INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REGIONAL SCOREBOARD

6A

MERRILLVILLE 39 PENN 7

WESTFIELD 37 FORT WAYNE CARROLL 14

BEN DAVIS 32 BROWNSBURG 14

CENTER GROVE 29. LAWRENCE NORTH 19

5A

MICHIGAN CITY 31 VALPARAISO 28 2OT

ZIONSVILLE 35 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 14

CATHEDRAL 23 NEW PALESTINE 7

NEW ALBANY 33 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 14

4A

NEW PRAIRIE 28 LOWELL 14

NORTHRIDGE 25 MISSISSINEWA 7

MOUNT VERNON 27 RONCALLI 21

3A

MISHAWAKA MARIAN 33 HANOVER CENTRAL 6

BREBEUF 38 NORWELL 9

TRI-WEST 28 OWEN VALLEY 7

2A

ANDREAN 35 LAVILLE 8

EASTSIDE 21 EASTBROOK 14

SCECINA 34 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 13

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 35 TRITON CENTRAL 7

1A

NORTH JUDSON 35 CARROLL FLORA 6

ADAMS CENTRAL 41 SOUTH ADAMS 0

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 42 PARKE HERITAGE 6

TRI 18 NORTH CENTRAL 14

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL

ALEXANDRIA52SOUTHERN WELLS27 
ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY47CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN39 
ANDERSON38RICHMOND33 
ANGOLA46DEKALB31 
ARGOS46WINAMAC27 
BENTON CENTRAL62SEEGER27 
BETHANY CHRISTIAN31ELKHART CHRISTIAN25 
BLUFFTON46HAGERSTOWN25 
BREMEN61SOUTH BEND CLAY23 
BROWN COUNTY47GREENCASTLE39 
CHESTERTON55MUNSTER18 
COLUMBIA CITY58WHITKO26 
COLUMBUS NORTH66MARTINSVILLE35 
DALEVILLE50CENTERVILLE29 
EDGEWOOD65SOUTH PUTNAM33 
EMINENCE40CLAY CITY35 
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK69NEW HAVEN15 
FRANKLIN COUNTY54NORTHEASTERN53 
FRANKLIN82GREENSBURG30 
GIBSON SOUTHERN80NORTH POSEY36 
GUERIN CATHOLIC37GREENFIELD-CENTRAL25 
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)55KOKOMO40 
INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL55INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY17 
JOHN GLENN50SOUTH BEND ADAMS38 
LAFAYETTE JEFF63INDIANAPOLIS TECH35 
MADISON53SWITZERLAND COUNTY27 
MCCUTCHEON48LOGANSPORT32 
MITCHELL64PERRY CENTRAL44 
MORGAN TWP.64WEST CENTRAL45 
MUNCIE CENTRAL62MARION27 
NOBLESVILLE67HAMILTON HEIGHTS41 
NORTH HARRISON38EASTERN (PEKIN)36 
NORTH MONTGOMERY44ATTICA17 
NORTH WHITE42CASTON29 
NORTHFIELD61OAK HILL39 
ORLEANS57SHAWE MEMORIAL19 
PARK TUDOR50INDIANAPOLIS HERRON18 
PLAINFIELD51DANVILLE39 
PRINCETON65EVANSVILLE BOSSE37 
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN48WES-DEL43 
RISING SUN64SOUTH DECATUR44 
ROCK CREEK ACADEMY65CANNELTON27 
SCOTTSBURG51LAWRENCEBURG47 
SHELBYVILLE57EDINBURGH48 
SILVER CREEK80SEYMOUR50 
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH67LAKE STATION41 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)59TRITON38 
SOUTH KNOX64PIKE CENTRAL23 
SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)56OLDENBURG ACADEMY35 
SPEEDWAY63INDIANAPOLIS RITTER31 
TAYLOR37EASTERN (GREENTOWN)24 
TERRE HAUTE NORTH72AVON57 
UNION (MODOC)57LIBERTY CHRISTIAN27 
UNION COUNTY43BATESVILLE31 
WALDRON59SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)39 
WARSAW53TIPPECANOE VALLEY30 
WAWASEE59WESTVIEW33 
WEST NOBLE52NORTHWOOD38 
WESTERN63FRANKFORT15 
WHEELER29ILLIANA CHRISTIAN17 
WINCHESTER87KNIGHTSTOWN20 
WOOD MEMORIAL50NORTH DAVIESS45 
WOODLAN50BELLMONT31 
CORYDON CENTRAL TOURNAMENT
CORYDON CENTRAL48SOUTHRIDGE28 
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN55CRAWFORD COUNTY50 
NEW ALBANY47BOONVILLE38 
LANESVILLE56EVANSVILLE REITZ32 

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
ANDREANATMERRILLVILLE8:00 PM
ANGOLAATNORWELL7:45 PM
BEN DAVISATBROWNSBURG7:30 PM
BENTON CENTRALATCLINTON PRAIRIE7:30 PM
BLACKFORDATSOUTH ADAMSPPD.
BLOOMINGTON SOUTHATJEFFERSONVILLE2:30 PM
BOONE GROVEATWHITING12:00 PM
BROWN COUNTYATBLOOMINGTON NORTH7:30 PM
CANNELTONATTELL CITY1:00 PM
CARMELATCARROLL (FORT WAYNE)12:00 PM
CASTONATWINAMAC7:30 PM
CENTRAL NOBLEATPRAIRIE HEIGHTS7:30 PM
CHESTERTONATMISHAWAKA3:00 PM
CHRISTIAN ACADEMYATNEW WASHINGTON7:30 PM
CLARKSVILLEATRISING SUN6:00 PM
DELPHIATTWIN LAKES12:30 PM
EAST CENTRALATRICHMOND7:30 PM
EASTBROOKATSOUTHERN WELLS7:30 PM
EASTERN (PEKIN)ATAUSTIN7:30 PM
EASTERN GREENEATSHOALS1:00 PM
EASTERN HANCOCKATTRITON CENTRAL7:30 PM
EDGEWOODATLINTON-STOCKTON7:30 PM
ELWOODATDELTA7:30 PM
FAIRFIELDATGOSHEN7:30 PM
FLOYD CENTRALATEVANSVILLE HARRISON2:00 PM
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWKATLEO7:30 PM
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURYATHAMILTON1:30 PM
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIAATFORT WAYNE NORTHROP7:45 PM
FORT WAYNE DWENGERATFORT WAYNE SNIDER7:30 PM
FORT WAYNE NORTHATBELLMONT7:30 PM
FORT WAYNE SOUTHATNORTHRIDGE7:45 PM
FREMONTATADAMS CENTRAL7:30 PM
GARRETTATNOBLESVILLE6:30 PM
GREENWOODATSEYMOUR1:30 PM
GRIFFITHATHOBART8:00 PM
HAGERSTOWNATKNIGHTSTOWN7:30 PM
HAMMOND NOLLATVALPARAISO7:30 PM
HENRYVILLEATSWITZERLAND COUNTY7:30 PM
HERITAGEATLAKEWOOD PARK6:00 PM
HERITAGE CHRISTIANATPENDLETON HEIGHTS1:30 PM
HOMESTEADATFORT WAYNE WAYNE1:30 PM
ILLIANA CHRISTIANATHANOVER CENTRAL8:00 PM
INDIAN CREEKATMONROVIA2:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINAATBEECH GROVE1:30 PM
IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMYATBLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE2:00 PM
JASPERATHERITAGE HILLS7:30 PM
JAY COUNTYATNORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)7:30 PM
KNOXATRENSSELAER CENTRAL7:30 PM
KOKOMOATWEST LAFAYETTE7:30 PM
KOUTSATKANKAKEE VALLEY3:30 PM
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLICATWESTERN7:30 PM
LAKELAND CHRISTIANATOREGON-DAVIS7:00 PM
LAPELATNORTHEASTERN1:30 PM
LAVILLEATTRINITY GREENLAWN1:30 PM
LEWIS CASSATTRI-CENTRAL7:30 PM
LOOGOOTEEATFOREST PARK7:30 PM
LOWELLATEAST CHICAGO CENTRAL3:30 PM
MACONAQUAHATMANCHESTER7:45 PM
MADISON-GRANTATHAMILTON HEIGHTS7:30 PM
MARIONATWABASH7:30 PM
MITCHELLATBEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE7:30 PM
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)ATEVANSVILLE BOSSE8:30 PM
MUNCIE BURRISATMONROE CENTRAL12:30 PM
MUNCIE CENTRALATFRANKTON7:30 PM
NEW CASTLEATUNION CITY12:30 PM
NEW PALESTINEATSOUTHPORT2:30 PM
NEW PRAIRIEATSOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)7:00 PM
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)ATCLAY CITY7:30 PM
NORTH DECATURATBATESVILLE7:30 PM
NORTH HARRISONATCHARLESTOWN7:30 PM
NORTH JUDSONATPORTAGE8:00 PM
NORTHWESTERNATTIPPECANOE VALLEY7:30 PM
NORTHWOODATROCHESTER1:30 PM
PAOLIATBROWNSTOWN CENTRAL7:30 PM
PENNATLAKE CENTRAL7:30 PM
PERUATCULVER ACADEMY1:30 PM
PLYMOUTHATMICHIGAN CITY2:00 PM
PROVIDENCE CRISTO REYATPROVIDENCE2:30 PM
RIVER FORESTATNORTH NEWTON8:00 PM
SHAKAMAKATCLOVERDALE7:30 PM
SHELBYVILLEATMORRISTOWN7:30 PM
SHENANDOAHATCONNERSVILLE7:30 PM
SOUTH BEND CLAYATLAPORTE2:30 PM
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTONATLAWRENCE NORTH4:00 PM
SOUTH DEARBORNATRUSHVILLE7:30 PM
SOUTH RIPLEYATJAC-CEN-DEL7:30 PM
SOUTH SPENCERATSOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)1:00 PM
SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)ATOLDENBURG ACADEMY2:30 PM
SOUTHWOODATNORTH MIAMI7:45 PM
SULLIVANATOWEN VALLEY7:30 PM
TERRE HAUTE NORTHATMARTINSVILLE7:30 PM
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIANATCOVENANT CHRISTIAN1:30 PM
TRI-COUNTYATLACROSSE8:00 PM
VINCENNES LINCOLNATEVANSVILLE MATER DEI7:30 PM
WAPAHANIATUNION (MODOC)6:00 PM
WEST WASHINGTONATSOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)7:30 PM
WESTFIELDATLAWRENCE CENTRAL1:30 PM
WESTVILLEATCULVER7:30 PM
WHITKOATCHURUBUSCO2:30 PM
WOOD MEMORIALATVINCENNES RIVET8:00 PM
ZIONSVILLEATINDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI1:30 PM
BANKS OF WABASH TOURNAMENT
NORTH VERMILLIONVS.SOUTH VERMILLION6:00 PM3RD
RIVERTON PARKEATPARKE HERITAGE7:30 PM1ST
COLUMBUS EAST CLASSIC
FISHERSATCOLUMBUS EAST11:45 AM
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERNATCOLUMBUS EAST5:45 PM
CORYDON CENTRAL TOURNAMENT
LOSER GAME 2VS.LOSER GAME 110:00 AMCON
WINNER GAME 2VS.WINNER GAME 110:00 AMSF
LOSER GAME 4VS.LOSER GAME 312:00 PMCON
WINNER GAME 4VS.WINNER GAME 312:00 PMSF
LOSER GAME 5VS.LOSER GAME 75:30 PM7TH
WINNER GAME 5VS.WINNER GAME 77:30 PM5TH
LOSER GAME 6VS.LOSER GAME 85:30 PM3RD
WINNER GAME 6VS.WINNER GAME 87:30 PM1ST
COVENANT (DEMOTTE) TOURNAMENT
CALUMET CHRISTIANATCOVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)11:00 AMR1
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (DYER)VS.FAITH CHRISTIAN12:30 PMR1
LOSER GAME 2VS.LOSER GAME 12:30 PM3RD
WINNER GAME 2VS.WINNER GAME 14:00 PM1ST

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

#5 CINCINNATI 45 SOUTH FLORIDA 28

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE-SATURDAY

NEW MEXICO STATE AT ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

OKLAHOMA AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FOX

WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1

NORTHWESTERN AT WISCONSIN | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MICHIGAN AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC

RUTGERS AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

SAMFORD AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

UCONN AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

SYRACUSE AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

UCF AT SMU | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

EAST CAROLINA AT MEMPHIS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

HOUSTON AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

BUCKNELL AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

UTAH AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

GEORGIA STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTH ALABAMA AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT TEXAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

PURDUE AT OHIO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

USC AT CAL | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

CHARLOTTE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OLD DOMINION | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

UAB AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

MIAMI AT FLORIDA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

SOUTHERN MISS AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

BOSTON COLLEGE AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

DUKE AT VIRGINIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

LOUISIANA AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

IOWA STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

MINNESOTA AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

MARYLAND AT MICHIGAN STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX

SOUTH CAROLINA AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

UTEP AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

TULSA AT TULANE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

HAWAI’I AT UNLV | 4 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS

ARKANSAS STATE AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

STANFORD AT OREGON STATE | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

TEXAS A&M AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN

KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

ARIZONA STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7 P.M. | FS1

NEW MEXICO AT FRESNO STATE | 7 P.M. | STADIUM

AIR FORCE AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

NOTRE DAME AT VIRGINIA | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

KANSAS AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NC STATE AT WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ARKANSAS AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TCU AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX

COLORADO AT UCLA | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

NEVADA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FOX

NFL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2021

ATLANTA FALCONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 UCLA 86 #4 VILLANOVA 77 OT

#3 KANSAS 88 TARLETON STATE 62

#7 PURDUE 92 INDIANA STATE 67

#8 BAYLOR 87 INCARNATE WORD 60

#9 DUKE 82 ARMY 56

#10 KENTUCKY 100 ROBERT MORRIS 60

#11 ILLINOIS 92 ARKANSAS STATE 53

#13 OREGON 86 SMU 63

#14 ALABAMA 104 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 88

#15 HOUSTON 79 RICE 46

#17 OHIO STATE 84 NIAGARA 74

#19 NORTH CAROLINA 94 BROWN 87

#22 AUBURN 93 LOUISIANA MONROE 65

#25 VIRGINIA 73 RADFORD 52

INDIANA 85 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 49

BUTLER 85 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 53

MICHIGAN STATE 90 WESTERN MICHIGAN 46

XAVIER 73 KENT STATE 59

MINNESOTA 73 WESTERN KENTUCKY 69

BOWLING GREEN 101 OHIO WESLEYAN 60

MARSHALL 96 WRIGHT STATE 88

IOWA 89 KANSAS CITY 57

WISCONSIN 72 GREEN BAY 34

NEBRASKA 74 SAM HOUSTON 65

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 72 SOUTH DAKOTA 41

#4 MARYLAND 88 VILLANOVA 67

#5 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 90 WOFFORD 57

#22 ARIZONA 61 #6 LOUISVILLE 59 OT

#14 OREGON STATE 82 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 52

#15 TENNESSEE 49 CENTRAL FLORIDA 41

MINNESOTA 66 ARIZONA STATE 59 OT

NBA SCOREBOARD

CHARLOTTE 104 NEW YORK 96

BOSTON 122 MILWAUKEE 113 OT

CLEVELAND 98 DETROIT 78

BROOKLYN 120 NEW ORLEANS 112

PORTLAND 104 HOUSTON 92

OKLAHOMA CITY 105 SACRAMENTO 103

PHOENIX 119 MEMPHIS 94

DALLAS 123 SAN ANTONIO 109

DENVER 105 ATLANTA 96

GOLDEN STATE 119 CHICAGO 93

MINNESOTA 107 LA LAKERS 83

NHL SCOREBOARD

BUFFALO 3 EDMONTON 2

TORONTO 2 CALGARY 1

PHILADELPHIA 2 CAROLINA 1

WASHINGTON 4 COLUMBUS 3

CHICAGO 2 ARIZONA 1

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/HEADLINES

GRUDEN SUING NFL, GOODELL FOR ALLEGED ‘ORCHESTRATED’ LEAKING OF EMAILS

Former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is suing the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell for allegedly leaking his emails in a “malicious and orchestrated campaign” in order to destroy his career and reputation, Gruden’s attorney told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Gruden resigned last month after emails in which he made racist, homophobic, and misogynistic comments surfaced.

“There is no explanation or justification for why Gruden’s emails were the only ones made public out of the 650,000 emails collected in the NFL’s investigation of the Washington Football Team, or for why the emails were held for months before being released in the middle of the Raiders’ season,” Gruden’s attorney said in a statement.

The lawsuit, obtained by Pelissero, refers to the alleged ordeal as a “Soviet-style character assassination” with no warning or process.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy called the allegations “entirely meritless” and said the league will vigorously defend itself against the claims.

Gruden’s emails spanned during his time with ESPN as a color analyst from 2009-2017. They were sent to former Washington executive Bruce Allen, among others.

Gruden’s resignation came in the midst of his fourth season with the Raiders. He was reportedly under a 10-year, $100-million deal with the club.

NFL CAPSULES WEEK 10

ATLANTA FALCONS (4-4) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (6-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 16-11

STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/20/20: Falcons 39 at Cowboys 40

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/20

QB MATT RYAN passed for 343 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.8 rating & had 1st rush TD of season in Week 9. Has 73 games with 300+ pass yards, tied with PHILIP RIVERS for 4thmost all-time. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of 4 road starts this season & aims for his 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Had 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.3 rating in last meeting. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 6 catches & season-high 136 scrimmage yards (126 rec., 10 rush) last week, his 2nd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 RBs (D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 6 games with 5+ catches in 2021 & aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ receptions. Has career-high 737 scrimmage yards this season & leads all RBs with 459 rec. yards in 2021. • WR RUSSELL GAGE led team with season-high 7 catches & had 64 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches for 46 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 4+ receptions. WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Rookie TE KYLE PITTS had 62 rec. yards last week. Ranks 2nd among rookies & 3rd among TEs with 546 rec. yards. • LB DEION JONES led team with 10 tackles & had 2 PD last week. Is 1 of 4 players with 6+ games (6) with 10+ tackles in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row on road with 10+ tackles. Had 7 tackles & 0.5 sacks in last meeting. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 6 tackles & career-high 3 FFs in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 9+ tackles.

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 2 TDs last week & aims for his 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts. Passed for 450 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 109.4 rating & had career-high 3 rush TDs in last meeting. Amis for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with rush TD. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 13 receptions, 323 scrimmage yards (161.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 447 scrimmage yards (111.8 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 home games this season. Aims for his 8th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR AMARI COOPER had 6 catches for 100 yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Is 1 of 8 players all-time with 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 7 seasons. WR CEEDEE LAMB has 6+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Had 6 catches for 106 yards in last meeting. TE DALTON SCHULTZ has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 88 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR MALIK TURNER had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. • LB MICAH PARSONS (rookie) had 10 tackles, 3 TFL & career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Is 1 of 3 rookies (KENDRELL BELL & NICK BOSA) with 5+ sacks (5) & 10+ TFL (10) in 1st 8 games since 2000. CB TREVON DIGGS leads NFL with 7 INTs. Has 13 PD & 5 INTs in 11 career home games & aims for his 7th in row at home with PD.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 25-15

STREAKS: Jaguars have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Jaguars 14 at Colts 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Jaguars 27, Colts 20

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 118 yards & 0 INTs last week. Has 774 pass yards (258 per game) in 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 270+ pass yards. Ranks 2nd among rookies in completions (176), pass yards (1,851) & TD passes (8). • RB JAMES ROBINSON has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 of his past 5. Had 90 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 28 rec.) in only career game vs. Ind. (9/13/20). Has 663 scrimmage yards (94.7 per game) in 7 career games vs. division. RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for season-high 67 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 67 yards in his last game vs. Ind. (11/21/19 w/ Hou.). • WR MARVIN JONES has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Ind. (11/1/20 w/ Det.) & has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Has 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 6 catches for 68 yards & career-high 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rec. TD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 50+ rec. yards. TE DAN ARNOLD aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN led team with season-high 8 tackles & had sack & 1st-career INT & FR last week, 1st player in 2021 with sack, INT & FR in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT TAVEN BRYAN had career-high 2 sacks in Week 9. S RUDY FORD had 1st-career INT last week.

QB CARSON WENTZ completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 pct.) for 272 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 134.3 rating last week, his 6th game with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs this season, tiedmost in NFL (AARON RODGERS). Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 7th in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 286 yards & 3 TDs for 119.6 rating in only career start vs. Jax. (10/28/18 w/ Phi.). Aims for his 6th start in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had season-high 200 scrimmage yards (172 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TDs last week, his 2nd-career 200-yard game. Can become 4th player in SB era with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 7 straight games. Rushed for career-high 253 yards & had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Leads NFL with 1,114 scrimmage yards & ranks 2nd with 821 rush yards this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had season-high 108 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 34 rec.) & rush TD last week, his 2nd-career 100-yard game. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR T.Y. HILTON had TD catch in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. Jax. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with 5 catches for 64 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards & TD catch. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 7 tackles & 4th FF of season last week, tied-most in NFL. Has FF in 3 of past 4. Had 10 tackles, 2 PD & FF in last meeting. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 11 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. DT TAYLOR STALLWORTH had 1st 2 sacks of season last week.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-4) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: All-time series tied, 12-12

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/27/19: Browns 13 at Patriots 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/27/19

QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 14 of 21 passes (66.7 pct.) for 218 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 132.6 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Has 109.3 rating since Week 5, 3rd-highest in NFL. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB NICK CHUBB had 163 scrimmage yards (137 rush, 26 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week, his 8th-career game with 2+ rush TDs. Rushed for 131 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 7 of his past 8 on road. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 721 rush yards in 2021. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON has rush TD in 2 of past 3. • WR JARVIS LANDRY has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Had 5 catches for 65 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row vs. NE with 5+ catches. Has 65+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NE. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with TD catch. WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE DAVID NJOKU had rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 1.5 sacks last week & aims for his 6th in row with sack. Had 3 TFL & sack in last meeting. Leads NFL with 12 sacks. LB ANTHONY WALKER led team with season-high 14 tackles & had sack last week. CB DENZEL WARD had season high 3 PD & 99-yard INT-TD last week, his 2nd-career TD. Had 2 PD in last meeting. S JOHN JOHNSON had INT & FF in Week 9.

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 12 of 18 passes (66.7 pct.) for 139 yards & TD vs. INT last week & became 3rd rookie QB ever to win 1st 4 road starts. Has 60+ comp. pct. in 7 of 9 starts. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 109.1 rating in his past 3 home starts. Leads all rookies with 204 completions, 68 comp. pct., 2,135 pass yards, 10 TD passes & 89.8 rating this season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS has rush TD in 5 straight games, 2ndlongest active streak in NFL. Has 80+ rush yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 100+ rush yards. Rookie RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON had career-high 106 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 44 rec.) last week. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. RB BRANDON BOLDEN had season-high 81 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 27 rec.) in Week 9. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS is 1 of 4 AFC WRs with 4+ catches in 8 games this season. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE aims for 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. TE HUNTER HENRY had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 5 of past 6. Had 7 catches for 81 yards in his last game vs. Cle. (12/3/17 w/ LAC). • CB J.C. JACKSON had 2 INTs, incl. 88-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (XAVIER MCKINNEY) with 2 INTs in 2 games this season. LB MATT JUDON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cle. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 9 sacks. LB JAMIE COLLINS had 1st INT of season last week.

