INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Bishop Chatard 33, Guerin Catholic 10

Bloomington South 35, Southport 13

Carmel 45, North Central 0

Crispus Attucks 22 Phalen Academy 20, OT

Danville 43, Southmont 0

Decatur Central 34, Plainfield 14

Eastern Hancock 26, Milan 24

Fishers 35, Avon 25

Franklin Central 28, Noblesville 22

Greenwood 47, Perry Meridian 21

Hamilton Heights 26, Twin Lakes 17

Hamilton Southeastern 41, Zionsville 21

Heritage Christian 34, Covenant Christian 27

Indian Creek 27, Edgewood 15

Lapel 45, Traders Point Christian 15

Lawrence North 26, Ben Davis 24

Lebanon 28, Tri-West 21

Lutheran 31, Scecina 20

Martinsville 30, Whiteland 21

Monrovia 42, Beech Grove 26

Mooresville 45 Franklin 14

Mt. Vernon 43, Pendleton Heights 0

New Palestine 42, Greenfield-Central 22

North Central (Farmersburg) 28, Park Tudor 20

Roncalli 28, Brebeuf Jesuit 10

Sheridan 66, Taylor 6

Shortridge 35, Southside HomeSchool 22

Speedway 47, Edinburgh 6

Tech 34, McCutcheon 28

Tindley 41, Purdue Polytechnic 6

Triton Central 23, Cardinal Ritter 0

Warren Central 30, Pike 13

Western Boone 52, Hammond Central 6

Westfield 24, Brownsburg 21

Yorktown 35, Shelbyville 0

Adams Central 48, South Adams 7

Andrean 31, Hobart 28

Bedford North Lawrence 47, Jennings County 14

Blackford 36, Elwood 28

Bloomington North 69, New Albany 45

Bluffton 62, Southern Wells 6

Bremen 21, John Glenn 7

Brownstown Central 48, Seymour 13

Carroll (Flora) 34, Tri-Central 0

Carroll (Fort Wayne) 59, Fort Wayne South 0

Castle 53, Evansville Reitz 21

Caston 26, North White 10

Center Grove 48 Lawrence Central 0

Centerville 49, Northeastern 0

Central Noble 27, Lakeland 14

Charlestown 38, Scottsburg 0

Chesterton 27, Portage 0

Churubusco 47, Fremont 0

Columbus East 28, Floyd Central 14

Columbus North 24, Terre Haute North 0

Concord 38, Mishawaka 24

Covington 54, South Newton 27

Culver Academy 42, North Judson 21

DeKalb 50, Huntington North 49

Delphi 28, Clinton Prairie 21

Delta 48, New Castle 12

East Central 42, South Dearborn 7

Eastbrook 55, Alexandria 0

Eastern (Greentown) 49, Clinton Central 20

Eastside 42, Prairie Heights 6

Elkhart 37, South Bend St. Joseph 6

Eminence (Ky.) 59, Switzerland County 14

Evansville Harrison 39, Vincennes Lincoln 13

Evansville Mater Dei 21, Evansville North 14

Evansville Memorial 49, Evansville Bosse 8

Fairfield 26, Angola 14

Fort Wayne Dwenger 45, Fort Wayne Concordia 10

Fort Wayne Luers 56, Fort Wayne Northrop 0

Fort Wayne Snider 42, Fort Wayne Wayne 6

Franklin County 22, Greensburg 18

Gary West 56, West Central 14

Gibson Southern 42, Heritage Hills 3

Greencastle 42, Brown County 20

Hanover Central 77, Boone Grove 0

Harrison (West Lafayette) 49, Muncie Central 0

Holy Cross (Ky.) 34, Providence 7

Homestead 49, Fort Wayne North 7

Jasper 35, Evansville Central 7

Jeffersonville 29, Silver Creek 23, OT

Jimtown 69, South Bend Clay 8

Knightstown 21, Cambridge City Lincoln 14

Lafayette Central Catholic 35, Rensselaer Central 0

Lafayette Jeff 57, Marion 7

LaVille 7, Knox 6

Lawrenceburg 34, Batesville 13

Leo 59, Bellmont 14

Logansport 65, Richmond 24

Lowell 49, Kankakee Valley 7

Maconaquah 72, North Miami 20

Madison 21, Mitchell 0

Manchester 33, Southwood 22

Merrillville 54, LaPorte 19

Michigan City 49, Lake Central 13

Mississinewa 42, Frankton 21

Monroe Central 55, Wes-Del 0

Mt. Vernon (Posey) 13, Boonville 12

Highland 28, Munster 0

New Haven 21, Columbia City 0

New Prairie 9, South Bend Adams, 0

Linton-Stockton 47, North Daviess 0

North Decatur 28, Rushville 7

North Harrison 42, Eastern (Pekin) 6

North Knox 41, Pike Central 20

North Montgomery 26, Crawfordsville 0

North Newton 22, Frontier 6

North Posey 23, Tecumseh 18

North Vermillion 41, Attica 0

Northfield 41, Wabash 13

Northview 28, Terre Haute South 14

NorthWood 42, Northridge 8

Norwell 17, East Noble 0

Oak Hill 35, Madison-Grant 0

Oblong (Ill.) at Dugger Union 

Paoli 55, Eastern Greene 0

Parke Heritage 28, South Vermillion 16

Penn 35, Mishawaka Marian 0

Perry Central 54, Clarksville 26

Pioneer 26, Triton 6

Princeton 40, Washington 24

River Forest 61, Hammond Noll 0

Riverton Parke 61, Cloverdale 7

Salem 48, Corydon Central 0

Seeger 22, Fountain Central 16

Shenandoah 42, Hagerstown 0

Simon Kenton (Ky.) 56, Connersville 20

South Bend Washington at South Bend Riley 

South Central (Union Mills) 49, Lake Station 14

South Putnam 41, West Vigo 6

South Spencer 13, Forest Park 7

Southridge 49, Tell City 17

Sullivan 24, Owen Valley 14

Tippecanoe Valley 60, Whitko 0

Tipton 42, Northwestern 0

Tri 35, Winchester 34

Union City 42, South Decatur 13

Valparaiso 56, Crown Point 14

Warsaw 42, Goshen 0

Wawasee 21, Plymouth 19

West Lafayette 62, Benton Central 16

West Noble 20, Garrett 19

West Washington 44, Rock Creek Academy 0

Western 43, Lewis Cass 14

Wheeler 35, Whiting 0

Winamac 28, Culver 0

Woodlan 31, Jay County 7

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#22 Fresno State 38 UNLV 30

Syracuse 24 Liberty 21

Wake Forest 37 Virginia 17

Charlotte 42 Middle Tennessee 39

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Saturday, Sept. 25

Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin (Soldier Field in Chicago) | 12 p.m. | FOX

Georgia at Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Missouri at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Bowling Green at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

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

Miami (Ohio) at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

FIU at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

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

LSU at Mississippi State | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Boise State at Utah State | 12 p.m. | CBS

Villanova at Penn State | 12 p.m.

New Hampshire at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ESPN+/ACCNX

Ohio at Northwestern | 12 p.m.

SMU at TCU | 12 p.m.

Texas Tech at Texas | 12 p.m. | ABC

UMass at Coastal Carolina | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Central Connecticut at Miami (Fla.) | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

San Jose State at Western Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Toledo at Ball State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington State at Utah | 2:30 p.m.

Maine at Northern Illinois | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Texas A&M at Arkansas (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Rutgers at Michigan | 3:30 p.m.

Wyoming at UConn | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Iowa State at Baylor | 3:30 p.m.

Colorado State at Iowa | 3:30 p.m.

UTSA at Memphis | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Clemson at NC State | 3:30 p.m.

Towson at San Diego State | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Louisville at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Illinois at Purdue | 3:30 p.m.

Kent State at Maryland | 3:30 p.m.

Kansas at Duke | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Georgia State at Auburn | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Arkansas State at Tulsa | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Charleston Southern at East Carolina | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

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

Buffalo at Old Dominion | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

UCLA at Stanford | 6 p.m.

Texas Southern at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Tennessee at Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Kentucky at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Nebraska at Michigan State | 7 p.m.

North Texas at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m.

Kansas State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Navy at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Southern Miss at Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

West Virginia at Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Akron at Ohio State | 7:30 p.m.

Hawai’i at New Mexico State | 8 p.m.

Indiana at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

Troy at UL Monroe | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

FAU at Air Force | 8 p.m.

UAB at Tulane | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Cal at Washington | 9:30 p.m.

South Florida at BYU | 10:15 p.m.

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

Oregon State at USC | 10:30 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Tampa Bay 8 Miami 0

Texas 8 Baltimore 5

NY Yankees 8 Boston 3

Chicago White Sox 1 Cleveland 0

Kansas City 3 Detroit 1

Minnesota 3 Toronto 1

Seattle 6 LA Angels 5

Minnesota 3 Toronto 1

Seattle 6 LA Angels 5

Oakland 14 Houston 2

St. Louis 8 Chicago Cubs 5

Philadelphia 8 Pittsburgh 6

Cincinnati 8 Washington 7 (11)

St. Louis 12 Chicago Cubs 4

San Diego 6 Atlanta 5

Milwaukee 5 NY Mets 1

San Francisco 7 Colorado 2

LA Dodgers 4 Arizona 2

Atlanta 4 San Diego 0

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 9 Omaha 8

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 2-WHERE TO WATCH

Sunday, September 19, 2021

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

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

New England Patriots at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 20, 2021

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Suburban Christian 3 Heritage Hall 2

Crosspointe Christian 3 Shawnee Mission 1

Perry Meridian 3 Mooresville 1

Morgan Township 12 Hebron 0

Granger Christian 7 Community Baptist 0

Kouts 2 Wheeler 0

Shawe Memorial 7 Rising Sun 3

Carmel 3 Guerin Catholic 0

Southwestern 8 Central Christian 2

South Knox 3 Wood Memorial 1

South Warren 1 Evansville Memorial 1

Granger Christian 7 Community Baptist  0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Ritter 1 Hebron 0

White River Valley 6 Vincennes Rivet 1

Westview 2 Argos 2

Trinity 6 Lakeland Christian 0

Ritter 1 Herron 0

White River Valley 6 Vincennes Rivet 1

Westview 2 Argos 2

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Kouts 3 Westville 1

Morgan Twp. 3 Boone Grove 0

INDIANA GIRLS GOLF-REGIONALS

@East Noble

  1. Homestead 295
  2. NorthWood 320
  3. Penn 336
  4. Carroll 345
  5. Mishawaka Marian 350
  6. Columbia City 352
  7. Plymouth 353
  8. Fort Wayne Dwenger 356
  9. Warsaw 376
  10. Fort Wayne Snider 378
  11. Huntington North 382
  12. Northfield 386
  13. Goshen 397
  14. Fremont 406
  15. Bellmont 406
  16. Wabash 406
  17. Norwell 410
  18. South Bend Adams 428

@Roncalli

  1. Carmel 301
  2. Westfield 306
  3. Center Grove 325
  4. Zionsville 342
  5. Franklin 343
  6. University 346
  7. Perry Meridian 352
  8. Lebanon 353
  9. Brownsburg 354
  10. Southont 356
  11. Plainfield 358
  12. Northview 385
  13. Terre Haute North 395
  14. Western Boone 395
  15. Terre Haute South 398
  16. Lawrenceburg 416
  17. Madison 419
  18. Jennings County 430

SATURDAY

1. Lafayette Jefferson | Battle Ground Golf Club | Sat, 9 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Lafayette Jefferson, Lake Central, LaPorte, Twin Lakes, Valparaiso, Western.

3. Lapel | Edgewood Golf Club | Sat, 9 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Greensburg, Indianapolis Cathedral, Muncie Central, New Palestine, Noblesville, Richmond.

5. Washington | Country Oaks Golf Club | Sat, 8:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington North, Corydon Central, Evansville Memorial, Jasper, North Knox.

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Cards match record with 14th straight win, rip Cubs 12-4

CHICAGO (AP) The surging St. Louis Cardinals emphatically matched a team record with their 14th straight win on Friday night, pounding the Chicago Cubs 12-4 in the second game of a doubleheader behind Tyler O’Neill’s three-run homer and a pair of solo shots by Lars Nootbaar.

Harrison Bader added a solo drive, double and single as St. Louis batters went deep five times in the nightcap to sweep the twinbill and equal a run set in July 1935. The win streak has rocketed the Cards into control of the second NL wild card, leading Philadelphia by five games.

Paul DeJong also went deep and Nootbaar added a single for three hits in his first multihomer game as St. Louis pulled away. O’Neill’s homer was his 31st of the season, second of the day and 10th in September.

Manager Mike Shildt said the victory mirrored a collective approach that has made the Cardinals suddenly look formidable down the stretch.

“Today and the whole time, it’s been a complete team effort,” Shildt said. “Across the board, if you look today, you can pretty much name everybody.

“It’s a special group. You’ve got real pros. When you’ve got that consistency, special things happen.”

The Cardinals’ marquee names are coming through with big numbers. The rotation is getting healthy. Depth players, like Nootbaar, a 24-year-old rookie, are stepping up.

“Everybody is kind of feeding off each other’s energy right now,” said Nootbaar, an outfielder who hit his fourth and fifth homers in his 52nd game. “You want to join the party, kind of. When you’re loose and playing your game, you think you can beat anybody.”

The Cardinals powered past the Cubs 8-5 in the opener, riding O’Neill’s and Paul Goldschmidt’s 30th homers and Jose Rondon’s pinch-hit two-run shot.

O’Neill, a 26-year-old Canadian enjoying a breakout season, followed up with a drive to left center in the second inning of the second game to put St. Louis ahead 6-2. Goldschmidt added a pair of singles and an RBI double in the nightcap to give the veteran first-baseman 11 hits – including four homers -in 18 at-bats in his last four games.

Patrick Wisdom launched his 28th homer and fellow Cubs rookie Frank Schwindel extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double and a single. Chicago lost its fourth straight and eighth in nine.

St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty retired just one of four batters he faced in a pitch-count restricted return from a right shoulder strain that had sidelined him since Aug. 25. The right-hander tossed 19 pitches, yielding three runs on two hits – including Wisdom’s two-run shot deep to center.

Dakota Hudson (1-0), also reinstated from injured list on Friday, replaced Flaherty and allowed two runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings for the win. Hudson, recalled as the 29th man for the doubleheader, made his first appearance since Tommy John surgery in September 2020.

“It was just great being able to get back out there,” Hudson said. “I was able to prepare well and Yaddy (catcher Yadier Molina) was running the show for me.

“Just trusting the defense, being me and seeing what I can do, it was a blast to get back.”

Chicago’s Zach Davies (6-12) was roughed up for the fourth straight start and lost his sixth consecutive decision. The wiry right-hander allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks in two innings.

The Cards scored three times in the first before Wisdom’s shot in the bottom half closed it to 3-2.

O’Neill’s drive opened it to 6-2 in the second. Nootbaar and DeJong homered back-to-back to make it 8-2 in the third.

Bader and Nootbar hit consecutive solo drives in the seventh.

Cole, Stanton lead Yankees past Red Sox 8-3, cut lead to 1

BOSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole showed the Yankees he’s ready for the important games soon to come. Nathan Eovaldi left the Red Sox with nothing but worries.

In a potential AL wild-card preview, Cole took a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning and led the Yankees to an 8-3 victory Friday night, snapping Boston’s seven-game winning streak and pulling New York within one game of the Red Sox in the standings.

“He’s a great pitcher. He’s our ace. He’s a horse,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “There’s a very short list of people you’d rather hand the ball to.”

With Boston in its lucky yellow jerseys and Fenway Park sold to capacity for just the third time this season, Cole (16-8) no-hit the Red Sox for 3 2/3 innings and New York coasted to its fourth straight win.

Eovaldi (10-9) barely made it out of the first inning and couldn’t get through the third.

“The good ones, they have bad ones,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora, whose team holds the top American League wild card.

Giancarlo Stanton had three hits, including a three-run homer, for the Yankees, who are one game back and in position for the second wild card. Toronto and Seattle are two games behind New York.

Unless the Blue Jays – or Seattle or Oakland – can catch one of them, the Red Sox and Yankees would meet in a one-game playoff Oct. 5 for the right to advance to an AL Division Series.

Whoever finishes better over the last eight games could host the winner-take-all matchup. And this weekend in Boston might have a lot to say about that.

“I haven’t gotten quite to the point where I’m really pondering that. I still have some work to do,” said Cole, who noted that he has played in three wild-card games and seen the home team lose two of them. “Regardless of it’s here, Toronto, New York – we’re going to have to play really good baseball, no matter who’s cheering for us.”

Bouncing back from perhaps his worst start of the season, Cole allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, striking out six in six innings.

Gleyber Torres also had three hits – including a homer – for the Yankees, who opened the season with seven straight losses against their AL East archrivals but have since beaten them seven out of 10 tries.

J.D. Martinez broke up Cole’s no-hit bid with a double down the right field line with two out in the fourth. Rafael Devers spoiled the shutout with a three-run homer in the sixth that made it 7-3.

Torres led off the seventh with a fly ball to straightaway center that was knocked back onto the field by a fan in the front row of the bleachers. There was some confusion before the umpires confirmed that it was a home run.

Jose Iglesias and Kike Hernandez singled off Yankees reliever Clay Holmes with two out in the seventh before Wandy Peralta struck out pinch-hitter Bobby Dalbec to end Boston’s last big threat.

Gregorius’ HR rallies Phillies, cuts Braves’ NL East lead

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning, Bryce Harper had an RBI double and the Philadelphia Phillies pulled closer to first place in the NL East with an 8-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

The Phillies (80-74) moved within 1 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta after the Braves split two games in San Diego. They also trail St. Louis by five games for the second and final NL wild card with eight games left.

Philadelphia’s bullpen tied a major league record with its 34th blown save, but the team still won its fourth straight and eighth in 10 games.

Brad Miller and Phillies starter Kyle Gibson also went deep, Hector Neris (4-6) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Ian Kennedy earned his 26th save and 10th since joining the Phillies at the trade deadline with a scoreless ninth.

After Pittsburgh took a 6-5 lead in the seventh on Wilmer Difo’s pinch-hit drive against Cam Bedrosian, the Phillies went ahead in the bottom of the inning.

Harper, serenaded with “M-V-P! M-V-P!” chants from the 20,548 in attendance, led off with a walk. After two outs, Andrew McCutchen hit a dribbler down the third-base line that stayed fair for an infield hit.

Gregorius followed by sending on an 0-1, 80-mph slider from Chasen Shreve (3-2) over the wall in right.

“Just tried to stay on the heater and react to everything else,” Gregorius said.

It was the 13th homer of the season and second in two nights for Gregorius.

“Huge, that’s a huge hit,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “Everyone needs to contribute and that’s what’s going on right now.”

Neris avoided blown save No. 35, but it wasn’t easy. He wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by getting Ke’Bryan Hayes to ground out. Neris fielded the grounder, pumped his fists, jogged to first base himself and stomped on the bag with both feet before celebrating.

Girardi made a mound visit prior to Hayes’ at-bat with the intention of removing Neris, but the right-hander convinced his manager to let him stay.

“Hector has been so clutch for us,” Girardi said. “He’s a guy that is just really tough. He is a tough kid that is durable. He’s a warrior to me. I have the utmost respect for him. He said, `I got this.’ I said, `OK, this is your last guy.'”

Said Neris, “I wanted that.”

Philadelphia went ahead in the sixth with a pair of runs. McCutchen scored on a wild pitch to tie it at 4 before Ronald Torreyes made it 5-4 with a pinch-hit RBI single to center. It was the second straight night in which Torreyes had a go-ahead hit after a three-run homer in the sixth inning of Philadelphia’s 12-6 comeback victory over the Pirates on Thursday night.

“Our guys grinded through at-bats and did a good job, but we came up short,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “It’s good for our group. They need to play in games like this and feel the atmosphere like it was here tonight.”

Giants top Rockies 7-2 for 100th win, hold onto NL West lead

DENVER (AP) The San Francisco Giants reached one milestone and are close to another in their resurgent season. The real goal is another World Series title.

Mike Yastrzemski hit a three-run homer, one of four long balls by San Francisco, and the NL West-leading Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 Friday night to become the season’s first 100-win team.

San Francisco started the night leading the Dodgers by a game, with Los Angeles playing later at Arizona. The Giants have won 16 of 20.

Kervin Castro (1-0) tossed two innings for his first major league victory, and the Giants reached 100 wins for the first time since going 100-62 in 2003.

“It’s a big accomplishment, but we’re looking for more,” San Francisco pitcher Alex Wood said.

The Giants haven’t won the NL West since 2012, when they captured the second of three World Series titles in a five-year span. Coming into the season, they were lightly regarded with the Dodgers and San Diego Padres getting most of the attention, but they’ve surprised many.

“It’s a big deal,” manager Gabe Kapler said of winning 100 games. “We know our division is extraordinarily talented, but we also know that we’re talented. Our goal was to win the division and not just sneak into the playoffs.”

San Francisco blew it open in the seventh. Yastrzemski followed singles by Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria with his 25th homer off reliever Ashton Goudeau (1-1). The Giants tacked on another on Buster Posey’s RBI single.

Tommy La Stella, Crawford and Brandon Belt had solo home runs to give San Francisco a 3-2 lead after six. La Stella and Crawford had three hits each and Belt finished with two.

San Francisco has 234 home runs, one fewer than the club record set in 2001 when Barry Bonds hit 73. The Giants lead the NL in homers and are second in the majors to Toronto’s 241 despite not having a player hit more than 27 this season.

Three players – Belt, Crawford and Yastrzemski – have 22 or more, and seven other players have reached double digits in home runs.

“So many of the home runs have been meaningful,” Kapler said. “I can’t help but think of the ones that changed a game for us. We’re getting contributions from everyone on our roster.”

Colorado’s Peter Lambert made his first start since Sept. 20, 2019. He had Tommy John surgery in July 2020 and worked his way back to the rotation.

He allowed two runs on four hits 3 2/3 innings. La Stella hit his second pitch of the game into the seats in left and Crawford blasted his 22nd of the year into the second deck in right in the second inning.

“Rude awakening, I guess,” Lambert said of La Stella’s homer. “It is what it is. A poorly located fastball on a 1-0 count and he took advantage.

“I was happy to be back out there, that’s for sure. I was pretty amped up.”

The Rockies scored their runs in the first inning off of starter Alex Wood with RBI singles by Charlie Blackmon and Elias Diaz.

Young U.S. team puts Europe in its biggest hole at Ryder Cup

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Americans haven’t opened with a lead this large in the Ryder Cup since Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino were playing, and before Tiger Woods was even born.

That didn’t seem to be big enough to satisfy U.S. captain Steve Stricker.

Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele each won two matches, Bryson DeChambeau smashed a drive that had everyone talking and the Americans were relentless Friday at Whistling Straits in losing only one match to build a 6-2 lead.

“It’s a great start. We are happy with the start,” Stricker said. “But my message to the guys is tomorrow is a new day. Pretend today never happened, and let’s keep our foot down and continue to play the golf that we know we can play.”

Oh, how Europe would like to forget this day ever happened.

Rory McIlroy never made it to the 16th hole in losing both his matches on the opening day for the first time. The lone bright spot was Jon Rahm, living up his No. 1 ranking by winning in foursomes with Sergio Garcia and keeping Europe in a tight fourballs match long enough for Tyrrell Hatton to birdie the last hole to at least salvage a half-point.

Europe has never trailed by four points after the first day since the Ryder Cup was expanded to include the continent in 1979, the modern era of these matches that Europe now dominates.

Go back to 1975 to find the last time the U.S. had a four-point lead in the Ryder Cup.

“No doubt, it was a tough day,” European skipper Padraig Harrington said, attributing the difference to a putt here, there and pretty much everywhere. “There’s obviously still 20 points to play for.”

Suddenly, though, there seems to be a sense of urgency. The Americans were delivering big moments and the big smiles, waving up hands to get the one-sided gallery to cheer even louder, cupping hands to their ears to urge them along.

They are looking for a fresh start after a quarter-century of losing, and its youngest team in history took a big step to creating their own memories.

“They fought hard every single shot out there, from what I saw,” DeChambeau said after he and Scottie Scheffler earned a halve in fourballs. “This is a great start, but the job’s not over. We have two more days. A lot more golf. And we cannot lose our mindset to win.”

The first point of the 43rd Ryder Cup, postponed one year by the pandemic, went to Europe and its new “Spanish Armada” of Rahm and Garcia.

The final match ended in a halve when Justin Thomas delivered a late eagle putt that allowed him and Patrick Cantlay to come all the way back from a 3-down deficit.

