be seen live on ESPN3.


INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team (1-0) authored an impressive start to its 2022-23 campaign, routing Ohio Dominican (0-1) by a final score of 81-39 in Nicoson Hall on Friday night.

Five Greyhounds scored in double figures, while UIndy limited the visiting Panthers to the lowest point total by a season-opening opponent in 77 years.


The Hounds knocked the wheels off the wagon midway through the second half, with the first of Sean Craig’s three triples starting a massive 22-0 run that lasted five-and-a-half minutes to build a 70-35 lead. Newcomer Jarvis Walker also chipped in during the stretch, scoring five of his 10 second-half points while adding a pair of steals.

UIndy completely dominated the final 20 minutes, forcing 12 second-half turnovers and scoring 15 off the ODU mishaps. The Greyhounds outrebounded the Panthers, 48-33, in the win, with Jakobie Robinson leading the team with nine.

In all, the Greyhounds smothered the Panthers on the defensive end, holding the visitors to just 23.2 percent shooting from the field and 25.7 percent from 3-point range. UIndy drilled 53.1 percent of its own shots in the second half – and 45.3 percent for the game – with Jesse Bingham and Kendrick Tchoua each scoring 14. Ben Nicoson joined his teammates in double figures, finishing with 10 points, four boards, and two assists.


– The Panthers’ 39 points is the least amount a UIndy men’s basketball team has surrendered in a season opener since 1945 against Taylor. The Hounds held Lake Erie, who visits Nicoson Hall on Sunday, to just 47 points in last season’s debut.

– Six Greyhounds made at least one 3-pointer in the victory, including junior transfer David Ejah. The Fort Wayne native also snagged six rebounds in 16+ minutes of action.

– Tchoua led UIndy with three of the team’s 10 offensive boards, finishing with seven in total. The junior also went 6-of-8 from the field, while recording three steals.

– The Hounds scored 49 second-half points compared to the Panthers’ 16. Ohio Dominican made only four field goals after halftime, all coming from beyond the arc.


Head coach Paul Corsaro: “I’ve been around a lot of wins and I’ve never been around a bad one. It’s always nice to open the season the right way. Everyone that played did nice things; ten guys got in today and everyone contributed so that was a lot of fun to see.

“Defensively we want to eliminate second-chance opportunities. We had single-digit turnovers and we always want to be under 10, while we always want to hold the other team to less than 10 offensive rebounds and we limited them to seven. So it worked!

“For Jarvis to come in, I mean he was hoopin’. For him to come off the bench and give us that spark, he was great.”


UIndy hosts Lake Erie on Sunday with a scheduled tip for 3 p.m. inside Nicoson Hall. The Greyhounds have won each of the past four games against the Storm, dating back to December 2009.


INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team fell in its 2022-23 season opener by a final of 88-82 on Friday night at Nicoson Hall.


A slow start for UIndy saw head coach Marc Mitchell call an early timeout after quicky trailing 6-0. Despite this, the Greyhounds battled back and fought the Pioneers to a 19-19 tie heading into the second quarter. Both teams were solid on offense in the opening frame with Malone shooting 52.9 percent from the field (9-17) while the Hounds managed a 50 percent shooting mark (7-14).

The second quarter opened as a back and forth battle with the scored tied for a large stretch of play. However, Malone broke through around five minutes remaining with a 9-3 scoring run which eventually helped roll over into a 41-34 lead for the Pioneers at the half. Sadie Hill led the Greyhounds in scoring through the first half with nine points while Liv Becker was right behind with six points of her own.

The third quarter opened with Ilani Williams-Harris cutting the Hounds halftime deficit down to just one point after she drilled back-to-back 3-pointers only a few minutes in to get the crowd at Nicoson Hall roaring. Despite this, Malone quickly weathered the storm by rolling out a 7-0 scoring run a short time later. This run played a key role in helping the Pioneers lead the whole remainder of the quarter.

Trailing by just two points heading into the final quarter, UIndy held strong and slowed the Pioneers enough to finally tie the game back up after freshman Kacilyn Krebs knocked down a 3-pointer with a little over seven minutes remaining. However, MU once again used this as fuel and rattled off a crushing 10-0 scoring run. Despite a final push by the Hounds, Malone held on for the 88-82 victory.