BUFFALO BILLS (5-3) AT NEW YORK JETS (2-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 64-56

STREAKS: Bills have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/25/20: Bills 18 at Jets 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/20

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 31 of 47 passes (66 pct.) for 264 yards & rushed for 50 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 5 of past 6. Had 619 pass yards (309.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 97.5 rating in 2 starts vs. NYJ last season. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB ZACK MOSS had 72 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 25 rec.) in last meeting. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 59 scrimmage yards (season-high 43 rec., 16 rush) & career-high 7 catches last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NYJ. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 6 catches for team-high 85 rec. yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Has 6+ catches in each of 3 career games vs. NYJ. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. division. WR COLE BEASLEY aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches. Had 11 catches for 112 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 50+ rec. yards. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 65 rec. yards in Week 9 & has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of 8 games this season. Had 9 catches for 72 yards in his last game vs. NYJ (10/7/18 w/ Den.). • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 6 tackles, PD & 0.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. S JORDAN POYER has INT in 2 of past 3 & PD in 5 of past 6. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. DE MARIO ADDISON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. NYJ.

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) has 507 pass yards (253.5 per game) in 2 home starts this season. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. division with 0 INTs. QB MIKE WHITE has 78.6 comp. pct. & 112.8 rating in 2 starts this season. QB JOSH JOHNSON set career highs in completions (27), pass yards (317) & TD passes (3) last week. QB JOE FLACCO has 100+ rating in 3 of 4 career starts vs. Buf. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had 86 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 37 rec.) last week. Aims for 4th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rush TD. Has 294 scrimmage yards (98 per game) in 3 home games this season. Ranks 4th among rookies with 591 scrimmage yards (328 rush, 263 rec.) in 2021. RB TY JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with TD catch & 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 7 catches for 115 yards & TD in his last game vs. Buf. (9/13/20). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with rec. TD. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 at home. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE had season-high 7 catches for 84 yards & 1st 2 career rec. TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. • LB C.J. MOSLEY has 10+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. Had INT-TD & FR in his last game vs. Buf. (9/8/19). S ASHTYN DAVIS had 10 tackles & 1st 2 career FFs last week.Has 10+ tackles in 2 of past 3. DE JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had 4th sack of season in Week 9. Had FR in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home.

DETROIT LIONS (0-8) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 17-14-1

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 5

LAST GAME: 10/29/17: Steelers 20 at Lions 15

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Steelers 37, Lions 27

QB JARED GOFF passed for 222 yards & had 90.6 rating in Week 8. Has 5 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 84.7 rating in 4 road starts in 2021. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KYLER MURRAY & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 8+ games (8) with 60+ comp. pct. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 5 catches & 51 scrimmage yards (27 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 8. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Leads all RBs in receptions (47) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (415). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TD. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row on road with 50+ rush yards. Had 135 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 64 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his only career game vs. Pit. (11/26/17 w/ GB). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON led team with 10 receptions & 89 rec. yards in Week 8. Has 4 games with 8+ catches this season, most by TE. Is only NFC TE with 40+ catches (48) & 400+ rec. yards (448) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches. • LB DERRICK BARNES (rookie) had 7 tackles in Week 8 & has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. LB CHARLES HARRIS has sack in 3 of his 4 road games in 2021. LB JULIAN OKWARA has sack in 2 of his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with TFL. LB ALEX ANZALONE has 7+ tackles in 3 of his 4 road games in 2021. S TRACY WALKER had 7 tackles in Week 8. Has PD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with INT.

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 21 of 30 passes (70 pct.) for 205 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.1 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 315+ pass yards. Has 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. Det. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.8 rating in his past 3 at home. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 78 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 9. Aims for 8th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & 6th in row with TD, longest active TD streak among rookies. Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has TD in 4 of 5 home games this season. Leads rookie RBs in scrimmage yards (830), rush yards (541) & TDs (6) this season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 5 catches for 56 yards last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 50+ rec. yards, 3rdlongest active streak in NFL. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 5 catches for 43 yards & season-high 2 TDs in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch & 4th in row with 40+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd among all rookies with 4 rec. TDs this season. • LB T.J. WATT had 7 tackles, PD & tied career high with 3 sacks last week, his 14th-career game with 2+ sacks, most in NFL since 2017. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles & 1.5+ sacks & 6th in row with TFL. Had PD in last meeting. Has sack in 7 of his past 8 at home. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 11.5 sacks. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 2nd-career INT in Week 9. Had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-3) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (7-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 8-6-1

STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/22/19: Saints 38 at Titans 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/19

QB TREVOR SIEMIAN passed for 249 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.5 rating in 1st start of season last week. Completed 35 of 51 atts. (68.6 pct.) for 334 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 93.1 rating in his only career start vs. Ten. (12/11/16 w/ Den.). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 104 scrimmage yards (team-high 54 rec., 50 rush) & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Has 358 receptions, tied with ROGER CRAIG (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Leads NFL with 66 TDs since 2017. Had 110 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 30 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 115+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD. RB MARK INGRAM ranks 2nd among active players in rush yards (7,688) & 3rd in rush TDs (63). • WR MARQUES CALLAWAY had 4th rec. TD of season in Week 9. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had season-high 53 rec. yards last week. WR DEONTE HARRIS had career-high 6 receptions & 52 rec. yards in Week 9. WR KENNY STILLS had 1st rec. TD of season last week. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 3rd sack of season in Week 9 & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 96.5 sacks since 2012. LB DEMARIO DAVIS aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & 5th in row on road with 8+ tackles & TFL. Had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 8 PD in 3 road games this season & aims for his 10th in row on road with PD. S MALCOLM JENKINS aims for his 5th in row on road with 6+ tackles.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 pct.) for 143 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for TD last week. Has 250+ pass yards 95+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for 272 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.6 rating in last meeting. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for TD in season debut last week. Had rush TD in his last game vs. NO (10/4/18 w/ Det.). Ranks 5th in NFL history with 14,841 rush yards & 4th with 119 rush TDs. • WR A.J. BROWN had 5 catches for 42 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Is 4th player in franchise history with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. WR JULIO JONES has 75+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NO. Has 1,615 rec. yards (89.7 per game) in 18 career games vs. NO. TE GEOFF SWAIM aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • S KEVIN BYARD had 24-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Aims for 3rd in row with INT & has INT in 4 of past 5. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 5 INTs. Has 23 INTs since 2017, most among safeties. S AMANI HOOKER led team with career-high 12 tackles last week. LB DAVID LONG had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with PD. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had season-high 6 tackles & career-high 3 sacks last week. DT DENICO AUTRY had 2 PD & 1.5 sacks in Week 9. Has 1.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had TFL in his last game vs. NO (12/16/19 w/ Ind.).

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-2) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 11-10

STREAKS: Washington has won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/11/18: Washington 16 at Buccaneers 3

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/15: Washington 31, Buccaneers 30

QB TOM BRADY passed for 375 yards & 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 112 rating in Week 8. Has 38 games with 4+ TD passes & 98 games with 3+ TD passes, both most in NFL history. Has 25+ TD passes in 16 seasons, tied-most all-time. Passed for 381 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.3 rating in 2020 NFC-WC meeting (1/9/21). Aims for his 6th start in row vs. Was. in reg. season with 285+ pass yards & 2+ TDs. Has 100+ rating in 8 of his past 9 road starts. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 132 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 22 rec.) & rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 & 90+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. • WR MIKE EVANS had 8th rec. TD of season in Week 8 & is only player with 8+ rec. TDs in each of past 4 seasons. Incl. playoffs, has 21 catches for 492 yards (164 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games at Was. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 8 catches for 140 yards & rec. TD in Week 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 79 rec. yards & TD catch in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Had 103 rec. yards in last reg. season meeting. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 9 tackles & sack in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Aims for his 5th in row in reg. season vs. Was. with 7+ tackles. LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 1+ sack in 4 of his past 5. Has 8 TFL in his past 7 on road. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 12.5 sacks, 17 TFL & 4 FFs in 13 reg. season games vs. Was.

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 306 yards & TD vs. INT & had 46 rush yards & rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Aims for his 3rd in row with 265+ pass yards & TD pass. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his 8 games this season & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Had 8 receptions & 93 scrimmage yards (83 rec. 10 rush) in Week 8. Is 1 of 3 RBs with 2+ games (2) with 8+ catches in 2021. Since 2020, ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (113) & rec. yards (921). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 6 catches for 75 yards in 2020 NFCWC vs. TB (1/9/21). Aims for his 9th in row at home with 4+ catches. WR CAM SIMS had 7 catches for 104 yards in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). WR DEANDRE CARTER had 51 rec. yards & 1st-career rec. TD in Week 8. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 5 catches for 74 yards in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Has rec. TD in 2 of his 4 games this season. • DE CHASE YOUNG aims for his 3rd in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. DT DARON PAYNE had 2 sacks & FF in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Had 2nd sack of season in Week 8. DT JONATHAN ALLEN had sack in Week 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 6th in row at home with 6+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 2 PD in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. S LANDON COLLINS had 8th-career sack in Week 8. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-5) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-1)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 11-4

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/4/20: Cardinals 21 at Panthers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/19: Panthers 38, Cardinals 20

QB SAM DARNOLD has 300+ pass yards in 2 of 4 road starts this season. Has TD pass & 90+ rating in 2 of his 3 career starts vs. NFC West. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 106 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 52 rush) in Week 9. Has 20 career games with 50+ rush & 50+ rec. yards, most by player in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Since 2019, has 1,440 scrimmage yards (130.9 per game) & 12 TDs (9 rush, 3 rec.) in 11 road games. Has 340 receptions & needs 3 to surpass HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (342) for 3rd-most by RB in 1st 5 seasons. • WR DJ MOORE aims for his 5th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road. Had 52-yard rec. TD in last road meeting. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 8 catches for 99 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 90+ rec. yards. • LB HAASON REDDICK had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 6th in row with TFL. Is 1 of 2 (MYLES GARRETT) with 8+ sacks (8.5) & 12+ TFL (12) in 2021. Set career-highs with 12.5 sacks & 15 TFL with Az. in 2020. DE BRIAN BURNS had 22ndcareer sack & 5th-career FF last week. Had sack in last road meeting. CB STEPHON GILMORE had 27th-career INT last week & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Has 5 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. Az. S JEREMY CHINN led team with season-high 11 tackles & had 3rd-career FF in Week 9. LB SHAQ THOMPSON aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.

QB KYLER MURRAY has 70+ comp. pct. & 100+ rating in 3 of his 4 home starts this season. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (TOM BRADY & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 6 games with 100+ rating in 2021. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 2+ TD passes. • RB JAMES CONNER had 173 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 77 rec.) & career-high 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 9, his 2nd-career game with both rush & rec. TD. Is 1 of 2 (COOPER KUPP) with 4 games with 2+ TDs in 2021. Leads NFC in rush TDs (10) & NFL in scrimmage TDs (11). Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD. Rushed for 65 yards & TD in his only career game vs. Car. (11/8/18 w/ Pit.). • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with 5+ receptions. Has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of his 4 home games this season. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK led team with 6 catches & 91 rec. yards in Week 9. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had TD catch in last meeting. • LB MARKUS GOLDEN had career-high 3 sacks last week & leads NFC with 9 sacks in 2021. Has 2+ sacks in 3 of his past 4. LB CHANDLER JONES had sack last week. Had 2 sacks, 2 FF & FR in last home meeting. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 8 tackles & had career-high 2 FRs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 11+ tackles. LB ISAIAH SIMMONS had 4th-career FF last week. S BUDDA BAKER had 2nd INT of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ tackles.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-5) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

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

STREAKS: Vikings have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/15/19: Vikings 39 at Chargers 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/19

QB KIRK COUSINS had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 104.3 rating in Week 9, his 5th-career game with 2+ TD passes & rush TD. Has 1,851 pass yards (308.5 per game) & 18 TDs (16 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 114 rating in his past 6 on road. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK had 122 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 12 rec.) last week, his 18th-career game with 100+ rush yards. Since 2020, has 1,356 scrimmage yards (123.3 per game) & 12 TDs (11 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 11 road games. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 50-yard rec. TD last week & became 2nd-fastest player (ODELL BECKHAM JR. – 21 games) to reach 2,000 rec. yards (24 games) in SB era. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road & aims for his 7th in row on road with 65+ rec. yards. WR ADAM THIELEN had 7th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Since 2018, is 1 of 4 WRs with 35+ rec. TDs (36). • LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with career-high 17 tackles in Week 9. Has 11+ tackles in 3 of his 4 road games this season. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN is only player in NFL with 5+ sacks in each of past 10 seasons. LB ANTHONY BARR had 3rd-career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON had 1st sacks (1.5) of season last week. Rookie S CAMRYN BYNUM had 12 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 9. CB CAMERON DANTZLER had season-high 10 tackles last week.

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 32 of 38 passes (career-high 84.2 pct.) for 356 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.2 rating & rushed for TD last week, 2nd-highest comp. pct. ever by QB under 24 years old (min. 30 attempts). Has 12 games with 300+ pass yards, most-ever by QB in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 4th in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 2+ TD passes. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 82 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 23 rec.) last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 6 of past 7. Had 81 scrimmage yards (62 rec., 19 rush) in last meeting. Has 503 scrimmage yards (125.8 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 4 home games this season. Is only player in NFL with 5+ rush TDs (5) & 3+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with season-high 12 catches for 104 yards last week, his 9th-career game with 12+ catches & 100+ rec. yards, most all-time. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ catches & 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 21 catches for 232 yards (116 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career games vs. Min. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 58 rec. yards in Week 9. Had 4 catches for 71 yards & TD in last meeting. TEs STEPHEN ANDERSON & DONALD PARHAM each had TD catch last week. • DE JOEY BOSA had sack in Week 9 & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles & TFL in last meeting. Has 7 TFL in 4 career games vs. NFC North. S DERWIN JAMES is 1 of 2 AFC DBs with 5+ tackles in 8 games this season. Has FF in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with FF. Had 8 tackles in last meeting.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-6) AT DENVER BRONCOS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

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

STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Broncos 23 at Eagles 51

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Broncos 52, Eagles 20

QB JALEN HURTS had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 115.3 rating & 62 rush yards in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 QBs (LAMAR JACKSON & KYLER MURRAY) with TD pass & 60+ rush yards in 6+ games (6) since 2020. Has 30+ rush yards in each of 1st 13 career starts. Has 85+ rating in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. • RB JORDAN HOWARD had 71 rush yards & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards & rush TD. RB BOSTON SCOTT has 3 rush TDs in his past 2 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Rookie RB KENNETH GAINWELL had 3rd rush TD of season last week. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) led team with 5 catches & 116 rec. yards & had his 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 9. Ranks 3rd among rookies in rec. yards (537) & 4th in receptions (38). Is 1 of 3 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE & KYLE PITTS) with 2+ games (2) with 100+ rec. yards in 2021. TE DALLAS GOEDERT aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 4 NFC TEs with 400+ rec. yards (401) in 2021. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE has 5 sacks & 4 TFL in 5 road games this season. DT FLETCHER COX had TFL in last meeting. LB T.J. EDWARDS led team with 12 tackles in Week 9, his 4th-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row with 12+ tackles. LB ALEX SINGLETON has 7+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 on road. CB DARIUS SLAY had 2 PD in his last game vs. Den (12/22/19 w/ Det.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with 5+ tackles. Leads NFL with 113 PD since 2013.

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9 pct.) for 249 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 107.6 rating & rushed for 1st TD of season last week, his 5th game this season with 0 INTs & 100+ rating, tied-2nd most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs & 105+ rating. Is 7-0 as starter vs. NFC East with 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 96.9 rating. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 95 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 15 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Has 609 scrimmage yards (101.5 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 6 vs. NFC East. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had season-high 111 rush yards in Week 9, his 1st-career 100-yard game. Ranks 3rd among all rookies with 601 scrimmage yards (466 rush, 135 rec.). • WR TIM PATRICK had 4 catches for team-high 85 rec. yards & 4th TD of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC East. WR JERRY JEUDY had 6 catches for 69 yards in Week 9. Has 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 games this season. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 2 PD & TFL last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of past 3. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (QUANDRE DIGGS & J.C. JACKSON) with 3+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons. S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 9 tackles & had TFL in Week 9. Rookie S CADEN STERNS had 2nd INT of season last week. Tied for lead among rookies with 2 INTs. Rookie LB JONATHON COOPER had 4 tackles & 1st 2 career sacks last week.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-5) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 11-8

STREAKS: Packers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/15/18: Packers 24 at Seahawks 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/10/17: Packers 17, Seahawks 9

QB RUSSELL WILSON is expected to make his 150th career start. Has 277 pass TDs & can become 4th QB with 280+ TD passes in 1st 150 starts. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 130.3 rating in 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 110+ rating. Passed for 225 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.3 rating in last meeting. • RB CHRIS CARSON had rush TD in last meeting. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. RB ALEX COLLINS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had rush TD in his last game vs. GB (11/19/17 w/ Bal.). • WR DK METCALF had 6 catches for 43 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 8 & joined ODELL BECKHAM JR. & HOFer RANDY MOSS as only WRs since 1990 with 25+ rec. TDs (25) in 1st 40 career games since 1990. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 8 rec. TDs & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 road games this season. WR TYLER LOCKETT had 12 catches & 142 rec. yards in Week 8, his 6th-career game with 10+ receptions. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 14 tackles in Week 8. Has 3 games with 14+ tackles in 2021, most in NFL. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 10+ tackles & 7th in row vs. GB with 8+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS had 10 tackles in Week 8, his 10thcareer game with 10+ tackles. Had 10 tackles in only career game vs. GB (12/23/18 w/ NYJ). S QUANDRE DIGGS is only player with 3+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons. Had INT in his last game at GB (12/30/18 w/ Det.).

QB AARON RODGERS has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 124.4 rating in 3 home starts this season. Aims for his 8th in row with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Passed for 332 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.8 rating in last meeting. Has 7 TDs vs. INT for 111 rating in 4 career home starts vs. Sea. Has 111 games with 100+ rating & can tie HOFer PEYTON MANNING (112) for 3rdmost in NFL history. QB JORDAN LOVE passed for 190 yards & TD vs. INT in his 1st career start last week. • RB AARON JONES has 90+ scrimmage yards in 9 of his past 10 at home. Has 29 TDs (23 rush, 6 rec.) in 29 career home games. Had 103 scrimmage yards (63 rec., 40 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 active players (ALVIN KAMARA) with 40+ rush TDs (40) & 10+ rec. TDs (10) since 2017. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 11 rec. TDs in his past 9 at home. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 6+ receptions. Had 10 receptions for 166 yards in last meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in rec. TDs (61), ranks 3rd in receptions (516) & 5th in rec. yards (6,425). WR ALLEN LAZARD had 9th-career rec. TD last week & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL is only player with 80+ tackles (82) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 9+ tackles. LB RASHAN GARY had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. S DARNELL SAVAGE has 4 PD in his past 4. S ADRIAN AMOS aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ tackles.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-4) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 66-53-2

STREAKS: Chiefs have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 11/22/20: Chiefs 35 at Raiders 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/20

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 166 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Completed 34 of 45 passes (75.6 pct.) for 348 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 340+ pass yards. Has 1,882 pass yards (313.7 per game) & 17 TDs (15 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 105.6 rating in 6 career starts vs. Raiders. Has 95.4 rating in his past 4 vs. division. Has 90+ rating in 8 of 9 career starts on SNF. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS rushed for career-high 70 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of 4 road games this season. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 5 catches for 68 yards & TD in Week 9. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 432 rec. yards (108 per game) in his past 4 vs. Raiders. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 7th in row on SNF with TD catch. WR TYREEK HILL has 5+ catches in 6 of past 7. Had 11 catches for 102 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Raiders with 50+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 with 750+ rec. yards in each of past 5 seasons. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 6 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 5+ tackles. Has 4 INTs in his past 3 on SNF. CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Rookie LB NICK BOLTON aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. Leads all rookies with 71 tackles & ranks 2nd with 9 TFL.

QB DEREK CARR completed 30 of 46 passes (65.2 comp. pct.) for 296 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 30+ completions & 295+ pass yards. Has 315+ pass yards & 110+ rating in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with 70+ comp. pct., 275+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB JOSH JACOBS had season-high 95 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 19 rec.) last week. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with rush TD. Has rush TD in 7 of his past 8 vs. division. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 5+ rush TDs in each of past 3 seasons. RB KENYAN DRAKE had season-high 100 scrimmage yards (70 rec., 30 rush) & 6 catches last week. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • TE DARREN WALLER led team with 7 catches for 92 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of his 7 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. WR HUNTER RENFROW had 7 catches for 49 yards & TD in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE aims for 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Has 2 sacks in 3 of past 4. DE MAXX CROSBY had TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. KC with TFL. Has 4 sacks in his past 3 vs. division. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 10 tackles & PD last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 91 tackles this season.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-2) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-5)

MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 72-67-3

STREAKS: 49ers have won past 4

LAST GAME: 11/29/20: 49ers 23 at Rams 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/18/20: 49ers 24, Rams 16

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD is only QB with 250+ pass yards in 9 games in 2021. Passed for 347 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.7 rating in his last start at SF (9/16/18 w/ Det.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 3+ TD passes & 125+ rating. Leads NFL in pass yards (2,771) & ranks 2nd in TD passes (23). • RB DARRELL HENDERSON is 1 of 2 NFC RBS (CORDARRELLE PATTERSON) with 8 games with 50+ scrimmage yards in 2021. Rushed for 88 yards in last road meeting. Has 381 scrimmage yards (95.3 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 4 road games this season & aims for his 5th in row on road with TD. • WR COOPER KUPP leads NFL in receptions (74), rec. yards (1,019) & rec. TDs (10) & became 2nd player in SB era (JERRY RICE – 1990) with 1,000+ rec. yards & 10+ rec. TDs in his team’s 1st 9 games of season. Has 5+ receptions in 13 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. WR ROBERT WOODS had 2nd game in 2021 with 100+ scrimmage yards (104) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD. • DL AARON DONALD has 12.5 sacks & 15 TFL in 13 career games vs. SF. Has 6 sacks in 2021 & can become 4th player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of 1st 8 seasons. LB LEONARD FLOYD has team-high 7.5 sacks & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB VON MILLER can make LAR debut. Leads active players with 110.5 career sacks. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 3rd INT of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with PD.

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 326 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 100.6 rating in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 100+ rating. Passed for 268 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.3 rating in last home meeting. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts vs. NFC West. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) had career-high 5 receptions & 79 scrimmage yards (career-high 43 rec., 36 rush) in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 rookie RBs (MICHAEL CARTER & NAJEE HARRIS) with 4+ games (4) with 75+ scrimmage yards. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for season-high 101 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season last week. Is 1 of 3 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE & DARREN WALLER) with 10+ games (11) with 100+ rec. yards since 2017. Has 38 catches for 638 yards (106.3 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 6 vs. LAR. Aims for his 6th in row vs. LAR with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR DEEBO SAMUEL ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 882 rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row at home in 2021 with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 133 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. LAR with TD. WR BRANDON AIYUK had 89 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 1st-career rec. TD in last home meeting. • DL NICK BOSA had 4th-career FF last week. Ties for NFL-lead with 12 TFL in 2021. LB FRED WARNER led team with 14 tackles last week. Aims for his 7th in row vs. LAR with 6+ tackles. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had career-high 10 tackles & 2nd sack of season in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL.

MURRAY BACK AT PRACTICE, CARDINALS PREP FOR PANTHERS

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Quarterback Kyler Murray was back at practice on Friday, potentially giving the Arizona Cardinals a boost heading into Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.

Murray missed a game for the first time in his three-year career last weekend against the San Francisco 49ers because of an ankle injury. Backup Colt McCoy played well in Murray’s absence, completing 22 of 26 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown in Arizona’s 31-17 victory.

But there’s no doubt Arizona’s offense is more versatile with Murray, who is always a threat to run. The 24-year-old quarterback is one of the league’s top MVP candidates through the first half of the season, completing nearly 73% of his passes for 2,276 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He’s also run for three touchdowns.

Kingsbury didn’t commit to playing Murray on Sunday, but said the quarterback is trending in the right direction.

“He’s progressing, it’s good to have him out there,” Kingsbury said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow, Sunday, and go from there.”

The Cardinals have the NFL’s best record at 8-1 but have been dealing with a crush of injuries over the past weeks. The team’s injury report had 12 players out and four more limited on Wednesday. That’s nearly a third of the active roster.

But they’re starting to get a little more healthy. Kingsbury said starting safety Budda Baker (concussion/knee) is expected to play, and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers is expected to be on the sideline after spending time in COVID-19 protocol.

The Cardinals are still waiting to see if star receiver DeAndre Hopkins can play Sunday. The three-time All-Pro is battling a hamstring injury and missed the 49ers game. It was just the third game he’s missed in his nine-year NFL career.

Kingsbury said the Cardinals were being particularly cautious with Hopkins because it’s a soft tissue injury.

“Obviously, you don’t want to lose somebody like that for an extended period of time if you can help it,” Kingsbury said. “He hasn’t missed many games in his career, so we want to make sure when he’s back, he can 100% do everything he does.”

Kingsbury joked that while it was nice to have Murray back at practice, the quarterback is “not that fun to be around currently” because he wants to play so badly. The coach wants that, too, but he also needs to see a certain level of mobility.

“Just that he can move well enough to protect himself,” Kingsbury said. “He doesn’t have to be 100%, but he’s got to be able to protect himself and do what he does, escape, extend plays, things of that nature.”

BILLS RULE OUT LINEBACKER EDMUNDS FROM PLAYING AGAINST JETS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott on Friday ruled out starting middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds from playing at the New York Jets on Sunday.

Edmunds didn’t practice this week after sustaining a hamstring injury in a 9-6 loss at Jacksonville last week. He leads the team with 54 tackles through eight games this season. Veteran backup A.J. Klein is expected to fill in for Edmunds.

McDermott said rooking starting right tackle Spencer Brown is expected to return after missing two games with a back injury. He added tight end Dawson Knox is trending in the right direction to play after missing two games with a broken right hand.

Knox leads Buffalo with five receiving touchdowns.

GODWIN GAME-TIME DECISION FOR BUCCANEERS VS. WASHINGTON

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin will travel with the team but is still a game-time decision for their matchup against the Washington Football Team, head coach Bruce Arians told reporters, including the Tampa Bay Times’ Joey Knight.

Godwin did not participate in practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to a foot injury, but he was seen at the open portion of practice Friday.

The 25-year-old has recorded 50 receptions for 660 yards and four touchdowns in eight games for the Buccaneers this season.

Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and Rashard Robinson, who are still dealing with previous injuries, will not travel with the club.

JAGUARS’ LAWRENCE SET TO PLAY VS. COLTS AFTER DEALING WITH ANKLE INJURY

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer has said Trevor Lawrence will be good to go Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts despite dealing with an ankle injury, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Lawrence suffered a low ankle sprain during last week’s win over the Buffalo Bills, and he exited briefly before returning and finishing the game. The rookie passer was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday.

The No. 1 overall pick has completed 59.5% of his passes this season for eight touchdowns with nine interceptions.

Meanwhile, running back James Robinson remains questionable due to a heel injury but has a good chance to play, Meyer added. Robinson missed last week’s contest due to the ailment.

The 23-year-old has put up 615 yards from scrimmage over seven games this year and has improved his yards per carry from 4.5 in 2020 to 5.5 in 2021.

Jacksonville enters the bout against its divisional foe with a 2-6 record.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

• Five Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by three of the top 10 teams in the country. Michigan State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 9 Michigan, No. 19 Iowa, and No. 22 Penn State. 

• The Big Ten (three teams) is the only conference with more than two teams ranked in the top-10 of the AP Poll. The only other conference with multiple teams ranked in the top-10 is the SEC (two teams). 

• No. 5 Michigan State (8-0) defeated then-No. 6 Michigan, 37-33, and is now one of just six undefeated teams remaining in the FBS. The Spartans are 8-0 for the first time since 2015 and for just the seventh time ever in program history. The win over Michigan marked Michigan State’s first win over an AP Top 10 team since they defeated No. 8 Penn State on Oct. 13, 2018, and the Spartans’ highest-ranked win since they defeated No. 4 Iowa in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game. 

• Michigan State junior RB Kenneth Walker III was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 197 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries (8.57 avg.) in the win vs. Michigan. Walker scored all five of Michigan State’s touchdowns, becoming just the second FBS player to record five rushing touchdowns in a game this season. Walker leads the FBS is rushing yards per game (149.2), is tied for third in the FBS in rushing touchdowns (14) and total touchdowns (15), and ranks fifth in all-purpose yards per game (153.75).

• No. 6 Ohio State improved to 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in the Big Ten with a 33-24 win over then-No. 20 Penn State on Saturday. The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring offense (47.2 ppg), rank second in total offense (548.1) and third in team passing efficiency (183.34). The Buckeyes are one of just two teams in the nation to average more than 45 points per game this season along with the No. 2 scoring offense, Alabama (45.9). 

• Defensively, Ohio State held Penn State to 33 yards rushing. Dating back to Week 3, the Buckeyes are surrendering just 66.2 rushing yards per game and in their last three wins they are allowing just 45.7 yards per game on the ground. 

• Minnesota defeated Northwestern on the road, 41-14, to win its fourth game in a row and move into first place in the Big Ten West. With the victory, the Gophers became bowl-eligible for the third time under head coach P.J. Fleck. The Gophers are now 3-0 on the road this season and have an unblemished road record through three games for just the fourth time since 1961.

• The Gophers finished with 442 yards of total offense, including 308 rushing yards. The ground game was powered by freshmen RBs Mar’Keise Irving (110 yards) and Ky Thomas (106 yards), who each compiled more than 100 yards rushing for the second straight week. Irving and Thomas are the first pair of Minnesota running backs to record back-to-back 100-yard games since Laurence Maroney and Gary Russell in 2005.

• Wisconsin earned its fourth straight win, and its third straight conference win, with a 27-7 victory over then-No. 9 Iowa. The victory marked Wisconsin’s second consecutive victory over an AP Top 25 team and their first against a top-10 team since they defeated No. 9 Minnesota on Nov. 30, 2019. The last time that Wisconsin defeated ranked opponents in back-to-back weeks was in 2017. 

• The Badgers rank No. 1 in the nation in total defense (214.6 ypg) and rushing defense (49.6 ypg). The Wisconsin run defense leads the No. 2-ranked run defense (Georgia, 75.6 ypg) by 26 yards per game. Wisconsin is surrendering just 7.5 points and 180.3 yards per game during their four-game win streak. After holding Purdue to -13 rushing yards in their Week 8 win over the Boilermakers, the Badgers limited the Hawkeyes to a season-low 24 yards rushing. 

• Purdue defeated Nebraska 28-23 to improve to 3-2 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers defense notched four interceptions, marking the second time in three games that Purdue has registered four interceptions. Junior LB/S Jalen Graham was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after snagging two interceptions, including a 45-yard pick-six. Graham became the second Purdue defender to record two interceptions in a game this season, joining junior safety Cam Allen. Graham is just the 12th Purdue defender to record a multi-interception game since 2000.

• Maryland topped Indiana, 38-35, and is now 5-3 on the season. Sophomore QB Taulia Tagovailoa threw for a career-high 419 yards and two touchdowns in the game, marking the first 400-yard passing performance by a Maryland quarterback since Danny O’Brien threw for 417 yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010. Tagovailoa’s 419 yards are the third-most in a single game in Maryland history, trailing only Scott Milanovich’s 498 vs. Virginia Tech and 451 vs. West Virginia in 1993.

• Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano earned his 75th win as head coach of the Scarlet Knights with a 20-14 victory at Illinois. Schiano needs just four wins to pass Frank Burns (78) for the most wins by a head coach in Rutgers history. The Scarlet Knights defense allowed just 10 total first downs, tying Rutgers’ program record in Big Ten play (also allowed 10 first downs vs. Illinois in 2016).

• Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season, while Maryland, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin need just one more win to become eligible. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.

• The Big Ten boasts five teams who rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Iowa (t-4th, 16.1 ppg), Penn State (t-8th, 17.0), Wisconsin (t-8th, 17.0). Michigan (t-10th, 17.1) and Purdue (t-10th, 17.1). The conference has two teams in the top 10 in terms of rushing defense (No. 1 Wisconsin at 49.6 ypg, and No. 8 Minnesota at 92.9 ypg) and four teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (3rd, 101.97), Penn State (6th, 103.56), Purdue (8th, 106.42) and Wisconsin (10th, 110.30).

• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa), Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (4th, 264 at Northwestern) and Illinois’ Chase Brown (5th, 257 vs. Charlotte). The Big Ten has three additional 200-plus yard rushing performances this season: Walker III’s 233 yards at Rutgers on Oct. 9, Brown’s 223 yards at Penn State on Oct. 23, and Northwestern’s Evan Hull’s 216 yards vs. Ohio on Sept. 25.

• Additional top-five single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (5th, 266.174 passing efficiency), Purdue’s David Bell (2nd, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (4th, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), Nebraska’s Luke Reimer (2nd, 19 tackles), and Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal (2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss).

• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.      

• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.

RIDDER BREAKS CINCINNATI TD RECORD, NO. 2 BEARCATS BEAT USF

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes to break the Cincinnati career record and ran for a score to help the No. 2 Bearcats beat South Florida 45-28 on Friday night.

Cincinnati (10-0, 6-0 American Athletic, No. 5 CFP), one of four unbeaten FBS teams, has started the season with 10 consecutive wins for just the second time in school history. The Bearcats also did it in 2009, when they got off to a 12-0 start.

“We know we’re still climbing and when you’re climbing a mound there’s going to be struggles, there’s going to be obstacles and we had some tonight,” Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. “I thought Desmond Ridder had a phenomenal night.”

Ridder broke the school record with this 79th touchdown pass, a 21-yard strike to Josh Whyle early in the third that made it 31-7. Gino Guidugli, now Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, had 78 scoring passes from 2001-04.

“Something special, man,” Guidugli said. “He’s earned that. It just makes it that much more special if your record is going to broken, I’m extremely happy for him. I love him like a son.”

Ridder completed 31 of 39 passes for 304 yards, and ran for 65 yards on 13 carries. He brought the record-breaking ball to his postgame media session.

“I told everyone in the locker room that this ball and this record wasn’t just me,” Ridder said.

The Bearcats played without running back Jerome Ford due to a leg injury that happened during last week against Tulsa. Ford has 888 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.

Jaren Mangham had two rushing TDs for South Florida (2-8, 1-5), which has lost 19 consecutive games against teams ranked in the top 20 since upsetting Notre Dame on the road in October 2011. He has 15 touchdowns on the ground this season, tied for second-most in USF history.

Freshman Timmy McClain completed 16 of 29 passes for 245 yards. His 80-yard hookup with Jimmy Horn Jr. got USF to 31-21 late in the third quarter, and he added a 2-yard TD run that the cut deficit to 38-28 with six minutes to play.

“We’re not a good enough team right now to kind of turn it and turn if off,” USF coach Jeff Scott said. “I’m proud of how this group continues to fight, continues to play, and eventually that’a going to payoff.”

Ridder had a 13-yard TD run, connected on a 1-yard scoring strike to Tre Tucker, and Alex Bales made a 27-yard field goal during the second quarter as the Bearcats took a 24-7 lead.

After turning the ball over on its first and fourth plays on offense, Cincinnati tied it at 7 when Ryan Montgomery scored on a 12-yard dash with 2:57 left in the first. He had a 55-yard TD run with just over a minute remaining and finished with 72 yards on six carries.

USF took a 7-0 lead midway through the opening quarter when Mangham had a 2-yard TD run.

Cincinnati limited USF to 39 first-half yards.

AAC COMMISH ‘VIGOROUSLY’ OPPOSED TO P5 PROTECTION IN CFP

(AP) — American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco said Friday he will “vigorously” oppose a College Football Playoff expansion model that “protects” Power Five leagues with automatic access for only their champions.

“I don’t want to see a system that would reward privilege for the sake of privilege,” Aresco said.

The CFP management committee, comprised of 10 Bowl Subdivision conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director, met last week in Dallas to again discuss growing the playoff from its current four-team field.

A 12-team model was proposed in the summer that would include six guaranteed spots for the highest-ranked FBS conference champions and six at-large selections, with no limit on the number of teams a conference can have in the field.

Aresco confirmed a Sports Illustrated report that an alternative model was discussed last week that provided automatic access only to the champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference, and only the highest-ranked champion from the so-called Group of Five conferences.

Aresco has been a vocal advocate of expansion while pushing back on the P5/G5 designation for years. He said the current CFP model doesn’t give teams from outside the Power Five a fair chance to make the field.

“This branding is very harmful to us,” Aresco said. “It’s as if we plat in a different division.”

A school from the Group of Five has never been close to making the final four in the eight-year history of the College Football Playoff.

Cincinnati from the American is currently ranked fifth in the CFP rankings, the best showing for a Group of Five team.

Aresco said guaranteeing access only for the wealthier Power Five leagues in a new playoff format keeps the “caste system” in place.

Expansion talks have slowed in recent months as some commissioners have expressed concerns about a 12-team model that was unveiled in June and suggested the group reconsider going to eight.

There are myriad obstacles to eight that would make it nearly impossible to gain the unanimous consensus needed for expansion to move forward. There was hope in the summer that the proposed 12-team model could be agreed upon and implemented by the 2024 season.

That could still be the case, but the clock is ticking. The next scheduled meeting with the management committee is Dec. 1 in Dallas. If the commissioners can at least get consensus on the number of teams in a new format, they can make a recommendation to the university presidents and chancellors who make up the oversight committee in early January.

Approval by the presidents would set a course for expansion before the current 12-year contract with ESPN runs out after the 2025 season. CFP executive director Bill Hancock has said if consensus cannot be reached by the end of the year, expansion will likely be tabled and the current format will remain in place until the end of the deal.

Aresco said he doubts there will be enough support for the so-called five-plus-one to to move forward. Not only does he expect the other G5 commissioners to oppose it, but also the P5 members of the four-man working group that came up with the 12-team model.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick and Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson spent two year crafting the model presented in the summer.

The group consider various ways to populate a 12-team field, including the five-plus-one that former Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott had publicly supported in the past.

Aresco said by not distinguishing between the conferences it forces teams to earn their way into the field.

“It’s not our job to protect them,” he said.

NO. 2 UCLA RALLIES TO BEAT NO. 4 VILLANOVA 86-77

LOS ANGELES (AP) Johnny Juzang scored 25 points and No. 2 UCLA overcame a 10-point, second-half deficit before taking control in overtime to beat fourth-ranked Villanova 86-77 on Friday night.

Jules Bernard banked in a jumper that tied it at 67 with 30 seconds to go to force overtime, when cheering, chanting fans in Pauley Pavilion remained on their feet until the final buzzer.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 21 points and 13 rebounds and Bernard finished with 16 points for UCLA (2-0).

Jermaine Samuels scored 20 points and Collin Gillespie scored 18 points to lead Villanova (1-1).

After getting to the line just seven times in regulation, the Bruins made all 12 of their free throws in the five-minute extra session, when they outscored the Wildcats 19-10.

Caleb Daniels missed two 3-pointer attempts and Gillespie missed a layup before Samuels hit a 3 in the closing seconds.

The Wildcats, the 2018 national champions, had their share of supporters under the 11 national championship banners.

Neither team gave an inch until midway through the second half.

Leading by one, the Wildcats outscored the Bruins 11-2 to take the game’s first double-digit lead, 60-50. Four different players scored in the spurt, with Eric Dixon’s three-point play getting it going. Samuels dunked and Justin Moore and Gillespie made consecutive 3-pointers.

Three times the Bruins got within two over the final four minutes – the last when Juzang made a pair of free throws to trail 67-65. Moore missed a layup with 0.2 seconds left that forced overtime.

The game was the earliest matchup by date between AP top-five teams at a campus site in the history of the poll that began in 1948-49, according to ESPN Stats & Info. It also was the first non-conference matchup between two top-five teams in Pauley Pavilion since March 1, 1992, when then-No. 4 UCLA lost to top-ranked Duke.

The Bruins were sloppy with the ball, committing 14 turnovers that the Wildcats turned into 19 points.

The Wildcats settled down after an early deficit and outscored the Bruins 24-15, including 10 straight points, to end the half. They took their first lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Gillespie, the first of three treys in a row during the spurt.

After committing four of their seven turnovers in the half, the Bruins recovered to close with a 3-pointer by Bernard and consecutive baskets by Juzang, the second going through the net at the buzzer, for a 32-30 lead.

The Bruins were without starting forward Cody Riley, who strained his left medial collateral ligament in a collision during the season opener Monday. He’ll be reevaluated next week. Rutgers graduate transfer Myles Johnson started in Riley’s place.

STEPHEN CURRY SCORES 40 POINTS AS WARRIORS BEAT BULLS 119-93

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry put on quite a show for his old college coach from Davidson.

The reigning NBA scoring champion piled up 40 points with nine 3-pointers, Draymond Green delivered another all-around effort and the Golden State Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-93 on Friday night for their seventh straight win.

“It’s special,” Curry said of performing for Davidson coach Bob McKillop, whose team plays San Francisco at Chase Center on Saturday. “The schedule gods worked out somewhat in terms of they got to come to the game. Obviously, we’re going to Charlotte tomorrow so I’ll miss the Davidson-USF game, but to have Coach in the building … it always gets me going reminding me of the journey to get here and all that went into making me the player and person I am now.”

Green added nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists after coming into the game questionable with a bruised left thigh he injured in Wednesday’s victory against the Timberwolves. Kevon Looney notched double-digit rebounds in back-to-back games for the third time in his career, grabbing 10 following a career-high 17 two nights earlier.

Golden State went 7-1 on its homestand and improved to 11-1 overall.

“We always used to have one of the best home-court advantages in the league and we want to establish that again,” Looney said. “We’ve got full capacity now and just want to give the crowd a good show.”

Andrew Wiggins added 15 points and seven rebounds and Jordan Poole had 14 points as Golden State wrapped up an eight-game homestand that matched a franchise record. The Warriors’ lone loss came in overtime to Memphis on Oct. 28.

“In general, the high point is establishing our home floor, that this is going to be a tough place to come win a game. And a lot of that is the way we’re playing, a lot of that is our fans, the energy in the building, there’s a really good vibe about the team, the fans feel it,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Great way to start the year but now we’ve got to go out on the road and it’s going to get a lot tougher. We obviously are very happy to be where we are.”

Curry crossed over and blew right by Lonzo Ball for a short jumper in the second quarter and shot 15 for 24 in his 52nd career 40-point game. He is now the NBA’s career leader for 3-pointers in both regular season and playoffs with 3,366, passing Ray Allen (3,358).

Zach LaVine scored 23 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 to lead the Bulls, who missed star Nikola Vucevic during his absence with COVID-19.

“So it’s snowing in Chicago on November 12th, interesting,” the veteran center posted on Twitter from home.

“It’s really our first adversity and that’s where adversity builds a lot of character,” DeRozan said.

Golden State beat the Bulls for the ninth straight time and seventh in a row at home.

“We played the best team in the NBA,” DeRozan said.

BOOKER, PAUL, CROWDER HELP SUNS DOMINATE GRIZZLIES, 119-94

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Devin Booker and Jae Crowder scored 17 points each, Chris Paul added 15 points and 12 assists as the Phoenix Suns dominated the Memphis Grizzlies 119-94 on Friday night for their seventh straight victory.

Mikal Bridges had 13 points as the defending Western Conference champion Suns controlled the game throughout, never trailing. Phoenix held a double-digit lead from the late stages of the first quarter through the end of the game.

“I think our defense was very, very, very good tonight,” Crowder said. “It was no coincidence we were able to get out to a good lead.”

Crowder said the key was to make the Grizzlies face multiple defenders.

“Show a crowd,” he said. “Make these guys play in a crowd, and I think we did a good job of that.”

Ja Morant led Memphis with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 19 points. The Grizzlies shot 38%, making only 7 of 33 3-point attempts.

But the defensive effort was as much a concern as the poor shooting.

“We need to get back to enjoying playing defense and flying around for 48 minutes,” said forward Desmond Bane, who had eight rebounds to go with nine points. “I feel like our defense has let us down in the games we lose.”

Phoenix’s defense contributed to a poor shooting first half for Memphis. The Grizzlies managed only 37% shooting in the half, and Memphis was 3 of 12 from outside the arc. Nine turnovers only made matters worse for the Grizzlies.

That trend continued in the second half.

“Defensively, to hold a team to 23 points or less in a quarter, that’s hard to do in the NBA,” Suns coach Monty Williams said, noting his team gave up 30 points when reserves played most of the fourth quarter. “I thought our intensity was in a really good place.”

Meanwhile, Phoenix was shooting better than 50% for most of the first half as Paul scored 13 points and missed only one of his seven shots to help the Suns to a 19-point halftime lead. The lead reached 38 in the third.

“We’ve got two versions of the Grizzlies,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “The six wins, we’ve played disciplined basketball. We made shots. We do what we need to do defensively.

“And then the ones where we’ve gotten smacked, our defense hasn’t been disciplined, and we’ve missed a lot of shots.”

REPORT: NBA, UNION RECOMMEND VACCINE BOOSTER DOSE FOR PLAYERS, COACHES

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are suggesting that all players, coaches, and any other Tier 1 employees receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine “as soon as possible,” sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The league reportedly made the recommendation due to an increase in COVID-19 case counts.

Several players have entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols in recent weeks. The Philadelphia 76ers alone reportedly had four players, including Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris, in protocols recently. Harris has since been cleared and played Thursday against the Toronto Raptors.

Other names sidelined this week due to COVID-19 protocols include Cleveland Cavaliers forwards Kevin Love and Lauri Markkanen, San Antonio Spurs forward Jakob Poeltl, and Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that any adults in the U.S. who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive a booster shot at least two months after their initial vaccination.

The league agreed to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations this season for all of its referees and any other personnel that interact with players in person, including team coaching and medical staffs and front-office members. The NBA also sought to reach an agreement on a league-wide vaccine mandate for its players, but the NBPA rejected the proposal.

BLAZERS PRESIDENT CHRIS MCGOWAN STEPS DOWN AFTER 9 YEARS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Trail Blazers President and Chief Executive Officer Chris McGowan has decided to step down after nine years in the position.

Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President Dewayne Hankins will take over as the team’s new president of business operations.

McGowan’s resignation is effective on Nov. 26. He released a statement thanking the Blazers organization and its fans.

“It has been a pleasure serving our passionate fans and team partners, and I wish nothing but continued success to everyone in Rip City,” he said.

McGowan also serves as chief executive officer of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment. Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. is the privately held company founded by the late Paul Allen.

McGowan’s resignation comes amid an outside investigation into workplace concerns surrounding the organization.

Both The Athletic and Yahoo Sports have reported the probe stemmed from allegations of workplace misconduct involving Neil Olshey, the team’s president of basketball operations and general manager for the organization.

The Blazers confirmed the investigation in a statement Saturday. It did not name Olshey.

“The Portland Trail Blazers organization was recently notified of concerns around workplace environment by non-player personnel at the practice facility. In response, we immediately engaged O’Melveny & Myers, an outside firm with significant expertise in this area, to conduct a full, fair and independent review into these concerns and will take appropriate action based on its outcome,” the statement said.

Olshey has been general manager of the Blazers since 2012.

REPORT: SEAGER, SEMIEN, OTHER BIG NAMES LIKELY TO SIGN BEFORE LOCKOUT

This Major League Baseball offseason might see some big-name free agents land jobs early in the proceedings for once.

Corey Seager and Marcus Semien are increasingly likely to sign before the current collective bargaining agreement expires on Dec. 1 and causes a lockout, executives told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays both tendered one-year, $18.4-million qualifying offers to Seager and Semien, respectively. The pair is expected to reject those deals before the Nov. 17 deadline.

While Seager and Semien are both Scott Boras clients and were the only players specifically mentioned, Passan also notes that high-profile names from the starting pitcher market not under Boras’ representation could also get pre-lockout deals.

That list could include Robbie Ray, Clayton Kershaw, Kevin Gausman, or Marcus Stroman, who aren’t Boras clients, but also Max Scherzer or Carlos Rodon, who are.

MLB and the MLBPA originally ratified the current CBA ahead of the 2017 season, and it’ll expire in less than three weeks. Unlike many other leagues, the agreement guarantees no hard cap on payrolls or individual salaries, which could incentivize some players to get their free-agent deals done under the old rules. However, in recent years, the penalties for exceeding the luxury tax have grown more punitive, resulting in many teams refusing to go over the thresholds.

On Thursday, a report emerged stating MLB had proposed a WAR-based algorithm to decide salary as opposed to the current arbitration system, which many see as archaic. A player agent reportedly said the MLBPA would never accept the model.

OVECHKIN SCORES 742ND IN CAPITALS’ 4-3 WIN OVER BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Alex Ovechkin got his 742nd career goal, Conor Sheary scored with 1:22 left and the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Friday night.

Garnet Hathaway scored twice to help Washington get its third straight win. Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 shots for his first win since Oct. 29.

“You got to like the perseverance, playing and traveling last night, and guys stepping up and getting it done in the third period, and winning in regulation,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said.

Sean Kuraly had two goals for Columbus, and Gustav Nyquist also scored. Joonas Korpisalo had 24 saves.

Ovechkin’s laser shot from the right circle at 10:19 of the first period tied the score 1-1 with his league-leading 12th goal of the season. Ovechkin broke a tie with Bobby Hull for fourth on the NHL’s all-time goals.

“It’s means a lot,” Ovechkin said. “When you start playing hockey, and you came to the NHL, you never thought you’d be in that position with those names. It’s a special moment for me, my parents, my brother, my wife, kids.”

Hathaway gave Washington a 2-1 lead 24 seconds into the second period off a pass from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby. He got his second second of the night and second of the season on a breakaway at 7:23.

“The first three goals, we turned the puck over three times,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “When you force plays against a dangerous team, they make you pay, and they did–three times.”

Kuraly pulled the Blue Jackets within one with his second of the night at 8:11, over a sprawling Martin Fehervary. Jakub Voracek’s assist was his team-leading 11th of the season and extended his assist streak to four games.

Nyquist tied the score 22 seconds later with his second of the season and first since opening night. Assists from Oliver Bjorkstrand and Boone Jenner extended their point streaks to four games each.

Kuraly got Columbus on the scoreboard with his first with the Blue Jackets, burying a bouncing rebound from Alexandre Texier 2:33 into the game.

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NFL PREVIEW: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 25-15

STREAKS: Jaguars have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Jaguars 14 at Colts 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Jaguars 27, Colts 20

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 118 yards & 0 INTs last week. Has 774 pass yards (258 per game) in 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 270+ pass yards. Ranks 2nd among rookies in completions (176), pass yards (1,851) & TD passes (8). • RB JAMES ROBINSON has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 of his past 5. Had 90 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 28 rec.) in only career game vs. Ind. (9/13/20). Has 663 scrimmage yards (94.7 per game) in 7 career games vs. division. RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for season-high 67 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 67 yards in his last game vs. Ind. (11/21/19 w/ Hou.). • WR MARVIN JONES has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Ind. (11/1/20 w/ Det.) & has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Has 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 6 catches for 68 yards & career-high 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rec. TD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 50+ rec. yards. TE DAN ARNOLD aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN led team with season-high 8 tackles & had sack & 1st-career INT & FR last week, 1st player in 2021 with sack, INT & FR in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT TAVEN BRYAN had career-high 2 sacks in Week 9. S RUDY FORD had 1st-career INT last week.

QB CARSON WENTZ completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 pct.) for 272 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 134.3 rating last week, his 6th game with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs this season, tiedmost in NFL (AARON RODGERS). Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 7th in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 286 yards & 3 TDs for 119.6 rating in only career start vs. Jax. (10/28/18 w/ Phi.). Aims for his 6th start in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had season-high 200 scrimmage yards (172 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TDs last week, his 2nd-career 200-yard game. Can become 4th player in SB era with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 7 straight games. Rushed for career-high 253 yards & had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Leads NFL with 1,114 scrimmage yards & ranks 2nd with 821 rush yards this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had season-high 108 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 34 rec.) & rush TD last week, his 2nd-career 100-yard game. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR T.Y. HILTON had TD catch in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. Jax. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with 5 catches for 64 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards & TD catch. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 7 tackles & 4th FF of season last week, tied-most in NFL. Has FF in 3 of past 4. Had 10 tackles, 2 PD & FF in last meeting. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 11 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. DT TAYLOR STALLWORTH had 1st 2 sacks of season last week.

  1. The Colts have won three straight and seven of its last eight at home against the Jaguars. The one loss happened in Week 7 of 2017 when the Jags won, 27-0. That is the only time in the last 25 years that Indianapolis has been shut out at home.
  2. Jacksonville beat the Bills, 9-6, for its second win of the season. It was the first time since the beginning of last season that a team was held under 10 points in a game and still won. Teams are now 1-59 in the last two seasons when scoring single digits.
  3. Josh Allen intercepted a pass for the first time in his career and had a career-high eight tackles against the Bills. Allen, who also sacked Bills QB Josh Allen, became the sixth Jaguar ever to have 8+ tackles, an interception and a sack in the same game.
  4. The Colts have scored 30+ points in four consecutive games for the first time since the 2010 season. The last time Indianapolis had such a streak in a single season without Peyton Manning as its QB was 1965.
  5. Jonathan Taylor has rushed for touchdowns in six straight games, which is tied for the fourth-longest such streak in team history. The last time a Colt had a longer streak is 1980 when Curtis Dickey rushed for a TD in seven consecutive games.
  6. Against the Jets, Indianapolis had 250+ yards both rushing and passing plus three touchdowns both rushing and passing. The last time the Colts had accomplished that in a game was Week 9 in 1956 against the Rams.

Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich sees Jacksonville’s progression on tape.

There’s Josh Allen emerging as a consistent, menacing defensive playmaker. There’s rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence starting to settle into his new gig and an offense set up for balance.

The result: Jacksonville snapped a 20-game losing streak against Miami and heads to Indianapolis on Sunday with two wins in three games. It’s not just Reich noticing the change, either.

“I think they have a really talented, high-energy defensive line and they like to get after it,” Colts quarterback Carson Wentz said. “They fly around. They don’t do a ton, but they mix it up enough and you can tell their defensive line kind of spearheads what they do.”

At first glance, the game looks like it should be a mismatch.

The Colts (4-5) have won three of their last four, had a long weekend after blowing out the New York Jets and can put themselves firmly back in the playoff picture by reaching .500 for the first time this season.

And against a young team with an 0-3 road record and seven straight losses against division foes, the scales appear to be tipped heavily toward Indy.

The Colts know better. In 2020, Indy lost its season opener in Jacksonville – and the Jags didn’t win another game.

“Everybody knows we respect this team,” Reich said. “We’ve had good battles with this team in the time that we’ve been here, so a lot of respect for them coming in.”

This time, though, they have a different look with Lawrence, the top overall pick in April’s draft, behind center and first-year coach Urban Meyer calling the shots.

Last weekend against Buffalo, the Jags defense gave up only two field goals against the 2020 AFC runner-up and pulled off a 9-6 victory. This week, Meyer knows, will prove every bit as challenging against some key players the coach knows well.

He won all three Big Ten matchups against Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, was on site when Indy receiver Michael Pittman Jr. caught 10 passes for 232 yards at Utah in 2019, and Meyer knows all about Wentz because of a friendship with former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson.

So even with momentum and renewed hope, Meyer understands the type of challenge his team faces in taking its next big step.

“You can’t just sit in one (scheme), those guys will pick you apart,” Meyer said. “Do I like the matchup? I wish we weren’t playing Taylor and the other guy (Nyheim Hines). That’s strength against strength.”

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

The Jaguars have lost 12 consecutive road games, the NFL’s longest active streak. Their last true road win was a 20-16 victory over the Raiders 20-16 on Dec. 15, 2019 – their final game in Oakland.

And this week, they visit a locale where they’ve lost seven of eight.

“You know it’s going to be loud,” Lawrence said. “This a game of emotions, but you can’t get emotional along the way. There’s going to be ups and downs, especially when you’re playing on the road. If they get a little momentum, they might make a few plays and they might take the lead and they might whatever. You have to keep playing.”

ON CALL

Wentz has kept his cell phone close to him all week with his pregnant wife’s due date approaching. The couple already has one daughter and a second could come at any moment, so he has been preparing to sprint into action – unless the call from Madison Wentz comes Sunday morning.

“We’re excited, we’re excited as a family,” he said. “If it comes down to the game, I told my wife I’m playing and then I’ll see you at the hospital afterward. She knew that. She’s been great.”

THIRD-DOWN WOES

Jacksonville has the worst percentage of third-down conversions when needing 5 or more yards, just eight of 55 for 14%. What’s the fix?

“Complete execution of the quarterback,” Meyer said. “It’s more than that, but the execution of the quarterback and wide receivers (is key). The combination of dropped balls and just misses, we have to hit those.”

PEANUT PUNCH

Two-time All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard has perfected the NFL’s equivalent of a knockout punch. Reich thinks he’s the best in the league at forcing fumbles – maybe the best since Charles “Peanut” Tillman of Chicago.

The numbers illustrate how productive Leonard has been. With four forced fumbles this season, he’s tied for the league lead. And since 2018, only two players – T.J. Watt (19) and Khalil Mack (14) – are ahead of Leonard (13).

“It’s like every game he has a turnover, he’s punching the ball out, that`s what he does,” 2020 All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: INDIANA BREEZES TO 85-49 VICTORY OVER NORTHERN ILLINOIS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 19 points and blocked seven shots and Race Thompson finished with a double-double as Indiana rolled to a 85-49 victory over Northern Illinois in nonconference play on Friday night.

Mike Woodson, a standout guard for Indiana under Bob Knight from 1976-80, is now 2-0 in his first season as the Hoosiers’ coach. Woodson, an Indiana native, is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of a season since Lou Watson in 1965.

Jackson-Davis, a first-team Preseason All-American and the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten Conference, hit 6 of 9 shots from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds. Thompson added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Pitt transfer Xavier Johnson pitched in with 13 points, three assists and two steals.

Keshawn Williams topped the Huskies with 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor. He hit 9 of 11 free throws and had a team-high five rebounds.

NIU coach Rashon Bruno is 1-1 in his first season with the Huskies. Bruno spent the previous six seasons as an associate head coach at Arizona State.

The teams played for the first time since 1972 – a game the Huskies won 85-71. Indiana leads the all-time series 4-1.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: IVEY, EDEY HELP NO. 7 PURDUE STEAMROLL INDIANA STATE 92-67

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Jaden Ivey and Zach Edey delivered a two-punch combination Friday night.

It was a knockout for No. 7 Purdue.

The two sophomore stars each posted career-high point totals – Ivey with 27, Edey with 22 – and led the Boilermakers to a 92-67 rout of Indiana State.

“When you’re that big and have that kind of cargo, he’s hard to deal with,” coach Matt Painter said of Edey. “Jaden is someone who has to pick his spots and he did a much better job today of picking his spots.”

They weren’t just scoring, either.

Ivey had eight rebounds and four assists as the Boilermakers posted their first 2-0 start in three years. Edey added 10 rebounds and three blocks, one short of matching career highs in both categories.

Purdue dominated the middle all night – even with preseason All-American Trevion Williams coming off the bench.

Indiana State never had an answer to slow down the Boilermakers.

“They’re elite on both ends of the floor, have incredible size and great talent,” coach Josh Schertz said. “All the hype is legit and they have a chance to be the last team standing. We had to play a perfect game to have a chance tonight and we were far from that.”

Cooper Neese led the Sycamores with 15 points and Cameron Henry had 10 for Indiana State (1-1).

Schertz knew his team was in trouble early in the first half.

A 23-5 run gave the Boilermakers a 27-12 lead less than nine minutes into the game. Edey then scored nine points during a 16-0 spurt that made it 42-19.

Purdue sealed it by extending a 21-point halftime cushion to as much as 30. The Boilermakers won their fifth in a row in the series.

“Both of them are really good players and it’s just a matter of getting their productivity to match their talent level,” Painter said.

BIG PICTURE

Indiana State: The Sycamores had a promising start in their season opener and looked solid in the early minutes Friday. But with eight new players on the roster, they were overmatched against a stronger opponent. Give Schertz time to see what he can do with this team.

Purdue: The Boilermakers looked every bit like the Big Ten title contender and possible Final Four team people expected before the season began. Through two games, they have done nothing to disappoint, and after making 16 3-pointers Tuesday, an opening-night school record, Purdue relied heavily on its big men Friday.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Purdue: Painter’s team has been impressive in two straight blowout wins, so it won’t be sliding down. The question is whether the Boilermakers will move up a spot or two.

STAT PACK

Indiana State: Neese also had six rebounds. … Micah Thomas had nine points and five assists. … The Sycamores were outrebounded 42-31 and were 6 of 26 on 3-pointers. … Indiana State is 14-47 against ranked teams since 1977 and hasn’t beaten Purdue since 2006. … Schertz announced earlier this week that all-conference guard Tyreke Key has had season-ending shoulder surgery.

Purdue: Freshman Caleb Furst had 12 points and eight rebounds while Williams finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. … After making an opening-night school record 16 3s, the Boilermakers were 8 of 20 behind the arc. … Purdue won has won 104 straight games when scoring 90 or more points since its last loss in November 1987. … The Boilermakers are 18-2 against in-state schools since 2016-17 with the losses coming to Notre Dame in 2018 and Butler in 2019. … Purdue has had 26 consecutive home sellouts, excluding games where the crowd was limited by COVID-19.

UP NEXT

Indiana State: Opens its home season in a renovated facility on Sunday against Hanover.

Purdue: Completes a three-game homestand Tuesday against Wright State.

**Purdue improved to 2-0 with a 92-67 win over Indiana State. The Boilermakers are 2-0 for the first time since the 2018-19 season (made the Elite Eight that season).

The Boilermakers are now 31-4 all-time against Indiana State, having won five straight games. The 25-point margin was the largest over the Sycamores since a 92-63 win in Dec. 1992.

Mackey Arena was sold out for the 26th straight time.

Purdue has scored 90 points in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 21 – 30, 2017.

Purdue has won 12 straight games when ranked No. 7 in the country and is now 19-5 as the nation’s No. 7-ranked team.

Purdue has won 104 straight games when scoring 90 or more points.

Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue is now 18-2 against in-state opponents.

Purdue improved to 52-3 at home in the month of November under Matt Painter.

Jaden Ivey recorded career highs in points (27) and rebounds (8), while going 10-of-13 from the field. He added four assists and two steals.

Zach Edey recorded his second career double-double with a career-high 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots, while going 8-of-9 from the field.

Ivey and Edey combined for 49 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists while going 18-of-22 from the field and 11-of-14 from the free throw line.

Through two games, Edey is 12-of-14 from the field and 14-of-17 from the free throw line for 38 points and 19 rebounds in 40 minutes of action.

Caleb Furst recorded his first career double-figure scoring game with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Trevion Williams contributed 11 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three assists in 20 minutes.

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. RUTGERS

(IU RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program returns home for two straight games, starting with a Saturday (November 13) tilt against Rutgers inside Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers (2-7, 0-6 B1G) take on the Scarlet Knights (4-5, 1-5 B1G) at Noon on the Big Ten Network.

INDIANA (2-7, 0-6 Big Ten) at Rutgers (4-5, 1-5 Big Ten)

Memorial Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 13 | Noon ET

TV: Big Ten Network  |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting The Scene

• Indiana (2-7, 0-6 B1G East) opens a two-game homestand against Rutgers (4-5, 1-5 B1G East) on Saturday, Nov. 13. Kickoff is set for noon ET at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on BTN.

• The Hoosiers are 5-2 overall against the Scarlet Knights and 2-1 in Bloomington.

• IU has won the last five games in the series: on Nov. 5, 2016 (33-27, A), on Nov. 18, 2017 (41-0, H), on Sept.

29, 2018 (24-17, A), on Oct. 12, 2019 (35-0, H), and on Oct. 31, 2020 (37-21, A).

• Indiana has faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 39-7.

• Linebacker Micah McFadden leads the Big Ten and shares third nationally with 15 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 14-straight games.

• Peyton Hendershot is the Hoosiers tight ends receptions (128) and yardage (1,417) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.

• Saturday is IU’s “Salute to Service” in conjunction with Veterans Day.

The Coaches

• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-29 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15)

• Greg Schiano is 7-11 in his second stint as Rutgers head coach. He posted a 68-67 record with the Scarlet Knights from 2001-11 before taking over as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach from 2012-13.

News & Notes

• The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains.

• Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.

• The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).

• IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).

• Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.

• Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: HOOSIERS TUMBLE AT NO. 25 ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Indiana Volleyball (9-18, 3-12 Big Ten) dropped its road match to No. 25 Illinois (17-9, 9-6 Big Ten) on Friday night by a score of 3-0 (11-25, 18-25, 17-25).

KEY MOMENTS

• The Hoosiers took a 2-0 lead from an Illinois error followed by a kill from Kaley Rammelsberg to open the first set.

• Letting Illinois take lead, Mady Saris pulled the Hoosiers back within two and were down 8-6. Breana Edwards and Rammelsberg went on to collect kills, but the Illini stayed hot as Indiana dropped the first set, 25-11.

• Morgan Geddes opened the second set of action with back-to-back kills before Edwards found the back corner and Brooke Westbeld served up an ace.

• Down by two, Geddes secured a pair of kills, but Illinois scored two points and the Hoosiers needed a timeout.

• The Illini used a 6-0 run to take a 20-12 lead late in the second frame. Indiana tried to mount a comeback with kills from Edwards, Savannah Kjolhede, Kari Zumach, and Rammelsberg but it fell short as they lost in the second set, 25-18.

• Geddes and Edwards recorded the first two Indiana kills of the third set, but Illinois jumped out to a 10-3 lead early.

• The Hoosiers got it within three as Edwards founds the gap and the score read 13-10.

• The Illini went on an 8-0 run to take the 20-10 advantage before a kill by Edwards put the run to a halt. Savannah Kjolhede and Zumach tried to help Indiana come within reach, but Indiana fell short, 25-17.

NOTABLES

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the Indiana attack with nine kills while also tacking on a block.

• Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes posted five kills.

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede saw a team-high three blocks. On offense, she tallied two kills.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers return home on Sunday, November 14 when they host No. 11 Nebraska. The match is slated for a 2 p.m. start inside Wilkinson Hall.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: NO. 19 PURDUE PRIMED FOR TRIP TO NO. 4 OHIO STATE

WEST LAFAYETTE – Newly-ranked Purdue Football (6-3, 4-2) has won back-to-back Big Ten Conference games and will ride the momentum of its outstanding victory over No. 5-ranked Michigan State into its game at No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 13. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s 19th-ranked Boilermakers kick off against the Buckeyes at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC, looking for a possible fifth league win for the first time since 2018 and just the fifth time since the 2000 season.

With its sixth win, Purdue is bowl eligible for first time since 2018 and the third time of the Brohm era. The Boilermakers are also hunting for a possible fourth away game victory. To find the last Purdue team to win four road games, one must dig back in the record book to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1960

• Purdue has beaten two AP Top-5 teams for the first time since 1960, when it beat No. 3 Ohio State and No. 1 Minnesota.

• Former head coach Jack Mollenkopf’s Boilers defeated the Buckeyes by a score of 24-21 (Oct. 15, 1960) and went on the road to top the top-ranked Gophers, 23-14 (Nov. 12, 1960).

LINE THEM UP, KNOCK THEM DOWN

• The last season Purdue beat two or more Top-25 teams in a season was 2018, with three, and the last time Purdue upended two top-10 teams was in 1984 (No. 8 Notre Dame, 23-21 and No. 2 Ohio State 28-23).

• Purdue has 17 wins against AP Top-5 foes as an unranked team, which is the most in the country by six, ahead of Illinois and USC’s 11 and Michigan State’s 10.

PURDUE – OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY

• Purdue has not faced Ohio State since 2018, and Boilermaker fans everywhere remember that game. And probably Buckeyes fans, too. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s team, unranked, dispatched the No. 2-ranked visitors by a score of 49-20 (Oct. 20, 2018).

• Purdue trails in the all-time series vs. Ohio State, 15-40-2, but has carved out a more successful stretch as of late, winning three of the last six matchups since 2009.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE BUCKEYES

• In case you missed it, the Boilermakers are looking for a second-straight win against the Buckeyes, with the post-game scenes of that eventful and emotional night on Oct. 20, 2018, still resonating in West Lafayette.

• The late Tyler Trent was in attendance, cheering on his favorite team to victory, a 49-20 win. The game has become an iconic moment in Purdue history and amongst the legendary stories of college football, as a whole.

• Former QB David Blough passed for 378 yards and three touchdowns, while former RB and current graduate assistant D.J. Knox rumbled for 128 rushing yards and three scores of his own. • Currently starring for the Arizona Cardinals in his rookie NFL season, then-freshman WR Rondale Moore electrified Ross-Ade Stadium with 12 catches for 170 receiving yards and two scores.

• In his second season with the Cincinnati Bengals, former LB Markus Bailey had 15 tackles and a remarkable 41-yard interception return for touchdown late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

A WHOLE NEW (CFP) ERA

• Purdue Football has entered the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 19, it was announced on ESPN on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The ranking is the first-ever in the CFP era for the Boilermakers.

• Head coach Jeff Brohm’s squad (6-3, 4-2) earned an Associated Press Top 25 ranking earlier this season after the upset win over No. 2-ranked Iowa (Oct. 16) to improve to 4-2 (2-1). Following the Boilermakers’ latest big win over No. 3-ranked Michigan State (Nov. 6), Purdue has ascended into the latest set of CFP rankings.

DEFENSE IS TRENDING UP

• The Boilermakers have at least two takeaways in four consecutive games and 12 in the last four games after recording a total of two in the first five games.

• Purdue also stands out as one of just 16 teams nationally to have recorded both a fumble return and interception return for touchdown this season. For Purdue, both types of defensive scores had not occurred since 2011, per Sports-Reference.com.

RING THE BELL

• If you hadn’t heard of junior WR David Bell before the Iowa game (Oct. 16) or the Michigan State game (Nov. 6), now you have. The junior from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) torched the No. 2 Hawkeyes for 240 receiving yards (11 catches), the second-highest yardage total in team history, behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 vs. Michigan State (October 16, 1999).

• Bell led the team with 217 receiving yards on 11 catches with a TD in the victory over No. 5/3 Michigan State (Nov. 6), with those 217 receiving yards standing as the fifth-most in school history.

• With the Iowa and MSU efforts, Bell is the second player in program history with multiple 200-plus-yard receiving games, along with Brian Alford (215 and 209, both in 2017).

• Bell has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 15 of his 26 career games at Purdue. When Bell passed the 100-yard mark vs. the Spartans, he broke the school record with his 15th career 100-yard game.

• Also within the Iowa game was a season-long 60-yard snag for Bell, which is the longest play from scrimmage for the Boilermakers in 2021. His longest is an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5).

• Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11).

• Bell missed the Illinois (Sept. 25) game due to being in concussion protocol after the Notre Dame (Sept. 18) game.

• The Boilermaker star ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game (125.4), and first in the Big Ten Conference.

• For his career, Bell is averaging an FBS-leading 102.4 receiving yards per game. His 7.8 receptions per game is currently the 2nd-most for an active NCAA career.

• The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04).

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: NO. 9 VOLLEYBALL COMPLETES SEASON SWEEP OF NO. 4 WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. – The No. 9 Purdue volleyball team completed a season sweep over the No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers with a 3-1 score (25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21) inside UW Field House.

The win marked the first 2-0 season-sweep of Wisconsin since 2008 and the first road victory in the series. Meanwhile, it was the first win in Madison since Nov. 25, 2011.

Purdue held the Big Ten leader in hitting efficiency (.479%) to a .128 attack %, the lowest for the Badgers since October 10, 2018. Additionally, Purdue which ranks No. 2 in the nation in blocks per set, out-blocked the Badgers 14.5 to 9.0.

The Boilermakers were led by Caitlyn Newton’s 19 kills and Hayley Bush’s 47 assists.

Marissa Hornung led the team with 18 digs, meanwhile Jena Otec posted 17.

Senior Jael Johnson posted two block solos and six assisted stuffs to lead teh team. Meanwhile, Newton tied a career-high six block assists in the match. Coming off the bench, sophomore middle blocker Taylor Trammell posted a key two kills and three block assists in the third set.

Purdue will be back in action on Sunday for another top-10 matchup on the road. The Boilermakers are slated to take on No. 8 Minnesota at 4:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL NOTES VS. VIRGINIA

THE SERIES                                                          

Notre Dame leads, 3-0   Last meeting: Notre Dame 35, Virginia 20 (09.28.2019)   

                IRISH VS. CAVALIERS – BY THE NUMBERS

6              Virginia is the sixth opponent the Irish have faced this season coming off of their bye week. The Irish are 4-1 in those games this season.

8              The Irish have won eight-straight road games after the 32-29 win over Virginia Tech.

9.0          Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for seventh in the NCAA with 9.0 sacks on the season. It is the most sacks since Stephon Tuitt had 12.0 sacks during the 2012 season.

10           Notre Dame has won 10-straight ACC road games dating back to the 2017 season.

12           Notre Dame is currently tied for eighth nationally with 12 interceptions. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the season.

13           The Irish have won 13-out-of-14 games against opponents coming off a bye since the start of the 2017 season after the win over North Carolina.

17           The Irish have totaled 17 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for 17th nationally.

22           The Irish have won 22-straight games against ACC opponents during the regular season, a streak that dates back to the 2016 season. 16 of those wins have come by 10 points or more.

26           26 of tight end Michael Mayer’s team-leading 45 receptions this season have resulted in a first down for the Irish.

33           Notre Dame has won 33-straight games when allowing less than 20 points dating back to 2016.

39           The Irish have won 39-consecutive games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active streak in the FBS.

40           Notre Dame has won 40-straight games when it has scored 30 or more points after the 34-6 win over Navy. The Irish are 73-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 30 or more points.

57           Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 57 career games, which continues to set the all-time program record. Following the Purdue game, he surpassed Daelin Hayes, Drue Tranquill, Romeo Okwara and Matthias Farley who held the previous record of 52 career games.

CAN’T CONTAIN KYREN

Running back Kyren Williams continued his strong play in the 34-6 win over Navy. He led the team with 95 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, seven receptions  and 176 all-purpose yards.

It was his third-straight game and fourth time this season he has totaled 150 all-purpose yards or more.

It is the second time in the last three games he has recorded multiple rushing touchdowns.

Over his last four games, Williams is just one of five running backs in the FBS with 800 or more rushing yards and 30 or more catches.

He has recorded at least one touchdown in each of his last five games.

Williams moved up in the Notre Dame record book following his season-high seven receptions against Navy. He now sits sixth all-time for career receptions by a running back (70) and seventh all-time for most receptions in a single season by a running back.

In the win over North Carolina, he finished the game with career-highs in rushing yards (199) and all-purpose yards (261).

Williams also tallied a career-long 91-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tar Heels. It tied for the fifth longest rush in Notre Dame history and was the longest rush by an Irish player since Chris Tyree went 94-yards to the house against Syracuse in 2020.

It marked the most rushing yards by an Irish player since Dexter Williams had 202 against Florida State in 2018.

Williams’ 261 all-purpose yards against North Carolina were the third most by any player in FBS during week nine.

It marked the most all-purpose yards by an Irish player since Golden Tate totaled 275 (244 receiving, 31 rushing) against Washington in 2009.

Williams had a career-long 47 yard punt return in the first quarter against the Tar Heels.

Williams rushed for over 100 yards in consecutive games for the first time this season and the third time in his career.

In the win over Southern Cal, Williams had his first 100-yard game of the season, as he finished with 138 yards rushing on the night.

Williams finished the game against the Trojans with two rushing touchdowns for the first time in 2021 and the sixth time in his career.

He tallied 180 all-purpose yards (138 rushing, 42 receiving) in the win over Southern Cal, the second highest total this season and fourth highest of his career.

The 180 all-purpose yards were the 10th most in the FBS during week eight and he was just one of three players in the top-10 that week who faced a power 5 opponent.

Williams leads the team with 1,242 all-purpose yards and 802 rushing yards, and he is second on the team in receptions with 34.

He ranks 14th in the country with 138 all-purpose yards per game and 33rd in rushing yards for the season. He is also tied for 20th in the nation in total touchdowns with 12.

IRISH SINK MIDSHIPMEN

The Irish defense was on full display in the 34-6 home win over Navy on Nov. 6. It was the lowest point total the Irish have given up this season.

Notre Dame limited Navy to 184 yards of total offense, the fewest since allowing 162 yards to Pittsburgh in 2020.

The 184 total yards for the Midshipmen were the fewest in a game against Notre Dame since 1994 when they totaled 182 yards.

The defense allowed just 18 passing yards, the third fewest of any opponent since 1996 (Army 12-1998, Army  13-2016).

The win extended Notre Dame’s win-streak to 39 games over unranked opponents, the longest active streak in the FBS.

The Irish also won their 40th-straight game when scoring 30 or more points. They have scored at least 30 points in each of their last four games.

Notre Dame won its 33rd-consecutive game when allowing less than 20 points.

The Irish are a perfect 21-0 under head coach Brian Kelly when limiting opponents to fewer than 10 points.

Notre Dame improved to 8-1 with the win, it is the 11th season under Kelly that the Irish have won at least eight games.

Wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. set a career high with 139 yards receiving and tied a career high with six receptions. It is the most receiving yards in a game by an Irish player since Chase Claypool had 146 yards against Iowa State in 2019.

Austin Jr. also set a career long with a 70-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

Defensive tackle Kurt Hinish tallied a career high 10 tackles  and tied a career-high with 2.0 tackles-for-loss.

The Irish defense recorded a safety for the first time since 2017 against North Carolina.

FREAKY FOSKEY

Isaiah Foskey has been the most consistent member of the Irish defensive line this season as he leads the team in sacks (9.0) and tackles-for-loss (10.5).

He has 9.0 sacks on the year, a number that ranks tied for seventh in the country.

He has recorded at least one sack in seven of the nine games this season and at least one tackle-for-loss in eight of the games.

His 9.0 sacks are the most by an Irish player since Stephon Tuitt had 12.0 during the 2012 season.

The mark ranks tied with Renaldo Wynn for sixth all-time at Notre Dame for most sacks in a single season.

BE LIKE MIKE

Tight end Michael Mayer is one of the best tight ends in the country, as he ranks in the top-five among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards per game. He ranks fourth in receptions with 45 and fifth in receiving yards per game with 61.6.

For the season, 26 of his 45 receptions have resulted in a first down for the Irish.

Mayer moved up in the Notre Dame record books after the four receptions for 28 yards in the home win over Navy. He moved into sixth for most receiving yards by a tight end for his career (943). He also moved into sixth for most receptions by a tight end in a single season (45) and ninth for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season (465).

He notched five receptions for 54 yards in the home win over Southern Cal. He has totaled at least five receptions in five of his eight games this season.

Mayer led the Irish against Cincinnati with eight receptions and 93 yards on the afternoon. He has led the team in receptions four times this season and against the Bearcats, it was the fourth time this year he has hauled in seven or more passes.

Mayer had seven catches for 61 yards in the win over Wisconsin at Soldier Field.

In the win over Toledo, Mayer finished the game with team-high marks in receptions (7), receiving yards (81) and receiving touchdowns (2).

It was the first time in Mayer’s career that he tallied a multi-touchdown game.

Dating back to last season, Mayer collected seven or more receptions in three-straight games (Alabama, Florida State and Toledo). The last Irish receiver to have three-consecutive games with seven or more receptions was Michael Floyd in 2011 (Maryland – 8;  Boston College – 10 and Stanford – 8).

CREATING HAVOC

Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 17 takeaways this season. The 17 takeaways are tied for 17th nationally.

Of those 17 takeaways, the Irish have recorded 12 interceptions from eight different players.

The eight players with an interception is the most since 2014 when they had nine different players for the whole season.

The 12 interceptions is currently tied for eighth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the entire season.

The Irish also get after the quarterback this season, as they are tied for 25th with 2.78 sacks per game. 10 different players have recorded a sack this season after Jordan Botelho got his first sack of the season against North Carolina.

Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions, a mark that is tied for 14th nationally.

Hamilton and Cam Hart both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).

The depth of the defense has been on full display as 17 different players have recorded a tackle-for-loss this season.

The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for 15th nationally.

SUPER SPECIALISTS

The Irish entered the 2021 season with the same kicker and punter for the third straight season with the return of kicker Jonathan Doerer and punter Jay Bramblett.

PURDUE WRESTLING: NO. 20 PURDUE WRESTLING HEADS TO CLEVELAND STATE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 20th-ranked Purdue wrestling remains on the road this weekend, set for its third straight road dual of the season. The Boilermakers head to Cleveland State University on Sunday, scheduled for a 2 p.m. ET dual at Woodling Gymnasium against the Vikings.

PURDUE LINEUP & RANKINGS

Purdue climbed one spot in the NWCA Coaches Poll this week, jumping to No. 20 after season-opening dual wins. The Boilermakers saw four of their seven ranked wrestlers improve their national standings at their respective weight classes, while Gerrit Nijenhuis was adjusted to the 174-pound weight class from his preseason marks at 165, and Max Lyon held steady at 184 pounds. The Boilermakers were 5-2 against ranked opponents in their opening weekend.

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue opened up 2021-22 with a pair of dual wins on the East Coast, taking a 29-18 win at Drexel and a 33-3 victory at Rider. After winning the first three matches of the dual the Boilermakers fell behind 18-14 against Drexel. Max Lyon, Thomas Penola and Michael Woulfe finished the dual in strong fashion, tacking another 15 points on to the team score and sealing the win. At Rider, the Boilermakers took nine-of-10 matches over the Broncs, including falls from Woulfe and Matt Ramos.

PURDUE NOTES

• Sunday will be the 11th all-time meeting between Cleveland State and Purdue, with the Boilermakers holding a 7-2-1 all-time edge, including seven in a row over the Vikings.

• Both of Cleveland State’s victories against Purdue have come on their home turf, earning a 30-7 win in 1983 and a 22-19 victory in 1985, the Boilermakers’ last trip to the Vikings’ venue.

• Purdue and Cleveland State last met in 2007, with the Boilermakers earning a 30-6 win at the Boilermaker Duals at nearby Benton Central High School.

• The Boilermakers’ other six wins in the series all came at the Wendy’s Duals, hosted by Ashland University from 1997 to 2003.

• Head coach Tony Ersland is in his eighth season at Purdue and is 62-50 in dual competition with the Boilermakers.

• Ersland wrestled for the University of Iowa from 1992-97, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament at 177, and competing on the highest scoring team at the NCAA Championships in history (170).

• Saturday’s season-opening win at Drexel marks eight straight seasons that the Boilermakers have won their first dual of the year under Ersland.

• The Boilermakers won their last two duals of 2021, earning a 21-12 win at Michigan State and posting a 38-3 win over Indiana, and carry a four-dual win streak into the weekend.

• Devin Schroder and Max Lyon capitalized on the NCAA’s COVID extension waiver, returning for an extra year of eligibility in 2021-22.

• Schroder ranks second in program history in back points, collecting 434 to date, and is tied for 18th all-time at Purdue with a .718 win percentage (79-31).

• 40 of Schroder’s 79 career wins have come with bonus points (506), including 21 technical falls, while 32 of his career victories are shutouts (.405).

• Matt Ramos won the 2018 Cadet Freestyle World Championship for the U.S., capturing the 51 kg title in Zagreb, Croatia.

• Ramos’s two wins last weekend were his first official folkstyle matches since his senior year of high school at Lockport HS (Illinois) in 2019, winning by technical fall and fall in the two bouts.

• The Boilermakers first three weights were a combined 6-0 for the weekend, including a technical fall and two falls, in addition to Purdue’s final three weights in the lineup (184-197-285)

• After Alec White was injured in the Drexel dual, sophomore Trey Kruse got the start at 149 vs. Rider, earning his first collegiate dual win with an 8-7 decision over Cole McComas.

• Michael Woulfe wrestled his first collegiate matches since 2016 after serving in the United States Navy for the last five years and picked up right where he left off, earning career falls No. 25 and 26 after posting 17 falls in his final year at Navy.

• Freshman Tristan Ruhlman won the Freshman/Sophomore division at the Michigan State Open last weekend, scoring a pair of falls on his way to the title.

• The Boilermakers were a perfect 4-0 in overtime matches on the weekend

OPPONENTS

Cleveland State

125: No. 33 Logan Heil (R-So.) – 2-1

133: Jake Manley (R-Fr.) – 1-2

141: Caleb Graber (R-Fr.) – 0-0

149: Marcus Robinson (R-So.) – 2-1

or Jack Gorman (R-So.) – 0-1

157: Caleb Cass (R-Jr.) – 0-0

or Daniel Patten (R-Fr.) – 2-1

165: Riley Smucker (R-So.) – 3-0

174: Anthony Rice (R-So.) – 0-2

or Gabe Phillips (R-Fr.) – 1-0

184: DeAndre Nassar (R-So.) – 2-1

197: No. 28 Ben Smith (Jr.) – 2-1

or Justin Jaeckin (R-Fr.) – 0-0

285: Daniel Bucknavich (R-Fr.) – 1-1

or John Kelbly (R-Jr.) – 0-1

Rankings listed InterMat

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: NO. 24 PURDUE SOCCER RETURNS TO NCAA TOURNAMENT SATURDAY AT HOME

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 24 Purdue soccer team begins the NCAA Tournament at Folk Field on Saturday, November 13, at 7 p.m. ET, with a first round matchup against Loyola Chicago.

Tickets are on sale now, at PurdueSports.com/Soccer and https://boile.rs/NCAA1stTix21. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for youth.

University, local and state health guidelines will be followed on game day. Updates will be provided by Purdue Athletics, if necessary. A clear bag policy will be implemented for all events in Purdue Athletics facilities this year, and information can be found at PurdueSports.com/ClearBag.

The match will be broadcast live for free on B1G+ and live stats are available at NCAA.com. Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer. Additional information on the NCAA Tournament, including the digital program, is available at NCAA.com.

The Boilermakers earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009 and seventh in program history, and they are hosting the tournament for the second time ever, along with 2007.

Purdue enters the tournament with its second-best record, at 14-4-2, and second-most wins in team history, behind only 2007. Ranked nationally at No. 24 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches poll, the Boilermakers are coming off an 8-2-0 Big Ten slate and a runner-up finish, both tied for their best-ever marks. The squad had won six of their last seven and three in a row before a Big Ten semifinal defeat to Michigan, the eventual tournament champions, on November 4.

Eighteen players have earned at least a point, tied for the most in the Big Ten, and 16 have at least one assist, tied for second-most. Eleven Boilermakers have scored a goal, tied for fourth-most in the conference. Purdue boasts a 35-20 advantage in goal differential, including 24-10 in the second half and 2-0 in overtime.

The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten with a .836 save percentage and 5.10 saves per game, while they are third with 35 goals, 40 assists and 110 points.

Individually, senior forward Sarah Griffith is No. 2 nationally with 2.58 shots on goal per game, No. 5 with 15 goals and 4.79 shots per game, No. 15 with five game-winning goals and No. 17 with 32 points. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova is 21st in the NCAA with 1,836.23 minutes, and she leads the Big Ten with 97 saves and is second with a .829 save percentage.

Additionally, sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway have a team-high-tying seven assists, which is fourth in the Big Ten. Mathews also is second on the team with five goals and 17 points.

The Ramblers are 13-2-2 and are making their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Loyola won its fourth Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament title in 2021.

Purdue is one of six Big Ten teams to make the tournament, along with Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers, Penn State and Wisconsin. Additionally, non-conference opponents Notre Dame and Saint Louis are in the postseason field, along with Milwaukee, who the Boilermakers faced in an exhibition contest.

THE BOILERMAKERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

This is Purdue’s seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2009. The Boilermakers are 3-4-3 all-time in the tournament, 1-0-1 at home and 1-2-2 as a top-25 team. The Old Gold and Black advanced to the third round in 2003, the second round in 2002 and 2007 and made the first round in 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Purdue has hosted the tournament once before, in 2007. The No. 8-ranked Boilermakers opened with a 4-0 victory over Oakland before a scoreless draw to Indiana in the second round. IU advanced on penalty kicks. In 2009, its last NCAA appearance, No. 24 Purdue suffered a 2-0 loss to Central Michigan in South Bend, Indiana, in the opening round.

NATIONALLY-RANKED BOILERMAKERS

Purdue is No. 24 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25. The Boilermakers are ranked nationally for the sixth consecutive week, and in the national polls for the first time since 2009. The Old Gold and Black also are No. 3 in the North Region ranking and No. 19 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue also is No. 21 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings and No. 24 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll.

RECORD WATCHING

In her career, Bova’s 0.93 goals-against average and 20 shutouts are all second-best all-time. She is fourth with 28 wins, 5,266.36 minutes, a .799 save percentage and 56 starts and fifth in school history with 214 saves.

In a single season, Bova is tied for the school record with 97 saves and she is tied for No. 2 with 14 wins, tied for No. 5 with six shutouts, No. 5 with a .829 save percentage, No. 6 with 20 starts, No. 8 with 1,836:39 minutes and tied for No. 10 with a 0.99 goals-against average.

Griffith’s 10 game-winning goals are tied for fifth-most all-time, her 25 goals are sixth and her 58 points are eighth. In 2021, she has a school-record 15 goals, while her five game-winning goals is tied for third and her 32 points are alone at No. 3. Additionally, Griffith’s 91 shots and 48 shots on goal in 2021 are both program records, and her 210 career shots and 109 career shots on goal both rank No. 5 all-time.

Griffith scored a goal in eight of 10 Big Ten games, had a point in all but one conference contest and notched a seven-game goal streak and an eight-game point streak, both school records. Meanwhile, senior midfielder Teagan Jones had a three-game assist streak, one game shy of tying the school record.

Mathews and Dunaway’s seven assists are tied for No. 9 overall in a single season, and Dunaway is No. 2 in the school record books for assists by a freshman.

LAST TIME OUT: BIG TEN SEMIFINALS

Purdue was bested by Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal, 4-1, on November 4 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Sophomore forward Callie Ingram scored her first career goal in the 84th minute, but the Wolverines had a 2-0 lead at halftime and led 4-0 in the 58th minute.

Purdue was out-shot 24-7 and had six shots on goal to Michigan’s eight. No Boilermaker had more than one shot in the contest. Bova made four saves, and her UM counterpart stopped five shots. Senior forward Ally Mussallem earned the assist on Ingram’s goal, her second helper of the season and fifth of her career.

A complete recap from the match, including box score and postgame reaction from coach Drew Roff, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

SERIES HISTORY VS. LOYOLA

Purdue is 2-0-0 all-time against Loyola, with both contests in West Lafayette. The series began with a 1-0 win in 2006 and was followed by a 5-2 triumph in 2009. The most recent matchup, on October 28, 2009, came as the Boilermakers were ranked No. 22 nationally.

SCOUTING THE RAMBLERS

Loyola enters the NCAA Tournament with a 13-2-2 record after a 7-0-1 Missouri Valley Conference record. The Ramblers won the regular season title and followed it up with a pair of victories, 4-1 over Drake and 4-0 against Evansville, to win the league’s tournament crown. Loyola has won five in a row and is unbeaten in their last 10. Against top-25 opponents, the team is 0-1, with a 2-1 defeat at No. 23 Xavier on September 12, while they are 7-2-0 overall on the road.

The Ramblers are No. 10 nationally with a .588 shutout percentage and No. 13 with a 0.573 goals-against average. Loyola also leads the MVC with 41 goals, 38 assists, 120 points, 19.12 shots per game and 8.24 shots on goal per game. Individually, Maddie Hausmann’s 10 shutouts is No. 5 nationally, and her 0.573 goals-against average is No. 13.

UP NEXT: NCAA TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND

The winner between Purdue and Loyola will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament to face the winner between third-seeded Notre Dame and SIUE. The matchup is set for Friday, November 19.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: BUTLER MBB SHOOTS 57 PERCENT IN 85-53 WIN OVER CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures and a fifth made an impressive debut as Butler posted an 85-53 win over Central Arkansas Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

After a lukewarm shooting night in the season opener Tuesday night against IUPUI, Butler shot 57 percent from the field Friday, highlighted by a 10-of-22 clip from three-point range that saw seven Bulldogs connect from downtown.

On the defensive end, Butler limited the visiting Bears to 33-percent shooting and held a 37-26 advantage on the boards.

“Our attention to detail defensively took another step tonight,” said coach LaVall Jordan. “We continued to share the ball well, which we have done throughout the preseason and these early games. This group is growing and we’ll see how we respond with a quick turnaround (Butler hosts Troy Saturday night).”

Jayden Taylor led the Bulldogs with 18 points; he has scored in double figures in each of his first two collegiate games. Jair Bolden used four three-pointers to post 16 points, while Bryce Nze and Bryce Golden combined for 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting.

Graduate transfer Ty Groce came off the bench to play 18 minutes. He had been sidelined over the past few weeks with a sprained knee ligament. Groce had eight points and six rebounds in his first action in a Butler uniform.

After leading 38-30 at the half, Butler erupted for 47 second-half points to post the 32-point margin. Butler went 21-of-30 from the free throw line, while UCA only got to the line six times.

The Bulldogs have a quick turnaround, hosting Troy Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tip is set for 8 p.m.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: LEVELS SCORE IN SECOND HALF, BUT WISCONSIN TAKES WIN IN ROUND ONE OF NCAA TOURNAMENT

MADISON, Wis. – The Butler women’s soccer team fought back from an 0-1 deficit to level the score, but ultimately fell, 1-2, to Wisconsin in round one of the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers (9-5-6) scored in the first half and held the lead until the 70th minute, when the Bulldogs (15-5-1) tied the score at one. Just five minutes later, on a full-field counter attack, Wisconsin regained the lead, at 2-1, and then held off Butler until the final horn.

Key Moments

9′ | A low shot from outside the penalty area is scooped up by Emma Martin for a save.

23′ | Wisconsin sends a ball into the area from the right side and it is redirected into the goal, giving the Badgers and early, 1-0, lead.

28′ | A header shot off a Wisconsin corner kick is picked up by Martin.

31′ | The Badgers get a good look from 12 yards, but the shot is blocked by Caitlin O’Malley.

32′ | A header off Wisconsin’s fourth corner is saved by a diving Martin.

42′ | The Badgers get a shot from 6 yards, right in front of the goal, but Martin denies the attempt.

HALFTIME

54′ | A long cross from the Amanda Kowalski is mishandled by the Wisconsin keeper right in front of the goal, but she regains control just in time to prevent a shot from Katie Soderstrom.

55′ | Julie Leonard takes a deflection and puts a shot on frame from 20 yards, but the Wisconsin keeper is able to make the save.

61′ | A low Wisconsin shot from 15 yards is saved by Emma Martin.

66′ | A Butler corner kick from Soderstrom leads to a quick shot from Arianna Jalics that is saved by Wisconsin.

70′ | A deep shot from Soderstrom is on target, and the diving Badgers keeper is able to punch it over the bar. Off the corner kick, Morgan Kloosterman takes the cross from Soderstrom and puts it in the net to level the score, 1-1.

75′ | Wisconsin counters the length of the field and puts a driving shot from 20 yards past Martin to retake the lead, 2-1.

90′ | A late attempt from Soderstrom is saved by Wisconsin.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Morgan Kloosterman

ASSISTS: Katie Soderstrom

Bulldog Bits

Morgan Kloosterman’s goal was her first of the season and the fifth of her career.

The assist from Katie Soderstrom’s goal was her eighth of the season and 24th of her career. She has now moved into a tie for eighth on Butler’s all-time list for assists in a season as well as fourth for career assists.

Soderstrom was the only Bulldog to get off a pair of shots, and both were on target.

Six Bulldogs produced at least one shot.

Emma Martin (15-4-1) made four saves in the match.

Wisconsin outshot Butler 9-0 in the first half, but the Bulldogs struck seven in the second half, compared to only two for the Badgers. Wisconsin had six on frame, overall, while Butler had five.

The Badgers held an 8-6 advantage in corner kicks. Wisconsin created seven in the first half, while Butler only had one. In the second half, the Bulldogs earned seven, and the Badgers had only two.

Butler has made three NCAA Tournament appearances in the past seven seasons.

Wisconsin was the third Big Ten opponent the Bulldogs have faced in the NCAA Tournament. In 2015, Butler lost to Ohio State (1-2) in double-overtime. In 2017, the Bulldogs battled Northwestern through two overtime periods to a 0-0 draw, but the Wildcats advanced to round two on PKs, 3-2.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: WVB UPS WINNING STREAK TO 15; TOPS EMU 3-1

YPSILANTI, Mich. – – When the Ball State women’s volleyball team needed someone to step up with the squad trailing 20-16 in the fourth set, outside Jaclyn Bulmahn was there to answer the call.

Bulmahn smashed seven of her match-high 20 kills over the final 14 points to help the Cardinals (25-3; 15-1 Mid-American Conference) extended its current winning streak to 15 matches with a 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 26-24) victory at Eastern Michigan Friday afternoon.

“Jaclyn really stepped up and put us on her back in the fourth set,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “She had the hot hand and refused to let us lose. We needed her spark this afternoon!”

With the win, the Cardinals maintain the top spot in the MAC standings and move closer to hosting rights for the 2021 MAC Volleyball Championships in a little over two weeks. Bowling Green (14-1 MAC) is the only team that can overtake the Cardinals, and they open a two-match series at Ohio later this evening.

After trading the first three sets, the pattern looked like it was going to hold in the fourth as the Eagles (9-18; 4-12 MAC) scored the first four points and led by as many as eight, at 18-10, trying to even the match. However, the Cardinals would not be denied the victory at EMU’s Convocation Center, scoring 16 of the final 22 points to take the set and the match.

In addition to Bulmahn’s 20 kills, which were a Ball State career high for the transfer from Valparaiso, the Cardinals applied consistent defensive pressure to limit the Eastern Michigan attack to a .116 hitting mark.

BSU’s 13 total blocks tied as the second-most in a match for the defense this season, with middles Marie Plitt and Lauren Gilliland collecting six apiece. Opposite Natalie Mitchem chipped in with five total blocks as well.

In the backcourt, Ball State held a 65 to 51 advantage in total digs for the match, with libero Maggie Huber tying for match-high honors with 18. Outside Natalie Risi was not far behind with 16.

“We really emphasized our defensive game this week in practice, and I am glad to see that translate over in today’s match,” Phillips added. “We have to continue to do that tomorrow against a talented EMU offense.”

Ball State’s offense did not do to bad either, connecting for a .248 rate of success, led by a .381 (11-3-21) hitting mark from Plitt. Mitchem would add 10 kills to join Plitt and Bulmahn in double figures.

Once again Megan Wielonski would guide the Cardinals offense, handing out 42 assists to go along with four kills, nine digs and two total blocks. She also led all players with four service aces in the contest, raising her MAC-leading total to 49 on the year.

Raeven Chase would lead the EMU attack with 19 kills and the defense with five total blocks, while Kamryn Stilwell tied for match-high honors with 18 digs. One statistic the Eagles did win was the service game, collecting 12 aces to BSU’s six.

“Today, we learned the value of serve and pass,” Phillips concluded. “We talk about it often, but we really saw what a different it can make today.”

The Cardinals and Eagles will battle again Saturday with another 2 p.m. first serve at the EMU Convocation Center.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: CARDINALS READY FOR HOME OPENER AGAINST MAVERICKS

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team will play in the friendly confines of Worthen Arena for the first time as the Omaha Mavericks make the trip to Muncie on Saturday.

In the previous eight seasons under Head Coach James Whitford, the Cardinals are 7-1 in home openers. Ball State has won the last three opening games in Worthen Arena. BSU looks to improve on the home openers as well as improve on an 0-1 season record.

Despite the loss to Georgia Southern, Ball State has plenty of positives to look at, including Luke Bumbalough who scored a career-high 21 points. He made five 3-pointers, which is one shy of tying a career best. Jalen Windham finished the game with 12 points, two shy of tying a personal best, and tied for a team-high two steals. Miryne Thomas recorded an 11-point performance and tied a team-high two steals along with a team-high three assists. Payton Sparks was huge on the glass for the Cardinals as he collected a game-high 12 rebounds in his debut.

BSU enters the contest with an 0-1 record, while Omaha brings a 1-0 mark to Worthen Arena. This will be the first ever meeting between the Cardinals and Mavericks.

Frankie Fidler leads the Mavericks with 15 points and has added six rebounds. Kyle Luedtke and Marco Smith posted 10 points each in the season opener and each brought down five boards. Darrius Hughes led the team with eight rebounds and chipped in with eight points. Felix Lemetti was the facilitator in the opening contest with a team-high four assists.

The game is scheduled for a noon tip. For every Ball State student that shows their ID when entering tomorrow’s game against Omaha, a dollar will be donated to the Ball State Dance Marathon for Riley Hospital for Children.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: NO. 15 IRISH DEFEAT WISCONSIN, 5-1

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 15 Notre Dame used a three-goal second period to erase a 1-0 deficit and the Fighting Irish would go on to post a 5-1 win over Wisconsin on Friday night at Compton Family Ice Arena (4,335).

The win marked Notre Dame’s (7-3-0, 1-2-0-0-0-0 B1G) first Big Ten victory of the season.

Spencer Stastney posted his first career three-assist game, while Max Ellis added to his team-leading goal total, notching his sixth and seventh of the season. Landon Slaggert tallied a goal and an assist on the night, while Ryder Rolston and Solag Bakich each earned two assists in the victory.

In net, Matthew Galajda made 24 saves to earn the victory, his sixth of the season and 66th of his career. Jared Moe finished with 43 saves for Wisconsin (4-7-0, 2-3-0-1-0-0 B1G) as Notre Dame outshot the Badgers 48-25.

The Fighting Irish power play went 2-for-5 on the night, while Wisconsin was 1-for-3.

How It Happened

The Badgers capitalized early on a Roman Ahcan power-play goal when he picked up a clearing attempt in the faceoff circle and fired a shot high through a screen at 2:35 of the first period.

Notre Dame generated several chances as the first period wore on, including a Landon Slaggert breakaway attempt at 5:06 setup by a Ryder Rolston pass, but Wisconsin’s Jared Moe made the save.

With a power-play chance expiring, Chase Blackmun was setup at the back post early in the second period, but Moe made a stick save to keep Wisconsin in front 1-0.

Landon Slaggert then got the Irish on the board at 2:47 of the second when he took a Rolston pass at the blue line and got a shot off from in close. With Rolston also crashing the net, the puck caromed off a Badger defenseman and past Moe. The second assist went to Spencer Stastney, who got the play started from deep in his own end.

Just 2:04 later, Jesse Lansdell tipped in a Stastney shot-pass in the slot, with Solag Bakich providing the traffic in front. Zach Plucinski also had an assist on the goal, which was Lansdell’s second of the season.

Trevor Janicke made it a 3-1 lead with a power-play goal scored at 15:05 of the second. Stationed just outside the crease, Janicke took a Landon Slaggert pass in front and moved the puck to his forehand and flipped it high past Moe for his fifth goal of the season, with the other assist going to Stastney.

Max Ellis notched his team-leading sixth goal of the season when he put back a rebound in front following a Ryder Rolston one timer while the Irish were on the power play. The goal, scored at 10:39 of the third, was also assisted by Bakich.

Ellis would add to that lead, burying his seventh of the season on a shorthanded, empty-netter from deep in his own end for the final 5-1 scoreline. Bakich won the faceoff and Adam Karashik slid it to an open Ellis for the score.

Notes

Spencer Stastney had a career-best three assists, which also matched his career-high point total and marked the sixth mult-point game of his career.

Landon Slaggert had a goal and an assist for his eighth career multi-point game.

Matthew Galajda stopped the final 24 shots he faced after Wisconsin scored on its first shot on goal.

Solag Bakich had a pair of assists for his fourth career multi-point game.

Max Ellis had a pair of goals, matching his career high set earlier this season versus RIT (now has nine career multi-point games).

Ryder Rolston finished with two assists to tie his career high for assists and points in a game (second career multi-point game).

Mental Miles

On Nov. 4 and 5, Notre Dame wore commemorative jerseys during warmups as they partnered with 2014 hockey alum Stephen Johns, who recently retired from the NHL.

The jerseys are being auctioned off over the next two weeks (https://auctions.und.com/) to benefit Johns’ #MentalMiles initiative to support mental health.

Each jersey will have “JOHNS” and “28” on the back and is also autographed by Johns.

Next Up

Notre Dame and Wisconsin close out their weekend series at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets).

Saturday’s contest will be on NBC Sports Chicago (both games will be available on the NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com).

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH SWEEP N.C. STATE

OTRE DAME, Ind.  —  Charley Niego collected 12 kills and 11 digs as Notre Dame swept NC State (25-16, 25-17, 25-20) on Friday night in Purcell Pavilion.

Aubrey Hamilton and Sydney Bent added nine kills apiece behind Niego’s match-high 12. Zoe Nunez dished out 32 assists in the three sets.

Nunez also led the Irish with 13 digs while Hattie Monson and Kiara Schmidt each recorded nine. Sammi Lockwoood led all players with six total blocks.

Nancy Kane and Schmidt tied for a match-high three service aces apiece.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

Notre Dame came out strong as they dominated their way to a 25-16 set win. The Irish came out with kills from Bent, Miller, Hamilton, and Niego to put them at an 8-3 lead.

Notre Dame then used a 6-1 run, which included an ace by Monson, to extend their lead to 17-7. The Wolfpack got back within six with a 4-0 run, but the Irish earned the next three points and held on to take the frame, 25-16.

Second Set

The Wolfpack took the lead in the second set with a 5-0 run putting them up 7-3. Later, a 7-0 run would help the Irish retake the lead with a block from Miller and Nunez.

Kills from Niego and Lockwood would propel the Irish through their 7-0 run. Two kills from Bent would continue the lead as the Irish earned a 21-14 advantage. Miller closed the set with a kill to clinch a 25-17 triumph for Notre Dame.

Third Set

Five straight points, including kills from Bent and Hamilton, would immediately put the Irish up 5-0. With a 10-6 advantage, the Irish extended their lead with four straight points to take control at 14-6.

The Irish stayed in front comfortably from that point and cruised to a 25-20 decision to seal the sweep.

UP NEXT

The Irish and Louisville meet on Monday (Nov. 15) at 6 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion.

Admission is free for all home Notre Dame volleyball matches and the tilt will be televised on the ACC Network.

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: JAGUARS DROP SEASON FINALE AT PURDUE FORT WAYNE, 3-1

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IUPUI volleyball team’s season came to a close on Friday night (Nov. 12) at Purdue Fort Wayne as the Jaguars fell on the road to the Mastodons in four sets, 25-16, 26-24, 16-25, 25-16. Sophomore middle Emily Alan led the IUPUI offense with 12 kills and hit .231 and Briana Brown put down 11 kills.

Katie Crowe had a double-double for the victors with 16 kills and 15 digs as Purdue Fort Wayne (8-23, 6-12 HL) hit .178 for the match.

IUPUI (5-24, 3-15 HL) went down 8-3 in the opening set before Alan powered down three straight kills on the heels of a Brown kill. However, the hosts seized control with six straight points that turned a 12-12 tie into an 18-12 advantage. The Mastodons ultimately rode that wave to a 25-16 victory.

The match hinged on the second set as the Jaguars were unable to seal the victory late. IUPUI led 24-21 after a Crowe service error, but yielded five straight points to allow the hosts escape with a 26-24 win and a decisive 2-0 lead. The Jags put down 13 kills, but also committed 10 errors in hitting .073. Brown and Alan combined on nine of the team’s 13 kills for the set.

In the third, IUPUI broke a 6-6 tie and surged out to a 15-8 lead. The Jaguars’ offense was clicking throughout the set, hitting .321 with Millai Madison recording four kills and Brown and Maddie Haines registering two apiece. Defensively, IUPUI had seven blocks in the set as PFW totaled eight hitting errors. IUPUI also notched four aces in the set with Brooke Phillips and Addie Evans each serving up a pair. Unlike the second set, IUPUI was able to get the third to the finish line at 25-16.

However, the tides turned in the fourth as the hosts tallied the opening five points and never looked back. The PFW lead grew to 17-6, fueled by five straight IUPUI hitting errors. Freshman Atlantis Clendenin came off the bench to end the run with a kill, but it was far too little, too late. The Jags nudged within six points late in the set with Brown on the service line before the Mastodons closed with three straight, winning it 25-16.

Alli Cook and Rhiannon Schuenemann finished with 12 digs apiece and IUPUI had 14 team blocks with Alan getting a solo and seven block assists. Brown also had seven block assists and Madison had a solo and five assists. Offensively, Phillips had 37 assists in the finale.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: VOLLEYBALL WINS 5-SET THRILLER TO OPEN WEEKEND

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Trailing by a 2-0 score on Friday evening, the University of Evansville volleyball team rallied in a big way to defeat Drake in five sets inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Alondra Vazquez recorded a match-high 24 kills to help the Purple Aces (18-7, 8-7 MVC) overcome the 2-0 deficit against the Bulldogs (10-13, 5-10 MVC) to win by a final of 3-2.  She added 15 digs and a pair of service aces.  Giulia Cardona picked up 17 kills, 9 digs and three aces while Melanie Feliciano completed the night with 12 kills and 11 digs.

“This team never quits and we knew that we were not out of it when we went down 2-0,” Aces head volleyball coach Fernando Morales said.  “Our message to them was that if we started to play better, we were going to have a chance.”

UE looked to be on its way to taking the second set to knot the match at 1-1, but a 4-0 rally by the Bulldogs saw them take the commanding lead.  From there, the Aces went on to win by finals of 25-16, 25-18 and 15-13.  Taya Haffner led the way with 51 assists while Vazquez recorded a solo block and four block assists.  Madisyn Steele and Kate Tsironis recorded four block assists each.  Drake was led by Mariana Rodrigues’ 16 kills.

Set 1 – Drake 25, UE 14

Drake had a strong start, recording the opening three points before continuing the run to take a 12-5 lead, forcing an Evansville time out.  The Bulldogs extended the lead to 19-10 before Blakeley Freeman picked up an ace that got her squad back within seven.  Unfortunately, that was as close as UE would get as the Bulldogs pulled away for a 25-14 win.

Set 2 – Drake 26, UE 24

A pair of blocks early in the second set saw UE take a 6-3 advantage.  Hannah Watkins assisted in both blocks.  Alondra Vazquez picked up a kill that extended the UE edge to 12-7 before Drake cut the deficit to one at 13-12.  A kill by Giulia Cardona got the Aces back on track where they would go back by four at 16-12, but a run by the Bulldogs saw them tie it up at 17-17.  Cardona put her team back in front with a kill and ace as UE would go back up by four at 23-19.  The Bulldogs continued to fight back and their persistence paid off as they would rally all the way back to take a 26-24 decision.  Trailing 24-22, DU reeled off the final four points to take the set and a 2-0 lead.

Set 3 – UE 25, Drake 16

After falling behind by a 3-0 score, Evansville stormed back to take the lead on a double block from Vazquez and Kate Tsironis.  The Bulldogs tied it at 7-7, but a service ace from Freeman put Evansville back on top.  After that, it was Cardona notching a kill before picking up back-to-back aces to put UE up 13-8.  It was Vazquez who helped her team pull away even more, adding consecutive aces before UE took the 25-16 victory.

Set 4 – UE 25, Drake 18

It was the Bulldogs taking the early lead once again, posting the first three points before going up 9-5.  The Aces came back once again, knotting the score at 12-12 when Cardona and Tsironis picked up a block.  One possession later, it was Cardona putting UE in front with a kill.  From there, it was all Evansville with the Aces pulling away to force a fifth game with a 25-18 decision.

Set 5 – UE 15, Drake 13

Evansville had the upper hand to begin the fifth set, scoring the opening four tallies, but Drake never gave up.  Trailing 8-3, the Bulldogs scored four in a row to cut the gap to one.  UE regained the edge, going up 14-10 on a Taya Haffner ace. Once again, the Bulldogs fought back, cutting the deficit to 14-13.  With the pressure on, it was Vazquez who had the deciding point, recording her 24th and final kill of the night to seal the match.

On Saturday, the Aces close out the home schedule for the regular season with a 5 p.m. match against UNI.  Seniors Elena Redmond and Cecilia Thon will be recognized before the match.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL: PURDUE FORT WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL INTRODUCES THREE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball program has announced the additions of Deangelo Elisee (Nassau, Bahamas/North Florida Educational Institute/Triton College), Eric Mulder (Oskaloosa, Iowa/Pella Christian HS) and Chris Morgan (Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna HS) for the 2022-23 season.

Elisee (6-9, F) joins the Mastodons as a junior college transfer from Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. He was named the Tournament MVP for the NJCAA Region 4 Tournament last season. In his freshman season at Triton, he averaged eight points, five rebounds and two blocks per game. Originally from the Bahamas, he graduated high school from the North Florida Educational Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. He was ranked a top-50 player in the state of Florida his senior year.

“We are ecstatic to get the bonus third year of eligibility for DeAngelo, who is a versatile big man from an incredibly successful junior college program,” Purdue Fort Wayne head coach Jon Coffman said. “Deangleo will get three years of Division I basketball after playing two at the junior college level. He will bring size, college experience, mobility, shot blocking ability, great hands and touch around the rim combined with a winner’s mentality.”

Mulder (6-8, F) was First Team All-Conference and an IBCA All-Region selection as a junior at Pella Christian High School last season. He averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior. He emerged this summer as a rising prospect with Kingdom Hoops. Mulder was also a First Team All-District football player this past season.

“How many 6-8 forwards return punts and kickoffs in high school football?” Coffman said. “Eric is a talented, versatile, mobile, athletic, skilled, forward/center who played his first AAU season this past summer. He developed so much from the beginning of the July recruiting period through the end of July. I can’t wait to see how much he develops between now and reporting to campus next fall!”

Morgan (6-2, G) was Honorable Mention All-State and All-Conference last season at Kaukauna High School. He is also a 1,000 point scorer for Kaukauna.

“Chris is going to challenge the best of the best gym rats that we have had in our program,” Coffman said. “He has tremendous skill–ball handling, passing and can really shoot it. He loves the game and loves working at his game! Chris is a phenomenal passer who is obsessed with making his teammates better around him. Like his brother (James Morgan) who plays quarterback in the NFL, he is a phenomenal quarterback on the basketball court.”

The Mastodons are 1-0 on the 2021-22 season and host Austin Peay on Tuesday (Nov. 16) in a 7 p.m. tip at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: MASTODON SOFTBALL ANNOUNCES 2022 SCHEDULE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne softball head coach Amber Bowman has announced her program’s schedule for the 2022 season.

In Bowman’s first season as the head coach of Purdue Fort Wayne, the Mastodons are slated to play 50 regular season games, with 27 in Horizon League play.

The Mastodons will have three tournaments to highlight their non-league schedule. The ‘Dons open the year in Montgomery, Alabama at Alabama State’s Black & Gold Tournament on February 11-13. The following week, Purdue Fort Wayne will visit the Volunteer State for the Chattanooga Challenge. Lastly, the Mastodons will play in Marshall’s Thundering Herd Round Robin, where they will play Marshall, Maryland Eastern Shore and Winthrop on March 4-6.

The Horizon League schedule will feature five home series and four on the road. Purdue Fort Wayne will host UIC (March 11-12), Oakland (April 1-2), Detroit Mercy (April 15-16), Youngstown State (April 29-30) and Northern Kentucky (May 6-7). The Mastodons will hit the road to play at Cleveland State (March 18-19), Green Bay (March 25-26), IUPUI (April 8-9) and Robert Morris (April 22-23).

Purdue Fort Wayne will also have non-league games against Kent State (March 29, DH), at Eastern Illinois (April 6, DH), at Valparaiso (April 12, DH), at Butler (April 19) and at Dayton (April 27, DH).

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: DROPS FOUR-SET DECISION TO ILLINOIS STATE

The Valpo volleyball team suffered its first home loss of the 2021 campaign on Friday evening, as visiting Illinois State came into the ARC and dealt the Beacons a 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 18-25, 25-14) defeat.

How It Happened

Valpo got out to a quick start to the match, scoring five of the first six points in the opening set.

Valpo’s lead was still three at 15-12 before Illinois State put together a 9-3 run to flip the score in its favor, 21-18.

The Beacons scored three of the next four to move within one point at 22-21, but could not even the score as Illinois State took the opening set.

Much like the first set, Valpo opened the second set with four of the first five points to take an early edge.

The Redbirds turned a 9-5 Valpo advantage into a 14-11 lead of their own with a 9-2 run.

Unlike the first set, Valpo was able to battle back to even the frame, turning a 19-15 deficit into a 20-20 tie with a 5-1 spurt.

Illinois State scored the next four to earn set point at 24-20, but Valpo held off three chances thanks to kills from Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) and Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) and a service ace from Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll). The Beacons were unable to fend off the fourth opportunity, however, as the Redbirds went up 2-0 in the match.

Valpo never trailed in the third set, scoring six of the first nine points en route to leading by as many as seven points.

Illinois State put together a 6-2 spurt to cut Valpo’s lead from 18-11 to 20-17, but Valpo would not let the Redbirds get any closer than that, scoring five of the final six points on three kills and a pair of service aces to extend the match.

The fourth set would not be as favorable, however. Illinois State led from the outset, and after the Beacons rallied from a 10-4 deficit to close to within 11-9, a 14-5 stretch from the Redbirds closed out the match.

Inside the Match

The home loss was the first of the season for Valpo after winning its first seven matches of the season at the ARC.

Valpo now sits at 9-6 in conference play, one game up on Evansville for fourth place in the standings.

Senior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) enjoyed a strong match on both sides of the ball, leading Valpo with 15 kills on .364 hitting and tying for team-high honors with five blocks.

Hart was the only Valpo player with more than seven kills on the evening, however, as Valpo hit just .106 with 42 kills and was at a 12-kill disadvantage compared to the Redbirds.

Anderson tied for match-high honors with 25 assists and registered three service aces.

Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) notched a match-best 18 digs on Friday and moved within five digs of hitting the 3,000 mark for her career. Swistek added 16 digs as well to tie her season best.

Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) matched Hart for team-high honors with five blocks, just one off her career best.

Next Up

Valpo (18-8, 9-6 MVC) looks to rebound with a win in its home finale on Saturday evening as the Beacons host Bradley at 6 p.m. It will be Senior Night at the ARC as Valpo honors the five players playing in their final home match.

VALPO WBASKETBALL: FACES SECOND STRAIGHT MAC OPPONENT SUNDAY

Valparaiso (0-1, 0-0 MVC)
Game #2 – November 14, 2021 – 1 p.m.
Central Michigan (0-1, 0-0 MAC)
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team plays its second straight home game to open the 2021-22 campaign on Sunday afternoon, welcoming defending MAC Tournament champion Central Michigan to the ARC.

Previously: Valpo fell to Miami (Ohio) in its season opener Wednesday evening by an 85-60 final. Carie Weinman led the way for the Beacons with 12 points.

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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 37-50. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.

Series Notes: This will be the seventh meeting all-time between Valpo and CMU, with the Chippewas holding a 4-2 advantage in the series. CMU has won each of the last four matchups, but the two teams have not met since December 2009, when CMU earned a narrow two-point win at the ARC.

@ValpoWBB…
…and @ValleyHoops
– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.
– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.
– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year
– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.
– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.
– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.
– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.
– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.

…versus Miami
– Valpo never held an outright lead on Wednesday, as Miami went on a 7-0 run early in the first quarter to take control.
– The RedHawks led by nine at the end of the first, by 22 at intermission and by 33 at the end of three quarters.
– Valpo shot 47.9% (23-for-48) from the floor, but was just 7-for-23 (30.4%) from the 3-point line. Meanwhile, the RedHawks hit at a 51.4% clip (38-for-74) and claimed 20 offensive rebounds, turning them into 20 second-chance points.
– Carie Weinman led the Valpo offense with 12 points, while Leah Earnest and Maya Dunson scored nine points each.

…looking ahead
– Valpo remains at home on Sunday to take on another MAC foe, as Central Michigan visits the ARC.
– A stretch of five consecutive road games then gets underway next Tuesday with a trip to Michigan State.

…at the ARC
– Wednesday is the second of four non-conference home games and 13 home games in total this year for the Beacons.
– Valpo posted a 5-6 record at the ARC last season.

@CMUWBBall
– CMU went 18-9 last season with a NET of 90 and won the MAC Tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
– The Chippewas were picked to finish in sixth place in the 2021-22 MAC preseason poll.
– CMU returns three starters from last season, highlighted by First Team All-MAC guard Molly Davis. The sophomore averaged 20.8 ppg last season.
– The Chippewas fell in their season opener to Georgia Tech by a 74-40 final.

Just Win, Baby, Win
– The last two seasons have featured a combined 29 wins for Valpo, including many notable victories.
– The 2020-21 squad counted some big wins among its 12 victories, including a pair of literal B1G wins, as the Brown and Gold beat multiple Big Ten teams in the same season for the first time in program history.
– Entering the season without a win over a Power Five program since 2012-13, Valpo won at Illinois for its first-ever win over the Illini, and followed four days later with a road win at Purdue – the second win in program history over the Boilermakers.
– Valpo became the first women’s basketball program with multiple nonconference road wins at Big Ten programs since 2017-18.
– The team picked up some big wins once the schedule flipped to Missouri Valley Conference play as well last season, as three of Valpo’s seven conference victories came over teams in the top-100 of the NET.
– The 2019-20 Valpo squad had one of the top turnarounds in program history from the previous year and one of the best turnarounds in the nation. It more than doubled the win total from the prior season, as the 2018-19 team went 8-24 overall, while the 2019-20 squad went 17-12.
– It was the second-largest improvement in the win column from one year to the next in program history, trailing only the 2001-02 team, which improved an astounding 19 wins from the previous season (7-22 -> 26-7).
– Valpo’s 10.5 game improvement ranked sixth nationally.
– Valpo’s 17 wins in 2019-20 made it the program’s winningest campaign since 2006-07.
– The wins in 2019-20 came in non-conference play, where Valpo posted an 8-3 record – the best pre-conference mark in program history.
– The wins came away from home, as Valpo went 9-5 in true road games – the most road wins since the 2001-02 team won nine true road games.
– The wins came when the schedule shifted to MVC action, as Valpo finished 2019-20 9-9 in MVC play – its first .500 or better record in league play since 2008-09.

Raining Threes
– In her first three years at the helm of the Valpo program, head coach Mary Evans’ teams have become known for their propensity to shoot 3-pointers.
– Evans’ first three seasons at the helm have seen Valpo’s top-3 single-season total 3-pointers made, including a program-record 276 in her first season in 2018-19 – a mark which ranks seventh in MVC history.
– Valpo has ranked among the top-25 in the nation in 3-pointers/game all three years, with the 2020-21 squad setting a program single-season record by averaging 9.0 triples/game.
– Prior to Evans’ arrival, Valpo had made 14 or more 3-pointers in a game just nine times in program history.
– In the three seasons with her at the helm, Valpo owns nine more games with 14+ triples, including twice matching the program single-game record of 17.
– The style of play isn’t a surprise if you follow the coaching tree. Evans coached under Bob Boldon at Ohio for five years before getting the head job at Valpo, and Boldon was a former assistant coach at FGCU under their legendary head coach, Karl Smesko, whose teams have ranked among the top-5 in the nation in 3-pointers made in each of the last 10 years.

Thievery Abounds
– As much as the offensive end has been highlighted by the 3-point numbers under Evans, the defensive side has seen prolific steal numbers over the last three seasons.
– Valpo has averaged at least 8.9 steals/game in each of Evans’ three seasons.
– Each of the last two years has seen Valpo rank among the top-40 teams nationally in steals/game.
– Carie Weinman has led the MVC in steals in each of the last two seasons. She ranked 16th nationally last year, averaging 2.9 steals/game.
– Valpo tallied double figures in steals 12 times in 25 games in 2020-21, after doing so 16 times the previous season.
– With 300 steals, the 2019-20 squad finished the campaign eighth in program history in the category. The 2001-02 team (330 steals) is the only Valpo team in the last quarter-century to have registered more steals.

A Look at the Non-Conference
– Head coach Mary Evans has put together a challenging non-conference schedule to help prepare Valpo for the grind of MVC play.
– The non-conference slate features five teams which finished within the top-100 of the NCAA NET ranking last season, including three teams which appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
– Valpo will take on four MAC opponents, including the reigning regular season (Bowling Green) and tournament (Central Michigan) champions.
– The Beacons will host Notre Dame at the ARC on Dec. 8.
– Valpo also has trips to two programs – Michigan State and South Dakota – which finished in the top-40 of the NET last year.

Starters, Assemble
– Four regular starters return for Valpo in 2021-22, including a trio who own extensive streaks of consecutive games started.
– Shay Frederick, Caitlin Morrison and Carie Weinman were three of the four players who started every game a season ago.
– Frederick has started 67 consecutive games dating back to the middle of her freshman year, while Morrison and Weinman have made 55 starts in a row.
– The three were members of a quintet which started every single game in the 2019-20 season – the first time in program history the same five players started every game.
– Grace White started all 22 games she was available for last season as well.
– In contrast to that quartet, Maya Dunson made her first start in the Valpo uniform in the season opener.

Who’s Back
– 14 letterwinners from last year’s team, including four starters, return for Valpo in 2021-22.
– The four returning starters are sixth-year Caitlin Morrison, fifth-year Grace White, redshirt senior Carie Weinman and senior Shay Frederick.
– Two other seniors return as well: Maya Dunson and Ilysse Pitts.
– Junior Cara VanKempen is joined by a quintet of sophomores: Ava Interrante, Syria Butler, Leah Earnest, Lauren Gunn and Jayda Johnston.
– Katie Beyer and Molly Sheehan are also back after enrolling early for the spring 2021 semester to join the program ahead of schedule.
– In all, Valpo returns 93% of the team’s scoring, 91.6% of the rebounding and 96.4% of the assists from last year’s squad.

Who’s New
– Three newcomers round out Valpo’s 2021-22 roster.
– Junior Olivia Brown is ready for her first season in the Valpo uniform after playing her first two collegiate seasons at St. Bonaventure.
– Two true freshmen join the mix as well: Lovie Malone [Wayne (Ohio) H.S.] and Ella Van Weelden [Marion (Iowa) H.S.]. Both are projected to redshirt.

Same Alma Maters
– While there are 17 players on the 2021-22 Valpo women’s basketball roster, there are only 14 high schools represented, as three high schools count a pair of Beacons as alums.
– Sixth-year Caitlin Morrison and redshirt senior Carie Weinman both graduated from Glenbrook South (Ill.) H.S.
– Senior Maya Dunson and freshman Lovie Malone both are alums of Wayne (Ohio) H.S.
– Sophomore Ava Interrante and freshman Katie Beyer were teammates at McHenry (Ill.) H.S.

INDIANAPOLIS MSOCCER: GREYHOUNDS CAGE PANTHERS TO MOVE INTO GLVC TITLE MATCH

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team netted three goals on a chilly night at Key Stadium to earn a spot in the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship match this Sunday.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Greyhounds gained an early advantage in the match in just the ninth minute. Near the net off a corner kick, Caleb Mundell caught his own rebounded shot attempt and fired one to the opposite side past a diving goalkeeper.

Drury added the equalizer in the 25th minute before the Hounds raced ahead once again. Off another corner attempt, Patryk Olczyk collected a floated ball in the 31st minute and tapped it in for the second goal of the match for UIndy.

Rolling into the second half, Owen Atkison gave the Greyhounds some breathing room when he netted a rebound off a shot attempt from Alejandro Steinwascher. This goal proved to be the difference maker because the Panthers added what would be the final goal in the 62nd minute.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-Continuing the trend of strong offense, UIndy managed 19 total shots while Drury has just three in return.

-The pressure was high towards the net as the Greyhounds had 11 corner kicks compared to just two from the Panthers.

-A total of 18 fouls were called this evening with UIndy leading the the way at 12.

UP NEXT

With the win tonight, the Greyhounds move into the GLVC championship match on Sunday. They will battle Illinois Springfield in a match that is set to kickoff at 2:30 p.m. ET at Key Stadium.

INDIANAPOLIS MBASKETBALL: GREYHOUNDS STIFLE STORM IN SEASON-OPENING WIN

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team kicked off the season with a convincing 80-47 victory against visiting Lake Erie on Friday night. Sophomore Kendrick Tchoua led three Greyhounds in double figures with a game-high 18 points.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds sprinted out of the gates with 12 unanswered points and did not look back. The lead ballooned to 20 points at the five-and-a-half minute mark in the first half and the Hounds went on to double-up their opponents at the break, 43-21.

The Greyhounds would lead by 30 points or more for most of the second half, with the margin topping out at 41 late in the game.

UIndy turned up the pressure on the defensive end particularly, forcing 22 Storm turnovers while limiting them to a shade over 30-percent shooting from the field, including just 4 of 28 (.143) from long distance.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Tchoua finished 8 of 13 from the floor, adding four rebounds and a block.

– Cory Miller Jr. joined Tchoua in double figures with 13 points, while Jesse Bingham came off the bench to score 14 points.

– In his first regular-season game as a Greyhound, Jakobie Robinson chipped in seven points with a team-high seven boards.

HOUND BYTES

Head Coach Paul Corsaro on the win…

“Winning’s always awesome, and to start out 1-0, that was our ultimate goal.  It was nice to have fans back in the stands, and I’m really proud of our guys.”

Corsaro on what he’d like to see carry over to Sunday…

“Our defensive intensity.  I thought we absolutely brought it on the defensive end. We just have to rebound the ball at a better rate.”

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds host another Midwest Region squad later this weekend when the Lakers of Grand Valley State invade Nicoson Hall Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: PRAIRIE STARS TOP HOUNDS ON SENIOR NIGHT

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team saw their win streak snapped on Friday night, falling to Illinois Springfield 3-0 in the regular season finale.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Hounds trailed by three midway thru the opening set but rifled off four points to take a one-point advantage at 17-16.  The two teams traded points from there until the Hounds eventually tied it at 21.  Illinois Springfield closed out the set with a 4-1 run to take the 25-22 win.

UIndy utilized an 8-1 run to jump out to a 14-11 advantage in the second set.  Lauren Cullison recorded a trio of kills in the run.  The Stars halted UIndy’s momentum with a 5-0 run of their own before closing out the set with seven straight points.

Late in the final set the Hounds trailed by four before back-to-back kills from Emma Jones and Grace Hegwood pulled them within two.  Illinois Springfield led 23-19 before a quick 4-0 run for the Hounds.  Hannah Sabotin served up an ace while Hegwood and Hannah Huppenbauer tallied back-to-back kills to even the score at 23.  Illinois Springfield responded with two points to take the 25-23 win and three-set sweep.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Grace Hegwood paced the Hounds with 11 kills while Emma Jones recorded ten.

– Hannah Huppenbauer and Jones each tallied three kills.

– Alex Equihua dished out 33 assists.

– Gillian Santana paced the defense with 19 kills followed by MaKenna Barnhart at 17.

CURTAIN CALL

Friday was senior night for defensive specialist Madi Rosenberger.  The Centerville, IN native is majoring in accounting and plans to pursue a career as a staff accountant in the Indianapolis area while also pursuing her CPA.

UP NEXT

Despite their regular season wrapping up tonight, the Hounds will be scoreboard watching on Saturday as the field for next weeks GLVC Championship tournament has yet to be finalized.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL: KNIGHTS DOMINATE SAINT AMBROSE IN CLARKE TOURNAMENT OPENER

Dubuque, Iowa – The Marian men’s basketball used several early offensive bursts to run away with an 81-48 victory over Saint Ambrose on Friday night. The Knights lead early but pulled away after going on a 32-8 run to end the first half and begin the second stanza. The win was Saint Ambrose’s first loss of the season as the Knights move to 3-0.

Marian scored the game’s opening basket but both squads struggled to score in the opening few minutes. The Knights took a lead they would not relinquish after Hayden Langkabel’s basket that gave Marian a 6-4 lead with 16:31 left in the half. The Knights went on a 9-1 run to lead by eight after six minutes. Christian Stewart nailed his first three-pointer with 12:57 left in the half, giving the Knights an 18-7 lead. However, Saint Ambrose scored the next five points to get within six with just over 10 minutes left in the opening half.

Malek Edmonds and Jacob Wiley combined to score three baskets over the next three possessions to move the Knights’ lead back to double-digits, but Saint Ambrose continued to battle, getting back to within eight points with just over four minutes remaining in the first half. Marian caught on the offensive end to close the first half, making five shots, two three-pointers, and a pair of free throws to close the opening half on a 14-4 run. The Knights shot at a 54.8 percent clip in the opening half and made all five of their free throws. As a team, Marian tallied 18 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. Defensively the Knights held Saint Ambrose to shoot under 33 percent with no made three-point shots.

The Fighting Bees made two straight baskets to begin the second chapter of action, but the Knights quickly responded. Edmonds drained a three-pointer to begin an 18-0 run over the next seven minutes, extending the Marian lead from 14 points to 32. Langkabel hit two three-pointers in the run, Stewart scored four points, and Luke Gohmann tallied a trifecta during the run. Saint Ambrose off of the scoreboard from the 18:43 mark until 11 minutes left in the game.

Saint Ambrose finally scored to end a long scoring drought but Sean Jenkins made another three-pointer to extend Marian’s lead back to 33 points. The Knights eclipsed the 70-point total after an Edmonds free throw with 7:39 left. Marian outscored Saint Ambrose 11-8 over the final six and a half minutes, with Christian Harvey adding the final three points to put away the Fighting Bees 81-48.

As a team, Marian shot 52.5 percent in the victory, holding Saint Ambrose to 37.3 percent and 15.4 percent from behind the three-point arch (2-13). Three of the five finished in double-digits for the Knights, with Edmonds and Stewart leading Marian with 16 points. Langkabel ended the contest with 13 points, while Jenkins lead the Marian bench with nine points. Stewart led all Knights with seven rebounds and four assists. Nolan Foster came away with five rebounds, including three offensive boards off the bench.

Marian will play the host Clarke University in the finale of the Holiday Inn Tip-Off Classic. Tip time is scheduled for 4:30 PM EST.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: KNIGHTS SUFFER FIRST LOSS TO (RV) DORDT 62-56

Orange City, Iowa – The Marian women’s basketball team took their first loss of the season Friday afternoon, falling to (RV) Dordt 62-56 in the first game of the Northwestern Pizza Ranch Classic. Marian trailed at the half and made a late push to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but were unable to take the lead as the loss drops their overall record to 2-1 this season.

Dordt scored the first basket of the game and held a lead throughout the majority of the first quarter, as the Defenders made four of their first seven field goals to grab an 8-4 lead after five minutes. Marian got back within two after a layup from Ella Collier, but both team’s hit a wall as the game went scoreless for two minutes after the sophomore’s basket. Shanyce Makuei took the lid off the rim with a layup at the two minute mark, and helped ignite a 9-4 run to end the first quarter pushing Marian into the lead, with the Knights on top 17-15.

The second quarter continued to see the scoring slow, as both Marian and Dordt combined to score 20 points, making just eight total field goals. Dordt started the quarter on a 5-0 run making their first two shots, and added to their lead as two Ashtyn Veerbeek free throws gave the local team a 22-17 lead. Kinnidy Garrard ended the 7-0 run with back to back baskets, and with 2:40 remaining in the half Abby Downard pushed Marian back in front with a second chance jumper. Downard added to the lead on the Knights’ next offensive trip with a layup, but Marian was unable to hold their three-point lead as Dordt ended the half on a 5-0 run to lead 27-25 at the break.

The Defenders out-played Marian in the start of the third quarter, pushing their lead to six in the first two minutes of the half. Garrard and Downard helped Marian whittle their deficit to two with back to back makes, but as the clock dipped upder five minutes a Karly Gustafson trey moved Dordt back to a five-point lead. The Gustafson three gave Dordt a 36-31 lead, and a Mya Chmielewski layup with 3:01 remaining in the period started a Defenders run, out-scoring Marian 8-6 to end the third quarter with a 46-37 lead.

A Collier three-pointer two minutes into the fourth quarter officially ended the run as Marian worked back within six, but the Dordt lead grew back to 10 points in a 60 second window after Hayden Heimensen bured a triple. The lead for Dordt moved to 12, but quickly came crashing down as Downard scored five unanswered to get within seven. Downard continued to be the focal point in the offense, converting an old-school three and two jumpers to bring Marian back to a tie at 54-54 with 2:15 remaining.

The senior guard scored 12 of Marian’s 14 points in their 14-2 run, but on the ensuing possession a foul sent Dordt to the line, as Heimensen split a pair of free throws. After Downard was unable to give Marian the lead, Chmielewski got to the cup and moved the lead to three. Collier would get Marian within a point making a layup on the team’s next offensive trip, but Dordt quickly added to their lead as Chmielewski scored out of a timeout. A missed Collier three with 26 seconds left spoiled Marian’s chance to tie, and Dordt iced the game at the free throw line to seasl the 62-56 win.

Marian shot 40 percent from the field in the loss, and were just 1-9 from the three point arc. Downard led Marian with 20 points, scoring 12 alone in the fourth quarter. Garrard was the only Knight to reach double-figures, scoring 12 points while grabbing a team-high five rebounds. Collier scored nine and Bosse scored seven in the loss.

The Knights will end their weekend in Iowa with a Saturday afternoon game against the host Northwestern. Tip is scheduled for 5 PM EST.

RHIT FOOTBALL – “WINNER TAKE ALL” GAME PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team hosts Mount St. Joseph on Senior Day this Saturday at 1:30 pm.  The winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.

ROSE-HULMAN (7-2, 6-0 HCAC) NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman seeks its second NCAA Division III Playoff appearance in school history and its first since 2016. 

* Rose-Hulman has secured at least a share of the 13th football conference regular season title in school history regardless of Saturday’s outcome.

* Saturday is Senior Day for 21 members of the Fightin’ Engineer football team.  The 21 seniors include: Winston Amankwah, Jonathan Anstett, Caleb Brown, Andrew Dion, Desmond Dunson, Tristen Foisy, Charlie Hahm, Sam Hedrick, Thomas Hostetler, John Hruska, Jacob Jagger, Alonzo Johnson, Daniel Morford, Riley Roberts, Max Sage, Justin Sands, Connor Schulte, Michael Stevens, Noah Thomas (graduate student status), Brett Tuttle and Shane Welshans.

* Andrew Dion holds career school records for career passing yards (9128) and career touchdown passes (88).  He also ranks No. 2 in school history with 673 career completions. 

* Dion is 179-284 this season for 2549 yards passing and 26 touchdowns.

* Noah Thomas holds Rose-Hulman career school records for pass receptions (239) and receiving yards (3412), and is #2 in school history with 34 TD catches.

* Michael Stevens has career totals of 149 tackles, 18.5 tackles-for-loss, 6 sacks, 4 interceptions and 2 defensive TDs.

* Defensive leaders include Stevens in tackles (71) and fumble recoveries (3); Kyzer Bowen in tackles-for-loss (12); Deven Cobb in sacks (3.5); Tyler Smith in pass breakups (8) and quarterback hurries (5); and Tyce Miller in interceptions (6).

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (6-3, 5-1 HCAC) NOTES:

* Mount St. Joseph seeks its sixth NCAA Division III Playoff appearance in school history and its first since 2009.

* Quarterback Josh Taylor has made the most of his five games played this season, with 525 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns to go along with 991 passing yards and 11 TDs.

* Austin Brock has emerged as the team’s top receiver with 39 receptions for 635 yards and 9 touchdowns.

* Defensively, Jonathan Finn leads Mount St. Joseph with 72 tackles. 

* Decklan Brophy has a team-high 4 sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss.  Devon Donawerth and Deshawn Starks lead the Lions with 3 interceptions each.

SERIES HISTORY:

* Mt. St. Joseph leads 11-8

* Current Streak: Rose-Hulman won 2

* Last Game: RH 31, MSJ 21 (3/13/21)

* Last MSJ Win: MSJ 54, RH 35 (9/15/18)

VINCENNES VOLLEYBALL: GRACE EARP NAMED REGION 24 PLAYER OF THE YEAR, GRABER AND AINSCOUGH EARN ALL-REGION HONORS

VINCENNES, Ind. – The 2021 Region 24 Volleyball postseason awards came in this week and the 2021 Region 24 Champion Vincennes University Trailblazers were well represented.

The Blazers finished off a perfect 12-0 record in Region 24 play and capped off their run by winning the school’s first Region Championship in 15 years.

Vincennes sophomore libero Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) took home the Region 24 Player of the Year honors.

Earp is the second VU volleyball player to be named Region 24 Player of the Year along with Allison Smith (Oakland, Ill.) who received the award in 2018 and is currently finishing her senior season at Union College in Barbourville, Ky.

“Being the Region Player of the Year is such an honor,” Earp said. “It means that my hard work through the years has paid off. This is not just an award for me, but for my team as well. I could not play defense without a block and could not serve receive without the help of the pin hitters and back row players. I am so thankful for them.”

“It’s literally unheard of, at any level for a libero to receive a Player of the Year honor,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “Typically, it’s a big hitter and it’s difficult for liberoes to get there because people mostly remember the last contact but forget about the first contact.”

“For Grace, this is only her second year playing this position, she was a hitter her whole life,” Sien added. “She already had the hitting part of the game down but here it’s all about defense and serve receive but this year as coaches we had very little to say to her because she was able to adjust and read the other team’s offense so well on her own.”

“Grace is a coach’s daughter, she is an extremely hard worker, she does so much extra on her own after practice and even getting extra reps in before getting on the bus on away games, “Sien said. “She’s a nursing major, was named First Team Academic All-American last year, so she is definitely somebody who is goal oriented. She is a real true leader and someone who is going to step up in the moment and we depended on her so much this past year.”

Earp led the Trailblazers defense from the backrow, leading the team with 391 digs, with an average of just under 4.5 digs per set.

Earp’s best game of the season came in a Vincennes win at Wabash Valley, where the sophomore captain set a new career-high of 34 digs.

Earp would come close to breaking that personal best later in the season in VU’s five-set win over John A. Logan, in which Earp finished with 33 digs.

The sophomore currently has 750 digs in her career, with 54 set assists and 18 aces in her Vincennes career.

For Earp, this honor goes back to the principles taught to her by her Club Coach, “For every practice, my long-time Club Coach taught me three principles: 1, Be the hardest worker in the gym. 2, Always keep a positive attitude, never say ‘I can’t’. 3, Always encourage your teammates. For games, being mentally tough and aggressive is the way to be successful,” Earp added. “Respecting and listening to your coaches is incredibly important for both practice and games. Most importantly is something my dad taught me, when things get tough, you get tougher.”

Joining Earp on the All-Region 24 teams are high school teammates Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) who both earned First Team All-Region honors.

Graber earns the distinction of being the only setter to be named to the All-Region 24 teams.

Graber shared time in Vincennes’ two-setter offense with fellow freshman Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) and Graber still finished the season with a team-high 501 set assists.

“It is an honor to be named First Team All-Region,” Graber said. “I am extremely thankful and blessed that I got to continue my volleyball career beyond high school and continue playing here at Vincennes University.”

“For Hannah to receive this honor as the only setter selected and playing in a system where she’s not our only setter is exceptional,” Sien said. “When Hannah is out on the floor our offense runs very efficiently. She makes very good choices, she is able to isolate players and watch the middle blockers and for a setter, that’s what we’re looking for.”

“Then she brings the other parts of her game. Her serving is very precise, I have full confidence in her to serve in all six zones without hesitation,” Sien added. “I just love her attitude, I love that she will attack the ball offensively. Having someone like her who can do that and knows what to do helps contribute to what we’re trying to do here.”

Graber was an all-around player for the Trailblazers, able to play defensively and record 166 digs this season and offensively at the net, finishing with 49 kills and 30 aces as well.

Graber began her collegiate volleyball career with a bang, recording 46 set assists in VU’s season opener against Roane State.

Graber would finish the season with nine double-doubles including being just two digs away from a triple-double against John A. Logan.

Graber finished with over 20 set assists 12 times, including three times finishing with over 30 in a match.

“Some advice I would give to future volleyball players who want to reach this goal is to work hard every day and try to be better than you were the day before,” Graber added. “Take nothing for granted and remember that you won’t be able to be a college athlete forever. Cherish every moment like it’s your last because you never know when your last will be.”

Graber was joined on the All-Region 24 First Team by high school teammate and cousin Addison Ainscough.

“It is an honor that I have been named a First Team All-Region 24 player,” Ainscough said. “We have worked hard all season and I am thankful that I got the opportunity to continue my career here at Vincennes University.”

“Addison is a lot like Grace, she’s a converted middle hitter who never really played left side, at least not full time, before,” Sien said. “She’s able to hit in about any set but this is really her first time hitting on the outside full time. But she also plays the back row so well, that’s why she has so many double-doubles this year.”

“She gives us an extra dimension because she can hit a ball on the outside like a middle, which a lot of outside hitters can’t do,” Sien added. “That’s why I like to recruit middles, because they have that option that other outsides don’t.”

Ainscough finished her freshman season with 260 kills and 282 digs for the Blazers. Ainscough also helped protect at the net ending with 41 blocks on the year.

Ainscough recorded 10 double-doubles in her first season with the Trailblazers, including a career high 21 kills against Wabash Valley and 22 digs against Roane State in the first game of the season.

“Some advice I would give to future volleyball players is to have confidence in yourself and put in the extra work,” Ainscough added. “Don’t settle for the level of performance you are at, strive to be better than you were the day before.”

Graber and Ainscough were teammates at nearby Barr-Reeve High School and won two State Championships for the Vikings.

For the pair of cousins, being named First Team All-Region is extra special when they do it together.

“It means a lot to me to be named First Team All-Region with Addison,” Graber said. “We grew up together in the same class, played every sport together and won a lot of Championships together. I am not one bit surprised that Addison was named All-Region as well. She is a very hard worker and 100-percent deserves this honor.”

“It is very special to me that Hannah and I were both selected,” Ainscough said. “We have spent countless hours in the gym and have played together since before elementary school. It makes it even more special that we are cousins and have grown up together. Hannah always gives 110-percent and is an amazing player. I am thankful we got the opportunity to play with each other in college.”

The trio of Trailblazer honorees all agreed that their favorite memory from this past season was winning the Region 24 Championship with Ainscough also mentioning that she enjoyed the team’s themed practice and Graber also enjoyed the first night she met her teammates and their team bonding dinners.

The Trailblazers, guided by these three student-athletes, finished the season with a 22-4 record, including a perfect 12-0 record in Region 24 play, the VU’s first Volleyball Regional Championship since 2006 and the VU’s first Regional title since moving to Division I in 2016.

ALL-REGION 24 TEAMS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: GRACE EARP – VINCENNES

First Team

Lexi Hobbs – John A. Logan

Kenadi Barriger – Kaskaskia

Malena Bixby – Wabash Valley

HANNAH GRABER – VINCENNES

Rozlynn Schrader – John A. Logan

ADDISON AINSCOUGH – VINCENNES

Second Team

Myah Helmkamp – Kaskaskia

Adressa Morais Borges – Lake Land

Madison Watret – Lake Land

Danika White – John A. Logan

Mariah Jones – Wabash Valley

Sydney Coker – John A. Logan

TAYLOR MEN’S BASKETBALL: CAREER-NIGHTS BY FUHRMANN AND NIEHAUS LIFT TU TO FIRST WIN

UPLAND, Ind. – Playing without its injured leading scorer, Jason Hubbard, and facing a second-half deficit of 14 points, Taylor used career-nights from sophomore guards, Kaden Fuhrmann and Grant Niehaus, in a gritty, 76-65, victory over Miami-Middletown.

Fuhrmann and Niehaus combined for 42 of TU’s 76 points, with 29 coming during the second-half comeback by the Trojans. Fuhrmann led all players with a career-high 26 points, notching his second game of at least 25 points already this season and sinking four triples for a third-straight outing. The Liberty Township, Ohio native also posted a personal-best by going 10-of-10 from the free throw line and added five rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Niehaus provided a needed lift off the bench for Taylor, posting career-highs of 16 points and five rebounds, while going six-of-nine from the field.

The duo had plenty of help, as Aaron Hahn finished one point shy of his first collegiate double-double with nine points, 11 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists. Jeff Clayton chipped in with eight points, six boards and two blocks, Jakeb Kinsey provided seven points in his best collegiate showing to date and Jackson Lewis did a little bit of everything at the point, finishing with seven points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds.

Taylor’s defense also excelled in the contest, holding the Thunderhawks (0-4) to a 37.9-percent clip from the field and a three-of-15 showing from beyond the arc. TU posted season-highs with nine steals and six blocks and held its opponent under 70 points for the sixth time in as many games to open the season.

Despite the final numbers, TU found itself in a 14-point deficit just over one minute into the final stanza, as it struggled to find its way without Hubbard against the extremely physical MUM defense.

After shooting just 32.3 percent in the first half and attempting only four free throws, Taylor switched gears after the break and began attacking the paint and drawing fouls. The result was a 51.9-percent field goal rate over the final 20 minutes and a 15-of-20 showing from the charity stripe.

Fuhrmann ignited the second-half charge, scoring 16 points during a game-saving, 21-7, Trojan rally that erased the 14-point deficit and gave TU new life at 50-50.

Two more points from Fuhrmann got Taylor over the hump at 54-52, but it was a 12-0 spurt in the following moments that put TU on top to stay.

Niehaus fueled that rally with six points sandwiched around back-to-back triples from Gavin Yoon and Lewis, as Taylor bolted to a 67-56 lead with 5:07 remaining and finished off its first victory of the young campaign.

Taylor closed the contest on a 44-21 blitz over the final 15:55 of game action and outscored its guests by a 48-27 gap in the second half.

The Trojans (1-5) will look to ride that momentum into their next game when they host Wilberforce (3-4) at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 16.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJANS RACK UP 116 POINTS IN SECOND WIN IN AS MANY NIGHTS

UPLAND, Ind. – For the second-straight night, the Taylor University women’s basketball team won inside Odle Arena, this time by the tune a 116-39 victory over Miami-Middletown (0-3). There were a flurry of career-bests, as Taylor won by its largest margin since 2001.

The Trojans built off the momentum from last night’s win, limiting their turnovers once again while scoring 37 points off of the opponents 24 miscues. Taylor secured 15 steals and dominated the paint, out-rebounding the Thunderhawks 66-25.

Gretchen Moll and Taylor Westgate led the way for the Trojans in this way, both achieving career-bests. Westgate snagged 16 rebounds to go with her 14 points on 5-10 shooting, while Moll collected 10 boards to go with her 16 points on 8-12 shooting.

Speaking of career-bests, Ariel Dale increased her mark from last night’s 12 points to tonight’s 13. Junior, Haley Harrison scored a personal-best 10 points. Freshman, Maycee Woods locked in a season-best 12 points, all of which came in the first half, while fellow freshmen, Kendall Wayne, Jillian Osswald, and Kathleen Ahner each had the best games of their young careers. Wayne scored seven and Osswald put up six, while Ahner scattered the scoresheet with four points, four assists, five rebounds and two steals.

The scoring came early, often, and widespread for the Trojans, as TU outscored Miami-Middletown 30-9 in the first quarter. Moll led the way with six points, with Lauren James close behind with five while three other Trojans contributed four points en route to a 21-point Taylor lead.

That lead only expanded in the second quarter, as the Trojans posted 29 more points in comparison to a mere three-point quarter for the Thunderhawks. Taylor was lights out on defense, relentless in its pressure which led to Miami-Middletown going 0-14 from the floor.

Woods and Westgate rallied the Trojan offense in the second frame, the freshman scoring eight while the sophomore added seven.

Taylor went into the half up 59-12, preventing the opponent from scoring a single bucket in the paint.

Out of the half, Taylor continued to increase its lead, outpacing Miami-Middletown 28-11 in the third. This time, Claycee West led the charge, scoring nine points on 3-4 shooting from three. Dale backed West up with six third quarter points of her own.

Harrison and Wayne, then, ignited their career-nights in the fourth, each knocking in two three’s for six fourth-quarter points while the Trojans extended their lead to 77 by the end of the game.

Taylor’s 77-point winning margin is the largest since 2001, when the Trojans beat IU-Northwest by a score of 103-12 for a 91-point victory margin.

The Trojans (4-4) will look to carry their momentum through the weekend and into next weekend’s Crossroads League-opener at Huntington (2-3) on Saturday, November 20th, at 1:00 pm.

EARLHAM MEN’S BASKETBALL:

GREENCASTLE — The Earlham College men’s basketball team suffered a 67-58 defeat to DePauw University on Friday evening.

The Quakers fell to 0-2 while the Tigers improved to 1-1.

Jordan Goodson topped the Quaker scoresheet with 15 points.

Earlham tied the contest at 58 with 4:55 remaining in the fourth quarter, but was then shut out as DePauw went on a 9-0 run to conclude the game.

Due to a live stats error, a full box score is currently unavailable.

Earlham will host Adrian College on Wednesday in Druley Performance Gym. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 pm.

ANDERSON MEN’S BASKETBALL: MEN’S BASKETBALL: RAVENS FIGHT OFF BULLDOG RALLIES

The Anderson University men’s basketball team (1-0) fought off a pair of rallies from Adrian College (0-1) in a 75-65 victory on Friday in Adrian, Mich.

HOW IT HAPPENED

After Adrian’s Connor Pelham slammed a dunk for the Bulldogs on the opening possession, the Ravens scored the next nine points to open with a 9-2 lead with 16 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the first half.

Maurice Knight scored Anderson’s first five points and nine of Anderson’s first 11 points.

Trailing Anderson 11-4, Adrian put together a 10-0 run to take a 14-11 lead with 13:11 left in the first half. Pelham capped the run with a dunk.

Dalton DuBois converted two free throws. Jordan Gadis followed up with a layup to give Anderson a 15-14 advantage. The Bulldogs would never regain the lead.

Andrew Larson would provide Adrian with a layup to tie the game at 18-all, but then Anderson would spark a 10-0 run to go ahead 28-18 with 5:59 left in the first half. DuBois would cap the run by draining a 3-pointer.

The Ravens carried a 38-27 lead into halftime.

Anderson held its biggest advantage in the second half, leading Adrian 51-33 with 15:05 remaining.

The Bulldogs began to trim the lead. De’Ovion Price hit a jumper to cut Anderson’s lead to 55-47 with 9:31 to go.

Knight responded with a 3-pointer to the Ravens up by 11.

Trailing Anderson by 10, Pellham hit a jumper and Price drained a 3-pointer to cut Anderson’s lead to 61-56 with 6:08 to go.

Anderson scored the next six points. Gadis knocked down four free throws while DuBois made a layup to give the Ravens a 67-56 advantage.

Price contributed a bucket and Larson added a bucket-and-1 to cut the deficit to 67-61 with 2:46 to go.

The Bulldogs came up empty on their next three possessions to help seal their fate. Francis Uzorh made a layup with 1:24 to go to put Anderson ahead by eight. Anderson outscored Adrian 6-4 for the remainder of the contest.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Anderson rolled to a 47-30 rebounding advantage.

The Bulldogs outscored the Ravens 24-13 off turnovers.

Knight produced 21 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

Gadis contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Uzorh notched 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

COACH OWEN HANDY’S COMMENTS

This was in many ways a consummate first game. We showed flashes of being a pretty good team, and at times also looked like a group trying to find its identity.

We turned it over too much, and we settled too often on offense for shots that were adequate but not great. We did some nice things defensively and really had a dominating effort on the glass.

On the whole I am pleased with our effort. We overcame some adversity in the middle of the second half and did enough to win.

We got great minutes off the bench tonight from Phil Bessick. Phil did a good job defensively and steadied the ship when we had some foul trouble.

UP NEXT

The Ravens battle Kalamazoo College (1-1) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Kalamazoo, Mich.

VINCENNES MEN’S BASKETBALL: TRAILBLAZERS FALL TO EAST MISSISSIPPI ON DAY ONE OF MCDONALD’S CLASSIC

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers fell behind early against the visiting East Mississippi Community College Lions Friday night and were unable to answer back as the Trailblazers fell 64-50 on the first day of the first annual McDonald’s Classic.

East Mississippi took the lead within the first two minutes of the game and Vincennes was never able to regain the lead the rest of the game.

The Lions built up a 16-point lead in the first half, before Vincennes would hit a basket to go into the locker room facing a 36-22 deficit.

East Mississippi continued to push in the second half, starting the half on a 6-0 scoring run.

Vincennes was able to force a draw in the second half, with the two teams each scoring 28 points in the 20-minute period.

The Lions held their biggest lead at 24 points late in the second half before freshman Brevin Jefferson (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit a pair of late three’s to cut the deficit back down to the eventually final 14 margin for East Mississippi, with the Lions winning 64-50.

“We didn’t play very well,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “It’s on me, but I don’t think we played very well at all. I thought we had opportunities early. We ran some actions, got some easy layups right off the bat and we don’t finish. Maybe it’s because we’re young, but I’ve had freshmen who have played pretty good before and I’ve had some that don’t and right now we have to find some that will.”

“We ran press break, there wasn’t anything new that they threw at us. We’ve worked on it and we worked on it earlier today,” Franklin added. “The options are there, like they always have been and we just freak out. We freak out in every way possible. We freak out handling the ball, we let people come up and take it from us. Or we just throw the ball to nothing. We also don’t get to where we’re supposed to on spots and we don’t get there with urgency so you’re in a good position to press break.”

“That’s essentially where we are, it happened to us against Harcum, it happened again tonight. We’ve worked extensively on press breaks because we knew we were going to get pressed Wednesday night, so we’ve had ample amounts of practice. Now it’s just about finding guys who can go out there and get it done.”

Freshman Thow James Biel (Calgary, Alberta) was the leading scorer for the Blazers offensively. The 6-foot-7 freshman finished with 18 points and eight rebounds on the night.

Brevin Jefferson ended his night with 13 points with a pair of assists and hitting three of six shots from behind the arc.

Freshman guard Trenton Johnson (South Bend, Ind.) came off the bench to score in double figures, ending with 11 points and two assists.

Freshman Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) only managed to score two points, but found other ways to contribute for the Blazers, leading the team with 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

“Until, if and when, the players get tired of playing this way and they want to come to me and do what they’re supposed to do, like playing with a hard edge and no excuses, until then it’s going to be brutal with our schedule,” Franklin said. “There’s no way that we can really win if they’re not doing what they are supposed to be doing and do it with some determination.”

“We told Shilo to set them up the hill, then come back down and score over the top against double and triple teams and he just wouldn’t do it,” Franklin added. “We finally got them to do it three times in the first half, he did it once and Thow did it twice and those were the three buckets we had in the post.”

“It’s on me. I made a choice to come out here with mostly freshmen, with a couple of guys that didn’t work out but we’re left with a group of freshmen that we brought in here and we expect them to play better,” Franklin said. “We expect to be able to coach them up to play better. Right now, that hasn’t happened and we’re not getting any freebies because we’re not playing anybody that would be freebies.”

The Blazers will look to have a better result tomorrow when Vincennes hosts No. 18 Northeast Mississippi Community College Saturday, Nov. 13. Tip-off time is scheduled for 7 p.m. eastern.

“The biggest thing we need to do right now is play with some determination,” Franklin said. “I want to see some real determination and being really locked in on the simple things we’re supposed to be locked in on and then that determination needs to turn into real competitiveness. Not just out here hoping and wishing. So more than anything with the x’s and o’s, more than anything, that’s what I want to see.”

“I want to see that when we tell them, ‘this is what you’re supposed to be doing’, that we see them locked into that and really fighting to do it,” Franklin added. “That’s all I want to see and that’s really all I could ask for. Until that happens, we’re not going to turn this around. I’ve had teams that have turned and improved even back at Southeastern Illinois, but it all centers on that. We’ll see if it’s in us. If it is, then I’ll do my best to coach them up and get them as far down the line as I can. But until we see that, we’re not going to have a change. We play too good of teams and we have to go earn it right now. That’s just the situation we’re in.”

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS530.6250.02351183-1-02-2-04-3-02-0-01 L
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS540.5560.52301701-4-04-0-04-1-02-1-03 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS370.3003.01772522-3-01-4-03-5-01-2-02 W
NEW YORK JETS260.2503.01442512-1-00-5-02-4-00-2-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS530.6250.01992012-2-03-1-03-2-02-0-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS530.6250.01961893-1-02-2-04-1-01-1-01 L
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS540.5560.52212273-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-02 W
DENVER BRONCOS540.5560.51871532-2-03-2-02-4-00-1-02 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS630.6670.02312174-1-02-2-04-3-00-1-01 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS530.6250.51611693-2-02-1-03-2-01-1-04 W
CLEVELAND BROWNS540.5561.02241963-2-02-2-03-3-01-1-01 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS540.5561.02362032-2-03-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS720.7780.02552113-1-04-1-05-1-03-0-05 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS450.4443.02452132-3-02-2-03-3-01-2-01 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS260.2504.51322092-3-00-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
HOUSTON TEXANS180.1116.01282581-3-00-5-01-5-01-1-08 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS620.7500.02411923-1-03-1-04-1-02-0-01 L
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES360.3333.52272180-4-03-2-03-3-00-1-01 L
NEW YORK GIANTS360.3333.51792162-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM260.2504.01562271-3-01-3-02-2-01-0-04 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS810.8890.02771553-1-05-0-04-1-03-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS720.7781.02611963-2-04-0-05-1-01-1-01 L
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS350.3754.51811691-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-01 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS350.3754.51852020-4-03-1-03-4-00-3-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS720.7780.01991803-0-04-2-05-1-02-0-01 L
MINNESOTA VIKINGS350.3753.51941912-2-01-3-03-2-01-0-02 L
CHICAGO BEARS360.3334.01502242-2-01-4-01-4-01-1-04 L
DETROIT LIONS080.0006.51342440-4-00-4-00-6-00-3-08 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS620.7500.02601834-0-02-2-04-2-01-1-01 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS530.6251.02011552-2-03-1-04-3-01-2-01 L
ATLANTA FALCONS440.5002.01752201-3-03-1-02-4-01-2-01 W
CAROLINA PANTHERS450.4442.51711832-3-02-2-02-4-02-0-01 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN94.6924-25-22-08-48-22 W
PHILADELPHIA85.6151.04-44-10-45-56-43 L
TORONTO76.5382.02-55-13-27-56-41 W
NEW YORK76.5382.02-45-23-16-65-52 L
BOSTON66.5002.52-34-31-25-56-42 W
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO84.6675-23-22-05-36-41 L
CLEVELAND85.6150.53-25-31-05-27-31 W
MILWAUKEE67.4622.51-45-32-05-44-61 L
INDIANA58.3853.53-22-60-12-64-61 W
DETROIT29.1825.51-41-50-41-92-81 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
WASHINGTON83.7275-13-21-17-37-33 W
MIAMI75.5831.54-13-42-04-26-43 L
CHARLOTTE77.5002.53-24-51-15-34-62 W
ATLANTA49.3085.03-11-81-12-42-86 L
ORLANDO39.2505.51-52-40-21-73-71 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH84.6674-14-32-05-06-41 L
DENVER84.6676-12-31-15-36-44 W
PORTLAND67.4622.55-11-65-45-51 W
OKLAHOMA CITY56.4552.53-22-40-15-55-54 W
MINNESOTA47.3643.52-52-20-13-63-71 W
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE111.9178-13-03-08-19-17 W
PHOENIX83.7272.55-23-12-16-38-27 W
LA CLIPPERS74.6363.55-22-20-15-37-36 W
LA LAKERS76.5384.56-41-20-24-66-41 L
SACRAMENTO58.3856.52-43-41-24-74-64 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS84.6675-13-35-06-17-31 W
MEMPHIS66.5002.04-32-35-34-62 L
SAN ANTONIO48.3334.02-42-40-31-63-71 L
HOUSTON111.0837.01-40-70-11-90-1010 L
NEW ORLEANS112.0777.50-61-60-11-71-99 L

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS141022221054387-0-03-2-26-2-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS1595119938387-2-12-3-07-3-0
DETROIT RED WINGS1576216743484-2-23-4-05-4-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING1263315636372-2-24-1-15-2-3
BUFFALO SABRES1365214539385-1-11-4-13-5-2
BOSTON BRUINS1165012531335-1-01-4-05-5-0
MONTREAL CANADIENS1541019432503-5-11-5-04-5-1
OTTAWA SENATORS133917330452-6-01-3-11-8-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES121020201042235-1-05-1-08-2-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS1482420848354-1-34-1-15-2-3
NEW YORK RANGERS1373317733372-1-15-2-26-2-2
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1273216734293-2-14-1-16-3-1
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1273216637335-2-12-1-15-3-2
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS1174014635325-2-02-2-06-4-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS1253414438374-3-21-0-24-3-3
NEW YORK ISLANDERS1154212527295-4-25-3-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
ST. LOUIS BLUES1282218743313-1-15-1-16-2-2
MINNESOTA WILD1394018844414-1-05-3-06-4-0
WINNIPEG JETS1373317643365-1-12-2-27-1-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS1485117740383-3-05-2-17-2-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE1155111437373-2-12-3-04-5-1
DALLAS STARS1246210327391-2-13-4-13-5-2
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS1549210333514-4-10-5-14-5-1
ARIZONA COYOTES1411213122561-4-00-8-11-9-0
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
EDMONTON OILERS13103020954386-1-04-2-07-3-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS1584319852435-2-13-2-26-1-3
CALGARY FLAMES1473418744322-1-35-2-15-2-3
LOS ANGELES KINGS1485117740345-2-03-3-17-3-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS1486016740424-3-04-3-07-3-0
SAN JOSE SHARKS1375115737353-2-14-3-04-5-1
VANCOUVER CANUCKS1457212436432-4-13-3-14-5-1
SEATTLE KRAKEN144919440513-3-01-6-13-7-0