INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCOREBOARD

CLASS 6A

Sectional 1

Merrillville 29, Crown Point 13

Lafayette Jeff 54, Lake Central 6

Sectional 2

Chesterton 16, Portage 0

Penn 21, Elkhart 7

Sectional 3

Carroll (Fort Wayne) 21, Homestead 0

Sectional 4 

Westfield 49, Noblesville 6

Hamilton Southeastern 34, Fishers 0

Sectional 5

Carmel 35, Avon 21

Brownsburg 37, Pike 0 

Sectional 6

Ben Davis 41, Southport 14

Tech 25, Perry Meridian 20

Sectional 7

Lawrence North 41, North Central 21

Lawrence Central 13, Warren Central 8

Sectional 8

Center Grove 35, Franklin Central 7

CLASS 5A

Sectional 9

 Munster 23, Hammond Central 0

Hammond Morton at Valparaiso

Sectional 10

Michigan City 42, South Bend Adams 0

Mishawaka 35, Concord 7

Sectional 11

Fort Wayne Snider 21, Fort Wayne Northrop 17

Fort Wayne Dwenger 10, Fort Wayne North 7

Sectional 12 

Zionsville 42, Harrison (West Lafayette) 21

Kokomo 35, Anderson 6

Sectional 13

Cathedral 54, Plainfield 7

Decatur Central 49, Terre Haute South 14

Sectional 14 

Whiteland 31, Columbus East 7

New Palestine 29, Franklin 7

Sectional 15

Bloomington South 16, Castle 14

Bloomington North 35, Evansville North 30

Sectional 16

New Albany 28, Floyd Central 7

Seymour 18, Bedford North Lawrence 10

CLASS 4A

Sectional 17 

Lowell 51, Gary West 14

East Chicago Central at Hobart

Sectional 18

South Bend St. Joseph 21, Kankakee Valley 0

New Prairie 23, Culver Academy 7

Sectional 19

Leo 44, DeKalb 14

Northridge 35, Columbia City 21

Sectional 20

Fort Wayne Wayne 40, Delta 27

Mississinewa 42, New Haven 27

Sectional 21

Connersville 42,Richmond 36

Mt. Vernon 49, Greenfield-Central 34

Sectional 22 

Bishop Chatard 51, Shortridge 0

Roncalli 42, Lebanon 14

Sectional 23 

Martinsville 38, South Dearborn 7

East Central 52,  Mooresville 26

Sectional 24 

Evansville Memorial 35, Evansville Central 0

Northview 49, Evansville Reitz 28

CLASS 3A

Sectional 25

Hanover Central 41, Benton Central 0

Knox 39, River Forest 14

Sectional 26 

John Glenn at Jimtown

Mishawaka Marian 29, Tippecanoe Valley 0

Sectional 27

Norwell 27, Fort Wayne Concordia 0

Peru 30, Oak Hill 28, 2OT

Sectional 28

Brebeuf Jesuit 35, North Montgomery 8

Western Boone 23, Guerin Catholic 6

Sectional 29 

Tri-West 35, Cardinal Ritter 2

Danville 39, Indian Creek 6

Sectional 30

Vincennes Lincoln 28, Edgewood 0

Owen Valley 34, Brown County 0

Sectional 31 

Brownstown Central 28, Batesville 14

Lawrenceburg 15, Greensburg 7

Sectional 32

Heritage Hills 36, Evansville Bosse 28

Gibson Southern 56, Salem 21

CLASS 2A

Sectional 33

Andrean 28, Rensselaer Central 2

Whiting 6, Boone Grove 0

Sectional 34

Pioneer 18, Delphi 0

LaVille 14, Bremen 6

Sectional 35

Eastside 38, Central Noble 6

Fort Wayne Luers 44, Prairie Heights 7

Sectional 36

Eastbrook 46, Lapel 14

Tipton 44, Alexandria 18

Sectional 37

Lafayette Central Catholic 27, Southmont 0

Speedway 12, Monrovia 6

Sectional 38

Scecina 34, Shenandoah 0

Centerville 21, Northeastern 0

Sectional 39

 Paoli 28, Providence 14

Triton Central 42, Clarksville 7

Sectional 40 

North Posey 41, North Knox 18

Evansville Mater Dei 28, Linton-Stockton 27

Sectional 41

Culver 18, South Central (Union Mills) at

North Judson 40, Winamac 13

Sectional 42

Clinton Prairie 44,Tri-County 14

Carroll (Flora) 25, Traders Point Christian 7

Sectional 43

South Adams 6, Monroe Central 3

Union City 59, Taylor 26

Sectional 44

Triton 22, Northfield 13

Adams Central 56, Southwood 0

Sectional 45

South Putnam at Parke Heritage

Riverton Parke 14, Covington 12

Sectional 46

Covenant Christian 35, Tindley 0

Lutheran 25, Park Tudor 13

Sectional 47

North Decatur 26, Milan 12

Tri 79, Knightstown 0

Sectional 48

Springs Valley 35, West Washington 0

North Central (Farmersburg) 12, Tecumseh 8

INDIANA BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER STATE FINALS

BOYS-FRIDAY

Brebeuf 3 West Lafayette 1

Westview 4 Providence 2

Saturday, October 30, 2021
11 am ET | Girls Class A | Andrean (15-3-3) vs. Heritage Christian (14-8)
1:30 pm ET | Girls Class 2A | Mishawaka Marian (20-3) vs. Evansville Memorial (19-3-1)
4 pm ET | Girls Class 3A | Homestead (20-0) vs. Carmel (18-2-2)
6:30 pm ET | Boys Class 3A | Noblesville (19-1-1) vs. Carmel (16-3-2)

STATE CROSS COUNTRY FINALS

Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN  47803.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

North

1. Huntington North
Class 2A | Andrean (30-5) vs. South Adams (28-8) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | West Lafayette (27-2) vs. Bellmont (29-5) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

2. Frankfort
Class A | Kouts (27-7) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (25-9) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Penn (36-1) vs. McCutcheon (28-6) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

South

3. Columbus East
Class A | Bloomfield (20-11) vs. Trinity Lutheran (29-4) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | Brebeuf Jesuit (30-3) vs. Silver Creek (23-11) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

4. Jasper
Class 2A | Western Boone (26-8) vs. North Posey (27-5) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Roncalli (28-5) vs. Castle (30-2) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY

No. 9 Iowa at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 2 Cincinnati at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Fox

Miami at No. 17 Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Indiana at Maryland | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Bowling Green at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

UCF at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

UMass at Liberty | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Texas at No. 16 Baylor | 12 p.m. | ABC

Texas State at Louisiana | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Rutgers at Illinois | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 22 Iowa State at West Virginia | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

North Texas at Rice | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Hawai’i at Utah State | 3 p.m. | Spectrum Sports

Washington State at Arizona State | 3 p.m. | FS1

Missouri at Vanderbilt | 3 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville, Florida) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

FIU at Marshall | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Colorado at No. 7 Oregon | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Florida State at Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UL Monroe at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Boston College at Syracuse | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network

TCU at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Minnesota at Northwestern | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Purdue at Nebraska | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Duke at No. 13 Wake Forest | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Wyoming at San Jose State | 4 p.m. | FS2

Charlotte at Western Kentucky | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Arkansas State at South Alabama | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

UTEP at FAU | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Georgia State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 10 Ole Miss at No. 18 Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Kansas at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | FS1

No. 19 SMU at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 12 Kentucky at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | SEC Network

Arizona at USC | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU

Oregon State at Cal | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Boise State at Colorado State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Louisville at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

North Carolina at No. 11 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

UCLA at Utah | 10 p.m. | ESPN

Virginia at No. 25 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

Fresno State at No. 21 San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Washington at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 8

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 01, 2021

New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WORLD SERIES

Atlanta 2 Houston 0 (Atlanta leads series 2 – 1)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• Astros at Braves, Game 4 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• Astros at Braves, Game 5* (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• Braves at Astros, Game 6* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Braves at Astros, Game 7* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

NBA SCOREBOARD

Brooklyn 105 Indiana 98

Toronto 110 Orlando 109

Miami 114 Charlotte 99

Sacramento 113 New Orleans 109

Denver 106 Dallas 75

Portland 111 LA Clippers 92

LA Lakers 113 Cleveland 101

NHL SCOREBOARD

Florida 3 Detroit 2

NY Rangers 4 Columbus 0

Carolina 6 Chicago 3

Washington 2 Arizona 0

Vegas 5 Anaheim 4

Ottawa 4 Dallas 1

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Braves throw 2-hitter, blank Astros 2-0 for 2-1 Series lead

ATLANTA (AP) Ian Anderson had pitched five no-hit innings when Brian Snitker walked up to the 23-year-old and said, “That’s it.”

“Are you sure? Are you sure?” the rookie right-hander asked.

“I’m going with my gut right here,” the manager said.

On a night that showed how much baseball has evolved in the Analytics Age, Anderson and the Braves’ bullpen took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, Austin Riley and Travis d’Arnaud drove in runs and Atlanta beat the Houston Astros 2-0 on Friday to grab a 2-1 World Series lead.

Pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz blooped a single leading off the eighth against Tyler Matzek that dropped in front of Eddie Rosario, just 232 feet from home plate, for Houston’s first hit as the left fielder pulled up to avoid colliding with shortstop Dansby Swanson.

Alex Bregman grounded a single through the wide-open right side of a shifted infield leading off the ninth against Will Smith, who remained perfect in five save chances this postseason.

Anderson threw 76 pitches, and A.J. Minter, Luke Jackson, Matzek and Smith combined for the last 57 of the 18th two-hit shutout in Series history.

“Obviously you want the chance to compete, especially on the biggest stage like this is,” Anderson said. “But, yeah, I knew he wasn’t going to budge.”

Snitker didn’t consider giving Anderson a chance to join the Yankees’ Don Larsen, whose perfect game in 1956 is the only Series no-hitter.

“He wasn’t going to pitch a nine-inning no-hitter,” Snitker said. “He wasn’t going to have pitches to do that.”

Anderson struck out four and walked three, throwing just 39 of 76 pitches for strikes.

“He was effectively wild,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “Our guys never could zero in on the strikes.”

Anderson is 4-0 in his postseason career with a 1.26 ERA.

“He’s turned into an absolute animal, a beast in the playoffs,” Matzek said.

Complete games are near extinction. The closest Anderson came to a no-hitter in the minors was on June 28, 2019, when he was pulled after seven innings and 102 pitches for Double-A Mississippi against Jackson, and teammate Jeremy Walker finished with hitless relief.

“Luke Jackson didn’t know. Minter didn’t know,” Matzek said of the no-hit bid. “After I got done with my inning, they went up and said: `Hey, did you know you gave up the first hit?’ And I said, `Yeah, I did know. I paid attention.'”

Of the 60 previous times the Series was tied 1-1, the Game 3 winner went on to win 39 times – including six of the last nine.

Riley hit an RBI double in the third on a cutter from rookie Luis Garcia after Freddie Freeman singled, and d’Arnaud added his second Series homer in the eighth, a 437-foot drive off Kendall Graveman that was d’Arnaud’s first long ball at home since September 2020.

Atlanta, which stranded nine runners, improved to 6-0 this postseason at Truist Park, which opened in 2017 and where it has won 11 of its last 12 games. The Braves stopped a five-game home World Series losing streak.

Houston, the top-hitting team in the majors during the season with a .267 average, was limited to seven baserunners.

“We didn’t swing it for one game,” Bregman said. “I think we flush it and move on to the next day and have a short memory.”

Diaz’s hit ended the longest no-hit bid in the Series since Game 2 in 1967. Boston ace Jim Lonborg pitched a one-hitter and allowed a two-out double in the eighth to St. Louis’ Julian Javier.

Pinch-runner Jose Siri stole second with two outs in the eighth and went to third when d’Arnaud’s throw skipped into center field for an error, but Siri was stranded when Michael Brantley popped out against Matzek.

On a damp 49-degree night, rookie starters matched up in the Series for just the eighth time. Garcia gave up three hits in 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and four walks. He threw 72 pitches and came out after getting the first two outs of the fourth with just two pitches.

While Baker (72) and Snitker (66) had the highest combined ages of World Series managers, they lifted their starting pitchers on the timetable triggered by modern metrics – after exactly 18 batters each, not wanting leadoff hitters to face the same pitcher for the third time.

Snitker, in his 44th season with the Braves, knows a few years ago he would have let Anderson stay in.

“The me of old, probably a couple years ago,” Snitker said, “I’m how the hell am I doing this?”

BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

• Six Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by four of the top 10 teams in the country. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Penn State, No. 9 Michigan State, No. 11 Iowa and No. 25 Purdue. 

• Two Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Michigan State and Michigan are 7-0 and 6-0, respectively. Additionally, Ohio State is 3-0 in conference play and 2-0 in the East Division. 

• No. 9 Michigan State defeated Indiana, 20-15, to improve to 7-0 on the season, marking the first time that the Spartans have started 7-0 since 2015 and just the eighth time in program history that they have won their first seven games. Additionally, the Spartans are now 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2017.

• No. 25 Purdue upset then-No. 2 Iowa, 24-7, marking the second time in the last four seasons that the Boilermakers have defeated a team ranked No. 2 in the nation. Prior to Saturday’s win over Iowa, Purdue defeated then-No. 2 Ohio State, 49-20, on Oct. 20, 2018. Senior QB Aidan O’Connell completed 30 of 40 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns, while junior WR David Bell was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week following a performance that included 11 receptions for 240 yards (21.8 avg.) and a touchdown. Bell’s 240 receiving yards marked the second-highest single-game total in school history and are the second-most receiving yards in a game by a FBS player in 2021.  Defensively, Purdue registered four interceptions — two by Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Cam Allen — and four sacks. 

• After holding Iowa to just 7 points, Purdue now ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering just 14 points per game. Additionally, the Boilermakers rank third in the country in red zone defense (60 pct.), fifth in defensive passing efficiency (103.41) and sixth in first downs allowed (89). Offensively, Purdue ranks 10th in the country in passing (334.0 yards per game). 

• Minnesota improved to 4-2 overall on the season with a 30-23 win over Nebraska. The Gophers were led by QB Tanner Morgan who completed 20 of 24 passes — including a school-record 16 consecutive completions — and threw two touchdowns. WR Chris Autman-Bell caught a career-high 11 passes for 103 yards and RB Bryce Williams carried 17 times for 127 yards (7.47 avg.), including a 56-yard touchdown run. 

• In the final non-conference matchup of the season, Wisconsin topped Army 20-14 at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers were led defensively by three players who registered double-digit tackles: junior LB Leo Chenal (17), senior LB Jack Sanborn (12) and senior S Scott Nelson (11). Chenal added 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble in the victory. Offensively, sophomore QB Graham Mertz tallied two rushing scores, while RB Braelon Allen was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week following his 108-yard rushing performance. 

• Northwestern improved to 3-3 overall with a 21-7 victory over Rutgers. The Wildcats were led on defense by junior DL Adetomiwa Adebawore who tallied seven tackles, four TFLs, a sack, two QB hits and a forced fumble. Adebawore’s four TFLs marked the most by a Northwestern defender since 2018. Offensively, sophomore QB Ryan Hilinski finished 18-for-33 for 267 yards and two touchdowns.

• The Big Ten boasts four teams who rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Penn State (4th, 13.8 ppg), Purdue (5th, 14.0), Iowa (7th, 14.6) and Michigan (9th, 15.5). The conference has three teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (3rd, 101.70), Penn State (4th, 102.12) and Purdue (5th, 103.41). Additionally, three Big Ten teams rank in the top 10 in the nation in run defense: Wisconsin (3rd, 64.3 ypg), Minnesota (6th, 86.8) and Iowa (7th, 89.7).

• Ohio State has scored more than 50 points in its last three games and leads the nation in total offense (563.2 ypg), while ranking second in scoring offense (48.5 ppg.) and second in team passing efficiency (187.76). The Buckeyes offense also ranks second in the country in third-down conversion percentage (.565 pct.).

• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-5 single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa), Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (3rd, 264 at Northwestern) and Illinois’ Chase Brown (4th, 257 vs. Charlotte). Walker III also eclipsed 200 yards rushing at Rutgers (8th-most in a single game in 2021), while Northwestern’s Evan Hull rushed for 216 yards vs. Ohio (tied for 14th).

• Additional top-5 single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (4th, 266.174 passing efficiency; and 5th, 484 passing yards vs. Oregon), Purdue’s David Bell (2nd, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (3rd, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), and Michigan State’s Jayden Reed (5th, 285 all-purpose yards vs. Western Kentucky; and 5th, 88 punt return yards vs. Western Kentucky on Oct. 2). 

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

• Eight Big Ten standouts were named candidates for the 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award: Illinois’ Blake Hayes, Indiana’s Ty Fryfogle, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Andrew Vastardis, Minnesota’s Conner Olson, Nebraska’s Ben Stille, Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Penn State’s Sean Clifford. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior students in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during football bowl season in December.

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

Browns’ Mayfield starting against Steelers, shoulder better

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Baker Mayfield’s back in the saddle – and huddle.

The Browns’ quarterback will start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, returning after missing one game because of an injured left shoulder that will require management for the rest of this season.

Mayfield, who has a torn labrum and fracture in his non-throwing shoulder, practiced for the third straight day on Friday. Coach Kevin Stefanski announced afterward that the 26-year-old will be back in the lineup.

“Medically, he’s ready to go,” Stefanski said. “Our doctors, our trainers, the second opinions felt very comfortable about that and Baker, he feels that he’s ready and he feels like he’s ready to help this team win.”

Mayfield didn’t play last week – ending his streak of 53 consecutive starts – in a win over Denver. The rest improved Mayfield’s range of motion and reduced inflammation, allowing him to strengthen his shoulder.

Mayfield has been fitted with a new stabilizing harness to help prevent his shoulder from popping out. Stefanski said he didn’t see any issues with Mayfield’s throwing mechanics this week.

“I would tell you functionally he’s 100 percent,” Stefanski said.

Earlier this week, Mayfield said he would keep playing as long as he wasn’t hurting the Browns (4-3) or their chances to win.

Mayfield first injured his shoulder while trying to make a tackle last month against Houston. He then suffered a tuberosity fracture when he bent his arm back trying to protect his fall against Arizona on Oct. 17.

“He’s mentally as tough as anyone I have been around,” offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Thursday. “He takes everything seriously. I don’t know if I have seen him jovial, but that is Baker, and I love his attitude.”

Veteran backup Case Keenum started for Mayfield last week and led the Browns to a 17-14 win.

The Browns also will have star running back Nick Chubb (calf) and starting right tackle Jack Conklin (knee) back this week. Those returns will help Mayfield significantly, with Conklin lining up against Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, who has seven sacks.

Mayfield also will have two of his top targets together for the first time this season as wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham are expected to play. Beckham has been dealing with a shoulder sprain, but has practiced.

Cleveland’s defense won’t have cornerback Denzel Ward, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Broncos.

The Browns could be down other defenders as well, with ends Jadeveon Clowney (ankle, groin, knee) and Takk McKinley (groin), tackle Malik Jackson (ankle) and cornerback A.J. Green (groin) listed as questionable.

Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) will miss his second straight game after getting hurt in pregame warmups last week.

The Browns have been dealing with injuries up and down their roster and their coaching staff also took a hit.

Running backs coach Stump Mitchell will miss Sunday’s game and potentially several weeks to tend to a medical issue related to a previous knee injury.

Coaching assistant Ryan Cordell will fill in for Mitchell, with help from senior offensive assistant Kevin Rogers.

“We’re going to be without him for a little bit here, which is tough because he’s such a big part of what we do, who we are,” Stefanski said. “So, obviously, my well wishes are with Stump. I’ve spoken to him and he wants to be there with the team, but he’s got to take care of himself right now and that’s what he’s going to do.”

Mitchell played for nine seasons in the NFL. He has helped Cleveland develop the league’s top running attack led by Chubb, Kareem Hunt and third-stringer D’Ernest Johnson, who rushed for 146 yards last week in his first start.

Hunt is on injured reserve with a calf issue and will miss his second game this week.      

 

NFL WEEK 8 CAPSULES

CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (3-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 33-19

STREAKS: Falcons have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 10/29/20: Falcons 25 at Panthers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/20: Panthers 23, Falcons 16

QB SAM DARNOLD has 300+ pass yards & 2+ rush TDs in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Is 1 of 2 QBs (JALEN HURTS) with 5 rush TDs in 2021. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD (rookie) had 56 scrimmage yards (28 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 7. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Is only NFC rookie RB with 400+ scrimmage yards (419). • WR DJ MOORE led team with 6 catches & 73 rec. yards in Week 7. Had 93 rec. yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Has 80+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Atl. Has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games at Atl. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 8 catches for 112 yards in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with 5+ receptions. • LB HAASON REDDICK had sack in only career game at Atl. (12/16/18 w/ Az.). Leads NFC in sacks (6.5) & TFL (9). DE BRIAN BURNS had 4th sack of season last week. Has 5 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 5 on road. Had sack & FF in last road meeting. LB SHAQ THOMPSON aims for his 3rd in row at Atl. with 10+ tackles. S JEREMY CHINN led team with 8 tackles & had TFL in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 9+ tackles & PD. Since 2020, is 1 of 3 DBs (BUDDA BAKER & VONN BELL) with 150+ tackles (154). CB STEPHON GILMORE makes Car. debut. Is 1 of 4 active players with 100+ PD (114) & 25+ INTs (25). DT DERRICK BROWN had 1st sack of season last week, his 4th-career sack. CB DONTE JACKSON aims for his 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting.

QB MATT RYAN passed for 336 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.4 rating last week. Has 72 career games with 300+ pass yards, 3rd-most in NFL since 2008. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 1,937 pass yards (322.8 per game) & 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 106.7 rating in his past 6 home starts vs. Car. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON rushed for 60 yards & TD last week. Has 297 scrimmage yards (99 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 home games in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB MIKE DAVIS had 59 receptions, 1,015 scrimmage yards (642 rush, 373 rec.) & 8 TDs (6 rush, 2 rec.) in 15 games with Car. in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row at home in 2021 with TD. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 551 rec. yards (91.8 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 6 career games vs. Car. TE KYLE PITTS had 7 catches for 163 yards in Week 7, 4th-most rec. yards by rookie TE in single game all-time. Has 471 rec. yards, most by TE in 1st 6 career games in NFL history. Became 2nd rookie TE ever with 100+ rec. yards in consecutive games. • LB DEION JONES led team with 15 tackles, 3 TFL & had 2nd sack of season last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Car. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 13 tackles & 3rd-career INT in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Car. with 10+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Car.), 85 (Atl.) | XM: 385 (Car.), 228 (Atl.) | SXM App: 804 (Car.), 801 (Atl.)

MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-6) AT BUFFALO BILLS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 60-50-1

STREAKS: Bills have won past 6

LAST GAME: 9/19/21: Bills 35 at Dolphins 0

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21: Bills 56, Dolphins 26

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 32 of 40 passes (career-high 80 pct., min. 10 atts.) for 291 yards & career-high 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for season-high 109.5 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 275+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Passed for career-high 361 yards in last road meeting. • RB MYLES GASKIN rushed for season-high 67 yards & had TD catch last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 77 scrimmage yards (57 rec., 20 rush) & rush TD in last road meeting. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 on road. RB SALVON AHMED rushed for TD in last road meeting. • TE MIKE GESICKI had 7 catches for team-high 85 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. Buf. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 7 catches for season-high 83 yards in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 48 yards in Week 2 meeting. Leads all rookies with 44 catches, 2nd-most ever by WR in 1st 7 career games. WRs ISAIAH FORD & MACK HOLLINS each had 1st TD catches of season last week. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 3 PD & 2nd INT of season in Week 7. Aims for 6th in row with PD. Had 3 PD & INT in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with INT. S ERIC ROWE led team with 9 tackles & had PD last week. Has 7+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had 1st-career sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD.

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 35 of 47 passes (season-high 74.5 pct.) for 353 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 107.8 rating in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rating & 3rd in row with 315+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Has 10 TDs (8 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 116.3 rating in 3 career home games vs. Mia. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had season-high 82 rush yards & only rush TD of season in Week 2 meeting. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Mia. RB ZACK MOSS has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 2 rush TDs in Week 2 meeting. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 9 catches for 89 yards & TD in Week 6. Has 60+ rec. yards in every game this season & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had TD catch in Week 2 meeting & has rec. TD in 3 of 4 career games vs. Mia. Has 6+ catches in 10 of 11 home games since joining Buf. in 2020. Has 4 rec. TD in his past 3 vs. division. WR COLE BEASLEY had 7 catches for 88 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 6. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 5 catches for 91 yards in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE TOMMY SWEENEY had 1st-career rec. TD in Week 6. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with season-high 10 tackles & had TFL in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ tackles & TFL. Has PD in 2 of past 3 at home. S JORDAN POYER had INT in Week 6 & has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Had 4 tackles & PD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TFL. CB TARON JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 4 of his 5 games this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (Mia.), 206 (Buf.) | XM: 386 (Mia.), 229 (Buf.) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 803 (Buf.)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-4) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 32-31-1

STREAKS: Bears have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/23/18: Bears 14 at 49ers 9

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/3/17: 49ers 15, Bears 14

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO has 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 111.4 rating in 2 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Passed for 293 yards in last road meeting. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) rushed for career-high 107 yards & 2nd-career rush TD last week. Is only rookie with 2 games with 100+ rush yards in 2021. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL led team in receptions (7) & rec. yards (100) & had 4th rec. TD of season last week. Is 1 of 3 WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS & COOPER KUPP) with 3 games with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards this season. Has 44 receptions (6.3 per game) & 810 scrimmage yards (115.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7 on road. Has TD catch in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NFC North. • DL NICK BOSA has 4 sacks & 6 TFL in 3 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. LB FRED WARNER had 9 tackles, 2 TFL & 4th-career FR last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 9+ tackles. LB AZEEZ AL-SHAAIR had 9 tackles & 1st-career FR last week. Has 9+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. DL KENTAVIOUS STREET had 2nd sack of season & 1st-career FF in Week 7. CB JOSH NORMAN led team with 10 tackles, had careerhigh 3 TFL & 2nd-career game with 2 FFs last week. Is only player with 15+ FFs (16) & 15+ INTs (15) since 2012. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. CB EMMANUEL MOSELEY had career-high 4 PD. Has 2+ PD in 3 of his past 4.

QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) completed 22 of 32 attempts (careerhigh 68.8 pct.) & rushed for 38 yards last week. Has 60+ comp. pct. in 3 of his past 4 starts. • RB KHALIL HERBERT (rookie) had career-high 133 scrimmage yards (career-high 100 rush, 33 rec.) & career-best 5 receptions last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with 75+ rush yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches & 94 scrimmage yards (85 rec., 9 rush) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC West with 4+ receptions. WR DARNELL MOONEY has 27 receptions (6.8 per game) & 329 rec. yards (82.3 per game) in his past 4 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ receptions. WR MARQUISE GOODWIN had 91 receptions for 1,543 yards & 7 TDs in 36 games (2017-19) with SF. TE COLE KMET had 5 receptions & team-high 43 rec. yards last week. • LB KHALIL MACK aims for his 6th in row at home with sack. Has 2 sacks & 3 TFL in 2 career games vs. SF. Since 2014, ranks 3rd in NFL with 76.5 sacks. LB ROBERT QUINN has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 13 tackles last week. Is 1 of 2 LBs (DENZEL PERRYMAN) with 6 games of 10+ tackles in 2021. Had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row with 9+ tackles. DE EDDIE JACKSON tied his career-high with 11 tackles last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (SF), 83 (Chi.) | XM: 384 (SF), 225 (Chi.) | SXM App: 827 (SF), 805 (Chi.)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-3) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 75-60-1

STREAKS: Steelers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Steelers 22 at Browns 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 29 of 40 passes (seasonhigh 72.5 pct.) for 229 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ rating & 0 INTs. Passed for 501 yards & 4 TDs in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Passed for 335 yards in last road meeting. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 127 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 46 rec.) & TD catch in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with TD. Ranks 2nd among all rookies with 632 scrimmage yards (388 rush, 244 rec.) in 2021. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 9 catches & 96 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 70+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Had 11 catches for career-high 117 yards in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Had 96 rec. yards in last road meeting. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle., incl. playoffs, with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (58) in Week 6. TE ERIC EBRON had 3rd-career rush TD in Week 6. Had TD catch in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. • LB T.J. WATT had 3 PD, 3 TFL, 2 sacks & FF in Week 6, 3rd game this season with 2+ sacks, most in NFL. Became 4th player with 2 sacks in single OT period since 1994. Has 13 TFL & 9 sacks in 7 career games vs. Cle. LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had career-high 1.5 sacks in Week 6. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK tied for team lead with 9 tackels & had 1st FF of season in Week 6. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with PD.

QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 263 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.2 rating in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108.6 rating in his past 8 on road. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. QB CASE KEENUM passed for 199 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 90.3 rating in Week 6, 1st start of season. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in his last start vs. Pit. (11/25/18 w/ Den.). • RB NICK CHUBB aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Had 145 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 69 rec.) & TD catch in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit., incl. postseason, with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON led team with career-high 168 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 22 rec.) & rushed for 1st career TD last week. FB JOHNNY STANTON had 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. • JARVIS LANDRY had team-high 5 catches in Week 7. Had 5 catches for 92 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had season-high 42 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit., incl. postseason, with TD catch. • DE MYLES GARRETT led team with 1.5 sacks last week & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had PD in last meeting. Has 7 sacks in his past 3 at home. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. Had FF & PD in his last game vs. Pit. (10/25/20 w/ Ten.). LB ANTHONY WALKER aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles. S JOHN JOHNSON had 1st INT of season in Week 7.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Pit.), 82 (Cle.) | XM: 388 (Pit.), 227 (Cle.) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 807 (Cle.)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-5) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-7)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Lions lead all-time series, 16-15-2

STREAKS: Lions have won past 3

LAST GAME: 9/22/19: Lions 27 at Eagles 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/9/16: Lions 24, Eagles 23

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 236 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating & rushed for 61 yards in Week 7. Has 30+ rush yards in each of his 1st 11 career starts. Has 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 91.9 rating in 4 road starts this season. Aims for 5th start in row on road with 2+ total TDs. • RB MILES SANDERS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 7 games this season. RB BOSTON SCOTT had 1st rush TD of season last week. Rookie RB KENNETH GAINWELL had 61 scrimmage yards (41 rec., 20 rush) & 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT led team with 70 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Rookie WR DEVONTA SMITH had team-high 5 catches & 61 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of 4 career road games. Is 1 of 3 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE & KYLE PITTS) with 30+ catches (32) & 400+ rec. yards (406). WR JALEN REAGOR had 3rd-career rec. TD last week. • LB ALEX SINGLETON had 9 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 9+ tackles. Since 2020, ranks 5th in NFL with 188 tackles. DT JAVON HARGRAVE has 5 sacks in 4 road games this season. DT FLETCHER COX had sack in last road meeting. CB DARIUS SLAY had 341 tackles, 104 PD & 19 INTs in 103 games (2013-19) with Det. Since 2013, leads NFL with 113 PD. S MARCUS EPPS led team with career-high 11 tackles in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB AVONTE MADDUX had 1st INT of season last week, his 3rd-career INT.

QB JARED GOFF passed for 268 yards & had TD pass last week. Passed for 267 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 142.1 rating in his last start vs. Phi. (9/20/20 w/ LAR). Has 90+ rating in 2 of his 3 home starts in 2021. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had season-high 144 scrimmage yards (career-high 96 rec., 48 rush), tied his career-high with 8 receptions & had 4th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 5th in row at home with TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. Leads all RBs in receptions (42) & rec. yards (391) in 2021. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for 57 yards last week. Has 50+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 6 catches & 48 rec. yards last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches. Ranks 2nd among TEs with 38 catches in 2021. WR KALIF RAYMOND had 6 catches for season-high 115 yards in Week 7, his 2nd-career 100-yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 6+ catches. • LB JULIAN OKWARA had sack & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB JALEN REEVES-MABIN had season-high 8 tackles last week & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. LB ALEX ANZALONE has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT & 4th in row at home with PD. S TRACY WALKER had 8 tackles last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Phi.), 211 (Det.) | XM: 389 (Phi.), 230 (Det.) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 810 (Det.)

LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-1) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (1-6)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 3-1

STREAKS: Rams have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Texans 7 at Rams 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/13: Rams 38, Texans 13

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 334 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.3 rating last week & became 13th QB in NFL history with 300+ TD passes (301). Is 1 of 2 QBs (KYLER MURRAY) with 4 games with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 95+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 64 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 19 rec.) in Week 7. Has 288 scrimmage yards (96 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR COOPER KUPP had 10 receptions for 156 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 7 & became 4th player in SB era with 2+ rec. TDs in 4 of his team’s 1st 7 games. Is 1st player in SB era with 800+ rec. yards (809) & 9+ rec. TDs (9) in his team’s 1st 7 games of season. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ catches, 125+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs. WR ROBERT WOODS had 6 catches & 70 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ receptions in 2 of his past 3 on road. Had 8 catches for 171 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with TD catch. • DL AARON DONALD has 3.5 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had sack & FF in last meeting. LB LEONARD FLOYD has 4.5 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 4 on road. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 2nd INT of season last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 11 PD in 4 career games at Hou. & aims for his 5th in row at Hou. with PD. LB TROY REEDER had season-high 8 tackles in Week 7.

QB TYROD TAYLOR had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97 rating in only career start vs. LAR (10/9/16 w/ Buf.). Rookie QB DAVIS MILLS completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 pct.) for 135 yards last week. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119 rating in 2 home starts this season. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 64.9 comp. pct. this season. • RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 111 yards & had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. LAR (11/25/19 w/ Bal.). Leads all active players in rush yards (7,618) & ranks 2nd in rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 66 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 18 rush) in only career game vs. LAR (10/14/18 w/ Den.). Has 50+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. • WR BRANDIN COOKS has 5+ catches in 6 of 7 games this season. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Had 122 catches for 1,787 yards & 7 TDs in 2 seasons (2018-19) with LAR. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with TFL. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home. DE JONATHAN GREENARD had 2 sacks & 1st PD of season in Week 7. Aims for 4th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. DE DEMARCUS WALKER had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. DE MALIEK COLLINS had 1st sack of season in Week 7. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 8 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4. CB LONNIE JOHNSON led team with season-high 9 tackles & had INT last week. Has INT in 3 of past 4 & PD in 4 of past 5.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jen Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (LAR), 81 (Hou.) | XM: 387 (LAR), 226 (Hou.) | SXM App: 818 (LAR), 812 (Hou.)

TENNESSEE TITANS (5-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 35-18

STREAKS: Titans have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/26/21: Colts 16 at Titans 25

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/20: Titans 45, Colts 26

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 21 of 27 passes (season-high 77.8 pct.) for 270 yards & TD vs. INT for 105.2 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 105+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for season-high 3 TDs & tied career high with 56 rush yards in Week 3 meeting. Has 11 TDs (8 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 108.7 rating in his past 5 vs. division. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 102 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 16 rec.) last week & aims for his 7th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 125+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 of past 4. Rushed for 113 yards in Week 3 meeting & aims for his 5th in row vs. Ind. with 100+ rush yards. Has 886 rush yards (177.2 per game) & 10 rush TDs in his past 5 vs division. Leads NFL with 1,023 scrimmage yards, 869 rush yards & 10 rush TDs this season. • WR A.J. BROWNset season highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (133) & had rec. TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Had 4 catches for 98 yards & TD in last road meeting. WR JULIO JONES has 125+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Ind. TE MYCOLE PRUITT had TD catch in Week 7. • S KEVIN BYARD had 1st FF of season last week. Has PD in 4 of his past 5 & INT in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles & 2 PD in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 5+ tackles. LB RASHAAN EVANS had FR & 1st-career INT last week. Had TFL in Week 3 meeting. LB BUD DUPREE had 1st sack & FF of season last week. Aims for is 3rd in row vs. Ind. with sack. DT DENICO AUTRY had season-high 2 sacks in Week 7.

QB CARSON WENTZ aims for 5th in row with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 105+ rating, longest active streak in NFL. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 119.5 rating in past 4. Has 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in 2 career starts vs. Ten. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (RUSSELL WILSON) with 1 or fewer INTs this season (min. 100 attempts). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 107 yards & TD last week. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD, longest active streak in NFL. Rushed for 64 yards in Week 3 meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 579 rush yards & tied-3rd with 5 rush TDs this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had 79 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 25 rush) & only rush TD of season in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB MARLON MACK has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. • WR T.Y. HILTON has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. Has 70+ rec. yards 7 of his past 8 at home vs. division. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 105 rec. yards & TD last week. Has 85+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 6 catches for 68 yards in Week 3 meeting. TE MO ALIE-COX aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. • LB DARIUS LEONARD tied for team lead with 7 tackles & had FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FF & 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 6 tackles, INT & FR in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with PD. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & sack. Has 2 TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC South. CB XAVIER RHODES had 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 7. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 98 (Ten.), 132 (Ind.) | XM: 390 (Ten.), 231 (Ind.) | SXM App: 830 (Ten.), 813 (Ind.)

CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-2) AT NEW YORK JETS (1-5)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 15-10

STREAKS: Bengals have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/1/19: Jets 6 at Bengals 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/11/16: Bengals 23, Jets 22

QB JOE BURROW completed 23 of 38 passes (60.5 pct.) for career-high 416 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 113.5 rating last week, his 2nd-career game with 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Is 4th player ever with 2 such games within 1st 20 career games. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating. Is only player in NFL with 2+ TD passes in 7 games this season. • RB JOE MIXON rushed for 59 yards & TD last week. Aims for 5th in row with TD. Had 70 scrimmage yards (44 rush, 26 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC East with 70+ scrimmage yards. RB SAMAJE PERINE had 75 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 23 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) led team with 8 catches for 201 yards & TD last week, becoming 2nd-youngest player ever with 200+ rec. yards in single game. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Has 6+ catches, 150+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 754 rec. yards, most-ever by player in 1st 7 career games. TE C.J. UZOMAH had 91 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Ties for lead among TEs with career-high 5 rec. TDs this season. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for 4th in row with sack. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (MYLES GARRETT & T.J. WATT) with 20+ sacks (20) since 2020. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 7. LB SAM HUBBARD had PD & career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting.

QB MIKE WHITE expected to make 1st-career start. Completed 20 of 32 (62.5 pct.) for 202 yards & TD in NFL debut last week. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had season-high 104 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 37 rush) with 8 catches last week, tied for most catches by NYJ rookie RB in single game since 1970 (BLAIR THOMAS in 1990). Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 333 scrimmage yards (202 rush, 131 rec.) this season. RB TY JOHNSON had 6 catches for career-high 65 rec. yards in Week 7. • WR COREY DAVIS had 4 catches for 47 yards & TD last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 8 catches for 128 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cin. (11/1/20 w/ Ten.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & rec. TD. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE rushed for 1st-career TD last week. • S MARCUS MAYE led team with career-high 12 tackles & had TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had TFL last week & has TFL in 3 of past 4. Had TFL in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TFL. LB C.J. MOSLEY has 72 tackles (7.2 per game) in 10 career games vs. Cin. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 10+ tackles. LB DEL’SHAWN PHILLIPS had 1st-career sack in Week 7.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 99 (Cin.), 121 (NYJ) | XM: 391 (Cin.), 232 (NYJ) | SXM App: 806 (Cin.), 824 (NYJ)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-4) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 23-14-2

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 5

LAST GAME: 12/6/20: Patriots 45 at Chargers 0

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/20

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 24 of 36 passes (66.7 pct.) for season-high 307 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.7 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating & 5th in row with 95+ rating. 4th rookie ever with 225+ passing yards & TD pass in 5 straight games. Leads all rookies in completions (174), passing yards (1,779), TD passes (9) & rating (92.8). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for season-high 106 yards & career-high 2 TDs last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Had 95 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 15 rec.) in last meeting. RB BRANDON BOLDEN led team with 6 catches for 79 yards & had 1st rec. TD of season last week. RB J.J. TAYLOR rushed for 1st 2 career TDs in Week 7. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS aims for 3rd in row overall & 7th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had 68 rec. yards & 25-yard TD pass last week, 1st-career pass attempt. Had TD catch in only career game vs. LAC (9/30/18 w/ SF). WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 51 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 7. TE HUNTER HENRY aims for 5th in row with rec. TD. Had 196 catches for 2,322 yards & 21 TDs in 5 seasons (2016-20) w/ Chargers. • CB J.C. JACKSON had INT last week. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 10 PD this season. CB MYLES BRYANT had 1st-career sack & FF in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. S KYLE DUGGER led team with 8 tackles & had INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with INT & 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 5 tackles in last meeting.

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 22 of 39 passes (56.4 pct.) for 195 yards & TD vs. INT in Week 6. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 3 of past 4. Passed for 209 yards in last meeting. Has 620 pass yards (310 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 115.3 rating in his past 2 at home. • RB AUSTIN EKELER has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 & TD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for 4th in row at home with 115+ scrimmage yards. Had 68 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 32 rec.) & 4 catches in last meeting. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Is only player in NFL with 3+ rush TDs (4) & 3+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 games this season. Had 5 catches for 48 yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 43 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 7+ catches, 90+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE JARED COOK had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • DE JOEY BOSA set season highs in tackles (5) & TFL (2) & had sack in Week 7. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with TFL. DT LINVAL JOSEPH had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 7+ tackles. LB UCHENNA NWOSU had season-high 5 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. S DERWIN JAMES aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles & FF. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home. Ties for lead among safeties with 2 FFs & ranks 3rd with 50 tackles in 2021.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (NE), 206 (LAC) | XM: 386 (NE), 229 (LAC) | SXM App: 821 (NE), 817 (LAC)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-5) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-5)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 5-3

STREAKS: Seahawks have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Seahawks 24 at Jaguars 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Seahawks 45, Jaguars 17

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 319 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 93.2 rating in Week 6. Is only rookie with 300+ pass yards in 2 games this season. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ rating. Has 0 INTs in 2 of past 3. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 101 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TD in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 458 scrimmage yards (114.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 4. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB CARLOS HYDE had 449 scrimmage yards (356 rush, 93 rec.) & 4 rush TDs in 2020 with Sea. • WR MARVIN JONES set season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (100) & had rec. TD in Week 6, his 13th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 117 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Sea. (10/28/18 w/ Det.). Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC West with 50+ rec. yards. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 6 catches for 54 yards in Week 6. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 5+ catches. WR JAMAL AGNEW had 5 catches for career-high 78 rec. yards in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN aims for 4th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. LB DAMIEN WILSON led team & tied career high with 12 tackles in Week 6. Aims for his 9th in row with 5+ tackles. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had 248 tackles, 48 PD & 6 INTs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Sea. CB NEVIN LAWSON had 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 6.

QB GENO SMITH passed for 167 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.3 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row with TD vs. 0 INTs & 90+ rating. • RB ALEX COLLINS has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Rushed for 82 yards in his only career game vs. Jax. (9/25/17 w/ Bal.). • WR DK METCALF had 96 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has 6+ catches in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC. WR TYLER LOCKETT has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. Had 4 catches, 100 scrimmage yards (90 rec., 10 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Metcalf (23 rec. TDs) & Lockett (21) are 1 of 3 teammate pairs (MARK ANDREWS & MARQUISE BROWN; TRAVIS KELCE & TYREEK HILL) with 20+ TD catches each since 2019. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 7 tackles in Week 7. Had 9 tackles, TFL & INT in last home meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 79 tackles in 2021. Since 2012, leads league with 1,290 tackles. LB CARLOS DUNLAP had 5 tackles & 0.5 sacks last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 4 vs. Jax. S QUANDRE DIGGS aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS has 5+ tackles in 6 of his 7 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with 5+ tackles. DE RASHEEM GREEN had 2nd sack of season last week. LB JORDYN BROOKS had 1st-career FR in Week 7. Has 7+ tackles in 6 of his 7 games this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Jax.), 85 (Sea.) | XM: 385 (Jax.), 228 (Sea.) | SXM App: 814 (Jax.), 828 (Sea.)

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-5) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

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

STREAKS: Washington has won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Broncos 11 at Washington 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: Broncos 45, Washington 21

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 268 yards & TD vs. INT for 86.3 rating & had career-high 95 rush yards last week. Has 40+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 starts. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 250+ pass yards. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON rushed for 51 yards last week. Has 9 scrimmage TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 10 career road games. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 4 catches & 56 scrimmage yards (34 rec., 22 rush) in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 3rd among RBs with 249 rec. yards in 2021. Is 1 of 2 RBs (ALVIN KAMARA) with 100+ receptions (105) since 2020. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 7 receptions for 122 yards & had 15th-career rec. TD in Week 7, his 9th-career 100-yard game. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 6+ catches, 120+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES had career-high 6 catches for 51 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 20th-career sack & 6th-career FF last week. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. DT JONATHAN ALLEN had 2nd 2-sack game this season, his 5th-career 2-sack game. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 12th in row on road with 6+ tackles. S LANDON COLLINS led team with 7 tackles & had 4th-career FR last week. CB KENDALL FULLER has PD in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Den.

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 23 of 33 (69.7 pct.) passes for 187 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 91.4 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 75+ comp. pct. in 2 of his past 3 starts vs. NFC East. Ranks 5th in NFL with 70.1 comp. pct. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 1st TD catch of season last week. Rushed for 78 yards & TD in only career game vs. Was. (12/10/17 w/ LAC). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had season-high 6 catches, incl. 1st-career rec. TD in Week 7. Aims for 7th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd among rookie RBs with 442 scrimmage yards, 320 rush yards & 20 catches this season. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. WR TIM PATRICK has 40+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with TD catch. TE NOAH FANT aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • LB VON MILLER aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with FF & TFL. Had sack in last home meeting. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 10 TFL, 7 sacks & 3 FFs in 6 career games vs. NFC East. S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 9 tackles in Week 7. Aims for 5th in row with 6+ tackles. Had 10 tackles, sack & PD in his last game vs. Was. (11/18/18 w/ Hou.). S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 5 tackles & PD last week. DE SHELBY HARRIS had 2nd sack of season last week. Has TFL in 2 of past 3.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Brandon Gaudin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (Was.), 81 (Den.) | XM: 387 (Was.), 226 (Den.) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 809 (Den.)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-1) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // CAESARS SUPERDOME // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 37-21

STREAKS: Saints have won past 5

LAST GAME: 11/8/20: Saints 38 at Buccaneers 3

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Saints 34, Buccaneers 23

QB TOM BRADY had 4 TD passes last week & became 1st player in NFL history with 600+ TD passes (602). Has 37 games with 4+ TD passes & 97 games with 3+ TD passes, both tied with DREW BREES for most all-time. Has 3,514 pass yards (319.5 per game) & 28 TDs (24 pass, 4 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 107.2 rating in 11 road starts with TB. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) at NO in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21). • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE aims for his 4th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 107 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 44 rec.) & TD catch at NO in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21). Is 1 of 3 RBs (ALVIN KAMARA & JONATHAN TAYLOR) with 400+ rush yards (413) & 200+ rec. yards (222) in 2021. • WR MIKE EVANS had 2nd-career game with 3 rec. TDs last week. Is 1 of 2 WRs (COOPER KUPP) with 3+ games with 2+ rec. TDs in 2021. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 at NO, incl. playoffs. WR CHRIS GODWIN led team with 8 catches & 111 rec. yards & had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 reg. season games at NO. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 10 tackles & had 6th-career FR last week. Had 11 tackles, INT & FR in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21) at NO. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NO, incl. playoffs, with 11+ tackles. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 21st-career game with 2+ sacks (2) & 21st-career FF last week. Had sack in last reg.season road meeting. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack, FF & FR last week. Had sack & FF in last reg. season meeting.

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 222 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in Week 7. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 138 rating in 2 home starts this season. Was selected No. 1 overall by TB in 2015 NFL Draft. Is TB franchise all-time leader in pass yards (19,373) & pass TDs (121). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 10 catches, season-high 179 scrimmage yards (128 rec., 51 rush) & 19th-career rec. TD last week. Has 5 games with 10+ catches, tied-4th most by RB all-time. Has 351 career catches & can surpass ROGER CRAIG (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD & 5th in row with 115+ scrimmage yards. Has 850 scrimmage yards (106.3 per game) & 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.) in 8 career games vs. TB. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had TD catch in last meeting. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 1st sack of season last week. Has TFL in 6 of his past 7 at home vs. TB. Ranks 4th in NFL with 94.5 sacks since 2012. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 10 tackles, careerhigh 4 TFL, 2 sacks & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 8 PD in his past 5 vs. TB. Had sack in last home meeting. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE aims for his 8th in row vs. TB & 12th in row overall with PD. Is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 1st sack of season last week. Had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Davis, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews/Kristina Pink (field reporters) SIRIUS: 133 (TB), 83 (NO) | XM: 384 (TB), 225 (NO) | SXM App: 829 (TB), 822 (NO)

DALLAS COWBOYS (5-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 13-12

STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/22/20: Cowboys 28 at Vikings 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/20

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for season-high 445 pass yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 108.7 rating in Week 6. Has 9 games with 400+ pass yards since 2018, most in NFL. Has 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 road starts. Passed for 397 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 101.4 rating in his last start vs. Min. (11/10/19). • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 119 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 50 rec.) & season-high 7 receptions in Week 6. Aims for his 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 1,576 scrimmage yards (121.2 per game) in 13 career SNF games. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB TONY POLLARD had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (149) & 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs in Week 6. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 80+ rec. yards & 5th in row on road with 5+ catches. WR AMARI COOPER has 22 receptions for 307 yards (102.3 per game) & rec. TD in 3 career games vs. Min. Has 10+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. TE DALTON SCHULTZ has 5+ catches in 5 of 6 games in 2021 & aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • CB TREVON DIGGS became 2nd player since 1970 (HOFer ROD WOODSON) with 7 INTs in team’s 1st 6 games of season & 2nd player in SB era (BRIAN RUSSELL – 2003) with INT in each of his team’s 1st 6 games of season.

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for season-high 373 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.6 rating in Week 6. Has 20 career games with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating, most by QB in 1st 10 seasons in NFL history. Passed for 314 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.1 rating in last meeting. Has 2,172 pass yards (310.3 per game) & 17 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 113.6 rating in 7 starts on SNF. • RB DALVIN COOK rushed for 140 yards & TD in Week 6. Has 343 scrimmage yards (171.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 games vs. Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 160+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Aims for his 4th in row on SNF with TD. RB ALEXANDER MATTISON has 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 at home. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 8 catches for 80 yards in Week 6. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ receptions. Had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 9 rec. TDs in his past 10 at home. WR ADAM THIELEN had season-high 11 receptions for 126 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 6. Had 8 catches for 123 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Has 31 catches (7.8 per game) for 374 yards (93.5 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on SNF. WR K.J. OSBORN had 6 catches for 78 yards & rec. TD in Week 6. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Had 2 sacks in only career home game vs. Dal. (12/1/16). DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 4 sacks in 3 home games in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. Has 1.5 sacks, FF & FR in 3 career games vs. Dal. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 2nd sack of season & 5th-career FR in Week 6.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Dave Pasch, Mike Golic SIRIUS: 81 (Dal..), 211 (Min.), National (88) | XM: 226 (Dal..), 225 (Min.), National (88) | SXM App: 808 (Dal.), 820 (Min.), National (88)

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-5) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-4)

MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 11-3

STREAKS: Giants have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 11/19/17: Chiefs 9 at Giants 12

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Chiefs 31, Giants 7

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 203 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.9 rating in Week 7. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 25+ completions. Ranks 3rd among QBs with 229 rush yards in 2021. • RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 66 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 15 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR STERLING SHEPARD aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ catches & 75+ rec. yards & 3rd in row on MNF with 6+ receptions. WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 5 catches for team-high 63 yards in Week 7. Has 100+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 5+ catches. WR DANTE PETTIS had 5 receptions & 9th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. TE EVAN ENGRAM had season-high 6 receptions in Week 7. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with sack & 4th in row on MNF with TFL. LB AZEEZ OJULARI had career-high 2.5 sacks last week & leads all rookies with 5.5 sacks. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 3rd INT in Week 7 & is 1 of 2 DBs (J.C. JACKSON) with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. Aims for his 5th in row on MNF & 9th in row overall with PD. Since 2016, ranks 2nd in NFL with 73 PD. DB LOGAN RYAN had 13 tackles & 3 PD in his last game vs. KC (11/10/19 w/ Ten.).

QB PATRICK MAHOMES has 250+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 6 games this season, tied-most in NFL (MATTHEW STAFFORD). Aims for his 5th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Has 36 TDs (35 pass, 1 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 108.1 rating in 12 career starts vs. NFC. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 18 TD passes this season. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 3 rush TD in 2 career games vs. NFC East. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had team-high 7 catches for 65 yards last week, his 79th-career game with 5+ catches, 4th-most ever by TE. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 109 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 at home. Leads all TEs with 45 catches & 533 rec. yards this season. WR TYREEK HILL aims for 6th in row with 5+ catches. Had 7 catches for 68 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 9+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 52 catches in 2021. WR BYRON PRINGLE set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (73) last week & aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & PD in his last game vs. NYG (9/23/18 w/ Hou.). Rookie LB NICK BOLTON had season-high 15 tackles & 4 TFL last week. Has 7 TFL in his past 3. Leads all rookies with 55 tackles & 9 TFL this season. LB BEN NIEMANN had 1st sack of season in Week 7. LB WILLIE GAY had 1st-career INT last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (NYG), 83 (KC), National (88) | XM: 226 (NYG), 225 (KC), National (88) | SXM App: 823 (NYG), 815 (KC), National (88)

Aldridge reaches 20,000 points, Nets beat Pacers 105-98

NEW YORK (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, reaching 20,000 for his career, to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 105-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

James Harden broke out of an early season slump with 29 points and Kevin Durant added 22 as the Nets evened their record at 3-3.

“Solid win,” Durant said, later adding the Nets “did a good job of fighting back.”

Aldridge became the 48th player in league history and the seventh active player to score 20,000 points.

“He has scorer’s instincts,” Durant said. “(It’s a) huge accomplishment. …(A) huge milestone.”

Indiana dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-4 on the road despite 28 points from Torrey Craig. Chris Duarte added 19, Domantas Sabonis contributed 16 and Jeremy Lamb chipped in with 12.

“We’ve just got to stay in the fight,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “We have plenty to win games right now. We’re just going to have to be very much on point. The margins are very slim and we’re (going) to have to stick together and play together.”

The Nets started slowly against a Pacers team that was playing without Isaiah Jackson (hyperextended right knee) and former Net Caris LeVert (stress fracture in his lower back) and trailed by 16 after Craig knocked down an 11-foot jumper with 9:17 left in the second quarter. But Brooklyn finished the quarter with a 28-9 run to lead 58-55 at halftime. Harden scored 13 points in that stretch.

By the end of the third quarter, the advantage was stretched to 85-74, with Durant playing with a key role. Even though he only scored four points in the third, he grabbed six rebounds and handed out four assists, as well as seemingly being everywhere on the court. The beneficiary was Aldridge, who scored eight points on mostly mid-range jumpers.