-The Hounds finished shooting 48.3 percent from the field (28-58). Malone ended at a solid 56.1 percent shooting mark (32-57).

-Four different Hounds scored in double figures. Elana Wells led the way with 16 points while Becker (15), Williams-Harris (12), and Hill (11) trailed behind.

-UIndy committed 20 turnovers while Malone finished with 23.


The Hounds are set for a tough battle on Sunday as they welcome No. 5 Ashland to Nicson Hall. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.


ASHLAND, Ohio – With the rain falling the full length of the match, the No. 7 seed UIndy men’s soccer team was eliminated from the 2022 NCAA Division II Tournament after suffering a 4-2 loss at the hands of No. 10-seeded Parkside on Friday afternoon. The Rangers advance to battle Ashland in the second round while UIndy concludes its 2022 campaign with a 10-5-3 overall record.


The Hounds found the scoreboard first in the 17th minute off some good ball movement and a lucky bounce. Michael Tselios fired a shot near the net that was deflected off a Parkside defender which then saw the ball bounce right back to Tselios. With the defense out of place, he corralled the rebound and sent another shot which landed in the back of the net to put UIndy up 1-0.

Despite this early advantage for the Greyhounds, Parkside added the equalizer in the 34th minute which took the match as a draw into the half. Through the first 45 minutes, UIndy led the way with seven shots while the Rangers had five. Both teams were even on corner kicks (three), fouls committed (seven), and yellow cards received (one).

Parkside came out in the second half and took its first lead of the match in the 54th minute. However, not to be denied, UIndy came storming back with the equalizer in 68th minute when Jakob David floated a corner kick to the opposite side of the net which saw Niklas Thanhofer meet it with his head and execute his first goal of the year.

Despite this answer from the Hounds, the Rangers scored back-to-back unanswered goals in the 72nd and 82nd minutes to lock up the 4-2 victory.


 -After an eventful second half, Parkside finished with a game-high 19 shots while UIndy had 18.

-The Rangers landed 13 shots on goal while the Greyhounds had just four.

-UIndy was given three yellow cards while the UWP had two.

-Goalkeeper Joey Schrand had nine saves in net.


EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The sixth-seeded UIndy volleyball team (13-14) ended its season on Thursday evening, falling in four sets to No. 3 seed Rockhurst (19-6) in the day’s final quarterfinal.

The Greyhounds hit .295 in the loss, led by middles Elizabeth Eads (10 kills, .667%) and Hannah Sabotin (nine blocks, seven kills).


– Emma Jones ends her career on a high note, finishing with 13 kills at a .385 attacking clip. The Greenwood native also chipped in four block assists and four digs.

– Alex Equihua recorded her fifth double-double of the fall, dishing out 22 assists and making 14 digs.

– Grace Hegwood and Sophia Parlanti combined for 20 kills on the outside.

– Lauren Peal finished with 10 digs, the fifth time this season the sophomore recorded double figures. The Grand Rapids, Mich., product tallied double-digit scoops in each of the team’s final three matches of the fall.


“I’m sad to see the season come to a close, but we’re really proud of what we left on the floor tonight,” said head coach Jason Reed. “I really like how we competed in the back half of the season, in large part to our senior class. They established an identity and held the team accountable and showed great leadership. I’m so confident in them in their next chapters of their lives.”


UIndy graduates six student-athletes, all of whom contributed to the 2019 team that advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional. Those seniors include MaKenna Barnhart, Alex Equihua, Hannah Huppenbauer, Emma Jones, Gillian Santana, and Kyra Simmons.

Barnhart caps her career third all-time in program history with 1,792 digs, following a senior campaign in which she recorded 474 scoops. Her backline comrade, Santana, tallied 1,172 digs during her four years as a Greyhound.

Equihua finishes 11th in the program record book with 2,141 assists.


Marion, Ind. – The No. 7 Marian women’s basketball continued their hot start by winning their fifth straight on Friday night, running past Reinhardt 68-45 in the first game of the IWU Leah Whittaker Memorial Tournament.

In only their second ever meeting, the two teams matched up evenly through the first four minutes of play with the score tied at 7-7, before Reinhardt found themselves ahead two after knocking down a pair of freebies. However, Olivia Faust and Kenna Kirby teamed up to score Marian’s last 11 of 14 points in the quarter to take the 21-14 lead.

After a bit of a sluggish start to the game, the Knights put together a 12-0 run as Aliyah Evans gave Marian the momentum to start as she got the defensive rebound before knocking down the layup and jumper to advance their lead to 11. It was Kirby and Faust each hitting a three before Reinhardt would end the run by hitting free throws. Evans would do it again by knocking down the layup off the assist from Abbey McNally, and Tamia Perryman cashing in the free throw to give Marian the 20 point lead. The Eagles were the last to strike in the quarter as they hit a layup with 1:59 left to cut the lead back to 18, but Marian ended the half outscoring Reinhardt 15-4 and would go into halftime with 36-18 lead.

The third quarter was much of the same for the Knights as they continued to add onto their lead. Kirby hit a jumper and Sara Majorosova canned a pair of free throws, before Allison Bosse knocked down the free throw to extend Marian’s lead to 21 for the first time in the game. The Eagles did not go away though as they managed a 7-2 run, but it was Faust cashing in her fourth triple of the night to end the small surge by Reinhardt. The remainder of the quarter was pretty much all Marian as they scored the last six of the eight points to go into the final period of play up 54-33.

Reinhardt continued to battle in the final quarter of play, with the Knights getting their bench involved in the final minutes of action. The Eagles got the first bucket of the quarter, but it was Majorosova and Alexa McKinley each hitting a shot. Kiley McNally gave the Knights a spark after coming up with two steals and two made layups, before Kenna Gray swished a three with 35 seconds left in the game to end the game on a high note and push Marian to the 68-45 victory.

Faust led all players with a career-high 19 points to go along with four steals, while Kirby had 14 points and four rebounds. Evans and Majorosova each had eight points, Bosse added six points and a team-high four assists, while Abbey McNally pulled down a team best five rebounds.

Marian will finish the second game of the IWU Leah Whittaker Memorial Tournament tomorrow afternoon with a 4 PM game against No. 4 Carroll.


Portsmouth, Ohio – The Marian men’s basketball team only led for 41 seconds in the first half Friday night, but never trailed in the second half as a halftime buzzer-beater from Christian Harvey kept the Knights in front in a 72-53 win over No. 20 Cumberland Unviersity. Marian’s win over the ranked Phoenix improves their record to 4-0.

The Knights played from behind for nearly the entire first half Friday as they tipped the Mid-South/Crossroads League Challenge, with Cumberland building an early 7-3 lead. Hayden Langkabel was the lone constant for Marian in the opening seven minutes, as he paced the offense with six early points. Trailing 11-9 at the 12 minute mark, Luke Heady drained his first attempt from long range to take a lead, starting a back and forth scoring trend between the Knights and Phoenix.

A jumper from Brody Whitaker would level the score at 21-21 at the 7:29 mark, but after a timeout Marian went cold, as Cumberland inched ahead with a 6-0 run. Josh Bryan and Christian Harvey would bring the Knights closer as the half wore to its close, as the 27-21 deficit was trimmed to two points. Jackson Ames made it a one-possession game entering the final minute, and after calling a timeout with 23 seconds left, Harvey was left open by the Cumberland defense, as the senior drained a three to beat the buzzer and go into the locker room on top 35-34.

The made three from Harvey more than made up for the Knights leading for just 41 seconds in the first half, as the bucket gave Marian momentum going into the second half. The Knights started the second half on an 11-2 run to grab a double-digit lead within three minutes, and kept their edge over the Phoenix by five or more. Maximus Gizzi converted a three point play to spark Marian, and a Luke Gohmann layup near the 10 minute mark drove the lead to 11.

Cumberland would keep within four possessions as the contested each of Marian’s shots, but would start to run out of steam as a three-point play from Harvey gave Marian a 64-53 lead with 4:32 remaining. Holding the Phoenix scoreless for the next two minutes of play, Bryan would put the game to rest as he drained two three-pointers in a 45 second window to seal the victory, pushing the lead to 17 to seal any comeback attempt.

In the 19-point victory Marian shot 42.9 percent from the field, and knocked down eight three’s. Harvey led all players with 17 points while also grabbing seven boards and three steals, and Langkabel scored 15. Bryan ended with 12 points, and Cherry had nine points and a game-high nine rebounds coming off the bench.

