INDIANA HS FOOTBALL WEEK 9 SCORES

ADAMS CENTRAL 42, WOODLAN 7

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 21, COLUMBUS EAST 3

BEN DAVIS 42, NORTH CENTRAL (INDY) 6

BLOOMINGTON NORTH 35, SOUTHPORT 27

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 42, SEYMOUR 14

BLUFFTON 28, LAKELAND 7

BREBEUF JESUIT 40, TERRE HAUTE NORTH 0

BREMEN 40, SOUTH BEND CLAY 0

CARMEL 27, LAWRENCE CENTRAL 7

CASCADE 55, CARDINAL RITTER 28

CATHEDRAL 40, CENTER GROVE 29

CENTERVILLE 70, KNIGHTSTOWN 0

CHARLESTOWN 47, EASTERN (PEKIN) 6

CHESTERTON 35, MERRILLVILLE 10

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (MO) 52, WARREN CENTRAL 25

CHURUBUSCO 35, FAIRFIELD 14

CINCINNATI ELDER (OH) 21, BISHOP CHATARD 16

CLARKSVILLE 58, CRAWFORD COUNTY 14

COLUMBIA CITY 25, NORWELL 24

CONCORD 52, PLYMOUTH 0

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 48, PURDUE POLYTECHNIC 7

CRAWFORDSVILLE 25, FRANKFORT 7

CROWN POINT 38, MICHIGAN CITY 3

DELPHI 49, TAYLOR 14

EAST NOBLE 49, BELLMONT 7

EASTERN (GREENTOWN) 47, CLINTON PRAIRIE 24

EASTERN GREENE 34, NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) 28

EASTERN HANCOCK 29, LAPEL 22

EASTSIDE 28, ANGOLA 7

EDGEWOOD 14, BROWN COUNTY 6

EVANSVILLE HARRISON 28, EVANSVILLE BOSSE 12

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 28, CASTLE 19

EVANSVILLE NORTH 48, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 0

EVANSVILLE REITZ 14, EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 7

FISHERS 37, ZIONSVILLE 7

FLOYD CENTRAL 20, NEW ALBANY 14

FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER 45, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP 20

FORT WAYNE CARROLL 45, FORT WAYNE WAYNE 8

FORT WAYNE NORTH SIDE 48, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN 21

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 52, FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS 7

FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 72, PARKE HERITAGE 38

FRANKLIN COUNTY 20, BEECH GROVE 15

FRANKLIN 21, DECATUR CENTRAL 13

FRANKTON 30, BLACKFORD 7

FREMONT 28, LAKE STATION 12

GARRETT 40, CENTRAL NOBLE 23

GARY WEST SIDE 42, CRISPUS ATTUCKS 0

GIBSON SOUTHERN 39, BOONVILLE 21

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL 50, NEW CASTLE 7

GREENSBURG 45, RUSHVILLE 14

GRIFFITH 35, WHEELER 15

GUERIN CATHOLIC 42, CULVER ACADEMY 0

HAMMOND MORTON 58, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL 12

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 31, BROWNSBURG 28

HANOVER CENTRAL 42, CALUMET 0

HERITAGE HILLS 61, PRINCETON 0

HERITAGE 42, JAY COUNTY 7

HIGHLAND 40, KANKAKEE VALLEY 34

HOBART 35, MUNSTER 0

HOMESTEAD 49, FORT WAYNE SOUTH SIDE 6

INDIANA DEAF 38, SOUTHSIDE HOME SCHOOL 16

JASPER 43, VINCENNES LINCOLN 13

JENNINGS COUNTY 36, JEFFERSONVILLE 35

JIMTOWN 19, SOUTH BEND RILEY 7

JOHN GLENN 36, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 0

KNOX 55, CASTON 0

LAVILLE 42, CULVER 0

LAFAYETTE HARRISON 42, RICHMOND 8

LAFAYETTE JEFF 32, KOKOMO 30

LAWRENCE NORTH 65, PIKE 42

LAWRENCEBURG 31, SOUTH DEARBORN 0

LEO 41, DEKALB 17

LINTON-STOCKTON 35, SOUTH PUTNAM 10

LOGANSPORT 26, ANDERSON 21

LOWELL 28, ANDREAN 13

LUTHERAN 62, TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 8

MADISON-GRANT 65, ALEXANDRIA 21

MCCUTCHEON 37, MARION 0

MILAN 42, SWITZERLAND COUNTY 0

MISHAWAKA 54, WAWASEE 21

MISSISSINEWA 28, EASTBROOK 6

MOORESVILLE 37, PERRY MERIDIAN 22

MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 63, YORKTOWN 45

MT. VERNON (POSEY) 56, WASHINGTON 0

MUNCIE CENTRAL 40, ARSENAL TECH 26

NEW HAVEN 32, HUNTINGTON NORTH 21

NEW PALESTINE 47, DELTA 7

NEW PRAIRIE 35, ELKHART 7

NOBLESVILLE 43, AVON 41

NORTH DECATUR 51, WES-DEL 0

NORTH HARRISON 21, PROVIDENCE 14

NORTH JUDSON 55, PIONEER 8

NORTH KNOX 23, PAOLI 20

NORTH MIAMI 28, NORTHFIELD 16

NORTH MONTGOMERY 8, DANVILLE 6

NORTH POSEY 41, PIKE CENTRAL 13

NORTH PUTNAM 34, GREENCASTLE 28, OT

NORTHWOOD 42, GOSHEN 6

NORTHEASTERN 42, HAGERSTOWN 6

NORTHVIEW 60, INDIAN CREEK 23

OAK HILL 56, ELWOOD 0

OWEN VALLEY 69, CLOVERDALE 13

PARK TUDOR 57, EDINBURGH 12

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 35, SHELBYVILLE 7

PENN 35, SOUTH BEND ADAMS 7

PERRY CENTRAL 42, MITCHELL 8

PERU 19, MANCHESTER 18

PLAINFIELD 21, MARTINSVILLE 17

PORTAGE 28, LAPORTE 6

RIVER FOREST 20, BOWMAN ACADEMY 8

RIVERTON PARKE 74, COVINGTON 36

ROCHESTER 38, MACONAQUAH 14

RONCALLI 21, EAST CENTRAL 19

SCECINA 42, MONROVIA 0

SCOTTSBURG 23, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 14

SEEGER 33, NORTH VERMILLION 18

SHENANDOAH 27, MONROE CENTRAL 6

SHERIDAN 19, CARROLL (FLORA) 18

SILVER CREEK 57, CORYDON CENTRAL 50

SOUTH ADAMS 49, SOUTHERN WELLS 8

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 28, MISHAWAKA MARIAN 21, OT

SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) 35, HAMMOND BISHOP NOLL 12

SOUTH DECATUR 55, CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN 16

SOUTH SPENCER 38, TELL CITY 22

SOUTH VERMILLION 40, ATTICA 0

SOUTHRIDGE 42, FOREST PARK 14

SOUTHWOOD 28, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 26

SPRINGS VALLEY 38, NORTH DAVIESS 6

SULLIVAN 42, WEST VIGO 6

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 43, COLUMBUS NORTH 6

TINDLEY 40, GEORGE WASHINGTON 0

TRI-CENTRAL 41, CLINTON CENTRAL 0

TRI-COUNTY 30, NORTH NEWTON 24

TRI-WEST 35, SOUTHMONT 0

TRI 35, UNION COUNTY 7

TRITON CENTRAL 38, SPEEDWAY 7

TRITON 42, WINAMAC 6

VALPARAISO 21, LAKE CENTRAL 14

WABASH 49, WHITKO 0

WARSAW 35, NORTHRIDGE 21

WEST CENTRAL 34, NORTH WHITE 14

WEST NOBLE 51, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 13

WEST WASHINGTON 14, SALEM 7

WESTERN BOONE 30, LEBANON 14

WESTFIELD 24, FRANKLIN CENTRAL 13

WHITELAND 42, GREENWOOD 14

WHITING 17, BOONE GROVE 8

WINCHESTER 44, UNION CITY 6

HOOSIER CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

WEST LAFAYETTE 43, WESTERN 6 (1ST PLACE)

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 41, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 21 (3RD PLACE)

LEWIS CASS 28, RENSSELAER CENTRAL 14 (5TH PLACE)

TIPTON 40, BENTON CENTRAL 0 (7TH PLACE)

NORTHWESTERN 42, TWIN LAKES 7 (9TH PLACE)

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER REGIONAL BRACKETS

3A: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/D16smTLGEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/IUwO5zLGEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/soccer-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-3a-boys-soccer-state-tournament-class-3a-state-championship.htm

2A:

https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/RUEMozLGEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/VzMzdjLGEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/soccer-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-2a-boys-soccer-state-tournament-class-2a-state-championship.htm

1A:

https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/VzMz7jLGEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/aSVZ-TLGEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/soccer-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-1a-boys-soccer-state-tournament-class-1a-state-championship.htm

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER REGIONAL BRACKETS

3A:

https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/O6UGzDLHEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/TaV7TTLHEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/girls-soccer-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-3a-girls-soccer-state-tournament-class-3a-state-championship.htm

2A:

https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/U6v9xDLHEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/X6FakjLHEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/girls-soccer-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-2a-girls-soccer-state-tournament-class-2a-state-championship.htm

1A:

https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/X6FapTLHEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/cZW0CDLHEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/girls-soccer-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-1a-girls-soccer-state-tournament-class-1a-state-championship.htm

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS TOURNEY BRACKET:

https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2022-23%20State%20Championship%20Bracket_8.pdf

INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY SEMI-STATE

1. NEW PRAIRIE | 10:30 AM CT; 11:15 AM CT | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: CROWN POINT, CULVER ACADEMIES, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE), CHESTERTON

2. NEW HAVEN @ HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: DELTA, ELKHART, MARION, WEST NOBLE

3. SHELBYVILLE @ BLUE RIVER PARK | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEN DAVIS, NOBLESVILLE, RUSHVILLE CONSOLIDATED, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY

4. BROWN COUNTY | 11:30 AM ET; 12:15 PM ET | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, COLUMBUS NORTH, CRAWFORD COUNTY, PIKE CENTRAL

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SECTIONAL SCORES/BRACKETS

4A

https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/5v-tgzOdEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-4a-volleyball-state-tournament.htm

3A

https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/-QAiQTOdEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-3a-volleyball-state-tournament.htm

2A

https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/CvlwBjOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-2a-volleyball-state-tournament.htm

1A

https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/HP6o-zOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-1a-volleyball-state-tournament.htm

WEEK 7 INDIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

ANDERSON VS. MT. ST. JOSEPH, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.

BALL STATE VS. UCONN, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN3)

BUTLER AT VALPARAISO, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN3)

FRANKLIN VS. DEFIANCE, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.

HANOVER AT MANCHESTER, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.

INDIANA VS. MARYLAND, OCTOBER 15 AT 3:30 P.M. (TV: ESPN2)

INDIANA STATE AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)

INDIANA WESLEYAN AT LAWRENCE TECH, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.

MARIAN AT ST. FRANCIS, OCTOBER 15 AT NOON

NOTRE DAME VS. STANFORD, OCTOBER 15 AT 7:30 P.M. (TV: NBC)

PURDUE VS. NEBRASKA, OCTOBER 15 AT 7:30 P.M. (TV: BIG TEN NETWORK)

ROSE-HULMAN AT BLUFFTON, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.

TAYLOR VS. CONCORDIA, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.

TRINE AT OLIVET, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.

UINDY AT SAGINAW VALLEY STATE, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M.

WABASH VS. OHIO WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.

WEEK 7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, OCT. 15

NO. 10 PENN STATE AT NO. 5 MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX

AUBURN AT NO. 9 OLE MISS | 12 P.M. | ESPN

NO. 19 KANSAS AT OKLAHOMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

IOWA STATE AT NO. 22 TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ABC

MINNESOTA AT NO. 24 ILLINOIS | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

COLGATE AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

MIAMI (OHIO) AT BOWLING GREEN | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

OLD DOMINION AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

MIAMI (FLA.) AT VIRGINIA TECH | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

BUFFALO AT UMASS | 1 P.M. | ESPN3

CAL AT COLORADO | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

UCONN AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3

VANDERBILT AT NO. 1 GEORGIA | 3:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NO. 3 ALABAMA AT NO. 6 TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

NO. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE AT NO. 13 TCU | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

NO. 15 NC STATE AT NO. 18 SYRACUSE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ARKANSAS AT BYU | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

GARDNER-WEBB AT LIBERTY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

MARYLAND AT INDIANA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

KENT STATE AT TOLEDO | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

OHIO AT WESTERN MICHIGAN | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

TEXAS STATE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

CHARLOTTE AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

NO. 25 JAMES MADISON AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

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

TULANE AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

LOUISIANA TECH AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

RICE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

LSU AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

UTAH STATE AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

ARKANSAS STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

UL MONROE AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

NO. 4 CLEMSON AT FLORIDA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

NO. 16 MISSISSIPPI STATE AT NO. 22 KENTUCKY | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

STANFORD AT NOTRE DAME | 7:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

NEBRASKA AT PURDUE | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

MEMPHIS AT EAST CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NO. 7 USC AT NO. 20 UTAH | 8 P.M. | FOX

NORTH CAROLINA AT DUKE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON STATE | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

AIR FORCE AT UNLV | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

SAN JOSE STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:45 P.M. | FS1

NEVADA AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

NFL WEEK 6

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

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

NEW YORK JETS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

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

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

BUFFALO BILLS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

DALLAS COWBOYS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN

MLB PLAYOFFS

CLEVELAND 4 NY YANKEES 2 (10)

PHILADELPHIA 9 ATLANTA 1

SAN DIEGO 2 LA DODGERS 1

SATURDAY, OCT. 15

NLDS GAME 4, ATL @ PHI 2:07 P.M., FS1/FOX DEPORTES

ALDS GAME 3, HOU @ SEA 4:07 P.M., TBS

ALDS GAME 3, NYY @ CLE 7:37 P.M., TBS

NLDS GAME 4, LAD @ SD 9:37 P.M., FS1/FOX DEPORTES

SUNDAY, OCT. 16

ALDS GAME 4, HOU @ SEA 3:07 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)

NLDS GAME 5, PHI @ ATL 4:37 P.M., FS1/FOX DEPORTES (IF NECESSARY)

ALDS GAME 4, NYY @ CLE 7:07 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)

NLDS GAME 5, SD @ LAD 9:07 P.M., FS1/FOX DEPORTES (IF NECESSARY)

• UNDER ANY SCENARIO, HOU @ SEA WILL REMAIN AT 3:07 P.M. ET.

• PHI @ ATL WILL SLIDE TO 6:07 P.M. ET ON FS1/FOX DEPORTES IF BOTH THE NYY-CLE AND THE LAD-SD DIVISION SERIES ARE OVER AFTER SATURDAY, OCT. 15.

• LAD-SD ON FS1/FOX DEPORTES CAN SLIDE TO 8:37 P.M. ET IF THE NYY-CLE SERIES IS OVER AFTER SATURDAY, OCT. 15.

MONDAY, OCT. 17

ALDS GAME 5, SEA @ HOU 5:07 P.M., TNT (IF NECESSARY)

ALDS GAME 5, CLE @ NYY 7:37 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)

• IF THERE IS ONLY ONE GAME ON MONDAY, THEN IT WILL BE PLAYED AT 7:07 P.M. ET ON TBS.

NBA PRE-SEASON

HOUSTON 122 INDIANA 114

ORLANDO 114 CLEVELAND 108

NEW YORK 105 WASHINGTON 89

TORONTO 137 BOSTON 134 OT

NEW ORLEANS 120 ATLANTA 111

BROOKLYN 112 MINNESOTA 102

DALLAS 115 UTAH 101

DENVER 119 GOLDEN STATE 112

SACRAMENTO 133 LA LAKERS 86

NHL SCOREBOARD

TAMPA BAY 5 COLUMBUS 2

DETROIT 3 MONTRÉAL 0

WINNIPEG 4 NY RANGERS 1

CAROLINA 2 SAN JOSE 1

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Snell, Grisham lead Padres over Dodgers 2-1 for NLDS lead

SAN DIEGO (AP) Until Friday night, San Diego Padres fans had never seen a home playoff victory in person since Petco Park opened in 2004.

Blake Snell, Trent Grisham and the Padres’ lights-out bullpen finally gave them the chance to go crazy.

Snell pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning and Grisham homered at festive Petco Park, helping the Padres top the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 for a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.

San Diego can advance to its first NL Championship Series since 1998 with one more win Saturday night. Joe Musgrove pitches for his hometown Padres, and Tyler Anderson starts for the NL West champions.

The Padres noticed the energy from the fans well before the game started

“There are going to be a lot of hoarse voices coming back tomorrow,” manager Bob Melvin said. “To keep up that pace the whole game, that was pretty cool.”

With Snell working 5 1/3 innings and Josh Hader finishing a scoreless performance by San Diego’s bullpen, the 111-win Dodgers were pushed to the brink of a massive disappointment. Los Angeles went 14-5 against San Diego in the regular season, and it has defeated the Padres in nine straight series dating to 2021.

“The core of this group has been in this position before, and we’re going to approach it like it’s the way it is. It’s win or go home,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We’ve got to play better baseball. When we do have opportunities to cash in, we’ve got to take advantage of them.”

San Diego stranded two runners in each of the first four innings and 10 total. But Jake Cronenworth’s RBI single in the first and Grisham’s drive to right in the fourth were enough.

The sellout crowd of 45,137 roared when Hader struck out Trayce Thompson swinging for the final out. The four-time All-Star, who was acquired in an Aug. 1 trade with Milwaukee, also got the save in San Diego’s 5-3 victory Wednesday, working 1 1/3 innings.

“The crowd was legit,” Snell said. “That’s probably the best crowd I’ve ever pitched in front of.”

Nick Martinez got two outs and Luis Garcia and Robert Suarez each worked an inning before Hader closed out Game 3 for a six-hitter. San Diego’s bullpen has thrown 13 straight scoreless innings in this series.

“I think anytime you hold a lineup like that down like we have here, that’s hard to do,” Melvin said. “But we feel like it’s a really deep bullpen, a lot of power arms pitching well toward the end of the season, into the postseason, inspired even a little bit more so.”

Garcia, Suarez and Hader each hit 100 mph.

“One hit could potentially throw the game the other way,” Melvin said. “All our relievers felt that. You don’t see 100 mph often, especially out of three guys in a row.”

The Dodgers were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven.

“They’re pitching good right now, we’re not hitting,” Freddie Freeman said. “So we’ve got to hit tomorrow. The last two games we’re not hitting.”

The Padres hadn’t hosted a playoff game with fans in the stands since the 2006 NLDS. Long-suffering fans made up for that gap by filling the downtown ballpark and raucously supporting a franchise that has made only seven trips to the postseason in its 54 seasons.

San Diego won a home wild-card series against St. Louis after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season but fans weren’t allowed in. San Diego was then swept in the NLDS by the eventual World Series champion Dodgers in the Texas bubble.

Waving yellow rally towels, the fans began chants of “Beat L.A.!” right after the national anthem.

Mookie Betts momentarily silenced the crowd with a leadoff single, but Snell struck out the side to a massive ovation.

Juan Soto, picked up at the trade deadline in a blockbuster deal with Washington, doubled with one out in the first and scored on Cronenworth’s two-out single off Tony Gonsolin.

Grisham, who struggled at the plate during the regular season, homered for the third time this postseason when he drove a pitch from Andrew Heaney onto the whiskey deck atop the right field wall leading off the fourth.

The Dodgers closed to 2-1 on Betts’ sacrifice fly in the fifth after Thompson opened the inning with a single and Austin Barnes doubled.

The Dodgers had the bases loaded with two outs in the third before Will Smith popped out.

Snell was facing the Dodgers in the playoffs for the first time since the ill-fated Game 6 of the 2020 World Series. Then with Tampa Bay, Snell was pulled by manager Kevin Cash in the sixth inning with the Rays leading. They ended up losing the game and the World Series.

Snell was traded to San Diego two months later.

Snell allowed Max Muncy’s one-out double in the sixth and Melvin came on with the hook. Martinez retired the side.

San Diego chased Gonsolin, a first-time All-Star this year, after just 1 1/3 innings and 42 pitches. Manager Dave Roberts had said the Dodgers hoped to get him to 75 pitches. He allowed one run and four hits.

HOMETOWN JOE

Musgrove will be on the mound Saturday night in another big situation. Musgrove grew up in suburban El Cajon and threw the first no-hitter in Padres history in just his second start with his new team in April 2021. He was dominant in the clinching Game 3 of the wild-card series at New York, so much so that Mets manager Buck Showalter asked the umpires to check the right-hander’s ears for a foreign substance.

“I’m glad I get the opportunity to decide our fate one way or another,” Musgrove said before Friday night’s game.

UP NEXT

Anderson (15-5, 2.57 ERA regular season) is slated to make his first postseason start since 2018 while opposing Musgrove (10-7, 2.93) in Game 4.

Spike This! Hoskins, Harper homer, Phils rout Braves in NLDS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Rhys Hoskins raised his arms in triumph, and then spiked his bat in celebration – a raw, emotional moment destined for Philadelphia’s rich sports history.

Hoskins then trotted around the bases in front of a rabid crowd of 45,538 fans already in a tizzy over the Phillies’ first home playoff game in 11 years. The whole thing felt like an out-of-body experience for the veteran slugger.

“It’s just the moment, man,” he said. “I didn’t know what I did until a couple innings later, really.”

Hoskins burst out of his postseason malaise with a three-run homer and slammed his bat in celebration, and Bryce Harper hit a two-run shot that sent Philadelphia to a 9-1 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Friday night.

Harper added an RBI double as Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five matchup against the reigning World Series champions. The Phillies can advance to the NL Championship Series with a Game 4 win at home on Saturday.

Harper had a bit of Tug McGraw in him when he relayed a rallying cry to Hoskins.

“He said, `We ain’t losing,” Hoskins said. “I think it’s the belief that he has in us. It’s the belief we have in each other. “

Hoskins turned to Harper on the dais and asked him, “You want to do it again?”

“Let’s do it again,” Harper said.

“Let’s do it again,” Hoskins replied.

Phillies fans should save the rally towels – the Phillies played like a team that wants to keep Red October alive.

Bryson Stott got the rally going in the third inning with an RBI double off Braves rookie Spencer Strider. Kyle Schwarber then was walked intentionally.

Hoskins, mired in a 1-for-19 postseason slump, crushed a 93.8 mph fastball into the left field seats for a 4-0 lead. Hoskins raised his arms sky high, slammed his bat into the grass and he skipped his way to first base.

The exit velocity? It took about 2 seconds for Harper to hurdle over the dugout rail and toss his helmet in the air. Hoskins leapt into a violent elbow forearm exchange – think, Bash Brothers – with Stott as he crossed the plate.

“I don’t know if my feet touched the ground,” Hoskins said.

Strider, who pitched for the first time in almost a month because of a strained left oblique, gave up one more single before he was lifted for Dylan Lee.

Playing his first home playoff game with the Phillies, Harper hammered the ball into the twilight for his second postseason homer and a 6-0 lead. Phillies fans that held hand-cut letters that spelled out “Harper” bounced in delight in the stands.

Harper, who embraced Philly and the Phanatic and the fans from the moment he signed a $330 million, 13-year deal in 2019, pointed to a fan that held a “Hit That Jawn” sign behind the dugout.

Jawn is a Philly noun used to describe anything.

Harper’s shot made Philly feel everything.

“This is what it’s all about. We have an opportunity to clinch at home,” the two-time NL MVP said.

Aaron Nola, pitching the best baseball of his career, was an October ace again in shutting down a Braves team that won 101 games and the NL East. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out six in six-plus innings.

Nola, the longest-tenured Phillie, was on it from the jump. He needed only 10 pitches in the second inning to strike out the side. The Braves touched him for an unearned run in the sixth. He left the game in the seventh to a standing ovation.

“Try to treat tonight just like every other start. Try not to be anybody I’m not,” Nola said. “Try not to do anything I’m not capable of doing or haven’t done all year. Just to be myself.”

The Phillies played their first postseason home game since a 1-0 loss in the 2011 NLDS to Chris Carpenter and the eventual champion St. Louis Cardinals. They waited 11 years – 4,025 days, to be exact – and a whopping 14 straight road games since September to get back. The Phillies ended the season on a 10-game road trip and then played their first four playoff games on the road.

Phillies fans – and the Phanatic from atop the dugout – mocked Atlanta’s tomahawk chop, and red rally towels spun like helicopter rotor blades from the moment they snagged them at the gate. As Strider trudged off the mound in the third, one Phillies fan gleefully wagged his middle finger toward the pitcher for his entire walk to the dugout.

Strider could only shake his head after the shortest start of his brief career at 2 1/3 innings.

“I was going to pitch until they took the ball away and try to put up zeros,” Strider said.

The Phillies had never scored five runs in a postseason inning before 2022. They’ve done it twice now, the first time, of course, the six-run rally in the ninth against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NL wild-card series.

Harper rocked an RBI double to center in the seventh and Game 1 star Nick Castellanos drove in two runs in the inning for a 9-1 lead.

And one more time, the Phillies fans went wild.

“Absolutely insane. Electric. Nothing that I could have ever dreamed about,” Harper said. “It was whoa. It was chills again because that was unbelievably cool. I hope it’s like that for the next two weeks.”

PHELAN HONORED

The Phillies held a moment of silence for Corey Phelan, a 20-year-old minor league pitcher who died Wednesday of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He last pitched in the minors in 2021.

UP NEXT

The Braves send RHP Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.34 ERA) to the mound for Game 4. The Phillies will start RHP Noah Syndergaard (10-10, 3.94 ERA).

“We’ve got to win one in a row right now is what we’ve got to do,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We’ve got the perfect guy out there to do it. Charlie’s been in these situations many times. And we need to start scoring some runs.”

Guardians rally past Yankees 4-2 in 10 innings, tie ALDS 1-1

NEW YORK (AP) Little hits turn into big wins for the Cleveland Guardians.

Jose Ramirez hustled to reach third base leading off the 10th inning with a popup that dropped in left field, 200 feet from home plate. Oscar Gonzalez drove him in with the tiebreaking run on an even shorter opposite-field flare to right, then scored on Josh Naylor’s double, the only hard-hit ball of the inning.

“It’s not an easy way to win but it doesn’t mean you can’t,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said after Cleveland overcame a two-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 4-2 Friday. The victory evened the best-of-five AL Division Series at one game apiece.

Winner Emmanuel Clase pitched 2 1/3 innings, his most in the major leagues, and combined with Trevor Stephan and James Karinchak for 4 1/3 innings of one-hit relief. Cleveland, 29th among the 30 big league teams in home runs, stopped a six-game postseason losing streak to the Yankees,

“We just try find a way on base,” Naylor said. “If it’s a bloop hit, it’s a bloop hit. If it’s a hard-hit single, double, whatever the case it, we just try to hustle, try to make things happen on the field, try to put pressure on the defense.”

Game 3 will be at Cleveland on Saturday night. There is no travel day because a rainout Thursday had pushed Game 2 back a day.

“Good starting rotation, a great bullpen. They got nasty stuff down there,” Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said.

Judge went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts and dropped to 0 for 8 with seven strikeouts and a walk in the series. He is 2 for 37 with 27 strikeouts against Cleveland in three playoff series, including all four of his four-strikeout postseason games.

“Just a little late,” Judge said. “When you’re a little late, you’re missing pitches that you usually doing some damage on. You’re swinging at stuff that you usually don’t.”

Fresh off setting the AL home run record with 62, he was booed by some fans in the sellout crowd of 47,355 after whiffing against Stephan in the seventh.

“It’s the Bronx, man,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Great hitters go 0-for on a given day.”

First pitch was at 1:08 p.m. in the first early afternoon postseason start in the Bronx since Game 2 of the 2006 Division Series against Detroit. Shadows crept across the field from the first-base side in the middle innings on a cloudless afternoon, reminiscent of so many World Series games at old Yankee Stadium in the 1940s and ’50s.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run, opposite-field homer to right in the first off 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber, Stanton’s 10th homer in 20 postseason games.

Cleveland tied the score against All-Star Nestor Cortes when Andres Gimenez had an RBI single in the fourth and Amed Rosario homered into the Yankees bullpen in the fifth.

Cortes saved two runs in the fourth with an acrobatic leap and throw to first from a sitting position on Myles Straw’s two-out, one-hop smash. Falling off the third-base side of the mound, Cortes extended his glove hand to snag the ball as he hit the mound with his head toward first. He leaned back and made a one-hop throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who scooped the ball for the out.

‘I’m supposed to make that play 100% of the time. Just a little bit more dramatic effect into it,” Cortes said. “The bounce pass was probably the best idea because if I were to get up and go, I would probably would have been late.”

Lou Trivino, Jonathan Loaisiga, Wandy Peralta and Clay Holmes followed Cortes and combined for four hitless innings.

Jameson Taillon made his first big league relief appearance after 143 starts, and Ramirez sliced a fastball that rookie left fielder Oswaldo Cabrera missed by inches as third baseman Josh Donaldson, his back to the plate, pulled up to avoid a collision. Donaldson fired the ball past second for an error as Ramirez hustled all the way and slid into third headfirst.

Gonzalez, whose 15th-inning homer Saturday completed a first-round sweep of Tampa Bay in the wild-card round, fought off an outside curve, and hit a ball at 59 mph that went 164 feet and dropped midway between Judge in right and second baseman Gleyber Torres. Naylor added an RBI double that bounced on a hop off the wall in right-center.

Clase threw 33 pitches, 10 more than his regular-season high. He entered after Karinchak walked the bases loaded in the eighth, then retired Kyle Higashioka on an inning-ending lineout to Ramirez at third.

“It was preparing mentally and remembering when I was a starter in the minor leagues and try to do the same thing,” Clase said through a translator.

New York had just six hits and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position in a tense, 4-hour, 10-minute marathon.

“I think my blood pressure is already kind of bad, so that’s OK,” the 63-year-old Francona said. “I get it taken care of well before the game.”

STARTERS

Bieber gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. Cortes allowed two runs, six hits and three walks in five innings.

HE’S BACK

New York’s Matt Carpenter returned from a broken left foot that had sidelined him since Aug. 8. He pinch hit against Stephan with two on and two outs in the sixth, and he struck out.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: OF Andrew Benintendi (right wrist surgery), RHP Frankie Montas (right shoulder inflammation) and RHP Ron Marinaccio (right shin) are headed to the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Florida, to work out in hopes of returning in later rounds.

UP NEXT

RHP Luis Severino (7-3, 3.18) makes his first postseason start for the Yankees since 2019 and RHP Triston McKenzie (11-11, 2.96) will be on the mound for the Guardians after pitching six scoreless innings in Game 2 against Tampa Bay. Severino pitched seven no-hit innings at Texas in his last regular-season start.

Bruce Sutter, Hall of Famer and Cy Young winner, dies at 69

By The Associated Press

Associated Press

(AP) — Bruce Sutter, a Hall of Fame reliever and the 1979 Cy Young winner, has died. He was 69.

Sutter was recently diagnosed with cancer and died Thursday night in hospice, surrounded by his family, one of Sutter’s three sons, Chad, told The Associated Press. The Baseball Hall of Fame said Bruce Sutter died in Cartersville, Georgia.

“All our father ever wanted to be remembered as was being a great teammate, but he was so much more than that,” the Sutter family said in a statement Friday. “He was also a great husband to our mother for 50 (years), he was a great father and grandfather and he was a great friend. His love and passion for the game of baseball can only be surpassed by his love and passion for his family.”

Sutter is considered one of the first pitchers to throw a split-finger fastball. The right-hander played 12 seasons in the major leagues, was a six-time All-Star and ended up with 300 saves over his career.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was “deeply saddened” by the news.

“Bruce was the first pitcher to reach the Hall of Fame without starting a game, and he was one of the key figures who foreshadowed how the use of relievers would evolve,” Manfred said in a statement. “Bruce will be remembered as one of the best pitchers in the histories of two of our most historic franchises.”

Sutter debuted with the Chicago Cubs in 1976. The reliever won the Cy Young in 1979 in a season where he had 37 saves, 2.22 ERA and 110 strikeouts.

He joined the St. Louis Cardinals and played with them from 1981 to 1984. There, he won a World Series in 1982, ending Game 7 against the Brewers with a strikeout.

“Being a St Louis Cardinal was an honor he cherished deeply,” the Sutter family’s statement said. “To the Cardinals, his teammates and most importantly to the greatest fans in all of sports, we thank you for all of the love and support over the years.”

His last save, No. 300, came with the Atlanta Braves in 1988. Sutter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

“Bruce was a fan-favorite during his years in St. Louis and in the years to follow, and he will always be remembered for his 1982 World Series clinching save and signature split-fingered pitch,” Cardinals owner and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. “He was a true pioneer in the game, changing the role of the late inning reliever.”

Sutter was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in January 1953. The Baseball Hall of Fame said in a release that he learned the split-finger fastball from a Cubs minor-league pitching instructor while recovering from surgery on his right elbow.

The Cardinals said Sutter is survived by his wife, three sons, a daughter-in-law and six grandkids.

“I feel like a brother passed away,” Hall of Famer Jim Kaat said. “I knew Bruce deeper than just about any other teammate. We spent a lot of time together, and as happens when your careers end, you go your separate ways. But we stayed in touch and considered each other great friends.”

NFL says Deshaun Watson status unchanged despite new lawsuit

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Suspended Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s status with the NFL has not been affected by a new civil lawsuit filed by another woman accusing him of sexual misconduct two years ago, the league said Friday.

Watson is serving an 11-game suspension for alleged sexual misconduct while he played for the Houston Texans. Two dozen women previously alleged he was sexually inappropriate during massage therapy sessions.

On Thursday, another woman filed a lawsuit in Texas that alleges Watson pressured her into performing a sex act after a massage in 2020. Watson has settled 23 of 24 previous lawsuits filed against him.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the latest lawsuit does not impact Watson’s standing. The three-time Pro Bowler returned to the Browns’ training facility this week for the first time since his suspension began on Aug. 30.

“We will monitor developments in the newly-filed litigation; and any conduct that warrants further investigation or possible additional sanctions would be addressed within the Personal Conduct Policy,” McCarthy said in an email.

Watson is only permitted to attend meetings with the Browns and work out as he moves toward a possible return. He is not allowed to practice until Nov. 14, and as long as he fulfills conditions of his settlement with the league, he can return fully on Nov. 28 and would be eligible to play on Dec. 4 when the Browns visit the Texans.

Watson agreed to the 11-game ban, a $5 million fine and to undergo treatment and counseling by an independent group.

The Browns traded for Watson in March and signed him to a five-year, $240 million contract.

Walker to start at QB vs Rams; Mayfield could be backup

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) P.J. Walker will start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, but interim head coach Steve Wilks is hopeful Baker Mayfield will serve as his backup.

Mayfield hasn’t practiced all week because of a high ankle sprain and is listed as doubtful. The team is awaiting a final MRI before making a decision on whether to activate him.

Mayfield attended practice Friday but didn’t participate. However, Wilks said Mayfield had a “great workout” with trainers before practice.

“They took him through a very intense workout – good movement, change of direction and really trying to put some pressure on his ankle,” Wilks said. “He threw the ball well. He’s a very tough guy. We will wait and see the final report on the MRI.”

Jacob Eason could be called up from the practice squad to serve as the No. 2 QB if the Panthers decide not to activate Mayfield this week.

Walker is 2-0 as an NFL starter, winning games in 2020 and 2021 for the Panthers, but he has only completed 57% of his passes with eight interceptions and two touchdown passes.

Mayfield has struggled this season, going 1-4 as a starter and he ranks near the bottom of nearly every statistical passing category in the league.

Carolina’s other quarterbacks, Sam Darnold and Matt Corral, are on injured reserve. Corral is out for the season.

Wilks said cornerback Jaycee Horn (ribs) is unlikely to play this week, but he expects that cornerbacks Donte Jackson (ankle) and C.J. Henderson (knee) will play despite not practicing Friday and being listed as questionable.

Wide receiver Laviska Shenault has been ruled out again with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Robbie Anderson (illness) did not practice Friday and was added to the injury report as questionable.

Browns’ Clowney, Ward injured, will miss game vs Patriots

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Browns starting defense end Jadeveon Clowney and top cornerback Denzel Ward will miss Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots with injuries.

Clowney has been dealing with ankle, knee and elbow issues this week and was limited in practice. He came back after missing two games with an ankle injury and played last week against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Coach Kevin Stefanski wouldn’t reveal Friday if Clowney suffered any setbacks, just that he isn’t ready to play.

“As you know, you want all of your guys to make it to the game,” Stefanski said. “This is the league. Guys are injured. It happens to every team. You lose a guy sometimes in pregame. Sometimes you lose them during practices. You just have to move on.”

With Clowney out, the Browns’ pass rush isn’t the same as teams can double- and triple-team star Myles Garrett. He’ll play against the Patriots after being rested this week with some lingering injuries from a car crash last month.

Ward has not cleared concussion protocol after suffering a head injury in the fourth quarter while trying to make a tackle in last week. The two-time Pro Bowler has been in the league’s protocols since getting hurt.

This is Ward’s third concussion in the NFL. He had two during his rookie season in 2018.

Rookie Martin Emerson Jr. will likely start in Ward’s spot opposite cornerback Greg Newsome Jr. Greedy Williams is also expected to return after being on injured reserve with a hamstring and can play outside when Newsome moves into the slot.

Boston Marathon winner Kipyokei suspended for doping

MONACO (AP) Boston Marathon winner Diana Kipyokei of Kenya was suspended on Friday after testing positive for doping at the race and allegedly obstructing an investigation.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said Kipyokei’s sample after winning in October last year had traces of triamcinolone acetonide. It is a glucocorticoid prohibited at races when an athlete does not have permission to use it as a medication.

The case has deepened suspicions the substance is a doping product of choice for athletes from Kenya.

The AIU said 10 Kenyans have tested positive for triamcinolone since the start of 2021, with only two cases in athletics from the entire rest of the world in the same period.

In a second triamcinolone case revealed on Friday, Kenyan marathon runner Betty Wilson Lempus was also suspended while under investigation for doping and tampering.

Kipyokei is also under investigation for “obstructing or delaying the AIU’s investigation through the provision of false information or documentation.”

The AIU did not elaborate about the suspected tampering which could be related to a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) document athletes need to have before using a medication that is otherwise prohibited.

The 28-year-old Kipyokei faces being banned for at least four years and stripped of her Boston win and $150,000 prize money.

“Kipyokei’s result in the 2021 Boston Marathon will be disqualified, pending the completion of relevant athlete appeals processes,” race organizer the Boston Athletic Association said in a statement. “The BAA will adjust race rankings and will provide prize award adjustments to top finishers of the 2021 event, pending the sanctioning.”

Kipyokei won the Boston women’s race in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 45 seconds which was 24 seconds ahead of her Kenyan compatriot Edna Kiplagat

Kiplagat, a two-time world champion in the marathon who turns 43 next month, is set to get her second Boston title. She also won in 2017.

A high-profile case of an athlete having a valid TUE for triamcinolone involved British cyclist Bradley Wiggins who was permitted to take it in 2012 before winning the Tour de France.

NFL WEEK 6 CAPSULES

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-2) @ ATLANTA FALCONS (2-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER 49ers lead all-time series, 47-31-1

STREAKS Falcons have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 12/19/21: Falcons 13 at 49ers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/18/16: Falcons 41, 49ers 13

49ERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 37-15 at Carolina

COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 1-1

PTS. FOR 21.6

OFFENSE 339.0

PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo: 65-107-5-1-97.8

RUSHING Jeff Wilson: 74-375-5.1-2

RECEIVING Deebo Samuel: 20-266-13.3-2

PTS. AGAINST 12.2

DEFENSE 249.2

SACKS Nick Bosa: 6

INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 2

TAKE/GIVE +1 (7/6)

PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 44.4 (41.0)

KICKING Robbie Gould: 29 (11/11 PAT; 6/9 FG)

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 253 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.4 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Had TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 123.7 rating in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 active QBs (Lamar Jackson & Patrick Mahomes) with .700+ win. pct. (19-7) on road since 2017 (min. 25 road starts). • RB JEFF WILSON had 132 scrimmage yards (120 rush, 12 rec.) & 15th-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD & 3rd in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 110 rush yards & rush TD in last meeting. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had rush TD & rec. TD last week, his 6th-career game with 2+ TDs. Had 3,350 scrimmage yards & 29 TDs in 56 games (2015-18) with Atl. • FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had rush TD in last meeting. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 12th-career TD catch last week & aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 89 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 5 catches last week. Has 19 catches for 227 yards (113.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. Atl. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 90+ rec. yards. • DL NICK BOSA had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 13.5 sacks & 18 TFL in his past 12 on road. Ranks tied-1st in NFL with 6 sacks. • LB FRED WARNER had 9 tackles, 2 TFL, sack & PD last week. Had FR in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 9+ tackles & PD. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD had career-high 4 PD last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 8 PD & is 1 of 3 DBs with PD in each of 1st 5 weeks. • S TALANOA HUFANGA had 1st-career sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

FALCONS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 21-15 at Tampa Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Arthur Smith: 0-1

PTS. FOR 23.6

OFFENSE 331.4

PASSING Marcus Mariota: 71-123-926-4-4-78.8

RUSHING Tyler Allgeier (R): 39-184-4.7-0

RECEIVING Drake London (R): 22-266-12.1-2

PTS. AGAINST 24.4

DEFENSE 393.0

SACKS Grady Jarrett: 3.5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -1 (7/8)

PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 49.3 (44.1)

KICKING Younghoe Koo: 40 (10/10 PAT; 10/13 FG)

QB MARCUS MARIOTA had 208 yards (147 pass, 61 rush) & TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 86.6 rating in Week 5, his 9th-career game with 50+ rush yards. Passed for 241 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.8 rating in his only career start vs. SF (12/17/17 w/ Ten.). • RB TYLER ALLGEIER (rookie) rushed for 45 yards last week & had 30+ rush yards in each of his 1st 4 career games. • WR DRAKE LONDON (rookie) had 4 catches for 35 yards last week. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 22 receptions & 266 rec. yards. • TE KYLE PITTS had 4 catches for 77 yards in last meeting. • WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 7th-career rec. TD last week. Had 53 rec. yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 45+ rec. yards. • DL GRADY JARRETT has sack in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 6+ tackles. • LB MYKAL WALKER led team with 11 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 11+ tackles & 7th in row with 5+ tackles. • LB RASHAAN EVANS aims for his 6th in row with 6+ tackles. • CB AJ TERRELL has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 2 PD in last meeting. • CB CASEY HAYWARD aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Had 2 PD in his last game vs. SF (9/30/18 w/ Chargers). Since 2012, is 1 of 5 with 110+ PD (112). • S JAYLINN HAWKINS had career-high 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. • S RICHIE GRANT had 7 tackles in Week 5. Is 1 of 5 NFC DBs with 5+ tackles in each of 1st 5 weeks.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-3) @ CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Patriots lead all-time series, 13-12

STREAKS Patriots have won past 4

LAST GAME 11/14/21: Browns 7 at Patriots 45

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/9/16: Patriots 33, Browns 13

PATS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 29-0 vs. Detroit

COACH VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 8-2

PTS. FOR 20.6

OFFENSE 345.8

PASSING Mac Jones: 64-97-786-2-5-76.2

RUSHING Rhamondre Stevenson: 68-372-5.5-1

RECEIVING Jakobi Meyers: 20-261-13.1-1

PTS. AGAINST 19.6

DEFENSE 339.8

SACKS Matt Judon: 6

INTs Jack Jones (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE -2 (8/10)

PUNTING (NET) Jake Bailey: 44.4 (35.4)

KICKING Nick Folk: 37 (10/10 PAT; 9/10 FG)

QB MAC JONES completed 19 of 23 atts. (82.6 pct.) & had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with career high 142.1 rating in last meeting. Has 250+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 road start. • QB BAILEY ZAPPE (rookie) made 1st-career start last week & completed 17 of 21 atts. (81 pct.) with TD vs. INT for 100 rating. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rating. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON had career-high 161 rush yards last in Week 5, most rush yards by NE RB since 2014 (201 by Jonas Gray). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Rushed for 100 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC North. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with 7 catches & season-high 111 rec. yards & had 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 95+ rec. yards. Had 1st-career rec. TD in last meeting. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 91 rec. yards in his last game vs. Cle. (11/24/91 w/ Mia.). • TE HUNTER HENRY had 54 rec. yards in Week 5. Had 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had season-high 2 sacks & 1st FF of season last week, his 9thcareer game with 2+ sacks. Is only player in NFL with sack in each of 1st 5 weeks & can become 1st player since 2018 with sack in each of team’s 1st 6 games of season. • DL DEATRICH WISE had 1.5 sacks & FF in last meeting. • DB DEVIN MCCOURTY has 6+ tackles in 2 of past 3. Had PD in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. Ranks 2nd among active players with 31 career INTs. • DB JACK JONES is 1st NE rookie with INT in consecutive games since Logan Ryan. • DB KYLE DUGGER had 1st FR of season in Week 5. Had INT in last meeting. • DB JABRILL PEPPERS had 8 PD, 4 FRs & 2 INTs in 2 seasons with Cle. (2017-18).

BROWNS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 30-28 vs. L.A. Chargers

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 0-1

PTS. FOR 26.6

OFFENSE 396.4

PASSING Jacoby Brissett: 103=161-1,060-5-3-85.4

RUSHING Nick Chubb: 98-593-6.1-7

RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 27-304-11.3-3

PTS. AGAINST 25.0

DEFENSE 353.8

SACKS Myles Garrett: 3

INTs Grant Delpit, Denzel Ward: 1

TAKE/GIVE 0 (4/4)

PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 47.6 (41.9)

KICKING Cade York (R): 37 (13/15 PAT; 8/10 FG)

QB JACOBY BRISSETT has 96.2 rating in 3 home starts this season. Selected by NE in 2016 NFL Draft & started 2 games for franchise. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for 134 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 7th-career game with 100+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs, tied 2nd-most in NFL since 2018. Is only player in NFL with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 5 weeks & can become 1st player since 2018 with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of team’s 1st 6 games of season. Leads NFL with 593 rush yards & 7 rush TDs. Rushed for 138 yards in last meeting. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 2nd rush TD of season in Week 5. Has 431 scrimmage yards (215.5 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush) in 2 career games vs. NE. • WR AMARI COOPER had 7 catches for 76 yards & TD last week. Has 7+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 5 catches for 55 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row at home with rec. TD. • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • TE DAVID NJOKU had 6 catches for team-high 88 rec. yards in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • DE MYLES GARRETT has sack in each of 2 career games vs. NE. Has 11 sacks in 8 career games vs. AFC East. • DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 1st TFL of season last week. Has 4 sacks in 5 career games vs. NE. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home. • LB JACOB PHLILLIPS tied career high with 10 tackles & had sack last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. • CB DENZEL WARD had career-high 10 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD.

NEW YORK JETS (3-2) @ GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Jets lead all-time series, 8-5

STREAKS Packers have won past 3

LAST GAME 12/23/18: Packers 44 at Jets 38 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Packers 31, Jets 24

JETS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 40-17 vs. Miami

COACH VS. OPP. Robert Saleh: 0-0

PTS. FOR 23.2

OFFENSE 356.0

PASSING Zach Wilson: 32-57-462-1-2-73.9

RUSHING Breece Hall (R): 56-275-4.9-2

RECEIVING Garrett Wilson (R): 23-282-12.3-2

PTS. AGAINST 23.6

DEFENSE 320.2

SACKS Quinnen Williams: 3

INTs Lamarcus Joyner: 2

TAKE/GIVE 0 (9/9)

PUNTING (NET) Braden Mann: 45.8 (42.8)

KICKING Greg Zuerlein: 36 (12/13 PAT; 8/9 FG)

QB ZACH WILSON passed for 210 yards with 0 INTs & 99.3 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. NFC with 0 INTs. • RB BREECE HALL had season-high 197 scrimmage yards (100 rec., 97 rush) & rush TD last week, most scrimmage yards by rookie in single game this season & mostever by NYJ rookie. Became 5th rookie since 1990 with 95+ rush yards & 95+ rec. yards in single game. Aims for 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. Leads all rookies with 488 scrimmage yards this season. • RB MICHAEL CARTER had career-high 2 rush TDs in Week 5. Carter (2) & Hall (2) are 1 of 2 pairs of AFC RB teammates (Nick Chubb & Kareem Hunt) each with 2+ rush TDs in 2022. • WR COREY DAVIS aims for his 4th in row on road with TD catch. • WR GARRETT WILSON ranks 2nd among rookies with 23 receptions & 282 rec. yards. • TE TYLER CONKLIN has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 5 catches in his last game vs. GB (1/2/22 w/ Min.). • LB C.J. MOSLEY tied for team lead with 10 tackles last week, his 4th game with 10+ tackles this season, tied-most in NFL. Had 7 tackles, FF & FR in his last game vs. GB (11/19/17 w/ Bal.). Aims for his 21st in row with 7+ tackles. • LB KWON ALEXANDER had season-high 10 tackles & TFL in Week 5. • DE CARL LAWSON had sack & 1st FF of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had career-high 2.5 sacks in only career game vs. GB (9/24/17 w/ Cin.). • DT QUINNEN WILLIAMS had half sack & FR in Week 5. Aims for 5th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • CB SUACE GARDNER (rookie) had 1st-career INT last week. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (James Bradberry & Charvarius Ward) with PD in each of 1st 5 weeks of season.

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS had 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 96.3 rating in Week 5 & joined Tom Brady (120) as only players ever with 100 career games with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs. Aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes. Had 442 pass yards & 4 TDs (2 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 103.8 rating in last meeting. Passed for 346 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.8 rating in last home meeting. • RB AARON JONES had 80 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 17 rec.) last week & has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his 1st 5 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. • RB A.J. DILLON aims for his 8th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR RANDALL COBB led team with 7 receptions & 99 rec. yards last week. Had 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. • WR ALLEN LAZARD had 17th-career TD catch last week. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 at home & 6 of his past 7 overall. • TE MARCEDES LEWIS had 38th-career TD catch last week, his 1st rec. TD of 2022. • LB PRESTON SMITH had 53rd-career sack in Week 5. Has 6.5 sacks & 6 TFL in his past 5 at home & aims for his 6th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. • LB RASHAN GARY has 11 sacks in his past 9 at home & aims for his 5th in row at home with sack. Ranks 3rd in NFC with 5 sacks in 2022. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 9 tackles in his last game vs. NYJ (10/11/20 w/ Az.). • LB QUAY WALKER is 1 of 4 rookies with 5+ tackles in each of 1st 5 weeks. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Has 7 PD in his past 6 at home.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-3) @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-2-1)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 26-17

STREAKS Jaguars have won past 2

LAST GAME 9/18/22: Colts 0 at Jaguars 24

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/14/21: Colts 23, Jaguars 17

JAGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 13-6 vs. Houston

COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 2-0

PTS. FOR 22.2

OFFENSE 353.6

PASSING Trevor Lawrence: 113-181-1,232-8-4-88.0

RUSHING James Robinson: 69-286-4.1-3

RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 21-338-16.1-3

PTS. AGAINST 16.0

DEFENSE 313.8

SACKS Josh Allen: 3

INTs Andre Cisco, Devin Lloyd (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE +1 (9/8)

PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 50.2 (44.7)

KICKING Riley Patterson: 37 (10/10 PAT; 9/10 FG)

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE had season-high 286 pass yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 110+ rating. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INT for 97.4 rating in 3 career starts vs. Ind. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 starts overall & 0 INTs in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. division. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 78 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 14 rec.) & rush TD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 75+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE led team with career-high 114 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 43 rec.) last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR MARVIN JONES led team with season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (104) in Week 5, his 14th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 85+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of 1st 5 games of season. Had 6 catches for 78 yards & 2 TDs in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 6+ catches. • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 6 catches for season-high 69 yards last week. Had seasonhigh 7 catches in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 6+ catches. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 8 tackles, 2 TFL & 1st sack of season in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. Had PD in Week 2 meeting. • LB JOSH ALLEN aims for 3rd in row with TFL & has TFL in 4 of 5 games this season. Had 2 sacks & FF in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 2+ sacks. • LB DEVIN LLOYD (rookie) aims for 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. Leads all rookies with 49 tackles this season.

COLTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 12-9 at Denver (OT) (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Frank Reich: 4-5

PTS. FOR 13.8

OFFENSE 333.0

PASSING Matt Ryan: 128-195-1,376-5-7-79.8

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 81-328-4.0-1

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 25-283-11.3-1

PTS. AGAINST 18.8

DEFENSE 312.6

SACKS Kwity Paye: 3

INTs S.Gilmore, R.McLeod, R.Thomas (R): 1

TAKE/GIVE -6 (5/11)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 44.6 (42.5)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 25 (4/4 PAT; 7/8 FG)

QB MATT RYAN aims for 3rd in row with 250+ pass yards. Has 105+ rating in each of 1st 2 home games this season. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (Josh Allen & Tom Brady) with 350+ pass yards in multiple games this season. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR has 380 scrimmage yards (190 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career home games vs. Jax. Has 95+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 of 6 career home games vs. division. Has 1,121 scrimmage yards (124.6 per game) & 9 rush TDs in his past 9 at home. • RB DEON JACKSON had career-high 91 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 29 rec.) in Week 5. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY made Ind. debut last week & had 54 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 14 rec.). Had rush TD in his last game vs. Jax. (9/12/21 w/ Hou.). • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 5 catches for 59 yards in Week 5 & has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his 1st 4 games of season. Had 6 catches for 64 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 60+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. division & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • WR ALEC PIERCE (rookie) led team with season-high 81 rec. yards last week. Aims 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards & 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD has 5+ tackles in each of his 8 career games vs. Jax. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER set season highs in tackles (8) & sacks (2) & had 1st FF & PD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with TFL. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had season-high 1.5 sacks last week. Had 42 TFL & 37.5 sacks in 4 seasons with Jax. (2016-19). • CB STEPHON GILMORE had season-high 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 5. Has PD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 5+ tackles & PD.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-1) @ MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Dolphins lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS Dolphins have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 12/16/18: Dolphins 17 at Vikings 41

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/14: Dolphins 37, Vikings 35

VIKINGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 29-22 vs. Chicago

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin O’Connell: 0-0

PTS. FOR 23.0

OFFENSE 361.0

PASSING Kirk Cousins: 131-198-1,327-7-5-86.4

RUSHING Dalvin Cook: 81-373-4.6-3

RECEIVING Justin Jefferson: 40-547-13.7-2

PTS. AGAINST 20.4

DEFENSE 369.8

SACKS Za’Darius Smith: 3.5

INTs Jordan Hicks, Josh Metellus, Harrison Smith: 1

TAKE/GIVE +1 (7/6)

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Wright (R): 45.6 (42.6)

KICKING Greg Joseph: 35 (11/12 PAT; 8/12 FG)

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for season-high 296 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 10 of his past 12 road starts. Had 2 TD passes vs. INT for 112.2 rating in last meeting. • RB DALVIN COOK had season-high 121 scrimmage yards (94 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 5, his 8th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. Had 163 scrimmage yards (136 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had career-high 12 receptions for 154 yards last week & tied HOFers Lance Alworth (6) & Randy Moss (6) for most games with 150+ rec. yards in 1st 3 seasons all-time. Has 17 games with 100+ rec. yards, 3rd-most ever by player in 1st 3 career seasons. Can become 4th player ever with 10+ catches & 125+ rec. yards in 3 straight games. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 3rd sack of season last week. Has 7 sacks in his past 7 on road. Had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last meeting. • LB D.J. WONNUM had 0.5 sacks & 3rd-career FF last week. Has 6 sacks in his past 6 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH is 1 of 3 (Maxx Crosby & Micah Parsons) with TFL in each of 1st 5 weeks. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. • LB JORDAN HICKS aims for his 4th in row with 7+ tackles. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS had sack & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row with 7+ tackles. • S HARRISON SMITH had 2nd PD of season last week. Aims for his 13th in row on road with 5+ tackles. Had INT in last road meeting.

DOLPHINS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 40-17 at N.Y. Jets

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0

PTS. FOR 23.0

OFFENSE 347.8

PASSING Tua Tagovailoa: 80-115-1,035-8-3-109.9

RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 57-260-4.6-1

RECEIVING Tyreek Hill: 38-524-13.8-2

PTS. AGAINST 26.2

DEFENSE 386.8

SACKS Melvin Ingram, Brandon Jones: 2

INTs Jevon Holland: 1

TAKE/GIVE -2 (4/6)

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 44.9 (40.7)

KICKING Jason Sanders: 31 (13/14 PAT; 6/8 FG)

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA is 5-1 with 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 105.9 rating in 6 career starts vs. NFC. Aims for his 4th home start in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. • QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 267 yards in only career start vs. Min. (11/29/20 w/ Car.). Drafted in 1st round of 2014 NFL Draft by Min. & started 28 games for franchise. • QB SKYLAR THOMPSON (rookie) made NFL debut last week & completed 19 of 33 atts. (57.6 pct.) for 166 yards. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT rushed for season-high 113 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. • RB CHASE EDMONDS had 75 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 29 rec.) & 5 catches in his last game vs. Min. (9/19/21 w/ Az.). • WR TYREEK HILL has 7+ catches in 4 games this season, tied-most in NFL. Had 6 catches for 140 yards & TD in only career game vs. Min. (11/3/19 w/ KC). • WR JAYLEN WADDLE has 65+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 home games this season. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC with 80+ rec. yards. • TE DURHAM SMYTHE had 1st-career rush TD in Week 5. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has PD in 3 of his 4 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. • S BRANDON JONES led team with 9 tackles & had 2nd sack of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row at home with PD. • LB MELVIN INGRAM had INT in his last game vs. Min. (12/15/19 w/ LAC). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with PD. • LB JEROME BAKER had sack & PD in Week 5. Has TFL & PD in 2 of past 3.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-3) @ NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER All-time series tied, 7-7

STREAKS Saints have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 11/11/18: Saints 51 at Bengals 14

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/14: Bengals 27, Saints 10

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JOE BURROW has 275+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 0 INTs in 3 of past 4. Has 20 TDs (19 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs with 104.3 rating in his past 9 road starts. • RB JOE MIXON led team with 88 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 10 rec.) last week. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 games this season. Had 85 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 24 rec.) in last meeting. • RB SAMAJE PERINE has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Had career-high 117 rush yards & rush TD in only career game vs. NO (11/19/17 w/ Was.). • WR JA’MARR CHASE had 7 catches for 50 yards in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 75+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. • WR TEE HIGGINS has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • WR TYLER BOYD has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC South. • TE HAYDEN HURST set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (53) & had TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC South with sack. Had 20 sacks in 4 seasons with NO (2017-20). • LB GERMAINE PRATT had team-high 8 tackles, 1st full sack of career & career-high 2 PD last week. Aims for his 9th in row with 5+ tackles. • S VONN BELL aims for 3rd in row with INT. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had 14 PD & 8 sacks in 4 seasons with NO (2016-19). • S JESSIE BATES aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3.

SAINTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 39-32 vs. Seattle

COACH VS. OPP. Dennis Allen: 0-1

PTS. FOR 23.0

OFFENSE 379.0

PASSING Jameis Winston: 73-115-858-4-5-79.5

RUSHING Taysom Hill (TE): 21-228-10.9-5

RECEIVING Chris Olave (R): 25-389-15.6-2

PTS. AGAINST 25.6

DEFENSE 341.8

SACKS Cameron Jordan: 3

INTs Tyrann Mathieu: 1

TAKE/GIVE -8 (5/13)

PUNTING (NET) Blake Gillikin: 48.3 (41.4)

KICKING Wil Lutz: 25 (10/10 PAT; 5/9 FG)

QB JAMEIS WINSTON has 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 102.7 rating in 4 home starts with NO. • QB ANDY DALTON completed 16 of 24 atts. (66.7 pct.) for 187 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Spent 9 seasons with Cin. & ranks 1st in Cin. history in TD passes (204) & 2nd in pass yards (31,594). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had season-high 194 scrimmage yards (103 rush, 91 rec.) & season-high 6 receptions last week, his 3rd-career game with 190+ scrimmage yards. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home & aims for his 10th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had 102 scrimmage yards (56 rush, 46 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • TE TAYSOM HILL became 3rd player ever (Ronnie Brown & HOFer LaDainian Tomlinson) with 100+ rush yards (career-high 112), 3+ rush TDs (3) & TD pass (1) in single game last week. Is 1 of 2 (Tomlinson) with 20+ rush TDs (21), 5+ TD passes (9) & 5+ rec. TDs (7) since 2000. Ranks tied-4th in NFL with 5 rush TDs in 2022. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 8 catches for 70 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. • WR CHRIS OLAVE leads all rookes in receptions (25) & rec. yards (389). Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch & 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 1.5 sacks in Week 5 & aims for his 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Ranks 2nd among active players with 110 career sacks. Had sack in last meeting. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 0.5 sacks last week & aims for his 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB PETE WERNER had 7 tackles & 2nd-career FF last week. Is 1 of 3 NFC LBs (Jordyn Brooks & Roquan Smith) with 7+ tackles in each of 1st 5 weeks. • CB PAULSON ADEBO aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles & PD.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-2) @ NEW YORK GIANTS (4-1)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Ravens lead all-time series, 4-2

STREAKS Ravens have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 12/27/20: Giants 13 at Ravens 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/16/16: Giants 27, Ravens 23

RAVENS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 19-17 vs. Cincinnati

COACH VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 2-2

PTS. FOR 27.6

OFFENSE 352.4

PASSING Lamar Jackson: 95-149-1,067-12-5-97.9

RUSHING Lamar Jackson (QB): 49-374-7.6-2

RECEIVING Mark Andrews (TE): 32-349-10.9-4

PTS. AGAINST 23.4

DEFENSE 398.2

SACKS Justin Houston: 2

INTs Marlon Humphrey: 2

TAKE/GIVE +5 (11/6)

PUNTING (NET) Jordan Stout (R): 46.0 (39.9)

KICKING Justin Tucker: 42 (15/16 PAT; 9/9 FG)

QB LAMAR JACKSON aims for 5th in row with 55+ rush yards. Leads QBs with 374 rush yards this season. Completed 17 of 26 atts (65.4 pct.) for 183 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.5 rating & rushed for 80 yards in last meeting. Has 10 TDs (7 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs with 103.2 rating & 335 rush yards (83.8 per game) in 4 career starts vs. NFC East. Has 3+ TD passes in each of 1st 2 road games this season. • RB J.K. DOBBINS rushed for 77 yards & TD in last meeting. • RB KENYAN DRAKE had 100 scrimmage yards (70 rec., 30 rush) & 6 catches in his last game vs. NYG (11/7/21 w/ LV). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 90+ scrimmage yards. • TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 8 catches for 89 yards & TD last week. Has 8+ catches, 85+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for 76 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 10th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. Leads all TEs with 349 rec. yards, ranks 2nd with 4 rec. TDs & ranks 3rd with 32 catches in 2022. • WR DEVIN DUVERNAY aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in each of 1st 2 road games this season. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN has 55+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 games this season. • CB MARCUS PETERS had 5 tackles, PD & 1st sack of season last week. Has PD in each of his 4 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY has INT in 2 of past 3. Had 6 tackles & 3 PD in last meeting. • LB PATRICK QUEEN tied for team lead with 7 tackles & had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3. • LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 2 PD & 1st sack of season in Week 5. Totaled 87 TFL, 58.5 sacks & 13 FFs in 8 seasons with NYG (2010-17).

GIANTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 27-22 vs. Green Bay (London)

COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.6

OFFENSE 333.2

PASSING Daniel Jones: 88-132-848-3-2-85.7

RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 97-533-5.5-3

RECEIVING Richie James: 17-171-10.1-0

PTS. AGAINST 18.6

DEFENSE 326.0

SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 3

INTs —

TAKE/GIVE +1 (6/5)

PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 51.0 (41.6)

KICKING Graham Gano: 41 (8/8 PAT; 11/13 FG)

QB DANIEL JONES completed 21 of 27 atts. (77.8 pct.) for 217 yards & 100.2 rating in Week 5. Has 0 INTs in 5 of his past 6 home starts. Passed for 252 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 84.6 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with 35+ rush yards. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 106 scrimmage yards (70 rush, 36 rec.) & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Leads NFL with 676 scrimmage yards in 2022 & is 1 of 2 (Nick Chubb) with 85 scrimmage yards in each of 1st 5 weeks. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 125+ scrimmage yards. • RB GARY BRIGHTWELL & TE DANIEL BELLINGER each had 1st-career rush TD last week. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON led team with 6 receptions & 79 rec. yards in Week 5. • WR RICHIE JAMES has 4+ catches in 2 of his 3 home games this season. • S JULIAN LOVE had 6 tackles & 10th-career TFL last week. Has 7+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 at home. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had PD in Week 5. Has 4 PD in his past 4. Has 5+ tackles & PD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE had sack in Week 5 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. • LB KAYVON THIBODEUX had 2 PD last week & is 1 of 2 rookie LBs (Devin Lloyd) with 3+ PD (3) in 2022. • LB TAE CROWDER aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Has 5+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 at home. Had 8 tackles in last meeting. • LB OSHANE XIMINES had sack & 1st-career FF in Week 5. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Has 16 tackles in 2 games vs. Bal.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-2) @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 9-2

STREAKS Steelers have won 5 of last 6

LAST GAME 9/24/18: Steelers 30, at Buccaneers 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/28/14: Buccaneers 27, Steelers 24

BUCS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 21-15 vs. Atlanta

COACH VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 0-1

PTS. FOR 20.6

OFFENSE 337.6

PASSING Tom Brady: 141-207-1,409-7-1-96.5

RUSHING Leonard Fournette: 74-280-3.8-1

RECEIVING Mike Evans: 20-316-15.8-3

PTS. AGAINST 16.6

DEFENSE 309.0

SACKS Devin White: 3

INTs Jamel Dean: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (9/6)

PUNTING (NET) Jake Camarda (R): 45.5 (41.0)

KICKING Ryan Succop: 41 (8/8 PAT; 11/12 FG)

QB TOM BRADY passed for 351 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 92.7 rating last week. Has 56 career games with 350+ pass yards, 2nd-most all-time, & aims for his 3rd in row with 350+ pass yards. Has 3,744 pass yards (312 per game) & 30 TDs (29 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 111.1 rating in 12 career reg. season starts vs. Pit. Passed for 341 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.9 rating in his last start vs. Pit. (9/8/19 w/ NE). • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had career-high 10 catches & season-high 139 scrimmage yards (83 rec., 56 rush) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5, his 9th-career 2+ TD game. Has 444 scrimmage yards (148 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Pit., incl. playoffs. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Pit., incl. playoffs, with 115+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR MIKE EVANS had 81 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches for 137 yards & rec. TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with TD catch. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 6 catches in Week 5 & has 6+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Had 5 catches for 74 yards & TD catch in last meeting. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 9 tackles & 3 TFL in last meeting. Had 12 tackles, 4 TFL & FF in last road meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 3+ TFL. • LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & PD. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack in his last game vs. Pit. (11/25/18 w/ Den.). Aims for his 4th in row on road with TFL. • S MIKE EDWARDS aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. led team with 8 tackles & had 7th-career sack & 5thcareer FF last week. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 6+ tackles.

STEELERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 38-3 at Buffalo

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 2-1

PTS. FOR 15.4

OFFENSE 295.8

PASSING Kenny Pickett (R): 44-65-447-0-4-61.5

RUSHING Najee Harris: 69-222-3.2-1

RECEIVING Diontae Johnson: 28-267-9.5-0

PTS. AGAINST 25.6

DEFENSE 416.8

SACKS Alex Highsmith: 5.5

INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick: 3

TAKE/GIVE +1 (10/9)

PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 45.1 (41.0)

KICKING Chris Boswell: 33 (6/6 PAT; 9/13 FG)

QB KENNY PICKETT completed 34 of 52 atts. (65.4 pct.) for 327 yards in 1st-career start last week, most pass yards and completions in single game ever by Pit. rookie. Can become 4th rookie QB ever with 300+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 career starts. • RB NAJEE HARRIS has 369 scrimmage yards (123 per game) in his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 4 of 5 career games vs. NFC. • RB JAYLEN WARREN (rookie) had season-high 63 scrimmage yards (39 rec., 24 rush) last week. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 games this season, tied-most in NFL. Has 5+ catches in 16 of his past 17. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NFC. • WR GEORGE PICKENS (rookie) aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (50) last week. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK has INT in each of 1st 2 home games this season. Aims for 4th in row at home with PD. • CB LEVI WALLACE had season-high 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 5. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with PD. • LB MYLES JACK aims for his 6th in row with 6+ tackles. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD had PD & 1st FF of season last week. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with TFL. Had 2 TFL & sack in last home meeting.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-4) @ LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Panthers lead all-time series, 12-9

STREAKS Panthers have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 9/8/19: Rams 30 at Panthers 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/6/16: Panthers 13, Rams 10 (L.A. Coliseum)

PANTHERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 37-15 vs. San Francisco

COACH VS. OPP. Steve Wilks: 0-2

PTS. FOR 18.6

OFFENSE 271.4

PASSING Baker Mayfield: 84-153-962-4-4-71.9

RUSHING Christian McCaffrey: 72-324-4.5-2

RECEIVING Robbie Anderson: 13-206-15.8-1

PTS. AGAINST 24.4

DEFENSE 356.2

SACKS Brian Burns: 4

INTs Derrick Brown, Jaycee Horn, Frankie Luvu: 1

TAKE/GIVE -2 (5/7)

PUNTING (NET) Johnny Hekker: 48.1 (45.2)

KICKING Eddy Pineiro: 39 (6/6 PAT; 11/12 FG)

QB P.J. WALKER completed 5 of 6 atts. (83.3 pct.) in season-debut last week. Is 2-0 as starter & can join Kyle Allen, Devlin Hodges & Cooper Rush as undrafted QBs to win each of 1st 3 career starts since 2000. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 7 catches, 104 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 50 rec.) & rush TD in Week 5. Has 23 career games with 50+ rush yards & 50+ rec. yards, tied 2nd-most in NFL history & most by player in 1st 6 career seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD & 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 10 catches, 209 scrimmage yards (128 rush, 81 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR DJ MOORE had 59 rec. yards in Week 5 & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 76 yards in last meeting. • WR SHI SMITH led team with 69 rec. yards last week. • DE BRIAN BURNS had 4th sack of season & 9th-career PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & TFL. Has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 5 on road. • DT DERRICK BROWN had 5 tackles & 2 PD last week. Leads all DL with career-high 6 PD in 2022 & aims for his 5th in row with PD. • DE YETUR GROSS-MATOS had 1st 2 career FRs in Week 5. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON has 6+ tackles in 7 of his past 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & PD in last meeting. • LB CORY LITTLETON had 300 tackles, 26 PD & 17 TFL in 64 games (2016-19) with LAR. • LB DAMIEN WILSON led team with season-high 9 tackles, tied his career high with 3 TFL, had 9th-career sack & 5th-career FF last week. • S XAVIER WOODS had INT in his last game vs. LAR (12/26/21 w/ Min.).

RAMS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 22-10 vs. Dallas

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McVay: 1-0

PTS. FOR 16.0

OFFENSE 299.8

PASSING Matthew Stafford: 134-192-1,323-5-7-82.5

RUSHING Cam Akers: 51-151-3.0-1

RECEIVING Cooper Kupp: 49-527-10.8-4

PTS. AGAINST 23.2

DEFENSE 321.0

SACKS Aaron Donald: 4

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -5 (7/12)

PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 47.9 (38.3)

KICKING Matt Gay: 32 (8/8 PAT; 8/9 FG)

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for season-high 308 yards & had TD vs. INT last week, his 57th-career 300-yard game. Has 3,169 pass yards (288.1 per game) & 26 TDs vs. 12 INTs for 100.5 rating in 11 home starts with LAR. Has 9 TDs vs. 3 INTs in 5 career starts vs. Car. • WR COOPER KUPP had 7 catches for 125 yards & rec. TD last week. Leads NFL with 49 receptions, most by player in his team’s 1st 5 games of season all-time & ranks 2nd with 527 rec. yards. Since 2017, leads NFL with 19 games with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch & can become 8th player with 20+ such games in 1st 6 seasons all-time. Has 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 6 straight home games, longest such home streak in NFL history. Had 7 catches in last meeting. • TE TYLER HIGBEE had 7 catches last week & has 5+ catches in 8 of his past 9. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 5+ catches. Ranks tied-1st among TEs with 33 receptions & 4th in rec. yards (290). • DL AARON DONALD had 2 sacks & FF last week. Since 2014, leads NFL in sacks (102) & ranks tied-2nd in FFs (24). Has 18 games with 2+ sacks since 2014, tied-most in NFL. Had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last home meeting. • LB BOBBY WAGNER aims for his 6th in row in 2022 with 6+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & INT in his last game vs. Car. (12/15/19 w/ Sea.) & aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with 10+ tackles. • LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack in his only career game vs. Car. (10/22/17 w/ Chi.). • DB JALEN RAMSEY had 1st-career sack & 5th-career FF last week. Has 10 PD in his past 9 at home.

ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-3) @ SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 23-22-1

STREAKS Seahawks have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Seahawks 38 at Cardinals 30

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/21: Cardinals 23, Seahawks 13

CARDS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 20-17 vs. Philadelphia

COACH VS. OPP. Kliff Kingsbury: 3-3

PTS. FOR 21.0

OFFENSE 352.2

PASSING Kyler Murray: 141-215-1,241-6-3-84.3

RUSHING James Conner: 54-200-3.7-1

RECEIVING Marquise Brown: 38-417-11.0-3

PTS. AGAINST 24.6

DEFENSE 345.6

SACKS J.J. Watt: 2.5

INTs Dennis Gardeck, Jalen Thompson: 1

TAKE/GIVE +3 (6/3)

PUNTING (NET) Andy Lee: 48.3 (38.9)

KICKING Matt Prater: 22 (4/4 PAT; 6/6 FG)

QB KYLER MURRAY had 292 yards (250 pass, 42 rush) & TD pass in Week 5. Is 8-1 with 24 TDs (18 pass, 6 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 102.6 rating in his past 9 road starts. Aims for his 3rd in row on road in 2022 with both pass & rush TD. Has 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 96.8 rating in 5 starts vs. Sea. • RB JAMES CONNER has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games vs. Sea. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with TD. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of his 10 road games with Az. • RB ENO BENJAMIN had 2nd-career rush TD last week. • WR MARQUISE BROWN led team with 8 catches for 78 yards & had rec. TD last week. Has 5+ catches in each of his past 6 road games. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD & 5th in row with 6+ catches. • WR RONDALE MOORE had career-high 11 receptions in last road meeting. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 6 catches last week. Has 27 receptions (9 per game) for 263 yards (87.7 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. Sea. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with 7+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. Has 6+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road. • DE J.J. WATT had 0.5 sacks last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road & aims for his 4th in row on road with PD. Ranks 4th among active players with 104.5 sacks. • DE ZACH ALLEN had sack & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & PD & 4th in row with TFL. Has PD in 6 of his past 7 on road & aims for his 4th in row on road with PD. Had FR-TD in last meeting. • LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 3 at Sea. • S BUDDA BAKER has TFL in 2 of his past 3 at Sea. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 on road. • S JALEN THOMPSON had 2 PD last week. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 39-32 at New Orleans

COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 15-9-1

PTS. FOR 25.4

OFFENSE 368.0

PASSING Geno Smith: 118-157-1,305-9-2-113.1

RUSHING Kenneth Walker (R): 23-146-6.3-1

RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 32-406-12.7-2

PTS. AGAINST 30.8

DEFENSE 430.0

SACKS Uchenna Nwosu: 2

INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 3

TAKE/GIVE +1 (8/7)

PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 48.9 (44.9)

KICKING Jason Myers: 37 (13/14 PAT; 8/9 FG)

QB GENO SMITH passed for 268 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.7 rating in Week 5 & is only QB with 3 games of 115+ rating this season. Leads all QBs in comp. pct. (75.2) & rating (113.2) in 2022. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 110.9 rating in his past 4 home starts. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 70+ comp. pct. & 2+ TD passes. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 90+ rating. • RB KENNETH WALKER (rookie) rushed for 88 yards & had 1st-career rush TD in Week 5. • WR DK METCALF had 5 catches for 88 yards & rec. TD last week, his 31st-career TD catch. Aims for his 4th in row at home & 4th in row overall with 5+ catches. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 5 catches for team-high 104 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 5, his 17th-career 100-yard game & 9th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. Has 33 catches (8.3 per game) & 480 rec. yards (120 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. Az. Had 115 rec. yards in last home meeting. • LB JORDYN BROOKS had 11 tackles last week. Had career-high 20 tackles in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 15+ tackles. Ranks tied-1st in NFL with 54 tackles in 2022 & has tied-2nd most games (14) with 10+ tackles since 2021. • LB CODY BARTON led team with 12 tackles last week. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. • CB TARIQ WOOLEN (rookie) had 3rd-career INT & 1st-career FR last week. Can become 3rd rookie since 2000 (Jairus Byrd & Joe Haden) with INT in 4 straight games. • S QUANDRE DIGGS has 5+ tackles in 4 of 1st 5 games this season & aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Had 9 tackles in last home meeting.

BUFFALO BILLS (4-1) @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4-1)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Bills lead all-time series, 25-21-1

STREAKS Bills have have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 10/10/21: Bills 38 at Chiefs 20

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/10/21

BILLS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 38-3 vs. Pittsburgh

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McDermott: 2-3

PTS. FOR 30.4

OFFENSE 440.4

PASSING Josh Allen: 133-199-1,651-14-4-107.4

RUSHING Josh Allen (QB): 35-225-6.4-2

RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 39-508-13.0-5

PTS. AGAINST 12.2

DEFENSE 260.4

SACKS Von Miller, Greg Rousseau: 4

INTs Jordan Poyer: 4

TAKE/GIVE +2 (11/9)

PUNTING (NET) Sam Martin: 46.9 (42.4)

KICKING Tyler Bass: 42 (18/18 PAT; 8/10 FG)

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 20 of 31 atts. (64.5 pct.) for career-high 424 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT with season-high 134.1 rating last week, his 4th-career game with 400+ pass yards, tied 2nd-most in NFL since 2020. Is only QB with 400+ pass yards in 2 games this season. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 4 of 5 games in 2022. Has 644 pass yards (322 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 137.3 rating in his past 2 starts vs. KC, incl. postseason. Leads NFL with 1,651 pass yards this season. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY aims for his 3rd in row on road with 90+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in 2021 AFC-D meeting. • RB JAMES COOK (rookie) rushed for 1st-career TD last week. • RB ZACK MOSS had career-high 92 scrimmage yards (career-high 55 rec., 37 rush) in 2021 AFC-D meeting. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 8 catches for 102 yards & TD in Week 5. Is only player in NFL with 60+ rec. yards in each of 1st 5 weeks of season. Is only player with 500+ rec. yards (508) & 5+ rec. TDs (5) in 2022. • WR GABE DAVIS had reg. season career-high 171 rec. yards with 2 rec. TDs last week. Set career highs in catches (8), rec. yards (201) & rec. TDs (4) in 2021 AFC-D meeting. • WR KHALIL SHAKIR (rookie) had 75 rec. yards & 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB VON MILLER aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in his last game vs. KC (12/15/19 w/ Den.). Has 13 career sacks vs. KC, 2nd-most vs. any opponent. • LB TYREL DODSON led team with career-high 11 tackles & had sack last week. • DE A.J. EPENESA had sack & 1st PD of season last week. • CB KAIIR ELAM (rookie) had season-high 10 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 5.

CHIEFS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 30-29 vs. Las Vegas (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 8-4

PTS. FOR 31.8

OFFENSE 381.4

PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 126-189-1,398-15-2-110.5

RUSHING Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 50-223-4.7-2

RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 33-347-10.5-7

PTS. AGAINST 25.0

DEFENSE 339.2

SACKS L’Jarius Sneed (CB): 3

INTs Jaylen Watson (R): 1

TAKE/GIVE 0 (4/4)

PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend: 53.3 (48.7)

KICKING Matthew Wright: 17 (8/8 PAT; 3/4 FG)

QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 29 of 43 atts. (67.4 pct.) for 292 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 117.6 rating last week, his 15th-career game with 4+ TD passes, most in NFL since 2018. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 123.4 rating in his past 4 home starts. Passed for 378 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 123.1 rating in 2021 AFC-D meeting. Leads NFL with 15 TD passes. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Austin Ekeler) with 2+ rush TDs (2) & 2+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • RB JERICK MCKINNON had season-high 72 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 19 rec.) last week. Had 78 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 24 rush) in 2021 AFC-D meeting. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had career-high 4 rec. TDs in Week 5, becoming 4th TE ever & 1st since 1985 (Jimmie Giles) with 4 rec. TDs in single game. Leads NFL with 7 rec. TDs this season & aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had 8 catches for 96 yards & TD in 2021 AFC-D meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Buf., incl. playoffs, with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. • WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (90) in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. • WR MECOLE HARDMAN had season-high 73 rec. yards last week. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED aims for 4th in row with FF. Is only DB in NFL with 7+ tackles in each of 1st 5 weeks this season. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 9 tackles & PD in 2021 AFC-D meeting. • LB NICK BOLTON is 1 of 2 (Jordyn Brooks) with 9+ tackles in all 5 games this season. • LB DARIUS HARRIS led team with 10 tackles & had 1st-career sack last week.

DALLAS COWBOYS (4-1) @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-0)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 69-53

STREAKS Cowboys have won past 3

LAST GAME 1/8/22: Cowboys 51 at Eagles 26

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/8/22

COWBOYS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 22-10 at L.A. Rams

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 8-3

PTS. FOR 18.6

OFFENSE 298.0

PASSING Cooper Rush: 72-118-839-4-0-93.9

RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott: 81-305-3.8-1

RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 28-341-12.2-2

PTS. AGAINST 14.4

DEFENSE 311.4

SACKS Micah Parsons: 6

INTs Trevon Diggs: 2

TAKE/GIVE +5 (7/2)

PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 45.9 (41.4)

KICKING Brett Maher: 45 (6/7 PAT; 13/14 FG)

QB DAK PRESCOTT has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts on SNF. Completed 21 of 27 atts. (77.8 pct.) for 295 yards & career-high 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 151.8 rating in last meeting. Has 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6 starts vs. Phi. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 3+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 140+ rating. • QB COOPER RUSH became 5th undrafted QB to win each of 1st 5 career starts in SB era. Has 6 TDs vs. INT & 95.8 rating in 5 career starts. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT aims for his 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 1,317 scrimmage yards (131.7 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 10 career games vs. Phi. Since 2016, leads NFL in rush yards (7,691) & ranks tied-2nd in rush TDs (57). • RB TONY POLLARD rushed for 86 yards & had 10th-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 2 sacks & FF in Week 5 & is 1 of 3 (Nick Bosa & T.J. Watt) with 6 games of 2+ sacks since 2021. Has 3 sacks & 7 TFL in 3 career SNF games. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with sack & 4th in row with TFL. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 7th-career FR last week. Has TFL in 7 of his past 8 on SNF. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row at Phi. with sack. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG had sack & 2nd-career FF last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 4. • CB TREVON DIGGS had INT-TD in last meeting. Has 4 INTs & 8 PD in 3 career games vs. Phi. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. with INT. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with 2+ PD. • CB ANTHONY BROWN has PD in 3 of his past 4 on SNF. Has 8 PD in his past 8 vs. Phi. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with INT.

EAGLES NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 20-17 at Arizona

COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 0-2

PTS. FOR 27.0

OFFENSE 419.8

PASSING Jalen Hurts: 108-159-1,359-4-2-97.4

RUSHING Miles Sanders: 87-414-4.8-3

RECEIVING A.J. Brown: 28-436-15.6-1

PTS. AGAINST 17.6

DEFENSE 294.4

SACKS Haason Reddick: 4.5

INTs James Bradberry, Darius Slay: 2

TAKE/GIVE +9 (11/2)

PUNTING (NET) Arryn Siposs: 45.8 (40.9)

KICKING Jake Elliott: 25 (13/14 PAT: 4/5 FG)

PHILADELPHIA is 5-0 for 1st time since 2004, when they advanced to SB XXXIX. • QB JALEN HURTS had 300 yards (239 pass, 61 rush) & 2 rush TDs in Week 5 & has 7 career games with 2+ rush TDs, tied 2nd-most by QB all-time. Has 19 rush TDs in 24 starts, most by QB in 1st 25 career starts all-time. Has 12 TDs (8 rush, 4 pass) in his past 5 home starts. • RB MILES SANDERS has 85+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Had 156 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 77 rec.) & rush TD in his only career home game vs. Dal. (12/22/19). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Dal. with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR A.J. BROWN has 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in 4 of his 1st 5 games this season & aims for his 3rd in row at home with Phi. with 5+ receptions. Ranks 5th in NFL with 436 rec. yards in 2022. • WR DEVONTA SMITH had career-high 10 receptions & 87 rec. yards in Week 5. Has 7+ catches in 3 of his past 4. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 8 catches for team-high 95 yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5 at home. Leads NFC TEs with 335 rec. yards in 2022. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack, FF & FR in last home meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with sack. • LB HAASON REDDICK has 4.5 sacks, 3 FFs & 2 FR in his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with sack. • CB DARIUS SLAY (89 PD) & CB JAMES BRADBERRY (87 PD) rank 1st & 2nd in PD since 2016. Bradberry is 1 of 3 (Sauce Gardner & Charvarius Ward) with PD in each of 1st 5 games in 2022.

DENVER BRONCOS (2-3) @ LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Broncos lead all-time series, 69-54-1

STREAKS Broncos have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME 1/2/22: Broncos 13 at Chargers 34

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/2/22

BRONCOS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 12-9 vs. Indianapolis (OT) (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0

PTS. FOR 15.0

OFFENSE 343.6

PASSING Russell Wilson: 101-170-1,254-4-3-82.8

RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 52-193-3.7-1

RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 29-417-14.4-1

PTS. AGAINST 16.0

DEFENSE 289.0

SACKS Bradley Chubb: 5.5

INTs Caden Sterns: 2

TAKE/GIVE 0 (6/6)

PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 46.0 (40.8)

KICKING Brandon McManus: 37 (4/5 PAT; 11/14 FG)

QB RUSSELL WILSON has 4 TDs vs. INT with 100.8 rating in 2 career starts vs. Chargers. Wilson has 1+ win as starter vs. 30 of 32 teams (LAC & Sea.). Has 16 TDs (15 pass, 1 rush) with 107.5 rating in his past 6 starts vs. AFC West. Has 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 110.1 rating in 1st 2 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Needs 4 TD passes to join HOFer Peyton Manning (333) as only players ever with 300+ TD passes in 1st 11 seasons. • RB MELVIN GORDON led team with season-high 103 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 49 rec.) last week. Totaled 6,113 scrimmage yards (4,240 rush, 1,873 rec.) & 47 TDs (36 rush, 11 rec.) in 5 seasons with Chargers (2015-19). • RB MIKE BOONE had season-high 85 scrimmage yards (47 rec., 38 rush) in Week 5. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 5 catches for team-high 74 rec. yards last week. Is 1 of 2 in NFL with 50+ rec. yards in each of 1st 5 weeks of season. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAC. Has 192 rec. yards (96 per game) in his past 2 on MNF. • WR JERRY JEUDY aims for his 8th in row on road & 3rd in row overall with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • TE ERIC SAUBERT had career-high 5 catches last week. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB led team with season-high 2.5 sacks & had FF in Week 5, his 6th-career game with 2+ sacks. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Is only player in NFL with 5+ sacks & 2+ FFs this season. • LB BARON BROWNING had career-high 2 TFL & 1.5 sacks in Week 5. • CB PAT SURTAIN II had 7 tackles & 1st-career FF last week. • S CADEN STERNS set career highs in PD (3) & INTs (2) last week. Had PD in last meeting.

CHARGERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 30-28 at Cleveland

COACH VS. OPP. Brandon Staley: 1-1

PTS. FOR 24.4

OFFENSE 390.4

PASSING Justin Herbert: 133-200-1,478-10-2-100.8

RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 61-313-5.1-3

RECEIVING Mike Williams: 28-392-14.0-2

PTS. AGAINST 27.2

DEFENSE 368.2

SACKS Khalil Mack: 5

INTs Bryce Callahan: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (6/4)

PUNTING (NET) JK Scott: 44.0 (42.1)

KICKING Dustin Hopkins: 26 (11/11 PAT; 5/6 FG) QB JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 228 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 93.8 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 4 of 1st 5 games this season. Has 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs with 114.6 rating in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of 4 career starts vs. Den. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 3+ TD passes. Has 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 114.7 rating in 2 career starts on MNF. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had season-high 199 scrimmage yards (career-high 173 rush, 26 rec.) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 8th game with rush TD & rec. TD since 2019, most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ TDs. Had 112 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 54 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row vs. division with 70+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row on MNF with 125+ scrimmage yards. • RB JOSHUA KELLEY had season-high 82 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 33 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season last week. • WR KEENAN ALLEN has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. Den & 3 of his past 4 on MNF. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS had career-high 10 catches for season-high 134 rec. yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 120+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • S DERWIN JAMES led team with season-high 14 tackles & had TFL in Week 5. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with TFL. Had INT in only career game on MNF (10/4/21 vs. LV). • S ALOHI GILMAN had career-high 7 tackles & 2nd-career INT last week. • CB J.C. JACKSON had 6 tackles & PD last week. Had 2 PD & INT in only career game vs. Den. (10/18/20 w/ NE). Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on MNF. • LB KHALIL MACK aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with sack.

Ga Tech hires Alabama’s J Batt as new athletic director

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech hired Alabama administrator J Batt as its athletic director Friday, putting him in charge of the search for a new football coach.

Batt replaces Todd Stansbury, who was fired Sept. 26 along with football coach Geoff Collins after the Yellow Jackets started the season 1-3.

Collins finished with an overall record of 10-28, the worst winning percentage (.263) of any full-time coach in Georgia Tech history. His lack of success also took down Stansbury, who hired Collins after the 2018 season and steadfastly stood by him even as fans and big-money boosters increasingly expressed their discontent.

Batt was executive deputy athletics director at Alabama, and also served as chief operating officer and chief revenue officer under AD Greg Byrne. Batt will take over Georgia Tech’s athletics program on Oct. 24.

“I look forward to working with our student-athletes, coaches, staff, supporters, and fans to reach new heights, on and off the field, and to build on the rich tradition and history of this storied athletics department,” the 40-year-old said in a statement.

Batt has been at Alabama since 2017, overseeing revenues through donations, ticketing and other sources. He guided the launch of a 10-year, $600 million fundraising campaign to benefit Crimson Tide athletics. In addition, Batt was the chief administrator overseeing men’s basketball.

Frank Neville, chief of staff under school President Angel Cabrera, has served as interim AD since Stansbury’s dismissal.

Georgia Tech set a timeline to hire a new athletic director as quickly as possible, then put that person in charge of the search for a new football coach.

Neville had said he wanted an AD in place at least for the latter part of the football season, to allow time to fully evaluate the program and determine what will be needed to turn things around.

Since taking over as interim coach, Brent Key has guided the Yellow Jackets (3-3) to two straight victories – including an unexpected one at Pittsburgh – providing some hope of qualifying for a bowl for the first time since 2018.

Key, who was Collins’ assistant head coach, will be the interim at least through the end of the season. He has made it clear he would like to be considered for the full-time job.

Cabrera said Batt was his top choice for AD after a speedy search to find Stansbury’s replacement.

“His leadership experience at one of the most competitive programs in the nation and his extraordinary track record in fundraising and revenue generation will bring great value to Georgia Tech,” Cabrera said.

In addition to deciding on a football coach, Batt’s top priority will be increasing revenues at a school that has faced tight budgets, fundraising struggles and attendance woes. Collins’ buyout of more than $11 million only compounds those issues.

He will face a far tougher challenge at Georgia Tech than he did in Tuscaloosa, where the football program has been a perennial championship contender for more than a decade under coach Nick Saban.

Georgia Tech has fallen far behind its state rival, reigning national football champion Georgia. The men’s basketball program also has struggled, making just one NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010.

Byrne said Georgia Tech has landed an AD who can turn things around.

“He has incredible vision and has done an outstanding job overseeing many areas of the department,” Byrne said. “J has been involved in all of our major decisions and has provided constructive insight and feedback to make us better.”

Batt previously served as senior associate athletic director at East Carolina (2013-17) and as associate AD at Maryland (2011-13). He graduated from North Carolina, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He played on the Tar Heels’ national championship soccer team in 2001.

Soderblom, Husso, Lalonde have big Red Wings debuts in win

DETROIT (AP) Elmer Soderblom scored a third-period goal in his NHL debut, Ville Husso made 29 saves and the Detroit Red Wings won in Derek Lalonde’s first game as a head coach, beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Friday night.

Soderblom, a 2019 draft pick, played in the Swedish Hockey League the past two seasons. He’s the tallest player in franchise history at 6-foot-8.

“I wanted to get a good first shift, get things going, so I felt I did that,” Soderblom said. “And I just built off of that.”

Husso, acquired from St. Louis in a trade during the offseason, had his fourth shutout.

“I feel like we were on top of them all the time,” Husso said. “It was one of those games, as a goalie, where you enjoy the play there. You trust the team and guys are doing a great job blocking shots and all of that. So it was a good game.”

Michael Rasmussen had an empty-net goal and two assists. Olli Maatta also had an empty-netter.

Lalonde, Tampa Bay’s former top assistant, replaced Jeff Blashill after the Red Wings failed to make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

“The important thing is not only getting the first win but getting it the right way,” Lalonde said. “We played a complete game tonight. You worry a little about the psyche of playing well and not getting rewarded with the outcome. Tonight, it all came through for us.”

Jake Allen made 37 saves for Montreal. The Canadiens opened at home Wednesday night with a 4-3 victory over Toronto. They played four rookie defensemen for the second straight game and it caught up to them.

“It’s their home opener and they obviously had a lot of energy,” Allen said. “They controlled the zone pretty well in the first period, but we got out of it at 0-0. That’s the important thing – we kept ourselves in the game. We were back on our heels a little bit, no question, but you have to be able to weather those storms.”

The Red Wings peppered the net in the opening period, outshooting the Canadiens 25-10, and held a 34-18 advantage after two periods but neither side could break through.

“I think they brought a lot of pressure,” Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis said. “They chipped in a lot of pucks, dumped in a lot of pucks and finished their checks. I think we will learn a little bit from tonight and be better for it.”

Detroit finally ended the scoring drought when Rasmussen came from behind the net and tried to jam the puck past Allen, who made a pad save. Soderblom converted the rebound at 2:33 of the period.

“He handled tonight way better than I ever expected,” Lalonde said. “As you saw, I trust him in every situation.”

Husso made a sparkling glove save against Josh Anderson on Montreal power play midway through the period.

“If we’re not playing chaotic in front of him, he can look like that,” Lalonde said about Husso. “He got the big save on the power play, which was huge, but for the most part we made it comfortable for him. That’s our goal going forward.”

NOTES: Montreal D Mike Matheson is expected to be out eight weeks due to an abdominal muscle strain. … The Red Wings’ 25 shots on goal during the first period were their most in any period since they had 26 on Dec. 13, 2010, against the Los Angeles Kings. … Lalonde became the fourth consecutive head coach to win his Red Wings debut, joining Dave Lewis (2002), Mike Babcock (2005) and Blashill (2015).

UP NEXT

Canadiens: At Washington on Saturday night.

Red Wings: At New Jersey on Saturday night.

Stamkos scores 2, Lightning beat Blue Jackets 5-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Steven Stamkos scored twice, and Corey Perry and Ross Colton each had a goal and an assist, as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 Friday for their first win of the season.

Cal Foote also scored for the Lightning, and Vladislav Namestnikov, Alex Killorn and Mikhail Sergachev each added two assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26 shots.

“It was a well-rounded game,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “It was something we needed, and now we’re just going to have to carry it into tomorrow.”

Johnny Gaudreau got his first goal since signing with the Blue Jackets in the offseason, and Gus Nyquist also scored for Columbus. Daniil Tarasov remained winless in seven NHL appearances, finishing with 34 saves.

Columbus dropped its first two games for the third time in four seasons and the seventh time in franchise history. The Blue Jackets were playing their first game without star forward Patrik Laine, who injured his shoulder in the opening loss against Carolina and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

“We were sloppy,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “We weren’t good enough tonight….We had some bad bounces but that’s not why we lost tonight. We lost because they were the better team.”

Colton picked up a loose puck in the right circle and quickly fired a shot past Tarasov to give the Lightning a 3-2 lead with 1:05 left in the opening period.

Foote’s deflection of a pass from Colton went off the right skate of Blue Jackets defenseman Jake Bean and in past Tarasov to push Tampa Bay’s lead to 4-2 at 7:45 of the second.

Columbus failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 powerplay to end the second period, before Stamkos got his second of the night and third in two games this season to make it a three-goal game at 7:57 of the third.

“Whenever you kill a 5-on-3, it’s a boost to the team and gives you energy,” Namestnikov said.

Gaudreau put Columbus on the board at 2:21 of the first, taking a behind-the-net feed from Justin Danforth and burying it past Vasilevskiy to earn chants of “Johnny! Johnny!” from the sellout crowd.

“I thought, we had a good start,” Gaudreau said. “In the second they kind of took it to us to us. We lost focus. We just weren’t making the right plays in our D-zone.”

Perry and Stamkos scored 1:13 apart late in the opening period to put Tampa Bay ahead. Perry tied it with a power-play goal with 5:52 left for the 406th score of his career, tying him with Rod Gilbert and John LeClair for the 99th place in NHL history. Stamkos put the Lightning ahead with a shot that bounced off the skate of Columbus defenseman Adam Boqvist into the back of the net.

“You knew they were going to come our hard with their home opener, and you knew their juices would be flowing for them,” Perry said. “The crowd was into it early. They got an earlier one, but we found a way on the power-play to get one right back. We answered and we continue to do the good things.”

Nyquist, however, tied it 34 seconds later with his first of season with just over 4 minutes remaining in the period.

WELCOME HOME

Gaudreau was one of three Blue Jacket players making their Nationwide Arena debuts Friday. He was joined by forward Mathieu Olivier, who was acquired from Nashville via trade, and defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who signed last summer as a free agent and assisted on Nyquist’s goal.

FEELING BLUE

Stamkos (14 goals, 16 assists) has recorded more goals and points against Columbus than any skater in Lightning franchise history and has nine points in his last four games against the Blue Jackets.

CENTURY MAN

Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman played in his 900th career game and notched an assist on Colton’s goal.

ON THE MOVE

Elvis Merzlikins returned from sickness to be the Blue Jackets’ backup netminder, with goalie Jet Greaves returned to Cleveland of the AHL. Forward Kent Johnson was recalled and skated on the third line. … The Lightning recalled defenseman Trevor Carrick from AHL Syracuse to fill the void left by the suspension of Ian Cole.

UP NEXT

Lightning: At Pittsburgh on Saturday night to finish a season-opening three-game trip.

Blue Jackets: At St. Louis on Saturday night.

Aho’s late goal leads Hurricanes past Sharks 2-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Sebastian Aho scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:58 remaining in the third period and the Carolina Hurricanes handed the San Jose Sharks their third straight loss to open the season, 2-1 on Friday night.

Martin Necas scored his second goal in two games for Carolina to tie it late in the second period before Aho won it in the third when he deflected a point shot from Brett Pesce past James Reimer.

“Just a great play by Pesce taking a little second to look,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Aho beats his guy to the net and on the tape and puts it in. … I think we got what we deserved tonight for sure.”

Antti Raanta made 18 saves, including one in close to stop Tomas Hertl in the closing seconds as the Hurricanes improved to 2-0 on the season.

“Obviously a little chaos there and the puck was rolling in the crease there,” Raanta said. “I was just trying to keep my pads on the ice and not letting anything go in. Maybe a little bit of luck also there. Got my body in there and was able to make the save and you hear the buzzer so obviously a good feeling to make that a save and obviously get that win.”

San Jose had lost the first two games of the season to Nashville in the Czech Republic but were unable to get on the winning side in the home opener for new coach David Quinn.

Evgeny Svechnikov also scored his first goal for San Jose. James Reimer made 33 saves.

“You got to find a way to get it done,” Quinn said. “If you’re tired, you have got to find a way to play tired. A lot of times teams are tired in this league, and the teams that manage it and understand how to play when they’re tired, they have a chance to have success in games like tonight.”

The Sharks opened the scoring late in the first period when Jaycob Megna set up Svechnikov in the high slot for a quick shot that appeared to surprise Raanta.

Svechnikov’s younger brother, Andrei, was on the ice for Carolina on the goal – marking the first time in eight games they have played against each other that one brother was on the ice when the other scored. Andrei scored for Carolina against Evgeny’s Detroit team on March 4, 2021, but Evgeni wasn’t on the ice.

“I mean, it’s huge to get it,” Svechnikov said. “You get momentum, just trying to shoot the puck there, and doesn’t matter if it’s any team really. I just try to shoot the puck for a goal.”

The Hurricanes dominated the second period, holding San Jose without a shot on goal for the first 13:22 and outshooting the Sharks 16-4. But they couldn’t get anything past Reimer until Andrei Svechnikov took the puck away from Kevin Labanc in the neutral zone and set up Necas for the tying goal with 22.9 seconds remaining in the period.

Necas’ four points in the first two games are one shy of the franchise record set by Mark Howe and Mike Rogers in the 1980-81 season when the team played in Hartford.

BURNS RETURNS

The Sharks played a pregame video tribute to defenseman Brent Burns, who was traded to Carolina over the summer. Burns was one of the most popular players during his 11 seasons in San Jose. He won the Norris Trophy in 2017 as the league’s top defenseman. He has 172 goals and 422 assists in 798 games with the Sharks.

“It was special. It was great,” Burns said. “It was awesome to see the video and see some of the guys and some of those moments that we had. It’s just a special place. It’s great people.”

INJURY UPDATES

The Hurricanes sent F Ondrej Kase back home to be evaluated for a possible concussion. … Sharks F Alexander Barabanov remains sidelined with a lower-body injury. … San Jose F Timo Meier and D Mario Ferraro were in the lineup after being slowed earlier this week with upper-body injuries.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Visit Seattle on Monday night.

Sharks: Host Chicago on Saturday night. San Jose will honor former GM Doug Wilson in a ceremony before the game. Wilson stepped down last season for medical reasons.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

INDIANA PACERS

Game Recap

The Pacers closed out the preseason on Friday night by dropping a 122-114 decision to the Houston Rockets at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Rockets hit 14 3-pointers and scored 81 points in the first half to build a commanding lead, then thwarted any threat of an Indiana comeback over the final two quarters.

Jalen Green scored 33 points in 29 minutes for Houston in the victory, going 10-for-15 from the field, 4-for-7 from 3-point range, and 9-for-9 from the free throw line.

Buddy Hield led Indiana with 19 points on 4-of-6 3-point shooting in the loss, while Bennedict Mathurin added 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting, five rebounds, and two assists.

The Blue & Gold jumped out to an early lead on Friday thanks to their veterans. Buddy Hield hit a three and then converted a three-point play for Indiana’s first six points. Myles Turner then added two free throws and T.J. McConnell knocked down an open 3-pointer to give Indiana an 11-3 lead a little over two minutes into the game.

Turner added five more points and Chris Duarte also scored seven over the first 10 minutes of the game. But the Rockets surged in front thanks to a sensational start by sophomore guard Green. The second overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft scored 15 points in the first 7:49, going 5-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Green’s last six points in that stretch — capped by a breakaway windmill slam — put Houston in front. The Rockets maintained the lead for the remainder of the opening frame, and seven straight points from Indianapolis native Eric Gordon pushed the visitors’ advantage to 39-29 entering the second quarter.

The Pacers’ second unit put together a nice run in the ensuing frame. Houston led 49-38 following Gordon’s three at 9:06 before Indiana reeled off seven straight. Terry Taylor’s no-look pass set up a Goga Bitadze dunk to start the spurt, then Mathurin started to attack.

The rookie got to the line on consecutive possessions, hitting three of four free throws, then weaved through the defense for a transition layup to force a Rockets timeout.

The Rockets righted the ship after the break, reeling off a 10-2 run featuring two Kevin Porter Jr. 3-pointers to push their lead back to 12. Back-to-back-to-back triples from Green, KJ Martin, and Alperen Sengun a short made it 72-55 and forced a timeout from Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle with 2:03 remaining in the first half.

Mathurin scored the first two points out of the timeout on layup, only for Houston to answer with seven straight. Hield hit a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left to bring the margin back under 20, only for Martin to knock down a buzzer-beating runner on the other end to give the visitors an 81-60 lead at the intermission.

After Houston hit 14 3-pointers in the first half, the Pacers were the hot team from beyond the arc in the third quarter. Indiana hit five treys in the first 6:08 of the second half, outscoring the Rockets 22-13 to get back within 12.

The Pacers hovered around that margin for the remainder of the third quarter, but were unable to get within single digits. Isaiah Jackson’s dunk in the waning seconds of the frame made it a 103-92 game entering the fourth quarter.

The Blue & Gold weren’t able to get within single digits until the final minute as Houston held on for the exhibition victory.

Turner finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, three assists, and three blocks in his final tuneup before his eighth NBA season. Duarte and Jalen Smith both finished with 10 points apiece.

Porter tallied 22 and seven rebounds for the Rockets, going 5-for-6 from distance. Gordon added 14 points and Sengun chipped in 12, four boards, and five assists.

With the preseason behind them, the Pacers will finalize their regular-season roster over the weekend and prepare to open the 2022-23 campaign next week with a three-game homestand dubbed Opening Week presented by Kroger. Indiana will host Washington in the season opener on Wednesday, then play back-to-back games against San Antonio and Detroit on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22.

“They’re very coachable,” Carlisle said of his young roster. “They’re great people. They want to learn. And they keep working they keep finding a way to get better and competing. It will be a fun year of teaching and developing. If we stick together through the hard times, we’ll win our share of games.”

Inside the Numbers

Mathurin finished the preseason averaging 19.8 points over the four exhibitions.

Turner reached double figures for the third time in four preseason contests, his first game action since Jan. 18 after missing the second half of last season with a foot injury.

The Rockets outrebounded Indiana, 52-38, on Friday.

Indiana only committed nine turnovers, while forcing 19 on the other end.

You Can Quote Me On That

“It’s going to be a bit of a yo-yo, up and down. We have to be consistent with how we coach them and how we approach them with corrections and things like that. We’re going to watch film tomorrow and we’ve got five days now before we play against (Wizards stars Bradley) Beal and (Kristaps) Porzingis.” -Carlisle on takeaways from the preseason

“I’m in a good place mentally, man. It just feels good to play basketball again. I could give a (care) what the results were these past four games…Just playing basketball again is just something that’s so freeing and liberating for me.” -Turner on how he feels entering the season

“You don’t want to go into the season feeling some of the bad thoughts. So I mentally prepared myself, got myself locked in to get after it tonight.” -Hield on his strong close the preseason

“I’m really excited, man, really pumped. First season in the NBA, looking forward to having a lot of fun, but also (growing) as a player (and) becoming a better teammate.” -Mathurin on getting ready to make his official NBA debut

“The guy’s incredible. He’s mature beyond his years, on and off the court. Just the way he’s able to attack the rim and be a three-level scorer, it’s rare for a guy his age. I’ve been super impressed.” -McConnell on his early impressions of Mathurin

Stat of the Night

Houston went 14-for-24 from 3-point range in the first half on Friday, scoring 39 points in the first quarter and 42 in the second.

Noteworthy

  • Pacers starting point guard Tyrese Haliburton did not dress for the second straight game with a sore lower back. The team is hopeful Haliburton will be ready to go for the season opener.
  • Daniel Theis (rest) and Aaron Nesmith (sore left foot) also were out on Friday. Theis did not play in the preseason after participating in EuroBasket 2022 last month. Nesmith has missed the last two games after injuring his foot last Friday in New York.
  • The Pacers will need to trim their 19-man training camp roster down to 17 ahead of the start of the regular season.

Up Next

The Pacers open the 2022-23 season by hosting Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

INDIANAPOLIS– The Indy Fuel hosted the Cincinnati Cyclones for the first match of a two game preseason set on Friday evening. Ultimately, the Fuel fell to the Cyclones 4-1, despite outshooting them 37-21.

The Fuel held possession early in the first period, but were unable to capitalize, even with a power play opportunity six minutes into the game as Arvin Atwal was sent to the box for interference. The Cyclones struck first with a goal by Cody Caron at 15:45 of the first period. Indy outshot Cincinnati 15-5 in that period, but time expired and the Cyclones were up 1-0. 

Two minutes into the second period, Indy’s Riley McKay and Cincinnati’s Sean Allen were handed five minute major penalties for fighting. The Cyclones struck again with a goal from Maurizio Colella making it 2-0. Halfway through the middle frame, Indy pulled goaltender Mitchell Weeks, replacing him with Conor O’Brien. McKay, assisted by Keoni Texeira and Spencer Watson, capitalized on a power play opportunity with less than five minutes remaining in the second period, finally getting the Fuel on the board. 

The third period brought two more Cincinnati goals. An unassisted goal from Lee Lapid and an empty net goal from Colella with less than three minutes left sealed Indy’s 4-1 loss. 

The Fuel host the Cyclones at Indiana Farmers Coliseum for one more preseason game tomorrow, Saturday, October 15 at 5 p.m. 

INDIANA FOOTBALL NOTES:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The backend of a two-game homestand brings Maryland to town for a matchup with the Indiana football program. The Hoosiers and Terrapins will meet for the 11th time in program history and the ninth as Big Ten opponents.

INDIANA (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) hosts MARYLAND (4-2, 1-2 B1G)
Memorial Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 15 | 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2  | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Indiana Game Notes | Maryland Game Notes | Big Ten Weekly Notes

Setting the Scene
• Indiana (3-3, 1-2 B1G) will look to rebound after its first home loss of the season against Maryland (4-2, 1-2 B1G) on Saturday, Oct. 15. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET inside Memorial Stadium (52,656; Field Turf) on ESPN2.
• The Hoosiers are 7-3 all-time against the Terrapins, including a 4-1 record in Bloomington.
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• With Maryland receiving votes in the AP and Coaches polls, it gives IU an opponent that is currently ranked or receiving votes on the schedule for five of the last seven weeks. Three (Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State) sit ranked among the top 10 in this week’s poll.

• On Friday night, the 2022 Indiana University Hall of Fame class will be inducted and then the class of Ashley Benson (Volleyball, 2007-10), Jenn Cristy (Women’s Swimming, 1998-01), Don Fischer (Play-by-Play Announcer, 1973-present), Lin Loring (Women’s Tennis Coach, 1977-2017), Tina Parrott (Women’s Track and Field, 1983-86), and D.J. White (Men’s Basketball, 2005-08) will then be recognized at halftime of the on Saturday.


By The Numbers
3 – 
Cam Jones is just the third IU football student-athlete to be elected a three-time team captain.
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24 – Of 
Tom Allen‘s 64 career games as a head coach, 24 of those have been decided by seven of fewer points, including two of four games in 2022.
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13 – In his first start as a Hoosier, 
Bradley Jennings Jr. logged his first career double-digit tackle game with 13 stops. The redshirt senior had six solo tackles with 1.0 tackle for loss.
4.0 – With 4.0 sacks on the season, true freshman Dasan McCullough is No. 2 nationally among rookies.
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News & Notes
• Head coach 
Tom Allenis on pace to join a select group of coaches in IU history, as he is one victory away from the 30-win mark.
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• Wide receiver 
Cam Camperis the eighth IU wideout (10 occurrences) with a pair of 10-catch games in a season and is just one shy of joining Whop Philyor (3; 2019) and Damarlo Belcher (3; 2010) atop that list.
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• Place kicker 
Charles Campbellcontinues to move up the career field goals made and scoring charts at IU, sitting among the top 10 in field goals made (34) and top 20 in career scoring (161).
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• Outside linebacker Dasan McCullough is tied for the lead among all FBS true freshmen in tackles for loss or no gain and is No. 2 in sacks per Pro Football Focus.
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• Running backs 
Shaun Shiversand

Josh Hendersonbecame the first pair of running backs with receiving touchdowns in the same game since 2001 when they each hauled in touchdown passes at Cincinnati.
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• Camper and 
D.J. Matthews Jr. (109 yards) each racked up 100-plus yards receiving against Illinois to become the first Indiana duo to reach the century mark in the same game since 2018.
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• For the second straight season, the Indiana special teams units have blocked multiple kicks in a year for special teams coordinator 
Kasey Teegardin. The two blocked field goals in 2022 mark the seventh and eighth blocked kicks in that span.
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• Don Fischer, the Voice of the Hoosiers, will begin his 50th season on the call in 2022 and will be honored by the National Football Foundation. He will also be inducted into the IU Hall of Fame this weekend as the entire class will be honored at halftime of the game.

MARYLAND NOTES

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS ▶ QB Taulia Tagovailoa has established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the country, currently top-25 in the nation in completion percentage (74.1), completions per game (24.3), passing yards (1,731), total offense (303.2) and passing efficiency (161.3). Tagovailoa currently has the fifth-best single season completion percentage in FBS history. ▶ Last week against Purdue, Tagovailoa completed 26-of-38 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns, elevating to second all-time in Maryland history in completions (549), passing yards (6,602) and touchdowns (44). Tagovailoa only stands 102 completions, 700 yards and six touchdowns from setting the program passing records in those categories. With a 300-yard game against Purdue (315 yards), Tagovailoa now stands alone at the top of the all-time 300-yard game ranks in Terrapin history. He also is first all-time in career completion percentage (69.2) and passing efficiency (152.0). ▶ Tagovailoa currently stands third in the nation with a 74.1 completion percentage, trailing only Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy (78.3) and UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson (74.8). His 69.3 career completion percentage is currently fourth among all active FBS quarterbacks, trailing only Mississippi State’s Will Rogers (72.2), Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (71.5) and Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall (70.7). He also stands top-20 among all FBS quarterbacks in passing yards per game (239.4), completions per game (19.9) and passing efficiency (152.0). HIGH POWERED OFFENSE ▶ Maryland has scored points on their opening drive of every game this season, the only team in the FBS to do so. The Terps have scored touchdowns against Buffalo, Charlotte, Michigan State and Purdue and field goals against SMU and Michigan. ▶ The Terps have scored at least 27 points in each of its last eight games dating back to last season against Rutgers (11/27), the longest streak in program history. ▶ Maryland is currently 12th in the nation and second in the Big Ten, only trailing No. 2 Ohio State in yards per play, averaging 6.99. Maryland has 2,770 total yards (1,828 passing & 942 rushing) on 396 plays and has averaged at least 4.9 yards per play in each game this season. As an offense, Maryland currently stands top-20 in the nation in completion percentage (73.8), red zone offense (95.2), fourth down conversion percentage (72.7) and passing offense (304.7). ▶ The Terps have 10 plays of over 40 yards this season, tied for the eighth-most in the nation and second-most in the Big Ten, trailing only No. 2 Ohio State. RBs Roman Hemby and Antwain Littleton II each have two rushes of over 40 yards and three different Terps (Jacob Copeland, Corey Dyches and Rakim Jarrett) each have a reception of over 40 yards, with Copeland tallying two. Maryland has four rushes of over 50-yards this season, the third-most in the nation, only behind Alabama (six) and Kansas State (five). ▶ RB Roman Hemby has the third-most yards from scrimmage of any FBS freshman, totaling 595 through five games, only trailing Cal’s Jaydn Ott (636) and Ole Miss’ Quinshon Judkins (632). Hemby has 395 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards, including rushing for 151 yards on 16 carries and added four catches for 62 yards against SMU (9/17) becoming the first Terrapin in the last 25 years to have 150+ rushing yards and 50+ receiving in a game.

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Indiana women’s soccer (2-6-6, 0-6-1) put two late equalizers on frame but could not find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss at No. 15 Michigan State (11-1-3, 6-0-1) on Thursday night at DeMartin Stadium.

KEY MOMENTS
• Michigan State found the back of the net early when junior midfielder Zivana Labovic scored in the fifth minute of play. Freshman midfielder Emerson Sargeant and senior forward Lauren DeBeau combined for the assist for the MSU header.
• In the 17th minute, sophomore keeper 
Jamie Gerstenberg turned away a Spartan shot for her first save of the match. She finished the evening with five total saves.
• Junior forward 
Jen Blitchok nearly found the equalizer in the 88th minute with a strike, but redshirt senior keeper Luaren Kozal of Michigan State was up to the task for her second save of the match.
• In the 89th minute senior midfielder 
Alaina Kalin had an attempt on goal that was also saved by Kozal.

NOTABLES
•  The match marked the fifth in Indiana’s last seven outings in which the opponent was either ranked or receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 poll. Three of the five teams were ranked inside the top-15 at the time of the match.

• Hoosier goalkeepers have registered at least five saves in six contests this season. The game marked the seventh-straight (11th overall) in which IU’s opponent has attempted double-figure shot attempts.
• Indiana did not register a goal for the seventh-straight contest.

HOOSIER POINTS
GOALS: None.
ASSISTS: None.

UP NEXT
Indiana will return to Bloomington to take on in-state rival Purdue at Armstrong Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 16. First kick is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET with a live broadcast on BTN.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 16-ranked Indiana men’s soccer (6-2-4, 2-1-3 B1G) became the fastest program to reach 800 wins all-time on Friday (Oct. 14) with an emphatic 4-2 victory over No. 25 Penn State (5-4-3, 2-1-2 B1G) on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

IU is the seventh program to ascend to 800 wins, but the only one to do so within 50 seasons.

With a goal and two assists, redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink tallied four points in the win while six different Hoosiers provided a goal contribution.

KEY MOMENTS

• 4′ – For the second straight match, IU scored within the opening five minutes. Indiana earned four corners within the first four minutes, and on the fourth they got in. Wittenbrink’s service from the corner swerved in towards the back post and may have gone in on its own, but junior defender Joey Maher was there to make sure it did.

• 17′ – Wittenbrink dribbled into space from the left wing and just outside the 18-yard box but fired just wide of goal.

• 18′ – Penn State equalized as a lofted through ball from graduate midfielder Seth Kuhn got through the IU back line and into the path of senior forward Liam Butts, who avoided a challenge from IU redshirt senior goalkeeper Bryant Pratt and scored.

• 20′ – A throw in from senior Nyk Sessock sailed in and found the head of redshirt senior defender Daniel Munie. Munie flicked on towards the back post where senior defender Brett Bebej was all alone to head in.

• 48′ – Sophomore forward Samuel Sarver earned a penalty after a penetrating dribble into the box from the right wing. Wittenbrink stepped to the spot and sunk the penalty.

• 51′ – Wittenbrink received a pass on his wing and took on his mark. He dribbled into the box, cut to his left and took a shot that forced PSU senior goalkeeper Kris Shakes to leap to make the save.

• 59′ – Countering from a corner, Sarver played a through ball to senior forward Herbert Endeley into space deep in IU’s attacking third, but his shot was saved by a diving attempt from Shakes. On the resulting corner, Wittenbrink passed to Sarver who took a shot from about 16-yards out in the center of the pitch, but Shakes was up to the task again.

• 64′ – Wittenbrink provided his second assist of the evening with a great cross after racing past his mark on the left wing. Endeley met it with his head at the near post and powered it past Shakes.

• 72′ – Bebej slipped in IU’s box and unintentionally brought down PSU junior forward Peter Mangione to give the Nittany Lions a penalty. Mangione converted to cut the deficit to two.

• 75′ – Wittenbrink had another shot on goal saved with 15 minutes to play, and an attempt from senior forward Maouloune Goumballe on the rebound was put wide.

• 84′ – Freshman midfielder Jack Wagoner collided with a Penn State player in an aerial challenge and was given a second yellow. IU would play with 10 men in the final six minutes of the match.

NOTABLES

• Indiana earned its 800th win all-time, becoming the fastest NCAA Division I men’s soccer program to reach the milestone. The next fastest, UCLA, won its 800th match during its 60th season in 2004. IU is the seventh program to touch 800 wins but is the winningest program, by percentage, in NCAA DI men’s soccer history (800-191-109 – .777).

• IU is undefeated in 16 straight matches at Bill Armstrong Stadium going back to 2021 with a 14-0-2 record in that span and a 5-0-2 home mark this season. Friday’s win was Indiana’s 350th win all-time at Armstrong Stadium.

• The Hoosiers are undefeated in six consecutive matches overall.

• IU improved to 36-15-5 all-time versus Penn State and earned its seventh win in nine matches versus the Nittany Lions going back to 2016. It was also Indiana’s fifth straight against PSU in Big Ten regular season play.

• Indiana recorded its third win over a ranked opponent this season as Penn State was ranked No. 25 by Top Drawer Soccer this week. IU is 3-2-0 versus Top 25 teams this year.

• IU’s four goals tied its season-high tally and were the most scored on Penn State this season. IU outshot the Nittany Lions, 17-7, and held the visitors to just one shot in the opening half.

• Wittenbrink’s four points tied a career-high after he tallied as many on March 19, 2021, at Rutgers. The redshirt senior pushed his team-leading season goal count to six. He also leads IU with 17 points.

• Wittenbrink is a perfect 3-for-3 on penalty attempts this season, and IU has scored 4-of-4 attempts from the spot in 2022.

• With the final assist to Bebej’s goal, Munie has tallied a goal contribution in three of four matches since returning from injury as well as a three consecutive conference contests.

• Sessock earned his team-leading sixth assist of the season and fourth from a throw-in. The senior has provided assists from throws in back-to-back matches.

• Maher scored his first goal of the season. Indiana has scored 22 goals from 12 unique goal scorers this year.

• Endeley tallied his third goal of the year, which sits third on the team. The senior ranks No. 2 in points for IU with 10 (three goals, four assists).

UP NEXT

Indiana has a quick turnaround as it travels to Madison, Wisconsin, for a Big Ten road match on Tuesday (Oct. 18). The match will be televised on Big Ten Network with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  –  In front of a record-setting crowd inside Wilkinson Hall (2,512), the Indiana Volleyball team (9-10, 2-5) played No. 9 Purdue to the brink in one of the best matches in the series’ recent history.

The Hoosiers dominated the third set to take a 2-1 advantage in the match, but Purdue would respond and grab the final two games to win 3-2 (24-26, 25-22, 15-25, 25-15, 15-10) on Friday night.

Savannah Kjolhede (12 kills, .545) and Mady Saris (16 kills) had productive offensive nights while Paula Cerame provided a season’s best 25 digs.

Purdue came into the night hitting .264 on the season but was held to just .192 on Friday evening. Eva Hudson, the Big Ten’s leader in kills, was held to a .179 hitting percentage with eight errors on 56 swings.

IU will close out the weekend with a Sunday matinee match against Michigan State inside Wilkinson Hall with a first serve of 1:00 PM EST.

SET 1 (Indiana 26, Purdue 24)

•  With Kenzie Daffinee at the service line, IU jumped out to a 4-1 run. Savannah Kjolhede had two kills within the first five points while Daffinee added a service ace.

• A pair of Purdue attack errors, followed by a kill from Candela Alonso-Corcelles, forced the Boilers into a timeout as IU took a 14-12 lead in the first.

• Facing set point at 23-24 the Hoosiers rattled off three-straight points to take the first set 26-24.

SET 2 (Purdue 25, Indiana 22)

•  Mady Saris tallied home a kill following a pair of Eva Hudson attacking errors to allow the Hoosiers to open an 8-3 lead in the second set.

• Savannnah Kjolhede got the Hoosiers within one late in the set with a kill, but Purdue would close out the set 25-22 to level the match.

SET 3 (Indiana 25, Purdue 15)

• Kenzie Daffinee helped serve IU to a 4-0 lead to open the third set.

• The Hoosiers went on a 5-0 run to take control of the set with a 12-5 lead. During that five-point run, IU got kills from Melisa Ilter, Morgan Geddes and Mady Saris along with a service ace from Camryn Haworth.

• Savannah Kjolhede provided back-to-back kills as IU opened the gap to a 21-13 lead late in the fourth set.

• A service error from Purdue closed out a dominating 25-15 set victory for the Hoosiers.

SET 4 (Purdue 25, Indiana 15)

• Mady Saris took a ball off the chin that ricocheted back over the net and landed past Purdue’s back row for a kill to take an 8-7 lead.

• Purdue responded on a 10-0 run to grab a commanding lead in the fourth.

• The Boilers would win the set 25-15 despite a late IU push to get as close as 22-15.

SET 5 (Purdue 15, Indiana 10)

• Following a pair of kills from Mady Saris, the Hoosiers used a Purdue attacking error to grab a 4-3 early in the fifth set.

• The Hoosiers closed the gap to 8-9 in the fifth off of a kill from Candela Alonso-Corcelles and Purdue attacking error.

• Purdue would win the set 15-10 to complete the late comeback and win the match.

NOTABLES

• Morgan Geddes returned to the starting lineup following a two-game absence and tallied nine kills and three blocks.

• Savannah Kjolhede hit an outstanding .545 with 12 kills on 22 swings. She also provided five digs and five blocks.

• Mady Saris had double-digit kills (16) for the 16th time this season. She also had a pair of digs and a block.

• Paula Cerame provided a season’s best 25 digs for the Hoosiers to pair with five assists and a service ace.

• Camryn Haworth added 38 assists, seven digs five kills and three blocks in a productive all-around night for IU.

• Kenzie Daffinee served a season’s best 27 times and tallied a pair of aces while putting Purdue out of rotation from the service line all night.

• Tonight’s match saw the biggest crowd in Wilkinson Hall history (2,512 fans).

PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. NEBRASKA

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After back-to-back road wins in conference play, Purdue Football returns home to host Nebraska in a battle between two teams atop the Big Ten West. The Boilermakers and Cornhuskers are set to play in front of a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET on BTN.

Purdue is 4-2 for the second consecutive season. The last time the Boilermakers were 4-2 in back-to-back seasons was when Joe Tiller led the program to consecutive eight-win campaigns (2006-07).

The Boilermakers are coming off a 31-29 victory at Maryland, their third straight win. The last time Purdue won three games in-a-row came during the 2018 season, a four-game winning streak that included a 49-20 thumping over No. 2 Ohio State.

LAST TIME WE MET NEBRASKA

• Behind four interceptions from the defense, Purdue went on the road and defeated Nebraska 28-23 (Oct. 30, 2021) in the previous matchup between the two Big Ten West foes.

• Jalen Graham led the way with a pair of INTs, including a pick six that helped him earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.

• Cam Allen and Chris Jefferson hauled in picks as well.

• Aidan O’Connell completed 34-of-45 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns, while King Doerue added 74 yards on the ground to lead the Boilermakers offensively.

• The victory was Purdue’s third in the past four meetings with Nebraska.

THREE IN-A-ROW

• Purdue returns home riding a three-game winning streak for the first time the 2018 season.

• The Boilermakers won four straight games in 2018, which included the memorable 49-20 victory over No. 2 Ohio State.

• Purdue has won three games in-a-row only three times over the past 15 seasons, two of them being under Jeff Brohm. In the previous nine seasons prior to Brohm’s arrival, the only Boilermakers’ three-game winning streak occurred during the end of the 2012 season to earn bowl eligibility.

BIG WINS AWAY FROM HOME

• Playing on the road in Big Ten play hasn’t fazed Purdue lately. The Boilermakers have won six of their past seven conference games away from home, including the past two weeks against Minnesota (Oct. 1) and Maryland (Oct. 8).

• Two of those victories were over ranked teams. Purdue beat No. 2 Iowa 24-7 last season (Oct. 16, 2021), while knocking off No. 21 Minnesota this October.

• Last season, Purdue went 3-1 in B1G games away from home, which included a neutral site win over Northwestern at Wrigley Field. The Boilermakers ended the 2021 campaign with five victories away from Ross-Ade Stadium, their most since 1943.

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

• While Purdue is primarily known for its passing game, the Boilermakers have rushed for 11 touchdowns compared to 13 through the air.

• Just six games into the season, the 11 rushing TDs match the total from the previous two seasons combined (7 in 2021, 4 in 2020).

• The total is already the most in a season since Purdue rushed for 20 touchdowns in 2018.

• The Boilermakers have six rushing touchdowns over their three conference games, ranking second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (8).

WELCOME BACK 6

• The Boilermaker defense welcomed back one of their leaders, Jalen Graham, in the 31-29 win over Maryland.

• Graham, who missed the previous four games due to injury, returned to record a team-high nine tackles to go along with one tackle-for-loss and one pass breakup.

• Despite playing in just two games this season, the senior ranks eighth on the team in total tackles (15); his 7.5 tackles per game pace Purdue.

AIDAN ADDING TO HIS LEGACY

• Beginning his career as a walk-on and eighth on the quarterback depth chart, Aidan O’Connell worked his way up to the starting role and didn’t stop there. The sixth-year QB has etched his name in the school record books, and he continued to rise up the career charts early this season.

• O’Connell already ranks in the program’s Top 10 in several career categories: completion percentage (1st – 68.0%), 500-yard games (T1st – 2), 400-yard games (2nd – 5), 300-yard games (4th – 11), touchdown passes (6th – 53), passing completions (7th – 649) and passing yards (8th – 7,288).

• Aidan O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards and total offense. His 311.8 passing yards per game rank ninth nationally, while he stands 17th in total offense with 306.8 yards per game.

• O’Connell has kept up his game against conference opponents as the only Big Ten quarterback to average more than 300 yards passing in league play (308.0 ypg). His 297.33 yards of total offense in B1G action also lead the conference.

• Since 2000, O’Connell became one of just three Big Ten quarterbacks to throw for 1,000 yards over the first three games of a season (Christian Hackenberg – 1,008 yards, 2014; Richard Lagow – 1,002 yards, 2016).

• He torched the Syracuse defense with a season-high 424 passing yards and three touchdowns.

• O’Connell now has five 400-yard passing games; only Drew Brees has more (7).

RED ZONE, END ZONE

• The Boilermakers have been successful in the red zone this season, scoring 24 out of 25 times for a 96 percent rate and ranking No. 8 in the country.

• Even better, 21 of those 24 red zone scores have been touchdowns (88%).

• The Boilermakers are 12-for-12 (9 touchdowns, 3 field goals) in the red zone against B1G foes, one of three teams to be perfect in conference play.

• Purdue was a perfect 5-for-5 in the red zone against Maryland, punching in four touchdowns and adding one field goal.

YOU’LL GET NOTHING AND LIKE IT

• Purdue has produced one of the best red zone defenses in the country. With opponents scoring only 71 percent of the time in the area, the Boilermakers rank third in the Big Ten and 14th in the country.

• The defense also is efficient in getting off the field with a third down defense that ranks 23rd nationwide. Opponents are converting 30 percent of the time on third down.

• The Boilermakers have done a good job of limiting the run, surrendering less than 100 yards per game (96.7) to rank 17th nationally and only allowing 2.9 yards per rush.

• Purdue’s rush defense has been even better in conference games, limiting the opposition to 71.3 yards on the ground per contest (2.6 yards per carry).

• The Boilermakers are one of 19 teams to allow three or fewer rushing touchdowns this season, and only one of those touchdowns has been by a running back.

• In the win over No. 21 Minnesota, Purdue held the Golden Gophers to 44 rushing yards on 26 carries; Minnesota entered the contest with the nation’s No. 2 rushing attack with 294.5 yards per game.

PAYNE TRAIN

• Tight end Payne Durham once again came through in the clutch, catching the go-ahead touchdown pass before rumbling 56 yards to set up another late Purdue touchdown to help the team beat Maryland.

• Against the Terps, Durham made seven catches for 109 yards, both team highs, to record the third 100-yard game of his career. 

• Durham moved into a tie for 11th in program history with 16 receiving touchdowns.

• Durham is now third on the career list for touchdown receptions by a tight end, trailing Dave Young (27, 1977-80), Brycen Hopkins (2016-19) and Dustin Keller (16, 2004-07).

• The senior tight end sits second on the team this year with 28 receptions for 280 yards and three touchdowns.

• Durham’s progression in college from backup to all-conference caliber is made more impressive when you consider he played one year of high school football after playing lacrosse all his life.

SO CLOSE

• While Purdue is 4-2 on the season, the Boilermakers are 64 seconds away from being 6-0.

• Both losses came to teams that are currently ranked and unbeaten.

• No. 10 Penn State scored a go-ahead touchdown with 57 seconds to go to leave West Lafayette with a season-opening victory (Sept. 1)

• In the first road game of the season, the Boilermakers suffered a heartbreaking loss to now-No. 21 Syracuse after the Orange found the end zone with just seven seconds left in the ballgame.

• Four of Purdue’s six games have been decided by four points-or-less.

FAST STARTS

• Whether it’s the beginning of the game or coming out of the locker room, Purdue has gotten off to fast starts.

• The Boilermakers are outscoring the opposition 50-10 in the opening quarter.

• Purdue has scored a touchdown on three of its six opening drives.

• On the other side of the ball, Purdue’s defense has forced a fumble and four three-and-outs by the opposition to kick off games; only Maryland found success on the opening drive, scoring a touchdown.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – The No. 9 Purdue Boilermakers extended their win streak to 20 consecutive victories over Indiana with a five set thriller in Wilkinson Hall on Friday night (24-26, 25-22, 15-25, 25-15, 15-10.

With the win, Purdue moves to 15-2, 6-1 in the Big Ten this season while Indiana falls to 9-10, 2-5 in the Big Ten.

Redshirt junior setter Megan Renner guided the team with her first career double-double, posting 41 assists and a career-high 12 digs.

Despite the Hoosier’s efforts to slow Eva Hudson, the freshman ended the night with 18 kills, including the match-winner. Meanwhile, Emma Ellis registered 14 kills, one shy of her career-best set a season ago, and a team-best .367 attack % (14-3-30).

Libero Maddie Schermerhorn anchored the team with 23 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Raven Colvin closed out the night with five blocks and eight kills.

The Boilermakers and Hoosiers are slated to meet once more this season on Sunday, October 30. The 1 p.m. ET match, hosted in West Lafayette will be for the rights to the Monon Spike trophy.

No. 9 Purdue will be back on Sunday in Holloway Gymnasium for a 1 p.m. ET matinee vs. Maryland. The match will be available for streaming on B1G+.

Quick Facts

Purdue has improved to 4-0 in five set matches

It is just the third time this season the Boilermakers have dropped the opening set.

In the coaching staff’s 20th season with Purdue, the program notched its 20th consecutive win vs. its rivals.

Hudson’s 18 kills marks the 14th match this season with 15+ kills

Purdue’s 6-1 start to the Big Ten season is the best since 2015 (6-1)

Set One (24-26)

Purdue had set point at 24-23, but Indiana stormed back to take the set.

The game saw 11 tied scores

Emma Ellis and Eva Hudson led the Boilermakers with 4 kills each

Set Two (25-22)

Eva Hudson found her stride, notching six kills in the set.

Indiana got out to an early 3-8 lead, but Purdue chipped away until the score was tied at 12-12 and a close battle ensued

Purdue held set point at 24-21, which Indiana fended off for one point before Raven Colvin put the game away.

Set Three (15-25)

Boilers posted six unanswered points to cut the lead, 11-12, but Purdue struggled to find their rhythm as Indiana ran away with the set.

Set Four (25-15)

Purdue handed Indiana an identical score after a decisive 10 consecutive points proved an insurmountable hill following a 7-8 deficit.

As a team, Purdue hit .520 in the set behind 14 kills and one attack error.

Emma Ellis led the team with four kills and no errors on six swings.

Set Five (15-10)

Raven Colvin had an explosive set, tallying three kills and a block assist in Purdue’s first seven points.

Maddie Schermerhorn totaled 8 digs in the set.

The Boilermakers took and maintained the lead after Colvin’s kill evened the score, 4-4.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team won their third-straight BIG EAST contest on Friday night with a 3-1 victory over visiting Seton Hall (25-17, 16-25, 25-16, 25-19). The Bulldogs are now 10-9 overall with a 4-3 mark against conference foes. They will move past the Pirates in the conference standings with Seton Hall hanging onto a 4-4 BIG EAST record.

STAT OF THE MATCH: The Bulldogs hit over .200 in each set win tonight and limited the Pirates to an attack percentage under .100.

SET 1: Butler 25-17

The Bulldogs got off to a slow start, but climbed back into the action to tie the contest at 14-14. The Pirates committed four service errors early to keep Butler close and a BU ace from Brooklyne Darby moments later would put the home team in front 20-16. BU broke a 16-16 tie to grab control of the opener with a 5-0 scoring run. Mariah Grunze got BU to set point with her fourth kill of the set and a BU block would signal the end of set one at 25-17.

SET 2: Seton Hall 25-21

Butler opened up a small lead over SHU, but Jenna Walsh would use her serve to help the Pirates score four-straight tying the action at 11-11. Asli Subasili was next in line for the Pirates and her serve put the visitors in front 16-12 forcing a BU timeout. Another 4-0 SHU scoring run moved the scoreboard to 20-13 and the two teams would head into the break tied at 1-1.

SET 3: Butler 25-16

Butler broke an 8-8 tie to grab a 14-10 advantage. Amina Shackelford delivered back-to-back kills for the ‘Dawgs to cushion the BU lead during that stretch. Moments later, the standout sophomore would be credited with a solo block to give the Bulldogs a 17-12 lead and force Seton Hall into a timeout. Shackelford had four kills in the third taking her match total to nine.

SET 4: Butler 25-19

Cora Taylor broke a 10-10 tie with an ace and the Bulldogs would ride that momentum into a 14-11 lead. Shackelford once again put together a pair of kills and Brooklyne Darby would get an ace to keep BU on top. Five-straight Bulldog points got Butler to set point and Shackleford would bring the win home with her 14th kill of the night.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

– Butler libero Jaymeson Kinley tallied 20+ digs in a match for the 11th time this season (23)

– Reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Cora Taylor paced the offense with 36 assists

– Taylor added 10 digs to notch her eighth double-double of the year

– The Bulldogs posted 13 total team blocks

– Marisa Guisti was inactive tonight due to injury

– Jenna Walsh led SHU with 11 kills

– Butler is 11-6 against Seton Hall since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2013

– BU is now 5-4 all-time vs. SHU inside Hinkle Fieldhouse

– The Pirates had two Hoosiers on their roster. Laila Wallace is from Munster and Reagan Hopp is from Carmel

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs will host the St. John’s Red Storm on Sunday at 1 PM. Those fans unable to a attend can stream the action live on FloSports.com.

BUTLER FOOTBALL

GAME NOTES (PDF)
 
INDIANAPOLIS – The Hoosier Helmet will be up for grabs Saturday afternoon as the Butler Bulldogs travel to Brown Field to face the Valparaiso Beacons at 2 PM.
 
Gameday
Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Valparaiso, Ind. / Brown Field
Live Stats: ValpoAthletics.com
Watch: ESPN 3
 
2022 PFL Standings
St. Thomas 2-0, 4-1
Valparaiso 2-0, 3-2
Davidson 2-1, 4-2
Marist 2-1, 2-3
Butler 1-1, 3-2
Dayton 1-1, 3-1
Morehead State 1-1, 2-3
San Diego 1-1, 2-3
Stetson 1-1, 3-2
Drake 0-3, 0-6
Presbyterian 0-3, 1-5
 
2022 PFL Schedule – Week 7
Dayton at Marist – 12 PM
Morehead State at Davidson – 1 PM
Butler at Valparaiso – 2 PM
Drake at St. Thomas – 2 PM
Presbyterian at San Diego – 5 PM
 
Bulldog Bits
– The game on Oct. 15 will be the 82nd meeting between Butler and Valparaiso marking the most contests between the Bulldogs and any other PFL opponent.
– Butler snapped Dayton’s scoring streak last Saturday with a 31-0 shutout win. The Flyers had scored points in 501 straight games, the longest streak in Division I football.
– Bret Bushka was named PFL Offensive Player of the Week and CFPA honorable mention for the FCS National Performer of the Week.
– Butler was recognized as the FedEx Ground FCS National Team of the Week by Stats Perform.
– Butler leads the PFL and ranks 4th in the FCS in red zone offense (93%, 15-for-16).
– Butler ranks second in the PFL and 11th in the FCS in third down conversion percentage (50%).
– Valpo and Butler each average 24 points per game heading into this contest. The ‘Dawgs have averaged 35 ppg over their three wins this season.
– Cameron Heald caught two touchdown passes against Dayton last week. Three of his eight receptions this season have been touchdowns.
– Tyler Adams recorded a career-high 149 receiving yards vs. Dayton. His 75-yard TD reception from Bushka was the longest play of the year for Butler.
 
SCOUTING VALPARAISO: The Beacons are 3-2 overall with a 2-0 record against PFL opponents. They opened league play with a 28-21 win over San Diego on their homecoming weekend. That result was followed by a 41-21 win at Presbyterian last Saturday. Non-conference action opened with Valpo defeating Indiana Wesleyan 20-17. Their two losses of 2022 came at Illinois State (28-21) and at Dartmouth (35-13). Two different student-athletes have played quarterback for the Beacons over their last two games. Mikey Appel leads the team in completions, attempts and yards, but redshirt freshman Mason Kaplan helped lead Valpo to a win over San Diego in Week 4. Kaplan also threw a fourth quarter TD pass in the win at Presbyterian last Saturday.
 
Kaplan is a dual threat QB that ranks second on the team in rushing attempts. Valpo’s lead back is Aaron Dawson (85.0 per game).
 
LAST MEETING: The Bulldogs would score three points on their opening drive, but that would be it for the rest of the day as the Beacons came into Indianapolis to land a 47-3 victory. Nimz threw for three scores and Washington rushed for two more. Bushka led Butler with 82 yards passing and 39 yards rushing. Connor Reid was the top defensive player in the huddle that day with seven tackles, two for a loss, and one sack.
 
Valpo scored two touchdowns in under a minute in the second quarter to go on top 30-3. Nimz threw a 38-yard TD pass to Ross with 48 seconds left and after a BU fumble, Nimz would added a rushing TD with just seven seconds showing on the game clock.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES: Butler leads the all-time series against Valparaiso 51-30. The first-ever meeting was held in Indianapolis in 1927.
 
The Beacons have won three-straight games against Butler. The Bulldogs last win at Brown Field was in 2016 (23-12), they also won 24-21 at the Sellick Bowl in 2019.
 
STATS PERFORM SELECTS BUTLER AS THE FEDEX GROUND FCS NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: The Bulldogs posted their first shutout win since 2010, ended a seven-game losing streak against Dayton and halted the Flyers’ NCAA record streak of scoring points in 501 consecutive games. Bret Bushka was 25 of 29 for a season-high 338 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for another TD. Kody Leach’s end zone interception with 5:40 remaining helped preserve the shutout for first-year coach Mike Uremovich‘s 3-2 team.
 
Saturday’s result was the first career shutout for BU defensive coordinator Jeff Knowles.
 
BUSHKA EARNS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Bret Bushka was responsible for all four touchdowns in Butler’s 31-0 PFL victory against Dayton. He finished the day completing 25-of-29 passes for three touchdowns with no interceptions (218.25 pass efficiency rating) and added a touchdown on the ground where he had 33 yards on 10 carries, finishing the day with 371 total offensive yards. Bushka led drives of 12-plays for 87 yards, 12 plays for 69 yards, and 12 plays for 80 yards before capping the scoring with a 75-yard touchdown throw to Tyler Adams for the only play of the final scoring drive. He found nine different receivers on the day.
 
Bushka leads the PFL in completion percentage, passing efficiency, and passing touchdowns. He was also an honorable mention selection for the FCS National Offensive Player of the Week (Stats Perform).
 
SIGNATURE WIN: The Bulldogs won their PFL home opener for the first time since 2018! They knocked off Morehead State that year 24-21.
 
Butler opened the 2018 season with an upset win at #24 Youngstown State (23-21).
 
STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH: Butler has not allowed a sack since Week 1 of the regular season. The Beacons lead the PFL and rank sixth in the FCS with 19 sacks this year.
 
Butler gave up a sack on back-to-back plays late in the second quarter vs. St. Thomas (Fla.) and have not allowed one since.
 
SCORING SUMMARY: Butler’s longest scoring drive of the season came against Dayton last weekend. The Bulldogs ended the third quarter with a 12-play 80-yard drive that took 5:40 off the clock.
 
Butler’s fastest touchdown this season came on a 63-yard TD pass from Bushka to Adams. The play took just nine seconds. (Week 1).
 
UP NEXT: Butler will host Marist on homecoming weekend. The contest scheduled for Oct. 22 will feature a 1 PM kick-off at the Sellick Bowl.
 
The Bulldogs ended the 2021 campaign with a 28-21 win at Marist. Joey Suchy rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Trey Mason also helped put the game away with defensive TD for Butler in the fourth quarter.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER

Matchday Information – Butler at Providence
DATE:                          Saturday, October 15 / 7PM
LOCATION:                 Providence, R.I. / Chapey Field
VIDEO:                        FloSports/BEDN
LIVE STATS:               friars.com
 
Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler men’s soccer team heads to Providence on Saturday, Oct. 15, seeking it fourth conference win. The match, against the seventh-place side in the BIG EAST, is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The (rv) Bulldogs (8-3-1, 3-1-1 BIG EAST) are coming off a 2-0 shutout win over Villanova, while the Friars (3-4-5, 1-2-3 BIG EAST) most recently lost to Georgetown, 0-1.

Bulldog Bits
            (through games 10/12/2022)

  • Palmer Ault’s 4 game-winning goals ranks 3rd nationally and leads the BIG EAST. He is second in the conference with 8 goals (12th) and 19 points (15th). His shot accuracy of .500 (74th) is sixth in the conference.
  • Wilmer Cabrera Jr. leads the BIG EAST and is 12th nationally with 3.58 shots per game, and he is fifth in the conference (62nd) with 1.33 shots on goal per game. His 13 total points are sixth in the BIG EAST (71st), and his five goals are seventh (69th).
  • DJ Hooks’ 2 game-winning goals rank second in the BIG EAST (41st nationally). His 13 total points are sixth in the BIG EAST (71st), and his five goals are seventh (69th).
  • Tommy Visser’s 4 assists rank fifth in the BIG EAST (85th nationally).
  • Gabriel Gjergji ranks fourth in the BIG EAST with 39 saves.
     
  • DJ Hooks was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his performances against Georgetown and IUPUI. He totaled 7 points on the week. In Butler’s 2-3 loss to Georgetown, he notched a goal and assisted on the other, leading the team in both shots (3) and shots on goal (2). In the 4-1 win over IUPUI, Hooks knocked in two goals, including the game-winner. He was second on the team with five shots, but led with four on goal.
     
  • The Bulldogs are currently receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches national poll (10/11/2022). Butler’s highest ranking this season was No. 12 in the Sept. 4 poll. The Bulldogs are 1-1 against opponents ranked in the top-15, defeating No. 14 Marshall (1-0) and losing to No. 15 Indiana (1-2). 

           Against Villanova:

  • Joost de Schutter’s converted penalty kick was the game-winner and his first goal as a Bulldog.
  • Jack Streberger’s goal was his third of the season and the fifth of his career.
  • Gabriel Gjergji made six saves in the match for his third solo shutout of the season. He also has a combined shutout this season and has accumulated 19.5 for his career.

The Matchup

  • SERIES RECORD: Butler leads, 6-3-1
  • LAST MEETING: Nov. 11, 2021 – Washington D.C. – No. 18 Providence 2, Butler 0 (2021 BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal)
  • In the 2021 regular season matchup, Butler defeated No. 20 Providence, 2-1.
  • The Bulldogs have won four of the most recent six contests.

Scouting Providence

  • Previous match:  Georgetown L, 0-1
  • Providence has defeated DePaul (1-0), Siena (4-0), and New Hampshire (1-0). The Friars lost to UConn (2-3) and tied Marquette (3-3), Seton Hall (2-2), and Villanova (1-1).

    Individual Statistics
  • Offensive standouts for Providence include:
    #10 Gevork Diarbian (3g, 3a)
    #21 Luis Garcia (1g, 4a)
    #32 Thomas Tulgar (2g, 1a)
    #4 Nick Benjamin (1g, 2a)
    #15 Ramzi Oawasmy (2g)
    #7 Gil Santos (2g)
  • Lukas Burns (3-3-5) is the primary keeper for the Friars. In 11 starts, he has allowed 14 goals (1.27 GAA) and has made 33 saves (.702), producing four shutouts.

IUPUI SWIMMING

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s swimming team defeated the Butler Bulldogs on Friday night, 158-103. The Jags recorded 24 first-place finishes out of 27 events including a new school record with Emmaleigh Zietlow swimming a time of 4:20.04 in the 400 IM.

“Emmaleigh Zietlow continues to lead the charge with several conference leading times,” said head coach Damion Dennis. “Lilly Brandt continues to be the cornerstone of our sprint crew winning both the 50 and 100 as well as producing some strong relay splits. Our freshman continue to show significant progress as well. Gabby and Jenna were both close to their best times and they grow more confident every week.”

IUPUI started the meet off with a first-place finish in the 400 medley relay with Emma Theobald, Avery Brooks, Lilly Brandt and Zietlow swimming an overall time of 3:49.71. Zoe Hendrickx then finished first in the 1000 free with a time of 10:33.99 followed by Zietlow earning another win in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.56.

Lauren Thompson took first in the 100 back with a time of 57.04 while freshman Gabby Puryear-Lynch finished first in the 200 fly (2:04.16). Brandt took the first in the 50 free (24.13) and the 100 free (52.13). Theobald won the 200 back with a time of 2:05.34 while Zietlow took another first in the 500 free (4:57.77).

Puryear-Lynch clinched her second win of the night in the 100 fly with a time of 56.10. Zietlow then set a new school record in the 400 IM with a time of 4:20.04. The Jags closed out the meet with the 200 free relay team, made up of Brandt, Brooks, Priscilla Zavala and Thompson, taking first with a time of 1:36.99.

“Overall great meet for our program,” said coach Dennis. “We’re doing a lot of little things really well and working exceptionally hard right now and we’re starting to see the benefits in our racing.”

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The IUPUI volleyball team fell to the Oakland Golden Grizzles in four sets on Friday night on the road, 3-1. Briana Brown led the Jaguar attack with 13 kills.
 
In the opening set, the Jags took the early lead 12-6 and led for most of the set until the Grizzles tied things up at 13 and took the lead with after a few attack errors by the Jags. Oakland won the first set 25-19 to take the 1-0 lead.
 
The second set was a back-and-forth battle that ended in extra points, 31-29 in Oaklands favor. Emily Alan tied things up with a kill at 28-28 but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Grizzles took the 2-0 lead.
 
IUPUI stayed alive in the third set winning 25-23. Emma Ashcraft closed out the set with a service ace. Oakland took set four to seal the match win, 25-20.
 
Brown led the Jaguar attack with 13 kills followed by Allie Pogue with 10 kills. Millai Madison added eight kills hitting .261 and Alan totaled seven kills with a hitting percentage of .231. Ashcraft led the defense with 19 kills followed by Addie Evans with 17. Morgan Ostrowski, Evan and Brown each collected three service aces.
 
The Jags travel to Cleveland State to face the Vikings tomorrow night at 6:00 PM.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL

DEKALB, Ill. – – The fifth straight win for the Ball State women’s volleyball team was a big one, as it topped league-leading Northern Illinois 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 25-15) Friday evening at Victor E. Court.
 
“We have been really focused on earning points and staying consistent, and I feel like the runs of points tonight showed that,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “NIU does not give up a lot of free points and we knew we would have to play clean and work hard for every point. I liked our focus, but we are going to have to reset and do it again tomorrow.”
 
The Cardinals (13-6; 5-2 Mid-American Conference) used a 10-4 run to close the opening set and an 11-3 run to end the second. After the Huskies (13-5; 6-2 MAC) battled to win the third set, Ball State broke a 6-6 tie in the fourth with a 9-2 run and never looked back.
 
BSU forced the Huskies to use both of its fourth-set timeouts during the run and pulled ahead 19-10 before winning the set on back-to-back blasts from junior outside Cait Snyder. They were two of her match-high 17 kills and gave her double digit kills in three of Ball State’s last for matches.
 
Senior opposite Natalie Mitchem also had a strong night, registering 15 kills on 34 swings with no errors for a .441 rate of success. She has registered double digit kills and no attack errors in two of BSU’s last three matches.
 
Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers was senior outside Natalie Risi with 13 kills to go along with 13 digs for her ninth double-double of the season. She also served up one of BSU’s four aces.
 
“Our pins definitely stepped up for us tonight when out middles struggled offensively,” Phillips said. “I do think our middles found some rhythm in the fourth set which really helped us separate at the end.”
 
From the middle, senior Marie Plitt finished the night with eight kills, while Lauren Gilliland earned eight of her own to go along with a team-high four total blocks.
 
Senior libero Maggie Huber turned in her best match of the season, leading all players with a season-high 30 digs. She was also perfect in reception in 20 attempts.
 
“Maggie was all over the court tonight,” Phillips added. “She made a ton of big digs, along with some great pursuit hustle plays that not only kept rallies alive, but also kept momentum on our side.”
 
Rounding out Ball State’s top contributors was sophomore setter Megan Wielonski who earned her 13th double-double of the season with 54 assists and 16 digs. She ran the offense to a .246 (64-18-187) rate of success and served up an ace.
 
Katie Jablonski led the NIU offense with 15 kills, while Francesca Bertucci earned a team-high 25 digs. BSU limited the Huskies to a .166 (52-21-187) attack percentage, its lowest attack percentage of the season.
 
Ball State and Northern Illinois will square off again Saturday afternoon at Victor E. Court, this time with a 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT first serve.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL NOTES VS. UCONN

BALL STATE NOTES:

8 After a pair of hard-nosed, physical MAC West Division games, Ball State wraps up nonconference play when it welcomes UConn to Scheumann Stadium Saturday. It’ll be the fourth meeting in series history and the second visit to Muncie for the Huskies, which was a 29-0 win for the Cardinals on Nov. 18, 2000. 8 Ball State is coming off back-to-back double-digit comeback wins against Northern Illinois (Oct. 1) and Central Michigan (Oct. 8). Against the Huskies, the Cardinals trailed 21-0 to begin the game before rattling off the third-biggest comeback in program history to win 44-38 in double overtime. Last week, Ball State was down 10-0 before scoring 17 of the game’s final 23 points to earn a 17-16 victory at Central Michigan. 8 Three of Ball State’s games have been decided by eight points or less, all of which have been in MAC play. The Cardinals’ mark of three one-possession league games is tied for the third most in the country, trailing only Boston College and Stanford, who have had four conference games decided by eight points or less so far this season. Ball State is 8-4 in one possession games over the last three campaigns, including 2-1 this season. 8 Ball State’s duo of P Lucas Borrow and RB Carson Steele were named the Mid-American Conference West Division Players of the Week. Borrow had his arguably his best game in a Cardinal uniform with nine punts for an average of 45.6 yards per boot. The sophomore landed four punts land inside the 20-yard line and launched three punts over 50 yards, including a career-long 62-yard boot. Steele led the offensive output with 124 yards on 28 carries in Ball State’s second double-digit comeback in consecutive weeks. Steele had 109 yards in the second half alone as he helped the Cardinals erase a 10-point deficit. 8 Out of the 112 players on Ball State’s roster, 82 are classified as underclassmen. The 82 underclassmen total ranks as the 18th-highest in college football. In addition, Ball State’s roster makeup of 73.2 percent underclassmen ranks as the seventh-highest in the FBS. 8 Fresh off its second consecutive season with a bowl appearance, Ball State is aiming to accomplish something that has never been done in program history: make it to a bowl game in three straight seasons. The Cardinals have appeared in two straight seasons three times: 2007-08, 2012-13 and 2020-21, and have won 16 games over the past two-plus campaigns, which is the most in the Mid-American Conference midway through the 2022 season.

UCONN NOTES:

The UConn Huskies take a two-game win streak on the road this Saturday to Scheumann Stadium to face the Ball State Cardinals in what will be the first meeting between the two schools since the 2002 season. Saturday’s game kicks-off at 2 pm live on ESPN3. » The Huskies ran for a season-high 295 yards to fuel a 33-12 win at FIU Saturday night in Miami, FL. Sophomore Devontae Houston ran for a career-best 135 yards and freshman Victor Rosa also had a career-high with 89 yards and two scores to pace the Husky rushing attack. The Huskies created three FIU turnovers in the first half and turned them into 17 points on their way to building a 20-0 lead at the half. UConn came into the game averaging 167.7 yards rushing and in the first half, rang up 172 on the ground led by Houston. The Huskies scored on all-four of their trips to the red-zone in the first half with Rosa capping off a pair of 11-play drives with touchdown runs. UConn senior defensive back Tre Wortham had a pair of first half interceptions. » UConn won their second-straight, posting back-to-back victories for the first time since the 2017 season. The Huskies ended an 11-game road losing streak and posted their highest point total (33) since a 56-35 win at UMass in 2019. The Huskies have three wins in their first seven games, matching their best win total since the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The last UConn three-game win streak came in the 2015 season. » UConn Head Coach Mora returned to the sidelines for the first time since November 18, 2017 (L, 28-23 @USC), his final game of a six-year stint as the head coach at UCLA. Mora led UCLA to a 46-30 record and four bowl appearances. His 31 years of coaching experience also included head coaching stints with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks. » THE STADIUM: The Huskies moved into Rentschler Field in East Hartford for the 2003 season and are set to begin its 19th season as the home of UConn football. The stadium officially became known as Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in 2015. UConn has an all-time record of 65-53 at Rentschler Field and a 35-18 mark in non-conference games prior to re-classifying as an independent in 2020. UConn set a new all-time single-game attendance record at Rentschler Field on Sept. 21, 2013 against Michigan with a crowd of 42,704. That capacity was achieved with extra bleachers brought in for that game.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL NOTES VS. STANFORD

NOTRE DAME NOTES:

SERIES HISTORY • Notre Dame and Stanford are meeting for the 36th time on Saturday evening with the Irish leading the all-time series 22-13. • Saturday marks just the second time in the last 12 meetings that neither team is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 (2016 was the other occasion). In seven of the past 11 meetings, both teams were ranked in the top 25. • Notre Dame hopes to extend its win streak over Stanford to four games, which would mark the best streak in the series for the Irish since they won seven in a row from 2002 through 2008. Prior to the current three-game run for Notre Dame, Stanford won seven of nine meetings, including two three-game streaks (2009-11, 2015-17). • The two teams will be battling for the Legends Trophy on Saturday. Introduced in 1989 by the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area, the trophy is a Dublin Irish crystal bowl resting on a California redwood base. • Notre Dame and Stanford first met in the 1925 Rose Bowl and the series has been consistent since the 1988 season (other than a two-year break from 1995-96 and the 2020 Covid-19 affected season).

STORYLINES • Notre Dame plays host to its first of two scheduled night games in Notre Dame Stadium this season as the Irish and Stanford battle for the Legends Trophy. • Two of the least penalized teams will be taking the field on Saturday, as the Irish rank seventh in the county with just 23 penalties this season (they committed only one in the victory over BYU). Stanford is ranked even higher in least amount of penalites, having committed just 14 this season – a mark that leads the country. • Notre Dame has surged to 11th in the country in time of possession, which includes a 40:55 effort against BYU and a 38:13 possession time at North Carolina. The 40+ number at BYU was the third-most for the program since 1996 and the most since Notre Dame held the ball 40:41 in a victory over Oklahoma in Notre Dame Stadium in 1999. • Junior tight end Michael Mayer looks to build on his momentum as one of the most valuable players in the country. Clearly one of the best tight ends in the country (Mayer leads all FBS TEs in catches with 33) Mayer is a key blocker for Notre Dame’s surging running attack as well. • A key statistical match up to keep an eye on: Notre Dame ranks 18th in the country in sacks per game with a 3.0 average, while are Cardinal is surrendering 4.0 sacks per game – ranked 128th of 131 FBS teams. • Notre Dame prides itself on being a ‘line-driven’ program – and both lines are backing up that claim during the three-game win streak. The offensive line has led the way to three straight-games of over 200 yards rushing, including a 260.5 average for the past two games. The defensive line has been equally impressive, helping Notre Dame to a respectable 36th national ranking in total defense. Through five games this season, the defensive line has seen Howard Cross III (11 tackles vs. Marshall), Rylie Millls (two sacks against North Carolina) and Jayson Ademilola (.50 sack, key fourth down stop against BYU) turn in memorable performances. • Saturday night will mark the first night game of the Marcus Freeman era at Notre Dame. It is just the 27th night game in Notre Dame Stadium history with the Irish boasting a 21-5 record and 10-game win streak dating back to 2017 ‘under the lights’ at home. See page 10 for a complete Notre Dame Stadium night game history

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS 3 In the BYU game, senior Jayson Ademilola logged three tackles and two of them ended up as two of the biggest plays in the game. In the second quarter, he combined with Jack Kiser for a sack in the end zone for a safety, then stuffed the Cougars on a fourth down on their final possession of the game to secure the victory. 6.3 Audric Estimé is averaging six yards per carry (49 carries, 307 yards) over the past three games. 7th Drew Pyne has completed 66 of 91 pass attempts this season for a .725 completion percentage – which ranks seventh in the country entering this weekend’s action. Pyne was named to the Davey O’Brien ‘Great 8’ List for Week 6. 16 Notre Dame has played 16 times in its football history on October 15, compiling an 10-6 record on the date. The Irish have not played on October 15 since 2016, when Stanford earned a 17-10 victory in Notre Dame Stadium. 29 Michael Mayer has played in 29 career games for the Irish and logged at least one catch in each of those 29 games. That streak of games with a catch ranks 14th among active FBS players. 33 Michael Mayer leads all FBS tight ends with 33 receptions this season. He also ranks fourth in total receiving yards (351), tied for second in TD receptions (5) and second in receiving yards per game (70.2). 74 Freshman Jayden Thomas set an early career-high with 74 receiving yards in the victory at BYU, which included his first-career touchdown reception – a spectacular one-handed 30-yard effort in which Thomas pulled the ball away from a Cougar defender. 146 Already the Notre Dame leader in career tight end receptions, Michael Mayer has posted 146 receptions – a mark that ranks ninth all-time in Irish football history regardless of position played. Those 146 receptions are the second-most of any active tight end in the FBS. 260.5 The Irish run game has found its groove in the past two victories and Notre Dame is averaging 260.5 rushing yards per game since September 24. That average is seventh-best in the country for that time frame. 823 Irish running backs have amassed 823 yards from scrimmage (rushing, receiving) over the past three games. That is the most over a three-game stretch since 2003, when Notre Dame saw its running backs – keyed by Julius Jones – post 833 yards over a three-game stretch that included a victory over Stanford.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Fighting Irish are on a three game winning streak as they take down Wake Forest in a five set thriller in Purcell Pavilion on Friday, Oct 14. The Irish were led by Paris Thompson with 15 kills, followed by Avery Ross with 13. Lauren Tarnoff finished with 12 kills and seven blocks. Phyona Schrader also posted an impressive stat line tonight with 41 assists, 29 digs, and eight kills. 

Set One

Set one was back and forth to start and was an even 6-6 before Wake Forest went on a 5-0 run to claim an early 11-6 advantage. Notre Dame brought it back within three at 20-17, but the Demon Deacons would go on to take set one 25-17. 

Set Two

Tied at 4-4 to start the second, the Notre Dame offense started to catch fire as the Irish posted a 14-8 lead over Wake Forest. The Deacons weren’t going anyway as they closed the gap to one at 21-20. A kill from Ross made it a two point set at 23-21 and another kill from Ross coupled with a kill from Winkler gave the Irish set two 25-23.

Set Three

Notre Dame and Wake Forest swapped points to start, but the Irish weren’t able to pull away by more than four as the set went on. The Demon Deacons made it a one point set at 15-14, but an Irish run with kills from Ross and Thompson gave Notre Dame the 19-14 lead. The Irish and Demon Deacons exchanged points up until the 24-19 mark, and while Wake Forest closed the gap to 24-21, a kill from Ross gave the Irish set three 25-21. 

Set Four

While it was a close 6-6 start in set four, Wake Forest was able to pull away after a 10-2 run to make it a 16-9 set. Notre Dame looked to close the gap, but the Demon Deacons took home set four 25-14 to tie it up at 2-2 heading into set five. 

Set Five

Wake Forest took an early 5-4 lead and a 6-1 run from the Demon Deacons quickly made it an 11-5 set. The Irish continued to fight as kills from Ross and an ace from Schrader closed the gap to two at 11-9. A kill from Winkler and an ace from Maisie Alexander made it a one point set at 12-11 and another kill from WInkler coupled with a kill from Thompson made it an even 13-13. Hattie Monson had a big time service ace to take the lead 14-13 and the icing on the cake to close the set was a block from Tarnoff and Winkler to give the Irish the 15-13 set five victory. 

Up Next 

  • The Irish will host Virginia Tech at 1:00 p.m. at Purcell Pavilion on Sunday, Oct. 16.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER

DURHAM, N.C. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish held the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils to a season-low four shots over the 90 minutes of play but the hosts managed to come away with a 2-0 win at Koskinen Stadium on Friday evening.

The Irish doubled the undefeated Blue Devils in shots and corners in the contest, holding an 8-4 advantage in shots and 6-3 in corners.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish and Blue Devils played a cagey first half, totaling just three shots between the two sides. However, the hosts scored the opener off a header from Shakur Mohammed in the 25th minute to take a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.

Notre Dame controlled play in the second half, dominating possession and putting pressure on the Duke defense.

The Irish were unable to capitalize and the Blue Devils managed to double their lead in the 82nd minute on just their first shot in the second half to make it a 2-0 contest.

Notre Dame kept pushing forward but didn’t find the back of the net as the game ended in a 2-9 decision in favor of Duke.

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“We are certainly not happy about the result but I am proud of the attitude and effort of the team. Credit to Duke they were clinical with their chances and are #3 for a reason. We have to regroup and recover quickly as we have a big match against UIC coming up quickly.”

UP NEXT

The Irish remain on the road with a midweek matchup at UIC at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 18. The match will be streamed on ESPN+.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. YOUNGSTOWN

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State is back on the road this weekend as the Sycamores travel to Stambaugh Stadium to take on Youngstown State. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Penguins is set for 2 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
 

Football at Youngstown State
DateSaturday, October 15 | 2 p.m. ET
Location | Venue | WeatherYoungstown, Ohio | Stambaugh Stadium (Capacity 20,630) | Weather | Radar
Preview InformationIndiana State Notes
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Watch | ListenESPN+ | WVIG 105.5
Gates Gates Open at 12:30 p.m. (90 minutes prior to Kickoff)
Series History32nd Meeting All-Time (Youngstown State leads 23-8)
Social Media@IndStFB | @IndStAthletics


Weekly Notes
At a Glance
Indiana State continues Missouri Valley Football Conference play on the road this weekend as the Sycamores make the trek to Youngstown, Ohio to take on the Penguins. The Sycamores are 4-11 all-time in Youngstown against the Penguins dating back to their inaugural matchup back in the 1988 season.

The Sycamores are 5-12 in road MVFC games under Head Coach 
Curt Mallory over his six seasons with the Sycamores. This includes a 3-1 mark in 2018 with wins at SIU, Youngstown State, and Western Illinois. ISU additionally has wins at Missouri State (2019) and Illinois State (2021) during his tenure.

Saturday’s contest between Indiana State and Youngstown State features two teams searching for their first win in Missouri Valley Football play this season.

Saturday’s game between Indiana State and Youngstown State features two of the top running backs in the MVFC this season. YSU’s Jaleel McLaughlin (131.2) and ISU’s Justin Dinka (79.0) are two of the top backs in yards per game, as well as yards per carry (McLaughlin 8.86, Dinka (6.08).

The Sycamores have posted new season-highs in total offensive yards in each of the two games, including a season-best 340 yards against North Dakota State this past weekend.

About Youngstown State
Youngstown State was selected ninth overall in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason Poll. The Penguins received 132 total points as voted by the league’s head coaches, media, and SIDs.

Running back Jaleel McLaughlin earned Preseason All-American status from both Phil Steele and STATS Perform following an 1,139 rushing yard season with 12 touchdowns in 2021. Greg Benton Jr. (LB) and Jaison Williams (OL) were both honored by the MVFC Coaches on the preseason All-Conference team.

Youngstown State enters the game on a three-game losing streak following this past weekend’s 35-30 loss to North Dakota. The Penguins started off the year with back-to-back home wins against Duquesne (31-14) and Dayton (49-16).

McLaughlin has four of the top-nine rushing performances in the MVFC in the 2022 season, including a 203-yard performance on Sept. 3 against Duquesne.

On This Date
Indiana State has played 10 games on October 15 in program history. The Sycamores are 5-5 all-time on the date. It marks the first time Indiana State and Youngstown State have played each other on the date.

The Sycamores posted a four-game winning streak on October 15 running from 1955-1983, but ISU has lost four of the last five, including 2016’s double-overtime loss to South Dakota.

  • 1949 – at Butler – L, 47-14
  • 1955 – Franklin – W, 26-7
  • 1960 – at St. Joseph’s – W, 21-7
  • 1966 – at Valparaiso – W, 19-16
  • 1983 – Wichita State – W, 24-22
  • 1988 – at Southern Illinois – L, 10-7
  • 1994 – at Western Illinois – L, 38-17
  • 2005 – at Northern Iowa – L, 31-10
  • 2011 – Western Illinois – W, 46-24
  • 2016 – South Dakota (2OT) – L, 33-30

Active Sycamores against Youngstown State
The Sycamores have 14 players from the 2021 team that have posted career statistics against the Penguins dating back to the 2018 season when 
Dante HendrixDakota Caton, and Kris Reid Jr. all stepped onto the field against YSU.

Among the active players include: 
Michael HaupertDante HendrixDakota CatonDaijon CollinsMatae ThomasKris Reid Jr.Rylan ColeEthan HooverJohnathan EdwardsJohnny MayGeoffrey BrownLucas HunterJP Osafo, and Omar Jackson.

100-Yard Players vs. Youngstown State
At least one Indiana State player has posted a 100-yard game against Youngstown State dating back to the 2017 season as the Sycamores have had athletes hit the century mark in rushing, receiving, and in the return game.

2017
LaMonte Booker – 19 carries, 167 yards, 1 TD
Jacquet McClendon – Six receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD

2018
Dante Hendrix – Seven receptions, 186 yards, 2 TD

2019
Dakota Caton – Three KO returns, 116 yards

2021
Peterson Kerlegrand – 25 carries, 151 yards, 2 TD

The lone game Indiana State did not have a player hit 100 yards on the offensive side of the ball came in the 2019 season. However, Michael Haupert posted 95 rushing yards on seven carries as ISU posted 271 combined rushing yards and three touchdowns in the 24-17 win over the Penguins.

Dinka Cracks 100
Redshirt sophomore running back 
Justin Dinka continues his recent string of success as the Flower Mound, Texas native went for a career-high 156 rushing yards on nine attempts against North Dakota State.

Dinka is the only player in 2022 to post a 50-plus yard carry against both Montana and North Dakota State. Montana is No. 5 in FCS in total defense, while NDSU is No. 8 in the country through the October 8 week. He posted a 54-yard rushing touchdown against the Griz back on Sept. 17, while adding an 82-yard touchdown run against NDSU.

Dinka has posted at least 70 rushing yards in each of the last three games becoming the first Sycamore to achieve the feat since Ja’Quan Keys rushed for 70-plus yards in seven consecutive games in 2018. His 82-yard touchdown run is the longest play from scrimmage in the MVFC in the 2022 season and is CSU’s longest rush since LeMonte Booker broke loose for an 87-yard pick-up against Missouri State (Nov. 1, 2014).

The Sycamore running back is currently fourth in the MVFC in rushing yards per game (79.0) and fourth in yards per carry (6.08). He’s also sixth in the MVFC in total rushing yards (395) through five games.

Hendrix Moves Up
Redshirt senior wide receiver 
Dante Hendrix continues to move up the Indiana State record books as the Florence, Ky. sits second all-time in the ISU annals in both career receptions (162) and receiving yards (2,106).

Hendrix became the fourth ISU player to eclipse 2,000 career receiving yards joining Sam Logan (2,385), Terry Bell (2,048), and Robert Tonyan Jr. (2,047) to achieve the mark in his career. He currently trails just Logan in the CSU all-time record book in both receptions (196) and yards (2,385) sitting 34 receptions and 283 yards away from Logan in each respective category.

Hendrix is currently tied for 22nd in the MVFC all-time record book in career receptions with Illinois State’s Rickey Garrett (1996-99) and South Dakota State’s Cade Johnson (2017-19).

Chambers Excels in Start
Redshirt freshman quarterback 
Cade Chambers made the most of his first collegiate start this past weekend against North Dakota State as the Maryville, Tenn. native went 12-for-26 through the air for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Chambers targeted four different receivers in his first start with Dante Hendrix the primary target finishing with seven catches for 109 yards and a pair of scores. He added 11 carries for five yards and a rushing touchdown in the loss to the Bison.

Chambers became the second ISU quarterback to earn a start in the 2022 season and could be back in the mix again on Saturday on the road at Youngstown State. He has lined up in six career games with the Sycamores.

Hendrix Among MVFC Elite
Dante Hendrix has wasted little time picking back up from where he left off in conference play in the 2022 season. The redshirt senior wide receiver enters the weekend sitting second in the conference in both receptions per game (5.5) and receiving yards per game (81.3) through his first four games of the season.

Hendrix has been nigh unstoppable over ISU’s first two conference games on the season posting 14 catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns against both Northern Iowa and North Dakota State. He leads the Sycamores with seven catches of 20-plus yards on the season, including five that have gone 30-plus yards.

Hendrix has posted five 100-yard receiving efforts throughout his career including this past weekend’s 109-yard effort against North Dakota State. His career-high in receiving yards (178) came against Youngstown State back in the 2018 season.

Double-Digit Tacklers… Everywhere
For the first time since the 2018 season, Indiana State football had at least four players post double-digit tackles in a single game as 
Rylan Cole (18), Geoffrey Brown (13), Lucas Hunter (11), and Bilhal Kone (10) all hit 10-plus stops against North Dakota State. The double-digit tackling efforts marked the first career games for Cole, Hunter, and Kone, while Brown’s 13 stops marked his fourth career 10-tackle game.

Saturday marked the first game ISU had at least four players achieve double-digit tackles since November 3, 2018, in a triple overtime win over South Dakota. Five players hit double-digits in that contest with Katrell Moss (19), Jonas Griffith (16), Denzel Bonner (12), Jamal Jones (12), and Esdra Simervil (11) all hitting the mark.

For the season, Rylan Cole leads the MVFC with 10.8 tackles per game, while Geoffrey Brown is tied for fourth overall with 9.0 tackles per contest.

Video Game Numbers 
Indiana State’s defensive coordinator 
Brad Wilson knew going into the 2022 season that he had a playmaker in the secondary in sophomore safety Rylan Cole. Even he probably hasn’t expected the output from the McCordsville, Ind. native.

Cole went for eight tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, and two interceptions against UNA. His first set up a Sycamores’ touchdown drive, while his second interception came on the final play in overtime to secure the win. Cole added eight tackles in the second game against Purdue before leaving the game due to injury.

After battling back from injury, Cole was all over the field again on Saturday in typical fashion. The sophomore finished second on the team with nine tackles, while adding a one-handed interception that led to an Indiana State field goal.

He is currently second on the team in tackles (25), while sitting tied for the MVFC interception lead with three. Cole posted eight solo tackles and 10 assisted stops in the Sycamores’ 31-26 loss to the Bison. This included a stretch of five tackles over a six-play span early in the third quarter.

Cole’s 18 tackles marked a Valley-high for the 2022 season, surpassing the previous mark set by Geoffrey Brown with 15 tackles in the season opener against North Alabama. Cole also currently sits among MVFC leaders with three interceptions and has forced at least one turnover in two of the four games he’s played this year.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL

NORMAL, Ill. – Karinna Gall notched her seventh double-double of the season Friday night, while Melina Tedrow had 20-plus digs for the fourth straight match, but Illinois State edged Indiana State in five sets (20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 24-26, 15-9) inside Redbird Arena.
 
Gall finished with 14 kills and 18 digs, while Tedrow had 22 digs for the Sycamores. Kaitlyn Hamilton was the only other Tree to finish with double-digit kills as she had 13. Taylor Shelton (15) and Cadence Gilley (11) also had double-digit digs, while Mallory Keller (seven), Storm Suhre (six) and Jamie Brown (six) all had more than five blocks.
 
Indiana State took advantage of multiple Illinois State errors early in the first set to jump out to a 6-3 lead. The Redbirds bounced back but back-to-back kills by Keller were followed by a block assist by Keller and Brown, putting the Trees in front 11-9. The Sycamores continued to build onto their lead, as kills by Gall and Hamilton, along with aces by Gilley and Suhre in the middle stages of the set saw the Blue and White pull ahead 19-15. Illinois State cut the lead to two , but kills by Hamilton, Keller and Emma Kaelin late in the set saw the Sycamores take the opener, 25-20.
 
Illinois State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and, despite a Sycamore rally on Tedrow’s serve, never looked back. Indiana State cut the deficit to three at 11-8 following a kill by Hamilton and a block assist by Jazzlyn Ford and Brown, but the home side responded with three straight points of their own. Suhre and Gall had kills on consecutive plays to get within 19-15 but Illinois State closed out the set 25-17 to even the match at one.
 
After a back-and-forth start to the third set, Illinois State scored eight straight points to put the Sycamores in an 11-4 hole. Indiana State responded on Shelton’s serve, though, scoring five straight points including a pair of kills by Gall. The Trees got within a point following kills by Gall and Suhre but Illinois State maintained its lead throughout, later extending it to five at 21-16 following a three-point run. Despite a kill by Gall late in the set, Illinois State won the third 25-21 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.
 
The home side raced out to a 7-2 lead to start the fourth set, but the Sycamores came roaring back. Hamilton had three kills as part of a 9-2 run that put the Trees in front 11-9, while Gilley added a service ace two points after the run ended to make it 13-10. Illinois State put together a run of its own to re-take the lead but the Sycamores had other ides. Kills by Hamilton and Suhre started a four-point swing to put the Trees in front 22-20. Illinois State fought off two set points, but a Redbird attack error was followed by a Suhre kill that gave Indiana State a 26-24 set win and sent the teams to a deciding fifth set.
 
Illinois State took an early 4-2 lead but the Trees tied it up following a Redbird service error and a service ace by Ford. The Redbirds took an 8-5 lead into the media timeout, but Indiana State countered by scoring three of the next four points, including a kill by Suhre and a block assist by Ford and Suhre. Illinois State caught fire late in the set, though, and closed out a 15-9 win in the decider.
 
Inside the Numbers

  • Indiana State finished with 12 blocks, marking the fourth consecutive match the Sycamores reached double-digit blocks.
  • As a team, Indiana State hit .308 in the first set, one of the best sets the Sycamores have had from an attacking standpoint this season. The Trees hit under .200 in the remaining four sets.
  • Mallory Keller’s seven blocks were a career high, and the first time she had more than five blocks in a match in her career.

 
News and Notes

  • Friday’s match was the first five-set match that Indiana State lost this season. The Sycamores were 6-2 in their last eight five-setters dating back to the start of the 2021 season prior to Friday.
  • Six of Karinna Gall’s seven double-doubles this season have come during MVC play. Gall’s 14 career double-doubles are the most by a current Sycamore.
  • Melina Tedrow sits 36 digs shy of reaching 2,000 for her career.

 
Up Next
Indiana State heads up I-74 to face Bradley Saturday at 6 p.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL

CLEVELAND – Purdue Fort Wayne picked up a 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 11-25, 26-24, 15-9) win at Cleveland State in Horizon League women’s volleyball play on Friday (Oct. 14) evening.

The ‘Dons recorded a season-high 91 digs in the match, 23 more than the 68 digs Cleveland State recorded.

Rachael Crucis had a season-high 27 digs. She moved into third all-time in program history in digs in the contest. She now owns 1,648 digs.

LonDynn Betts added a career-best 25 digs. Sidney Schiller finished with 15 digs to go with her 20 kills for a double-double. Taya Haffner added 11 digs with 55 assists to also pick up the double-double. Haffner’s 55 assists matched her season best.

The ‘Dons took the opening set with a 4-1 run to end the game. The ‘Dons fell in the second and third sets and were close to never seeing a fifth set. But then things clicked late in the fourth set. First it was a 4-1 run that turned a 21-16 deficit to a 22-20 score. Schiller had the kill for point 20. The two teams traded points until it was 24-21 Cleveland State. The ‘Dons turned away three straight match points to knot it at 24. The Mastodons only needed one set point, with a long rally going to the ‘Dons for point 26 on a block by Molly Mirabelli and Taya Haffner.

Purdue Fort Wayne fell behind 2-0 and 5-4 in the fifth set. However, a five-straight Mastodon points followed for the ‘Dons to go up 10-5. The 10th point was an ace by Alexandra Traciak.

The ‘Dons out-hit the Vikings .200 to .185.

Cleveland State falls to 6-13 (3-5 Horizon League). The ‘Dons improve to 6-13 (2-6 Horizon League). The ‘Dons are at Oakland on Saturday.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL

PEORIA, Ill. – Alondra Vazquez put forth a stellar outing, hitting .429 with 22 kills, but it was Bradley finishing Friday’s match with a 3-1 victory over the University of Evansville volleyball team at Renaissance Coliseum.

Box Score

Vazquez’ effort pushed her career kills tally to 1,685 and is just 21 shy of tying and 22 away from breaking the all-time Purple Aces program record.  Giulia Cardona registered 11 kills.  Kora Ruff led the Aces with 39 assists 17 digs with Cardona totaling 14 digs.  Madisyn Steele finished the evening with two solo blocks and three block assists.
 
Set 1 – BU 25, UE 23
It was the Braves who came out on fire, scoring the opening four points of the contest.  Hannah Watkins picked up a kill to help the Aces make it a 5-4 BU lead and they would add to their lead, going up 11-8.  Evansville’s first big run of the game followed as the next five tallies belonged to the Aces.
 
Following a kill from Vazquez, Blakeley Freeman registered consecutive service aces.  Vazquez picked up another kill in the run before Freeman finished things off with her third ace of the set to put UE in front for the first time at 13-11.  UE continued to hold the advantage at 21-19, but Bradley used a late 4-0 run to retake the lead before clinching the set, 25-23.
 
Set 2 – UE 25, BU 15
After coming up just short in game one, Evansville reeled off the first four points of the second set with Cardona picking up back-to-back kills to push the lead to 9-2.  The Aces continued to add to the advantage with a Vazquez kill making it a 16-6 game.  UE never let the Braves find their rhythm and it was Vazquez picking up the clinching kill in a 25-15 triumph.
 
Set 3 – BU 25, UE 18
Early runs proved to be a factor in the match and the Braves used a 3-0 start to push their way to a win in game three.  Following their run to open things up, Bradley extended their edge to five points at 11-6.  Another kill by Vazquez cut the deficit to 15-12 before the Braves countered with three in a row and would extend the lead to take a 2-1 match lead on the strength of a 25-18 decision.
 
Set 4 – BU 25, UE 20
The opening points of the fourth set belonged to the Aces with Vazquez adding another kill to her total.  After Evansville made it a 5-2 game, Bradley turned the tables, scoring the next six points to take their first lead of the set at 8-5.  Things continued to go Bradley’s way as a UE error pushed their advantage to 13-7.
 
Evansville made its way right back into the contest with Emilee Scheumann earning a kill that would be the start of a 5-0 run that cut the gap to just a point.  The Braves took a time out to regroup and responded with a 4-0 run.  UE was unable to overcome the deficit with the Braves clinching the match with a 25-20 victory.
 
On Saturday, the Aces will be in Normal, Ill. for a 7 p.m. match at Illinois State.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL

The Valpo volleyball team had its four-match winning streak come to an end at the hands of host Drake Friday evening in Des Moines, Iowa, as the Bulldogs earned a 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-14, 25-17) victory.

How It Happened

  • The first set was tied at 6-6 before Drake went on an 11-1 run to take control.
  • Valpo jumped out on top in the second set, as back-to-back service aces by junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and two blocks from senior Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) were part of a five-point spurt which had the Beacons ahead 9-4.
  • Valpo’s lead reached its peak at six points, but with the advantage 14-8, the Bulldogs stormed back with eight consecutive points to pull ahead. Drake extended its lead to as many as six points itself and was up by six at 23-17, just two points from taking a 2-0 lead.
  • Incredibly, the Beacons reeled off seven points in a row — three coming on kills by senior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) — to rally and pull ahead for a set point chance at 24-23. Drake held off that Valpo set point opportunity and another at 25-24, but after a kill from senior Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]) gave the Beacons a third chance at 26-25, the Bulldogs committed an attack error and the match was knotted at one set apiece.
  • Drake led from the outset in the third set, as the Bulldogs hit .412 for the set to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
  • Valpo led in the early stages of the fourth frame, but could not get its lead above two points. The Beacons’ last edge came at 6-5, with the Bulldogs scoring the next six points to take the lead for good. Valpo was unable to get any closer than four points the rest of the way.

Inside the Match

  • Friday’s match snapped Valpo’s four-match winning streak this season and also snapped the Beacons’ six-match winning streak in the series between the two programs.
  • The loss dropped Valpo into a tie for third in the MVC standings.
  • Drake limited the Beacons to .103 hitting on Friday evening, their second-lowest hitting percentage of the year. The hitting percentage was 159 points below what Valpo hit in its home win over the Bulldogs.
  • Ravotto and Bulmahn both finished with double-doubles on Friday. Ravotto led the Beacons with 11 kills and added 15 digs, while Bulmahn recorded 15 assists and 14 digs.
  • Redshirt freshman Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) handed out a team-high 19 assists, while Strongman was in on four of Valpo’s five team blocks.
  • Freshman Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) paced Valpo with 24 digs, her 18th double-figure effort in 20 matches this year and the 15th time she’s tallied 20+ digs.

Next Up

Valpo (17-3, 5-3 MVC) faces another stiff challenge on Saturday night as the Beacons head to Cedar Falls, Iowa to face first-place UNI, which has not dropped a conference match yet. No video broadcast will be available for the 7 p.m. match, but UNI will have a live audio broadcast.

U OF I FOOTBALL

GAME 6
at Saginaw Valley Cardinals (4-2, 0-2 GLIAC)
Saturday | October 15 | 2 p.m. ET

Wrapping up a stretch of four road games in five weeks, the unbeaten and 
eighth-ranked UIndy football team plays its final non-conference game of the regular season with a trip to Mid Michigan to take on the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State University. The former GLIAC-foes will resume a series that started back in 1978.

Saginaw Valley owns a 22-10 overall advantage versus the Greyhounds, though UIndy has won each of the last three meetings and four of the last six. The two Super Region 3 opponents have faced off twice since the Hounds jumped from the GLIAC to the GLVC, with UIndy winning in both 
2014 and 2015.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2022/10/13/WEEK_6_at_SVSU.pdf

U OF I VOLLEYBALL

HAMMOND, Ind. – The UIndy volleyball team (11-9) dropped a pair of in-region bouts on Friday at the 14th annual Midwest Region Crossover, falling in straight sets to top G-MAC seed Ashland before bowing out in a five-set thriller against the GLIAC’s Michigan Tech.
 
Senior Gillian Santana etched her name in the program’s record book and now ranks 15th all-time in career digs. The La Porte, Ind., product recorded 18 digs on Friday, with nine against both the Eagles and Huskies.
 
Ashland 3, UIndy 0
The Greyhounds were unable to keep the ferocious Eagles’ attack at bay, as the team in white hit .303 in the sweep. UIndy led 18-12 in the third set on the heels of six kills from Hannah Sabotin; however, Ashland rattled off 13 of the next 15 points to cap the early-morning victory.
 
Sabotin finished with a match-high 14 kills, while MaKenna Barnhart led the team with 13 digs. Grace Hegwood scooped up 12 digs, adding to her eight kills and three service aces, while Sabotin totaled three blocks and Hannah Huppenbauer tallied two.
 
Michigan Tech 3, UIndy 2
Trailing 2-0 in the night cap, the Greyhounds battled back in usual fashion to force a fifth and deciding frame. The Huskies used their service to gain the edge by a final of 15-12, tallying a pair of service aces and blocking two Greyhound attack attempts.
 
Hegwood was a shining light offensively for UIndy, finishing with a match-best 22 kills, while Lauren Cullison added 14 putaways on .345 hitting from the right side. Barnhart scooped up another 33 digs in the loss, good for her best single-match total this fall.
 
Four of Santana’s digs came in the third set in the midst of the Greyhound comeback.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORES
– Elizabeth Eads bounced back from a shaky morning match, totaling seven kills and a pair of blocks against Michigan Tech.
– Hegwood earned her sixth double-double of the season versus the Huskies, recording 15 digs.
– Claire Morris finished the day with 55 assists, 12 digs, and nine kills.
 
MORE NOTES
Santana passed Shaun McAllister on the all-time digs list. The DS now has 1,108 career scoops as a Greyhound … Ashland was won the past nine matchups with UIndy, dating back to 2002.
 
HOUND BYTES
Head coach Jason Reed: “We’re proud of Gillian for cracking the top 15. She’s been a staple in the lineup since her freshman season and we rely on her in all three backrow positions.”
 
UP NEXT
UIndy will cap the weekend with Trevecca on Saturday, with first serve scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET at the Hammond Sportsplex. The Greyhounds and Trojans have split the all-time series, 1-1, with the Nashville, Tenn., program snagging a four-set victory at last season’s Midwest Region Crossover. 

U OF I MEN’S SOCCER

INDIANAPOLIS – Ibo Yilmaz from the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team scored a goal in the 79th minute of play to help lift the Greyhounds to a 1-0 victory over the Drury University Panthers.
 
Entering today, the Panthers ranked fourth in the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Midwest Regional rankings while UIndy held the No. 10 spot. With this win, the Hounds now sit at 7-2-3 overall on the season with a 5-2-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first half moved along as a defensive showdown, with neither team finding the scoreboard in the first 45 minutes. In total, the Hounds produced eight total shots while the Panthers had just three. The aggression was shown on each side as both team collected five fouls.
 
Similar to the opening frame, the second half produced another scoreless half of soccer until the 79th minute. On the scoring play, Bryan Moreira floated a cross into the box which deflected off the head of Michael Tselios towards the far side of the net. From there, Yilmaz met the loose ball with his own head and put it into the net for the game-winner.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-The Hounds finished with 16 total shots while the Panthers had eight.
-Each team corralled four corner kicks in the match.
-Goalkeeper Joey Schrand notched two saves in the clean sheet victory.
-Both teams had 11 fouls and three yellow cards.
 
UP NEXT
The Greyhounds will return to action on Sunday for Senior Day against Southwest Baptist. The seniors will be honored shortly before the opening kick, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.

U OF I WOMEN’S SOCCER

INDIANAPOLIS – Friday afternoon the University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team hosted the Drury University Panthers in a match which saw them fall 3-1. The highlight of the contest being Ella DeSmet, who scored her first career goal as Greyhound.

INS AND OUTS
The Panthers jumped out early on the attack, sending their first shot on goal at the 6th minute, which happened to also be the first goal of the contest. The Greyhounds didn’t let that lead last long as DeSmet had a milestone day. With a pass by Kiki Sauceda right into the center of the box, DeSmet sent the ball deep into the left side of the net for her first career goal.

The Hounds saw several more offensive opportunities in the first half, none finding their way into the back of the net. The Panthers fought hard in the box, drawing a key penalty kick at the 33rd minute of the first half, that ended up as the second goal for the Panthers. The Panthers kept the momentum in their favor deep in the second half, stifling the Greyhounds opportunities. They put the nail in the coffin with another goal at the 85th minute.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– UIndy led in shots for the fifth straight contest, recording 15 against the Panthers.
– Drury had zero corner kicks in the contest
– The teams were tied in the fouls column

UP NEXT
The final regular season game of the year is on deck this Sunday as the Greyhounds host SBU and also host their senior day festivities. Play begins at 12 p.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-18, 1-7 OVC) dropped a hard-fought match to Southeast Missouri State University (10-10, 5-3), falling 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-22) at Screaming Eagles Arena Friday night. The Screaming Eagles’ offense recorded 42 kills marking the eighth time this season that USI has earned 40 kills or more in a match.
 
The Eagles fell by a slight margin in the opening set, 25-21. USI kicked off the frame with a 3-1 lead after a service ace from sophomore defensive specialist/outside hitter Anna Ballengee (Montgomery, Indiana). The Redhawks returned the favor with a quick 4-0 stint that gave SEMO the lead before Junior outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) stopped the run with a kill. The Redhawks added more insurance with three-straight points to extend their lead to 8-4. Down 15-10, the Eagles would turn on the jets and put up six straight points to regain the lead. It was neck-and-neck until SEMO scored four straight to make it 21-19. Sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) and sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Indiana) tried to keep the Eagles in the game with a couple of kills, but the Redhawks nabbed the final two points to open the match with a win. Both teams found success offensively as USI earned 15 kills and a .229 hitting percentage while SEMO tallied 18 kills and a .390 hitting percentage.
 
A late second-set push from the Redhawks leads to a 25-18 victory. SEMO started the frame with a 6-3 advantage before USI tacked on six straight points to make it 9-6 in favor of the Eagles. Capping off the run was junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) who tallied an ace to extend the lead. The Redhawks scored four of the next five points to tie it at 10 apiece before USI’s 4-0 surge lifted the Eagles to a larger 14-10 lead. Seven of the next eight points were earned by SEMO to regain a two-point lead. The Eagles were able to tie the set after a pair of kills from Anderson and sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana). Tied at 17, the Redhawks nabbed six straight points to surge themselves to victory. USI had its most errors of the match in the second set with eight.
 
Despite a late comeback, USI dropped the final frame, 25-22. SEMO held a commanding 7-3 lead early in the set before the Eagles slowly inched themselves within two to make it 11-9. The Redhawks nabbed three straight points to make it a five-point set before adding more points to the board to make it 18-13. USI earned five of the next six points to pull within one before SEMO threw down five of the next six points that results in a 24-19 Redhawks lead. The Eagles were able to capture back-to-back kills from Bednar and a SEMO attack error to cut the deficit to two. The Redhawks scored the final point off a bazaar sequence of events that favored SEMO.
 
Bednar provided the most insurance for the Eagles, recording 10 kills and 13 digs to earn her second double-double of the season. Anderson tallied seven kills with a match-high three aces while Downing nabbed seven kills and four blocks. Sobieralski led the passing game with 26 assists as Weber finished with a team-high 15 digs.
 
As a team, the Eagles had 42 kills, 33 assists, and four aces along with four blocks and 54 digs. The Redhawks totaled 49 kills, 42 assists, and two aces along with two blocks and 55 digs.


 
NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:
The Eagles continue their battle against SEMO Saturday at 2 p.m. at Screaming Eagles Arena.

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NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS410.8000.0152612-0-02-1-03-1-00-1-02 W
NEW YORK JETS320.6001.01161181-2-02-0-03-2-01-0-02 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS320.6001.01151312-0-01-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS230.4002.0103981-1-01-2-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS410.8000.01591252-0-02-1-02-1-02-0-02 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS320.6001.01221361-1-02-1-03-2-01-1-02 W
DENVER BRONCOS230.4002.075802-1-00-2-01-2-00-1-02 L
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS140.2003.01251301-1-00-3-01-3-01-2-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS320.6000.01381171-2-02-0-03-2-01-0-01 W
CLEVELAND BROWNS230.4001.01331251-2-01-1-01-2-01-0-02 L
CINCINNATI BENGALS230.4001.0108891-1-01-2-02-2-00-2-01 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS140.2002.0771280-2-01-2-01-4-01-1-04 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS320.6000.0961181-1-02-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS221.5000.569941-1-01-1-12-2-10-2-11 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS230.4001.0111801-1-01-2-02-1-01-1-02 L
HOUSTON TEXANS131.3001.586990-1-11-2-01-2-11-0-11 W
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES5001.0000.0135882-0-03-0-04-0-01-0-05 W
DALLAS COWBOYS410.8001.093722-1-02-0-03-1-02-0-04 W
NEW YORK GIANTS410.8001.0103932-1-02-0-03-1-00-1-02 W
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS240.3333.51021351-2-01-2-01-3-00-2-01 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS320.6000.0108612-0-01-2-03-1-02-0-02 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS230.4001.0801161-2-01-1-02-2-01-1-02 L
ARIZONA CARDINALS230.4001.01051230-3-02-0-01-2-00-1-01 L
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS230.4001.01271541-1-01-2-01-3-00-1-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
MINNESOTA VIKINGS410.8000.01151023-0-01-1-04-1-03-0-03 W
GREEN BAY PACKERS320.6001.097962-1-01-1-02-2-01-1-01 L
CHICAGO BEARS240.3332.5931182-1-00-3-01-4-00-2-03 L
DETROIT LIONS140.2003.01401701-2-00-2-01-3-00-1-03 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS320.6000.0103831-2-02-0-03-1-02-0-01 W
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS230.4001.01151281-2-01-1-02-3-01-2-01 W
ATLANTA FALCONS230.4001.01181221-1-01-2-01-3-00-2-01 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS140.2002.0931221-3-00-1-01-3-01-0-02 L
 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1892       On the last day of the season, Charles Bumpus Jones goes the distance in his first major league start, allowing no hits in the Reds’ 7-1 victory over the Pirates at Cincinnati’s League Park. The 22-year-old right-hander becomes the first major league rookie to throw a no-hitter.

1917       The White Sox win the World Series in six games when they beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 4-2. When the New York infielders leave home plate uncovered in the fourth inning, Eddie Collins scurries home, scoring the eventual winning run with Giants’ third baseman Heinie Zimmerman chasing him with the ball toward the plate.

1917       A letter signed by 24 members of the World Series Champion Chicago White Sox and manager Pants Rowland contains complaints concerning not receiving their full winner share after beating the New York Giants. The written request, which will be discovered as a tattered document more than 40 years later among boxes stored at the Hall of Fame library, may explain the ‘Black Sox’ motivation for fixing the Fall Classic two years later.

1923       At the Polo Grounds, the visiting Yankees score five runs in the eighth inning, beating the Giants in Game 6 of the Fall Classic, 6-4. The victory over their crosstown rivals gives the franchise its first World Championship.

1925       The Pirates become the first team to win a World Series after being down three games to one when the Bucs beat Washington and Walter Johnson in Game 7, 9-7. Kiki Cuyler’s bases-loaded double in the eighth inning proves to be the difference.

1946       In Game 7 of the World Series, the Cardinals beat the Red Sox, 4-3, when Enos Slaughter streaked home from first on a long single into the left-center gap by Harry Walker, who stayed a first to avoid making the last out before the run score. The play surprises everyone, including cut-off man shortstop Johnny Pesky who hesitates, as legend has it, throwing the ball home.

1964       In the Game 7 loss to the Cardinals, Bobby Richardson establishes a World Series record, playing in thirty consecutive Fall Classic games. The Yankee second baseman shares the record for the most hits (13), RBIs (12), and runs scored (8) in a seven-game series (1960).

1964       In his final postseason game, Mickey Mantle hits a three-run homer to the opposite field off right-hander Bob Gibson, his third dinger of the series. In the 7-5 loss to the Redbirds in the Fall Classic finale, the Sportsman’s Park round-tripper extends the Mick’s World Series record to 18.

1964       The Cardinals hang on to defeat the Yankees in Game 7 at Sportsman’s Park, 7-5, to capture their seventh Fall Classic, becoming the first team with a losing record (39-40) at the All-Star break to be World Champs. Bob Gibson, who struck out a record 31 batters in 27 innings during his three starts, is selected as the World Series Most Valuable Player.

1964       The Boyer brothers both hit home runs in Game 7 of the World Series, Ken for the Cardinals and Clete for the Yankees. Both siblings accomplish the feat in their last at-bat of the Fall Classic.

1968       Orioles right-hander Roger Nelson is selected first by the Royals in the American League expansion draft. The Pilots then choose first baseman Don Mincher from the Angels as their franchise’s first choice.

1969       In Game 4 of the Fall Classic at Shea Stadium, Tom Seaver and the Mets beat the Orioles in ten innings, 2-1. The game features a run-saving ninth-inning diving grab of Brooks Robinson’s line drive with two on by Ron Swoboda and a controversial play in the tenth when J.C. Martin unquestionably gets in the way of Pete Richert’s throw, without the umpire calling interference on the baserunner.

1969       During the third inning of Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Earl Weaver becomes the first manager thrown out of a World Series game in 34 years. The ‘Earl of Baltimore’, who umpire Shag Crawford had previously warned, is quickly ejected after protesting a strike call from the bench.

1970       Brooks Robinson captures the World Series Most Valuable Player Award after batting .429 (9/21) and driving in six runs during the five-game set against Cincinnati. The Orioles’ third baseman becomes the first player to be named the MVP in the Fall Classic, an All-Star game (1966), and his league (AL-1964).

1972       In his last appearance at a major league ballpark, Jackie Robinson, speaking before Game 2 of the World Series nine days before his death, urges baseball to hire a black manager. The owners do not hire an African-American skipper until 1975 when the Indians employ Frank Robinson to run the team.

1981       With Dave Righetti, Ron Davis, and Goose Gossage combining to shut out Oakland, 4-0, the Yankees sweep the A’s to capture their thirty-third American League pennant. The Bronx Bombers will face the Dodgers in the World Series for the third time in the last five Fall Classics.

1982       Willie McGee becomes the third rookie to hit two home runs in the same World Series game. Going deep off Brewers starter Pete Vuckovich in the fifth and seventh innings in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, the Cardinals’ center fielder joins Charlie Keller (1939) and Tony Kubek (1957), each accomplishing the feat in the third game of their respective Fall Classics.

1986       In the longest postseason game ever played (4 hours and 42 minutes), the Mets clinch their third National League crown, beating Houston in sixteen innings at the Astrodome, 7-6. Trailing 3-0, Lenny Dykstra and Ray Knight spark a ninth-inning rally, which sends the game into extra innings.

1986       After being down three games to one in the ALCS, the Red Sox pull off one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history by defeating the California Angels 8-1 to win the American League pennant. In Game 5, Boston was one strike away from elimination before rallying with four runs in the ninth inning en route to an extra-inning victory at Anaheim Stadium, bringing the series back to Fenway Park.

1988       In his only plate appearance in the Fall Classic, a limping Kirk Gibson, appearing as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Game 1, sends a two-out, 3-2 pitch from relief ace Dennis Eckersley over the right-field fence, giving the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over the A’s. The round-tripper marks the first time a World Series game ends on a come-from-behind home run in the final inning.

1996       The Devil Rays name Jamie Reed as the club’s head trainer. The 37-year-old Annapolis (MD) native, formerly the Orioles assistant trainer, is the first on-field major league hire for the new expansion team.

1997       After a vote during an afternoon conference call, the owners place the Devil Rays in the American League East Division, moving the Tigers to the AL Central to make room for the expansion team. The decision follows nine months of futile realignment efforts after the expansion Diamondbacks became a National League franchise in January.

1997       Major League Baseball approves a resolution creating a 16-team National League and a 14-team American League for the upcoming season. The plan puts the expansion Devil Ray in the AL Eastern Division, and the NL’s newest team, the Rockies, will play in the circuit’s Western Division.

1997       Thanks to an 11th-inning homer by Tony Fernandez, the Indians defeat the Orioles, 1-0, to win the American League Championship Series in six games. It is the Tribe’s second pennant in three years.

2001       The Yankees beat the A’s 5-3 to win the ALDS. The Bronx Bombers become the first team ever to win a best-of-five series after losing the first two games at home.

2001       After losing their first playoff appearance to the Mets in 1999, the Diamondbacks win their first postseason series, beating the Cardinals in only their fourth year of existence. Tony Womack’s two-out game-winning hit in the NLDS’s deciding fifth game gives Arizona the 2-1 victory.

2002       Kirk Gibson signs a three-year deal to become Detroit’s new bench coach. The aggressive former outfielder joins the staff of the newly hired skipper, Alan Trammell, a former 1984 World Champion Tiger teammate.

2003       Steve Bartman, the Cubs fan who deflected a foul ball in Game 6 of the NLCS, releases a statement explaining his actions. During a tearful apology, the 26-year-old human resources company worker asks Chicago fans to redirect their negative energy into positive support for the team during Game 7 of the championship series.

2007       The Rockies record their 21st victory in 22 games, beating the Diamondbacks 6-4 to complete a four-game sweep of the NLCS. The Coors Field’s triumph over the number one seed in the National League playoffs advances Colorado to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

2008       In Game 5 of the NLCS, the visiting Phillies beat the Dodgers, 5-1, to win their first pennant since 1993. Southpaw Cole Hamels, the series MVP, hurls his third postseason gem, and Jimmy Rollins starts the Philadelphia attack with a leadoff home run to start the game.

2011       With another home run in the Game 6 clincher, a 15-5 Ranger rout of Detroit, Nelson Cruz sets a new record for the most round-trippers in a postseason series with six. The Texas right-fielder, who ended the regular season in a slump, is named the ALCS Most Valuable Player for his outstanding contribution to his team’s success in the championship series.

2012       The Reds sign Dusty Baker to a two-year contract extension, giving their 63-year-old manager another chance to take the team beyond the first round of the playoffs. In two of the last three years, Cincinnati has participated in the postseason, including this season’s heartbreaking loss in the NLDS, dropping the previous three decisions at home in a five-game series to San Francisco.

2014       After winning the wild-card game over the A’s, beating the Angels in the first three games of the best-of-five ALDS series, the Royals improved to their playoff record this season to 8-0 when they swept the Orioles in the ALCS with a 2-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City has won 11 straight postseason games overall, counting the final three games of the 1985 World Series, second-best only to the 1927-1932 and 1998-1999 Yankees, who both won a dozen straight.

2017       Twenty-nine years later, Justin Turner follows Kirk Gibson into franchise folklore when he hits a postseason walk-off three-run home run in the 12th inning of the LA’s 4-1 victory over the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS. In 1988, in his only Fall Classic appearance, a hobbled Kirk Gibson came off the bench to hit one of the most memorable round-trippers in World Series history, giving the Dodgers a come-from-behind victory against the A’s in Game 1.

2020       In Game 5 of the ALDS, the Astros become the first team in postseason history to hit a leadoff and walk-off home run in the same game. George Springer led off the Petco Park contest with a homer in the bottom of the first, and Carlos Correa’s ninth-inning game-ending round-tripper gave Houston a 4-3 victory over the Rays.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-2016

Chicago Cubs (4) vs Cleveland Indians (3)

The 2016 World Series was the 112th edition of Major League Baseball’s World Series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Chicago Cubs and the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians, the first meeting of those franchises in postseason history.

Corey Kluber made World Series history by striking out eight hitters in the first three innings of Game 1. In the first, the Indians loaded the bases off Jon Lester on a single and two walks before Jose Ramirez’s single drove in a run, then Lester hit Brandon Guyer with a pitch to force in another. Perez’s home run in the fifth made it 3-0 Indians. In the eighth, Justin Grimm walked Guyer with two outs and allowed a single to Lonnie Chisenhall, then Hector Rondon allowed Perez’s second home run of the night. Andrew Miller and Cody Allen finished the victory for the Indians despite Miller having to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, and the Indians took Game 1 of the series 6-0.

Looking to tie the series at one game apiece, the Cubs sent Jake Arrieta to the mound against the Indians’ Trevor Bauer. The Cubs also featured six players under age 25 in the starting lineup, a postseason record. The Cubs started things off early as Kris Bryant singled in the first inning and Anthony Rizzo doubled to score Bryant and give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. The Cubs struck again in the third following a two-out walk by Rizzo and a single by Ben Zobrist. A single by Kyle Schwarber scored Rizzo from second and pushed the Cubs’ lead to 2-0. Bauer was forced from the game in the fourth, and the Cubs struck again in the fifth. Rizzo walked again off Zach McAllister, and Zobrist tripled to plate Rizzo. Another run-scoring single by Schwarber off Bryan Shaw and a bases-loaded walk by Addison Russell pushed the lead to 5-0. Arrieta continued to pitch well, walking three batters but holding the Indians without a hit into the sixth inning. In the sixth, a double by Jason Kipnis ended the no-hitter, moved to third on a groundout and scored the lone Indians run of the game on a wild pitch by Arrieta. Arrieta allowed another single and was lifted for reliever Mike Montgomery. Both teams threatened in the seventh but could not score and, following a single by Mike Napoli in the bottom of the eighth, Aroldis Chapman entered to finish the game for the Cubs. The win marked the Cubs’ first World Series game victory since 1945, and tied up the series at one game all.

Chicago pitcher Kyle Hendricks started against Cleveland pitcher Josh Tomlin during Game 3, a low-scoring contest where the only run came off a Coco Crisp single that scored Michael Martinez from third in the seventh inning. Tomlin, Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw, and ;Cody Allen combined to shut out the Cubs. Allen earned his sixth postseason save as Javier Baez struck out swinging to end the game, leaving the tying and winning runs in scoring position.

The Cubs struck first in Game 4 when Dexter Fowler doubled to lead off the first and scored on Anthony Rizzo’s one-out single, but Kluber held them to that one run through six innings before Francona turned it over to the bullpen. In the second, Carlos Santana’s leadoff home run off Lackey tied the game; then, with two on, Kluber’s RBI single put the Indians up 2-1. Next inning, Jason Kipnis hit a leadoff double and scored on Francisco Lindor’s single. In the sixth, Lonnie Chisenhall’s sacrifice fly with two on off Mike Montgomery made it 4-1 Indians. Next inning, Justin Grimm allowed a leadoff double and one-out hit-by-pitch before being relieved by Travis Wood, who gave up a three-run home run to Kipnis put to the Indians ahead 7-1. The Cubs got one run back in the eighth, but the Indians were now just one win away from a World Series championship.

Jose Ramirez hit a home run for Cleveland in the second inning pf Game 5, but the Cubs, facing elimination, scored three runs in the fourth inning off Trevor Bauer. Kris Bryant led off the inning with a home run. Anthony Rizzo then doubled and Ben Zobrist singled. Addison Russell’s RBI single put the Cubs up 2-1. After Jason Heyward struck out, Javier Baez’s bunt single moved Zobrist to third before David Ross’s sacrifice fly made it 3-1 Cubs. The Indians cut their deficit to 3-2 off Lester in the sixth on Francisco Lindor’s RBI single that scored Rajai Davis from second base. With the tying run on second base in the seventh inning, Maddon brought in Aroldis Chapman, who threw 2.2 scoreless innings, earning his first save of the 2016 World Series.

How do you force a Game 7? Score three runs in the first inning, all with two outs, then hit a grand slam in the fourth inning. The Indians nipped away in the fourth, fifth, and ninth inning, but starting with a 7-run lead meant this Fall Classic was going to come down to a single deciding game, a true Fall Classic.

Game 7 of the 2016 World Series would go down as a classic, some calling it the greatest Game 7 in World Series history. The pitching matchup featured Kyle Hendricks, who had started Game 3 for the Cubs, and Corey Kluber, who had won games 1 and 4 and was pitching on three days’ rest.

Dexter Fowler led off the game with a home run for Chicago off Kluber, becoming the first player ever to hit a lead-off home run in a World Series Game 7! The Indians tied the game in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI single by Carlos Santana, but the Cubs scored two runs in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly by Addison Russell (Kris Bryant running aggressively to tag up from third on the short fly ball and slide under the tag at home) and a double by Willson Contreras. To start the fifth inning, Javier Baez hit a home run to center on the first pitch he saw to knock Kluber out of the game. Andrew Miller came on in relief and gave up a walk to Bryant and RBI single to Anthony Rizzo to push the lead to 5-1 (Bryant’s aggressiveness again instrumental as he was attempting to steal second on the hit, allowing him to score all the way from first).

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Hendricks retired the first two batters. A two-out walk to Santana persuaded Joe Maddon to relieve his starter. This move, along with others throughout the series, would be highly criticized afterward, as it appeared to some that Hendricks was pulled out too soon.

Jon Lester, who had started Games 1 and 5, came on in relief for the first time since the 2007 ALCS, coincidentally also against the Indians. David Ross committed a throwing error that allowed Jason Kipnis to reach base and put runners on second and third. A wild pitch that ricocheted off Ross’s helmet allowed Santana and Kipnis to score, narrowing the Cubs’ lead to 5-3. To atone for his blunders, the 39-year-old Ross hit a home run to center, in his final at-bat of his career, in the top of the sixth to make it a 6-3 game, becoming the oldest player to hit a home run in a World Series Game 7.

Lester retired the first two batters in the eighth inning, but was pulled after a Jose Ramirez single. Maddon opted to use Aroldis Chapman, who had thrown 42 pitches in Game 5 and was used in Game 6 despite the fact that the Cubs had already built a large lead. Brandon Guyer promptly hit a run-scoring double off Chapman, making the score 6-4. The next batter was Indians center fielder Rajai Davis, who unexpectedly hit a dramatic home run off Chapman, just barely clearing the left field wall and the left field foul pole, scoring Guyer.

With the game tied 6-6 after nine innings, a sudden cloudburst resulted in a 17-minute rain delay. During the delay, Cub right fielder Jason Heyward called his teammates into a weight room behind Chicago’s dugout and told them, “We’re the best team in baseball. Stick together and we’re going to win this game.”

When play resumed in the top of the tenth, Kyle Schwarber led off with a single off Bryan Shaw to right and was replaced by pinch runner Albert Almora. Kris Bryant then hit a deep fly ball to center, and Almora tagged up to second base, in what was called the “savviest baserunning play of the season.” After an intentional walk to Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist stepped up to the plate. Zobrist delivered a clutch RBI double into the left field corner, scoring Almora, and breaking the tie. After another intentional walk to Addison Russell, Miguel Montero singled into left, scoring Rizzo and making the score 8=6.

Carl Edwards was called on to finish off the Indians in the bottom of the tenth, but after retiring the first two hitters, he walked Brandon Guyer, who took second base on defensive indifference. Davis, following up on his eighth-inning heroics, lined a single to center, making it a one-run game. Maddon called on Mike Montgomery, who had zero career saves. Montgomery retired Michael Martinez with an infield grounder fielded by Bryant, who threw to Rizzo to end the game, series, and the Cubs’ 108-year world title drought.

The Cubs, playing in their eleventh World Series and their first sinc 1945, won their third championship and first since 1908, ending the longest world championship drought in North American professional sports history.

FOOTBALL HISTORY/BIRTHDAY’S

1884 Fair Catch Rule Revised

October 15, 1884 – New York City – Another football rules convention was held and one focus was to mold the fair catch rules and the meeting defined fair catch as “a catch made direct from a kick or a throw forward, or a knock on by one of the opposing sides, or from a punt.” Of course in our era of football we are only familiar with a fair catch being used on a kick or a punt.

1933 Eagles Take Flight

October 15, 1933 – Polo Grounds, New York, New York – The Philadelphia Eagles played in their very 1st NFL regular season game as they faced the New York Football Giants. The Eagles were formed from the remains of the defunct Frankford Yellow Jackets franchise that was sold to a group of Philadelphia-based businessmen. The profootballhof.com documentation of the game says that when the Eagles took the field for the first time ever they were overwhelmed by an overpowering Giants team led by rookie quarterback Harry Newman. The Giants jumped out to an early 21-0 first quarter lead before the starters gave way to replacements. The game didn’t get any brighter with the reserves in as New York shutout Philly 56-0. The Eagles struggle to get in the win column would be for another two games played against tough opponents in the Green Bay Packers and the Portsmouth Spartans. Finally, in week four of that first season, Philadelphia would play on the opposite end of a shutout as they would earn the franchise’s first victory on Sunday November 5, 1933 as they won 6-0 over the Cincinnati Reds. In their next game they tied a tough Chicago Bears squad then rattled off two more victories over the Pittsburgh Pirates and again over the Reds before dropping their final two games to the Packers and Giants once again. Pro-Football-Reference indicates that the inaugural season of the Eagles was a 3rd place finish in the NFL East with a 3-5-1 mark. The 1933 season was won by the Chicago Bears, the team that the Eagles had tied 3-3 earlier in the year, as the Bears knocked off the Giants 23-21 in the NFL Championship Game played December 7, 1933. The Eagles would go on to win 3 NFL Championships prior to the Super Bowl era in 1948, 1949 and again in 1960. They of course won Super Bowl LII in 2018 in the modern era of the NFL, by defeating the New England Patriots 41-33.

1987 Players Strike Ends

October 15, 1987 – NFL Players Association orders an end to a 24 day strike. The union failed to achieve demands in the short-term as there was no collective bargaining agreement in place. The owners had used replacement players for a couple of the weeks to meet television contract commitments. It didn’t help the NFLPA cause though when star players such as Joe Montana, Mark Gastineau and Steve Largent started breaking ranks and crossed the picket line. This eventually led to all of the players returning back to work in week 7. See more on the strike in our September 22 post.

1988 Miami at Notre Dame

October 15, 1988 – South Bend, Indiana – The reigning champion Miami Hurricanes entered Notre Dame Stadium to face an undefeated Fighting Irish squad. It was a big game with much on the line. Miami came into the contest with a 36 game unbeaten streak and were ranked number one in the nation for good reason while Notre Dame was ranked 4th in the polls. Tensions were high and this became extremely evident when there was a pre-game fight in front of the entrance tunnels. The game was a tight one most of the day, much to the delight of everyone watching. The hype of this game, deemed colloquially as Catholics vs. Convicts, was living up to every ounce of the build up. With 45 seconds left to play the Hurricanes scored a touchdown to make the score 30-31 in favor of the Irish. Hurricane Head Coach Jimmy Johnson had a decision to make, kick the extra point and hopefully go into overtime or go for two and go for the jugular in regulation. Johnson elected to go for the win in regulation and the Irish defender Pat Terrel batted down the Hurricane pass from QB Steve Walsh to preserve the Notre Dame one point lead and the Irish victory!

1988 Oklahoma State versus Nebraska

October 15, 1988 – Memorial Stadium Lincoln, Nebraska – A second pretty awesome matchup in college football on the same day! Number 7 Nebraska would entertain number 10 Oklahoma State in a Big 8 Conference showdown. The Huskers came out putting on the heat as they grabbed every opportunity they had to jump out to a 42-0 lead early in the second quarter over their rivals! The Cowboys suddenly awoke from the nightmare they were in and they rattled off 21 points in the second quarter of their own but found themselves down 49-21 at the half. The most amazing part of this contest was that the yardage was not all through the air as one might expect in such a high scoring game according to a huskermax.com story. There was a grand total of only 349 total passing yards in the game for the two teams combined. The combined rushing yards was an NCAA record at 778 for the game. Nebraska running back Ken Clark ran for 256 yards on 27 attempts to lead the Huskers while OSU Cowboys Star Barry Sanders paced his team with 35 rushes for 189 yards in the Nebraska 63 to Oklahoma State 42 final score.

1995 The Panthers First Roar

October 15, 1995 – Clemson’s Memorial Stadium Clemson, South Carolina – The Carolina Panthers win their 1st game ever beating NY Jets 26-15. According to panthers.com the Jets were up 12-6 with 22 seconds to go before halftime. The New York Quarterback, Bubby Brister, dropped back to pass and threw a shovel pass forward to where he thought his awaiting running back would be. Instead Panthers linebacker Sam Mills stood in the was to accept the gift and weaved, rumbled and tumbled 36 yards for an unexpected Panther TD before the half ended putting the Carolina team in their inaugural season up 13-12 at the half. It was a turning point in the game and the season for the young team as they not only won that game but they won their next three games as well and seven of their last 11 to finish the season with a record of 7-9 – the best for any expansion team in NFL history. Dom Capers was the head coach of this new expansion franchise in Carolina. Less than a decade later he would become the only person to have ever led two different NFL expansion teams in their inaugural season when he took the 2002 Houston Texans out on to the field for the first time.

1886 Jonas Ingram

October 15, 1886 – Was when the birth of Jonas Ingram occurred. Jonas Ingram won the Medal of Honor in 1914 in the Mexican Revolution battle, fought in World War I with the US Navy, and during World War II he not only fought in the Navy but he was an Admiral that commanded the entire US Atlantic Fleet! Before the Wars though Jonas Ingram was a football player, and a good one at that as he was a fullback and a linebacker that played for the U.S Naval Academy. He was often called the “One Armed Admiral” as he often said ,”I’d give my right arm to win this ball game!” to his teammates. He was a fierce competitor and according to his bio on footballfoundation.org, his efforts in the Army game in 1906 led to a Navy win. After his playing days he returned to the Academy to coach the Midshipmen for three seasons. The National Football Foundation selected Jonas Ingram to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

1892 Tack Hardwick

October 15, 1892 – Quincy, Massachusetts – Huntington “Tack” Hardwick was born. Huntington was a halfback and defensive end for Harvard University during a span where the team reeled off 33 straight victories between 191 and 1915 according to the National FOotball Foundation’s website. Tack entered the HArvard fray in 1912 and had an instant impact as he ran for a 60 yard touchdown to defeat Princeton for the first time in 25 seasons. He later in the Yale game tackled a runner with such a powerful hit that it jarred the ball loose and led to a Harvard score, sealing their undefeated season. As a matter of fact, Tack Hardwick never played on a college team that lost as the Harvard Crimson football team was 25-0-2 with Tack in the lineup. Tack Hardwick was ushered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

1917 Bob MacLeod

October 15, 1917 Glen Ellyn, Illinois – Bob MacLeod was born. Bob was a former halfback from Dartmouth University that played from 1936 through the 1938 season. He was the main offensive weapon of Dartmouth as they won 21 of 27 games that he played in. Most opposing teams came into the games against Dartmouth with the objective to stop MacLeod but they still had trouble doing it as he averaged 6 yards per carry in his 3 year college career. The National Football Foundation selected Bob MacLeod to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Bob played with the Chicago Bears for a couple of seasons before joining the U.S. Marines to fight in World War II. After the war he was a business leader in the magazine industry.

TV SATURDAY

BOXINGTIME ETTV
Lightweights: Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos10:30pmESPN
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Colgate at Army12:00pmCBSSN
Auburn at Ole Miss12:00pmESPN
Iowa State at Texas12:00pmABC
Kansas at Oklahoma12:00pmESPN2
Minnesota at Illinois12:00pmBTN
Penn State at Michigan12:00pmFOX
Central Michigan at Akron12:00pmESPN+
Miami (OH) at Bowling Green12:00pmESPN+
Old Dominion at Coastal Carolina12:00pmESPNU
Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech12:30pmESPN3
Buffalo at UMass1:00pmESPN+
UConn at Ball State2:00pmESPN3
California at Colorado2:00pmPAC12N
WKU at Middle Tennessee3:30pmESPN+
Alabama at Tennessee3:30pmCBS
Vanderbilt at Georgia3:30pmSECN
Oklahoma State at TCU3:30pmABC
ESPN
Maryland at Indiana3:30pmESPN2
NC State at Syracuse3:30pmACCN
Kent State at Toledo3:30pmESPN+
Ohio at Western Michigan3:30pmCBSSN
Texas State at Troy3:30pmESPN3
Charlotte at UAB3:30pmStadium
NIU at Eastern Michigan3:30pmESPN+
Arkansas at BYU3:30pmESPN
Gardner-Webb at Liberty3:30pmESPN+
Louisiana Tech at North Texas4:00pmESPN+
James Madison at Georgia Southern4:00pmESPN+
Tulane at USF4:00pmESPNU
Wisconsin at Michigan State4:00pmFOX
Arizona at Washington5:30pmP12N
Rice at Florida Atlantic6:00pmESPN+
LSU at Florida7:00pmESPN
Utah State at Colorado State7:00pmCBSSN
Arkansas State at Southern Miss7:00pm
ULM at South Alabama7:00pmNFLN
Memphis at East Carolina7:30pmESPNU
Stanford at Notre Dame7:30pmNBC
Peacock
Mississippi State at Kentucky7:30pmSECN
Clemson at Florida State7:30pmABC
Nebraska at Purdue7:30pmBTN
USC at Utah8:00pmFOX
New Mexico at New Mexico State8:00pmFloSports
North Carolina at Duke8:00pmACCN
Washington State at Oregon State9:00pmPAC12N
Air Force at UNLV10:30pmCBSSN
San Jose State at Fresno State10:45pmFS1/2
Nevada at Hawaii11:59pm
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: Andalucia Masters8:00amGOLF
PGA Tour: Zozo Championship11:00pmGOLF
MLB PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
NLDS Game 4: Atlanta at Philadelphia2:07pmFS1
ALDS Game 3: Houston at Seattle4:07pmTBS
ALDS Game 3 NY Yankees at Cleveland7:37pmTBS
NLDS Game 4: LA Dodgers at San Deigo9:37pmFS1
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
Xfinity: Alsco Uniforms 3023:00pmNBC
NHLTIME ETTV
Florida at Buffalo1:00pmBally Sports
MSG-BUF
Vancouver at Philadelphia4:00pmSportsnet
NBCS-PHI
Arizona at Boston7:00pmBally Sports
NESN
Detroit at New Jersey7:00pmBally Sports
MSG+
Montreal at Washington7:00pmSportsnet
NBCS-WSH
Ottawa at Toronto7:00pmSportsnet
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh7:00pmBally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
Anaheim at NY Islanders7:30pmBally Sports
MSG+
Columbus at St. Louis8:00pmBally Sports
Los Angeles at Minnesota8:00pmBally Sports
Nashville at Dallas8:00pmBally Sports
Calgary at Edmonton10:00pmSportsnet
Chicago at San Jose10:00pmNBCS-CHI
NBCS-CA
Vegas at Seattle10:00pmRoot Sports
ATTSN-RM
SOCCERTIME ETTV
EPL: Leicester City vs Crystal Palace7:30amUSA
La Liga: Girona vs Cádiz8:00amESPN+
Serie A: Empoli vs Monza9:00amParamount+
Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Borussia M’gladbach9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Werder Bremen vs Mainz 059:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Stuttgart vs Bochum9:30amESPN+
EPL: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Nottingham Forest10:00amUSA
EPL: Fulham vs AFC Bournemouth10:00amPeacock
La Liga: Valencia vs Elche10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Lorient vs Reims11:00ambeIN Sports
Serie A: Torino vs Juventus12:00pmParamount+
Bundesliga: RB Leipzig vs Hertha BSC12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Mallorca vs Sevilla12:30pmESPN+
EPL: Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton12:30pmNBC
Serie A: Atalanta vs Sassuolo2:45pmParamount+
MLS Playoffs: LA Galaxy vs Nashville SC3:00pmUnivision
La Liga: Athletic Club vs Atlético Madrid3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Lens vs Montpellier3:00pmbeIN Sports
Brasileirão: Goiás vs Corinthians6:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: América Mineiro vs Fortaleza7:30pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Flamengo vs Atlético Mineiro7:30pmParamount+
Liga MX: América vs Puebla9:00pmUnivision