INDIANA SEMI-STATE FOOTBALL

3A

GIBSON SOUTHERN 44 TRI-WEST 7

GS QB BRADY ALLEN 28-444 385 YARDS 3TD

GS WR RORY HELTSLEY 15 RECEPTIONS 219 TD

STATE FINALS

FRIDAY, NOV. 26 

CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
12 PM ET | ADAMS CENTRAL (13-1) VS. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (14-0)

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
3:30 PM ET | BREBEUF JESUIT (12-2) VS. GIBSON SOUTHERN (13-1)

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
7 PM ET | ZIONSVILLE (9-5) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (13-1)

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
12 PM ET | ANDREAN (11-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (12-2)

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
3:30 PM ET | NORTHRIDGE (10-4) VS. MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) (13-1)

CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
7 PM ET | WESTFIELD (12-1) VS. CENTER GROVE (13-0)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NO. 1 GEORGIA 56, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 7

NO. 4 OHIO STATE 56, NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE 7

NO. 13 OKLAHOMA 28, IOWA STATE 21

NO. 16 TEXAS A&M 52, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 3

CLEMSON 48, NO. 10 WAKE FOREST 27

KENTUCKY 56, NEW MEXICO STATE 16

PURDUE 32, NORTHWESTERN 14

NO. 25 MISSISSIPPI STATE 55, TENNESSEE STATE 10

WESTERN KENTUCKY 52, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 17

FLORIDA STATE 26, BOSTON COLLEGE 23

NORTH CAROLINA 34, WOFFORD 14

PENN STATE 28, RUTGERS 0

ARMY 33, UMASS 17

WEST VIRGINIA 31, TEXAS 23

TULANE 45, SOUTH FLORIDA 14

KENT STATE 38, AKRON 0

ROBERT MORRIS 20, CAMPBELL 17 (OT)

DARTMOUTH 52, BROWN 31

MORGAN STATE 28, GEORGETOWN 21

COLGATE 45, FORDHAM 31

SACRED HEART 38, LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY 14

LEHIGH 17, LAFAYETTE 10

HARVARD 34, YALE 31

WESTERN CAROLINA 52, VMI 24

COASTAL CAROLINA 35, TEXAS STATE 21

GARDNER-WEBB 35, NORTH CAROLINA A&T 27

NORTH ALABAMA 35, HAMPTON 27

KENNESAW STATE 49, MONMOUTH 17

COLUMBIA 34, CORNELL 26

PRINCETON 34, PENN 14

INDIANA STATE 15, ILLINOIS STATE 10

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 35, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 18

MURRAY STATE 20, EASTERN ILLINOIS 13

HOLY CROSS 45, BUCKNELL 6

FURMAN 41, SAMFORD 34

NORTHWESTERN STATE 24, MCNEESE 20

EAST TENNESSEE STATE 38, MERCER 35

SAN DIEGO 41, STETSON 16

HOWARD 56, VIRGINIA-LYNCHBURG 6 (GAME CALLED IN 2ND QUARTER)

THE CITADEL 24, CHATTANOOGA 21

NO. 17 IOWA 33, ILLINOIS 23

GEORGIA STATE 28, ARKANSAS STATE 20

EASTERN KENTUCKY 39, JACKSONVILLE STATE 31 (OT)

SAM HOUSTON 35, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 9

MONTANA 29, MONTANA STATE 10

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 34, DELAWARE STATE 28

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 31, NORFOLK STATE 21

UNI 41, WESTERN ILLINOIS 3

MOREHEAD STATE 51, VALPARAISO 38

JACKSON STATE 24, ALCORN STATE 10

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE 31, UT MARTIN 14

NO. 8 NOTRE DAME 55, GEORGIA TECH 0

COLORADO 20, WASHINGTON 17

IDAHO 14, IDAHO STATE 0

WEBER STATE 48, NORTHERN COLORADO 17

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 24, NORTH DAKOTA 21

AUSTIN PEAY 48, TENNESSEE TECH 20

INCARNATE WORD 55, HOUSTON BAPTIST 14

ALABAMA STATE 24, TEXAS SOUTHERN 21

NO. 2 ALABAMA 42, NO. 21 ARKANSAS 35

NO. 5 CINCINNATI 48, SMU 14

NO. 6 MICHIGAN 59, MARYLAND 18

NO. 15 WISCONSIN 35, NEBRASKA 28

NO. 18 PITT 48, VIRGINIA 38

NO. 22 UTSA 34, UAB 31

MARSHALL 49, CHARLOTTE 28

OLD DOMINION 24, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 17

MINNESOTA 35, INDIANA 14

EAST CAROLINA 38, NAVY 35

APPALACHIAN STATE 45, TROY 7

NORTH DAKOTA STATE 52, SOUTH DAKOTA 24

FLORIDA A&M 46, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 24

NO. 14 BYU 34, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 17

NO. 20 NC STATE 41, SYRACUSE 17

UCLA 62, USC 33

FLORIDA 24, MISSOURI 23 (OT)

UTEP 38, RICE 28

UCF 49, UCONN 17

LOUISIANA 42, LIBERTY 14

TCU 31, KANSAS 28

TULSA 44, TEMPLE 10

SACRAMENTO STATE 27, UC DAVIS 7

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 42, LAMAR 6

EASTERN WASHINGTON 42, PORTLAND STATE 28

NO. 11 BAYLOR 20, KANSAS STATE 10

SOUTH CAROLINA 21, AUBURN 17

CAL 41, STANFORD 11

NORTH TEXAS 49, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 7

TARLETON STATE 24, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 3

NO. 23 UTAH 38, NO. 3 OREGON 7

NO. 12 OLE MISS 31, VANDERBILT 17

MIAMI 38, VIRGINIA TECH 26

TENNESSEE 60, SOUTH ALABAMA 14

NO. 9 OKLAHOMA STATE 23, TEXAS TECH 0

WYOMING 44, UTAH STATE 17

NORTHERN ARIZONA 45, CAL POLY 21

LSU 27, UL MONROE 14

BOISE STATE 37, NEW MEXICO 0

MISSOURI STATE 55, DIXIE STATE 24

OREGON STATE 24 ARIZONA STATE 10

HAWAII 50 COLORADO STATE 45

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, NOV. 23

BUFFALO AT BALL STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

THURSDAY, NOV. 25

FRESNO STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 26

BOISE STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS

KANSAS STATE AT TEXAS | 12 P.M. | FOX

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

OHIO AT BOWLING GREEN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 1 P.M. | FS1

IOWA AT NEBRASKA | 1 :30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

UTEP AT UAB | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

CINCINNATI AT EAST CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

MISSOURI AT ARKANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

SOUTH FLORIDA AT UCF | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

COASTAL CAROLINA AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

UNLV AT AIR FORCE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

COLORADO AT UTAH | 4 P.M. | FOX

TCU AT IOWA STATE | 4:30 P.M. | FS1

NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN

WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 8 P.M. | FS1

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 12 P.M. | ABC

OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX

HOUSTON AT UCONN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

ARMY AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

NAVY AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

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

TEXAS TECH AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FS1

MIAMI (OHIO) AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

AKRON AT TOLEDO | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

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

LOUISIANA TECH AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

UTSA AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

CHARLOTTE AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

TEXAS STATE AT ARKANSAS STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

TROY AT GEORGIA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3 P.M. | ESPN3

UMASS AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 3 P.M. | FLOSPORTS

HAWAI’I AT WYOMING | 3 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M.

INDIANA AT PURDUE | 3:30 P.M.

VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE | 3:45 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

TULSA AT SMU | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

UL MONROE AT LOUISIANA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

TEXAS A&M AT LSU | 7 P.M. | ESPN

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | STADIUM

WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS | 7 P.M. | FS1

OKLAHOMA AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TULANE AT MEMPHIS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NEVADA AT COLORADO STATE | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

BYU AT USC | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

CAL AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

ALABAMA AT AUBURN

OREGON STATE AT OREGON

PENN STATE AT MICHIGAN

NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD

WAKE FOREST AT BOSTON COLLEGE

WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA

PITT AT SYRACUSE

KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE

VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#5 VILLANOVA 71 #17 TENNESSEE 53

#6 PURDUE 93 #18 NORTH CAROLINA 84

#8 TEXAS 79 SAN JOSE STATE 45

#9 BAYLOR 86 STANFORD 48

#23 CONNECTICUT 87 BINGHAMTON 63

CENTRAL FLORIDA 75 EVANSVILLE 59

AUSTIN PEAY 87 DAYTON 81

LOUISVILLE 73 DETROIT 67

MIAMI OHIO 90 HEIDELBERG 45

MICHIGAN STATE 83 EASTERN MICHIGAN 59

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 88 BUFFALO 60

#2 CONNECTICUT 88 MINNESOTA 58

#4 INDIANA 67 QUINNIPIAC 59

#9 OREGON 98 OKLAHOMA 93

#10 LOUISVILLE 61 WASHINGTON 53

#13 MICHIGAN 69 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 45

#15 OREGON STATE 82 BAKERSFIELD 51

#23 S. FLORIDA 77 SYRACUSE 53

#25 VIRGINIA TECH 84 CAMPBELL 39

DAYTON 78 PURDUE 62

EASTERN ILLINOIS 85 EVANSVILLE 74 2OT

NEBRASKA 113 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 58

GREEN BAY 78 WRIGHT STATE 67

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 111 NEW ORLEANS 94

NEW YORK 106 HOUSTON 99

WASHINGTON 103 MIAMI 100

ATLANTA 115 CHARLOTTE 105

BOSTON 111 OKLAHOMA CITY 105

MILWAUKEE 117 ORLANDO 108

MINNESOTA 138 MEMPHIS 95

PORTLAND 118 PHILADELPHIA 111

UTAH 123 SACRAMENTO 105

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY RANGERS AT OTTAWA POSTPONED

NEW JERSEY 5 TAMPA BAY 3

CAROLINA 5 LOS ANGELES 4

FLORIDA 5 MINNESOTA 4

PITTSBURGH 2 TORONTO 0

MONTRÉAL 6 NASHVILLE 3

CALGARY 5 NY ISLANDERS 2

BOSTON 5 PHILADELPHIA 2

DALLAS 4 ST. LOUIS 1

ARIZONA 2 DETROIT 1

EDMONTON 5 CHICAGO 2

VEGAS 3 COLUMBUS 2

WASHINGTON 4 SAN JOSE 0

MLS PLAYOFFS

PHILADELPHIA 1 NEW YORK 0

SPORTING KC 3 VANCOUVER 1

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TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

NO. 24 UTAH ROUTS NO. 4 OREGON, ENDING DUCKS’ CFP HOPES

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah ended Oregon’s College Football Playoff hopes in dominant fashion. The Ducks’ 38-7 loss Saturday night also ended any chance the Pac-12 champion will claim one of the bids in the four-team playoff.

Neither Oregon nor Utah will finish high enough in the College Football Playoff rankings to earn a bid. It means that the Pac-12 will not send its champion to the playoff for a fourth consecutive season.

“It hurts because there were a lot of expectations,” Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown said. “The potential was there, and we didn’t maximize. We didn’t grab the opportunity that was right in front of us.”

The No. 4 Ducks never really had a chance against the Utes after no. 24 Utah scored 14 points in the final 27 seconds before halftime to take a four-touchdown lead. Britain Covey returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half.

“It really was a tough situation for them coming out and being down 28-0,” Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said. “That was really the biggest portion of the game and the thing that really give us a ton of momentum.”

Tavion Thomas ran for 94 yards and three touchdowns to help the Utes (8-3, 7-1 Pac-12, No. 23 CFP) wrap up a share of the Pac-12 South title and a spot in the conference championship game. Utah has won four in a row.

Thomas has run for a Utah-record 17 touchdowns this season. The previous mark was 15, shared by Zack Moss and John White IV.

Cameron Rising threw for 178 yards. His top target, Brant Kuithe, piled up 118 yards on five catches for just the second 100-yard game of his career. Covey had 191 all-purpose yards.

Utah converted 11 of 14 third downs and finished with 386 total yards.

Brown threw for 231 yards and a touchdown for Oregon (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12, No. 3 CFP). Oregon rushed for only 63 yards and had 294 yards of offense.

“Our biggest thing was just owning the line of scrimmage,” Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd said. “We weren’t going to try to switch up our scheme or do anything special.”

The Ducks now face a must-win situation against Oregon State in seven days to clinch the Pac-12 North title and guarantee a title game rematch with Utah in two weeks.

Everybody’s upset and disappointed like we should be,” Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said. “It should burn. It should hurt a ton. These guys are competitors and it’s hard because we’ve taken a lot of pride in being resilient and being able to bounce back from adversity.”

On its only scoring drive of the first quarter, Utah ran the ball 11 times on 13 plays – culminating in a burst up the middle for 10 yards from Thomas.

Rising found a rhythm on Utah’s next scoring drive. He completed three straight passes to open the drive and capped it off by dancing across the goal line on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

His biggest pass in the first half – a 49-yard catch and run by Kuithe – set up a 4-yard scoring run by Thomas that put Utah ahead 21-0 with 27 seconds left in the half.

The Utes forced another Oregon punt 16 seconds later, and Covey returned it for the TD to make it 28-0.

Oregon finally got on the board in the third quarter when Devon Williams reeled in a 36-yard catch. Utah ended any possibility of a comeback when Thomas sprinted 5 yards for his third touchdown. Jadon Redding tacked on a 26-yard field goal to put the Utes up 38-7 midway through the fourth quarter.

NO. 9 OKLAHOMA ST. IN B12 TITLE GAME WITH 23-0 WIN OVER TECH

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Ninth-ranked Oklahoma State is going to play for a championship because of its dominating defense.

Oklahoma State wrapped up its first spot in the Big 12 championship game with a 23-0 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday night, completely throttling an offense that hadn’t been shut out since 1997. The Cowboys have allowed only one offensive touchdown over their past four games, but this was their first shutout in a conference game or on the road since 1995.

“I don’t know what to say, what else to say about the defense,” coach Mike Gundy said. “I’m just kind of running out of things to say about them on Saturdays. Hopefully, they can just stay the course.”

Spencer Sanders threw a touchdown and ran for another score, and Tanner Brown kicked three field goals for the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1, CFP No. 9). The defense limited Texas Tech (6-5, 3-5), which had scored in 302 consecutive games, to 108 total yards that included a 25-yard pass on the final drive.

“Football’s a humbling game. … Highest of highs last week, lowest of lows this week,” said interim head coach Sonny Cumbie, whose Red Raiders had 41 points and 529 yards in a home win over Iowa State. “We just feel like we just did not play very well.”

With Bedlam at home next Saturday against 12th-ranked Oklahoma, the Cowboys are already assured of playing in the Big 12 title game Dec. 4 at AT&T Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Still to be determined is if they will be the home or visiting team, and who they will play.

Oklahoma State and Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1, CFP No. 13) are tied for the Big 12 lead, so the winner next Saturday night will finish first in the regular-season standings. No. 11 Baylor (9-2, 6-2, CFP No. 11), which hosts Texas Tech earlier that day, is the only other team that could get in the title game.

“I know they’re excited right now,” Gundy said of his players. “Like any other Saturday, though, even though this is a big Saturday for our team, we’ve still got a job to do.”

For the Cowboys, with two big games left, it could be bigger than the Big 12 after Oregon and Michigan State, teams ahead of them in the College Football Playoff rankings, suffered lopsided losses earlier Saturday.

Oklahoma State had its own issues at times with a banged-up offense, but ended up with 427 total yards never trailed after going 70 yards on its opening drive for a 24-yard field goal.

The Cowboys didn’t score again until Brown’s 33-yard field goal early in the second quarter, with that kick coming after some trickery that would have worked if wide-open Jaden Bray hadn’t gotten twisted around and fallen down in the end zone when fellow freshman receiver John Paul Richardson made a left-handed jump pass after getting the ball from Sanders.

Richardson caught a 14-yard TD pass from Sanders just before halftime, that coming one play after Texas Tech was called for defensive holding on a third-down play that had gained nothing. Sanders had a 9-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter.

YOUNG SETS RECORD, NO. 2 BAMA TOPS NO. 21 ARKANSAS 42-35

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Bryce Young passed for more yards than any Alabama quarterback ever had in a game.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide needed that kind of performance – and every timely deep ball to Jameson Williams, too.

Young passed for a school-record 559 yards and five touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama clinched a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game with a 42-35 victory Saturday over No. 21 Arkansas.

The Tide (10-1, 7-1, No. 2 CFP) won its 15th consecutive game against the Razorbacks (7-4, 3-4), thanks largely to the Young-to-Williams deep connection that continues to be the ultimate offensive bailout.

Alabama set up a date with No. 1 Georgia in Atlanta on Dec. 4 after a visit to rival Auburn.

“We left a lot of points on the board where we could have put the game away,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “And defensively, we gave up a couple of big plays but the big thing was they were like 10 of 19 on third and fourth down so when we had opportunities to get off the field we didn’t get off the field.”

This one wasn’t settled until Arkansas’s onside kick went out of bounds with 1:02 left.

The Razorbacks had stayed alive with Raheim Sanders’ 17-yard touchdown catch from K.J. Jefferson, but took nearly five minutes to get there.

Young completed 31 of 40 passes to keep himself squarely in the Heisman Trophy conversation, hitting Williams for a perfect strike for a 79-yarder in double coverage and flipping the ball to Christian Leary for another touchdown when he appeared set to run.

It was the second-most passing yards in SEC history, behind Mississippi State’s K.J. Costello, who threw for 623 yards against LSU last season.

Williams caught eight passes for 190 yards with touchdowns of 79, 32 and 40 yards.

“When you have a dynamic playmaker like that you just have to put the ball in the air and let him run under it,” Young said.

John Metchie also gained 173 yards on 10 catches with a touchdown. Alabama’s Brian Robinson ran for 122 yards on 27 carries.

The clincher was Young’s 40-yarder to Williams in the end zone on third and 10. It was reviewed to see if Williams had possession as he came down, and replay officials upheld the call to the relief of the Bryant-Denny stadium crowd.

That left Jefferson and Arkansas needing two scores in the final 5:39, but they could only deliver one.

Jefferson completed 22 of 30 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns. Much of that damage was done by Treylon Burks, whose eight catches went for 179 yards and a pair of scores.

“We felt like we had a great chance to win the game and obviously we did,” Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said. “We just didn’t get enough or didn’t get a stop. We certainly didn’t play a perfect game.”

It gave Alabama double-digit wins for the 14th consecutive season, matching Florida State’s FBS record set from 1987-2000.

Young shattered the school mark of 484 passing yards set by Scott Hunter against Auburn in 1969, surpassing it with 11 minutes to play.

STROUD TOSSES 6 TDS, NO. 5 OHIO ST BLOWS OUT NO. 7 MICH ST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) C.J. Stroud lit up No. 7 Michigan State early and gave his coach the rare luxury of being able to let his mind wander to next week’s showdown with Michigan.

Stroud tied a school record with six touchdown passes — all in the first half — as No. 5 Ohio State bolted out to a 49-point halftime lead on the way to a startling 56-7 rout Saturday that eliminated the Spartans from the Big Ten East race.

Next up, the annual rivalry game and hatefest against No. 8 Michigan that carries even greater meaning this year – the winner will claim the division, advance to the conference championship game on Dec. 4 and stay alive for the College Football Playoff.

“We’ve got everything riding on this thing coming up right around the corner,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “And I got to tell you, the game wasn’t even over yet and I was thinking about it. There’s just so much going on here.”

Day should savor this one for at least a minute.

Stroud, who threw his first collegiate football pass less than three months ago, was 32 for 35 for 432 yards against the Spartans’ sketchy pass defense, which had allowed more yards through the air than any in major college football.

The redshirt freshman completed 17 straight passes, setting an Ohio State record, and positioned himself as maybe the Heisman Trophy favorite heading into the championship stretch of the season.

“My O-line did a great job the whole game,” he said. “I was back there chilling, in a sense.”

This is Stroud’s third 400-yard game in 10 career starts and his fourth game with at least five touchdown passes.

“You can see our capability,” Day said. “We’re playing really good football, clean football. We have a high ceiling.”

The Buckeyes scored on all seven first-half possession before backing off.

“We got blasted,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said. “We were not able to eliminate the explosive plays on defense and were not able to execute on offense.”

Michigan State Heisman hopeful Kenneth Walker III, the nation’s leading rusher, was turned into a nonfactor by the Buckeyes. Walker, who rolled his ankle in last week’s win over Maryland, had just six carries for 25 yards.

“He’s a little banged up right now, so we’re going to use the guys who can go,” Tucker said.

RIDDER DOES EVERYTHING FOR NO. 3 CINCINNATI IN ROUT OF SMU

CINCINNATI (AP) Desmond Ridder threw three touchdown passes, ran for another score and even caught a TD pass to help No. 3 Cincinnati roll past SMU 48-14 on Saturday.

Alec Pierce had a pair of TD catches for the Bearcats (11-0, 7-0 American Athletic). They extended the nation’s second-longest home winning streak to 26 games and keep alive hopes of becoming the first non-Power 5 team to reach the College Football Playoff.

“We’ve been waiting on playing that complete game,” Bearcats coach Luke Fickell said. “We challenged them before the game and again at halftime. They stepped up and executed.”

SMU (8-3, 4-3) managed 199 yards of offense after averaging 498 through the first 10 games. Tanner Mordecai, the AAC offensive player of the week last week for the fourth time this season, had only 63 yards passing and was sacked three times.

“They lined up and whipped us pretty good,” SMU coach Sonny Dykes said. “When that happens it’s on everybody. We need to coach better. We’ve got to play better. But I give them a lot of credit. Cincinnati looked like a top three team, a playoff team. They certainly made a statement tonight.”

It was an emphatic start to the game for the Bearcats. After Cincinnati forced SMU to punt on its first possession, Ridder found Tyler Scott wide open for a 53-yard scoring pass on the first play from scrimmage.

“We had that play scripted the night before,” said Ridder, who passed for 274 yards. “I knew I was throwing to the post and I saw Tyler running wide open.”

Following a partially blocked punt by Wilson Huber, the Bearcats took over at the SMU 25 and Jerome Ford’s 4-yard run made it 14-0 with 5:32 left in the first quarter.

“We had one chance earlier in the game, so we wanted to get after it,” Huber said. “I was able to get through the shields and get my hand on it.”

Ford had 20 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown after missing a game due to injury.

After a fumble ended a promising drive for the Mustangs, Ridder scored on a 40-yard keeper on fourth-and-1 to make it 20-0 in the second quarter.

Alec Pierce caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Ridder and the Bearcats led 27-0 at halftime. Pierce had two TD catches.

Cincinnati’s halftime lead could have been larger had it not been for a missed extra-point attempt and two missed field goal attempts, one which was blocked.

The Bearcats forced six three-and-outs in the first half.

“We came out and executed all-around,” said linebacker Curtis Brooks, who had two sacks. “Great game plan from the coaches. We wanted to go out and have some fun.”

DT JORDAN DAVIS RUNS FOR TD AS NO. 1 GEORGIA ROLLS, 56-7

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) As the leader of the nation’s top defense, Jordan Davis has produced enough highlights to receive some Heisman Trophy hype.

Davis made another memory in his farewell to Sanford Stadium.

The standout defensive tackle scored his first career touchdown and No. 1 Georgia was again dominant in a 56-7 rout of Charleston Southern on Saturday.

Davis began the day among the seniors honored in a pregame ceremony. He ended it directing the Georgia Redcoat Marching Band. He was presented a red uniform jacket as an honorary member of the band.

“If today was not my favorite memory, I don’t know what to tell you,” Davis said.

Georgia (11-0) was in full control against Charleston Southern (4-6), the Football Championship Subdivision team from the Big South. The Buccaneers fell to 0-25 all-time against FBS teams.

The Bulldogs allowed only 126 yards – 68 rushing on 31 carries and 58 passing.

“Man, tough when you are playing the No. 1 team in the country,” said Charleston Southern coach Autrey Denson. “There is no room for error, so we had to play a perfect game, our best game of the season. Unfortunately, we did not do that in all phases, but man did they compete their tails off.”

The Bulldogs installed a goal-line play for Davis in practice this week but there was no guarantee they would use it. As it turned out, Davis didn’t have to wait very long as he scored on a 1-yard plunge out of the Bulldogs’ jumbo package for the game’s first touchdown.

It’s not often that quarterback Stetson Bennett has the opportunity to hand the ball to a 6-foot-6, 340-pound running back.

“That was my whole job on the play, make sure he gets the ball and gets the right handoff,” Bennett said. “Make sure he gets in the end zone. It was pretty cool.”

Davis had previously played in the jumbo package as a blocker, but fans roared in anticipation when the massive lineman shifted to the backfield. Davis was stopped on his first run from the 2. Fans again cheered when he was given a second carry and scored from the 1.

The celebration with teammates began in the end zone and continued on the sideline.

“I felt like it was just a way to honor me and send me out with a bang,” Davis said. “I was excited, just knowing the team was behind me.”

Brock Bowers had two touchdown catches and four Georgia players, including Davis, had scoring runs. Zamir White ran for 83 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown, on only four carries.

Bennett and JT Daniels split time at quarterback. Bennett threw scoring passes of 32 yards to Kenny McIntosh and 4 yards to Bowers.

Daniels, who began the season as the starter, took over in the second quarter and added a 7-yard touchdown pass to Bowers. Carson Beck, Georgia’s third-string quarterback, took over in the second half after Georgia led 49-0 and added the Bulldogs’ fourth scoring pass to tight end Brett Seither.

Georgia’s defense, which recorded back-to-back shutouts over Vanderbilt and Arkansas in the first half of the season, began the day leading the nation with only 7.6 points allowed per game.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL RE-CAPS

OHIO STATE 56, MICHIGAN STATE 7: With a 56-7 victory over Michigan State on Saturday, Ohio State earned at least a share of the Big Ten East Division title. The Buckeyes have now claimed at least a share of the division title in each of the last 10 seasons. C.J. Stroud passed for six first-half touchdowns en route to a 49-0 advantage heading into halftime. Stroud found Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson for a pair of first half TDs and also connected with Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming for scores. Miyan Williams added a rushing score for Ohio State in the first half and Master Teague a fourth quarter touchdown as part of a 21-carry, 95-yard day. Stroud finished the day 32-35 for 432 yards and the six touchdowns. At one point he completed 17 passes in a row, setting an Ohio State record. Defensively, Ohio State limited Michigan State to 224 total yards and just 66 on the ground. [FULL RECAP]

PURDUE 32, NORTHWESTERN 14: Behind a trio of touchdowns from Aidan O’Connell to Milton Wright, the Purdue football team improved to 7-4 (5-3 in the Big Ten) on the season with a 32-14 victory over Northwestern at Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon. Wright had a career day with eight receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs. It marked the third time a Boilermaker wide receiver eclipsed the 200-yard mark in a game, the most ever in a single season. O’Connell aired it out all day long, throwing for 423 yards and completing 74 percent of his passes (29-39). Along with his connection with Wright, O’Connell connected with David Bell 12 times. The Big Ten’s leading wide receiver tallied 101 yards for this 17th career 100-yard game. On the other side of the ball, the defense bounced back by holding the Wildcats to just a pair of touchdowns. The Boilermakers recorded eight tackles for loss as a team, including four consecutive sacks on one of Northwestern’s last drives of the game. [FULL RECAP]

PENN STATE 28, RUTGERS 0: The Penn State football team closed out its home schedule with a 28-0 win over Big Ten foe Rutgers at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. After quarterback Sean Clifford left the game in the first quarter, true freshman Christian Veilleux saw his first action as a Nittany Lion. Veilleux shined in his debut, completing 15 of 24 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Three different receivers found the end zone on the day for the Nittany Lions on Saturday. In his final contest at Beaver Stadium, senior Jahan Dotson had three catches for 52 yards with an 8-yard touchdown. Freshman Malick Meigarecorded his first collegiate touchdown, connecting with Veilleux on a 67-yard score in the third quarter. The Penn State defense shut down the Rutgers offense throughout the afternoon, holding the Scarlett Knights to just 165 yards. Jaquan Brisker led the unit with seven tackles. Senior captain Jonathan Sutherland capped off the victory with his first career interception in his final game at Beaver Stadium. [FULL RECAP]

IOWA 33, ILLINOIS 23: Senior Charlie Jones energized Kinnick Stadium with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter to jumpstart the 17th-ranked University of Iowa football team in a 33-23 victory over Illinois on Senior Day Saturday. The Hawkeyes trailed 10-0 before Jones’ 100-yard kickoff return – the fourth 100-yarder in school history — gave Iowa a jolt. The Hawkeyes outscored the Illini, 26-13, the rest of the way to improve to 9-2 overall and 6-2 in Big Ten play. Along with Jones on special teams, senior Caleb Shudak accounted for 12 points, making 4-of-5 field goals in the contest, making from 51, 48, 29 and 30.  His only miss was a 57-yarder late in the first half.  The four field goals were a career  high. Illinois out-gained the Hawkeyes, 312-255, in the game, but Iowa found the end zone in all three phases, after a Jack Campbell 32-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter capped Iowa’s scoring. [FULL RECAP]

MICHIGAN 59, MARYLAND 18: The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan football team got scoring contributions from all three phases as the Wolverines rolled to a 59-18 victory over Maryland on Saturday (Nov. 20), at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. The offense accounted for 42 of Michigan’s point total behind 343 passing yards and 151 yards on the ground. Quarterback Cade McNamara notched 259 yards on the day, connecting on 21 of 28 attempts and two touchdowns. Hassan Haskins ran for a pair of one-yard TDs as part of a 78-yard game which helped him eclipse 1,000 career rushing yards. The defense got in on the scoring as well, with DJ Turner picking off a Taulia Tagovailoa pass and returning it 42 yards to paydirt late in the third quarter. Josh Ross had a team-best eight tackles, seven solo and one for loss, and R.J. Moten added six tackles and one pass breakup. [FULL RECAP]

MINNESOTA 35, INDIANA 14: Ky Thomas ran for 105 yards and a career-high two scores, Tanner Morgan threw two touchdown passes and Minnesota scored 14 points the final 46 seconds of the first half Saturday to pull away from Indiana 35-14. Indiana started fast, capping an impressive opening drive with quarterback Donaven McCulley scooping up a fumbled snap and scoring from 11 yards out. Thomas’ 2-yard TD run tied the score midway through the second quarter and his 1-yard run with 46 seconds left in the half gave Minnesota a 14-7 lead. The Gophers took control after Tyler Nubin picked off McCulley, a true freshman, and returned it to the Hoosiers 31-yard line. Three plays later, Morgan found Chris Autman-Bell for a 14-yard TD pass with 9 seconds left. [FULL RECAP]

WISCONSIN 35, NEBRASKA 28: Braelon Allen rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns — including a tiebreaking 53-yarder with 3:50 remaining — to help Wisconsin outlast Nebraska 35-28 for its seventh consecutive victory on Saturday. Wisconsin will clinch its fourth Big Ten championship game appearance in the last six years if it wins its regular-season finale at Minnesota next Saturday. Wisconsin is tied with No. 18 Iowa for first place in the West, but owns the tiebreaker advantage because it beat the Hawkeyes 27-7 on Oct. 30. [FULL RECAP]

STEELERS ROETHLISBERGER WILL START, MOVED OFF COVID-19 LIST

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night after being removed from the COVID-19 list.

The team made the move on Saturday, a week after Roethlisberger went onto the list after testing positive for the coronavirus. The team said Roethlisberger passed the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols and will travel separately to Los Angeles later Saturday afternoon.

Roethlisberger sat out last week’s 16-16 tie with Detroit after being symptomatic for the coronavirus and then testing positive. He participated virtually with the Steelers (5-3-1) during the week and was in frequent contact with offensive coordinator Matt Canada and quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan.

This is the second time Roethlisberger will start after being placed in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol. He went into the protocol last November after being labeled a close contact. He didn’t practice during the week but played during a 36-10 win over Cincinnati, throwing for 333 yards and four touchdowns.

CHIEFS ACTIVATE RB EDWARDS-HELAIRE OFF INJURED RESERVE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs activated running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire from injured reserve, giving him a good chance of playing for the first time since Week 5 when Kansas City plays the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The move Saturday was widely expected after Edwards-Helaire spent most of the past two weeks practicing. He hurt his ankle against the Bills and was designated to return last week against the Raiders but sat out another game.

“He had a good week of practice,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday.

Darrel Williams has been the primary running back with Edwards-Helaire on the shelf. But despite catching nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders, Williams has just 343 yards rushing on 95 attempts; Edwards-Helaire has 304 yards on 65 attempts to remain second on the team in rushing.

Williams is likely to return to his role as Edwards-Helaire’s backup, particularly on third downs.

“The thing that we know about Darrel, he’s a good football player. He’s smart, he’s instinctive, he’s tough – he’s just a jack of all trades,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said, “and it’s not surprising that when given these opportunities, he’s having the success that he’s having. He’s just a steady, consistent football player who understands that, `Hey, when that opportunity comes, I’ve got to make the most of it.’ It is uplifting to watch, not only as a coach but as a team.”

Edwards-Helaire, a former first-round pick, nevertheless should provide a big boost to a Chiefs offense that finally showed some signs of life in Las Vegas. Patrick Mahomes shook off the worst two-game slump of his career as a starter to throw for 406 yards and five touchdowns without an interception in a 41-14 victory over the Raiders.

The win pushed the Chiefs (6-4) back into first place in the AFC West with the Cowboys (7-2) coming to town.

“I’ve been really encouraged by the performance of the team over the last few weeks, particularly in Las Vegas. It was good to see the offense get back in sync,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said this week. “On the defensive side, the gradual improvement that we’ve made over the last five weeks has reminded me a little of the improvement the defense made in 2019,” when the Chiefs ended a 50-year championship drought by beating the 49ers in the Super Bowl.

“Obviously, we have a big game coming up this weekend,” Hunt added, “and then after the bye we have a number of games against our AFC West opponents, which will be very important.”

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5) AT BUFFALO BILLS (6-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 37-32-1

STREAKS: Bills have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/21/18: Bills 5 at Colts 37

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/17: Bills 13, Colts 7

QB CARSON WENTZ has 0 INTs in 7 of past 8 starts. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.2 rating in 4 road starts this season. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (KIRK COUSINS) with 3 or fewer INTs (3) in 2021, min. 200 atts. Completed 17 of 24 passes (70.8 pct.) for 172 yards & TD for 104.9 rating in only career start vs. Buf. (10/27/19 w/ Phi.). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 126 scrimmage yards (116 rush., 10 rec.) & rush TD last week. Is 4th player ever with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 7 straight games & can join HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2006) as only players to do so in 8 straight within single season. Rushed for 78 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Leads NFL with 1,240 scrimmage yards & ties for lead with 937 rush yards. RB NYHEIM HINES rushed for 75 yards in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 5 catches for team-high 71 rec. yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 60+ rec. yards & 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Had 5 catches for 90 yards in 2020-WC meeting. WR T.Y. HILTON had 2 rec. TDs in his last reg. season game vs. Buf. (10/21/18). • LB DARIUS LEONARD is 1 of 2 in NFL (DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL) with 5+ tackles in 10 games this season. Has 21 tackles (10.5 per game) & FR in 2 career games vs. Buf., incl. postseason. Has FR in 3 of his past 4 on road. DT TAYLOR STALLWORTH aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB KENNY MOORE tied career high with 3 PD last week & has 6 PD in his past 3.

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 21 of 28 passes (75 pct.) for season high 366 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 125.6 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 6 of past 7. Passed for 324 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.6 rating & rushed for 54 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 11 TDs (9 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 101.6 rating in 4 home starts this season. • RB ZACK MOSS rushed for 4th TD of season last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 2nd TD of season in Week 10. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC South. RB MATT BREIDA had season-high 50 scrimmage yards (28 rush, 22 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 3rd-career game with 2 TDs. Had 71 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 22 rec.) in only career game vs. Ind. (10/8/17 w/ SF). • WR STEFON DIGGS had 8 catches for season-high 162 yards & TD last week, his 9th game with Buf. with 100+ rec. yards, tied3rd most in NFL since 2020. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for 128 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. WR GABRIEL DAVIS had 105 rec. yards in Week 10, 2nd-career 100- yard game. Had 4 catches for 85 yards in 2020 WC meeting. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 5 tackles & 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Had 7 tackles & PD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. CB TARON JOHNSON had 1st INT of season last week. S JORDAN POYER led team with season-high 10 tackles & had INT in Week 10. Has INT in 3 of past 4.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (3-6) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 9-7

STREAKS: Washington has won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/27/20: Panthers 20 at Washington 13

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/1/19: Washington 29 at Panthers 21

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 26 of 32 attempts (careerhigh 81.3 pct.) for 256 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 110.4 rating last week, his 2nd-career start with 100+ rating. Made 1st career start w/ Car. (vs. Atl., 12/23/18). Aims for his 4th road start in row with 20+ completions. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON rushed for 64 yards & 2 TDs in Week 10, his 4th-career game with 2+ TDs. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 6th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 61 yards in last meeting. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 4 catches last week & aims for his 5th in row with 4+ receptions. Had 8 catches, 92 scrimmage yards (77 rec., 15 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Since 2020, leads all RBs in receptions (117) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (956). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 6 receptions & 59 rec. yards last week. Has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. Needs 1 catch for 3rd-consecutive 50-catch season. WR DEANDRE CARTER aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. • LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 15th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. S KAMREN CURL led team with 7 tackles & had 3rd PD of season last week. Had INT in last meeting. CB KENDALL FULLER has 7 PD in his past 6. Had PD & TFL in last meeting. DT JONATHAN ALLEN aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. DT DARON PAYNE had sack in last meeting. LB JAMIN DAVIS is 1 of 3 rookie LBs with 40+ tackles (40).

QB CAM NEWTON had TD pass & rush TD in Car. season debut last week. Has 71 career rush TDs & 43 games with both pass TD & rush TD, both most by QB in NFL history. Has 13 TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 109.8 rating in 5 career starts vs. Was. Is Car. franchise leader in pass yards (29,049) & pass TDs (183). • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 10 catches & 161 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 66 rec.) in Week 10. Has 11 games with 10+ catches, most by RB all-time & 3rd-most by player in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his 5 games this season. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. Needs 9 catches to surpass ROGER CRAIG & ALVIN KAMARA (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. • WR DJ MOORE had 6 catches for 75 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 5+ catches. Has 5+ receptions in 6 of his past 7 at home. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Had 7 catches & rec. TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with TD catch. • LB HAASON REDDICK had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Is 1 of 2 (T.J. WATT) with 5 games with 1.5+ sacks in 2021. Has 5.5 sacks in 5 home games this season. DE BRIAN BURNS aims for his 6th in row at home with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 6 tackles, 2 PD & sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 8+ tackles. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. S JEREMY CHINN aims for his 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-3) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 4-2

STREAKS: Bears have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Bears 27 at Ravens 24 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Bears 23, Ravens 20 (OT)

QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 pct.) for 238 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 178 rush yards (89 per game) in 2 career games vs. NFC North. Is 12-0 with 26 TDs (20 pass, 6 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 98 rating in 12 career starts vs. NFC. Leads QBs with 639 rush yards this season & is 1 of 5 players in NFL with 600+ rush yards in each of past 4 seasons. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 3 of past 4. Rushed for TD in his last game vs. Chi. (9/10/17 w/ Atl.). • WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 road games this season. Is 2nd WR in franchise history (TORREY SMITH) with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. Rookie WR RASHOD BATEMAN had seasonhigh 6 catches for team-high 80 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE MARK ANDREWS had 6 catches for 63 yards & TD in Week 10. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY led team with 7 tackles & 2 PD last week. Aims for 7th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 2+ PD. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack & FF last week. Has 4 sacks in 3 career games vs. Chi. LB PATRICK QUEEN had 5 tackles, sack & 1st FF of season in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row with TFL. Rookie LB ODAFE OWEH had season-high 2 TFL & sack last week. Has sack in 3 of 4 road games this season. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 4 sacks in 2021.

QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) passed for career-high 291 yards & TD vs. INT for 89.9 rating in Week 9. Has 40+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 starts. Has TD pass in 4 of his past 5 starts. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 80 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 17 rec.) in Week 9. Has 688 scrimmage yards (114.7 per game) & 6 rush TDs in his past 6 at home & aims for his 7th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC. Rookie RB KHALIL HERBERT aims for his 3rd in row at home with 70+ rush yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 4 catches & 68 rec. yards in Week 9. Had 7 catches for 57 yards & 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Bal. (9/25/16 w/ Jax.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with rec. TD. WR DARNELL MOONEY had 2nd rec. TD of season & 1stcareer rush TD in Week 9. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ receptions. TE COLE KMET led team with 6 catches & had career-high 87 rec. yards in Week 9. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 4 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. Bal. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with 2+ TD catches. • LB KHALIL MACK has TFL in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Bal. Aims for his 6th in row at home with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 12 tackles & had 14th-career sack in Week 9. Has 10+ tackles in 6 of his past 7. Needs 7 tackles for 4th-consecutive 100-tackle season. LB ROBERT QUINN had 89th-career sack in Week 9. Has 4 sacks & 6 TFL in 4 home games in 2021 & aims for his 5th in row at home with TFL.

DETROIT LIONS (0-8-1) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Lions lead all-time series, 16-4

STREAKS: Lions have won past 4

LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Browns 24 at Lions 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/13: Lions 31, Browns 17

QB JARED GOFF passed for 268 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 79.7 rating in his only career start at Cle. (9/22/19 w/ LAR). Has 60+ comp. pct. in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT rushed for career-high 130 yards in Week 10. Leads all RBs with 50 receptions, 1st Det. RB with 50+ catches in single season since THEO RIDDICK (2018). Ranks 2nd among RBs with career-high 420 rec. yards. Has 510 scrimmage yards (102 per game) in 5 road games this season & aims for his 4th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row on road with 50+ rush yards. Had 7 catches, 118 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 49 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his only career game vs. Cle (12/10/17 w/ GB). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has 6+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Needs 2 receptions for his 2nd-consecutive 50-catch season. Leads NFC TEs in receptions (48) & ranks 2nd among NFC TEs in rec. yards (448). Rookie WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had 4 catches for team-high 61 rec. yards in Week 10. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. WR KALIF RAYMOND had 4+ receptions in 3 of his past 4. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had 7 tackles, 2 PD & 1st-career FR in Week 10. LB TREY FLOWERS had 1st FR of season last week. LB ALEX ANZALONE led team with 9 tackles in Week 10 & has 7+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. LB JULIAN OKWARA had 1st-career INT last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4. LB CHARLES HARRIS has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4.

QB BAKER MAYFIELD has 95+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts at home. Has 9 TDs vs. INT for 98.8 rating in his past 7 starts vs. NFC. Is 1 of 4 AFC QBs with 4 or fewer (4) INTs this season, min. 200 attempts. QB CASE KEENUM completed 8 of 12 passes (66.7 pct.) for 81 yards last week. Passed for 282 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.8 rating in his last start vs. Det. (11/23/17 w/ Min.). • RB NICK CHUBB has 100+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 & rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Has 189 scrimmage yards (94.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. NFC North. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 721 rush yards this season. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & DERRICK HENRY) with 6+ rush TDs in each of past 4 seasons. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON led team with 157 scrimmage yards (99 rush, 58 rec.) with 7 catches last week. Is only player in NFL with 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 games since Week 7. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had 7 catches for 53 yards in only career game vs. Det. (11/9/14 w/ Mia.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches. WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 2nd TD catch of season last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack & PD in Week 10 & has sack in 6 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Has 6 sacks in his past 3 vs. NFC North. Leads NFL with 13 sacks, his 2nd-career season with 13+ sacks (13.5 in 2018). DT MALIK MCDOWELL had sack last week. LB ANTHONY WALKER aims for 6th in row with 8+ tackles. Had TFL in his last game vs. Det. (11/1/18 w/ Ind.).

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-5) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-7)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 3-2

STREAKS: 49ers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Jaguars 33 at 49ers 44

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/18/05: Jaguars 10, 49ers 9

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 15 of 19 atts. (season-high 78.9 pct.) for 182 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 141.7 rating in Week 10, his 3rd-career start with 140+ rating. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 4th in row overall with 100+ rating. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 102.4 rating in last meeting. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) rushed for 91 yards last week. Is 1 of 2 NFC RBs (DALVIN COOK) with 4 games with 90+ rush yards in 2021. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 560 rush yards. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of his 1st 7 career games. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 5 catches, 133 scrimmage yards (97 rec., 36 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in Week 10, his 1st-career game with both rec. & rush TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 979 rec. yards, 2nd-most by 49ers WR (HOFer JERRY RICE – 1,006 in 1990) in team’s 1st 9 games of season in team history. Is 1 of 3 NFC WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS & COOPER KUPP) with 8+ games (8) with 5+ catches in 2021. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. TE GEORGE KITTLE had 2nd rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • DL NICK BOSA had 8th sack of season last week. Has 6 sacks & 9 TFL in 4 road games this season & aims for his 5th in row on road with sack. Ranks tied-1st in NFL with 13 TFL in 2021. LB FRED WARNER is 1 of 2 (DENZEL PERRYMAN) with 7+ tackles in 9 games this season. DB JIMMIE WARD had 2 INTs, incl. 2ndcareer INT-TD, last week.

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) aims for 3rd start in row with 0 INTs. Has 270+ pass yards & 90+ rating in 2 of his past 3 home starts. Ranks 2nd among rookies in completions (192), pass yards (1,983) & TD passes (8) this season. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 84 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 27 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 of his past 6. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. RB CARLOS HYDE has 70+ scrimmge yards in 2 of past 3. Totaled 3,363 scrimmage yards & 24 TDs (21 rush, 3 rec.) in 4 seasons (2014-17) with SF. RB JAMAL AGNEW rushed for career-high 79 yards & had 1st-career rush TD in Week 10. • WR MARVIN JONES had 4 catches for 54 yards & TD in his last game vs. SF (9/16/18 w/ Det.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 50+ rec. yards. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE DAN ARNOLD led team with 5 catches for 67 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN has sack in 2 of past 3. Has 6 TFL in his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 7+ tackles & PD. DT MALCOM BROWN had 5 tackles & season-high 2 TFL in Week 10. Had TFL in his last game vs. SF (11/15/20 w/ NO). DT DAVON HAMILTON had 1st sack of season last week. S RAYSHAWN JENKINS led team with 6 tackles in Week 10. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of past 4. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with 6+ tackles.

GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-2) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 62-54-3

STREAKS: Packers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/1/20: Vikings 28, at Packers 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Packers 43, Vikings 34

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 292 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 364 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.5 rating in last road meeting. Has 53 TDs (50 pass, 3 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 108.5 rating in 24 career starts vs. Min. Is 13-1 in his past 14 starts vs. NFC North. Since 2020, has 28 TDs (26 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 131.7 rating in his past 8 vs. division. • RB AJ DILLON had season-high 128 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 62 rec.) & 2 rush TDs, his 2nd career game with 125+ scrimmage yards & 2 rush TDs (12/27/20 vs. Ten.). Aims for his 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches & 78 rec. yards last week. Has 525 rec. yards (105 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 5 road games this season. Has 37 catches (9.3 per game) & 395 rec. yards (98.8 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 at Min. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 13+ receptions. Had 3 rec. TDs in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 2+ rec. TDs. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL is 1 of 2 (DARIUS LEONARD) with 10 games with 5+ tackles in 2021. Needs 3 tackles for 5thconsecutive 90-tackle season. LB PRESTON SMITH had 3rd sack of season last week. LB RASHAN GARY had sack last week & has career-high 5.5 sacks in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. S ADRIAN AMOS tied his career-high with 3 PD & had his 9th-career INT in Week 10. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. CB KEVIN KING had 1st INT of season last week, his 7th-career INT.

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 294 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.5 rating in Week 10. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (DAK PRESCOTT & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 6+ games (6) with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2021. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 94.8 rating in 4 home starts this season. Has 1,913 pass yards (273.3 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 107.5 rating in 7 career starts vs. GB. • RB DALVIN COOK had 118 scrimmage yards (94 rush, 24 rec.) & rush TD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row with 115+ scrimmage yards. Had 226 scrimmage yards (163 rush, 63 rec.) & career high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. GB with TD. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 9 catches for 143 yards in his 25th career game last week. Has 2,175 rec. yards & 10 games with 100+ rec. yards, both 2nd-most by player in 1st 25 games in SB era. Has 6+ catches in 6 of his past 7 at home. WR ADAM THIELEN had 110 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Ranks 4th in NFL with 36 rec. TDs since 2018. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 8 tackles & had sack & INT in Week 10. Has sack in 3 of his past 4. Needs 8 tackles for 6th-consecutive 100-tackle season. Has 7+ tackles in 8 of his past 9 vs. GB & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 11+ tackles. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home vs. GB. Aims for his 5th in row at home in 2021 with sack. Rookie S CAMRYN BYNUM had 1st-career sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-7) AT NEW YORK JETS (2-7)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 55-54-1

STREAKS: Dolphins have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 11/29/20: Dolphins 20 at Jets 3

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/20

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 8 of 13 passes (61.5 pct.) for 158 yards & 104 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 70+ comp. pct., 285+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. QB JACOBY BRISSETT has 60+ comp. pct. in 4 of 5 starts this season. • RB MYLES GASKIN has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 126 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 35 rec.) in his last game vs. NYJ (10/18/20). • WR JAYLEN WADDLE (rookie) had 4 catches for 61 yards last week. Has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for 6th in row with 4+ catches. Leads rookies with 60 catches, 3rd-most by Mia. rookie since 1970. WR ALBERT WILSON led team with season high 87 rec. yards in Week 10. WR ISAIAH FORD had season high 84 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches for career-high 92 yards in only career game at NYJ (12/8/19). TE MIKE GESICKI had TD catch in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 TEs (MARK ANDREWS & TRAVIS KELCE) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 5 tackles, FF & FR-TD last week. Is only player in NFL with FF & FR in 2 games this season. Had 3 PD & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with INT & 4th in row vs. NYJ with 2+ PD. Has PD in 7 of his past 8 on road. CB BYRON JONES led team with season-high 9 tackles in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3. CB JUSTIN COLEMAN aims for 3rd in row with INT. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had career-high 2 PD & 2nd-career sack last week.

 QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) has 507 pass yards (253.5 per game) in 2 home starts this season. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. division with 0 INTs. QB MIKE WHITE passed for 251 yards last week. Has 105+ rating in 2 of 3 starts this season. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had 82 scrimmage yards (43 rec., 39 rush) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row at home with rush TD. Ties for lead among rookies with 4 rush TDs & ranks 3rd with 673 scrimmage yards (367 rush, 306 rec.). Is 1 of 2 rookies (NAJEE HARRIS) with 300+ rush yards & 300+ rec. yards. RB TY JOHNSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches. RB TEVIN COLEMAN rushed for TD in only career game vs. Mia. (10/15/17 w/ Atl.). • WR COREY DAVIS had 5 catches for 93 yards last week. Aims for 6th in row with 4+ catches & 40+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 62 yards in only career game vs. Mia. (9/9/18 w/ Ten.). WR JAMISON CROWDER has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Has 7+ catches in 3 of past 4 at home. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD & 4th in row with 40+ rec. yards. • LB C.J. MOSLEY aims for his 8th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 63- yard INT-TD in his last game vs. Mia. (10/26/17 w/ Bal.). Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 at home. S JARROD WILSON had 1st-career sack last week. S SHARROD NEASMAN had 1st-career INT in Week 10. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-4) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 17-12

STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/13/20: Saints 21 at Eagles 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/20

QB TREVOR SIEMIAN passed for 298 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.8 rating in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs. QB TAYSOM HILL passed for 291 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102 rating & had 33 rush yards in last meeting. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 202 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. Phi. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 90+ scrimmage yards & TD. Needs 1 reception to surpass ROGER CRAIG (358) for most catches by RB in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 115+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB MARK INGRAM had 108 scrimmage yards (61 rec., 47 rush) & 2nd rush TD of season last week & became NO all-time leader in rush yards (6,124). Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Phi. • WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Set career-highs in catches (10) & rec. yards (157) vs. Phi. (11/18/18). WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had 5th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. WR DEONTE HARRIS led team with career-high 84 rec. yards in Week 10. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has sack in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with PD. LB DEMARIO DAVIS aims for his 9th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 9 TFL & 4 PD in 5 road games this season. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with PD. Has 65 PD since 2017, tied-2nd most in NFL. S MALCOLM JENKINS has 6+ tackles in 4 of 5 road games this season. Had 58 PD, 11 INT & 11 FFs in 96 games with Phi. (2014-19).

QB JALEN HURTS had 2 TDs vs. INT for 103.2 rating & 53 rush yards in Week 10. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rush yards & has 30+ rush yards in each of 1st 14 career starts. Has 7 TDs (4 pass, 3 rush) vs. INT in 4 home starts this season. Rushed for career-high 106 yards in last meeting, his 1st-career start. • RB MILES SANDERS had 115 rush yards & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. RB JORDAN HOWARD rushed for season-high 83 yards last week. Has 3 rush TDs in 3 games this season. Has 121 scrimmage yards (102 rush, 19 rec.) in his only career game vs. NO (10/29/17 w/ Chi.). RB BOSTON SCOTT had season-high 105 scrimmage yards (career-high 81 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 10, his 3rd-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) had 66 rec. yards & 1st-career 2-TD game last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Is 1 of 2 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE) with 6 games with 60+ rec. yards. TE DALLAS GOEDERT needs 71 rec. yards for 3rd-consecutive season with 500+ rec. yards. • CB DARIUS SLAY had 83-yard FR-TD last week & is 1 of 4 (KEVIN BYARD, TREVON DIGGS & MIKE EDWARDS) with 2 defensive TDs in 2021. Leads NFL with 113 PD since 2013. DT FLETCHER COX has 4 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in 2 career home games vs. NO & aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. NO with sack. DT JAVON HARGRAVE had 2 sacks & FR in last meeting. DE DEREK BARNETT had 2nd sack of season last week. LB DAVION TAYLOR had 1st 2 career FFs last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles.

HOUSTON TEXANS (1-8) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (8-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 21-17

STREAKS: Titans have won past 3

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Titans 41 at Texans 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/18/20: Titans 42, Texans 36 (OT)

QB TYROD TAYLOR completed 24 of 43 passes (55.8 pct.) for 240 yards in Week 9. Has 0 INTs & 110+ rating in 2 of 3 starts this season. Completed 10 of 17 (58.8 pct.) for 109 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97.4 rating & rushed for 76 yards & TD in only career start vs. Ten. (10/11/15 w/Buf.). Has 11 TDs (8 pass, 3 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in 5 career starts vs. AFC South. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 120 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 36 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with rush TD. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY aims for his 4th in row on road vs. AFC South with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 6 catches for 56 yards in Week 9. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 166 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with 65+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 5+ catches. Is 1 of 2 WRs (ROBERT WOODS) with 550+ rec. yards in each of past 8 seasons. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had season-high 49 rec. yards in Week 9. • DL JONATHAN GREENARD aims for his 6th in row with TFL & 4th in row with PD. Has sack in 4 of past 5. Had career-high 9 tackles & TFL in last meeting. DL MALIEK COLLINS had 0.5 sacks, FR & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 8 tackles in Week 9. Had 13 tackles, TFL & FF in last meeting. Has 7+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. Ten. DB ERIC MURRAY had 8 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 9.

 QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 pct.) for 213 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 105.9 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & rush TD. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Has 16 TDs (13 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 124.5 rating in his past 5 starts vs. Hou. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 105+ rating & 4th in row at home with rush TD. • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN had season-high 78 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 30 rush) last week. Drafted by Hou. in 3rd round of 2017 NFL Draft & scored 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 seasons with team. RB ADRIAN PETERSON aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 2+ rush TDs. RB JEREMY MCNICHOLS had 62 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 11 rec.) in last home meeting. • WR A.J. BROWN has 5+ catches in 4 of past 5. Had 10 catches for 151 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 27 catches for 447 yards (111.8 per game) & 5 TDs in 4 career games vs. Hou. Has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR MARCUS JOHNSON set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (100) last week, his 3rd-career 100-yard game. TE GEOFF SWAIM has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • S KEVIN BYARDhad 6 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with INT. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 12 PD. LB HAROLD LANDRY had sack last week & has sack in 6 of past 7. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 10 sacks. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS aims for 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Had sack in last home meeting.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-4) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 19-11

STREAKS: Bengals have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/17/19: Bengals 10 at Raiders 17 (Oakland)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/19 (Oakland)

QB JOE BURROW completed 28 of 40 passes (70 pct.) for 282 yards in Week 9. Has 3 TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 8 games in 2021, most in NFL. Has 5 career road games with 3+ TD passes, tied 3rd-most since 2020. • RB JOE MIXON had 110 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 46 rec.) & had season-high 2 rush TDs in Week 9, his 5th-career game with 2 rush TDs. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Has 233 scrimmage yards (116.5 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Raiders. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Raiders with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC West. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) had 6 catches for 49 yards in Week 9, his 5th game with 5+ catches this season. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Has TD catch in 4 of 5 road games this season. Leads all rookies in rec. yards (835) & rec. TDs (7). WR TEE HIGGINS had 6 catches for team-high 78 yards in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ rec. yards. WR TYLER BOYD has 4+ catches in 4 of his past 5 on road. TE C.J. UZOMAH has TD catch in 2 of past 3 on road. Ranks tied-2nd among TEs with 5 rec. TDs. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON has sack in 5 straight games, 2ndlongest active streak in NFL. Had 2 TFL & sack in only career game vs. LV (9/21/20 w/ NO). Has 22 sacks since 2020, tied 3rdmost in NFL. LB LOGAN WILSON had 1st-career FF in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 AFC LBs with 6+ tackles in 9 games this season.

 QB DEREK CARR completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 pct.) for 261 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 99.8 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 65+ comp. pct. & 250+ pass yards. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Completed 25 of 29 passes (86.2 pct.) for 292 yards & 105.7 rating in last meeting. Has 3 TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. • RB JOSH JACOBS tied career high with 5 catches last week. Rushed for 112 yards in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC North. RB KENYAN DRAKE has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 115 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 46 rush) & TD catch in his last game vs. Cin. (10/7/18 w/ Mia.). • TE DARREN WALLER has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has 4+ catches in each of his 8 games this season, 2ndmost among TEs. Had 5 catches for 78 yards in last meeting. WR HUNTER RENFROW aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches & 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 5 catches for 66 yards in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. WR BRYAN EDWARDS led team with 88 rec. yards & had TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE has 2 sacks in 2 of past 3. Had TFL & INTTD in his last game vs. Cin. (10/20/19 w/ Jax.). DE MAXX CROSBY had career-high 4 sacks & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TFL. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 11 tackles last week & leads NFL with 102 tackles this season.

DALLAS COWBOYS (7-2) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Chiefs 17 at Cowboys 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/13: Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16

QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 24 of 31 atts. (77.4 pct.) for 296 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.9 rating & had rush TD in Week 10. Became 3rd QB (DAUNTE CULPEPPER & CAM NEWTON) with 125+ TD passes (126) & 25+ rush TDs (25) in 1st 6 season alltime. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 106.8 rating in last meeting. Has 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 road starts. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 2 TDs last week, his 12th-career game with 2 rush TDs. Is only player with 8+ TDs in each of past 6 seasons. Rushed for 93 yards & TD in last meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (9,172) & rush yards (7,047) & is 1 of 4 RBs with 50+ rush TDs (53). • WR AMARI COOPER had 51 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ receptions in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC. Has 29 receptions for 340 yards (85 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 4 road games this season. Is only player with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 7 seasons. WR CEEDEE LAMB had 6 catches for 94 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week, his 4th-career 2-TD game. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ rec. yards & 6th in row on road with 5+ catches. • CB TREVON DIGGS leads NFL with 8 INTs & became 3rd player since 1990 with 8 INTs in team’s 1st 9 games of season. Diggs (13 PD) & CB ANTHONY BROWN (11) are only pair of teammates with 10+ PD in 2021. LB MICAH PARSONS had sack & 1st-career FF last week & leads all rookies in sacks (6) & TFL (11). Has 6+ tackles in 3 of his 4 career road games.

 QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 35 of 50 atts. (70 pct.) for season-high 406 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTS for 127.6 rating last week, his 5th-career game with 5+ TD passes, most in NFL since 2018. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with 275+ pass yards. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 2,940 pass yards & 25 TD passes. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS had career-high 144 scrimmage yards (career-high 101 rec., 43 rush) with career-high 9 catches & rec. TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC East. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 8 catches for season-high 119 yards in Week 10. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6. Had 7 catches for 73 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Leads TEs with 62 catches & 747 rec. yards in 2021 & can become 3rd TE ever with 750+ rec. yards in 8 straight seasons. WR TYREEK HILL had 7 catches for 83 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 12th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs, tied 2nd-most in NFL since 2016. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 9+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. WR BYRON PRINGLE had TD catch in Week 10. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had PD & 1st FR of season last week. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of past 5. Had 8 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. Dal. (10/7/18 w/ Hou.). S DANIEL SORENSEN had 1st INT of season in Week 10. Had 6 tackles in last meeting. DT CHRIS JONES had 1st 2 PD of season last week. Had 2 PD in last meeting. Has TFL in 3 of past 4 at home. DT DERRICK NNADI had sack last week.

ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-2) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 22-21-1

STREAKS: Cardinals have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/19/20: Cardinals 21 at Seahawks 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/19/20

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 269 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102.2 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 2+ TD passes & 4th in row vs. Sea. with 95+ rating. Has 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 118 rating in 4 road starts this season. Has 120+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on road. • RB JAMES CONNER had NFL-leading 11th rush TD of season last week & aims for his 5th in row with rush TD. Is only RB with 4 games with 2+ TDs in 2021. Has 2+ TDs in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had rush TD in his only career game vs. Sea. (9/15/19 w/ Pit.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC West with rush TD in 2021. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS has 23 receptions for 378 yards (126 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. Sea. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 5+ receptions. Has 4 rec. TDs in 4 road games this season. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK led team with 7 receptions & 58 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 road games this season. TE ZACH ERTZ had 12 receptions for 91 yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. Sea. (11/24/19 w/ Phi.). • LB CHANDLER JONES has 13.5 sacks in 9 career games vs. Sea. Had 4 sacks & 2 FFs in his last game at Sea. (12/22/19) & aims for his 6th in row at Sea. with sack. LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 6 sacks in his past 4 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ sacks. S BUDDA BAKER aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with TFL & 6th in row vs. Sea. with 5+ tackles. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Sea. with 6+ tackles.

QB RUSSELL WILSON has 29 TDs (28 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 116 rating in his past 10 home starts. Completed 23 of 28 atts. (82.1 pct.) for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.8 rating in last meeting. Has 10 TDs vs. INT for 103.5 rating in his past 5 at home vs. Az. Aims for his 6th in row at home vs. NFC West with 90+ rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON has 375 scrimmage yards (93.8 per game) & rush TD in 4 career games vs. Az. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 5 at home. Has 726 scrimmage yards (103.7 per game) in 7 career home games vs. NFC West. RB ALEX COLLINS aims for his 7th in row with 40+ scrimmage yards. • WR DK METCALF has 5 rec. TDs in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with rec. TD. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7 at home. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 25 rec. TDs since 2019, 5th-most in NFL. WR TYLER LOCKETT has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 9 catches for 67 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with rec. TD. • LB BOBBY WAGNER ranks 2nd in NFL with 101 tackles, his 10thconsecutive 100-tackle season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Az. with 9+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS had 11 tackles & 3rd-career INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with 12 tackles last week & has 7+ tackles in 8 of his 9 games this season. S QUANDRE DIGGS has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with PD. Is only player with 3+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3-1) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 23-8

STREAKS: Steelers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/13/19: Steelers 24 at Chargers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/19

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER aims for his 4th in row vs. Chargers with 280+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. AFC West. QB MASON RUDOLPH completed 30 of 50 att. (60 pct.) for 242 yards & rushed for 36 yards in 1st start of season last week. • RB NAJEE HARRIS had 133 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 28 rec.) last week, his 5th game with 100+ scrimmage yards this season, most among rookies. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for 9th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 5 of past 6. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 223 scrimmage yards (111.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 games vs. AFC West this season. Leads rookies with 963 scrimmage yards (646 rush, 317 rec.). • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 7 catches for 83 yards last week. Aims for 8th in row with 50+ rec. yards & 5th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 on road. WR RAY-RAY MCCLOUD set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (63) in Week 10. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Leads rookie TEs with 4 rec. TDs. • LB T.J. WATT has sack in 7 of his 8 games this season & ranks 2nd in NFL with 12.5 sacks. Has 62 career sacks, 2nd-most by player in 1st 70 games since 1982. S TERRELL EDMUNDS had 2 TFL, PD & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with PD. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had season-high 2 sacks last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 on road.

QB JUSTIN HERBERT is making 25th career start & can become 4th QB ever with 7,000+ passing yards in 1st 25 starts (6,881 entering SNF). Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of past 4 at home. Has passed for 800 yards (266.7 per game) & has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in 3 career starts in primetime. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 20th-career TD catch last week & joined CHUCK FOREMAN as only RBs ever with 20+ rec. TDs in 1st 5 seasons. Is 1 of 2 RBs (JONATHAN TAYLOR – 10 games) with 50+ scrimmage yards in 9 games in 2021. Has 115+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of past 4 at home. Has 356 scrimmage yards (118.7 per game) in his past 3 in primetime. Rookie RB LARRY ROUNTREE rushed for 1st-career TD last week. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 8 catches for 98 yards in Week 10. Aims for 8th in row with 5+ catches & 4th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Has 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Pit. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 5 catches for 72 yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 50+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK had 7 catches for 116 yards in his last game vs. Pit. (12/9/18 w/ Oakland). • DE JOEY BOSA had sack & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 in primetime & 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. Leads DL with 3 FFs this season. Rookie LB AMEN OGBONGBEMIGA had 1st-career sack in Week 10. S DERWIN JAMES had PD & tied for team lead with 12 tackles last week. Leads DBs with 79 tackles this season.

NEW YORK GIANTS (3-6) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-3)

MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 15-8

STREAKS: Giants have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/2/20: Buccaneers 25 at Giants 23

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/19: Giants 32, Buccaneers 31

QB DANIEL JONES completed 15 of 20 atts. (season-high 75 pct.) & had TD vs. 0 INTs for 104.2 rating in Week 9. Is 1 of 6 NFC QBs with 7+ games (7) with 90+ rating in 2021. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his 4 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row overall with 95+ rating. Passed for 336 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.7 rating & had 2 rush TDs in last road meeting, his 1st-career start & win. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 1,952 scrimmage yards (102.7 per game) in 19 career road games. Has 189 scrimmage yards (94.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. TB. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 122 scrimmage yards (career-high 99 rush, 23 rec.) in Week 9, his 5th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with 120+ scrimmage yards. • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 15th-career TD catch in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 6 catches for 113 yards & rec. TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at TB with 6+ receptions & 5th in row overall vs. TB with 60+ rec. yards. WR STERLING SHEPARD had 7 catches for 100 yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 2 INTs, incl. 1st-career INT-TD, in Week 9 & is 1 of 2 (J.C. JACKSON) with 2 games with 2 INTs in 2021. DB LOGAN RYAN aims for his 6th in row on road with 7+ tackles. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with sack.

QB TOM BRADY has 1,277 pass yards (319.3 per game) & 18 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 120.6 rating in 4 home starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ rating & 6th in row at home with 4+ TD passes. Needs 3 TD passes to tie HOFers BRETT FAVRE & PEYTON MANNING for 2nd-most seasons with 30+ TD passes (9) in NFL history. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 92 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 45 rec.) & season-high 8 receptions last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR MIKE EVANS had 40-yard rec. TD last week, his 70thcareer rec. TD. Needs 128 rec. yards to become 6th WR with 9,000+ rec. yards & 70+ rec. TDs in 1st 8 seasons all-time. Has 32 receptions for 582 yards (116.4 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in 5 career games vs. NYG. Had 190 rec. yards & 3 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NYG with rec. TD. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 7 catches & 57 rec. yards last week. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 home games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with TD catch. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 14 tackles & FF last week. Is 1 of 4 (CHANDLER JONES, ROBERT QUINN & J.J. WATT) with 25+ FFs (25) since 2012. LB DEVIN WHITE became 1st player since PATRICK WILLIS (12/23/07) with 18+ tackles (career-high 18) & 2+ sacks (2) in single game. Aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 58.5 sacks, 90 TFL & 47 PD in 111 games with NYG (2010-17).

BURKS HAS BIG FOURTH, KNICKS HAND ROCKETS 14TH STRAIGHT LOSS

NEW YORK (AP) Alec Burks scored 17 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, Evan Fournier added 19 and the New York Knicks handed the Houston Rockets their 14th consecutive loss with a 106-99 victory on Saturday.

Burks provided the Knicks a much-needed spark off the bench following Wednesday night’s disappointing loss to Orlando.

The reserve guard hit five of his career-high six 3-pointers and recorded four of his five steals in the last period.

“I was just trying to make winning plays and it just happened like that. Shots went in,” Burks said.

One of his steals led to Obi Toppin’s dunk and then he picked off another bad pass and converted it into a 3-pointer that briefly gave the Knicks the lead.

“I just tried to play physical. I was trying to be aggressive,” Burks said.

All-Star Julius Randle had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Immanuel Quickley chipped in 13 points off the bench for the Knicks.

New York improved to 9-7 despite struggling against against one of the league’s worst teams for the second straight outing.

“I liked the way we fought, the way we found a way to win in the end,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It wasn’t a smooth game.”

Christian Wood had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the NBA-worst Rockets (1-15), who have not won since a 124-91 rout over Oklahoma City on Oct. 24.

“That’s just a team learning, growing and fighting to the point where we got to five minutes and we had an opportunity and it hasn’t been like that,” Houston coach Stephen Silas said. “So I am proud of our guys. We just got to finish.”

Jae’Sean Tate finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Houston, which dropped to 0-10 in road games.

Houston led 89-84 midway through the fourth quarter but Burks hit three 3-pointers down the stretch.

Randle found Burks for a 3-pointer to even it at 89-all, but Eric Gordon gave the Rockets the lead momentarily with a driving layup.

New York then went on a 12-2 run, capped by consecutive 3-pointers from Burks, extending the lead 101-93 with 2 1/2 minutes to go.

Eric Gordon’s free throw and Jalen Green’s layup cut the deficit to five points, but a pair of free throws from Quickley increased the Knicks’ lead to 103-96.

Houston turned the ball over eight times during the first nine minutes. But the Rockets settled down, outscoring New York 10-2 to take a 21-13 at the end of the opening period.

“We were playing hard,” Wood said. “Everybody’s heart was in the right place. The ball was moving. Everybody was cheering for one another. We just got to keep up that same energy.”

The Knicks started out sluggish, too, shooting just 5 for 23 in their worst opening quarter of the season.

WIZARDS BEAT HEAT 103-100 TO SPLIT HOME-AND-HOME SERIES

WASHINGTON (AP) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Spencer Dinwiddie each scored 16 points and hit two 3-pointers during a crucial late stretch and the Wizards rallied for a 103-100 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.

Bradley Beal had 21 points to help Washington split the home-and-home series with Miami and move a half-game above the Heat in the Southeast Division standings. Miami, beat Washington 112-97 in Florida on Thursday night.

The Wizards trailed by as 16 in the third quarter and by 10 with 4:42 to play before Caldwell-Pope and Dinwiddie scored every point during a 15-2 run to give Washington a 99-96 lead with 1:43 left.

“That’s in our DNA,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We just fight.

Kyle Kuzma hit 4 of 6 free throws in the final minute for the Wizards, who also pulled within a half-game of Eastern Conference-leading Brooklyn.

“Everybody’s still learning,” said Beal, one of the few returning faces on a roster that went a major offseason overhaul. “But it’s amazing to see we’re able to put some wins together while we’re still learning.”

Jimmy Butler scored 29 points for the Heat, and Tyler Herro added 20. Miami had won four in a row.

“This league is very humbling,” Butler said. “It’s fragile, and just as soon as you think you’re good and you’re high on yourself, you get hit like this.”

Caldwell-Pope started the winning run when he hit a 3 from the top of the arc, absorbed a foul and converted a four-point play to cut it to 96-90.

Later, his 3 from the right wing tied it before Dinwiddie sank one from the same spot to give Washington the lead and send a sell-out crowd to its feet.

CAPELA LEADS HAWKS PAST HORNETS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN

ATLANTA (AP) Clint Capela had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Trae Young scored 19 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 115-105 on Saturday night.

Cam Reddish scored 17 points, fellow reserve Danilo Gallinari had 16 and Atlanta won its fourth consecutive game. John Collins pitched in 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Hawks have picked up the pace after getting back from a rough road trip. Since returning to their home arena, they’re averaging 118.5 points.

“I think the improvement that we’ve made is just to play faster,” said Young, who shot just 5 for 15 but added nine assists. “The more possessions you have, the more shots you get up, with the guys we have, it’s good.”

Miles Bridges scored 35 points but the Hornets made just 42 of 102 shots (42.6 percent) and were 10 of 40 on 3-pointers. LaMelo Ball finished with 15 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as Charlotte’s five-game win streak was snapped.

The game was played at a fairly deliberate pace and Charlotte seemed sluggish, perhaps because the Hornets played Friday night against the Pacers.

Atlanta moved quickly to a 10-point lead by the middle of the first quarter, and the game’s margin remained within 10 points for most of the remainder of the night.

Kevin Huerter finished with 17 points for Atlanta.

“You have the crowd cheering for you. It helps. I think it probably makes a difference,” Collins said. “You can hear the crowd cheering for you every time you make a big play or a big shot.”

TATUM (33 POINTS), SCHRODER (29) CARRY CELTICS PAST THUNDER

BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 33 points, Dennis Schroder had 29 and the Boston Celtics beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 on Saturday night.

Al Horford added 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Boston, which won for seventh time in 10 games. Grant Williams chipped in with 14 points and Enes Kanter had 10 points and 10 boards.

Lu Dort scored 16 points for Oklahoma City, Josh Giddey had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 14 points. The Thunder have dropped four of five.

Coming off an emotional 22-point victory over the rival Lakers a night earlier, the Celtics didn’t have any letdown, charging to a double-digit lead midway into the second quarter.

“We knew it was a big game last night,” Boston coach Ime Udoka said. “But it didn’t matter if we came out with a dud game.”

Tatum had 37 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Los Angeles on Friday.

Boston pushed a 13-point halftime lead to 68-48 on Horford’s three-point play. The Thunder made a brief spurt with consecutive 3s by Giddey before the Celtics went on a 13-2 run.

They led by 16 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the game before the Thunder sliced it under double digits on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl’s follow shot with just under 4 minutes left.

“I feel like this shows if we start well and our on terms, it can lead to a full 48 minutes,” Robinson-Earl said. “I thought tonight we just got off to a slow start.”

But Oklahoma City never made a serious threat after Earl’s basket, though they did get it down to four points with 10.6 seconds to play.

“We just have to keep that intensity up throughout the entire game,” Williams said about a potential `’trap game.”

“Tonight, I think it was just us focusing and keying on what we were doing well,” he said.

Boston held a 58-45 halftime advantage behind 16 points from Tatum and 13 by Schroder.

“I think we’re starting to understand the level that we have to play night in and night out,” Horford said.

NO. 5 VILLANOVA ROUTS NO. 17 TENNESSEE 71-53 IN TIP-OFF

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) The game between Villanova and Tennessee was billed as a classic matchup between the Wildcats veteran leader, Collin Gillespie, and the Volunteers’ young star-of-the-future, Kennedy Chandler.

This one went to the old man.

Gillespie, Jermain Samuels, and Brandon Slater each scored 14 points as No. 5 Villanova eased to a 71-53 win over No. 17 Tennessee on Saturday in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

Justin Moore added 13 points for the Wildcats (3-1), who had a 20-point lead at halftime.

Santiago Vescovi scored 23 points for Tennessee (2-1), which had opened the season with lopsided wins over Tennessee-Martin and East Tennessee. He was the only Volunteer to get to double figures. Chandler was held to six points on 1-of-9 shooting.

“When you’re that guy (Gillespie) they are coming at every night and you’re trying to just lead your team and not get into a one-on-one, that’s a hard thing to do,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

Villanova scored the game’s first nine points, holding Tennessee without a basket for over six minutes. The Volunteers missed their first six shots before Vescovi made a 3-pointer from the right wing.

A dunk from Samuels, who had 11 rebounds, on a lob pass from Justin Moore capped a 14-0 first-half run that pushed the Villanova lead to 33-11. A break-away dunk by Moore just before the halftime buzzer sent the Wildcats into intermission with a 35-15 lead.

Vescovi tried to get the Vols back into the game by himself n the second half, scoring all eight points during a Tennessee run that cut a 22-point deficit to 17. But he picked up his fourth foul a few seconds later and the Wildcats’ lead was never challenged.

CRAWFORD STOPS PORTER IN 10TH TO KEEP WBO WELTERWEIGHT TITLE

LAS VEGAS (AP) Terrence Crawford stopped Shawn Porter in the 10th round by technical knockout Saturday night in one of the most anticipated bouts of the year.

Crawford (38-0) retained his WBO welterweight title and extended his streak of stoppages to nine in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,568 at Mandalay Bay.

Crawford knocked down Porter early in the 10th round with a left uppercut and then delivered an exclamation point with a devastating right hook to the temple, followed by a left hook to the face.

Porter’s trainer and father, Kenny, threw in the towel and called for referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the fight. Porter stunned reporters by announcing his retirement from boxing at his post-fight press conference.

“I know I caught him with a good uppercut and then when I caught him with another left hook clean in his face that he was real hurt and his dad did the right thing by stopping it because I was coming with a vengeance,” Crawford said. “I didn’t really want to fight him. We always said we would fight each other when the time was right and I guess the time was right for this fight to happen.”

Crawford was ahead on all three of the judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage. Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld had Crawford leading 86-85, while Max De Luca had him ahead 87-84.

Porter (31-4-1), who has risen to become a legitimate top-five welterweight, and was easily the best opponent of Crawford’s career, displayed relentless aggression in the early rounds.

Crawford’s switch-hitting flex didn’t necessarily work when he turned to southpaw early in the fight, as Porter adjusted accordingly and connected often.

“Shawn Porter is a slick fighter. He was doing some things in there and made me think,” Crawford said. “I can’t say nothing bad about him.”

After playing defense and smiling more than punching, Crawford finally showed signs of offense in the sixth round and came alive in the ninth and 10th rounds – the final two rounds, as it turned out, of Porter’s career.

“I’m prepared to retire,” Porter said. “I was prepared to announce my retirement tonight – win, lose or draw. Even if it was a draw, we had a date. They were telling us we were going to have to do it again. I was not going to do it again. I am announcing my retirement right now.”

On the undercard, Esquiva Falcao (29-0) beat Patrice Volny (16-1) by way of a technical decision at 2:18 of the sixth round, after the fight was stopped because of an inadvertent head butt. Janibek Alimkhanuly (11-0) remained undefeated with an eighth-round TKO over Hassan N’Dam (38-6).

Adam Lopez (15-3) and Adan Ochoa (12-2) fought to a no-decision. The bout was stopped due to a cut to Ochoa caused by a headbutt. Karlos Balderas (11-1) scored his second straight KO win with a fourth-round TKO over Julio Cortez (15-4). In his pro debut, Tiger Johnson had a fourth-round TKO over Antonius Grable (3-2-1).

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INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL: GAME REWIND: PACERS 111, PELICANS 94

Home sweet home made all the difference for the Pacers on Saturday night. After a disappointing 0-3 road trip, Indiana (7-11) put together an inspired performance back at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, walloping the New Orleans Pelicans (3-15), 111-94, on the second night of a back-to-back.

After being benched by head coach Rick Carlisle in the second half of Friday’s loss at Charlotte, the Pacers’ starters responded. They jumped out to a 17-point lead midway through the first quarter and kept their feet on the gas pedal into the second half, building the lead to 32 points by the end of the third quarter.

For the second straight night, not a single Indiana starter saw the floor in the fourth quarter, but this time it was for much better reasons, with the outcome already decided.

Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in just 22 minutes. Justin Holiday, who replaced Chris Duarte in the starting lineup, added 17 points while going 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 16 points and four assists, while Myles Turner added 11 points, nine boards, and two blocks.

“I’m not going to necessarily say it was a good thing what happened last game with us, but I think it was a wakeup call,” Turner said. “Sometimes this league is all about how you respond.”

The Pacers showed plenty of fire from the opening tip on Saturday. The Blue & Gold forced three early turnovers and Turner, Holiday, and Brogdon all hit 3-pointers as Indiana opened the game with a 15-4 run.

That prompted a timeout from New Orleans coach Willie Green. The Pelicans got the first basket out of the break on a Tomas Satoransky jumper, but the Pacers responded with eight unanswered points — the last six from Sabonis — to push the lead to 23-6.

“We wanted to play a real movement kind of random game,” Carlisle said. “When the ball moves and we’re playing with that kind of pace and tempo, a lot of good things happen for us. The key is to be aggressive and not frantic.”

The Pelicans eventually got their offense going in the latter stages of the first quarter, but Indiana more or less matched them bucket for bucket and took a 32-19 lead into the second quarter.

In the ensuing frame, back-to-back threes by Sabonis and Brogdon pushed the Pacers’ lead to 44-28 with 7:41 remaining. A short while later, Holiday drained two treys of his own, then scored again on a cut off a nice dish from Sabonis, drawing a foul in the process. The subsequent free throw completed a three-point play and made it a 20-point game at 55-35.

New Orleans responded, however, with an 11-3 run to close the half, with all their points coming from Brandon Ingram and Trey Murphy III over that run. Still, the hosts held a 58-46 lead at the intermission.

After going scoreless in the first half, Caris LeVert scored five quick points in the third quarter, nailing a three and mid-range jumper as Indiana opened the frame with a 10-5 surge.

The Blue & Gold led 72-58 with 7:30 remaining in the third quarter before unleashing the run that officially put the game away. First, Brogdon set up Sabonis for a three, then Sabonis returned the favor on the next possession. After a Kira Lewis Jr. layup, Indiana reeled off nine straight points — the highlight coming when Duarte missed a pull-up shot in transition, but Turner came flying in to finish over three New Orleans defenders for a two-handed putback slam.

After a 17-2 run, the Pacers led 89-60 and they extended the margin more before the quarter was over, taking a commanding 96-64 lead into the fourth quarter.

“I think we played with great energy,” Brogdon said. “I think we played a lot faster than we have in games leading up to this. And I think we just played together. I think we were out there playing together on both sides of the ball. Those are the characteristics from this game that we have to let bleed over into every other game this season.”

Carlisle emptied his bench in the final frame, as the hosts cruised to victory. The Pacers have won five of seven games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse so far this season, a good sign given the upcoming schedule.

Indiana will travel to Chicago for its next game on Monday, but nine of the Pacers’ next 10 contests after that are at home.

12 of the 13 Pacers to see the floor on Saturday scored, with five reaching double figures. Kelan Martin was the lone reserve to cross that threshold, finishing with 12 points and three assists.

Jonas Valanciunas had a team-high 19 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans in the loss. Naji Marshall added 14 points, while Lewis and Ingram both scored 12.

After visiting the Bulls on Monday, the Pacers will host a three-game homestand featuring visits from the last three NBA champions over Thanksgiving weekend. The Lakers are in Indianapolis on Wednesday, followed by Toronto on Friday, and Milwaukee next Sunday.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers outscored New Orleans by 24 points. Indiana went 14-for-38 (36.8 percent) from 3-point range, while the Pelicans were 6-for-18 (33.3 percent).

Ingram, the Pelicans’ leading scorer and an All-Star in 2020, entered the night averaging 23.6 points per game. But the Pacers held him to just 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

Holiday continued his hot shooting at home. He has made four or more threes in five of seven home games this season and is shooting 42.8 percent from 3-point range at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, as compared to just 30.5 percent on the road.

The Pacers had just 11 turnovers on Saturday, while forcing New Orleans into 16.

Sabonis recorded his 13th double-double of the season and his 10th in his last 12 games. His six assists matched his season high in a non-overtime game.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We played with better tempo, better pace, defended well…Obviously a much-needed win for us.” -Carlisle

“Tonight I think we just wanted to come out here and share the ball. I think that’s what we did. There’s been a lot of ball stoppage the past couple games. The way we got it flowing here in the first half especially was encouraging and we’ve got to continue to build off it.” -Turner

“Today (Coach Carlisle) said I’m going to back off a bit and let you guys play your game. I feel like that really helped with a lot of players out there to be more themselves (and me) personally. We were just going out there sharing the ball and that made it more fun.” -Sabonis

“He’s one of our best flow and movement players and doesn’t need the ball. So the thought was to get him in the starting group, bring Chris off the bench right away for Caris, and then just kind of go from there.” -Carlisle on starting Holiday

“I think it shows growth and maturity. We have vets on this team and I think it was up to us to set the tone.” -Brogdon on bouncing back after Friday’s disappointment

Stat of the Night

The Pacers led by as many as 32 points on Saturday, their largest lead in any game this season.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers snapped a two-game losing streak against New Orleans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
  • Duarte came off the bench for the first time as a pro. He had started his first 15 NBA games.
  • The Pacers are now 3-1 on the season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

Tickets

The Pacers welcome LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 PM ET. 

INDY FUEL HOCKEY: TAYLOR HAT TRICK PROPELS WINGS OVER FUEL

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – In their third and final home game of the week, the Indy Fuel hosted the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday night. After scoring four straight goals in the first and second period, the Wings would hold off the Fuel to take the 5-3 win at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. 

Neither team would be able to score in the first half of the opening period with the Fuel outshooting the Wings 7-6. It would take until four minutes remaining in the period when the Wings took advantage of a Fuel penalty and Justin Taylor beat Mitch Gillam to take a 1-0 lead. Killing off a Kalamazoo 5-on-3, the Fuel would keep the Wings to a one goal lead going into the locker room. 

Earning a power play five minutes into the second period, Kalamazoo would double their lead when Justin Taylor got alone in front of the net and tucked the puck past Gillam. The Wings would put their third goal on the board after Jake Slaker snuck past the Fuel defense and fired a wrist shot past Gillam. 

Jumping on an Indy turnover Giovani Vallati would beat Gillam with a wrist shot to send the Wings up 4-0. Gillam would be replaced by for Tom Aubrun following Kalamazoo’s fourth goal. Indy would finally respond with five minutes remaining in the second period when Spencer Watson jumped on a rebound and wristed it past Jet Greaves. Scoring on the rush, Cliff Watson would launch a slap shot past Greaves to cut the Wings lead to 4-2. 

Cutting the Kalamazoo lead to one goal, Seamus Malone would pick up a loose puck in front of the net and and put it past Greaves to make the score 4-3. Scoring his third goal of the night, Justin Taylor got open in front of the net and tucked the puck past Aubrun to give the Wings a 5-3 lead. 

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 8th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season. 

INDIANA FOOTBALL: INDIANA DEFEATED BY MINNESOTA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Ky Thomas ran for 105 yards and a career-high two scores, Tanner Morgan threw two touchdown passes and Minnesota scored 14 points the final 46 seconds of the first half Saturday to pull away from Indiana 35-14.

The Hoosiers (2-9, 0-7) have lost seven straight.

Indiana started fast, capping an impressive opening drive with quarterback Donaven McCulley scooping up a fumbled snap and scoring from 11 yards out.

Thomas’ 2-yard TD run tied the score midway through the second quarter and his 1-yard run with 46 seconds left in the half gave Minnesota a 14-7 lead.

The Gophers took control after Tyler Nubin picked off McCulley, a true freshman, and returned it to the Hoosiers 31-yard line. Three plays later, Tanner Morgan found Chris Autman-Bell for a 14-yard TD pass with 9 seconds left.

Indiana never recovered and Morgan closed it out with a 9-yard TD pass to Autman-Bell in the third quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Indiana: The Hoosiers added another dubious chapter to an already lost season by going winless at home in conference play for the first time since 2015 and just the third time since 2011. One goal still remains: Keeping the Old Oaken Bucket with a win next weekend.

STAT PACK

Indiana: The Hoosiers managed just 218 total yards and have now scored nine TDs in conference play. They’ve produced more than one touchdown in just twice against Big Ten foes this season. .. McCulley was three of seven with 17 yards and two interceptions and rushed 16 times for 72 yards. … Safety Devon Matthews did not return after injuring his left shoulder in the first half.

UP NEXT

Indiana: Will renew its rivalry at Purdue next Saturday after the series was canceled twice last season.

INDIANA WBB: SECOND-HALF COMEBACK COMPLETE FOR NO. 4/7 INDIANA OVER QUINNIPIAC

HAMDEN, Conn. – No. 4/7 Indiana outscored Quinnipiac 40-26 in the second half as it secured the road win at Quinnipiac, 67-59, on Saturday night.

KEY MOMENTS

Quinnipiac came out and took a 10-2 lead before Indiana could find an answer on back-to-back buckets from Berger and Browne to cut the lead to four.

The Hoosiers (4-0) got in early foul trouble in the opening quarter as they found themselves down 16-10 going into the second 10 minutes.

QU (2-2) extends the lead to 13 with 5:29 to play in the second quart, proving to be its largest of the game. Back-to-back buckets from sophomore forward Kiandra Browne forced Quinnipiac into a timeout as the Hoosiers cut the lead to nine.

Berger gave the energy back to IU as she hit another half-court halftime buzzer beater to trim the deficit to five, 33-27.

An and-1 opportunity for Cardaño-Hillary kept her team within five as the Bobcats kept it a two-possession game with 3:56 on the clock. That’s when the Hoosiers went on a 7-3 to close out the third quarter which included a driving layup from sophomore guard Chloe Moore-McNeil and a 3-pointer from senior guard Ali Patberg to swing the game 44-43 in IU’s favor.

Pushing in the fourth, IU got a turnaround jumper from senior guard Grace Berger and junior forward Mackenzie Holmes capitalizing in the paint.

Quinnipiac came within three with just over three minutes remaining but Indiana gained separation with buckets from Berger and free throws from senior forward Aleksa Gulbe in the final minute and a half of play.

NOTABLE

The Hoosiers win the first ever meeting between the two teams.

Berger led IU with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Patberg (12), Holmes (10) and Cardaño-Hillary (10) joined her in double figures.

Patberg added six rebounds, two assists and went 2-for-2 from the 3-point line.

Cardaño-Hillary led the way with eight rebounds as IU won the battle on the boards, 32-29.

IU connected on 92.3 percent at the charity stripe, going 12-for-13.

The Hoosiers open up the season 4-0 for the fourth time in eighth year head coach Teri Moren’s tenure.

UP NEXT

Indiana travels to Nassau, Bahamas to play in the 2021 Pink Flamingo Championships at Baha Mar Resort. It faces defending national champion Stanford on Thursday and Miami (FL) on Saturday.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: INDIANA OPENS NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY SUNDAY

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Nationally seeded Indiana men’s soccer (14-5-1, 5-3-0 B1G) is set to begin its 2021 NCAA Tournament run Sunday (Nov. 21) as it hosts Bowling Green (11-5-3, 2-2-2 MAC) in a second round matchup on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon ET.

The match will be aired live on the Big Ten Plus digital platform. Live stats are available at IUHoosiers.com.

SETTING THE SCENE

• Indiana is the only program to earn a national seed in each of the last eight seasons and earned a first-round bye as the No. 15 overall seed.

• The Hoosiers have an eight-match win streak at Bill Armstrong Stadium and own a 10-3-0 record at home. The Hoosiers are 70-6-3 all-time in NCAA Tournament home matches.

• IU has not lost back-to-back matches since 2014.

ABOUT THE FALCONS

• Bowling Green is led by 13th year head coach Eric Nichols. He has compiled a record of 106-99-34 during his time with the Falcons.

• BGSU defeated Louisville, 1-0, on the road in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior midfielder Kale Nichols was responsible for the lone goal in the 30th minute.

• Redshirt senior defender Jacob Erlandson and redshirt senior forward Roberto Fernandez Garrido have each scored six goals this season to lead the Falcons. Sophomore midfielder Kyle Cusimano has contributed a team-high eight assists.

• Junior goalkeeper Logan Kowalczyk has appeared in goal in 14 of 19 matches for BGSU, owning a 9-3-2 record with seven shutouts.

SERIES HISTORY

• Indiana owns a 15-3-1 all-time record against Bowling Green.

• The last match between the two programs came in the regional final round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament. IU won, 4-0, on its way to the NCAA College Cup.

• The two teams met in the regional final round the year before, 1996, as well, and the Hoosiers were victorious, winning 2-0.

DOMINANT DEFENSE

• The Indiana defense has posted 12 total shutouts this season, including a streak of seven

straight clean sheets in October, the second-longest single-season shutout streak in program history. During that stretch, the Hoosiers did not concede a goal in 725 consecutive minutes of play.

• Junior Roman Celentano is the first-ever two-time Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, earning the award in back-to-back seasons. His career-high 10 shutouts rank No. 3 nationally.

• Junior Daniel Munie is the fourth Hoosier in the last five seasons to earn the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award, following Grant Lillard (2017), Andrew Gutman (2018) and Jack Maher (2019).

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: NOTES, INDIANA OPENS HOOSIER CLASSIC AGAINST LOUISIANA

OPENING TIP

Indiana University begins its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will host Louisiana in the first of three games in the Hoosier Classic. IU also will face Jackson State and Marshall at home over a six-day span. The Hoosiers improved to 3-0 on the season after beating St. John’s, 76-74, in the Gavitt Tipoff games on Wednesday. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 3-0 after beating Xavier (La.), 84-72, also on Wednesday. In a charity exhibition game, the Ragin’ Cajuns fell to Alabama, 63-58. This is the first meeting between the teams and the Hoosiers are 9-0 against Sun Belt Conference foes.

GAME INFORMATION

RV/RV Indiana (3-0) vs. Louisiana (3-0)

Sunday, Nov. 21 • 7:30 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN (Jeff Levering, Stephen Bardo)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App

Series History: First Meeting

Last Meeting: First Meeting

ON THE SIDELINES

IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Dan Dakich served as interim coach for seven games at the end of the 2008 season. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points. His 19.8 ppg. average is tied for second among players who spent four years in Bloomington.

Coach Bob Marlin is in his 12th year at Louisiana. He is 207-131 in 11-plus seasons and went 17-9 a season ago.

JACKSON-DAVIS NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, and selected to the watch list for the Karl Malone Watch, the NABC Player of the Year, Wooden Award and Naismith Award. He was a third-team All-American (Sporting News) last season. He started all 27 games in 2020-21 and was the only high major player to average at least 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds. He led the Hoosiers with 21 points, 14 boards and 3 blocked shots against EMU. This was Jackson-Davis 23rd career double-double. He finished with 19 points, 7 boards and 7 blocks against NIU and earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors on November 16. It was the third time in his career that he has been named B1G Player of the Week. Against St. John’s, he finished with 18 points, 10 boards and 2 blocks posting his 24th career double-double. IU is 19-5 when he records a double-double.

Jackson-Davis became the 54th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark against the Red Storm and now has scored 1,007 points as a Hoosier.

ODDS AND TRENDS

IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (62), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (84), Miller Kopp (77), Parker Stewart (77) and Race Thompson (30) have combined for 330 career Division I starts. Off the bench, Sr./Jr’s. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee have started 154 games combined.

The Hoosiers are just outside the Top-25, receiving the 27th most votes in the AP Poll and 30th most votes in the coaches poll.

Thompson’s floater in the lane with 25 seconds left and Johnson’s free throw with 8 seconds remaining proved to be critical in the win against St. John’s. After the Red Storm tied the game at 56-56 with 8:49 to go, second-year players forward Jordan Geronimo hit a triple, guard Khristian Lander had a fast break basket and Geronimo followed with a second jumper to give IU a 7-point lead with 6:06 on the clock. Geronimo also provided defense on St. John’s game-winning shot attempt at the buzzer.

In the first half of the first three games, the IU defense is allowing 22 points on 26.6% shooting from the field, 24.1% from 3-point range and forcing an average of 9 turnovers, while adding 4.4 blocks. In 240 minutes of play, including 3 exhibition games, IU has trailed for just 1:48 and closed out two games (EMU and SJU) in which it held a 1-point lead in the final 2 minutes after holding a double-digit lead.

PURDUE MBB: NO. 6 PURDUE TOPS NO. 18 NORTH CAROLINA IN TIP-OFF CLASSIC

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — No. 6 Purdue showed that its high-scoring offense works, no matter the level of competition.

Sasha Stefanovic scored 23 points and Jaden Ivey put up 22 points to go along with his 10 rebounds as the Boilermakers beat No. 18 North Carolina 93-84 Saturday in the first round of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

Trevion Williams added 20 points for Purdue (4-0), which has scored at least 90 points in all four of its games this season.

“I don’t think we can average 90 points,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “A lot of people across the country that have players, their offense is better than their defense right now. We’re one of those teams.”

Dawson Garcia hit 10 of his 13 shots and led North Carolina (3-1) with 26 points before fouling out. R.J. Davis and Caleb Love each added 18 points for the Tar Heels.

Purdue led 41-35 at the half and by eight points early in the second half before the Tar Heels went on a run. A 3-pointer by Davis made it 60-59 and Garcia gave UNC its only lead of the game with a long 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 65-64 with about nine minutes left.

But Purdue responded with 10-0 run, going up 74-65 on a 3-point play by Ivey. UNC could not catch them again.

“I think we were resilient,” Ivey said. “There were a couple of times we could have given up and we didn’t. We just kept playing, didn’t give up and just kept playing hard.”

Hubert Davis, who lost for the first time as North Carolina’s coach, said there was a lot his team can take from the game.

“Their toughness, their will and their want-to in the second half I thought was really good. It wasn’t good enough,” he said. “But I was proud of that and I told them that this is a great opportunity for us to learn.”

It was the first game between the two programs since November 1999. North Carolina had won eight straight games in the series dating back to the 1970s.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: Armando Bacot, who scored 22 and 24 points in the Tar Heels’ last two games, had trouble getting over and around Purdue’s big men. He finished with just two points in 17 minutes before fouling out.

Purdue: The Boilermakers shot 56% from the floor and made 10 of their 23 attempts from behind the arc.

“To be consistent and advance in the tournament or win a championship in our league, you’re going to have to be a good defensive team,” Painter said. “We’re not going to be able to outscore everybody. The ball doesn’t go in like that.”

Purdue is looking for its first in-season tournament title since November 2016, when it won in Cancun.

FOUL TROUBLE

The teams combined for 36 fouls, but UNC did not go to the line in the first half — the first time that has happened in seven years. The Tar Heels were 10 of 12 in foul shots in the second half.

(Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 4-0 with a 93-84 win over No. 18 North Carolina, in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak to North Carolina, dating to a 1977 loss to the Tar Heels.

Purdue is 4-0 for the eighth time in the last 14 years and first time since the 2018-19 season.

Purdue has scored 90-plus points in its first four games for the first time in school history. The last time Purdue scored 90-plus points at any point in the season was during the 1968-69 season (5 games).

Purdue is now 25-24 against nationally-ranked teams since the start of the 2016-17 season.

Purdue shot a season-best 55.7 percent from the field, including 64.3 percent (18-of-28) in the second half. Purdue has now shot at least 50.0 percent in all four games this season.

Purdue had three players score at least 20 points in the same game for the first time since Nov. 24, 1997. Sasha Stefanovic had 23 points, Jaden Ivey had 22 points and Trevion Williams tallied 20 points.

Jaden Ivey recorded his first career double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.

Purdue’s centers (Trevion Williams, Zach Edey) combined for 29 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes. The duo went 12-of-17 from the field.

Purdue played the last eight minutes of the first half without Williams and Edey on the floor (two fouls each).

Purdue had 21 assists against just nine turnovers, including just two mistakes in the second half.

North Carolina took a one-point lead at 65-64 with 9:19 to play in the game, but Purdue responded with a 10-0 run over the next 1:09 to take a 74-65 lead.

Sasha Stefanovic became the first Purdue player since at least 2010-11 to record at least 23 points and eight assists in the same game. He tied a career high with 23 points and his eight assists were a career high.

Trevion Williams scored 20 points in just 13 minutes of action.

Purdue is now 46-2 since the start of the 2017-18 season when scoring 80 or more points. Purdue has won 106 straight games when scoring 90 or more points.

Purdue is looking to win its first multi-team event title since the 2016 Cancun Challenge.

PURDUE WBB: BOILERMAKERS FALL TO DAYTON

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team suffered the first defeat of the Katie Gearlds Era on Saturday night, falling 78-62 to Dayton. The Boilermakers finished with a quartet of players in double figures.

Ra Shaya Kyle paced the Boilermakers (3-1) offensively with a career-high 20 points from 8-of-14 from the field with eight rebounds. The sophomore also matched her career and season best wit a trio of blocks.

Purdue also got double-digit outings from Abbey Ellis (11), Madison Layden (10) and Brooke Moore (10). The Boilermakers shot a season-low 38.5% from the field with just three 3-pointers, another season low.

Purdue found its flow in the first half shooting an even 50% on 11-of-22 from the field with just a pair of 3-pointers. Dayton (3-1) opened up a nine-point lead in the second, before Ellis, Layden and Kyle spurred a 9-0 run that eventually saw the hosts trail by two at the break.

The lid went on the rim in the third, as Purdue went 3-of-14 from the field in the quarter and shot 30% in the second half. Dayton took advantage of the hosts shooting struggles to build up a lead to 15 in the third. Despite nine points from Moore in the fourth quarter, the Boilermakers could not string together a run of more than four.

The Flyers got 57 points out of guards Erin Whalen (26), Makira Cook (18) and Araion Bradshaw (13). Dayton shot 47.5% on the night and outrebounded Purdue 41-30.

QUOTE

Head coach Katie Gearlds …

We had 42 seconds left when called the timeout, and the game was out of reach for us. I thought it was a unique opportunity to learn how to stay together and fight to the end. This team plays hard, and they compete every second of practice. You saw that tonight. I’m not so sure I’ve seen that in the past. I’ve seen a team go down by 10 or 12 and fold away and lose by 30. The final score said we lost by 16, but it doesn’t show the fight we had until the end. They hit some shots towards the end to push that lead.

We were trying to be aggressive and create some turnovers, something that we really haven’t had a chance to work on. We’re trying not to skip steps. We got in a position where we needed to try some things. My message to the team was ‘Let’s finish the game. Let’s show up ready to go at Practice and put in a game plan for Marshall. Let’s show up for Marshall with that same mindset and compete for 40 minutes.’

That will never change with our basketball team. 

NOTES

• Dayton now leads the all-time series with Purdue 8-5.

• Madison Layden’s pursuit of the 3-point streak came to an end one game shy of Ashley Morrissette’s 25 games in a row. It was Layden’s first outing without a triple since Valparaiso last year.

• Purdue surrendered 15 offensive rebounds, which turned into 13 second-chance points.

• Purdue forced 14 Dayton turnovers, but only flipped them into eight points, compared to 14 Dayton points on 15 Purdue giveaways.

• Brooke Moore hit double figures for the first time this season.

• Layden has been in double figures every game this year.

• Kyle joins Fatou Diagne as the only Purdue true center with 20 points in a game dating back to the 2009-10 season.

• Purdue got to the line 29 times, making 19. Kyle went 4-for-4 to extend her streak to 11 makes in a row.

• Guards Cassidy Hardin, Jeanae Terry and Ellis all recorded a block in the loss.

• Purdue is now 6-12 all-time against the A10.

UP NEXT

Purdue will have less than 48 hours to prepare for its next game, when it hosts Marshall on Monday night at 7 p.m. on B1G+

PURDUE FOOTBALL: BOILERMAKERS KNOCK NORTHWESTERN OUT OF THE PARK

CHICAGO – Behind a trio of touchdowns from Aidan O’Connell to Milton Wright, the Purdue football team improved to 7-4 (5-3 B1G) on the season with a 32-14 victory over Northwestern at Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon.

Wright had a career day with eight receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs. It marked the third time a Boilermaker wide receiver eclipsed the 200-yard mark in a game, the most ever in a single season.

O’Connell aired it out all day long, throwing for 423 yards and completing 74 percent of his passes (29-39). Along with his connection with Wright, O’Connell connected with David Bell 12 times. The Big Ten’s leading wide receiver tallied 101 yards for this 17th career 100-yard game.

On the other side of the ball, the defense bounced back by holding the Wildcats to just a pair of touchdowns. The Boilermakers recorded eight tackles for loss as a team, including four consecutive sacks on one of Northwestern’s last drives of the game.

Bednarik Award semifinalist George Karlaftis made his presence known early, with a huge third down tackle for loss to force a punt on the Wildcats’ opening drive. Ending Northwestern’s next possession, the Boilermaker defensive end got his paw on a field goal attempt. The block kept the game scoreless until a 32-yard field goal from Mitchell Fineran put Purdue on the board.

Fineran doubled the Boilermakers’ lead with 25-yarder before O’Connell saw Milton Wright blow past his defender down the sidelines. The 53-yard touchdown connection made it a 13-point ballgame in favor of Purdue. Northwestern countered with a touchdown on the last play of the first half, slicing the advantage to 13-7 going into the locker room.

Despite having to kick off to start the second half, the Boilermakers jumped on the loose ball to send their offense onto the field. Purdue took advantage of the Northwestern miscue as O’Connell found Wright for a 17-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed, but the Boilermakers still doubled their advantage to a dozen.

Once again, the Wildcats answered a Purdue touchdown with one of their own to make it a one-possession game, but it didn’t last long thanks to another O’Connell-Wright hookup. This time, the duo connected for 45 yards for their third touchdown of the day.

Fineran added to the lead with two more field goals, giving him four throughout the afternoon, and the Boilermakers secured their fourth road win of the season.

ROAD WINS

The Boilermakers finished with a 4-2 record on the road, winning four away games in a season for the first time since 1943.

THE PRICE IS WRIGHT

Junior wide receiver Milton Wright hauled in eight receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns, earning career highs in all three categories. It was the first multi-touchdown game of his career. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the first half (five catches, 101 yards), securing the second 100-yard receiving game as a Boilermaker.

RARE AIR

Aidan O’Connell threw for 423 yards, becoming just the seventh quarterback in Purdue history to produce at least five 300-yard passing games in a season and the first since David Blough (2016). With the eighth 300-yard game of his career, the most by a Boilermaker quarterback under Jeff Brohm, O’Connell moved into a tie with Mark Herrman for fifth on the all-time list.

RING THE B3LL

Biletnikoff Award semifinalist David Bell inched closer to the school record for receiving yards in a single season, making 12 catches for 101 yards. Bell passed John Standeford (1,150 – 2003) to move into fifth in Purdue history with 1,207 yards, just 100 shy of Standeford’s record of 1,307 set during the 2002 season. Bell also improved his own school record of 100-yard games with the 17th of his career.

UP NEXT

After back-to-back road games, the Boilermakers return home for the regular season finale. Purdue hosts rival Indiana in the annual battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. Kickoff from Ross-Ade Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

BUTLER FOOTBALL: WINS AT MARIST 28-21

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Butler football team scored 14 points in the second quarter and 14 more in the fourth to post a 28-21 road win at Marist on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs end the 2021 season with a 3-8 overall record.

The Bulldogs rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns against the Red Foxes. Joey Suchy led the way with 75 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. AJ Deinhart rushed 14 times for 50 yards and Bret Bushka would take off six times for 29 yards and a score.

Bushka would complete 16 of his 23 pass attempts for 176 yards. He found Johnny O’Shea five times for 74 yards and also completed five passes to Yogi Flager for 60 yards.

Butler’s defense got after the quarterback on Saturday and that pressure would also help the ‘Dawgs create a few turnovers. Jacob Cain, Jordan Caselberry, Eloi Bigirimana and Jack Belskis all had a sack vs. the Red Foxes.

Cain also was credited with forcing a fumble at the goal line that kept Marist out of the end zone. Mac Menard would fall on the ball and BU would then travel 99 yards over 23 plays to take a fourth quarter lead. The defense wasn’t done there. Trey Mason helped seal the win with an interception returned for a touchdown. Mason jumped the route and returned the ball 12 yards for six points.

Mason’s touchdown return with 5:22 to play in the fourth was critical because Marist scored late on a 48-yard throw and catch from Day to Landis. The Red Foxes would line up for an onside kick after the deep ball, but BU would recover and take a knee to claim their first PFL win of the season.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BB: AUSTIN PEAY HOLDS OFF BUTLER 68-65

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler outscored Austin Peay 23-12 in the fourth quarter, but their comeback would fall short on Saturday afternoon allowing the Governors to escape Hinkle Fieldhouse with a 68-65 win.

Alex Richard scored a game-high 17 points in 23 minutes of playing time to lead the Bulldogs. A balanced BU scoring attack also saw Trinity White with 10 points, Kendall Wingler with nine and Tenley Dowell with nine.

Celena Taborn made her BU debut against Austin Peay and ended the contest with seven points in 15 minutes of playing time. Zoe Jackson and Emilia Sexton were also contributors with seven and six points in the setback.

Austin Peay got 17 points from Yamia Johnson off the bench and 13 from Karle Pace.

Butler hit their first three field goals of the game and would quickly enjoy an 8-0 lead in the opening stages of the first quarter. After a full 10 minutes of play, BU would lead Austin Peay 20-18.

The Governors outscored Butler by five in the second and by 11 in the third to take what looked to be a commanding lead heading into the fourth. Butler continued to fight and would use a 10-0 scoring run to get within two points with 3:49 to play.

D’shara Booker came up with two clutch field goals late in the fourth to keep Austin Peay in front. From there, the Governors would make their free throws to find the win column.

Butler will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 23 to host SIUE at 12 PM.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Coach and Freshman of the Year Honors Highlight Volleyball’s MAC Awards

CLEVELAND, Ohio – – The Ball State women’s volleyball program was heavily rewarded for its run to the Mid-American Conference regular season title, claiming four All-MAC First Team honors, MAC Freshman of the Year, and MAC Coach of the Year.

“I’m very proud of our MAC award winners,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “They each bring so many great qualities to our gym. They are coachable, hard-working, and great teammates who would do anything to help our program be successful. I know they still have a lot of hunger inside of them and their best play this year is yet to come.”

The awards were voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches and announced Saturday morning (Nov. 20) by the conference office in advance of the MAC Volleyball Championship which will be played Nov. 21, 22 & 24 inside Worthen Arena. The MAC postseason awards are based solely on performance in league play.

Highlighting the list for Ball State is setter Megan Wielonski who became just the fourth player in program history to earn MAC Freshman of the Year honors. She was also named to the All-MAC First Team and MAC All-Freshman squads.

Joining Wielonski on the All-MAC First Team were junior middle Marie Plitt, junior opposite Natalie Mitchem and graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn. The four first team awards raise Ball State’s all-time total to 106 selections, including 55 first team nods. Both totals rank second all-time in MAC history.

In addition, Ball State women’s volleyball head coach Kelli Miller Phillips was named the MAC Coach of the Year after leading the program to a 17-1 league mark and to the program’s ninth MAC Regular Season title. Ball State also collected its fourth MAC West Division Championship in Phillips six seasons at the helm.

“It’s a great honor to be named MAC Coach of the Year,” Phillips said. “I am truly blessed to be surrounded by the best staff and I could not do any of this without them. Their support, loyalty, hard work, love for the game and our players is remarkable and I’m so grateful to them!”

Phillips is the third coach in program history to earn MAC Coach of the Year honors, joining five-time selection Randy Litchfield (1991, 1993, 1994, 1999 and 2002) and Steve Shondell (2010).

MEGAN WIELONSKI – MAC Freshman of the Year / First Team All-MAC / MAC All-Freshman Team:

Wielonski played in all 66 league sets, helping Ball State’s offense lead the league with a .294 attack percentage, .030 higher than any other MAC program … She was a four-time MAC West Division Setter of the Week selection … hand out 738 assists for an 11.18 assists-per-set average … dished out at least 30 assists in all 18 MAC matches … led the MAC with 31 service aces, with at least one ace in 12 contests … recorded nine assist/dig double-doubles in MAC play … smashed at least one kill in all 18 league matches, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30) … collected 23 total blocks against league foes, with at least one block 12 times.

MARIE PLITT – First Team All-MAC:

A 2019 MAC All-Freshman Team selection, Plitt ranked second in MAC play with a .367 attack percentage … she played in all 66 sets and hit .400-or-better in seven league matches, including a career-best .706 (13-1-17) mark vs. CMU (Nov. 12) … she registered no attack errors in five league matches, while posting just one in five others … she blasted double-digit kills in eight MAC matches, including four of the last five, and tallied a career-high 18 kills at Buffalo (Oct. 9) … she averaged 2.55 kills per set … she was also second on the squad with 53 total blocks in mAC play for a 0.80 blocks-per-set average … she secured at least one blocks in 17 of BSU’s 18 MAC matches, with 3-or-more 11 times.

NATALIE MITCHEM – First Team All-MAC:

A two-time MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week, Mitchem ranked ninth in the MAC with a .318 attack percentage … she played in all 66 sets and hit .400-or-better in six league matches, including a career-best .714 (15-0-21) mark versus Miami (Oct. 30) … she finished league play second on the squad with a 2.89 kills-per-set average … she smashed double-digit kills in 11 MAC matches, including five of BSU’s last six outings … she also tied. her career-high with 21 kills versus Toledo (Oct. 19) … at the net, she averaged 0.76 blocks-per-set average in MAC play, with at least one block in 17 league matches and three-or-more on nine occasions.

JACLYN BULMAHN – First Team All-MAC:

A two-time MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week, Bulmahn led the Ball State offense and ranked 11th in the league with a 3.22 kills-per-set average … she played in 63 of BSU’s 66 MAC sets and blasted double-digit kills in 11 MAC matches, including a BSU career-high and match-best 20 at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 12) … added 19 kills in BSU’s MAC regular season championship clinching win at EMU (Nov. 13) … she also hit .238 in league play, with a .300-or-better mark in five matches including a season-best .600 (19-1-30) at Kent State (Sept. 25) … tallied 17 digs and 15 total blocks in league play.

2021 MAC Volleyball Postseason Awards

Coach of the Year: Kelli Miller Phillips, Ball State

Player of the Year: Petra Indrova, Bowling Green, Jr., Outside Hitter

Defensive Player of the Year: Julia Walz, Bowling Green, Sr., Defensive Specialist

Freshman of the Year: Megan Wielonski, Ball State, Fr., Setter

Setter of the Year: Logan Case, Western Michigan, So., Setter

All-MAC First Team

Jaclyn Bulmahn, Ball State, Gr., Outside Hitter

Natalie Mitchem, Ball State, Jr., Outside Hitter

Marie Plitt, Ball State, Jr., Middle Blocker

Megan Wielonski, Ball State, Fr. Setter

Petra Indrova, Bowling Green, Jr., Outside Hitter

Katelyn Meyer, Bowling Green, Sr., Outside Hitter

Julia Walz, Bowling Green, Sr., Defensive Specialist

Savannah Thompson, Central Michigan, Sr., Outside Hitter

Raeven Chase, Eastern Michigan, R-So., Middle Blocker

Caroline Clippard, Ohio, Fr., Outside Hitter

Maggie Nedoma, Ohio, 5th-Sr., Opposite Hitter

Taylor Alt, Toledo, So., Outside Hitter

Logan Case, Western Michigan, So., Setter

Maggie King, Western Michigan, Jr., Outside Hitter

All-MAC Second Team

Alexis Adleta, Akron, Gr., Outside Hitter

Hanna Laube, Bowling Green, Sr., Setter

Lisbeth Rosario-Martinez, Central Michigan, Sr., Middle Blocker

Samantha Basham, Eastern Michigan, So., Outside Hitter

Katie Jablonski, Northern Illinois, Jr., Outside Hitter

Sam Steele, Ohio, So., Defensive Specialist

Sina Uluave, Toledo, Jr., Outside Hitter

All-Freshman Team

Megan Wielonski, Ball State, Setter

Kat Mandly, Bowling Green, Outside Hitter

Aly Gurtiza, Central Michigan, Defensive Specialist

Charlie Atiemo, Northern Illinois, Middle Blocker

Francesca Bertucci, Northern Illinois, Defensive Specialist

Caroline Clippard, Ohio, Outside Hitter

Elaine Redman, Toledo, Setter

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #6/6/8 NOTRE DAME DOMINATES HOME FINALE IN 55-0 WIN OVER GEORGIA TECH

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The No. 6/6/8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-1) played a nearly flawless first half of football, jumping out to a 45-0 lead after the opening 30 minutes. The Irish went on to win by a final score of 55-0.

With its 10th win of the season, the Irish have now recorded 10 or more wins in five straight seasons for the first time in program history. It was also the fifth-largest shutout in modern history for the Irish.

Coan was masterful from the quarterback position, going 15-for-20 for 285 yards and two touchdowns in just over a half of playing time. Kyren Williams finished with 120 all-purpose yards and had two rushing touchdowns. Logan Diggs added two touchdowns, one on the ground and one receiving.

Notre Dame’s defense continued its incredible form, scoring two defensive touchdowns and stifling the Georgia Tech offense. Jack Kiser recorded a pick-six in the first quarter and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa scooped up a fumble forced by Isaiah Foskey and returned it 70-yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

The Irish got off to a great start to open the game, scoring 10 points in the first five minutes. Chris Tyree started by returning a kick to midfield before Jonathan converted a 41-yard field goal to put Notre Dame up 3-0.

On Georgia Tech’s first possession Isaiah Foskey got home with the pass rush, forcing the Yellow Jacket quarterback to hurry his throw, which was picked off by Jack Kiser and returned 43 yards for a touchdown, his second defensive touchdown of the season.

The Notre Dame defense forced a three-and-out on Georgia Tech’s next drive to give the ball back to the offense. The Irish marched down the field with a nine play, 65-yard drive, capped off by an impressive nine-yard touchdown run from Williams to push the lead to 17-0 with just under five minutes left in the first quarter.

Another stop by the defense led to a quick score from the offense just before the end of the first quarter. Coan connected on a 52-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Mayer, the longest reception of his illustrious career, to make the score 24-0.

The Irish put up points on its fourth straight possession, scoring another touchdown, this time on a five-yard plunge from Diggs to push the lead to 31-0.

Notre Dame wasn’t done scoring, as the hosts tacked on two more touchdowns before the break to extend the lead to 45-0 at the halftime break. Diggs scored his second touchdown of the day and the first receiving touchdown of his career with a 20-yard catch from Coan. Then Williams punched it in from a yard out to complete the incredible performance over the opening 30 minutes of play.

In the first half, Notre Dame didn’t record a single punt in the first half, scoring six touchdowns and a field goal.

The Irish added 10 points in the third quarter, highlighted by the second defensive touchdown of the day. Isaiah Foskey recorded a strip sack and Tagovailoa-Amosa scooped up the fumble and took it 70 yards for the touchdown to make it a 55-0 game.

The Irish close out the regular season with a trip to Palo Alto, California, to take on Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 27. The game’s time and broadcast network have not been announced.

NOTRE DAME WBB: GM 5 PREVIEW: BRYANT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The undefeated (RV) Notre Dame women’s basketball squad (4-0) looks to end its homestand on a high note against Bryant University (0-4) on Sunday, before embarking on a big early-season test in the Daytona Beach Invitational next week. The Fighting Irish are off to a hot start, ranking in the top-20 in the country in assists, blocks, rebounds and field goal percentage.

It’ll be a special tip start time of 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, with the game following a Notre Dame volleyball contest earlier in the day. The matchup will once again be streamed on ACCNX. The radio call can be heard on 99.9 WQLQ-FM.

Sunday’s matchup will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

LOSING GAMES OUT

At ACC Media Day, Debbie Antonelli asked Dara Mabrey and Maddy Westbeld, can this team close out games? Dara talked about the sour taste in her mouth from three leads in ACC play, two by double-digits, that were given away in late-game situations resulting in losses that led to the Irish missing the Big Dance in 2021.

Out with the old Irish and in with the new. A 61-56 ND lead over Syracuse with 8:06 remaining in the game, and the Irish went full throttle, closing the game on a 21-0 scoring run. Westbeld was the catalyst in the quarter scoring nine points, followed by a pair of three’s from Mabrey.

Case in point in the Fordham win as well – up just 54-47 with under eight minutes remaining, Westbeld answered the call with five straight points. Later on, Sonia Citron connected on a pivotal three with 4:19 left, which put the Irish up 64-48. Then the Irish defense put its foot down to seal the 71-56 victory.

A PAIR OF SUPER FRESHMEN

The future of the program is bright with freshmen Sonia Citron and Olivia Miles and both their versatile skill sets. When it comes to Stat-Sheet-Stuffer games (at least 5-5-5 stats on the box score), it’s our two freshmen leading the way.

Citron not only scored 13 points in her debut but notched a Stat-Sheet-Stuffer with seven boards and six assists. Then in the win over Fordham, she collected her first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Citron has been everywhere on the court for Coach Ivey, ranking in the top-3 on the team in rebounds, assists and steals, while averaging 9.5 ppg.

Her fellow freshman Olivia Miles dished out a career high 11 assists in the opener, then followed that with her first double-double in game two – achieving career highs in points and rebounds. Through four games, Miles boasts two S.S.S. performances.

Miles’ 6.8 apg rank 2nd in the ACC and 18th in the nation. She’s 1-of-2 freshmen in the country ranked in said top-18, joining Anaya James from Pacific.

All-in-all, Citron and Miles are two of just 12 freshman guards in the country who have produced at least one double-double, and just 2-of-3 from a power-five conference (the other being Shyanne Sellers from Maryland).

WHO’S HOT

The obvious answer first – Maddy Westbeld. She started her freshman season with six straight games in double figures and she’s off to four straight this year. Maddy is nearly averaging a double-double here in November with her 16.3 ppg and 9.0 rpg. In addition, both averages rank in the top-6 in the ACC.

In addition, Dara Mabrey is coming off a 16 point, 4-steal, 7-assist performance at Syracuse. It marked a career high in steals and tied her career best in assists.

Then she was a woman possessed to start the Fordham game on Nov. 18. Dara went 6-for-6 in the first quarter, including 2-for-2 from deep, to total 15 points in the opening period. She ultimately finished with a season-high 20 points. Thus, over the past two games, Dara has totaled 36 points on a combined 12-of-18 shooting.

M&Ms

You’ve heard of the Killer B’s in a baseball lineup but the Irish are rolling with Team M&Ms this season.

Maya – averaging 12.8 points and 8.0 rebounds. She earned a career-high 11 rebounds in the win over Fordham on Nov. 18. Her now 8.0 rebounds/game ranks 8th in the ACC, but her 4.3 offensive boards/game leads the league. She’s also an intimidating defensive presence, as her 2.3 blocks/game ranks 4th in the ACC. She’s shooting 51.2 percent from the field, which ranks 11th in the league.

Maddy – 4 straight games in double figures and nearly averaging a double-double. She leads the Irish in both scoring (16.3) and rebounding (9.0). In addition, both those averages rank in the top-6 in the ACC. She’s also proving she’s a deep threat as well, making at least one trey every game.  Her career high streak is six, set last season.

Miles – averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.8 assists, as the latter ranks 2nd in the ACC and 18th in the nation. She owns one double-double and two stat-sheet-stuffer games.

Mabrey – averaging the second-most points (14.3) and assists (3.8), while leading the team in steals (1.8). Averaging 18.0 points and 4.0 assists in the last two games.

INDIANA STATE FB: LATE DEFENSIVE HEROICS, WILDERMAN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS PROPEL SYCAMORES TO 15-10 WIN OVER ILLINOIS STATE

NORMAL, Ill. – Kurtis Wilderman scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and the Sycamores defense limited the Illinois State offense after the opening drive as Indiana State closed out the 2021 season, 15-10.

Wilderman put the Sycamores (5-6, 3-5 MVFC) ahead for good with a one-yard quarterback keeper with 3:58 remaining in the fourth quarter for his second touchdown plunge of the day to put Indiana State ahead of the Redbirds late. Rylan Cole came through on the ensuing Illinois State (4-7, 2-6 MVFC) possession as the freshman safety forced a fumble late and Jalen Moss came up with the loose ball to set off the celebration on the Indiana State sidelines.

The win marked Indiana State’s first win in Normal, Ill. since the 1997 season and eighth road win in the series overall dating back to the inaugural opener back in 1936. The victory came in large part due to the defensive effort following the opening possession.

The Indiana State defense limited the Redbirds to just 280 total yards and 15 first downs in the contest, while the Sycamores took advantage of a key turnover in the third quarter to get the offense rolling in the second half.

JJ Henderson stepped in front of a Redbird pass midway through the third quarter for his third interception of the season and set up the Sycamores’ first touchdown drive. The Sycamores limited the Redbirds to a 28.6 (4-of-14) conversion on third downs and held Illinois State to 28:45 in the time of possession battle.

Wilderman went 21-of-38 through the air for a career-high 243 yards, while adding 11 carries for 36 yards and a pair of touchdown in the win. Peterson Kerlegrand added 19 carries for 61 yards, while Dante Hendrix paced 11 players in the receiving column with five catches for 55 yards.

Geoffrey Brown paced the Sycamores defensive efforts with a career-high 12 tackles (nine solo), while Kris Reid Jr. and Henrik Barndt each posted sacks. Henderson’s interception and Cole’s forced fumble were key to a big effort by the ISU secondary that limited the Redbirds to 194 passing yards in the contest.

Jackson Waring helmed the Redbirds’ passing game going 17-of-31 through the air for 194 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Cole Mueller finished with 20 carries for 99 yards, while Tanner Taula paced the receiving efforts with six catches for 58 yards.

Dillon Gearhart was the Illinois State defensive leader with 10 tackles, while Keondre Jackson added a sack in the backfield. Jacob Powell added 2.5 tackles for loss for the Redbirds.

How They Scored

Illinois State struck first as Jackson Waring found Austin Nagel for a 40-yard touchdown pass on the Redbirds’ opening play from scrimmage to give the hosts the 7-0 lead with 13:49 remaining in the first quarter.

The Redbirds added a late score just before the halftime break as JT Bohlken connected on a 34-yard field goal to cap off a 10-play, 63-yard drive that spanned the final 2:41 of the second quarter and put Illinois State ahead 10-0.

Kurtis Wilderman called his own number with a six-yard touchdown run at the 3:50 mark in the third quarter to cap a six-play, 37-yard drive set up by a JJ Henderson interception. The Sycamores successfully converted the two-point conversion with Travis Reiner finding Wyatt Harwood for the catch to put the score at 10-8 in the contest.

Wilderman was back in the end zone with 3:58 remaining in the fourth quarter as the senior quarterback went up the middle for the one-yard quarterback keeper to cap the 12-play, 67-yard drive and put Indiana State ahead 15-10.

Inside the Statistics

Indiana State held the 342-280 advantage in total yards and the Sycamores posted 18 first downs in the win.

The Sycamores held onto the ball for 31:15 in the contest, their third game with at least 31 minutes of total possession on the year.

The Sycamores aired the ball out averaging 11.6 yards per completion in the game.

Indiana State held the 99-86 rushing advantage in the contest as well.

Key to the Sycamores’ success on the day was their ability to sustain drives as ISU went 7-of-17 on third downs and converted their lone fourth-down attempt.

News & Notes

Travis Reiner tied a career-high with a 59-yard punt midway through the second quarter as the redshirt junior put the ball down to the Illinois State 15-yard line. It equaled the longest punt of his career after connecting on a 59-yarder back on November 17, 2018 at Western Illinois.

Zach Larkin (16) and Rontrez Morgan (14) both extended their receiving streak in the first half as the duo both wrapped up their Indiana State careers with double-digit games with a reception.

Dante Hendrix continued his own receiving streak in the second quarter as the redshirt junior wide receiver closed out the 2021 season with catches in each of the last 27 games he’s lined up on the field.

JJ Henderson hauled in his team-leading third interception of the season in the third quarter against the Redbirds.

Kris Reid Jr. and Henrik Barndt snapped the Sycamores sack-less streak as Indiana State had gone the previous three games without a quarterback takedown.

Indiana State improved to 32-38-2 in the all-time series and picked up their third win the last five meetings between the two teams.

Kurtis Wilderman had career-highs in completions (21), attempts (38), yards (243), and rushing touchdowns (2) in the win.

Peterson Kerlegrand finished the 2021 regular season with a career-high 830 rushing yards, eclipsing his previous mark of 746 set back in the 2019 season.

Travis Reiner also hit a career mark with 22 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, eclipsing his mark of 19 set in 2019. His 10 punts of 50-or-more yards were also a career mark.

INDIANA STATE MBB: SYCAMORES FACE NEW MEXICO STATE SUNDAY AT 8:30 IN MYRTLE BEACH INVITATIONAL FINALE

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Indiana State will wrap up a stretch of six games over 12 days to open the season when the team plays in the third-place game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational against New Mexico State Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET. The game will air on ESPN 2 as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide.

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» ISU is coming off an 87-63 loss to Oklahoma Friday night in the semifinals of the Myrtle Beach Invitational after defeating Old Dominion in the opener.

» Sunday’s matchup with New Mexico State will mark the 15th game between the two programs with each winning seven games apiece. The series began in 1978 with the last meeting happening in 1983. Indiana State won five-straight games from 1978-79. The Aggies have won the last two meetings, both coming in January of the 1983 season.

» Cameron Henry continues to dominate the court, scoring in double-figures each of the first five games for Indiana State, including a pair of double-doubles. Henry recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds in the first half in a win over ODU to open the Myrtle Beach Invitational. Henry finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and two steals in the win. The guard is averaging 15 points and 6.8 rebounds on the year. The guard scored a career high 25 points in a loss to Oklahoma in the MBI semifinal.

» Indiana State put together one of the best defensive performances in program history against Old Dominion in a 77-36 victory over the Monarchs. ISU at one point led by 48 points while holding ODU without a field goal for six minutes in the first half as well as an eight-minute stretch in the second half. ISU held the Monarchs to just 21.6 percent (11-of-51) from the field and just three made baskets from distance. The 41-point margin over ODU was the second largest over a Division I opponent in ISU’s D-I history dating to the 1971-72 season. ISU defeated Charleston Southern 102-55 in 1977.

LARGEST MARGINS OF VICTORY IN PROGRAM HISTORY

47: Dec. 3, 1977 – ISU 102, Charleston Southern 55

41: Nov. 18, 2021 – ISU 77, Old Dominion 36

38: Dec. 16, 1978 – ISU 109, Butler 71

36: Feb. 21, 2001 – ISU 78, Evansville 42

35: Jan. 19, 2000 – ISU 91, Southern Illinois 56

34: Jan. 7, 1999 – ISU 91, Wichita State 57

32: Dec. 29, 1977 – ISU 82, Ball State 50

32: Feb. 11, 1978 – ISU 102, Tulsa 70

32: Dec. 18, 1997 – ISU 99, Tennessee State 67

31: Dec. 9, 1978 – ISU 102, Cleveland State 71

31: Dec. 22, 2019 – ISU 85, Chicago State 64

30: Jan. 11, 1992 – ISU 81, Wichita State 51

30: Jan. 23, 2008 – ISU 72, Evansville 42

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MBB: MASTODONS SUFFER FIRST LOSS OF 2021-22 IN SETBACK AT MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS – Jalon Pipkins scored a team-high 19 points in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 78-49 loss at Minnesota on Friday (Nov. 19) evening.

The ‘Dons were hot out of the gates, taking a 9-0 lead and causing an early Minnesota timeout.

It was a 15-5 Mastodon lead when the Golden Gophers scored 10 straight points to force the first tie of the contest. A four-point play by Jarred Godfrey put the ‘Dons up 22-17 with 7:58 left in the first. However, Minnesota closed the half on a 14-4 stretch that saw the ‘Dons go 2-for-9 from the floor.

The ‘Dons went to the half trailing 31-26. Pipkins had 13 points in the first on 6-of-10 shooting.

Pipkins opened the scoring in the second half with a jumper, but Minnesota went on an 11-0 run over the next two and a half minutes to take control of the game.

Both teams shot 44 percent in the opening half, but the second half was a different story. The Golden Gophers out-shot the Mastodons 53.3 percent (16-of-30) to 24.3 percent (9-of-37) in the second.

The Golden Gophers improve to 4-0. Sean Sutherlin led Minnesota with 19 points. He was 7-of-7 from the floor.

Godfrey also had double-digit scoring for the ‘Dons with 12 points. Ra Kpedi finished with a game-high nine rebounds and five points.

The ‘Dons fall to 2-1. Purdue Fort Wayne will travel to Florida next week for games against Southeastern Louisiana, Western Michigan and Florida Gulf Coast.

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: ADDS TWO IN-STATE STANDOUTS TO 2022 ROSTER

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The IUPUI volleyball team added a pair of in-state recruits to their roster for the 2022 season after head coach Lindsey Froehlich announced the signing of Cilicia Aleong and Morgan Ostrowski to a National Letter of Intent.

Aleong is from Avon, Ind. where she attended Avon High School and earned All-State team honors in her senior season.

“CC is a versatile player that has the ability to score on either pin,” said head coach Froehlich. “Her sense of humor balanced with her competitiveness will add to our gym environment. She has the tools to be a great six rotation player! I’m excited to see what she will accomplish in our gym and in the Horizon League.”

The 5’10 right side was named team MVP for the 2021 season and earned All-Conference during her junior season. She chose IUPUI for the competitiveness and the family aspect.

“IUPUI just felt the most like a family to me,” said Aleong. “That’s something that is super important to me when I’m playing volleyball. Being able to play with friends that feel like sisters helps me, especially when I need some encouragement.”

Aleong will be joined by Morgan Ostrowski, a 6’1″ middle blocker from Garrett, Ind. where she collected a career 1037 kills and 854 digs.

“Morgan’s speed and jumping ability stood out to me when we first saw her play,” said coach Froehlich. “As a middle, she is up and available as an offensive option in nearly every rally!  I’m looking forward to seeing her continue to develop and will be glad to have her in the Jungle next fall.”

Ostrowski tallied 401 kills and 76 blocks during her senior season with Garrett High School.

Aleong and Ostrowski are set to join the Jaguars in the fall of 2022.

EVANSVILLE MBB: UE MEN DROP HOME CONTEST TO UCF

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A late run in the first half keyed a second-half spurt that saw UCF pick up a 75-59 win over the University of Evansville men’s basketball team inside the Ford Center on Saturday afternoon.

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With the Knights (4-0) hanging on to a 4-point lead in the final minute of the first half, they wrapped up the period on a 5-0 run before pulling away in the second half.

“We have played good teams so far, but I thought all around that UCF was the most difficult test so far.  I thought our guys responded very well and played better today, which was encouraging,” UE head coach Todd Lickliter commented.  “We always play to win, without question, but we prepared well and a challenge like we faced today will help us grow.”

Leading the Purple Aces (2-3) was Shamar Givance, who scored 14 points, was 4-for-7 from outside and led all players with six assists.  Noah Frederking was 5-of-7 from the field on his way to 12 points while Jawaun Newton recorded 10 points.  Evan Kuhlman led the way on the boards, tying for the top total in the game with six caroms.

UCF saw Darin Green Jr. lead all scorers with 17 while Darius Perry and Tyem Freeman finished with 15 and 11, respectively.

Triples were falling early in the contest with the first four baskets coming from outside leading to a 6-6 score.  Noah Frederking and Jawaun Newton hit early triples for UE.  A jumper by Evan Kuhlman put the Aces in front by an 8-6 tally before the Knights hit another triple to take their first lead at 9-8.  Two more triples found their way through the next for UCF to help them push the lead to six at 22-16.

Blaise Beauchamp got UE right back in it, converting a 4-point play with 11:24 on the clock to make it a 2-point game.  Two minutes later, a layup by Frederking made it a 2-point game once again before UCF turned up the defensive intensity keeping UE scoreless for a span of 5:20 while pushing the lead to a game-high eight points.  Evansville went 0-for-5 while turning it over twice during that stretch. 

Shamar Givance knocked down his second triple of the half to end the stretch and get the Aces back within five, but a 3-pointer in the final seconds for the Knights sent them to the break with a 39-30 lead.  Givance scored nine in the opening period, all coming from outside.  The teams combined to hit 13 triples in the first half.

The first seven minutes of the second half saw UCF add to its lead, going up by a 51-36 score with just over 13 minutes left in the contest.  As the game approached eight minutes remaining, the Knights’ lead stood at 61-43.  Evansville worked to claw back with Gage Bobe knocking down a triple before Newton made a nice play to finish off a layup, but UCF would respond to take its largest lead of the day of 21 points inside of the 7-minute mark.  Evansville closed in the late minutes before the Knights secured the 75-59 win.

Both teams finished with 10 3-point makes but it was UCF completing the day shooting 49.1% with the Aces finishing at 43.5%.  The Knights also finished with a 32-23 rebounding advantage.

Following a travel day on Sunday, the Aces will be taking part in the Gulf Coast Showcase, which opens on Monday morning with a 10 a.m. CT game against Rice in Fort Myers, Fla.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: HOUNDS ADVANCE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT WITH 3-1 WIN OVER CEDARVILLE

INDIANAPOLIS – A chilly afternoon at Key Stadium didn’t stop the top-seeded University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team, who rolled past No. 8 seed Cedarville by a final of 3-1 in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.

HOW IT HAPPENED

It took the Greyhounds until just the 11th minute of play to strike first on the scoreboard. Jakob David delivered a beautiful corner kick towards the net that met the head of Makel Rasheed who positioned the ball past the goalkepeer for the 1-nil advantage.

Minutes later, UIndy collected another goal in the 18th minute when Alejandro Steinwascher floated a pass to Seth Ward who gathered the ball and placed one into the back of the net.

Taking the two goal advantage into the halftime locker room, the Greyhounds held strong before pulling in a third goal of the match. In the 76th minute, Steinwascher sent a ball backwards to Dylan Bollard who fired a straight shot past a diving keeper. Cedarville would add a goal in the 86th minute, but it was not enough to stay in the match.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Hounds won the shots battle this afternoon, sending out 17 while the Yellow Jackets had just 13.

-Despite grabbing a goal off a corner kick, Cedarville had a game-high 7 corners while UIndy managed just two.

-A total of three yellow cards were called in the match, two of which came from a pair of Greyhounds.

-Goalkeeper Dimitrios Karousos had five saves in his return to the pitch.

UP NEXT

With the win, UIndy will now await the winner of No. 4 seed Illinois Springfield and No. 5 seed Maryville, who play on Sunday at 2 p.m. The third round match will take place at Key Stadium on either December 2nd or 3rd.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER ENDS SEASON AT #1 GRAND VALLEY

ALLENDALE, Mich. – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team fell to the No. 1 seeded Grand Valley State in the second round of the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday morning.

The Lakers defeated the Hounds 5-0, finalizing the Greyhounds season with a record of 11-4-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED

GVSU came out swinging early, scoring four goals in the first half, off nine shots and three corner opportunities. While holding the Hounds to only two shots to end the half.

Maria Herrero led the Greyhounds landing the lone shot on goal. Sophia Saucerman manned the net for the full 90, posting six saves.

The Lakers were led by Caitie Baron who posted a goal and an assist.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Lakers had seven corners, to UIndy’s two.

-There was sixteen total fouls committed, eight per team.

-The Hounds were outshot on goal, 12-1.

2021 IN REVIEW

The Hounds will end the season 11-4-3 and 8-2-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

 Kiki Sauceda led the Greyhounds with 15 goals throughout the season off 27 shots, followed by Maria Herrero who had four.

Defensively, GLVC Defensive Player of the Year, Dana Youssef led the Hounds with four assists. While Sophia Saucerman earned the most wins under her belt with seven, and 37 saves.

INDIANAPOLIS WRESTLING: #10 BAILEY, THOMPSON PLACE AT FINDLAY OPEN

FINDLAY, Ohio- A pair of Greyhounds placed for #13 UIndy at the Findlay Open Saturday, led by #10 Logan Bailey’s bracket title at 149.

In addition to Bailey, Greyhound heavyweight Jay Thompson finished runner-up on the day at the event, held at the University of Findlay.

Bailey (12-1) went 6-0 on the day en route to the bracket title, with three pins in a combined 2:11 among his six wins. He punctuated his day with a 5-4 win over #4 Carson Speelman of Ashland, with the Greyhound freshman taking his second career win over the two-time All-American for the Eagles.

Thompson went 4-1 on the day on the way to his second place finish. The Greyhound freshman tallied wins over a pair of NCAA Division I opponents on the day in his first action of the young season.

UIndy will be off next weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday, and will return to action Dec. 4 at Indiana Little State, held at Wabash this season.

INDIANAPOLIS WBB: GREYHOUNDS DROP ROAD MATCH TO CEDARVILLE

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – The University of Indianapolis dropped their fourth straight game against Cedarville on Saturday afternoon, 75-64.

The Hounds were led by Sadie Hill who shot 10-17 from field goal range, ending with 22 points, seven rebounds, and a block. Taylor Drury followed with 13 points, and three rebounds.

The Yellowjackets were led by Isabelle Bolender who scored 23 points and had five boards.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy scored 42 points in the paint, and 14 bench points.

-Cedarville had 23 points off of turnovers.

-UIndy outrebounded the Yellowjackets, 30-29.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will be back at home on Wednesday afternoon where they will host Lake Erie. Tip off will be at 5 p.m.  ET.

MARIAN FOOTBALL: TEAM DEFENSE AND SPARK FROM BEN STEVENS FUELS MARIAN’S COMEBACK OVER SOUTHWESTERN

INDIANAPOLIS – Trailing 17-6 at halftime, the Marian football team found a spark from Ben Stevens and their defense in the third quarter as they rallied over No. 9 Southwestern to win 21-17 in the NAIA FCS First Round. The Knights advance to next week’s quarterfinals with an overall record of 9-2.

Marian’s offense struggled throughout much of the first half Saturday afternoon, going three and out on each of their first two drives. Back to back punts from Taylor Soper that were pinned at the one yard line helped Marian;s defense engage on the action early, with a forced fumble from Tyler Bukur ending Southwestern’s first drive, while a Ricky Kwak break up forced the Moundbuilders into a field goal attempt on their second.

The Builders took a 3-0 lead after converting the 36-yard field goal, and Marian looked to pick up steam after finding their first 1st down of the game, but Soper was called on three plays later. The junior pinned the Builders at the two yard line, and two plays later the defense scored Marian’s first points of the game, as Chamaar Smith strip-sacked Thomas Yam at the two. The fumble scurried into the end zone, and Bukur pounced on the loose ball to score his first career touchdown. Marian’s PAT was no good, putting the Knights on top 6-3.

After the touchdown Southwestern marched down the field quickly thanks to a 44 yard pass play, but the defense quickly put an end to the drive, with Titus Bryant driving Yam into the turf. Marian punted on their next series, and this time the defense was unable to keep the Moundbuilders out of the end zone, with Keyshawn Jones scoring on an 11-yard pass to cap a 60-yard drive. Penalties killed the Knights’ second drive of the quarter, and Southwestern was able to keep their momentum alive on offense with Jones scoring his second touchdown of the day.

Marian touched the ball twice before the half ended, but could generate a two-minute drive as they went into halftime trailing 17-6. The Knights mustered just 34 yards of offense in the first half, while Southwestern gained 278.

In the second half Marian’s defense flipped the script, forcing three and outs on each of the first three Southwestern drives. Marian was finally able to gain momentum on their first drive in the half picking up 61 yards in seven plays to reach the red zone, but the drive ended in a missed field goal. Marian’s second drive ended in a turnover on downs inside the 10, but after the defense and Jalen Jennings set up the offense with strong field position, the Knights found a new drive.

Marian needed just two plays to find the end zone on offense for the first time, with Zach Bundalo hitting Ben Stevens twice for 38 yards on the drive, with Stevens 26-yard catch going to the end zone. On the touchdown, Stevens hurdled a defender and leaped into the end zone, shifting the momentum to Marian with his highlight play. Bundalo finished the drive by hitting Johnny William for a two-point conversion, bringing the score to 17-14.

The defense got a stop on their next series, and after kicking it back to the Moundbuilders, Kwak made a momentum play jumping a crossing route for his sixth career interception. Kwak’s pick set the Knights up at the 25, and four plays later Bundalo put his team back in the lead finding William for a 25 yard touchdown. Marlon Pomili banged the extra point through the uprights, and gave Marian a 21-17 lead with 9:55 remaining.

The Knights’ defense got the ball back for Bundalo once agian stopping a quarterback run, and the freshman quarterback helped eat four minutes off the clock before Marian had to use Soper to kick the ball back to the Builders. Soper’s final punt of the day gave Southwestern the ball at their own 20, and Builders possessed the ball for 10 plays, but on their final snap of the day T.Y. Thomas broke up a fourh down pass, turning the ball over to the Knights with 57 seconds remaining. Bundalo kneeled out the remaining time, capping off Marian’s 21-17 comeback victory.

In the second half, Marian’s offense found its groove outscoring Southwestern 15-0, while gaining 247 yards of offense to just 55 for Southwestern in the final 30 minutes. Stevens hauled in eight of Bundalo’s 16 completions for 128 yards, scoring one touchdown. After the game Stevens was named the Offensvie Player of the Game. Bundalo finished with 205 yards passing, with his second touchdown going to William who ended with 42 yards.

Defensively Sir’Zion Dance was everywhere making 13 total tackles with 2.5 behind the line, recovering one fumble. Jake Paris made eight stops, and Kwak had six to go with his first interception since the first quarter of game one. Smith had two of Marian’s five sacks, with Chauncey Mays, Dance, and Bukur recording the other sacks. Taylor Soper was named the Defensive Player of the Game, setting single game records for punts (9) and yards (390), downing a single-game record five punts inside the 20.

Marian will learn their opponent for the quarterfinal round on Sunday afternoon, following the conclusion of the Lindsey Wilson and Montana Western game. Stay tuned to @MUKnights on Twitter and MUKnights.com for more detail.

MARIAN WBB: MARIAN DEFEATS INDIANA WESLEYAN 62-44 TO OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 10 Marian women’s basketball team took control early and did not let up, pulling away for a 62-44 victory over No. 14 Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. The win moves Marian to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in Crossroads League play.

The Knights set the tone on their first possession with Imani Guy earning a layup after a pair of offensive rebounds. Marian began the contest driving to the basket, and they got great looks in doing so. Layups by Kinnidy Garrard and Abby Downard quickly gave Marian a 6-0 lead, and two more trips with scores put Marian up 10-0 before Indiana Wesleyan called a timeout at the 6:09 mark. The Wildcats finally made a few shots to get within single digits, but layups by Majestic Sales and Downard in the final minute of the quarter put the Knights up 19-6 after 10 minutes of action.

Marian’s defense continued to prevent Indiana Wesleyan from getting anything going offensively. Marian exploded on an 8-0 run to begin the second quarter, mostly thanks to Imani Guy. A Shanyce Makuei layup began the run 21 seconds in, but Guy followed with back-to-back layups and a three-pointer. The Knights led 28-6 just 13 minutes into the game. Makuei and Guy added a few more baskets before the Wildcats made their first basket of the half with 5:31 left before halftime, trailing 34-11. Amazingly, Indiana Wesleyan would outscore Marian 6-0 to end the half, as the Knights did not score in over five minutes to end the quarter but still held a 34-14 lead.

Ella Collier ended the scoring drought for the Knights, converting on a layup just over two minutes into the second half. Scoring came at a premium with both defenses pinning their ears back in a physical game. Indiana Wesleyan’s first make in the second half came midway through the third quarter with a three-pointer. However, back-to-back baskets by Downard kept Marian’s lead over 20 points. The Knights tied their largest lead of 26 points with 2:42 left in the third after an Allison Bosse trifecta. The Marian defense kept the Wildcats from gaining any ground from there as Marian completed the third quarter up 49-23.

Though facing an almost insurmountable deficit, the Wildcats tried to fight back into the contest to start the fourth. Four trips with points for Indiana Wesleyan got things to 51-31 with seven minutes remaining. The Knights were held off the scoreboard for several minutes until Sales made one of two free throws with 3:50 left. However, the Marian lead was too great for Indiana Wesleyan to match. Alexa McKinley made three of her four free throws late as the Knights eased to a 62-44 win.

Guy led all scorers with 16 points, six rebounds, and seven steals. Downard tallied 13 points in her efforts for the Knights. Marian’s Garrard grabbed 10 rebounds and scored seven points. As a team, the Knights held Indiana Wesleyan to a 32.6 shooting percentage from the floor and just 21 percent from three-point range. Marian outrebounded the Wildcats 38-23 and forced 19 Indiana Wesleyan turnovers.

After a pair of home games, Marian will be back on the road at Grace. The Knights will tip-off from Winona Lake, Ind. on Tuesday, November 23 at 6 PM.

MARIAN MBB: KNIGHTS DROP CROSSROADS LEAGUE OPENER TO NO. 8 INDIANA WESLEYAN

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team suffered their first loss of the young 2021-22 season, as No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan won the first meeting of the season between the two teams 74-55. Marian is now 4-1 on the year, beginning Crossroads League play 0-1.

The Crossroads opener against two of the league’s top teams started with a phyiscal low-scoring battle, as both sides netted seven points by the media timeout. Malek Edmonds and Christian Stewart made up the Knights first seven points, but the Wildcats caught fire before the media timeout. After the stoppage Indiana Wesleyan found their stroke from deep, with Spencer Piercefield hitting two three’s as part of an 11-2 run in a 2:30 stretch. The cold streak continued for Marian, as Indiana Wesleyan pushed their lead to 14-points as the clock ticked under nine minutes.

Trailing 26-12, Marian slowly chipped back within a 10-point deficit as Jacob Wiley scored six straight, bringing the his team within eight. Wiley’s offensive presence kept the Knights in the game and prevented Indiana Wesleyan from running away with the lead, as his 11 first half points held the difference at eight as the two sides entered the locker rooms. The Wildcats led 37-29 at the half, shooting 46.9 percent from the field while Marian was held to just 35.5 percent shooting.

The Knights stayed within three possesions of the Wildcats through the first two minutes as Tyrie Johnson and Edmonds each made a basket, but Seth Maxwell three put an end to Marian’s momemtum. The trey from the center pushed the visitor’s lead to 12, and it soon grew to 17 points. The Knights would keep the score between 13 and 17 points for a four minute stretch, but as bucket from Maxwell at the 10 minute mark dampened a strong stretch of Marian defense.

Indiana Wesleyan pushed their lead to 20 points after a pair of Tim Adetukasi baskets, giving IWU their largest lead of the game with 7:37 remaining. Marian was unable to get within 17 points for the remainder of the game, eventually ending the game in a 74-55 defeat.

As a team the Knights shot just 33 percent from the field, while Indiana Wesleyan shot 45 percent. Wiley led the Knights in scoring with 17 points, and Edmonds scored 15 points in the loss. Christian Harvey had five of Marian’s nine assists in the loss.

Marian will play their first road game of the Crossroads League season on Tuesday night as they play the second game of a doubleheader at Grace. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m.

IU EAST MBB: IU EAST 66, OHIO VALLEY 64

VIENNA, W.Va. –  Justin Williams sank a 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining to lift the Indiana University East men’s basketball team to a 66-64 win at Ohio Valley University on Nov. 20 in the River States Conference opener for both teams.

Williams’ shot capped a frantic final 40 seconds in which the lead changed hands four times.

IU East is now 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the RSC. Ohio Valley, which was playing its first-ever RSC game, is 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Ohio Valley’s Vukasin Garic started the action-packed final 40 seconds with a free throw to put the Fighting Scots ahead 62-61. Garrett Silcott answered on the other end with a tough drive and score to give IU East a 63-62 advantage. Seconds later, Nick Hargrove scored from close in on the left side to make the score 64-63 in favor of Ohio Valley.

Williams’ triple from the left wing gave the Red Wolves the final advantage. IU East survived one last Ohio Valley attempt to tie.

“Hitting the last shot of the game, it’s just endless reps and staying ready at all times,” Williams said.

Williams finished with a team-high 15 points. Silcott added 14. Gabe McNary scored a college-high 13 points and collected seven rebounds.

IU East led by 19 points in the first half before weathering the late Ohio Valley rally.

“Our defense led to offense early, and our ball movement early on is what led to us getting easy looks all over the court,” Williams said.

IU East continues east to Takoma Park, Md., for a game at Washington Adventist University on Nov. 22.

IU EAST WBB: IU EAST 84, OHIO VALLEY 50

VIENNA, W.Va. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team started River States Conference play with an 84-50 win at Ohio Valley University on Nov. 20.

IU East is now 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the league. Ohio Valley, which was playing its first-ever RSC game, is 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

“Really proud of my team, and super excited to start conference play 1-0!” said IU East’s Marissa Quiroz.

Addie Brown and Kennedy Griffin scored 16 points apiece for the Red Wolves. Twelve IU East players scored in all.

“Really proud of my team, and super excited to start conference play 1-0!” said IU East’s Marissa Quiroz, who contributed nine points and nine rebounds.

IU East limited Ohio Valley to a shooting percentage of .297 and outrebounded the Fighting Scots by a 59-36 margin.

“Today I thought we executed really well on the rebounds,” Quiroz said. “We’ve struggled in that area a little bit these past couple of games, so it felt good to win that battle today. I also thought we had really good team chemistry. We read cuts really well and made sure we found the open person.”

IU East opened the game with a 16-5 run and led from start to finish.

IU East now gets a 10-day break before returning home to face Point Park University on Nov. 30.

WABASH SWIMMING: TANKERS OPEN PEBWORTH INVITATIONAL IN SECOND PLACE

Wabash scored a pair of first-place finishes to take second place in the team scoring after the first day of the 2021 Gail Moll Pebworth Invitational. The three-day event, sponsored by the Montgomery County Visitors and Convention Bureau, is taking place at the Crawfordsville High School Aquatics Center.

Wabash opened Friday evening’s finals by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Caleb McCarty, Ethan Johns, Isaac Temores, and Gavin Hill raced to first place with a time of 1:24.85. The Little Giants also placed fifth in the 200 free relay with Connor Craig, Brandon Edwards, Daren Glore, and Marc Nicholson combining for a time of 1:26.79.

McCarty scored an individual victory in the 50-yard freestyle with a career-best time of 20.92 to win Friday’s finals. Johns added a fifth-place finish with a time of 21:58. Edwards placed eighth in the “A” final by finishing in 21.73. Hill added a ninth-place finish in the top final with a time of 21.74. Temores also competed in the “A” final for Wabash and placed 10th with a time of 22.15.

Glore picked up a third-place finish in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle. He turned in a time of 4:40.89. Justin Dusza competed in the “A” final of the 200-yard individual medley, finishing in 1:58.92 to take ninth place overall.

Wabash scored a total of 219 points on the opening day to trail only Birmingham Southern College in the team scoring with a total of 271.5 points. Franklin College is in third place with a score of 208. Colorado College (149 points), Albion College (147.5), Asbury University (93 points), and Centre College (77) complete the team scoring.

The second day of competition begins Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the preliminary round of swimming at the high school. The first of two days of diving will start at 1 p.m. with events taking place at the Class of 1950 Natatorium on the Wabash campus.

FRANKLIN WBB: RECAP | WOMEN’S HOOPS FALLS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AGAINST OGLETHORPE

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Franklin College women’s basketball team wrapped up their first road trip of the season on Saturday (Nov. 20) afternoon, taking on the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels to close out the Centre Classic.

The Grizzlies (1-2) struggled to get going on offense and the Stormy Petrels (2-4) capitalized, as Oglethorpe came away with a 69-56 win.

How it Happened

The Grizzlies were held to 5-for-24 from the field in the opening half and trailed 38-15 after 20 minutes of play. Franklin held the scoring advantage in each of the final two quarters, out-scoring the Petrels 16-15 in the third and 25-16 in the fourth to close the final gap.

Inside the Box Score

-Franklin shot 31% (18-for-58) from the field, going 3-for-19 from three and 17-for-33 at the free throw line.

-Nix led Franklin in scoring for the second straight day, pouring in 16 points and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds while drawing a team-best seven fouls.

-Sophomores Sarah O’Day and Kayla Bruner tied for second on the team with nine points each. Bruner was a team-high +13 in scoring advantage on the day.

-Freshman Jenna Louden played a season-high 19 minutes, setting career-highs with five points and six rebounds.

Up Next

Franklin is back in action at home on Tuesday (Nov. 23) night, taking on Principia College. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 6:00 p.m.

ROSE HULMAN FOOTBALL: ROSE-HULMAN FALLS IN NCAA PLAYOFF HEARTBREAKER 26-21 AT DEPAUW

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored 14 fourth quarter points and gained 511 yards of total offense, but an opportunistic DePauw University squad held off the rally to earn a 26-21 victory in the NCAA Division III Football Playoff Round of 32 game on Saturday at Blackstock Stadium.

Rose-Hulman trailed 20-7 after the third quarter, but Andrew Dion connected with Shane Welshans on a 6-yard touchdown pass to bring the Fightin’ Engineers within 20-14 with 14:54 left in the game.  DePauw took advantage of two Rose-Hulman turnovers to start possessions in the red zone, but a strong Fightin’ Engineer defense held Joe Sullivan to field goals of 36 and 27 yards as the Tigers built a 26-14 lead.

Rose-Hulman charged back within 26-21 with 35 seconds left on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Dion to Adam Tice-Saliu.  Brett Tuttle then engineered a successful onside kick, which Tice-Saliu recovered to give Rose-Hulman a last chance in the final minute of the game. 

The Fightin’ Engineers drove to the DePauw 28-yard line courtesy of a 19-yard pass to Daniel Huery with 12 seconds left.  A lofted pass to the endzone was knocked down with 5 seconds left, giving the Fightin’ Engineers one last chance.

Dion threw a screen pass to Welshans, who had a wall on the left side but was tripped up at the 22-yard line by Dane Young as time expired, allowing DePauw to hold on to the 26-21 win.

Dion completed 27-of-58 passes for 355 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Rose-Hulman offense.  Welshans rushed for 124 yards on 30 carries, and Noah Thomas had nine receptions for 145 yards to balance the offense.

Tice-Saliu had a key day receiving with 95 yards on 6 receptions with 2 touchdowns, along with the late onside kick recovery.  Huery added 76 yards on 3 catches, and Welshans had a touchdown reception.

Chase Andries completed 17-of-24 passes for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the DePauw offense.  Jaylon Smith had a team-high 82 yards receiving on four catches with a touchdown for the Tigers, who forced five turnovers to help hang on for the win.

The Rose-Hulman defense forced three turnovers and forced several potentially short DePauw drives into either turnovers or field goals due to its strong overall play.  The Fightin’ Engineers gained 511 yards on the day but only allowed DePauw to gain 275.

Riley Roberts led Rose-Hulman with 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and 1 forced fumble.  Chaikou Sow added 9 tackles, with 8 solo efforts, and 1 forced fumble.

Winston Amankwah snagged an interception and forced a fumble, and Kyzer Bowen and Michael Stevens each recovered fumbles to provide key plays for the Rose-Hulman defense.

DePauw jumped out to a 13-0 lead after the first quarter, courtesy of 2 touchdown passes by Andries.  Smith had a 10-yard catch on the first strike, and Aaron Candiano caught a 3-yard touchdown pass to cap the first quarter scoring.

Rose-Hulman moved within 13-7 in the final minute of the first half.  Tice-Saliu caught a lofted pass into the left corner of the endzone to bring Rose-Hulman to a 6-point deficit.

DePauw answered with a 21-yard scoring pass from Andries to Shaw to make the score 20-7 at the half.  DePauw would hold the same lead until Rose-Hulman closed within 20-14 on the Welshans 4th quarter touchdown.

Dion completes his career with school record of 9836 passing yards and 94 touchdown passes. His 355-yard passing performance on Saturday marked the 7th time Dion crossed the 300-yard mark in 2021.  Thomas completes his career with school records of 256 receptions for 3680 receiving yards and 36 receiving touchdowns.

Rose-Hulman completes a historic season at 8-3 overall.  DePauw will advance to face Wisconsin-Whitewater next weekend with a record of 9-2.

ROSE HULMAN MBB: WINS SATURDAY TO ADVANCE TO MARYMOUNT TOURNEY FINAL

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Marymount University Pablo Coto Tournament with a 69-64 win over Washington & Lee University on Saturday afternoon.

Rose-Hulman will face the host Marymount Saints on Sunday at 2 pm in the tournament championship game.

Terry Hicks led Rose-Hulman with his second career double-double.  Hicks scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in 35 minutes of action.

Max Chaplin matched Hicks with a game-high 13 points.  Chaplin finished 4-8 from the field and 2-5 from three-point range with five rebounds.

Vuk Djuric joined Hicks with double-figure rebounds with an 8-point, 10-rebound performance.  Dillon Duff added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals to balance the Engineer attack.

Other key contributors included Samvit Ram with 6 points; Bradley Harden with 5 points; and Trey Wurtz with 4 points and 2 rebounds.

Washington & Lee was led by Jack d’Entremont with 17 points and Robert DiSibio reached double figures with 12 points.  The Fightin’ Engineers defeated a historically solid Washington & Lee team under the direction of Chris McHugh who has a coaching record of 61-27 in 5 seasons.

Rose-Hulman shot 54% from the field and hit 6 three-pointers to hold off the Generals.  The Fightin’ Engineers will seek their first 3-0 start to the season since 2011-12 in Sunday’s championship game.

ROSE HULMAN WBB: COACH PREVO EARNS 200TH VICTORY AS WOMEN’S HOOPS TOP ELMHURST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman women’s basketball head coach Jon Prevo earned his 200th career win as head women’s basketball coach after his team defeated Elmhurst College 87-51.  The team improved to 1-2 on the season, while Elmhurst fell to 0-6.

Coach Prevo now has a career record of 200-179 in his 16th season at Rose-Hulman.  He has led the Fightin’ Engineers to three HCAC regular season championships and two NCAA Division III tournaments.

Rose-Hulman led by as many as 11 in the first quarter and took a 13-point lead into the halftime break.  The Fightin’ Engineers climbed to a 21-point lead with a 13-5 run to open the third quarter.  Their biggest lead of the game (40) came late in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Barlow recorded her second 20-point game of the season, finishing with her career-high 21 points in 30 minutes, to lead the offensive attack.  She also tallied eight rebounds and four assists.  Mira Randolph recorded a career high 16 points off the bench in 19 minutes, including shooting 3-for-4 from behind the arc.  Rose Burnham was the third RHIT player to finish in double digits with 13 points, whiling grabbing six rebounds.  Both Barlow and Randolph recorded three steals a piece.

Rose-Hulman once again dominated the paint.  RHIT outscored Elmhurst in the paint 50-20 and won the rebounding category 37-31.  Each member from Rose-Hulman that entered the game scored at least once. 

RHIT scored 87 points in the contest, which is the highest team point total since their 91-55 victory over St. Mary-of-the-Woods in November 2018.

The Fightin’ Engineers offense shot 36-65 from the floor, good for a 55.4% clip, including 7-17 from deep.  That effort was highlighted by two quarters with over 60% shooting: the first quarter (61.54%) and the third quarter (64.71%).

The RHIT women’s hoops team travels to Bloomington, Ill. for the Midwest Challenge hosted by Illinois Wesleyan.  They will battle Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday and either Depauw University or Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday.

ANDERSON MBB: RAVENS GRIND OUT FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WIN

An 11-point separation was all the Anderson University men’s basketball team (4-0) needed to top the Comets of Olivet College (1-1) to extend their winning streak to four on Saturday. Behind multiple players with double digit points, the Ravens defeated the Comets 86-75 in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

Anderson’s 4-0 start is the program’s first 4-0 start since the 2000-01 season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Anderson trailed Olivet early on before taking an 8-7 lead, their first of the game, at the 16:34 mark off a Francis Uzorh layup.

The lead then went back-and-forth between the two teams as neither team was able to pull ahead by much.

A free throw by Olivet’s Eddie Thigpen tied the game back up at 18 a piece with 9:36 remaining in the half.

Anderson began trying to separate themselves from Olivet with 1:50 left as Maurice Knight made a layup to give the Ravens a 33-32 lead. Knight then made two free throws followed by a Uzorh layup to extend the lead to five points. Olivet was able to close in on the Ravens lead right before the half, sending the teams into the locker room with a score of 40-38 in favor of the Ravens.

Out of the half, Olivet went on a 12-3 run over the Ravens between 19:23 and 15:05.

Anderson slowly crawled back into the game. Finally, with 7:40 left on the clock, Austin Lyons tied the game 62-62 with a jumper.

The Ravens refused to let up, putting all the pressure they could on the Comets, going on a 11-6 run before the Comets called a timeout with 2:53 remaining in the game. Anderson led 73-68.

Anderson closed out the game with 11 more points, nine of which came from the free throw line. During this time, Camden Smith recorded 7-of-the-11 points for the Ravens.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Anderson capitalized on Olivet’s foul trouble, finishing with a 30-13 advantage in made free throws.

The Ravens converted 25-of-60 (41.7 percent) shots from the field while the Comets made 28-of-78 (35.9 percent) attempts from the floor.

Maurice Knight led the way for the Ravens with 19 points. Knight picked up seven rebounds, one steal, and one block to end the night.

Austin Lyons contributed 17 points, four rebounds, one assist, and led with 3 steals.

Anderson totaled four double-digit scorers. Camden Smith secured 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds while Francis Uzorh tallied 13 points and a team-high five blocks.

HEAD COACH OWEN HANDY’S COMMENTS

This is a really good win. Olivet is a talented team. They are tough, physical, and well coached. They came out of the half and knocked us on our heels a bit, and it took us some time to get back on balance. We had great resilience and executed consistently at both ends for the last 10 minutes of the game.

Austin Lyons put together a lights-out stretch of offense in the second half, right when we needed it and Francis Uzorh quarterbacked the back side of our defense with aplomb.

Our Assistant Coaches did a great job today. Jalen Johnson had a quality scout on their personnel with very little video tape to work from. Carter Collins navigated our defensive matchups effectively the whole game. Jovon McGraw’s insight about running our ball-screen stuff to Austin was right on.

UP NEXT

The Ravens head back up to Michigan on Tuesday to take on the Calvin University Knights (2-1) in Grand Rapids. Anderson looks to extend its winning streak during Tuesday’s 7:30PM Tipoff.

TRINE WBB: THUNDER CONQUER WISCONSIN-STOUT 66-49

MENOMONIE, Wisc. – The Trine University women’s basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat the University of Wisconsin-Stout 66-49 on the road Saturday.

The Thunder have won their first four games this season and continue to hold their number three ranking in NCAA DIII. The Blue Devils stumble to 2-3.

It took nearly three minutes for Trine to get on the board via a Sam Underhill [Grand Rapids, Mich. / Northview] jump shot. Underhill converted a lay-up a few possessions later and Kaylee Argyle [Freeland, Mich. / Freeland] gave the Thunder their first lead of the game 6-5 at the halfway point in the first quarter.

Kelsy Taylor [Louisville, Ky. / New Albany] nailed a jumper from Natalee Kunse [Clare, Mich. / Clare] in the final minute to make it 9-7 Trine at the end of the period.

Tara Bieniewicz [Chesterfield, Mich. / Dakota] recorded the first Trine make from long range early in the second period that sparked a 13-1 scoring run. It included makes on seven straight possessions for the Thunder to go up 25-12 with 4:12 to go until halftime.

Makayla Ardis [Lake City, Mich. / Lake City] connected from long range to go into the locker room up 28-14.

Out of the half, Bieniewicz tacked on another three on the first possession to make it 31-14. Kayla Wildman [Rockford, Mich. / Rockford] chimed in from distance as well as the Thunder extended the lead.

Katie Sloneker [Monroe, Ohio / Monroe] made her presence known in the third quarter with three baskets in a two-minute stretch, including an and-one to get the gap over 20. Alyssa Argyle [Freeland, Mich. / Freeland] marked her first points of the game with a made three-point jump shot with under a minute left in the third to go up 53-30.

The Blue Devils were able to win the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the hole they had dug themselves as the Thunder went on to win 66-49.

Taylor and Bieniewicz were double digit scorers with 10 apiece and the guard Ardis had eight points and a team-high six rebounds. Rachel Stewart [Pekin, Ind. / Eastern] did a little bit of everything: eight points, three rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.

As a team, the Thunder forced Wisconsin-Stout to shoot 30.2% (16-for-53) from the field and 30.8% (4-for-13) from three.

The road trip in Wisconsin continues for the Trine women tomorrow when the Thunder square off with Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Tip-off for that one is at 3 pm (Eastern Time).

TRINE MBB: TRINE STEALS ONE AT MUSKINGUM 57-52

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The Trine University men’s basketball team polished off a 57-52 victory over Muskingum University on Saturday afternoon.

Trine, the number-seven ranked team in NCAA Division III, wins their fourth consecutive game to start the 2021-22 season, and the Fighting Muskies fall to 1-2 overall.

Nick Bowman [Angola, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] was the leading scorer with 22 points and the only Thunder athlete in double figures offensively.

“We knew coming in it was going to be a physical game, they play in a strong conference and are a strong team,” the senior Bowman mentioned. “They bumped us every time we cut, every time we screened, we had to get through it and did the little things today to get the job done.”

It would be the team’s defense that turn the tide in Trine’s favor. The Thunder forced 26 turnovers, 17 of them steals. It is the most steals in a game since 2014. Bowman was credited with seven on the day, tying his own single-game record in program history.

“Live ball turnovers get the game going back-and-forth and we thrive in transition,” Bowman continued. “We were rotating to the right spots. Those plays where we’re fronting the post, jumping in the gaps, or have good ball pressure and are able to knock the ball away are just gut-wrenching for the other team.”

Bowman was on the board early with four of the first eight points, but a scoring drought from the 15:40 mark to 10:45 put the Thunder in a hole. It was 11 points in a row for Muskingum, which included forcing Trine players to the bench with foul trouble.

Brent Cox [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] was the one to stop the bleeding with a turnaround jump shot that made it 14-10 Muskies. He would repeat the task a few moments later.

With 7:31 to go in the first, Trine retook the lead at 19-18 with a three-point basket from Bryce Williams [Archbold, Ohio / Archbold] off a feed from Ryan Preston [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll]. Emmanuel Megnanglo [Cotonou, Benin / Amelia Academy] displayed his physicality inside with a pair of lay-ups off of offensive rebounds.

Back-to-back three-point makes by Muskingum allowed them to gain momentum, but it was quickly struck down by the duo of Bowman and Hayden Jones [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble]. Jones went for an and-one and found Bowman on the cut for two with under four minutes left and Bowman wrapped up the half with a lay-up from Connor Jones [Danville, Ind. / Danville].

The teams went in to their respective locker rooms with the score tied at 30, and both teams struggling to get shots to fall.

The first five minutes of the second half were once again dominated by Trine and a Mitchell Geller [Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North] jumper gave the Thunder a little cushion at 40-36 before the first timeout. Unfortunately, once again, a dry spell would allow Muskingum to get back in front, 44-42.

A signature steal and dunk from Bowman tied the game at 46 with just over nine minutes left. The defense for Trine stiffened up, as they held the Muskies in check for five straight minutes gave the Thunder an opening, 52-46 with five to play.

Late free throw shooting by Bowman sealed the game as the Thunder survived by a final score of 57-52.

The Trine defense held Muskingum to 40.7% (22-of-54) shooting on the day and just 3-for-15 from long range. The 17 steals were accompanied by five blocks: two from Megnanglo, two by Williams and one late in the game by Geller. Megnangelo brought down a team-best seven boards.

The trip east continues tomorrow on Sunday, November 20 when Trine goes up I-77 to face the D3hoops #21 team in the nation, the University of Mount Union. That game tips off at 1 pm.

TRINE WCC: BULTEMEYER SCORES FOURTH-PLACE FINISH IN TRINE WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY’S FIRST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Trine University women’s cross country team competed in their first NCAA Cross Country Championship meet on Saturday afternoon at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Evie Bultemeyer [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] placed fourth at the event to secure her second career NCAA All-American award.

Bultemeyer finished with a time of 20:43.7, the best 6K time of her storied career. She started the race in the lead pack after the first two kilometers. The eventual winner Kassie Rosembaum began pulling away around the halfway point, but Bultemeyer was still very much in contention. A pair of runners caught her from behind in the final two kilometers to drop her to fourth, but the senior left everything on the course in a personal-best effort.

As a team, the Trine women were 28th overall in their first team appearance. Johns Hopkins were the team champions.

Sophomore Carol Haldeman [Syracuse, Ind. / Fairfield] was the next finisher for the Thunder at 22:38.2. She takes 15 seconds off her previous career-best time set last weekend at the Great Lakes Regional. Chloe Brittain [Wheeler, Mich. / Breckenridge] secured a time of 23:17.1 at the event.

A pair of freshmen wrapped up the scoring for Trine at the NCAA Championships. Lydia Randolph [Jefferson, Ohio / Edgewood Senior] clocked in at 23:20.0 and notched her season-best time by completing the 6K five seconds faster than her previous best last week. Chloe Goodrich [Burlington, Ind. / Carroll] crossed the line with a  time of 23:53.8.

“We had a great experience with women at Nationals,” Head Coach Zach Raber said postrace. “It’s such a tough race to understand if you’ve never run at the national level before, but our women did well. Evie capped off a great XC career with a 4th place finish and a new personal best. Carol also had a fantastic race today. She moved up significantly throughout the race. The opportunity to run in the national championship was an awesome experience and I hope our women come back next year determined to make it again.”

BETHEL MBB: PILOTS OPEN LEAGUE PLAY WITH OVERTIME WIN AT SAU

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Bethel Men’s Basketball earned their first win in Crossroads League play with a 79-76 overtime victory on the road against Spring Arbor on Saturday. Zac Owens came off the bench to score a game-high 27 points on 10-14 from the field. His three-pointer with 76 ticks remaining in overtime proved to be the final difference. Nathan Aerts led the rebounding effort with a game-high 10 boards.

GAME VITALS

Score: Bethel def. Spring Arbor 79-76 ot

Records: Bethel (5-3, 1-0) | Spring Arbor (3-5, 0-1)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Spring Arbor – NR

Location: McDonald Athletic Center | Spring Arbor University | Spring Arbor, Mich.

STAT TRACKER

Zac Owens: 27 pts, 10-14 fg, 4-6 3-pt

Jared DeHart: 19 pts, 5 reb, 2-5 3-pt

Nathan Aerts: 5 pts, 10 reb, 2 blk

Jani Griffith: 10 pts, 3 reb, 4-7 fg

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots led by as many as 9 points in the first half but opened the second half with a 5:35 scoring drought to give the second half momentum to Spring Arbor.

The Pilots’ bench outscored the Cougars’ bench 43-18.

It’s the Pilots first overtime game and win since defeating Holy Cross on December 9, 2020.

The Pilots turned the ball over just 10 times in the game, their fewest since coughing it up just 8 times in the loss against Cornerstone on November 1.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots host Huntington in Crossroads League action in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Tuesday with a men’s and women’s doubleheader, starting with the women at 5:30 followed by the men at 7:30.

BETHEL MSOCCER: PILOTS COME UP SHORT AGAINST NO. 7 MISSOURI VALLEY

MARSHALL, Mo. – (RV) Bethel Men’s Soccer fell to defending national champion No. 7 Missouri Valley 2-0 on Saturday to see their season come to an end. The Vikings outshot the Pilots 13-5 and held a 6-1 advantage on corner kicks in the match.

MATCH VITALS

Score: Missouri Valley def. Bethel 2-0

Records: Bethel (16-5-2) | Missouri Valley (17-5-0)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – RV | Missouri Valley – No. 7

Location: Voley C. Ashford Stadium | Missouri Valley College | Marshall, Mo.

SCORING SUMMARY

36′ | Mike Moser (MVC) – free kick

75′ | Mike Moser (MVC) – penalty kick

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots allowed more than a single goal for just the second time since September 4.

The Pilots recorded four yellow cards while the Vikings had two.

The Pilots end their season with 16 wins, their most since an 18-1-1 campaign of 2009.

DEPAUW FOOTBALL: TIGERS ADVANCE TO NCAA SECOND ROUND WITH A 26-21 WIN OVER ROSE-HULMAN

Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw’s defense picked off five Rose-Hulman passes and stopped the Fightin’ Engineers with a goal line stand another time and the Tigers held on for a 26-21 win in opening round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship. DePauw moved to 9-2 with the first NCAA postseason win in program history and advances to play Wis.-Whitewater which defeated Greenville 69-7. Rose-Hulman finished its season at 8-3.

DePauw jumped out to a 13-0 lead with scores on two of its first three possessions. After the teams exchanged punts to start the game, DePauw took over on its own 49 and quarterback Chase Andries found Jaylon Smith for a 28-yard gain on first down. Four plays later Andries again teamed with Smith for a 10-yard score. Joe Sullivan missed his first point-after of the season and the Tigers held a 6-0 lead.

Rose-Hulman drove to the DePauw 35 but, faced with a third-and-14, quarterback Andrew Dion was intercepted by Jonathan Bruder at the DePauw 22. The Tigers marched on a 10-play, 76-yard series that concluded with Andries tossing a 3-yard scoring pass to Aaron Candiano with 2:00 left in the opening quarter.

On their first drive of the second quarter, the Fightin’ Engineers made their first trip into the red zone, but DePauw’s defense held and David Guhl blocked Jonathan Oliger’s 32-yard field goal try. DePauw was forced to punt on its next series and Rose-Hulman took over on its own 10. After picking up three first downs, the Fightin’ Engineers were faced with fourth-and-one from the DePauw 13 and Shane Welshans picked up the first before Dion connected with Adam Tice-Saliu for a 12-yard score on the next play to cut the DePauw lead to 13-7 with 49.7 seconds remaining in the half.

Danny Sheehan returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards to the Rose-Hulman 28 and swung the momentum back to the Tigers. Andries tossed three-straight passes to Trey Shaw with the final going for 21 yards and a score to make it 20-7 with 5.9 seconds left.

Oliger missed a 34-yard field goal try early in the third and, following a DePauw punt, the Engineers pushed back into DePauw territory to the 33. After incomplete passes on second and third down, Dion’s fourth-and-15 throw was intercepted by Liam Pooler at the DePauw 13 and returned 54 yards to the Engineers’ 33. However, the Tigers gave the ball right back on the next play as Winston Amankwah picked an Andries pass at the Rose-Hulman 3 and returned it to the 20. A pair of penalties moved the ball back to the Fightin’ Engineers’ 5.

Dion led Rose-Hulman out of trouble with a 15-yard completion to Tice-Saliu and a 42-yard connection with Daniel Huery. A DePauw offside penalty moved the ball to the DePauw 33 and Welshans gained 23 on a run to the 10. However, on third-and-goal from the 8 DePauw’s Dane Young intercepted Dion in the end zone.

Four plays later, Chaikou Sow forced Andries to fumble and Kyser Bowen recovered at the DePauw 20. The Fightin’ Engineers picked up a first down at the DePauw 8 and advanced to the 1, but Charlie Gruner’s tackle on Welshans on fourth down ended the threat with 1:35 left in the third.

After picking up 15 yards on two-consecutive runs, Andries called his own number again, but the Tigers turned it over as Riley Roberts forced the fumble that Michael Stevens recovered. Noah Thomas picked up 22 yards on the first play before Dion connected with Welshans for a 6-yard score on the first play of the fourth. Oliger’s point-after made it 20-14.

On the ensuing kickoff, Rose-Hulman kicker Brett Tuttle popped the ball high and short and the Engineers appeared to recover, but were called for interfering with a DePauw fair catch at the Tigers’ 39 yard line.

DePauw was forced to punt and the Engineers turned the ball over as Bruder picked off Dion for the second time and the Tigers took over on the Rose-Hulman 23. The Tigers had to settle for a 36-yard field goal from Sullivan which pushed the DePauw lead to 23-14.

Later in the fourth, DePauw punter Danny Wilkinson landed a kick that was downed at the Engineers’ 4. On the first play of the drive, the Tigers’ Daniel Rafeedie intercepted Dion at the 10 and returned it to the 3. Gus Baumgartner picked up two yards on first down, but was stopped for no gain on second and for a 3-yard loss on third. After a delay of game penalty, Sullivan booted a 27-yard field goal to extend the lead to 26-14 with 4:33 left.

The Fightin’ Engineers started their next drive on their own 25 and converted three third downs and a fourth before Dion tossed a 3-yard scoring pass to Tice-Saliu with 35.5 seconds left to make it 26-21.

Tuttle successfully executed an onside kick that Tice-Saliu recovered at the DePauw 47. Following three-straight incomplete passes, Dion converted on fourth down with a 19-yard play to the DePauw 28. Dion spiked the ball on the next play and Pooler swatted away the second-down pass in the end zone with 4.6 seconds remaining. Dion then completed a short pass to Welshans and the Young made the tackle at the DePauw 22 and seal the win.

Rose-Hulman outgained the Tigers, 514-293, including 355-169 through the air and had a 25-16 edge in first downs.

Andries led the Tigers with 69 rushing yards and completed 17 of 24 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns. Trent Veith hauled in five for 18 yards, while Smith had 82 yards in four catches.

Dion completed 27 of 58 for 355 yards and three touchdowns. Thomas caught nine for 145 yards, while Welshans rushed for 124 yards on 30 tries.

Evens Cribs totaled 10 tackles and had four pass breakups, while Luke Marsh totaled nine stops. DePauw totaled 15 pass breakups with Henry Locke adding three.

Roberts finished with 11 tackles for the Fightin’ Engineers including 2.5 tackles for loss.

HANOVER MSOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER BOWS OUT OF NCAA TOURNAMENT AFTER RECORD SETTING YEAR

LEXINGTON, Va. –  The Hanover men’s soccer team saw their record setting season come to an end as they fell in the round of Sweet 16 to Messiah, 3-1.

The Panthers advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in program history after defeating both Lynchburg (2-1) and Emory (1-0) in the opening rounds. Head coach Matt Wilkerson finished the year capsizing 100 career wins.

In the contest with Messiah, Hanover wasted little time making themselves known as they were able to get multiple shots on frame just seconds into the contest when senior Carlos Schryver  (Sao Paulo, Brazil) cleaned up the mess giving HC the 1-0 lead.

However, Messiah controlled play from there on out as they found the equalizer in the 31st minute. The blow came off a close-range strike that beat the Panther keeper.

Messiah went on to add two more strikes as they secured the NCAA Tournament advancing victory 3-1.

Hanover finished the year at 15-5-2 overall and winners of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

HANOVER WBB: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION WITH OTTERBEIN

WOOSTER, Ohio – The Hanover women’s basketball team opened play at Wooster this weekend taking on non-conference foe Otterbein, falling in the contest 84-61.

The Panthers were led by Callie Wilder with a team-high 11 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Taylor Heath added eight points for the Blue and Red.

The opening half saw the Cardinals surge ahead as a short 6-0 run saw them capture the 14-6 lead. However, Hanover looked to respond as a layup in the paint by freshman Addie Gardner midway through the second frame saw HC pull within 43-24.

However, the Cardinals carried the momentum late into the second half as they were able to extend their lead before securing the 84-61 victory.

Hanover returns to action on Sunday, November 21 taking on Westminster. Tip-off is set for noon.

MANCHESTER MBB: SMITH’S GAME-WINNING 3 SENDS SPARTANS OVER OBERLIN 75-73

OBERLIN, Ohio – The Manchester University men’s basketball team found itself on the winning end of yet another dramatic finish on Saturday afternoon. After narrowly falling on a buzzer-beater earlier in the week, the Spartans were able to sink a clutch basket themselves as time expired against host Oberlin College.

After a layup by first-year guard Quentez Columbus (South Bend, Ind./Adams) put Manchester ahead 72-71 with 27 seconds left, the Yeomen responded with a pair of free throws by Yuuki Okubo.

Trailing 73-72 with 6.2 seconds left, Columbus was able to beat the full-court pressure by Oberlin and found first-year guard Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) spotted up on the left-wing. Smith elevated over a pair of Yeomen defenders and buried the triple to put the Spartans ahead 75-73 with just 0.1 seconds left on the game clock.

Smith led all scorers on the afternoon, finishing with 25 points on 8-17 shooting. Smith went 6-14 from three-point territory and went a perfect 3-3 at the free throw line. Quentez Columbus added 20 points and 7 rebounds. Fifth-year forward CJ Hampton (Hammond, Ind./Griffith) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for Manchester.

The Black & Gold finished shooting 27-61 for the game – good enough for 44 percent. The Spartan knocked down 13 triples in the win.

Four Oberlin players scored in double figures. Wolf Moser led the way with 20 points, while Dimitrije Radusinovic scored 16, Cole Otley 14, and Asaan Snipes-Rea 10. Radusinovic also grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds.

The Yeomen shot 47.5 percent (28-59) but were held to just 36 percent (9-25) shooting from three-point territory. Manchester also forced 15 turnovers and converted those turnovers into 17 points.

Manchester (1-4) secured its first win of the season and will face Capital in its next contest on Sunday November 28. Tip-off from Ohio is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Oberlin (2-1) dropped its first contest of the young season. The Yeomen will travel to Carnegie-Mellon on Tuesday November 23 for an 8 p.m. matchup with the Tartans.

MANCHESTER WBB: MANCHESTER RUNS PAST ADRIAN 72-53

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University women’s hoops squad won for the second consecutive outing after blowing past visiting Adrian College 72-53 on Saturday November 20.

The Black & Gold led for more than 33 minutes in Saturday’s contest and built as much as a 24-point lead midway through the 4th quarter.

The Spartans’ defense was strong throughout Saturday’s non-conference matchup. Adrian was limited to 35.7 percent (20-56) shooting. The Bulldogs were also pressured into 23 turnovers. Manchester came away with 18 steals in the win and converted the 23 turnovers by Adrian into 26 points.

Three Spartans scored in double figures in the win. Senior forward Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll) led the way with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Miller finished 9-13 shooting for the game. She also matched her career-high with 3 steals. First-year guard Eva Bazzoni (Wabash, Ind./Manchester) added 13 points. Bazzoni finished 3-6 from three-point territory. The final Spartan to score in double figures was senior guard Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind./South Putnam). Bieghler scored 11 points while grabbing 7 boards.

10 different Spartans scored on Saturday afternoon. Manchester also made good use of the free throw line – finishing 19-25 for 76 percent.

Manchester (2-1) will head to Beloit College for its next contest on Saturday November 27. Game time from Wisconsin is scheduled for 3 p.m. (2 p.m. local time).

Adrian (2-3) will host Siena Heights on Tuesday November 23 at 6 p.m.

ST. FRANCIS MBB: NO. 1 COUGARS STORM BACK TO DEFEAT GOSHEN MAPLE LEAFS TO OPEN CROSSROADS PLAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the No. 1 University of Saint Francis Cougars (9-0; 1-0 Crossroads) traveled to Goshen, Indiana to begin Crossroads League play against the Goshen College Maple Leafs (2-6; 0-1 Crossroads) and prevailed 90-83 after outscoring the Maple Leafs 50-35 in the second half.

The game started as a back-and-forth battle between both teams, and it set the tone for what was to come. The score was tied at 10 five minutes into the game and it was from there that the Cougars fell behind.

Goshen was applying the pressure through the next several minutes and continued to build upon their lead and with just over six minutes remaining in the first half the Cougars found themselves trailing by 14 points.

Saint Francis played the next several minutes playing catch up but were never able to get back to within six points as they still were on the short end of a 48-40 score at halftime.

After being outscored by eight points in the first half, the Cougars came out firing on all cylinders as it took less than four minutes for them to score 13 of the next 17 points to take their first lead since the start of the game.

Then the second half heated up. The Maple Leafs regained the lead and extended it to four points, but a couple turnovers and defensive stops gave the Cougars the momentum back ahead by seven with just over eight minutes remaining.

But then Goshen scored seven unanswered points to tie the game at 72. Finally, junior guard Dan McKeeman sank a three-pointer to get the lead back for the Cougars at 75-72 with 4:48 remaining and never relinquished it, paving their way to a hard-fought seven-point win.

“It’s always tough on the road in the Crossroads League and we knew it wouldn’t be any different today,” Head Coach Chad LaCross said. “Our leadership and toughness helped keep our composure throughout the game. Our guys made big plays in the second half and down the stretch on both ends of the floor. We have a quick turnaround with a young but skilled MVNU team, and will have to do a better job of defending the three-pointer.”

Throughout the game the Cougars shot 49 percent from the floor, 43 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 83 percent from the free throw line. Junior guard Antwaan Cushingberry led the team in scoring with 31 points and in steals with four, while sophomore forward David Ejah led the way in rebounds with 10 and blocks with two.

The Cougars resume play on Tuesday evening when they return home to Hutzell Athletic Center for their first home conference game of the season against the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougars (7-1) beginning at 7:00 pm.

ST. FRANCIS WBB: LADY COUGARS START CONFERENCE PLAY 1-0 BY UPENDING MAPLE LEAFS 73-70

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars (4-3; 1-0 Crossroads) traveled to Goshen, Indiana Saturday afternoon to begin Crossroads League play against the Goshen College Maple Leafs (3-5; 0-1 Crossroads) and prevailed 73-70.

The game started back-and-forth with the Maple Leafs taking a 12-8 lead after five minutes. The script remained the same for the last five minutes of the first quarter as the Lady Cougars trailed Goshen 18-15 after the frame.

In the early minutes of the second quarter the Lady Cougars kept pace with the Maple Leafs, but then Goshen found momentum and built a 10-point lead over Saint Francis. Now trailing by 12 with four minutes left in the first half, the Lady Cougars remained composed and grabbed the momentum from the Maple Leafs to catch and eventually go ahead.

In the final minute of the frame the Lady Cougar defense forced a turnover and then with 15 seconds left, senior forward Sidney Crowe sank a three-pointer to give Saint Francis a 32-31 lead going into halftime.

After a resilient effort to take the lead at the end of the second quarter, the Lady Cougars turned their offense up a notch in the third. Both teams exchanged blows in the first several minutes of the frame, but the middle minutes saw Goshen regain their lead back and pull ahead by seven with 2:20 to play.

Much like they did in the second quarter, the Lady Cougars offense went back to work while their defense stepped up to make stops and force turnovers when they needed to. In the frame’s final minute, two free throws by junior forward Meleah Kunkel and two more by freshman guard Emily Parrett gave Saint Francis a 55-52 lead going into the fourth quarter.

In the game’s final frame, neither game gave an inch. Both the Lady Cougars and Maple Leafs battled neck-and-neck through the final 10 minutes, and as the clock ticked down to the final seconds, the Lady Cougars had a 73-70 lead and a three-point attempt by the Maple Leafs fell short as Saint Francis won by three points to start 1-0 in conference play this season.

“We played well today, but we’re going to have to start taking care of the ball better,” Head Coach Jason Ridge said. “We got ourselves in a hole today and turnovers were the problem. We settled down in the second half but it was an uphill fight by then.”

Throughout the game, the Lady Cougars shot 46 percent from the floor, 37 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 59 percent from the free throw line. Sidney Crowe led the way in scoring with 18 points, Meleah Kunkel led in rebounds with 10, and junior forward Cassidy Crawford chipped in with nine rebounds and led with six assists.

The Lady Cougars resume play on Tuesday evening when they return home to Hutzell Athletic Center for their first home conference game against the No. 23 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougars (6-2; 1-0 Crossroads) beginning at 5:00 pm.

IU KOKOMO VB: VOLLEYBALL SEASON COMES TO AN END IN NAIA OPENING ROUND

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday as the Cougars fell 3-0 to the Northwestern College Raiders inside Bultman Center. IU Kokomo finishes the year with a 28-9 overall record including the River States Conference regular season and tournament championship. The NAIA Volleyball Championship appearance was the seventh straight for the program.

In the opening set the Cougars matched the Raiders point-for-point until Northwestern used a 5-1 run to take a 10-5 advantage. The Raiders remained in control for the duration of the first set, eventually winning 25-11. Sidney Gerig finished the set with four kills on seven swings, for a .429 hitting percentage.

Once again, the Cougars hung with the Raiders in the early parts of the second set. A kill from Erinn Adam cut the IUK deficit to just two points at 7-5. A 6-2 run from Northwestern capped off by two mishaps from the Cougars forced ninth year head coach Heather Hayes to call her first timeout of the set with her team trailing 13-7. The Raiders would go on to win the set 25-15. Sophomore Lorelei Porter registered four kills in the set on seven swings.

After Morgan Weir put the Cougars on the board with a kill to open the third set, the Raiders rattled off eight straight points and IUK found themselves playing from behind. Maggie Connell found the floor to end the Northwestern run and make it 8-2, but six more unanswered points from the Raiders put the set out of reach. A 25-12 third set victory sealed the win for Northwestern.

Gerig finished the match with a team-high six kills while Weir, Adam, and Porter each added five. Kaley Lyons led the Cougars with 17 assists while Alyvia Smith paced the defense with 13 digs.

IU NORTHWEST: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATS CARDINAL STRITCH, 66-55, SATURDAY

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s basketball was able to win their second straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference game Saturday as the RedHawks defeated Cardinal Stritch, 66-55, at Panella Court, Saturday.

TEAM RECORDS

IU Northwest (4-3, 2-1 CCAC) | Cardinal Stritch (1-7, 0-3 CCAC)

QUARTER BREAKDOWN

1st Quarter: IU Northwest 17, Cardinal Stritch 13

2nd Quarter: Cardinal Stritch 18, IU Northwest 15

Halftime Score: IU Northwest 32, Cardinal Stritch 31

3rd Quarter: IU Northwest 19, Cardinal Stritch 12

4th Quarter: IU Northwest 15, Cardinal Stritch 12

Final Score: IU Northwest 66, Cardinal Stritch 55

IU NORTHWEST LEADERS

Points: Michaela Schmidt (18), Sarah Martin (12)

Rebounds: Karli Miller (9)

Assists: Meghan Long (7)

Blocks: Tiara Jackson (2)

Steals: Sarah Martin (2), Karli Miller (2), Alyna Santiago (2)

GAME RECAP

Both teams traded eight points each in the early going to make it 8-8 with 4:24 left in the first quarter. Michaela Schmidt and Sarah Martin hit back-to-back layups to make it 12-8 IU Northwest, their biggest lead of the quarter.

Cardinal Stritch looked to fight back and make it close after cutting it down to one (14-13). Tiara Jackson converted on a huge and-one at the end of the first period to give the RedHawks a 17-13 advantage.

Katelyn Halfacre and Alyna Santiago hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the second quarter to give IU Northwest a 10-point lead (23-13). The Wolves bounced back and scored seven in a row to pull within three (23-20) with 6:59 left in the half.

IU Northwest responded with a 7-0 run of their own after Schmidt made a layup and a three-pointer then Samantha Martin hit a basket to make it 32-25. Cardinal Stritch closed out the half with three baskets in a row to make it 32-31 IU Northwest at the break.

Madison Wirey and Schmidt opened up the second half with back-to-back layups to go up 36-31. The Wolves got the next basket then Schmidt and Karli Miller got two straight buckets to go up 40-33.

The RedHawks went ahead by 10 (48-38) with 1:53 left in the third quarter. IU Northwest was up 51-43 at the end of the third period.

Cardinal Stritch made it an eight-point game again 53-45 with 7:32 left in the game. Miller and Lauren Smolen made back-to-back layups to give the RedHawks a 59-45 lead, their biggest of the game at the 4:03 mark.

The Wolves tried to fight back and cut it back to 10 (61-51) but it was too late in the contest. IU Northwest ended up winning the game 66-55.

GRACE COLLEGE MSOCCER: LANCERS WIN NCCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s soccer team locked up its spot in the 2021 NCCAA National Championship on Saturday.

The Lancers defeated Roberts Wesleyan 4-1 thanks to three second-half goals, winning the NCCAA Midwest Region championship to grab an automatic bid to the national tournament.

NCCAA Nationals will be held in Kissimmee, Fla., beginning Nov. 29. Grace will be aiming to defend its national crown under head coach Arron Patrick after winning the tournament in 2020.

Ze Maria Goncalves and Martim Cardoso were heavily involved. Goncalves scored twice and added an assist, and Cardoso tallied two goals of his own.

Grace only needed 45 seconds in the match to take its first shot on goal. Cardoso muscled off a defender to clear space, but his low shot was saved.

The Lancers continued to earn chances over the first 10 minutes. Cardoso had a close-range volley in the penalty box that was saved, and Flavio Cruz tried an 18-yard free kick that was also saved.

Not long after, Grace punctured RWC’s net. Cardoso and Tyler Brueckman combined for a quick attack through the middle of the field, and Cardoso placed his 20-yard shot beyond the goalkeeper in the 12th minute.

Grace found the back of the net again 10 minutes later off the foot of Brueckman, but the goal was disallowed due to a prior foul.

Roberts Wesleyan did not take its first shot of the match until the 30th minute as Grace’s possession took over the game.

The Lancers’ chances continued throughout the half. Goncalves had an 18-yard free kick that whisked wide of the net, and Jonny Mora’s hard volley in the box was saved.

Grace went into halftime holding the 1-0 lead. The Lancers outshot RWC 6-1 in the half. Five of Grace’s shots were on goal.

Two minutes into the second half, Grace threatened again. Connor Pugh tried a lofted shot that was cleared off the goal line.

Goncalves and Frederik Christmann also tried shots soon afterward that were denied. Despite Grace’s multitude of chances, the door was still open for the RedHawks.

Roberts Wesleyan made Grace pay by scoring the equalizer with 32 minutes remaining in regulation.

The Lancers refused to be rattled and systematically built a patient attack in response. Before long, Grace had put the match entirely out of reach.

Cardoso nearly had Grace on top 10 minutes later, but his sliding effort was blocked by the goalkeeper.

Grace’s pressure eventually resulted in the go-ahead goal. Goncalves intercepted a pass outside the penalty box. After sensing an opportunity, he curled a long shot that beat the goalkeeper and snuck under the crossbar in the 71st minute.

Ten minutes later, Grace had scored two more goals. In the 81st minute, TJ White freed up Christmann for a long run on the right side of the field. Christmann’s cross connected with Goncalves, who headed his effort cleanly into the net.

The play was replicated a minute later. Christmann and Goncalves combined for the build-up, and the cross was finished off by Cardoso in the box for the final 4-1 scoreline.

Grace finished the game with a 19-8 advantage in shot attempts; 10 of those tries were on target for Grace. The Lancers also had the only four corner kicks during the outing.

Christmann finished with two assists, and Matteo Conci had four saves in goal.

GRACE MEN’S BASKETBALL: LANCERS HOLD ON FOR ROAD WIN AT MVNU

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Frankie Davidson’s 31-point performance lifted Grace’s men’s basketball team to victory in the Crossroads League opener.

The Lancers improved to 8-0 after Saturday’s 83-80 win at Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Grace led by as many as 18 points, but the young Lancers had to make plays late to hold off a feisty Cougar comeback.

The Lancers’ offense was thoroughly efficient in Saturday’s win. Grace shot 51 percent from the floor, 48 percent on 3-pointers and 79 percent on free throws. Grace also outrebounded MVNU by five.

The first half remained closely contested for 16 minutes. But Grace ended the half on a flurry, setting the Lancers up for a comfortable halftime lead.

Grace held a small lead for much of the opening half. But the margin was just one at 31-30 with 4:10 to go in the half.

A triple from Jake Wadding followed by a layup from Brett Sickafoose started Grace’s momentum, and the Lancers ended the half on a commanding 12-0 run.

Davidson and Sickafoose were responsible for all the points during Grace’s run as each player buried a pair of 3-pointers. Sickafoose’s last trey beat the buzzer from a few feet beyond the 3-point line.

Grace went into halftime with a 49-34 lead. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor, and Grace hit 7 of 14 from deep. The Lancers also had 11 assists and four turnovers in the opening half.

Davidson led all players with 16 points at the intermission, and Wadding scored 15.

Grace scored the first three points of the second half, opening up the largest lead of the game of 18 points at 52-34 with 19:26 remaining.

MVNU countered with seven unanswered points to slice into Grace’s cushion.

Midway into the second half, Grace still owned a double-digit cushion at 68-58, but the Cougars had another run planned.

MVNU scored 11 of the next 12 points to tie the game at 69-69 with 6:52 on the clock.

Grace responded calmly and refused to allow the Cougars to taste the lead. Elijah Malone sank a timely 3-pointer on the next possession, and Grace scored on the next three possessions to regain an eight-point edge.

But the Cougars kept pressure on Grace. The Lancers went scoreless for over three minutes, and the Cougars quickly pulled within striking distance.

MVNU hit several free throws in the final minutes, eventually tying the score 78-78 with 1:00 on the clock.

After a timeout, Davidson was fouled and hit both free throws to give Grace the lead.

The Lancers’ defense took care of the rest. Grace blocked the next shot by MVNU and stole the ball on the following play, allowing Grace to ice the game at the free throw line.

Davidson racked up 31 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocked shots, and Wadding tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.

Malone finished with 16 points and seven boards, and Sickafoose scored 15 points off the bench after drilling 3 of 6 from downtown.

Brycen Graber handed out seven assists, and Ian Scott grabbed five rebounds with two points.

The Lancers are home on Tuesday for a doubleheader against St. Francis. The women will square off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m. The Cougars are currently the No. 1-ranked team in the NAIA.

GOSHEN MEN’S BASKETBALL: MAPLE LEAFS HANG ON UNTIL FINAL MINUTE WITH #1 TEAM IN THE NAIA

GOSHEN, Ind. – The Goshen men’s basketball team led by as many as 14 points to the new number one team in the NAIA on Saturday afternoon, but Saint Francis pulled out a 90-83 win in the final minutes and remain undefeated.

A 23-8 Goshen run in the first half brought the game from a tie to a 33-18 GC lead. By halftime, the Maple Leafs still led by eight and mustered 48 points on the scoreboard.

In a matter of three and a half minutes early in the second half, the Cougars had a 13-2 stretch where they took the lead 53-52. It was the first time they had led in the game since it was 10-8. The teams traded points for a while until they were tied 72-72 with a little over six minutes remaining. Then USF started to build a lead that they wouldn’t look back on. Goshen was still within four points with 80 seconds to go, but the Cougars pulled away and survived the upset-minded Maple Leafs with a seven-point win.

Michael Johnson had an incredible shooting performance. He made 14 of his 18 attempts and scored 32 points. “When Michael gets to his spots, he’s very efficient,” head coach Jon Tropf shared. He also had four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Ryan Mansbarger scored 22 and shot 60%. Coach Tropf was proud of the way Mansbarger built off his 18-point performance against Roosevelt on Tuesday night. Elias Ramirez added 13 points, five boards, and six assists.

Despite the fantastic shooting by the Maple Leafs, the Cougars had some great scoring on their own. Antwaan Cushingberry scored 31 and was 8-14 from the field, 4-5 from three, and 11-13 from the free-throw line. Goshen was 8.0% better shooting from the field than Saint Francis and 6.5% better from behind the arc. USF was 11.4% better at the free-throw line. The Cougars also scored 20 points off of Goshen turnovers. The Maple Leafs had just four points off turnovers.

“I really believe in our ability to score the ball,” Tropf said, “but we still need to improve defensively. We did not do a good job protecting dribble penetration – and that cost us.”

Saint Francis (9-0, 1-0 CL) came into the match having just moved into the number one slot in the NAIA poll on Wednesday. They had scored 100+ points in a game on three occasions this season.

Goshen (2-6, 0-1 CL) will play at Taylor on Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00 pm. The next home contest for the Leafs will be on Saturday, December 4. Goshen will play Spring Arbor at 3:00 pm. The women will play at 1:00 that day in the first part of the doubleheader.

GOSHEN WOMEN’S BB: FOSTER GOES OFF FOR 19 IN NARROW DEFEAT

GOSHEN, Ind. – Freshman Kyla Foster had a career day as the Goshen women’s basketball team lost a tight contest with Saint Francis (Ind.) 73-70.

Foster shot 67% from the field and was 6-7 from the charity stripe as she went on to score 19 points. The most she had scored in a game this season before this outing was five points. Foster also delivered two steals, four rebounds, and four assists.

The Maple Leafs began to separate from the Cougars in the second quarter by going on a 13-2 run and getting to a 31-19 lead. However, Saint Francis closed the half on a 13-0 run right after that and led by one at the break.

An 8-1 run in the third quarter gave Goshen a seven point lead but USF was able to retaliate yet again and took a two point lead to the fourth quarter. With under five minutes to go, the teams were tied at 60. But baskets by Cassidy Crawford and three pointers from Chloe McKnight and Sidney Crowe helped Saint Francis to power past Goshen and leave with a 73-70 victory.

Alongside Foster, Syanne Mohamed had a great game off the bench. The freshman had a season-high 12 points in just 17 minutes on the court. “Kyla and Syanne stepped up today to give us a lift on both ends of the floor,” head coach Stephanie Miller remarked. “Both hit some big baskets and Kyla attacked their defense. Both set up teammates for scores as well as finished baskets or free throws.”

Graysen Cockerham scored 12 and TaNiece Chapman had 11. Kiana Oelling led the team with seven rebounds. “She deserves a ton of credit for coming in and filling a defensive role we needed today,” said Miller. “She did an outstanding job shutting down Cassidy Crawford – their All-Conference mobile forward.” Janara Flowers came off the bench to score nine.

As a team, Goshen particularly shot well in the third quarter – making 60% of those shots. Goshen was able to score 18 of their 21 points that quarter in the paint. A key difference in the game was that Saint Francis scored 15 points off turnovers in the second half of the game while Goshen had none.

“We came up with some big baskets in the closing minutes,” Miller said, “but we struggled to get stops against their isolations so we traded baskets way too much. Give credit to USF for finishing down the stretch. I felt this was a very competitive Crossroads League battle,and though we need to learn fast, I think we got better today. I want us to learn from these tough lessons early so that we can become the team we want to be in January!”

Saint Francis (4-3, 1-0 CL) has now won three straight road games. Goshen (3-5, 0-1 CL) is next in action on Tuesday, November 23 at Taylor. That game is set for a 5:00 pm tipoff. The next time Goshen will be at home is on December 4th at 1:00 pm in a doubleheader with the men against Spring Arbor.

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS630.6670.02801353-1-03-2-05-3-03-0-01 W
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS740.6360.03001772-4-05-0-05-1-02-1-05 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS370.3003.51772522-3-01-4-03-5-01-2-02 W
NEW YORK JETS270.2224.01612962-2-00-5-02-5-00-3-02 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS640.6000.02622413-2-03-2-02-4-01-1-03 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS540.5560.52192282-3-03-1-03-2-02-0-01 L
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS540.5560.52102303-2-02-2-04-2-01-2-02 L
DENVER BRONCOS550.5001.02001832-3-03-2-02-4-00-1-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS630.6670.02312174-1-02-2-04-3-00-1-01 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS531.6110.51771853-2-12-1-03-2-01-1-01 T
CINCINNATI BENGALS540.5561.02362032-2-03-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS550.5001.52312413-2-02-3-03-4-01-1-01 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS820.8000.02782324-1-04-1-05-1-03-0-06 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS550.5003.02682303-3-02-2-04-3-02-2-02 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS270.2225.51492322-3-00-4-02-5-00-3-01 L
HOUSTON TEXANS180.1116.51282581-3-00-5-01-5-01-1-08 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS720.7780.02841954-1-03-1-05-1-02-0-01 W
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES460.4003.52572310-4-04-2-03-3-00-1-01 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM360.3334.01852462-3-01-3-03-2-01-0-01 W
NEW YORK GIANTS360.3334.01792162-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS820.8000.02871893-2-05-0-04-2-03-0-01 L
LOS ANGELES RAMS730.7001.02712273-2-04-1-05-2-01-2-02 L
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS450.4443.52162121-4-03-1-04-4-01-3-01 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS360.3334.51811861-3-02-3-01-4-01-1-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS820.8000.02161804-0-04-2-06-1-02-0-01 W
MINNESOTA VIKINGS450.4443.52212112-2-02-3-03-2-01-0-01 W
CHICAGO BEARS360.3334.51502242-2-01-4-01-4-01-1-04 L
DETROIT LIONS081.0567.01502600-4-00-4-10-6-00-3-01 T
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS630.6670.02792124-0-02-3-04-3-01-1-02 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS540.5561.02221782-2-03-2-04-3-01-2-02 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS550.5001.52051932-3-03-2-03-4-02-0-01 W
ATLANTA FALCONS460.4002.51782881-4-03-2-02-5-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN125.7066-36-22-010-48-22 W
NEW YORK97.5632.54-55-23-17-74-61 W
BOSTON98.5293.04-35-51-26-77-32 W
PHILADELPHIA98.5293.04-45-40-45-64-61 L
TORONTO89.4714.02-66-33-27-64-61 W
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO115.6885-26-32-05-36-41 W
MILWAUKEE98.5292.54-45-42-06-56-43 W
CLEVELAND98.5292.54-45-41-06-46-43 L
INDIANA711.3895.05-22-90-23-95-51 W
DETROIT411.2676.52-62-51-43-93-71 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
WASHINGTON115.6887-14-43-39-56-41 W
MIAMI116.6470.56-15-53-15-35-51 L
CHARLOTTE108.5562.06-24-62-27-45-51 L
ATLANTA89.4713.57-11-83-16-44-64 W
ORLANDO413.2357.51-63-70-42-113-72 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH115.6886-25-32-06-06-43 W
DENVER97.5632.07-32-42-16-45-53 L
PORTLAND98.5292.58-11-70-15-56-43 W
MINNESOTA79.4384.05-62-30-16-84-63 W
OKLAHOMA CITY610.3755.04-42-60-16-55-52 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE142.8758-16-13-08-19-13 W
PHOENIX123.8001.57-25-12-110-310-011 W
LA CLIPPERS97.5635.07-32-40-17-57-32 L
LA LAKERS89.4716.57-51-40-25-64-63 L
SACRAMENTO611.3538.52-64-51-24-93-73 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS96.6006-13-55-07-36-42 L
MEMPHIS88.5001.56-32-51-17-55-51 L
SAN ANTONIO411.2675.02-42-70-31-93-74 L
NEW ORLEANS315.1677.52-61-91-13-72-81 L
HOUSTON115.0638.51-50-100-21-120-1014 L

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS1813232913714710-0-03-2-35-2-3
CAROLINA HURRICANES161420281456326-1-08-1-08-2-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS181125271162395-1-36-1-26-2-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS191261251248459-3-13-3-08-2-0
NEW YORK RANGERS17104323946474-1-16-3-26-2-2
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING1694321850484-3-25-1-17-1-2
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1685319843444-3-24-2-14-4-2
DETROIT RED WINGS2089319854675-2-23-7-14-5-1
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1685319748495-3-13-2-24-3-3
10 BOSTON BRUINS1495018846396-1-03-4-06-4-0
11 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS1776418651514-4-23-2-24-4-2
12 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS1596018750476-3-03-3-06-4-0
13 BUFFALO SABRES1677216645495-3-12-4-13-6-1
14 NEW YORK ISLANDERS1457212531440-1-05-6-24-5-1
15 MONTREAL CANADIENS20513212544704-6-11-7-13-5-2
16 OTTAWA SENATORS1541019436523-7-01-3-12-7-1
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
EDMONTON OILERS171340261168508-1-05-3-07-3-0
MINNESOTA WILD171160221060545-2-06-4-06-4-0
CALGARY FLAMES181035251059362-1-38-2-24-2-4
ANAHEIM DUCKS181053231061487-3-13-2-28-1-1
WINNIPEG JETS1794422854457-1-12-3-35-2-3
ST. LOUIS BLUES1796220856474-3-15-3-13-5-2
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS181170221057547-4-04-3-07-3-0
NASHVILLE PREDATORS1797119847484-3-05-4-16-3-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS1787218746445-4-03-3-27-2-1
10 SAN JOSE SHARKS1788117844503-3-15-5-04-5-1
11 COLORADO AVALANCHE1485117754444-2-14-3-07-2-1
12 DALLAS STARS1677216643514-2-13-5-14-4-2
13 VANCOUVER CANUCKS18610214546613-5-13-5-13-6-1
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS17510212439584-4-11-6-15-5-0
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN1741219447663-6-01-6-12-8-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES1831328332682-4-11-9-13-6-1