Marian will aim to end the weekend with a 3-0 weekly record, as they take on the 2021 NAIA National Champion in Shawnee State on Saturday afternoon.
























American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills620.7500.02201183-0-03-2-04-2-00-2-01 L
New York Jets630.6670.51961762-3-04-0-05-3-02-1-01 W
Miami Dolphins630.6670.52132243-1-03-2-04-2-02-1-03 W
New England Patriots540.5561.52031662-2-03-2-04-2-01-1-02 W
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs620.7500.02431893-1-03-1-03-2-02-0-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers530.6251.01842062-2-03-1-04-2-02-1-01 W
Denver Broncos350.3753.01211322-2-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders260.2504.01832012-1-00-5-02-4-01-2-02 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens630.6670.02351962-2-04-1-04-2-02-0-03 W
Cincinnati Bengals540.5561.02281853-1-02-3-02-3-00-3-01 W
Cleveland Browns350.3752.52001992-3-01-2-02-4-02-1-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers260.2503.51201971-2-01-4-01-5-01-1-02 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans530.6250.01491582-1-03-2-04-2-03-0-01 L
Indianapolis Colts351.3892.01321832-2-01-3-13-4-11-3-13 L
Jacksonville Jaguars360.3332.51991782-3-01-3-03-3-01-2-01 W
Houston Texans161.1883.51331830-3-11-3-01-4-11-1-13 L
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles8001.0000.02251354-0-04-0-05-0-02-0-08 W
Dallas Cowboys620.7502.01831334-1-02-1-05-2-02-1-02 W
New York Giants620.7502.01631573-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-01 L
Washington Commanders450.4444.51591922-3-02-2-02-4-00-2-01 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks630.6670.02412203-1-03-2-04-3-02-1-04 W
San Francisco 49ers440.5001.51761472-1-02-3-04-2-03-0-01 W
Los Angeles Rams350.3752.51311732-3-01-2-03-4-01-2-02 L
Arizona Cardinals360.3333.02032411-4-02-2-02-5-00-3-02 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings710.8750.01931614-0-03-1-06-1-03-0-06 W
Green Bay Packers360.3334.51541882-2-01-4-02-4-01-2-05 L
Chicago Bears360.3334.51872162-2-01-4-01-5-00-2-02 L
Detroit Lions260.2505.01882342-3-00-3-02-4-01-1-01 W
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers450.4440.01621642-3-02-2-04-2-02-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons460.4000.52322503-2-01-4-03-4-01-3-02 L
New Orleans Saints360.3331.02122272-4-01-2-02-4-01-2-01 L
Carolina Panthers370.3001.52042433-3-00-4-03-5-03-1-01 W


Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston93.7505-14-22-07-37-35 W
Toronto76.5382.55-12-51-25-46-41 L
New York66.5003.04-22-41-25-55-51 W
Brooklyn57.4174.03-42-32-05-34-61 W
Philadelphia57.4174.02-43-31-34-65-51 L
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee102.8337-03-22-06-18-21 L
Cleveland84.6672.04-04-42-07-17-33 L
Chicago67.4624.54-32-41-16-55-51 L
Indiana56.4554.53-32-31-14-45-51 L
Detroit310.2317.53-30-70-41-102-82 L
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Atlanta84.6675-23-21-16-36-41 W
Washington66.5002.03-33-31-05-54-62 W
Miami57.4173.04-41-31-02-45-51 W
Orlando49.3084.54-30-61-11-54-62 W
Charlotte310.2315.51-52-51-31-61-97 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah103.7695-05-32-19-37-34 W
Portland93.7500.53-26-11-07-27-33 W
Denver84.6671.54-04-43-27-37-31 L
Oklahoma City57.4174.54-31-40-43-45-51 W
Minnesota58.3855.04-51-32-15-63-73 L
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix84.6676-12-32-08-27-31 L
LA Clippers75.5831.03-34-23-16-55-52 W
Sacramento56.4552.52-33-31-31-55-52 W
Golden State57.4173.05-10-63-13-34-62 W
LA Lakers210.1676.02-50-50-42-92-85 L
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Memphis94.6925-14-32-15-37-32 W
Dallas65.5452.05-11-41-12-36-42 L
New Orleans66.5002.52-24-41-03-44-61 L
San Antonio67.4623.03-53-20-12-54-61 W
Houston210.1676.51-21-80-11-72-81 L


Eastern Conference
Boston Bruins141220241157328-0-04-2-09-1-0
New Jersey Devils141130221151366-2-05-1-09-1-0
Carolina Hurricanes1494119746394-2-05-2-16-3-1
New York Islanders1596018949385-3-04-3-07-3-0
Florida Panthers1485117746424-0-14-5-05-4-1
Detroit Red Wings1474317741465-2-22-2-15-4-1
New York Rangers1575317747453-3-34-2-04-4-2
Toronto Maple Leafs1575317742425-2-12-3-24-3-3
Philadelphia Flyers1374216735344-1-13-3-14-4-2
10 Washington Capitals1677216746475-3-12-4-14-4-2
11 Tampa Bay Lightning1476115743463-2-14-4-06-3-1
12 Montreal Canadiens1476115642444-3-03-3-15-4-1
13 Buffalo Sabres1477014754494-4-03-3-04-6-0
14 Pittsburgh Penguins1466214650473-1-13-5-13-6-1
15 Ottawa Senators134819445484-4-00-4-13-6-1
16 Columbus Blue Jackets134908435573-5-01-4-04-6-0
Western Conference
Vegas Golden Knights151320261357345-1-08-1-09-1-0
Winnipeg Jets1283117838285-1-03-2-17-2-1
Los Angeles Kings1696119852545-3-04-3-16-3-1
Seattle Kraken1585218850423-4-15-1-17-3-0
Dallas Stars1485117851374-2-04-3-15-5-0
Colorado Avalanche1274115645343-1-14-3-06-3-1
Edmonton Oilers1587016855564-5-04-2-06-4-0
Minnesota Wild1476115640422-4-05-2-16-3-1
Arizona Coyotes1366113637461-2-15-4-05-4-1
10 Chicago Blackhawks1355313535414-2-11-3-24-3-3
11 Calgary Flames1356212538434-4-11-2-12-6-2
12 Nashville Predators1458111438502-3-13-5-03-6-1
13 Vancouver Canucks1447311449582-3-12-4-24-4-2
14 San Jose Sharks1649311444581-5-33-4-03-4-3
15 Anaheim Ducks144919240652-3-02-6-13-6-1
16 St. Louis Blues124808428462-4-02-4-02-8-0


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Cornell plays by the rules

November 12, 1887 – Cornell University revises its stance on the rules that colleges like Yale and Pronceton were playing, and they then play the first intercollegiate game under modern rules against Union College. Cornell’s website tells us that Union defeated Cornell in the game by the score of 24-10.

First Pro Player

November 12, 1892 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- The very first professional football game took place. As former Yale star, Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500 to become first paid football player by the Allegheny Athletic Association. The AAA team in fact wins the game 4-0 over the Pittsburgh Athletic Club with great assistance by Heffelfinger.

Iron Bowl 9

November 12, 1904 – Birmingham, Alabama – The 9th edition of the Iron Bowl was played. The rivalry was heated back then too. According to this game though Auburn got the better of Alabama 29-5.

1st NFL game in Pittsburgh

November 12, 1933 – Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – The 1st home NFL game for the Pittsburgh franchise. Remember just a few days earlier as discussed in our November 7 Football History Headlines, the voters in the Commonwealth of PA decided to let it be legal to play ball games on Sundays. It was the whole reason the NFL granted franchises in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for the 1933 season. November 12, 1933 was indeed a Sunday and it was a big day in Pittsburgh history. Unfortunately for the fans it was not a big day on the scoreboard for their team though as the Pittsburgh Football Pirates were blanked by the Brooklyn Dodgers Football team 32-0!

218 yards for Roberts

November 12, 1950 – Polo Grounds, New York City -Giants running back Gene Roberts went off against the Chicago Cardinals defense as he ran for 218 yards setting a New York Football Giants rushing record according to the Pro Football Reference website.

Blackouts Legal

November 12, 1953 – Philadelphia , Pennsylvania – From the website comes the story of the NFL Blackouts of television broadcasts in cities for home games. In 1951 NFL Commissioner Bert Bell decided to black out all home games within a 75-mile radius of NFL markets. Bell was quoted as stating, “As long as I have anything to do with this league, home games won’t be televised, period.” The Justice Department sued the NFL, alleging restraint of trade. The NFL Blackout of home games rule stood up in court as US District Judge Paul Grim, ruled in favor of the NFL’s practice of not televising home games in the cities they are in.

Record Kick

November 12, 1979 – Texas Stadium, Dallas, Texas – The New York Times has a story where Kicker Tony Franklin of the Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal as his team holds off a late Cowboys charge to upset Dallas 31 to 21.

A strong defense stops a good offense

November 12, 1988 – Houston, Texas – The University of Wyoming was riding high in the season of 1988, ranked tenth in the nation and sporting the top offense in the country when they arrived in Texas to play the University of Houston. According to an article on the NFF’s website Houston defensive tackle Glen Montgomery recorded six of his team’s 16 sacks and made 14 tackles to lead the Cougars in knocking undefeated Wyoming out of the top 10. Cowboy quarterback Randy Welniak was dropped behind the line nine times in the first half alone as the high powered offense of Wyoming, finished with -37 yards rushing. The Cougars attained a 28-3 lead behind College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Andre Ware’s touchdown passes to Patrick Cooper and Brian Williams. Houston upset No. 10 Wyoming, 34-10.

Buddy Ryan -Body Bag Game

November 12, 1990 – “The Body Bag Game” – Coach Buddy Ryan had an innovative style of motivation for his players. The Eagles coach threatened that his squad would be beating Redskins so badly “they’ll have to be carted off in body bags” in a talk leading up to the game. The Eagles defense promptly responded as they scored 3 touchdowns winning 28–14, knocking 8 Redskins out of the game.

Marino surpasses Fran

November 12, 1995 – Miami, Florida – Miami Dolphins, star Quarterback Dan Marino broke Fran Tarkenton’s NFL all-time passing yardage mark of 47,003 in a game against New England Patriots. The reports that New England held on and won the game despite the record though 34-17.

Hall of Fame Birthday for November 12

Claude Reeds

November 12, 1890 – Norman, Oklahoma – Claude Reeds a fullback from the University of Oklahoma came into this life. Reeds was the very first Sooner of 167 total thus far to ever be selected as an All-American as he accomplished this feat in 1913 per The NFF’s website bio adds that Claude holds the Oklahoma distance punting record of 102 yards, set against Texas in 1911, when the field was 110 yards long.The NFF voted to have Claude Reeds into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1961.

Bill Fincher

November 12, 1896 – Spring Place, Georgia – The great tackle from Georgia Tech, Bill Fincher was born. Bill spent time playing for the Ramblin Wreck from 1916 through the 1920 seasons, the school did not count the abbreviated 1918 schedule a full season. Fincher played well even with only one eye! The National Football Foundation shares a great story that may or may not be true but a Davidson player who, after hitting Georgia Tech’s Bill Fincher, raced off the field to tell his coach, “I’ve done something awful, I’ve knocked out a man’s eye.” Besides playing tackle for the jackets Bill also was a defensive End and a place kicker and excelled at all three of the positions! During his first season of 1916, Fincher participated in the infamous 222-0 GT victory over Cumberland College that he have mentioned many times in the Football History Headlines! The NFF selected Bill Fincher to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

Tuffy Leemans

November 12, 1912 – Superior, Wisconsin – Alphonse “Tuffy” Leemans the tough running back from George Washington University. Tuffy was a second round pick in the very first NFL Draft in 1936 thanks to a tip from Tim Marra’s son Wellington who while vacationing as a high schooler saw Tuffy play at GW per the bio on him. Leemans was the 1936 College All-Star MVP. In Leeman’s rookie season he led all NFL rushers with a total of 830 yards on the ground. As a Giant in his eight-year career, he was named first- or second team all-league every year from 1936 through 1942, by either or both a major wire service and the NFL. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Tuffy Leemans in 1978.

Jack Butler

November 12, 1927 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Jack Butler, the ballhawking cornerback from St. Bonaventure was born. The Pro Football Hall of Fame provides a great career biography sketch on Jack. It tells us that he was a free agent signing of his hometown NFL team the Pittsburgh Stelers in 1951. All he did as a non-drafted player was to play for nine seasons and step away from the game as the player with the second most career interceptions in League history. Think about that for a second! The second most interceptions in NFL record books as an undrafted player, truly amazing. Jack played a total of 103 games, and picked off 52 passes for 827 return yards, four of those were pick-sixes. Butler was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1950s. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Jack Butler in 2012

Ken Houston

November 12, 1944 – Ken Houston the strong safety out of Prairie View A&M celebrated his birth. Out of college Ken Houston was a 9th round, very befitting namesake, pick of the Houston Oilers in the 1967 AFL-NFL Draft. He was a starter by the third game of the season and a few weeks later against the Jets he was a dominant performer, according to Against New York, he scored two touchdowns, one on a 71-yard blocked field goal attempt, and the other on a 43-yard interception return. After five seasons the Oilers traded the veteran playmaker to the Redskins for 5 players. That certainly showed the value of Ken Houston. Ken received all-league acclaim with the Oilers in 1969 and 1971, and then was either an All-Pro or an All-NFC award winner with the Redskins every year from 1973 to 1979. In 1986 the Selection Committee chose Ken Houston to have the honor of entering into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Cliff Harris

November 12, 1948 – The legendary Dallas Cowboys Safety Cliff Harris was born. The Pro Football Hall of Fame tells the tale of how Cliff Harris was undrafted after 17 rounds of picks in the 1970 NFL Draft. This had to be some great motivation for him as he signed as a free agent with the Cowboys that year and never looked back. Pro Football Hall of Fame selected Cliff Harris to join their ranks of the folks with Gold jackets in 2020.

Steve Bartkowski

November 12, 1952 – University of California Quarterback, Steve Bartkowski was born. The web page bio on Bartkowski tells us that he was an All-American QB in 1974 due in part to leading the nation in passing 2580 yards through the air. During his time at Cal he had four games where he tossed for over 300 yards, and in his senior season he accumulated 2,387 yards of total offense. Steve became the number one pick in the 1975 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Steve Bartkowski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Rob Lytle

November 12, 1954 – Rob Lytle a fantastic running back from the University of Michigan. Rob was in the Wolverines back field from the 1974 season through the 1976 campaign. According to, Jim Harbaugh was a ball boy for Michigan when Lytle played and the young Harbaugh somewhat idolized Lytle because of his blocking ability and the way he would run with his pad lowered. Harboaugh also mentions in the interview that the football clips of Dennis Quaid’s character in the film “Everybody’s All-American” were actually footage of Rob Lytle during games. When Lytle was done at Michigan he held the Wolverine career rushing record of 3,317 yards and his single-season mark of 1,469 yards stood for 21 years as a team high. Rob Lytle was inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.


35 – 30 – 19 – 2 – 3 – 1 – 21 – 47 – 13 – 10 – 19 – 13 – 12

November 12, 1892 – Pudge Heffelfinger received $500 to become first professional football player in the Allegheny Athletic Association’s 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.

November 12, 1950 – Number 35, Gene Roberts set aNew York Football Giants rushing record of 218 yds against the Chicago Cardinals

November 12, 1952 – Philadelphia A’s pitcher Bobby Shantz, Number 30 won the American League MVP

November 12, 1958 – Pitcher Bob Turley, Number 19 of New York Yankees won the Cy Young Award

November 12, 1959 – White Sox 2B Number 2, Nellie Fox won the American League’s MVP

November 12, 1969 – Minnesota’s Number 3, Harmon Killebrew was voted American League MVP

November 12, 1975 – NY Mets Number 41, Tom Seaver wins his 3rd Cy Young Award

November 12, 1979 – Tony Franklin, Number 1 of the Philadelphia Eagles kicked a 59-yard field goal

November 12, 1986 – Roger Clemens, Number 21 of the Boston Red Sox won the American League Cy Young Award in unanimous fashion

November 12, 1991 – Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine, Number 47 won NL Cy Young Award

November 12, 1995 – Number 13 of the Miami Dolphins, Quarterback Dan Marino broke famous Minnesota Viking’s signal caller Number 10, Fran Tarkenton’s NFL all-time passing yardage mark of 47,003November 12, 2012 – Joe Sakic (Number 19 Nordiques and Avalanche), Mats Sundin (Number 13 Maple Leafs and Canucks), Pavel Bure (Number 10 Canucks and Panthers) and Adam Oates (Number 12 Bruins & others) were all inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame