“THE SCOREBOARD”

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE FINALS

FINAL | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS 40, NORTH POSEY 3 

FINAL | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
EAST CENTRAL 42, NORTHWOOD 14  

FINAL | CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
BEN DAVIS 38, CROWN POINT 10 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

BATESVILLE69JAC-CEN-DEL39 
BELLMONT54WOODLAN35 
BENTON CENTRAL55CRAWFORDSVILLE46 
BLOOMFIELD46MITCHELL34 
BORDEN55SHOALS43 
BROWNSBURG78LIBERTY CHRISTIAN42 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL68PROVIDENCE55 
CENTER GROVE62FRANKLIN CENTRAL56 
CHESTERTON72ELKHART47 
CHRISTEL HOUSE75BEECH GROVE43 
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY90MTI KNOWLEDGE22 
CLAY CITY39BARR-REEVE34 
DEKALB72EASTSIDE38 
DELTA53CONNERSVILLE42 
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL74BOWMAN ACADEMY62 
EAST NOBLE47LAKELAND44 
ELWOOD45ANDERSON PREP35 
EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN57TERRE HAUTE NORTH54OT
EVANSVILLE HARRISON81PARKE HERITAGE55 
EVANSVILLE NORTH65PRINCETON642OT
FISHERS72LAPORTE31 
FRANKTON62LAPEL58OT
FREMONT72LAKEWOOD PARK33 
GARRETT68PRAIRIE HEIGHTS48 
GARY 21ST CENTURY84INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON70 
GARY WEST65CHICAGO FARRAGUT (ILL.)53 
GOSHEN59FAIRFIELD51 
GRAFTON (WIS.)57EVANSVILLE REITZ52 
GREENCASTLE63CLOVERDALE37 
GREENSBURG49YORKTOWN46 
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN66OLDENBURG ACADEMY60 
GRIFFITH64HOBART54 
GUERIN CATHOLIC60INDIANAPOLIS RITTER57 
HAGERSTOWN49COWAN48 
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN68PIKE54 
HERITAGE HILLS67NORTH HARRISON37 
INDIAN CREEK76EDINBURGH49 
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL78JEFFERSONVILLE66 
INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE47PERRY MERIDIAN40 
KNIGHTSTOWN59WALDRON53 
LAKE CENTRAL54SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON48 
LAWRENCE NORTH75WAUWATOSA WEST (WIS.)58 
LAWRENCEBURG56SWITZERLAND COUNTY46 
LEBANON65KANKAKEE VALLEY61 
LOOGOOTEE55EASTERN GREENE22 
MACONAQUAH88TAYLOR59 
MANCHESTER79OAK HILL49 
MARION69NEW CASTLE58 
MARTINSVILLE64EDGEWOOD54 
MICHIGAN CITY77HAMMOND SCIENCE & TECH27 
MISSISSINEWA49HUNTINGTON NORTH37 
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)89NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)54 
MUNSTER48PORTAGE45 
NEW ALBANY64BLOOMINGTON SOUTH62 
NOBLESVILLE61FRANKLIN40 
NORTH DAVIESS52WASHINGTON CATHOLIC17 
NORTH WHITE74DELPHI722OT
NORTHEASTERN63MONROE CENTRAL46 
NORTHFIELD48EASTBROOK41 
NORTHRIDGE65WESTVIEW54 
NORTHWESTERN69EASTERN (GREENTOWN)60 
ORLEANS73CROTHERSVILLE25 
PENN72CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)66 
PLAINFIELD83TRI-WEST57 
PLYMOUTH80SOUTH BEND CAREER52 
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD64GREENWOOD47 
RICHMOND61JAY COUNTY20 
RIVERTON PARKE52PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY32 
SEYMOUR60COLUMBUS NORTH50 
SHAKAMAK77VINCENNES RIVET38 
SHAWE MEMORIAL50NEW WASHINGTON49 
SHELBYVILLE49TRITON CENTRAL44 
SHENANDOAH56BLUE RIVER49 
SOUTH DEARBORN48FRANKLIN COUNTY45OT
SOUTH KNOX53NORTHVIEW50 
SOUTH RIPLEY71RISING SUN46 
SOUTH VERMILLION68OWEN VALLEY44 
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH68SULLIVAN65 
TWIN LAKES71WESTERN693OT
WABASH50MADISON-GRANT35 
WAPAHANI53PENDLETON HEIGHTS38 
WARSAW58COLUMBIA CITY55 
WAWASEE64ANGOLA62OT
WES-DEL68ALEXANDRIA46 
WEST NOBLE45BETHANY CHRISTIAN41 
WEST VIGO68NORTH VERMILLION37 
WESTERN BOONE47ROSSVILLE43 
WESTFIELD62KOKOMO57 
WHITKO48HERITAGE45 
WINAMAC64NORTH NEWTON53 
LAWRENCEVILLE (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
VINCENNES LINCOLN42FAIRFIELD (ILL.)37POOL
TEUTOPOLIS (ILL.)50VINCENNES LINCOLN463RD
SCHLARMAN (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
BISMARCK-HENNING (ILL.)62COVINGTON45 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

ALEXANDRIA70DALEVILLE26 
ANDERSON PREP39HAMILTON20 
AUSTIN64PERRY CENTRAL44 
BATESVILLE45CONNERSVILLE37 
BLOOMFIELD34OWEN VALLEY30 
BOLINGBROOK (ILL.)68NOBLESVILLE48 
COLUMBIA CITY67HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN51 
CORYDON CENTRAL46PROVIDENCE36 
CRAWFORD COUNTY67SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)30 
CROTHERSVILLE35COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN33 
DANVILLE51CRAWFORDSVILLE11 
DELPHI33NORTH WHITE25 
EASTERN HANCOCK60WAPAHANI26 
EMINENCE59INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE13 
EVANSVILLE NORTH60NEW ALBANY37 
FAIRFIELD47CONCORD34 
FORT WAYNE NORTH46NEW HAVEN40 
FORT WAYNE SNIDER43FISHERS27 
FRANKLIN77PERRY MERIDIAN26 
GREENSBURG57SEYMOUR40 
GUERIN CATHOLIC69INDIANAPOLIS RITTER28 
HAMMOND NOLL74CHICAGO BROOKS (ILL.)17 
HANOVER CENTRAL49KOUTS28 
HERITAGE HILLS56NORTH HARRISON42 
INDIAN CREEK67BROWNSBURG62OT
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL52JEFFERSONVILLE49 
JENNINGS COUNTY62SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON58 
JOHN GLENN50SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)40 
KANKAKEE VALLEY62KNOX38 
KOKOMO51ANDERSON35 
LAPORTE43SOUTH BEND CLAY31 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL60BEN DAVIS30 
LAWRENCE NORTH62BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE36 
MICHIGAN CITY54WEST CENTRAL40 
NEW WASHINGTON47MILAN45 
NORTH DECATUR58KNIGHTSTOWN26 
NORTHEASTERN61MONROE CENTRAL45 
NORTHRIDGE72CARROLL (FLORA)40 
NORWELL80ANGOLA31 
OAK HILL38MANCHESTER27 
PENDLETON HEIGHTS45SHELBYVILLE44 
PENN72CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)68OT
PLAINFIELD59TRI-WEST35 
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS47GARRETT38OT
PRINCETON61TELL CITY45 
RICHMOND62MUNCIE CENTRAL20 
RISING SUN54HAUSER47 
RIVERTON PARKE54PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY8 
TRINITY LUTHERAN61SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)32 
TWIN LAKES70TRI-COUNTY59 
WABASH69MADISON-GRANT52 
WASHINGTON45LINTON-STOCKTON42 
WHITELAND59NEW PALESTINE58 
WINAMAC43ROCHESTER33 
ZIONSVILLE66DECATUR CENTRAL47 
EDWARDSVILLE (ILL.) CLASSIC
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL62EDWARDSVILLE (ILL.)37 
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL49BREESE MATER DEI (ILL.)48 

WRESTLING SCORES

CHESTERTON 54 W. NOBLE 30

GOSHEN 58 W. NOBLE 22

NORTH MIAMI 48 WARSAW 27

LAPORTE 42 W. NOBLE 38

NORTH MIAMI 72 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 12

NORTH MIAMI 67 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 12

NORTH MIAMI 57 FAIRFIELD 16

NORTH MIAMI 39 WAWASEE 37

DEKALB 40 YORKTOWN 30

YORKTOWN 45 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 27

BELLMONT 64 GOSHEN 12

BELLMONT 54 ANGOLA 24

BELLMONT 60 LAPORTE 21

BELLMONT 69 SOUTH BEND RILEY 3

BELLMONT 62 MUNSTER 18

YORKTOWN 51 COLUMBIA CITY 19

YORKTOWN 78 FORT WAYNE NORTH 6

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORES

NO. 3 MICHIGAN 30, NO. 2 OHIO STATE 24

NO. 14 LSU 42, TEXAS A&M 30

PURDUE 35, INDIANA 31

SAM HOUSTON 23, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 20

UCONN 31, UMASS 18

SMU 59, NAVY 14

UCF 27, HOUSTON 13

MIAMI (OHIO) 17, BALL STATE 15

KENTUCKY 38, NO. 10 LOUISVILLE 31

TROY 35, SOUTHERN MISS 17

NORTHERN ILLINOIS 37, KENT STATE 27

DUKE 30, PITT 19

RICE 24, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 21

SACRAMENTO STATE 42, NORTH DAKOTA 35 (FCS FIRST ROUND)

SYRACUSE 35, WAKE FOREST 31

TULSA 29, EAST CAROLINA 27

NORTH TEXAS 45, UAB 42

OLD DOMINION 25, GEORGIA STATE 24

SOUTHERN 27, GRAMBLING 22 (IN NEW ORLEANS)

RICHMOND 49, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 27 (FCS FIRST ROUND)

DELAWARE 36, LAFAYETTE 34 (FCS FIRST ROUND)

WESTERN KENTUCKY 41, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 28

LOUISIANA 52, UL MONROE 21

UTAH 23, COLORADO 17

MERCER 17, GARDNER-WEBB 7 (FCS FIRST ROUND)

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 35, NICHOLLS 0 (FCS FIRST ROUND)

CHATTANOOGA 24, AUSTIN PEAY 21 (FCS FIRST ROUND)

NO. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 40, BYU 34

NO. 15 ARIZONA 59, ARIZONA STATE 23

NO. 8 ALABAMA 27, AUBURN 24

NO. 21 TENNESSEE 48, VANDERBILT 24

NORTHWESTERN 45, ILLINOIS 43

WISCONSIN 28, MINNESOTA 14

MARYLAND 42, RUTGERS 24

NO. 25 LIBERTY 42, UTEP 28

APPALACHIAN STATE 55, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 27

JAMES MADISON 56, COASTAL CAROLINA 14

VIRGINIA TECH 55, VIRGINIA 17

MARSHALL  35, ARKANSAS STATE 21

NORTH DAKOTA STATE 66, DRAKE 3 (FCS FIRST ROUND)

NO. 4 WASHINGTON 24, WASHINGTON STATE 21

NEW MEXICO STATE 20, JACKSONVILLE STATE 17

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 40, DUQUESNE 7 (FCS FIRST ROUND)

NO. 5 FLORIDA STATE 24, FLORIDA 15

WEST VIRGINIA 34, BAYLOR 31

NO. 18 NOTRE DAME 56, STANFORD 23

NO. 1 GEORGIA 31, GEORGIA TECH 23

KANSAS 49, CINCINNATI 16

NO. 24 CLEMSON 16, SOUTH CAROLINA 7

SOUTH FLORIDA 48, CHARLOTTE 14

NO. 22 NC STATE 39, NORTH CAROLINA 20

IOWA STATE 42, NO. 19 KANSAS STATE 35

WYOMING 42, NEVADA 6

SAN DIEGO STATE 33 FRESNO STATE 18

CALIFORNIA 33 UCLA 7

HAWAII 27 COLORADO STATE 24

WEEK 14

FRIDAY, DEC. 1

NEW MEXICO STATE AT LIBERTY (CUSA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME) | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN LAS VEGAS | 8 P.M. | ABC

SATURDAY, DEC. 2

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ABC

MIAMI (OHIO) VS. TOLEDO (MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN DETROIT) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3 P.M. | FOX

GEORGIA VS. ALABAMA (SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ATLANTA) | 4 P.M. | CBS

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN CHARLOTTE | 8 P.M. | ABC

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN INDIANAPOLIS | 8 P.M. | FOX

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

ARMY VS. NAVY (FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS) | 3 P.M. | CBS

WEEK 12 SCHEDULE

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MST) 4:05P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*

CHICAGO BEARS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (MON) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P ESPN*

INDIANA COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

EVANSVILLE 93, SOUTHEAST MISSOURI 74

FRANKLIN 77, DOMINICAN 68

HUNTINGTON 81, HOLY CROSS 54

IU KOKOMO 84, MILLIGAN 76

IUPUI 78, CLEARY 70, OT

MARIAN 100, IU NORTHWEST 74

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 95, WITTENBERG 64

PURDUE NORTHWEST 94, NORTHWOOD 67

REINHARDT 90, OAKLAND CITY 86

SMWC 91, GOSHEN 74

TRINE 93, OHIO WESLEYAN 58

VALPARAISO 71, SOUTHERN 59

VINCENNES 76, MOBERLY AREA COLLEGE 67

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#17 ALABAMA 99 OREGON 91

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES

BUTLER 76, ST. THOMAS 54

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN 79, ROSE-HULMAN 65

INDIANA 72, PRINCETON 63

MANCHESTER 74, KALAMAZOO 64, OT

NORTHERN ILLINOIS 67, INDIANA STATE 62

PURDUE NORTHWEST 73, PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 58

TRINE 64, OHIO NORTHERN 56

UAB 78, VALPARAISO 68

UINDY 85, UPPER IOWA 71

WASHINGTON ST. LOUIS 72, DEPAUW 59

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCOREBOARD

#2 UCLA 97 NIAGARA 46

#10 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 78 #3 COLORADO 60

#5 IOWA 100 FLORIDA GULF COAST 62

#6 UCONN 71 KANSAS 63

#7 LSU 76 VIRGINIA 73

#9 VIRGINIA TECH 76 TULANE 70

#12 TEXAS 76 S. FLORIDA 44

#16 KANSAS STATE 63 #18 NORTH CAROLINA 56

#19 TENNESSEE 76 #22 OKLAHOMA 73

#20 LOUISVILLE 72 LIBERTY 63

#21 INDIANA 72 PRINCETON 63

GREEN BAY 59 #23 WASHINGTON STATE 48

#24 OLE MISS 58 LITTLE ROCK 45

#25 MISSISSIPPI STATE 77 ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF 68

NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 127 OKLAHOMA CITY 123

BROOKLYN 112 MIAMI 97

ATLANTA 136 WASHINGTON 108

LA LAKERS 121 CLEVELAND 115

UTAH 105 NEW ORLEANS 100

LA CLIPPERS 107 DALLAS 88

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY RANGERS 7 BOSTON 4

LOS ANGELES 4 MONTRÉAL 0

NEW JERSEY 7 BUFFALO 2

PITTSBURGH 3 TORONTO 2

PHILADELPHIA 1 NY ISLANDERS 0

COLORADO 3 CALGARY 1

SAN JOSE 4 VANCOUVER 3

ARIZONA 2 VEGAS 0

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 3 MICHIGAN STICKS NO. 2 OHIO STATE WITH FIRST LOSS

Blake Corum rushed for two touchdowns and J.J. McCarthy threw for another to lift No. 3 Michigan to a 30-24 win over second-ranked Ohio State on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Corum finished with 88 rushing yards for Michigan (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten), which plays Iowa in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis next Saturday.

Corum broke a 17-17 tie late in the third quarter with a 22-yard run for a touchdown, one play after center Zak Zinter was carted off with a leg injury.

James Turner padded the lead to 27-17 on a 38-yard field goal with 11:57 left in the fourth quarter. Marvin Harrison Jr.’s 14-yard TD at the 8:05 mark of the fourth pulled the Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1) to within 27-24.

No. 1 Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 23

Kendall Milton rushed for a career-high 156 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs over the Yellow Jackets in nonconference play in Atlanta.

Carson Beck was 13-of-20 passing for 175 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Georgia (12-0), which extended its nation-best winning streak to 29 games. The victory established a Southeastern Conference record that Georgia previously shared with Alabama, which twice won 28 games in a row (1978-80, 1991-93).

Haynes King rushed for 24 yards and two touchdowns and went 11-of-20 passing for 158 yards for Georgia Tech (6-6). Jamal Haynes had 81 yards on 15 carries, and Eric Singleton Jr. had four catches for 96 yards.

No. 4 Washington 24, Washington State 21

Rome Odunze caught seven passes for 120 yards with two touchdowns, and his 23-yard run on fourth down helped set up Grady Gross’ game-winning field goal as the Huskies edged the rival Cougars in Seattle.

The Huskies (12-0, 9-0 Pac-12) came into the 115th edition of the Apple Cup having already clinched a berth in Friday’s Pac-12 championship game, but they sought to maintain their inside track on reaching the College Football Playoff.

Facing fourth-and-1 at its own 29-yard line with 1:14 left, Washington went for it and appeared to be stuffed when running back Dillon Johnson ran into the line. But Johnson sold a fake as the wide receiver Odunze went end-around for the long gain. Gross later hit from 42 yards out, nearly the same distance as the 43-yarder he missed earlier in the game.

No. 5 Florida State 24, Florida 15

Trey Benson tied a career high with three rushing touchdowns to lead the Seminoles over the Gators in Gainesville, Fla.

Benson went for 95 yards on 19 carries as Florida State (12-0) leaned on its running game and defense after losing starting quarterback Jordan Travis to a season-ending leg injury last week.

Florida (5-7), which also lost its starting quarterback last week when Graham Mertz suffered a collarbone fracture, came up short of clinching bowl eligibility for the first time since going 4-7 in 2017.

No. 8 Alabama 27, Auburn 24

Jalen Milroe hit Isaiah Bond for a 31-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal with 32 seconds remaining to give the Crimson Tide a 27-24 win against the host Tigers.

Alabama (11-1, 8-0 SEC) converted a fourth-and-1 from the Auburn 10-yard line on a 3-yard run by Roydell Williams, but then on second down, a snap went past Milroe, who recovered it at the Auburn 26-yard line.

Facing a fourth-and-goal from the Auburn 31 after a penalty, Milroe threw a pass into the back left corner of the end zone to Bond, who snatched it out of the air for an improbable touchdown. Milroe completed 16 of 24 passes for 259 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. Payton Thorne threw for 91 yards, a touchdown and two picks on 5-of-16 passing for the Tigers (6-6, 3-5).

Kentucky 38, No. 10 Louisville 31

Ray Davis raced 37 yards for the winning touchdown with 1:02 remaining to lift the visiting Wildcats over the Cardinals.

Davis also caught two touchdown passes and Barion Brown returned a kickoff for a score as Kentucky (7-5) won the Governor’s Cup for the fifth straight time. Devin Leary threw three touchdown passes and J.J. Weaver recovered two fumbles, forced one and also recorded a sack as Kentucky won for just the second time in its past seven games.

Jack Plummer completed 24 of 33 passes for 242 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Louisville (10-2), which had a four-game winning streak halted. Jahwar Jordan rushed for 67 yards and two scores and Joey Gatewood and Ahmari Huggins-Bruce had touchdown catches.

No. 14 LSU 42, Texas A&M 30

Jayden Daniels threw three of his four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and the Tigers beat the Aggies in Baton Rouge, La.

Daniels recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing game, finishing with a game-high 120 yards on 11 carries. However, he was held to 72 passing yards through three quarters before passing for 163 in the fourth quarter for the Tigers (9-3, 6-2 SEC). He finished with 235 yards, his second-lowest total of the season.

Jaylen Henderson passed for 294 yards and two touchdowns for Texas A&M (7-5, 4-4).

No. 15 Arizona 59, Arizona State 23

Noah Fifita passed for a school-record 527 yards and five touchdowns, and Tetairoa McMillan had 266 yards receiving, as the Wildcats unloaded on the rival Sun Devils to retain the Territorial Cup trophy in Tempe, Ariz.

The visiting Wildcats (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12) won their sixth consecutive game as Fifita completed 30 of 41 passes with one interception, also setting a record for most passing yards in the history of the 97-game series. McMillan caught 11 passes, including a 50-yard touchdown, and set a Territorial Cup record for receiving yards.

Arizona State (3-9, 2-7) ended its first season under coach Kenny Dillingham by giving most of the quarterback snaps to true freshman Jaden Rashada, who had been out since the second game of the season due to injury. He was 10 of 22 for 82 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

No. 18 Notre Dame 56, Stanford 23

Audric Estime rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Fighting Irish to a win against the host Cardinal in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Estime has 18 rushing touchdowns on the season, breaking the single-season school record. Sam Hartman passed for 140 yards and two touchdowns for Notre Dame (9-3), which has won four of its past five games.

Stanford quarterback Ashton Daniels completed 15 of 25 passes for 152 yards and an interception. Justin Lamson rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinal (3-9). The second half belonged to the Fighting Irish, who scored touchdowns on their first three drives.

Iowa State 42, No. 19 Kansas State 35

Abu Sama III rushed for 276 yards and three long touchdowns as the Cyclones defeated the Wildcats, with the points coming despite a heavy snowstorm in Manhattan, Kan.

The Cyclones had five scoring plays of at least 60 yards, including four of at least 70. Three of those long plays were runs of 71, 77 and 60 yards by Sama. Rocco Becht threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns despite throwing just 12 passes for Iowa State (7-5, 6-3 Big 12).

Will Howard was 24-of-48 passing for 288 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Kansas State (8-4, 6-3).

No. 20 Oklahoma State 40, BYU 34 (2OT)

The Cowboys rallied from an 18-point deficit to clinch a spot in the Big 12 championship game with a win over the Cougars in rainy Stillwater, Okla.

Ollie Gordon II rushed for 166 yards and five touchdowns, including scores in the final minute of regulation and in each OT session, to help secure Oklahoma State (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) a championship showdown with No. 7 Texas next Saturday in Arlington, Texas.

BYU (5-7, 2-7) led much of the way — including a 24-6 halftime lead — and then forced overtime with a gritty, last-minute drive for a game-tying field goal as time expired. The Cougars’ first season in the Big 12 ended on a turnover and with five consecutive losses in conference action.

No. 21 Tennessee 48, Vanderbilt 24

Joe Milton III threw for 383 yards and accounted for six touchdowns as the Volunteers blasted the Commodores in their annual rivalry game in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Volunteers (8-4, 4-4 SEC) never trailed and held a 617-306 edge in total offense. Vanderbilt (2-10, 0-8) ended the season on a 10-game losing streak.

Tennessee took a 31-10 halftime lead and held a 347-189 edge in total yards, with Milton accounting for 252 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing score. On the Volunteers’ first possession of the second half, Milton hit Ramel Keyton for a 46-yard touchdown, Keyton’s second score of the day.

No. 22 North Carolina State 39, North Carolina 20

Brennan Armstrong threw for three touchdowns and the Wolfpack used a dominant first half to go on to defeat the Tar Heels in Raleigh, N.C.

Drake Maye threw for two touchdowns and two interceptions as North Carolina (8-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost for the fourth time in six weeks. Maye rushed for a career-high 106 yards, but the conference’s leading rusher, Omarion Hampton, was limited to 28 yards on nine carries.

NC State (9-3, 6-2), which won its fifth straight game, scored on its first eight possessions — four field goals, four touchdowns — to build a 39-14 lead.

No. 24 Clemson 16, South Carolina 7

Jonathan Weitz kicked three field goals, and the Tigers relied on their defense to stymie the Gamecocks in the 120th version of the Palmetto Bowl in Columbia, S.C.

Weitz made kicks from 50, 49 and 42 yards, while safety Khalil Barnes returned a fumble for a touchdown as Clemson (8-4) won its fourth straight game and its eighth in the past nine meetings with South Carolina (5-7).

Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler completed 16 of 32 passes for 112 yards with an interception. Xavier Legette had six catches for 68 yards.

No. 25 Liberty 42, UTEP 28

Quinton Cooley ran for three touchdowns as the Flames completed an undefeated regular season by defeating the Miners in El Paso, Texas.

Liberty (12-0, 8-0 Conference USA) will try to stay in line for the Group of Five spot in the CFP’s upper tier when it hosts New Mexico State in Friday night’s conference championship game.

UTEP (3-9, 2-6) lost its third game in a row, managing just 50 yards on the ground.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL

WEEK 13 FOOTBALL RECAPS

SATURDAY, NOV. 25
MICHIGAN def. OHIO STATE, 30-24: J.J. McCarthy and No. 3 Michigan stared down No. 2 Ohio State and ran the school’s win streak against the Buckeyes to three games with a 30-24 victory on Saturday in maybe the most consequential game in the history of the storied rivalry. Michigan’s Rod Moore intercepted Kyle McCord’s wobbly pass intended for All-American Marvin Harrison Jr. at the Wolverines’ 21-yard line with 25 seconds left, setting off a wild celebration on the home team’s sideline. [FULL RECAP]

PURDUE def. INDIANA, 35-31: Hudson Card tied his career high with three touchdown passes and scored on a 10-yard run with 2:39 left Saturday, giving the Purdue Boilermakers a 35-31 victory over Indiana and their straight win in the Old Oaken Bucket series. The Boilermakers had lost five of their previous six games but capped the 100th season at Ross-Ade Stadium by celebrating for the 300th time on its home turf. [FULL RECAP]
 
NORTHWESTERN def. ILLINOIS, 45-43: Ben Bryant completed 24 of 32 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score, and Cam Johnson caught seven passes for 124 yards and a touchdown to lead Northwestern to a 45-43 victory over Illinois on Saturday, ending the Illini’s hopes for a bowl berth. John Paddock completed 24 of 34 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns, all to Casey Washington, and Reggie Love III ran for 106 yards for Illinois. Washington had nine catches for 218 yards. [FULL RECAP]
 
WISCONSIN def. MINNESOTA, 28-14: Braelon Allen rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns to carry Wisconsin past rival Minnesota 28-14 on Saturday, giving the Badgers possession of Paul Bunyan’s Axe after a two-year absence. Tanner Mordecai threw for scores to Will Pauling and Riley Nowakowski and had a career-high 69 yards rushing on nine scrambles to help Wisconsin finish on an upswing in a trying first season under coach Luke Fickell. [FULL RECAP]
 
MARYLAND def. RUTGERS, 42-24: Taulia Tagovailoa threw three touchdowns, ran for another and set the Big Ten Conference record for career passing yards in leading Maryland to a 42-24 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. Tagovailoa hit 24 of 31 passes for 361 yards as the bowl-eligible Terrapins (7-5, 4-5) scored TDs on their first four possessions and never looked back in handing Rutgers (6-6, 3-6) its fourth straight loss. They have beaten the Scarlet Knights three straight times and five of six games. Tagovailoa came into the game needing 268 yards passing to overtake Curtis Painter of Purdue for the conference career mark (11,163) and he had the record by halftime. He finished with 11,256 yards, hitting 10 different receivers in the game. [FULL RECAP]

NFL GAME CAPSULES

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-5) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (4-6)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

FOX: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) NO: 121 or 384 ATL: 160 or 229

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: NO leads series, 54-53 (won 6 of past 7)

POSTSEASON: ATL leads series, 1-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 12/18/22: ATL 18 at NO 21

POSTSEASON: 12/28/91 NFC-WC: ATL 27 at NO 20

SAINTS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR aims for his 4th start in row with 70+ comp. pct. Has 300+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 road starts. • QB JAMEIS WINSTON had 2 TD passes in Week 10. Has 2,768 pass yards (276.8 per game) & 29 TDs (27 pass, 2 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 109.3 rating in 10 career starts vs. Atl. Aims for his 9th in row vs. Atl. with 2+ TD passes. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 7 catches & 75 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 33 rec.) in Week 10 & has 70+ scrimmage yards in 11 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Leads all RBs with 50 catches in 2023, his 6th-career season with 50+ receptions. Has 606 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & rush TD in 6 career games at Atl. • WR CHRIS OLAVE had 6 catches for 94 yards & rec. TD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch & 6th in row with 5+ catches. • QB TAYSOM HILL has rush TD in 3 of his past 4. Had 81 rush yards & rush TD in last road meeting. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 23 sacks & 27 TFL in 24 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Atl. with TFL. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 4th in row with 9+ tackles. Has 5+ tackles in each of his 12 career games vs. Atl. • CB PAULSON ADEBO had career-high 9 tackles & 2 PD in Week 10. Can become 1st player since 2011 (Brandon Browner) with 2+ PD in 5 straight games. Had INT in his only career game at Atl. (1/9/22). • CB ALONTAE TAYLOR is only player in NFL with 10+ PD (10) & 5+ TFL (5) in 2023. Had 3 PD in last meeting. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had sack & 2 PD in last meeting.

FALCONS NOTES:

QB DESMOND RIDDER is 5-1 in 6 career home starts. Aims for his 6th in row at home with TD pass. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 5 & has career-high 4 rush TDs in 2023. Has won each of his past 3 starts vs. NFC South. • RB BIJAN ROBINSON (rookie) had 106 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 11 rec.) & rush TD in Week 10, his 3rd-career 100-yard game. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 9 of his 10 career games. Leads all rookie RBs in rush yards (612) & scrimmage yards (820). • RB TYLER ALLGEIER rushed for career-high 139 yards & TD in last meeting. • WR DRAKE LONDON has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • TE JONNU SMITH had 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 home games. • TE KYLE PITTS has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 4th in row with 4+ receptions. • DL CALAIS CAMPBELL aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack & 4th in row at home with TFL. Has 5 TFL in 6 career games vs. NO. • DL DAVID ONYEMATA spent 7 seasons (2016-22) with NO & had 23 sacks & 28 TFL in 106 games. • LB NATE LANDMAN had 8 tackles, sack & 1st-career INT in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & PD & 8th in row with 8+ tackles. • S JESSIE BATES had season-high 13 tackles in Week 10, his 3rd game with 10+ tackles in 2023. Aims for his 6th in row with 5+ tackles. • CB A.J. TERRELL has 6 PD in his past 5.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-4) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-5)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

CBS: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) PIT: 139 or 383 CIN: 82 or 228

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: PIT leads series, 66-39 (CIN won 4 of past 5)

POSTSEASON: PIT leads series, 2-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 11/20/22: CIN 37 at PIT 30

POSTSEASON: 1/9/16 AFC-WC: PIT 18 at CIN 16

STEELERS NOTES:

QB KENNY PICKETT has 0 INTs in each of his past 6 starts, longest active streak among starting QBs. Passed for 265 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in last meeting. Has won 4 of his past 5 starts vs. division. • RB JAYLEN WARREN had career-high 145 scrimmage yards (career-high 129 rush, 16 rec.) & had rush TD last week. Has 110+ scrimmage yards in 3 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. • RB NAJEE HARRIS has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of past 3. Had 116 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 26 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with TD. Warren (727) & Harris (615) are only pair of AFC RB teammates each with 600+ scrimmage yards this season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has 6+ catches & 55+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. Cin. • WR GEORGE PICKENS had 4 catches for 83 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had TD catch in his last game vs. Cin. (9/19/21 w/ Chi.). • TE PAT FREIERMUTH aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. • LB T.J. WATT aims for 5th in row with 0.5+ sacks & 4th in row with full sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 2+ PD, INT & 0.5+ sacks. Has 0.5+ sacks in each of his past 11 vs. division. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 11.5 sacks this season. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH has 3.5 sacks in his past 2 vs. Cin. • CB PATRICK PETERSON aims for 4th in row with PD. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK has 9+ tackles in 4 of past 5. Has PD in each of his past 3 vs. Cin., with INT in 2 of past 3.

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JAKE BROWNING completed 8 of 14 atts. (57.1 pct.) for 68 yards & 1st-career TD pass last week. Can make 1st-career start in Week 12. • RB JOE MIXON led team with 100 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 31 rec.) & had 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 5th in row with TD. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 9 games this season, tiedmost among RBs. Has 370 scrimmage yards (123.3 per game) in his past 3 vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 95+ scrimmage yards. • WR JA’MARR CHASE has TD catch in 3 of past 4 & in each of past 2. Has 80+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 10 catches for 129 yards & TD in his last game vs. Pit. (9/11/22) & has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Pit. Is 1 of 5 in NFL with 70+ catches & 800+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • WR TEE HIGGINS aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 148 yards in last meeting & has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of 5 career games vs. Pit. • WR TYLER BOYD has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had TD catch in last home meeting. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had 2 TFL & sack last week & aims for 3rd in row with 0.5 sacks. Had 2 sacks & PD in last meeting & has sack in 3 of 4 career games vs. Pit. • LB LOGAN WILSON aims for 7th in row with 5+ tackles & 3rd in row with FF. Had 8 tackles in last meeting. • CB CAM TAYLOR-BRITT aims for 4th in row with PD. Aims for 4th in row at home with INT. Had 12 tackles in last meeting. • CB MIKE HILTON had 1st sack of season last week. • S JORDAN BATTLE (rookie) led team with career-high 11 tackles in Week 11, tied 3rd-most by rookie in a game this season.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (7-3) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (6-4)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

CBS: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan, AJ Ross

SiriusXM (team name linked to SXM App) JAX: 138 or 382 HOU: 137 or 227

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: HOU leads series, 29-14 (won 10 of past 11)

POSTSEASON: —

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 9/24/23: HOU 37 at JAX 17

POSTSEASON: —

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 24 of 32 atts. (75 pct.) for 262 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with season-high 119.5 rating & had 2 rush TDs last week, his 4th game this season with 75+ comp. pct., tied-most in NFL. Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4 overall & in each of 4 road games in 2023. Passed for 279 yards in Week 3 meeting. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE rushed for 52 yards last week. Has 50+ rush yards in 7 of past 8. Has 514 scrimmage yards (128.5 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 road games this season, with TD in each game. Has 392 scrimmage yards (130.7 per game) in 3 career games vs. Hou., with 110+ scrimmage yards in each game. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY led team with 7 catches for 103 yards & season-high 2 TDs last week, 5th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 overall & in 3 of 4 road games this season. Had 5 catches for 88 yards & TD in only career game at Hou. (10/6/19 w/ Atl.). • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK has 45+ rec. yards in each of past 9 games. Had 54 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 3 meeting. • TE EVAN ENGRAM has 5+ catches in 3 of 4 road games this season. Had 7 catches for 67 yards in Week 3 meeting. Ranks 3rd among TEs with 59 catches in 2023, 4th-career 50-catch season. • LB JOSH ALLEN had half sack last week & has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had sack & FF in last road meeting. Has 7.5 sacks in his past 7 vs. division, with 0.5+ sacks in 6 of 7 games. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 6 tackles & 3rd FR of season in Week 11. Has 6+ tackles in all 10 games this season. Had 14 tackles in Week 3 meeting. • LB DEVIN LLOYD aims for 6th in row with 9+ tackles. • LB TRAVON WALKER had half sack & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had career-high 2 TFL in Week 3 meeting.

TEXANS NOTES:

QB C.J. STROUD completed 27 of 37 atts. (career-high 73 pct.) for 336 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 5th game this season with 300+ pass yards & TD pass, tied 3rd-most ever by rookie. Joins Joe Burrow (2020) as only rookies ever with 300+ pass yards in 3 straight games. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 2,962 pass yards, 4thmost ever by player in 1st 10 career games. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 112 yards & TD last week & has 100+ rush yards in consecutive games for 1st time in career. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. • RB DAMEON PIERCE has 172 scrimmage yards (86 per game) in 2 career games vs. Jax., with rush TD in each game. • WR TANK DELL set career highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (149) & had TD catch last week, his 3rd game with 100+ rec. yards this season, 2nd-most among rookies. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches, 55+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 70+ rec. yards & TD in catch in 3 of 4 home games this season. Had 5 catches for 145 yards & TD in Week 3 meeting. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 659 rec. yards & 6 rec. TDs. • WR NOAH BROWN has 150+ rec. yards in each of his past 2 games. Had 2 rec. TDs in only career game vs. Jax. (12/18/22 w/ Dal.). • WR NICO COLLINS aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ had 5th TD catch of season last week & is 1 of 4 TEs with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • LB BLAKE CASHMAN had career-high 19 tackles, sack & PD last week, tied 2nd-most tackles by player in a game this sea son. • DE WILL ANDERSON (rookie) had 2 TFL & 3rd-career sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. • CB DEREK STINGLEY had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week. Had INT in only career game vs. Jax. (10/9/22).

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

CBS: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta, Amanda Renner

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) TB: 158 or 381 IND: 81 or 226

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: IND leads series, 8-7 (TB won 3 of past 4)

POSTSEASON:

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 11/28/21: TB 38 at IND 31

POSTSEASON: —

BUCS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD had season-high 29 completions in Week 11. Has 10 TD passes vs. 2 INTs for 97.4 rating in 5 road starts in 2023, incl. 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 4 of 5 starts. Passed for 247 yards & 2 TDs in his only career start vs. Ind. (10/11/20 w/ Cle.). • RB RACHAAD WHITE had 6 catches, 58 scrimmage yards (30 rush, 28 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TD. Has career-high 813 scrimmage yards this season. Ranks 2nd among RBs in rec. yards (354) & 3rd in receptions (41) in 2023. • WR MIKE EVANS had 7th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Needs 2 catches for 10th-straight 50-catch season. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 6 catches last week & has 50 receptions in 2023, his 6th-straight 50-catch season. Has 5+ catches in 10 of his past 11 road games. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 7 tackles, 3 TFL & 32nd-career sack last week. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 14 TFL this season & aims for his 7th in row with TFL. Had TFL, FR & PD in last meeting. Needs 10 tackles for his 10th-career 100+ tackle season. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Had 2 sacks, FF & FR in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with sack. • LB YAYA DIABY (rookie) set career highs with 2 sacks & 3 TFL in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2+ TFL. • NT VITA VEA had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has career high 8 TFL in 2023. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 4th in row with TFL. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. had career-high 16 tackles last week, most tackles by DB in game this season.

COLTS NOTES:

QB GARDNER MINSHEW completed 18 of 28 atts. (64.3 pct.) for 194 yards in Week 10. Has 2 TD passes in each of 2 home starts this season. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 69 yards & TD in Week 10. Has TD in 3 of past 4 & in each of past 2. Aims for 6th in row with 65+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 95+ scrimmage yards. Had 97 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 14 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. • RB ZACK MOSS has 401 scrimmage yards (100.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 4 home games this season. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Has career-high 617 rush yards & 5 rush TDs in 2023. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN aims for 4th in row with 8+ catches & 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TD catch. Had 53 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR JOSH DOWNS (rookie) had 40 rec. yards in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Ranks 5th among rookies with 523 rec. yards. • LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN led team with 15 tackles in Week 10, his 8th game this season with 10+ tackles & 3rd with 15+ tackles, both most in NFL. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 117 tackles in 2023. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had season-high 8 tackles & TFL in Week 10. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. • DE DAYO ODEYINGBO had career-high 3 sacks in Week 10. Aims for 5th in row with TFL & 3rd in row with sack. • DE KWITY PAYE had sack in Week 10. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 5+ tackles. Had sack in last meeting. • S JULIAN BLACKMON had 2 PD & INT in Week 10. • S RODNEY THOMAS had 2nd sack of season in Week 10. • CB KENNY MOORE aims for 8th in row with 6+ tackles.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-8) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (3-8)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

FOX: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) NE: 83 or 380 NYG: 85 or 225

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: NE leads series, 7-4 (won 6 of past 7)

POSTSEASON: NYG leads series, 2-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/10/19: NYG 14 at NE 35

POSTSEASON: 2/5/12 SB XLVI: NYG 21 vs. NE 17

PATRIOTS NOTES:

QB MAC JONES completed 15 of 20 atts. (75 pct.) in Week 10. Is 3-0 in 3 career starts at MetLife Stadium (all 3 vs. NYJ, incl. in Week 3 of this season). • QB BAILEY ZAPPE can make 1st start of season. Is 2-0 in 2 career starts, with TD pass & 100+ rating in each start. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON led team with 102 scrimmage yards (season-high 88 rush, 14 rec.) in Week 10, his 2nd-straight 100-yard game. Aims for 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 711 scrimmage yards (482 rush, 229 rec.) & is 1st NE RB with 700+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 3 seasons since HOFer Curtis Martin (1995-97). • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had season-high 88 scrimmage yards (54 rush, season-best 34 rec.) in Week 10. Has rush TD in each of his past 6 games vs. NYG. Has 10 career rush TDs vs. NYG, most vs. any opponent. • WR DEMARIO DOUGLAS (rookie) led team with career highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (84) in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 6 catches for 69 yards & 2 TDs in only career game vs. NYG (9/14/20 w/ Pit.). • WR DEVANTE PARKER aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 60+ rec. yards. • DT DAVON GODCHAUX aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. • DT CHRISTIAN BARMORE has TFL in 4 of past 5. • CB MYLES BRYANT had 1st INT of season in Week 10. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of past 3. • S KYLE DUGGER has INT in 2 of past 3 & 5+ tackles in 7 of past 8. • S JABRILL PEPPERS has 5+ tackles in 4 of past 5 & TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 17 PD & 15 TFL in 3 seasons with NYG (2019-21).

GIANTS NOTES:

QB TOMMY DEVITO (rookie) completed 18 of 26 atts. (69.2 pct.) for 246 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 137.7 rating in Week 11. Can become 1st undrafted rookie & 3rd undrafted player since 1967 with 2+ TD passes in each of his 1st 3 career starts. Can make 1st-career home start in Week 12. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 140 scrimmage yards (83 rush, season-high 57 rec.) & 2 rec. TDs in Week 11, his 2nd-career game with 2 TD catches. Has 110+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 115+ scrimmage yards. Needs 118 scrimmage yards to reach 7,000 for his career. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON had season-high 82 rec. yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 11, his 16th-career TD catch. • LB KAYVON THIBODEAUX had 5 tackles, 2 sacks & PD last week. Is only NFC player with 3 games of 2+ sacks in 2023. Has career highs in sacks (10.5) & TFL (10) this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 1.5+ sacks. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE led team with season-high 14 tackles & had career-high 2 FFs in Week 11. Ranks tied-5th in NFL with 105 tackles in 2023, his 3rd-straight 100+ tackle season. Has 5+ tackles in 19 straight games. Has INT, FF & FR in 2 career games vs. NE. • LB MICAH MCFADDEN had 8 tackles, TFL, PD & FR last week, his 3rd FR of season, tied-most in NFL in 2023. Has career highs in tackles (65) & TFL (10) this season. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE had 4th sack of season & career-high 2 PD in Week 11. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 12 tackles, TFL & FR in Week 11. Can become 1st DB since 2015 (Corey Graham) with 10+ tackles in 4 straight games. • S/LB ISAIAH SIMMONS had 54-yard INT-TD last week.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-9) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (3-7)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

FOX: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) CAR: 113 or 385 TEN: 161 or 230

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: Series tied, 3-3 (CAR won past 2)

POSTSEASON: —

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 11/3/19: TEN 20 at CAR 30

POSTSEASON: —

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB BRYCE YOUNG (rookie) passed for 123 yards & had 9th TD pass of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD had 65 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 8 rec.) in Week 11. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Has 526 scrimmage yards in 2023, his 3rd-straight 500-yard season. • RB MILES SANDERS rushed for 50 yards last week, his 4th game with 50+ scrimmage yards in 2023. Had rush TD in his only career game vs. Ten. (12/4/22 w/ Phi.). • WR ADAM THIELEN had 8 receptions for 74 yards last week. Leads NFC & ranks 4th in NFL with 76 receptions in 2023, 3rdhighest single-season total of career (113 in 2018 & 91 in 2017). Has 9 games with 5+ catches this season, tied-most in NFL. Has 610 career catches & needs 8 receptions to surpass Danny Amendola (617) for 4th-most receptions by undrafted player since 1967. Had TD catch in his last game vs. Ten. (9/27/20 w/ Min.). • TE TOMMY TREMBLE had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. • LB BRIAN BURNS had 10th TFL of season last week, his 3rdstraight season with 10+ TFL. Aims for his 6th in row with TFL. Has 4 sacks & 7 TFL in 4 road games this season. • LB FRANKIE LUVU had 8 tackles & 2 PD last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 5+ tackles. • DT DERRICK BROWN had 5th TFL of season last week & has 5+ TFL in each of his 4 career seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. • CB DONTE JACKSON aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. • CB TROY HILL had 8 tackles & tied his career high with 3 PD in Week 11. • S XAVIER WOODS aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. • S VONN BELL has 6+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 games.

TITANS NOTES:

QB WILL LEVIS (rookie) completed 13 of 17 atts. (career-high 76.5 pct.) for 158 yards & 2 TD vs. 0 INTs with career-high 143.8 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 130+ rating in 2 of 1st 4 career starts. • RB DERRICK HENRY has 350 scrimmage yards (116.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 3 games in Ten. this season, with 100+ rush yards in each of past 2. Had 99 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 36 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Needs 37 rush yards for 7th-straight season with 700+ rush yards. • RB TYJAE SPEARS (rookie) has 55+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 games in Ten. this season. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 426 scrimmage yards (248 rush, 178 rec.) in 2023. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 4 catches for 59 yards & 75th-career rec. TD last week. Has 55+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Has 5+ catches in each of 3 career games vs. Car. Needs 5 catches to become 5thfastest player ever (156 games) to reach 900 career catches. • WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE has TD catch in each of 3 games in Ten. this season. • WR KYLE PHILLIPS has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had TFL & 1st-career TD catch last week, becoming 1st defensive player with rec. TD in NFL this season. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. Has 3.5 sacks in 3 games in Ten. this season, with 0.5+ sacks in each game. • DE DENICO AUTRY aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Has 0.5+ sacks in each of 3 games in Ten. this season. • DT TEAIR TART aims for 4th in row with TFL. • LB HAROLD LANDRY aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Had 8 tackles, 2 TFL, sack & PD in last meeting. • S TERRELL EDMUNDS had 1st sack of season in Week 11.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-6) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-9)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 4:05 PM ET

FOX: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) LAR: 83 or 380 ARI: 85 or 225

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: ARI leads series, 47-40-2 (LAR won 3 of past 4)

POSTSEASON: LAR leads series, 2-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/15/23: ARI 9 at LAR 26

POSTSEASON: 1/17/22 NFC-WC: ARI 11 at LAR 34

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 54,342 pass yards in 200 career games, 3rd-most by a player in his first 200 games in NFL history (Drew Brees – 55,439; Matt Ryan – 54,349). Had TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 107.3 rating in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row overall vs. Ari. & 5th in row at Ari. with 100+ rating. • RB ROYCE FREEMAN had season-high 73 rush yards last week. Had rush TD in his only career game vs. Ari. (10/18/18 w/ Den.). • RB KYREN WILLIAMS has 561 scrimmage yards (93.5 per game) & 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 games this season. Had career-high 158 rush yards & rush TD in Week 6 meeting. • WR COOPER KUPP had 7 catches for 148 yards & rec. TD in Week 6 meeting. Has 36 catches for 373 yards (74.6 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in 5 career games at Ari. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. with TD. • WR PUKA NACUA (rookie) had 5 catches for 70 yards & 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Leads all rookies with 69 receptions & 897 rec. yards. • TE TYLER HIGBEE has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ari. • DL AARON DONALD has 12 TFL in 2023, his 10th-straight season with 10+ TFL. Aims for his 5th in row on road with sack. Has 16 sacks & 26 TFL in 19 career games vs. Ari., incl. 3 TFL in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 8th in row at Ari. with sack & 10th in row vs. Ari. with TFL. • LB BYRON YOUNG leads all rookies with 5 sacks. • LB ERNEST JONES led team with 12 tackles & had half sack in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 6th in row on road with TFL. • CB DERION KENDRICK had career-high 3 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 11.

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY had 265 yards (214 pass, 51 rush) & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 11. Has 17 career games with both pass TD & rush TD, 4th-most by QB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Aims for his 3rd in row in 2023 with rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 30+ completions & 300+ pass yards. • RB JAMES CONNER rushed for 62 yards last week & has 50+ rush yards in 6 of his 7 games this season. Has 334 scrimmage yards (83.5 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. LAR, incl. 2 rush TDs in 3 of 4 games. • TE TREY MCBRIDE had 5 catches for 43 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 8+ catches & 95+ rec. yards. Had 62 rec. yards in Week 6 meeting. • WR RONDALE MOORE had 1st rec. TD of season last week. • WR MARQUISE BROWN needs 5 catches & 14 rec. yards for 4th-straight season with 50+ catches & 500+ rec. yards. Had career-high 14 catches for 140 yards in last home meeting. • WR GREG DORTCH led team with 6 catches & 76 rec. yards in Week 11. Had 9 catches for 80 yards in last home meeting. • DT DANTE STILLS (rookie) had sack last week & has TFL in 3 of his past 4. • LB BJ OJULARI had 4th sack of season last week, tied-2nd most among rookies. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row at home with sack. • LB KRYS BARNES had 1st-career INT last week. • S JALEN THOMPSON led team with 8 tackles, had 1st-career sack & 7th-career INT in Week 11. Had FR in last home meeting. • S BUDDA BAKER had INT in his last game vs. LAR (11/13/22). Since 2017, leads all DBs with 673 tackles. • CB ANTONIO HAMILTON had 1st INT of season last week.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (7-3) AT DENVER BRONCOS (5-5)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 4:05 PM ET

FOX: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) CLE: 158 or 381 DEN: 81 or 226

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: DEN leads series, 21-7 (CLE won 2 of past 3)

POSTSEASON: DEN leads series, 3-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/21/21: DEN 14 at CLE 17

POSTSEASON: 1/14/90 AFC-C: CLE 21 at DEN 37

BROWNS NOTES:

BROWNS lead NFL in total defense (243.3 yards allowed per game) & pass defense (143.7 pass yards allowed per game). • QB DORIAN THOMPSON-ROBINSON (rookie) completed career-high 24 of 43 atts. (55.8 pct.) for 165 yards & won 1stcareer game as starter last week. • RB JEROME FORD had rush TD last week. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 road games this season. Has career-high 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 2023. • RB KAREEM HUNT has rush TD in 5 of past 6. Has 4 rush TDs in 3 road games this season, with rush TD in each game. Has 261 scrimmage yards (130.5 per game) in his past 2 vs. Den. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with TD. • WR AMARI COOPER has 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Had 10 catches for 116 yards in his last game at Den. (9/16/18 w/ Oak.). • WR ELIJAH MOORE had 6 catches for 60 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. • TE DAVID NJOKU had season-high 7 catches for 56 yards in Week 11. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 2 sacks last week, his 5th-straight game with sack. Has 4.5 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 3 on road. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Leads NFL with 13 sacks in 2023 & is 4th player since 1982 with 13+ sacks in 4 of 1st 7 seasons. • DE ZA’DARIUS SMITH had TFL last week. Has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Has 3 sacks in 2 career games vs. Den. • DE OGBO OKORONKWO had career-high 4 TFL & sack in Week 11. • LB JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. • CB DENZEL WARD has PD in 4 of past 5. Had FR in last road meeting.

BRONCOS NOTES:

BRONCOS have won 4 straight games for 1st time since 2015- 16, tied-longest active winning streak in NFL. • QB RUSSELL WILSON completed 27 of 35 atts. (77.1 pct.) for 259 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 106.7 rating last week, 7th game this season with 100+ rating, most in NFL. Aims for 5th in row with 0 INTs & 4th in row with 105+ rating. Has 12 TDs vs. INT with 108.3 rating in 6 home starts this season. Is 2-0 with 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs & 122.7 rating in 2 career starts vs. Cle. • RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS aims for 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • RB SAMAJE PERINE had career-high 7 catches for 60 yards last week. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Cle. (12/11/22 w/ Cin.). • RB JALEEL MCLAUGHLIN (rookie) had career-high 5 catches in Week 11. Ranks tied-4th among rookie RBs with 19 catches in 2023. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 66 rec. yards & GW TD catch in 4th qtr. last week, his 5th-straight game with rec. TD, longest active streak in NFL. Has 5 catches in each of 3 career games vs. Cle. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 8 rec. TDs in 2023. • WR JERRY JEUDY has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. • LB ALEX SINGLETON led team with season-best 16 tackles last week. Has 10+ tackles in 7 of past 8. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 at home. Had sack & FR in only career game vs. Cle. (11/22/20 w/ Phi.). • LB JOSEY JEWELL had 6 tackles & 1st FR of season in Week 11. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ tackles. • CB PAT SURTAIN II had PD last week & has PD in 3 of past 4. • CB JA’QUAN MCMILLIAN had INT & FR in Week 11. Aims for 3rd in row with FR. Has INT in 2 of past 3. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS tied career high with 3 PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with 5+ tackles.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-3) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-6)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 4:25 PM ET

CBS: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) KC: 138 or 382 LV: 137 or 227

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: KC leads series, 70-53-2 (won 10 of past 11)

POSTSEASON: KC leads series, 2-1

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 1/7/23: KC 31 at LV 13

POSTSEASON: 12/28/91 AFC-WC: LAA 10 at KC 6

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES totaled 215 yards (177 pass, 38 rush) & had 2 TD passes last week, his 7th game this season with 2+ TD passes, tied-most in NFL. Has 65 career games with 2+ TD passes, tied with HOFer Dan Marino for most-ever by player in 1st 7 seasons. Is 9-1 with 29 TDs (27 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs & 112.5 rating in 10 career starts vs. Raiders, with 100+ rating in each of his past 5. • RB ISIAH PACHECO had 89 rush yards last week, 3rd-most in career. Aims for 3rd in row with 65+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. Rushed for 64 yards & TD in last meeting. • RB JERICK MCKINNON had TD catch in last meeting. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 7 catches & had 74th-career rec. TD last week, tied with Jason Witten for 5th-most rec. TDs ever by TE. Has 6+ catches in 7 of his past 8. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 6+ catches & 55+ rec. yards. Has 115+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games in LV. Has 361 rec. yards (120.3 per game) in 3 games vs. division this season. • WR RASHEE RICE (rookie) has 40+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Has 55+ rec. yards in each of 3 games vs. division this season. • WR JUSTIN WATSON had season-high 5 catches for 53 yards in Week 11. Has 40+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 road games this season. • DT CHRIS JONES had career-high 4 TFL & season-best 2 sacks last week. Had 2.5 sacks in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Myles Garrett) with 7+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. • DE GEORGE KARLAFTIS had sack last week & has sack in 3 of past 4. • LB DRUE TRANQUILL aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Has TFL in 4 of past 5. Has sack in each of 3 games vs. division this season. • CB TRENT MCDUFFIE had career-high 2 sacks, FF & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FF. Had 7 tackles & PD in last meeting. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 2 PD & 2nd INT of season last week.

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB AIDAN O’CONNELL (rookie) passed for career-high 271 yards & TD last week. Is 2-0 in 2 career home starts. • RB JOSH JACOBS aims for 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 487 scrimmage yards (97.4 per game) in 5 home games this season. Has 313 scrimmage yards (104.3 per game) in his past 3 vs. KC. Needs 74 scrimmage yards to join HOFer Marcus Allen as only players in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 5 seasons. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches for 82 yards & 91st-career rec. TD last week, surpassing HOFer Don Hutson (90) for 5thmost rec. TDs ever by player in 1st 10 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. Has 898 rec. yards (112.3 per game) in 8 division games since joining LV in 2022. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS has 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of 5 home games this season. • WR HUNTER RENFROW set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (42) in Week 11. Had 7 catches for 63 yards & TD in last meeting & has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 6 tackles, sack & PD in Week 11. Has 5+ tackles in 7 of past 8 & sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with 2+ TFL & sack. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 14 TFL this season & tied-5th with 10.5 sacks. • LB ROBERT SPILLANE led team with 13 tackles & had TFL & PD last week. Is only AFC player with 7+ tackles in 10 games this season. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL & PD. • LB DIVINE DEABLO had 7 tackles & 1st FR of season in Week 11. • CB NATE HOBBS had 8 tackles, TFL & 1st FF of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. • S ISAIAH POLA-MAO had 7 tackles & 1st-career INT last week.

BUFFALO BILLS (6-5) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-1)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 4:25 PM ET

CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) BUF: 139 or 383 PHI: 82 or 228

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: BUF leads series, 8-6 (PHI won 4 of past 5)

POSTSEASON: —

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/27/19: PHI 31 at BUF 13

POSTSEASON: —

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 275 yards & 3 TDs with 108.2 rating last week, his 7th game this season with 2+ TD passes, tied-most in NFL. Aims for his 4th in row on road with rush TD. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in last meeting. Is 19-5 in 24 career starts vs. NFC, with 5 straight wins. Has 205 combined pass & rush TDs in career, surpassing Patrick Mahomes (204) for most-ever by player in 1st 6 seasons. • RB JAMES COOK had 102 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 29 rec.) & TD catch last week, his 2nd-straight 100-yard game & 5th this season. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 5 of past 6. Needs 61 scrimmage yards for 1st-career 1,000-yard season. • RB TY JOHNSON had season-high 58 scrimmage yards (47 rec., 11 rush) & 1st TD catch of season in Week 11. • WR STEFON DIGGS has 6+ catches & 55+ rec. yards in each of 4 road games this season, with rec. TD in 3 of 4. Had 7 catches for 167 yards & 3 TDs in his last game vs. Phi. (10/13/19 w/ Min.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards, incl. playoffs. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 77 catches in 2023 & tied-3rd with 7 rec. TDs. • WR KHALIL SHAKIR led team with career-high 115 rec. yards & had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 55+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. • TE DALTON KINCAID (rookie) has 5+ catches in 5 straight games, longest active streak among TEs. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 75+ rec. yards. Ranks 3rd among all rookies & 4th among all TEs with 51 catches in 2023. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS had 3 PD, 2 INTs & FR last week, 2nd player this season with 2 INTs & FR in a game. Aims for 3rd in row with FR. • LB VON MILLER had 8 tackles, 2 TFL, sack & FF in only career game vs, Phi. (11/5/17 w/ Den.). • LB TYREL DODSON had 7 tackles & 1st-career FF last week. • DE LEONARD FLOYD had season-high 2.5 sacks in Week 11.

EAGLES NOTES:

EAGLES are 1st team since 2005-06 Colts to begin 9-1 or better in consecutive seasons. • QB JALEN HURTS had 10th-career game with 2+ rush TDs (2) last week, tied with Cam Newton (10) for most-ever by QB. Has 35 rush TDs, most-ever by QB in 1st 4 seasons. Needs 1 rush TD to become 1st QB ever with 10+ rush TDs in 3 straight seasons & 2nd QB ever (Newton) with 10+ rush TDs in 3 career seasons. Is 14-1 in his past 15 home starts with 38 TDs (24 pass, 14 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 104.7 rating. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 107 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 31 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 690 rush yards in 2023. Needs 113 scrimmage yards for 2ndcareer 1,000-yard season (2021). • WR A.J. BROWN ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 1,013 rec. yards in 2023. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TD catch. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with 7+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. • WR DEVONTA SMITH had 6 catches for 99 yards last week. Needs 2 catches for 3rd-straight 50-catch season. Has 50+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 at home. • LB HAASON REDDICK aims for his 4th in row with sack. Needs 1.5 sacks for his 4th-straight 10-sack season. • CB DARIUS SLAY had 2 PD last week & has 10 PD in 2023, his 8th-career season with 10+ PD, most among active players. Aims for his 5th in row with PD. • S KEVIN BYARD had 2 PD & 1st INT with Phi. last week. Aims for his 4th in row with Phi. with 7+ tackles. Has 4 PD & 2 INTs in his past 4 vs. Buf. • CB BRADLEY ROBY had 9th-career FF last week.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-3) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-6)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:20 PM ET

NBC: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark

Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Kurt Warner

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) BAL: 81 or 226 LAC: 85 or 225 National: 88

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: BAL leads series, 8-5 (won 4 of past 5)

POSTSEASON: LAC leads series, 1-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/17/21: LAC 6 at BAL 34

POSTSEASON: 1/6/19 AFC-WC: LAC 23 at BAL 17

RAVENS NOTES:

RAVENS lead NFL in rushing offense (155.1 rush yards per game). • QB LAMAR JACKSON totaled 318 yards (264 pass, 54 rush) & had 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs with 121.3 rating last week, his 4th game this season with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs, tied 3rd-most in NFL. Has 90+ rating in 4 of past 5 & 50+ rush yards in 2 of past 3. Is 4-1 with 10 TDs (6 pass, 4 rush) in 5 career starts on SNF. Leads QBs with 535 rush yards in 2023 & is 1st QB ever with 500+ rush yards in each of 1st 6 seasons. • RB GUS EDWARDS rushed for 62 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 5th-straight game with rush TD, longest active streak by RB in NFL. Has 2+ rush TDs in 3 of past 4. Had 105 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 13 rec.) in only career game vs. LAC (12/22/18). Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 10 rush TDs this season. • RB KEATON MITCHELL (rookie) has rush TD in 2 of past 3. • WR ZAY FLOWERS (rookie) has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 road games this season. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 53 catches. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. led team with 116 rec. yards last week, 1st 100-yard game since 2019. • WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 3rd TD catch of season last week. Has 55+ rec. yards in each of 3 career games at LAC. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN had 1st TD of catch of season in Week 11. • LB ROQUAN SMITH had 10 tackles last week, his 7th game this season with 10+ tackles, tied 2nd-most in NFL. • LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY aims for 3rd in row with sack. • DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE has 0.5+ sacks in 8 straight games, longest active streak in NFL, & full sack in 6 straight. • S GENO STONE has INT in 4 of 5 road games this season. Ties for NFL lead with career-high 6 INTs in 2023. • S MARCUS WILLIAMS had season-high 7 tackles & 2 PD last week.

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 260 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 99.3 rating last week & had season-high 73 rush yards. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Aims for 4th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Has 275+ pass yards & 100+ rating in each of 4 career home starts on SNF. Has 113 career TD passes & can surpass Patrick Mahomes (114) for 2nd-most ever by player in 1st 4 seasons. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 70 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 6 rec.) last week, his 4th-straight game with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 3 of past 4. Has 464 scrimmage yards (116 per game) in 4 home games this season. Has 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) in 8 career games on SNF & aims for his 4th in row on SNF with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 10 catches for 116 yards & TD last week, his 2nd-straight & 18th-career game with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards, tied 3rd-most in NFL history. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4 at home. Has 5+ catches in each of 4 career games vs. Bal. Aims for his 11th in row in primetime with 5+ catches. Leads NFL with 83 catches in 2023. • TE DONALD PARHAM had career-high 57 rec. yards last week. • TE STONE SMARTT had 1st-career TD catch in Week 11. • LB KHALIL MACK had 2 sacks, FF & PD last week, 3rd game this season with 2+ sacks & FF, most in NFL. Has 2 sacks & FF in 2 of past 3. Aims for 5th in row at home with TFL. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 in primetime. Ranks 4th in NFL with 11 sacks in 2023. • LB KENNETH MURRAY led team with 10 tackles in Week 11. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 at home. • DT SEBASTIAN JOSEPH-DAY had 3rd sack of season last week. • S DERWIN JAMES aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 8 tackles & FF in last meeting.

CHICAGO BEARS (3-8) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-5)

DATE: Monday, November 27, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET

ESPN: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters

Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) CHI: 81 or 226 MIN: 83 or 225 National: 88

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: MIN leads series, 66-56-2 (won past 5)

POSTSEASON: CHI leads series, 1-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/15/23: MIN 19 at CHI 13

POSTSEASON: 1/1/95 NFC-WC: CHI 35 at MIN 18

BEARS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN FIELDS completed 16 of 23 atts. (69.6 pct.) for 169 yards & TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 105.2 rating & rushed for 104 yards in Week 11. Became 3rd QB ever (Lamar Jackson & Michael Vick) with 5+ career games (5) with 100+ rush yards. Needs 96 rush yards to join Jackson & Cam Newton as only QBs with 2,000+ rush yards in 1st 3 career seasons. Has TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 95+ rating in 2 of his 3 career starts vs. Min. • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN tied his career high with his 5th rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. • RB KHALIL HERBERT has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row in primetime with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR DJ MOORE had 7 catches for 96 yards & 6th rec. TD of season last week. Has 59 catches in 2023, his 6th-straight season with 50+ receptions. Needs 111 rec. yards for 4th-career 1,000- yard season. Had 5 catches for 51 yards in Week 6 meeting. Has 805 rec. yards (80.5 per game) in 10 career primetime games. • TE COLE KMET aims for his 4th in row in primetime with 5+ receptions. Has 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB T.J. EDWARDS had 9 tackles & 1st INT of season last week, his 3rd-career INT. Leads NFL with 119 tackles in 2023. Had sack & FF in Week 6 meeting. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS had 8 tackles & 2nd INT of season last week. Has 4 PD in his past 4. Had FR in Week 6 meeting. • LB JACK SANBORN had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 1st sack with Chi. last week. Has 7.5 sacks & 7 TFL in 11 career primetime games. • CB TYRIQUE STEVENSON (rookie) had 1st-career INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB JOSHUA DOBBS passed for 221 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 11, becoming 1st player ever with both pass TD & rush TD in each of his 1st 3 games with a team. Is 4th QB ever (Justin Fields, Kyler Murray & Cam Newton) with rush TD in 5 straight games. Aims for his 5th in row overall with both pass & rush TD. • RB ALEXANDER MATTISON rushed for 81 yards last week. Has 705 scrimmage yards in 2023 & needs 15 scrimmage yards for new career high (719 in 2021). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 60+ scrimmage yards. • RB TY CHANDLER had career-high 110 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 37 rec.) in Week 11, his 1st-career 100-yard game. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON has 571 rec. yards (114.2 per game) in 5 games this season. Has 25 catches for 365 yards (121.7 per game) & rec. TD in 3 career home games vs. Chi., with 100+ rec. yards in each game. Aims for his 3rd in row in primetime with 135+ rec. yards. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON leads all TEs in receptions (75) & rec. yards (736) in 2023. Aims for his 8th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 50 yards in Week 6 meeting. • WR JORDAN ADDISON leads all rookies in rec. TDs (7), ranks 3rd in rec. yards (647) & 5th in receptions (48). Aims for his 6th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in Week 6 meeting. • LB DANIELLE HUNTER leads NFL with 16 TFL & ranks 2nd with 12 sacks this season. Had 2 sacks in Week 6 meeting & has 12 TFL in 13 career games vs. Chi. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 MNF games. • LB D.J. WONNUM had 6th sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 7.5 sacks in 7 career games vs. Chi. • S CAMRYN BYNUM leads all DBs with 91 tackles, S HARRISON SMITH ranks tied-5th (71 tackes) & S JOSH METELLUS ranks tied-7th (68).

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NO. 17 ALABAMA BOUNCES BACK FROM FIRST LOSS, BEATS OREGON 99-91

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) Mark Sears scored 27 points, Aaron Estrada added 22 and No. 17 Alabama followed its first loss with a 99-91 victory over Oregon on Saturday in the third-place game of the Emerald Coast Classic.

Those two were among four Alabama players scoring in double figures in a mid-afternoon game after the Crimson Tide’s 92-81 loss to Ohio State on Friday night.

The Crimson Tide expanded an eight-point halftime lead with a 15-5 surge, capped by Estrada’s 3-pointer with 9:28 remaining, for a 78-61 lead. Alabama led by as much as 18 before Oregon got within six points with 2:46 left, but couldn’t get closer.

“It was good to come out of here with a win,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said. “We didn’t play our best basketball against Ohio State and they did a great job. I challenged our guys to be better on defense and I thought we played a lot harder.

“We played two high-major opponents that kind of exposed some deficiencies on defense and we’ve got to get better at that in coming weeks.”

The game at Raider Arena at Northwest Florida State College was the first meeting between these teams in seven years. Jermaine Couisnard led Oregon with 24 points.

The game’s fast pace led to the teams combining for 12 fouls in the first six minutes of the second half. Both teams were in the bonus with 11:41 remaining.

Alabama led 47-39 after a first half where both teams went on runs. Oregon led 17-10 before Alabama went on a 20-5 surge to take an eight-point lead with 7:01 left on Grant Nelson’s finish inside.

“For a team that is really banged up and has a lot of injuries, Oregon did a great job hanging in there with us, and never let it get too far away,” Oats said.

The Ducks came back with a 15-6 push, before the Crimson Tide answered with an 11-2 run where four players scored. Sears led Alabama with 13 first-half points. Couisnard had 16 for Oregon.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: Alabama produced an emphatic win that will likely keep it in the rankings when the next AP poll is released. The Crimson Tide have not lost consecutive games since the final two regular-season games in 2022.

Oregon: The Ducks’ cross-country trip resulted in a pair of defeats, but they will have a chance to get back on track with a favorable home schedule in December.

STAT OF GAME

Alabama decided the game at the free throw line, converting 26 of 28 attempts and getting to the line 13 more times than Oregon. Sears led the way, converting all nine of his attempts.

UP NEXT

Alabama will face Clemson on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa, as part of the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge series. It will be one of just three home games for Alabama through the end of 2023.

Oregon returns home to prepare for next Saturday’s home game against Michigan. It will be the first of five home games in a six-game span in December.

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WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 10 NC STATE TOPPLES NO. 3 COLORADO

River Baldwin scored a career-high 24 points to lead No. 10 North Carolina State to a second win this season over a top-four ranked opponent, as the Wolfpack took down No. 3 Colorado 78-60 Saturday afternoon at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Baldwin, a fifth-year senior who was named MVP of the tournament, shot 8 of 11 from the floor and 8 of 8 from the free-throw line to go along with eight rebounds for NC State (7-0). Aziaha James had 15 points, Madison Hayes scored 11 and Mimi Collins added 10.

Jaylyn Sherrod scored 20 points For Colorado (6-1).

NC State opened the game with a 9-0 run, which eventually grew into a 22-6 run. The Wolfpack led by as much as 27 points in the wire-to-wire win. In the fourth quarter, Colorado couldn’t trim the deficit to less than 18 points.

Green Bay 59, No. 23 Washington State 48

For the second time this season, the Phoenix defeated a ranked opponent, taking down the previously unbeaten Cougars at the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.

Green Bay (4-2), which previously bested then-No. 22 Creighton, was led by 12 points from Maddy Schreiber, while Bailey Butler had 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 17 points For Washington State (7-1) and Tara Wallack tallied 16 points and six boards.

The Cougars led by five points early on, but the Phoenix outscored Wazzu 20-11 in the second quarter to take the lead and 16-9 in the final quarter. Green Bay made 8 of 19 shots from 3-point range while Washington State made 5 of 23 from deep.

No. 19 Tennessee 76, No. 22 Oklahoma 73

Jasmine Powell scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Lady Vols defeated the Sooners at the Fort Myers (Fla.) Tip-Off.

Tennessee (4-2) also got 16 points from Jewel Spear and 13 points and eight rebounds from Sara Puckett as it handed Oklahoma (5-2) its second straight loss. Sahara Williams led the Sooners with 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

The Sooners committed 26 fouls, sending the Lady Vols to the free-throw line 24 times where they made 18 shots. Oklahoma was 10 of 14 from the line.

Preseason All-SEC selection Rickea Jackson missed a fourth straight game for the Lady Vols with a right leg injury. Avery Strickland also didn’t play, missing a second consecutive game.

No. 21 Indiana 72, Princeton 63

Behind 28 points from Sara Scalia and 20 points from Mackenzie Homes, the Hoosiers topped the Tigers at the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Florida.

Scalia also had seven rebounds and five assists for Indiana (5-1) while Holmes added eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Holmes also became the second player in Indiana’s program history to pass the 2,000-point scoring mark for her career, joining Tyra Buss.

Two days after upsetting No. 22 Oklahoma, the Tigers couldn’t recapture the magic to beat a second ranked opponent. Kaitlyn Chen led Princeton (4-2) with 16 points, while Ellie Mitchell had 11 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Indiana led by as much as 20 points after outscoring Princeton 25-13 in the second quarter. The Tigers trimmed the deficit to just six points before halftime, but never got any closer.

No. 9 Virginia Tech 76, Tulane 70

Georgia Amoore tallied 24 points and seven assists as the Hokies outlasted the Green Wave at the Cayman Islands Classic.

Elizabeth Kitley added 18 points and eight rebounds, Olivia Summiel had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Cayla King chipped in 11 points for Virginia Tech (5-1). Kyren Whittington led Tulane (3-3) with 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

Tulane led by as much as six points in the second quarter, but Virginia Tech used an 8-0 run to take back the advantage. The Hokies won the rebounding battle 36-30 and turned seven offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points.

Next up for Virginia Tech is a matchup at No. 7 LSU on Thursday in a rematch of last year’s Final Four meeting that the Holies lost.

No. 20 Louisville 72, Liberty 63

Olivia Cochran had a career-high-tying 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds as the Cardinals topped the Flames at the Betty Chancelor Classic in Katy, Texas.

Down by six, Louisville (5-1) avoided its second straight loss to an unranked opponent by opening the fourth quarter with a 16-1 run.

Louisville also got a boost from Kiki Jefferson, who scored a season-high 20 points, and Nina Rickards’ 12 points and eight rebounds. Liberty (2-4) was led by Bella Smuda, who had a career-high 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting, nine rebounds and three blocks. Emma Hess added 14 points for the Flames.

No. 2 UCLA 97, Niagara 46

Gabriela Jaquez had 23 points and six rebounds off the bench as the Bruins raced away from the Purple Eagles at the Cayman Islands Classic.

UCLA (6-0) also got 21 points from Londynn Jones, while Angela Dugalic had 14 points and seven rebounds. Destiny Strother led Niagara (2-4) with 16 points.

Niagara never led as UCLA opened the game with a 23-0 run. The Bruins led by as much as 54 points.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: 76ERS END THUNDER’S 6-GAME WIN STREAK

Joel Embiid had 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 127-123 win over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

Tyrese Maxey added 28 points for the 76ers.

Embiid returned after missing Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota with hip soreness, helping the 76ers snap a two-game losing streak and end the Thunder’s six-game winning streak.

Chet Holmgren led the Thunder with 33 points while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 31. Holmgren hit five 3-pointers.

Hawks 136, Wizards 108

Trae Young had 26 points and 10 assists, De’Andre Hunter added 20 points, and Atlanta never trailed en route to handing host Washington its ninth consecutive loss.

The Hawks pulled away in the third quarter. Young hit four of his six shots in the quarter as Atlanta shot 15 of 26 while Washington was held to 8-of-25 shooting, helping the Hawks outscore the Wizards 37-20 in the quarter.

The 28-point margin of the defeat was the most lopsided for Washington this season. Seven Washington players scored in double-figures, but none with more than Jared Butler’s 13 points off the bench. Kyle Kuzma finished with 12 points and added team-highs of eight assists and seven rebounds.

Nets 112, Heat 97

Mikal Bridges shook off a slow start and scored 24 points as Brooklyn pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat short-handed Miami in New York.

The Nets, who led most of the way, snapped a three-game losing streak and beat the Heat for the second time in three meetings this season. Bridges missed his first five shots and finished 8-of-19 from the field three nights after tying a career best with 45 points at Atlanta. Cameron Johnson added 19 and 10 rebounds.

The Heat were without Bam Adebayo (hip) and Jimmy Butler (ankle), and lost Haywood Highsmith early in the fourth when he injured his back on a collision with teammate Jamal Cain. Caleb Martin scored a season-high 22 points off the bench and rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 18 as Miami finished 2-3 on a five-game road trip.

Lakers 121, Cavaliers 115

Anthony Davis had 32 points and 13 rebounds to help visiting Los Angeles to a win against Cleveland.

LeBron James scored 22 points, Max Christie had 12 points and D’Angelo Russell finished with 10 points for the Lakers, who have won four of their past five games. Los Angeles also received solid bench contributions, as Austin Reaves had 15 points and 10 assists, Christian Wood scored 13 points and Jaxson Hayes added 10 points.

Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points, Jarrett Allen had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Evan Mobley scored 18 points for the Cavaliers, who had won four of their past five. Cleveland also received solid production from its bench, as Georges Niang contributed 13 points and Craig Porter added 11.

Jazz 105, Pelicans 100

Collin Sexton scored 15 points in the second half and short-handed Utah snapped a four-game losing streak by rallying to beat New Orleans in Salt Lake City.

Rookie Keyonte George scored 15 points, including clutch free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining, to go with six rebounds and five assists as Utah won for only the third time in 11 games. Kelly Olynyk contributed 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Zion Williamson, who led the Pelicans to a road win over the Los Angeles Clippers late Friday night, continued his pattern of sitting out the second night of back-to-back sets.

Clippers 107, Mavericks 88

Paul George scored 25 points and Terance Mann added a season-high 17 as Los Angeles turned in a dominant performance to beat visiting Dallas.

Norman Powell had 15 points and Russell Westbrook finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Los Angeles, which never trailed after the game’s opening minutes and won for the fourth time in its last five games. Ivica Zubac added 11 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.

Luka Doncic scored 30 points to lead Dallas, which trailed by as many as 24 in the third quarter and lost for the third time in its last four games. Kyrie Irving added 26 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 12.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: RANGERS’ OFFENSE BURIES BRUINS

Chris Kreider’s two goals and an assist led to an offensive barrage for the New York Rangers in a 7-4 win over the visiting Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.

Kreider scored twice in New York’s three-goal first period before assisting on a K’Andre Miller tally in the midst of a deciding three-goal run that spanned both sides of the second intermission for a 6-3 lead.

Jimmy Vesey and Artemi Panarin each had a goal and an assist, and Vincent Trocheck added an assist for the Rangers, who are 13-1-1 over their last 15 games. Nick Bonino and Tyler Pitlick added their first goals as Rangers, while Jonathan Quick made 27 saves.

Charlie Coyle scored twice while Morgan Geekie had a goal and an assist for Boston, which has lost consecutive games in regulation. The Bruins’ David Pastrnak also scored and James van Riemsdyk dished two assists. Linus Ullmark (33 saves) allowed seven goals.

Kings 4, Canadiens 0

Goaltender Pheonix Copley authored his third career shutout as Los Angeles defeated visiting Montreal for the fifth straight time. On a fairly light day of work, the 31-year-old Copley made 18 saves to win his second straight start. It was his first shutout since beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-0 last Feb. 11.

Trevor Moore scored two goals, while Carl Grundstrom and Trevor Lewis added one each. Pierre-Luc Dubois recorded two assists as the Kings won for the ninth time in 11 games (9-1-1) and improved to 8-1-1 in November.

Winless in his previous four appearances, Montreal’s Jake Allen got the start and made 26 saves, but his club was held scoreless for the first time and fell to 2-5-0 since Nov. 12.

Devils 7, Sabres 2

New Jersey scored four times in the first period and never looked back against visiting Buffalo.

Tyler Toffoli finished with two goals and Alexander Holtz, Nico Hischier, Ondrej Palat and Dawson Mercer each had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who snapped a three-game skid and won for just the second time in their past eight games. Vitek Vanecek made 10 saves.

Jeff Skinner and Kyle Okposo scored for the Sabres, who continue to alternate wins and losses. Eric Comrie allowed four goals on 18 shots before he was replaced by Devon Levi (17 saves) to start the second period.

Penguins 3, Maple Leafs 2

Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal in the final minute of the second period as Pittsburgh snapped a two-game losing streak by beating visiting Toronto.

Jake Guentzel and Noel Acciari also scored for the Penguins, who had lost four of their past five games.

Tyler Bertuzzi and Matthew Knies scored for the Maple Leafs, who twice had a one-goal lead. Toronto’s point streak ended at five games (4-0-1).

Flyers 1, Islanders 0 (SO)

Tyson Foerster scored in the fourth round of the shootout as Philadelphia outlasted New York in Elmont, N.Y.

The teams combined for 65 shots in regulation and overtime before each opened 0-for-3 in the shootout. After the Flyers’ Samuel Ersson stopped Kyle Palmieri, Foerster — taking just his second career attempt in a shootout — shuffled the puck several times before sending a forehand over the glove of Ilya Sorokin.

Sorokin recorded 40 as the Islanders had their three-game winning streak snapped but extended their point streak to six games (3-0-3). The shutout was his second of the season and the 18th of his career.

Avalanche 3, Flames 1

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Drouin and Ryan Johansen also scored, and Colorado beat Calgary in Denver.

Ivan Prosvetov turned away 29 shots for Colorado, which has won six of its last seven games.

Mikael Backlund had a goal and Dan Vladar made 21 saves for Calgary.

Sharks 4, Canucks 3

Mikael Granlund and Mike Hoffman both scored early in the third period to cap two-point nights as host San Jose claimed its fourth win of the season by beating Vancouver.

Ty Emberson scored his first career NHL goal and Fabian Zetterlund also tallied for the Sharks, who sit last in the league. Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen made 30 saves, while Tomas Hertl and Calen Addison each tallied two assists.

Brock Boeser scored twice and Filip Hronek collected one goal and one assist for the Canucks. Goalie Casey DeSmith stopped 18 shots, and J.T. Miller collected three assists.

Coyotes 2, Golden Knights 0

Connor Ingram made 34 saves for his second career shutout as Arizona snapped a three-game losing streak by blanking Vegas in Las Vegas.

Lawson Crouse scored his 10th goal of the season, all in November, and Clayton Keller also scored for Arizona. It was Ingram’s first shutout of the season. He has won five of his last six starts.

Logan Thompson finished with 16 saves for Vegas, which was shut out for the third time in its last six games. The Golden Knights, who opened the season with an 11-0-1 run, fell to 3-5-1 over their last nine games and lost for just the second time in regulation (8-2-1) at home this season.

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STATE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FINALS

(IHSAA RELEASES)

LUERS ROLLS TO FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – At Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 11 years is a long time.

Some would say an eternity. Others make it sound as though the program’s latest bridge separating state championships could reach from one side of the Mississippi River to the other.

Whatever the case, the Knights made the wait worth it on Saturday with a dominant 40-3 victory over North Posey in the Class 2A state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It marks the 12th title in program history – every one of them 2A – since 1985, and first since 2012. Fort Wayne Luers’ previous so-called longest dry spell between championships endured a total of seven football seasons (1992-1999).

“It’s a monkey off my back,” said 11th-year Knights’ head coach Kyle Lindsay, a member of the 1999 and 2001 title squads, as well as the program’s runner-up squad in 2000, laughing. “I know the community . . . the amount of good-luck messages in the last week or so has just been overwhelming, truthfully.

“I know a lot of people are pulling for this team. A lot of people shooting me personal messages, and I told the kids, I do this for them. That’s every adult who does this. I want them to experience the same feeling I had when I was their age. To see 62 kids get that experience, it’s a special feeling.”

Fort Wayne Luers (11-3) led the entire game. It was North Posey’s second trip to the finals – it lost to Jimtown in the RCA Dome in 2005 – and first loss of the season after coming to Indy with a 13-0 record.

The game was unusual in that North Posey actually finished with a lopsided advantage in time of possession, 32:15 to 15:45. The Vikings also managed a 15-14 upper hand in first downs.

The Knights’ 14-3 halftime advantage was, in large part, a product of the special teams play, which allowed the offense to construct scoring drives of 27 and 14 yards.

The first touchdown, a 1-yard burst from senior running back Mickey Daring at 7:08 of the opening period, was set up when Luers’ defensive end Damiun Jackson partially blocked the punt of North Posey’s Matt Stump on the ensuing series.

Quarterback Kohen McKenzie’s 26-yard pass over the middle to tight end Wes Javins on first down immediately had the Knights on the doorstep of the game’s first points.

North Posey eventually got on the board thanks to a 30-yard field goal from left hash mark courtesy of senior Kaleb Herke at 7:45 of the second quarter. Herke’s kickoff that followed was returned 81 yards to the Vikings’ 14 by sophomore Daveon Surry.

Three plays later, Daring was back in the end zone after bulling forward from six yards out at with 6:02 remaining before halftime.

Fort Wayne Luers proceeded to widen the gap in the third stanza, taking any suspense on the outcome out of the equation on beautifully delivered timing passes from McKenzie covering 26 and 40 yards to Jaylen White and Isaac Zay, respectively.

White actually set up his own score by intercepting Vikings’ quarterback Liam Stone, who was attempting to throw deep on third-and-nine from his own 3-yard line.

This made it a 27-3 ballgame with North Posey’s run-dominant offense not built to make up the point differential in a short period of time. On the second play of the final period, Knights’ senior back Gio Jimenez skirted the left side for a 12-yard scoring run to push the lead to 34-3.

Fort Wayne Luers cashed in one final time with 5:38 to play on McKenzie’s 11-yard TD pass to Javins.

The Knights accumulated 264 yards of offense to 179 for North Posey. Jackson and soph defensive back Dee Hogue had eight tackles apiece to lead the Luers’ defense, while junior linebacker Trace Martin’s seven topped North Posey.

McKenzie, who completed 7 of 10 pass attempts for 126 yards and the three scores, was, like his coach, both relieved and ecstatic to see Fort Wayne Luers become a state champion for the first time inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I mean, we just plug away,” said McKenzie. “This group got together before the year and said that we have to bring the winning tradition back to Luers. It’s been one heck of a year. We grinded it out, and came out with the win. We did our job.

“Luers is built on a winning tradition. I know the other teams plugged away and plugged away, but they didn’t have the grit that our team has. But they made the path so that we could do this.”

North Posey’s Jackson Graff named recipient of Ress Mental Attitude Award

During the awards ceremony, Jackson Graff of North Posey High School was announced by the IHSAA Executive Committee as the recipient of the Blake Ress Mental Attitude Award in Class 2A Football.

The award is annually presented to a senior who is nominated by his principal and coach, and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership, and athletic ability during his four years of high school.

Graff is a four-year member of the football team and will play his fourth year of basketball this winter. In football, he’s served as team captain the last two seasons and is a three-time all-conference player.

The senior is on track to graduate  first in his class with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He was elected Vice President of the Class of 2024, volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and is a member of the National Honor Society, SADD, Spanish Club and Varsity Club.

He is the son of Carl and Amy Graff of Wadesville, IN. He intends to enroll at Indiana University next fall and is interested in studying Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation.

The award is named in honor of Commissioner Emeritus Blake Ress, who served as the IHSAA’s seventh commissioner from 2000-11.

The Indianapolis Colts, the presenting sponsor of the state tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to North Posey High School’s general scholarship fund in the name of Jackson Graff.

EAST CENTRAL COMPLETES PERFECT SEASON, REPEATS AS 4A CHAMP

INDIANAPOLIS – Perfection was the goal, and the top-ranked East Central Trojans were exactly that Saturday night during the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 4A state finals.

Senior running back Josh Ringer, a Miami (Ohio) recruit, ran for 251 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns, while the unbeaten Trojans converted on five of seven offensive possessions to beat unranked Northwood, 42-14, inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

The defending 4A state champion Trojans captured their fourth state title in program history and second consecutive. The Trojans finished 15-0 en route to the program’s first undefeated season since 1994. East Central went 12-3 to win the 4A crown in 2017 and had a 13-2 record last season.

“First time in our school history that we’re 15-0. We’ve been 14-0 before. All I can say is these seniors are special. To be able to go 15-0 and have a target on your back each and every week, it’s a testament to them. They continued to show up. They continued to compete and didn’t let the pressure get to them,” East Central head coach Jake Meiners said. “They just went out and tried to win a game each week, and that’s what they were able to do this year.”

The final game offered the closest margin of victory they’ve experienced against an Indiana opponent this season and second closest overall after defeating Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio), 38-28, on Sept. 1.

After a tug-of-war first quarter, nothing was certain as both teams traded turnover on downs and East Central forced a NorthWood punt to keep the game scoreless.

East Central’s second drive of the game, which started on its own 16-yard line late in the first quarter, proved the Trojans’ launching point.

The Trojans marched down the field 84 yards on 16 plays to break the stalemate with a 4-yard sneak in the second quarter by quarterback Cole Burton. The drive burnt 6 minutes, 44 seconds off the clock and set in motion four consecutive scoring series for East Central.

“We played a very experienced and disciplined ball club that knows who they are. I think we kind of got a little bit tired emotionally, but we played really hard and physically,” NorthWood head coach Nate Andrews said. “A couple of breaks didn’t go our way, and we kind of let that get the best of us.”

The first of two breaks for the Panthers (12-3) came on their third possession and from one of their two stars.

Responding to East Central’s scoring drive, Panthers’ quarterback Owen Roeder connected with senior NiTareon Tuggle, a Georgia recruit, for a first-down, 65-yard touchdown pass to tie the game 7-all.

Tuggle finished with 160 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns. His second came in the fourth quarter after NorthWood trailed 42-7. Michigan commit JoZiah Edmond had 34 yards on six catches for the Panthers and nine total tackles.

The deadlock lasted for another 1:05 before the Trojans scored 35 unanswered points until the game’s final 35 seconds.

“I feel like we were really wearing them down with the run game, so we just went out and capitalized on it. Punched in the touchdown,” Ringer said.

Senior Ryan Brotherton broke the tie with a 30-yard rushing touchdown that capped a rapid 3-play, 56-yard drive, and then the defense fed the offense.

A fourth-down interception by Brayden Rouse set up East Central’s next scoring drive, which spanned 51 yards on six plays in 2:05, capped by a 12-yard touchdown run from Ringer.

The Trojans logged four interceptions against Roeder, who completed 22 of 32 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. The Trojans converted on two of Roeder’s four interceptions, including a 33-yard pick-six by Moses Wheat in the fourth quarter. 

“We knew they were going to try passing as much as they could to move the ball down the field,” Wheat said. “We did really well with that. I’m so proud of our defensive backs.”

East Central junior Carson Pieczonka had two interceptions and one pass breakup. Senior Conner Kuhn led the Trojans with 10 total tackles, which tied Rouse.

“We knew coming in it was going to be a team effort. We don’t have anyone athletically like Tuggle or Edmond, so defensively, it was going to take a team effort,” Meiners said. “I know they hit us twice over the top, and we knew we weren’t going to be able to stop them, but overall, our defensive effort to be able to limit those guys’ production is what led us to a victory today.”

The combo of Brotherton and Ringer helped pave the way behind an impressive offensive line consisting of senior Noah Schneider, freshman Noah Brown, senior RJ Seig, junior Wyatt Smith, and sophomore Gavin Osterman.

Brotherton, a Western Michigan recruit, rushed for 77 yards on eight carries, while Burton completed 2 of 3 passes for seven yards. 

Ringer’s 7.4 yards per carry average made it easy for the Trojans to stay grounded.

East Central opened the second half with a 12-play drive that covered 64 yards and used 6:02 of game clock. Ringer’s 4-yard touchdown run put the game out of reach. NorthWood turned the ball over on downs twice and had four turnovers the rest of the second half.

“What an incredible job by this group, continuing to show up each and every day, continuing to work, continuing to fight. There was a ton of pressure on them this year, and to be able to go unblemished at 15-0 that’s a testament to these guys and their hard work,” Meiners said.

Ringer’s final touchdown marked his longest run of the game, covering 25 yards to end a 54-yard drive in the fourth. Ringer ends his senior season with 2,880 yards rushing and 60 touchdowns (five receiving). In his career, he’s amassed 6,640 yards rushing and 118 total touchdowns.

“He always turns heads every time he steps on the football field. Miami of Ohio is getting a great football player, and he just shows up all the time. He’s one of those guys that gets a lot of accolades and gets a lot of limelight, but he doesn’t need it,” Meiners said. “He just loves to show up to work. He loves playing football, and he loves playing football with this team.”

East Central’s Dylan Maxwell earns Eskew Mental Attitude Award

During the awards ceremony, Dylan Maxwell of East Central High School was announced by the IHSAA Executive Committee as the recipient of the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award in Class 4A Football.

The award is annually presented to a senior who is nominated by his principal and coach, and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership, and athletic ability during his four years of high school.

Maxwell is a three-year varsity starter with the Trojan football team which won its second straight 4A championship today. Also, a three-year starter for the school’s basketball team, he’s been a two-year captain, received the team’s Most Valuable Player Award, and led last year’s team in rebounds and assists. He also plans to go out for track and field this spring.

Maintaining a 4.2 GPA, he ranks near the top of his senior class, is a member of National Honor Society, was the recipient of his school’s character award and was nominated for the Colts Academic All-Star team.

He is the son of Randy and Robin Maxwell of Guilford, IN. He is currently undecided on where he plans to attend college but is interested in studying Economics or another area of Business.

The award is named in honor of Commissioner Phil N. Eskew, who served as the IHSAA’s third commissioner from 1962-76. Under his leadership, the IHSAA football state tournament was initiated in 1973.

The Indianapolis Colts, the presenting sponsor of the state tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to East Central High School’s general scholarship fund in the name of Dylan Maxwell.

BIG SECOND HALF PROPELS BEN DAVIS TO 10TH STATE CROWN

INDIANAPOLIS – Ben Davis coach Russ Mann had a specific idea for his team entering the Class 6A state championship game against Crown Point: He wanted the Giants to start fast and put the undefeated Bulldogs on their heels from the start.

Well, it didn’t work out that way. It took Mann’s team until the second half to break open a one-score game at halftime, but the Giants finally took control in the third quarter and rolled to a 38-10 victory.

“We didn’t get off to the start we wanted,” said Mann, referring to having only a 10-3 lead at halftime. “But, if you were in (the locker room) at halftime, you would have thought we were up 14 or 21 points. We were composed and didn’t show any panic.”

It helped the Giants roll to touchdowns on their first four drives of the second half and the outcome wasn’t in doubt from there.

The title is the 10th in school history for Ben Davis and the first since 2017. Ben Davis thus breaks from a four-way tie with Carmel, Sheridan and Warren Central who each have nine. Only three schools in the state now have more state championships than the Giants.

Since that title in 2017, the program has recorded a pedestrian 31-28 record, but in Mann’s first season at the helm, the Giants finish 13-1 with the only loss coming to IMG Academy of Florida. Also, Mann becomes the sixth first-time head coach in state history to win a title in his first season.

“We knew what we had from the start of the season,” Mann said. “We had a special group that would be good in all phases. After going through the 6A south (tournament bracket), we were definitely ready and battle-tested.”

Ben Davis did score on its opening possession, marching 75 yards in six plays — capping it with a 32-yard pass from Thomas Gotkowski to Zane Skibinski and it appeared the Giants would fulfil their coach’s game plan.

But, the Giants were stopped on their next two drives before safety Elijah Hurns picked the first of four interceptions CP quarterback Noah Ehrlich threw in the contest, setting Ben Davis up at the Bulldogs’ 26-yard-line.

That opportunity ended with a Ben Rudolph 27-yard field goal to give BD a 10-0 lead.

Crown Point (13-1) then came alive by driving 77 yards after the kickoff to the Ben Davis 2, setting up a short field goal by Oliver Brewer with just :02 left in the half.

“We were pretty pleased to go into halftime down, 10-3,” Crown Point coach Craig Buzea said. “We were doing some nice things and had a plan coming out of the half to pin them back.”

That worked, at least briefly, as a deep kickoff and a Giants penalty left them with a first down at their own 13. Yet, it only took six plays and barely two minutes for the Giants to extend the lead with Alijah Price going in from 49 yards out.

Four minutes later, Price scored on a 2-yard run. Receiver Mark Zachary then caught a 19-yard pass thrown by receiver Jei-vyair Horton on a gadget play just before the end of the third to give the Giants a 31-3 lead. Price, a junior, finished with 141 yards rushing on only 13 carries.

Ben Davis closed the scoring on its next drive with Skibinski catching his second TD pass from Gotkowski, this one a 14-yarder. Gotkowski threw for 156 yards, completing 15 of 23 throws.

For good measure, Crown Point scored its only touchdown with 2:45 left on a 1-yard run by Ehrlich.

“We knew coming in we were overmatched against Ben Davis,” Buzea said. We play nobody like them, not even remotely close to them. We put together a game plan that we felt could keep us in the game and, hey, we’re only down 10-3 at halftime. Maybe if we get a stop or two to start the second half, who knows.”

Ehrlich finished with 217 yards passing, while Larry Ellison led the Bulldogs with 89 yards rushing on 21 carries.

Crown Point’s Jeffrey Meschede named Eskew Mental Attitude Award recipient

kjDuring the awards ceremony, Jeffrey Meschede of Crown Point High School was announced by the IHSAA Executive Committee as the recipient of the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award in Class 6A Football.

The award is annually presented to a senior who is nominated by his principal and coach, and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership, and athletic ability during his four years of high school.

A four-year member of the Bulldogs football team, Meschede plays on the offensive line and was selected a team captain this season. He’ll participate in his fourth year of track and field next spring and has been a member of Crown Point wrestling team which has won the last two state championships.

Meschede maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA and is also a member of the school orchestra, playing the upright bass and performing multiple concerts throughout the year.

He is the son of Jason and Vanessa Meschede of Crown Point, IN. He is currently undecided on where he plans to attend college but is interested in studying Computer Engineering.

The award is named in honor of Commissioner Phil N. Eskew, who served as the IHSAA’s third commissioner from 1962-76. Under his leadership, the IHSAA football state tournament was initiated in 1973.

The Indianapolis Colts, the presenting sponsor of the state tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Crown Point High School’s general scholarship fund in the name of Jeffrey Meschede.

INDIANA FOOTBALL

BUCKET CHANCE EVADES HOOSIERS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Aaron Casey grimaced.

Again, and again.

Bruised and battered?

You bet.

Come out of the Old Oaken Bucket game with victory within reach?

Not a chance.

An injured right shoulder wasn’t about to sideline Indiana senior’s linebacker. He continued to make play after play, tackle after tackle, 11 in all, four for loss, plus a forced fumble.

It wasn’t enough.

The Hoosiers (3-9) lost their chance to reclaim the Bucket, losing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to Purdue and then the game, 35-31, Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium.

It was their fifth straight game that came down to a final possession. They won just once — against Wisconsin.

Thirteen tackles for loss weren’t enough. Not with multiple missed tackles, especially on quarterback Hudson Card, plus three interceptions.

Purdue (4-8) didn’t have a turnover while generating 453 total yards. Card ran for 85 yards and a touchdown, threw for 275 yards and three TDs.

“It’s unbelievably frustrating, especially (not being able to tackle) the quarterback,” coach Tom Allen told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the post-game radio show. “That’s the glaring thing that sticks out.

“The tackling piece, it’s hard to imagine some of the plays on the quarterback. We couldn’t get him on the ground. Guys are in position to make plays. We’ve got to finish those plays.”

IU quarterback Brendan Sorsby completed 17-of-31 for 226 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Receiver E.J. Williams Jr. caught six passes for 97 yards.

Jaylin Lucas returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. He ran twice for 10 yards, caught a 12-yard pass, and totaled 146 kickoff return yards.

It was the final game for key veterans such as Casey, Matthew Bedford and Mike Katic.

“They are tremendously high-character guys who gave us a lot,” Allen said on the radio show. “They’ve done phenomenal jobs. We appreciate everything they’ve given us.”

IU’s first four possessions produced three punts and an interception. Its next two delivered 121 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite three first-half Sorsby interceptions (one more the result of Purdue defensive back Cam Allen’s spectacular play than a poor pass), the Hoosiers led 14-12 at halftime. They were helped by the Boilers’ missed extra point and two-point conversion.

Indiana was positioned for victory.

Then it slipped away.

Still, with multiple players set to return next season, there is reason for optimism.

“We’ve got to continue to develop offensively,” Allen told Fischer. “We’ve got to continue to grow in terms of running the football and protecting the football. We didn’t do that (Saturday). That was very costly.

“We have to develop that quarterback room. Brendan is our starting quarterback. His development will be very important this off-season.

“We have a talented receiving corps coming back. Most of our offense is coming back. We have to build off of that.

“We have a lot of key guys coming back defensively. Keep developing our young guys, and add to this roster.”

The defense had Sorsby’s back on his interception on the game’s opening possession. It held Purdue to minus-one yard and a missed field goal.

IU broke out of an early defensive battle — the game’s first eight possessions produced three punts by each team and 97 total yards — with Sorsby’s 33-yard touchdown pass to DeQuece Carter and a 7-0 lead near the end of the first quarter.

Purdue came back with a touchdown, but a botched extra point made it a 7-6 score.

Lucas’s 25-yard kickoff return, plus a 15-yard Purdue penalty for a late hit gave the Hoosiers the ball at midfield. They capitalized with Sorsby’s touchdown pass to Donaven McCulley for a 14-6 lead.

The Boilermakers capitalized on Sorsby’s third interception of the half for a touchdown and, with the missed two-point conversion attempt, a 14-12 halftime score.

IU had a 208-197 edge in total yards.

Purdue opened the second half with a 49-yard kickoff return. That led to a 33-yard field goal and a 15-14 Boiler lead.

Twelve seconds later, the Hoosiers went ahead 21-15 on Lucas’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Purdue came back with a field goal and a 21-18 score.

IU capitalized on a couple of Boilermaker defensive penalties to drive for a third-quarter touchdown via a Sorsby to Josh Henderson touchdown for a 28-18 lead.

Purdue opened the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass for a 28-25 score. It tied it with a field goal. IU untied with Chris Freeman’s 39-yard field goal with five minutes left and a 31-28 lead.

Two minutes later, the Boilers scored a touchdown for a 35-31 lead with 2:39 left. The Hoosiers had to drive 70 yards for the victory but fell short on 4th-and-1 with just over a minute left on the clock.

TEAM

• Indiana is 42-77-6 all-time against Purdue with a 32-63-2 mark in games played for the Old Oaken Bucket.

• Indiana’s game captains were DL Andre Carter, LB Aaron Casey and OL Mike Katic.

• Purdue won the coin toss and deferred. Indiana received the opening kick.

• With 13.0 tackles for loss, Indiana posted its most tackles for loss in a game since 2019 versus Rutgers (14.0).

DeQuece Carter | WR | Sr.+

• Hauled in a 33-yard touchdown in the first quarter for his third touchdown as a Hoosier and 34th of his career (31 at Fordham; 3 at Indiana).

Aaron Casey | LB | R-Sr.+

• Made 11 stops to move his season total to 109 and post the first 100-tackle season by a Hoosier since Tegray Scales (126) in 2016.

• Tied career-high 4.0 tackles for loss, which he also accounted for against Wisconsin earlier in 2023.

• The 11 stops mark his 11th career double-digit tackle game and sixth of 2023.

• His 4.0 tackles for loss in the game moved his career total to 36.0 and into No. 8 on the career charts at Indiana. Casey passed Ed Maguire (34.0; 1969-70), Joe Huff (35.0) and Kyle Killion (35.0; 2002-05) on the career charts.

• Posted 20.0 tackles for loss on the season for just the fifth 20-plus tackle-for-loss season in program history and first since Scales (23.5) in 2016.

• Casey is the second player in program history to record two games with 4-plus tackles for loss (Scales, 2016).

James Evans | P | Jr.

• Hit four punts for 46.2 yards per punt and two punts inside the 20-yard line.

• Finished the season with a 45.8 yards per punt average to set the Indiana single season record. Moved past Drew Hagan’s mark of 44.8 in 1999) by 1.0 yards per punt.

• Owns 201 career punts and is just the fifth Hoosier to reach the 200-punt mark.

• With a career 43.9 yards per punt average, ranks No. 1 on Indiana’s career charts, more than a full yard ahead of Alan Sutkowski (42.5 ypp; 1995-97).

Jordan Grier | DB | Jr.

• Tied a career high with four stops for the second straight week and third time in his career.

Josh Henderson | RB | Sr.+

• Tied a team-high 44 yards rushing on nine carries.

• Accounted for a touchdown in 10 of 20 games played at Indiana.

• Had a 9-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.

Myles Jackson | OLB | R-Jr.

• Posted a career-high five stops. Previous best was four stops on two occasions, last at Penn State earlier this season.

JoJo Johnson | DB | R-So.

• Totaled a career-high five tackles. Previous best was three stops at Illinois earlier this season.

Jaylin Lucas | RB | So.

• Tied the longest kickoff return in program history with the 100-yard return for a touchdown in the third quarter, which tied for the longest by a Hoosier since Marcus Thigpen versus Ball State in 2006.

• Lucas’ three career kickoff return touchdowns are tied with Thigpen (2005-08) for the most in an IU career.

• Lucas sits atop the NCAA active career leaders list in kickoff return touchdowns (3).

• The 161 kickoff return yards (4 returns) rank tied for No. 5 in a single game in program history and give Lucas two of the top five kickoff return yardage games in program history. He is the only Hoosier with multiple games of 160-plus kickoff return yards.

• With 161 kickoff return yards in the game he pushed his career total to 1,163 to move him past John Ginter (1,127; 1964-66) for No. 10 on the career charts at Indiana.

• Finished 2023 with 1,108 all-purpose yards, the most in a season since Stevie Scott III (1,223) in 2018.

Donaven McCulley | WR | Jr.

• Hauled in a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter and caught five of his six touchdowns on the season in the last five games.

• Led the team in touchdowns scored during the season with six and is the first wide receiver to lead the team in touchdowns during a season since Simmie Cobbs Jr. (9; 2017).

Tyrik McDaniel | DB | R-Jr.

• Tied a career-high two tackles for his first multi-tackle game at Indiana.

Louis Moore | DB | Sr.

• Posted second career tackle for loss and first since 2022 at Nebraska.

Venson Sneed Jr. | DL | R-Fr.

• Posted first career solo tackle for loss to move season total to 1.5 tackles for loss.

Brendan Sorsby | QB | R-Fr.

• Finished 17-of-31 for 226 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns.

• Tossed three touchdown passes for the third time in his career. Also threw for three scores at Illinois and at Penn State earlier this season.

• Three touchdown passes moved season total to 15, the most since Peyton Ramsey (15) in 2018, and tied for No. 10 on the single season charts at IU.

• Connected with three different receivers on touchdown passes: DeQuece Carter (33 yards; 1Q), Donaven McCulley (10 yards; 2Q) and Josh Henderson (9 yards; 3Q).

• Tied for team-high 44 yards rushing on a team-best 15 carries.

E.J. Williams Jr. | WR | Sr.

• Tied a career high with six receptions for the second straight week. Only two career games with six catches have come as a Hoosier (at Purdue, vs. Michigan State).

• Logged a career-best 97 yards receiving. Previous best was 80 yards against Notre Dame in the 2020 ACC Championship Game while at Clemson.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 6 VS. HARVARD

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with a matchup against Harvard at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 26, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on BTN.

• The Crimson enter the contest with a 5-1 record including three wins away from the Lavietes Pavilion in Boston. Harvard owns true road victories over Rice (89-76), UMass (78-75), and Colgate (76-70).  

• Freshman guard Malik Mack leads Harvard with 20.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 3.0 made 3-pointers per game.

• Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker is in his 16th season as the Crimson head coach. He holds a record of 283-167 while working the sidelines at Harvard.

Game Information

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023 • 4:30 PM ET

Gainbridge Fieldhouse (20,0000) • Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: BTN (Matt Schumacher, Robbie Hummel)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 1-0

Last Meeting: IU 97, HAR 76 on Dec. 2, 1972, in Bloomington

Series History

• The Hoosiers won the lone matchup between the two programs by a score of 97-76 on Dec. 2, 1972, in Bloomington.

• Indiana was led by Hall of Famer Steve Downing in the 1972-73 season opener. He finished the game with a 31-point, 12-rebound double-double. Downing would be named Big Ten MVP and lead Indiana to a Final Four appearance that season.

Last Time Out

• Indiana defeated Louisville in a 74-66 win on day two of the Empire Classic (Nov. 20) at Madison Square Garden behind a massive output from the second unit.

• Sophomore forward Kaleb Banks produced his best collegiate game with career highs in rebounds (8), assists (3), steals (3), blocks (3), and minutes (25) to go along with four points.

• Fifth-year senior forward Anthony Walker (11), junior forward Payton Sparks (9), and sophomore guard CJ Gunn (6) helped the Hoosier bench score a season-high 30 points.

• Indiana outscored Louisville by a tally of 42-28 in the paint and converted 25-of-34 free throw attempts.

Hoosiers in the 317

• Indiana holds a record of 84-27 while playing in Indianapolis. IU has won six-straight non-conference games in Indy dating back to the 2016-17 season. Indiana defeated Miami (Ohio) by a score of 86-56 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse last season.

• Hoosier head coach Mike Woodson, an Indianapolis native, has won four of the five games he has coached in the home of the Indiana Pacers since his hire.

• Woodson played Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis and averaged 28.6 points as a senior. He scored 1,154 points in his career and earned All-State honors while being a member of the Indiana All-Stars.

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in all five games this season, including four efforts of at least 14 points. He notched a career-high 18 points against No. 5/4 UConn (Nov. 19).

• The Miami, Fla., native scored in double figures in seven games during his freshman campaign, while hitting 14 points or more just twice.

• Reneau is averaging 15.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, a team-high 3.0 assists, and 1.4 blocks in 28 minutes per game.

Big Man on Campus

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, leads the team in points per game (15.8), rebounds (9.0), and blocks (1.6) while shooting 56.3% in 32 minutes per game.

• The North Little Rock, Ark., native posted his first career double-double (13p, 12r) in his Indiana debut against Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 7). His second-career double-double came against Wright State (Nov. 16) with 22 points and 12 boards.

Paint Production

• Indiana averages 37.2 points per game in the paint and shoots 58.5% (107-of-183) from inside the arc. The Hoosiers hold opponents to 24.4 points per night in the key.

• IU scored a season-best 56 points in the paint against Wright State (Nov. 16).

Empire State of Mind

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau, a member of the 2023 Saatva Empire Classic All-Tournament Team, showed out in the World’s Most Famous Arena. He averaged 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.5 blocks in a pair of games against No. 5/4 UConn and Louisville.

• Sophomore forward Kaleb Banks had a breakout game against border rival Louisville (Nov. 20) in the Empire Classic. He posted career highs in rebounds (8), assists (3), steals (3), blocks (3), and minutes (25) to go along with four points.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOLMES SCORES 2,000TH POINT AS NO. 21 IU HANDLES PRINCETON, 72-63

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes notched her 2,000th career point and senior guard Sara Scalia scored an IU career-high 28 points in a 72-63 win over Princeton in the finale of the 2023 Elevance Health Fort Myers Tip-Off on Saturday morning.

KEY MOMENTS

Scalia got the Hoosiers (5-1) up early, 11-2, with three triples in the first four minutes of action as Princeton needed a timeout. But Indiana would go scoreless in the final 3:50 of the period but held on to a 16-11 lead.

The Hoosiers’ offense exploded in the second quarter, going 10-for-12 from the floor (83 percent) for 25 points including 13 points from graduate student guard Mackenzie Holmes to lead 41-24 at the break.

Princeton (4-2) took a slight edge, 21-15, in the third quarter as Scalia and Holmes each paced IU with five points each.

Starving off a Tiger attack in the fourth, as they cut the deficit down to as few as six with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.

Indiana was able to build its lead back to double digits on a senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil back door opportunity with 4:18 to go.

Down the stretch, sophomore guard Yarden Garzon hit a triple from the top of the key while Scalia’s and-1 with 1:20 helped keep the game out of reach. 

NOTABLE

Holmes became the second player to score 2,000 points in program history, as she put up 20 points. She has now scored 2,004 career points in her five seasons with the Hoosiers. The Gorham, Maine native also pulled down a team-high eight boards, four assists and a pair of blocks.

Scalia set a IU career-high 28 points in the win going 10-for-17 from the floor. The Stillwater, Minn. native has scored in double figures in all six games for IU this season. She also added seven rebounds and a team-high five assists in the effort.

Indiana shot 51.9 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond-the-arc (9-for-18). Their 50 percent clip from long range is a season-high.

Moore-McNeil added nine points by going 4-for-5 from the floor and had four assists. Garzon added eight points while senior guard Sydney Parrish contributed seven points. 

The Hoosiers dished out 20 assists on 28 made field goals.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“That was a very talented Princeton team. If I had to put money on it, I am sure they will be ranked at some point this season. They went toe-to-toe with UCLA, they beat a really good Oklahoma team, and they gave us everything. At halftime, I was talking with our guys and I told them that they were not going to go away quietly, and they didn’t. All in all, just a really great team in Princeton, but I’m really happy for our group. Sara (Scalia) had a special night, not just with her shooting, but if you look at her stat line. It’s pretty impressive. I thought Mackenzie (Holmes) handled herself in a great way out of the double. It was a very physical game once again, and it’s been a very physical tournament, with officials we had never seen and weren’t used to. Sometimes the game is called in a different way than we’re used to. At the end of the day, our kids’ toughness meter is trending in the right direction. It took everything we had in the second half to get to the finish line. Our guys have been coachable, they understand what we’re asking them to do, and they’ve executed our gameplan on both days.”

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will travel to Portland, Maine to face Maine on Thursday, November 30 at Cross Insurance Arena.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

HOOSIERS, HOOS MEET IN SWEET 16 SUNDAY

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — It’s a battle of blue bloods as Indiana men’s soccer (14-4-4, 4-2-2 B1G) travels to face No. 7 national seed Virginia (11-3-4, 5-2-1 ACC) in the NCAA Tournament Third Round Sunday (Nov. 26) at Klöckner Stadium.

The match will stream live on the ESPN+ digital platform. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.

KICKING OFF

• Both Indiana and Virginia are red-hot. IU has won seven straight matches and 11 of its last 12. The Cavaliers have not lost since September 22, a 3-1 defeat at Notre Dame.

• Indiana is coming off a 3-2 win at No. 10 national seed Wake Forest last Sunday. The Hoosiers came back from down 1-0 and 2-1 to defeat the Demon Deacons 3-2 Senior midfielder Hugo Bacharach scored two of IU’s goals, both assisted by junior midfielder Patrick McDonald.

• IU is playing in its 42nd NCAA Tournament Round of 16 as well as making its ninth consecutive appearance in the third round, marking the NCAA’s longest active streak. The Hoosiers have appeared in the Sweet 16 in 14 of the last 16 seasons.

• Senior forward Maouloune Goumballe has five goals and two assists ­­in his last seven matches.

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS

• Virginia owns an 11-3-4 record, was 5-2-1 in ACC regular season play and has a 10-1-2 mark in home matches. 

• The Cavaliers are led by 28th-year head coach George Gelnovatch, who owns a 372-155-71 record during his time in Charlottesville.

• Virginia is making its 43rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers have won the national title seven times (last in 2014), been to the College Cup 13 times and made 20 quarterfinal appearances.

• In its first match of the tournament, Virginia defeated FIU 2-1 as senior forward Leo Afonso’s brace pushed it past the Panthers.

• The Cavaliers are led in scoring by freshman forward Stephen Annor Gyamfi, who has 10 goals this season.

SERIES HISTORY

• Sunday’s match will mark the first meeting between the blue bloods this century and the first-ever matchup in Charlottesville. The two programs last met September 10, 2000, a 2-1 win for Indiana in College Park, Maryland. The Hoosiers have won for the of the seven meeting and hold a 4-2-1 record.

• The teams have met in the NCAA Tournament twice prior, and each time the winner would become the NCAA Champion. In 1983, the first-ever meeting between the programs, the Hoosiers handled the Hoos 3-1 in the national semifinal before defeating Columbia six days later for their second national title. Since, the remaining six matches have all been decided by one goal.

• IU and Virginia met in the 1994 national championship, and, that time, the Cavaliers won (1-0) to capture their fourth straight title and fifth overall. That match was current IU head coach Todd Yeagley’s final game as a student-athlete. Current Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch was an assistant coach for the Cavaliers at the time.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

INDIANA TOTALS 15 TEAM BLOCKS TO BEAT MICHIGAN IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –  Led by seven blocks from senior middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede, the Indiana volleyball team (21-12, 11-9) tallied 15 total team blocks in a 3-1 win over Michigan (25-19, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23) on Saturday night at Cliff Keen Arena.

IU’s win over Michigan was the 21st victory of the season, matching a program record for regular season wins (2010) since the NCAA and Big Ten began sponsoring volleyball in 1981.

The Hoosiers finished in a tie for sixth in the Big Ten, their highest finish in the conference since it expanded to 14 teams. The 11 wins in Big Ten play are the most since 1999 and tied for the second most in program history.

Junior setter Camryn Haworth recorded 47 assists across four sets while senior outside hitter Morgan Geddes went for a team-high 11 kills, one of three players in double figures for the Hoosiers. Freshman libero Ramsey Gary tallied 14 digs to break IU’s single season digs record (530).

Stats and Notes

Team

• IU recorded its 21st win of the season, matching the program record for regular season wins set by the 2010 squad 13 years ago.

• The 11 wins in conference play were the most since 1999. IU finished tied for sixth place in the Big Ten, with Illinois, the highest finish in conference since 2008.

• Since the Big Ten expanded to 14 teams ahead off the 2014 season, IU’s sixth-place finish is the best in program history.

• The Hoosiers finished in the top half of the conference for the first time since 1999 and exceeded preseason predictions, picked eighth, for the second-straight year.

• IU totaled 15 team blocks on the evening, the most since going for 18 against Illinois at the beginning of conference play. The Hoosiers went for 10+ blocks in nine of 20 Big Ten contests this year.

• After beating Michigan and Michigan State this weekend, IU once again completed the sweep of the Mitten State for the second-straight year. IU has won four-straight games against the Spartans and three straight with the Wolverines.

#10 Haworth, Camryn

• The Fishers, Ind. dished out 47 assists in just four sets, helping three players to 10+ kills on the night. She added three digs, two kills and three blocks in an all-around effort.

• She tallied her 73rd service ace of the season, the second most in a single season in program history and the most during the rally-scoring era. She is one of six Big Ten players, during the rally era, to tally 70+ service aces in a single season.

• Haworth now has 2,862 assists (No. 8 in IU history) and 164 service aces (No. 2 in IU history) with a much-anticipated senior season ahead of her in 2024.

#15 Kjolhede, Savannah

• One of IU’s most consistent players over the past four years, Kjolhede supplied 10 kills and seven blocks in perhaps her last game for the program.

• She is now a career .300 hitter, one of four players in program history to achieve the mark with at least 1,000 career attempts.

• Kjolhede is one of just three players in program history to hit .300 in their career while also totaling 380+ blocks for the Hoosiers.

#32 Gary, Ramsey

• Battling an illness, the freshman libero tallied on 14 digs to break the program’s single-season digs record. Already in possession of the freshman record, Gary improved her total to 530 on the year to cap off the best single season for a libero in program history.

Scoring Recap

Set 1: Indiana 25, Michigan 19

• IU came out firing offensively, hitting .344 (14-3-32) in the first game with Haworth dishing out 12 assists and sophomore opposite hitter Avry Tatum terminating on five kills.

• The Hoosiers blocked three shots in the frame with Kjolhede involved in all three. Haworth recorded an ace as the visitors took an early advantage.

• Tied 15-all in the opening game, IU closed on a 10-4 run behind a massive run of serve from Tatum. Senior Grae Gosnell chipped in two kills during the run before Kjolhede closed out the set on an overpass kill.

Set 2: Indiana 25, Michigan 21

• The Hoosiers surged ahead late in part to 14 assists from Haworth and four kills from graduate student middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg.

• Out of an IU timeout, Haworth helped spark an 8-2 run from the service line to put the Hoosiers up 21-18. Tatum was clutch down the stretch, providing kills on the final two points of the set.

Set 3: Michigan 25, Indiana 18

• IU once again struggled to put its opponent away in three sets, totaling 13 errors in game three including nine attacking errors.

• Kendall Murray and Jacque Boney went for seven kills on 13 errorless swings in the frame as the Wolverines surged ahead behind the outstanding serve of Hannah Grant.

• Michigan never relinquished the lead after going up 10-9, closing on a 16-9 run to send the match to a fourth set in Ann Arbor.

Set 4: Indiana 25, Michigan 23

• The Hoosiers received some timely defensive plays down the stretch in the fourth to prevent Saturday’s match from going the distance.

• IU blocked seven shots in the fourth game with Rammelsberg tallying two solo blocks and two block assists. Sophomore outside hitter Candela Alonso-Corcelles went for four kills.

• Despite missing five serves and relinquishing a seven-point lead, IU hung on to win the match in four sets with a kill from Geddes and a block from Rammelsberg sealing the deal.

PURDUE FOOTBALL

BOILERS TOP HOOSIERS, RETAIN OLD OAKEN BUCKET

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Down by 10 at the end of the third quarter, the Purdue football team stormed back with 17 fourth quarter points to down rival Indiana in a 35-31 thriller in the Old Oaken Bucket Game, keeping the in-state trophy in West Lafayette for the third straight season.

After going down 28-18 with 1:43 to play in the third, Purdue opened the fourth quarter with a 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hudson Card to running back Devin Mockobee on fourth down. With just over five minutes to play and trailing by three, Card authored a five-play, 65-yard drive that resulted in the game-winning touchdown, keeping it himself for a 10-yard rushing score up the middle.

The defense tightened up down the stretch, allowing just three points on 77 total yards in the fourth. After Card’s rushing touchdown, Purdue turned to the defense to shut down the Hoosiers’ late effort on their final drive. On fourth-and-one at the Purdue 35-yard line, Nic Scourton made the game-winning sack on Indiana quarterback Brendan Sorsby to seal the victory.

Card finished 21-of-34 passing for 275 yards and three touchdowns, good for a passer rating of 158.8. The redshirt junior led the team in rushing on the afternoon, running for a career-high 85 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts (7.1 average).

Dillon Thieneman capped a historic freshman campaign by etching his name atop the Purdue record book twice in the first half. The true freshman stopped Indiana’s opening drive with an interception, before picking off his second pass of the game late in the second quarter. The two interceptions moved him past Stuart Schweigert for the most by a freshman in Purdue history.

Thieneman also passed College and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Rod Woodson for most solo tackles by a Purdue freshman, finishing the year with 74 solo stops.

Purdue jumped on the scoreboard in the first half with two tight ends making their first career touchdown grabs in response to a pair of scoring drives by the Hoosiers. Card hit George Burhenn across the middle early in the second for a 33-yard catch-and-run to the end zone. Then, Drew Biber found some space in the middle of the Indiana defense of a 16-yard touchdown grab with 12 seconds remaining in the first half.

Purdue trailed 14-12 at the break following two failed point after conversions. In the second half, kicker Ben Freehill shook off an early miss to drill a trio of kicks from 33, a career-long 43 and 35 yards. The senior’s final boot with 8:41 to play in the fourth leveled the game at 28-28.

In an offensive showdown, the Boilermaker defense made the big stops in the biggest moments, allowing just one third down conversion on 11 tries.

Scourton tallied both of Purdue’s sacks on the afternoon, including his game-clincher in the fourth quarter. He finished the season with 10 total to lead the Big Ten, the most by a Purdue player since Ryan Kerrigan had 12.5 in 2010.

In the final game of Ross-Ade Stadium’s 100th season, the Boilermakers notched their 300th victory in the storied venue. The first win also came against Indiana on Nov. 22, 1924.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

BOILERMAKERS FINISH 3RD IN THE BIG TEN STANDINGS

EAST LANSING, Mich. – A decisive 3-0 victory (26-24, 25-18, 25-18) at Michigan State solidified No. 13 Purdue’s third-place finish in the Big Ten standings, led by sophomore Eva Hudson’s dominating career-high-tying .500 hitting % and a double-double 21 kills and 10 dig-performance.

Eva Hudson became the fastest Boilermaker in the rally-scoring era to reach 1,000 kills, with her first kill of the match and joined Debbie McDonald (1986-1989) as the only Boilermaker to ever accomplish the feat.

Fittingly, the sweep was the 21st victory of the season for the team (21-8, 15-5 Big Ten) as head coach Dave Shondell wrapped up his 21st regular-season with the Boilermakers.

Up next, Purdue will learn its postseason fate tomorrow, with the NCAA Selection Show airing at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN. The NCAA First & Second Rounds will run from November 30-December 2 and the NCAA Championships taking place in Tampa, Florida.

Quick Hits

In the opening frame, the Boilermakers erased the Spartan’s set point and stormed back to win it, 26-24, closing it out with a 6-1 run. Eva Hudson, who posted the opening point of the set, earned the game-winning kill.

Purdue hit .324 in the match, the highest hitting % during Big Ten play this season.

Two Boilermakers recorded double doubles: Hudson (21 kills, 10 digs) and Chloe Chicoine (10 kills, 10 digs).

Taylor Anderson dished out 36 assists, adding seven digs and came one shy of a career-high with six total blocks (1-5).

Maddie Schermerhorn led the back row with 13 digs.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE RETURNS HOME TO FACE SOUTHERN INDIANA ON SUNDAY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  – The Purdue women’s basketball team returns to Mackey Arena after a pair of internationally played games to square off with Southern Indiana on Sunday. The 2 p.m. tipoff will be streamed on B1G+

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will have the call for the Purdue Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

PROMOTIONS

BKC Sunday-Boilermaker Kids Club Members can get a free ticket on game day when wearing their membership shirt or badge. Parents must purchase a ticket.

Pre-Game Chalk Talk- Forty-five minutes before tip-off for a scout-like report from the women’s basketball staff. The pre-game chalk talk will occur in the J. Nine Club located on the concourse.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (2-3) vs. Southern Indiana (3-1)

Sunday, Nov. 26

Time: 2 PM 

TV/Stream: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM 

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers dropped a pair of contests at the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship in The Bahamas to Florida and Georgia. Purdue could find its rhythm on the offensive end in a 52-49 loss to the Gators on Monday, before a cold shooting streak early in the fourth quarter led to a 65-57 loss to the Bulldogs. Abbey Ellis was the lone Boilermaker to finish in double figures in both games, averaging a team-high 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the tournament.

NOTES

• The Boilermakers and Screaming Eagles will meet for the first time in the regular season. The two clubs met for an exhibition ahead of the 2019-20 campaign when Purdue won 62-44.

• The Boilermakers closed out a grueling start to the season that featured four major conference opponents in its first five games. Purdue’s first five games of the year was ranked the 12th hardest schedule by Massey Ratings.

• Rashunda Jones will play her first home game since being named Purdue’s first Big Ten Freshman of the Week since 2017-18. Jones dropped 20 points against Texas A&M to earn the honor.

• Jones and Mary Ashley Stevenson have cemented themselves in the Boilermakers’ rotation. The rookie duo sits fourth and fifth on the team in scoring at 8.4 and 8.0 points, respectively. Purdue’s freshman class is third among rookie combined scoring in the Big Ten at 16.6 points per game.

• The Boilermakers topped 5,000 fans at each of their first two games this season, marking the fourth and fifth largest crowds of the Katie Gearlds era.

• Jeanae Terry continues to rank among the leaders of the Big Ten in assists, sitting fourth with 27 helpers on the year and 5.4 per game. Along with her mark of 5.6 rebounds per game, Terry is one of 20 players nationally averaging over five assists and boards per game this season.

• Purdue’s free throw shooting has improved this season, ranking 11th in the nation and first in the Big Ten with an 82.3% clip.

• Abbey Ellis is the lone Boilermaker to score in every game this season. The Australian leads the team with 13.8 points per game, which ranks 18th in the Big Ten.

• After leading the league in free throw percentage last year, Ellis is fourth with a 90% mark at the line (18-20), Caitlyn Harper is a perfect 6-of-6 when shooting free throws.

• Purdue Director of Basketball Operations Amie Anthrop started 112 games for the Screaming Eagles from 2008-11. She tallied 1,336 career points for 11.9 per game and ended her time with the Screaming Eagles ranked first in all-time free throw percentage (82.8%), fourth in 3-pointers (148). She was the second player in Southern Indiana history to record 1,000 points and 300 assists in a career.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

ESTIMÉ’S CAREER NIGHT POWERS IRISH PAST STANFORD 56-23

The University of Notre Dame football team (9-3) ran past Stanford (3-9) for a 56-23 victory on a clear and cool night in Palo Alto, California. The story of the game was a career day for junior running back Audric Estimé who rumbled for a career-high 238 yards, posting the 17th 200-yard rushing performance in school history, along with four rushing touchdowns. Estimé’s career-best four rushing scores allowed him to set a new Notre Dame single-season record with 18 total in 2023.

The game started a bit uneven for the Irish, who fumbled twice and threw an interception in the first half. Once Notre Dame settled into the game flow, however, they posted 21 points in both the second and third quarter to firmly take control of the contest.

Sam Hartman finished the game eight-for-14 passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Jordan Faison led the receivers with three catches for 66 yards which included a 45-yard touchdown.

Defensively, the Irish gave up more yards than they are accustomed to this season, but two big fourth-down stops in the third quarter, an interception by Jack Kiser and a blocked field goal return for a touchdown by Javontae Jean-Baptiste provided the defense plenty of highlights. JD Bertrand led the Irish with six tackles, while Marist Liufau was all over the field with five tackles and a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Stanford struck first with a 32-yard field goal. The Cardinal broke off a 51-yard run on third-and-short, but Marist Liufau stopped the drive at that point almost single handedly with a tackle-for-loss and sack on back-to-back plays.

Notre Dame’s first drive looked promising by earning a first down after two plays. Hartman then scrambled out of the pocket for a gain of 25 yards but was stripped of the ball at the end of the tun to give Stanford the ball at its own 36-yard line.

The Irish defense quickly put the ball back in the offense’s hands, however. Liufau registered another behind the line tackle and Rylie Mills recorded a third-down sack to force a punt.

It took just four plays for Notre Dame to claim the lead when Estimé burst up the middle for 39 yards and a touchdown.

Stanford broke off another 50-yard play to get into scoring position on its next drive. Jack Kiser broke up a third-down pass at the five-yard line to force a 23-yard field goal which cut the Irish lead to 7-6.

The Irish miscues continued on the kick return. Jadarian Price took the ball out to the 30-yard line, but fumbled on the tackle to give the ball right back to Stanford. The Cardinal scored two plays later on a fake reverse to surge into the lead 13-7.

Notre Dame answered back behind Estimé and Hartman. On a 10-play drive, Estimé gained 35 rushing yards then Hartman connected with Chris Tyree for a key third-down conversion and Jaden Greathouse for a 15-yard touchdown to regain the lead 14-13.

The defense posted a three-and-out but the Notre Dame errors continued on the offensive end when Hartman threw off his back foot and the ball was intercepted at the Notre Dame 38-yard line. The pass defense stepped up to force three straight incompletions which led to Stanford’s 56-yard field goal to regain the lead at 16-14.

The answer from Notre Dame came on the ground in a 10-play, 75-yard drive that consumed over five minutes. Estimé did much of the damage with five carries on the drive for 44 yards which included a 10-yard run around the left side of the line on fourth down and one. He capped the drive with his second touchdown of the game from six yards out.

Stanford tried to answer and drove to the Notre Dame 32-yard line. The defense then forced its first turnover of the game when Jack Kiser stepped in front of a pass at the 29-yard line and returned it all the way to the Stanford 22. A penalty on the return pushed the Irish back to the 44-yard line with 1:25 left in the half.

Hartman put the Irish in scoring position with a clutch third-down conversion for 16 yards to Tobias Merriweather. Gi’Bran Payne then rushed for the last 24 yards on three straight plays including a three-yard run for a touchdown.

Notre Dame took a 28-16 lead into the halftime break.

Estimé continued his dominance on the first drive of the second half for Notre Dame. Pounding out 58 more rushing yards Estimé led the Irish down the field to earn his third rushing touchdown of the game with a five-yard plunge.

The second fourth-down stop of the second half for the Notre Dame defense gave the Irish the ball back yet again. The Estimé show continued as he broke off a 25-yard run for his fourth touchdown run of the game.

The Irish were now up 49-16 and Stanford inched into field goal range on its next drive. Attempting a 55-yard boot, Jason Onye blocked his second field goal of the season and it was picked up by Javontae Jean-Baptiste who outraced the Stanford special teams for a 60-yard return.

Stanford would tack on a touchdown against the Notre Dame third string defense to make the final 56-23.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL

IRISH WRAP UP 2023 REGULAR SEASON AT NO. 23 FLORIDA STATE

Tallahassee, Fla. –  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish wrapped up their 2023 regular season as they faced the No. 23 Florida State Seminoles in their final ACC match of the year. The Irish fell in three (21-25, 19-25, 23-25) to FSU on Saturday, Nov. 25 as they were led by Sydney Palazzolo with 10 kills, followed by Lucy Trump and Phyona Schrader with eight kills a piece. Schrader dished out 16 assists and Nicole Drewnick tallied 14 assists for the Irish. Hattie Monson recorded a team-best 25 digs and Charity McDowell led the Irish with five blocks.

Set One

The Irish may have trailed the Seminoles 12-6 to start the first, but a 7-1 run from Notre Dame was sparked by a Palazzolo kill and capped off with a kill from Schrader to tie it up at 13-all. A kill from Lucy Trump gave the Irish their first lead of the set at 15-14 before the Seminoles went on a run of their own. FSU outscored the Irish 6-1 to claim a 20-16 advantage and force an Irish timeout. The Irish closed the gap to two at 23-21, but the Seminoles took home set one 25-21.

Set Two

It was a 10-7 game as the Irish were down three to start set two. Notre Dame brought it within one after a Monson ace at 13-12, but the Seminoles extended their lead yet again to make it a five point set at 18-13. The Irish worked to chip away and close the gap, but FSU won set two 25-19 with the 2-0 advantage going into set three.

Set Three

The Irish came out swinging in the third as they led 7-2 with five kills between Palazzolo and Trump as they forced an early FSU timeout. The Seminoles responded with a run of their own as it was tied up at 11-all before they took the lead 18-15 and forced an Irish timeout. Trailing by four at 23-19, the Irish were able to bring it within one at 24-23 after a block from McDowell and Palazzolo, but the Seminoles sent home one last kill to take home the win and become ACC Co-Champions.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

6. ACC/SEC CHALLENGE – SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. – In a year with several firsts for Notre Dame men’s basketball, it’s only appropriate that this week we have the first ACC/SEC Challenge. The first opponent for the Irish (3-2) in the inaugural event – the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-0). The Fighting Irish look to win their third straight and first true road game, while handing SC its first loss of the season. It’ll come to a head on Tuesday, Nov. 28, inside Colonial Life Arena, tipping off at 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

ACC/SEC CHALLENGE

The Irish look to get a bad taste of SEC hoops out of their mouth from earlier this month when they fell to a talented Auburn squad in the Legends Classic. The Fighting Irish are 10-5 against the Gamecocks in their all-time rivalry with a 4-3 mark in South Carolina. However, the two sides have not met on the hardwood since Feb. 4, 1984.

The ACC/SEC Men’s Challenge will take place over back-to-back days Tuesday, Nov. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 29, and be broadcast across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ACC Network and SEC Network.

2023 ACC/SEC Men’s Challenge

Tuesday, Nov. 28

LSU at Syracuse, 7 p.m.

Missouri at Pitt, 7 p.m.

Mississippi State at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

Notre Dame at South Carolina, 7 p.m.

Miami at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.

NC State at Ole Miss, 9 p.m.

Clemson at Alabama, 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Tennessee at North Carolina, 7:15 p.m.

Texas A&M at Virginia, 7:15 p.m.

Florida at Wake Forest, 7:15 p.m.

Duke at Arkansas, 9:15 p.m.

Virginia Tech at Auburn, 9:15 p.m.

Georgia at Florida State, 9:15 p.m.

Boston College at Vanderbilt, 9:15 p.m.

TREYS FROM BREA

It was only a matter of time for freshman guard Braeden Shrewsberry to have the breakout game he’s been searching for in the win over Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 22. Shrewsberry scored a season-best 13 points and he did so behind a 4-for-6 night from beyond the arc. He hit all four three-pointers in a five-minute span in the first half. In fact, he scored 10 straight points for the Irish from 7:35-5:51.

HITTING THE MARK(US)

Everyone is starting to take notice of freshman point guard Markus Burton. To help you get more acquainted, read up on the following stats:

His 18.0 ppg leads all ACC freshmen and ranks 5th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

Overall his scoring average ranks 8th in the ACC.

Burton has started his career with five straight games in double figures. He still has a ways to go if he wants to break the freshman record for most to start your Irish career. Here are the top-3: Troy Murphy (12 in ‘98-99), Laphonso Ellis (9 in ‘88-89) and Adrian Dantley (8 in ‘73-74).

Burton picked up his second game of 20 or more points against Oklahoma St on Nov. 17. The following is a list of the most 20-point games by an Irish freshman: Adrian Dantley (13 in ‘73-74), Troy Murphy (10 in ‘98-99) and David Rivers (10 in ‘84-85).

THAT’S IRISH BASKETBALL

There was a lot to be happy with after the 75-55 win over UMES. For starters, the ball was moving quickly and efficiently on the offensive end as Notre Dame posted a season-best 18 assists on 28 made field goals.

The ball movement then directly led to better looks from three, as the Irish hit double-digit treys for the first time this season – 13 to be exact. What was also great to see was nine different Irish recorded a made three.

“We’ve put a huge emphasis on it,” Shrewsberry said. “Guys are doing it. I thought we passed up average or OK shots for great shots. We need to be this kind of team.”

Next, the defense was stifling, allowing just 55 points – a season-best for ND.

Burton continued to impress with season highs in rebounds (6), assists (5) and steals (3). He recorded his first 5-5-5 stat-sheet stuffer game after earning 12 points as well.

Lastly, welcome to the lineup Kebba Njie. The sophomore returned from injury and made his Irish debut with a solid seven points and four rebounds.

“Every little thing that happens is just more and more belief,” Shrewsberry said. “More and more belief in what we’re doing, how we’re playing, what we’re talking about.”  

LEGENDS CLASSIC TAKEAWAYS

A couple of Irish standouts from two games in Brooklyn during the Legends Classic. First, let’s look at All-Tournament Team selection Markus Burton. The freshman took over the end of the Oklahoma State game scoring 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half plus overtime (10 in 2H + 6 in OT). He averaged 16.0 points over the two games.

Next, it was a breakout week for Konieczny, as he produced back-to-back double-doubles, averaging 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. He also earned his first career start in the win over Oklahoma State (11/17). J.R. entered the Legends Classic week with 15 points and 3 rebounds to his name thru 8 career ND games. Then over those 2 games, he produced a total of 29 points and 21 rebounds. J.R. constantly attacked the offensive glass, grabbing 8 O-Boards over the 2 games.

Last but not least, there was Tae Davis who averaged 10.0 points on 57.1 percent shooting (8-14 FG), along with 5.0 rebounds per game. Davis recorded a career high 13 points against the Auburn Tigers.

CLUTCH DOWN THE STRETCH

Speaking of Burton, he was clutch down the stretch in the win over Oklahoma State. As previously mentioned, he scored 10 points in the second half and then six in overtime.

Burton has really found another gear in the second half. The Oklahoma State game was his second double-digit scoring effort in a second half – he previously recorded 18 in the 2nd half vs. Niagara.

All-in-all, he’s totaled 48 2nd half points this season, which equates to a 9.6-point average.

TABLE OR BOOTH

Freshman Carey Booth has come off the bench in all five games, yet currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 8.8 ppg. In terms of ACC freshmen, Booth’s scoring average ranks fourth.

Booth’s best game — Western Carolina (11/11) — where he poured in a team high 20 points. There was a three-possession stint in the second half in which he hit three three-pointers in a row.

With that said, Booth is Notre Dame’s best three-point shooter right now. He leads the team in made threes per game (1.6) and 3PT FG% (.400).

ROPED INTO A (SCORING) SITUATION

During the preseason when a media member pointed out that not a single member of the roster averaged more than five points per game a year ago, Coach Shrewsberry simply replied, ‘Well we are going to score more than 12 points per game. Players will step up.’ One of those people making the most of his opportunity – Julian Roper II.

The Northwestern transfer has started all five games and averaging the most minutes at 30.3 He’s also averaging the third most points (8.2) and second most rebounds (5.2).

He has tied his career high of 12 points twice this season, with the most recent one being in the win over Oklahoma State.

Lastly, he’s starting to heat up from three, going 4-for-6 over the past two games.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER HITS 16 3-POINTERS IN 76-54 WIN OVER ST. THOMAS

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Butler women’s basketball team tied a single-game school record on Saturday afternoon by making 16 3-point field goals in a 76-54 win over St. Thomas. The Bulldogs hit seven of their 16 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a lead they would never give up. The victory in game two of the Tiger Turkey Tip-Off improved their overall record to 4-2.

Jordan Meulemans scored a career-high 24 points in the victory, making eight of her 10 3-point attempts against the Tommies. Meulemans nearly tied the BU single-game 3-point record of nine set by Blaire Langlois during the 2014-15 season.

Rachel Kent added four 3-pointers to Butler’s total, helping her score 15 points and Caroline Strande was 3-for-6 from downtown to chip in with 17. Sydney Jaynes was the fourth Bulldog in double figures. She came off the bench today to score 18.

Meulemans and Kent each hit two 3-pointers before the first media timeout of the game to set the tone for the rest of the day. The ‘Dawgs went 7-for-12 (58%) from behind the arc over the first 10 minutes to grab a 27-15 lead and would increase that advantage to 47-30 at the half.

St. Thomas continued to fight and would outscore Butler by five in the third quarter. The Tommies opened the second half on a 6-0 run, but the ‘Dawgs would keep their double figure lead and outscore St. Thomas 18-8 in the fourth to secure the victory.

Inside the Box Score

– BU shot 49 percent from the field (28-57) and 47 percent from distance (16-34)

– Caroline Strande had nine rebounds, three assists and two steals to go with her 17 points

– Sydney Jaynes added seven rebounds, a career-high four steals and two assists to her stat line

– Ari Wiggins led BU with a career-high four assists

– Butler had 16 assists on 28 made field goals

– The Bulldogs only allowed one made field goal in the fourth quarter

– BU had a 10-0 scoring run late in the second quarter

– Jordyn Glynn paced the St. Thomas offense with 15 points

– Jo Langbehn had 14 points and eight boards for the Tommies

Up Next

The Bulldogs will return to Hinkle Fieldhouse to host Bradley on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The 7 PM tip will stream on FloHoops.com.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BOISE STATE SERVES AS FINAL TEST FOR BUTLER MBB IN ORLANDO SUNDAY

Butler (4-2) vs. Boise State (3-2)

2023 ESPN Events Invitational

Sunday, Nov. 26;  4PM

Orlando, Fla.

TV: ESPN2 – Doug Sherman & King McClure

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

Series with Boise State: First Meeting

• Butler and Boise State meet Sunday in the fifth-place game of the ESPN Events Invitational; both teams are 1-1 so far in the event.

• Pierre Brooks II scored a career-high 26 points in Friday’s win over Penn State; he went 9-for13 from the field and hit a career-best five three-pointers.

• The 26 points by Brooks were the most by a Butler player so far this season.

• Sixteen of Jahmyl Telfort’s 18 points against Penn State came in the second half.

• Butler has shot exactly 50 percent in each of its games in Orlando (against both Florida Atlantic and Penn State).

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in five of its six games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

• Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in four of the team’s six games to start the season.

• Nine different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far at this early point of the season. Brooks is the only Bulldog who has scored at least 10 points in each game so far this season.

• Butler’s 78.3-percent free throw percentage is 23rd nationally.

• Butler has 10 players averaging at least nine minutes played per game and only Brooks is averaging more than 30 minutes per game.

• Both Posh Alexander (vs. SEMO Nov. 10) and DJ Davis (vs. Florida Atlantic Thursday) have scored their 1,000th career collegiate point so far this season; Alexander also swiped his 200th career steal Nov. 13 vs. ETSU.

• Andre Screen is shooting 76.2 percent over the first six games of his Butler career.

• Connor Turnbull had six blocks Nov. 13 against ETSU, doubling his career-high. That total was one shy of the Butler single-game record.

• Turnbull ranks 22nd nationally at 2.40 blocks per game (through Nov. 24).

• Davis ranks 21st nationally in free throw percentage (95.0), through the games of Nov. 24.

• Davis pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in Friday’s win over Penn State.

• Landon Moore matched his career-high with four made three-pointers against ETSU Nov. 13.

• Jalen Thomas, Screen and Boden Kapke have combined to play 232 of a possible 240 minutes at the center spot for the Bulldogs; the trio has combined to average 16.0 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.

• The 86 points scored by the Bulldogs in Thursday’s loss to No. 19/20 Florida Atlantic were the most by Butler in a loss since a 90-87 loss to No. 21 Seton Hall Jan. 6, 2018.

• The Bulldogs forced ETSU into 19 turnovers and converted those into 36 points Nov. 13.

• No ETSU player reached double figures, the first time that Butler’s defense has accomplished that since the Feb. 29, 2020 win over DePaul.

• Butler limited SEMO to 29-percent shooting in the Nov. 10 win; the Bulldogs last held an opponent under 30 percent Jan. 1, 2023 at Georgetown.

• The Bulldogs went to the line 34 times, making 26 against SEMO. That is more makes and attempts than Butler had in any game last season.

• The 60 second-half points by the Bulldogs against Eastern Michigan in the season opener were the most in a half by Butler dating back to a 63-point performance in the second half of a Jan. 16, 2017 game against Marquette.

• Entering the season, Thad Matta has won 453 games in his 18 seasons as a head coach, which averages out to 25.2 wins per season.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS SURVIVE SCARE FROM CLEARY UNIVERSITY, 78-70

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team staved off an upset-minded Cleary University squad inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday (Nov. 25), 78-70 in overtime. Junior Jlynn Counter scored a game-high 21 points and sophomore DJ Jackson added 19 points off the bench in the win.

Bennie Crenshaw Jr. misfired on a pull-up jumper at the end of regulation with the score tied at 63 all.

IUPUI outscored Cleary 15-7 in overtime, hitting 4-of-5 shots in the extra stanza as the final eight-point margin represented the Jaguars’ largest lead of the game.

“Coming out of the break, (Cleary) came in ready to play. They stayed in their zone and we didn’t adjust well to it,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “DJ stepped up and made plays at the offensive end. That’s his game and he did a good job of attacking and finding opportunities to score.

“Bryce made some big-time plays when we needed them and Vince came up with some key shots for us. I’m not sure we deserved to win that game. Now we move on to Horizon League play and put this one behind us.”

IUPUI (3-4) scored the first four points in overtime on a pair of Bryce Monroe free throws and a Jackson steal and transition bucket. After Cleary regained a 68-67 lead with 3:07 to play, IUPUI scored the next seven points, fueled by a Vincent Brady II corner three in front of his own bench.

The Jaguars benefited from Cleary’s struggles at the foul line as the Cougars finished the game 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) overall, including going 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) in overtime. IUPUI was efficient at the stripe, going 15-of-19 (78.9 percent) for the game.

IUPUI started slowly offensively as Cleary built an early 13-6 lead in the game’s opening eight minutes. Jackson capped a 10-0 run with a three-point play to build a 16-13 lead and extended to a five-point lead before Cleary countered with an 8-0 rally to take the lead. The Cougars closed with a 33-27 halftime lead after shooting 60 percent from the floor in the opening half.

The Jags trailed by as many as eight before finally clawing even at 44 all with 10:49 to play on a Cooper Dewitt pull-up jumper. IUPUI built a 61-55 lead with 3:32 remaining on a Jackson floater and seemed poise to close out the Cougars in regulation, but were unable to do so.

Cleary scored the game’s next eight points, including a pair of Crenshaw go-ahead free throws with 27 seconds left. Monroe tied the game with 22 seconds to play as he rolled in a layup in traffic before the Jags got a stop on the final possession of regulation.

Monroe finished with 17 points and five assists and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the charity stripe. Qwanzi Samuels closed with four points and a career-high 12 rebounds as IUPUI won the glass 34-31.

The win snapped the Jaguars’ four-game skid ahead of the start of Horizon League play.

IUPUI will open league play at Wright State on Wednesday night (Nov. 29) at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL

REDBIRD RIVALRY ENDS IN ROLLER-COASTER FINISH: REDHAWKS 17, CARDINALS 15

MUNCIE, lnd. – Miami withstood a pair of late interceptions, 365 yards by the Ball State offense and nearly 38 minutes of Cardinals’ possession time Saturday as the Redhawks escaped with a narrow road win in front of 8,054 spectators at Scheumann Stadium.

While trying to win their third straight game and snap the Redhawks’ three-game win streak, the Cardinals recorded their first interceptions in over two months, each of them setting up potential winning scores in the fourth quarter of a 17-15 defensive battle that helped the Redhawks secure the Redbird Rivalry trophy for the fourth straight year.

The first came with 7:38 to play when redshirt freshman Jordan Coleman picked off Redhawks’ QB Aveon Smith for the Cardinals first interception in more than two months. What followed was a nine-play, 81-yard drive that stalled at the Miami 12-yard line and culminated in Jackson Courville’s third field goal of the day. The key play of the drive was a 55-yard run by Cardinals’ quarterback Kiael Kelly, helping him finish with 136 rush yards to become the first Ball State QB since 2000 to rush for more than 100 yards in a game.

Moments after Courville’s kick brought Ball State within 17-15, senior linebacker Cole Pearce celebrated Senior Day with one of the most dramatic moments of his long career – stealing another pass from Smith just two plays into Miami’s ensuing possession. Pearce, who came to Ball State as a walk-on in 2018, leaped in the Miami backfield to swipe at Smith’s pass, but instead clutched it into his chest with both arms to allow the Cardinals offense to take over with under three minutes remaining and already deep into Miami’s red zone.

Three plays later, Ball State appeared to take command on Kelly’s 16-yard burst through the MAC’s top-ranked run defense on third down, scoring the apparent go-ahead touchdown until penalty flags halted the Cardinal celebration and cued Ball State’s final heartbreak.

A holding penalty moved the ball back to the Miami 26 to set up a clinching 42-yard field goal. Courville’s kick, though, was blocked, sinking the hearts of the Cardinals and their fans who had hoped for four wins in the season’s final five games.

After a 1-6 start (0-3 in the MAC) to the Ball State season, Kelly took over at starting quarterback to lead the Cardinals’ late-season surge. Among his three losses as a starter, Ball State fell 13-6 to MAC West Division champion Toledo and surrendered Saturday’s two-point decision to the MAC East champs. Miami and Toledo meet next week in the MAC Championship Game.

Against the vaunted Redhawks’ defense, Kelly and running back Marquez Cooper each tallied exactly 136 rushing yards as the Cardinals rambled for 274 yards on the ground – the most allowed by Miami all season. It was the first time since 2019 that two Ball State players ran for 100-plus yards.

Entering the game 93 yards shy of his third consecutive 1,000-yard season, Cooper used a seven-yard run to reach the 1,000-yard plateau with 7:36 left in the third period. He scampered five yards on the following play to eclipse the 100-yard mark in a game for the fourth time this season and 17th time in his career.

Ball State got on the board first, going 92 yards in nine plays on their first possession and scoring on Vaughn Pemberton’s nine-yard pass from Kelly. Courville’s point-after kick was the first of two Miami blocks, however, and the Redhawks took a 7-6 lead four minutes later. Miami assumed a 14-6 lead after a second-quarter touchdown, and Courville and Miami kicker Graham Nicholson traded field goals the rest of the way.

The Redhawks clung to a 17-12 lead after three quarters and Ball State appeared poised to re-assume the lead, but the Cardinals couldn’t find the end zone after either of their fourth quarter interceptions.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES EDGED BY HUSKIES IN PUERTO RICO CLASICO FINALE

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –Mya Glanton recorded her second straight double-double Saturday afternoon and Kiley Bess led Indiana State with 18 points, but it came in a 67-62 defeat to Northern Illinois at the Puerto Rico Clasico.

Glanton finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Bess added seven rebounds and four assists in addition to her scoring output. Asia Donald and Chelsea Cain had six points apiece for the Sycamores.

Northern Illinois used a 3-point barrage in the first half to go in front, as the Huskies hit seven threes in the opening 20 minutes and led by as many as 16. Indiana State whittled its deficit down to 10 at halftime, and the Sycamores turned things on in the third quarter. Bess scored 10 of her 18 in the third, while Indiana State went on a 14-0 run that extended into the fourth quarter to take a 53-49 lead. NIU rallied back go in front late in the fourth, and a deep 3-pointer inside the last two minutes proved to be a dagger, as Indiana State never got in a rhythm offensively after its lengthy scoring run.

First Half

Bella Finnegan and Cain opened the Sycamores’ account in the first quarter with baskets, but Northern Illinois got off to a strong start from the field in opening up a 13-4 lead. Ella Sawyer knocked down her first 3-pointer of the season to cut into the deficit, while Bess added a layup midway through the quarter to keep the Trees within 10. Donald scored four points off the bench in the quarter, but Indiana State trailed 24-15 after the opening period.

NIU opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 31-15, but the Sycamores responded with 3-pointers from Bess and Finnegan as part of an 8-0 run to claw their way back. Savannah White and Glanton added baskets to keep the deficit under 10, but another scoring run saw the Huskies extend their lead out to 42-29. White added a 3-pointer inside the final minute of the half, as Indiana State faced a 42-32 deficit at the intermission.

Second Half

Back-to-back baskets from Cain early in the third quarter got the Sycamores back within eight, but NIU mostly maintained its double-digit lead through the media timeout. The Sycamores closed the quarter strong, though, as Glanton hit a layup which started a 12-0 run to end the period. Bess scored 10 unanswered to close the frame, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Sycamores clawed their way back to take a 51-49 lead into the fourth quarter.

Glanton continued the Sycamores’ momentum into the fourth quarter with a layup to make it 53-49, and the veteran post player added another basket to keep the Trees in front. NIU countered with a 8-0 run to take the lead, and the Huskies never trailed for the remainder of the game. Indiana State got within 63-60 on a three-ball from Bess, but a deep 3-pointer with less than two minutes to go for NIU was a dagger for Indiana State. Glanton added a late basket, but the Sycamores fell 67-62.

News and Notes

Mya Glanton has grabbed nine or more rebounds in five of the first six games, recording a double-double for the second straight game.

Indiana State’s seven 3-pointers were the most for the Sycamores in a game this season.

Indiana State was plus-10 in rebound margin (42-32), with 16 of those rebounds coming on the offensive glass

Indiana State had a 30-16 advantage in points in the paint.

Mya Glanton’s 17 points were a season-high and her most in a non-conference game since Dec. 4, 2021 against Western Michigan.

Kiley Bess hit a season-high four 3-pointers, while her 18 points were her most in a game since the season opener against Northern Kentucky.

Northern Illinois shot just 35.1 percent from the field in Saturday’s game, but half of the Huskies’ 20 made baskets were 3-pointers.

Up Next

Indiana State returns from Puerto Rico on Monday, and will set its sights on a December 2 matchup at Central Michigan.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODONS SHOOT LIGHTS OUT TO SILENCE DELAWARE

ESTERO, Fla. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team made 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from 3-point range to defeat Delaware 88-74 on Saturday (Nov. 25), led by a career-high 27 points from Amellia Bromenschenkel.

The senior guard from Mendota, Illinois was hyper-efficient, making 11-of-14 from the floor, 3-of-5 from the 3-point line and 2-for-2 from the stripe. She added four rebounds, three assists and a steal. In 33 minutes, she was +18 in the +/- category.

Through two games at the Gulf Coast Showcase, Bromenschenkel is averaging 21.5 points and 5.0 boards while shooting a scorching 68 percent (17-of-25) from the floor and 50 percent (5-of-10) from 3-point land.

The Mastodons trailed by as many as 10 just before halftime, but shooting 55.6 percent from 3-point range in the second half was helpful. The ‘Dons were 19-of-29 (65.5 percent) from the field after the break and 5-of-9 from deep. Bromenschenkel had 18 of her 27 points in the second half.

Shortly after the break, Purdue Fort Wayne scored a quick six points in less than 90 seconds to make it a two-point game. The ‘Dons took their first lead of the second half with 5:56 left in the third quarter when Bromenschenkel drained a triple. They never trailed again.

For good measure, Audra Emmerson hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left in the third quarter. On the inbounds, Bromenschenkel swiped the pass and dropped in a layup to make a three-point lead and eight-point lead heading into the final break. This capped off a 28-12 advantage for the quarter.

The Mastodons shot a game-best 66.7 percent (8-of-12) in the fourth quarter with three triples. The ‘Dons had a 9-0 run spanning two minutes early in the fourth, which was their best run of the game. In this stretch, Ryin Ott had a free throw, Emmerson and Bromenschenkel hit threes, and Destinee Marshall had a mid-range jumper.

The Blue Hens got it back within 10 with 4:01 to go, but Marshall squashed any comeback attempt with an old-fashioned 3-point play. Shayla Sellers and Emmerson put the icing on with seven combined points in a minute stretch to bring the lead up to 14 and its final score of 88-74.

The Mastodons had just nine turnovers while forcing Delaware into 13. Nine of UD’s turnovers were in the second half.

Destinee Marshall paired well with Bromenschenkel, finishing with 16 points of 5-of-8 shooting. After starting 1-for-5, Emmerson was 4-for-5 from then on to finish 5-of-10 for 15 points. Sydney Graber had one of her more well-rounded games as a Mastodon, recording five points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 21 minutes. She also drew seven fouls.

Delaware got 17 points out of Klarke Sconiers and 16 from Tara Cousins.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 3-2 while Delaware falls to 1-3.

The Mastodons move on to the fifth-place game in the Gulf Coast Showcase, which will be on Sunday (Nov. 26) at 1:30 p.m. against Western Kentucky.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODON MBB BEATS WITTENBERG IN NON-LEAGUE TUNE-UP

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team won a non-league game against Wittenberg 95-64 on Saturday (Nov. 25) in the Gates Sports Center.

After a 2-1 stretch since their last home game, the Mastodons returned to Fort Wayne to move to 3-0 in the Summit City.

Wittenberg held relatively close in the opening 20 minutes, but the ‘Dons took a 10-point lead into the locker room.

The ‘Dons used a 25-10 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half, netting six points each from Corey Hadnot II and Destin Whitaker.

Rasheed Bello was lethal from 2-point range, shooting 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) from inside the arc. As a team, the ‘Dons were 31-of-42 (73.8 percent) from two.

Five ‘Dons finished in double-figures: Bello (16), Quinton Morton-Robertson (13), Eric Mulder (11), Hadnot II (11) and Jalen Jackson (10). Mulder had a game-high seven boards as well.

The Mastodons had 10 turnovers, the fifth time this year the ‘Dons had 10 or fewer.

Wittenberg was paced by Trey Killens, who scored 20 points.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 6-1 while Wittenberg remains at 4-2, as the Tigers played the game as an exhibition. The Mastodons will be back at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday (Nov. 29) when Green Bay comes to town for Horizon League action.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES IMPROVE TO 6-0 WITH 93-74 WIN OVER SEMO

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Leading from start to finish on Saturday, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team improved to 6-0 with a 93-74 victory over Southeast Missouri State in the second game of the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Classic inside McKenzie Arena.

With the win, the Purple Aces improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 1964-65 undefeated national championship season.  It also marked the first such instance since UE joined the Division I ranks in 1977.

“Our group was mature enough to handle them (SEMO) chopping away at the lead.  SEMO had a good game plan, but I credit our group with having a big start,” Aces head coach David Ragland said.  “We received contributions from each guy who stepped on the floor.  Yesterday was an extremely emotional game and for us to come back today and play the way we did was special.”

Once again, it was Ben Humrichous leading the way.  Converting 11 of his 13 field goal tries, Humrichous scored 27 points while adding six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.  He was 3-of-5 from long range.  Joshua Hughes recorded 21 points in an efficient 8-for-12 shooting day.  Hughes accumulated six boards, three assists and a pair of blocks.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. finished with 17.  SEMO was led by Adam Larson’s 22 points.  He knocked down six 3-pointers.   

Hitting their opening four attempts, the Purple Aces jumped out to an 8-0 lead just over a minute into the contest.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. recorded five of the first eight points.  SEMO closed to within four points at 12-8 before the Aces retook control.  Joshua Hughes posted three points in a quick 5-0 spurt before adding another field goal to give Evansville its first double digit lead at 21-10 with 12:22 remaining in the period.

As the game reached the midway point of the half, Chuck Bailey III connected on a triple in a run that stretched the lead to 28-12.  Five minutes later, it was another Humrichous basket that pushed the advantage to 20 points for the first time – 37-17.  Evansville’s lead reached 27 points inside the final two minutes when an alley-oop from Tanner Cuff to Hughes made it a 51-24 contest.

Southeast Missouri State never gave up as they scored the final five points of the stanza to trail by a 51-29 score at halftime.  Evansville scorched the nets, shooting 61.1% in the half with three players reaching double figures, led by Humrichous’ 15 points.  Strawbridge and Hughes scored 11 apiece.

After shifting the momentum to complete the first half, SEMO continued to rally in the early moments of the second.  A pair of triples saw them make it a 51-35 score before Strawbridge knocked down two free throws to temporarily end the stretch.  The Redhawks came right back with four in a row to get within 14.

Hughes’ sixth field goal of the day pushed the UE lead back to 15 tallies at 59-44, but the SEMO run continued as a 3-point play was part of another 5-0 spurt that made it a 59-49 game with 15 minutes left.  With 13:40 remaining, the Redhawks got within eight before the Aces regained control.  Antonio Thomas knocked down a pair of free throws to open a huge 9-0 run, which added some much-needed breathing room.  Bailey hit a layup during the rally while Humrichous completed it with a 3-point play.

Despite the run by UE, Southeast Missouri State continued to put up a fight, cutting the deficit to 12 at the 8-minute mark, but the Evansville attack proved to be too much.  The Aces never let SEMO any closer and would go back up by 21 in the final minute before earning the 93-74 win.  UE finished the game shooting 56.5% while SEMO shot 44.8%.  On the glass, the Aces finished with a 35-31 advantage.

Two Missouri Valley Conference games are on tap over the next week.  UE opens league play at Missouri State on Wednesday before returning home to face UNI on Saturday.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES TRAVEL TO CHICAGO STATE FOR SUNDAY MATCH UP

CHICAGO — The University of Evansville women’s basketball team will look for its first win of the season following the Thanksgiving break in the Windy City.

The Purple Aces are looking for a bounce-back game after having a week off following their loss to the Michigan State Spartans. Evansville struggled against a tough Michigan State team during its fourth game of the season. UE did benefit from 11 second-chance points compared to the Spartans seven.

The Chicago State Cougars are also looking for their first win of the season on Sunday. So far, the Cougars have lost eight straight games to open the 2023-24 season but with only one of those losses coming at home. Sunday’s game will only be the second in Jones Convocation Center for Chicago State as they return from the Cleveland State Tournament with losses to Kansas City and Cleveland State.

The Aces continue to be effective at getting to the free-throw line around tough offenses. As of Tuesday morning, the Aces are 57th in the nation in free throw attempts with 22.25 a game and 44th in free throws made per game with 16.25. UE also has one of the highest rates of free throws in the Valley, ranking in the Top 3 for free throws made per game.

In her sophomore season, point guard Kynidi Mason Striverson has become a staple on the floor for Evansville. Averaging 35.15 minutes a game, Mason Striverson leads the MVC in minutes per game, a full 30 seconds ahead of the player behind her in the conference. Nationally, Mason Striverson is 52nd in minutes per game.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO PULLS AWAY FROM SOUTHERN IN FINAL TUNE-UP BEFORE MVC PLAY

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led wire-to-wire on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, handling every Southern push with poise as the Jaguars trimmed what was a 15-point first-half deficit to as few as one on several occasions, but each time the Beacons had the answer to stay ahead. The hosts knocked down their free throws in the final minute to pull away for a 71-59 victory in the last nonconference game prior to Wednesday’s start of Missouri Valley Conference action.

How It Happened

Valpo raced out to a 7-0 lead as Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest / Link Year]) had the game’s first two baskets followed by a Jerome Palm (Almere, Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) bucket as the Beacons accounted for all of the game’s scoring in the first three minutes.

Southern didn’t notch its first made field goal of the game until a 3-pointer with 15:05 on the clock to slice the Valpo lead to three, but the Beacons answered as Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) dialed one up from downtown. The teams continued to trade 3s as the Jaguars hit another before Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda Chevy-Chase [Golden State Prep]) got in on the act at the 13:41 to make it 13-7.

The Valpo lead extended to nine when Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) hit a triple midway through the half, then Schwieger had two buckets that were sandwiched around a Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) basket to stretch the lead all the way to 15 at 24-9 with 5:29 left in the half thanks to a 9-0 run.

The guests had fought back to within single figures by the break at 31-24. The Jaguars made two of their final three 2-point tries of the half after missing their first 13 attempts inside the arc. They counteracted their inability to knock down short-range shots with 5-of-10 from 3-point territory in the opening half.

A 5-0 burst early in the second half helped Southern whittle what had been a 15-point deficit with 5:29 left in the opening half all the way down to one at 37-36 with 15:28 to go in the second half.

Valpo managed to stay in front, eventually boosting the lead back to eight on a second-chance basket by Stafford with 9:48 remaining.

The lead shrunk back down to one at a precarious 56-55 with 2:58 on the clock. Schwieger hit a 3 to double the lead to six with just under two minutes to go, then Weatherspoon made a huge triple to up the lead to seven with just under a minute remaining.

The Beacons hit seven out of eight free throws in the final minute to build the final margin up to 12.

Inside the Game

Stafford and Schwieger had 17 points apiece to share game-high honors while also serving as the team’s top two rebounders. Stafford squeezed nine caroms to pace the Beacons in that area followed by Schwieger with seven and Weatherspoon with six.

Schwieger’s 17 points outdid his previous season best of 13, which came last time out on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois. He has tallied 12 points or more in three straight games and has scored at least eight points in each of his six contests.

Stafford tied a season-high with seven made free throws and got to the stripe regularly with a season-high 11 attempts.

Stafford’s nine rebounds represented a career high, including his games while playing at Southern Indiana. This marked the second straight contest he set a personal best on the boards after pulling down seven against Western Illinois.

Weatherspoon had personal bests in both points (eight) and rebounds (six). He had three rebounds total over his first five games and none over his previous three games before collecting six on Saturday.

DeAveiro tallied eight points and handed out a team-high five assists. After scoring seven points total over the first four games, he has scored 19 over his last two contests. This was the fourth time in six games that he has dished out five assists or more.

At 4-2, Valpo owns its best record through six games since 2019-20, a year where the team eventually played in the MVC title game.

This marked Valpo’s most lopsided victory against a Division-I opponent since Jan. 28, 2023, an 81-69 victory over Evansville.

Postgame Press Conference

Up Next

The Beacons (4-2) will open Missouri Valley Conference play on Wednesday as Drake comes to town for a 7 p.m. tip at the Athletics-Recreation Center. For ticket information, visit valpoathletics.com/tickets.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

EARNEST SETS CAREER HIGH; WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS AT UAB

Valpo women’s basketball senior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) set a career high in the scoring department with a game-high 26 points, while freshman Saniya Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Beacon) became the second Beacon in the last week with an eight-steal game as Valpo concluded its extended Thanksgiving week trip with a 78-68 setback at UAB Saturday afternoon.

How It Happened

Valpo led in the early minutes behind a 3-pointer on its first possession from Nevaeh Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) and a 3-point play by Earnest.

The Blazers took the lead for good just under four minutes into the game and extended their edge to as many as six points late in the period. A 3-pointer by Ella Van Weelden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Marion) and a pair of free throws from Olivia Sims (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy [Oakland]) helped cut the UAB advantage to 21-18 at the end of the first.

UAB scored the first six points of the second quarter to push its lead to nine, and the Blazers’ lead reached double figures at 33-23 with 5:42 to play in the half. Valpo answered immediately with seven in a row, including a 3-point play by Jill Harris (Navarre, Fla./Crestview [Johnson C. Smith]) and layups from Earnest and Saniya Jackson which both came directly off steals by the latter.

Valpo got as close as two points multiple times late in the second quarter, with UAB eventually taking a 40-36 lead into intermission.

A pair of Harris free throws were the only points for the Beacons in the first seven and a half minutes of the third quarter, as the Blazers went on a 15-2 run to extend out to a 55-38 lead.

Valpo came back with seven points in its next three possessions, as Earnest scored five and Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) converted a layup, to close to within 10 before UAB scored the final three points of the frame to make it 58-45 with 10 minutes to play.

It was all Valpo to start the fourth quarter, with Saniya Jackson knocking down a 3-pointer on the Beacons’ first possession. Earnest then poured in seven points in the span of 1:50 to close out a 10-0 Valpo run to open the period and bring the Beacons back within 58-55.

A three-minute drought allowed UAB to respond with eight points of its own, pushing its lead back into double figures with 4:12 to play. The Blazers’ edge sat at 12 points at 71-59 with 2:01 remaining in the game.

The Beacons had one final push remaining, starting with a Saniya Jackson triple with 1:48 to play. Sims converted a driving layup on the next possession, and two trips later, Harris drilled a 3-pointer of her own to bring Valpo to within 74-68 with 31.3 seconds remaining. That was as close as the Beacons got down the stretch, however.

Inside the Game

Earnest poured in 26 points to easily surpass her previous career best of 20 points, set in last year’s season opener at Central Michigan.

The senior also surpassed her previous high for field goals made, tallying nine baskets, and matched her career best with three triples. She added a team-high six rebounds as well.

Saniya Jackson set her season high early in her rookie season with 13 points off the bench on 5-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc.

But Saniya Jackson’s performance on the defensive end was the most impressive, as the freshman racked up eight steals — one in the first quarter, three in the second quarter and four in the fourth quarter.

She is the second Beacon freshman in the last week to rack up eight steals in a game, as Raeven Raye-Redmond (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) did so last Saturday against Western Illinois.

Saniya Jackson’s eight steals are tied for second-most in a single game in program history. Prior to last Saturday, the last Valpo player with eight steals in a game was Jeanette Gray against Houston in the 2002 WNIT, while the last MVC player prior to last Saturday with an eight-steal game was UNI’s Ellie Herzberg against Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2017.

Harris added eight points, while Brown tallied six points, three assists and tied her Valpo high with three steals.

For the second time this season, a bushelful of Valpo steals contributed to a high turnover total for its opponent. The Beacons racked up 16 steals on Saturday, led by Saniya Jackson’s eight thefts, while the Blazers committed 23 turnovers in all — leading to 22 points off turnovers.

UAB shot 59.6% from the field, however, to Valpo’s 39.3% clip. The Beacons did have the advantage behind the 3-point line, hitting 9-of-25 (36%) from downtown while UAB was just 4-of-14 (28.6%) from deep.

Thoughts From Head Coach Mary Evans

“Offensively, we were pretty good today three out of four quarters — the third quarter, we didn’t execute very well. Defensively, I felt like we struggled most of the game. We did a great job turning UAB over, but didn’t do well taking easy layups away or contesting those layups — 16 steals, forcing 23 turnovers is the kind of defense we want to play in that aspect, but we have to clean up the mental mistakes and communication errors that lead to easy baskets. Moore is a talented player who can make tough shots, but we didn’t make her earn all her points, we gave her too many easy ones.”

“I thought we showed a lot of toughness today in battling from behind numerous times. It would have been easy to pack it in with the way we started the third quarter, but the group that was in there late in that quarter really fought and continued to try to do things the right way. I felt like they really ramped up the intensity on both ends going into the fourth quarter — offensively, attacking the basket and making good decisions; defensively, flying around and causing a lot of mistakes.”

“Leah was aggressive from the tip tonight. She had some matchups offensively that we liked, and did a really good job looking to attack when she got those matchups. I felt she made some really good decisions on kick outs as well — she could have had four or five assists tonight — and thought she attacked the glass really well.

“Our team collectively really got after the offensive glass, which shows a lot of heart and effort. That’s what we’re emphasizing with this group: it starts with the heart and effort, and then you have to trust each other, trust the process, take the game plan and go out and execute. I think some of the mistakes we’re seeing are things that will be cleared up with time on the court together as we continue to mix our large group of newcomers with our returning players and continue to work on the trust and communication between the five on the floor at any given time.”

Next Up

Valpo (0-4) continues the current four-game stretch away from home next Wednesday, returning to the Midwest to play at Western Michigan. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

CHIKAMBA, WELLS LEAD UINDY TO VICTORY OVER PEACOCKS

FAYETTE, Iowa – The UIndy women’s basketball team defeated Upper Iowa 85-71 on Saturday. This was the first time the two teams faced each other and also marked Upper Iowa’s first GLVC contest. Patricia Chikamba finished the contest with a double-double and Elana Wells had her second 30-point game of the season.

Chikamba had 13 points and 11 rebounds on the day. This is the sopohomore’s first double-double of her career and the first UIndy double-double since Sadie Hill in the GLVC quarterfinal against Missouri S&T last March.

Wells finished with 32 points, seven boards and assists, and one steal. The junior was 9-for-19 from the field and 5-for-11 from 3-point range, both were a team high. This is the first time that a Hound had two or more 30-point games since Martha Burse in 2017.

INS & OUTS

UIndy went on a 13-4 run for 5:23 for the final five minutes of the first quarter to go into an early lead. Five of which came from Liv Becker. The Greyhounds finished the first quarter with a ten-point lead.

UIndy struggled in the second quarter with Upper Iowa closing in on Greyhounds. Peacocks gained a 39-37 led to end the half, the Hounds only scored 14 points.

To open the second half, UIndy and Upper Iowa went wire-to-wire exchanging the lead during the entire third quarter. Both teams finished the quarter with 57 points.

The Greyhounds turned up the jets in the final quarter outscoring the Peacocks 28-14. This was made possible by a 16-2 run in the final five minutes, six of these points came from Wells.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Jada Haines had 12 points on the day, nine of which came from 3-pointers

– UIndy outperformed the Upper Iowa from the field (30-of-66, 45.5%) and beyond the arc (9-for-25, 36.0%).

– The Hounds turned over the ball over just nine times compared to the Peacocks’ 12

– Five different Greyhounds finished the contest with one steal each.

HOUND BYTES

Head Coach Marc Mitchell on today’s win…

“Great Team effort! Supper impressed with how we came together during adversity!”

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will host Missouri S&T on Monday. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. in Nicoson Hall.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

MARIAN COASTS PAST IU-NORTHWEST IN RETURN TO WIN COLUMN

INDIANAPOLIS – Led by a 28-point scoring outburst from Brody Whitaker, the Marian men’s basketball team cruised to a 100-74 victory over IU-Northwest Saturday evening in the PE Center, ending a two-game losing streak. Marian’s win improves their overall record to 6-2 on the season.

Gus Etchison got the scoring started with a second-chance bucket on Marian’s opening possession of the game, and the scoring continued for Marian as they jumped their lead to eight after scoring on five of their next six ensuing trips down the court. The Redhawks took an early timeout with Marian in front 12-4, initially failing to slow the Knights down as Jackson Ames and a pair of Ben Henderson three-point field goals kept the home team on top by three scores.

 The Knights led 22-15 with under 11 minutes remaining in the game, but fell back within two-possessions as a Brian Hernandez three from the opposition cut the difference to four. Marian used the media timeout to regroup leading 22-18, and quickly sprung their lead to nine, with Maximus Gizzi and Nolan Foster chipping in to pad the lead. The score held as a three-possession game with IU-Northwest matching the Knights’ possessions with makes or stops, but back to back treys from Brody Whitaker and Etchison pushed Marian on top by double-figures, taking a 42-31 lead to the final first half media timeout. Whitaker continued to be strong in the final three minutes of the half dropping six points including a three-point play in the final three seconds.

Marian took a 15-point lead to the break holding a 53-38 edge. Marian shot 57 percent from the floor in the first half, including a red-hot 64 percent from three.

The Knights continued their hot shooting to open the second half, jumping their lead to 19 points within the first four minutes of the half as Whitaker and Gavin Foe combined for nine of the team’s first 11 points. Etchison and Whitaker followed Gavin Foe’s three with back to back scores, helping Marian go on an 8-0 run into the under-15 media timeout. Marian led 69-45 thanks to the run, taking firm control of the game.

IU-Northwest would chip away at Marian’s second half lead, but were unable to get any closer than 15 points, as the Knights continued to make shots. A jumper in the paint from Foster with 6:47 to play gave Marian a 25-point lead, extinguishing any thought of a comeback. The largest lead of the game for Marian came with 3:03 to play as Foster scored on an assist from Dylan Moles, while the senior post also scored the team’s 100th point of the game, as they coasted to the finish with their 100-74 victory.

Whitaker played 30 minutes in the win and scored a team-high 28 points, adding 10 rebounds to secure his first double-double of the season. Etchison finished with 18 points, and Foster scored a season-high 14 off the bench. Foe scored seven points and had seven rebounds, and Gizzi had a team-high two steals.

Marian will jump back into Crossroads League play one final time in the semester, returning to action on December 2 as they travel to Taylor.

MARIAN FOOTBALL

NO. 12 ST. XAVIER UPSETS NO. 5 MARIAN IN NAIA FCS SECOND ROUND

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian football team saw their 2023 season come to a close Saturday afternoon at St. Vincent Field, as MSFA rival St. Xavier handed Marian their lone loss on home turf with a 31-21 loss in the NAIA Football Championship Series Second Round. Marian’s season ends with an overall record of 9-2.

Defense headlined the early action Saturday afternoon, as both teams exchanged three and outs on each of their first two possessions. James Ralph made a sack on the opening series to deny the Cougar offense, and on the second a tackle on third and short by Jake Paris forced the punt team again. The Knights’ defense was unable to keep the Cougars off the board as their offense took the field for a third time, as Stuart Ross engineered an eight-play, 32-yard series that led to a touchdown.

Trailing 7-0, the Marian offense needed a chunk play on third and long to get going, as their first two possessions of the game yielded a loss of 12 yards. The spark came on a 40-yard completion from Zach Bundalo to Tirae Spence, and a 16-yard gain on the ensuing play to Jalen Jennings moved the ball into the red zone. Marian would cap the six-play drive with a Drew Byerly rushing touchdown out of the wildcat, tying the game following Marlon Pomili’s extra point.

The score held 7-7 going into the second quarter as Josh Woods got the ball back for Marian by forcing a fumble, but the good field position was soiled as the Knights turned the ball over on downs. The Cougars answered Marian’s short-coming with a touchdown drive, pushing back in front as Ross drove his team 70 yards, ending with his second touchdown pass of the game.

An exchange of turnovers followed after the touchdown as Bundalo was intercepted, but the following Cougar possession was short-lived as Jake Paris strip-sacked Ross. Tyler Bukur pounced on the ball to put the Marian offense on the field and two explosive plays from CJ Young and Keagan La Belle helped drive the ball to the one yard line, but the magic ran out after that.

Two penalties and two negative runs after La Belle’s 32-yard play stalled Marian’s drive, and a missed field goal ended the series without points. St. Xavier took over with three minutes to play in the half following the miss, and used the remainder of the clock to get into field goal range, as Peyton Benes converted a 34-yard attempt to give the visitors a 17-7 lead at halftime.

St. Xavier’s defense gave Marian little chance to mount a comeback effort in the third quarter, as Bundalo was sacked at inopportune times on four occasions in the quarter, leading to Marian’s scoreless quarter. The Cougars scored on their first series of the half as Ross threw his third touchdown pass of the game, moving the score to 24-7. Marian’s following possessions had chances to move the ball, but an interception after getting new life from a personal foul ended the second possession of the half, and despite a Nate Frey interception and fake punt converted by Mason Miller, the Knights were still unable to move the ball past midfield.

Marian was able to hang in the game as the fourth quarter started as a 13-play, six-minute drive for St. Xavier ended in a missed field goal, but a lost fumble by Bundalo on the ensuing play handed the ball right back to the visitors. Amari Venerable put the game out of reach with a four-yard score two plays later, giving St. Xavier a commanding 31-7 lead.

The Knights were able to end the game with a pair of touchdown drives behind backup quarterback RJ Griffin, as the freshman replaced the injured starter Bundalo. Griffin’s first series ended in a turnover on downs, but the freshman was able to turn his second drive into points as he connected with Tirae Spence on a 12-yard touchdown. Marian attempted an onside kick while trailing 31-13 and recovered the ball as Keagan La Belle recovered the 25-yard gadget kick. With just 48 seconds remaining in the game, Griffin was able to lead one final scoring drive, hitting Jalen Jennings for 35 yards before tossing a five-yard scoring strike to Drew Byerly.

Marian recovered one final onside kick after Jennings and Griffin connected for eight points, but time expired on the Dwight Lewis III recovery, ending the game in Marian’s 31-21 defeat.

Griffin ended the game completing 8-of-11 passes for 127 yards and his first two collegiate touchdowns, while Bundalo threw for 112 yards. La Belle ended as the team’s leading rusher with 45 yards, and Jennings led the team with 81 receiving yards. CJ Young finished the game with 72 yards, Spence recorded 63 yards and one score, and Byerly scored two of Marian’s three touchdowns. Marian’s defense was led by Jake Paris who recorded a career-high 16 tackles, posting two sacks, a forced fumble, and fumble recovery. Josh Woods made a season-high 10 tackles in his first-career start, and Nate Frey and Deon Pettiford each recorded nine tackles.

St. Xavier out-gained Marian 331 to 239, as 10 sacks against the Knights limited the home team to three net rushing yards.

The Knights end the season with a final record of 9-2, earning MSFA Mideast League Co-Champions for the program’s eighth conference championship.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston124.7506-06-47-111-37-31 L
Philadelphia115.6881.06-35-24-18-46-41 W
New York96.6002.54-25-40-27-47-31 W
Toronto88.5004.05-43-40-45-76-42 W
Brooklyn78.4674.54-43-40-36-74-61 W
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee115.6887-14-42-110-57-31 W
Indiana96.6001.56-43-24-17-66-41 W
Cleveland88.5003.03-55-31-24-46-42 L
Chicago512.2946.54-61-62-24-73-73 L
Detroit214.1259.01-61-81-42-80-1013 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando115.6886-25-30-16-27-36 W
Miami107.5881.54-16-63-07-67-32 L
Atlanta87.5332.53-55-23-26-65-52 W
Charlotte59.3575.03-62-33-25-74-62 W
Washington214.1259.01-61-81-51-131-99 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota114.7337-14-32-07-28-21 L
Oklahoma City115.6880.55-46-11-15-48-21 L
Denver106.6251.57-03-62-18-45-52 L
Utah511.3136.54-41-71-35-83-71 W
Portland411.2677.02-52-61-22-82-81 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix106.6254-46-22-28-58-26 W
Sacramento96.6000.54-15-52-28-67-31 W
LA Lakers107.5880.57-23-53-28-57-31 W
Golden State89.4712.53-65-32-27-73-71 W
LA Clippers78.4672.55-22-60-16-64-61 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas106.6254-26-43-15-45-51 L
Houston86.5711.08-10-52-17-57-32 W
New Orleans98.5291.56-43-42-27-75-51 L
Memphis312.2006.50-73-51-33-93-73 L
San Antonio313.1887.01-82-51-23-90-1011 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins830.7270.03392515-0-03-3-06-2-03-1-02 W
Buffalo Bills650.5452.02941905-2-01-3-03-5-02-2-01 W
New York Jets470.3644.01632382-4-02-3-02-6-01-3-04 L
New England Patriots280.2005.51412381-5-01-3-02-4-02-2-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs730.7000.02251644-2-03-1-05-1-02-1-01 L
Denver Broncos550.5002.02172683-3-02-2-02-4-01-2-04 W
Las Vegas Raiders560.4552.51852254-1-01-5-03-4-01-1-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers460.4003.02592382-3-02-3-02-3-01-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens830.7270.03041774-2-04-1-05-3-03-2-01 W
Cleveland Browns730.7000.52271805-1-02-2-05-2-03-2-03 W
Pittsburgh Steelers640.6001.51661954-2-02-2-04-3-02-1-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals550.5002.52022263-2-02-3-01-5-00-3-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars730.7000.02302043-3-04-0-05-2-03-1-01 W
Houston Texans640.6001.02382084-1-02-3-03-2-01-1-03 W
Indianapolis Colts550.5002.02422481-4-04-1-04-3-02-2-02 W
Tennessee Titans370.3004.01682143-1-00-6-02-5-00-2-03 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles910.9000.02732124-0-05-1-06-0-03-0-04 W
Dallas Cowboys830.7271.53471855-0-03-3-05-3-03-1-03 W
Washington Commanders480.3336.02463501-4-03-4-02-7-00-5-03 L
New York Giants380.2736.51492851-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers830.7270.03101704-1-04-2-06-1-03-0-03 W
Seattle Seahawks650.5452.02292494-2-02-3-05-3-01-3-02 L
Los Angeles Rams460.4003.51952202-3-02-3-03-4-03-1-01 W
Arizona Cardinals290.1826.01922842-3-00-6-02-5-00-3-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions830.7270.02942584-2-04-1-05-2-02-1-01 L
Minnesota Vikings650.5452.02532302-3-04-2-06-2-02-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers560.4553.02312243-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-02 W
Chicago Bears380.2735.02302862-3-01-5-02-5-00-3-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints550.5000.02141982-2-03-3-02-3-01-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons460.4001.01892173-2-01-4-03-4-02-0-03 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers460.4001.01922002-3-02-3-03-4-01-1-01 L
Carolina Panthers190.1004.01632751-4-00-5-00-7-00-2-03 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins201433311369507-1-17-2-25-3-2
Florida Panthers201271251258557-3-05-4-17-3-0
Tampa Bay Lightning211065251078746-2-34-4-25-3-2
Detroit Red Wings191063231070596-3-24-3-15-3-2
Toronto Maple Leafs19106323867665-4-05-2-35-3-2
Buffalo Sabres21910220959705-5-04-5-24-4-2
Montreal Canadiens21910220759755-6-04-4-24-6-0
Ottawa Senators1688016760546-6-02-2-05-5-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers191531311466456-1-09-2-18-1-1
Philadelphia Flyers211191231064585-5-06-4-16-4-0
Washington Capitals17105222843487-4-13-1-17-2-1
Carolina Hurricanes191180221064656-2-05-6-06-4-0
New York Islanders2086622752624-3-44-3-23-4-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2010100201063525-6-05-4-06-4-0
New Jersey Devils1999119967704-5-15-4-03-7-0
Columbus Blue Jackets21611416660744-6-12-5-32-6-2
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche201460281376587-2-07-4-07-3-0
Winnipeg Jets191252261269566-3-16-2-18-2-0
Dallas Stars191252261166575-4-17-1-15-4-1
St. Louis Blues19108121956606-3-04-5-16-4-0
Arizona Coyotes2099220765634-4-05-5-24-5-1
Nashville Predators19910018964626-4-03-6-05-5-0
Minnesota Wild1859414456733-4-22-5-22-6-2
Chicago Blackhawks18612012647662-5-04-7-03-7-0
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights211452301169508-2-16-3-14-5-1
Los Angeles Kings191333291376474-3-39-0-08-1-1
Vancouver Canucks221471291488567-1-17-6-05-5-0
Seattle Kraken2289521762784-6-14-3-44-3-3
Calgary Flames21810319862743-3-15-7-25-3-2
Anaheim Ducks20911018956654-8-05-3-03-7-0
Edmonton Oilers19612113658723-4-13-8-04-6-0
San Jose Sharks21415210434894-6-20-9-04-5-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

A few Grey Cups to get things rolling

November 26, 1910 – AAA Grounds, Hamilton, Ontario – The 2nd Grey Cup was played to determine a Canadian Champion per the American Football Database. The University of Toronto Blues kept the title, as they knocked off the home team Hamilton Tigers, 16-7 before a crowd of nearly 12,000 fans. 

November 26, 1927 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto- Toronto’s Balmy Beach defeated the Hamilton Tigers by the score of 9-6 for their first of 2 Grey Cups per the CFL.ca website. An all-eastern Canada final was played due to the Regina Roughriders not accepting their earned Western bid into the Cup game  because of the long delay between their last league game and the Canadian final.

November 26, 1949 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – Our friends at NinetyNineyards.com are all over this story. Montreal Alouettes out played the Calgary Stampeders for a 28-15 victory for their first Championship. Make sure you check out the great piece the Ninety Nine Yards has on this game by clicking their highlighted name.

Iron Bowl Season

November 26, 1949 – Grant Field, Atlanta, Georgia  – Georgia Tech was a seven point favorite at home against their rivals from the University of Georgia per a report by georgiatechticketstubs.com. The Bulldogs recovered a fumble in the second quarter and then cashed in it to take a 6-0 lead. That is when the calvary came to the rescue of the stagnant Tech offense, Jim Southard their injured starting quarterback came off the bench and breathed a little bit of life into the Yellow Jackets. It finally paid off when after multiple long drives the Ramblin’ Wreck finally put the ball across the goal line and made the point after. It was just enough as the final score read Georgia Tech 7, Georgia 6, the victory that started “The Drought,” for the Bulldogs and initiated Bobby Dodd’s eight-year mastery of Georgia.

Cup & Iron Montage

November 26, 1955 – Empire Stadium, Vancouver – In the 43rd Grey Cup it was the Edmonton Eskimos who kept their championship status for another year by a 34-19 victory over the Montreal Alouettes per the Grey Cup’s Website.

November 26, 1955 – Birmingham, Alabama – At the 20th Iron Bowl the fans in attendance saw the Auburn Tigers blank the Crimson Tide of Alabama 26-0 per a clip on OnthisDay.com.

November 26, 1960 – Empire Stadium, Vancouver – The 48th Version of the Grey Cup Final pitted the Edmonton Eskimos against the Ottawa Rough Riders per the sportsteamhistory.com web site. This year it was the Rough Riders who would come out on top  as they defeated the Eskimos 16-6 for their 5th Championship.

November 26, 1960 – Birmingham, Alabama – In a defensive battle per onthisday.com it was the Alabama Crimson Tide that kicked a field goal to allow them to get by Auburn by the score of 3-0 in the 25th Iron Bowl. OnthisDay.com

Staubach wins Heisman

November 26, 1963 – New York CIty – The 29th Heisman Trophy was awarded to Navy’s Junior quarterback Roger Staubach. Roger had an impressive 1963 season as he led the Midshipmen to the number 2 ranking in the country as he passed for 1474 yards on 161 attempts, which were pretty lofty numbers for the era that he played in. Staubach was the first player to win the Thompson Trophy Cup  three times. Roger’s four years in the Navy included a tour in Vietnam and when he returned he was drafted in the NFL by the Dallas Cowboys. Staubach was at the helm of the Cowboys for 11 seasons and led them to 4 Super Bowl appearances.

More Iron and Grey

November 26, 1964 – Was the advent of the First Televised Iron Bowl per si.com. It was a great one to show on TV too as Quarterback Joe Namath and a 100-yard kickoff return by Ray Ogden pushed the Crimson Tide to a 21-14 Thanksgiving Day victory over Auburn. 

November 26, 1966 – Empire Stadium, Vancouver -The 54th CFL Grey Cup game was played. It was a significant game as the Saskatchewan Roughriders won their first Championship by downing the Ottawa Rough Riders by the score of 29-14. The story is told in detail at NinetyNineYards.com so please click their name and read all about it. 

Heisman’s a plenty

November 26, 1968  – OJ Simpson the running back from Southern Cal won the 34th Heisman Trophy. The Senior rusher set a new NCAA rushing mark during the 1968  season and helped the Trojans achieve a 9-0-1 record and second in the rankings with his 22 touchdowns and 1709 yards on the ground. Simpson was the number one pick in the 1969 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Per the Heisman .com site OJ became the first pro player to rush for over 2,000 yards when he gained 2,003 in 1973 in just 14 games. 

November 26, 1969 – In the 35th Heisman Trophy selection it was Steve Owens the senior running back from Oklahoma was the winner of the nation’s top college football individual award. Steve ran the ball 358 times for 1,523 yards in 1969 and punched in 23 touchdowns per the Heisman Trophy web page.

‘Bama Rolls

November 26, 1977 – Legion Field, Birmingham – The 42nd Iron Bowl had number 2 in the nation Alabama on a surge as they dispatched unranked Auburn by the tune of 48-21 per the Pickin Splinters web site. Alabama’s QB Jeff Rutledge threw for 2 touchdowns & RB Tony Nathan rushed for 2 touchdowns as the Crimson Tide rolled their arch rival.

CFL Champs

November 26, 1978  – CNE Stadium, Toronto – The 66th version of the CFL Grey Cup saw the Edmonton Eskimos take their first of 5 straight titles as they survived the Montreal Alouettes by a 20-13 final score per the American Football Database.

Saints for Sale

November 26, 1984  – John W Mercom Jr announces New Orleans Saints are up for sale for $75 million per the onthisday website.  It would be in May of 1985 that Tom Benson would purchase the Saints for  $70,204,000. OnthisDay.com

The Kick

November 26, 1989 – SkyDome, Toronto – Let’s start off and tell you that this 77th time the Grey Cup was played is fondly referred to as “The Kick.” Well that ought to take some mystery out of it.  Yes it was a tight game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders  and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and it came down to the end.  The Ti-Cats scored a game tying TD with 44 seconds remaining per the cfl.ca  article on the game. It looked like their late surge would send the game into an overtime session. But The Saskatchewan offense had other plans as they quickly marched down the field to get into a position to have their kicker try a Field Goal attempt with just two ticks remaining on the clock.  That kicker was Dave Ridgway, and his kick was true and it propelled the Roughriders to a 43-40 win over the Tiger-Cats.

Tide rolls in

November 26, 1992 – Birmingham, Alabama -The 57th Iron Bowl took place and the Alabama Crimson Tide was victorious over Auburn by a margin of 17-0

November 26, 1995 Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino set another record. This time it was an NFL record from 343rd touchdown pass in the game against the Indianapolis Colts per American Fandom.  Marino’s passing wasn’t enough as the Blue Horseshoe scored 36 points to the Dolphins 28.

Below .500 Champs

November 26, 2000 – McMahon Stadium, Calgary-  In a thriller it was the BC Lions who outlasted the Montreal Alouettes 28-26 in a very improbable CFL Champion in the 88th edition of the Grey Cup. The Lions were the first team ever to finish the regular season with more losses than wins and then to win Grey Cup! The NinetyNineYards.com gang is all over this game in detail so be sure to check out their article by clicking their highlighted name above.

Iron Sharpens Iron

November 26, 2010 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama – The second ranked Auburn Tigers squeaked by number 9 Alabama 28-27 in a thriller at the 75th Iron Bowl. ESPN.com’s coverage of the game tells us that the Tigers had to stage a comeback from being down by 24 points led by Quarterback Cam Newton and a staunch Defense to win the game.

November 26, 2011 – At the 76th Iron Bowl onthis day.com shows us that Alabama beat Auburn 42-14 in Auburn’s home stadium. OnthisDay.com

Boatmen Cruise

November 26, 2017 – TD Place Stadium, Ottawa – The CFL Championship of the 105th Grey Cup was a whale of a game. The Toronto Argonauts won their 17th Championship with a 27-24 victory over Calgary Stampeders. You can read all about the game story on Sportsnet.ca’s piece on the contest.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for November 26

November 26, 1892 – Joe Guyon of Carlisle & Georgia Tech was placed into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

November 26, 1909 – Ernie Smith of USC who played Tackle who you can find in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

November 26, 1942- The Kicker Jan Stenerud was born and is a member in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

November 26, 1946 – Art Shell the two way tackle from Maryland Eastern Shore who was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame & the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

November 26, 1947 – Roger Wehrli who was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame & the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

November 26, 1953 – Harry Carson the Defensive End from South Carolina State who was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame & the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

12 – 14 – 5 – 32 – 36 – 19 – 20 – 10 – 36 – 13

November 26, 1917

November 26, 1917 – The NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs; National Hockey Association disbanded

November 26, 1960 – Minneapolis-St Paul baseball club took the name Twins

November 26, 1963 – Navy Quarterback, Number 12, Roger Staubach won the 29th Heisman Trophy Award.

November 26, 1963 – Cincinnati Reds 2nd baseman, Number 14, Pete Rose won the NL Rookie of Year

November 26, 1965 – LA Dodgers 2nd baseman, Number 5, Jim Lefebvre was voted as the NL Rookie of Year

November 26, 1968 – Southern Cal running back Number 32, O J Simpson took home the 34th Heisman Trophy Award.

November 26, 1969 – The35th Heisman Trophy Award went to Oklahoma Sooners running back, Number 36, Steve Owens

November 26, 1975 – Boston Red Sox center fielder, Number 19, Fred Lynn becomes the first rookie ever to be named American League MVP

November 26, 1980 – Mike Schmidt, Number 20 for the Phillies was unanimous choice as NL MVP

November 26, 1984 – After 518 goals and 14 years with Montreal Canadiens, Number 10, Guy Lafleur retired abruptly. It was a few seasons later that he laced up the skates once more in the NHL with the New York Rangers.

November 26, 1989 – CFL Grey Cup, SkyDome, Toronto: Saskatchewan Roughriders defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 43-40 on Number 36, Dave Ridgway’s field goal winner was known as ‘The Kick’

November 26, 1995 – Miami Dolphins QB, Number 13, Dan Marino set an NFL record with his 343rd career touchdown pass

November 26, 1999 – NHL legend Steve Yzerman, wearing Number 19 for the Detroit Red Wings, scored the 600th goal in his NHL career

TV SUNDAY

NFL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
NEW ORLEANS AT ATLANTA1:00PMFOX
PITTSBURGH AT CINCINNATI1:00PMCBS
JACKSONVILLE AT HOUSTON1:00PMCBS
TAMPA BAY AT INDIANAPOLIS1:00PMCBS
NEW ENGLAND AT NY GIANTS1:00PMFOX
CAROLINA AT TENNESSEE1:00PMFOX
LA RAMS AT ARIZONA4:05PMFOX
CLEVELAND AT DENVER4:05PMFOX
KANSAS CITY AT LAS VEGAS4:25PMCBS
BUFFALO AT PHILADELPHIA4:25PMCBS
BALTIMORE AT LA CHARGERS8:20PMNBC
NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
PORTLAND AT MILWAUKEE3:30PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT BOSTON6:00PMNBCS-BOS
BALLY SPORTS
PHOENIX AT NEW YORK6:00PMMSG
AFSN
CHARLOTTE AT ORLANDO6:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT MEMPHIS6:00PMBALLY SPORTS
CHICAGO AT BROOKLYN7:30PMNBCS-CHI
YES
TORONTO AT CLEVELAND7:30PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
SAN ANTONIO AT DENVER8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ALT
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
MINNESOTA AT DETROIT1:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT CHICAGO2:00PMNHLN
BALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
COLUMBUS AT CAROLINA5:00PMNHLN
BALLY SPORTS
WINNIPEG AT NASHVILLE8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
ANAHEIM AT EDMONTON9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
ESPN EVENTS INVITATIONAL10:30AMESPNU
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP11:00AMFLOSPORTS
LAFAYETTE VS. BELMONT12:00PMESPN+
ESPN EVENTS INVITATIONAL1:00PMESPN
NM STATE AT LOUISVILLE1:00PMACCNX
AUSTIN PEAY AT APP STATE1:00PMESPN+
SACRED HEART AT SAINT JOSEPH’S1:00PMESPN+
LAMAR VS. DELAWARE STATE1:00PMESPN+
COPPIN STATE AT LA SALLE1:00PMESPN+
AIR FORCE AT SOUTH DAKOTA1:30PMMIDCO SPORTS
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP1:30PMFLOSPORTS
IONA AT COLORADO2:00PMPAC12N
DENVER AT A&M-COMMERCE2:00PMESPN+
DREXEL AT OLD DOMINION2:00PMESPN+
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON AT ROBERT MORRIS2:00PMESPN+
STONEHILL AT QUINNIPIAC2:00PMESPN+
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AT CHATTANOOGA2:00PMESPN+
NOTRE DAME (MD) AT RADFORD2:00PMESPN+
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL AT COASTAL CAROLINA2:00PMESPN+
MOUNT OLIVE AT HIGH POINT2:00PMESPN+
VERMONT STATE-LYNDON AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY2:00PMESPN+
CAL STATE FULLERTON AT NEBRASKA2:00PMBTN+
MONMOUTH AT PENN2:30PMESPN+
WYOMING AT TEXAS3:00PMLHN
ANGELO STATE AT NORTH TEXAS3:00PMESPN+
ULM AT SMU3:00PMESPN+
BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT LONGWOOD3:30PMESPN+
NEW ORLEANS AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS3:45PMESPN+
ESPN EVENTS INVITATIONAL4:00PMESPN2
MORGAN STATE AT TOWSON4:00PMMNMT
STETSON AT UCF4:00PMESPN+
HOOD AT AMERICAN4:00PMESPN+
YALE AT RHODE ISLAND4:00PMESPN+
LONG BEACH STATE AT MONTANA STATE4:00PMESPN+
HARVARD VS. INDIANA4:30PMBTN
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP4:30PMFLOSPORTS
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE AT PACIFIC5:00PMESPN+
UALBANY AT SIENA5:00PMESPN+
BELLARMINE AT WEST VIRGINIA5:00PMESPN+
BETHESDA AT UC RIVERSIDE5:00PMESPN+
CHARLESTON AT KENT STATE5:30PMESPN+
UC SAN DIEGO AT SEATTLE U6:00PMESPN+
KENNESAW STATE AT FIU6:00PMESPN+
ESPN EVENTS INVITATIONAL6:30PMESPN2
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP7:00PMFLOSPORTS
SACRAMENTO STATE AT UC DAVIS8:00PMESPN+
MINNESOTA VS. SAN FRANCISCO8:30PMCBSSN
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
BOSTON COLLEGE VS HARVARD1:00PMESPN+
MICHIGAN STATE VS MINNESOTA2:00PMBTN
NORTHEASTERN VS RENSSELAER3:00PMESPN+
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
FORMULA ONE: ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX8:00AMESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: CAGLIARI VS MONZA6:30AMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: NICE VS TOULOUSE7:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LA LIGA: VILLARREAL VS OSASUNA8:00AMESPN+
EPL: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS ASTON VILLA9:00AMUSA
SERIE A: EMPOLI VS SASSUOLO9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: FROSINONE VS GENOA9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: MONTPELLIER VS BREST9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
BUNDESLIGA: HEIDENHEIM VS BOCHUM9:30AMESPN+
LA LIGA: REAL SOCIEDAD VS SEVILLA10:15AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: RENNES VS REIMS11:05AMBEIN SPORTS
EPL: EVERTON VS MANCHESTER UNITED11:30AMUSA
BUNDESLIGA: HOFFENHEIM VS MAINZ 0511:30AMESPN+
SERIE A: ROMA VS UDINESE12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: CÁDIZ VS REAL MADRID12:30PMESPN+
BRASILEIRÃO: ATLÉTICO MINEIRO VS GRÊMIO2:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: BOTAFOGO VS SANTOS2:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: JUVENTUS VS INTERNAZIONALE2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS VS LILLE2:45PMBEIN SPORTS
LA LIGA: REAL BETIS VS LAS PALMAS3:00PMESPN+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: TALLERES CÓRDOBA VS INDEPENDIENTE4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ATLÉTICO TUCUMÁN VS HURACÁN4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: RIVER PLATE VS INSTITUTO4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ARSENAL VS ROSARIO CENTRAL4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: AMÉRICA MINEIRO VS FLAMENGO4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: FORTALEZA VS PALMEIRAS4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: INTERNACIONAL VS RB BRAGANTINO4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: SÃO PAULO VS CUIABÁ4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: HOUSTON DYNAMO VS SPORTING KC7:00PMFS1
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: GODOY CRUZ VS BOCA JUNIORS7:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC VS LOS ANGELES FC9:30PMMLS PASS
TENNISTIME ETTV
DAVIS CUP FINALS FINAL10:00AMTENNIS
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
VILLANOVA VS WAKE FOREST12:00PMACCN
RICHMOND VS LOUISIANA TECH12:30PMESPN+
DARTMOUTH VS NEW HAMPSHIRE1:00PMESPN+
FAIRFIELD VS CENTRAL CONNECTICUT1:00PMNEC FRONT ROW
IUPUI VS OHIO1:00PMESPN+
KUTZTOWN (PA) VS BUFFALO1:00PMESPN+
ABILENE CHRISTIAN VS NAVY1:00PMESPN+
PROVIDENCE VS PENN STATE1:00PMB1G+
CORNELL VS OHIO STATE1:00PMB1G+
TBD VS MIAMI1:30PMACCNX
WESLEYAN (GA) VS QUEENS (NC)2:00PMESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE VS SIU EDWARDSVILLE2:00PMESPN+
BROWN VS MONMOUTH2:00PMFLOSPORTS
NC CENTRAL VS DUKE2:00PMACCNX
CANISIUS VS ILLINOIS2:00PMB1G+
RIDER VS FDU2:00PMNEC FRONT ROW
COASTAL CAROLINA VS UNCW2:00PMFLOSPORTS
SOUTHERN INDIANA VS PURDUE2:00PMB1G+
GARDNER-WEBB VS UNC GREENSBORO2:00PMESPN+
TBD VS FIU2:00PMESPN+
LAFAYETTE VS SAINT FRANCIS U2:00PMNEC FRONT ROW
TEXAS STATE VS TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI2:00PMESPN+
LOUISVILLE VS GONZAGA2:00PM
STONY BROOK VS MINNESOTA3:00PMB1G+
ALABAMA A&M VS AUBURN3:00PMSECN+
UIC VS SAINT LOUIS3:00PMESPN+
ALCORN STATE VS BAYLOR3:00PMESPN+
LOYOLA CHICAGO VS DEPAUL3:00PMFLOSPORTS
MAINE VS DRAKE3:00PMESPN+
MISSOURI STATE VS OKLAHOMA STATE3:00PMESPN+
NEW ORLEANS VS HOUSTON3:00PMESPN+
TOWSON VS QUINNIPIAC3:30PM
MISSOURI STATE VS OKLAHOMA STATE4:00PMESPN+
NORTH ALABAMA VS UTEP4:00PMESPN+
ALBANY VS STANFORD4:00PMPAC12
BOSTON UNIVERSITY VS NORTHERN COLORADO4:00PMESPN+
CLEMSON VS ARKANSAS VS PINE BLUFF4:15PM
GEORGETOWN VS CAL STATE FULLERTON5:00PM
PENNSYLVANIA VS UC SAN DIEGO5:00PMESPN+
WASHINGTON VS HAWAI’I10:00PMESPN+