“I was trying to make some stuff happen,” Durant said.

And yet, the Nets found themselves unable to pull away from the depleted Pacers, who drew even at 90-all after Sabonis made a free throw with 5:15 left the fourth. That was as close as Indiana would get, as Brooklyn’s triumvirate of stars would either score on assist on the Nets’ final 15 points.

“All you can ask is for us to give ourselves a chance to win,” Craig said. “I think we did that tonight. I think we competed for most of the game.”

Lillard scores 25, Blazers down Clippers 111-92

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard said when he has his breakthrough, everyone will know it.

Lillard has struggled to make shots to start the season, but it has begun to come together. He scored 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers extracted some revenge for a loss earlier this week to the Los Angeles Clippers with a 111-92 victory on Friday night.

“I shot the ball well tonight. I had a stretch in the third quarter of the last game. I’ve just got to keep going in that direction,” he said about his progress. “To me, I think when I come out of it, I feel like it’s going to be loud. Usually when I shoot the ball poorly over a stretch, it’s loud when I come out of it.”

Jusuf Nurkic added 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Blazers, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Clippers.

Paul George, who had 41 points earlier this season against Memphis, had 42 against the Blazers, just six shy of his career-high.

Portland led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter but the Clippers closed within 76-67 heading into the final quarter.

George’s off-balance jumper pulled Los Angeles as close as 82-78, but Nurkic and Anfernee Simons answered with baskets for Portland.

Norman Powell’s 3-pointer extended the Blazers’ lead before Lillard made a step-back 3 that made it 94-80. Lillard added another 3 that made it 97-83 with 3:57 left.

George said it’s way too early to be too concerned. The Clippers remained without Serge Ibaka, Kawhi Leonard and Marcus Morris Sr.

“We’ll grow. With more time to get practice, more time to get games, we’ll know how to play out there with one another,” George said.

The Clippers handed the Trail Blazers a 116-86 loss on Monday in Los Angeles, a loss that was marked by 30 Portland turnovers. It was the Clippers’ lone win through their first five games of the season.

Lillard went into the game still trying to find a rhythm in the early season. He averaged just 17.8 points through Portland’s first four games, well off his usual output. He had made just six of 35 3-point attempts. He had five 3-pointers against the Clippers.

“The thing about Dame, as you all know, whatever he’s got going on, he doesn’t wear it. He’s the same guy on his great days and on his not-so-great days. He handles adversity and prosperity the same way,” Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said. “But, let’s be honest, we’re all human, nobody wants to struggle at something they’re really really good at, for even a small amount of time.”

Los Angeles hit six straight 3-point attempts to start the game and take an early 18-9 lead. George hit three of them.

The Blazers trailed by as many as 11 points in the first quarter but came back to lead 25-24 going into the second. A 23-6 run put Portland up 42-30 before the team went into halftime with a 48-40 lead.

CJ McCollum’s 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 61-41 lead midway through the third quarter.

Melo shoots Lakers to 3rd win in 4, 113-101 over Cavaliers

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James scored 26 points, Carmelo Anthony added 24 while hitting six 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers’ three-game winning streak with a 113-101 victory Friday night.

Russell Westbrook had 19 points and six rebounds for the Lakers, who won for the third time in four games during their rocky start to the season. James and Anthony, the Lakers’ pair of 19-year NBA veterans, took control down the stretch with Anthony hitting three 3-pointers to the increasingly raucous cheers of his new fans at Staples Center.

Rookie Evan Mobley led the Cavs with 23 points about two miles up Figueroa Street from the Galen Center, where he starred for Southern California last season.

Ricky Rubio scored 18 points, Lauri Markkanen added 17 and Darius Garland had 18 points and 11 assists in the third stop on Cleveland’s five-game road trip. The Cavs struggled while the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter, missing 12 of their first 14 shots and going nearly six minutes between field goals.

James missed nine of his 10 3-point attempts, but had eight assists against his former team in his return from a two-game absence with a sore right ankle.

The Cavaliers’ strong recent stretch of play ended with this effort against the Lakers. Cleveland had beaten three possible title contenders in its previous three games, going through Atlanta, Denver and the Clippers with impressive efforts from its young roster.

The Lakers’ grand roster reboot continues to be eventful, but this win was their most encouraging of the young season. After adding 12 new players to its roster and then largely blowing off the preseason, Los Angeles has predictably struggled for teamwork and cohesion despite its star-studded roster.

Cleveland jumped to an 11-point lead in the first half before the Lakers finally got some defensive stops. Led by Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley. Los Angeles closed the first half on a 21-10 run to tie it.

The Lakers made another 15-3 run to close the third quarter with an 88-85 lead.

Blackhawks ask Hall of Fame to cover assistant’s name on Cup

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz wants the Hockey Hall of Fame to cover the name of an assistant coach engraved on the Stanley Cup after the assistant was accused of sexually assaulting a player during the team’s run to the 2010 championship.

In a letter addressed to Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald, dated Thursday, Wirtz writes that Brad Aldrich’s conduct disqualifies him from being included on the Cup, and the team made a mistake by submitting his name.

“I am humbly requesting that the Hockey Hall of Fame consider `x-ing’ out his name on the Stanley Cup,” Wirtz wrote. “While nothing can undo what he did, leaving his name on the most prestigious trophy in sports seems profoundly wrong.”

The Hall of Fame cannot remove a name from the Stanley Cup, but it can decide to engrave a series of X’s to cover it up. In his letter, Wirtz pointed to the case of Basil Pocklington, the father of the former Edmonton owner who had his name engraved on the trophy after the Oilers won the 1984 title, but then was covered at the NHL’s request because Basil Pocklington had nothing to do with the team.

“That decision, among others, reflects the Cup’s storied history of engraving mistakes, misspellings and errors that have ended up enshrined in silver, or been corrected after the fact,” Wirtz writes.

McDonald spoke with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on Friday about Wirtz’s letter, according to a statement from the Hall.

“The parties agree that this request is appropriate and that they will have further dialogue, including with the Stanley Cup trustees, on how best to effectuate this request,” the statement read.

ESPN first reported on the letter.

Wirtz and the Blackhawks are picking up the pieces of the franchise’s shattered reputation after it released a report Tuesday detailing how the team’s senior leaders badly mishandled the allegations against Aldrich more than a decade ago.

The independent review by a law firm was commissioned by the team in response to two lawsuits filed against the franchise: one by former first-round pick Kyle Beach alleging sexual assault by Aldrich in 2010, and another filed by a former high school student whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting in Michigan.

Rocky Wirtz said Tuesday that he and Danny Wirtz, his son and the team’s CEO, were first made aware of the accusations ahead of the May filing of Beach’s lawsuit, an assertion by the owner that also was supported by the report from Jenner & Block.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly. Beach spoke with TSN on Wednesday and posted a statement on Twitter on Thursday expressing gratitude for the support he had received in the past couple days.

Beach is slated to meet with Bettman and Donald Fehr, the leader of the NHL players’ association, via separate Zoom calls on Saturday. Susan Loggans, an attorney representing Beach in his lawsuit, said Fehr’s time has been confirmed, and they were still working to finalize the schedule for the Bettman meeting.

Loggans said Bettman and Fehr each contacted her asking to meet with Beach.

“Kyle’s reaction was that he’s glad that they are paying attention to what he brought to their attention 10 years ago,” Loggans told the AP. “So he’s very anxious to hear what they have to say.”

According to the Blackhawks’ report, Fehr was contacted twice about allegations connected to Aldrich, including by a Beach confidant. Fehr told investigators he couldn’t recall either conversation, but did not deny that they had occurred.

Fehr said Wednesday night in a statement that there was “no doubt” that the system had failed Beach and “we are part of that system.”

Stan Bowman, Chicago’s general manager and president of hockey operations, resigned in the wake of the report, and the Blackhawks announced that Al MacIsaac, another one of the team’s top hockey executives, was no longer with the organization.

The NHL fined the team $2 million for “the organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response.”

The consequences of what the Blackhawks did in 2010 – specifically a three-week period during the playoffs when they failed to act on Beach’s allegations, allowing Aldrich to remain around the team while it celebrated the championship – reverberated throughout the NHL this week.

Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville met with Bettman on Thursday and then resigned. Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff talked to Bettman on Friday, and the league announced that Cheveldayoff would not be disciplined.

Quenneville and Cheveldayoff were with the Blackhawks when Beach’s accusations were first reported to team leadership. Aldrich has told investigators the encounter was consensual.

NHL not disciplining ex-Blackhawks GM for role in scandal

NEW YORK (AP) Former Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will not be penalized by the NHL for his role in the club’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations made by a player in 2010.

Commissioner Gary Bettman met with Cheveldayoff, now GM of the Winnipeg Jets, on Friday morning. He concluded based on that conversation and the team’s investigation that Cheveldayoff was not responsible for what was decided at the time.

“While on some level, it would be easiest to paint everyone with any association to this terrible matter with the same broad brush, I believe that fundamental fairness requires a more in-depth analysis of the role of each person,” Bettman said in a statement. “Kevin Cheveldayoff was not a member of the Blackhawks senior leadership team in 2010, and I cannot, therefore, assign to him responsibility for the club’s actions, or inactions.”

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman and Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville each resigned this week. Quenneville was with the Blackhawks when the accusations were first reported to team leadership.

Cheveldayoff is the only person who was present in a meeting about Kyle Beach’s allegations against video coach Brad Aldrich to still be working in the NHL.

Bettman said Cheveldayoff’s status as a low-ranking team official and his limited role in that meeting absolved him of authority to address the allegations.

Cheveldayoff expressed his “support and empathy” for Beach in a statement issued by the Jets.

“He was incredibly brave coming forward to tell his story,” Cheveldayoff said. “We can all use his courage as an inspiration to do a better job of making hockey a safer place for anyone who wants to play the game.

Panthers reach 8-0, winning first game without Quenneville

DETROIT (AP) Aleksander Barkov scored in overtime and the Florida Panthers – playing a day after coach Joe Quenneville resigned amid a sex scandal – beat Detroit 3-2 on Friday to run their season-opening winning streak to eight.

Quenneville, the second-winningest coach in NHL history, resigned Thursday, two days after being among those implicated for not responding swiftly to allegations by former Chicago player Kyle Beach of being sexually assaulted by then-Blackhawks assistant Brad Aldrich during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Andrew Brunette, an assistant under Quenneville, directed the Panthers as interim coach.

Barkov scored twice, Eetu Luostarinen had a goal and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves to help the Panthers move within two of the NHL record for consecutive victories to start a season set by Toronto in 1993-94 and matched by Buffalo in 2006-07.

Sam Gagner and Pius Suter scored for Detroit, with Suter tying it with 3:41 left in regulation with his first goal of the season.

Luostarinen and Barkov gave Florida a 2-0 lead in the first period. Luostarinen redirected a shot through goalie Alex Nedeljkovic’s legs at 8:43, and Barkov banged the puck under Nedeljkovic’s right pad with 1:11 to go.

Gagner pulled Detroit within one on a redirection at 2:15 of the second period. The Red Wings dropped to 4-3-1.

Maple Leafs’ Rielly signs 8-year, $60 million extension

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Morgan Rielly to an eight-year, $60 million contract extension Friday with an average annual value of $7.5 million.

The 27-year-old Rielly is the longest-serving current Maple Leaf after being drafted fifth overall in 2012. He has been an alternate captain since 2016.

“I’ve got to the point in Toronto where it really feels like home, so it’s a pretty cool feeling,” Rielly said. “I feel very good right now, I felt good in training camp. I didn’t want to be a distraction. I kind of had a feeling it was going to get done at some point. I think the way it got handled from both sides was good.”

Rielly has four assists in eight games this season. He has 59 goals and 250 assists in 580 career regular-season games and four goals and 15 assists in 32 playoff games.

“As an organization we’re thrilled to have Morgan’s commitment for the eight years,” Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said. “I think his integrity and character are beyond reproach. We’re thrilled to have him.”

MLS to conduct independent investigation of Whitecaps

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Major League Soccer said Friday it will hire independent counsel to oversee an investigation into the Vancouver Whitecaps’ handling of misconduct allegations against former women’s coach Hubert Busby Jr., currently coach of the Jamaican women’s national team.

“The investigation will include a review of the club’s internal processes and overall culture at the time as well as recommendations on preventative measures to ensure that all players and staff under the Whitecaps organization umbrella work in a safe environment, free of all forms of harassment and fear of retaliation,” MLS said in a statement. “The league and club will publicly release the findings and recommendations of the investigation.”

U.S. player Malloree Enoch detailed allegations of inappropriate behavior by Busby between 2010 and 2011 in an interview with the British newspaper, the Guardian. Enoch said Busby promised to sign her as a player, then repeatedly made her room with him on trips and eventually attempted to pressure her for sex.

Enoch said she shared her concerns with Dan Lenarduzzi, the team’s soccer development director, after signing in 2011, but no action was immediately taken. Enoch said it culminated in a group of players bringing their concerns about Busby and their overall treatment as players to management.

Busby’s contract with the Whitecaps expired in October 2011. He was appointed head coach of Jamaica’s women’s team in January 2020 after previously serving as an assistant coach. The Jamaican Football Federation said it was aware of the allegations and will meet with Busby on Tuesday.

Whitecaps Chief Executive Officer Axel Schuster released a statement Friday night that said it was deeply disturbed by reports about Enoch and praised her courage in coming forward.

“We respect Malloree’s bravery, appreciate her honesty and support her entirely,” Schuster said. “We apologize to Malloree for letting her down.”

Schuster went on to say that the club was made aware of allegation in 2011 and conducted an investigation, which ultimately led to Busby’s departure.

“We have since learned that the investigation did not reveal certain allegations that were disclosed this week. Our communication with players, staff and the soccer community as to the reasons for Busby’s departure was also inadequate. We should have done better, and for that we are deeply sorry,” Schuster wrote, adding that the Whitecaps are committed to cooperating with the MLS investigation.

Current members of the front office who were involved in how the allegations against Busby were handled have been placed on administrative review, the team said.

The 52-year-old Busby previously worked with the Seattle Sounders women’s team as head coach and general manager and also has coached in college. The Sounders women’s team, not affiliated with the Seattle Sounders of MLS, has since folded.

Busby is the second Whitecaps coach to be accused of sexual misconduct.

Former Whitecaps player Ciara McCormack came forward in 2019, detailing alleged abuse by former coach Bob Birada. Others came forward with similar accusations.

Birada, a former Canadian national team coach, was let go by the Whitecaps in 2008 after an internal investigation. He is currently facing charges including six counts of sexual exploitation, two counts of sexual assault and one count of child luring, involving allegations spanning 20 years from 1998-2008.

The allegations against Busby come amid a series of scandals involving abuse and misconduct in women’s soccer.

The National Women’s Soccer League continues to deal with the fallout of accusations of harassment and sexual coercion leveled by two former players against former North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley.

Riley was fired and NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird stepped down in the wake of the allegations, which Riley denies. Both the NWSL and U.S. Soccer are conducting investigations.

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INDIANA PACERS: Game Rewind: Pacers 98, Nets 105

Game Recap

Playing in their fourth road game of the season, the Pacers traveled to the Barclays Center to take on an experienced Brooklyn Nets squad. Although Indiana (1-5) showed some fire after a tough outing against the Toronto Raptors, the squad ultimately fell to the star-studded Nets (3-3), 105-98, after giving up a 16-point first-half lead.

With 5:15 remaining, Indiana battled back to tie the score at 90. However, James Harden ignited an 8-0 Brooklyn run to grab the lead for good. Coming into Friday, Harden was averaging 16.6 points per game. The 11-year star scored a game-high 29, including 16 from the free-throw line alone.

Torrey Craig had a career night for Indiana, scoring 28 on 9-of-16 shooting and hauling in 11 boards off the bench. Chris Duarte continued his impressive rookie campaign by adding 18, while Domantas Sabonis added 16. The Nets have won five straight in the series.

“We had to be more aggressive,” Craig said postgame. “Malcolm (Brogdon) is out, Caris (LeVert) is out, we’re missing a lot of key guys. So I knew somebody had to step up, and it was an opportunity for me to step up. That’s what I tried to do.”

Indiana broke a 3-3 tie with a 10-2 run, including seven unanswered, to take a 13-5 lead with 7:43 left in the first. Justin Holiday anchored the surge with two crisp pull-up triples in transition, while Indiana’s defense held Brooklyn to just two field goals over the first five minutes of the game.

Brooklyn quickly closed the gap to 13-10, but Indiana responded with six unanswered to stretch the advantage to 19-10 with 5:25 to play. During the run, Sabonis used quick hands to poke the ball away from Harden twice, leading to easy transition buckets.

From there, Indiana kept the Nets at arm’s length for the remainder of the period. The squad’s reserves did a solid job limiting the Nets’ offensive looks. Craig connected on three of his first four shots, including a pair of treys, to cap a 10-point first quarter. Indiana led 38-26 after one.

Craig carried his energy over to the second, running in to secure a putback layup after Jeremy Lamb’s floater went long. The fifth-year player then dished a feed to Myles Turner for an easy bucket and found four points himself to push Indiana’s advantage to 46-30 with 9:17 remaining.

But the Nets found their stride. In a 1:45 span, the hosts rattled off a 10-0 run to close Indiana’s comfortable lead to 46-40. 15-year NBA veteran Paul Millsap tallied five points of the Brooklyn run.

Indiana continued to hang tough but scored just three points over a 3:31 span. Duarte then ended the drought at the 4:01 mark with a nifty reverse layup to extend the Pacers’ lead to 51-46.

However, the Blue & Gold’s cold streak continued. The defense did all they could, but Harden finally grabbed the Nets’ first lead with a 25-foot, step-back three with 2:24 to play.

As the Pacers attempted to regain their footing, Harden did what he does best to close out the frame. The veteran got to the foul line multiple times to grab a 58-55 edge at the break.

Brooklyn continued rolling to start the third, using a 10-2 run to extend its lead to 68-57 with 8:45 to go in the third. The hosts used the charity stripe once again for four points during the run.

However, after a timeout, Indiana appeared to find momentum. Sabonis tallied five of a 10-0 Pacers run to close the deficit to one with 5:32 to play. But, Patty Mills responded with a trey to push the Nets’ lead back to four.

Mills’ three initiated another swift Brooklyn run. In the blink of an eye, the Nets pushed the lead back to 81-69 with 2:37 to play. The Blue & Gold failed to chip into the lead significantly before the start of the fourth and trailed 85-74 entering the final frame. They scored just 19 points in the third.

The Pacers’ defense started hot in the fourth, holding Brooklyn scoreless over the first 4:05. During that span, Indiana notched six straight — four from Lamb — to cut the deficit to 85-80. Bruce Brown finally put the Nets on the board and ended the run at the 7:55 mark.

But the bucket did not stop Indiana’s charge. Trailing 89-82, the Blue & Gold used an 8-1 spree to knot the score at 90 apiece with 5:15 to go. McConnell led the charge during the run by scoring four points and pushing the pace up the floor.

However, once again, Harden showed his talent. The veteran hit a floater through a foul on the Nets’ next possession to earn a lead. After McConnell missed a 3-point attempt, he found his way to the free-throw line for two more. Joe Harris would add a cutting layup to push the Nets’ lead to 96-90 and force a Pacers timeout with 4:06 to play.

Indiana cut the lead to six after McConnell’s layup fell at the 2:51 mark. However, they could not find the buckets needed to come back. The Nets then tallied five straight to put the game away.

Indiana hopes home-court advantage will give the squad a boost as they take on the Toronto Raptors again on Saturday night.

Inside the Numbers

Chris Duarte has finished in double figures in six straight Pacers games to start his career.

Indiana was outscored 59-36 over the second and third quarters. The Pacers have yet to outscore an opponent in the third quarter this year.

Harden (29 points) and Durant (22) were the only Nets starters to finish in double figures. But LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points off the bench to aid their efforts.

Indiana started 5-of-6 from deep but finished 3-for-23 the rest of the way.

You Can Quote Me On That

“Overall, I really like the way we competed in this game. We certainly weren’t perfect. But, our activity was a lot better. Our effort on loose balls was a lot better.” –Carlisle on the positives tonight

“Those are two great players that I watched a lot when I started playing basketball. (I’m) really happy that I got the chance to go against those two guys tonight. One thing I learned (from) them two is staying locked in and (to) just keep playing.” –Duarte on playing against Harden and Durant for the first time

Stat of the Night

The Nets were 31-of-41 from the free-throw line tonight while the Pacers connected on 16 of their 23 chances. Harden had 19 attempts — four more than his previous five games combined.

Noteworthy

  • With his 21-point performance, LaMarcus Aldridge surpassed 20,000 points for his NBA career.
  • Malcolm Brogdon did not play on Friday after suffering a left hamstring strain against the Toronto Raptors two nights ago
  • Torrey Craig’s previous career-high was a 22-point performance against the Houston Rockets on Feb. 1, 2019 as a member of the Denver Nuggets.

PREVIEW | INDY ELEVEN AT MEMPHIS 901 FC – OCTOBER 30, 2021

#MEMvIND Gameday Preview  

Indy Eleven at Memphis 901 FC

Saturday, October 30, 2021 – 7:00 P.M. ET  

AutoZone Park – Memphis, Tenn.

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2021 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS

Indy Eleven: 9W-14L-8D (-12 GD), 35 pts.; 6th in Central Division

Memphis 901 FC: 13W-10L-8D (+2 GD), 47 pts.; 3rd in Central Division

Indy Eleven heads south to end its 2021 USL Championship campaign Saturday night against a Memphis 901 FC squad that is where Indiana’s Team hoped to be, playoff bound. With its midweek win over FC Tulsa, the Tennessee side is in the comforting situation of having its postseason seeding locked in. That gives 901 FC Head Coach Ben Pirmann the option of either resting players and keeping them fresh, or fielding an “A” team to try and keep momentum rolling into the postseason, giving a little bit of unpredictability to what Indiana’s Team may face on the weekend.

And that unpredictability may also spread to Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers’ decision making as well when it comes to line-up choices. Do you go full-bore with your top choice XI and look to grind out a win, the way in which Indy has achieved most of its positive results throughout the season? Maybe you sprinkle in some players that have played limited minutes to get a little more tape for offseason considerations? Or perhaps you just say the heck with it and “release the hounds” towards goal with an attack-heavy formation and personnel? 

We do not have a crystal ball for those answers, so we’ll be just as curious as anyone! However, the least surprising line-up choice would be the inclusion of leading scorer Manuel Arteaga, who has appeared in all 31 matches this season and should be in line to become the eighth player in club history to appear in every regular season contest during a single season (including last year’s trio of Tyler Gibson, Drew Conner, and Nick Moon in the COVID-shortened 16-game campaign). Probably shouldn’t be surprised to see midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell out there as well, the Jamaican international proving his danger in attack last weekend against FC Tulsa with a wonderstrike that garnered Goal of the Week consideration.

The main goal for the Boys in Blue on Saturday is to end their season on a high note – and there have been signs of progress on that front over the last month. Following a six-game losing skid through most of September – which included a 0-1 defeat at AutoZone Park on Sept. 22 – the Eleven have steadied their ship by going 1W-1L-3D the last five times out. Ultimately anything less than a postseason berth is a disappointment, but there’s another potential standings place to be gained with a win and an OKC loss at Tulsa that evening. Throughout an inconsistent season, one constant has shone through, and that’s the fact that effort has never been an issue with this year’s Indy Eleven squad. You can bet they’ll run through the tape and give a full 90 – and then some – one more time to close things out Saturday night.  

SERIES HISTORY VS. MEMPHIS 901 FC

USL Championship regular season: 3W-2L-1D (12 GF/6 GA)

USLC regular season away: 2W-1L-0D (7 GF/3 GA)

After bossing the series with Memphis across the last two seasons (3W-0L-0D), 901 FC has managed to strike back with a pair of wins and a draw in 2021. Memphis began to make up ground in the series starting with a 2-1 win on June 5 that saw first half goals by Michael Salazar (3’) and Kyle Murphy (35’) prove enough to stave off an Eleven comeback bid that included Karl Ouimette’s tally deep in second half stoppage time. On July 17, the squads settled for a share of the spoils out of a 1-1 draw at Carroll Stadium, Nick Moon (47’) and Salazar (51’) canceling each other out to start the second half. The first meeting at AutoZone Park back on Sept. 22 saw Murphy’s 31st minute tally stand tall in a 1-0 Memphis win.

IND PLAYER TO WATCH: FW PETER-LEE VASSELL

With midfielder Nicky Law and Eleven newcomer Emmanuel Ledesma unavailable for selection in last weekend’s home finale, Vassell stepped up in a big way having opened the scoring with a second half wonderstrike in the eventual 1-1 draw against FC Tulsa. The Jamaican led Indy’s attack in last Saturday’s affair with four chances at goal (three on frame), one of which found the back of the next for his third tally of the season.

International duty (and difficulties re-entering the country that followed one such trip) contributed to Vassell’s limited minutes throughout the year, but the 23-year-old has begun to make up for lost time in recent appearances. Having started the season along the flanks, Vassell’s shift towards the top of the attack has paid dividends, the forward finding creative ways to force mistakes and capitalize on turnovers in the opponent’s defending half as the squad battles through the final stretch of games. With uncertainty around what type of lineup Memphis will roll out with this weekend, having Vassell on deck to break down a potentially makeshift defense could be the key to seeing Indiana’s Team move the win column one last time in 2021.

MEM PLAYER TO WATCH: MF LAURENT KISSIEDOU

At just 22-years old, Kissiedou is continuing his upward trajectory as one of the USL Championship’s rising stars as he closes out his fourth season in the league. The Ivory Coast native has kept consistent numbers across his stat sheet since entering the league in 2017, but he has found himself at the center of important moments more throughout the current campaign after earning his first career Team of the Week honor in Week 1, followed by his career-first Player of the Week plaudit in Week 24 after tallying his first professional brace in a 3-0 win against FC Tulsa.

Kissiedou has been among Memphis’ top distributors through the 2021 season, topping the team’s passing chart with 1,097 and ranking as the third most accurate at 81.8% passes completed heading into the final regular season weekend (well, fourth if you decide to factor in Matt Brucker’s one and only successful pass). As mentioned above, his ability to connect with teammates has led to Kissiedou’s involvement near and in front of goal, having tied for the second-most assists (3) on the second-most chances created (37) among his Memphian teammates, not to mention his place in the 901 FC goal scoring committee with four goals on 42 shots. With strength in numbers in Memphis’ midfield, limiting Kissiedou through the middle of the park could see stifled production for the home side in the regular season finale weekend.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians today announced that the organization will begin its 120th

season on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals) at Victory

Field. The 144-game slate welcomes the return of six-game series, includes 72 home games, and

features home dates on Mother’s Day (May 8) and the Fourth of July.

The regular season is set for completion on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Every series – aside from two three-

game home sets against the St. Paul Saints (Minnesota Twins) – will be six games.

Of the Indians’ 144 games, 108 will be against Midwest Division opponents while the other 36 are against

the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox), Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta Braves), Memphis Redbirds (St.

Louis Cardinals) and Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers) from the Southeast Division and Rochester

Red Wings (Washington Nationals) from the Northeast Division.

“This 2022 schedule announcement excites our organization and is another sign that more normalcy

awaits next spring after a myriad of pandemic-related challenges the last two years,” said Randy

Lewandowski, Indianapolis Indians President and General Manager. “We look forward to providing fun,

affordable professional baseball and entertainment to the Central Indiana community as we welcome our

great fans to another season at Victory Field starting April 5.”

The Indians haven’t hosted Omaha in a season opener since 1992 while 2018 is the most recent year

Indy opened a season at Victory Field.

Indianapolis’ schedule features 12 home dates apiece in April, May and June, nine in July, 18 in August

and nine in September. The Indians host the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Mother’s Day and Iowa

Cubs (Chicago Cubs) on the Fourth of July. Indy also has 12 home dates apiece on Fridays and

Saturdays.

The Indians host the Triple-A affiliates of three National League Central Division rivals a combined 30

times, with Iowa (July 4, July 6-10, Aug. 16-21), Louisville (May 3-8, Aug. 2-7) and Memphis (June 21-26)

all making the trek to the Circle City.

Indianapolis plays road series at Charlotte (May 10-15), Gwinnett (June 14-19) and Nashville (June 28-

July 3) but does not host any of the three at Victory Field.

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. MARYLAND

INDIANA NOTES:

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (2-5, 0-4 B1G East) heads on the road to face Maryland (4-3, 1-3 B1G East) on Saturday, Oct. 30. Kickoff is set for noon ET at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium (51,802; FieldTurf) on BTN. • IU leads the all-time series, 7-2, including a 3-1 mark in College Park. • The Hoosiers won the last meeting at Maryland Stadium, 34-28, on Oct. 19, 2019. • Indiana has won three-straight in the series following a 27-11 victory in Bloomington on Nov. 28, 2020. • IU is 7-3 over its last 10 road games. • The Hoosiers have faced five ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 31-4 in their first seven games. • Redshirt junior offensive lineman Aidan Rafferty (Kensington) is the lone Hoosier from the state of Maryland. • Peyton Hendershot became Indiana’s tight ends receptions leader with his 119th career catch against No. 5 Ohio State. His 1,277 yards and 12 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 1,337 and 15 from 2010-13. • Linebacker Micah McFadden leads the Big Ten and shares fourth nationally with 12 TFLs. THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-27 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15) • Michael Locksley was named Maryland’s 37th head coach in Dec. 2018. The Washington, D.C., native has nearly 30 years of coaching experience, including 13 seasons over two separate stints in College Park. NEWS & NOTES • The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains. • Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains. • The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4). • IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history. • Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

MARYLAND NOTES:

The University of Maryland football team is set to host Big Ten East foe Indiana on Saturday, October 30. The game is set to kick at Noon and will be broadcast on Big Ten Network and the Maryland Sports Radio Network. In his time as a Terp beginning in 2020, QB Taulia Tagovailoa has averaged 270.5 passing yards per game, the seventh-highest over that time span of any Power Five quarterback that has played in 2020 & 2021 and the most in the Big Ten. Tagovailoa, who has totaled 2,976 yards in 11 game as a Terp, trails only Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong (313.9 per game), Ole Miss’ Matt Corral (308.8 per game), Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett (290.3), USC’s Kedon Slovis (287.6 per game), UNC’s Sam Howell (286.2 per game) and Mississippi State’s Will Rogers (282.8). Tagovailoa is 14th in the country and second in the Big Ten, averaging 280.7 passing yards per game this season and is on pace to set the all-time Maryland record for passing yards in a season (Scott Milanovich, 3,499 in 1993). DB Jakorian Bennett stands ninth in the country and first in the Big Ten with 1.3 pass breakups per game and has the most per game of any Power Five player. In only six games played, Bennett has eight total pass breakups (six pass breakups and two interceptions), the second most of any Power Five player (Kyu Blu Kelly, Stanford). Maryland has won 63-percent of its homecoming games all-time, a 59-35-4 record. The Terps have won four of their past five homecoming games, defeating Purdue in 2016, Indiana in 2017, Rutgers in 2018 and Minnesota last season, while falling to Michigan in 2019. This will be the second time the Terps have hosted Indiana for homecoming, defeating the Hoosiers, 42-39, in 2017 behind two fourth quarter touchdown runs by Jake Funk. Maryland’s homecoming football game will be a celebration of the 2001 ACC Champion Terrapins. Twenty seasons ago, under then-first year head coach Ralph Friedgen, the Terps captured the attention of the nation by winning a conference championship for the first time since 1985 and playing in the Orange Bowl in posting a 10-2 overall record. The Terps will welcome back many members of that 2001 team including ACC Player of the Year E.J. Henderson and ACC Coach of the Year Ralph Friedgen. Current head coach Michael Locksley was a member of that staff, serving as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. NEBRASKA

PURDUE NOTES:

PURDUE HITS ROAD FOR NEBRASKA • Purdue Football (4-3, 2-2) continues Big Ten Conference play at Nebraska (3-5, 1-4) on Saturday, Oct. 30, looking to keep up its successful road trips (2-1) this season. The matchup kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. • Head coach Jeff Brohm holds a 2-2 record against Nebraska in his tenure leading the Boilermakers, including a 2018 win, 42-28, at Memorial Stadium (Sept. 29, 2018).

PURDUE – NEBRASKA SERIES HISTORY • Purdue and Nebraska began their regular meetings as part of the Big Ten Conference schedule in 2013, having only met one other time in either program’s history back in 1958. • That 1958 game went to the mighty Boilermakers of Purdue by a score of 28-0 on Sept. 27, 1958, with a season-opening 42,914 crowd in attendance to cheer on head coach Jack Mollenkopf’s group. Mollenkopf’s program posted a record of 6-1-2 that season. • Since 2013, Purdue is 3-5 against Nebraska, with two of the matchups under Brohm’s watch finishing as one-score games. In Brohm’s first matchup against Nebraska at home in Ross-Ade Stadium in 2017, the Cornhuskers held on for a 25-24 result (Oct. 28, 2017). Purdue returned the favor in 2019, edging Nebraska at home by a score of 31-27 (Nov. 2, 2019).

LAST TIME AT NEBRASKA • Purdue’s last visit to Memorial Stadium was controlled by the Boilermakers from start to finish, with Brohm and crew turning a 20-7 halftime lead into the eventual 42-28 road victory. • Former QB David Blough threw for 328 yards on 25-42-0 passing and one score. Former TE Brycen Hopkins caught five passes for 103 receiving yards and one touchdown. • The Boilermakers rolled up 188 rushing yards as a team, which included 87 yards and two touchdowns from former RB D.J. Knox, who now serves a graduate assistant with the program. • Current team members Zander Horvath (2 rec., 28 yds.) and Jackson Anthrop (2 rec., 6 yds.) both made two catches in the win.

BRING THE PAYNE • For the second time this season, junior TE Payne Durham recorded more than 100 receiving yards in a game with his nine-catch, 112- yard, one-touchdown effort vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 23). The nine grabs are a career high for the Suwanee, Georgia, native. • Previously, Durham started the 2021 season with a seven-catch, 120-yard outing in the win vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4). Two of Durham’s seven receptions were for touchdowns.

PURDUE’S GREEK FREAK • The Athens, Greece, native’s impact was on full display in the game against Wisconsin (Oct. 23), with junior DE George Karlaftis recovering a Badger fumble and returning it 56 yards for a touchdown. • The play was the third fumble recovery of Karlaftis’ career at Purdue, and the first he has taken back to the end zone for a score. Karlaftis finished the game with five stops (1.0 TFL). • The 2020 season did not go as planned for Karlaftis. An injury and COVID-19 derailed his sophomore campaign despite getting off to a good start (2.0 sacks in the first two games). • Prior to the season, Karlaftis was named to watch lists for the Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy. In 22 career collegiate games, Karlaftis has 24.5 tackles-for-loss and 11.5 sacks.

RING THE BELL • If you hadn’t heard of junior WR David Bell before the Iowa game (Oct. 16), now you have. The junior from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) torched the No. 2 Hawkeyes for 240 receiving yards (11 catches), the second-highest yardage total in team history, behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 vs. Michigan State (October 16, 1999). • Bell’s effort against Iowa sets him as the eighth Boilermaker to have 200-plus receiving yards in a game and the first since Rondale Moore had 220 vs. Vanderbilt (September 7, 2019). • Also within the Iowa game was a season-long 60-yard snag for Bell, which is the longest play from scrimmage for the Boilermakers in 2021. His longest is an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5). • Bell has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 14 of his 24 career games at Purdue, which ties the program record held previously solely by John Standeford. • Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11). • Bell missed the Illinois (Sept. 25) game due to being in concussion protocol after taking a hit to his upper body in the second half at Notre Dame (Sept. 18). • The Boilermaker star ranks sixth nationally in receiving yards per game (118.7), and first in the Big Ten Conference. • For his career, Bell is averaging 7.3 catches per game and 101.7 yards per game. His 118.7 receiving yards per game is No. 6 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.3 receptions per game is currently the 10th-most for an active NCAA career. • The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04).

NEBRASKA NOTES:

Nebraska returns to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon to begin a two-game homestand in Lincoln. The Huskers will play host to the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten West battle, with kickoff set for shortly after 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and heard on the Huskers Radio Network. Nebraska is coming off a bye week and begins the homestretch of the season, which includes three of the final four games in Lincoln. Nebraska enters the Purdue game with a 3-5 overall record, including a 1-4 mark in Big Ten play, after a 30-23 setback at Minnesota on Oct. 16. The Huskers rallied from a 12-point deficit, but could not convert on multiple red-zone chances in the road setback. Each of Nebraska’s five losses this season have come by eight or fewer points. Purdue heads to Lincoln with a 4-3 overall record, including a 2-2 mark in Big Ten play. Purdue’s past three games have come against a tough Big Ten West stretch of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. The highlight of that run for Purdue was a dominant 24-7 victory at then-No. 2 Iowa on Oct. 16, pushing the Boilermakers into the national rankings, before a home loss to Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. Coach Jeff Brohm’s team features one of the nation’s most improved defensive units. Purdue allows 301.6 total yards and just 16.3 points per game to rank in the top four in the Big Ten in both of those categories. Offensively, the Boilermakers once again feature one of the nation’s top passing attacks, averaging 317.6 yards per game through the air, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 12th nationally. Receiver David Bell ranks sixth nationally in receiving yards per game at 118.7 yards per contest, including a 240-yard effort at Iowa.

NEBRASKA

• 2021 Record: 3-5, 1-4

• Last Game: at Minnesota (L, 30-23)

• Streak: Lost 2

• AP Rank: Not Ranked

• Coaches Rank: Not Ranked

• Head Coach: Scott Frost

• Nebraska Record: 15-25 (4th year)

• Career Record: 34-32 (6th year)

• Record vs. Purdue: 1-2

• All-Time Series: Nebraska leads, 5-4

• In Lincoln: Nebraska leads, 2-1

• Last Game: Nebraska 37-27, 12/5/2020

in West Lafayette

• Win Streak: Nebraska, 1 game

SERIES HISTORY: NEBRASKA VS. PURDUE Nebraska and Purdue will meet on Saturday for the 10th time overall and the ninth time as Big Ten opponents. Nebraska owns a 5-4 edge in the series, including a 2-1 advantage in Lincoln. • It marks the ninth straight season the Huskers have met Purdue, including the past eight years with both schools in the Big Ten West Division. • Before the first meeting after Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the schools had played just once previously, a 28-0 Purdue win in 1958. • Nebraska’s victory last season at Purdue was on Dec. 5, marking the Huskers’ first regular-season victory in December since 1992. • Nebraska held Purdue to minus-2 yards in last year’s game, the fewest by a Nebraska opponent in seven seasons. • Nebraska has scored at least 25 points in all eight meetings since 2013, including four games with 35 points or more.

BLACKSHIRTS PLAYING AT HIGH LEVEL IN 2021 The veteran Nebraska Blackshirt defense has shown its teeth in 2021, beginning with dominant efforts in home victories over Fordham and Buffalo. The Blackshirts have carried that momentum forward and rank among the Big Ten’s best defenses. • Nebraska held five straight opponents to 23 or fewer points before Michigan scored 32 points against the Huskers. That marked the first time Nebraska held five straight opponents to 23 points or less since games 4-8 of the 2016 season. • The Blackshirt defense has held three Big Ten opponents to 326 or fewer yards. Dating back to last season, NU has held four of its last six Big Ten opponents to 350 yards or less. • The Blackshirts’ most impressive defensive effort of the season came at then-No. 20 Michigan State. The Huskers held MSU to 254 total yards in an overtime loss. In the final 30 minutes of regulation, Michigan State had no first downs and gained just 14 yards on 15 offensive plays. • Nebraska held Oklahoma’s high-powered offense to 408 total yards in a 23-16 setback on Sept.18. OU’s offensive output ended a streak of seven straight games with the Blackshirts limiting opponents to fewer than 400 yards. It was the first time NU held seven straight foes to less than 400 yards of offense since an eight-game streak spanning the 2009 and 2010 seasons. • The Blackshirts posted one of the best defensive efforts against Oklahoma in recent years. Nebraska limited the Sooners to 23 points, ending OU’s FBS record streak of 65 straight games with at least 27 points. • Oklahoma was held to seven points in the first half, marking the first time the Sooners were held to single digits in the first half of a home game since 2012. • The Blackshirt defense allowed 33 points in a three-game stretch from Fordham to Oklahoma. That was the fewest points Nebraska had allowed in a three-game stretch since the 2010 season. • Nebraska defeated Fordham (52-7) and Buffalo (28-3) in consecutive home wins. The defensive efforts in its two victories marked the first time Nebraska held back-to-back opponents to single digits since 2010 when NU defeated Kansas 20-3 and lost 9-6 at Texas A&M. • The three points allowed against Buffalo were Nebraska’s fewest allowed since a 24-3 win over Michigan State in 2011. Nebraska held the Bulls scoreless in the first half, the first opponent NU has blanked in the first half since taking a 34-0 halftime lead at Maryland in 2019. • Nebraska went more than seven quarters without allowing a touchdown before Oklahoma’s first quarter score. Nebraska also went 79:57 of game action without allowing a point prior to Buffalo’s third-quarter field goal. • Nebraska did not allow a point in the fourth quarter of its first three games before an Oklahoma touchdown in the fourth quarter. Nebraska has outscored the opposition 69-36 in the fourth quarter. • The defense has also set the tone in the first quarter. Opponents have scored just 23 first-quarter points, with the Blackshirts surendurring just three first-quarter touchdowns through eight games. • The Husker defense forced four turnovers against Fordham and Buffalo, with all four takeaways leading to Nebraska touchdowns (28 points). NU’s three takeaways against Fordham were its most since forcing four turnovers at Maryland in 2019. Nebraska intercepted three passes vs. Fordham, the first game with three picks since the 2019 season opener against South Alabama.

NEBRASKA OFFENSE SHOWING EXPLOSIVE ABILITY The Nebraska offense has shown good balance and posted several impressive statistics in 2021. Nebraska posted one of its best offensive performances in recent memory in a 56-7 victory over Northwestern on Oct. 2. The Huskers backed that up with a 29-point second half against a Michigan defense that ranks among the nation’s best. • Nebraska’s recent surge has helped the Huskers rank 12th nationally in total offense (479.0 ypg), 22nd in rushing offense (212.6 ypg) and 36th in passing offense (266.4 ypg). Nebraska is one of only FBS eight teams to rank in the top 40 in both rushing and passing, joining Ohio State, Ole Miss, Coastal Carolina, SMU, Duke, North Carolina and Oklahoma. • Nebraska is one of only three FBS teams to average better than 210 rushing yards and more than 250 passing yards per game. The other teams in that group are Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina. • Nebraska’s 56 points against Northwestern were its most under Scott Frost, and also its most in a Big Ten game in 11 seasons in the conference. It was the most in any conference game since also scoring 56 at Kansas State in 2008. • The Huskers posted 21 points in the first quarter against Northwestern and 35 points before halftime, marking their best first quarter and first half scoring outputs since 2018. • NU rushed for 427 yards against Northwestern, its second-highest rushing total in a Big Ten game and its most in any game since 2014. • Nebraska’s 657 yards of total offense marked its second 600-yard outing of the 2021 season, and its sixth 600-yard game in Scott Frost’s four seasons as head coach. It was Nebraska’s best offensive output since posting 674 yards at Illinois in 2019. Among Big Ten teams, only Ohio State (10) has more 600-yard games over the past four seasons. • Against Fordham, Nebraska finished the game with 329 rushing yards and 304 passing yards to roll up 633 yards of total offense. • Nebraska’s 300-300 offensive output was a rare statistical feat in school history. The Huskers had reached that mark just twice previously (vs. South Dakota State in 2013 and at Illinois in 2019). • Nebraska has accounted for two of the seven 300/300 games by Big Ten teams over the past four years (Ohio State-3; Maryland-1; Penn State-1). • Nebraska had rushes of 64 and 83 yards against Northwestern, in addition to a 70-yard pass on the game’s first play. It marked the second time this season Nebraska has had three plays of 60 yards or longer in a game, after also accomplishing it against Buffalo. Prior to this season, Nebraska had not had three 60-yard plays in the same game since 2010 at Kansas State. •Nebraska averaged 8.9 yards on 74 offensive snaps against Northwestern. For the season, Nebraska averages 6.66 yards per play to rank third in the Big Ten and 21st nationally. • Nebraska has nine plays of 50 yards or more in 2021, its most in a season since having 11 in 2014. Nebraska’s nine plays of more than 50 yards ranks fifth in the nation. Nebraska is tied for the national lead in plays of 60 yards or more (7) and 70 yards or more (4), and also ranks in the top six nationally in plays of more than 20, 30 and 40 yards. • Nebraska opened the season with a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in each of the first three games. Adrian Martinez had two 100-yard rushing games (Illinois, Buffalo), with Markese Stepp adding a third 100-yard game (Fordham). Samori Toure topped the century mark in receiving yards in back-to-back weeks (Fordham, Buffalo), after Oliver Martin surpassed 100 yards at Illinois. • Research indicates it was the first time in school history Nebraska has had a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in three straight games. • Nebraska has had four different players top 100 yards receiving this season (Toure, Martin, Johnson, Allen). It is the first time four players have recorded 100-yard receiving games in the same season since 2007.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #11 IRISH SET FOR BATTLE WITH NORTH CAROLINA

IRISH VS. TAR HEELS – BY THE NUMBERS

3              The Irish have wins over teams from three of the Power-5 leagues after the win over Southern Cal.

8.0          Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for third in the NCAA with 8.0 sacks on the season. It is the most sacks since Jerry Tillery and Julian Okwara had 8.0 during the 2018 season.

8              Eight different Irish players have recorded an interception this season after Bo Bauer tallied his first pick of the season against Southern Cal. It marks the most players with an interception since the Irish had nine players during the 2014 season.

9              The Irish have won nine-straight night games at home after the win over Southern Cal.

11           Notre Dame is currently tied for fifth nationally with 11 interceptions. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the season.

16           The Irish have totaled 16 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for eighth nationally.

22           22 of tight end Michael Mayer’s team-leading 37 receptions this season have resulted in a first down for the Irish.

23           Notre Dame is 23rd nationally for third down defense as it has held opponents to 35-for-104 (34%) on third down this season.

32           Notre Dame has won 32-straight games when allowing less than 20 points dating back to 2016.

37           With the win over Southern Cal, the Irish have won 37-consecutive games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active streak in the FBS.

38           Notre Dame has won 38-straight games when it has scored 30 or more points after the 31-16 win over Southern Cal. The Irish are 71-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 30 or more points.

55           Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 55 career games, which continues to set the all-time program record. Following the Purdue game, he surpassed Daelin Hayes, Drue Tranquill, Romeo Okwara and Matthias Farley who held the previous record of 52 career games.

777         Combined career games coached by Brian Kelly and Mack Brown. They are the most experienced active head coaches in the FBS.

IRISH CONQUER TROJANS

  • Notre Dame retained the Jeweled Shillelagh Trophy with its fourth-straight win against the Trojans after the 31-16 win on Oct. 23.
  • The four-straight wins over Southern Cal is the longest-win streak for the Irish against the Trojans since 1983-93 when they won 11-straight games.
  • With the win, the Irish continue to hold all five of their traveling rivalry trophies, a feat they have held since the 2018 season.
  • Head coach Brian Kelly improved to 8-3 all-time against Southern Cal. He tied Frank Leahy for the second-most wins all-time against the Trojans.
  • With the win, Notre Dame extended its winning streak to 37 over unranked opponents, a mark that is the longest active streak in the FBS.
  • The Irish scored 31 points in the win, their 38th-straight win when they have scored 30 points or more. Notre Dame is 71-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 30 points or more.
  • Notre Dame also extended its win-streak to 32 games when allowing fewer than 20 points.
  • The 16 points marked the fewest points Southern Cal has scored in a game since Sept. 28, 2019, when they were limited to 14 points against Washington.
  • It was the ninth-straight home night win for the Irish, a streak that dates back to the 2017 season.
  • Notre Dame had five drives of 70 yards or more in the win. The last time they had five 70-yard drives or more in a game was Oct. 10, 2020, in a win over Florida State
  • The Irish improved to 10-2 all-time under Kelly coming off the bye week.

FREAKY FOSKEY

  • Isaiah Foskey has been the most consistent member of the Irish defensive line this season as he leads the team in sacks and tackles-for-loss.
  • He has 8.0 sacks on the year, a number that ranks third in the country.
  • His 8.0 sacks are the most by an Irish player since Julian Okwara and Jerry Tillery had 8.0 during the 2018 season.
  • Foskey also ranks in the top-five in the country in forced fumbles and fumbles recovered. He is tied for fourth with two fumble recoveries and tied for fifth with three forced fumbles.
  • He has contributed on a team-high five turnovers this season (three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries).
  • In the win over Southern Cal, Foskey set a career-high with two forced fumbles and tied a career high with 2.0 sacks.
  • Foskey forced his first-career fumble against Cincinnati after recording his first-career fumble recovery in the win over Wisconsin.
  • Foskey began the season with a career-high eight tackles, 2.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks in the road win over Florida State.

CAN’T CONTAIN KYREN

  • Running back Kyren Williams broke out with season-best numbers across the board in the win over Southern Cal.
  • He had a season-best 138 yards on the ground, which was the most by an Irish player this season.
  • It was the most rushing yards in a game for Williams since he had 140 in a home win over Clemson last season.
  • Williams finished the game with two rushing touchdowns for the first time this season and the sixth time in his career.
  • His 180 all-purpose yards (138 rushing, 42 receiving) against the Trojans was also a season-high by an Irish player this year. It was his most all-purpose yards in a game since he had 196 in a home win over Florida State last season.
  • The 180 all-purpose yards were the 10th most in the FBS during week 8 and he was just one of three players in the top-10 this week who faced a power 5 opponent.
  • Williams leads the team with 805 all-purpose yards and  508 rushing yards and he is second on team in receptions with 25.

BE LIKE MIKE

  • Tight end Michael Mayer is one of the best tight ends in the country, as he ranks in the top-five among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards per game.
  • Mayer ranks third in receptions with 37 and fifth in receiving yards per game with 69.0.
  • For the season, 22 of his 37 receptions have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
  • He notched five receptions for 54 yards in the home win over Southern Cal. He has had at least five receptions in five of his six games this season.
  • The performance against Southern Cal moved him into 10th all-time in program history for most receptions by a tight end in a single season (37).
  • He led the Irish against Cincinnati with eight receptions and 93 yards on the afternoon.
  • Mayer has led the team in receptions four times this season and it was the fourth time this year he has hauled in seven or more passes.
  • Mayer had seven catches for 61 yards in the win over Wisconsin at Soldier Field.
  • In the win over Toledo, Mayer finished the game with team-high marks in receptions with seven, yards with 81 and touchdowns with two.
  • It was the first time in Mayer’s career that he tallied a multi-touchdown game.
  • Dating back to last season, Mayer collected seven or more receptions in three-straight games (Alabama, Florida State and Toledo). The last Irish receiver to have three-consecutive games with seven or more receptions was Michael Floyd in 2011 (Maryland – 8;  Boston College – 10 and Stanford – 8).

CREATING HAVOC

  • Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 16 takeaways this season. The 16 takeaways are tied for eighth nationally.
  • Of those 16 takeaways, the Irish have recorded 11 interceptions from eight different players.
  • The eight players with an interception is the most since 2014 when they had nine different players for the whole season.
  • The 11 interceptions is currently tied for fifth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the entire season.
  • The Irish are also stout defensively on third down, as they are 23rd in the country with a 33 percent (35-104) conversion rate.
  • Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions, a mark that is tied for seventh nationally.
  • Hamilton and Cam Hart both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).
  • The Irish have 19 sacks this season and rank 31st in the country with 2.71 sacks per game. Eight different players have a sack so far this season.
  • The depth of the defense has been on full display as 14 different players have recorded a tackle for loss this season.
  • The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for ninth nationally.

SUPER SPECIALISTS

  • The Irish entered the 2021 season with the same kicker and punter for the third straight season with the return of kicker Jonathan Doerer and punter Jay Bramblett.
  • Doerer is currently tied for 36th nationally in field goals per game with 1.29.
  • Bramblett has played in every game (32) for the Irish since he came to campus prior to the 2019 season.
  • He sits eighth all-time in Notre Dame history with 142 punts in his career.
  • He is ranked fourth all-time in Notre Dame history with a 41.9 career punting average.
  • Bramblett launched a career-long 72-yard punt in the win over Wisconsin this season. It was the longest punt by an Irish player since Hunter Smith had a 79-yard punt against Arizona State in 1998.

BALLIN’ BERTRAND

  • Linebacker JD Bertrand continues his streak of leading the Irish in tackles with a team-high seven in the win over Southern Cal.
  • He has led or tied for the lead in tackles in each of the seven games this season for the Irish.
  • Bertrand has 41 solo tackles on the season and is tied for ninth in the nation with 5.9 solo tackles per game.
  • He has 65 tackles on the year and his 9.3 tackles per game ranks 20th in the country.
  • He has totaled double digit tackles in four of the seven games this season after having 10 in the win over Virginia Tech.
  • Bertrand tied a career high with 12 tackles in the win over Purdue after he tallied 11 against Toledo and also had 12 in the season-opener against Florida State.
  • The sophomore from Marietta, Georgia was the first Irish player to begin a season with three-straight double-digit tackles games since Courtney Watson back in 2001.
  • He is also the first Irish player to have three-consecutive games with double-digit tackles since Alohi Gilman in 2018-19. Gilman had 10 tackles against Southern Cal and then 18 against Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal in 2018 and followed it up with 10 tackles in the 2019 season opener against Louisville.
  • In the win over Toledo, Bertrand set a career high in sacks (1.0) and recovered his first career fumble to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.
  • Bertrand got his first career start in the opener against Florida State and his 12 tackles were the most by an Irish linebacker since Te’von Coney had 16 on Dec. 28, 2018 against Clemson.

AMONG THE NATIONS BEST

  • Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 39-6 (.867). That rate ranks fifth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.
  • Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just five teams that have totaled six or fewer losses since the beginning of 2018.
  • The Irish are one of five teams who have made playoff appearances in multiple seasons.

IRISH IN THE POLLS

  • The Irish checked in this week at No. 11 in the AP and Coaches poll.
  • Notre Dame has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 71-consecutive weeks, the longest such streak for the Irish since the 1994 season (124 weeks).
  • The 71-week run currently ranks third among all FBS active streaks, which do not include teams who were not listed in the initial AP polls at the beginning of the 2020 season (Big Ten and Pac-12).

Butler Football Ends October with Road Trip to Dayton

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and Dayton will take the field at Welcome Stadium this weekend just one day before Halloween. Kick-off between the Bulldogs and Flyers is set for 1 PM.
 
Bulldog Bits
– Butler scored on their first possession against Davidson on a 20-play, 66-yard drive.
– BU rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns last weekend.
– AJ Deinhart’s 53-yard TD run was the second longest rush of the season for the Bulldogs. He is averaging 5.8 yards per rush this season.
– Michael Benefield scored the first TD of his Bulldog career last week.
– Bret Bushka completed 21 passes on 32 attempts vs. the Wildcats, setting new season-high totals in each category.
– Yogi Flager was responsible for the first and last TD of the game for Butler vs. Davidson.
– Flager had more receptions (10) than Davidson’s entire team (7).
– Mac Menard made a career-high 11 tackles last Saturday.
– Gabe Hicks made three tackles for loss vs. Davidson.
– Butler’s defense has recorded 13 tackles for loss over their last two games.
– Luka Zurak ranks second in the PFL in punting (40.1).
 
PFL Schedule – Week 9
Butler at Dayton 1:00 p.m.
Stetson at Presbyterian 1:00 p.m.
Davidson at Morehead State 2:00 p.m.
Marist at St. Thomas 2:00 p.m.
Valparaiso at San Diego 4:00 p.m.
 
PFL Standings
Davidson 4-0, 5-1
Morehead State 4-0, 5-2
San Diego 4-1, 4-4
Marist 3-1, 3-3
St. Thomas 3-1, 4-2
Valparaiso 2-2, 2-5
Dayton 2-3, 3-4
Stetson 1-3, 2-4
Drake 1-4, 2-5
Presbyterian 0-4, 2-5
Butler 0-5, 2-6
 
SCOUTING DAYTON: The Flyers have lost two-straight PFL contests to move their overall record to 3-4. Valparaiso defeated Dayton last Saturday 45-28 and the Red Foxes went to Welcome Stadium the previous weekend to claim a 20-17 victory. Dayton is a dangerous team with league wins over Presbyterian and Drake. The offense posted 68 points in the PFL home opener and limited the Bulldogs to just 10 points in Des Moines. Jake Chisholm and Jack Cook are impact players in the Dayton huddle. Chisholm will take a bulk of the carries on Saturday, and Cook will attack BU through the air. On defense, Butler will need to keep an eye on All-PFL talent Brandon Easterling. He ranks third in the league and 30th in the FCS with 63 tackles.
 
Jake Chisholm leads the PFL with 477 rushing yards. He averages 79.5 yards per game and went off for 144 yards in the win over Drake.
 
LAST GAME VS. DAYTON: The Flyers handed Butler a 51-38 loss in 2019. Jake Chisholm rushed for a game-high 166 yards and Jack Cook passed for four touchdowns to lead Dayton to victory. Nick Orlando led Butler with five rushing touchdowns, just one shy of tying the school record. He accumulated 158 rushing yards on just 16 carries to keep Butler in the ball game. Brandon Easterling highlighted the defensive side of the football with 16 tackles and an interception. Devin Aguilar was the leader of the BU defense. He had a team-best nine tackles and forced a fumble.
 
Dayton scored on six-straight possessions to build their first half lead. The two teams combined for 1,127 yards of total offense.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES: Dayton leads the all-time series over Butler 32-12-1. The first-ever meeting came back in 1925 with BU winning at home 10-7. Butler’s last win in this series came at Dayton in 2013 (33-30).
 
Butler won the PFL title in 2013 with a 7-1 conference record. The ‘Dawgs had just lost to San Diego the weekend before traveling to Dayton where they held off the Flyers by three. Jon Treloar hit the game-winning 33-yard field goal with 3:29 left in the game.
 
YOGI YARDS: WR Yogi Flager needs 52 yards on Saturday to reach 1,000 in his young BU career. Flager recorded 387 yards during the spring season and has added a team-best 561 this year with five scores.
 
Flager caught a season-high 10 passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns last weekend vs. Davidson.
 
DEINHART LEADING THE ‘DAWGS: AJ Deinhart has led Butler in rushing attempts over the last three games. During that stretch he is averaging 72 yards per game.
 
Deinhart now leads the team with 62 carries and 366 yards. He is the only Bulldog running back on the roster to appear in all eight games this season.
 
EYING 80: Head Coach Jeff Voris has 79 wins at Butler. 2021 marks his 16th season on the sideline.
 
Voris is 5-9 all-time against Dayton.
 
STRONG SECONDARY: Butler ranks second in the PFL and 26th in the FCS in passing yards allowed (184.4). A member of the BU secondary has led the team in tackles five times over the team’s eight games.
 
Devin Aguilar has broken up a pass in four-straight games.
 
BOUNCE BACK: QB Bret Bushka missed the San Diego game with an injury and struggled in his return at Morehead State with just two completions. He bounced back nicely against Davidson, completing 65 percent of his passes and throwing multiple touchdowns in the same game for the first time since Sept. 18.
 
Bushka passed for 166 yards, rushed for 46 yards and scored his first rushing TD of the season against the Wildcats.
 
SPREAD IT OUT: Bushka completed passes to eight different Bulldogs vs. Davidson to help BU post their highest point total in PFL play.
 
Bushka passed for nine first downs last week, marking the most for BU in PFL action.
 
UP NEXT: The Butler bye week fell late in the season this year, so the ‘Dawgs will have two weeks to prepare for Valparaiso. Senior day will fall on Saturday, Nov. 13. Kick-off is slated for noon.
 
The Hoosier Helmet will be on the line when Valpo visits the Sellick Bowl. The Beacons have won four of the last five meetings, but Butler holds the advantage in the all-time series 51-29.

Indiana Volleyball Closes Out Home Stand With Northwestern

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (9-14, 3-8 Big Ten) completes its four-game home stand on Saturday, October 30 at 7 p.m. against Northwestern (9-13, 4-7 Big Ten).
 
Indiana vs. Northwestern
Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall
Saturday, October 30 | 7:00 p.m.
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Opening Serve
• The Hoosiers hosted their final midweek match this past Wednesday when they played host to No. 11 Minnesota. Indiana tumbled against the Gophers and lost the match, 3-0 (20-25, 14-25, 16-25).
 
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the charge against Rutgers on October 24 with a season-high 27 kills while tallying four blocks in which three were solo. She tallied the final five points including the game-winning block.
 
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame moved up to No. 3 in the Big Ten in digs this week, tallying 374 so far this season. The junior is averaging 4.45 digs per set.
 
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth is continuing to be a contender in the Big Ten as she is No. 5 in aces among the conference. Haworth has served up 30 aces in 2021.
 
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg is 10th in the Big Ten in hitting percentage, hitting .332 on 152 kills.
 
All-Time Series
• Indiana holds a slight 38-36 advantage over Northwestern in the all-times series between the two programs.
 
•  The Hoosiers and Wildcats last met in 2019 where they split the two matches. Northwestern took the first matchup 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 16-25, 22-25) while Indiana saw the 3-1 (26-24, 25-22, 21-25, 27-25) victory in the second match.
CHECKING OUT THE COMPETITION
• NORTHWESTERN: Shane Davis is in his fourth as the head coach of the Northwestern Volleyball program. The Wildcats are 9-13 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten. Junior outside hitter Temi Thomas-Ailara leads Northwestern on offense with 331 kills and a hitting percentage of .211. Thomas-Ailara is third in the Big Ten in points, recording 398.5 points. Sophomore middle blocker Leilani Dodson is the Wildcats lead blocker and has recorded 70 blocks in their 22 matches. She also has put up 185 kills. Sophomore Alexa Rousseau is their main setter with 818 assists. As a team, Northwestern is hitting .221 while their opponents are hitting .218. They have tallied 1,105 kills and have allowed their opponents to capture 1,051. The Wildcats lead the Big Ten in opponent digs, allowing only 12.20 per set.
 
Last Time Out
• Indiana hosted their final midweek match this past Wednesday when Minnesota came to town. The Hoosiers stumbled against the Gophers and dropped the contest, 3-0 (20-25, 14-25, 16-25). Breana Edwards led the attack with eight kills and tallied two blocks. Mady Saris and Savannah Kjolhede both dealt aces during the match.
 
News & Notes
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards leads the Hoosiers in kills with 256 in 2021. She has tallied double-digit kills in two-straight matches. Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10.
 
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg is continuing to lead the Indiana attack with a hitting percentage of .332 on 152 kills. She has the second-most kills on the roster with 63.
 
• Graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld leads the way in setting with 434 assists. Westeld also has 99 digs and 24 kills.
 
• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede is the Hoosiers lead blocker with 68 blocks. The sophomore has put 120 kills for the Indiana attack.
 
• As the Hoosiers starting libero, junior Paula Cerame is getting in the groove of the Indiana attack and has recorded a team-leading 374 digs.
 
• In the match at Minnesota on October 17, sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes tallied a career-high 10 kills. She then matched that career high in the victory over Rutgers on October 24.
 
Clutch Time
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards made clutch plays when she needed to as she led the Hoosiers to victory against Rutgers on Sunday, October 24. The Rainer, Ore. native put up a season-high 27 kills, four blocks, and one assist.
 
• In the fifth and final set the Hoosiers were down 11-8 but Edwards kept Indiana it with a kill and a solo block. She went on to score the final three points that the Hoosiers needed to secure the win. Edwards had the game-winning solo block to complete a outstanding day at the office.
 
Freshmen Coming In Hot
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth has been stellar behind the serving line, dealing an Indiana-leading 30 aces.  Haworth had three in the victory over Rutgers.
 
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris is having a strong first season with the Hoosiers as she has secured 218 kills and 35 blocks. She recorded her third double-double of the season on October 24 against Rutgers with 12 kills and 12 digs.

Butler VB Sweeps Xavier for Fourth Straight Win

CINCINNATI – The Butler volleyball team swept Xavier (25-14, 25-22, 25-21) Friday night at the Cintas Center for its fourth consecutive win. The Bulldogs (13-11, 7-4 BIG EAST) used a balanced offensive effort and 21 digs by Jaymeson Kinley for the win over the Musketeers (10-12, 5-6).

Set 1: Butler 25-14
After Xavier took an early 7-2 lead, the Bulldogs rallied back with a 12-2 run capped off by two Brittany Robinson kills to lead 14-9. A later 4-0 Butler run with two kills from Mariah Grunze and one from Megan Sheridan increased the advantage to seven at 18-11, and the Bulldogs would cruise from there, clinching the set on a kill by Melody Davidson. Davidson and Grunze paced the Bulldog offense with four kills each, while Kinley contributed eight digs in the opening frame.

Set 2: Butler 25-22
The Bulldogs used kills from Amina Shackelford and Sheridan followed by a Madison Friebel ace to climb back in it after trailing 9-5 early. A later 4-0 run consisting of Robinson and Grunze kills put Butler up 13-11. The score was tight for the rest of the way until the Bulldogs used Sheridan and Grunze kills as part of a 3-0 run to create separation at 24-20 before Davidson and Grunze teamed up for a block to clinch the set. Grunze put down five kills, while Davidson had six blocks and Kinley 10 digs in the second frame for Butler.

Set 3: Butler 25-21
Two Davidson kills and one by Shackelford put the Bulldogs ahead 3-0 early. Back-to-back Sheridan kills later would make the lead 10-9 for Butler before a 5-0 run would extend the advantage to 17-13. Shackelford and Sheridan put down kills as part of a 3-0 run to increase the lead to 21-16, and Davidson would eventually clinch the set and match on a kill. Shackelford led the Bulldogs with six kills in the final frame.

Stat of the Match
Butler outhit Xavier by exactly 200 points (.260 to .060).

Inside the Box Score
– Grunze totaled 11 kills, seven digs and two blocks.
– Kinley contributed 21 digs and five assists.
– Davidson put down nine kills and 10 blocks (one solo, nine assist).
– Shackelford wound up with 10 kills, six blocks and two digs.

Up Next
Butler returns home to face UConn Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Volleyball Takes Over MAC Lead with Sweep of Bowling Green

MUNCIE, Ind. – – In a clash of Mid-American Conference leaders, the Ball State women’s volleyball team used the energy of an enthusiastic Worthen Arena crowd to earn a statement win Friday night with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-23) sweep of Bowling Green.
 
“The fans were awesome tonight,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “I loved how engaged everybody was. For a super high-intensity match, with Bowling Green taking huge rips on the ball, I thought we did a great job defensively of just staying the course. It was a great match for the fans to watch and I couldn’t ask for more.”
 
Once again, the Cardinals (21-3; 11-1 MAC) turned in a dominating performance on offense, finishing the night with a .328 (49-8-125) attack percentage against a Falcons (15-7; 11-1 MAC) squad which entered the match as the league’s top defense by holding opponents to a .162 mark.
 
“That’s who we’ve been all year; we’ve been pretty balanced and had a different player hot each night,” Phillips said about the team’s offense Friday night. “It’s nothing game plan specific, we just like to have balance and find what our matchups are. We go at it and need to continue to do that. We need all our attackers firing on all cylinders”


As strong as the offense was, however, it was Ball State’s backcourt which set the tone early as the squad combined for 27 digs in the opening set, answering the big swings from BGSU’s attackers with huge defensive plays one after the other.
 
“I think we were locked in from the beginning,” Ball State libero Maggie Huber, who led all players with 20 digs, said. “Our big focus on backcourt defense is getting stopped, and everyone did a really good job of that from the beginning. We were also able to make a lot of rundown plays.”
 
That effort help BSU ran its current winning streak to 11 matches and snapped Bowling Green’s 12-match streak. In addition, the Cardinals take a half-match lead over the Falcons in the race for the MAC regular season title and hosting rights for the 2021 MAC Volleyball Champions in late November. Both squads have six contests remaining.
 
In addition to the solid opening-set defense, which saw five players record at least four digs apiece, Ball State hit .390 (18-2-41) on its way to a 10-point victory. The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-1 edge in the frame, only to see BGSU battle back and tie the score at 8-8. A kill from outside Jaclyn Bulmahn would break the tie and help Ball State go on a 7-2 run. It was all BSU from there, as the Cardinals won the frame 25-15 on a kill from middle Lauren Gilliland.
 
Ball State kept its foot on the gas early in the second set, scoring the first four points. However, the Falcons showed why the entered the match with an unblemished league record by eventually pulling head 18-13. The Cardinals would not be denied the set win, however, as they stormed back to tie the score at 19 on a service ace from setter Megan Wielonski.
 
With BSU leading 23-22 following a BGSU kill, Wielonski would come up big again, combining with middle Marie Plitt for back-to-back blocks to give BSU the 25-22 set victory.
 
As exciting as the set two comeback was, the third frame was even more thrilling. BGSU would build a 21-18 lead, forcing Ball State to call its second timeout. Outside Natalie Risi would snap the Falcons run with a kill on the next rally, but Bowling Green would still lead by two at 23-21.
 
Bulmahn made sure the guests would not reach set point with a kill on the next play, while opposite Natalie Mitchem tied the score with a blast on the ensuing rally. Following BGSU’s second timeout, Mitchem struck again to give BSU match point.
 
Wielonski followed with another strong serve, forcing a BGSU attack error on the second touch to end the match and give BSU the current lead in the MAC standings.
 
“I think we focus a lot on how every point matters and today was a good example of that,” Huber added. “We kept pushing, not taking a single point off, and that really helps us be successful.”
 
Leading a balanced attacking effort for the Cardinals was Risi with a team-high 12 kills and a .321 (12-3-28) hitting mark. Bulmahn was second on the squad with nine kills, while Mitchem and Plitt collected eight apiece. Plitt also led BSU at the net with four total blocks.
 
Mitchem would go on to hit .471 (8-0-17), trailing only Gilliland on the night who finished with a .583 (7-0-12) attack percentage.
 
In addition to her match-high 20 digs, Huber was a perfect 19-for-19 in serve receive. Risi and defensive specialist Havyn Gates added 11 digs apiece, while Wielonski collected 10 digs to go along with her 39 assists for her 14th double-double of the season.
 
Thanks to its 67 digs and seven total blocks, the Ball State defense limited Bowling Green to a .191 (42-17-131) attack percentage on the night. Kat Mandly let BGSU with 13 kills, while Katelyn Meyer was right behind with 12. Julia Walt led the Falcons defense with 17 digs.
 
“I’m glad we came out and played hard, but at the same time, we have several more matches versus tough teams in the MAC,” Phillips added. “We have got to continue to just take care of business.”
 
The Ball State women’s volleyball team will have another big match Saturday, when it hosts Miami for Chirp or Treat. The RedHawks enter the contest on a three-match winning streak, including a 3-1 victory over Toledo tonight. 
 
Chirp or Treat is a FREE community event features trick-or-treating starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Worthen Arena Concourse sponsored by the Ball State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Indiana Phenom Luke Brown Joins Men’s Basketball

MUNCIE, Ind. – Head Coach James Whitford and the Ball State men’s basketball program announced the addition of highly-touted transfer Luke Brown on Friday.
 
Brown is a very well-known name for those familiar with Indiana high school basketball. He is the No. 4 all-time leading scorer in Indiana high school basketball history. During his career at Blackford High School in Hartford City, he amassed 3,011 points. Brown led the Bruins to the 2020-21 Indiana High School Athletic Association 2A State Semifinals. While at Blackford, he helped the squad post an overall record of 77-24 and went 25-5 last season.
 
Brown is known for being a prolific scorer as he led the IHSAA during his sophomore and junior seasons. During his sophomore year, he averaged 35.0 points per game and 32.3 points as a junior. As a senior, Brown compiled 950 points, which was the most in the state and was tied for second in the nation. He averaged 31.7 points per game, which was tied for 13th in the country.
 
Brown was an Indiana All-Star selection after his senior season, and he joins Luke Bumbalough and Jalen Windham as the current members on the Ball State roster that were all-stars.
 
While Brown will have four years to play for the Cardinals, Ball State is reviewing options for his immediate eligibility.

IRISH CRUISE TO AN 87-37 EXHIBITION VICTORY OVER NAZARETH

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team began the exhibition portion of its 2021-22 schedule with an 87-37 victory over Nazareth College in Purcell Pavilion on Friday evening. 

The Irish were sparked early in the contest by two new faces on the roster. Graduate student transfer Paul Atkinson Jr. came out aggressive early with five quick points, including a three-point field goal, four rebounds and a blocked shot before the media timeout. 

Freshman Blake Wesley was the first sub for Notre Dame and he quickly scored six points, including a steal he tapped into the back court, chased down and finished with a one-handed slam dunk. 

With the Irish up 28-5 at the 12-minute timeout, senior Cormac Ryan took over the reins on offense, hitting back-to-back three-point field goals off two great Notre Dame offensive possessions. At the halftime break, the Irish were up 49-13 and Ryan would lead all scorers with 11 points.

Much like the beginning of the game, Atkinson came out aggressive in the first minutes of the second half, scoring six quick points to put the lead up to 58-21. The lead continued to balloon as the game advanced, helped by a Prentiss Hubb scoring burst with back-to-back three point field goals and the lead stood at 76-28 with 7:37 left. 

Eventually, all 12 available players for Notre Dame saw time in the contest. Sophomore forward Elijah Taylor, in his first action in an Irish uniform after missing last season with an injury, pulled down seven rebounds in 10 minutes. 

NOTES: Notre Dame is now 41-0 in exhibition games during the Mike Brey era (2000-01 – current) • Trey Wertz was unavailable for the game due to a sprained ankle, he is expected back in the line up next Friday in the exhibition finale vs. St. Norbert • J.R. Konieczny joined his South Bend, Indiana, freshman classmate Blake Wesley with a steal and break away dunk in the first half • the best scoring run of the game was an 18-0 stretch by the Irish in the first half • Cormac Ryan led all scorers with 16 points in the game, while Paul Atkinson carded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds • attendance: 5039

IRISH DROP GAME ONE AT MINNESOTA 4-1

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Graham Slaggert made it a 2-1 game five minutes into the third period but Notre Dame was unable to tie it up before Minnesota added an insurance tally and an empty net goal for the final 4-1 scoreline on Friday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci (6,744). 

Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play as Notre Dame improved to 26-for-26 on the season on the penalty kill. 

The teams each put 29 shots on goal, with Matthew Galajda making 25 saves and Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine stopping 28 shots to earn the win.

It was the Big Ten opener for both teams, with Notre Dame moving to 4-2-0 overall and the Gophers improving to 4-3-0 overall.

How It Happened 

Notre Dame’s first good looks came on the game’s first power play eight minutes in, but Jack LaFontaine made a pair of stops on Max Ellis’ attempts from the bottom of the circle. 

Spencer Stastney sent Solag Bakich in on a partial breakaway with a chip pass at the offensive blue line but the Texan was denied by a LaFontaine pad save just past the halfway point of the opening frame.

Ben Myers banged a wraparound attempt off an Irish leg in front to make it a 1-0 Minnesota lead at 5:14 of the first period, a scoreline that held through the end of the first period.

Bryce Brodzinski snapped off a wrist shot from the high slot at 14:10 of the second period to push the lead to 2-0 in favor of the Gophers.

Chase Blackmun and Trevor Janicke combined for a chance down low for the Irish midway through the second that LaFontaine fought off. Then 30 seconds later, Blackmun was set up in the slot by Ryder Rolston but Blackmun’s shot went high.

Nxt the Irish killed off Minnesota’s second power play of the night, with Adam Karashik and Graham Slaggert bookending the kill with scoring chances that LaFontaine turned aside. 

Notre Dame then had a power-play opportunity, with Cam Burke’s shortside bid proving to be the best chance, which came with 2:30 left in the second. Minnesota was able to create a breakaway chance for Carl Fish coming out of the penalty box but Galajda made a sprawling pad save to keep it a 2-0 game, which held through the end of the second period. 

The Irish opened the third on a two minute power play but were unable to capitalize. 

Trevor Janicke nearly got Notre Dame on the board four minutes into the third on an offensive zone faceoff play, but LaFontaine got his toe on the Minnesota native’s bid. 

Slaggert was able to knock home his own rebound at 5:31 of the third to cut the lead to 2-1. The assists went to Landon Slaggert, who passed the puck off behind the Minnesota net, and Jesse Lansdell.

Notre Dame next killed off another Gopher power play to keep it a 2-1 game. 

With 2:51 remaining in the third, Ellis tested LaFontaine low glove side but the Gopher netminder kept it a 2-1 game. Mason Nevers came back the other way and made it a 3-1 game at 18:04.

Galajda was pulled with 1:33 left in favor of the extra attacker and Blake McLaughlin then scored an empty net goal from his own end for the final 4-1 score.  

Notes

  • Notre Dame’s penalty kill went 3-for-3 on the night and improved to 26-for-26 to open the 2021-22 season.
  • With a goal, Graham Slaggert extended his point streak to three games (2-1-3).

Next Up

  • Notre Dame and Minnesota close out their weekend series at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 30 in a game that will be broadcast on Bally Sports North.
  • The Irish will then have a quick turnaround as they head home to play host to Holy Cross on Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday Nov. 5 at the Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets).
  • Both games against the Crusaders will begin at 7:30 p.m., while Thursday’s game will be broadcast on NBCSN and Friday’s game will be available via NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago Plus and NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus. 

IRISH DROP 3-1 DECISION AT UNC

HAPEL HILL, N.C.. — The No. 11 Fighting Irish men’s soccer team fell to UNC at Dorrance Field in the regular season finale by a score of 3-1 on Friday afternoon.

The Tar Heels scored all three goals in the first half. Notre Dame tried to get back into the match, as Ethan O’Brien scored in the 65th minute but it was not enough in the defeat.

Notre Dame finishes the regular season with a record of 9-5-2 (4-2-2 ACC) and await

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Tar Heels jumped on the Irish early, scoring twice in the first two minutes to take an early 2-0 lead.

The Irish tried to get back in the game in the first half and had a chance to cut the deficit to one in the 39th minute. McCartney whipped a free kick into the box and connected with Philip Quinton but the senior’s headed effort was right at the Tar Heel keeper.

Just before the break UNC managed to score again, tacking on a third goal to make it a 3-0 game heading into the halftime intermission.

The Irish were able to get on the board in the 65th minute to trim the Tar Heels’ lead to 3-1. Jack Lynn and Daniel Russo worked a beautiful give-and-go in the box, resulting in a shot by Lynn. The UNC keeper saved it but the rebound bounced right to Ethan O’Brien who slotted his shot into the net for his second goal of the season.

Notre Dame had a great chance to make it a one-goal game in the 71st minute. Russo found himself open in the box for a header but his effort glanced just wide of the post.

The Tar Heels saw out the rest of the match and secured the 3-1 win to wrap up the regular season.

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

On the performance…

“Obviously we are disappointed with the result.  I thought we started the game naively and credit to UNC they punished us.  I am proud of the effort the team put in the second half.  We will learn from it and will be better from it.”

UP NEXT

The Irish will begin the ACC Championship play at Alumni Stadium either with a first round matchup on Wednesday, Nov. 3 or with a bye to the second round on Sunday, Nov. 7. The entire ACC Championship bracket will be set following the conclusion of Friday’s matches.

ACC FIRST ROUND PREVIEW: CLEMSON

NOTRE DAME, Ind – Postseason soccer comes to Alumni Stadium this Sunday in the form of the First Round of the ACC Tournament. After a 7-3-0 campaign during league play, the Notre Dame women’s soccer team earned the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Clemson.

Only six teams made the 2021 ACC Tournament. Thus, if victorious on Sunday, the Irish would advance to the semifinals in Cary, North Carolina, against No. 1 seeded Virginia.

LAST TIME VS CLEMSON

Just a few weeks back on Oct. 10, the Tigers battled the Irish to a double-OT. Then in the 107th minute, a Sammi Fisher free kick found a diving Eva Gaetino in the box , who then headed it in for the golden goal.

BEST SEASON IN A DECADE?

The Irish have won 13 games this season so no matter how the year ends, it will mark Coach Norman’s best year at the helm. In fact, the Irish could also achieve its best season in terms of winning percentage since the 2010 season – when that squad simply went 21-2-2 and won a national championship.

The Irish also made program history with its 6-0-0 start in ACC play, before finishing 7-3-0.

IN THE RANKINGS

The Irish climbed as high as No. 13 in the Top Drawer rankings. This week they checked in at No. 17. In the United Soccer Coaches poll, the Irish climbed as high as No. 15 before dropping to No. 22 this week.

EYE ON THE RPI

For the Oct. 24 week, the Irish RPI dropped from No. 10 to 18. The ACC checks in with the No. 1 conference RPI. In fact, Notre Dame is 1-of-4 ACC schools in the top-20 RPI.

Irish are 2-3 against the RPI top-25 and are 6-3-1 against the RPI top-50.

POSITIVES FROM THE ROAD GAUNTLET

There’s hitting the road for three straight conference games and then there’s hitting the road for three consecutive games against top-7 ranked teams. The Irish battled in all three, and one could argue could have earned a victory in all three. In fact, all three were late one-goal decisions.

No. 2 Virginia did not get on the board until the 82nd minute. The Cavaliers unfortunately tacked on an insurance goal just 37 seconds later, otherwise Korbin Albert’s golazo in the 85th minute would have sent the match to overtime.

The matchup at No. 6 Duke went scoreless into overtime. In fact, the Irish outshot the Blue Devils 8-6.

At No. 7 North Carolina, the Irish struck first, as Olivia Wingate scored in the 58th minute. Prior to the match, the Irish were 11-0-0 when scoring first this season. Yet, the Tar Heels rallied with goals in the 78th minute and then in double-overtime (101st minute).

FISHER’S ALL-ACC RESUME

Sammi Fisher has made the most of her graduate season, for it only took her one month of play to achieve her best year in an Irish uniform. She has now placed her name onto the list of top scorers in the country this season.

Her 11 goals rank 26th in the country and 2nd in the ACC. In addition, her 0.61 goals per game rank 47th in the nation and 4th in the league.

Fisher also leads the team in game-winners with four, which ranks 22nd in the nation. Fisher scored game-winners against Syracuse, Brown, Wisconsin and Bowling Green.

Her 27 total points rank 32nd nationally and 4th in the ACC.

ON THE FRONT FOOT

Notre Dame has had a tendency to strike early, scoring a total of 11 goals in the first 20 minutes of games this season. In fact, they have done so in seven of the past 11 games.

Wake Forest 19:58 | Clemson 11:51 | Louisville 0:37, 9:28 | NCST 0:58 | BC 4:49 | Syracuse 6:38 | Detroit 1:43, 11:59 | Wisconsin 7:52 | Bowling Green 7:14

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Seven of the last 13 goals have been delivered from the foot of a freshman: Korbin Albert, Katie Coyle, Sophia Fisher and Kaylie Ronan.

Albert is the No. 8 ranked freshmen in Division I (according to Top Drawer Soccer) and she’s living up to the ranking. She owns the second most goals on the team with eight. In fact, she has four goals in the last seven games, including an absolute rocket at No. 2 Virginia.

Sophia Fisher also has a game-winner, scoring in the 1-0 victory at Marquette. The freshman most recently scored in the win over Louisville, bringing her season total to three.

Last but not least, there’s Kaylie Ronan, who scored her first career goal in the win over Boston College on Sept. 26.

FLEXING THE OFFENSIVE MUSCLE

Notre Dame has scored 43 goals which rankS 4th in the ACC and 19th in the nation. The 43 goals are already more than six of the past seven seasons.

Notre Dame’s scoring offense of 2.39 ranks 24th in the nation and 4th in the ACC. In addition, ND’s 117 total points rank 26th in the country.

FOUR-HEADED MONSTER

Sammi Fisher (27 points), Olivia Wingate (14 points), Korbin Albert (19 points) and Maddie Mercado (13 points) are the four-headed attacking monster for the Irish and currently the four with double-digit points.

First, there’s Fisher, who is a two-time All-ACC selection. She is having the best season of her career, ranking 2nd in the ACC with 11 goals (led for a majority of the season), which also ranks 26th in nation. Fisher has scored in 9-of-18 games. Fisher has turned up the assist production as of late, registering four assists over the last six games as well.

Then there’s Wingate, who boasts five goals and five assists. She scored the game-winner against Purdue, earned her first brace of the season at Miami and most recently scored at No. 7 UNC on Oct. 24.

Wingate notched assist No. 5 in the regular-season finale vs Wake Forest. Her five assists have now tied Kati Druzina for the team lead.

Albert cracked the Irish starting XI on day one and has made the most of it. She boasts the second most goals with eight, along with her three assists.

Four of Albert’s goals have come on the road: at Wisconsin, Mizzou, NC State and Virginia. Her goal at Missouri tied the goal with three minutes left and forced overtime, before the Irish unfortunately suffered their first defeat. Then Albert tallied back-to-back goals in the Detroit Mercy route in a span of just one minute and 26 seconds.

Albert also secured her spot in the ND record book in the win over Louisville. The Illinois native scored in the first 37 seconds, which marked the third fastest goal in program history.

THREAT OFF THE BENCH

If there were a 12th woman award similar to sixth woman in basketball, it would go to junior midfielder Maddie Mercado. The San Diego native boasts the fourth most points on the squad with 13 – comprised of five goals and three assists. Mercado tallied three points at Miami (one goal, one assist all within a five-minute span), then added a penalty-kick goal against Boston College. Prior, Mercado notched the first brace of her career against Detroit Mercy.

Her most impressive and most recent goal was the game-winner against Wake Forest in the regular-season finale when Mercado scored directly off a corner kick.

Mercado now has the second most game-winners on the squad with three.

Loyola Uses Late Rally to Sweep Sycamores in Weekend Opener

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Loyola volleyball rallied back from a 24-17 deficit in the third set to earn a 3-0 (24-26, 25-27, 25-27) sweep of Indiana State Friday night at the ISU Arena. Sitting atop the Missouri Valley Conference entering the matchup, Loyola moved to 9-1 in conference play and 16-6 on the season following the victory while ISU fell to 11-9 and 3-7 in The Valley.
 
Mallory Keller paced Indiana State with nine kills on the match on a .107 hitting percentage. Kaitlyn Hamilton and Madeline Williams added eight kills each. ISU picked up five service aces, including three from Emma KaelinChloe Mason led ISU with 18 assists while Kaelin added 15. Libero Melina Tedrow dug out 13 Loyola attacks to lead the team while Karinna Gall added 12 digs to go with her seven kills.
 
Loyola outhit Indiana State .224 to .168 in the match led by a trio of hitters in Emily Banitt (11), Addie Barnes (11) and Taylor Venuto (10) who each hit double-digit kills for the visitors. Three Ramblers recorded double-figure digs led by Lane Jenkins who recorded a double-double after assisting on 26 of the teams’ 55 kills.
 
Set One – Loyola 26, Indiana State 24

  • Indiana State jumped out to a 10-7 lead early and 24-20 before the Ramblers reeled off six-straight points to claim the set
  • The set featured seven ties and four lead changes
  • Loyola’s Banitt (6) and ISU’s Mallory Keller (4) led each squad in kills
  • The teams each hit just over .140 in the set with Loyola taking the slight edge at .143

 
Set Two – Loyola 27, Indiana State 25

  • Back-and-forth, the set featured 17 ties and five lead changes
  • Both offenses got their offenses on track hitting over .275 in the set
  • LUC’s Venuto led all players with six kills while Kaitlyn Hamilton recorded five kills
  • Indiana State successfully challenged two plays in the set resulting in points for ISU
  • The Ramblers converted 76 percent (19-of-25) sideout opportunities

 
Set Three – Loyola 27, Indiana State 25

  • ISU jumped out to a 6-2 lead before the Ramblers used a timeout
  • The Sycamores led 18-12 and 24-17 before Loyola reeled off a 10-1 run to claim the set and earn the sweep
  • Indiana State suffered five attack errors down the stretch and nine in the set
  • Sarah Murczek led LUC in the set with five kills to go along with six digs

 
Indiana State returns to action Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. when the Sycamores play host to Valparaiso.

Offense Rolls For Mastodon WVB Against Robert Morris

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team’s offense was at its best of the season on Friday (Oct. 29) as the Mastodons beat Robert Morris 3-1 (25-20, 25-10, 20-25, 25-11) in the Gates Sports Center.

The Mastodons finished the match hitting .375, the best since February 9, 2021. This offense was led by 16 kills from Madelyn Wurster, followed by 14 from Katie Crowe and 11 from Molly Mirabelli. All three hit .300 or better, with Mirabelli hitting .611, the team’s best individual offensive performance of the season. Madison Gates led the offensive blitzkrieg with 42 of the team’s 63 assists. Nicole Jones and Rachael Crucis had nine and eight assists, respectively.

The opening set was highlighted by a 6-0 run that put the ‘Dons up 12-8. This push featured five straight kills from four different players. Another 6-0 run from the ‘Dons got them rolling in set two, which Crucis capped off with an ace. After a 12-8 lead, the ‘Dons went on a 13-2 run to close the set. Crucis got another ace as the set point. The ‘Dons hit .371 and .375 in the first two sets.

Set three went to Robert Morris thanks to a .370 hitting performance. After a 15-15 tie, the Colonials went on a 9-3 stretch to force a set point.

From the first serve, set four was all Mastodons. Maggie Castleman had two aces in the opening 5-0 run, then Crowe served for seven straight points. A 4-0 run later on was the icing on the cake. Purdue Fort Wayne hit a red-hot .600 (17-2-25) in the final set.

The Mastodons led RMU in every statistical category except blocks.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 7-21, 5-9 Horizon League while Robert Morris falls to 9-16, 2-11. The Mastodons will take Arnie Ball Court again tomorrow at 6 p.m. against Youngstown State, which is coming off a 3-1 loss at IUPUI.

JAGUARS FLATTEN YOUNGSTOWN STATE BEHIND BROWN’S 19 KILLS

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI volleyball team put up an efficient offensive performance in its 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19) win over Youngstown State inside the Jungle on Friday night (Oct. 29). Freshman Briana Brown put down 19 kills and hit .545 and Emily Alan connected on 12 kills, hitting .417. 

The Jaguars hit .239 and had 57 kills to Youngstown State’s 40 in the victory. 

“It felt really good to play today. I think offensively, we’ve kind of been on a roller coaster throughout the year. (Tonight), we showcased what we can do as a team today,” Brown said. “I think that felt nice to get that win today.

“It was super important (to take an early lead). I think, throughout the year, we’ve had some sets where we’ve kind of given up a little and tonight we did a pretty good job of pressing them and really keeping it going.”

IUPUI (4-21, 2-12 HL) surged out to a 10-2 lead in the opening set, in part thanks to early aces from Brooke Phillips and Alli Cook. The Jags’ lead was 13-5 after an Alan kill, but YSU ripped off four straight to make things interesting. YSU cut the lead back to three on multiple occasions, but IUPUI repeatedly came up with pivotal side outs to stay in front before slamming the door at 25-21. Allie Pogue put down two late kills to seal the win. IUPUI hit .545 in the opening set with five different players getting multiple kills. 

In the second, IUPUI fell down early, trailing 9-4 before battling back within one with Phillips on the service line. However, YSU continued to fend off the Jaguars, even after IUPUI cut it to 23-22 after a Phillips ace. However, a service error and a YSU kill from Paula Gursching polished off a 25-22 win. 

With the match even at 1-1, IUPUI ceded the first six points of the third set before Sidney Veatch powered home a kill. The Penguins maintained the lead, extending to a 16-9 edge before the hosts roared back. Briana Brown got a side out off a Darragh Dixon assist and and Phillips followed with an ace. After a YSU side out, Cook delivered three points from the service line as IUPUI nudged closer. The Jags finally went in front at 20-19 on a Pogue kill. Later, Alan came up with a key kill and Atlantis Clendenin came off the bench with some strong serves to help hem up a 25-22 win. 

IUPUI led from the outset in set four, scoring well with Rhiannon Schuenemann on the service line. Brown, Phillips, Brown and Alan put down four straight kills as the Jags built a quick 7-3 lead. The lead ballooned to 13-5 before YSU cut it back to 16-15. The Jags finished off a 25-19 win as Brown had eight kills in the fourth. 

The victory came on the heels of a tough three-game road trip that took the team from Chicago to Milwaukee and ultimately to Green Bay before heading home. 

“Being at home after a long road trip just feels so nice. Serving and passing in our own gym felt good and we just had some really aggressive serving tonight,” head coach Lindsey Froehlich said. “I think when we were passing well, we were really telling the setters to push the tempo in practice and both Darragh and Brooke did a good job of that.

“It put them in some good positions to hit the open shots on the court, instead of finding areas where they couldn’t score.”

Haines also finished with double-digit kills with 10 and Pogue put down seven. Schuenemann had 19 digs from the libero spot and the Jaguars dialed up 12 aces. Phillips had four aces and 37 assists and Cook added three aces. 

IUPUI will continue the homestand when it hosts Robert Morris at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 29). 

Feliciano and Haffner record double-doubles in weekend opener

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Melanie Feliciano recorded her fifth double-double of the season as the University of Evansville volleyball team opened the weekend with a 3-1 loss to Valparaiso on Friday night inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.


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Feliciano led the Purple Aces (16-5, 6-4 MVC) with 17 kills along with 10 digs.  It marked the 8th match in a row for the junior with 12 or more kills.  Alondra Vazquez had a strong outing with 14 kills while Giulia Cardona checked in with 13.  Taya Haffner recorded a double-double of her own, adding 40 assists and 13 digs, both team highs.  Hannah Watkins picked up two solo blocks and four block assists in the contest.
 
Set 1 – Valpo 25, UE 13
Valparaiso (16-6, 7-4 MVC) had the upper hand in the first set, taking an 8-2 lead to open the match.  Evansville clawed its way back into it when Cecilia Thon picked up a service ace before a Beacon error saw UE cut the deficit to 9-7.  A kill by Giulia Cardona once again cut the lead to a pair (12-10), but a 9-0 run was the difference for Valpo, who took a 21-10 lead before taking the set by a 25-13 final.
 
Set 2 – UE 25, Valpo 9
Evansville opened the set on one of the best runs you will ever see.  The Aces scored the first 11 points before extending the lead to 16-1.  Taya Haffner did the serving in the early part while Alondra Vazquez picked up three kills.  Hannah Watkins and Melanie Feliciano added kills that pushed the lead to 15 points.  The first four Valpo points came on UE service errors before their offense added a kill to make it 19-5.  The Aces took the set by a 25-9 score to tie the match at 1-1.
 
Set 3 – Valpo 25, UE 20
With the first two sets featuring a lopsided win for each team, the third frame was much closer.  Once again, it was Valpo taking the early lead, opening up a 9-5 edge.  The Aces countered with three Vazquez kills in a row to cut the gap to 9-8.  Just a few rallies later, kills by Cardona and Feliciano knotted the score at 13-13.  Unfortunately, the Aces could not get the point they needed to take the lead.  The Beacons slowly took control as a 25-20 decision gave them a 2-1 lead.
 
Set 4 – Valpo 25, UE 22
Another hard-fought set saw both teams take the early advantage before Valpo broke a 10-10 tie with a pair of scores.  The Aces continued to battle, posting three tallies in a row to tie the score at 18-18.  Feliciano added the final two kills in the run.  Following a timeout, the Beacons scored two in a row and would go on to clinch the match with a 25-22 win.
 
On Saturday, the Aces look to begin a new streak when they host Loyola at 4 p.m. inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

#1 Hounds Claim GLVC Regular Season Crown For Second Straight Season

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – For just the second time this season, the No. 1-ranked University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team concluded a match with a draw, this time in the form of a 1-1 finish on the road against Lindenwood. However, despite not securing a win tonight, the Greyhounds were crowned GLVC regular season champions for the second year in a row.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED:
A key miscue in the first half came when the Greyhounds failed to execute a penalty kick in the 26th minute of play. However, UIndy flipped roles in the 53rd minute and saw its goalkeeper Dimitrios Karousos stop a penalty shot from the Lions to keep the match at a scoreless stalemate.

Finally, continuing the trend of penalty kicks, the Hounds raced out ahead with a successfully executed one by Michael Tselios in the 58th minute. Despite this, Lindenwood produced what would be a clutch goal in the 89th minute to send the match to overtime. From there, neither team gained an advantage over the other.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-UIndy had no problem out-shooting Lindenwood on its home turf, firing 22 total shots while the Lions added just nine.
-A total of 33 fouls were tallied tonight, with the Greyhounds managing a game-high 17.
-Tselios and Alejandro Steinwascher paced the Hounds on offense with each managing five total shots.

HOUND BYTES
Final thoughts on the match and winning the GLVC regular season championship from head coach John Higgins
“I’m super excited we were able to win the [GLVC] regular season tonight. It’s such a tough conference to win, so i’m delighted we were able to get it done. As for the match [tonight], it was a really tough one but I think it was a great experience for us to have. We gave up that goal in the late stages and hopefully there is a lesson for us to be learned as we continue further into the season.”
 
UP NEXT
For the final regular season match of the season, UIndy will remain in the St. Louis area and battle No. 10 Maryville beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Volleyball Returns Home; Edged by Rockhurst in Five

INDIANAPOLIS – In their first home match in 24 days, the University of Indianapolis rallied to force a fifth set, but ultimately fell to Rockhurst, 3-2, in GLVC action.  The loss moves the Hounds to 11-13 on the year and 7-5 in conference play.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The two teams traded 25-20 victories in the first two sets.  Rockhurst led 17-16 in the second but the Hounds scored nine of the next 12 points to grab the win.  UIndy posted a .231 hitting percentage with 13 kills.

The Hawks took a 2-1 lead after a 25-17 victory in the third frame.  The Hounds never trailed by more than three points until the Hawks’ final 5-0 run.

UIndy posted a match-high 19 kills in the fourth set en route to a 25-20 win.  Leading 21-20, the Hounds rattled off four straight points to seal the win and force a decisive fifth set.  Grace Hegwood and Lauren Cullison both tallied kills in the run.

Rockhurst opened the fifth frame with four straight points and never looked back, recording a pair of 5-0 runs in the 15-6 win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Four Hounds reached double figures in kills in Hegwood (13), Emma Jones (13), Cullison (11) and Hannah Huppenbauer (10).
– Two Hounds recorded double-doubles in Hegwood (13 kills/10 digs) and Alex Equihua (48 assists/29 digs).
– Elizabeth Eads paced the defense with five blocks.

UP NEXT
UIndy remains home on Saturday, hosting Missouri S&T in conference action.  First serve is slated for 3 ET.

Peck Scores Pair of Goals to Down Lions

SAINT CHARLES, Mo. – Taylor Peck scored her second and third goal of the season to secure the 2-1 win over the Lindenwood Lions on Friday afternoon. After earning a regional ranking this past week, the Hounds extend their record to 10-2-2 with the victory.
 
“Lindenwood is battling to make the tournament so we knew it would be a tough fought game,” said Head Coach, Holly Cox. “We created a lot of dangerous opportunities to put the game away,”
 
After Peck’s first goal, assisted by Alexi Hardie, the Lions tied it up to end the first half only to be answered by another netter by Peck, assisted by Maddy Barkow.
 
Peck led the Hounds with a 100 percent shot on goal percentage in taking three shots on goal in 81 minutes played, while Jenna Taghikhani and Sophia Saucerman split time as the Hounds goaltender.
 
Erika Anstine led Lindenwood with 11 saves.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-The Greyhounds outshot the Lions, 19 to five.
-Lindenwood secured one more Corner Kick than the Hounds, 3-2.
-There was 19 total fouls within the match.
 
UP NEXT
The Greyhounds final match of the regular season will kick off at Maryville at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Volleyball Earns Key Road Win Over Evansville Friday

Led by a record book-worthy performance on the attack from fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton), the Valpo volleyball team earned a big road victory at Evansville Friday night, downing the Purple Aces by a 3-1 (25-13, 9-25, 25-20, 25-22) final. The win is even more impressive considering that Evansville had swept each of its first six home matches this season.

How It Happened

  • Valpo jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the opening set, as both senior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and freshman Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) had a pair of kills early on to help the Beacons to the lead.
  • Evansville closed to within two points multiple times, the latest coming at 12-10. Valpo slammed the door on the set at that point, however, reeling off nine straight points to gain an insurmountable advantage. Hart had three more kills during that spurt, while Swistek had a pair as well.
  • A service error by the Purple Aces eventually gave Valpo the opening set — a frame that saw the Beacons hit at a .500 clip with 17 kills while the Purple Aces posted just five kills.
  • The second set was the antithesis of the first, as Evansville got out to a big lead early en route to evening the match at one set apiece.
  • The third set was deceptively close, as despite featuring just one tie and no lead changes, Evansville was within striking distance throughout. Valpo pushed its lead to 9-5 early on courtesy of Hart’s third kill of the set, but the Purple Aces came back with three straight points.
  • Evansville eventually tied the set for the one and only time at 13-13 following back-to-back points, but crucially for the Beacons, they would side out on each of the Purple Aces’ next five serves. Following the tie, Valpo scored three straight — including a kill from McCarthy — to push the lead to 16-13.
  • Later in the frame, a service ace from Swistek made it a four-point lead at 20-16, and Valpo pushed its lead to five at 23-18 following an Evansville error. The Purple Aces finally scored consecutive points, but the cushion proved more than enough, as a UE service error gave Valpo set point and McCarthy came through with a kill on the first chance to give Valpo a 2-1 lead in the match.
  • An especially tight fourth set featured a margin of no more than three points throughout. Back-to-back Evansville errors turned a 10-10 tie into a 12-10 Valpo lead, and the two squads sided out on 10 consecutive serves before a block by Hart and junior Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) gave Valpo an 18-15 advantage.
  • The Purple Aces notched three straight kills to even the frame at 18-all, but a service error was followed by another timely ace from Swistek to make it 20-18 Valpo. Six straight sideouts ensued, with Valpo’s points coming via a pair of Boyer kills and a termination by McCarthy, before an Evansville attack error presented match point to the Beacons at 24-21.
  • Evansville held off one match point chance with a kill, but a first-ball kill from McCarthy on the next serve fittingly closed out the Valpo victory.

Inside the Match

  • McCarthy notched 14 kills on 17 swings Friday, finishing the evening with a career-best .706 hitting percentage.
  • The .706 mark was the best single-match percentage by an MVC player this season.
  • It is second-best in Valpo history for a four-set match, surpassed by only Morgan Beil’s .737 clip against Cleveland State in 2014. McCarthy’s hitting percentage was also the best in any length match by a Valpo player since that performance by Beil.
  • It is the first time an MVC player has hit better than .700 in a four-set match since Illinois State’s Emily Schneider did so in 2014.
  • Kills were aplenty for fellow middle Hart as well on Friday, as she notched a team-high 15 kills on .385 hitting in the winning effort.
  • Giving the offense a boost from the right side was Boyer, who hit an efficient .333 with seven kills to complement the Beacons’ middles.
  • Setting the offense at a .261 clip — Valpo’s second-best hitting percentage to date in conference play — were fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) and sophomore Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon). Anderson handed out 23 assists and now ranks 17th in MVC history with 4,327 career assists, while Bulmahn recorded 16 assists.
  • Help defensively in the back line came in the form of fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), who tied for match-high honors with 13 digs. Moving towards the 3,000-career dig milestone, Cookerly is now just 73 shy.
  • Evansville fell on Friday despite recording 52 kills on .339 hitting — a season best by a Valpo opponent. The Beacons took advantage of 15 service errors from the Purple Aces.
  • With the win, Valpo jumps a spot into fourth place in the MVC standings, moving past Evansville by a half-game for the moment.

Next Up

Valpo (16-6, 7-4 MVC) will attempt to complete a season sweep of its Indiana brethren in the Valley on Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute. The 3 p.m. CT first serve from Indiana State can be seen live on ESPN3.

MEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS SEASON WITH WIN OVER #RV INDIANA TECH

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball opened up their 2021-22 season Friday, facing #RV Indiana Tech in game one of the CRL/WHAC Challenge. Leading from start to finish, Indiana Wesleyan led by as much as 26-points in the 90-82 Wildcat win. The victory gives Head Coach Greg Tonagel 15 wins on opening night in 16 seasons.

FIRE ICON

  • Stepping off the bus Indiana Wesleyan was in the zone, shooting 68% from the field and 78% from long range in the first half.
  • IWU would finish the game shooting 50% from the field and 62% from deep. Five players knocked down a three in the contest, with IWU making 15, almost double their season average from a year ago.
  • As a squad, Indiana Wesleyan shot 25 free throws, making 21. 
  • WHO IS DAN?
  • Palm Beach Atlantic (NCAA DII) transfer Dan Largey led all scorers with 30 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field.
  • He was a perfect 4-for-4 from deep in the first half and ended the game 7-of-10 from the line.

QUICK HIGHLIGHTS

  • All first starters finished in double figures. 
  • Spencer Piercefield matched his career-high in assists with seven. He has had seven assists on three occasions.
  • IWU didn’t record a block in the contest, a stat line they averaged 5.3 in last season. 





TONAGEL THOUGHTS

  • I was impressed with the cohesive mentality we brought. With so many new guys and rotations, we played as one. We can obviously take care of the ball better, which we will clean up.


NEXT TIME OUT

  • IWU faces CRL/WHAC Challenge host school Cornerstone at 6 p.m.
  • Tomorrow will be the 16th time clubs have meet during the Tonagel era, having won ten. 
  • Legendary Cornerstone Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kim Elders enters his 29th season at the helm for the Golden Eagles, leading them to NAIA National Championships in 1999, 2011, and 2015.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: IU EAST 75, LAWRENCE TECH 59

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team opened the season with a 75-59 win over Lawrence Technological University in the RedStorm Classic in Newt Oliver Arena on the campus of the University of Rio Grande on Friday, Oct. 29.

“That was fun,” IU East coach Tiffani Selhorst said. “Really proud of this team, we had a game plan and the players stuck to it.”

With five players scoring in double figures for the Red Wolves, IU East (1-0) is now even in season openers at 4-4. The Blue Devils are 0-2 this season.

“That is probably one of the best defensive games in our program history and it is very exciting for our players to see good defense pays off,” Selhorst said. “We get to celebrate our first opening win in four years, but we are focused on the next one. That’s what’s so awesome about this group.”

Kami McEldowney led IU East with 16 points and four assists.

“This win meant a lot to us since our season got taken away from last year,” McEldowney said. “I think this year we are grateful for every opportunity we have to play and giving it our all. I am so excited to see what we do this year.”

Bethany Mackin tossed in 13 points, while Paige Gregory and Taylor Browning finished with 12 each.

Kennedy Griffin added 10 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

After falling behind 5-0, the Red Wolves put together a run to end the first period with a 14-7 advantage, as they never trailed the rest of the way.

“I thought we started out with high energy and stayed consistent the whole game,” McEldowney said. “This year, we are a brand new team with new people, new defense, and a new culture.”

IU East expanded its margin to 36-25 by the intermission. In the third quarter, the teams were even as the Red Wolves maintained a 55-44 edge, but IU East was able to pull away for the 16-point victory in the final stanza.

The Red Wolves return action in the two-day event against Milligan University on Saturday, Oct. 30. The contest gets underway at 1 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST 3, OHIO CHRISTIAN 1

The IU East women’s volleyball team halted a two-match losing streak with a four-set win against Ohio Christian University on Oct. 29 on Lingle Court. This was the second four-set win over the Trailblazers this season.

Final score from Lingle Court: 25-16, 25-20, 22-25, and 25-10.

The Red Wolves used an early and late scoring run in the first set to jump out to an easy first set victory.  

The winning continued in the second set, with IU East scoring on four straight possessions that turned a tie match into a crucial set victory.

After dropping the third set, IU East regained its focus and cruised to an easy fourth set victory.  

With the win, the Red Wolves improve to 15-11 overall and 10-4 in conference play and still maintain a half-game lead over Point Park for the top spot in the RSC East division. OCU falls to 4-14 overall and 3-12 in conference play.

Jessica Swimm led the Red Wolves attack with 26 kills which is just a few shy of tying her own personal and school record. Brooke Lepper and Maddy Harmon led the Red Wolves in assists with 29 and 16 respectively after starting setter Reece Shirley sustained an injury in the first set.

“We came out hyped tonight and knew we needed a victory,” said Harmon, who recorded a career-high in assists. “We knew we needed to limit our mistakes and protect our home court, and that is what we did to earn the victory.”

The Red Wolves return to the court on Saturday, Oct. 30 when they celebrate Senior Day with a noon first serve against Ohio Valley University.

Wabash Opens Dual-Meet Schedule With Home Loss To Rose

Wabash opened the dual-meet portion of its swimming and diving season Friday night against in-state rival Rose-Hulman. The Little Giants lost the home opener to the Fightin’ Engineers by a score of 186.5 to 101.5.
 
Justin Dusza and Tanner Carver scored a pair of first-place finishes for Wabash in the dual meet. Dusza won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.87. He finished the 200 backstroke with a winning time of 1:58.06. Dusza also placed second in the 200-yard individual medley by finishing in 2:02.68. Daren Glore added a third-place finish in that event with a time of 2:04.31.
 
Carver scored a pair of individual wins in diving. He opened with a win on the one-meter board with a score of 229.75. Carver scored a total of 218.65 points in three-meter competition to win that event as well.
 
Isaac Temores scored a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke by finishing in 1:01.71. Teammate Justice Wenz placed third with a time of 1:02.47. Wenz also placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke by finishing in 2:15.97.
 
Daren Glore picked up a second-place finish in the 1000 freestyle. He completed the event in 10:10.85. Glore also finished second in the 500 free with a time of 4:56.19. Gavin Hill took second place in the 100-yard butterfly by finishing in 54.50. He placed third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.37.
 
Connor Craig and Ethan Johns finished second and third, respectively, in the 100 freestyle. Craig turned in a time of 48.94 while Johns finished in 48.96. Johns also scored a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.59.
 
Caleb McCarty finished the 50-yard freestyle in 22.16 to earn second place overall for Wabash.
 
The Wabash foursome of Dusza, Temores, Hill, and Craig place second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:37.77. The Little Giants also placed second in the 200 freestyle relay with the quartet of McCarty, Temores, Hill, and Craig finishing the race in 1:28.40.
 
Wabash travels to Michigan on Saturday to compete in a dual meet against Albion College. The meet begins at 2 p.m. and will take place at Hillsdale College.

PREVIEW | Grizzlies Set to Host First Ever Conference Tournament Match on Saturday

FRANKLIN, Ind. – For the first time in history, Franklin College’s Faught Stadium will be the host for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Men’s Soccer Championship in an opening round game between Franklin and Defiance. Kick-off is set for 6:00 p.m.

Winners of four straight and five of their last six games, Franklin is making their first conference tournament appearance since 2014 as the number four seed. The Grizzlies went 5-3-1 in league play and 7-8-1 overall. Defiance went 4-5 in league play, earning their spot in the dance with a Wednesday night win over Earlham.

Scouting the Grizzlies
-The Grizzlies scored the fourth-most goals in the league this season, potting 29 goals overall. Freshman Jon Moore led all Franklin scorers with 10 goals and 21 points, and is tied for the program record for goals in a season entering play.
-Junior Dillon Neel ranks second on the team with six goals and 12 points with Eddy Yousak also reaching double figure point totals with 11 points on three goals and five assists. 11 different Grizzlies found the back of the net this year.
-Senior Angel Tapia closed out the regular season as one of the top distributors in the league, ranking second among all HCAC player with seven assists. That total is a new single-season program record.
-In goal, Elliott Clark has stopped 71 shots over 12 matches with four shutouts. Ian Rowe has been great in tandem with Clark, finishing with an .818 save percentage across six matches. Both goalkeepers have been named HCAC Defensive Player of the Week once this fall.

About the Yellow Jackets
-Defiance enters the year with a 9-11 record and are making their first HCAC Tournament appearance since 2006.
-Junior Noah Svanberg leads the Defiance attack with five goals and five assists for 15 points. Both Josh Maurer and Erdwin Quintana are tied with Svanberg for the team lead in goals with five.
-In goal, junior Orry Killam has backstopped the Jackets in 15 of their 20 contests and leads the HCAC with 101 saves. Killam also carries an .815 save percentage and 1.51 goals against average on the year.

Grizzlies in the HCAC Tournament
Franklin is looking for their first conference tournament win on Saturday night. The Grizzlies are 0-2 all-time in HCAC Tournament play, their most recent post-season match a 2-0 loss to Rose-Hulman in 2014.

Last Time they Met
The two sides will meet for the second time in a one-week span after clashing on Oct. 23 in Franklin. Van Lian and Jon Moore scored goals and Rowe stopped five shots in a 2-0 win to clinch Franklin’s post-season berth.

Across the Bracket
The winner of Saturday night’s match will move on to face top-seeded Rose-Hulman on Wednesday. The Engineers were the only team in the league to finish with an unbeaten mark in league play.

The other quarterfinal matchup will see third-seeded Anderson host sixth-seeded Bluffton with the winner moving on to face second-seeded Hanover next week.

PREVIEW | Grizzlies, Engineers Set to Meet in HCAC Tournament Opening Round Match on Saturday

RANKLIN, Ind. – The second season for the Franklin women’s soccer team starts of Saturday (Oct. 30) afternoon, when the Grizzlies head to Terre Haute, Ind. to take on the Rose-Hulman Engineers in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament.

Franklin punched their ticket to the post-season with back-to-back wins over Bluffton and Defiance last week, putting them at 4-5 in league play and earning the six-seed in the first year of the expanded conference tournament. The Grizzlies will take on a Rose-Hulman side that went 7-1-1 in HCAC action to earn the third-seed in the tournament. 

Scouting the Grizzlies
-Franklin’s attack is led by a pair of juniors in Lilly Haines and Elaina Page, with each racking up eight points this fall. Haines tops the squad with four goals with three of those going for game-winners. Page has three goals and a pair of helpers, tying for the team lead in assists with Kinsey Price and Abby Hensley.
Riley Rice has been the anchor on the back line, starting 15 contests in goal. Rice carries a 1.39 goals against average with an .814 save percentage with four shutouts this year.

About the Engineers
-Rose-Hulman carries a potent offensive attack with Lane Lawrence (7 G, 9 A), Christina Rogers (9 G, 2 A) and Sarah Shoemaker (6 G, 6 A) forming a dangerous trip up front.
-The Engineers have been the stingiest defensive team in the league, limiting opponents to just six goals over 15 matches.

Grizzlies in the HCAC Tournament
Franklin will be making their seventh all-time appearance in the HCAC tournament, and are in search of their first post-season win since they won it all in 2017. The Grizzlies are 5-4 all-time in HCAC tournament play and are 2-0 against Rose-Hulman all-time in the post-season.

Around the Tournament
The winner of Saturday’s matchup between Franklin and Rose will move on to next Wednesday night’s semifinal matchup at No. 2 seed Hanover. The other quarterfinal matchup features fifth-seeded Transylvania visiting fourth-seeded Anderson with the winner of that game facing top-seeded Mount St. Joseph next week.

Wabash Opens Dual-Meet Schedule With Home Loss To Rose

Wabash opened the dual-meet portion of its swimming and diving season Friday night against in-state rival Rose-Hulman. The Little Giants lost the home opener to the Fightin’ Engineers by a score of 186.5 to 101.5.

Justin Dusza and Tanner Carver scored a pair of first-place finishes for Wabash in the dual meet. Dusza won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.87. He finished the 200 backstroke with a winning time of 1:58.06. Dusza also placed second in the 200-yard individual medley by finishing in 2:02.68. Daren Glore added a third-place finish in that event with a time of 2:04.31.

Carver scored a pair of individual wins in diving. He opened with a win on the one-meter board with a score of 229.75. Carver scored a total of 218.65 points in three-meter competition to win that event as well.

Isaac Temores scored a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke by finishing in 1:01.71. Teammate Justice Wenz placed third with a time of 1:02.47. Wenz also placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke by finishing in 2:15.97.

Daren Glore picked up a second-place finish in the 1000 freestyle. He completed the event in 10:10.85. Glore also finished second in the 500 free with a time of 4:56.19. Gavin Hill took second place in the 100-yard butterfly by finishing in 54.50. He placed third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.37.

Connor Craig and Ethan Johns finished second and third, respectively, in the 100 freestyle. Craig turned in a time of 48.94 while Johns finished in 48.96. Johns also scored a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.59.

Caleb McCarty finished the 50-yard freestyle in 22.16 to earn second place overall for Wabash.

The Wabash foursome of Dusza, Temores, Hill, and Craig place second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:37.77. The Little Giants also placed second in the 200 freestyle relay with the quartet of McCarty, Temores, Hill, and Craig finishing the race in 1:28.40.

Wabash travels to Michigan on Saturday to compete in a dual meet against Albion College. The meet begins at 2 p.m. and will take place at Hillsdale College.

Three Goal Third Seals Opening Night Victory for Men’s Hockey

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Trine University men’s hockey team stormed back from a two-goal deficit with four unanswered goals to defeat their hosts from Hamline University by the score of 5-3 in the season opener.

The Thunder scored first in the contest, when in the eighth minute of the first period, senior Garrett Hallford (McKinney, Texas) scored. Senior Hunter Payment (Monroe, Mich.) and junior Justin Meers (St. Charles, Mo.) added assists on the goal which gave the team a 1-0 lead.

Trine struggled defensively in the second as the Pipers tallied three goals and played with a distinct advantage for the first 19 minutes and change of the period. But in the waning seconds of the stanza, the Thunder took back the momentum. This time it was freshman Tyler Shetland (Laguna Hills, Calif.) who scored the goal with Hallford and Payment adding assists.

Riding the momentum into the third period, the team tied the game in the fourth. Sophomore Thad Marcola (Almont, Mich.) won tied up an offensive zone faceoff before getting the puck just enough loose for junior Brendan Prappas (West Bloomfield, Mich.) to pass it back to the point. From there sophomore Jackson Clark (Fort Mill, S.C.) moved up the boards before firing a shot from the side into the net.

Trine then took back the lead in the ninth minute of the third period. After a turnover in the defensive zone, freshman Bobby Price (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) received the puck at the blueline where he quickly passed it back to a streaking Prappas who carried the puck deep into the offensive end of the ice. From the left of the net he fired a pass in front of the goalie to Marcola who finished off the play with a backdoor goal putting the team ahead 4-3.

Following offsetting penalties, the team’s lined up in the Thunder offensive zone to face off in 4-on-4 hockey. Hallford won the faceoff, moving the puck back to the point where junior Brett Tierney (West Chicago, Ill.) collected it at the point. After thinking about passing the puck, he moved up the boards before firing a shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle deflecting it into the net off the goalie to give the team a two-goal lead at 5-3.

Trine would hold off the Pipers to finish the game with the win, starting the season 1-0. Sophomore Shane Brancato (Lake Villa, Ill.) played in net for the team and finished the game with 15 saves despite allowing the three goals.

The Thunder will face off with Hamline again tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 30. The road contest is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET or 2 p.m. CT.

Bultemeyer Becomes Two-Time MVR and Leads Thunder to Third Place Team Finish at MIAA Championships

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Trine University women’s cross country team, led by senior Evie Bultemeyer [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead], laid claim to third place as a team in the 6K race at the 2021 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships on Friday afternoon.

Bultemeyer took home first place on the individual leaderboard and earned the title Most Valuable Runner for the second time in her career (2019). She topped the field by nearly 29 seconds and trimmed 1:24 off her race-winning time from two years ago. Bultemeyer becomes a four-time All-Conference recipient and two-time Most Valuable Runner in her career, a first for Trine since joining the league.

The team championship went to Hope College, followed by Calvin University and Trine.

“Our women’s team struggled a bit today,” Head Coach Zach Raber stated. “In our conference, with Hope and Calvin, if you’re off just a little bit, then you’re in for a tough day. Evie was really good today.  She’s continuing to put together a great season. Carol Haldeman [Syracuse, Ind. / Fairfield] and Chloe Brittain [Wheeler, Mich. / Breckenridge] also ran well.”

Haldeman finished 14th with a career-best time of 23:13.6. Haldeman and Brittain, who placed 15th at 23:14.2, were members of the Second Team All-Conference. It is the sophomore Haldeman’s first time being named All-Conference and Brittain now becomes a two-time All-MIAA titleholder.

Freshmen Chloe Goodrich [Burlington, Ind. / Carroll] and Lydia Randolph [Jefferson, Ohio / Edgewood Senior] wrapped up Trine scoring with 29th and 30th place finishes. Goodrich crossed the finish line at 24:18.2 and Randolph a time of 24:23.0.

“We’ll need to tighten things up over the next two weeks for Regionals, but I’m confident we’ll bounce back,” Raber acknowledged.

The Great Lakes Regional will take place on Saturday, November 13 at Blue River Cross Country Course Shelbyville, Indiana.

Five From Five as Thunder Roll to 5-1 Victory

ANGOLA, Ind. — Five different Thunder tallied goals as the Trine University women’s hockey team defeated visiting Stevenson University by the score of 5-1 in their season opening home contest.

The Thunder opened the scoring in the contest in the 16th minute of play. Just after the end of a power play opportunity, Trine gave up possession to the Mustangs who drove the ice and fired a shot on goal. Freshman Ryleigh Furlong (Lakeville, Minn. / Farmington), who received the start in net for the team, turned aside the shot leaving the rebound out wide for senior Theresa DiMaggio (Shelby Township, Mich. / Little Caesars) who took the puck around the back of the net and fired a pass up the ice. Sophomore Grace Hicks (Layton, Utah / Utah Lady Grizzlies) collected the puck in the neutral zone and carried it the rest of the way before scoring on a shot in close to the net.

The 1-0 lead would be short lived, with the Mustangs taking advantage of a power play opportunity just two minutes later. The 1-1 score would hold into the first intermission.

Trine came out of the break on a mission scoring two goals in the first ten minutes of the second period. The first came in the sixth minute. Following an offensive zone faceoff, senior Kirsten Vandenheuvel (Denfield, Ont. / Bluewater Hawks) fired a shot toward the net that died among defenders and teammates just inside the crease. The loose puck bounced off of senior Brandi Wilson (Fenton, Mich. / Little Caesars) before DiMaggio finished off the play by forcing the puck past the goalie’s blocker.

The team would make the score 3-1 at the nine-minute mark of the period. Trine came up with a win on an offensive zone faceoff following a penalty called against the Mustangs. The Thunder would pass the puck around the point, before freshman Payton Hans (Johnson Creek, Wis. / Madison Capitals) ended up with the puck at the top of the faceoff circle. She fired a pass down to the side of the net where Wilson quickly moved it along. Her pass would move across the face of the net to junior Gabrielle Hicks (Layton, Utah / Utah Lady Grizzlies) who scored through the back door.

The score held for the rest of the second and most of the third, before Trine pulled away in the final two minutes of play. In the 19th minute, Vandenheuvel came up with a loose puck at center ice and passed it forward to Wilson who carried it into the offensive zone. She would then pass it across the ice to junior Grace Canty (West Bloomfield, Mich. / HoneyBaked) who fired an on target shot from the point giving the team a 4-1 lead.

The Mustangs, desperate for a spark of offense, pulled their goalie in favor of an extra attacker. It would backfire. Freshman Kailey Mleko (Hoffman Estates, Ill. / Glenview Stars) fought through a Stevenson defender to come up with the puck in the offensive end. She would pass it to a trailing Hans who fired a shot into the unprotected net putting the team up 5-1.

Furlong responded well after allowing the first period goal and played two shutout periods to secure the win for the team in net. She finished with 22 saves in the contest.

The Thunder start the season 1-0 following the victory. They will host Oswego State tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 30 in their second game of the season. The contest is set to start at 2 p.m.

Trine Finishes Third at MIAA Cross Country Championships; Acker and Brickler Claim All-Conference

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Trine University men’s cross country team brought home a third place team finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships on Friday.

Calvin was able to capture the team title with Brandan Knepper finishing first in the 8K event. Hope finished second, followed by the Thunder in third.

“We ran a really tough race on the men’s side today,” Head Coach Zach Raber said of the team’s performance. “Calvin just had too much firepower up front. We battled well with Hope for much of the race but they had a little more at the end.  I was particularly happy with Noah Acker [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] and Zachary Brickler [Indianapolis, Ind. / Ben Davis] today. They really ran well.”

Acker was the top finisher for Trine in 10th with a time of 25:52.0. His performance was good enough to claim Second Team All-Conference honors. Joining him as a Second Team All-Conference recipient was the sophomore, Brickler. Brickler was a few seconds back of Acker in 12th position at 26:05.7.

Other scoring members for Trine included Eli Lantz [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Churubusco], Holden Martin [Indianapolis, Ind. / Scecina Memorial] and Joseph Packard [Kokomo, Ind. / Western]. Lantz placed 17th with a time of 26:27.9, with Martin and Packard just behind in 18th (26:29.1) and 19th (26:31.4).

“We’re a very young team, so the future is bright,” Raber added postrace.

The next event for the Thunder is the Great Lakes Regional at the Blue River Cross Country Course in Shelbyville, Indiana. That event takes place on Saturday, November 13.

Albers Hat Trick Helps Royals Roll to 6-1 Victory Over Northland

BLAINE, Minn. – The Bethel University women’s hockey team opened their season in style with a 6-1 victory over Northland College. The Royals were led by sophomore Lindsey Albers who scored BU’s second goal in the first period and then added a pair of empty netters in the third for a hat trick. Bethel outshot Northland 47-20 on the night with goalie Mallory Tidona making 19 saves in net to earn the win.

McKayla Machlitt scored BU’s first goal of the season with an assist to Emily Roder just three and a half minutes into the game. Albers first goal came midway through the first period with an assist from Annie Gydesen. The Royals led 2-0 after the first, outshooting the LumberJills 17-2 in the opening period. Roder scored a nifty goal just over seven minutes into the second period with an assist from Albers. Paige Landis then extended the lead to 4-0 11:18 into the second with her first collegiate goal. Brynn Swenson and Dylan Grilz assisted on Landis’ goal. 

The LumberJills were able to get on the board with a goal 4:24 into the third period but BU would not allow another before Albers put the finishing touches on the night with the two empty netters late in the third. 

The two teams will square off again on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Bethel University Arena as the Royals will go for the series sweep.

Posner’s Hat Trick Paces Royals to Overtime Victory at UW-Stout

MENOMONIE, Wis. – For the second time in three seasons, the Bethel University men’s hockey team has opened its season with a one-goal road victory at Wisconsin -Stout. The Royals took down the Blue Devils 3-2 in overtime as Luke Posner lit the lamp with under a minute to go completing a hat trick for the night.
 
Bethel went into the first intermission trailing 1-0 while being outshot 12-6 in the opening period. Bethel held strong killing a penalty five minutes in before killing another that overlapped the end of the first and 1:13 of the second.
 
It didn’t take long for the Royals to pick up their first power play goal of the year as Posner socred his first of the evening 28 seconds into the man advantage. Freshmen Braeden Bartoo and Jack Bayless each picked up their first collegiate assist.
 
Also picking up their first collegiate assists were Caydon Meyer and Ben Doherty helping Posner score his second of the night at the 16:48 mark in the second.
 
Stout erased Bethel’s one goal lead less than two minutes later. Tied going into the third, BU’s special teams forced Stout to come out empty on all three power plays. Bethel held the Blue Devils to 0-for-5 on the night during the man advantage.
 
Both teams had scoring changes late but were to no avail. With new rules being implemented this season, the tames skated 3-on-3 during a five-minute overtime sudden death period.  
 
A stop at one end of the ice allowed Posner to skate coast to coast before completing the hat trick with 31 seconds remaining.
 
Netminder Ridge Gerads picked up the win between the pipes with 32 saves.
 
Bethel now opens the home portion of its 2021-22 schedule next weekend hosting Finlandia Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.

Royals Can’t Connect on Last Second Opportunity, Draw with Augsburg

MINNEAPOLIS – The Bethel University men’s soccer team came into Friday’s match needing a win to at least have hope at reaching the MIAC Playoffs. Forcing overtime with a goal in the 86th minute, Bethel couldn’t find the golden goal in the extra 20 minutes ending their season with a tie at Augsburg, 1-1.
 
Giving up a goal 1:49 into the contest, Bethel responded in the best way possible firing off chance after chance. Bethel stayed in the battle continuing to break down the Augsburg back line before Keegan Mellema found the equalizer in the 86th minute.
 
The Royals gave themselves life and took two shots in the first overtime period but to no success. With five shots for the Auggies in the second overtime, BU held strong and almost capitalized on its only chance at a shot.
 
Bethel had one last counter attack in them as the scoreboard counted down from 30 seconds
 
Mathieu LaFrombois had a wide-open look just inside of 18 yards after a nice centering pass from the left side. LaFrombois sent a rocket of a shot that sailed over the crossbar as the horn sounded ending Bethel’s season.
 
The Royals conclude the 2021 season with an overall record of 9-7-2 where the nine wins is the most since 2016 and their .556 winning percentage is the best since 2011. The Royals finished 3-5-2 in MIAC play.

No. 20 Bethel Volleyball Clips the 20-Win Mark on Senior Night

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The No. 20th-ranked Bethel University volleyball team cruised to a three-set MIAC victory over Macalester on senior night winning by scores of 25-18, 25-6, 25-14.
 
Prior to the match Bethel honored its four senior student athletes in Hannah WilhiteAllie FauthRylee Forshee and Emma Carlson.
 
The Royals hit a season best .463 while earning its 20th victory for the third time in six seasons, excluding the shortened COVID-19 season. With 10 different players recording a kills, Danielle Friedges led all attackers with 10 kills while Emily RossingNatalie Hallstrom and Grace Solberg added seven each.
 
Five ties in the first 10 points combined of the opening set saw a kill from Friedges give BU a lead the rest of the way. Along with Friedges, the Royals gave some attention to Emily Rossing who tallied five kills in the set on eight swings.
 
Bethel’s best attacking set came in the second where they hit .303 with 18 kills on 27 swings and one error. Allie Fauth, Hallstrom and Solberg all had four kills in the set while BU tallied three blocks holding Macalester to six points.
 
The Royals closed it out in the third hitting .486 led by Friedges with six kills. Bethel’s defense held Macalester to a .143 hitting percentage in the set while coming up with 20 digs.
 
A share at minimum of the MIAC regular season title is on the line Saturday evening as the Royals host Hamline. The two teams along with Gustavus Adolphus all enter Saturday with a 9-1 MIAC record.

Preview: The Hanover football team celebrates Hall of Fame Day

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team welcomes Manchester University to Alumni Stadium for Hall of Fame Day.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: At halftime, Hanover will recognize its three newest members of the Panther Hall of Fame.

Carly (Meek) Riehle – Carley, a 2008 graduate, is arguably one of the best volleyball players to ever  wear a Hanover uniform as she was named a four time First Team All-HCAC selection, while also earning HCAC Most Valuable Player accolades in  2007. During her senior campaign in 2007, she propelled the team to an NCAA Tournament berth as well as an HCAC Tournament Championship.


Molly (Martin) Pabst – Molly a 2011 graduate, played four seasons with the Hanover women’s basketball program. During her four years, Molly helped lead Hanover to a HCAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship as well as an NCAA Tournament berth. During her career, she was named HCAC New Comer of the year in 2007, the Conference Most Valuable Player in 2011, and a four time HCAC First Team selection. Following her career, Martin was also recognized as an Honorable Mention All-American.


Larry Duke (The Voice of the Panthers) – Larry started covering the Panthers in 1984 when called his first football game on WORX with Bob Sieman. Football isn’t the only sport he has broadcast, Larry can also be heard on the sidelines of basketball games. During his time with Hanover he has also been on the call for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, and most recently volleyball games.


THE LAST MEETING: The last meeting between Hanover and Manchester came in 2019 with the Blue and Red capturing the 56-7 victory. The Panthers were led in the contest by senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) with 184 yards rushing three touchdowns. The senior averaged 13.1 yards per carry. Defensively, senior Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) added nine total tackles including a half sack.

Ejah’s 21 Points Propel No. 2 Cougars Past Graceland Yellow Jackets

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Friday evening, the No. 2 University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-0) traveled to Goshen, Indiana to compete in the 2021 Goshen College Comfort Inn Halloween Classic as they opened against the Graceland University Yellow Jackets (0-1) and won 89-69 behind 52 points in the second half.

Opening the game, both teams went back and forth through the first six minutes. Then down 13-11, the Cougars surged ahead on consecutive three-pointers by junior guard Dan McKeeman and freshman forward Tyson Elwer to take a 17-13 lead.

The Yellow Jackets answered back with five unanswered points, but the Cougars remained composed with six unanswered of their own just a few minutes later.

Graceland then spent the next several minutes of the frame playing catch up, which paid off with under five minutes remaining as they regained the lead 30-29 on a three-pointer.

Before the first half ended, the Cougars got the lead right back on field goals by junior guards Jalan Mull and Antwaan Cushingberry as Saint Francis held the lead 37-34 going to halftime.

Although the Yellow Jackets trailed at the half, they remained composed and stayed with the Cougars in the early minutes of the second half tying them at 39 at one point.

But then Jalan Mull made another field goal to give the Cougars the lead for good and with 18 minutes to play they built on their lead.

With five minutes to play, the Cougars had built themselves an 18-point lead and a couple made free throws by senior guard Tyler Smith sealed the deal for Saint Francis as they improve to 2-0 on the season and open the Halloween weekend tournament on a positive note.

Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 51 percent from the floor, 50 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 82 percent from the free throw line. Sophomore forward David Ejah led the team in scoring with 21 points and in rebounds with 12. Meanwhile, Cushingberry, Mull, and McKeeman each combined for 42 points.

The Comfort Inn Halloween Classic concludes tomorrow as the Cougars will take on the Aquinas College Saints (1-0) beginning at 3:00 pm.

IU KOKOMO DEFEATS IU SOUTHEAST IN FOUR SETS

KOKOMO, Ind. – The IU Southeast volleyball team fell to IU Kokomo 25-21, 25-15, 21-25, 25-6 on Friday.

Emilee Organ had nine kills to lead IU Southeast. Izzy Stallard had six kills and Delaney Nichols and Maggie Purichia each added five.

A slow start was the difference in the first set for IU Southeast. The Grenadiers (13-11, 9-5 RSC) fell behind 16-5 before rallying to cut the deficit to 20-15. A kill by Purichia sparked the rally and a pair of kills by Organ and a kill and a block by Nichols got the Grenadiers back in the set.

But the lead was too large to overcome and the Cougars were able to hang on for the first set win.

IU Southeast trailed 12-8 in the second set but the Cougars pulled away on a 11-5 run.  They forced set point on an ace by Lorelei Porter and won the set on a service error.

The Grenadiers put together a great all-around set in the third. Izzy Stallard was the spark offensively as she had three kills during a 9-3 run to open the period. The Grenadiers would race out to a 16-8 lead.

The Cougars rallied to cut the lead to 21-18 but a pair of kills by Organ and Purichia forced set point and a block by Organ and Alexis Franks won the set for the Grenadiers.

The fourth set was all IU Kokomo as they recorded 12 kills to just one error in the final period of play. IU Southeast fell behind 17-4 and did not recover.

Hannah Brown led IU Southeast with 15 assists and Cate Murphy added 14. Lexie Fisher had 28 digs to lead the Grenadiers. Maggie Purichia had five block assists and Jennie Malone added four in the contest.

IU Southeast visits St. Mary-of-the-Woods Saturday at noon.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COME BACK FALLS SHORT AGAINST MAYVILLE STATE FRIDAY; SCHMIDT RECORDS DOUBLE DOUBLE

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Junior Michaela Schmidt added another double-double to her resume but the IU Northwest women’s basketball team come back attempt came up short as the RedHawks lost their season opener against Mayville State during day one of the Cardinal Stritch Classic. Four starters reached double figures in scoring.

TEAM RECORDS
Mayville State (1-1) | IU Northwest (0-1) 

IU NORTHWEST LEADERS
Points: Michaela Schmidt (16), Tiara Jackson (13), Sarah Martin (12), Samantha Martin (10)
Rebounds: Michaela Schmidt (10)
Assists: Karli Miller (2)
Blocks: Samantha Martin (1)
Steals: Karli Miller (3)

GAME RECAP
Mayville State jumped out to an early 7-2 lead in the first three minutes of the contest. Samantha Martin and Sarah Martin made back-to-back baskets for IU Northwest to keep the RedHawks within striking distance.

The Comets keep adding onto the lead midway through the first quarter. It was 14-8 in favor of Mayville State then the Comets ended the quarter on a 10-2 run to go up 24-10 after one.

MSU started the second quarter with a bucket then the RedHawks responded after the basket by Michaela Schmidt and back-to-back layups by Samantha Martin made it 26-16. The Comets bounced right back with consecutive baskets of their own.

It was 32-17 with 3:31 left in the half right after IU Northwest called timeout, the RedHawks scored eight straight points with two layups by Schmidt and baskets by Sarah Martin and Tiara Jackson made it 32-25 with just under two minutes left.

The Comets responded with a three-pointer but then Sarah Martin made a layup to end the half with Mayville State leading 35-27 at the break.

Both Martins opened up the second half with baskets to cut it back down to four (35-31). Mayville State bounced back with a three-pointer to stretch it back out to seven.

Lauren Smolen capped off six points in a row for IU Northwest to make it a one-point game is (38-37). That was the closest the RedHawks got the rest of the night as the Comets made a 10-4 run to close out the third.

MSU opened up the fourth quarter with a three-pointer before Jackson and Schmidt made back-to-back layups to make it a six-point game in favor of the Comets again. The RedHawks made it 60-56 Mayville after a basket by Karli Miller but the Comets closed out the game and won 64-59.

UP NEXT
IU Northwest will return to action for the final day of the Cardinal Stritch Classic, Saturday, October 29 as the RedHawks take on Michigan-Dearborn starting around 4 p.m. CT.

MEN’S BASKETBALL SURVIVES CLOSE ONE AGAINST TAYLOR; HERNANDEZ LEADS WAY WITH 25 POINTS

GARY, Ind. — Junior Brian Hernandez led the IU Northwest Men’s Basketball team with 25 points off the bench as the RedHawks were able to escape Taylor, 64-63, inside the Savannah Center, Friday.

RECORDS
IU Northwest (1-0) | Taylor (0-2) 

IU NORTHWEST LEADERS
Points: Brian Hernandez (25)
Rebounds: Jared Johnson (6)
Assists: Brian HernandezJared JohnsonLarry LynchMarshaud WatkinsLouis Williams (1)
Blocks: Brian Hernandez (1)
Steals: Jerron Tatum (3)

GAME RECAP
Taylor started the game up 13-6 with 13:28 left in the first half. IU Northwest started to make their come back after scoring the next eight points with Damond Crosby scoring the last four to grab a 14-13 lead.

Both teams would trade lead changes back and forth but the Trojans would grab their biggest lead of the half making it 31-25 with 3:01 left in the first. Hernandez caught fire from behind the three-point line after the junior hit back-to-back threes in the span of a minute to tie it at 31-all.

Taylor would convert on an and-one on the next possession to shortly grab the lead. The RedHawks were able to get the last four points of the half after Hernandez made a pair at the line and Jerron Tatum hit a layup to make it 35-34 at the break. 

Jared Johnson opened the second half with a basket and a three-pointer to give the RedHawks a 40-34 lead. Taylor was able to respond with back-to-back threes to tie the game at 40-all at the 17:32 mark. 

Both teams would trade leads again for the rest of the contest. Neither team would grab a lead of more than four. The Trojans made it 57-53 with 6:36 left in the game.

Marshaud Watkins and Hernandez tied it right back up with back-to-back buckets. Taylor responded with a three-pointer which made it 60-57 but IU Northwest responded right back with a three by Hernandez and back-to-back layups by Crosby and Tromon Weston to make it 64-60 with 2:52 left in the game.

The RedHawks were unable to score again the rest of the way but Taylor scored three more points to make it 64-63 IU Northwest with 1:33 remaining in the contest. The score held up at 64-63 with IU Northwest coming out on top.

UP NEXT
IU Northwest will be back in action Wednesday, November 3 as the RedHawks travel to IU Kokomo to take on the Kougars starting at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Pride win third straight, defeat Lewis 9-6 on the road

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — The Purdue University Northwest D2 hockey team scored three goals in each period to defeat Lewis University (IL) 9-6 Friday night inside the Canlan Ice Sports Arena. The matchup served as the Northern Collegiate Hockey League (NCHL) opener for the Pride.

With the victory, PNW improved to 7-6 overall and captured its third straight win. The Pride have scored 20 goals during the recent streak.

Brandon McNeal (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Craig Herman (Bloomington, Minn.) each registered a hat trick while Brandon Prodoehl (Munster, Ind.) scored twice and Sam Bourdages (Hearst, Ontario) added a goal with team-high four assists.

Assists were also credited to Prodoehl (3), Herman, Tyler Hoffman (Waunakee, Wis.) (2), Brett Bandstra (Dyer, Ind.) (2), Jeremy Lochow (Homer Glen, Ill.)Ryan Gallant (Oshawa, Ontario) and Xavier Emslander (Germany).

UP NEXT
PNW and Lewis will square off tomorrow afternoon back at the Canlan Ice Sports Arena in Romeoville. The Pride are set to return home next weekend against Marquette.

Men’s Soccer scores four goals in road victory over Northwood

Score:  Purdue Northwest 4, Northwood 1
Location: Dean Soccer Field (Midland, Mich.)
Records:  PNW 8-7-0 (7-5-0 GLIAC) / NU 4-11-1 (3-8-1 GLIAC)
 
Isaiah Nieves tallied a career-high six points with a brace and two assists to lead Purdue Northwest past Northwood on Friday, 4-1.
 
Nieves put the Pride on the board in the 22nd minute off a throw-in play with Christian Booth and Ryan Moran picking up assists. Two minutes later, Booth found the back of the net from 18 yards and Nieves earned the assist for the eventual game-winner.
 
Ryan Moran got in on the action shortly after halftime to put PNW ahead 3-0 in the 51st minute off a set piece initiated by Nieves for another assist. Moran leads the team in goals with seven, followed by Nieves and Booth with five each. Nieves is the team leader in assists with 10 on the year – which puts him second in the conference for most assists. The senior midfielder is now four points shy of breaking the all-time PNW career record.
 
Nieves found the back of the net again in the 76th minute. That strike raised the Pride advantage back to three following a Northwood penalty kick goal.
 
The Pride out-shot the Timberwolves 22-16 overall and produced an 11-6 edge in shots on target.
 
Goalkeeper Sebastian Contreras registered four saves between the pipes for the Pride.
 
PNW has now claimed five of the previous six meetings with Northwood. The Pride lead the all-time series between the two teams, 5-3-1.

 
UP NEXT
PNW will travel to Saginaw Valley State for Sunday’s final road match of the regular season. The Pride host Davenport on Thursday, Nov. 4 in the regular-season finale.

RHIT Men’s Swim-Dive Tops Wabash 186-101

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s swimming and diving team won 11 of the evening’s 16 events to capture a 186.5-101.5 victory over Wabash College on Friday night.

Jared Brown, Derick Miller, Vineet Ranade and Evan Sellers led the performance with two individual wins each.

Brown won the 50-freestyle (21.63) and 100-freestyle (48.44).  Miller captured the 100-butterfly (51.87) and 200-butterfly (2:01.67) victories.  Ranade claimed the 200-individual medley (2:02.59) and 200-breaststroke (2:15.75).  Sellers won the 500-freestyle (4:51.53) and the 1000-freestyle (10:08.45).

Brendan King added a victory in the 200-freestyle (1:46.46).

The Fightin’ Engineers also swept both relay events on the evening.  Ryan Nikolic, Miller, Brown and Tyler Sommer won the 200-medley in 1:37.21.  Sommer, Logan McLaughlin, Nikolic and Brown captured the 200-freestyle in 1:26.32.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at home against Anderson and Bluffton on Saturday Nov. 6. 

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Westgate Records Double-Double as Trojans Lose to No. 20 Olivet Nazarene

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – In a competitive match-up between two Top-25 teams, No. 25 Taylor lost its first game of the season to No. 20 Olivet Nazarene (1-0) by a score of 89-79. Nonetheless, sophomore, Taylor Westgate, put in a tremendous effort, collecting her first double-double of the year while posting 13 points and 12 boards.

The Trojans got off to a fast start, taking an early 7-2 lead, before the Tigers quickly drew even and eventually went up 23-20 with a late three-pointer to end the first quarter.

Taylor shot at a solid clip in the opening frame, maintaining a 44 percent mark from the floor and 40 percent from three. Kayla Kirtley led the Trojan attack, scoring nine points while shooting 80 percent.

Toward the end of the second quarter, Olivet Nazarene was looking to head into half with a significant 14-point lead, however, a late surge by the Trojans cut the lead to seven.

Merideth Deckard led the way by knocking in two big three’s, while Ava Henson contributed five points of her own. Taylor struggled to maintain its efficiency from three, however, shooting just a 30 percent from deep in the second frame.

The Trojans went into the half down seven, and, unfortunately, they could not cut into the Tiger lead coming out of the half. Despite a solid 10 minutes from sophomore, Claycee West, who posted a career-high 22 points on Tuesday, Taylor finished the third quarter down 10.

Throughout the third frame, Lauren James and Ava Henson each collected four points from the free-throw line as the Trojans managed to cut the Tiger lead to three at one point. However, the momentum slipped back to Olivet Nazarene while the Tigers continually scored in answer to any attack the Trojans could throw their way.

Westgate had a monster fourth quarter, scoring eight points and securing seven rebounds on her way to a second-career double-double. Even so, Olivet Nazarene maintained its lead while the Trojans shot a mere 14.3 percent from three-point land, culminating in a 10-point victory over the Trojans.

Kayla Kirtley led the way for Taylor with 16 points, while Henson added 13 and West contributed 14 off the bench.

Throughout the game, Taylor struggled to outpace the Tiger offense as the Trojans were not efficient in their strong-suit, finishing the game with a 26.9 shooting percentage on 26 three-point shots taken.

Meanwhile, Taylor turned the ball over 30 times, making it difficult for the Trojans to maintain any of their hard-fought momentum.

Taylor (1-1) will have a chance to bounce back soon, however, as the Trojans take on Trinity Christian on Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Hubbard, Hahn Lead Trojans in Loss at Indiana Northwest

GARY, Ind. – Jason Hubbard and Aaron Hahn teamed for 45 of Taylor’s 63 points on Friday at Indiana Northwest but the Trojans fell by a 64-63 margin in a game that featured 12 lead changes and eight ties.

Hubbard netted 21 points in the opening half and finished 10-of-19 from the field for 29 points on the night, while adding 13 rebounds and two steals. Hahn went six-of-six from the floor and recorded a career-high 16 points to go with two steals.

Jeff Clayton chipped in with seven rebounds and Kaden Fuhrmann added seven points.

Taylor shot well once again, going 48.9 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three-point territory, but was again haunted by turnovers. The Trojans gave the ball up 19 times and were outscored by a 22-12 gap in points off turnovers.

The game was tightly contested throughout, with Taylor trailing 35-34 at the half. IU Northwest (1-0) scored the first five of the second to open its largest lead of the game, but Taylor drew even at 40-40 with back-to-back treys from Jackson Lewis and Hahn.

No team led by more than three from there until a Fuhrmann triple gave Taylor a 57-53 edge with 6:36 showing on the clock.

The hosts countered by rattling off an 11-3 spurt over the next four-plus minutes to go up 64-60 with 2:52 remaining in the affair.

Taylor held the Red Hawks scoreless the rest of the way but could only manage three points in that time and suffered the one-point defeat.

TU (0-2) will be right back at it on Saturday, October 30, with a 4:00 pm start at Governors State (1-2).

Trailblazers advance to Region 24 Championship with sweep of Lake Land College

MT. CARMEL, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team continued their winning streak Friday afternoon by defeating Lake Land College 25-20, 25-23, 28-26 in the Region 24 Semi-Finals at Wabash Valley.

The VU winning streak now sits at 11 wins in a row dating back to Sept. 25. The Trailblazers have also only lost four sets during this streak.

Vincennes looked to be the more aggressive team in the opening set against Lake Land, as the Blazers jumped out to a 10-3 lead with some excellent serving from freshman Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) who accounted for four aces during the opening set.

Lake Land would rally back to even the score at 15-all midway through the set.

The Trailblazers would battle back however, as Vincennes closed out the first set on a 6-2 scoring run to win the first set 25-20 over the Lakers.

Set two began as a back-and-forth battle one might expect out of these evenly-matched teams before Lake Land launched an impressive 10-1 scoring run to take a 16-7 lead.

VU never gave up though, as sophomore libero Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) stepped to the service line and helped guide an 8-0 scoring run, before the Blazers would get another 4-0 scoring run to take a 19-17 lead.

With the momentum completely shifted to the VU sideline, the Blazers looked to close out the set. After the two teams traded side outs, a serve in the net by Lake Land gave the Trailblazers the set two victory 25-23 and a 2-0 match lead.

Vincennes again got off to a slow start in the third set as Lake Land looked to avoid being swept and keep their Championship dreams alive with a 10-4 early lead.

Sophomore Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) was the one to help bring the Blazers back this time, scoring the next six points unanswered, including an ace for Russell, to even the game a 10-10.

The set continued as the two teams traded points and small scoring runs before Lake Land tied the game at 24-24 to force overtime.

Vincennes ultimately served match point four times in the third set before finally being able to close out the Lakers, taking set three and the match 28-26 and sending the Trailblazers into the Region 24 Championship game Saturday, Oct. 30.

“Our blocking and serving were on tonight,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We did not have many blocks in the statistics, but we took away Lake Land’s favorite shots. They had to hit around us and go off speed and it took us a little while to adjust but our defense picked up.”

“We fought our way back from being behind in every set, which speaks volumes about the strength of this team,” Sien added.

VU was led offensively by Addison Ainscough, who finished with a team-high 12 kills and five aces offensively. Ainscough also completed a double-double with 10 digs and a pair of blocks.

Freshman hitter Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) also reached double-figures in the kills column, finishing with 10, while also adding seven digs and a pair of blocks defensively.

Sophomores Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.), Jamie Russell and Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) had big games at the net, with Metzger finishing with seven kills and two blocks, Russell ending with six kills, three blocks and a pair of aces and Cornelson finishing with four kills and a pair of blocks.

Freshmen Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) and Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) rounded out the VU offense, with the pair ending with a kill each.

Graber helped run the VU offense from the setter position with fellow freshman Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) with Graber leading the team with 20 set assists and Mulligan ending with a double-double of 15 set assists, 11 digs and a pair of aces.

The Trailblazers back row defense was again run by Grace Earp, who was aided by the return of fellow sophomore Amee Beedle who had missed the last six matches due to injury.

Earp led the Blazers with 14 digs, while also adding a pair of set assists and Beedle came through with nine digs of her own.

“We did not hit well as a team, but we kept on swinging and still got a number of kills,” Sien said. “Our serving was exceptional as we served tough and had good location. We had a number of aces, but that didn’t tell the whole story, as we went on serving runs with Grace, Addison and Jamie.”

The Trailblazers will have a short turnaround as they look to capture their first Region 24 Championship since joining the Region in 2018 against No. 2-seed John A. Logan, Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. eastern.

“Same story, different weekend,” Sien said. “We will celebrate a bit tonight and get ready to go for a Region Championship on Saturday.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1929       The Cardinals name their coach Gabby Street as the team’s field boss to replace Bill McKechnie, who left to manage the Boston Braves. In his first two seasons, the new Redbirds’ manager will lead the club to two National League pennants and a World Series championship.

1956       The sale of the historical, but out-of-date, Ebbets Field to real estate developer Marvin Kratter becomes one of the first indications the ballpark is nearing its end, and, perhaps, a harbinger of the Dodgers’ departure from Brooklyn. As part of the deal, club owner Walter O’Malley is given a three-year lease, with an additional two years to be added in January, to stay and play at the Flatbush facility, which means the ‘Bums’ have a potential home in the borough until 1961.

1963       Sandy Koufax, who unanimously won the Cy Young Award six days ago, is also named the National League’s MVP. The Dodger southpaw, who compiled a 25-5 record along with a 1.88 ERA, out points Cardinals’ infielder Dick Groat, 237-190, collecting 14 of the 20 first-place votes cast by the BBWAA writers.

1964       American hurler Joe Stanka wins the league’s MVP award pitching for the Nankai Hawks. The 33 year-old right-hander’s three straight victories over the Yomiuri Giants help his team capture the Japanese Series.

1967       The White Sox announce the team will play nine regular-season games in Milwaukee during the 1968 season. The change in venue marks the first time an American League team will play outside its own city since 1905 when the Tigers hosted the Boston Americans at Neil Park in Columbus, Ohio.

1974       The writers select A’s hurler Catfish Hunter as the American League’s Cy Young Award recipient. The 25-game winner, due to a contract dispute with owner Charlie Finley, will be declared one of baseball’s first free-agents, becoming the game’s highest-paid pitcher at the end of December when he signs a five-year contract with the Yankees for $3.75 million.

1975       Giant pitcher John Montefusco (15-9, 2.88, 215), also known as ‘The Count,’ wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award. The Expos’ freshman catcher Gary Carter (.270, 18, 68), a 2003 inductee into the Hall of Fame, receives nine of the first-place votes of the 24 cast by the writers to finish second in the balloting.

1986       The Orioles trade Storm Davis to the Padres for catcher Terry Kennedy and minor leaguer Mark Williamson. After getting off to a 2-7 start with an ERA of 6.18 with San Diego, the right-hander will be dealt to Oakland in August for players to named later.

2000       Diamondback broadcaster Bob Brenly, signing a three-year, $2 million contract, is named the team manager. The former major league catcher replaces Buck Showalter, the club’s’ only manager, who was let go at the end of the season after compiling a 250-236 record for the three-year-old franchise.

2001       George W. Bush becomes the eighth president to attend a World Series game and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Wearing a New York Fire Department windbreaker in honor of the heroes of the September 11th attacks, the Commander-in-Chief walks to the mound by himself, gives a thumbs-up, and throws a perfect strike to the Yankees’ backup catcher, much to the delight of the stadium faithful.

2007       The Yankees sign Joe Girardi to a three-year deal worth a reported $7.5 million to replace popular manager Joe Torre, who left earlier in the month, rejecting a 29% pay cut after guiding his club to their 12th postseason appearance in 12 years. The 43 year-old former catcher and broadcaster, the NL manager of the year with the 2006 Marlins, beat out coaches Don Mattingly and Tony Pena to become the team’s 32nd skipper.

2007       Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, calling it a mutual decision, announces manager Grady Little (170-154, .525) has decided to leave the organization with a year left on his three-year contract. The resignation fuels speculation of the club hiring former Yankee manager Joe Torre as the team’s new skipper.

2007       Citing the veteran catcher’s ability to mentor younger players, the Astros re-sign Brad Ausmus to a one-year, $2 million incentive-laden deal. The 38 year-old Gold Glove backstop expects to have a reduced role next season when rookie sensation J.R. Towles takes over behind the plate for Houston.

2007       Ria Cortesio, professional baseball’s only active female umpire and sixth overall, is released after nine years of making calls in the minors. The 31 year-old crew chief, whose mask is in the Hall of Fame, worked the Futures Game and Home Run Derby at the 2006 All-Star Game played in Pittsburgh, and she was on the bases for an exhibition game between the Diamondbacks and Cubs during spring training.

2008       Ken Macha is hired by the Brewers to manage the team. The former A’s skipper, fired by Oakland after Detroit swept the club in the 2006 ALCS, replaces interim manager Dale Sveum, who finished with a dozen games left in the regular season for the fired Ned Yost.

2008       Adding another first baseman to an already crowded field at that position, the Royals obtain Mike Jacobs (.247, 32, 93) from the Marlins in exchange for reliever Leo Nunez (4-1, 2.98). The 28 year-old infielder from Florida gives Kansas City a much-needed left-handed slugger in the middle of the lineup.

2009       Tom Ricketts, the Cubs’ chairman, makes it clear that the new ownership intends to win a World Championship. At his introductory press conference, the investment banker tells the media he believes a thoughtful, long-range approach is needed for the team to succeed in overcoming its 101-year absence from the Fall Classic.

2009       Freddy Sanchez signs a $12-million, two-year contract extension to stay with the Giants, the team the Pirates traded him to in midseason in exchange for a minor league pitching prospect. Due to an ailing shoulder, the two-time All-Star second baseman and former batting champ played only 25 games with San Francisco.

2010       The Rangers win their first World Series game in franchise history, defeating the Giants at the Ballpark in Arlington, 4-2. The Game 3 victory is also the first by any Texas team in the Fall Classic, snapping a Lone Star State losing streak of six games, which started in 2005 when the White Sox swept the Astros.

2012       The Tigers announce the extension of Jim Leyland’s contract through 2013 after he managed the team to an American League pennant on a one-year deal this season. The 67 year-old skipper has been a major league manager for 21 years, including the last seven with Detroit, where he led the club to the postseason three times.

2013       The Red Sox capture the World Championship at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918 when the team beats the Cardinals, 6-1, in Game 6 of the Fall Classic. After suffering an 86-year drought between World Series titles, Boston has now won three crowns in the past ten years.

2015       In Game 3, Adalbert Mondesi becomes the first player to make his major league debut in a World Series game. Leading off in the top of the fifth inning, the 20-year-old Royals’ infielder strikes out looking as a pinch-hitter in the team’s 9-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.

2019       After beginning the season with the worst record through 50 games of any champion, the Nationals win the World Series, beating the Astros 6-2 in Game 7. The Minute Maid Park victory marks the first time in the history of the Fall Classic, where the road teams were a perfect 7-0 in the series.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills420.6670.0203982-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
New England Patriots340.4291.51791401-4-02-0-03-1-02-1-01 W
New York Jets150.1673.0801751-1-00-4-01-3-00-2-02 L
Miami Dolphins160.1433.51272070-3-01-3-01-4-01-1-06 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders520.7140.01801663-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.51481502-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Kansas City Chiefs340.4292.01882031-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-01 L
Denver Broncos340.4292.01401271-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-04 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals520.7140.01891282-1-03-1-03-0-02-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens520.7140.01871643-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 L
Cleveland Browns430.5711.01731653-1-01-2-02-2-00-0-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers330.5001.51171322-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans520.7140.01931643-1-02-1-04-1-02-0-03 W
Indianapolis Colts340.4292.01691491-2-02-2-02-2-01-1-02 W
Jacksonville Jaguars150.1673.51161721-3-00-2-01-4-00-2-01 W
Houston Texans160.1434.0972031-2-00-4-01-4-01-1-06 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys510.8330.02051463-0-02-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Washington Football Team250.2863.51462101-3-01-2-02-2-01-0-03 L
Philadelphia Eagles250.2863.51591850-3-02-2-02-3-00-1-02 L
New York Giants250.2863.51391801-3-01-2-02-4-00-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals710.8750.02461383-1-04-0-03-1-02-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams610.8570.52071463-1-03-0-05-1-01-1-03 W
San Francisco 49ers240.3334.01351490-3-02-1-02-3-00-2-04 L
Seattle Seahawks250.2864.51501620-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers710.8750.01921673-0-04-1-05-1-02-0-07 W
Minnesota Vikings330.5003.01471372-1-01-2-03-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears340.4293.51011622-1-01-3-01-3-01-1-02 L
Detroit Lions070.0006.51282000-3-00-4-00-5-00-3-07 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers610.8570.02331474-0-02-1-04-1-01-0-04 W
New Orleans Saints420.6671.51401011-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons330.5002.51351761-2-02-1-01-3-00-1-02 W
Carolina Panthers340.4293.01461462-2-01-2-01-4-01-0-04 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New York41.8002-12-02-04-14-12 W
Philadelphia32.6001.01-12-10-21-23-21 W
Toronto33.5001.52-31-01-03-23-32 W
Brooklyn33.5001.52-21-11-03-33-31 W
Boston23.4002.00-22-10-21-32-31 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago41.8002-12-02-03-14-11 L
Milwaukee32.6001.01-12-11-02-13-21 L
Cleveland33.5001.51-12-21-13-31 L
Indiana15.1673.51-10-40-11-51-53 L
Detroit04.0003.50-10-30-20-40-44 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami41.8003-01-12-04-14-13 W
Washington41.8002-02-11-04-14-12 W
Charlotte42.6670.51-13-11-14-24-21 L
Atlanta32.6001.02-01-20-11-23-21 L
Orlando15.1673.50-21-30-21-41-53 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah401.0002-02-02-04-04-04 W
Minnesota31.7501.02-11-02-13-11 W
Denver32.6001.52-11-10-13-13-21 W
Portland32.6001.53-10-13-23-22 W
Oklahoma City14.2003.51-20-20-11-31-41 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State41.8001-13-03-04-14-11 L
Sacramento32.6001.00-23-01-13-23-22 W
LA Lakers33.5001.52-21-10-22-33-31 W
Phoenix13.2502.50-21-11-11-31-32 L
LA Clippers14.2003.01-20-20-11-31-42 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas32.6002-01-22-02-13-21 L
Memphis32.6001-02-22-23-21 W
Houston14.2002.01-20-20-11-31-43 L
San Antonio14.2002.01-20-20-10-31-44 L
New Orleans15.1672.50-31-21-21-52 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers880016834155-0-03-0-08-0-0
Carolina Hurricanes770014731114-0-03-0-07-0-0
Washington Capitals850313530193-0-32-0-05-0-3
New York Rangers852111519181-1-14-1-05-2-1
Buffalo Sabres751111423144-1-01-0-15-1-1
Detroit Red Wings842210425262-1-22-1-04-2-2
Philadelphia Flyers64119425172-1-12-0-04-1-1
Tampa Bay Lightning84319426281-2-13-1-04-3-1
Pittsburgh Penguins73228324212-2-11-0-13-2-2
10 Columbus Blue Jackets74308419194-1-00-2-04-3-0
11 New York Islanders63217315153-2-13-2-1
12 Toronto Maple Leafs83417316252-1-11-3-03-4-1
13 Boston Bruins63306315182-0-01-3-03-3-0
14 Ottawa Senators73406319202-3-01-1-03-4-0
15 New Jersey Devils53206314153-2-03-2-0
16 Montreal Canadiens82604215251-3-01-3-02-6-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Calgary Flames751111525150-0-15-1-05-1-1
St. Louis Blues651010528152-1-03-0-05-1-0
Edmonton Oilers651010427183-1-02-0-05-1-0
Minnesota Wild752010521222-1-03-1-05-2-0
Winnipeg Jets74219427242-0-02-2-14-2-1
San Jose Sharks74308420181-1-03-2-04-3-0
Vegas Golden Knights84408321262-3-02-1-04-4-0
Seattle Kraken83417322252-1-01-3-13-4-1
Vancouver Canucks83417221230-2-03-2-13-4-1
10 Anaheim Ducks92437227331-2-11-2-22-4-3
11 Dallas Stars83417215221-1-12-3-03-4-1
12 Nashville Predators73406320202-3-01-1-03-4-0
13 Colorado Avalanche73406220261-2-02-2-03-4-0
14 Los Angeles Kings71513116231-2-00-3-11-5-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks80622017360-3-10-3-10-6-2
16 Arizona Coyotes80711012370-3-00-4-10-7-1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England33227465402512-3-110-4-373
x – Nashville SC32121645331228-8-04-8-452
Philadelphia321311845341110-3-33-8-550
New York City FC321381152341810-3-33-5-847
Orlando City SC3212119474708-6-24-5-747
Atlanta3112109423579-4-33-6-646
D.C.32135145250211-1-42-4-1044
New York3112712373257-5-35-2-943
CF Montreal31111010444138-4-33-6-743
Columbus32118134144-39-3-42-5-941
Inter Miami CF32115163450-167-2-74-3-938
Chicago3397173652-167-5-52-2-1234
Toronto FC3269173762-254-7-52-2-1227
FC Cincinnati3248203670-341-5-103-3-1020
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
x – Sporting KC3117775634229-5-28-2-558
x – Seattle3217785131208-4-49-3-458
x – Colorado32151074533128-7-17-3-655
Portland32154135051-110-2-45-2-949
Vancouver32121194343010-2-42-9-547
Los Angeles32137124650-48-4-45-3-846
Real Salt Lake3113612504739-4-24-2-1045
Minnesota32129113740-39-3-43-6-745
Los Angeles FC3212812504558-5-34-3-944
San Jose32910134150-95-4-74-6-637
Houston32612143651-156-6-40-6-1030
FC Dallas32611154454-104-7-52-4-1029
Austin3184193150-196-2-82-2-1128