Through the morning chill, the midday warmth, a ferocious wind in the afternoon and even a little rain, the one constant was American red scores filling the boards across Whistling Straits.

“We can come back from 6-2,” said McIlroy, trying to summon calm and confidence after losing both matches.

Europe will have to do it without him. McIlroy is not part of the foursomes lineup Saturday morning, the first time he has sat in a Ryder Cup.

Both captains stuck to their plans, and it only worked out for one of them.

Even with a 3-1 start in foursomes, Stricker broke up all his American teams as planned and still won the afternoon fourballs session with two wins and two draws.

Johnson and Schauffele never trailed together, while the high-spirited Tony Finau made six birdies as he and Harris English trounced McIlroy and Shane Lowry.

DeChambeau still hasn’t won a Ryder Cup match, but he delivered quite a show.

He pounded a drive to where no one had dared to go on the par-5 fifth hole. It cleared a massive bunker complex and stopped rolling at 417 yards, setting up a 72-yard flip wedge for an easy eagle.

“There are two towers behind the green – I can’t even describe to you – they are like 250 or 200 yards right of where I’m trying to hit my drive,” Scheffler said. “And it’s crazy for him to be able to commit to that shot.

“It was great. That was a good spark for us and good momentum for the rest of the day.”

DeChambeau and Scheffler were poised for a 1-up victory until Hatton hit 5-iron into a hard left-to-right wind that landed near the hole and settled 7 feet away. He made the birdie putt to scratch out a halve and could only hope it was worth more.

“Things like this can turn the tide,” Rahm said.

After one day, it already feels like a strong tide, and that makes Saturday and another round of foursomes and fourballs more important than ever.

Harrington also broke up all his pairings. This was the first time since the Ryder Cup was expanded to include all of Europe in 1979 that no one from the morning played together in the afternoon from either team.

Cantlay and Schauffele were tough as ever in foursomes, which set the tone for the Americans. They were 5 up through five holes against McIlroy and Ian Poulter, and closed out their impressive 5-and-3 win with four straight birdies, the last one conceded.

“I don’t know if anyone could have beat Xander and Patrick today,” McIlroy said.

Only one shot went into the lake – a pull-hook from Tommy Fleetwood on the par-5 16th. And there almost was one player who went into Lake Michigan. That would be Jordan Spieth, facing an impossible shot beneath the 17th green with the ball on a severe slope in the morning round.

He swung so hard with a 52-degree wedge that momentum sent him backward, scrambling to keep his footing and then running down toward the edge of the bank until he could get his balance. The shot? Remarkable as ever, plopping down 6 feet away.

Thomas missed the par putt and the match was over. That was one of the few moments that didn’t go the American’s way.

Coach: McCaffrey out ‘a few weeks’ with hamstring injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The injury bug has bitten running back Christian McCaffrey again.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Friday that the 2019 All-Pro running back is expected to miss “a few weeks” with a strained hamstring. Rhule said the injury could sideline McCaffrey up to four weeks, but said he doesn’t know at this point if McCaffrey will go on injured reserve.

“They are still doing a bunch of diagnostic testing so I can’t tell you if that is one, two, three or four weeks,” Rhule said Friday on a Zoom call. “Obviously Christian will decide the best course of action for him getting back as soon as possible.”

The news isn’t as good for rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn, who has three broken bones in his foot and could miss the remainder of the season. Rhule said Horn and his family will decide after further consulting with doctors what the best course of action, but it’s clear he won’t be back anytime soon.

“I can’t tell you at this point if that is season ending or not,” Rhule said.

Rhule also said safety Juston Burris has a groin injury, but it hasn’t been determined how much time he will miss.

McCaffrey was injured in Carolina’s 24-9 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night when he pulled up after making a stutter step while running a sweep play on the team’s third possession. He had 31 yards on seven carries, but did not return.

Rookie Chuba Hubbard is expected to take over for McCaffrey as the starter, while Royce Freeman will also see carries. Hubbard ran for 52 yards on 11 carries against the Texans, while Freeman had five carries for 17 yards.

This is yet another frustrating injury for McCaffrey, who hasn’t been able to consistently stay on the field since becoming only the third player in NFL history to gain 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.

He missed 13 games last season with separate injuries.

McCaffrey was off to another solid start this season for the unbeaten Panthers with 201 yards rushing on 52 carries and one touchdown, along with 16 receptions for 163 yards. The team counts on him to set up the play-action passing game.

Quarterback Sam Darnold said McCaffrey was “sad” after the game.

“He’s a special player,” Darnold said. “I don’t know if there is any way to describe him. He’s someone who can align anywhere and I think the greatest way to to see how great a player is, is by how the defense game plans for them. When Christian is out there you can see when he starts to line up in different ways that defenses have certain checks for him when he’s out there. That’s the sign of a really good player.”

The Panthers play at Dallas on Oct. 3.

Horn, the first defensive player selected in this year’s NFL draft, suffered broken bones in his foot while back-peddling in a non-contact play against the Texans. He fell to the ground and immediately signaled for help from the trainers.

The Panthers feel Horn has the physical and mental makeup to be a shutdown cornerback in the league and rookie had already made his mark in the first two weeks of the season as a starter.

“I hate losing players,” Rhule said. “It breaks your heart.”

A.J Bouye or Rashaan Melvin is expected to take his place in the starting lineup. Bouye hasn’t played this season yet after missing two games while serving a suspension. He was held out of the Texans game.

Burris started 13 games last season for the Panthers and had 53 tackles and one interception.

NFL adds Monday night to Wild Card Weekend

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL is adding Monday night to its Wild Card Weekend.

The league announced Friday that it will play one of its first six playoff games on Monday night, beginning with this season.

The NFL added a third wild-card team in each conference last season, and then played three wild-card games on Saturday and three on Sunday during its first weekend of the playoffs.

The new schedule means the league will play two games on Saturday (4:35 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. ET), three on Sunday (1:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. ET) and one on Monday (8:15 p.m. ET). Wild Card Weekend for this postseason runs from Jan. 15-17.

The team with the best record in each conference is the only one to receive a bye for the first weekend of the playoffs.

The NFL said the broadcaster for the Monday night game “is yet to be determined.” For the 2021 season, CBS and NBC each will broadcast two wild-card games, while Fox and ESPN/ABC each get one.

Go route: Browns’ Beckham to return Sunday against Bears

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. has been cleared for takeoff.

The star Browns wide receiver made it full through a full week of practice without any issues with his reconstructed knee and coach Kevin Stefanski said Friday that Beckham will make his return Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

“He’s ready to go,” Stefanski said.

Beckham hasn’t played since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Oct. 25 against Cincinnati, an injury that kept him out during the Browns’ playoff run. He’s been inactive for Cleveland’s first two games.

The speedy receiver made a quicker-than-expected recovery following his November surgery and is set to make his season debut against the Bears (1-1).

Beckham was close to returning for the season opener at Kansas City, but decided to further delay his comeback after going through pregame warmups.

“Physically he looks good. He’s in good condition right now,” receivers coach Chad O’Shea said. “He’s been preparing off the field with his mental aspect of learning his assignments and doing those. We feel real good about where he is right now both physically and mentally.”

Beckham gives Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield a deep passing threat and another weapon for Stefanski to deploy. The timing of his return is also ideal after the Browns had to put steady receiver Jarvis Landry on injured reserve earlier this week with a sprained knee. He’ll miss at least three games.

Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett is excited about Beckham’s return.

“We all know what kind of talent he has and what he brings to the field,” Garrett. “He looked at me Monday and said, `It’s time’ and I started rubbing my hands together. The world needs to see this, man.

“Now we got to see that chemistry out there that was missing last year. Those two (Beckham and Mayfield) can definitely be one of the best duos in the league. They’re here to show it. It’s fun to see great players do their thing – not really against us. It’s fun to see players go out there and ball out and I have the privilege to see him on my team.”

Garrett laughed when asked if he hugged Beckham when he heard the good news.

“What do you mean?” Garrett said. “He hugged me.”

The 28-year-old Beckham was coy about his return on Thursday, saying only “we’ll see” when pressed about if he was going to face the Bears.

After being limited in recent weeks, he was cleared to be a full participant in practice Wednesday and Stefanski said Beckham took every rep the past three days. Stefanski did not say if Beckham will have a limited number of plays.

“Like with every player, I’m in constant communication with the player and their coach,” Stefanski said. “Those are things we talk about during the game, but he’s ready to go.”

Beckham, who came to Cleveland in a 2019 blockbuster trade from the New York Giants, had 23 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns in seven games before he got hurt.

Wide receiver Rashard Higgins said Beckham’s return will give the Browns (1-1) a major jolt.

“He brings more fire to the offense,” Higgins said. “Been missing Odell since last year and you guys know what he’s able to bring – electric, he’s explosive. He can do it whenever he gets the ball in his hands and that’s what we’re missing.

“Can’t wait to see him Sunday.”

Rams starting RB Henderson questionable to play against Bucs

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson will be a game-time decision against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Coach Sean McVay said Henderson’s availability would likely depend on pain tolerance after hurting his ribs on the first play of the fourth quarter in the Rams’ 27-24 win at Indianapolis.

Sony Michel had 10 carries for 46 yards in relief and would likely start against Tampa Bay if Henderson cannot play. Rookie Jake Funk, a seventh-round draft pick, could also be in line for an expanded role.

“Want to use as much time as we have, but we’ve got contingency plans in place. And if that’s the case, then those other guys will be asked to step up,” McVay said Friday.

Henderson has not practiced this week. He has 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 29 carries through two games, along with four receptions for 46 yards.

McVay has been preparing as if Henderson will not be available “so it ends up being a bonus if he is able to go,” he said.

If Henderson doesn’t play, the Rams would be without their top four projected backs. Cam Akers, who was expected to start after finishing his rookie season on a strong note, tore his Achilles tendon prior to the start of training camp. Raymond Calais sustained a season-ending foot injury in the second preseason game, and Xavier Jones was waived with an injury designation after hurting his ankle in the final preseason game.

Those injuries, along with a series of scares for Henderson, prompted the Rams to acquire Michel from New England in a trade on August 25.

Michel, who is in his fourth year in the NFL and scored the only touchdown in the Patriots’ Super Bowl win against the Rams in the 2018 season, said his focus this week has been on continuing to refine his understanding of McVay’s offense.

“I gotta be prepared,” Michel said. “Whether I start or not, if I’m not prepared I won’t be good, so my only focus right now is being prepared, learning the playbook, trying to get some extra study in.”

The offense has trended toward the pass to start the season, with Matthew Stafford completing 39 of 56 for 599 yards and five touchdowns against one interception, while the ground game has produced 175 yards on 52 attempts. But Funk is pleased that the Rams have been able to successfully run the ball to close out wins, including what Michel did against the Colts.

“It just shows the capabilities of our offense,” Funk said. “We’re able to have a quarterback like Matthew out there, and then be able to run the ball when it’s needed. So we’re only growing as an offense and I think there’s good things to come.”

If Henderson is inactive, Buddy Howell would likely be called up from the practice squad to give the Rams additional depth. Howell, a fourth-year back from Florida Atlantic, played mostly on special teams for Houston the past three seasons.

Elsewhere, the injury report is favorable. Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is expected to play after returning to practice Friday. Floyd was held out earlier in the week because of an ongoing ankle injury.

Cornerback Darious Williams missed practice because of a non-COVID-19 illness, but McVay doesn’t expect it will affect his availability against the Buccaneers.

Steelers QB Rothlisberger fine, LB Watt iffy for Bengals

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will play on Sunday against Cincinnati, while star outside linebacker T.J. Watt is questionable due to a groin injury.

Roethlisberger was a full participant in practice on Friday after being limited on Thursday while dealing with a bruised chest suffered in a loss to Las Vegas last week.

Watt, who left the 26-17 setback to the Raiders in the second quarter, was limited for the third straight day on Friday. Outside linebacker Alex Highsmith, however, is out with a groin injury. Melvin Ingram and Jamir Jones will both likely see more playing time with Highsmith unavailable.

Wide receiver Diontae Johnson, whose 14 receptions lead the team, is also out after injuring his knee on the final play last weekend. James Washington will take over for Johnson. Defensive lineman Carlos Davis is also out with a knee injury.

Cornerback Joe Haden and inside linebacker Devin Bush, both of whom sat out the loss to Las Vegas with groin injuries, are expected to play.

BIG TEN FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

• Week 4 of the 2021 Big Ten season features 11 games, highlighted by a trio conference matchups on Saturday. Michigan and Purdue will host divisional foes Rutgers and Illinois, respectively, while Michigan State welcomes Nebraska. The complete schedule appears to the right.

• Six Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers are all 3-0.

• Six Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week. Iowa leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Penn State, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan, and No. 20 Michigan State, while Maryland received votes.

• The Big Ten currently features five programs that rank among the top 25 nationally in rushing offense: Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Wolverines lead the nation, averaging 350.3 yards per game, while the Badgers rank 10th (266.0), the Spartans sit at No. 11 (263.7), the Gophers check in at No. 24 (218.3) and the Buckeyes round out the list at No. 25 (217.3).

• Michigan currently ranks among the top 10 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines rank No. 3 nationally in scoring offense averaging 47.0 points per contest, while ranking eighth in scoring defense, allowing just 11.3 points per contest.

• Michigan State earned its first win over Miami in the five-game series history on Saturday to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2015. Sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne completed 18 of 31 attempts (.581 pct.) for 261 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Spartans to a 38-17 win over No. 24 Miami. Thorne joined Connor Cook (2015 vs. Indiana and Nebraska) as the only quarterbacks in Michigan State history to throw four touchdowns in back-to-back games.

• Dating back to his time at Colorado, Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker has won five games against ranked foes in his three seasons as a head coach, with three coming on the road: No. 24 Miami in 2021, No. 11 Northwestern and No. 13 Michigan in 2020, and No. 25 Nebraska and No. 24 Arizona State (at Colorado) in 2019.

• With a 28-20 win over Auburn on Saturday night, Penn State earned its first regular season win over an SEC team since a road victory at Alabama in 1990. The Nittany Lions have two wins over ranked teams in the first three games of the season for the first time in program history.

• Brandon Smith led the Nittany Lions defense with a career-high 10 tackles (six solo), while besting his previous career high of eight tackles. The junior linebacker helped limit Auburn’s offense to just 185 passing yards on 21 of 39 attempts (.538 pct.) and its lowest total offensive output of the season (369 yards).

• Ohio State defeated Tulsa 41-20 on Saturday, as freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson rushed for 277 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries (11.54 avg.). Henderson set a new Ohio State single-game freshman record for rushing yards, breaking the previous record (239 yards) set by Archie Griffin in 1972, while his 277 rushing yards are the most by any FBS player in a single game this season and the third-most in a single game in Ohio State history.

• With a 30-7 victory over Kent State on Saturday, Iowa extended its win streak to nine games. The Hawkeyes have outscored their last eight opponents, 305-113, averaging 33.9 points per game offensively and allowing 12.6 points per game during the winning streak. The Hawkeyes have also played 25 straight games without surrendering 25 points, marking the longest streak in the nation among A5 teams. Saturday’s victory also marked Iowa’s 300th win at Kinnick Stadium since the stadium opened in 1929.

• Minnesota defeated Colorado 30-0 on Saturday to continue its non-conference win streak. The Gophers have won 21 straight non-conference games, which is the longest active streak nationally and the longest by a Big Ten team since Purdue won 24 straight games from 1926-33. Minnesota hasn’t lost a non-conference game since Sept. 3, 2015, to then No. 2 TCU. They’ve also won 17 straight regular season non-conference games, which is tied for their second-longest streak.

• Nebraska took No. 3 Oklahoma down to the wire on the road at Memorial Stadium in Norman, but came up just short in a 23-16 setback to the Sooners on Saturday. The Huskers limited Oklahoma to seven first-half points. It marked the first time Oklahoma had been held under 10 points in the first half since being tied with Ohio State 3-3 at half in 2017. It was also the first time the Sooners were limited to single digits in the first half at home since being held to six points by Notre Dame in 2012.

• All six of the New Year’s Six bowl games have had a chance to host a semifinal game twice with the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl doing so three times. This year, the Cotton and Orange Bowls will serve as semifinal games. Last year, Alabama became the second-straight No. 1 seed to win the playoff. The No. 1 seed didn’t win a title in the first five years. The No. 2 seed has won it three times and the No. 4 seed has won it twice. The No. 3 seed has won just three playoff games in seven years with Ohio State winning one of those last season.

• The 2021 campaign features 120 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Iowa and Ohio State lead the West and East Divisions, respectively, each welcoming back 14 All-Big Ten honorees this season. The talent is split evenly as 60 of the returning all-conference players hail from both the East and West Divisions. Each team returns at least three All-Big Ten performers.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 Football
AwayHomeTimeLocationLinks
VillanovaPenn State12:00 P.M.University Park, Pa.
Bowling GreenMinnesota12:00 P.M.Huntington Bank StadiumTV: ESPNU Stats Radio: KFAN 100.3 FM Video
OhioNorthwestern12:00 P.M.Evanston, Ill.TV: Big Ten Network Radio: WGN Radio AM-720
WisconsinNotre Dame12:00 P.M.Chicago, ILTV: FOX Stats Radio: Badger Sports Network Video
Kent StateMaryland3:30 P.M.Capital One Field at Maryland StadiumTV: BTN Stats Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network Video
IllinoisPurdue3:30 P.M.West Lafayette, Ind. (Conf.)TV: BTN Stats Radio: Purdue Sports Network
RutgersMichigan3:30 P.M.Ann Arbor, Mich. (Conf.)TV: ABC Stats Radio: WCTC 1450-AM, WOR 710-AM, XM 389, Scarlet Knights App Video
Colorado StateIowa3:30 P.M.Iowa City, IA 
NebraskaMichigan State7:00 P.M.East Lansing, MI (Conf.)TV: FS1 Stats Radio: Spartan Media Network Video
AkronOhio State7:30 P.M.Columbus, OH 
IndianaWestern Kentucky8:00 P.M.Bowling Green, KYTV: CBS Sports Network Stats Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 134, XM 196, SXM App 958

MAC FOOTBALL WEEK 4 PREVIEW

Saturday, September 25

Bowling Green at Minnesota, Noon (ESPNU)

Miami at Army, Noon (CBS Sports Network)

Florida International at Central Michigan, Noon (ESPN+)

Ohio at Northwestern, Noon (Big Ten Network)

*Toledo at Ball State, 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

Texas State at Eastern Michigan, 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

San Jose State at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

Maine at Northern Illinois, 2:30 pm (ESPN3)

Buffalo at Old Dominion, 6:00 pm (ESPN+)

Akron at No. 10 Ohio State, 7:30 pm (Big Ten Network)

Kent State at Maryland, 3:30 pm (Big Ten Network)

Saturday, September 25

Bowling Green Notes | Minnesota Notes | Watch Live | Live Stats

Bowling Green returns to the road to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big Ten Conference…LB Darren Anders is one of two players in the nation this season with 25+ tackles (29), one interception, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one sack. Utah’s Devin Lloyd is the other player. Anders currently ranks No. 17 in the nation and No. 2 in the MAC with 9.7 tackles per game…QB Matt McDonald is No. 14 in the nation and No. 2 in the MAC in completion percentage. He also ranks No. 1 in the MAC in completions per game (23.33), passing yards (716) and passing yards per game (238.7). McDonald is 3rd in the MAC in total offense (231.3).

Miami (1-2) at Army (3-0) | Noon (CBS Sports Network)

Miami concludes its non-conference schedule this Saturday with a trip to face the Army Black Knights. Led by a strong rushing attack and key defensive plays, the RedHawks downed Long Island 42-7 for their first win of the season. Miami out-gained LIU 523-216 and held a 229-39 advantage on the ground. While the defense did not force a turnover, they did have 11 tackles for loss and held LIU to just 1.0 yard per carry on the ground.

FIU (1-2) at Central Michigan (1-2) | Noon (ESPN+)

Central Michigan hosts FIU for its final road non-conference game of the season. In CMU’s last home game, the squad tallied a

shutout against Robert Morris, its first since a 37-0 victory over UMass in 2013. CMU dominated the game, holding RMU to three first downs, 109 total yards (13 passing, 96 rushing) and 1-12 on

third down…The Chippewas have been strong with their third-down defense this season, allowing opponents to convert just 8 of 34 opportunities (24%). That leads the Mid-American Conference and ranks sixth in the nation.

Ohio (0-3) at Northwestern (1-2) | Noon (BTN)

Ohio continues their three-game road trip on Saturday, Sept. 25 when they Bobcats head to Evanston, Ill. for a matchup with Big Ten opponent, Northwestern. Ohio is 0-3 to start the season for the first time since 2008, in a year in which they started the season 0-4 following their last matchup with Northwestern. Overall, the Bobcats are averaging 16.3 points per game to go along with 301.0 total yards per game…O’Shaan Allison leads on the ground with 167 yards, while DeMontre Tuggle adds 122 yards and one touchdown…Quarterback Kurtis Rourke is 40-of-70 with 416 yards, three touchdowns and one interceptions. While, Tyler Walton leads the receivers with 14 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

*Toledo (1-2) at Ball State (1-2) | 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

Toledo is coming off a 22-6 home loss to Colorado State on Sept. 18. Toledo’s defense held CSU’s offense out of the end zone but five Ram field goals and a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown was enough for the win. The Rockets rank first in the MAC in total defense (347.7) and second in scoring defense (21.3). Bryant Koback has 2,824 career rushing yards, eighth on Toledo’s all-time list. He needs 296 yards to pass Jalen Parmele (3,119 from 2004-07) for No. 7 on the list.

Ball State lost at Wyoming last Saturday, 45-12. Despite trailing in the all-time series 24-21-1, the Cardinals have won the last two duels vs. Toledo, including last season’s 27-24 win at the Glass Bowl. In MAC play alone, QB Drew Plitt has thrown for 3,992 yards with 31 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions while completing 64.2 percent of his passes through 17 games under center in league action.

Texas St. (1-2) at Eastern Michigan (2-1) | 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

Eastern Michigan will close out its 2021 non-conference schedule when it welcomes Texas State University to “The Factory” Saturday, Sept. 25, for the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Eagles are 2-1  after putting together an impressive 42-28 road victory over Massachusetts Saturday, Sept. 18. The Eagles dominated on the offensive side of the ball, amassing better than 500 yards en route to their best point total of the young season. Although EMU has never played Texas State, it does have plenty of experience against Sun Belt Conference opponents. Eastern holds a 5-7-1 record against teams in the Sun Belt, earning wins over Arkansas State (1976), Coastal Carolina (2019), Louisiana-Lafayette (2006), and Louisiana-Monroe (1970 & 1975), with its last matchup against a Sun Belt member coming in the 2019 season-opener, at Coastal Carolina, Aug. 31. EMU won that game, 30-23.

San Jose St. (2-1) at Western Michigan (2-1) | 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

This is the first meeting between Western Michigan and San Jose State University. WMU has never beaten a team from the Mountain West Conference. Western Michigan defeated Pittsburgh, 44-41, on the road in front of 40,581 fans at Heinz Field on Saturday afternoon. The win is the first over a Power 5 conference team for head coach Tim Lester. The Broncos put up 510 yards of offense on Pitt in the win. Western Michigan turned the ball over zero times in the win over the Panthers. The Broncos have given up the ball zero times in two of the three games so far this season. Sophomore wide receiver Corey Crooms had a career-high eight receptions in the win over Pittsburgh. He also recorded a career-high 161 yards receiving and his second touchdown reception of the season.

Maine (1-2) at Northern Illinois (1-2) |  2:30 pm (ESPN3)

NIU puts a wrap on its 2021 non-conference schedule when the Huskies welcome the Black Bears of Maine to Huskie Stadium. The Huskies and Maine meet for the first time, the second non-conference debut opponent for NIU this season; NIU also plays a current Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) team for the first time. The Huskie offense has already proven to be more potent than the 2020 version; NIU’s six rushing TDs this year are one less than the seven totaled in six games in 2020 and NIU’s 190.3 rushing yards per game are 63 more per game than the Huskies had a year ago. While Harrison Waylee’s consecutive 100-yard rushing game streak was snapped at four by Michigan, the freshman from Iowa continues to lead the MAC and rank in the top 12 in the country in rushing yards (119.0/game). Waylee ran for a career high 179 yards versus Wyoming, the highest total by a Huskie since 2016.

Kent State (1-2) at Maryland (3-0) | 3:30 pm (BTN)

Kent State is coming off a hard-fought 30-7 loss at Iowa. Keshunn Abram had a career day for the Flashes, grabbing six passes for 138 yards and a score. Kent State finished third last year in rushing yards per game averaging 283. This season, they rushed for 494 against VMI and 226 against Texas A & M, the most allowed by the Aggies in nearly  two yearsEven after tough sledding against Iowa, the Flashes still rank 9th in rushing in the FBS, averaging 266 yards per game.

Buffalo (1-2) at Old Dominion (1-2) | 6:00 pm (ESPN+)

This is the first meeting between Buffalo and Old Dominion.  Buffalo is coming off a hard-fought  28-25 loss to #16 Coastal Carolina last Saturday. The Bulls lead the MAC in scoring offense (32.3) and scoring defense (21.0). Defensive end Taylor Riggins led the Bulls with seven tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Through three games this season, the Bulls have run more plays and won the time of possession against each opponent. The Bulls ran 28 more plays than Wagner, 22 more plays than Nebraska and seven more plays than Coastal Carolina.

Akron (1-2) at No. 10 Ohio State (2-1) | 7:30 pm (BTN)

The University of Akron football team returns to the road this week traveling down I-71 for an in-state showdown with No. 10 Ohio State. Akron football team captured its first win of the 2021 season as redshirt sophomore QB DJ Irons led the way with 432 yards of total offense and four touchdowns en route to a 35-14 win over Bryant at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on Saturday. Akron generated 514 yards of total offense as Irons collected 296 passing yards and a team-high 136 yards rushing. Irons completed 19-of-23 passes with three touchdowns. Akron limited Bryant to just 146 yards of total offense, 117 yards passing and 29 yards rushing. Redshirt junior LB Bubba Arslanian led the Zips with 12 total tackles.

NFL WEEK 3 WEEKEND GAME CAPSULES

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-1) AT BUFFALO BILLS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 9-5

STREAKS: Bills have won 7 of past 8

LAST GAME: 11/3/19: Washington 9 at Bills 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/19

WASHINGTON NOTES:

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 34 of 46 atts. (73.9 pct.) for 336 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 99.5 rating last week. Has 916 pass yards (305.3 per game) & 93 completions in 3 career starts, incl. postseason, most completions by QB in 1st 3 starts in ever. Aims for his 3rd start in row, incl. playoffs, with 300+ pass yards. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 73 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 4 rec.) last week. Has 7 rush TDs in 7 career road games. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 5 catches for 83 yards & 3rd-career rush TD last week. Has 10 games with 5+ receptions since 2020, most among RBs. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had career-high 11 receptions for 107 yards & rec. TD in Week 2, his 7th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 7+ catches in 3 of his past 4. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had 7 receptions in Week 2, his 8th-career game with 7+ catches. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 5 catches last week. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 on road. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES had 9th-career rec. TD in Week 2. • DE CHASE YOUNG aims for his 3rd in row on road & 5th in row overall with TFL. DT JONATHAN ALLEN had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in Week 2, his 4th-career 2 sack game. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DE MONTEZ SWEAT had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 5th in row overall with sack. CB KENDALL FULLER led team with 8 tackles & had 2nd-career sack in Week 2. Has PD in 5 of his past 6. CB WILLIAM JACKSON aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD.

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 179 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT & rushed for 35 yards last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7. Completed 14 of 20 passes (70 pct.) for 160 yards & TD for 110.4 rating & rushed for TD in last meeting. Has 8 TDs (5 pass, 3 rush) vs. 0 INTs & 101.4 rating in 4 career games vs. NFC East. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 82 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Had career-high 140 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 45 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC East with TD. RB ZACK MOSS tied career-high with 2 rush TDs last week. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 1st TD catch of season in Week 2. Has 24 catches for 385 yards (128.3 per game) & TD in 3 career games vs. Was. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR COLE BEASLEY had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with TD catch. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 56 rec. yards in only career game vs. Was. (10/28/12 w/ Pit.). TE DAWSON KNOX had 1st TD catch of season last week. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE led team with 9 tackles & had TFL last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 at home. CB LEVI WALLACE had 2 PD & 5th-career INT in Week 2. Has PD in 5 of his past 6. CB TARON JOHNSON had sack & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ PD. S MICAH HYDE had 7 tackles & sack last week. Led team with 9 tackles in last meeting. Rookie DE GREG ROUSSEAU had 1st 2 career sacks last week. Ties for lead among rookies with 2 sacks this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Was.), 83 (Buf.) | XM: 383 (Was.), 225 (Buf.) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 803 (Buf.)

CHICAGO BEARS (1-1) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 9-7

STREAKS: Bears have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Browns 3 at Bears 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/13: Bears 38, Browns 31

BEARS NOTES:

QB ANDY DALTON completed 9 of 11 atts. (81.8 pct.) for TD vs. 0 INTs & 118.2 rating last week. Has 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts at Cle. Rookie QB JUSTIN FIELDS has 104 yards (70 pass, 34 rush) & rush TD in 2 games. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 79 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 18 rec.) last week. Is 1 of 3 RBs (DALVIN COOK & CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 75+ scrimmage yards in each of their past 8 games. Has 544 scrimmage yards (136 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 on road. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had rec. TD in Week 2. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Cle. (10/19/14 w/ Jax.). Has 6+ catches in 4 of his past 5 on road. WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 6 catches & 66 rec. yards in Week 2. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ receptions. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 10 receptions for 118 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Cle. (9/14/14 w/ NO). • LB KHALIL MACK had sack last week. Had 2 sacks & FF in his last game vs. Cle. (9/27/15 w/ Raiders). LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 8 tackles, had 12th-career sack & 53-yard INT-TD in Week 2. Since 2018, is 1 of 3 LBs (JAMIE COLLINS & DARIUS LEONARD) with 10+ sacks (12) & 5+ INTs (5). LB ROBERT QUINN had sack & 2 TFL last week. CB JAYLON JOHNSON had career-high 4 PD & 1stcareer INT last week. Aims for his 6th in row on road with PD. DB EDDIE JACKSON had 8th-career FF last week. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 DBs (MARCUS PETERS) with 10+ INTs (10) & 8+ FFs.

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 19 of 21 passes (career-high 90.5 pct.) for 213 yards & TD vs. INT for 105 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 95+ rating. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.4 rating in his past 4 vs. NFC. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for 95 yards & TD in Week 2. Has rush TD in 8 straight games, longest such streak since 2008 (DEANGELO WILLIAMS). Aims for his 8th in row at home with 95+ scrimmage yards. Ties for NFL lead with 3 rush TDs. RB KAREEM HUNT rushed for 51 yards last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Rookie RB DEMETRIC FELTON had 51 rec. yards & 1st-career TD catch in Week 2. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had TD catch in his last game vs. Chi. (12/2/18 w/ NYG). Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. WR RASHARD HIGGINS has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 5 catches last week. Had 88- yard TD catch in only career game vs. Chi. (9/10/17 w/ Atl.). • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack in last meeting. Ranks 5th in NFL with 13 sacks since 2020. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Had 2 TFL & sack in only career game vs. Chi. (9/11/16 w/ Hou.). DE TAKKARIST MCKLINLEY aims for 3rd in row with TFL. LB MALCOLM SMITH led team with 8 tackles & had TFL & 1st INT of season last week. Had 9 tackles in his last game vs. Chi. (10/4/15 w/ Raiders). S GRANT DELPIT had 5 tackles, sack & FF in NFL debut last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 132 (Chi.), 98 (Cle.) | XM: 388 (Chi.), 233 (Cle.) | SXM App: 805 (Chi.), 807 (Cle.)

BALTIMORE RAVENS (1-1) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-2)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 4-1

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/3/17: Lions 20 at Ravens 44

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/16/13: Ravens 18, Lions 16

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 18 of 26 passes (69.2 pct.) for 239 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs & rushed for 107 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 2nd-career game with 100+ rush yards & 2 rush TDs, most by QB in SB era. Has 9 games with 100+ rush yards, 2ndmost ever by QB (MICHAEL VICK – 10 games). Aims for his 5th in row with 80+ rush yards. Has 90+ rating in 6 of past 7. • RB TY’SON WILLIAMS had 93 scrimmage yards (career-high 77 rush, 16 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY rushed for TD in Week 2 & aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Had 83 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 19 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in his last game vs. Det. (10/4/20 w/ NO). Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Det. • WR MARQUISE BROWN led team with 6 catches for 113 yards & TD last week, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row with TD catch. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 5+ catches. TE MARK ANDREWS had 5 catches for 57 yards in Week 2. Has 17 rec. TDs since 2019, 2nd-most among TEs. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with INT. LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with 8 tackles & aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. Rookie LB ODAFE OWEH had TFL, FF & FR in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had TFL last week. Had FR in his last game vs. Det. (11/1/20 w/ Ind.). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 6 TFL, 2 sacks, FF & FR in 5 career games vs. Det.

LIONS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF passed for 246 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 97.7 rating & had 46 rush yards in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Completed 26 of 37 (70.3 pct.) in only career start vs. Bal. (11/25/19 w/ LAR). • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 78 scrimmage yards (41 rec., 37 rush) last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home & 6th in row overall with 70+ scrimmage yards. Had TD in 4 of his past 5 at home & aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 95 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 38 rec.) in only career game vs. Bal. (11/19/17 w/ GB). Has 348 scrimmage yards (116 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 3 vs. AFC North. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ TDs. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 8 receptions for 66 yards & TD catch in Week 2. Is only player with 8+ catches in each of 1st 2 games & became 3rd TE ever (MARK ANDREWS & BEN COATES) with 8+ receptions & TD catch in each of his team’s 1st 2 games of season. WR QUINTEZ CEPHUS tied his career-high with 63 rec. yards & had 4th-career rec. TD in Week 2. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • DE MICHAEL BROCKERS had 1st sack of season in Week 2, his 29th-career sack. Had sack in his last game vs. Bal. (11/25/19 w/ LAR). LB JAMIE COLLINS has 42 tackles (8.4 per game), 5 TFL & 3 sacks in his past 5 vs. Bal. LB ALEX ANZALONE had career high 10 tackles in Week 2. LB CHARLES HARRIS had 1st sack of season last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (Bal.), 81 (Det.) | XM: 384 (Bal.), 226 (Det.) | SXM App: 802 (Bal.), 810 (Det.)

ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-0) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-2)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Cardinals lead all-time series, 3-2

STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/26/17: Jaguars 24 at Cardinals 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Cardinals 27, Jaguars 14

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 400 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 117.6 rating & had rush TD in Week 2. Is 1st player ever with 3+ pass TDs & rush TD in each of his team’s 1st 2 games of a season. Has 12 games with both pass TD & rush TD, 4th-most by QB in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. AFC. • RB JAMES CONNER rushed for 89 yards in his last game vs. Jax. (11/22/20 w/ Pit.). RB CHASE EDMONDS had 5 catches & 75 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 29 rec.) last week. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 54 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 at Jax. & aims for his 4th in row at Jax. with TD catch. WR A.J. GREEN had 1st TD catch of season in Week 2. Has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games at Jax. Rookie WR RONDALE MOORE had 7 receptions for team-high 114 yards & 1st-career TD catch in Week 2. TE MAXX WILLIAMS set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (94) last week. • LB CHANDLER JONES had 5 TFL & 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 15.5 sacks & 5 FFs in 14 career games vs. AFC South. DE J.J. WATT had 17 sacks, 11 PD, 4 FFs & 4 FRs in 16 career games vs. Jax. Has PD in 6 of his 7 career games at Jax. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 1st sack of season last week. S BUDDA BAKER had 8 tackles & 2 TFL in Week 2 & aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. LB ISAIAH SIMMONS had 8 tackles & 2nd-career FF in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles.

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 118 yards & TD & rushed for 21 yards last week. Leads all rookies with 4 TD passes & ranks 3rd with 450 pass yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON led team with 64 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 17 rec.) last week. Has recorded 50+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 16 career games. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB CARLOS HYDE had 95 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 16 rec.) & rush TD in his last game vs. Az. (11/19/20 w/ Sea.). Aims for his 5th in row vs. Az. with 75+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. • WR MARVIN JONES led team with 6 catches for 55 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Had 51 rec. yards in his last game vs. Az. (9/27/20 w/ Det.). WR DJ CHARK has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • LB MYLES JACK had 6 tackles last week & aims for his 12th in row with 5+ tackles. DE JOSH ALLEN aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has 0.5+ sacks in 3 of his past 4 at home. DE ADAM GOTSIS had 1st sack of season in Week 2. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had 5 tackles & PD in Week 2. Has PD in 5 of his past 6. Rookie CB TYSON CAMPBELL had PD last week. CB CJ HENDERSON had TFL in Week 2. S ANDREW WINGARD led team with 8 tackles & had 2nd-career sack last week. S RAYSHAWN JENKINS aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles & PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Az.), 77 (Jax.) | XM: 385 (Az.), 228 (Jax.) | SXM App: 800 (Az.), 814 (Jax.)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-1) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 64-56-1

STREAKS: Chiefs have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Chargers 38 at Chiefs 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 31 of 41 passes (75.6 pct.) for 337 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week, his 10th-career game with 300+ passing yards, tied with PATRICK MAHOMES & HOFer DAN MARINO (10 games) for most-ever by player in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. Had 6 TDs (4 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 113.6 rating in 2 games vs. KC last season. • RB AUSTIN EKELER led team with 9 catches & 115 scrimmage yards (61 rec., 54 rush) last week. Has 546 scrimmage yards (109.2 per game) in his past 5 vs. KC. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with TD catch. RB JUSTIN JACKSON had 104 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 32 rec.) in last meeting. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 108 rec. yards last week. Is only player in AFC with 100+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 weeks. Had 7 catches for 96 yards in his last game vs. KC (9/20/20). Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. KC. WR MIKE WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches, 80+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Had 6 catches for 108 yards & TD in last meeting. • DE JOEY BOSA had sack in his last game vs. KC (9/20/20). Has 4 sacks in his past 3 on road. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. LB KYLER FACKRELL had sack & FF last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. Had TFL in only career game vs. KC (10/27/19 w/ GB). S DERWIN JAMES had 7 tackles & TFL in Week 2. S NASIR ADDERLEY led team with career-high 9 tackles & had PD last week. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. Rookie CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR. had 3 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 2.

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 24 of 31 passes (77.4 pct.) for 343 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 131.5 rating last week. Aims for 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Leads AFC with 131.4 rating this season. Has 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 97.5 rating in 5 career games vs. LAC. Has 1,721 pass yards (344.2 per game) & 16 TDs (15 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 114 rating in his past 5 at home. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE had 70 scrimmage yards (38 rush, 32 rec.) in only career game vs. LAC (9/20/20). Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. RB DARREL WILLIAMS rushed for 1st TD of season last week. • WR TYREEK HILL had 5 catches for 99 yards & TD in his last game vs. LAC (9/20/20). Has 609 rec. yards (101.5 per game) in his past 6 at home. TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 7 catches for 109 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 7th in row with TD catch, would be 2nd-longest streak by TE since 1970. Had 9 catches for 90 yards & TD in his last game vs. LAC (9/20/20). WRs BRYON PRINGLE & DEMARCUS ROBINSON each had 1st rec. TDs of season in Week 2. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 2 INTs, incl. 34-yard INT-TD, last week, his 3rd-career game with 2 INTs. Has 4 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. LAC. S DANIEL SORENSEN had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season in Week 2. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. LAC. LB ANTHONY HITCHENS led team with 12 tackles & had TFL last week. Has 61 tackles (10.2 per game) in 6 career games vs. LAC. DT CHRIS JONES has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (LAC), 82 (KC) | XM: 386 (LAC), 227 (KC) | SXM App: 817 (LAC), 815 (KC)

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 10-4

STREAKS: Patriots have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 9/17/17: Patriots 36 at Saints 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/13: Patriots 30, Saints 27

SAINTS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON had 11th-career rush TD in Week 2. Passed for 334 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 86.7 rating in only career game vs. NE (10/5/17 w/ TB). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 300+ pass yards. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 377 scrimmage yards (94.3 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in 4 career games vs. AFC East. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with TD. Has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 9 career road games vs. AFC. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL in scrimmage yards (6,285) & scrimmage TDs (59). • WR CHRIS HOGAN had 1,651 rec. yards & 12 rec. TDs in 3 seasons (2016-18) with NE. Had 6 catches for 95 yards in his last game vs. NE (11/23/15 w/ Buf.). TE JUWAN JOHNSON is 1 of 3 TEs (ROB GRONKOWSKI & TRAVIS KELCE) with 2+ rec. TDs (2) in 2021. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with TFL. Has 5 sacks in his past 5 on road vs. AFC. Since 2012, ranks 4th in NFL with 93.5 sacks. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had team-high 12 tackles last week, his 24thcareer game with 10+ tackles. Has 81 tackles (7.4 per game) in 11 career games vs. NE. Rookie DE PAYTON TURNER had 5 tackles, career-high 3 TFL & 1st-career sack in Week 2. CB BRADLEY ROBY had sack last week in NO debut. Has 5 PD, 2 INTs & FF in 6 career games vs. NE. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NE with PD. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had 7 tackles & 2 PD in last meeting. Aims for his 7th in row on road with PD. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 99- yard INT-TD in his last game at NE (12/6/15 w/ Phi.).

PATS NOTES:

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 pct.) for 186 yards last week. Leads all rookies with 96.7 rating & 73.9 comp. pct. (min. 10 attempts) & ranks 2nd with 467 pass yards. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for 62 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 2. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB JAMES WHITE led team with 6 catches for 45 rec. yards & had 1st rush TD of season last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 3. Had 8 catches for 85 rec. yards in last meeting. Leads all active RBs in rec. yards (3,278) & rec. TDs (25) & ranks 2nd in catches (381). • WR NELSON AGHOLOR aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR JAKOBI MEYERS aims for his 3rd in row at home with 6+ catches. TE HUNTER HENRY had 42 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with TD catch. TE JONNU SMITH had 63 rec. yards & rec. TD in only career game vs. NO (12/22/19 w/ Ten.). • DB J.C. JACKSON had 2 INTs last week, his 3rd-career game with 2 INTs, most in NFL since 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. DB DEVIN MCCOURTY had 5 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 2. Had PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles. S ADRIAN PHILLIPS had 1st INT of season last week. Had INT in only career game vs. NO (10/2/16 w/ Chargers). LB MATT JUDON had 1st sack of season last week. LB JOSH UCHE had career-high 2 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DL CARL DAVIS had 1st sack of season in Week 2.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (NO), 99 (NE) | XM: 389 (NO), 230 (NE) | SXM App: 822 (NO), 821 (NE)

ATLANTA FALCONS (0-2) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (0-2)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 13-11

STREAKS: Falcons have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/22/18: Giants 20 at Falcons 23

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/15: Falcons 24, Giants 20

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN passed for 300 yards in Week 2. Has 56,231 pass yards & surpassed DREW BREES (56,033) for most pass yards in 1st 14 seasons. Has 70 career games with 300+ pass yards, 5th-most in NFL history. Has 1,596 pass yards (319.2 per game) & 8 TDs vs. INT for 102.5 rating in 5 career starts vs. NYG. Passed for 379 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 115.7 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 300+ pass yards. • RB MIKE DAVIS had 7 receptions & 63 scrimmage yards (38 rush, 25 rec.) last week. RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 5 catches, 69 scrimmage yards (58 rec., 11 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 2, his 2nd-career game with 2 scrimmage TDs. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 7 catches for 63 yards & TD catch in Week 2. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ receptions & 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 receptions in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC East with TD catch. Rookie TE KYLE PITTS had 5 catches for team-high 73 rec. yards in Week 2. WR RUSSELL GAGE had 5 receptions last week. Has 5+ receptions in 4 of his past 5 on road. • LB DEION JONES had sack last week. Had 7+ tackles in 5 of his 6 career games vs. NFC East. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had team high 9 tackles & 7th-career FF last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles. LB DANTE FOWLER had 1st sack of season & 8th-career FF in Week 2. DT GRADY JARRETT had 2 sacks in last meeting. CB A.J. TERRELL had career-high 2 PD last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with PD.

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 249 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 102.2 rating last week. Had career-high 95 rush yards & 5thcareer rush TD in Week 2. Can become 4th QB since 1970 (HOFer TERRY BRADSHAW, CHARLIE FRYE & KYLER MURRAY) with rush TD in each of 1st 3 weeks of a season. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts at home. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 69 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 12 rec.) last week. Had 9 receptions, 94 scrimmage yards (51 rec., 43 rush) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 1,842 scrimmage yards (115.1 per game) & 12 TDs (11 rush, 1 rec.) in 16 career home games. • WR STERLING SHEPARD led team in catches (9) & rec. yards (94) last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 7+ receptions. Had 5 catches for career-high 167 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 6 receptions for 114 yards in his last game vs. Atl. (10/25/20 w/ Det.). WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 54 rec. yards & 12th-career TD catch in Week 2. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 12 tackles last week. Has 10+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 games. Has 12 tackles in his last game vs. Atl. (12/9/18 w/ GB). Rookie LB AZEEZ OJULARI can become 5th rookie since 2000 with sack in each of 1st 3 career games. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 7 tackles & 12th-career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. Has 5+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 vs. Atl. DB LOGAN RYAN had 8 tackles in his last game vs. Atl. (9/29/19 w/ Ten.)

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 146 (Atl.), 211 (NYG) | XM: 391 (Atl.), 229 (NYG) | SXM App: 801 (Atl.), 823 (NYG)

CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 65-36

STREAKS: Steelers have won 10 of past 11

LAST GAME: 12/21/20: Steelers 17 at Bengals 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/15/20: Steelers 36, Bengals 10

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JOE BURROW completed 19 of 30 passes (63.3 pct.) for 207 yards & 2 TDs vs. 3 INTs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 213 yards & TD in last road meeting. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs in 4 career games vs. division. • RB JOE MIXON rushed for 69 yards in Week 2. Rushed for 79 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 7th in row vs. division with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER BOYD led team with 7 catches for 73 yards last week. Has 6+ catches in 2 of 3 career games at Pit. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. WR TEE HIGGINS had 6 catches for 60 yards & rec. TD in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Had career-high 7 catches for 115 yards & rec. TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 5+ catches. Rookie WR JA’MARR CHASE had 42-yard TD catch last week & joined SAMMY WHITE (1976) as only players since 1970 with 40+ yard rec. TDs in each of 1st 2 career games. • S VONN BELL had 6 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had 7 tackles, TFL & FF in last meeting. S JESSIE BATES aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with PD. LB LOGAN WILSON led team with 9 tackles & had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. DE TREY HENDRICKSON led team with 1.5 sacks & FF in Week 2. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 15 sacks since 2020. DT D.J. READER had 1st sack of season last week.

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 27 of 40 passes (67.5 pct.) for 295 yards & TD last week. Passed for 333 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.1 rating in last home meeting. Has 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 398 career TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had career-high 81 scrimmage yards (43 rec., 38 rush) & 1st-career TD catch in Week 2. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 9 catches for 105 yards last week, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 6 catches for career-high 116 yards & TD in last home meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 career games vs. Cin. WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 6 catches for 41 yards & 1st-career rush TD in Week 2. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had 9 catches for 77 yards & TD in last home meeting. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 3 catches for 70 yards last week. Had 56 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 50+ rec. yards. • LB T.J. WATT aims for his 5th in row with sack & 4th in row with FF. Has 6.5 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in his last 5 vs. Cin. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Cin. with sack. Has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. LB MELVIN INGRAM had 1st sack of season in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had INT in his last game vs. Cin. (9/13/20 w/ LAC). LB JOE SCHOBERT tied for team lead with 10 tackles & led team with 2 PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cin. with 7+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Cin.), 106 (Pit.) | XM: 387 (Cin.), 231 (Pit.) | SXM App: 806 (Cin.), 826 (Pit.)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-2) TENNESSEE TITANS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 35-17

STREAKS: Titans have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/29/20: Titans 45 at Colts 26

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/12/20: Colts 34, Titans 17

COLTS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ completed 20 of 31 passes (64.5 pct.) for 247 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Passed for 348 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 99.4 rating in only career game vs. Ten. (9/30/18 w/ Phi.). Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 100 rating in 3 career games vs. AFC South. QB JACOB EASON made NFL debut last week. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR aims for his 9th in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 374 scrimmage yards (124.7 per game) in his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2 rush TDs. Has 484 scrimmage yards (161.3 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 3 vs. division. RB MARLON MACK has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. RB NYHEIM HINES aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 95+ scrimmage yards. • WR ZACH PASCAL had 5 catches & rec. TD in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN set career highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (123) last week. Had 7 catches for 101 yards in last road meeting. TE JACK DOYLE had 5 catches for 64 yards in Week 2. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 7 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 13th in row with 5+ tackles. Has FF in 2 of his past 3. Had 14 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. Ten. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 4 tackles & PD in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 5+ tackles. DE ALQUADIN MUHAMMAD had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. S KHARI WILLIS had 1st INT of season in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 5+ tackles.

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 27 of 40 passes (67.5 pct.) for 347 yards & 94.5 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 101 rating in 7 career starts vs. Ind. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 0 INTs. Has 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 237 scrimmage yards (182 rush, 55 rec.) & 3 rush TDs in Week 2, most in single game in NFL this season & his 10th-career game with 150+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs, tied for 3rd-most all-time. Has 1,036 scrimmage yards (172.7 per game) & 8 rush TDs in his past 6. Aims for his 6th in row vs. division with 100+ rush yards & 4th in row vs. Ind. • WR JULIO JONES had 6 catches for team-high 128 rec. yards last week, his 59th-career game with 100+ rec. yards, tied for 3rd-most in NFL history. Has 419 rec. yards (139.7 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. Ind. WR A.J. BROWN has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 4 catches for 98 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with TD catch. • S KEVIN BYARD aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind with 7+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT. CB JANORIS JENKINS had 6 tackles & PD in Week 2. DT DENICO AUTRY had 1.5 sacks in Week 2. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC South. Totaled 102 tackles, 26 TFL & 20 sacks in 3 seasons (2018-20) with Ind. LB HAROLD LANDRY led team with 7 tackles last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 vs. Ind., incl. in last meeting. LB OLA ADENIYI had 1st-career sack last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Michael Grady (field reporter) SIRIUS: 103 (Ind.), 111 (Ten.) | XM: 390 (Ind.), 232 (Ten.) | SXM App: 813 (Ind.), 830 (Ten.)

NEW YORK JETS (0-2) AT DENVER BRONCOS (2-0)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 4:O5 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 20-16-1

STREAKS: Broncos have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 10/1/20: Broncos 37 at Jets 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/17: Broncos 23, Jets 0

JETS NOTES:

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 19 of 33 passes (57.6 pct.) for 210 yards last week. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) led team with 88 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 29 rec.) in Week 2. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 108 scrimmage yards this season. RB TY JOHNSON rushed for 50 yards last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. RB TEVIN COLEMAN had career-high 163 scrimmage yards (132 rec., 31 rush) & TD catch in only career game vs. Den. (10/9/16 w/ Atl.). Has TD in 3 of 4 career games vs. AFC West. • WR COREY DAVIS has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Had 7 catches for 101 yards in his last game vs. Den. (9/14/20 w/ Ten.). Has 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. WR JAMISON CROWDER had 7 catches for 104 yards in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. WR BRAXTON BERRIOS led team with 7 catches for 73 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE had 47 rec. yards in Week 2. • S MARCUS MAYE had 6 tackles, 2 TFL, PD & 1st sack of season last week. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Had TFL in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West with PD. LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 10 tackles & had PD last week. Had 2 sacks in only career game vs. Den. (9/13/15 w/ Bal.). DL JOHN FRANKLIN-MEYERS had sack & FF in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has TFL in 4 of past 5. DT SHELDON RANKINS had 1st sack of season last week. Had sack in only career game vs. Den. (11/13/16 w/ NO).

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 26 of 34 passes (76.5 pct.) for 328 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 125.6 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 115+ rating. Passed for 309 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 117.7 rating in only career game vs. NYJ (12/7/14 w/ Min.). Ranks 2nd in NFL with 77.1 comp. pct. & 6th with 120.7 rating (min. 10 attempts). • RB MELVIN GORDON had 69 scrimmage yards (38 rec., 31 rush) last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7. Has 246 scrimmage yards (123 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. NYJ. Aims for his 9th in row vs. AFC East with TD & 5th in row with 2+ TDs. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS led team with 64 rush yards in Week 2. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (159) last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had TD catch in only career game vs. NYJ (10/7/18). WR TIM PATRICK aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 6 catches for 113 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. TE NOAH FANT had 1st TD catch of season in Week 2. • LB VON MILLER aims for his 4th in row with sack. Has 8 TFL, 4.5 sacks & 3 PD in 4 career games vs. NYJ. Has 109 career sacks, most among active players. S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 6 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 2. Has INT in 2 of past 3. Has PD in 3 of 4 career games vs. NYJ. S JUSTIN SIMMONS aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 5+ tackles. Rookie CB PAT SURTAIN II had 1st-career INT last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 113 (NYJ), 81 (Den.) | XM: 384 (NYJ), 226 (Den.) | SXM App: 824 (NYJ), 809 (Den.)

MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-1) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (2-0)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 18-17-1

STREAKS: Dolphins have won 7 of past 8

LAST GAME: 12/26/20: Dolphins 26 at Raiders 25

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/26/20

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 17 of 22 passes (77.3 pct.) for 94 yards & TD for 99.4 rating in last meeting. QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 24 of 40 passes (60 pct.) for 169 yards last week. Passed for 265 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT in only career start vs. Raiders (9/29/19 w/ Ind.). • RB MYLES GASKIN aims for his 6th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had career-high 169 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 82 rec.) & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 5 catches for 42 yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Has 316 rec. yards (105.3 per game) in his past 3 on road. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE led team with 6 catches for 48 yards in Week 2. TE MIKE GESICKI had 41 rec. yards last week. Had 4 catches for 54 yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 50+ rec. yards. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week. Is only player in NFL with INT, FF & FR in 2021. Has INT in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Raiders with 2+ PD. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC West. Has 11 INTs since 2020, tied with J.C. JACKSON for most in NFL. CB BYRON JONES had 2 PD in Week 2. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. S BRANDON JONES led team with 6 tackles & had 1st-career FR last week. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had 1st-career FR in Week 2. LB JEROME BAKER had PD & 1st FF of season last week. Had 10 tackles & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Raiders with 9+ tackles. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had 0.5 sacks in Week 2.

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR completed 28 of 37 passes (75.7 pct.) for 382 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.2 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 350+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Passed for 336 yards & TD for 104.5 rating & rushed for TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Mia. with 300+ pass yards. Leads NFL with 817 pass yards & tied-3rd with 62 completions. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for 69 yards in last meeting. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 5 catches & 55 scrimmage yards (46 rec., 9 rush) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 90+ scrimmage yards. Totaled 2,468 scrimmage yards (1,532 rush, 936 rec.) & 15 TDs (9 rush, 6 rec.) in 54 games (2016-19) with Mia. • TE DARREN WALLER had 5 catches for 65 yards last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 5+ catches. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Had 5 catches for 112 yards in last meeting. TE FOSTER MOREAU had TD catch last week. WR HENRY RUGGS had 5 catches for team-high 113 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 2. • DE MAXX CROSBY aims for his 5th in row with TFL. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. Had TFL in last meeting. Has TFL in 4 of 5 career games vs. AFC East. DT SOLOMON THOMAS had PD & careerhigh 2 sacks in Week 2. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. CB CASEY HAYWARD had 2 PD last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. CB TRAYVON MULLEN had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Mia.), 82 (LV) | XM: 386 (Mia.), 227 (LV) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 816 (LV)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-0) AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-0)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 15-9

STREAKS: Rams have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 11/23/20: Rams 27 at Buccaneers 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/19: Buccaneers 55, Rams 40

BUCS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY passed for 276 yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.2 rating in Week 2. Has 35 games with 4+ TD passes, tied 2nd-most in NFL history. Became 5th QB with 4+ TD passes in each of his team’s 1st 2 games of season. has 4+ TD passes in 4 consecutive games, tied-2nd longest streak ever. Has 10 TDs vs. 4 INTs in 5 career reg. season starts vs. Rams. Passed for 2,516 yards (314.5 per game) & had 24 TDs (21 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 113.2 rating in 8 road starts last season. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 76 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. • WR MIKE EVANS had 75 rec. yards & 2 TD catches last week. Has 13 games with 2+ rec. TDs since 2014, tied-2nd most in NFL. Has 476 rec. yards (95.2 per game) in 5 career games vs. Rams & aims for his 4th in row vs. Rams with TD catch. WR CHRIS GODWIN had TD last week & aims for his 6th in row with rec. TD. Had 12 catches for 172 yards & 2 TDs in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with TD catch. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI became 3rd TE with 2+ rec. TDs in each of his team’s 1st 2 games of season. Has 19 reg. season games with 2+ rec. TDs, 2nd-most by TE in NFL history. • LB LAVONTE DAVID has 59 tackles (8.4 per game) & 11 TFL in 7 career games vs. LAR. Had INT in last road meeting. LB DEVIN WHITE has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Has 8 sacks in his past 5 on road. S MIKE EDWARDS became 1st player since 1992 (ROBERT MASSEY) with 2 INT-TDs in 4th qtr. of single game.

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 278 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 101.8 rating in Week 2. Has 295+ pass yards in 4 of his 5 career starts vs. TB. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 82 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR COOPER KUPP had 9 receptions for 163 yards & 2 TDs in Week 2, his 3rd-career game with 150+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 WRs (TYLER LOCKETT) with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in each of 1st 2 weeks. Had 11 receptions for 145 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 120+ rec. yards. WR ROBERT WOODS had 5 receptions in Week 2. Had 12 catches for 130 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Had 13 receptions for 164 yards in last home meeting. • DL AARON DONALD aims for his 9th in row with TFL. Has 7 TFL in 5 career games vs. TB. Since 2014, leads NFL in sacks (86.5) & TFL (133). CB JALEN RAMSEY had 12th-career INT last week. Aims for his 6th in row with PD. LB LEONARD FLOYD had 1st sack of season in Week 2. DL SEBASTIAN JOSEPH-DAY had career-high 9 tackles & 4th-career sack last week. LB TROY REEDER had 1st-career INT in Week 2. S JORDAN FULLER had 7 tackles & PD last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 2 INTs in last meeting. S TAYLOR RAPP had 9 tackles in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi (field reporters) SIRIUS: 135 (TB), 83 (LAR) | XM: 383 (TB), 225 (LAR) | SXM App: 829 (TB), 818 (LAR)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-2)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 12-5

STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 6

LAST GAME: 10/11/20: Vikings 26 at Seahawks 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/15: Seahawks 38, Vikings 7

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 343 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.8 rating in Week 2. Is 1 of 2 QBs (PATRICK MAHOMES) with 2+ TD passes & 125+ rating in each of 1st 2 games of season. Has 14 TDs (13 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 110.8 rating in 6 career starts vs. Min. Passed for 274 yards & had 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 146 rating in last road meeting. Has 99 regularseason wins & can join HOFer PEYTON MANNING (105) as only QBs with 100+ reg. season wins in 1st 10 seasons in NFL history. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 2 rush TDs in Week 2, his 6th-career 2+ TD game. Has 278 scrimmage yards (92.7 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Min. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Min. with 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 8 catches for 178 yards & rec. TD in Week 2. Became 4th WR since 1990 with multiple 60+ yard TD catches in team’s 1st 2 games of season. Can become 5th WR with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in each of team’s 1st 3 games of season. WR DK METCALF had 93 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 75+ rec. yards. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had career-high 20 tackles & sack in Week 2, 1st player with 20+ tackles in single game since KWON ALEXANDER (21 tackles on 12/18/16). Had 14 tackles in last meeting. S JAMAL ADAMS had 9 tackles & 3 TFL in only career game vs. Min. (10/21/18 w/ NYJ). Has 6.5 sacks in his past 7 on road. S QUANDRE DIGGS tied his career-high with 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ tackles.

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 244 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.4 rating last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 16 consecutive games & surpassed HOFers PEYTON MANNING (15 games) & STEVE YOUNG (15) for 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Passed for 2,270 yards (283.8 per game) & 22 TDs vs. 8 INTs for 111.1 rating in 8 home starts in 2020. • RB DALVIN COOK had 148 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 17 rec.) in Week 2. Had 1,079 scrimmage yards (154.1 per game) & 7 rush TDs in 7 home games last season. Has 150+ scrmimage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with TD. Since 2019, ranks 2nd in NFL in scrimmage yards (3,824) & 3rd in scrimmage TDs (31). • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 6 catches for 65 yards & rec. TD in Week 2. Aims for his 6th in row with 5+ catches. Had 48 catches for 812 yards (101.5 per game) & 7 rec. TDs in 8 home games in 2020. WR ADAM THIELEN had rec. TD last week. Had 8 rec. TDs in 7 home games last season. Had 9 catches for 80 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. WR K.J. OSBORN had 1st-career TD catch in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 3 sacks last week, his 3rd-career 3+ sack game. Has 10 sacks in his past 7. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with sack. LB ERIC KENDRICKS aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. LB NICK VIGIL had 38-yard INT-TD last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Sea.), 77 (Min.) | XM: 385 (Sea.), 228 (Min.) | SXM App: 828 (Sea.), 820 (Min.)

GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-0)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 33-28-1

STREAKS: Packers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/5/20: Packers 34 at 49ers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/5/20

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 255 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 145.6 rating in Week 2. Has 51,633 pass yards & surpassed HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 10th-most pass yards ever. Became 3rd QB (TOM BRADY & DREW BREES) with 25+ games (25) with 4+ TD passes & 0 INTs. Passed for 305 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 147.2 rating in last meeting. Has 2,336 pass yards (292 per game) & 18 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 106.9 rating in 8 career reg. season starts vs. SF. Has 66 TDs (62 pass, 4 rush) vs. 11 INTs for 107.3 rating in 26 starts on SNF. Aims for his 4th in row on SNF with 3+ TDs & 120+ rating. • RB AARON JONES had 115 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 48 rec.) & 4 TDs (career-high 3 rec., 1 rush) in Week 2. Became 8th RB since 1950 & 1st RB since DANNY WOODHEAD (12/20/15) with 3+ rec. TDs & rush TD in single game. Has 4 games with 3+ TDs since 2019, most in NFL. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 8 catches for 121 yards last week. Had 10 catches for 173 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with TD catch. Since 2016, leads NFL with 58 rec. TDs. Has 12 rec. TDs in his past 9 on SNF & aims for his 10th in row on SNF with 5+ receptions & TD catch. TE ROBERT TONYAN had 1st TD catch of season in Week 2. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had team-high 13 tackles & 4thcareer INT in Week 2. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER has 6 PD in his past 5 on SNF. Rookie CB ERIC STOKES aims for 3rd in row with PD.

49ERS NOTES:

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 189 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 100.6 rating & had 3rd-career rush TD last week. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KIRK COUSINS & RUSSELL WILSON) with 0 INTs & 100+ rating in each of 1st 2 games of season. Passed for 253 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 145.8 rating in only career reg. season start vs. GB (11/24/19). Is 4-0 as starter on SNF with 1,070 pass yards (267.5 per game) & 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.8 rating. Aims for his 5th in row on SNF with 100+ rating. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) had 53 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 11 rec.) last week. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for 129 yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. GB (11/24/19). Has 35 receptions (8.8 per game) for 507 yards (126.8 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 4 career games on SNF. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had team-high 6 catches for 93 rec. yards last week. Leads NFL with 282 rec. yards. Has TD in 3 of his 4 career games on SNF. WR JAUAN JENNINGS had 1stcareer TD catch last week. WR BRANDON AIYUK aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with TD. • DL NICK BOSA had 2 sacks & FF last week, his 3rd-career game with 2+ sacks. Incl. playoffs, has 2 sacks & FF in 2 career games vs. GB & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB, incl. playoffs, with sack. LB FRED WARNER had team-high 7 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row in reg. season vs. GB with 10+ tackles. Rookie CB DEOMMODORE LENOIR had career-high 3 PD last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Rod Woodson SIRIUS: 81 (GB), 211 (SF) | XM: 226 (GB), 225 (SF) | SXM App: 811 (GB), 827 (SF)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-1) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (1-1)

MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 67-53

STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/27/20: Eagles 17 at Cowboys 37

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/20

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 190 yards & rushed for 82 yards & TD in Week 2. Has 60+ rush yards in 5 of his 6 career starts. Passed for career-high 342 yards & rushed for 69 yards in last meeting. Has 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his 3 career road starts. • RB MILES SANDERS aims for his 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 240 scrimmage yards (120 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 2 vs. Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with rush TD. Has 686 scrimmage yards (85.8 per game) in 8 career games vs. division. Since 2019, ranks 4th among RBs with 4.9 yards per rush attempt (min. 300 atts.). • WR QUEZ WATKINS had career-high 117 rec. yards in Week 2, his 1st-career 100-yard game. Had 57 rec. yards in last meeting. TE DALLAS GOEDERT has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games at Dal. • DT FLETCHER COX has sack in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at Dal. DT JAVON HARGRAVE had 7 tackles & 2 TFL in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. LB ALEX SINGLETON led team with 11 tackles last week. Aims for his 14th in row with 5+ tackles. LB ERIC WILSON had 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row in 2021 with 9+ tackles. S ANTHONY HARRIS had 10 tackles in Week 2, his 3rd-career game with 10+ tackles. CB DARIUS SLAY had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Dal. with PD. Since entering NFL in 2013, leads league with 111 PD.

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 23 of 27 atts. (85.2 pct.) in Week 2, his 4th-career game with 85+ comp. pct. Has 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 93.9 rating in his past 5 vs. Phi. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. Phi. Has 11 TDs (10 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 118.9 rating in 4 career starts on MNF. Aims for his 5th in row on MNF with 2+ TD passes. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 97 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 26 rec.) & rush TD in Week 2. Has 1,111 scrimmage yards (138.9 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 career games vs. Phi. Aims for his 5th in row at home vs. Phi. with 135+ scrimmage yards. Has 517 scrimmage yards (103.4 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 5 career games on MNF. RB TONY POLLARD had 140 scrimmage yards (109 rush, 31 rec.) & rush TD in Week 2, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rush yards. • WR AMARI COOPER has 19 receptions for 444 yards (148 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career home games vs. Phi. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. Phi. with 100+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 5 of his 6 career games on MNF & aims for his 4th in row on MNF with TD catch. WR CEEDEE LAMB had 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in last meeting. • LB MICAH PARSONS (rookie) had first career sack last week. LB JAYLON SMITH led team with 9 tackles in Week 2. Had 11 tackles & FR in last meeting. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH had 1st sack of season in Week 2. CB TREVON DIGGS is 1 of 2 (JUSTIN REID) with INT in each of 1st 2 weeks of season.

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 (Phi.), 83 (Dal.) | XM: 226 (Phi.), 225 (Dal.) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 808 (Dal.)

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS

INDY ELEVEN: Indy Eleven Signs Defender Tobi Adewole

(INDY ELEVEN RELEASE)

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, September 24, 2021) – Indy Eleven made one final addition to its squad prior to today’s USL Championship roster freeze deadline with the signing of defender Tobi Adewole.

Per club policy, terms of the deal that brings the five-year veteran of the Championship to Indianapolis for the stretch drive of the 2021 regular season will not be released. Adewole is expected to join Indy Eleven in Oklahoma City in advance of its upcoming games against OKC Energy FC on Sunday and Wednesday, but his availability for those contests will be pending league and federation approval.

“Having worked with Tobi Adewole last season in Saint Louis, I am confident he can immediately provide quality production on our backline,” said Indy Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers. “The additions of Tobi, Emmanuel Ledesma, and Kevin Partida in recent days should be a clear signal that the intention to not only reach, but succeed, in the postseason remains our squad’s only expectation this season. We embrace the challenge and look forward to Tobi’s role in achieving that success through the rest of the 2021 season.”

The 25-year-old Adewole is already in his fifth professional campaign, all spent in the USL Championship between Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (2017-19), Saint Louis FC (2020), and Phoenix Rising FC (2021). The native of Cheverly, Maryland, has scored three goals across 100 appearances in regular season (91), postseason (4), and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (5) action.

The product of George Washington University started seven of Phoenix’s first 11 games this season and appeared off the bench in two more contests. Prior to 2021, Adewole helped Saint Louis and Pittsburgh to USL Championship Playoff berths in each of the last three years. His signing brings Indy Eleven’s roster to 28 players for the remainder of the 2021 campaign; visit indyeleven.com/2021-roster for more on the Boys in Blue.

Indy Eleven continues its pivotal three-game road trip against Central Division playoff contenders this Sunday, Sept. 26, with the first of back-to-back games at OKC Energy FC. Kickoff for Sunday’s contest at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET (live on ESPN+), which will be followed by a repeat performance three days later next Wednesday, Sept. 29 (8:30 p.m. ET kickoff, ESPN+).

COLTS NEWS: Wentz practicing through injuries, will be game-time decision

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz returned to the practice field Friday despite two sprained ankles.

The passer was limited at Friday’s session and will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday’s matchup with the Tennessee Titans, head coach Frank Reich said, according to Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. Reich was shocked at how much progress Wentz has made.

“I’m very surprised we’re even at this point, honestly, because Monday and Tuesday was pretty bad,” Reich said, per George Bremer of the Herald Bulletin.

Wentz exited last Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams after he was tackled by defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Reich wouldn’t name a replacement if Wentz is unable to play in Week 3. Jacob Eason finished the Week 2 contest, but Brett Hundley might also be elevated from the practice squad and split time at quarterback.

Right tackle Braden Smith and linebacker Jordan Glasgow were ruled out for Sunday’s game.

INDIANA VS. WESTERN KENTUCKY FOOTBALL NOTES

INDIANA (1-2, 0-1 B1G) AT WESTERN KENTUCKY (1-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST

Date: Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

Location: Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (23,776; FieldTurf) – Bowling Green, Ky.

TV: CBSSN: Dave Ryan (p-b-p), Aaron Murray (analyst) & Jenny Dell (sideline)

Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 134, XM 196, SXM App 958: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith

INDIANA STAT LEADERS Passing Michael Penix Jr.: 42-87, 448 Yds, 4 TD, 6 INT Rushing Stephen Carr: 62-227, 1 TD, 3.7 Avg Receiving D.J. Matthews Jr.: 11-150, 0 TD, 13.6 Avg Defense DL Ryder Anderson: 18 T, 2 S, 4.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 QBH S Raheem Layne: 17 T, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 PBU LB Cam Jones: 14 T, 1 S, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 PBU

WESTERN KENTUCKY STAT LEADERS STAT LEADERS Passing Bailey Zappe: 56-75, 859 Yds, 10 TD, 2 INT Rushing Kyle Robichaux: 9-44, 0 TD, 4.9 Avg Receiving Jerreth Sterns: 16-278, 4 TD, 17.4 Avg Defense DE DeAngelo Malone: 14 T, 1 TFL, 1 QBH S Antwon Kincade: 12 T DE Juwuan Jones: 11 T, 1 S, 1.5 TFL, 1 FF

INDIANA NOTES:

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (1-2, 0-1 B1G East) kicks off a two-game road swing at Western Kentucky (1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 25. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (23,776; FieldTurf) on CBSSN. • IU leads the all-time series, 3-0, including a 38-21 victory in its lone trip to Bowling Green on Sept. 18, 2010. • The teams last met on Sept. 19, 2015, a 38-35 Hoosiers win. • Indiana is 6-3 in its last nine road games and has won five-straight non-conference road contests. THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 25-24 (.510) 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) • Tyson Helton is in his third season as Western Kentucky head coach. Helton has guided the Hilltoppers to back-to-back bowl games, with a win in the 2019 First Responder Bowl, and he owns a 15-12 record (.556). NEWS & NOTES • Indiana is 15-9 overall and 11-6 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019. • IU’s 15 wins share fifth and 11 victories are fourth in the B1G during that span. • The Hoosiers were ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969. • Indiana appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the 11th-straight week, a program record. • 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. • IU has won 11 of its last 15 league games. • 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). • Indiana’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • IU 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).

WESTERN KENTUCKY NOTES:

NOTING THE GAME WKU and Indiana have played three times in their head-to-head series and the Hoosiers are 3-0. Indiana has a 107-to-69 scoring advantage over WKU in the three games. The Hilltoppers are seeking their first win in program history over a member of the Big Ten Conference. WKU is 0-8 all-time (0-3 vs. Indiana, 0-2 vs. Illinois, 0-2 vs. Wisconsin and 0-1 vs. Nebraska) against teams currently in the Big Ten. HOSTING POWER FIVE Indiana will be the third Power Five opponent that WKU has ever hosted at Houchens-Smith Stadium. Previously, the Hilltoppers lost to the Hoosiers on Sept. 18, 2010 by a score of 38-21 in front of a crowd of 20,772, which is the seventh-highest attendance in Houchens-Smith Stadium history. Also, WKU lost to Vanderbilt on Sept. 24, 2016 by a score of 31-30 in overtime. The Commodore-Hilltopper matchup attracted 23,674 fans, which is the all-time attendance record in 53 seasons (287 games) at Houchens-Smith Stadium. “BLACK OUT” WKU will be wearing back jerseys with black pants against Indiana for the team’s annual “Black Out” home game. The Hilltoppers will match the fit with their famous chrome helmets. Since 2013, WKU is 4-3 while wearing black jerseys with black pants, with all seven games coming at home. STAFF SHUFFLE Of WKU’s 10 full-time assistant coaches, only one (special teams coordinator and safeties coach Andy LaRussa) has the same role as last season. Four have new roles: Maurice Crum (linebackers –> defensive coordinator), Bryan Ellis (now co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach), Kenny Baker (defensive ends –> defensive line) and Stephen Hamby (quality control –> offensive line). Five are new faces: Zach Kittley (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks), Pat Bastien (linebackers), Josh Crawford (outside receivers), Keynodo Hudson (cornerbacks) and Carlos Locklyn (running backs). THE PORTAL Of the 108 players on WKU’s 2021 roster, 28 of them (26%) are incoming transfers. Of the 28, 16 are coming directly from FBS programs –10 from Power Five programs and six from Group of Five teams. Of the 28, eight are from FCS programs – including four from the Houston Baptist offense. Of the 28, four are from the JuCo ranks, however three of those spent a year on Power Five teams. ZERO TO 10,004 WKU returned zero passing yards from the 2020 season. Enter graduate transfer quarterback Bailey Zappe, whose 10,004 passing yards at Houston Baptist from 2017-to-2020 led all active Division I passers to begin the season. Now at 10,863 after 424 passing yards vs. UT Martin and then 435 at Army.

PURDUE FOOTBALL VS. ILLINOIS GAME NOTES

GAME 4: VS. ILLINOIS • SATURDAY, SEPT. 25 • 3:30PM ET • BTN PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (2-1, 0-0 B1G) VS. ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (1-3, 1-1) • ROSS-ADE STADIUM (WEST LAFAYETTE)

PURDUE-ILLINOIS SERIES HISTORY • The Boilermakers are playing for continued ownership of the Purdue Cannon on Saturday, Sept. 25, as Purdue and Illinois take the field at Ross-Ade Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on the Big Ten Network. • The Old Gold & Black have claimed four of five contests against Illinois dating back to 2016. Additionally, Purdue has won seven of the last 10 matchups in the series. • Head coach Jeff Brohm has a 3-1 record leading the Boilermakers against Illinois in The Cannon Game. Brohm is 3-2 all-time against Illinois as a head coach. • Purdue’s game against Illinois will be the 97th meeting between the two football programs, which stands as the second-most contests against a common opponent in school history, trailing only the 122 all-time games against Indiana. • The two schools first played in 1890, with the all-time series tied at 45-45-6 through the 2020 season. Saturday’s game will tip the scale in favor of one program. BATTLE FOR THE CANNON • The Cannon Game has a long and rich history. It all started in 1905 when a group of Purdue students took the weapon, quite miniature in nature, to Champaign in anticipation of firing it to celebrate a victory. Although Purdue did win the game 29-0, Illinois supporters, including Quincy A. Hall, had discovered the Cannon in its hiding place – in a culvert near the old Illinois field – and confiscated it before the Purdue students could return to start their “booming” celebration. • Later, Hall moved the Cannon to his farmhouse near Milford, Illinois, where it survived a fire and gathered dust until Hall suggested it be used as a trophy between the two schools when the rivalry was resumed in 1943 after a 12-year lapse. • The Tomahawk Service and Leadership Honorary at Purdue and Illini Pride now share the maintenance duties for the trophy. Purdue leads the Cannon series 37-30-2, including 12 wins in the last 16 matchups. REMEMBER SEPTEMBER • Early success in a season can springboard a football program onward in its campaign, and that is exactly what Purdue and head coach Jeff Brohm will be working for against Illinois. The Boilermakers have the opportunity to claim three wins in the month of September for the first time since 2012 with a victory over Illinois on Saturday. • The 2012 squad, led by former head coach Danny Hope, started 3-1 on the year with wins over Eastern Kentucky (48-6, Sept. 1, 2012), Eastern Michigan (54-16, Sept. 15, 2012) and Marshall (51-41, Sept. 29, 2012). • A potential 3-1 start for the 2021 edition of Purdue Football would match the season start of the aforementioned 2012 group and be the best since Purdue’s 5-0 start to the 2007 season. CAREER PERFORMANCES AT NOTRE DAME • Despite the loss to No. 10 Notre Dame (Sept. 18), breakout performances were had by a grouping of Boilermakers in front of the 74,341 on hand at Notre Dame Stadium. • Fifth-year WR Jackson Anthrop caught seven passes for a career-best 90 yards, while junior RB King Doerue set career bests in both receptions (six) and receiving yards (39). Sophomore WR Mershawn Rice also had a career day with a personal-best in both catches (four) and receiving yards (37). • Junior S Cam Allen’s nine tackles at Notre Dame set a career-high for the Bluefield, Virginia, native. Sophomore S Marvin Grant’s eight stops also was a career-best. • Notably, junior WR David Bell heads into Saturday’s Purdue-Illinois matchup just 19 receiving yards shy of the 2,000-yard mark for his career. Bell caught seven passes for 64 receiving yards in the setback.

CONFERENCE OPENERS • Purdue will be out to win its second-straight Big Ten Conference opener with its game against Illinois. Last season, the Boilermakers started off with a 24-20 victory vs. Iowa on Oct. 24, 2020. In the win, then-sophomore WR David Bell hauled in 13 catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Also a sophomore at the time, WR Milton Wright snagged seven passes for 85 receiving yards. Defensively, then-junior LB Jaylan Alexander racked up 10 tackles and one forced fumble. Then-sophomore DE George Karlaftis had three tackles and 1.0 sack. • Reversing long-term fortunes will be Purdue’s charge to start its 2021 conference slate, as the Boilermakers are 10-11 in Big Ten openers since 2000. This matchup will be the first time since 2004 that Purdue begins league play with Illinois. The mighty Boilers took down No. 15-ranked Illinois in Champaign by a score of 38-30 (Sept. 25, 2004). • Claiming the Big Ten opener has boded well for Purdue postseason aspirations in recent memory. Since 1997, which was former head coach Joe Tiller’s opening campaign as the leader of the Boilermakers, Purdue has advanced to a bowl game every time it has won its league opener but twice, in 2010 and 2020.

ILLINOIS NOTES:

ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (1-3, 1-1) at PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (2-1, 0-0) Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 // 2:30 p.m. CT // Big Ten Network West Lafeyette, Ind. // Ross-Ade Stadium

The Battle for the Cannon • Illinois and Purdue play each year for the coveted “Cannon.” The “Cannon,” more accurately known as the Purdue Cannon, made its first trip to Champaign-Urbana in 1905 when a group of Purdue students brought it to fire after a Boilermaker victory. Purdue won the game, 29-0, but the Cannon was never fired. Illinois student Quincy Hall found the Cannon hidden near the old Illinois Field and moved it to his farmhouse near Milford, Illinois. There, it survived a fire and gathered dust until 1943, when Hall donated it as a symbol of the Illinois-Purdue rivalry. • The actual Cannon was last fired Nov. 4, 2001, at the Illinois football complex following an Illini victory. • Illinois last took The Cannon in 2019 with a 24-6 rain-soaked win in West Lafeyette. More all-time series information is available on Page 24. • The away team has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two teams. Quarterbacks Turned Wide Receivers • Isaiah Williams and Deuce Spann have both transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver in 2021 and have become Illinois’ top two leading receivers. • Isaiah Williams leads the team in receptions (21) and receiving yards (230). • Deuce Spann is second on the team in receiving yards (117), tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (2), and leads the team in yards per catch (29.25). • Isaiah Williams is 12th in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (57.5) and 13th in receptions per game (5.2). • Deuce Spann is the No. 1 graded receiver in the nation according to PFF (92.6) with a minimum of one target per game. He has four targets and four receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Offensive Line Notes • Julian Pearl is the No. 2 graded guard in the nation according to PFF (84.7) (min. 100 snaps). Pearl has the top run blocking grade in the nation (94.6). • Doug Kramer is the No. 6 graded center in the nation according to PFF (80.4) (min. 155 snaps). • Alex Palczewski is the No. 17 graded tackle in the nation according to PFF (80.5) (min. 155 snaps). • Vederian Lowe is the No. 40 graded tackle in the nation according to PFF (74.1) (min. 155 snaps). • Illinois is one of eight teams in the nation with two tackles graded in the top 40 (Illinois, Clemson, Central Michigan, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Wake Forest) (min. 155 snaps). • Illinois has the No. 5 team run-blocking grade in the nation according to PFF (86.0). Defensive Notes • Illinois is 14th in the nation and tied for the Big Ten lead in fumbles recovered (5). • Illinois is third in the Big Ten and 22nd in the nation in takeaways (6). • Devon Witherspoon is 13th in the nation in passes defended per game (1.8).

Hansen Approaches Illini Record • With two forced fumbles at Virginia, LB Jake Hansen moved within one of tying the Illinois career record. Hansen has 12 career forced fumbles, one behind Simeon Rice’s 13 forced fumbles. • Hansen passed Whitney Mercilus (11 career FF) for second place on Illinois’ all-time career list. • Hansen has more career forced fumbles than any other active player in the nation. • Hansen’s 12 forced fumbles are tied for the sixth-most in Big Ten history. The conference record is 15, set by Wisconsin’s Chris Borland from 2009-13.

NOTRE DAME VS. WISCONSIN FOOTBALL NOTES

NOTRE DAME NOTES:

BY THE NUMBERS

4

Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 36-5 (.878). That rate

ranks fourth 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 four teams that

have totaled five or fewer losses (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio

State) since the start of 2018.

9

The Irish are 9-0 in Shamrock Series games since it began in

2009. This is the first Shamrock Series game since 2018, which

was played at Yankee Stadium against Syracuse.

12

Linebacker JD Bertrand tied a career high in tackles with 12

against Purdue. He is the first Irish defender to have three consecutive games with double-digit tackles since Alohi

Gilman in 2018-19 (Southern Cal, Clemson and Louisville).

13

Notre Dame has totaled 13 sacks over the first three games of

the season. It is the most sacks to start a season since 1996,

when the Irish also had 13 sacks through the first three games.

26

With the win over Purdue, the Irish extended their home

winning streak to 26 games. It is the longest home winning

streak in the program’s modern era.

35

Notre Dame also extended its win streak over unranked

opponents to 35 games with the win over Purdue. The Irish

have not lost to an unranked opponent since the 2016 season

(Virginia Tech).

35

JD Bertrand totaled 35 tackles through the first three games

of the season. That ranks fifth nationally and is the most by

an Irish player through the first three games of a season since

Courtney Watson had 38 in the first three games of the 2001

season.

105^ Head coach Brian Kelly tied Knute Rockne for the most wins

in program history after securing his 105th win over Purdue

on Sept. 18.

374^ Career games coached by Brian Kelly, second among active

NCAA coaches to Mack Brown (North Carolina).

1964

The last time Notre Dame and Wisconsin met on the gridiron

was Sept. 26, 1964. The Irish came away with a 31-7 win in

Ara Parseghian’s first ever game coaching at Notre Dame.

The Irish extended their winning streak to nine over Purdue to retain the Shillelagh Trophy with the 27-13 win on Sept. 18. • The defense put together its best performance of the season, limiting the Boilermakers to their fewest points in a game since Oct. 26 2019 against Illinois. • With the win, the Irish extended its longest modern-era home winning streak to 26 games. • Notre Dame also extended its winning streak against unranked opponents to 35 games with the win. • Running back Kyren Williams led the way with 168 allpurpose yards, the most by an Irish player this season and the third most of his career. • Williams currently ranks 20th in the country with 133.3 all-purpose yards per game this season. • Quarterback Jack Coan finished the day with 223 yards and two touchdowns, his third-straight game with two touchdowns or more. • It is the first time in his career he has had two or more touchdowns in three-straight games. It is also Coan’s second career streak of three-straight games with 200 yards passing or more. • Wide receiver Avery Davis was Coan’s favorite target as he had a career day with five receptions for 120 yards and a 62-yard touchdown reception. • The Irish keep the Shillelagh Trophy home and continue to hold all five traveling trophies. They have had all five trophies on campus since 2018.

Notre Dame will take part in its 10th Shamrock Series game this weekend when it travels to Chicago to take on Wisconsin at Soldier Field.

Yankee Stadium (New York, NY) 2018 ND 36, Cuse 3 Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) 2016 ND 44, Army 6 Fenway Park (Boston, MA) 2015 ND 19, BC 16 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis IN) 2014 ND 31, PUR 14 AT&T Stadium (Dallas, TX) 2013 ND 37, ASU 34 Soldier Field (Chicago, IL) 2012 ND 41, MIA 3 FedEx Field (Landover, MD) 2011 ND 45, MD 21 Yankee Stadium (New York, NY) 2010 ND 27, Army 3 Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) 2009 ND 40, WSU 14

The Irish are a perfect 9-0 in Shamrock Series games and have won each game by an average score of 22.8 points. The Irish have scored 27 or more points in eight of the nine previous Shamrock games. • This will be the third time the Irish return to a previous Shamrock venue as they first played at Soldier Field in 2012. • Notre Dame defeated Miami 41-3 in 2012 during the Shamrock Game at Soldier Field. Cierre Wood and George Atkinson both ran for over 100 yards in the game. It was the first time since Oct. 5, 2002 that the Irish had two 100- yard rushers in the same game (Rashon Powers-Neal and Ryan Grant). • This will be the second B1G opponent the Irish are set to face in the Shamrock Series as they defeated Purdue 31-14 in Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2014 season.

WISCONSIN NOTES:

STAGE IS SET FOR SOLDIER FIELD SHOWCASE  Soldier Field is the setting for a Saturday showdown between 18th-ranked Wisconsin (1-1) and No. 12 Notre Dame (3-0), which meet for the first time in 57 years in a game that will kick off at 11 a.m. and air live on FOX.  The clash between the Badgers and Fighting Irish will be the backdrop for both of college football’s major pregame shows, with ESPN College GameDay and FOX Big Noon Kickoff on site in Chicago to set the stage.  Wisconsin and Notre Dame have faced off 16 times previously, but not since 1964, and will meet as ranked opponents for the first time. The Irish own an 8-6-2 lead in the all-time series, including a win in the teams’ previous meeting at Soldier Field, in 1929.  Notre Dame comes to Chicago having won three straight to open the season, while the Badgers were idle last week following a bounce-back win over Eastern Michigan on Sept. 11 that improved them to 1-1.

The Badgers are in their 7th season under head coach Paul Chryst, who is 57-20 (.740) as head coach at his alma mater. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has led the Badgers to a 37-14 (.725) conference record and a 5-1 mark in bowl games. Chryst is in his 16th season overall on the Badgers’ coaching staff.

Jim Leonhard is back for a 5th season as defensive coordinator, and 6th season on the coaching staff overall, at his alma mater. Under Leonhard — an All-America safety during his playing days at UW — the Badgers have continued their run as one of the nation’s most consistently high-performing defenses. Over Leonhard’s first 5 seasons on staff, Wisconsin has ranked among the nation’s top 3 units in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and passing efficiency defense

With junior Chez Mellusi, junior Isaac Guerendo and redshirt freshman Jalen Berger, the Badgers have the makings of another strong rotation of running backs, something that Wisconsin has utilized with great success over the years.

Senior TE Jake Ferguson, a 2020 Mackey Award semifinalist and first-team All-Big Ten selection, ranks No. 2 among active FBS tight ends in receptions and No. 3 in receiving yards. The Badgers will wear a special white “Forward” uniform set to honor the state of Wisconsin. The helmet and pants feature a version of the Motion W logo that includes the stripe from the Wisconsin state flag emblazoned with the state motto, “Forward.” The jersey also features a string of six stars, an element featured on a plaque affixed to the Camp Randall Memorial Arch, just outside the stadium. The plaque honors the 70,000 Wisconsinites who passed through the Union Army’s Civil War training site at Camp Randall from 1861 to 1865.  Saturday’s game originally was slated as the second half of a two-game series between Wisconsin and Notre Dame, but last season’s highly-anticipated meeting in Green Bay was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting schedule changes. The Badgers and Irish will now meet at Lambeau Field in 2026.

Wisconsin leads the nation in fewest rushing yards allowed this season, giving up just 33.0 per game. Over the last 6 years, UW has allowed an average of 108.0 rushing yards per contest, second only to Alabama (106.2 ypg) among Power Five teams in that time.

RB Isaac Guerendo’s background as a state champion sprinter has clearly translated to the field, with the junior hitting a top speed of 22.15 miles per hour on his careerlong 82-yard TD run vs. Eastern Michigan. He posted a career-high 92 rushing yards in the game.

The Badgers have held the ball for better than 40 minutes in each game this season and lead the nation in average time of possession, at 40 minutes, 57 seconds per game. Army ranks No. 2, at 40:47, with the Badgers and Black Knights set to meet on Oct. 16.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL VS. TOLEDO GAME NOTES

BALL STATE NOTES:

Ball State and Toledo are set to kick off Mid-American Conference play Saturday afternoon

inside Scheumann Stadium. Despite trailing in the all-time series 24-21-1, the Cardinals have

won the last two duels, including last season’s 27-24 win at the Glass Bowl.

The Cardinals are 22-24 in their MAC opener since joining the conference in 1975. The

opening game has been important for the Cardinals in their MAC Championship seasons.

Ball State is 4-2 in the first league game during its championship seasons, earning wins in

1976, 1978, 1989 and 1993. However, in the Cardinals’ last two title-winning campaigns, Ball

State lost its conference opener (1996, 2020).

Ball State is 23-23 in its Mid-American Conference home opener all-time. The Cardinals

have won the last three league home openers under head coach Mike Neu, defeating Kent

State 52-24 in 2018, Toledo 52-14 in 2019, Eastern Michigan 38-31 in 2020.

8 WR Justin Hall leads all active FBS players in career receptions with 274, a Ball State

school record, and nearly 40 more than the next-highest (Jerreth Sterns, Western Kentucky

– 236). He has recorded at least one catch in 46 straight games (every game of his career),

the longest active streak in the country at the FBS level. Hall needs 67 yards to break Dante

Ridgeway’s record of 3,030 career receiving yards at Ball State.

QB Drew Plitt, in his third year as Ball State’s full-time starter, in the MAC’s career leader

among active players in passing yards (6,934) and passing touchdowns (52). Plitt needs just

126 yards to become the fourth 7,000-yard passer in school history joining Keith Wenning

(2010-13), Nate Davis (2006-08) and Riley Neal (2015-18).

In MAC play alone, Plitt has thrown for 3,992 yards with 31 touchdowns compared to 14

interceptions while completing 64.2 percent of his passes through 17 games under center

in league action.

RB Carson Steele has a touchdown in all three games against the likes of Western

Illinois, Penn State and Wyoming. He is the only true freshmen in the country to rush for a

touchdown in both games to begin the season. Steele is one of just two players overall in

the MAC to rush for at least one touchdown in all three games to begin the 2021 campaign,

joining La’darius Jefferson (WMU).

TOLEDO NOTES:

Toledo, Ohio – The Toledo Rockets open their conference season with an early showdown game at defending Mid-American Conference champion Ball State on Saturday, Sept. 25 (2:00 p.m. ESPN+). Despite being the very first game of the conference schedule, much is at stake in this battle. The Cardinals, preseason pick to repeat as league champions by both the league’s media and coaches, are still the team to beat in the MAC at this point. Plus, the winner of Saturday’s game will hold the head-to-head tie-breaker and thus virtually a two-game edge in the battle for the West Division crown. Toledo (1-2) is coming off a 22-6 home loss to Colorado State on Sept. 18. Toledo’s defense held CSUs offense out of the end zone but five Ram field goals and a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown was enough for the win. The Rockets were only able to convert a pair of field goals by Thomas Cluckey. UT was still in the game almost to the very end, trailing only 13-6 midway through the fourth quarter. However, three late Rocket drives came up empty and Colorado State tacked on three field goals. Ball State (1-2) lost at Wyoming last Saturday, 45-12. The Cardinals opened the season with a victory over Western Illinois, 31-21, before losing at Penn State, 44-13, on Sept. 11.

Rocket Round-Up • Sophomore kicker Thomas Cluckey connected on a career-long field goal of 43 yards as well as a 38-yarder vs. Colorado State. He improved to 5-for-5 on field goals this season and is now a perfect 13-for-13 for his career. • Redshirt freshman Jackson Barrow and sophomore defensive tackle Judge Culpepper tied for the team lead vs. CSU with eight tackles, career highs for both players. • Toledo ranks first in the MAC in total defense (347.7) and second in scoring defense (21.3). • Eleven different players caught a pass for Toledo on Saturday, with senior wide receiver Bryce Mitchell (five receptions, 87 yards) leading the way. It was Mitchell’s most receptions since he grabbed five balls vs. Ball State on Nov. 28, 2020 and one shy of his career high. • The Rocket defense held Colorado State to 110 yards passing, the second time this season they have held an opponent to 150 yards passing or fewer (134 passing yards allowed vs. Norfolk State). • Bryant Koback has 2,824 career rushing yards, eighth on Toledo’s all-time list. He needs 296 yards to pass Jalen Parmele (3,119 from 2004-07) for No. 7 on the list.

ROCKET UPDATE • Toledo is 1-2 following its 22-6 loss to Colorado State on Sept. 18. • Sophomore quarterback Carter Bradley completed 22-of-36 passes for 254 yards vs. Colorado State, his third career game with at least 250 passing yards. • Eleven different players caught a pass for Toledo on Saturday, with senior wide receiver Bryce Mitchell (five receptions, 87 yards) leading the way. It was Mitchell’s most receptions since he grabbed five balls vs. Ball State on Nov. 28, 2020 and one shy of his career high. • The Rocket defense held Colorado State to 110 yards passing, the second time this season they have held an opponent to 150 yards passing or fewer (134 passing yards allowed vs. Norfolk State). •Sophomore kicker Thomas Cluckey improved to 5-for-5 on field goals this season and is now 13-for-13 for his career. Cluckey connected on careerlong field goal of 43 yards in the second quarter. His previous long was 41 yards. • Redshirt freshman Jackson Barrow and sophomore defensive tackle Judge Culpepper tied for the team lead with eight tackles, career highs for both players. • Senior Bailey Flint averaged 46.6 yards on eight punts.

TOLEDO-BALL STATE SERIES Toledo leads the series with Ball State, 24-21-1. The Cardinals have won the last two games in the series, including a 27-24 victory at the Glass Bowl last year. Saturday’s game will mark the 47th consecutive season in which the two teams have played, every year since Ball State began playing MAC football in 1975. LAST TIME VS. BALL STATE Toledo scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, but a turnover on its final drive of the game ended the comeback attempt in a 27- 24 loss at the Glass Bowl. Senior quarterback Eli Peters threw for a career high 363 yards and two touchdowns before exiting the game late with an apparent injury.

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Hoosiers Top Hawkeyes, 2-0

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team scored two first half goals as they came away with a 2-0 win against Iowa on Thursday at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

KEY MOMENTS

• In the fifth minute Jordyn Levy sent a ball across to Anna Bennett who put it in the back of the net.

• In the 30th minute it again was Levy with an assist, this time to Paige Webber, who scored from just outside the six-yard box.

NOTABLES

• The Hoosiers improve to 7-2-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in Big Ten play.

• Anna Bennett scored her third goal of the season and Paige Webber her fourth goal of the season.

• With the two assists, Jordyn Levy now has 10 points on the season with four goals and two assists.

• Freshman Jamie Gerstenberg picked up her seventh shutout of the season, which ranks fourth in program history for shutouts in a season.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers host Illinois on Sunday Sept. 26 at 1:00 p.m.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Indiana Closes Conference Road Trip at Michigan State

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Hoosiers (4-2-1, 1-1-0 B1G) plays at Michigan State (4-3-1, 0-0-1 B1G) in the second of two-consecutive road Big Ten Conference matches at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 26 at DeMartin Stadium.

The match will be streamed on B1G Network + with Ian Gilmour (PxP) and Owen Ozsust (Analyst) on the call. Regan Holgate will handle sideline duties. Live stats will be available at IUHoosiers.com.

SETTING THE SCENE

• The Hoosiers enter the match as come-from-behind winners over Northwestern (2-1) on Tuesday night in Evanston. IU received early second-half goals from freshman forward Samuel Sarver and junior winger Herbert Endeley to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit and earn the program’s first conference win of the season.

• Junior goalkeeper Roman Celentano earned his 25th-career win during the match with the Wildcats. He holds a record of 25-6-5 and has allowed just 23 goals in 37 games played. He is the 14th keeper in program history to reach 25 career victories.

• Michigan State has found a positive result in their last three matches, including a 1-0 victory over Duquesne on Tuesday.

• Over the last six seasons, Indiana holds a record of 31-3-8 against Big Ten opponents in the regular season and have outscored the conference foes 76-22 during that stretch.

ABOUT THE SPARTANS

• Michigan State is led by long-time head coach Damon Rensing. He has compiled a record of 128-88-34 during his 13-year run at the helm in East Lansing.

• Senior attacker Farai Mutatu leads Michigan State in goals (5) and total points (11). The reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week scored MSU’s first hat-trick since 2012 with three goals in a come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame on Sept. 14.

• Senior midfielder Jack Beck currently leads the Big Ten Conference with six assists. He also added one goal to the Michigan State total to give him eight points on the season.

• The Spartans have turned to three different keepers this season. Redshirt senior Hunter Morse leads MSU in minutes played (450), saves (14), goals against average (1.40), save percentage (0.667) and wins (3).

• Freshman Lance McGrane has played in three games and totaled 245 minutes in net. He has conceded five tallies and made six saves.

SERIES HISTORY

• Indiana has traditionally dominated the series between the two Big Ten rivals and has won 42-of-55 matches played (42-8-5) all-time. The Hoosiers have found a result in 16-of-19 matches played in East Lansing and has won outright on 15 occasions.

• Indiana won the first 30 matches of the series. The rivalry has tightened up in the 25 meetings since with the Hoosiers holding a 12-8-5 advantage, including victories in the last three matchups.

• The last time IU played in East Lansing, Nov. 3, 2019, the Hoosiers earned a 1-0 victory to secure the program’s second of three-straight outright Big Ten regular season championships. All-American defender Jack Maher scored the lone goal of the game in the 29th minute from the spot.

• Two current Hoosiers have recorded goals against the Spartans: Victor Bezerra and Daniel Munie.

HOOSIERS ON THE REBOUND

• For the second time during the 2021 season, IU was defeated (2-1) at home against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Friday, Sept. 17. The loss marked just the 15th setback for the Hoosiers in the regular season since the start of the 2014 campaign.

• In the matches immediately following a loss, Indiana holds a record of 11-0-4. IU has outscored its opponent 24-6 in those matches.

• IU bounced back from their first loss of the season (3-0 defeat to Creighton) with a 1-0 victory over Xavier on Sept. 6 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Freshman forward Samuel Sarver netted the winner in that match. Sarver and junior winger Herbert Endeley both scored in the second half to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats (2-1) on Sept. 21 to avenge the second loss.

• Indiana has gone 119 consecutive games without back-to-back regular season losses. The streak spans 2,885 days (7 years, 10 months, and 24 days) in total dating back to 2013.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Purdue Welcomes Back 2001 Rose Bowl Team

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WEST LAFAYETTE – A special welcome back will be extended at Ross-Ade Stadium during the Purdue Football game vs. Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 25, as the Boilermakers’ 2000 team, which famously earned a trip to the 2001 Rose Bowl Game, will be honored.

Led by legendary quarterback Drew Brees, many standouts will be on hand at Ross-Ade for the day, including defensive end Akin Ayodele, defensive tackle Brent Botts, offensive lineman Matt Light, running back Montrell Lowe, defensive lineman Matt Mitrione, safety Stuart Schweigert, tight end Tim Stratton and wide receiver Vinny Sutherland.

Those renowned Boilermakers, and many more, will be in West Lafayette to see Purdue take on the Fighting Illini, a matchup that kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

The 2000 Purdue Football team (8-4, 6-2) was one for the record books, winning a Big Ten Conference co-championship and claiming the league’s Rose Bowl bid. Former head coach Joe Tiller led the Boilermakers to wins over three ranked teams that season, including a memorable 31-27 win over No. 12 Ohio State at Ross-Ade on Oct. 28, 2000.

Included in the festivities will be an in-game recognition of the Rose Bowl team during the first media timeout of the first quarter. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s squad will be wearing throwback uniforms for the game, honoring the 2000 squad.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: #7 Purdue Topples #3 Ohio State in 5

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After trailing 2-1, No. 7 Purdue volleyball (9-1) handed No. 3 Ohio State (10-1) its first loss of the season in five sets (25-17, 19-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-11).

The victory marked the first win over a top-three opponent in Holloway since taking down No. 3 Minnesota on November 21, 2015. Additionally, it was the seventh consecutive win over the Buckeyes in series history.

Two Boilermakers produced double-doubles: setter Hayley Bush (47 assists, 13 digs) and outside hitter Caitlyn Newton (15 kills, 13 digs). Bush set a season-high in assists, while Newton matched her career-high in digs and season-best in kills along the way. Meanwhile, outside hitter Grace Cleveland was just one dig shy of her own double-double, tallying 15 kills (.209 attack %) and nine digs.

As a team, Purdue not only out-hit Ohio State .216 to .209, but the team’s ability to defend at the net with an 11-6 advantage in blocks was the momentum swing needed in key plays.

Senior Jael Johnson led the block efforts by tying a career-high seven block assists to go alongside eight kills (.357 hitting %). Her defensive efforts extended beyond the net, where she accumulated a career-high six digs.

Anchoring the team was graduate libero Jena Otec, who saw 22 digs and 29 receptions in the match.

The Boilermakers will be back in action this Sunday at Indiana. No. 7 Purdue will play for the Monon Spike traveling trophy at 2 p.m. ET on B1G+.

PURDUE WOMEN’S TENNIS: Purdue Rolls in Purdue Invite Day 1

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s tennis team opened the 2021-22 campaign Friday at the Schwartz Tennis Center with the first day of the Purdue Invite. Over 12 matches split between doubles and singles against Louisville and Butler, the Boilermakers came away with nine victories.

Tara Milic was the lone Boilermaker to win all three of her contests.

In the morning doubles round, Purdue swept the trio of matches. Nathalia Wolf Gasparin and Csilla Fodor ousted Natalie Boesing and Sara Linn in a 6-3 decision. Freshman duo Milic and Juana Larranaga easily dispatched Delaney Schurhamer and Norah Balthazor, 6-1. Seira Shimizu and Rut Galindo made it a perfect doubles mark with a 6-3 win over Katie Beavin and Veronika Bruetting.

Louisville claimed two of the three doubles matches in the second session. The only Purdue victory came with Milic and Carmen Gallardo Guevara, as the rookie pairing won 7-6(4) over Joy Callwood and Dina Chaika.

The afternoon single saw the Boilermakers bounce back in solid style, winning five of the six constests.

Fodor outlasted Boesing, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the top of the order. Seira Shimizu also went the distance in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 bout against Balthazor.

The other three Purdue wins came in straight sets. Larranaga beat Schurhamer 6-4, 6-2. Milic cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Linn, and Galindo topped Emma Beavin, 6-4, 6-4.

The Boilermakers will return to action Saturday morning for the second day of the Purdue Invite. Purdue will rematch Louisville in doubles at 10 a.m., before an 11 a.m. singles start against Miami University.

DOUBLES vs. Louisville

Tatiana Simova/Chelsea Sawyer (UL) def. Juana Larranaga/Nathalia Wolf Gasparin (PUR) – 6-4

Tyra Richardson/Sasha Gorchanyuk (UL) def. Csilla Fodor/Rut Galindo (PUR) – 6-1

Tara Milic/Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) def. Joy Callwood/Dina Chaika (UL) – 7-6(4)

DOUBLES vs. Butler

Nathalia Wolf Gasparin/Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Natalie Boesing/Sara Linn (BU) – 6-3

Tara Milic/Juana Larranaga (PUR) def. Delaney Schurhamer/Norah Balthazor (BU) – 6-1

Seira Shimizu/Rut Galindo (PUR) def. Katie Beavin/Veronika Bruetting (BU) 6-3

SINGLES vs. Butler

Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Natalie Boesing (BU) – 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

Juana Larranaga (PUR) def. Delaney Schurhamer (BU) – 6-4, 6-2

Seira Shimizu (PUR) def. Norah Balthazor (BU) – 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Katie Beavin (BU) def. Carmen Gallardo Guevara (BU) – 5-7, 6-2, 6-1

Tara Milic (PUR) def. Sara Linn (BU) – 6-3, 6-0

Rut Galindo (PUR) def. Emma Beavin (BU) – 6-4, 6-4

BUTLER WOMEN’S TENNIS: Butler Drops Opening Matches on Day 1 of Purdue Invite

West Lafayette, Ind. – The Butler women’s tennis team dropped doubles matchups with Purdue and Miami (Ohio) and a singles matchup with Purdue Friday at the Purdue Invite.

Freshman Katie Beavin won her matchup with Purdue’s Carmen Gallardo Guevara at No. 4 singles in three sets (5-7, 6-2, 6-1) for the only individual win on the day for the Bulldogs.

Overall, both Purdue and Miami (Ohio) beat the Bulldogs 3-0 in doubles matches, while the Boilermakers won 5-1 in singles matches.

Butler will play doubles matches with Miami (Ohio) and Louisville on Saturday morning.

BUTLER FOOTBALL: Butler Opens PFL Play at St. Thomas

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INDIANAPOLIS – The first-ever meeting between Butler (2-1) and St. Thomas (1-1) will take place this weekend at O’Shaughnessy Stadium. The 2021 PFL opener will take place in St. Paul, Minn. with a 1 PM kick-off (12 Central).

Bulldog Bits

– Austin Schwantz’s first reception of the season was a 43-yard touchdown pass from Nick Orlando

– Over his last two games, Yogi Flager has nine receptions for 231 yards and three touchdowns

– Nick Orlando rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries at Taylor

– Brody Reder took his only carry over the goal line for a seven-yard TD run at Taylor

– Butler scored 35 points off Taylor turnovers

– Jordan Caselberry recorded his first sack of the season at Taylor

– Butler only allowed 42 passing yards in their win last weekend (four completions)

– Butler has not attempted a field goal this season, but they are perfect on extra points (19-19)

– Devin Aguilar returned four kickoffs for 100 yards at Taylor. His longest return covered 33 yards

– Luka Zurak hit a season-long 54-yard punt at Taylor to increase his season average to 45.0 yards per punt

– Butler has not allowed a 100-yard receiver since Nov. 23, 2019 (9 games)

PFL Standings

Stetson 2-0

Butler 2-1

Presbyterian 2-1

Davidson 1-1

Dayton 1-1

St. Thomas 1-1

Drake 1-2

Morehead State 1-2

Marist 0-1

San Diego 0-3

Valparaiso 0-3

PFL Schedule – Week 4

Butler at St. Thomas 12:00 p.m.

San Diego at Davidson 1:00 p.m.

Presbyterian at Dayton 1:00 p.m.

Valparaiso at Drake 1:00 p.m.

Stetson at Princeton 1:00 p.m.

Bryant at Marist 6:00 p.m.

SCOUTING ST. THOMAS: The Tommies are 1-1 at the start of the PFL season. They won 12-9 at Michigan Tech opening weekend and recently lost 44-3 at #15 Northern Iowa. Tommy Dolan is a dual threat quarterback for St. Thomas. He has thrown for 210 yards this season on 31 pass attempts. On the ground, he has 16 yards on 19 attempts. The defensive unit is led by the secondary. Luke Glenna and Joe Hird are tied for the team lead with 17 tackles each. BU will keep an eye on LB Trent Meyer as well. Meyer has two sacks and three tackles for loss over the first two games.

The only St. Thomas touchdown scored this season came on a wild play. Dolan kept the ball for the Tommies heading in from the one yard line, but would fumble. Carlson jumped on the ball to score and help St. Thomas defeat Michigan Tech.

ORLANDO NAMED PFL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: In only eight plays of action, Orlando was responsible for three touchdowns in Butler’s 77-24 victory at Taylor. He had 105 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and added 44 yards and a touchdown through the air. He connected with Austin Schwantz for a 43-yard touchdown that was Butler’s first of the game. After a four-yard second quarter touchdown run, Orlando broke off a 57-yard touchdown dash with five minutes remaining in the third. Five of his eight plays in the game resulted in a first down or touchdown.

Orlando leads BU with six touchdowns this season; five rushing and one passing. He has scored 26 touchdowns in his BU career; 22 rushing and four passing.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: Butler broke the program’s modern scoring record with 77 points in the win at Taylor. 77 points ranks fourth all-time in program history for most points scored in a single-game.

122 Pts vs. Hanover – 1921 Season

101 Pts vs. State Normal – 1905 Season

83 Pts vs. Meron – 1916 Season

77 Pts at Taylor – 2021 Season

74 Pts vs Wilmington – 1920 Season

TOUCHDOWN BULLDOGS: Butler has scored 18 touchdowns over their last 26 possessions.

The Bulldogs scored a TD on five-straight drives at Taylor in the second quarter.

BALANCED ATTACK: Butler scored five rushing touchdowns at Taylor and added four through the air. They rushed for 13 first downs and passed for 12.

Bret Bushka passed for a season-best 230 yards and three touchdowns for Butler. Kavon Samuels added two scored on the ground for BU on just 12 carries.

TURNOVER TAYLOR: Butler forced a turnover on four-straight Taylor drives on Saturday. The Trojans opened the second quarter with a fumble. A second fumble would follow on the next drive. Connor Reid intercepted a pass with 9:16 to play in the half and a third fumble would hit the ground nearly three minutes later.

BU fumble recoveries went to Michael Dunn, Jordan Caselberry, Daniel Obwaya and Kellen Madison.

SCOOP AND SCORE: Freshmen Daniel Obwaya and Kellen Madison each scored defensive touchdowns for Butler at Taylor. Obwaya recovered a fumble in the second quarter and returned it 10 yards for a score. Madison did the same in the fourth quarter from 11 yards out.

The last time a Bulldog returned a fumble for a touchdown prior to Saturday was back during the 2019 season when Dan DelGrosso scored in the season opener vs. #1 North Dakota State at Target Field. DelGrosso returned the fumble 29 yards to find pay dirt.

BEHIND THE LINE: Butler made six tackles behind the line of scrimmage at Taylor. Each tackle for loss was made by a different student-athlete.

Jack Belskis, Eloi Bigirimana, Nick Bafia, and Jordan Caselberry each had a solo stop in the backfield. Isaac Kolosik, Carson Gulgin, Michael Butler and Sam Urbanski were all credited with an assist.

FIRST MEETING: St. Thomas is new to the Pioneer Football League. This marks the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

UP NEXT: The PFL home opener will be played next weekend at the Sellick Bowl. Butler will host Drake at 12 PM for the “Battle of the Bulldogs”.

Drake leads the all-time series against Butler 21-8-1. They won the last meeting 33-7.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Butler Travels to Villanova for BIG EAST Battle

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Matchday Information – Butler at Villanova

DATE:                         Saturday, September 25 / 1 pm

LOCATION:                Villanova, Pa. / Higgins Soccer Complex

LIVE STATS:              villanova.com

LIVE VIDEO:               BEDN/FloSports

SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 7-1-0

LAST MEETING:         October 27, 2019 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 1, Villanova 0 (2OT)

The Butler men’s soccer team travels to Villanova, Pa., on Saturday, September 25, for its second BIG EAST match of the season. The Bulldogs are coming off 3-1 non-conference win over No. 18 Lipscomb.

Team and Individual Statistics

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. (3g, 6p) and Jack Streberger (1g, 3a, 5p) lead the Bulldogs in offensive points.

Keeper Gabriel Gjergji (3-3-1) has made 16 saves (.727) and allowed 6 goals (.83 GAA) in seven matches. He has been credited with two shutouts.

Butler has scored at least one goal in three of its seven matches. The Bulldogs have scored six goals and allowed six goals.

Four different Bulldogs have scored at least one goal in the seven matches played, while four have also recorded at least one assist.

Butler has earned 46 corner kicks compared to 34 for its opponents.

The Bulldogs have recorded 25 shots while holding their opponents to 22.

The Matchup

Butler and Villanova have met eight times, with the first match taking place on September 28, 2013.

The Bulldogs have won the last six matches, dating back to September 17, 2015. Three have been decided in either single or double overtime.

Villanova’s only victory (1-0) came on October 25, 2014.

Scouting the Wildcats

Last match: Penn State L, 0-4

Villanova recorded a 1-0 BIG EAST victory over Marquette.

Five different Wildcats have scored at least one goal in the seven matches played, while four have also recorded at least one assist.

Villanova scored nine goals and allowed eight goals.

The Wildcats have earned 37 corner kicks compared to 32 for their opponents.

Villanova has recorded 91 shots while holding its opponents to 76.

    Individual Statistics

Point leaders for Villanova are #7 Lyam MacKinnon (3g, 2a) and Balthi Saunders (3g, 1a). Three other Wildcats have one goal and two others have at least one assist.

Carson Williams (5-2-0) has started all seven matches in goal, making 15 saves (.682) and giving up seven goals (1.01 GAA). He has recorded two shutouts.

NOTRE DAME MSOCCER: Irish Fall In OT To #12 Virginia Tech, 2-1

(ND RELEASE)

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Irish suffered a tough 2-1 road defeat in overtime against No. 12 Virginia Tech, marking Notre Dame’s first loss in ACC play this season.

Notre Dame’s Philip Quinton scored the first goal of his career from the spot in the second half for the lone Irish score.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Neither the Irish nor Hokies managed to score in the opening 45 minutes of play, as the match was scoreless at the half. Notre Dame outshot Virginia Tech 7-2 in the first half.

The Hokies managed to score the opener in the 53rd minute off a shot from Jacob Labovitz. Less than 30 seconds later Notre Dame’s Daniel Russo was brought down in the box and Philip Quinton calmly finished into the bottom corner of the net to level the match at 1-1.

Both teams pushed for the winner but were unable to break the deadlock, sending the match to overtime.

Notre Dame nearly won it in the first minute of overtime, as Jack Lynn chipped the on-rushing keeper but a Virginia Tech player recovered to clear the ball before it found the back of the net.

Unfortunately for the Irish, the Hokies’ Danny Flores produced the winner in the 99th minute to escape with the win.

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

On the performance…

“I am proud of the team. They put everything into both away games this week and I thought they deserved more out of this game tonight. We played a good team tonight and there is certainly nothing to hang our heads about.”

UP NEXT

The Irish return home to Alumni Stadium for a non-conference matchup against Trine at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The game will air on ACCNX.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: SLAGGERT AND STASTNEY EARN PRESEASON B1G HONORS

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OUTH BEND, Ind. — Senior forward Graham Slaggert was named a Preseason Second Team All-Big Ten selection and senior defenseman Spencer Stastney earned Honorable Mention honors, the conference announced on Friday (Sept. 24).

The conference awards were voted on by the league’s head coaches, who also determined the preseason poll which placed the Fighting Irish fourth.

Slaggert, a South Bend, Indiana native, played 27 games last season and was the team’s second-leading scorer with 25 points on seven goals and a team-best 18 assists. He had a goal and an assist in Notre Dame’s 3-0 win over Ohio State (Dec. 12) for his first multipoint game of the season. He then scored a goal and added two assists for three points to lead the Irish to a 3-2 win at then top-ranked Minnesota, scoring the game winner at 15:17 of the third period (Jan. 15) en route to being named the Big Ten’s First Star of the Week. He also had five points (1-4-5) in the sweep at Ohio State (Feb. 5-6).

Slaggert’s 25 points as a junior marked a season-best total and he enters his senior season with 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points in 104 games played. He has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors each of the past two seasons.

Stastney skated in all 29 games for the Irish last season, scoring a career-high five goals and adding seven assists for 12 points. A fifth round selection (131st overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Stastney’s five goals were tied with teammate Nick Leivermann and Michigan’s Nick Blankenburg for the most by a Big Ten defenseman.

A Mequon, Wisconsin native, Stastney has now played in 104 career games while scoring nine goals and adding 27 assists for 36 points. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection each of the past two seasons and earned Second Team All-BIg Ten honors last season.

2021-22 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL

    Minnesota

    Michigan

    Wisconsin

    Notre Dame

    Penn State

    Michigan State

    Ohio State

2021-22 Preseason All-Big Ten Hockey Team

First Team

Thomas Bordeleau, F, MICH

Ben Meyers, F, MINN

Sammy Walker, F, MINN

Owen Power, D, MICH

Jackson LaCombe, D, MINN

Jack LaFontaine, G, MINN

Second Team

Matty Beniers, F, MICH

Kent Johnson, F, MICH

Graham Slaggert, F, ND

Brock Faber, D, MINN

Ryan Johnson, D, MINN

Cameron Rowe, G, WIS

Honorable Mention

Quinn Preston, F, OSU

Mitch Lewandowski, F, MSU

Roman Ahcan, F, WIS

Dennis Cesana, D, MSU

Mike Koster, D, MINN

Spencer Stastney, D, ND

Drew DeRidder, G, MSU

IUPUI MEN’S GOLF: JAGUARS TO TAKE ON FAMILIAR FOES AT BRIAR RIDGE INVITATIONAL

(Jags release)

SCHERERVILLE, Ind. – The IUPUI women’s golf team will state inside state lines and face some familiar foes this week when the Jaguars participate in the Briar Ridge Invitational, hosted by UIC this weekend. The seven-team field includes opponents from around the region, including three Horizon League foes in Green Bay, Northern Kentucky and UIC.

Head coach Jamie Broce’s team has been equal parts good, bad and ugly in the season’s first two tournaments, but still has a pair of top-five finishes to show for its efforts. Fifth-year senior Amelie Svejda has been brilliant at the top of the lineup, winning the season opener and owning a team-best 72.67 stroke average. Senior Kara Blair, the daughter of UIC head coach Mat Blair, is No. 2 in the IUPUI lineup with a 75.33 average in the season’s first two events.

The Jags have impressive depth as sophomores Shelby Busker and Madeleine Pape and true freshman Nerea Lancho round out the IUPUI lineup. In addition, sophomores Keisha Bennett, Annaliese Fox and Ally Stuckey will play this week’s event as individuals.

As a team, IUPUI has defeated 87 percent of its opponents this year and enters the tournament with a 297.83 team scoring average.

QUOTABLE: “After yesterday, we were all a tad disappointed, but proud of our grit during the rainy weather. Today, we went out as a team with the goal to play our game as best we could and fell a few shots of getting the job done. We fully gave it our all,” sophomore Madeleine Pape said following the final round at the Ball State Cardinal Classic.

FORMAT: The event will be 5-count-4 with 36 holes of continuous play on Monday (Sept. 20) and a final 18 on Tuesday (Sept. 21). Sunday’s play will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and Monday’s final round will start at 9:00 a.m..

THE COURSE: Briar Ridge is set to play 6,086 yards and par 72 this week. The course is known for rolling fairways and was designed by Larry Packard and opened its doors in 1980.

THE FIELD: IUPUI will be joined by Chicago State, Evansville, Green Bay Morehead State, Northern Kentucky and host UIC this week.

RANKINGS: IUPUI closed last season ranked No. 151 according to Golfstat and No. 166 by Golfweek.

WOMEN’S LINEUP:

    No. 1 – Amelie Svejda (72.67 average / 6 rounds / 1 tournament win)

    No. 2 – Kara Blair (75.33 average / 6 rounds)

    No. 3 – Shelby Busker (76.33 average / 6 rounds)

    No. 4 – Nerea Lancho (76.33 average / 6 rounds)

    No. 5 – Madeleine Pape (77.33 average / 6 rounds)

    Ind. – Keisha Bennett (87.00 career average / 7 career rounds)

    Ind. – Annaliese Fox (80.67 average / 3 rounds)

    Ind. – Ally Stuckey (86.00 average / 7 career rounds)

LAST TIME OUT: IUPUI shot a 54-hole 917 (310-305-302) at the Ball State Cardinal Classic on Sept. 20-21. The opening round 310 had IUPUI near the bottom of the 16-team field, but the Jags steadily moved up and ultimately finished fourth overall. Svejda placed 11th overall at 228 (75-77-76) and Blair shot 230 (78-77-75).

UP NEXT: IUPUI will participate in the Butler Fall Invitational at Highland Country Club in Indianapolis on Oct. 4-5.

IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER: JAGUARS TO HOST DETROIT MERCY ON SENIOR DAY

(JAGS RELEASE)

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team will look to snap a modest two-game skid on Saturday (Sept. 25) when the Jaguars host Detroit Mercy at 1:00 p.m. at Carroll Stadium. The contest will be aired on ESPN+ as Jonathan Matthes (pxp) describes the action. In addition, tickets will be available on-site at Carroll Stadium or by contacting the IUPUI ticket office. The IUPUI men’s soccer program will be honoring its senior class over the course of the day as part of the annual Senior Day activities.

On the field, IUPUI (2-3-1, 1-1 HL) has played four consecutive 1-0 decisions, winning the first two over Western Illinois and Wright State before then falling to UIC and Bellarmine. Defensively, IUPUI has been among the Horizon League’s best to start the season, allowing a league-low five goals in six games. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lucas Morefield has been at the center of the success, registering a 0.90 goals against average and two shutouts in his five starts. In front of him, Tommy Patacca and Corey Goede have been stalwarts as Patacca has yet to come off the field this season and Goede has sat just seven minutes total in six games. Opponents are averaging just 5.2 shots on goal per game against the IUPUI defense.

Offensively, IUPUI is still searching for footing as the Jags have tallied three goals in the season’s initial six games. Both Logan Finnegan and Rayan Choukri are responsible for game-winners and senior midfielder Cameron Haegele drilled a beauty of a goal against Xavier earlier this season. Choukri has attempted a team-high 10 shot attempts and junior midfielder Chris Workman has attempted eight shots. Patacca has attempted seven shots from his defensive post.

IUPUI enters the weekend squarely in the middle of the Horizon League standings as three teams remain undefeated (Cleveland State, Milwaukee and Oakland) and three teams are winless (Detroit Mercy, Purdue Fort Wayne and Green Bay). The Jaguars are among five teams currently in the middle of the standings at 1-1 in league play. 

QUOTABLE

“Credit to Bellarmine on excellent execution of their game plan and identity. The challenge to our team tonight was to get on the ball and not only generate attack, but be dangerous and we didn’t accomplish that enough in our final third play or on restarts,” head coach Brian Barnett said following Tuesday’s defeat to Bellarmine.

TOP 20

Barnett’s squad was recently honored by the United Soccer Coaches with a Team Academic Award and ranked among the nation’s D1 programs in team grade point average: Read More

PRESEASON POLLS

IUPUI was picked to finish 11th in the Horizon League according to the preseason poll released on Tuesday (Aug. 24): Read More

PROBABLE XI (based on the last outing)

GK- Lucas Morefield, Soph.

D- Gianni Catenacci, 5th

D- Ethan Diedel, Sr.

D- Corey Goede, Sr.

D- Tommy Patacca, 5th

MF- Logan Finnegan, Soph.

MF- Cameron Haegele, 5th

MF- Luke Liljegren, Jr.

MF- Carson Shrader, Jr.

MF- Chris Workman, Jr.

F- Riley Shives, Sr.

SCOUTING THE TITANS

Detroit Mercy enters play at 1-3-2 overall and 0-1 in Horizon League play following its 2-0 loss at Cleveland State to start the league slate. The Titans opened the year with a 1-1 draw against Michigan and a 2-1 double overtime win over Chicago State, but comes in reeling having lost three straight by identical 2-0 scores. UDM has been outscored 8-3 on the year with the three goals coming from three different sources. Demetri Pliakos has a team-high three points with a goal and an assist. In goal, Jonathan Kliewer has started all six matches, registering a 1.22 goals against average and 22 saves with a shutout.

ALL-TIME SERIES

IUPUI is 3-8-3 all-time against Detroit Mercy and 3-3-1 in the seven meetings in Indianapolis. UDM comes in having won the most recent two meetings in the series. (Series History)

UP NEXT

The Jaguars will hit the road to take on Cleveland State on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Women’s golf back in action at Briar Ridge Invitational

(ACES RELEASE)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Looking to build on a top five finish in the season opener, the University of Evansville women’s golf team continues its season this weekend at the Briar Ridge Invitational.

Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville, Ind. is the host for the tournament.  Play begins on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. with two rounds on the slate before a final round of 18 on Monday.  The final 18 holes begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.  Par will be 72 and the yardage will be 6,086.

UE is one of six teams in the event, joining Northern Kentucky, IUPUI, Chicago State, Morehead State, Green Bay and host UIC.

The Purple Aces opened the season two weeks ago at the Roseann Schwartz Invite in Ohio.  Alyssa McMinn tied for 10th place to help UE come home in a tie for fourth place.  McMinn finished the tournament with a 2-over 74 to pick up the solid finish.  Also earning a top 20 finish was Mallory Russell.  Highlighted by a team-low 75 in the first day of the event, Russell finished with a score of 154 while tying for 18th place.

Just behind Russell was Allison Enchelmayer, who tied for 28th place.  Her low round was a 76 in the first 18 on her way to a final tally of 156.  Making the largest jump in between rounds was Caitlin O’Donnell.  Following an 82 on the first day, O’Donnell lowered her second-round score by five strokes while battling her way to a tie for 37th.  Lucia Pantigozo made her college debut in the tournament, tying for the 46th spot with a 163.  A pair of consistent efforts helped Carly Frazier wrap up the season opener with a 165 following rounds of 81 and 84.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s golf back in action at Briar Ridge Invitational

(EVANSVILLE RELEASE)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Looking to build on a top five finish in the season opener, the University of Evansville women’s golf team continues its season this weekend at the Briar Ridge Invitational.

Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville, Ind. is the host for the tournament.  Play begins on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. with two rounds on the slate before a final round of 18 on Monday.  The final 18 holes begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.  Par will be 72 and the yardage will be 6,086.

UE is one of six teams in the event, joining Northern Kentucky, IUPUI, Chicago State, Morehead State, Green Bay and host UIC.

The Purple Aces opened the season two weeks ago at the Roseann Schwartz Invite in Ohio.  Alyssa McMinn tied for 10th place to help UE come home in a tie for fourth place.  McMinn finished the tournament with a 2-over 74 to pick up the solid finish.  Also earning a top 20 finish was Mallory Russell.  Highlighted by a team-low 75 in the first day of the event, Russell finished with a score of 154 while tying for 18th place.

Just behind Russell was Allison Enchelmayer, who tied for 28th place.  Her low round was a 76 in the first 18 on her way to a final tally of 156.  Making the largest jump in between rounds was Caitlin O’Donnell.  Following an 82 on the first day, O’Donnell lowered her second-round score by five strokes while battling her way to a tie for 37th.  Lucia Pantigozo made her college debut in the tournament, tying for the 46th spot with a 163.  A pair of consistent efforts helped Carly Frazier wrap up the season opener with a 165 following rounds of 81 and 84.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WSOCCER: Mastodons Return Home For League Game Against Oakland

(PFW RELEASE)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team returns to the Hefner Soccer Complex for a Horizon League game against Oakland on Sunday, Sept. 26 (noon).

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (3-3-4, 2-1-0 Horizon League) vs. Oakland (3-7-1, 2-0-1 Horizon League)

When: Sunday, September 26 | 12:00 p.m. ET

Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.

Live Stats: Link

Video: None

Weather: Sunny, high of 73 degrees

Horizon League Standings: The Mastodons are tied for fourth place with six points. Top six teams make the Horizon League tournament.

Scouting the Mastodons

The Mastodons enter Sunday’s match with a 3-3-4 overall record and a 2-1 record in Horizon League play. They are coming off a thrilling 3-2 overtime win against Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. The sister duo of Morgan Reitano and Bella Reitano scored all three goals for the ‘Dons. Bella scored the first two goals at the 16th minute and 50th minute, Morgan scored the game winning goal in the 94th minute, with the assist coming Bella.

For the ‘Dons, this is the best start to a conference season since 2015 when they started 2-0-1 in Summit League play. As a team, the ‘Dons are tied for fourth in the Horizon League in goals scored (12), and have allowed the fourth fewest goals (15).

Individually, Kelsey Gallagher leads the ‘Dons in points with seven. She’s scored one goal and leads the team in assists with five. Gallagher is tied for third in the conference in assists. Morgan Reitano leads the ‘Dons in goals with three. The ‘Dons are 3-0 when either Reitano sister scores a goal. Samantha Castaneda has started all 10 games in goal for the ‘Dons this season. She is first in the conference in goalie minutes played by over 100 minutes (974:35), tied for first in shutouts (three), second in total saves (60) and saves per game (6.00). In the country, Castaneda is 13th in minutes played and tied for 48th in shutouts.

Scouting the Golden Grizzles

Oakland enters Sunday’s match with a 3-7-1 overall record and a 2-0-1 record in Horizon League play. The Golden Grizzles are in third place in the Horizon League standings with seven points. They defeated UIC by a score of 3-0 on Thursday, Sept. 23 in Rochester, Mich. In three Horizon League games, the Golden Grizzles have out-scored their opponents 10-1. They scored just five total goals in eight non-league games. As a team, the Golden Grizzles are third in the Horizon League in goals scored (15), third in team points (41), and tied for third in assists (11).

Individually, Alexa Sabbagh leads the Golden Grizzles in goals (five), shots (20), and tied for the team lead in assists (two). Sabbagh is fifth in the Horizon League in goals scored. In addition, Sami Lopez has scored four goals on the season. She is tied for sixth in the conference in goals scored.

Series History

The Mastodons and Golden Grizzles have met 10 times prior to Sunday’s match. The Golden Grizzles leads the series 8-1-1. The last time these two teams met was back on March. 30, 2021 in Rochester, Mich. which resulted in a 1-1 draw.

Up Next

The Mastodons will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 2 (8 p.m.) to play in a Horizon League match against Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wis.

PFW MSOCCER: Purdue Fort Wayne Men’s Soccer Hosts Robert Morris on Saturday

(PFW RELEASE)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Horizon League play continues on Saturday (Sept. 25) for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team when the Colonials of Robert Morris come to the Hefner Soccer Complex.

Game Day Information

Who: Robert Morris (1-6-0, 1-1-0 Horizon) at Purdue Fort Wayne (2-4-1, 0-2-0 Horizon)

When: Saturday, September 25 | 2:00 p.m.

Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Weather: High of 66, rain stopping in the morning

KNOW YOUR FOE:

• Robert Morris’ last league outing was a 2-1 loss to Horizon League opponent Milwaukee.

• Robert Morris has a league win over Northern Kentucky 1-0.

• The Colonials have three different players with one goal respectively.

ABOUT THE MASTODONS:

• The Mastodons’ last time out was a 1-0 loss to Northern Kentucky.

• Purdue Fort Wayne has continued to put together a stingy defense this year, giving up just 0.838 goals per game, second best in the league.

• Michael Teller, Nathaniel Edwards, Vukasin Bulatovic and Alejandro Lopez have started all seven matches for the ‘Dons this season.

• Mastodon opponents have missed all three of their penalty kicks this season.

• Erik Josson’s .839 save percentage is the best in the league and 26th in the nation.

AWARD SZN:

Erik Josson picked up a Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season after shutouts of Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.

SERIES HISTORY:

Robert Morris leads the series 1-0. The first time the Mastodons played Robert Morris was last spring which resulted in a 1-0 loss for the ‘Dons.

SMITTEN WITH THE MITTEN:

The Mastodon roster features 12 student-athletes from the state of Michigan. Most have arrived since Mattawan, Michigan native Stephen Gorton took over as Mastodon head coach.

UP NEXT:

The ‘Dons head to Cleveland for a Horizon League game next Saturday (Oct. 2) against Cleveland State. The match will kick at 4 p.m. ET.

WABASH SWIMMING: Frost Named Wabash College Diving Coach

(WABASH RELEASE)

Alistair Frost joins the Wabash College swimming and diving team as the Little Giants’ new head diving coach.

Frost brings 34 years of coaching experience to Wabash, including 12 years as a college diving coach. He spent the past 12 seasons working with the DePauw men’s and women’s diving team where he sent competitors to various NCAA Division III regional competitions. Several of his divers have set school and facility records while competing for DePauw.

Frost has also served as the Lawrence Central High School diving coach since 1995. Divers coached by Frost have competed at the Indiana High School Athletic Association regional meet and have advanced to state competition over the past 25 seasons.

“I am excited to be at Wabash,” Frost said. “Both the divers and swimmers have already made me feel welcome. As Winston Church Hill said, ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.’ I am excited to be working with the team and helping the Little Giants improve and be successful.”

“What an exciting time it is for the future of Little Giant diving,” Wabash head swimming coach and aquatics director Will Bernhardt said. “We are incredibly honored to have Alistair join our staff. His breadth of experience and history of developing strong divers and great people molds well with our program goals and aspirations. Alistair brings over 30 years of success in diving and we are fortunate to have found the perfect fit to take our diving program to greater heights. I have known Alistair since I joined the North Coast Athletic Conference back in 2016 and have come to know him as one of the best coaches in the NCAC and the country.”

VALPO: Olivia Czerwonka Knocks Off No. 9 Seed to Highlight Successful Day for Valpo Tennis

The Valparaiso University tennis team continued a successful fall season on Friday at the ITA Midwest Regional hosted by the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. A solid performance was highlighted by the play of Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy), who won a pair of singles matches to advance to the Round of 32. In addition, Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) tied the program record for career doubles wins.

How It Happened

Olivia and Claire Czerwonka advanced to the Round of 32 in the singles draw by topping the Northern Illinois pair of Rakita/Dimitiev 8-5.

Olivia earned a pair of victories in singles play, first topping Grace Whitney of Eastern Michigan in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 in the Round of 128. She followed with a 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-5 win over ninth-seeded Rachel Papavasilopoulos of Eastern Illinois in the Round of 64, rallying from a set down after losing a tight opening set. 

After falling to Illinois State in the main draw Round of 128, Claire bounced back with a three-set win over Ines Iglesias from Bowling Green in the consolation draw. Claire prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 10-6. Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) also garnered a victory by default in consolation play.

Schoolcraft and Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) had a first-round bye and will play in the Round of 32 in doubles.

Inside the Match

Olivia’s victory over Papavasilopoulos came over the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and a two-time first team All-OVC selection.

Olivia’s second win of the day marked her 30th career singles win and helped her climb to 6-0 this fall.

Claire’s doubles win was the 55th of her collegiate career, moving her into a tie for the program record held by Mara Sonkin (2000-2004). With her next doubles victory, Claire will become the program recordholder.

Olivia has 28 career doubles victories.

Claire’s singles victory was the 47th of her career, eighth in program history and two away from moving into a tie for seventh.

Up Next

The ITA Midwest Regional will continue on Saturday. Olivia will play in the Round of 32 main draw, while Claire and Schoolcraft both play consolation bracket singles matches. In doubles, Schoolcraft/Tabanera and Czerwonka/Czerwonka will both play Round of 32 doubles main draw matches, while Jhaveri/McConnell will play a doubles consolation match.

PFW: Milwaukee Takes Horizon League Match From Purdue Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-10, 16-25, 25-12, 25-17) Horizon League match to the Milwaukee Panthers on Friday (Sept. 24) in the Hilliard Gates Sports Center.

Rachael Crucis led the Mastodons’ defense, registering 23 digs in the four-set affair. Molly Mirabelli had seven kills and six blocks.

Milwaukee jumped out to an 9-3 lead in the opening set. Ramei Jackson got two blocks and a kill to stop the Panthers’ run. Mirabelli got both of her attacks to hit the floor in the first set.

After an 11-11 tie in the second set, Katie Crowe got a kill, Crucis got an ace, then Crowe and Mirabelli combined for a block to force a Milwaukee timeout. After the Panthers tied it at 14, the ‘Dons forced Milwaukee into six straight attack errors, en route to a 9-1 run. Madelyn Wurster finished the set with two straight kills.

Milwaukee used offenses of .421 and .317 in sets three and four to take the match. Reigning Horizon League Player of the Week Ari Miller had 10 kills on 20 swings without an error in the last two sets.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 2-13, 0-2 Horizon League. The Panthers improve to 7-6, 1-0. The Mastodons are back on the Arnie Ball Court on Sunday at 3 p.m. with UIC visits the Summit City.

RHIT Volleyball Splits Two to Open Engineer Invitational

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology picked up a 4-set win over Concordia Chicago and lost in a tight 3-set match to No. 23 ranked Washington University (Mo.) on the opening night of the Rose-Hulman Volleyball Invitational.

In the opening match, Rose-Hulman earned a 25-20, 25-27, 25-12, 27-25 victory over the Cougars from Concordia Chicago.

Sophia Koop led the Rose-Hulman offense with 19 kills at a .300 hitting percentage.  Elizabeth Canon added 12 kills, and Allie Fults added 11 kills with a .500 hitting percentage.

Jillian Gregg recorded a team-high 28 assists, and Sophia Harrison added 20 assists.  Harrison also had a team-high five service aces, Koop had three and Fults contributed two.

Fults recorded one solo block and for block assists to lead the front row defense.  Kylie Rathbun had 21 digs, Koop recorded 13, and Claudia Rowan contributed 11 digs.

In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman gave No. 23 ranked Washington University a tight battle for two sets in a 25-27, 25-22, 25-15 loss.

Koop had a team-high 13 kills with Canon contributing nine.  Gregg led the team with 16 assists, and Harrison contributed 11.

Rathbun tallied 16 digs and Gregg pitched in with 15 in match two.

Rose-Hulman stands 7-7 on the season and will face Blackburn (11 am) and Illinois Tech (1:30 pm).

ANDERSON: Volleyball: Baldwin Wallace Secures Win against Ravens

Baldwin Wallace University secured a 25-17, 25-12, 26-24 win against the Anderson University volleyball team during the Franklin College Tournament on Friday in Franklin.

The Yellow Jackets (12-3) put together a .186 attack percentage while the Ravens (5-8) finished with a .115 hitting percentage.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Tess Perdue – 8 kills, .292 attack percentage

Felicity Bontrager – 7 kills, .353 attack percentage, 4 blocks

Shaylen Perry – 6 kills, .455 attack percentage

Brooke Troyer – 12 digs

Olivia Ricica – 11 digs

Kaycie Gates – 12 assists

 COACH TAMI MILLER’S COMMENTS

[Friday] was a disappointing loss. We did not put our best foot forward. Baldwin Wallace was a solid team that made it difficult for us to find the court offensively. They served aggressively and we struggled in the backcourt.

Tess Perdue, Felicity Bontrager and Shaylen Perry all had great offensive games.

We will regroup and get ready for [Saturday].

UP NEXT

Anderson is set for two more matches in the Franklin College Tournament on Saturday. The Ravens battle Bethany College (W. Va.) (5-5) at 10 a.m. Anderson then takes on Fontbonne University (1-5) at 12 p.m.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Remains Unbeaten on Road with Sweep of Saint Francis

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Taylor had little trouble picking up its sixth win in as many road matches this season with a quick three-set victory at Saint Francis on Friday. The Trojans cruised to their sixth-straight win overall via a 25-19, 25-20, 25-14 triumph.

TU used an 11-3 stretch early into the night to take control and opened a 12-7 lead in the first set. Taylor never looked back from there, using a kill from Amanda Adams to close the 25-19 victory.

The Trojans appeared on their way to a comfortable win in the second as well, but USF’s (4-16, 2-7 CL) lone charge of the match pushed the Cougars to a 15-14 edge. Taylor immediately reclaimed the lead on kills from Sarah Scott and Ryan Czerniak and pulled away for a 25-20 win.

Taylor took the drama out of the third set quickly, bolting to a 13-2 lead and easily finishing off the sweep with a 25-14 outcome.

TU closed the first half of its league slate at 8-1 and in sole possession of second place in the standings. The Trojans trail No. 8 Marian by a single match, while holding a two-win edge over three teams currently tied for third.

RV Taylor (18-2, 8-1 CL) will open the second half of league play on Saturday, with a 3:00 pm tilt against Grace (2-6, 7-9 CL) inside Odle Arena.

VINCENNES: Trailblazers split Day One at Parkland College Classic against two ranked Division-II teams

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Vincennes University Volleyball team faced a difficult task on day one of the Parkland College Classic, Friday afternoon, facing a pair of Top-15-ranked NJCAA Division-II teams in host No. 3 Parkland and No. 14 Des Moines Area.

The Blazers came away with the two match split, falling to Parkland 8-25, 12-25, 18-25, before coming back to pick up the five-set win over Des Moines Area, 18-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-12, 15-10.

Vincennes didn’t get off to the best of starts for this weekend classic. Facing host and D-II No. 3-ranked Parkland College.

The Cobras jumped out to an early lead in the opening set and only allowed the Blazers to score eight points.

Parkland continued this strong showing on their home floor in the second set, with VU showing some signs of improvement, but Parkland came away with the 25-12 set two victory.

Parkland looked to close out the first match of the day on a strong note, but the Blazers weren’t going to go away quietly.

VU put up a strong fight in the third set but could not overcome Parkland’s lead as Vincennes fell in three sets to the Cobras. Dropping set three 25-18.

“We were playing catch up during the entire match,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We had a tough time matching the speed in which Parkland was playing at.”

Freshman hitter Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) led the Blazers offensively, finishing with a team-high six kills, as well as five digs and a set assist on the match.

Sophomore Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) and freshman Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) finished with five kills each, with Russell also adding four digs on the evening.

Sophomore Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ind.) led Vincennes defensively, commanding the back row and finishing with a team-high 10 digs in the game.

VU looked to shake off this early loss and come away with a win over D-II No. 14-ranked Des Moines Area in their second match of the day.

The Blazers had little time to rest and recover from their earlier match, as VU was playing back-to-back matches.

Des Moines Area got the jump on Vincennes early in set one, taking the 1-0 match lead with a 25-18 opening set victory.

The Bears continued to find holes in the Trailblazer defense, as Des Moines Area finished off set two 25-17 to hold a commanding 2-0 match lead.

Vincennes looked to mount a comeback with their backs against the wall in set three. VU put the right pieces together and came away with the win in the third set, 25-21.

Needing to force a fifth-set, the Blazers continued their comeback with a strong 25-12 set four victory to even the match at 2-2 and force a fifth set.

With the momentum firmly on their side, Vincennes finished off their comeback by taking set five 15-10 over Des Moines Area. Giving the Blazers a split of their first two matches of the Parkland College Classic.

“It took us five sets, including the ones from the Parkland match, for us to get going,” Sien added. “There were some changes in the lineup and some adjustments were made on the fly.”

VU was led by freshman Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland), who finished with a team-high 15 kills, while also adding two digs and two set assists.

Addison Ainscough nearly completed another double-double, ending her day with 12 kills and nine digs against Des Moines Area. Ainscough also finished with a pair of blocks and a set assists.

Russell and Banasiak finished with nine kills each, with Banasiak adding a pair of block assists to her totals.

The VU offense ran well through their freshman setters of Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.). Graber finished with a double-double, ending with a team-high 27 set assists and 12 digs. Graber also added a team-high three aces.

Mulligan ended her day with 19 set assists in the Blazers win, while also adding three digs and two kills.

Sophomores Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) and Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.) finished with solid games offensively and defensively.

Cornelson finished with six kills offensively for VU, while also adding a team-high four block assists on the defensive side.

Beedle ended her day with seven kills and an ace offensively and had a big impact on the defensive end with 17 digs.

The Blazers were led defensively by Grace Earp, who again led VU with 19 digs. Earp would also add three set assists, two aces and a kill to her line score.

“Once again, our serving put us into a position to win,” Sien said. “This time, it was our two setters, Mulligan and Graber, with Grace Earp and Jamie Russell who served long stretches for us. Combine that with a good defensive effort, which allowed us to get some nice swings for kills.”

The Blazers will look to continue their momentum on short rest as the finish the Parkland College Classic Saturday, Sept. 25 against McHenry County College at 10 a.m. eastern., followed immediately by facing Lincoln Land Community College at 12 p.m. eastern.

MATCH ONE

Parkland – 25  25  25  x  x

VUVB (8-2) – 8  12  18  x  x

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Josephine Mulligan – 1 point, 1 ace, 4 digs, 8 set assists

Amee Beedle – 1 point, 1 kill, 5 digs

Addison Ainscough – 6 points, 6 kills, 5 digs, 1 set assist

Emilie Cornelson – 1 point, 1 kill

Jagoda Szybinska – 3 points, 2 kills, 1 solo block, 4 digs

Breanna Metzger – 4 points, 4 kills

Jamie Russell – 5 points, 5 kills, 4 digs

Grace Earp – 10 digs, 1 set assist

Hannah Graber – 3 digs, 12 set assists

Malgorzata Banasiak – 5 points, 5 kills, 2 digs

MATCH TWO

Des Moines Area – 25  25  21  12  10

VUVB (9-2) – 18  17  25  25  15

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Josephine Mulligan – 2 points, 2 kills, 3 digs, 19 set assists

Amee Beedle – 8 points, 1 ace, 7 kills, 17 digs

Addison Ainscough – 13.5 points, 12 kills, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 9 digs, 1 set assist

Lara Gomes de Castro – 4 digs

Emilie Cornelson – 8 points, 6 kills, 4 block assists

Jagoda Szybinska – 15 points, 15 kills, 2 digs, 2 set assists

Breanna Metzger – 1 dig

Jamie Russell – 9 points, 9 kills, 2 digs

Grace Earp – 3 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 19 digs, 3 set assists

Hannah Graber – 4 points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 12 digs, 27 set assists

Malgorzata Banasiak – 10 points, 9 kills, 2 block assists, 2 digs

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1907       Pirates third baseman Honus Wagner, in the 14-1 rout of New York at the Polo Grounds, swipes four bases, including second, third, and home in the second inning. Outfielder Fred Clarke also has four stolen bases for Pittsburgh.

1925       When Rogers Hornsby refuses to play a game against the Robins, he is fined $500 by the Cardinals and suspended for the remainder of the season. The Redbird infielder claims to be feeling ill despite the team doctor’s opinion, who believes that the infielder is well enough to take the field.

1929       During the fifth inning of the Red Sox-Yankee contest at Fenway Park, all the players are summoned to home plate and are told a telegram had just arrived announcing the death of New York manager Miller Huggins. The crowd rises and the centerfield flag lowered to half-staff when home plate umpire Bill McGowan requests a moment of silence in memory of the Bronx Bomber skipper.

1930       With four games remaining in the campaign, Cubs skipper Joe McCarthy (442-331) ‘resigns’ and is replaced by Rogers Hornsby, who was recently named by owner William Wrigley Jr. as Chicago’s player-manager for next year. McCarthy, who was not offered a contract for the upcoming season with his team still mathematically alive in the pennant race, will agree in October to manage New York, where he will win seven World Series in his 15 seasons with the Yankees.

1932       At home, the sixth-place Cardinals end the season with a split of a doubleheader against Pittsburgh, having drawn 279,219 fans during the season to Sportsman’s Park. The Columbus Red Birds, the team’s minor league affiliate in the American Association, outdraw their parent club, attracting over 310,000 patrons, thanks to a new stadium, night games, and radio broadcasts.

1941       Combined with a Cardinal defeat, the Dodgers win their first pennant in 21 years when they beat Boston at Braves Field, 6-0. Whitlow Wyatt throws a five-hitter, and Pete Reiser hits a homer in the winning cause.

1949       In front of a cheering crowd of 33,977 attending the Indians’ final home game, Charley Lupica, after spending 113 days in the air waiting for the Tribe to take first place or be eliminated from the pennant race, climbs down from his flagpole perch, which was recently shifted five miles from his confectionery store to the ballpark on a hydraulic lift. After the wobbly loyal fan kisses the Municipal Stadium’s home plate, he receives a new automobile from team owner Bill Veeck, in addition to receiving a 50-foot flagpole as a souvenir.

1954       A crowd of 14,175 Fenway faithful fans pays tribute to retiring Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, who is playing his last game at home. The Splendid Splinter’s retirement lasts only until May when his divorce becomes finalized, keeping his contract from being part of the settlement.

1954       Early Wynn loses his bid for a no-hitter when the Tigers scratch out two ninth-inning hits, producing a meaningless run in the Indians’ 11-1 triumph at Cleveland Stadium. The victory is the Tribe’s 111th of the season, surpassing the 1927 Yankees for the wins in American League history.

1955       Al Kaline, at the age of 20, becomes the youngest player to win a batting title, finishing his sophomore season with a .340 average. Ty Cobb was one day older than the Tiger outfielder when he claimed the crown, batting .350 in 1907, also playing for Detroit.

1956       Dodger right-hander Sal Maglie no-hits the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 5-0. The ‘Barber’s’ gem helps second-place Brooklyn to keep pace in the pennant race with Milwaukee and Cincinnati.

1960       The Yankees clinched the American League flag with a 4-3 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. The title will be 70 year-old Casey Stengel’s tenth and last pennant after being dismissed and replaced by the team’s hitting coach Ralph Houk when the Bronx Bombers lose the World Series to the Pirates in seven games.

1960       Eddie Yost hits his 28th career leadoff home run in the Tigers’ 6-5 victory over the A’s at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium, establishing a record for round-trippers to start a game. The third baseman’s total will be surpassed in 1975 by Yankee outfielder Bobby Bonds, who will extend the mark to 35 during his 14-year major league tenure.

1962       After appearing in 60 games over a two-year span, Dodger reliever Ed Roebuck suffers his first loss. The LA right-hander gives up a 10th inning home run to Houston’s Al Spangler, breaking the 2-2 deadlock at Chavez Ravine.

1963       Team owner August A. Busch announces the Cardinals will permanently retire Stan Musial’s uniform number 6. ‘Stan the Man’ is also appointed the Redbirds’ vice president, a duty he’ll begin at the end of this season after completing his 22-year Hall of Fame career as a player.

1965       Satchel Paige, at the alleged age of 60, becomes the oldest player ever to appear in a major league game. The future Hall of Fame right-hander blanks Boston for three innings, striking out one and giving up a lone hit to Carl Yastrzemski as the starter in the A’s 5-2 victory at KC’s Municipal Stadium.

1965       At age 34, Willie Mays becomes the oldest player to slug 50 home runs in a season. The Giants’ center fielder was also the youngest to accomplish the feat, hitting 51 homers in 1955.

1965       Mudcat Grant throws a one-hitter to beat the Senators at D.C. Stadium, 5-0, becoming the first black player in the American League to win twenty games. Don Blasingame’s third-inning double spoils the 30 year-old right-hander’s bid for a no-hitter.

1965       Willie Mays, who hit 51 round-trippers in 1955, joins Ralph Kiner as only the second National Leaguer to have more than one 50-home run season. The milestone homer, a fourth-inning two-run blast off Bob Sadowski, helps the Giants beat Milwaukee at Candlestick Park, 7-5.

1966       The Mets, for the first time in the five-year history of the franchise, will not end their season in last place. The Amazins, who will finish ahead of the Cubs, clinch ninth place by beating Cincinnati at Crosley Field, 8-4.

1968       After going for 1-for-3, Mickey Mantle, with two outs in the ninth inning, steps up to the plate for his last Yankee Stadium at-bat. The aging superstar works out a walk against Cleveland starter Luis Tiant, who will strike out the next batter to complete a 3-0 complete-game victory at the Bronx ballpark.

1973       Willie Mays Night takes place in Flushing as the Mets honor the fan-favorite player in an emotional ceremony at Shea Stadium after their 2-1 victory over Montreal. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ tells the crowd, “Just to hear you cheer like this for me and not be able to do anything about it makes me a very sad man. This is my farewell.”

1974       In the first-of-its-kind operation, Dr. Frank Jobe transplants a tendon from Tommy John’s right wrist to the Dodger pitcher’s left elbow. The revolutionary ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, which will become a standard surgical procedure better known as Tommy John surgery, enables the southpaw to win an additional 164 games, more than half of his career total of 288 victories.

1975       Randy Jones, with San Diego’s 6-5 victory over Los Angeles, becomes the first 20-game winner in the seven-year history of the franchise. Two seasons ago, the southpaw led the National League in losses with 22 defeats for the Friars.

1979       Behind the solid pitching of Frank Tanana, the Angels defeat the Royals, 4-1, to win their first American League West title. Jim Fregosi’s 88-74 team, which will finish three games ahead of second-place Kansas City, will lose the best-of-five ALCS to Baltimore in four games.

1980       The Padres become the first team in baseball history to have three players to steal more than 50 bases in a season when both Jerry Mumphrey and Ozzie Smith swipe their 50th sack in a 5-3 extra-inning loss to Cincinnati. Fellow Friar Gene Richard, who will lead the club with 61 stolen bases, reached the milestone at the end of last month.

1980       Brian Kingman loses his 20th game when the White Sox defeats the A’s at the Oakland Coliseum, 6-4. The 26 year-old right-hander, who will win his next decision to finish the season with an 8-20 record, will become the last 20-game loser of this century and the first to hurl for a winning team since Dolf Luque posted a 13-23 mark for the 1922 second-place Reds.

1984       New York’s pinch-hitter Rusty Staub becomes only the second player to hit a round-tripper as a teenager and one after his 40th birthday when he blasts a walk-off home run off Larry Anderson to give the Mets a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. Ty Cobb was the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

1986       The Orioles suffer the 82nd of their 89 defeats this season, a 9-3 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium, assuring the Birds will finish below .500 for the first time in 18 seasons. The last time Baltimore lost more games than it won in a campaign was in 1967 when the sixth-place team compiled a 76-85 record under Hank Bauer.

1986       The Astros win the National League West when Mike Scott doesn’t yield a hit in his 2-0 complete-game victory over the Giants. The game marks the first time a title has been clinched with a no-hitter, although Allie Reynolds’ second no-no of the season assured the Yankees a tie for the 1951 American League pennant.

1987       A’s rookie Mark McGwire sets an Oakland team record for home runs, going deep for the 48th time this season when he connects off Bobby Thigpen in the bottom ninth inning to tie the score in the team’s eventual extra-inning 2-1 loss to the White Sox. The 23 year-old first baseman’s Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum round-tripper breaks the mark Reggie Jackson established in 1969.

1987       Benito Santiago sets the modern (post-1900) major league record for rookies with a first-inning single, extending his streak to 27 consecutive games with a hit. The 22 year-old Padres catcher surpasses the previous standard by set in 1943 by White Sox outfielder Guy Curtright, and ties James Williams, who established the all-time longest hitting streak by a freshman while playing for the 1899 Pirates.

1989       The Red Sox announce the team will not exercise its option on 39 year-old Jim Rice, who will retire at the end of the season. Also, Bob Stanley, the club’s all-time save leader with 173, reports he will also call it quits when this year’s campaign is over.

1989       Wade Boggs extends his own modern major league record when he collects his 200th hit for the seventh consecutive season. The Red Sox third baseman goes 4-for-5 in Boston’s 7-4 victory over the Yankees at Fenway Park.

1996       Giants slugger Barry Bonds draws an intentional walk, which gives him the National League record with 149 bases-on-balls in a season. The free pass is issued in the seventh inning by LA’s Mark Guthrie with two outs and a runner on third base in the team’s 7-5 loss at Dodger Stadium.

1997       NBC’s hit TV show “ER” airs live and uses the Cubs telecast in the background in various scenes to authenticate the telecast’s claim of not being pre-recorded. The medical drama cuts to the game just as Brad Ausmus hits a three-run homer, much to the Astros’ catcher’s delight, who is taping his favorite program to watch later, not knowing he would be part of the cast.

1997       Eleven years to the day that the club won their last title, the Astros clinch the NL Central Division by beating the Cubs, 9-1. Houston manages to capture the flag despite being only five games over .500.

1997       Joe Carter, donning uniform number 43 to honor recently fired manager Cito Gaston, becomes the Blue Jays career home run leader, hitting his 203rd round-tripper in a 4-3 victory over Baltimore. George Bell, who spent nine seasons in Toronto, had previously set the franchise mark in 1990.

1997       Pedro Martinez records his final strikeout for the Expos, fanning Dale Daulton in Montreal’s 3-2 victory over Florida at Olympic Stadium. The 25 year-old right-hander, who will be traded to the Red Sox in the off-season for Carl Pavano and Tony Armas, establishes a franchise record with his 305th strikeout of the season.

1998       The Bronx Bombers, with a 6-1 win over the Devil Rays at Yankee Stadium, set an American League record with their 112th win to surpass the 1954 Indians. The 1906 Cubs, who finished the season with a 116-36 record, are the only team to end a campaign with more victories than the 1998 New York club, who will finish the campaign with 114.

1998       Sammy Sosa hits #66 and his final round-tripper of the season, a 462-foot blast at the Astrodome, to take the lead in the home run race. Less than an hour later, Mark McGwire will also hit his 66th, en route to his record-setting 70, in the Cardinals’ 6-5 victory over Montreal, tying the Cub outfielder in the historic home run race.

1998       Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his league-leading 56th homer of the season and 350th of his career, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the milestone. The 28 year-old outfielder drives in five runs in the Mariners’ 15-4 rout of Texas, who still manages to cop their second consecutive American League West Division title thanks to an Anaheim loss to Kansas City.

1999       For the first time in fifty years, a major leaguer drives in 159 runs when Manny Ramirez gets two RBIs in the Indians’ 9-6 victory over the Blue Jays at the SkyDome. The Cleveland right fielder, who will finish the season with 165 ribbies, matches Ted Williams’ and Vern Stephens’ output with the Red Sox in 1949.

2000       For only the second time since 1900, three teams play in the same twin bill when the Indians beat the White Sox in the opener, 9-2, and then lose the nightcap to the Twins, 4-3 at the Jake. In 1951 at Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals played host to the Giants, winning 6-4 before bowing to the Braves, 2-0.

2001       Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz both hit three home runs in the Brewers’ 9-4 victory over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark. The teammates’ accomplishment marks the first time in major league history that two players on the same team have gone deep three times in the same game.

2003       Sammy Sosa becomes the first National Leaguer to have at least 100-RBIs nine seasons in a row. The Cubs’ right fielder surpasses Mel Ott and Willie Mays, who had accomplished the feat eight straight seasons, joining Rafael Palmeiro and Jimmie Foxx as the only players in major league history to hit 35 home runs and 100 RBI for nine consecutive seasons.

2003       Carlos Delgado becomes the 15th player in big-league history and only the fifth American League player to hit four home runs in one game. The Blue Jays’ first baseman’s first homer was the 300th of his career, and his barrage gives him 41 for the season.

2003       Friends, family, associates, and former players gather at Shea Stadium on Bob Murphy Appreciation Night to honor the long-time broadcaster. Following the pregame ceremonies, the Hall of Famer, who started with the team in their inaugural season in 1962, calls the last of his more than 6,000 Mets games.

2007       Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder becomes the youngest major leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a season, going deep twice in the team’s 9-1 victory over the Cardinals at Miller Park. The 23 year-old cleanup hitter and his father, Cecil, who hit 51 round-trippers with the Tigers in 1990, are the first father-and-son tandem to accomplished the feat.

2008       The Diamondbacks, defending division champions, lose to St. Louis, 12-3, allowing the Dodgers to clinch the NL West. Los Angeles first-year skipper Joe Torre’s 13-year postseason streak continues, unlike his former team, the Yankees.

2008       Roy Halladay, giving up six hits and two runs in his ninth complete game of the season, posts his second 20-win season with an 8-2 victory over the Yankees at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays right-hander, en route to the Cy Young Award, compiled a 22-7 record in 2003.

2008       Mark Reynolds strikes out for the 200th time, breaking the major league record set last year by Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. The Diamondbacks third baseman will extend the dubious mark to 204 by season’s end.

2009       David Wright, playing a position in which the team was unable to field a reliable everyday player on a consistent basis for decades, establishes a franchise record by starting is his 836th game at third base for the Mets, surpassing his hitting coach and friend Howard Johnson. More than 120 players, beginning in 1962 with Don Zimmer, have appeared at the hot corner for the team, but only ten have appeared in as many as 200 games during the club’s 47-year history.

2009       New York clears the fence for the 127th time at the new Yankee Stadium to break the franchise record for most home runs hit by the team at home. Alex Rodriguez’s third-inning poke off Jon Lester in the Bronx Bombers’ 9-5 victory over Boston puts this year’s squad ahead of the 2004 and 2005 clubs, who both went deep 126 times in the old stadium.

2010       In the game in which he sets a team record for striking out, Brandon Inge drives in the winning run with a walk-off single in the 13th inning of the Tigers’ 11-10 victory over Minnesota. With the second of his three whiffs, the Detroit third baseman surpasses the franchise record of 1,099, playing more than 1,000 fewer games than Lou Whitaker, who previously held the infamous mark.

2010       Bobby Cox, who will retire after the season ends, earns his 2,500th major league victory as a manager when the Braves blank Washington at Nationals Park, 5-0. The veteran skipper joins Connie Mack, John McGraw, and Tony La Russa as the fourth field boss to reach this milestone.

2010       Neftali Feliz records his 38th save of the season when he limits the A’s to one hit in an inning and a third of work in the Rangers’ 4-3 victory in Oakland. The freshman closer surpasses Mariners’ Kazuhiro Sasaki’s mark of 37 in 2000, establishing the record for the most saves by a rookie closer.

2012       With Zack Greinke fanning 13 batters during his five-inning outing and the bullpen adding another seven, the Angels’ staff combines for 20 strikeouts in the team’s 5-4 victory over Seattle, tying the record for the most ever recorded in a nine-inning game. The Anaheim starter’s performance makes him the first hurler since 1920 to whiff 13 opponents in an outing that lasts less than six innings.

2013       In the final game he plays at Coors Field, Todd Helton homers in his first at-bat, a second-inning solo shot in Colorado’s 15-5 loss to Boston. The 40 year-old first baseman, who announced his retirement last week, has spent his entire 17-year career with the Rockies.

2014       Derek Jeter makes his last game at Yankee Stadium very memorable when he drives in the winning run in the ninth inning with an opposite-field one-out single off of Evan Meek in the team’s 6-5 walk-off win over Baltimore. The Captain’s heroics help the Bronx Bombers overcome blowing a three-run lead in the top of the frame.

2015       “I owe too much to this organization for the next two years to risk getting hurt for an incentive. My outing (Sept. 12) got rained out and the last inning of my last start got rained out, so for whatever reason, it wasn’t meant to be. There’s a lot bigger problems out there. I’m proud of my season.” – PHIL HUGHES, explaining why he turned an offer to pitch for a $500,000 bonus. Phil Hughes, who finished the final start of his season one out short of reaching 210 innings to receive a $500,000 contract incentive because of yesterday’s 66-minute rain delay, is given the opportunity to make a brief relief appearance for the Twins. The right-hander also turns down the club’s offer, saying he would not have any interest in merely being given the half-a-million-dollar bonus.

2017       In the second inning of the Cubs’ 10-2 rout of the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Addison Russell dives into the stands chasing a foul ball, spilling a fan’s nachos onto the playing field. In the following frame, the Chicago shortstop hand delivers a fresh order of tortilla covered with cheese to the grateful Redbird fan.

2018       Max Scherzer strikes out 300 batters in a single season when he whiffs Marlins rookie Austin Dean, after a ten-pitch at-bat. The Washington ace in his final appearance of the year fans ten hitters to precisely reach the plateau in the team’s 9-4 victory at Nationals Park, becoming just the third pitcher to accomplish the feat in the past 15 years.

2020       Dusty Baker will become the first major league skipper to manage five different teams to the postseason as the Astros clinch a spot in the MLB’s expanded 16-team Fall Frenzy when the Dodgers beat the Angels. The three-time National League Manager of the year (1993, 1997, 2000) had previously won a playoff spot with the Giants (1997, 2000, 2002), Cubs (2003), Reds (2010, 2012, 2013), and Nationals (2016, 2017).

2020       At Yankee Stadium, the Marlins clinch their first playoff berth since 2003 when they beat the Bronx Bombers, 4-3. Miami finishes in second place behind the Braves in the NL East, compiling a 31-29 mark in the COVID-19 shortened-season, their first winning season in 11 years.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-Tampa Bay9559.61750 – 2945 – 3049 – 2419 – 1314 – 176 – 4W 2
Boston8866.571749 – 3039 – 3640 – 3120 – 1315 – 187 – 3L 1
NY Yankees8767.565845 – 3342 – 3431 – 3722 – 1022 – 127 – 3W 4
Toronto8569.5521043 – 3142 – 3838 – 3217 – 1516 – 164 – 6L 3
Baltimore49105.3184624 – 5225 – 5318 – 5210 – 2414 – 163 – 7L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Chi White Sox8767.56549 – 2738 – 4019 – 1440 – 3016 – 174 – 6W 1
Cleveland7578.49011.538 – 4037 – 3813 – 2140 – 3013 – 165 – 5L 1
Detroit7479.48412.541 – 3733 – 4218 – 1427 – 4018 – 167 – 3L 1
Kansas City7083.45816.536 – 3934 – 4412 – 2132 – 3514 – 195 – 5W 1
Minnesota6985.4481836 – 4033 – 4513 – 1833 – 3713 – 206 – 4W 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9163.59147 – 2844 – 3516 – 1219 – 1647 – 247 – 3L 2
Seattle8569.552642 – 3343 – 3619 – 1515 – 1742 – 267 – 3W 6
Oakland8371.539841 – 3842 – 3315 – 1823 – 1034 – 346 – 4W 1
LA Angels7381.4741839 – 4134 – 4016 – 1721 – 1225 – 433 – 7L 1
Texas5698.3643533 – 4223 – 5613 – 1910 – 1926 – 472 – 8W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta8172.52937 – 3744 – 3540 – 3022 – 1213 – 165 – 5W 1
Philadelphia8074.5191.546 – 3334 – 4140 – 3019 – 1313 – 198 – 2W 4
NY Mets7380.477844 – 3329 – 4735 – 3413 – 1816 – 172 – 8L 3
Miami6489.4181740 – 3824 – 5132 – 3712 – 2017 – 174 – 6L 3
Washington6490.41617.535 – 4329 – 4730 – 4614 – 1610 – 215 – 5L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-Milwaukee9262.59743 – 3649 – 2615 – 1446 – 2723 – 93 – 7W 1
St. Louis8569.552742 – 3343 – 3617 – 1637 – 3120 – 1310 – 0W 14
Cincinnati7975.5131341 – 3738 – 3818 – 1341 – 3111 – 224 – 6W 1
Chi Cubs6787.4352539 – 4028 – 4713 – 2131 – 3717 – 152 – 8L 4
Pittsburgh5796.37334.534 – 4123 – 5516 – 1620 – 4911 – 215 – 5L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco10054.64949 – 2651 – 2821 – 1120 – 1446 – 226 – 4W 1
Y-LA Dodgers9955.643152 – 2347 – 3224 – 917 – 1346 – 258 – 2W 2
San Diego7876.5062245 – 3433 – 4215 – 1616 – 1733 – 373 – 7L 1
Colorado7182.46428.546 – 3025 – 5217 – 1214 – 1930 – 416 – 4L 2
Arizona49105.3185129 – 4720 – 5813 – 2113 – 1919 – 492 – 8L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills110.5000.051230-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-01 W
Miami Dolphins110.5000.017510-1-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 L
New England Patriots110.5000.041230-1-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 W
New York Jets020.0001.020440-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders2001.0000.059441-0-01-0-02-0-00-0-02 W
Denver Broncos2001.0000.050260-0-02-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Kansas City Chiefs110.5001.068651-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers110.5001.037360-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers110.5000.040420-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
Baltimore Ravens110.5000.063681-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns110.5000.060541-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals110.5000.044441-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans110.5000.046680-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Houston Texans120.3330.567761-1-00-1-01-1-01-0-02 L
Indianapolis Colts020.0001.040550-2-00-0-00-0-00-0-02 L
Jacksonville Jaguars020.0001.034600-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Washington Football Team110.5000.046491-1-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Philadelphia Eagles110.5000.043230-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys110.5000.049480-0-01-1-00-1-00-0-01 W
New York Giants020.0001.042570-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers2001.0000.058440-0-02-0-02-0-00-0-02 W
Los Angeles Rams2001.0000.061381-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Arizona Cardinals2001.0000.072461-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Seattle Seahawks110.5001.058490-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers110.5000.038551-0-00-1-01-1-01-0-01 W
Chicago Bears110.5000.034511-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 W
Minnesota Vikings020.0001.057610-0-00-2-00-1-00-0-02 L
Detroit Lions020.0001.050760-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Carolina Panthers3001.0000.069302-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-03 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2001.0000.579542-0-00-0-02-0-01-0-02 W
New Orleans Saints110.5001.545291-0-00-1-01-1-00-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons020.0002.531800-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England27185451321910-2-18-3-359
Nashville SC25111134424208-6-03-5-344
New York City FC2511684429158-2-23-4-639
Orlando City SC251087363607-4-23-4-538
CF Montreal251078363067-3-23-4-637
Atlanta25997353057-3-32-6-436
Philadelphia24987312567-3-32-5-435
D.C.2510411413658-0-32-4-834
Inter Miami CF2595112540-155-2-74-3-432
Columbus2687113035-56-3-32-4-831
New York247611302915-4-32-2-827
Chicago2665152643-175-4-51-1-1023
FC Cincinnati2448122444-201-5-53-3-720
Toronto FC2546152851-232-5-42-1-1118
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC2513754326177-5-16-2-446
Seattle2413653620166-4-37-2-245
Colorado2412843524116-5-16-3-344
Los Angeles2511593740-37-2-44-3-538
Portland25114103642-67-2-34-2-737
Real Salt Lake251069413567-4-23-2-736
Minnesota249782729-27-2-32-5-534
Los Angeles FC259610383626-5-23-1-833
Vancouver247983034-46-2-41-7-430
San Jose257993238-63-3-64-6-330
FC Dallas2669113843-54-6-22-3-927
Houston26511103139-85-5-30-6-726
Austin2554162540-153-2-72-2-919

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference