SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

LAWRENCEBURG 31 SOUTHRIDGE 7

SEMI-STATE MATCH-UPS

CLASS 6A

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (12-0) AT CARROLL (12-0)

CENTER GROVE (10-2) AT CATHEDRAL (10-1)

CLASS 5A

VALPARAISO (9-3) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (11-1)

WHITELAND (11-1) AT CASTLE (8-4)

CLASS 4A

NEW PRAIRIE (12-1) AT KOKOMO (12-1)

RONCALLI (12-1) AT EAST CENTRAL (11-2)

CLASS 3A

BISHOP CHATARD (9-4) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (13-0)

MONROVIA (6-7) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (12-1)

CLASS 2A

FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (8-5) AT ANDREAN (8-3)

LINTON-STOCKTON (13-0) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (10-3)

CLASS A

ADAMS CENTRAL (13-0) AT NORTH JUDSON (12-1)

LUTHERAN (13-0) AT NORTH DECATUR (13-0)

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

ADAMS CENTRAL36FREMONT27 
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE78MITCHELL20 
BEECH GROVE45INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA38 
BELLMONT68FORT WAYNE NORTH46 
BEN DAVIS58BROWNSBURG56 
BENTON CENTRAL55CLINTON PRAIRIE45 
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN30EMINENCE28OT
BLACKFORD53SOUTH ADAMS44 
BLOOMINGTON NORTH57BROWN COUNTY48 
BREBEUF JESUIT47PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD44 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL43PAOLI40OT
CARROLL (FLORA)65SHERIDAN26 
CASTON49WINAMAC15 
CENTRAL NOBLE62PRAIRIE HEIGHTS33 
CHARLESTOWN58NORTH HARRISON51 
CHESTERTON48MISHAWAKA44 
CONNERSVILLE53SHENANDOAH28 
COVENANT CHRISTIAN51TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN12 
CULVER ACADEMY56PERU49 
DANVILLE56PLAINFIELD55 
DELTA48CENTERVILLE28 
EASTBROOK67SOUTHERN WELLS17 
EASTERN (PEKIN)51AUSTIN48 
EASTERN GREENE50SHOALS37 
EASTERN HANCOCK56TRITON CENTRAL34 
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI40VINCENNES LINCOLN36 
FAIRFIELD47GOSHEN18 
FLOYD CENTRAL62EVANSVILLE HARRISON25 
FOREST PARK59LOOGOOTEE24 
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY43HAMILTON24 
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP66FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA26 
FORT WAYNE SNIDER53FORT WAYNE DWENGER15 
FORT WAYNE SOUTH68NEW HAVEN48 
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL36ROSSVILLE30 
FRANKTON62MUNCIE CENTRAL18 
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL41GUERIN CATHOLIC38 
GREENWOOD61SEYMOUR33 
HAMILTON HEIGHTS45JAY COUNTY44OT
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN63PENDLETON HEIGHTS51 
HERITAGE HILLS31JASPER28 
HOBART66GRIFFITH13 
HOMESTEAD69FORT WAYNE WAYNE42 
HUNTINGTON NORTH45CARMEL34 
INDIAN CREEK70MONROVIA38 
INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL59INDIANAPOLIS TECH40 
JENNINGS COUNTY72INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL66 
KANKAKEE VALLEY40KOUTS36 
KNIGHTSTOWN34HAGERSTOWN28 
LAVILLE49TRINITY GREENLAWN9 
LAKE CENTRAL43PENN37 
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN55OREGON-DAVIS46 
LAPEL71NORTHEASTERN54 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL50WESTFIELD37 
LEO46FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK42 
LEWIS CASS35TRI-CENTRAL27 
LINTON-STOCKTON49EDGEWOOD32 
LOWELL55EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL43 
MACONAQUAH49MANCHESTER45 
MADISON-GRANT41COWAN28 
MERRILLVILLE73CONCORD30 
MONROE CENTRAL51MUNCIE BURRIS18 
MOORESVILLE45FRANKLIN CENTRAL38 
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)41EVANSVILLE BOSSE31 
NEW WASHINGTON42CHRISTIAN ACADEMY32 
NOBLESVILLE50LAWRENCE NORTH43 
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)61CLAY CITY49 
NORTH DECATUR64BATESVILLE57 
NORTH MIAMI55SOUTHWOOD45 
NORTHWOOD35ROCHESTER20 
NORTHRIDGE55GARRETT41 
NORTHWESTERN59TIPPECANOE VALLEY50 
NORWELL60ANGOLA31 
OLDENBURG ACADEMY46SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)28 
OWEN VALLEY43SULLIVAN39 
PIKE74PERRY MERIDIAN46 
PLYMOUTH65MICHIGAN CITY33 
PORTAGE57NORTH JUDSON35 
PROVIDENCE40SHAWE MEMORIAL35 
RENSSELAER CENTRAL49KNOX36 
RISING SUN33CLARKSVILLE31 
RIVER FOREST42NORTH NEWTON38 
RUSHVILLE48SOUTH DEARBORN31 
SHAKAMAK49CLOVERDALE10 
SHELBYVILLE62MORRISTOWN42 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)69NEW PRAIRIE61 
SOUTH RIPLEY53JAC-CEN-DEL47 
SOUTHPORT54TERRE HAUTE SOUTH25 
SWITZERLAND COUNTY45HENRYVILLE30 
TERRE HAUTE NORTH58MARTINSVILLE34 
TIPTON58PARK TUDOR31 
TRI-COUNTY60TRI-TWP.36 
TWIN LAKES62DELPHI29 
UNION CITY61NEW CASTLE58 
VALPARAISO54HAMMOND NOLL30 
WABASH68MARION38 
WAPAHANI73UNION (MODOC)21 
WARSAW69LAPORTE7 
WEST LAFAYETTE69KOKOMO33 
WESTERN56LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC38 
WHITKO40CHURUBUSCO27 
WOOD MEMORIAL59VINCENNES RIVET38 
ZIONSVILLE64INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI44 
BANKS OF WABASH TOURNAMENT
NORTH VERMILLION59SOUTH VERMILLION313RD
PARKE HERITAGE66RIVERTON PARKE381ST
CORYDON CENTRAL TOURNAMENT
CRAWFORD COUNTY71NEW ALBANY51CON
SOUTHRIDGEEVANSVILLE CENTRAL10:00 AM
CORYDON CENTRAL59LANESVILLE39SF
JEFFERSONVILLE66EAST CENTRAL55SF
EVANSVILLE CENTRAL68NEW ALBANY517TH
CRAWFORD COUNTY49SOUTHRIDGE355TH
LANESVILLE53EAST CENTRAL393RD
CORYDON CENTRAL70JEFFERSONVILLE601ST
DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN TOURNAMENT
DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN64PORTAGE CHRISTIAN5R1
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (DYER)51CALUMET CHRISTIAN35R1
CALUMET CHRISTIAN46PORTAGE CHRISTIAN313RD
DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN73HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (DYER)331ST
FISHERS-HSE CLASSIC
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN81ELKHART41 
FISHERS73COLUMBUS EAST46 
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN94COLUMBUS EAST42 
FISHERS73ELKHART45 

NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 11

NO. 5 TENNESSEE 66, MISSOURI 24

NO. 7 LSU 13, ARKANSAS 10

NO. 2 OHIO STATE 56, INDIANA 14

VANDERBILT 24, NO. 24 KENTUCKY 21

MICHIGAN STATE 27, RUTGERS 21

NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 35, NAVY 32

UCONN 36, LIBERTY 33

WEST VIRGINIA 23, OKLAHOMA 20

PURDUE 31, NO. 21 ILLINOIS 24

DUKE 24, VIRGINIA TECH 7

PITT 37, VIRGINIA 7

SMU 41, SOUTH FLORIDA 23

COLUMBIA 31, BROWN 24

VALPARAISO 45, MARIST

LEHIGH 36, COLGATE 33

NORTH CAROLINA A&T 20, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 10

YALE 24, PRINCETON 20

HOLY CROSS 36, BRYANT 29

BUCKNELL 24, GEORGETOWN 21

UL MONROE 31, GEORGIA STATE 28

JAMES MADISON 37, OLD DOMINION 3

CORNELL 17, DARTMOUTH 13

HARVARD 37, PENN 14

AUSTIN PEAY 31, KENNESAW STATE 14

ABILENE CHRISTIAN 45, SAM HOUSTON 28

NORTH DAKOTA 28, SOUTH DAKOTA 19

WESTERN CAROLINA 20, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 17

FORDHAM 45, LAFAYETTE 10

HOWARD 28, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 14

GARDNER-WEBB 42, CAMPBELL 35

WOFFORD 34, VMI 16

SAMFORD 35, CHATTANOOGA 24

WESTERN KENTUCKY 45, RICE 10

JACKSONVILLE STATE 42, EASTERN KENTUCKY 17

NORTHERN COLORADO 21, NORTHERN ARIZONA 20

INDIANA STATE 21, WESTERN ILLINOIS 0

MORGAN STATE 37, DELAWARE STATE 7

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 48, NORFOLK STATE 14

NORTH DAKOTA STATE 21, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 18

THE CITADEL 66, VIRGINIA LYNCHBURG 0

DRAKE 27, BUTLER 24

MURRAY STATE 27, ROBERT MORRIS 9

LINDENWOOD 63, MCKENDREE 35

ARKANSAS STATE 35, UMASS 33

HOUSTON 43, TEMPLE 36

MONTANA 63, EASTERN WASHINGTON 7

WEBER STATE 45, IDAHO STATE 7

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 31, ILLINOIS STATE 7

MISSOURI STATE 25, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 22

FURMAN 23, MERCER 13

SOUTHERN 27, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 7

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE 31, EASTERN ILLINOIS 7

MCNEESE 21, HOUSTON CHRISTIAN 10

UTAH TECH 34, TARLETON 28

SOUTHERN UTAH 55, LINCOLN UNIVERSITY (CA) 0

NO. 9 ALABAMA 30, NO. 11 OLE MISS 24

NO. 3 MICHIGAN 34, NEBRASKA 3

NO. 10 CLEMSON 31, LOUISVILLE 16

NO. 22 UCF 38, NO. 17 TULANE 31

OKLAHOMA STATE 20, IOWA STATE 14

NO. 14 PENN STATE 30, MARYLAND 0

IOWA 24, WISCONSIN 10

BOSTON COLLEGE 21, NO. 16 NC STATE 20

TROY 10, ARMY 9

MIAMI (FLA.) 35, GEORGIA TECH 14

AIR FORCE 35, NEW MEXICO 3

MARSHALL 28, APPALACHIAN STATE 21

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 24, CHARLOTTE 14

UTSA 51, LOUISIANA TECH 7

MINNESOTA 31, NORTHWESTERN 3

WASHINGTON STATE 28, ARIZONA STATE 18

UAB 41, NORTH TEXAS 21

FLORIDA 38, SOUTH CAROLINA 6

NEW MEXICO STATE 51, LAMAR 14| 4 P.M.

NICHOLLS 12, TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE 10

SOUTH ALABAMA 38, TEXAS STATE 21

TENNESSEE TECH 35, NORTH ALABAMA 27

CENTRAL ARKANSAS 34, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 7

JACKSON STATE 27, ALABAMA A&M 13 (MOBILE, ALABAMA)

UT MARTIN 20, TENNESSEE STATE 3

SE LOUISIANA 23, NORTHWESTERN STATE 7

NO. 1 GEORGIA 45, MISSISSIPPI STATE 19

NO. 25 WASHINGTON 37, NO. 6 OREGON 34

NO. 19 KANSAS STATE 31, BAYLOR 3

TEXAS TECH 43, KANSAS 28

WYOMING 14, COLORADO STATE 13

FLORIDA ATLANTIC 52, FIU 7

UC DAVIS 44, IDAHO 26

TEXAS SOUTHERN 41, GRAMBLING 7

NO. 4 TCU 17, NO. 18 TEXAS 10

NO. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 36, WAKE FOREST 34

AUBURN 13, TEXAS A&M 10

COASTAL CAROLINA 26, SOUTHERN MISS 23

NO. 23 FLORIDA STATE 38, SYRACUSE 3

MONTANA STATE 72, CAL POLY 28

OREGON STATE 38, CAL 10

NO. 13 UTAH 42 STANFORD 7

ARIZONA 34 NO. 12 UCLA 28

SAN DIEGO STATE 43 SAN JOSE STATE 27

UTAH STATE 41 HAWAII 34

BOISE STATE 41 NEVADA 3

BOX SCORES:http://hosted.stats.com/cfb/scoreboard.asp?conf=fbs%3A-1&week=11

WEEK 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, NOV. 15

BOWLING GREEN AT TOLEDO | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

OHIO AT BALL STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT KENT STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN2

MIAMI (OHIO) AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 9 P.M. | ESPNU

THURSDAY, NOV. 17

SE LOUISIANA AT NICHOLLS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

SMU AT TULANE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 18

SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULSA | 9 P.M. | ESPN2

SAN DIEGO STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 9:45 P.M. | FS1

SATURDAY, NOV. 19

AUSTIN PEAY AT ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

LOUISIANA AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

UMASS AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

UCONN AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

VIRGINIA TECH AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

DUKE AT PITT | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UTSA AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M.

NORTH ALABAMA AT MEMPHIS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA STATE AT JAMES MADISON | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

OREGON STATE AT ARIZONA STATE | 2:15 P.M. | ESPN2

BOSTON COLLEGE AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

OLD DOMINION AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

NC STATE AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

COASTAL CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

AKRON AT BUFFALO | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH TECH AT BYU | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH ALABAMA AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3:30 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

UL MONROE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA TECH AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

FIU AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT AUBURN | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ARKANSAS STATE AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN3

GEORGIA TECH AT NORTH CAROLINA | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN2

MARSHALL AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

BOISE STATE AT WYOMING | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

NEW MEXICO STATE AT MISSOURI | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

SYRACUSE AT WAKE FOREST | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UAB AT LSU | 9 P.M. | ESPN2

FRESNO STATE AT NEVADA | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UNLV AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

GEORGIA AT KENTUCKY

OHIO STATE AT MARYLAND

ILLINOIS AT MICHIGAN

TCU AT BAYLOR

TENNESSEE AT SOUTH CAROLINA

UTAH AT OREGON

USC AT UCLA

MIAMI (FLA.) AT CLEMSON

OLE MISS AT ARKANSAS

PENN STATE AT RUTGERS

TEXAS AT KANSAS

KANSAS STATE AT WEST VIRGINIA

NAVY AT UCF

COLORADO AT WASHINGTON

STANFORD AT CAL

TEXAS TECH AT IOWA STATE

OKLAHOMA STATE AT OKLAHOMA

IOWA AT MINNESOTA

WISCONSIN AT NEBRASKA

NORTHWESTERN AT PURDUE

INDIANA AT MICHIGAN STATE

COLORADO STATE AT AIR FORCE

SAN JOSE STATE AT UTAH STATE

HOUSTON AT EAST CAROLINA

CINCINNATI AT TEMPLE

NFL WEEK 10

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

SEATTLE VS. TAMPA BAY (MUNICH) NFLN 9:30

MINNESOTA AT BUFFALO FOX 1:00

DETROIT AT CHICAGO FOX 1:00

JACKSONVILLE AT KANSAS CITY CBS 1:00

CLEVELAND AT MIAMI CBS 1:00

HOUSTON AT NEW YORK GIANTS CBS 1:00

NEW ORLEANS AT PITTSBURGH FOX 1:00

DENVER AT TENNESSEE CBS 1:00

INDIANAPOLIS AT LAS VEGAS CBS 4:05

DALLAS AT GREEN BAY FOX 4:25

ARIZONA AT LOS ANGELES RAMS FOX 4:25

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT SAN FRANCISCO NBC 8:20

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14

WASHINGTON AT PHILADELPHIA ESPN 8:15

BYE WEEK: BALTIMORE, CINCINNATI, NEW ENGLAND, N.Y. JETS

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

NO GAMES

ELSEWHERE:

PURDUE FT. WAYNE 81 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 76

INDIANA STATE 83 BALL STATE 71

ST. LOUIS 83 EVANSVILLE 65

RUTGERS 73 UMASS LOWELL 65

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221112

TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

#9 NOTRE DAME 90 CALIFORNIA 79

#12 NORTH CAROLINA 75 TCU 48

#20 OREGON 90 SEATTLE 47

ELSEWHERE:

VALPO 72 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 65

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221112

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 118 TORONTO 104

BROOKLYN 110 LA CLIPPERS 95

WASHINGTON 121 UTAH 112

BOSTON 117 DETROIT 108

PHILADELPHIA 121 ATLANTA 109

MIAMI 132 CHARLOTTE 115

NEW ORLEANS 119 HOUSTON 106

DALLAS 117 PORTLAND 112

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp

NHL SCOREBOARD

OTTAWA 4 PHILADELPHIA 1

EDMONTON 4 FLORIDA 2

BOSTON 3 BUFFALO 1

TORONTO 3 VANCOUVER 2

MONTRÉAL 5 PITTSBURGH 4

NEW JERSEY 4 ARIZONA 2

NY ISLANDERS 4 COLUMBUS 3

NASHVILLE 2 NY RANGERS 1

COLORADO 4 CAROLINA 1

CALGARY 3 WINNIPEG 2

ST. LOUIS 3 VEGAS 2

CHICAGO 3 ANAHEIM 2

LOS ANGELES 4 DETROIT 3

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

TOP-RANKED GEORGIA CRUISES TO 45-19 WIN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) No. 1 Georgia is going to the SEC championship game.

Stetson Bennett and company just keep rolling along.

Bennett threw for three touchdowns, and undefeated Georgia beat Mississippi State 45-19 on Saturday night.

“I’m really proud of our team. When you go on the road in the SEC in an environment like this at night, there’s tremendous adversity and our guys responded again and again,” coach Kirby Smart said. “Our guys kept responding and competing.”

With the victory, the East Division champion Bulldogs secured a spot in the SEC championship. They will take on LSU in Atlanta on Dec. 3.

It was a dominating effort by the Bulldogs (10-0, 7-0, No. 1 CFP), who put up 468 yards of offense. Bennett led the way, going 25 for 37 for 289 yards with two interceptions. Georgia also rushed for 179 yards.

“It was a team win and we made plays when we needed them,” Bennett said.

Mississippi State (6-4, 3-4) struggled to consistently produce against Georgia on the offensive side. Will Rogers went 29 for 51 for 263 yards and a touchdown. Mississippi State rushed for just 47 yards on 15 carries. Rufus Harvey led MSU with six catches for 66 yards and a score.

“They have all five-star players. They’re pretty good on defense and coach Smart does a really good job,” Rogers said. “They had a really good scheme for what we were doing and it’s hard to finish drives on a good team.”

Georgia turned the ball over twice on interceptions by Bennett and had another near turnover in the red zone in the first half when a fumble was nullified after the play was blown dead.

Georgia grabbed control with a big second half. Receiver Ladd McConkey had a 70-yard touchdown run and a 17-yard TD reception to help Georgia open a 31-12 lead.

Mississippi State got off to a tough start, but Zavion Thomas’ 63-yard punt return trimmed Georgia’s lead to 17-12 at halftime.

“I thought early on we did some good things. There was kind of a feel-out process to see what we were capable of doing,” coach Mike Leach said. “I thought we left two obvious scores out there which would not be too tough to have. We did more good things than bad, but I thought that we could have finished drives better.”

TAKEAWAY

Georgia gave away a lot of momentum right before the half with Thomas’ TD, but the visiting Bulldogs quickly scored in the third quarter and regained control.

Mississippi State had another poor offensive performance and lost for the third time in four games.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With another win and the SEC East locked up, Georgia will stay at No. 1 this week.

UP NEXT

Mississippi State will host East Tennessee State on Saturday.

Georgia will travel to Kentucky on Saturday.

NO. 4 TCU TOPS NO. 18 TEXAS 17-10 TO EARN BIG 12 TITLE BERTH

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) TCU was far from pretty against Texas, yet the Horned Frogs are still undefeated and playing for a Big 12 championship.

And maybe even bigger things to come.

Kendre Miller rushed for 138 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter that broke open a tense defensive struggle, and No. 4 TCU beat No. 18 Texas 17-10 on Saturday night to clinch a berth in the Big 12 title game.

TCU’s Max Duggan, who was sacked four times in the first half and hounded all game, connected with Quentin Johnston for a 31-yard touchdown over broken coverage in the fourth quarter.

“Nobody expected this kind of game,” TCU coach Sonny Dykes said. “We have tremendous confidence in our ability to take over the game late.”

The TCU defense turned in its best game of the season. The Horned Frogs held Texas running back Bijan Robinson to 29 yards, gave up just 199 total yards, and forced Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers into a miserable passing night. The Horned Frogs allowed Texas a single field goal on consecutive drives inside the TCU 10 in the second half.

“I think our defense has a little chip, a little something to prove,” TCU linebacker Johnny Hodges said.

The win keeps the Horned Frogs (10-0, 7-0) undefeated and in the hunt for even bigger prizes in Dykes’ first season. They are No. 4 in the College Football Playoff ranking after being picked to finish in the bottom half of the Big 12.

TCU is also 10-0 for the first time since 2010, when the Horned Frogs played in the Mountain West Conference, finished 13-0 and won the Rose Bowl.

“I think we’ve just decided, ‘Look, let’s go on this journey together, and not worry too much about the destination,” Dykes said.

Texas (6-4, 4-3, No. 18 CFP) hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown in the second half of each of the last three games. The Longhorns’ only touchdown against TCU came on Jahdae Barron’s scoop-and-score on a 48-yard fumble return late in the fourth quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

TCU: Duggan stayed composed on a tough night. TCU was grinding the game away when his unforced fumble resulted in the Texas touchdown that nearly swung the game. But Duggan came back with a critical third-down completion that helped TCU’s run finish out the final 4 minutes. He was 19 of 29 passing for 124 yards.

“Crazy chain of events,” Dykes said. “He moved on, put it behind him and did a great job managing the team the rest of the game.”

Texas: Ewers has had a wildly up-and-down freshman season but he’s now had another bad outing in the second half of the season and is struggling badly with accuracy. He was 17-of-39 passing for 179 yards and an interception, but it appeared coach Steve Sarkisian never considered going to backup Hudson Card.

“It wasn’t all on Quinn,” said Sarkisian, who is 11-11 in his second year. “Everybody took turns tonight. We were just off.”

ANALYZE THIS

Texas had the advantage of having former TCU head coach Gary Patterson on the sideline as a Longhorns special assistant. Patterson’s fingerprints seemed to be all over a Texas game plan that threw everything it could at Duggan until the Longhorns finally wore down late.

BATTLE OF THE BACKS

The matchup featured the two top rushers in the Big 12 in Robinson and Miller. But Robinson was often left with nowhere to run and carried just 12 times. He rushed 32 times for more than 200 yards against the Horned Frogs last season in a Texas win.

Miller was asked if he’s the best back in the Big 12.

“Yes,” Miller said.

UP NEXT

TCU plays at Baylor next Saturday.

Texas plays at Kansas next Saturday.

YOUNG’S 3 TD PASSES LIFTS NO. 10 ‘BAMA PAST NO. 11 OLE MISS

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban wondered which Crimson Tide team would show up in Mississippi. As it turned out, he didn’t need to be worried, especially about quarterback Bryce Young.

Young threw three touchdowns passes and No. 10 Alabama scored on four consecutive possessions spanning the second and third quarters, rallying to beat No. 11 Mississippi 30-24 on Saturday.

“They have a lot of pride in what the standard of playing (at) Alabama is,” Saban said. “They were challenged to play to that standard, to take it personally, to understand they’re responsible for the identity that they create by how they play on the field.”

Will Reichard kicked field goals of 23 and 49 yards in the fourth quarter to snap a 24-all tie. Alabama (8-2, 5-2 SEC) secured the win by forcing an incomplete pass into the Crimson Tide end zone in the final minute to extend its seven-game winning streak over the Rebels.

“It was a tough night in a lot of ways, but it was a great night for us because I think we took a step in the right direction,” Saban said. “We didn’t get off to a great start, but the players just kept making one play at a time and at the end of the game that we needed to make.”

Young finished 21 of 33 for 209 yards, including touchdown throws to Jermaine Burton, Cameron Latu and Ja’Courey Brooks.

Alabama trailed 10-0 early and 17-14 at halftime. The Crimson Tide made efficient use of 317 yards of total offense and a defense that stopped three Ole Miss opportunities in the final quarter.

“It’s a shame. We had the ball in our hands at the end of the game and the crowd was in it, but we didn’t get it done,” Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said. “They’ve got great players and great coaches, too, but it’s just a shame.”

Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2) was led by Quinshon Judkins, who had 135 yards on 25 carries and a pair of 1-yard TD runs.

Judkins highlighted the game’s final drive with runs of 35 and 13 yards to get the Rebels to the Alabama 14-yard line before the Crimson Tide got the game-clinching stop.

Jaxson Dart was 18 of 31 passing for 212 yards with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Mingo. The Rebels finished with 403 yards of total offense, but finished 0 for 3 on fourth down conversions, including both of the final two offensive series.

SEC WEST STATUS

LSU (6-1), with the 13-10 win over Arkansas, locked up a share of the SEC West title and a berth in the SEC Championship game. Alabama (5-2) could earn a share of the title by defeating Auburn and a Texas A&M upset of LSU, but the Tigers hold the head to head tiebreaker for the berth in Atlanta opposite the SEC East winner.

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: Needing an impressive bounce-back performance, the Crimson Tide responded and remain in position for a major bowl game appearance, a 10-win regular season and a ranking in the top 10. Alabama was 4 for 4 in the red zone and had the edge in the kicking game with Reichard and punter James Burnip, who had a 44-yard average on four kicks.

“Making it 17-14 at halftime was good,” said Saban, regarding a Crimson Tide touchdown with eight seconds before halftime, setting off a 20-0 spurt that spanned the middle quarters. “No one even talked about the score at halftime, which is how we wanted it to be.”

Ole Miss: The loss eliminated any hopes of sharing an SEC West title, but the Rebels retain big incentives, including a prominent bowl game appearance, a high ranking in the poll and consecutive 10-win regular seasons. For that to happen, the defense that gave up four scoring possessions in the second half must be tightened.

DON’T TUG ON SUPERMAN’S CAPE

Kiffin made a concentrated effort to seek out Young on the field during postgame to offer congratulations. Kiffin did not reveal what he shared privately with last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, but said afterward: “Bryce Young put on that Superman cape and made plays at the end. He’s a special player.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The No. 10 Crimson Tide, ranked for 240 consecutive weeks in the AP Poll, the longest active streak in the nation, could move up on the strength of the road win. A minor drop is expected for No. 11 Ole Miss, ranked for 27 consecutive weeks in the poll.

UP NEXT

Alabama: Closes with consecutive home games, beginning with Austin Peay on Saturday.

Ole Miss: Visit Arkansas on Saturday. Ole Miss stopped a two-point conversion after regulation time to win 52-51 last season.

NO. 2 OHIO STATE LOSES RB WILLIAMS IN 56-14 ROUT OF INDIANA

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State won big on Saturday but may have lost another star running back to an injury.

Miyan Williams has been carrying the running game with TreVeyon Henderson injured and already had 147 yards and a touchdown when he had to be carted to the locker room after being tackled late in the first half of No. 2 Ohio State’s 56-14 rout of Indiana.

He returned to the sideline in the second half in street clothes with crutches.

“We’ll have to see, but it didn’t look like, based on what we saw here in the locker room, that it was going to be something that was going to be really long term,” coach Ryan Day said. “We’ll see how he feels overnight, and then you’re hoping to get (Henderson) back for next week.”

Freshman Dallan Hayden stepped into the No. 1 back role in the second half and carried 19 times for 102 yards and touchdown. Receiver Xavier Johnson lined up as a back and ripped off a 71-yard touchdown on his only carry.

Day said both are possibilities if Henderson and Williams can’t go next week, but the Buckeyes will be at a disadvantage if both experienced backs are still on the shelf for the showdown with No. 3 Michigan in two weeks.

C.J. Stroud threw five touchdown passes as the Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) got back on track after struggling to beat Northwestern on a windy day the previous week. They’d already piled up 377 yards by the time Williams left the game and finished with 662.

Stroud, who passed for a season-low 76 yards against Northwestern, was 17 for 28 for 297 yards against the Hoosiers (3-7, 1-6), throwing two touchdown passes to tight end Cade Stover and one each to Emeka Egbuka, Marvin Harrison Jr. and Kamryn Babb.

Indiana’s starting quarterback Connor Bazelak, who returned after sitting out last week’s loss to Penn State with an injury, didn’t last long. After the Hoosiers went three-and-out on their first three possessions, Bazelak was benched in favor of Dexter Williams II, who threw for two touchdowns, their only scores of the day.

“I didn’t think we fit into what’s close to being acceptable,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Indiana: The Hoosiers’ disappointing season continues with another rout. Allen committed to Bazelak as the starting QB early in the week, but Williams might be his No. 1 guy now.

Ohio State: The health of the two star running backs will be the big issue going forward as the Buckeyes travel to Maryland next week and host Michigan on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Given how little the program will disclose about injuries, it may remain murky. On the bright side, there’s nothing wrong with the Buckeyes’ passing game.

BIG ONE FOR BABB

The biggest celebration of the afternoon for the Buckeyes came in the fourth quarter when Stroud hooked up with Babb for an 8-yard touchdown, the first in the collegiate career of the fifth-year receiver.

Babb has endured four knee surgeries since 2017. He was so respected that his teammates voted him a captain in 2021 even though he was unable to play.

It was Stroud who went to Day late in the game and suggested they try to get Babb his first TD.

“I didn’t want to mess it up. I was nervous,” Stroud said. “I saw the coverage that we got, and I saw the leverage that we had on the corner, and I was like, `Oh man, I better not mess this up for my guy.”

Babb said: “I don’t know if words can really describe it, but if I had to say a word it’s `thankful.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Buckeyes should stay put.

UP NEXT:

Indiana: At Michigan State on Saturday.

Ohio State: At Maryland on Saturday.

CORUM RUNS FOR 162 YARDS, NO. 3 MICHIGAN BEATS NEBRASKA 34-3

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Blake Corum made plays without the ball in his hands, drawing a safety on a fake to set up one of J.J. McCarthy’s touchdown passes and paving the way to help him run for a score.

Corum also ran for 162 yards and scored a touchdown of his own, helping No. 3 Michigan stay undefeated with a 34-3 win over Nebraska on Saturday.

Instead of constantly handing the ball off to Corum near the end zone as the Wolverines have many times, they used him as a decoy to set up McCarthy’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Bell and as a lead blocker for the quarterback on a designed run for another score.

“That was something different, right?” coach Jim Harbaugh asked.

The Wolverines (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) have won their first 10 games for the first time since 2006, when they closed the regular season as the second-ranked team with a loss to rival and top-ranked Ohio State.

In two weeks, Michigan will play the Buckeyes on the road with the Big Ten East Division title and likely spot in the College Football Playoff at stake.

“It’s a joyful, happy ride that we’re on,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a mssion, but it’s a happy mission. It’s not one that has any anxiety or anger or any kind of fear.”

Michigan was in control from the start against the Cornhuskers (3-7, 2-5) and opened with a 12-play, 80-yard drive that Corum capped with a 2-yard run for his 18th touchdown.

Nebraska started quarterback Chubba Purdy in place of Casey Thompson, who missed a second straight game with an elbow injury, and he left the game in the second quarter after appearing to injure his right ankle.

Logan Smothers filled in and after fumbling a snap, the Cornhuskers settled for a field goal and 14-3 score.

“He’s been banged up (for) two weeks, but he’s a tough kid and he’s going to play,” interim coach Mickey Joseph said.

Purdy was 6 of 12 for 56 yards and ran for a team-high 39 yards. Smothers was 4 of 8 for 15 yards for the Cornuskers, who finished with just 146 yards of offense.

“We tried to go more to the run game with Logan and tried to show some more option,” Joseph said. “But we were trying to make sure that he didn’t take any direct hits.”

SCARY MOMENTS

Nebraska offensive coordinator Mark Whipple was carted off the field at halftime and taken for X-rays after Michigan receiver A.J. Henning ran into him behind the sideline in the second quarter.

Also in the first half, Cornhuskers running back Alante Brown tried to hurdle Mike Sainristil and the cornerback hit his trail leg, sending him higher into the air where defensive back D.J. Turner hit him.

“That wasn’t a smart hurdle by him,” Corum said. “Mikey was not going low. He could’ve snapped his neck.”

GREEN RETURNS

Michigan defensive back Gemon Green played sparingly, returning to the field for the first time since being hit by at least one Michigan State player two weeks ago during the melee in the Michigan Stadium tunnel.

The police investigation into the melee in has been turned over to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review, it was announced Saturday night.

THE TAKEAWAY

Nebraska: The Cornhuskers were hoping for a spark under Joseph, but he is 2-5 since replacing Scott Frost after he was fired in September with a 16-31 mark in four-plus seasons.

“We’ve got to keep going,” Joseph said. “We’re not gonna quit.”

Michigan: The passing game has a lot of improving to do, and not much time to pull it off, to improve the team’s chances of winning at Ohio State for the first time since 2000. McCarthy was 8 of 17 for 129 yards with two touchdown passes.

UP NEXT

Nebraska: Hosts Wisconsin and plays at Iowa to end the season.

Michigan: Plays No. 21 Illinois, which will likely fall out of the AP Top 25 after losing to Purdue, in a final tuneup before traveling to Ohio State.

PLUMLEE, UCF TOP TULANE 38-31, TAKE OVER FIRST PLACE IN AAC

NEW ORLEANS (AP) John Rhys Plumlee ran around, through or away from the stingiest run defense in the American Athletic Conference again and again.

Plumlee accounted for 308 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 22 UCF took over first place in the AAC with a 38-31 victory over No. 16 Tulane on Saturday.

“We ran the football really good against the best rushing defense in our league,” UCF coach Gus Malzahn said. “John Rhys, he’s a special talent, there’s no doubt, that he can run that effective and he’s a tough guy, too.”

Returning from an Oct. 29 concussion against Cincinnati, Plumlee rushed for 176 yards and two TDs, highlighted by a 67-yard scoring run. He also passed for 132 yards, including his 8-yard TD pass to Alabama transfer Javon Baker.

UCF (8-2, 5-1) surpassed 400 yards of offense for the eighth time this season.

“It felt good to make some big plays. But obviously a huge team win,” Plumlee said. “I’ve never been one to kind of play timid or play scared. It’s just not in my game.”

Plumlee is from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, about a 90-minute drive north of New Orleans. He estimated 35 people made that trip, and he treated them to a UCF record for QB rushing in game – but fell short of his career-best 212 yards rushing for Mississippi against LSU in 2019.

“Plumlee’s speed was probably the biggest thing,” Tulane linebacker Dorian Williams said. “It’s hard to practice for something like that.”

Tulane (8-2, 5-1) pulled within a touchdown with 11:39 left when Michael Pratt hit Reggie Brown in the back of the end zone, capping a drive extended by Pratt’s fourth-and-6 conversion on a pass to Lawrence Keys.

But the Knights responded with a 16-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 8:07 and was sustained by a fourth-down pass interference penalty on Tulane’s Jarius Monroe on running back Isaiah Bowser’s pass intended for Plumlee along the sideline.

“I put that one on the money,” a smiling Bowser said of his rare passing attempt. “If the corner would have never held (Plumlee), he would have made that play, and that was a big play.”

Bowser finished off the series with his second short touchdown run of the game, making it 38-24 with 3:32 left.

Tulane drove for one final score on Pratt’s 6-yard pass to Shae Wyatt with 1:46 left, but the Green Wave’s onside kick was recovered by UCF.

“I’m disappointed. We didn’t play our best game,” Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. “When you play a quality team like UCF, you have to play well.”

UCF finished with a season-high 336 yards rushing against a Tulane defense that was allowing just 127 yards rushing per game this season and had not allowed any previous opponent to run for more than 200 yards.

Tulane’s defense has “veteran after veteran on that back end and they keep everything in front of them,” Malzahn said. “We felt real strong that John Rhys, our quarterback, needed to run the football and that’s what happened.”

Pratt finished 23 of 39 for 236 yards and three TDs. Tyjae Spears rushed for 130 yards, highlighted by his 70-yard run that set up Tulane’s first TD on Pratt’s 1-yard fade to Duece Watts. Tulane’s Jha-Quan Jackson caught five passes for 95 yards.

Plumlee helped UCF to a 10-0 lead with his long scoring run, on which he darted through an opening up the middle, cut outside to his right and outraced all pursuers. He also had a 47-yard run.

THE TAKEAWAY

UCF: Bowser has scored in eight of 10 games this season, thanks to his reliability in short yardage situations. All 13 of his TDs have come from inside the 4-yard line. The Knights rushed for more than 300 yards for the third time this season.

Tulane: The Green Wave was hurt by mistakes, not to mention some bad luck. There were a handful of dropped passes, including one in the end zone on third down by Dea Dea McDougle. Pratt missed some open receivers and Tulane turned the ball over when a UCF punt hit the Green Wave’s Kiland Harrison in the back as he tried to block for the return along the sideline.

“In these types of games, the little details are going to be the key to victory – whether it was a dropped ball or a missed throw or a penalty,” Pratt said.

UP NEXT

UCF: Hosts Navy on Nov. 19.

Tulane: Hosts SMU on Thursday night.

THOMAS HELPS NO. 13 UTAH ROUT STANFORD 42-7

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A few weeks ago, Tavion Thomas was on the brink of losing his place on Utah’s football team.

Rushing for a career-high 180 yards on Saturday night proved he’s all the way back.

“I was just so happy to be out there with my teammates,” Thomas said. “I wasn’t worried about my carries, I was just worried about finishing this thing and playing with these guys.”

Cameron Rising threw for three touchdowns and No. 13 Utah beat Stanford 42-7 on Senior Night.

Utah (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) started slow on a below-freezing night in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains, but scored 42 straight points after trailing 7-0 to Stanford (3-7, 1-7).

Utah’s defense was suffocating after the initial score while Thomas recorded his first 100-yard rushing game since the season opener at Florida and eclipsed his previous high (177) set at Stanford last year.

Thomas, who has been in and out of the lineup with personal issues, was pressed into heavy use because of injuries in the backfield.

“It’s been challenging but you can’t run from it, you have to attack it. I’ve got great guys here and a great support system and they got me back slowly but surely,” Thomas said.

He rushed for a four-yard TD in the second quarter and a 36-yard score in the fourth – his 28th career touchdown at Utah, moving him to third on the all-time rushing TD list.

“There were some bumps in the road . but I’m really grateful he continued to stick with it and fight through some of the issues he was having,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.

Thomas was a 1,000-yard rusher and had 21 touchdowns last season but was away from team at times this season and missed the Washington State game. He struggled through the middle of the season but showed renewed speed and power in time for Utah’s quest for a Rose Bowl return.

“It was great to see Tavion in his last game at Rice-Eccles get back to his old self. I’m really proud of him and glad that he’s weathered the storm,” Whittingham said.

Rising went 20-for-33 through the air for 219 yards with an interception to boost Utah’s home winning streak to 14.

“Once we eliminated our mistakes, things started to go our way,” Rising said.

The Utes initially struggled to execute against Stanford, which allows the most rushing yards of any team in the conference. After three fourth-down conversions, including a fake punt, Utah finally scored on a Rising-to-Devaughn Vele 9-yard TD pass in the second quarter.

“We’ve always been good at getting off the field on third down this year but fourth down has been a different story,” Stanford linebacker Levani Damuni said about Utah going 4-for-4 on 4th down in the first half.

After that, the floodgates opened and Utah rolled to 514 total yards with 279 on the ground. At the same time, Stanford’s entire offense failed to outgain Thomas, garnering just 177 total yards.

“We are just doing our job. A lot of the mistakes that were happening early in the season were guys trying to make a big play and not doing their assignments,” said Jonah Elliss, who had 1.5 sacks.

On Stanford’s second drive, Tanner McKee evaded the rush and threw a 51-yard pass and then snuck in for a one-yard touchdown one play later.

In the end, McKee passed for 155 yards but didn’t have much time to throw and was sacked seven times.

“It’s going to be a dirty pocket. It’s going to be tight coverage. When we have those one-on-one opportunities with all the pressure, and we get the protection, we got to hit them,” Stanford coach David Shaw said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Stanford: Without any semblance of a rushing attack – just 22 yards – the Cardinal couldn’t move the ball. Stanford’s defense forced Utah to convert four fourth downs to keep drives going but eventually wore down against the run and were exposed when Utah turned to the passing game against a stacked box.

Utah: The Ute defense looked suspect earlier this season and in this game, but dominated the second quarter by keeping Stanford without a single first down while the offense awoke. Once the Utah line controlled the line of scrimmage, the game was essentially over. Now Utah heads to Oregon in a battle in of one-loss teams.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

UCLA, Oregon and Mississippi were ranked ahead of the Utes in the poll and all lost, so Utah may move up a couple notches.

UP NEXT

Stanford visits California next Saturday afternoon.

Utah plays at Oregon next Saturday night.

BC THROWS TD PASS WITH 14 SECONDS LEFT, EDGES NO. 17 NC ST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Making his second career start, Emmett Morehead hadn’t gotten much practice time directing a two-minute offense for Boston College.

He came through big time when it really counted.

Morehead threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Griffin Jr. with 14 seconds left and the Eagles rallied past No. 17 North Carolina State 21-20 Saturday, their first win over a Top 25 team in eight years.

“Two-minute drills end up deciding a lot of games,” Morehead said. “It’s just executing your job. Guys making plays across the board.”

The Eagles (3-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) won with a 12-play, 69-yard drive. A pass interference penalty on Wolfpack linebacker Drake Thomas on fourth down with 18 seconds left gave Boston College another chance.

“That’s probably the funnest game I’ve ever played here,” defensive end Marcus Valdez said. “That belief has been there. Now that belief is going to skyrocket.”

Boston College coach Jeff Hafley said Morehead’s lack of experience in the two-minute offense barely showed.

“I didn’t want him to be tight and he wasn’t,” Hafley said.

Morehead, a redshirt freshman making his second career start, was 29 of 48 for 330 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He threw a pair of TD strikes to Zay Flowers, who caught seven passes for 130 yards, as the Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak.

“I knew we were going to get one eventually,” Flowers said. “We didn’t stop believing in each other.”

It’s the most notable victory in Hafley’s three seasons.

“(Our players) needed some validation from all that hard work,” he said. “They needed to feel moments like this.”

M.J. Morris threw and ran for early touchdowns for the Wolfpack (7-3, 3-3), which committed four second-half turnovers. This was N.C. State’s third game decided by one point this season – it won the other two.

Morris, also making his second career start, was 12 for 24 for 132 yards. Christopher Dunn had field goals of 30 and 45 yards.

The Wolfpack was denied a school-record 17th consecutive home victory.

“I don’t know really what to say,” N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. “I’m pretty down for these kids.”

Turnovers cost both teams in the second half.

Boston College had a chance to go ahead in the third quarter after recovering a fumble in Wolfpack territory. But Morehead, with Devan Boykin grabbing him, threw a wayward pass intercepted by Payton Wilson.

Early in the fourth quarter, Marcus Valdez knocked the ball out of Morris’ hand, and Boston College took over at the N.C. State 40. The Eagles failed to pick up a first down and gave it back on an incomplete fourth-down pass.

In its five possessions prior to the winning drive, the Eagles had a turnover, a failed fourth-down play and three punts.

“There’s a lot to clean up,” Morehead said. “But at the end, it’s a win. That’s all that matters.”

N.C. State moved with ease on its first two possessions. Morris hit Trent Pennix for a 27-yard touchdown play to begin the scoring. Morris ran 10 yards with a nice cut to dodge defenders for the Wolfpack’s second touchdown.

Two plays after Boston College’s fourth-down conversion in the second quarter, Morehead connected on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Flowers.

FLOWERS BLOOMS

Flowers became Boston College’s career receiving leader with 2,900 yards.

“He deserves the record,” Hafley said. “He deserves to have all the good things coming to him. . He’s like a magician out there.”

ALMOST HOME

The Wolfpack was in position to win every home game in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1973 and 1974. Instead, N.C. went 6-1 this year at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Thirty N.C. State players potentially in their last home game were honored in Senior Day ceremonies.

“It’s pretty disappointing,” Wilson said. “I think a lot of us were excited to leave Carter-Finley with a win. I hurt for everyone.”

HE DUNN IT

With his second field goal, Dunn became the ACC’s career leader in field goals with 89 in his five-year career. Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins (2009-12) held the record at 88.

Dunn is 20 for 20 on field goals this year, with 10 of those coming from 40 or more yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boston College: The Eagles are a work in progress offensively, but its defense allowed them to hang in there long enough. Morehead faced considerable pressure from N.C. State’s pass rush, making enough plays and a healthy number of good decisions along the way.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack didn’t do much on offense after the first quarter, continually putting its defense in tough situations. The veteran defense is one of the most-respected groups in the ACC, but the heavy workload in the second half took a toll.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

N.C. State might be hard-pressed to remain in the rankings for the 18th week in a row when the new poll comes out Sunday.

UP NEXT

Boston College: At No. 20 Notre Dame next Saturday.

N.C. State: At Louisville next Saturday.

VANDERBILT STUNS KENTUCKY TO END 26-GAME SEC LOSING STREAK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Mike Wright ran 59 yards for a touchdown and completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Will Sheppard with 32 seconds left for a 24-21 win over Kentucky Saturday, snapping a 26-game Southeastern Conference losing streak.

Wright was named the Commodores’ starting quarterback to start the season but was benched following a 45-25 loss to Wake Forest September 10, Freshman AJ Swann started the last six games but was ruled out against Kentucky due to an injury.

“You got a bunch of guys that are fighting,” Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea said. “We’re building a program, and building a program’s hard. It takes people that are aligned, doing the right things the right way. And that’s what these guys are doing. I’m glad they got rewarded today.”

Wright ran for 126 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 184 yards and another touchdown. Ray Davis added 126 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Commodores.

“There’s going to be a lot to clean up, but we like to learn from wins,” Lea said. “I’m proud of Mike. Mike’s had a tough year, personally a tough year. But he’s fought through that and stayed with his teammates and prepared every week. He’s made some big plays for us this season. He came out with a big run at the end to connect with Will Sheperd and I thought he did some really nice things to keep us in the game early.”

Kentucky (6-4, 3-4) appeared to have survived the Vandy effort after Chris Rodriguez twice gave the Wildcats a lead, scoring from the 5 for a 15-14 lead, then racing 72 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-17 with 5:03 left in the game.

Vandy’s game-winning drive appeared stalled, but Octavious Oxendine’s personal foul wiped out a Tyrell Ajian interception. Given new life, Wright completed a 40-yard pass to Quincy Skinner Jr. to the Kentucky 9 on fourth-and-11 to set up the winning score.

“You give them credit,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “I have been there. I know how hard they’ve worked. It’s a good moment for them. It’s hard for me to put my finger on (one) thing. Disappointed with the way things have gone. I think everyone is. For whatever reason I’m not getting it done with this team.”

Vanderbilt’s last conference win was Oct. 19, 2019 over Missouri 21-14.

THE TAKEAWAY

Vanderbilt: The Commodores defense, which had given up a conference-worst 36.8 points per game, was stellar outside of the two touchdown scores. The ended up with four sacks and six tackles for loss to go with an interception on the final play of the game. CJ Taylor led the ‘Dores defense with six tackles, a sack and the interception. That pressure allowed a Vanderbilt defense surrendering 314 yards a game passing to hold Will Levis to just 109 yards on 11-of-23 completions.

Kentucky: The Wildcats’ inability to get touchdowns in the red zone in the first half led to the 7-6 halftime deficit. Twice Kentucky drove inside Vandy’s 20 and another time inside the 30 to come away with just two field goals of 47 and 27 yards and blocked field goal from 37 yards. The second field goal completed a 66-yard, 15-play drive that stalled at the Vanderbilt 9.

DEJ VU

This is the not the first time Kentucky has been the team Vandy has beaten to snap a long losing streak. Back in 2003, Vanderbilt beat Kentucky 28-17 at home on Nov. 15 behind four touchdown passes from Jay Cutler to snap a 23-game losing streak.

UP NEXT

Vanderbilt closes out the season with two home games, starting with Florida Saturday.

Kentucky continues its three-game home stand to end the season, hosting No. 1 Georgia Saturday.

NO. 24 WASHINGTON RALLIES LATE, TOPPLES NO. 6 OREGON 37-34

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Peyton Henry got his redemption kick.

The senior made a 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds left and No. 24 Washington snapped No. 6 Oregon’s eight-game winning streak with a 37-34 victory Saturday, dealing a blow to the Ducks’ chances for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

In 2018, Henry had a chance to beat the Ducks but his 37-yard field-goal attempt on the final play in regulation was wide right and Oregon went on to win 30-27 in overtime.

“That (miss) is always in the back of the mind, especially because when people think of me they think of that kick. So hopefully they remember me for this kick,” he said.

Michael Penix Jr. threw a 62-yard scoring pass to Taj Davis to tie it at 34 with 3:07 to go after Oregon quarterback Bo Nix limped off the field on the previous series.

Nix returned after Henry’s field goal and got the Ducks (9-2, 6-1, No. 6 CFP) to the Washington 38 but the final drive fizzled with an illegal touch penalty. The Huskies (8-2, 5-2, No. 25 CFP) won in Eugene for the first time since 2016.

“I didn’t know he missed it here four years ago and somebody was telling me `This is a redemption field goal. He’s going to make it,” Penix said. “And I was like, OK, as long as he makes it, I’m good.”

Penix, the national leader for passing yards per game, threw for 408 yards and two touchdowns as Washington stopped a 13-game losing streak against ranked Oregon teams. The last win was in 2002 when the Huskies beat No. 23 Oregon 42-12. Washington was 0-7 against the Ducks when they’re ranked in the top 10.

Nix fell after a 2-yard run on third-and-5 on the Washington 10 and he limped off the field. Camden Lewis’ 26-yard field goal finished the drive to make it 34-27 with 3:54 left. After Washington’s game-tying touchdown Nix was replaced for a series by backup Ty Thompson.

Nix threw for 280 yards and two scores, and ran for 59 yards and another touchdown. The loss snapped a 23-game home winning streak, the third-longest streak in the nation and a win shy of the school record.

Oregon coach Dan Lanning said after the game he was waiting for a further evaluation on Nix’s injury, but trainers had determined he was able to return to the game for the final series.

“Well, certainly not the result we had hoped for. I think our guys played the entire game. They certainly didn’t quit didn’t throw in the towel,” Lanning said. “You have to give Washington credit, they played a complete game and we made more mistakes at the end of the game that hurt us.”

The Huskies scored on their opening series when Penix handed off to Wayne Taulapapa, who dashed 13 yards down the middle for the TD.

The Ducks settled for a 43-yard field goal from Lewis on their first drive. Henry kicked a 30-yarder to make it 10-3 early in the second quarter.

Oregon got to the 1 on the ensuing drive but the snap was fumbled and Washington recovered. The Huskies did not move the ball and instead the Ducks had good field position ahead of Nix’s 10-yard TD dash, his 14th of the season, to pull Oregon within 13-10.

After Nix hit Dont’e Thornton with a 46-yard touchdown pass on Oregon’s first drive of the second half for a 17-13 lead, Cameron Davis scored on a 3-yard run to put the Huskies back on top.

Noah Whittington’s 29-yard scoring run gave Oregon a 24-20 lead midway through the third. It was a back-and-forth duel the rest of the way.

A 76-yard touchdown pass from Penix to Ja’Lynn Polk gave the Huskies a 27-24 lead in the third quarter. Nix answered with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Troy Franklin.

Jeffrey Bassa’s interception of Penix at the goal line to start the fourth quarter appeared to shift the momentum to the Ducks until Nix’s untimely injury.

“It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” said Jalen McMillan said, who finished with 122 yards receiving for the Huskies. “It’s like all our hard work, we’ve been through so much as a team and as a brotherhood. So, this dub means everything to us. We’ve been working for this forever.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Washington: Washington hasn’t visited Eugene since 2018, when Oregon won 30-27 in overtime. The Huskies got a boost from the full return of linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio, who missed the first eight games of the season recovering from a knee injury. He saw a few snaps last weekend in the victory over Oregon State.

Oregon: Oregon missed out on going 7-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2019. … In addition to snapping the overall winning streak in Eugene, the loss also snapped a school record 17 straight conference games at home.

UP NEXT

Washington: The Huskies host Colorado next Saturday.

Oregon: The Ducks host No. 13 Utah next Saturday.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL RE-CAPS

PURDUE 31, #21 ILLINOIS 24: Aidan O’Connell passed for 237 yards and three scores, two to Payne Durham, and Purdue beat No. 21 Illinois 31-24 on Saturday to turn the Big Ten West race into a muddled mess. The win gives the Boilermakers (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) a crucial head-to-head tiebreaker over the Illini (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten), who were firmly in control until losing their last two games. [FULL RECAP]
 
MICHIGAN STATE 27, RUTGERS 21: Payton Thorne threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns and Ben Patton hit two fourth-quarter field goals to lift Michigan State to a 27-21 victory Saturday over Rutgers and keep the Spartans’ bowl hopes alive. The Spartans built a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter on Thorne’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Reed. [FULL RECAP]
 
#2 OHIO STATE 56, INDIANA 14: Miyan Williams rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury late in the first half, C.J Stroud threw five TD passes and No. 2 Ohio State buried Indiana 56-14 on Saturday. The Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) had piled up 377 yards by the time Williams left the game and seemed to be back on track after struggling to beat Northwestern on a windy day the previous week. They finished with 662. [FULL RECAP]

IOWA 24, WISCONSIN 10: Cooper DeJean returned an interception for a touchdown and set up another score with a 41-yard punt return as Iowa defeated Wisconsin 24-10 on Saturday. The Hawkeyes (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) moved into a tie for the Big Ten West lead with their third consecutive win. Iowa, ranked 129th nationally in total offense, had just 142 yards and averaged 2.1 yards per play, but took advantage of plays made by its defense and special teams. [FULL RECAP]

#3 MICHIGAN 34, NEBRASKA 3: Blake Corum ran for 162 yards and a touchdown, helping No. 3 Michigan stay undefeated with a 34-3 win over Nebraska on Saturday. The Wolverines (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) have won their first 10 games for the first time since 2006, when they closed the regular season as the second-ranked team with a loss to rival and top-ranked Ohio State. [FULL RECAP]

MINNESOTA 31, NORTHWESTERN 3: Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns and Minnesota’s defense continued its dominance on Saturday as the Golden Gophers defeated Northwestern 31-3. Ibrahim, who carried the ball 36 times, extended his streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games to 18, the longest in FBS since 2000. He also became the seventh player in Big Ten history with 50 career rushing touchdowns. [FULL RECAP]

#14 PENN STATE 30, MARYLAND 0: Nick Singleton scored two touchdowns and ran for 113 of his 122 yards in the first half and the defense of No. 14 Penn State smothered Maryland in a 30-0 win on Saturday. Tight end Brenton Strange caught a touchdown pass and Jake Pinegar kicked three field goals for the Nittany Lions (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten, No. 14 CFP), who beat Maryland for the seventh time in nine games since the Terps (6-4, 3-4) joined the Big Ten in 2014. [FULL RECAP]

WEEK 10 NFL CAPSULES

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-3) VS. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5) MUNICH

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 9-5

STREAKS Seahawks have won 2 of last 3

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

LAST GAME AT SITE (first meeting in Munich)

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 31-21 at Arizona

COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 2-3

PTS. FOR 26.8

OFFENSE 359.8

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

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

RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 51-598-11.7-4

PTS. AGAINST 24.4

DEFENSE 364.6

SACKS Uchenna Nwosu: 7

INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 4

TAKE/GIVE +3 (15/12)

PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 49.2 (44.3)

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

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

BUCS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 0-1

PTS. FOR 18.0

OFFENSE 331.8

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

RUSHING Leonard Fournette: 121-405-3.3-2

RECEIVING Mike Evans: 44-617-14.0-3

PTS. AGAINST 18.2

DEFENSE 313.0

SACKS Vita Vea: 6.5

INTs Jamel Dean: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (9/7)

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

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

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

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

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-1) @ BUFFALO BILLS (6-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Vikings lead all-time series, 8-6

STREAKS Bills have won past 2

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

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

VIKINGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 20-17 at Washington

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin O’Connell: 0-0

PTS. FOR 24.1

OFFENSE 340.1

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

RUSHING Dalvin Cook: 131-608-4.6-5

RECEIVING Justin Jefferson: 59-867-14.7-3

PTS. AGAINST 20.1

DEFENSE 368.1

SACKS Za’Darius Smith: 8.5

INTs Harrison Smith: 4

TAKE/GIVE +6 (14/8)

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

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

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

BILLS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McDermott: 1-0

PTS. FOR 27.5

OFFENSE 416.4

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

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

RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 60-857-14.3-7

PTS. AGAINST 14.8

DEFENSE 299.6

SACKS Von MIller: 7

INTs Jordan Poyer: 4

TAKE/GIVE +1 (15/14)

PUNTING (NET) Sam Martin: 47.6 (42.3)

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

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

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

DETROIT LIONS (2-6) @ CHICAGO BEARS (3-6)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

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

STREAKS Bears have won past 2

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

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

LIONS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 15-9 vs. Green Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Dan Campbell: 0-2

PTS. FOR 23.5

OFFENSE 377.3

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

RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 126-545-4.3-8

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

PTS. AGAINST 29.3

DEFENSE 417.3

SACKS Aidan Hutchinson (R): 4.5

INTs Kerby Joseph (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE -3 (9/12)

PUNTING (NET) Jack Fox: 49.1 (40.5)

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

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

BEARS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 35-32 vs. Miami

COACH VS. OPP. Matt Eberflus: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.8

OFFENSE 321.1

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

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

RECEIVING Darnell Mooney: 32-407-12.7-1

PTS. AGAINST 24.0

DEFENSE 347.9

SACKS Jaquan Brisker (R): 3

INTs Eddie Jackson: 4

TAKE/GIVE +1 (13/12)

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

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

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

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

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-6) @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Chiefs lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS Chiefs have won past 5

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

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

JAGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 27-20 vs. Las Vegas

COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 0-1

PTS. FOR 22.1

OFFENSE 367.4

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

RUSHING Travis Etienne: 120-680-5.7-4

RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 43-574-13.3-5

PTS. AGAINST 19.8

DEFENSE 343.4

SACKS Dawuane Smoot: 5

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

TAKE/GIVE -2 (11/13)

PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 50.3 (44.3)

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

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

CHIEFS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 5-2

PTS. FOR 30.4

OFFENSE 415.3

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

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

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

PTS. AGAINST 23.6

DEFENSE 351.5

SACKS Chris Jones: 5.5

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

TAKE/GIVE -1 (8/9)

PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend: 51.5 (47.3)

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

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

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

CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-5) @ MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER All-time series tied, 9-9

STREAKS Dolphins have won 2 of last 3

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

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

BROWNS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 0-0

PTS. FOR 25.0

OFFENSE 385.8

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

RUSHING Nick Chubb: 149-841-5.6-10

RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 39-553-14.2-5

PTS. AGAINST 24.9

DEFENSE 331.4

SACKS Myles Garrett: 7.5

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

TAKE/GIVE -4 (8/12)

PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 47.3 (38.8)

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

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

DOLPHINS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 35-32 at Chicago

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0

PTS. FOR 23.7

OFFENSE 380.4

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

RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 110-478-4.3-2

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

PTS. AGAINST 24.9

DEFENSE 363.3

SACKS Bradley Chubb (Den/Mia): 5.5

INTs Jevon Holland: 2

TAKE/GIVE -3 (7/10)

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 45.7 (40.7)

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

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

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

HOUSTON TEXANS (1-6-1) @ NEW YORK GIANTS (6-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Giants lead all-time series, 4-1

STREAKS Giants have won past 4

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

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

TEXANS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Lovie Smith: 3-1

PTS. FOR 16.6

OFFENSE 290.5

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

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

RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 32-354-11.1-1

PTS. AGAINST 22.9

DEFENSE 398.1

SACKS Jerry Hughes: 7

INTs Jalen Pitre (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (11/9)

PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 49.1 (42.7)

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

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

GIANTS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-0

PTS. FOR 20.4

OFFENSE 320.6

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

RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 163-779-4.8-5

RECEIVING Darius Slayton: 16-232-14.5-1

PTS. AGAINST 19.6

DEFENSE 345.6

SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 4

INTs Julian Love: 1

TAKE/GIVE +2 (10/8)

PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 50.2 (42.2)

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

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

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

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-6) @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-6)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Saints lead all-time series, 9-7

STREAKS Saints have won past 3

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

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

SAINTS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Dennis Allen: 2-0

PTS. FOR 23.6

OFFENSE 377.6

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

RUSHING Alvin Kamara: 104-443-4.3-1

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

PTS. AGAINST 25.2

DEFENSE 320.6

SACKS Demario Davis: 6

INTs Tyrann Mathieu: 2

TAKE/GIVE -10 (7/17)

PUNTING (NET) Blake Gillikin: 47.6 (42.0)

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

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

STEELERS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 0-3

PTS. FOR 15.0

OFFENSE 299.0

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

RUSHING Najee Harris: 108-361-3.3-1

RECEIVING Diontae Johnson: 43-372-8.7-0

PTS. AGAINST 395.1

DEFENSE 24.6

SACKS Alex Highsmith: 6.5

INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick: 3

TAKE/GIVE -4 (10/14)

PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 44.5 (41.3)

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

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

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

DENVER BRONCOS (3-5) @ TENNESSEE TITANS (5-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

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

STREAKS Titans have won 2 of last 3

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

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

BRONCOS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0

PTS. FOR 15.1

OFFENSE 328.9

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

RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 75-263-3.5-2

RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 35-467-13.3-1

PTS. AGAINST 16.5

DEFENSE 288.4

SACKS Dre’Mont Jones: 5.5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE 0 (9/9)

PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 45.9 (41.4)

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

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

TITANS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 1-1

PTS. FOR 18.6

OFFENSE 278.5

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

RUSHING Derrick Henry: 183-870-4.8-9

RECEIVING Robert Woods: 22-256-11.6-1

PTS. AGAINST 19.8

DEFENSE 363.3

SACKS Denico Autry: 7

INTs David Long: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (12/9)

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

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

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

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

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-5-1) @ LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (2-6)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 10-8

STREAKS Raiders have won 2 of last 3

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

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

COLTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 26-3 at New England

COACH VS. OPP. Jeff Saturday: 0=0

PTS. FOR 14.7

OFFENSE 315.1

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

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 107-462-4.3-1

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 54-550-10.2-1

PTS. AGAINST 20.3

DEFENSE 306.8

SACKS DeForest Buckner: 5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -8 (9/17)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 43.9 (39.7)

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

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

RAIDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 27-20 at Jacksonville

COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 0-2

PTS. FOR 22.9

OFFENSE 338.4

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

RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 138-743-5.4-6

RECEIVING Davante Adams: 48-658-13.7-7

PTS. AGAINST 25.1

DEFENSE 371.3

SACKS Maxx Crosby: 6

INTs Duron Harmon: 2

TAKE/GIVE -2 (5/7)

PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 49.9 (44.0)

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

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

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

DALLAS COWBOYS (6-2) @ GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-6)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 16-13

STREAKS Packers have won past 2

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

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

COWBOYS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 0-0

PTS. FOR 22.9

OFFENSE 322.1

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

RUSHING Tony Pollard: 81-506-6.2-5

RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 42-556-13.2-3

PTS. AGAINST 16.6

DEFENSE 313.5

SACKS Micah Parsons: 8

INTs Trevon Diggs: 3

TAKE/GIVE +6 (13/7)

PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 48.5 (42.4)

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

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

PACKERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 15-9 at Detroit

COACH VS. OPP. Matt LaFleur: 1-0

PTS. FOR 17.1

OFFENSE 345.3

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

RUSHING Aaron Jones: 107-600-5.6-1

RECEIVING Allen Lazard: 30-427-14.2-5

PTS. AGAINST 20.9

DEFENSE 309.1

SACKS Preston Smith: 3.5

INTs Jaire Alexander: 3

TAKE/GIVE -5 (8/13)

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

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

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

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

ARIZONA CARDINALS (3-6) @ LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-5)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

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

STREAKS Rams have won past 2

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

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

CARDS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 31-21 vs. Seattle

COACH VS. OPP. Kliff Kingsbury: 1-7

PTS. FOR 22.6

OFFENSE 337.7

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

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

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

PTS. AGAINST 26.8

DEFENSE 368.9

SACKS J.J. Watt: 4.5

INTs Six tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE +3 (12/9)

PUNTING (NET) Andy Lee: 46.8 (39.4)

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

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

RAMS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 16-13 at Tampa Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McVay: 11-1

PTS. FOR 16.4

OFFENSE 286.0

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

RUSHING Darrell Henderson: 62-253-4.1-2

RECEIVING Cooper Kupp: 72-813-11.3-6

PTS. AGAINST 21.6

DEFENSE 312.4

SACKS Aaron Donald: 5

INTs Five tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -5 (8/13)

PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 49.6 (41.4)

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

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

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

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-3) @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Chargers lead all-time series, 8-6

STREAKS Chargers have won past 5

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

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

CHARGERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 20-17 at Atlanta

COACH VS. OPP. Brandon Staley: 0=0

PTS. FOR 23.0

OFFENSE 364.3

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

RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 98-427-4.4-6

RECEIVING Mike Williams: 37-495-13.4-3

PTS. AGAINST 25.8

DEFENSE 352.3

SACKS Khalil Mack: 6

INTs Bryce Callahan: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (11/9)

PUNTING (NET) JK Scott: 44.0 (42.9)

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

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

49ERS NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 0-1

PTS. FOR 22.0

OFFENSE 356.6

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

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

RECEIVING Brandon Aiyuk: 38-483-12.7-4

PTS. AGAINST 18.4

DEFENSE 285.9

SACKS Nick Bosa: 8.5

INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 3

TAKE/GIVE -3 (9/12)

PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 44.4 (40.0)

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

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

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

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (4-5) @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-0)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

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

STREAKS Eagles have won past 3

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

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

COMMANDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 20-17 vs. Minnesota

COACH VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 5-5

PTS. FOR 17.7

OFFENSE 323.4

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

RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 89-328-3.7-2

RECEIVING Curtis Samuel: 45-455-10.1-3

PTS. AGAINST 21.3

DEFENSE 330.7

SACKS Daron Payne: 5.5

INTs Jonathan Allen, Darrick Forrest, Danny Johnson: 1

TAKE/GIVE -4 (7/11)

PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 48.0 (44.5)

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

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

EAGLES NOTES:

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

COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 3-0

PTS. FOR 28.1

OFFENSE 391.0

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

RUSHING Miles Sanders: 131-656-5.0-6

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

PTS. AGAINST 16.9

DEFENSE 299.0

SACKS Javon Hargrave: 6

INTs C.J. Gardner-Johnson: 5

TAKE/GIVE +15 (18/3)

PUNTING (NET) Arryn Siposs: 46.3 (41.7)

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

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

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

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

NETS PULL AWAY LATE, TAKE DOWN CLIPPERS 110-95

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Seth Curry added 22 and the Brooklyn Nets broke free midway through the fourth quarter Saturday for a 110-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nic Claxton had 13 points and 14 rebounds as the Nets improved to 4-1 since Kyrie Irving was given a team-imposed suspension that will last at least one more game. Three of the four victories have come on the road.

The Nets have held five straight opponents below 100 points.

“We’re going to have to be one of those teams that any given night, somebody will have to step up and make huge plays for us,” Durant said. “Obviously we’re missing (Irving), so we’re going to have to look for where those points are going to come from. I think the guys are doing it as a group.”

Paul George scored 17 points for the Clippers but endured a rough shooting game, going 5 of 21 from the field (23.8%). Ivica Zubac added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who lost for just the second time since Oct. 31.

The Clippers led 86-84 with 7:42 remaining before the Nets took charge. Consecutive 3-pointers by Curry, a layup by Claxton and a 3-pointer from Royce O’Neale capped a 20-2 run that gave the Nets a 104-88 lead with 2:22 remaining.

“We kept bodies in front of (George); making him make tough shots,” Curry said. “We were switching a lot of stuff and helping each other. Keep bodies in front of them, make guys make tough shots over us and just trust our defense that they’re not going to do that for 48 minutes.”

O’Neale finished with 12 points while Edmond Sumner had 11 as the Nets shot 48% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range. Durant and Curry combined to go 7 of 13 from 3-point range. Curry made all four of his 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter, when he scored 14 points.

Norman Powell scored 16 points for the Clippers, while John Wall had 14 and Marcus Morris Sr. added 13. Los Angeles finished with a 46-41 rebounding advantage.

“We didn’t play the right way offensively tonight,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We talked about them really protecting the paint and we get into the paint, making the right play and kicking it out for 3s. Defensively, we double-teamed Durant and he made the right play. Their guys made shots.”

The Clippers fell to 5-5 without star Kawhi Leonard, who has not played since the third game of the season with what is being labeled right knee injury management.

SUSPENSION CONTINUES

Irving served the fifth game of a team-imposed minimum five-game suspension Saturday, with coach Jacque Vaughn saying the team’s embattled guard will be out at least another game Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers. No other details were given, with Vaughn saying, “I can give you that,” when confirming Irving’s absence for Sunday.

“His spirit is high,” Durant said after the game. “(He’s) looking forward to playing again. You know (Irving), he’s a gamer. He loves to play. Hopefully all this stuff is over with, we can move past it and get him back on the floor soon.”

TIP-INS

Nets: Sumner scored in double figures for the third time in five games since moving into the starting lineup in place of Irving. . Ben Simmons scored two points with three assists in 14 minutes and has not been above six points and four assists since missing four games with knee soreness.

Clippers: George was just 2 of 10 from the field in the first half before his running dunk with a minute to go before the break. . The Clippers gave up 18 points off 18 turnovers.

UP NEXT

Nets: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Clippers: At the Houston Rockets on Monday.

PORZINGIS HAS 31, WIZARDS BEAT JAZZ 121-112 FOR 3RD STRAIGHT

WASHINGTON (AP) Kristaps Porzingis had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma added 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Washington Wizards beat the Utah Jazz 121-112 on Saturday night for their season-high third straight victory.

Corey Kispert hit all six of his field goals, four of them 3-pointers, and scored 18 points. The Wizards played their fourth consecutive game without leading scorer Bradley Beal, who had been in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

“I think we were better at making that extra pass, that extra play for the teammate,” Porzingis said. “It’s starting to click a little bit.”

Jordan Clarkson had 18 points for Utah (10-4), which had a four-game winning streak broken. Collin Sexton and Lauri Markkanen each had 17.

The Wizards (7-6) scored 16 straight points to close the first half and open the second, taking a 65-55 lead early in the third quarter. The Jazz cut the lead to 104-98 with 6:29 to play but couldn’t get any closer.

“We lost the game with our (lack of) defensive intensity,” Utah coach Will Hardy said. “The team defense tonight was not there.”

Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. pointed out the Jazz struggled in the paint and in transition.

“Our two biggest strengths tonight were there two biggest weaknesses.”

TIP-INS

Jazz: G Malik Beasley was able to witness the birth of a baby since Utah’s last game on Wednesday in Atlanta. “The travel schedule in the NBA sometimes puts a lot of people in some weird situations as it relates to family,” Hardy said. “Got some great timing with that one to be able to be with his wife for that moment. We were happy that he got to go home and we’re happy that he’s back.” . G Talen Horton-Tucker had 12 points and a season-high 10 assists in 17 minutes. . Beasley had 16 points.

Wizards: Unseld said that he doesn’t expect Beal to play on Sunday. “He’s out of protocol, which is a positive. He’s missed five or six days, so there’s some concern with his conditioning. He’s going to work out and get a ramp up before we throw him out there.” . Porzingis returned after missing Thursday’s game against Dallas with a strained left groin.

LACK OF D

Hardy credited the Wizards with allowing his team to lose its intensity on defense.

“They played great and we did not help ourselves on the defensive end with our communication, our aggressive, guarding the ball, helping our teammates.”

Porzingis agreed with Hardy.

“They probably played with more energy some other games,” Porzingis said. “Some of it us just playing the right way and having good rhythm.”

WINNING WITHOUT BEAL: Kispert felt it was important that Washington has won three straight without Beal.

“It’s huge. Everybody knows that he’s our best player,” Kispert said. “He’s the head of the snake. Not only to weather the storm, but to put together a winning streak when he’s out is huge. We were struggling for a little bit, and playing games like that will only make us better because injuries happen. When Brad goes out, God forbid, we’ve got to be able to play well.”

UP NEXT

Jazz: Visit 76ers on Sunday

Wizards: Host Grizzlies on Sunday

TATUM SCORES 43, CELTICS BEAT PISTONS FOR 6TH STRAIGHT WIN

DETROIT (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 28 of his season-high 43 points in the first half as the Boston Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 117-108 on Saturday night for their sixth straight win.

Tatum also had 10 rebounds, Grant Williams had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Smart added 18 points and 10 assists in Boston’s second win against Detroit in four days. The Celtics won 128-112 at home on Wednesday.

“That was a chaotic, hectic game, and that’s what I thrive on,” Smart said. “We were short-handed tonight, but a lot of guys stepped up and made it a real team effort.”

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points to lead Detroit, and rookie Jaden Ivey added a season-high 26. Marcus Bagley III made his season debut after missing the first 13 games with a sprained knee and finished with four points and four rebounds in 17 minutes.

“Great players are going to do what they do,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “You can account for that, but you can’t let role players have big nights.”

Both teams were missing one of their most important players. The Pistons’ Cade Cunningham will be out for at least a week with shin soreness, while the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown got the night off to deal with a knee contusion.

“With it being the second half of a back-to-back, and (Brown’s) knee having less than 24 hours to heal, we decided it was the best move to get him out for tonight,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzula said. “We’re hoping he’ll be ready for Monday.”

Bogdanovic had 15 points in the first half, including a pair of free throws with 0.1 seconds left in the second quarter that gave Detroit a 57-55 lead. The Pistons shot 47.4% (9-19) on 3-pointers in the half, but only 32% on 2-pointers.

Tatum had 15 points for Boston, who had a 20-12 edge in points in the paint, but only hit seven of 24 3-pointers in the opening half.

Tatum and Bogdanovic kept scoring after halftime. Bogdanovic finished with nine of Detroit’s 24 points in the third quarter, but Tatum had 15 of Boston’s 34. That put the Celtics up 89-81 going into the final 12 minutes.

TIP IN

Celtics: Luke Kornet picked up a technical foul in the third quarter for leaving the bench when it appeared Derrick White had been injured in a collision with Ivey. White remained on the floor for about a minute before being helped up by Ivey and Blake Griffin. … Griffin was loudly booed whenever he touched the ball, as he has been since he was bought out by the Pistons in the 2020-21 season and signed with Brooklyn.

Pistons: Detroit wore their black jerseys with blue and red trim, as they often do at home, but Hamadou Diallo’s last name was spelled “Daillo” on the back of his No. 6 jersey.

A SPECTACULAR MISS

Smart and Tatum nearly teamed up for the dunk of the year, but just missed. With Smart heading in for an uncontested fast-break dunk, he threw the ball off the backboard instead. Tatum mishandled the rebound, turning an easy two points into a turnover.

“When I’m going in and Jayson or Jaylen are yelling me to throw it off the backboard, I’m going to do it,” Smart said. “I was a little mad, because I thought it might cost me a 10-assist night, but I got there in the end.”

UP NEXT

Celtics: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

Pistons: Host the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

EMBIID SCORES SEASON-BEST 42 POINTS, 76ERS TOP HAWKS 121-109

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid had a season-high 42 points and 10 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers turned a blistering shooting performance in the first half into a 121-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

“The standards are high and I’m OK with that,” said Embiid, who shot 14 of 25 in his 28th career game with at least 40 points. “I have to do whatever it takes to win. If it takes playing 40 minutes to win or taking 20 or 30 shots or getting 10 assists, that’s what I have to do.”

Tyrese Maxey scored 26 points, Tobias Harris added 21 and Embiid had six assists for the Sixers. Philadelphia lost in Atlanta 104-95 on Thursday night.

“It was wide open,” said Maxey, who had nine assists. “We had to go right through them and that’s what we did tonight.”

Trae Young scored 27 points and Dejounte Murray added 21 for the Hawks, who had a 43-31 rebounding advantage – including a 12-2 advantage on the offensive glass – but struggled by shooting just 24 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

“We never established defense,” Hawks head coach Nate McMillan said. “The first three quarters, they came out and put up 37 points, then 30 and 32. … We did continue to fight, but we had 19 turnovers and when you give up 34 points, you are not going to win that game.”

Embiid and the Sixers went right at Hawks center Clint Capela by posting him just outside the paint, allowing the option for a turnaround jumper or a skip pass to a wide-open Harris or Maxey when Atlanta came over in coverage.

Embiid scored Philadelphia first 10 points of the game and then became a distributor as the Sixers raced out to a big lead in the first half by shooting 58.1% from the floor.

“There’s so much attention (paid to him defensively) and I’m a willing passer,” Embiid said. “All credit to my teammates for making great cuts. Tonight, we played well together and we moved well without the ball. We shot the ball well. That’s the way we should play every night.”

Atlanta kept chipping away, cutting a 27-point deficit to six late in the fourth with Young and Murray driving into the lane and kicking out. A late five-point Philadelphia run in the last 2:30 of the game held off the Hawks’ surge.

“You are not going to get into a flow when you are turning the ball over and you aren’t getting any stops,” McMillan said. “We have to get some stops so we can get out and get something easy going to the basket.”

TIP-INS

Hawks: Forward Onyeka Okongwu missed Saturday night’s game for what Atlanta described as personal reasons. … Bogdan Bogdanovic worked out before the game as he continues his recovery from a right knee injury that has sidelined him the first 13 games of the season.

76ers: Sixers guard Furkan Korkmaz suffered a left knee injury in the second quarter and was declared out before halftime. … Guard De’Anthony Melton, who started and played 29 minutes in Philadelphia’s loss to Atlanta on Thursday night, missed Saturday’s game with stiffness in the left side of his back.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Travel to Milwaukee for a Monday night game against the Bucks. It will be the third meeting between the teams in 16 days, with each side winning once so far.

76ers: Hosts Utah on Sunday night in the second game of a five-game homestand.

STRUS SCORES 31, HEAT ROLL PAST SLIDING HORNETS 132-115

MIAMI (AP) Max Strus and the Miami Heat finally enjoyed a rare easy win.

Strus scored 31 points, one off his career high, and the Heat spoiled LaMelo Ball’s return to the Charlotte lineup by beating the Hornets 132-115 on Saturday night.

Strus was 10 of 16 from the floor, 8 of 14 from 3-point range. It was only the second time this season that Miami won a game by more than seven points, and ended a streak of six consecutive single-digit games for the Heat.

Miami also made 12 consecutive shots in one stretch from late in the first half through the midpoint of the third quarter, turning a five-point deficit into a 16-point lead.

“I feel like that’s how we’re supposed to play,” Heat center Bam Adebayo said.

Adebayo had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat, who swept a two-game home series with the Hornets and got consecutive wins for only the second time this season. Charlotte lost its eighth straight, extending the longest current slide in the NBA.

“You’ve got to be able to guard your guy in today’s NBA,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “The nights when we do it, we’re good. We haven’t developed the mindset, the mentality to do it every night and we’ve got to get to that.”

Jimmy Butler had 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Miami, while Gabe Vincent scored 20 points. Miami outscored Charlotte 45-25 in the third quarter, tying the sixth-highest scoring quarter in any period in Heat history.

“I liked the way the flow was going offensively,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Ball finished with 15 points, six assists and six rebounds in 28 minutes, making his season debut after missing the first 13 games with a sprained ankle. He shot 6 of 17, 1 for 9 from 3-point range.

Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 22 points, while Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 20.

Charlotte led 59-54 late in the first half, and the next seven minutes were all Miami. The Heat outscored the Hornets 34-13 over that stretch, and Strus had 20 points in the second half.

“I got it going early and teammates were looking for me,” Strus said.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Charlotte’s game at Orlando on Monday is the Hornets’ fourth, and last, in the state of Florida this season. … The Hornets are 0-7 in November, the NBA’s only winless team this month. … Nick Richards scored 15.

Heat: Kyle Lowry had 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. … Tyler Herro (sprained left ankle) missed his third consecutive game. Victor Oladipo (left knee) and Omer Yurtseven (left ankle) are still out and have yet to play this season. … Miami had four players score at least 20 for the first time since April 5 – also against Charlotte.

HONORING TIMMY

The Heat completed a weekend-long celebration of Tim Hardaway’s enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame, after a dinner attended by Pat Riley and others on Friday and a halftime on-court ceremony on Saturday. Hardaway is still Miami’s leader in 3-pointers (Duncan Robinson will likely pass him in the coming weeks) and second in assists. “It lets me know that I brought some joy to people’s lives,” Hardaway said, when asked how he enjoys reactions from fans now.

BUSY REFS

The Heat and Hornets had Friday off. Josh Tiven and Evan Scott, two of the referees on Saturday’s game, did not. Tiven worked a game in New York on Friday, while Scott worked a game in Orlando. It was Tiven’s third instance of officiating on back-to-back days this season, Scott’s first.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Visit Orlando on Monday.

Heat: Host Phoenix on Monday.

ZION WILLIAMSON SCORES 26 AS PELICANS BEAT ROCKETS 119-106

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Zion Williamson scored 26 points and Brandon Ingram iced the game with six points in a 13-0 run in the final 2:07 to power the New Orleans Pelicans to a 119-106 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

The Pelicans led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter only to fall behind by eight early in the fourth quarter.

After New Orleans answered with a 16-4 run to take a 106-102 lead on Ingram’s spinning layup, Kevin Porter Jr. tied the game at 106 on a drive through the lane with 2:58 left.

New Orleans then scored the game’s final 13 points, with Ingram hitting a pair of free throws and Jose Alvarado, a sparkplug reserve point guard, nailing a 3-pointer from the left wing for a 111-106 lead. Houston had four turnovers in the final 2:25.

Alvarado had eight of his 12 points in a dominant final quarter to go along with four assists and three steals in the final 11 minutes.

“He was amazing,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “He was all over the place. We needed his energy. We needed his effort. It was Jose being Jose.”

Larry Nance Jr. added 22 for the Pelicans, and Ingram finished with 20.

Williamson was efficient, going 8 of 9 from the field and powering inside at will against a defense that gave him more one-on-one opportunities than usual. He also went 10 of 12 from the line.

Williamson credited Alvarado with bringing the Pelicans back from the brink.

“Jose was the X factor – his energy, his consistent ball pressure,” Williamson said. “He carried us in the fourth quarter.”

Houston was paced by Jalen Green with 33 points and Porter with 23 points.

Both Porter and Alvarado were ejected from the game with 11 seconds left when Porter took exception to Alvarado stealing the ball in the final moments. Alvarado said he did not realize the game was essentially over and let his competitiveness come to the forefront.

“I enjoy bringing the energy, not necessarily the drama,” Alvarado said. “It’s more bringing juice to my time. If that’s what it takes, I’ll do it every time.”

Houston coach Stephen Silas said he was happy with the performance of his bench, but bemoaned his young team’s propensity for mistakes. The Rockets committed 26 turnovers, leading to 32 points for the Pelicans.

“The second unit did a great job,” Silas said. “We’ve just got to learn how to win at the end. That’s it. And, experience is the best teacher. Going through this, as painful as it is, we learn from it.”

TIP INS

Rockets: Jalen Green had his third 30-point game of the season. . Houston has lost nine of 10 on the road but will finally start a stretch of five of six at home.

Pelicans: Brandon Ingram surpassed 7,000 career points.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host the LA Clippers on Monday after playing 10 of their first 13 on the road.

Pelicans: Host Memphis on Tuesday in the third of six consecutive home games.

DONCIC’S TRIPLE-DOUBLE, DINWIDDIE’S LATE RUN LEAD MAVS’ WIN

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic had 42 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double of the season, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 117-112 on Saturday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 points, capped by three 3-pointers in the final 2 1/2 minutes. The first of those tied it at 106 with 2:35 to play. His next, with 1:52 to go, put the Mavericks ahead for good.

Christian Wood scored 19 points off the bench after missing Dallas’ previous two games with a knee sprain.

Jerami Grant scored a season-high 37 points for the Trail Blazers, who finished a six-game road trip 4-2 and remain one game behind first-place Utah in the Western Conference. Damian Lillard had 29 points and 12 assists, and Anfernee Simons added 24 points.

Doncic scored 30 or more points for the 10th time in 12 games after being held in the 20s in Dallas’ previous two games, losses at Orlando and Washington.

“He had 42, a triple-double – I mean, it’s just a little walk in the park,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said of his 23-year-old superstar.

Dinwiddie was 6 of 8 from behind the arc after having his two highest-scoring games of the season with 29 at Orlando and 33 at Washington.

“They trapped Luka. He makes the right read, the right pass,” Dinwiddie said of his late flurry. “We then were just swing, swinging and it just found me.”

Portland played its third consecutive game without Jusuf Nurkic, seventh in the NBA in rebounding, who is sidelined by a right hip adductor.

The Blazers ran off the game’s first seven points thanks to grabbing the first four rebounds and led 23-20 with 4:23 left in the opening period. Wood, who plays the most minutes at center but doesn’t start, then entered for the first time and scored 10 points as the Mavericks went on a 15-2 run to lead 35-25 at the quarter.

Dallas led 49-33 midway through the second quarter following two 3-pointers by Tim Hardaway Jr. and another by Dinwiddie. The Blazers cut it to 59-57 at the half.

ALL IN YOUR HEAD

Blazers coach Chauncey Billups didn’t fear his players would lack the proper focus going into the finale of the long road trip.

“It’s still a basketball game,” Billups said. “Yeah, we’re excited to get home, but no matter whether you win the game or lose the game, we’ll get home at the same time tonight.”

WORKING HIS WAY BACK

Hardaway was a team-high plus-23 with 16 points. He has played in all but one game this season after missing the second half of last season with a fractured foot.

“I think I’m just so amped to be back out there,” Hardaway said. “My guys are feeding me the rock. They tell me to shoot the ball when I’m open. No hesitation.”

TIP-INS

Blazers: Justise Winslow, who started four of the previous five games, was out with a sprained ankle. . Shaedon Sharpe returned to the lineup after missing one game with a finger fracture and scored five points in 19 minutes.

Mavericks: They shot 50.6 percent from the floor (41 of 81) and outscored the Blazers 48-36 in points in the paint. . Dwight Powell and Reggie Bullock each started and finished with two points.

UP NEXT

Blazers: Open a three-game homestand on Tuesday vs. San Antonio.

Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday in the second of five consecutive home games.

BOQVIST HELPS DEVILS BEAT COYOTES 4-2 FOR 9TH STRAIGHT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Jesper Boqvist’s first goal of the season provided the spark the New Jersey Devils needed to keep their hot streak going.

Boqvist scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Devils beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 Saturday night for their ninth straight win.

“Timely goal scoring by different guys,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “I even think tonight you know Bo getting on the score sheet, that gave us some energy, that got us going. Soon after we scored another one. … I think it’s been a total team effort. A lot of guys have contributed to the fact that we’ve been able to win that amount of games.”

Tomas Tatar had a goal and an assist, and Jack Hughes and Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Devils, who have their longest streak since winning nine in a row Nov. 17-Dec. 7, 2007. Third-string goalie Akira Schmid had 16 saves in his first start of the season.

“For me, it’s just pushing the pace, getting to my spots early and getting set for shots,” Schmid said. “It’s all about getting to the shots, that’s just main key for me.

Dylan Guenther and Clayton Keller scored for Arizona, which had won the first three games of its season-high 14-game road trip. Karel Vejmelka finished with 22 saves.

“Too many turnovers,” Arizona coach Andre Tourigny said. “We dig in our tank of energy way too much. When you turn the puck over, you have to work twice as hard to defend.”

Boqvist put the Devils ahead 3-2 with 8:41 left as he converted his own rebound for his first of the season.

Hamilton’s power-play goal with 5:45 remaining gave New Jersey a two-goal lead.

Tatar scored 6:29 into the game to put the Devils up 1-0.

Guenther tied it with a power-play goal at 9:04, but Hughes put the Devils back ahead just 23 seconds later with his fifth.

Devils fans started the season yelling, “Fire Lindy” chants directed at head coach Lindy Ruff. At the end of the second period with the team in the midst of a long winning streak, they were chanting “Sorry, Lindy!” throughout the Prudential Center.

“I accept the apology and maybe one day we can all sit down and have a beer and laugh about it,” Ruff said with a smile.

Keller beat Nico Hischier and scored a backhand goal 8:19 into the second to tie it 2-2 on another power-play goal.

Schmid got the start two nights after getting his first NHL win in relief in New Jersey’s win against Ottawa after Vitek Vanecek collided with a Senators player.

ROAD TRIPPING

The Coyotes’ road trip is tied for the longest in NHL history and necessitated while annex construction of Mullett Arena at Arizona State University is completed. The team relocated to a 5,000-seat arena on the college campus while the franchise is seeking approval for a permanent home in Tempe, Arizona.

NOTES

The Devils’ franchise record is 13 straight wins set Feb. 26-March 23, 2001. … New Jersey is 11-0-0 this season when Hischier records a point. He had an assist in this game.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: At the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Devils: At Montreal on Tuesday night.

BLUES WIN 3-2 TO SNAP GOLDEN KNIGHTS’ 9-GAME WIN STREAK

LAS VEGAS (AP) Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues rallied to beat Vegas 3-2 on Saturday night, snapping the Golden Knights’ nine-game winning streak.

Ivan Barbashev and Brandon Saad also scored to help St. Louis get its second straight win after an eight-game skid. Jordan Binnington stopped 35 shots.

Trailing 2-1, St. Louis scored back-to-back goals late in the second period to take the lead. Barbashev tied it with less than 4 minutes remaining.

Just 40 seconds later, O’Reilly – skating in his 300th game with the Blues – got a pass in the bottom of the right circle from Josh Levio from behind the net and fired a one-timer to put St. Louis ahead.

“That’s a big one,” O’Reilly said. “Obviously a very good team over there. I thought we did some good things. We stuck with it again. They had the momentum at times but we just kept going.”

St. Louis has now scored eight goals in its last two games after averaging 1.5 goals per game in its previous nine.

Reilly Smith and Phil Kessel had goals for Vegas. Adin Hill had 25 saves while taking his first loss of the season after starting 5-0-0.

The Golden Knights were held to two or fewer goals for just the fifth time this season after outscoring their opponents 38-21 during their nine-game win streak.

“We probably didn’t deserve to win anyway, so back to the drawing board and try to start another streak,” Vegas captain Mark Stone said.

Saad opened the scoring at 9:47 of the first period, when he took a pass at the top of the circle, skated to the dot, and fired a wrist shot past Hill above his blocker.

The Golden Knights tied it nearly a minute later as Chandler Stephenson found a streaking Smith, who scored his eighth of the season. It was his NHL-leading third short-handed goal and his sixth goal over the last five games.

Vegas took the lead early in the second when Kessel broke free from the neutral zone with four Blues skaters surrounding him and blasted a shot from just inside the blue line to beat Binnington for his third at 2:43.

But the after-effects of a five-game road trip caught up with the Golden Knights, who became lax on defense while the Blues became the aggressors to control much of the play in their offensive zone.

“We were all flat. I think we were expecting to be flat,” Stone added.

The Golden Knights couldn’t capitalize in the third, despite outshooting St. Louis 22-5 in the period.

“I think we had a very, very strong first two periods and the boys made it pretty easy on me,” Binnington said. “I wasn’t happy with how my play personally was going so that third period was an opportunity to regroup and give the boys a chance to win and we did a great job of shutting things down.”

NOTES: Smith has 11 short-handed goals in six seasons with Vegas. … Kessel is two games away from skating in his 1,000th consecutive game. … Golden Knights points leader Jack Eichel, who scored a hat trick in Buffalo on Thursday, saw his seven-game point streak come to an end. Eichel remains one point shy from 400 in his career. … St. Louis was 0 for 4 on the power play. … In a twist from the traditional Dad’s trip, the Blues are hosting a Mom’s trip. Players’ moms will join the squad in Colorado for Monday’s game and will continue with the team in Chicago.

UP NEXT

Blues: At Colorado on Monday night.

Golden Knights: Host San Jose on Tuesday night.

JARRED TINORDI’S 2ND GOAL SENDS BLACKHAWKS PAST DUCKS 3-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jarred Tinordi scored his second goal on a double deflection with 2:42 to play, improbably doubling his career NHL goal total in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

Tinordi, a 30-year-old journeyman defenseman, scored just two goals in his first seven seasons before this trip to Honda Center. After scoring Chicago’s first goal in the first period, he collected a turnover late in the third and took a shot that glanced off Ducks forward Adam Henrique and then hit the skate of Anaheim’s Dmitry Kulikov to beat Anthony Stolarz.

Filip Roos also scored his first NHL goal for the Blackhawks, who haven’t lost to Anaheim in eight meetings since Feb. 2, 2019. Patrick Kane ended a three-game scoring drought with two assists, while Arvid Soderblom made 39 saves in his second career victory and just Chicago’s second win in eight games.

Troy Terry and Henrique scored first-period goals for the Ducks, who lost their third straight despite dominating long stretches and outshooting the Blackhawks 41-22. Stolarz stopped 19 shots, but Anaheim still hasn’t won in regulation at home this season.

The Ducks were sharper from the start, and Terry scored 19 seconds after the opening faceoff on a pass from Trevor Zegras. Henrique then ripped a shot past Soderblom on a 2-on-1 with Terry to score a goal in his first game since the birth of Blake Delphine Henrique, his first child with wife Lauren, early Thursday morning.

Anaheim had an 18-1 shots advantage late in the first period before Tinordi was left unmarked to score his first goal for the Blackhawks, who claimed him off waivers from the Rangers last month. The son of former North Stars captain Mark Tinordi had scored two goals over 122 career games since his debut in March 2013.

Roos tied it early in the second, converting a fat rebound off Stolarz’s pads. Exactly one month after his NHL debut, the 23-year-old Swedish defenseman got his first goal in his eighth game with Chicago.

Terry went to the Ducks’ dressing room with six minutes left in the second after taking a nasty fall onto his back when Chicago’s Boris Katchouk clotheslined him from behind, earning a double minor. Anaheim couldn’t score on the ensuing advantage, and Terry returned for the third period.

LINEUPS

Anaheim played without two regular defensemen due to injury. Kevin Shattenkirk missed his first game of the season with a lower-body injury, and Nathan Beaulieu sat with an upper-body injury.

Chicago scratched forward Jason Dickinson, who has a non-COVID-19 illness.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Host Hurricanes on Monday.

Ducks: Host Red Wings on Tuesday.

GRUNDSTROM SCORES IN JUST 9 SECONDS, KINGS TOP RED WINGS 4-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) Carl Grundstrom scored just nine seconds into the game, Sean Durzi added two goals and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Saturday night.

Cal Petersen made 18 saves for the Kings, who swept their four-game homestand and have won five in a row on home ice.

Dominik Kubalic and Dylan Larkin scored on the power play and Filip Hronek had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who were swept in the two-game season series. Alex Nedeljkovic allowed four goals on 21 shots.

Los Angeles has now won all five games against Atlantic Division opposition, including a 5-4 overtime victory in Detroit on Oct. 17.

The Kings led 2-1 after an eventful first period that started with Grundstrom scoring on a 2-on-1 rush – it was the second-fastest goal in team history.

Dave Williams scored seven seconds into a 5-2 win against the Hartford Whalers on Feb. 14, 1987.

Kubalik tied it at 1 with his third power-play goal at 4:09, but Los Angeles went back ahead with 6:30 to go when Kevin Fiala scored on the power play.

Durzi made it 3-1 at 6:23 of the second, squeezing his shot in at the near post three seconds after a power play expired. He got his first career multigoal game on a blistering slap shot from the blue line during a power play with 6:19 left in the period.

Phillip Danault and Arthur Kaliyev picked up the assists on both of Durzi’s goals, giving him three this season and six total in 80 career games.

NOTES: Kings F Brendan Lemieux was injured checking F Adam Erne in the second period and did not return. . Red Wings F Tyler Bertuzzi could return to action Tuesday after missing 13 games because of an upper-body injury. Bertuzzi, who participated in Detroit’s morning skate, was hurt blocking a shot against New Jersey on Oct. 15

UP NEXT

Red Wings: At the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Kings: Begin a four-game road trip at the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-5-1) @ LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (2-6)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 10-8

STREAKS Raiders have won 2 of last 3

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

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

COLTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 26-3 at New England

COACH VS. OPP. Jeff Saturday: 0=0

PTS. FOR 14.7

OFFENSE 315.1

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

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 107-462-4.3-1

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 54-550-10.2-1

PTS. AGAINST 20.3

DEFENSE 306.8

SACKS DeForest Buckner: 5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -8 (9/17)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 43.9 (39.7)

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

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

RAIDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 27-20 at Jacksonville

COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 0-2

PTS. FOR 22.9

OFFENSE 338.4

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

RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 138-743-5.4-6

RECEIVING Davante Adams: 48-658-13.7-7

PTS. AGAINST 25.1

DEFENSE 371.3

SACKS Maxx Crosby: 6

INTs Duron Harmon: 2

TAKE/GIVE -2 (5/7)

PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 49.9 (44.0)

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

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

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

GAME REWIND: PACERS 118, RAPTORS 104

For much of Saturday night, it wasn’t pretty, but the Pacers still found a way to grind out a win.

Indiana (6-6) rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Toronto Raptors (7-7) 36-14 in the fourth quarter in a 118-104 victory at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The result secured a winning homestand for the Pacers, who went 3-1 over the past week.

Buddy Hield had a team-high 22 points on 5-of-11 3-point shooting, providing a late flurry of buckets to close out the victory. Myles Turner tallied a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and four more Pacers reached double figures.

“In the second half, we really fought to win the game,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “The game changed when our level of fight and understanding what we needed to do changed.”

Both teams got off to a slow start offensively before starting to find their rhythm midway through the first quarter. Jalen Smith provided a nice spark for the Blue & Gold, scoring seven straight points for the hosts as things started to click.

Rookie Andrew Nembhard then knocked down two threes in the final two-plus minutes of the frame to give Indiana a narrow 28-26 advantage after one.

The Raptors surged ahead early in the ensuing frame, however. Former Pacer Thaddeus Young scored six points during a 16-2 Toronto run that gave the visitors a 45-34 lead.

Five straight points from Turner eventually ended Indiana’s drought. But the Raptors were able to build their lead back to double digits by halftime, taking a 65-52 lead into the intermission.

That led to a very stern halftime message from Carlisle, who said he was quite disappointed with Indiana’s effort after a “very, very ugly first half.”

“I think the great part about Rick as a coach and this organization is we’ve got guys that are honest with each other,” Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton said of Carlisle’s halftime speech. “We have a lot of respect for each other to where we can say the truth and say things that are really going on out there and kind of just get over it. Understanding that it’s not attacking anybody or coming after anybody, but it’s challenging you as a basketball player.”

The message seemingly got through, as the hosts showed signs of life early in the second half. Smith got things started with back-to-back treys. Hield then got to the rim for two points to cap an 8-0 spurt. After a three-point play by Gary Trent Jr., Indiana answered as Turner and Hield buried threes on consecutive possessions. Just like that, the Pacers had trimmed their deficit to 72-68.

That forced a timeout from Toronto head coach Nick Nurse with 7:31 remaining in the third quarter. Indiana kept coming, getting within one at 73-72 following two Turner free throws at 5:55. But the Raptors responded with nine unanswered points, pushing the margin back to double digits on OG Anunoby’s three-point play at 3:34.

The Raptors maintained at least a two-possession cushion for the remainder of the frame, taking a 90-82 lead into the fourth.

Indiana opened the final frame with a 9-2 spurt — the last six in that stretch coming from Oshae Brissett — to quickly climb within one point barely three minutes into the fourth. Indiana finally took the lead with 6:25 to play, as two Brissett free throws put the hosts in front, 100-99.

Isaiah Jackson used his athleticism to add to the lead over the next minute, first clearing out space for a right hand slam in the paint at 5:57, then running the break and throwing down off a dish from Bennedict Mathurin at 5:33.

Haliburton’s 3-pointer at 3:20 and two Turner free throws at 2:23 pushed Indiana’s lead to 109-101. Young responded with a bucket on the other end, but Hield drilled his fourth trey of the night from the top of the key to push the margin up to nine.

The Bahamian bucket-getter wasn’t done there. After another Toronto miss, Hield crossed up Otto Porter Jr. and exploded to the rim for a basket that gave Indiana an 11-point lead with 66 seconds to play, effectively sealing the victory.

Smith finished with 16 points and five rebounds for Indiana. Mathurin tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists off the bench. Fellow reserves Jackson and Aaron Nesmith added 10 points apiece.

Haliburton had a rough shooting night, managing just eight points, but still provided plenty offensively, dishing out 15 assists.

Anunoby led Toronto — playing on the second night of a back-to-back without its two All-Stars — with 26 points.

Already without All-Star forward Pascal Siakam due to a right adductor strain, the Raptors lost their other All-Star for Saturday’s contest, as point guard Fred VanVleet was ruled out with a non-COVID illness.

Chris Boucher tallied 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Raptors, while Young finished with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, five boards, and three steals.

The Pacers will hit the road for two games next week, visiting Charlotte on Wednesday and Toronto on Friday before returning to Indianapolis for another four-game homestand.

Inside the Numbers

Hield topped 20 points for the sixth time in his past eight games. He has also made at least five threes six times over that span.

Turner recorded a double-double for the third straight game and the fourth time in his last six contests.

Haliburton went just 3-for-14 from the field and 2-for-9 from 3-point range. His eight points were a season low, but his 15 assists were a season high.

Indiana outscored the Raptors by 36 points from beyond the arc. The Pacers went 19-for-43 (44.2 percent) from 3-point range, while Toronto was just 7-for-35 (20 percent).

The Pacers won despite committing 21 turnovers to the Raptors’ 12.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We’re a group that enjoys playing with each other, we’re a group that enjoys being around each other. That’s important. If you don’t have that camaraderie in the locker room or the synergy on the court, it’s a lost cause.” -Turner on the togetherness in Indiana’s locker room

“I thought his spirit in the second half was very uplifting for us. We believe he is that kind of leader and he is always going to see things better than they are and humble enough to know when he needs to do better, and all those things happened in the second half.” -Carlisle on Haliburton fighting through an off shooting night

“He’s the point guard. He does everything, facilitate. Even if he’s having a bad night, he finds a way to contribute to the team. I love it.” -Jackson on Haliburton still managing 15 assists

“Oshae demonstrated what a professional is. He just puts his head down and does the work…he has tremendous heart and keeps working, even when he isn’t playing he encourages his teammates.” -Carlisle on Brissett’s contributions to the rally

“It always feels great to see the work show for itself and I love playing basketball and I know my teammates will do the same for me on the sidelines when I’m out there.” -Brissett on staying engaged even while he hasn’t been playing much

Stat of the Night

The Pacers held Toronto to just 14 points in the fourth quarter, the lowest point total by an Indiana opponent in any quarter this season and the first time in the first 12 games that the Blue & Gold held a team under 20 points in a quarter.

Noteworthy

The Pacers debuted their new City Edition uniforms, which were unveiled on Thursday, against Toronto.

Pacers forward James Johnson was unavailable for the first time this season due to back soreness.

Indiana won for the first time this season after trailing entering the fourth quarter. The Blue & Gold were 0-5 prior to Saturday in those games.

Up Next

Indiana travels to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 PM ET.

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to tip off their next homestand against Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY DROPS GAME TWO AT CINCY

CINCINNATI– The puck dropped in Cincinnati once more as the Fuel attempted to split the series and tie for first place in the division with the Cyclones. Despite taking a lead in the first period, the Fuel were not able to mount a win and instead fell to the Cyclones for the second time by a score of 5-2, their largest margin of defeat so far this season. 

The first period began where last night left off, with four fighting majors handed out across both teams before either scored. First it was Chris Cameron with Cincinnati’s Sean Allen and then Andrew Perrott with the opposing Brandon Yeamans. 

After an additional Cincinnati penalty, the Fuel struck first with a backhanded goal by Jakub Pour. Less than five minutes later, Justin Vaive tied it up for Cincinnati. That tie didn’t last long as Chris Van Os-Shaw got the go-ahead goal just two minutes later, his first of the season.

Vaive opened the scoring in the second period to tie the game with a power play goal after Bryan Lemos was sent to the box for boarding. Yeamans dropped the gloves again, this time with Andrew Bellant who made his 2022-23 regular season Fuel debut tonight. Louie Caporusso then got on the board to give the Cyclones their first lead of the game, 3-2.

About halfway through the third period, the Cyclones’ Lincoln Griffin scored, despite an attempt by the Fuel to overturn the goal with a challenge. The Fuel gained some momentum but the Cyclones knocked in an empty-net goal to put things away and the Fuel fell 5-2. 

HOOSIERS FALL AT NO. 2/2 OHIO STATE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dexter Williams II provided a spark against perhaps the best team in college football, and if it came with mistakes, nobody said learning curves were easy.

They certainly weren’t Saturday afternoon at No. 2 Ohio State. Still, Williams made a big impression during Indiana’s 56-14 defeat. He made plays by running and passing after taking over for starter Connor Bazelak in the first quarter.

Williams, a redshirt sophomore, was 6-for-19 for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception. He didn’t fumble.

His first career touchdown pass was for seven yards to tight end AJ Barner in the first quarter. His second was a 19-yarder to Donaven McCulley in the fourth quarter. He also rushed for a team-leading 46 yards on 16 carries.

“I felt great,” he told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the post-game radio show. “I came in and gave a little spark. I’d like to be way more consistent moving on. Be more consistent and give us a better chance to win.”

Williams’ first college action came the previous week against Penn State with limited practice reps. The result — he threw two interceptions, although he did provide an offensive spark. This time he worked extensively with the No. 2 offensive unit during practice.

The result — no turnovers.

“I was way more prepared this week,” he told Fischer, “but wish I had played better. We’ll get back to work.”

Adding to Williams’ challenge was playing in front of 103,888 Buckeye fans against one of the nation’s best defenses.

“They’re a really good team and do some really good things,” he told Fischer. “I had to use my legs a couple times.”

Head coach Tom Allen told Fischer he saw a lot of positives from Williams.

“I’m so proud of Dex. I put him in there in the first half and he took us down the field and scored. I kept going with him. Give him a chance to grow.

“He made some good throws, and made some good runs, extended plays with his legs. He made some bad decisions and bad throws as well, but that’s part of the growth process. He was one of the bright spots.”

The Hoosiers (3-7) used multiple freshmen on offense and defense. That included freshman offensive lineman Carter Smith.

“He got a lot of reps in the heat of it at offensive tackle,” Allen told Fischer. “That’s hard to do as a true freshman. He got beat on some things, but that’s a tough situation to be put in. He did some good things.”

Freshman linebacker Kaiden Turner and freshman safety Phillip Dunham also saw significant action.

“We got some young bucks in there with a chance to get some good experience,” Allen told Fischer.

Ohio State (10-0) came in leading the nation in scoring (45.8) and in explosive plays, and finished with for 662 total yards, 340 by run, 322 by pass. They had plays of 71, 58, 48, 34, 32, 32, 24, and 20 yards.

The Buckeyes had two 100-yard rushers, while quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for 297 yards and five touchdowns.

“That’s unacceptable,” Allen told Fischer. “They are really good. They have some of the best players in the country at the skill positions. They have a very talented quarterback. But we were not able to finish off things. We had a chance to get a guy on the ground and didn’t do it. We missed some gap fits.

“A team like that exposes you. We gave up too many explosive plays. You can’t do it.”

IU has two remaining games to fix it — a trip to Michigan State next Saturday and then hosting Purdue.

“When you lose this many games in a row,” Allen told Fischer, “it’s tough. You’ve got to lean on your guys to who they are as men and who they are in their effort, toughness, and fight. It’s tough mentally and physically. We got some guys dinged up. We have to continue to keep fighting.”

Ohio State quickly opened a 21-0 first-quarter lead. After three-straight three-and-outs with Bazelak at quarterback, Allen switched to the more mobile Williams. His first play was a 16-yard run. Then he hit Andison Coby with a 48-yard pass to set up his TD throw to Barner.

The Buckeyes continued to rock the Hoosier defense with plays. They led 28-7 at halftime and 42-7 after three quarters in rolling to the victory.

Now the focus, Williams told Fischer, is to finish the season strong.

“We can’t let the previous week affect us. Attack the next week, try to beat the next opponent. Go at it hard and try to get these next two.”

THREE HOOSIERS EARN BIDS TO NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  –  A trio of Indiana Cross Country runners earned bids to the NCAA Cross Country Championships as announced by the committee during Saturday’s (Nov. 12) selection show.

Mariah Wehrle, Sarah Schmitt and Gabriel Sanchez earned a spot in next weekend’s face following their performances at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

All three finished inside the top-20 of their respective races with Sanchez leading the Hoosier men in 14th place and Wehrle (16th) and Schmitt (19th) pacing the women’s team.

Schmitt and Wehrle will be the first women to race at the NCAA Cross Country Championships since the spring of 2021.

Sanchez’s bid means the IU men have had an individual earn a bid to the national meet at six-straight regional meets.

Wehrle and Sanchez are making their collegiate debuts at the NCAA Cross Country Championships while Schmitt will race for the second time.

Next weekend’s races from Stillwater, Okla. will begin at 9:00 AM EST with the Women’s 6K and Men’s 10K.

PURDUE KEEPS THE CANNON

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Cannon is coming back to West Lafayette. Purdue went on the road Saturday afternoon and knocked off No. 21 Illinois, 31-24. The Boilermakers became bowl eligible for the fourth time in six seasons under head coach Jeff Brohm.

When Purdue (6-4, 4-3) needed it most, the defense stepped up. The Boilermakers held Illinois (7-3, 4-3) off the board on three of the final four drives in the fourth quarter, including a key interception by Kieren Douglas with 3:37 to play and Purdue up seven.

Sanoussi Kane topped all tacklers with nine on the afternoon with eight solos, one for loss and a forced fumble. The Boilermakers tallied five tackles-for-loss and a pair of sacks.

Illinois came into the game averaging 192.6 yards on the ground, led by running back Chase Brown’s 149.3 yards per game. On Saturday, the Boilermakers limited those numbers to 102 and 98, respectively. It was Brown’s first game under 100 yards rushing all season.

Purdue tight end Payne Durham had a career day with a pair of touchdown receptions, finishing the day with a team-high seven catches for 70 yards. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell threw for 237 yards on 25-of-40 passing with three touchdowns. 

Running back Devin Mockobee notched his fourth 100-yard game of the season, going for 106 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown. Purdue posted 142 yards on the ground to outgain 379-303 overall for the game.

The Boilermakers stayed within striking distance early thanks to the defense. After Illinois scored on its opening drive, Purdue’s defense forced three straight 3-and-outs, as its offense slowly found its rhythm in the second quarter.

Mockobee carried the Boilermakers into the end zone early in the second quarter. The redshirt freshman had four straight rushes for 46 yards on the drive, capped by a six-yard scamper. The Illini responded on its ensuing drive with an eight-yard rushing touchdown by Brown.

Purdue rolled off 14 unanswered points with scores on either side of the half. O’Connell pulled Purdue level at 14-14 right before halftime on a 32-yard scoring strike to Charlie Jones. The sixth-year thrower then found Payne Durham on a five-yard touch pass in the corner of the end zone to give the Boilermakers a 21-14 advantage.

Following an Illinois score late in the third, Durham put Purdue ahead for good when he muscled his way into the end zone on a 12-yard toss from O’Connell. Kicker Mitchell Fineran put the game on ice with a 25-yard field goal with 1:05 to play. 

Purdue picked up its second win against a ranked opponent and the seventh of the Brohm era.

MACKEY AWARD SEMIFINALIST PAYNE DURHAM

Durham recorded his fifth game this year with five or more catches. The Suwanee, Ga., native posted his second multi-touchdown game of the season and the fourth of his career. With his two scoring grabs Saturday, Durham moved into sole possession of second place for career touchdown receptions by a tight end with 19. He also moved up to ninth place on the Purdue career charts for reception.

ANOTHER CENTURY FOR CRAZY LEGS

Mockobee’s impressive redshirt freshman campaign continued with his fourth 100-yard game of the season, the most in a season by a freshman. He is one 100-yard game shy of moving into third place in single-season history at Purdue. The Booneville, Ind., native moved up several spots on the freshman charts Saturday: third with 142 carries, third with 732 rushing yards and tying for fourth with seven rushing touchdowns (Mike Northington, 1973).

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Illinois 47-45-6.

• The Boilermakers hold a 39-30-2 record in the series since the Cannon joined the series in 1943.

• Purdue is 4-2 this season in one-possession games.

• Kane led Purdue in tackles for the fourth time this season.

• Charlie Jones scored once on four catches for 66 yards. He moved tied Dorien Bryant (2006, 2007) for seventh in single-season history with 87 catches. Jones is the 16th player in Purdue history with 1,000 yards receiving in a single-season.

• Jones also moved into a tie with Dave Young (1979), Brian Alford (1997) and DeAngelo Yancey (2016) for eighth in single-season history with 10 receiving touchdowns.

• The Boilermakers set the single-game record for first downs by penalty with seven from Illinois flags.

• Purdue and Illinois matched each other on third downs at 5-for-13. The Boilermakers also went 1-for-2 on fourth downs.

• Twenty-four of Purdue’s 31 points game in the red zone, going 4-for-4 on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Purdue returns to Ross-Ade Stadium for the home finale against Northwestern next Saturday. Kickoff time and tv assignment will be announced later.

#15 PURDUE DROPS 3-1 DECISION TO #16 PENN STATE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In tight match that saw 28 tied scores over the four sets, No. 15 Purdue volleyball fell to No. 16 Penn State, 1-3 (25-21, 25-27, 19-25).

The Boilermakers came out with a .333 hitting % in the first set and came within distance of taking a 2-1 advantage after earning three set points, but Penn State’s 8-3 run to end the game.

Redshirt junior Megan Renner registered a double-double, her third of the season, with a Big Ten season-high-tying 42 assists alongside 10 digs.

Libero Maddie Schermerhorn totaled 25 digs in the match, including 21 through the first three sets.

Three Boilermakers reached double-digit kills in the match, led by Eva Hudson with 13 kills. Meanwhile, Raven Colvin and Emma Ellis each added 10 apiece. Colvin brought momentum throughout the night with a team-leading six block assists in the match and averaged a .388 attack % between the first and third sets.

One home match remains for the Boilermakers. The Boilermakers will be back in Holloway Gymnasium next Friday night at 7 p.m. ET vs. Michigan for Senior Night.

VILLANOVA EARNS 3-2 VICTORY OVER @BUTLERVB

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Butler won the first two sets against Villanova on Saturday night but the Wildcats would storm back to win the match 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 13-15). The Bulldogs are now 13-14 overall with a 7-8 record in the BIG EAST.

Cora Taylor posted great numbers across the box score at Villanova with 41 assists, 12 digs, a team-best four aces and three kills. The offense had three student-athletes reach a double figure kill total and Jaymeson Kinley would lead the defensive effort with 23 digs.

Mariah Grunze led BU with 15 kills. She hit .143 and posted eight digs. Amina Shackelford and Megan Sheridan were also heavily involved in the BU attack. Shackelford had 14 kills on 51 swings and gave Butler 12 digs and five blocks. Sheridan had the best attack percentage on the team Saturday night. She had 13 kills on just 27 attempts (.370).

Villanova also had a balanced attack. Tara Garvey led the Wildcats with 15 kills. Kiera Booth was efficient with 14 kills on just 28 swings and Rose Crist joined the party with 13 kills.

Belle Morgan had a double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs. Nova’s dig leader was Elizabeth Feczko with 23.

Butler was down 6-0 at the start of the first set but would climb back into the action at 17-17. Three-straight points down the stretch made the game 24-20 and Marisa Guisti would connect on the set-winner off the feed from Taylor to put BU in front 1-0.

Set two was more of the same as the Wildcats came out with a 5-1 lead. Butler tied the set quickly at 6-6 and the two evenly matched teams would go back and forth the rest of the way. Butler broke a 20-20 tie with a kill from Sheridan and Nova attack errors in crunch time would help BU go out in front 2-0.

Nova’s quick start in the third set would hold the entire way. They doubled Butler up at 8-4 and enjoyed a 20-11 lead after a kill from Garvey. Crist would lead the charge to avoid the sweep with six kills in the third and the Wildcats would hang around with the 25-19 win.

BU never led in the fourth set as Nova opened up a 7-2 lead. Butler fought back to get within three at 13-10, but a 4-0 run pushed the home team back in front 17-10. That lead proved to be too much and Butler would try to regroup for the fifth set.

Nova hit their stride in the fifth set to complete the comeback win. The Wildcats hit .375 and claimed the win behind four kills from Booth. Nova led 10-7 and 14-11 before Butler attempted the late comeback. Shackelford made the score 14-13 with her 14th kill of the night, but Crist ended the match moments later after a Nova timeout.

Butler will play again tomorrow with a 1 PM start at Georgetown.

LATE FIELD GOAL ALLOWS DRAKE TO UPSET @BUTLERUFOOTBALL 27-24

DES MOINES, IOWA – The Drake Bulldogs defeated the Butler Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon by the final score of 27-24. Luke Williams made a 22-yard field goal with eight seconds left in the game to give Drake their second win of the season. With the setback, Butler moves to 7-3 on the year and 5-2 in the PFL.

Butler scored a touchdown on their opening drive, but would trail Drake 17-7 after the first quarter. Each team added a passing TD in the second quarter to give the home team a 24-14 advantage at the half. BU once again would script a scoring drive to start the second half. They took advantage of a Drake fumble and would cover 42 yards in just four plays to make the score 24-21.

Butler pushed forward to tie the game at 24-24 with 4:52 to play in the fourth after a 33-yard field goal from Luka Zurak. The BU defense would stuff Drake on third and one to get the ball back to the offense, but a costly Butler interception with less than a minute to play would set up a short field for Drake and the late field goal would give the home team a three-point victory.

Butler had 10 more first downs than Drake and won time of possession by more than ten minutes. Drake however had a better rushing attack than BU on Saturday and the home team went 3-for-3 in the red zone.

Dorian Boyland led Drake on the ground with 99 yards and a score on 23 carries. QB Luke Bailey passed for 178 yards and a score.

For Butler, Bushka found a different receiver for all three of his touchdown passes. He completed 25 throws for 248 yards and also led the team with 57 rushing yards.

Joey Suchy was the top back for the Bulldogs on Saturday. He took 19 handoffs and recorded 50 rushing yards. He also caught two passes for 20 yards.

Luke Wooten, Tyler Adams and Johnny O’Shea all caught touchdowns in Iowa Saturday afternoon. Wooten led BU with nine catches for 69 yards. Adams caught a 32-yard TD pass in the third quarter to end the day with 65 receiving yards and O’Shea opened up the scoring with a 23-yard TD pass from Bushka on the opening drive.

Connor Reid led BU in tackles with seven. Will Mason and Thomas Rousseau also impacted the game with interceptions.

The Bulldogs will end the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 19. Kick-off at the Sellick Bowl is set for noon.

JAGUARS FALL TO TOP-SEEDED CLEVELAND STATE IN #HLMSOC CHAMPIONSHIP

CLEVELAND – The IUPUI men’s soccer team’s season came to a close on a rainy Saturday (Nov. 12) in Cleveland as the Jaguars fell to top-seeded Cleveland State in the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament, 3-0. The host Vikings opened the scoring midway through the first half and added a pair of second half scores in the win. CSU outshot the Jaguars by a 21-6 margin and earned a 7-1 advantage on corner kicks, essentially declawing a typically potent IUPUI attack.

Albert Portas put the hosts on top in the game’s 28th minute when he caught the Jaguars on a counter and finished with a tough angled shot from the left side. It came on the heels of an IUPUI free kick inside midfield, but nothing came of the Jaguars’ attempt and Portas quickly got free up the left sideline before scoring the game’s first goal.

The Jaguars, who were picked dead last in the #HLMSOC Preseason Polls, stayed in the fight and nearly got even just before halftime. Their best look of the afternoon came in the final minute of the first half when Lukas Hackaa had a hit from inside the 18-yard box. The ball deflected off a Cleveland State defender and bounced just wide of target for a corner kick in the closing seconds.

CSU’s Jannis Schmidt authored a key score in the 57th minute when he tallied from in close off an assist from Bojan Kolveski. Kolveski helped put the contest away in the 73rd minute when he setup Pablo Kawecki’s tally to cap the day’s scoring.

IUPUI (7-7-6) was limited to just two shots on goal all day long, those coming from Hackaa and freshman Kade Tepe. At the other end, Lucas Morefield was busy, making three saves and facing a 21-shot onslaught.  Portas led CSU with six shot attempts while Schmidt and Kawecki had five each.

CSU’s Omeed Naeemy made two saves in goal for his clean sheet.

Hackaa and Morefield earned spots on the All-Tournament Team, alongside teammate Logan Finnegan. Hackaa played a role in all four of the team’s postseason goals (two goals and two assists) and Morefield delivered back-to-back shutouts to power the Jags to the championship game. Finnegan also tallied a goal in the 3-0 win over Wright State in the semifinals round.

IUPUI, making its first trip to a conference title game since 2007, fell 90 minutes short of earning the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2000. However, head coach Sid van Druenen piloted the Jaguars to a .500 record for the first time since 2010 when that squad went 9-8-2.

VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FINAL MATCH OF THE 2022 SEASON, 3-1

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Jaguars celebrated senior day to close out the 2022 season today as they faced the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The Jags ultimately fell to the Grizzlies in four sets, 3-1. Senior Allie Pogue ended on a good note totaling 15 kills and two service aces.

In the opening set, the Golden Grizzles came out swinging with a team hitting percentage of .395 with 16 kills to take set one, 25-15. IUPUI fought back in the second set to even the match up at one set a piece with a 25-22 set win. Oakland won the third set, 25-12 to retake the lead. In the fourth set, the Jags fell behind early but fought back to tie it up at 12 with an ace from Morgan Ostrowski but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Grizzlies sealed the victory, 25-21.

Senior Pogue led the Jaguar offense with 15 kills while Millai Madison totaled nine kills. Emily Alan and Briana Brown each added seven kills while senior Corrissa Remter hit a team-high .308 with four kills. Senior Darragh Dixon collected 22 assists and 13 digs while Brooke Phillips led the defense with 20 digs.

The Jags finish the 2022 season 9-21 overall and 3-15 in the Horizon League.

OTERO SETS NEW IUPUI RECORD IN ROUTE TO JAGUAR SPLIT

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI swim and dive team split with in state foe Ball State on Friday afternoon with the men’s team defeating the Cardinals 190 to 110 while the women fell 189.5 to 109.5. Freshman diver Sebastian Otero set a new IUPUI record in the men’s 1-meter, breaking his previous record set in October. Logan Kelly also stayed undefeated in the 100 and 200 breast. Emmaleigh Zietlow sealed a win in the 1000 free and a tie for first in the 200 free.

On the boards for the Jags, Otero earned wins in the men’s 3-meter (345.30) and 1-meter with a new IUPUI record of 366.60. For the women, Sadie Smith collected a win in the 1-meter (256.95) and came in third in the 3-meter (257.93).

In the pool for the men’s team, sophomore Kelly stayed undefeated in the 100 and 200 breast winning the 100 breast with a time of 54.86 and the 200 breast with a time of 2:02.38. Luke Dibley recorded three wins in the 1000 free (9:50.00), 500 free (4:44.75) and 400 IM (4:07.27). Other top times include Isaac Wilson win the 200 free (1:43.35) and Spencer Jyawook in the 100 fly (48.55)

The Jags went 1, 2, 3 in the 100 back with Grayson Tidwell (51.20) finishing first and Ben Kimmel (51.29) and Dan Charleston (51.60) coming in behind him. The same three finished 1,2,3 in the 200 back with a different order of finish with Charleston coming out on top (1:50.85) followed by Kimmel (1:53.01) and Tidwell (1:54.80).

The women’s team fell to the Cardinals. Top swims came from Zietlow in the 1000 free (10:25.12) and the 200 free (1:51.42), Gabby Puryear-Lynch in the 200 fly (2:06.55) and Emma Theobald in the 200 back (2:04.37) and 400 IM (4:36.24).

The Jags will next host multiple teams next week, Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19 for the House of Champions.

PLITT, BUCKLEY LEAD WVB TO FOUR-SET WIN AT OHIO

ATHENS, Ohio – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team secured a top two seed and first-round bye in the upcoming 2022 Mid-American Conference Championship with a 3-1 (25-21, 14-25, 25-18, 25-21) victory over Ohio Saturday evening at the Convocation Center.

One night after the Bobcats (18-10; 12-5 MAC) snapped the nation’s eighth-longest winning streak at 13 matches, the Cardinals (22-7; 14-3 MAC) responded with a huge statement, opening the match with an 11-2 run.

“I think set one was huge,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “Ohio had a huge crowd, including the band and football team, and great energy. I felt like we came out focused, executed our game plan, and set the tone that we were going to come out swinging. That really made a different.”

BSU went on to win the frame 25-21, and while Ohio battled back to take the second set, the Cardinals were not deterred and captured the final two frames.

Leading the charge for the Cardinals was senior middle Marie Plitt who smashed a season-high 17 kills and hit an impressive .455 (17-2-33). It was her 14th match of the season in double figures and the 22nd time in 29 matches she has hit .300-or-better.

“Marie turned in a clutch performance,” Phillips said. “We ran some different routes on offense and that opened up not only Marie, but our lefts as well. Marie’s versatility and ability to hit all angles really helped lift us today.”

And while she did not reach double figures, freshman opposite Madison Buckley set the tone in the final two sets with a career-high eight kills and a .400 (8-2-15) attack percentage off the bench. She also registered a solo block.

“Madison was a game-changer tonight,” Phillips added. “Not only was she hitting great shots, but her physical net presence really slowed down Ohio’s talented left sides. She was a big-time spark and is someone who is always working hard and ready to go. It certainly paid off tonight for her and the team.”

Overall, the Cardinals finished the night with a .221 (52-19-149) attack percentage, including a .412 (8-1-17) effort from yesterday’s leading attacker junior middle Lauren Gilliland. Junior outside Cait Snyder added 13 kills and a .205 (13-5-39) hitting mark.

At the net, Gilliland tied for team-high honors with three blocks. The other BSU player with three blocks was sophomore setter Megan Wielonski who also dished out 41 assists and was credited with 10 digs for her 18th double-double of the season.

In the backcourt, Ball State senior libero Maggie Huber led all players with 27 digs, while senior defensive specialist Havyn Gates added two. Gates also turned in a strong performance from the service line with three aces, while Wielonski served up two and Huber one.

The defensive effort also helped limit Ohio to a .167 (50-24-156) attack percentage, with just one Bobcat reaching double figure kills as Kristy Frank scored 12. A pair of OU players tied for team-high honors with 17 digs, helping the hosts finish the night with a 71-to-66 edge in total digs.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action Wednesday (Nov. 16), when it closes the regular season with 6 p.m. first serve versus Toledo.

With a win against the Rockets (18-10; 11-6 MAC), the Cardinals will secure the 2022 MAC Regular Season Championship and hosting rights to the conference tournament.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS IU EAST FOR SIXTH ANNUAL “FIELD TRIP DAY” MONDAY

Game 2 | Ball State vs. IU East

Nov. 14 | Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena | 11 a.m. ET

Opening Tip:

– Monday’s game against IU East will mark the first time in program history that these two teams have met.

– Today’s contest marks the sixth annual Field Trip Day. The Cardinals are 5-0 on Field Trip Day with wins against Milwaukee (84-75 OT), Arkansas Pine Bluff (88-60), Austin Peay (89-57), Bowling Green (77-70) and Xavier (70-49).

– Ball State is looking for its first win of the season after dropping its opener at Tennessee Tech by a score 63-68 last Monday. The Cardinals rallied from 12 points down at the start of the final stanza to give itself a chance to win at the Eblen Center but fell to the Golden Eagles in the final minute. For the game, Anna Clephane led the Cardinals with 12 points while newcomers Alex Richard and Sydney Shafer each had 11 points apiece. Senior Annie Rauch rounded out the double-figure scoring with 10 points while defensively, sophomore Marie Kiefer pulled down 10 rebounds.

– IU East has started the season off 0-6. Kennedy Griffin leads the Redwolves averaging 15.8 points per game while Addie Brown is scoring 12.4 points per contest.

– After today’s contest, the Cardinals remain home in Worthen Arena when Ball State hosts in-state rival Butler Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 pm ET. Thursday’s game marks the 29th all-time meeting between Ball State and Butler in women’s basketball. The Cardinals have won their last two meetings against the Bulldogs a 70-56 victory in Indianapolis, Nov. 16,. 2021 and a 74-70 win in Worthen Arena Nov. 23, 2019.

 – IU East will be the first of four schools from the state of Indiana that the Cardinals will face this season. Ball State will also play Butler (Nov. 17), at Notre Dame (Nov. 20) and IUPUI (Dec. 8).

Becki Preseason All-MAC:

Sophomore guard Ally Becki was tabbed to the Preseason All-MAC First Team. Becki started every game for the Cardinals last season as a true freshman while earning spots on the All-MAC Freshman Team and the All-MAC Tournament squad. She scored a personal best 27 points in MACtion at Ohio (2/2/22) and reached double figures in scoring 18 times last season. Becki made the ESPN top 10 plays after nailing a half-court shot at the buzzer to enter intermission against Buffalo on Jan. 26, helping Ball State take the lead over the Bulls at the break and later earn the victory. On Feb. 8, Becki earned MAC Player of the Week honors after averaging 21.0 points per game. She shot 53 percent from the field and dished out 8.0 assists per contest, helping Ball State extend its winning streak to five games with victories over Ohio and Bowling Green. She also recorded a double-double at Kent State with 12 points and 12 rebounds on Feb. 12. Becki finished the season averaging 11.1 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists.

Second Half Cardinals:

Although the Cardinals lost in their season opener the stats proved that they could be a second half team this season. Ball State outscored Tennessee Tech 39-29 in the second half of Monday’s games. The Cardinals best quarter was the fourth period when Ball State outpaced Tennessee Tech, 16-9. The Cardinals also won the rebounding category over the Golden Eagles, 48-28.

Next Game:

After tonight’s contest the Cardinals are set to host in-state rival Butler Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Ball State will head back onto the road Sunday, Nov. 20 as Ball State plays at Notre Dame at 4 pm ET.

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IRISH RIDE STRONG FIRST HALF TO VICTORY OVER NAVY

BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Notre Dame football team rode a strong first half performance to a 35-32 victory over the Navy Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win is the Irish’s fifth consecutive over Navy as Notre Dame improves to 7-3 this season.

Drew Pyne led the offensive attack, completing 17 passes on 21 attempts and recorded 269 yards through the air and four touchdowns. He also ran for a score in the victory. The 269 yards is his second-most in a game this season, following a 289 yard performance at North Carolina.

The rushing offense was limited to 66 yards, led by an eight carry, 49 yard effort from Audric Estime. Logan Diggs added 31 yards on 13 attempts.

Braden Lenzy led the receiving corps with five catches, totaling 67 yards and a touchdown. Jayden Thomas added three catches for 80 yards and a score. Estime added a 30-yard reception for a score and Chris Tyree caught a five-yard touchdown pass.

The Irish defense saw Marist Liufau, Jack Kiser and Xavier Watts finish with eight tackles apiece. Prince Kollie added seven tackles, three solo and a half tackle for loss in the victory.

How It Happened

Notre Dame didn’t waste any time, taking the lead on the game’s opening possession. The Irish marched 67 yards on nine plays, connecting through the air and picking up a key fourth down on the ground. On its first fourth down of the day, the Irish had tight end Mitchell Evans take the snap and push forward for two yards for the conversion. Later in the drive, Pyne connected with Lenzy for a gain of 21 before hitting Estime out of the backfield for a 30-yard score. Grupe was true on the extra point and the Irish led 7-0 just over four minutes into the game.

The Irish found the end zone on its next possession to take a 14-0 lead. After a roughing the passer call moved Notre Dame into Navy territory, Pyne found Lenzy one-on-one on the outside. Lenzy pinned the pass on the defenders back with his left hand and secured possession with his right to complete the 38-yard touchdown with 4:28 remaining in the first quarter.

Navy rallied to get on the board on its next possession. The Midshipmen went to the air to move into Notre Dame territory, connecting on a 34-yard pass to move to the Irish 36. Just two plays later, Navy handed to the fullback who found a hole on the left side to run 36 yards to the end zone to cut the Irish lead to 14-6 after the PAT was wide left.

Pyne and the offense responded, putting together a 10-play, 83-yard scoring drive after the Navy touchdown. On third and 12 from its own 15, Pyne found Deion Colzie over the middle for a gain of 29 to move the chains. Again, it was Pyne through the air providing the spark as he found Thomas over the middle for a gain of 38 to move into the red zone. After Navy stuffed an Estime run, Pyne floated a swing pass to Tyree who walked into the end zone to extend the lead to 21-6 after the Grupe PAT with 12:27 left in the first half.

Navy stormed right back, using a 50-yard run from fullback Daba Fofana to move into Irish territory. A defensive holding call in the end zone gave the Midshipmen a first and goal. After a stop on first down, quarterback Xavier Arline faked a toss and dove across the goal line for the score. The PAT was true and Navy cut the lead to 21-13 midway through the second quarter.

A Clarence Lewis interception set up the Irish in Navy territory with less than three minutes to go in the half. The Irish needed just three plays to capitalize on the turnover. Pyne handed to Estime who broke a tackle in the backfield and ran up the middle for 28 yards to move the Irish to the Navy 11. On the next play, Pyne faked the toss to Estime, he bootlegged out to his right before turning upfield and diving into the end zone for the score. Grupe was true on the extra point and the Irish led 28-13 with 2:18 remaining in the half.

The Irish defense held strong, forcing a Navy punt. The Notre Dame punt block team took the field and did exactly what its name implies. For the seventh time this season, and in the fifth consecutive game, the Irish blocked the opponent’s punt attempt, with Kiser doing the honors. The offense continued the momentum as Pyne hit Thomas on its first play of the next possession for a 37-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 35-13 going into halftime. The punt block sets a new season record for blocked punts in a season in the modern era (since 1937).

Navy opened the second half with points, driving 72 yards to finish with a 26-yard field goal. The Midshipmen chewed up 10:01 of clock in the drive, converting a pair of fourth down conversions.

After an Irish turnover started the fourth quarter, Navy immediately went to the air. The Midshipmen hit on a 23-yard touchdown pass and converted the two-point conversion to cut the score to 35-24, Irish.

Navy’s defense was equal to the task in the fourth quarter, stopping the Irish offense on four-straight possessions. The Midshipmen took over with 5:50 remaining and marched 88 yards on 11 plays for a touchdown. After converting a two-point conversion, Navy had cut the Notre Dame lead to 35-32 with 1:21 on the clock.

The Midshipmen set up for the onside kick, punching it straight ahead as Matt Salerno jumped on it to give the Irish possession and seal the victory as Pyne would take two knees to close the contest out.

Up Next

The Irish are back in Notre Dame Stadium for the final time of the 2022 season next weekend as Notre Dame hosts the Boston College Eagles. Kick is set for 2:30 p.m. on NBC.

90-79 WIN OVER CAL CAPS OFF SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR IVEY

Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey spent the offseason preaching that every member of her nine-player rotation matters.

She surely needed the full group this weekend.

No. 9 Notre Dame (2-0) earned its second win of the season on Saturday, topping California (1-1) 90-79 as part of the first Citi Shamrock Classic, a neutral-site contest held in St. Louis this year. The Irish jumped out to an early lead, scoring 31 points and shooting 73.3 percent in the first quarter.

Then the road got a bit bumpier for Notre Dame, although Ivey confidently dismissed that she was ever concerned.

“There was no worry,” the third-year head coach said when asked about a game that was a little tighter than she may have wanted down the stretch.

Foul trouble does not begin to describe what unfolded at the Enterprise Center. Between the two teams, eight players finished with four or five fouls. Five of them donned the blue and gold, forcing Ivey to rely heavily on her bench. Junior starter Maddy Westbeld had two fouls less than three minutes into play. There were a total of 59 by the conclusion of the game, and Notre Dame finished with 30 made free throws for the first time since 2015.

The Bears’ foul trouble came later in the 40 minutes, allowing head coach Charmin Smith to keep her starters on the floor deeper into the contest. With 7:19 to play, Cal cut Notre Dame’s lead to 65-62. The Irish needed a stop and a bucket or two.

As she did earlier this week against Northern Illinois, forward Nat Marshall stepped up down low. The junior had nine points and a career-high six rebounds, four of which came on the offensive side of the court.

When the clock hit zero, five Irish players had scored in double figures. For the second straight week, Westbeld, Olivia Miles and Dara Mabrey were among those with 10+ points. Miles, who averaged 7.4 assists per game last year, posted 10 assists on Saturday.

Cal superstar and 2021-22 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jayda Curry caused some issues for the Irish, finishing with 24 points including a 4-9 mark from behind the arc. She played nearly 38 minutes for the Bears, while no other member of the team eclipsed 30.

Ivey will take the win, but that’s not really what the weekend was about.

While they battled on the court, the teams came together off of it in a series of Friday events celebrating women’s empowerment and leadership, with special attention paid to locations important in the basketball journeys of both Ivey and Smith. The women are St. Louis natives.

On Friday, the teams practiced at the high schools of both coaches; Ivey attended Cor Jesu Academy, while Smith went to Ladue. The Irish team was greeted by hundreds of Cor Jesu high schoolers who enjoyed the end of basketball practice, a performance from the Notre Dame band and a speech from Ivey. The cheering from the students in specially made Cor Jesu-Niele Ivey shirts was deafening.

“Seeing all of the red shirts in the stands, I was like ‘Dang, she’s got a whole army here,’” Miles said after the game with a laugh. “It was really cool to experience that with her. Basketball brings people together.”

After a stop at a lunch with keynote speaker Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the teams headed to the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club on the north side of St. Louis where both Ivey and Smith grew up playing basketball. They spoke with adolescents about their own basketball careers, juggling academics and athletics, and chasing dreams. Dozens of attendees lined up to have posters of both squads autographed. Several attended Saturday’s game as well.

“It’s important to give back,” Miles added. “That’s why we were at the Boys & Girls Club spending time with these children and girls who want to play basketball just like us. It’s really special.”

Up next, No. 9 Notre Dame heads on the road for the second consecutive game, as the Irish face Northwestern in Evanston on Wednesday. The game tips off at 9 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. Notre Dame is 2-1 all time against the Wildcats.

#18 IRISH TOP #3 MICHIGAN IN OVERTIME THRILLER

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 18 Irish hockey program earned the weekend split against third-ranked Michigan with a 3-2 overtime victory Saturday night. Trailing by two goals at the end of the first period, the University of Notre Dame battled back to score three unanswered goals in the win.

Mirroring the same start as night one, the Irish found themselves trailing early as the Wolverines jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 3:32 into the contest. The visiting Maize and Blue scored off a rebound at 3:32 of the first period after Notre Dame had controlled possession through the first few minutes of play.

The Wolverines would get one more late in the period, beating Bischel glove side on the powerplay.

After successfully killing off two penalties early in the second stanza, the Irish broke their scoreless drought with a goal at 10:55 of the period from Tyler Carpenter.

With less than a minute on the clock for the second, Nick Leivermann’s shot found Chayse Primeau on the doorstep for the game-tying goal as the two teams headed to the locker room deadlocked, 2-2.

Registering just six shots on goal in the second frame, the Irish opened the final period of regulation ripping off four shots in the first 90 seconds of action but were unable to break Michigan’s netminder Erik Portillo.

The two sides continued to trade chances through a physical third period with the Irish outshooting their opposition, 13-9, in the last 20 minutes of regulation hockey. Leivermann had Notre Dame’s best chance to score late, carrying the puck in deep for a wraparound shot with under two minutes to play but the Wolverine goaltender quickly covered the puck before it could cross the line and the teams ended the third still tied up.

It took the Irish 2:26 seconds of overtime to find the game-winner when Grant Silianoff played hero for the Blue and Gold, trickling a shot through the five hole of Portillo just under halfway through the extra session.

GOALS

Tyler Carpenter net his first of the season to get the Irish on the board halfway through the contest. Niko Jovanovic found Jack Adams on the rush who carried it in. In his first game back, Adams found Carpenter open atop the crease who buried his shot to make it a 2-1 game. With the second assist on the goal, Jovanovic tallied his first collegiate point.

The Irish tied it up at 19:23 of the second when a shot by Nick Leivermann was redirected by Chayse Primeau on the doorstep. The powerplay tally was set up by Jackson Pierson who went back and forth with Chase Blackmun at the point while they looked for an open lane. Throwing the Wolverine goaltender off, Pierson found Leivermann at the top of the slot who fired a shot towards the crease for Primeau to tap it home and even the score.

Ryan Helliwell skated up ice, shaking a defender before firing a stretch pass over to Silianoff. From the slot, the junior ripped a shot on net where Portillo made the initial save but the puck ricocheted over the line at 2:26 of the overtime session. Ryder Rolston also picked up an assist on the play.

KEY STATS

The Irish scored three unanswered goals Saturday night to earn the weekend split with the Wolverines.

After allowing two goals in the opening period, Ryan Bischel stopped 19 shots through the final two periods and overtime for a game total of 31 saves, earning second star of the game honors.

Grant Silianoff’s game-winning goal was his first of the season and the Edina, Minnesota native’s second tally of the year.

Niko Jovanovic made his collegiate debut in the win, picking up an assist on Notre Dame’s first goal of the night for his first career point.

Tyler Carpenter opened up the scoring for the Irish Saturday night as the sophomore net his first of the season at 10:55 of the second period.

Nine individuals highlighted the box score in the 3-2 win, including three goal scorers in Carpenter, Chayse Primeau and Silianoff.

Although narrowly outshot by the Wolverines, 33-31, Ryder Rolston led the team with six pucks on net. With only one official shot on net Saturday night, Silianoff’s shot in overtime was the game-winner.

The Irish registered 14 shots blocked in the contest with Nick Leivermann eating three shots to help lift his team to victory.

UP NEXT

The Irish are back on the road for a conference series at Ohio State Nov. 18-19.

GAME 2 PREVIEW: PENGUINS VS IRISH

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The (RV) Notre Dame men’s basketball squad (1-0) is back at it inside Purcell Pavilion on Sunday, when they look to make it a perfect opening week with Youngtown State (2-0) coming to town. Tip is set for 4 p.m. ET, on RSN. To check what channel the game is on in your area, click here.

VETS DELIVER IN THRILLING HOME OPENER

Notre Dame moved to 21-2 all-time in season openers during under Mike Brey with a thrilling 79-76 victory over Radford on Nov. 10.

First off – Nate Laszewski showed up and showed out with a huge 28-point, 12-rebound, double-double – the 10th of his career. The 28 points tied his career high. He was clutch down the stretch, scoring 10 of the team’s final 15 points.

Then with 9.5 seconds left on the clock, it was Cormac Ryan who delivered the driving layup for the go-ahead basket and game-winner.

VETS DELIVER PART II

Trey Wertz jumped into the starting lineup in replace of the injured Marcus Hammond in the opener and offensively he delivered. Wertz notched his second highest scoring output in an Irish uniform with 18 points. Not to mention Wertz connected on three treys in a row from 8:22-6:51 in the second half.

BREY’S MOST VETERAN TEAM

No other Power-Five program this year can say that they have six players earning their Master’s Degree (Goodwin, Carmody, Ryan, Laszewski, Wertz, Hammond). Then you dive deeper and the stats show that this is Coach Brey’s most experienced team to date to start a season, even topping last year’s team. New highs in minutes, made field goals, three-pointers, free throws, rebounds and points. See the table above for the numbers.

In terms of ACC players entering the 2022-23 season with 100 or more games played, Dane Goodwin ranks 2nd with 126, two behind Kihei Clark of Virginia. Of course, Nate Laszewski follows suit in third with 125.

FRESHMEN READY TO MAKE AN IMPACT

All the talk about the vets but there’s a freshmen class that was ranked in the top-15 in the country that’s ready to make an impact.

Let’s first start with JJ Starling who was ranked 18th by ESPN and was the highest ranked ND recruit since at least 2007 (when ESPN recruiting database began). That spot wwas previously held by Demetrius Jackson, who was ranked No. 24 in 2013.

JJ is also the first McDonald’s All-American at Notre Dame since Demetrius Jackson arrived in 2013 and could be the first to start in game one since Torin Francis in 2002. He’s the fifth McDonald’s All-American recruited under Brey’s tenure and the eighth to suit up for the Irish under Brey.

Next, there’s the athletic 6-8 forward Ven-Allen Lubin, who was ranked 69th by ESPN and the ninth best at his position. The class is rounded out by another big, 6-8 Dom Campbell.

Notre Dame Men’s Basketball McDonald’s All-Americans

J.J. Starling, 2022

Demetrius Jackson, 2017

Luke Zeller, 2005

Torin Francis, 2002

Chris Thomas, 2001

Danny Miller, 1998 (transferred from Maryland)

Ryan Humphrey, 1997 (transferred from Oklahoma)

LaPhonso Ellis, 1988

Keith Robinson, 1986

Mark Stevenson, 1985 (transferred to Duquesne)

Matt Beeuwsaert, 1984 (transferred to California)

Ken Barlow, 1982

Tim Kempton, 1982

Joe Kleine, 1980 (transferred to Arkansas)

Tom Sluby, 1980

Barry Spencer, 1980

Tim Andree, 1979

John Paxson, 1979

Tracy Jackson, 1977

SCOREMAC RYAN

Since joining the Irish starting lineup on Feb. 9, 2022, Cormac Ryan turned into Scoremac, averaging 12.8 ppg (carrying over into this season).

Over the final 12-game run last season he shot an impressive 56.1 percent from the field and 50.9 percent from three. He started game one this year with a double-digit scoring effort of 10 points and the game-winning basket.

Ryan had the best game of his career against Alabama in the first round of the NCAA tournament, scoring a Brey-era NCAA single game record 29 points and setting the Notre Dame NCAA record with a career-best seven three pointers.

BREY ERA – STILL TOPS IN A/TO RATIO

Since 2000-01 (first year of the Mike Brey era), Notre Dame has led the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.44).

In his now 23 years patrolling the sidelines, Coach Brey’s teams have developed certain tenets they can be counted on to display – take care of the ball, defend without fouling, shot making and free throw percentage. Those traits are reflected in Notre Dame’s statistical rankings, compared to all NCAA teams and the ACC, since the Brey era began.

IRISH DOMINATE IN 5-0 NCAA TOURNAMENT WIN OVER OMAHA

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No 1 seed Notre Dame (15-2-3) battled both Omaha (7-8-6) and snow flurries in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, and kicked off the Big Dance with a big 5-0 victory. The win is Notre Dame’s 15th on the year, which marks the most in a season for Doug & Lisa Jones Family head coach Nate Norman.

Olivia Wingate led the line for the Irish, recording a brace to pace the Irish attack. Korbin Albert, Maddie Mercado and Paige Peltier each added a goal in the dominant 5-0 win.

The Irish defense was rarely troubled on the afternoon, holding Omaha to just three shots en route to its 12th clean sheet of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish were on the front foot from the opening whistle, living in the final third. Albert continued her incredible form in front of goal, creating space just outside the box before tucking a sublime left-footed strike inside the left post to put Notre Dame on top 1-0 in the sixth minute.

Less than two minutes later the Irish doubled their lead, as Brianna Martinez whipped in a cross from the right wing, which was turned in at the far post by Wingate to make it a 2-0 contest.

Wingate struck again just minutes later, burying a shot from inside the six, one-timing a right-footed effort into the back of the net for her second of the day. The goal gave the Irish three goals within the opening 10 minutes of play.

The Omaha defense then managed to settle into the match, preventing another Notre Dame goal, despite the constant pressure from the Irish.

After the opening 45 minutes of play, the Irish took a 3-0 lead into the halftime break. Notre Dame outshot the Mavericks 16-1 in the first half.

The Irish attack kept coming in waves in the second half and all the chances paid off in the 81st minute, as Maddie Mercado unleashed a left-footed rocket into the top right corner from just outside the area to push the lead to 4-0.

Notre Dame put an exclamation mark on the performance in the 85th minute, as Paige Peltier rose highest and nodded in a corner from Ashley Zugay to score the first goal of her career and give the Irish the 5-0 victory.

ND NOTES

The Irish are now 71-23-4 in NCAA Tournament history

Notre Dame pushes its unbeaten streak to 10 matches, outscoring the opposition 27-6 over the stretch

Irish improve to 48-3-1 at home in the NCAA Tournament and are now 20-2-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

Notre Dame posted its 12th clean sheet of the season, the most since recording 15 in 2016

The clean sheet gives the Irish 47 in NCAA Tournament history

Albert now has a team-high 14 goals on the season and 26 in her career

Wingate recorded her fourth multi-goal performance of the season and now has 13 goals on the season and 25 in her career

Wingate surpassed the 30-point mark for the first time in her career, as she now has 31 points off a career-high 13 goals and five assists

Mercado scored her ninth goal of the season, giving her 16 for her career

Mackenzie Wood recorded her 10th clean sheet of the season, tying her for 11th in the country at the DI level

UP NEXT

Notre Dame will host a four-team regional for the Round of 32 and Sweet 16 next weekend. For Friday’s round, the Irish will host the winner of Santa Clara/California. The second game will feature No. 4 Michigan State vs No. 5 TCU. The two winners from Friday will meet Sunday at Alumni for a chance to get to the Elite Eight.

STRONG FIRST HALF, SOLID DEFENSE HELPS SYCAMORES DOWN BALL STATE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Five different Sycamores scored in double figures Saturday afternoon as Indiana State defeated Ball State, 83-71, inside the Hulman Center.

Copper Neese paced the Sycamores with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while Courvoisier McCauley and Trenton Gibson each posted double-figures in their second straight game with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Kailex Stephens posted 11 points as he shot 9-of-10 from the charity stripe, and Jayson Kent put up 13 points off the bench including going 3-for-5 from deep.

Six Sycamores had four or more rebounds in the game, led by Courvoisier McCauley with six, all on the defensive end. ISU also collected 12 steals in the game led by Gibson and Julian Larry with three apiece and Cameron Henry and McCauley with a pair each.

Indiana State won the tip and hit back-to-back buckets to take a quick 4-0 lead, and the Sycamores would never trail in the game. Cooper Neese’s first triple of the year sparked a 9-0 Sycamore run that was persevered by a block from Cameron Henry and capped off by a 3-pointer by Jayson Kent to make it 19-8 at 11:54. Kent’s triple was assisted by newcomer Cade McKnight who checked in shortly before that for his debut in the Blue and White.

The Sycamores later went on a 10-0 run to gain their largest lead of the game, pushing ahead by 15 points at 33-18 with 3:48 to go in the first half. Neese and Xavier Bledson off the bench knocked down a pair of late threes, and Neese put up nine of Indiana State’s last 13 points in the half on a 7-of-9 shooting clip from the field. The Sycamores led 43-31 at the break.

Early in the second half, Courvoisier McCauley laid out for a steal and Kailex Stephens was able to send the ball up to Trenton Gibson for the layup to get him in double figures on the scoresheet. McCauley then knocked down a 3-pointer to put ISU up 49-40 at 16:56. Julian Larry later pulled down the offensive board to set Kent up for a triple at 13:23 before snatching another rebound, this time on the defensive end, to once again set Kent up for a triple that pushed Indiana State’s lead back to double digits and make him the fourth Sycamore in double figures on the day. In the final minute of play with Indiana State up 79-69, Henry came up with a clinching stop as he swiped a pass and set up Kent for a layup. Larry knocked down a pair of free throws to end the game 83-71 for the Sycamores.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana State shot 50.8% from the field in the game while holding Ball State to 41.7%.

The Sycamores dished out 13 assists, led by Henry and Larry with four each.

ISU forced 19 turnovers and scored 23 points off those turnovers while holding Ball State to eight points off 12 Sycamore turnovers.

The Sycamores outscored the Cardinals on fast breaks, 23-2, in the paint, 38-32, and off the bench, 22-10.

News & Notes

With the win, the Sycamores start their season 2-0 for the first time since 2011-12.

Cade McKnight made his much-anticipated ISU debut with an assist in 3:24 minutes played off the bench.

Kailex Stephens’ nine free throws are a career-high for the senior.

Jayson Kent’s 13 points are an ISU career-high for the sophomore transfer.

Saturday was the first time ISU had five or more players in double figures since Dec. 29, 2021 in a 107-51 win against Midway.

Up Next

The Sycamores close out their season-opening homestand Thursday, Nov. 17 when they host North Dakota State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. EST at the Hulman Center.

DOMINANT DEFENSIVE EFFORT LEADS SYCAMORES PAST WESTERN ILLINOIS, 21-0

MACOMB, Ill. – Indiana State powered past Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon as the Sycamores picked up their first win in Missouri Valley Football Conference play with the 21-0 victory at Hanson Field.

The Sycamores (2-8, 1-6 MVFC) scored two touchdowns in the final 2:50 of the first half to take control of the contest, while the ISU defense limited the Western Illinois (0-10, 0-7 MVFC) offense to just nine rushing yards in their second win of the 2022 season.

Justin Dinka and Tee Hodge both picked up rushing touchdowns in Saturday’s win, while Evan Olaes added a touchdown pass to Dante Hendrix as the Sycamore offense moved up and down the field throughout the game. ISU recorded 350 total offensive yards and held onto the ball for 38:25 in picking up their fourth consecutive win over the Leathernecks.

Kaleal Davis and Ethan Hoover both recorded interceptions to lead the Indiana State defensive effort against Western Illinois, while Gianini Belizaier (2.5 TFL) and Kris Reid (2 TFL) combined for 4.5 of ISU’s nine tackles-for-loss in the game. The Sycamores limited Western Illinois to just 2-of-11 on third downs in controlling the game.

Olaes was efficient 16-of-24 in his first ISU start as the redshirt freshman completed passes to seven different receivers in the win. Hendrix was his favorite target with five catches for 47 yards and a score, while Dakota Caton (three catches, 29 yards, Michael Haupert (two catches, 25 yards), and Harry Van Dyne (three catches, 18 yards) all posted multi-catch games on the day.

Dinka led the Sycamore rushing attack with 22 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Hodge added 81 yards on 17 carries including a 39-yard score in the third quarter as the Sycamores pounded the ball with 51 rushing attempts for 163 yards in the game.

Defensively, Johnathan Edwards and Malik Chatman both finished with five tackles apiece to lead ISU, while Geoffrey Brown added three stops and his third sack of the season. Gianini Belizaire added four tackles and a forced fumble in addition to his 2.5 TFL in the win.

Clay Bruno went 12-of-28 through the air for 193 yards and two interceptions in the loss. Naseim Brantley was the team’s receiving leader with five catches for 83 yards, while Jaylin Jackson added five receptions and four carries for 47 total offensive yards in the game.

Chase Graham was WIU’s tackling leader with 11 stops and a tackle-for-loss on the day, while Juan DelaCruz added 10 tackles in the loss.

How They Scored

Indiana State took the 6-0 lead with 2:50 left in the second quarter as Justin Dinka shrugged off a tackle on his way to the seven-yard touchdown run. The carry capped an 11-play, 72-yard drive to give the Sycamores the lead.

Following a Kaleal Davis interception, the Sycamores marched down the field on eight-plays with Evan Olaes finding Dante Hendrix by himself for the 10-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds left in the first half. Olaes added a two-point conversion to Dakota Caton to make it a 14-0 score just before the break.

Tee Hodge broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage and went untouched the rest of the way for a 39-yard touchdown run to give the Sycamores the 21-0 lead with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Inside the Numbers

ISU posted 350 total offensive yards in the game with 163 coming on the ground in picking up their second win of the 2022 season.

The Sycamores tied their season high with 22 first downs and held onto the ball for a season-best 38:25 in the win.

The Sycamores converted a season-best 10-of-18 on third downs and were a perfect 1-for-1 on fourth-down conversions.

Harry Traum connected on a season-best four punts downed inside the 20-yard line for Indiana State.

Western Illinois recorded 236 total offensive yards in the loss.

The Leathernecks were limited to just nine rushing yards on 21 attempts and held onto the ball for just 21:30, including just 3:02 in the fourth quarter.

News & Notes

The Sycamore defense posted its first shutout since holding Quincy (49-0) scoreless in the season opener on August 30, 2018.

Indiana State added its first shutout of the Leathernecks in program history with the 21-0 win dating back to the inaugural game in the series in the 1967 season.

Indiana State has allowed a combined 17 rushing yards in their two wins in the 2022 season following Saturday’s game. The Sycamores surrendered just eight rushing yards in the season opening win against North Alabama and allowed nine yards in today’s effort.

Western Illinois’ 236 total offensive yards was the fifth-fewest allowed by a Sycamore defense in the Mallory coaching era.

Kaleal Davis and Ethan Hoover both recorded their first interceptions of the 2022 season in the win.

Gianini Belizaire’s 2.5 tackles-for-loss marked a career-high for the interior defensive lineman.

Redshirt senior wide receiver Dante Hendrix ran his receiving streak to 36 consecutive games with a reception following his five-catch day. Hendrix currently trails Sam Logan (196, 2003-06) by 11 career receptions heading into the season finale against Missouri State.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Evan Olaes became the third ISU quarterback to earn a start in the 2022 season after taking the opening snaps against Western Illinois.

Evan Olaes and Carter Herrin both recorded their first starts of the 2022 season in the game against the Leathernecks.

Indiana State converted its second successful two-point conversion of the season in the win.

Freshman punter Harry Traum dropped four punts inside the opponent 20-yard line for the first time in his career giving him 12 for the 2022 season.

Up Next

Indiana State closes out the 2022 season at home on Saturday, November 19 as the Sycamores host Missouri State at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Bears is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

SYCAMORES FALL IN FINAL HOME MATCH OF 2022 SEASON

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State’s 2022 home volleyball season came to a close Saturday evening, as the Sycamores dropped a three-set decision to visiting Murray State (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) inside ISU Arena.

Mallory Keller and Kaitlyn Gamilton led the Sycamores with seven kills apiece. Melina Tedrow had 15 digs, while Jamie Brown had a match-high eight blocks for the Blue and White.

Indiana State took the first four points of the match, capped by consecutive kills from Hamilton and Keller, but Murray State responded in what became a back-and-forth opening set. The Sycamores regained momentum with block assists by Brown and Hamilton on back-to-back rallies, along with a Cadence Gilley service ace, taking a 14-11 lead in the process. A late four-point run for the Racers proved to be the difference, as Murray State took the first set 25-22.

The Sycamores found themselves in a hole early in the second set, as Murray State took a 10-3 lead. The Racers extended their lead to 16-5 before the Trees started to rally back. Kills by Karinna Gall and Storm Suhre kickstarted a 7-2 run for the Sycamores, with Gall capping the run with a service ace. Indiana State cut its deficit down to 22-19 following two kills by Brown in a three-point span, but Murray State held on to take the set 25-19.

Indiana State took an early 5-3 lead in the third set following a kill by Keller but the Racers answered with a three-point run and never trailed after that. Kills by Gall and Keller helped even the score, and the Sycamores added a block assist by Gall and Suhre to make it 15-15. Murray State went on a 9-2 run after that to put the match out of reach, closing out the win by taking the third set 25-18.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana State’s 10 blocks were its most in a three-set match this season.

Nearly half of Indiana State’s 31 kills in Saturday’s match came in the third set (13).

News and Notes

Indiana State recognized seniors Melina Tedrow, Taylor Shelton and Kylie Newby prior to Saturday’s match.

Up Next

Indiana State’s season finale is Tuesday at Evansville, with first serve set for 7 p.m.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL FALLS ON SENIOR NIGHT TO CLEVELAND STATE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne concluded the 2022 season on Saturday (Nov. 12) with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-23) loss to Cleveland State.

The Mastodons celebrated Senior Night prior to the game with Rachael Crucis, Sidney Schiller, Madelyn Wurster and Alexandra Traciak honored prior to the match.

Crucis finished with a team-high 12 digs. Schiller added seven kills and nine digs. Traciak totaled four digs and an ace. Wurster recorded six kills.

However, it was a Mastodon returning in 2023 that had the best stat line of the night. Ramei Jackson hit .786 with 11 kills on 14 swings with no errors. It wasn’t enough to keep up with the Vikings who out-hit the ‘Dons .250 to .093.

Laken Voss had a match-high 14 kills for Cleveland State. The tightest set was the third when the ‘Dons held a 22-19 lead late before the Vikings knotted it at 23. The Mastodons asked for time but a pair of kills by Liberty Torres ended the match.

Cleveland State improves to 13-16 (10-8 Horizon League) and avenges a loss to the Mastodons on their home court earlier this season. The ‘Dons conclude the 2022 season 9-20 (5-13 Horizon League).

LATE MASTODON RUN PUSHES PURDUE FORT WAYNE PAST SIUE 81-76

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Five Mastodons scored in double-figures in Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball’s 81-76 win over SIUE on Saturday (Nov. 12).

The Mastodons made their first five baskets with three coming from long range. Damian Chong Qui had four assists in the opening four minutes.

At the 14-minute mark, JoJo Peterson got a steal and fed Eric Mulder on a breakaway dunk. A few minutes later, Jarred Godfrey sent a pass to Bobby Planutis who knocked in a deep two-pointer to go up eight. The ‘Dons went on a 6-1 run to finish the half and take an 11-point lead into the locker room.

When SIUE cut the lead to three, Godfrey got out on the break on a pass from Quinton Morton-Robertson to halt the Cougar run. SIUE eventually tied the game at 62 near the 6-minute mark.

The Cougars took the lead late in the contest, but Chong Qui banked in a 3-pointer to tie it at 72.  After a Godfrey miss, Planutis came streaking in to grab the offensive board and got the put-back to go. This gave the Mastodons a two-point lead. Ra Kpedi sank a pair of free throws two possessions later to make it a two-possession game. Chong Qui put the game on ice with four free throws.

Deonte Billups and Chong Qui led Mastodon scorers with 18 points each. Godfrey (17), Planutis (13) and Kpedi (10) were also in double-digits. Godfrey and Kpedi had nine rebounds apiece. Chong Qui finished with six assists.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 1-1 while SIUE falls to 1-1 The Mastodons are at home again on Monday when they welcome Manchester to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

DI DOMENICO BREAKS UE’S OLDEST SWIMMING RECORD AT A3 PERFORMANCE INVITE

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The men’s 100-Yard Freestyle record at the University of Evansville has stood since February 1999, when former Olympian Nikola Kalabic set the standard during a Hall of Fame career.  On Saturday night, senior Riccardo Di Domenico (Johannesburg, South Africa) broke it while leading off the men’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay to cap a great weekend for UE at the A3 Performance Invitational in Carbondale, Illinois.

Di Domenico posted a time of 44.77 to lead UE to a 400 Free Relay time of 3:01.49 to place second overall.  His time beat Kalabic’s mark of 44.87, set on February 27, 1999.  It was the longest-standing swimming record on both the men’s and women’s side at UE.

“What a tremendous effort!” said UE swimming and diving head coach Stuart Wilson.  “Not only by Riccardo, but also by our entire team this weekend.  The team did an incredible job this entire weekend!

“We had a few school records this week, and a lot of swimmers either posted a personal-best mark, or were right near it this weekend.  This speaks well for our championship meet in the spring!  We’ll enjoy this weekend’s effort for now, but it is already time to get back to work on getting even better now.”

Di Domenico’s record came in the meet’s final event, and capped a Saturday which saw UE post 13 top five finishes in the ‘A Finals,’ including two individual event victories.

Junior Jackson Caudill (Mt. Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County) began Saturday’s final round with an event victory in the 1,650-Yard Freestyle, winning by over 30 seconds with a time of 15:48.84.  Fellow junior Alon Baer (Gesher HaZiv, Israel) also remained undefeated in the Breaststroke events this year, as he won the 200 Breast in a time of 1:59.76.

Both 400 Free Relay teams finished second posting times of 3:01.49 on the men’s side and 3:31.14 on the women’s side.  Senior Sonsoles Aguayo (Jerez, Spain) finished second in the women’s 100 Free, posting a time of 52.64 to rank as the 10th-fastest female swimmer in UE history in the event.  Fellow senior Maya Cunningham (Yakima, Wash./Eisenhower) also placed second in the women’s 200-Yard Butterfly with a time of 2:03.79.

Senior Sarah Jahns (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) and junior Iryna Tsesiul (Minsk, Belarus) finished third and fourth in the women’s 200-Yard Backstroke, posting times of 2:00.97 and 2:02.68 respectively.  Sophomores Carlos Souto (A Coruna, Spain) and Benjamin Hasanovic (Innsbruck, Austria) also finished third and fourth in the men’s 200 Breaststroke with times of 2:04.37 and 2:04.72, with Hasanovic entering into UE’s career top 10 as the sixth-fastest male swimmer in the event.

Sophomore Patrik Vilbergsson (Kopavogur, Iceland) posted a fourth-place finish in the men’s 200 Back with a time of 1:49.52.  Di Domenico also posted a fifth-place finish in the regular men’s 100 Free, while sophomore Mari Müller (Zurich, Switzerland) placed fifth in the women’s 200-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:19.10, which ranks her third-fastest all-time at UE.

As teams, UE placed second on both the men’s and women’s sides in the six-team meet.  The UE men scored 656 points, while the women posted a score of 529.5.

A majority of the UE swimmers will now be off from competition until January 14, 2023, when UE hosts Missouri State, UIC and Bellarmine at the Deaconess Aquatic Center on “Senior Day.” The divers will return to action next on Thursday, December 8 at IUPUI, while a few Purple Aces will compete in the upcoming Toyota U.S. Open after Thanksgiving.

ACES GIVE BILLIKENS A FIGHT IN ROAD CONTEST

ST. LOUIS – Holding a 4-point lead near the midway point of the second half, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team gave Saint Louis all it could handle before a 26-2 run lifted the Billikens to an 83-65 win on Saturday inside Chaifetz Arena.

“Saint Louis is a very physical team with great quickness and we struggled with that early on,” UE head coach David Ragland said.  “I am proud of how we responded and showed that we can play with anyone.  We want to get better every single day and stay connected with everything that we do.”

Yacine Toumi posted the first double-double of his career as he totaled 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.  Antoine Smith Jr. scored 11 while Kenny Strawbridge Jr. registered eight.  Five Billikens finished in double figures led by Gibson Jimerson, who tallied 18.  Javon Pickett notched a double-double with 11 points and 13 caroms.  Yuri Collins also picked up a double-double with 13 assists and 12 points.

Saint Louis jumped out to a 5-0 lead when Kenny Strawbridge Jr. got the Aces on the board with a basket at the 18:06 mark.  The Billikens kept the pressure on, draining six of their first eight attempts to extend the lead to 14-2.  Just past the 5-minute mark, Preston Phillips turned a steal into the first 3-pointer of the evening for Evansville.

With 8:51 remaining in the half, the Billikens hit a free throw that pushed their lead to its highest point – 28-14.  An unbelievable stretch saw UE drained six of its next eight attempts while outscoring the Billikens by a 19-4 margin on the way to its first lead of the night.  Following a pair of free throws by Gage Bobe, Antoine Smith Jr. nailed a triple to make it a 28-19 game with 8:08 showing in the opening period.

Marvin Coleman II added one from outside and Yacine Toumi followed it up with a drive to the basket that cut the deficit to just four with 6:32 left in the half.  Javon Pickett converted a layup to push the lead back to six points just over a minute later, but the Aces kept rolling.  Bobe highlighted a 7-0 run with a triple with Strawbridge capping it off with a pair of free throws.  Those tallies put Evansville in front – 33-32 – with 3:36 showing on the clock.

Fred Thatch Jr. ended the Evansville rally with a triple, but the Aces did not relent.  Yacine Toumi connected on a second-chance basket in the final minute and Smith hit a triple to complete the first half scoring and send UE to the locker room up by a 39-37 margin.

Strawbridge opened the second half with two quick baskets that put the Aces in front at 43-40.  Toumi knocked down a pair of free throws at the 16:35 mark to make it a 2-possession UE lead at 47-43.  Five minutes later, a turnaround jumper by Toumi made it a 4-point game once again with a 55-51 score.

At that point, Saint Louis took control.  The ensuing 10-minute stretch saw the Billikens embark on a 26-2 run as they put the game out of reach at 77-57.  Late scores by Grant Tichenor and Chris Moncrief put the final touches on an 83-65 final.

The home opener is set for Wednesday evening when the Aces welcome Southeast Missouri State to the Ford Center for a 7 p.m. contest.

USI ENDS SEASON WITH LOSS TO SIUE

Edwardsville, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-28, 1-17 OVC) finishes the 2022 campaign with a 3-2 loss (19-25, 29-27, 19-25, 25-23, 10-15) to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (13-16, 8-10 OVC) Saturday afternoon at First Community Arena. The Screaming Eagles earned one win in 18 league matches to claim 10th in the Ohio Valley Conference.

A late comeback from SIUE proves to be costly for USI as the Eagles fall 25-19 in the opening frame. It was a good start to the match for USI, going up 3-0 after three straight kills. Junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) provided two of the three kills to lift the Eagles into an early lead. After going up 8-5, USI witnessed SIUE go on a 14-4 surge that put the Eagles back, 19-12. USI was able to get back a couple of points after a couple of Cougars’ miscues, but it was not enough as SIUE strolls to a first-set victory. Both sides provided big offensive numbers as the Eagles had 13 kills and a .235 hitting percentage while the Cougars added 13 kills and a .387 hitting percentage.

USI used its offense to slide past SIUE in the second set, 29-27. The Eagles jumped ahead of the Cougars, 6-3, after a pair of early kills from Anderson while sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) and sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) each provided one kill to contribute to the early lead. SIUE retaliated with a 6-0 stint that cost USI the lead. The Eagles were able to catch up and tie it at 11 before a big 4-0 run put USI back in the driver’s seat, 15-13. After back-and-forth action, the Eagles and Cougars had it knotted up at 25 before USI stole the show by nabbing four kills to win the set. Sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) threw down three of the final four kills to help the Eagles win the frame. As a team, USI put up 16 kills, the most for the Eagles in the match.

USI could not catch up to the Cougars, dropping the third set, 25-19. Despite taking a 5-4 lead, USI watched SIUE steal the lead, 8-5, after a quick 4-0 stint. The Eagles were able to tie it up after putting up three-straight points before the Cougars regained the lead and never looked back. USI had a chance to tie it at 15 until SIUE went on another 4-0 run that helped decide the set. Both sides traded off points until the Cougars ended the frame with a set-sealing ace to go up 2-1 in the match.

A strong effort and late comeback forced pressure on SIUE as USI won the fourth frame, 25-23. The Eagles spotted a 4-0 gap early to lift themselves to an 8-7 lead before the Cougars tallied a 6-0 surge to take the 13-8 advantage. Down by five, USI used short spurts to cut the deficit and later take the lead, 19-18. In the middle of that stint was a 4-0 run that had four-straight SIUE offensive errors. The Eagles’ offense provided the eight final points off seven kills and one ace with sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) contributing three of the kills.

In the final frame, USI allowed an early SIUE lead that ended in a 15-10 loss. Tied at two, the Cougars went on a short 4-0 run that proved to be costly for the Eagles. USI was able to get within two again before SIUE extended the lead of a 3-0 surge that doubled up the Eagles, 10-5. Down by five again, USI tried to get the offense rolling after a kill from Weber and an ace from sophomore defensive specialist/outside hitter Anna Ballengee (Montgomery, Indiana) to cut the deficit to just three, but it was not enough as the Cougars struck down a pair of kills to seal the Eagles’ fate.

Bednar led the team with 18 kills and three aces while Anderson provided 15 kills and a season-high 20 digs. Weber also finished with double-digit kills and digs with 10 kills and 11 digs while Ballengee recorded 11 digs. Sobieralski tallied an impressive 45 assists and career-high 23 digs while sophomore middle blocker Lauren O’Neill (Covington, Indiana) put up a match-high eight blocks.

USI ended the match with 56 kills, 53 assists, and seven aces along with 75 digs and 14 blocks. SIUE recorded 70 kills, 65 assists, and nine aces to go with 77 digs and five blocks.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES DOWN SOUTHERN MISS, IMPROVES TO 2-0

The Valpo women’s basketball team made it back-to-back wins to open the 2022-23 campaign on Saturday afternoon at the ARC, getting some clutch fourth-quarter shots to keep visiting Southern Miss at bay en route to a 72-65 victory.

How It Happened

The Beacons put together an early 8-0 run, including triples from fifth-year Ilysse Pitts (Aurora, Ill./Montini Catholic) and senior Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]). When sophomore Olivia Sims (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy [Oakland]) converted a driving layup with 4:01 to play in the first quarter, Valpo led 10-4.

Valpo held the advantage for the remainder of the opening period, but the Golden Eagles cut into the lead to make it a 14-12 game at the end of 10 minutes.

Most of the second quarter was played with the lead either way not exceeding a single possession. Late in the period, Southern Miss strung together six points in a row to pull out to a 27-22 edge, but freshman Ali Saunders (Depauw, Ind./North Harrison) scored the final four points of the first half to bring Valpo within one at intermission.

The teams battled for control throughout the third quarter, a stanza which eventually featured nine lead changes. The largest lead for either team in the period was four points.

Valpo trailed the Golden Eagles 37-33 with 5:33 to play in the third quarter before redshirt freshman Ella Van Weelden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Marion) connected on a 3-pointer — a shot which started a stretch of just over three minutes which saw the Beacons outscore USM, 13-5.

Van Weelden had six points during that span, while Saunders scored five as Valpo flipped the score from a four-point deficit to a four-point lead. The Beacons ended the third quarter up 48-44.

Another triple from Van Weelden and a 3-point play by Brown early in the fourth quarter quickly pushed the lead to its apex at nine points, 56-47 with 8:25 to play. The Golden Eagles countered with seven points in a row to make it a two-point game before Pitts canned a big 3-pointer with the shot clock running down to make it 59-54 with 5:52 to play.

Southern Miss cut the edge back to one possession on its next trip, but Valpo answered with another shot from downtown — this one from Brown to bump the lead back to six points.

Three straight empty possessions for the Beacons allowed the Golden Eagles to move back to within one point with three minutes remaining, 62-61. Yet again, though, it was a clutch triple by a Valpo player, as fifth-year Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) canned a shot from the top of the key to push the advantage out to four points.

Junior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) followed the next time down with a solo drive to the rim inside of two minutes to play, a basket which proved vital when Southern Miss hit from deep on its next possession to move to within 67-64 with 1:43 to go.

Valpo held the Golden Eagles without a field goal the rest of the way, however, as USM scored just one free throw after that point and the Beacosn went 5-of-6 from the foul line down the stretch to secure the win.

Inside the Game

Valpo begins the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 season. This marks the first time in program history Valpo has won games against D-I opponents in each of its first two games of the season.

Saturday’s win came over a Southern Miss program which won 18 games a season ago.

Valpo won its home opener for the third time in the last four seasons.

The Beacons shot 45.5% from the floor in the victory and held Southern Miss to 36.9% shooting on the afternoon.

Much like Monday’s season-opening win, Saturday’s victory was a balanced team effort on the offensive end. Four Valpo players scored in double figures, with two others scoring at least eight points.

Leading the way in the scoring column was Brown, who delivered 15 points to pace Valpo for the fourth time in her time as a Beacon. The senior also matched her high in a Valpo uniform with six rebounds.

After going for 20 points in Monday’s season opener, Earnest followed up with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting Saturday while again leading the team on the glass with eight rebounds.

Saunders again delivered an offensive spark off the bench, needing just 13 minutes of action to pour in 11 points and dish out three assists.

Saunders is the first Valpo freshman to score in double figures in back-to-back games to open a career since Dani Franklin did so in 2014-15.

Pitts hit a career-best three triples (3-5 3PT) as part of a 10-point performance. The veteran matched her career high in scoring for the third time, but hit double figures for the first time since Dec. 16, 2018.

After redshirting last season and not playing at CMU on Sunday or in the first half Saturday, Van Weelden came off the bench 3:13 into the third quarter and made an immediate impact on the game. The rookie hit 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 3-of-4 from the foul line for nine points and added six rebounds as well.

Dunson added eight points and four rebounds in the winning effort, while Sims set a career high with four assists.

Next Up

Valpo (2-0) goes for a 3-0 start to a season for just the second time in program history on Wednesday afternoon when it hosts Eastern Illinois in a noon matinee at the ARC. That game will be available on ESPN+.

DOMINANT FIRST HALF HELPS VALPO PULL AWAY FOR PROGRAM’S FIRST WIN AT MARIST

The Valparaiso University football program set the tone early, jumping out to a 24-3 lead by halftime en route to a 45-24 road victory at Marist on Saturday afternoon at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Beacons picked up the program’s first ever win at Marist, beating the Red Foxes for just the second time in 11 all-time matchups. Aaron Dawson (Westbury, N.Y. / W.T. Clarke / Milford Prep [Central Connecticut]) eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season as part of a 199-yard day in his home state, helping Valpo put itself in position to clinch a winning season with a win next week. Kohlton Sherman (Millington, Mich. / Millington) set a program record for longest interception return with a 95-yard pick six.

How It Happened

The Valpo defense stood tall in the red zone on the first possession of the game, forcing a 32-yard field goal attempt. Marist had just its second missed field goal of the season as the game remained scoreless.

The Red Foxes once again couldn’t capitalize on a red-zone chance during their second possession. A key sack by Kohlton Sherman (Millington, Mich. / Millington) on third-and-goal forced a chip shot field goal try that was missed from 28 yards out, keeping the game scoreless with 4:57 left in the first.

On the first play of the ensuing Valpo possession, Michael Appel Jr. (Springboro, Ohio / Springboro) delivered a strike to Solomon Davis (Brighton, Tenn. / Brighton) for a 40-yard gain. After that, the drive featured a heavy dose of Dawson, who eventually took a direct snap and bulldozed into the end zone from a yard out for the game’s first points, making it 7-0 with 44 seconds left in the first.

Marist went three-and-out on three deflected passes, but a muffed punt helped the Red Foxes take back over at the Valpo 14. The defense once again put together a red-zone stand, holding the Red Foxes to a 28-yard field goal attempt that was converted to make it 7-3.

Valpo covered 53 yards on nine plays on its next possession, which started with a 21-yard catch by Evan Jernegan (Altadena, Calif. / St. Francis). The guests were stopped on third-and-goal from the two, and decided to take the points as Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) drilled a 19-yard field goal through the uprights to make it 10-3 with 7:51 left in the second quarter.

Valpo forced another quick punt, then compiled a scoring drive highlighted by a 49-yard grab by Braden Contreras (Hillsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central). That drive culminated with a 13-yard TD snag by Jernegan to make it 17-3 with 4:11 left in the second.

Marist moved the ball into Valpo territory, but then the Beacon defense forced a turnover as Max Franco (La Habra, Calif. / La Habra) intercepted a pass and returned it 34 yards to the Marist 35. That pick led to points as the drive finished with a 6-yard TD run by Appel to up the score to 24-3 at the game’s midway mark.

The first scoring of the second half came on a 13-play, 82-yard Marist drive that finished with a 13-yard quarterback run to make it 24-10. Valpo responded with a seven-play, 72-yard drive of its own that finished with a 23-yard TD pass from Appel to Dawson.

Early in the fourth quarter, another Marist red-zone chance came up empty, this time thanks to a Valpo takeaway. Sherman made an interception at the Valpo 5-yard line and took it to the house, a 95-yard pick six to build the lead to 38-10 with 11:07 to play.

Marist responded with a 64-yard TD pass, but then Dawson broke off a 62-yard TD run to make it 45-17 at the 10:08 mark. Marist put together a 14-play, 75-yard drive to cap the game’s scoring at 45-24.

Inside the Game

Dawson accumulated 199 rushing yards on 27 carries and two rushing scores to go along with two catches for 36 yards and a touchdown. He not only became the fourth player in program history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a season, but he climbed all the way to second on the program’s single-season rushing list.

Dawson is at 1,154 rushing yards, surpassing Robert Washington’s total of 1,105 from last season that ranked second in single-season program history. Dawson needs 204 yards in next week’s season finale to match Jeff Horton’s 2005 single-season program rushing record of 1,358.

Saturday marked Dawson’s fifth game with 100 or more rushing yards this season.

Appel went 9-of-14 for 180 yards and threw for a pair of TDs, while Jernegan was the leading receiver with three catches for 51 yards.

Sherman has made an interception in four straight games, upping his career total to six. This marked the first touchdown of his career in his final collegiate road game as a fifth-year senior captain.

Sherman’s 95-yard interception return shattered a program record of 94 set by Mark Kaiser on Oct. 14, 2000 vs. Butler. It was the fourth longest interception return in the FCS nation this season.

This marked Valpo’s first-ever win in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. as the Beacons had dropped their previous four trips. This was the program’s second all-time victory against the Red Foxes (2-10), joining a 2017 game at Brown Field.

Valpo has won four PFL games in the same season for the third straight year and just the fourth time ever. Prior to the Spring 2021 season, Valpo had won four league games in a season just once since 1968, with the one instance coming in 2017.

Valpo has clinched at least a .500 record in PFL play for the third consecutive season. This is the program’s first such stretch since 1998-2000. Prior to that, Valpo had not had a league record of .500 or better in three straight years since doing so in four straight seasons from 1961-1964.

Valpo has won three PFL road games in the same season for the first time ever and won three league road games in the same season for the first time since 1962.

Franco’s interception was the first of his collegiate career.

Bartholomew was 6-for-6 on extra points in addition to converting his only field goal try. He has eight made field goals this season and 27 in his collegiate career.

Valpo had nine tackles for loss and three sacks including a strip sack to go along with the two interceptions.

After playing sparingly prior to last week, Jake Birmingham (River Forest, Ill. / Oak Park and River Forest) had his second straight 11-tackle output. The redshirt freshman linebacker had five solos and was the outright team leader in the tackle department. Colin Graves (Seattle, Wash. / Bishop Blanchet) added eight and Tyler Days (Syracuse, N.Y. / Cicero-North Syracuse [Boston College]) had seven.

Valpo contained Marist to 36 rushing yards on 24 attempts. Valpo boasted 280 yards on the ground. The Red Foxes had minus-6 rushing yards in the first half.

The Beacons had just one penalty for nine yards (and one other penalty that was declined).

Valpo accrued 460 yards of total offense, the team’s third game this season eclipsing 400 yards.

The Beacons enjoyed a 21-point margin of victory against a team that entered the contest at 4-3 in league play. This was Valpo’s most lopsided win of the season and the second most-lopsided triumph of the Landon Fox Era, behind last year’s 47-3 victory at Butler.

Valpo was a perfect 4-for-4 on red-zone chances, while Marist was 3-for-6.

Thoughts From Head Coach Landon Fox

“I want to thank our players for their preparation throughout the week. We had an outstanding week of practice, and that says a lot coming off two tough losses. We showed an ability to bounce back and be where our feet are and concentrate on what we need to do to be successful. We were able to force a couple stops there early that made a big difference.”

“We forced them into some field goals that they missed, and that really took the wind out of their sails. We had an ability to convert when we had the opportunities to score today, which was good to see.” 

On Aaron Dawson: “He’s a great football player; I’m glad he’s on our team. He continues to excel at a high level and can really do everything. The thing I wish people could see is what happens on our sideline and during the week of preparation. We’re walking back after the game, and all of the players are like, ‘How many yards did you have?’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t know. Right back to it on Monday.’ Even after our losses, that’s his mentality. I’m really thankful that he’s part of the team and what he brings beyond the football piece.”

“We did a nice job containing the run plays early, and then they just abandoned it. We have to do a better job in coverage, we wanted to finish stronger in terms of stopping the pass.”

On Zero Penalties: “We’ve got to continue to be smart. There are some penalties that are part of the game. You’re OK with some of those, but when you’re making penalties like unsportsmanlike conduct and pre-snap penalties, you can’t have those and win a football game. We were able to eliminate those today, and we’ve got to do it again next week.”

Up Next

Valpo (5-5, 4-3 PFL) will try to clinch a winning season next week on Senior Day at Brown Field. Drake will be in town for a noon kickoff on ESPN+.

BEACONS FALL TO ILLINOIS STATE ON SENIOR NIGHT

On a Senior Night where the Valpo volleyball program was celebrating four players who will wrap up their collegiate careers in the coming weeks, the Beacons attempted to make it back-to-back come-from-behind victories. But visiting Illinois State spoiled the party, earning a 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-22, 27-25) victory over Valpo Saturday evening.

How It Happened

Illinois State led for nearly the entirety of the opening set. The Redbirds held as much as an eight-point lead and still led by seven at 24-17. Valpo tried to put together an epic rally, reeling off four points in a row to move back within three, but Illinois State converted on its fifth set point chance to take the opener.

After hitting just .070 in the first set, Valpo rebounded to hit an eye-popping .452 in the second set. The Beacons took the lead for good in the frame with a four-point run, including a kill and a solo block by Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian), to go ahead 10-6. Illinois State got no closer than two the rest of the way and Valpo methodically pulled away to level the match at one set apiece.

Set three looked it like was going to be all Valpo early on, as the Beacons scored the first five points — two coming on blocks by senior Rachel Speck (Whitmore Lake, Mich./Whitmore Lake). But Illinois State rallied and pulled ahead approaching the midway point of the set, as a 5-0 run of its own gave the Redbirds a 12-11 lead.

That set up a back-and-forth final half of a set which eventually featured 10 ties, with neither team able to string together more than two points in a row after the Illinois State 5-0 run. The two teams were tied at every point from 12-12 to 20-20, before the Redbirds scored back-to-back points to claim a two-point edge at 22-20.

Valpo twice cut the lead to one point, but was unable to even the set once more as the Redbirds scored the final two points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Beacons led for much of the fourth set, until Illinois State strung together four points in a row late to pull ahead, 22-20. Valpo came back with two points in a row to tie things up and the teams then combined for three straight sideouts, giving the Redbirds match point at 24-23.

A kill from Ravotto sent the set to extra points, and a block by juniors Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) and Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) gave Valpo a chance to force a fifth set. But Illinois State came up with the final three points of the match to earn the road win.

Inside the Match

Following Saturday’s match, the program honored Speck, Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne), Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) and Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) in its annual Senior Night ceremony. The group has been instrumental in Valpo’s success in MVC play over their careers and was a big part in the Beacons’ run to the NIVC title match last season.

With Saturday’s defeat, Valpo will be playing on Sunday at the MVC Tournament. The Beacons will be either the fifth or the sixth seed, depending on Wednesday’s results.

Valpo was led offensively Saturday by Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]), who hit .333 with 18 kills — the second-highest effort of her career in the kills department.

Ravotto came up with 11 kills as well and also added 18 digs for her 10th double-double of the year.

Cooper chipped in nine kills, while Januski — who hit .400 — and Boyer added eight apiece.

Januski also led all players in blocks for the fourth consecutive match, tallying five rejections. The junior owns 111 total blocks on the year, tied for ninth-most by a Valpo player in the 25-point era.

Redshirt freshman Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) handed out 30 assists and Bulmahn 21 Saturday evening. Bulmahn recorded a pair of service aces as well, giving her 30 this season — tied for ninth-most by a Valpo player in the 25-point era.

Freshman Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) once again paced Valpo in digs with 24, bumping her season total to 671. Hickey sits seventh in program history in the 25-point era and ninth overall. She is 15 digs away from Rylee Cookerly’s 2017 total of 686, a mark which currently stands as Valpo’s freshman record, the MVC freshman record and 10th place overall in MVC history.

Next Up

Valpo (21-8, 9-8 MVC) closes the regular season Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. as the Beacons welcome UIC to the ARC. The match can be seen live on ESPN+.

BEACONS POST PLETHORA OF TOP-10 TIMES ON FINAL DAY OF A3 PERFORMANCE INVITATIONAL

Numerous Valpo swimmers found their way into the program’s record books on Saturday as the Beacons concluded the A3 Performance Invitational in Carbondale, Ill.

How It Happened

The most prolific race from Valpo’s record book standpoint was easily the men’s 1650. Leading the way in that event was freshman Ricky Helmboldt (Tucson, Ariz./Arizona Connections Academy), who placed fourth with a time of 16:32.79 — sixth-fastest in program history. Helmboldt’s 1000 split was 10:05.32, a time which is good for eighth in program history in the 1000 free as well.

Helmboldt was one of four Valpo men to set top-10 PRs in the 1650 on Saturday. Sophomore Alex Koetter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) improved on his PR with a seventh-place finish in a time of 16:41.29, seventh-fastest in Valpo history, while freshman Cole Kennedy (Bradenton, Fla./Braden River) placed ninth, touching the wall in 16:48.45 — good for ninth in program history.

Freshman Eli Liebmann (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) rounded out the quartet of record-book placements with a 10th-place finish in 16:51.31 to move into 10th all-time at Valpo in the mile. While he didn’t improve on his PR, senior Brian Daniels (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East) had a strong swim as well to place eighth with a time of 16:47.63

The women’s 1650 also featured a time which cracked Valpo’s top-10, as freshman Emma Schmidt (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley) moved into ninth in program history in the event with a time of 18:12.69, good for a seventh-place finish.

Two Beacons moved among Valpo’s all-time best in the men’s 200 fly as well. Freshman Tim Mai (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside) closed out his strong meet as he touched the wall in 1:53.25 to finish in ninth place with the third-fastest time in program history. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Anthony Martin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) moved into 10th all-time at Valpo with a time of 1:56.59.

Freshman Jackson Oostman (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) improved on his PR in the 200 back, as he sits fifth in program history after finishing ninth on Saturday with a time of 1:55.18.

On the women’s side, sophomore Sara Strauss (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake) moved into fifth in program history in the 200 breast, coming home in 2:26.57 in the ‘B’ final. Sophomore Bridget Pollard (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) placed 10th in the 200 fly, completing the race in 2:12.46 – sixth-fastest in program history.

The men’s 400 free relay missed out on a spot among Valpo’s all-time top-10 by just two hundredths of a second, as the Beacon quartet came home in 3:11.14. Oostman’s 100 leadoff leg of 47.39 was just one hundredth of a second off of cracking Valpo’s 100 free top-10.

Senior Sophie Morelock (Milan, Mich./Milan) placed ninth on the women’s side in the 200 back with a time of 2:09.60, while sophomore Andrew Berzai (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) earned a 10th-place finish in the men’s 200 breast with a time of 2:07.81.

Next Up

Valpo competes for the final time this semester as the Beacons host Butler and Lewis in a tri-meet at the Valparaiso Aquatic Center on Friday, Dec. 2 starting at 5 p.m.

U OF I FOOTBALL: GREYHOUNDS CROWNED GLVC CHAMPS

INDIANAPOLIS – The 14th-ranked UIndy football team added another chapter to its storied GLVC history Saturday, earning a 28-14 comeback win versus 20th-ranked Truman State University in front of the home faithful. The Greyhounds erased a 14-point halftime deficit to capture its league-high eighth GLVC title while all but locking down an NCAA playoff spot.

The Greyhounds postseason fate will be announced Sunday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. ET on NCAA.com, with first round games set for Saturday, Nov. 19. UIndy is on track to secure its first playoff berth since 2019.

SENIOR DAY

The significance of the game was further boosted by the team’s annual Senior Day festivities. Prior to the game, UIndy honored its 20 seniors for their hard work and dedication to the program, including Frank Bentley, JaQuan Buchanan Tyson Burton, Toriano Clinton, Christian Conkling, Michael Dennison, Kyle Eberly, Jon Eineman, Bryce Giebel, Kiave’ Guerrier, Trevon Hall, Doug Haugh, Benjamin Hunnius, Jacob Jones, Luke Martindale, Kevin McNelis, Brian Mullins, Chris Payne, Teangelo Rayner,  and Steven Towns Jr.

HOW IT HAPPENED

With nearly three inches of snow on the Key Stadium turf, the Hounds endured their first scoreless first half of the season. All that changed shortly after the break, as UIndy generated two quick scoring drives to tie up it.

The Hounds received the third quarter kickoff and cashed in just 2:16 later, with JaQuan Buchanan breaking off a 46-yard run one play before Jeremiah Lee punched it in from a yard out to get UIndy on the board.

After a Truman three-and-out, the Greyhounds authored a 10-play, 86-yard drive to knot it at 14 apiece. Sophomore wideout Alonzo Derrick capped the possession with a 29-yard TD catch – the first of two on the day for the Fort Wayne product.

With the UIndy D continuing to stifle the Bulldog offense, the Hounds delivered another lengthy connection midway through the fourth quarter. Senior QB Christian Conkling hit Derrick in stride for a 51-yard strike to make it 21-14 and give the Hounds their first lead of the afternoon.

But the dagger came from the Greyhound defense. With the clock nearing the three-minute mark and the Bulldogs threatening to tie the score, the UIndy pass pressure forced a bad throw and safety Kivonte Houston took it 75 yards the other way for his fifth interception of the year and first career TD.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-Conkling finished 17-for-32 passing for 221 yards, two touchdowns and zero interception. Derrick was his primary target, earning eight catches for 123 yards and both TDs.

-Truman was held scoreless for the final 34 minutes of play.

-Michael Brown led the team with 12 tackles, Aaron Barnett had a pair of sacks and Benjamin Hunnius recorded seven total tackles and 2.4 TFLs.

ELECTRIC START LEADS MARIAN TO BLOWOUT WIN AT LAWRENCE TECH

Southfield, Mich. – Four first quarter touchdowns would be more than enough for the Marian football team, as they dominated Lawrence Tech in the regular season finale to a tune of a 45-14 rout. Marian finishes the regular season with an 8-1 overall mark, and a 6-1 record in MSFA Mideast play.

The Marian defense came out making plays early as they have done so often throughout the season, forcing a three and out on the opening series to set up the offense. Zach Bundalo would need just three plays to march his team to the end zone, capping a scoring drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Jennings. The swarming Marian defense got the ball back quickly as Tyler Bukur and Jayshawn Underwood combined for a sack with Bukur falling on the ball, and two plays later Bundalo found Jacob Pressler for an eight-yard score.

The 14-0 lead continued to grow in the first quarter, as another three and out and a trifecta of chunk plays allowed the Knights offense to convert a 61-yard drive for a touchdown, this time coming on a Bundalo touchdown strike to Tirae Spence. Clay Campbell put an end to a lengthy Lawrence Tech drive after Spence’s first career touchdown with a sack, and Bundalo again led the offense down the field, with Christian Hunter scoring from 11 yards out. Marian led 28-0 after one quarter of play.

Marian’s defense continued to harass Tyler Kulka and the Blue Devils, getting another sack to force a punt. Pinned back at their own three, the Knights drained 7:30 off the game clock as Bundalo led a 14-play, 97-yard drive that ended with a one-yard Baron Huebler touchdown run. The Knights were unable to keep the shutout going into halftime, as Lawrence Tech would answer Huebler’s touchdown with one of their own, as scoring with 35 seconds to play before the break. Marian would kneel out the remaining time entering halftime on top 35-7.

Coming out of halftime the Marian offense put together one final scoring drive with the starters, as Hunter and Jennings marched the team into Blue Devil territory. The drive was completed with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Bundalo to Stevens, pushing the Knights ahead 42-7. 10:19 to go in the third Lawrence Tech mustered a long-scoring drive, moving the ball 86 yards down field with Kulka tossing a nine-yard pass for a score. The score kept the offensive starters in for one extra series, but the Knights were unable to add to the board before the quarter’s end, as Marlon Pomili would pull a 42-yard field goal.

In the fourth quarter Marian’s reserves flooded the field, and forced a pair of turnovers as they shutout Lawrence Tech in the final frame. Keagan La Belle and William Gibson handled the majority of the snaps in the backfield during the fourth quarter, with a 61-yard carry from La Belle setting up Pomili for the game’s final score, as the sophomore nailed a 33-yard field goal. Jalen Lockett and Owen Golliher came away with the turnovers for Marian’s defense, as they closed their regular season finale with a 45-14 win.

Bundalo had a career day throwing for 264 yards and four scores, becoming Marian’s fourth all-time leader in touchdown passes. The redshirt junior hit Stevens seven times for 128 yards, while Jennings hauled in a career-high five passes for 88 yards and his first touchdown of the year. Huebler ran for 103 yards on the ground and La Belle had 71, with Hunter picking up 51. Golliher led the defense in tackles with six, and Deon Pettiford had a sack to go with his four tackles on the day.

The NAIA Selection Show will air on Sunday night at 7 PM ET on the NAIA YouTube Channel. Marian will earn an at-large and reach the NAIA FCS for the fifth consecutive season, extending their program record. A preview will be released on Sunday night following the selection show on MUKnights.com and on Twitter, at @MUKnights.

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NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills620.7500.02201183-0-03-2-04-2-00-2-01 L
New York Jets630.6670.51961762-3-04-0-05-3-02-1-01 W
Miami Dolphins630.6670.52132243-1-03-2-04-2-02-1-03 W
New England Patriots540.5561.52031662-2-03-2-04-2-01-1-02 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs620.7500.02431893-1-03-1-03-2-02-0-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers530.6251.01842062-2-03-1-04-2-02-1-01 W
Denver Broncos350.3753.01211322-2-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders260.2504.01832012-1-00-5-02-4-01-2-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens630.6670.02351962-2-04-1-04-2-02-0-03 W
Cincinnati Bengals540.5561.02281853-1-02-3-02-3-00-3-01 W
Cleveland Browns350.3752.52001992-3-01-2-02-4-02-1-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers260.2503.51201971-2-01-4-01-5-01-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans530.6250.01491582-1-03-2-04-2-03-0-01 L
Indianapolis Colts351.3892.01321832-2-01-3-13-4-11-3-13 L
Jacksonville Jaguars360.3332.51991782-3-01-3-03-3-01-2-01 W
Houston Texans161.1883.51331830-3-11-3-01-4-11-1-13 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles8001.0000.02251354-0-04-0-05-0-02-0-08 W
Dallas Cowboys620.7502.01831334-1-02-1-05-2-02-1-02 W
New York Giants620.7502.01631573-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-01 L
Washington Commanders450.4444.51591922-3-02-2-02-4-00-2-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks630.6670.02412203-1-03-2-04-3-02-1-04 W
San Francisco 49ers440.5001.51761472-1-02-3-04-2-03-0-01 W
Los Angeles Rams350.3752.51311732-3-01-2-03-4-01-2-02 L
Arizona Cardinals360.3333.02032411-4-02-2-02-5-00-3-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings710.8750.01931614-0-03-1-06-1-03-0-06 W
Green Bay Packers360.3334.51541882-2-01-4-02-4-01-2-05 L
Chicago Bears360.3334.51872162-2-01-4-01-5-00-2-02 L
Detroit Lions260.2505.01882342-3-00-3-02-4-01-1-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers450.4440.01621642-3-02-2-04-2-02-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons460.4000.52322503-2-01-4-03-4-01-3-02 L
New Orleans Saints360.3331.02122272-4-01-2-02-4-01-2-01 L
Carolina Panthers370.3001.52042433-3-00-4-03-5-03-1-01 W

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee102.8337-03-22-06-18-21 L
Boston103.7690.55-15-22-08-37-36 W
Cleveland84.6672.04-04-42-07-17-33 L
Atlanta85.6152.55-23-31-16-46-41 L
Washington76.5383.54-33-31-05-55-53 W
Indiana66.5004.04-32-31-15-46-41 W
New York66.5004.04-22-41-25-55-51 W
Toronto77.5004.05-12-61-25-55-52 L
Philadelphia67.4624.53-43-31-35-66-41 W
10 Chicago67.4624.54-32-41-16-55-51 L
11 Brooklyn67.4624.53-43-32-05-35-52 W
12 Miami67.4624.55-41-32-03-45-52 W
13 Orlando49.3086.54-30-61-11-54-62 W
14 Charlotte311.2148.01-52-61-41-71-98 L
15 Detroit311.2148.03-40-70-41-112-83 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah104.7145-05-42-19-37-31 L
Memphis94.6920.55-14-32-15-37-32 W
Portland94.6920.53-26-21-07-36-41 L
Phoenix84.6671.06-12-32-08-27-31 L
Denver84.6671.04-04-43-27-37-31 L
Dallas75.5832.06-11-41-13-36-41 W
New Orleans76.5382.53-24-42-04-45-51 W
LA Clippers76.5382.53-44-23-16-55-51 L
San Antonio67.4623.53-53-20-12-54-61 W
10 Sacramento56.4553.52-33-31-31-55-52 W
11 Golden State57.4174.05-10-63-13-34-62 W
12 Oklahoma City57.4174.04-31-40-43-45-51 W
13 Minnesota58.3854.54-51-32-15-63-73 L
14 LA Lakers210.1677.02-50-50-42-92-85 L
15 Houston211.1547.51-21-90-21-82-82 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins151320261260338-0-05-2-09-1-0
New Jersey Devils151230241255387-2-05-1-09-1-0
New York Islanders161060201053416-3-04-3-08-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes1595119747434-2-05-3-16-4-0
Toronto Maple Leafs1685319845446-2-12-3-24-3-3
Florida Panthers1586117748464-1-14-5-05-5-0
Detroit Red Wings1575317744505-2-22-3-14-5-1
Montreal Canadiens1586117747485-3-03-3-15-4-1
New York Rangers1676317748473-3-34-3-04-4-2
10 Philadelphia Flyers1475216736384-2-13-3-14-4-2
11 Washington Capitals1677216746475-3-12-4-14-4-2
12 Tampa Bay Lightning1476115743463-2-14-4-06-3-1
13 Pittsburgh Penguins1566315654523-1-13-5-22-6-2
14 Buffalo Sabres1578014755524-5-03-3-03-7-0
15 Ottawa Senators1458111549494-4-01-4-13-6-1
16 Columbus Blue Jackets144919438613-5-01-4-13-6-1
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights161330261359375-2-08-1-09-1-0
Colorado Avalanche1384117749354-1-14-3-06-3-1
Los Angeles Kings17106121956576-3-04-3-17-2-1
Seattle Kraken1585218850423-4-15-1-17-3-0
Winnipeg Jets1384117840315-1-03-3-16-3-1
Dallas Stars1485117851374-2-04-3-15-5-0
Edmonton Oilers1697018959584-5-05-2-06-4-0
Minnesota Wild1476115640422-4-05-2-16-3-1
Chicago Blackhawks1465315638434-2-12-3-24-3-3
10 Calgary Flames1466214641455-4-11-2-13-5-2
11 Arizona Coyotes1467113639501-2-15-5-05-4-1
12 Nashville Predators1568113540513-3-13-5-04-6-0
13 Vancouver Canucks1548311451612-3-12-5-24-5-1
14 San Jose Sharks1649311444581-5-33-4-03-4-3
15 St. Louis Blues1358010531482-4-03-4-02-8-0
16 Anaheim Ducks1541019242682-4-02-6-13-7-0

TV SUNDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Eastern Kentucky at Cincinnati12:00pmESPN+
North Carolina A&T at Iowa State1:00pmESPN+
Columbia at Sacred Heart1:00pmNEC
Quinnipiac at Central Connecticut1:00pmNEC
Colorado vs. Tennessee2:00pmESPN
Asheville Championship2:00pmESPNU
Pacific at North Dakota State2:00pmESPN+
Manhattan at Fairleigh Dickinson2:00pmNEC
Wells at Colgate2:00pmESPN+
Eastern Illinois at Central Michigan2:00pmESPN+
VMI at Davidson2:00pmESPN+
Oklahoma State at Oakland3:00pmESPN+
UAPB at Mississippi State3:00pmESPN+
Pfeiffer at Longwood3:00pmESPN+
Arizona State at Texas Southern3:00pmESPN+
St. Francis Brooklyn at St. Thomas3:00pmESPN+
Asheville Championship4:00pmESPNU
Youngstown State at Notre Dame4:00pmACCN
Southeastern Louisiana at Wyoming4:00pmMWN
Southern Illinois at Southern Indiana4:00pmESPN+
Brescia (KY) at Western Carolina4:00pmESPN+
American at George Mason4:00pmESPN+
Towson at Penn4:00pmESPN+
NJIT at San Diego5:00pmWCC
Alabama State at Pepperdine5:00pmWCC
Brown at Loyola Maryland5:00pmESPN+
Western Michigan at Valparaiso5:00pmESPN+
William & Mary at Virginia Tech6:00pmESPN3
Lindenwood at Missouri6:00pmESPN+
Portland State at Seattle U6:00pmESPN+
Ave Maria at FGCU6:00pmESPN+
Montana State at Long Beach State7:00pmESPN+
Gallaudet at Howard7:00pm
North Texas at Saint Mary’s8:00pmWCC
Vermont at Cal State Fullerton8:00pmESPN+
Eastern Washington at Hawai’i10:00pmESPN+
GOLFTIME ETTV
LPGA: Pelican Women’s Championship10:00amGOLF
PGA: Houston Open1:00pmGOLF
Champions: Charles Schwab Cup Championship4:00pmGOLF
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
Formula One: Brazilian Grand Prix1:00pmESPN
NBATIME ETTV
Oklahoma City at New York12:00pmMSG
Bally Sports
Minnesota at Cleveland6:00pmBally Sports
Memphis at Washington6:00pmNBCS-WSH
Bally Sports
Utah at Philadelphia7:30pmATTSN-RM
NBCS-PHI
Denver at Chicago8:00pmALT
NBCS-CHI
Golden State at Sacramento9:00pmNBCS-BAY
NBCS-CA
Brooklyn at LA Lakers9:30pmNBATV
YES
Sportsnet
NFLTIME ETTV
Seattle at Tampa Bay9:30amNFLN
Minnesota at Buffalo1:00pmFOX
Detroit at Chicago1:00pmFOX
Denver at Tennessee1:00pmCBS
Jacksonville at Kansas City1:00pmCBS
Cleveland at Miami1:00pmCBS
Houston at NY Giants1:00pmCBS
New Orleans at Pittsburgh1:00pmFOX
Indianapolis at Las Vegas4:05pmCBS
Dallas at Green Bay4:25pmFOX
Arizona at LA Rams4:25pmFOX
LA Chargers at San Francisco8:20pmNBC
NHLTIME ETTV
Dallas at Philadelphia1:00pmNHLN
NBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
San Jose at Minnesota4:00pmNBCS-CA
Bally Sports
Vancouver at Boston7:00pmSportsnet
NESN
Arizona at NY Rangers7:00pmBally Sports
MSG
Washington at Tampa Bay7:00pmESPN
Winnipeg at Seattle8:00pmRoot Sports
Sportsnet
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Copa del Rey: Quintanar del Rey vs Girona6:00amESPN+
Copa del Rey: Mollerussa vs Rayo Vallecano6:00amESPN+
Serie A: Atalanta vs Internazionale6:30amParamount+
Ligue 1: PSG vs Auxerre7:00ambeIN Sports
First Division A: Club Brugge vs Antwerp7:30amESPN+
Serie A: Roma vs Torino9:00amParamount+
Serie A: Hellas Verona vs Spezia9:00amParamount+
Serie A: Monza vs Salernitana9:00amParamount+
Ligue 1: Nantes vs Ajaccio9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Lille vs Angers SCO9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Montpellier vs Reims9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Brest vs Troyes9:00ambeIN Sports
EPL: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Aston Villa9:00amPeacock
Bundesliga: Mainz 05 vs Eintracht Frankfurt9:30amESPN+
Copa del Rey: Velarde vs Sevilla10:00amESPN+
Copa del Rey: Algar vs Celta de Vigo10:00amESPN+
Ligue 1: Strasbourg vs Lorient11:05ambeIN Sports
EPL: Fulham vs Manchester United11:30amUNIVERSO
Bundesliga: Freiburg vs Union Berlin11:30amESPN+
Serie A: Milan vs Fiorentina12:00pmParamount+
First Division A: Anderlecht vs Genk12:30pmESPN+
EPL: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Arsenal12:30pmUNIVERSO
Copa del Rey: Real Unión vs Cádizl12:30pmESPN+
Copa del Rey: San Roque de Lepe vs Getafe12:30pmESPN+
Copa del Rey: Cazalegas vs Real Sociedad1:00pmESPN+
Brasileirão: Flamengo vs Avaí2:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: América Mineiro vs Atlético Goianiense2:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: RB Bragantino vs Fluminense2:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Corinthians vs Atlético Mineiro2:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Santos vs Fortaleza2:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Internacional vs Palmeiras2:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Goiás vs São Paulo2:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Ceará vs Juventude2:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Athletico-PR vs Botafogo2:00pmParamount+
Serie A: Juventus vs Lazio2:45pmParamount+
First Division A: OH Leuven vs Sérésien2:45pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Monaco vs Olympique Marseille2:45pmbeIN Sports
Women’s Friendly: USA vs Germany5:00pmESPN

What to Watch: Sunday, 11-13-22

NBATIME ETTV
Denver at Chicago8:00pmALT
NBCS-CHI

The Denver Nuggets(8-4) are tied for third in the Western Conference and are 4-4 on the road this season. The Chicago Bulls(6-7) are eighth in the Eastern Conference and are 4-3 at home this season. Since 2021 the series is tied 2-2.

NFLTIME ETTV
Seattle at Tampa Bay9:30amNFLN

Seattle Seahawks(6-3) is first place in the NFC West and Tampa Bay Buccaneers(4-5) is first place in the NFC South. Both teams have only played each other four times in the past 12 years with series tied 2-2.

Minnesota at Buffalo1:00pmFOX

Minnesota Vikings(7-1) is first place in the NFC North and Buffalo Bills(6-2) is first place in the AFC East. Since 2002 the Bills are 5-1 versus the Vikings.

NHLTIME ETTV
Dallas at Philadelphia1:00pmNHLN
NBCS-PHI
Bally Sports

The Dallas Stars(17pts) are second in the Central division and are 4-3-1 on the road this season. The Philadelphia Flyers(16pts) are fifth in the Metropolitan division and are 4-1-1 at home this season. This will be the first matchup of the season between the Stars and Flyers.

FOOTBALL HISTORY

When was the First Time Uniforms Were Worn in Football?

November 13, 1875 – Hamilton Park in New Haven, Connecticut – The Harvard-Yale game is the first college football contest with players wearing uniforms according to the connecticuthistory.org web site. Prior to that teams took the field wearing every mismatched garment under the sun. The article goes on to say that soccer and rugby rules gave early football some inspiration for its attire from the first American rugby uniforms. These consisted of long pants tied tightly at the ankles, a jersey, and an almost stocking type hat. The long pants evolved to knickers that fit tightly to the skin. At that first Harvard-Yale match, Yale wore dark pants, blue jerseys, and yellow hats while Harvard sported crimson knee breeches, shirts, and stockings. The game was also the first time the schools met in what has become an annual rivalry. Yale guaranteed Harvard $75 to play and with tickets selling for 50¢ each 2,000 spectators filled the park.

Flag Football Innovation

November 13, 1962 – The patent for a detachable streamer for use in flag football was issued. According to an article on sportsrec.com, flag football officially dates back to 1933, but it didn’t really gain popularity until it became quite popular on U.S. military bases in the 1940’s. The military brass loved it because America could not send football-battered soldiers into combat which is what would occur if tackle football without pads was played. So tackling a ball carrier was simply replaced with the safer practice of grabbing and pulling off a flag attached to his clothing. When the flag was taken, the player was downed. When the fellas went home after fulfilling their duties they took the game of flag football back home with them. Civilian popularity for flag football then grew too and in the 1960’s a league formed called the National Touch Football League. This group did away with the flags though and used the method of touching with two hands to replace the tackle. Touching with two hands was often a very disputable judgement when in the heat of battle on the gridiron. “You only got me with one hand!” was a common argument on the fields of touch football. One man that must have recognized this issue had a resolution, a guy named F. E. Steinkamp filed for US Patent 3,063,718 on November 13, 1962 for the detachable streamers for the means in the use to play touch football. It was about a decade later when they became popular when in the 1970’s the flag football returned and spread across college campuses. The article goes on to say that the University of New Orleans hosted the first National Collegiate Flag Football Championship in 1979. Two years later, in 1981, the sport opened up to allow schools to play each other when the inaugural National Collegiate Flag Football Championship took place in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Texas Western (UTEP) battles Utah to the End

November 13, 1965 – Salt lake City, Utah – Texas Western University defeated the University of Utah, 20-19. Just for clarity Texas Western is now under the name of UTEP in today’s football landscape.The NFF’s website story on this game tells us of the final play of the game: Miners quarterback Billy Stevens tossed a miraculous 92-yard touchdown pass to Bob Wallace with 16 seconds for the go-ahead score, it was basically a walk-off win! Wallace also scored the first points of the game on an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter before the Utes leapt to a 19-7 edge on two rushing touchdowns by tailback Ben Woodson. On the defensive side of the ball, Fred Carr led the Miners with 15 tackles.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for November 13

C- Bob Pellegrini

November 13, 1934 – Williamsport, Pennsylvania – The birthday of one of the University of Maryland’s greatest players Bob Pellegrini was celebrated. Bob was a two-way player for the Terrapins at both center and linebacker. The National Football Foundation tells us that Maryland’s record was 27-4-1 in Pellegrini’s three varsity seasons ranking number 1 in 1953 in the Associated Press poll 8th in 1954 and in the 3 spot in 1955. The API, UP and INS all declared Maryland the National Champs in 1953. Bob was unanimous All-America at center in 1955 and was declared the MVP of the College All-Star game in 1956. The NFF voted Bob Pellegrini into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. After college Pellegrini played in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and with the Washington Redskins. In 1957 he served in the U.S. Army. After hanging up the pads, he served as assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins.

QB- Vinny Testeverde

November 13, 1963 – Brooklyn , New York – Vinny Testeverde the heralded quarterback that played for the Miami Hurricanes was born. The umsportshalloffame.com informs us that Vinny is one of the few players in Hurricane history to have his jersey number 14 retired. Testeverde was also the very first University of Miami Player to ever win the Heisman Trophy when he did it in 1986. When he left the college playing field he held the highest passer rating of the U with a 152.8 score when he completed 63% of his passes in the 1986 season. He was also tied for first with alum Steve Walsh for team career touchdown passes at 48 and was second in passing yardage in the Miami record books. Vinny Testeverde was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Testaverde was selected the first pick in the 1987 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also played with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers in his illustrious 21 seasons in the NFL.

SPORTS NUMBERS

5 – 1 – 9 – 11 – 45 – 14 – 9 – 6 – 8 – 37 – 16 – 21 – 24 – 22 – 27

November 13, 1875 – The Harvard-Yale game became the 1st college football contest with uniforms for each team. The contest has been noted as the first ever when both teams donned coordinated uniforms. The teams fielded fifteen athletes to a side. Harvard students picked crimson over magenta as the school color and athletic nickname.

November 13, 1951 – Lefty O’Doul’s all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio, Number 5 and Number 1, Billy Martin, lost by the score of 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)

November 13, 1964 – Bob Petit, Number 9 of the St Louis Hawks, became 1st NBA player to score 20,000 points

November 13, 1968 – Rookie, future Basketball Hall of Fame forward, Elvin Hayes, Number 11 scores 54 points in San Diego Rockets’ 122-120 win over Detroit Pistons, a career-high

November 13, 1968 – Bob Gibson, Number 45 edged out Pete Rose, Number 14 to win National League MVP

November 13, 1973 – Oakland A’s Reggie Jackson, Number 9 unanimously won the American League MVP

November 13, 1974 – LADodgers Number 6, Steve Garvey won the NL MVP

November 13, 1979 – Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell, Number 8 and St Louis Cardinals first baseman Number 37, Keith Hernandez share National League MVP Award

November 13, 1985 – Dwight Gooden, Number 16 of the New York Mets youngest 20 game winner, wins Cy Young award

November 13, 1991 – Boston Red Sox Number 21, Roger Clemens won the AL Cy Young Award

November 13, 1996 – San Diego Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti, Number 21 was 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP

November 13, 1997 – Ken Griffey Jr., Number 24 of the Seattle Mariners unanimously won the AL MVPNovember 13, 2014 – Clayton Kershaw, Number 22 of the LA Dodgers and Mike Trout, Number 27 won the MVP awards in MLB for 2014