INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL MATCH-UPS
CARROLL (11-0) VS. LAFAYETTE JEFF (9-2)
WESTFIELD (7-3) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (11-0)
CATHEDRAL (9-1) AT BROWNSBURG (10-1)
WARREN CENTRAL (6-5) AT CENTER GROVE (9-2)
MERRILLVILLE (9-2) AT VALPARAISO (8-3)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (10-1) AT MISHAWAKA (10-1)
PLAINFIELD (6-5) AT WHITELAND (10-1)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (9-1) AT CASTLE (7-4)
NORTHRIDGE (8-4) AT NEW PRAIRIE (11-1)
KOKOMO (11-1) AT COLUMBIA CITY (11-1)
NEW PALESTINE (12-0) AT RONCALLI (11-1)
EAST CENTRAL (10-2) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (9-3)
WEST LAFAYETTE (12-0) AT KNOX (9-3)
YORKTOWN (9-3) AT BISHOP CHATARD (8-4)
MONROVIA (5-7) AT OWEN VALLEY (12-0)
LAWRENCEBURG (11-1) VS. SOUTHRIDGE (11-1)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (9-3) AT ANDREAN (8-3)
BLUFFTON (8-4) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (7-5)
LAPEL (7-5) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (12-0)
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (9-3) AT TRITON CENTRAL (10-2)
NORTH JUDSON (11-1) AT PARK TUDOR (9-3)
CARROLL (11-1) AT ADAMS CENTRAL (12-0)
NORTH DECATUR (12-0) AT SHERIDAN (11-1)
PROVIDENCE (9-2) AT LUTHERAN (12-0)
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN DEF. TECUMSEH 3-2 (21-25, 25-13, 12-25, 25-20, 15-5)
> BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN WINS SECOND STATE TITLE (2016)
> TECUMSEH’S BRIANNA MARX NAMED MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD RECIPIENT
> FINAL RECORDS: FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN (34-4), TECUMSEH (31-5)
BOX SCORE | RECAP
CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | WAPAHANI DEF. LINTON-STOCKTON 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-15, 25-8)
> WAPAHANI EARNS SIXTH STATE TITLE
> RAIDERS’ REESE BAKER EARNS MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
> FINAL RECORDS: WAPAHANI (32-5), LINTON-STOCKTON (28-6)
BOX SCORE | RECAP
CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | PROVIDENCE DEF. BELLMONT 3-1 (25-15, 25-16, 22-25, 25-16)
> TOP-RANKED PROVIDENCE TOPS BELLMONT FOR FOURTH CHAMPIONSHIP
> PIONEERS’ GRACE PURICHIA SELECTED AS MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD RECIPIENT
> FINAL RECORDS: PROVIDENCE (31-6), BELLMONT (30-7)
BOX SCORE | RECAP
CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN DEF. YORKTOWN 3-1 (25-17, 13-25, 25-23, 25-18)
> NO. 1 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN TOPS NO. 2 YORKTOWN FOR FIRST TITLE
> ROYALS’ AVERY HOBSON EARNS MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
> FINAL RECORDS: HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (34-1), YORKTOWN (34-3)
BOX SCORE | RECAP
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
|ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY||56||DALEVILLE||54|
|BROWN COUNTY||62||SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)||42|
|BROWNSBURG||54||NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)||49|
|CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)||67||COLUMBIA CITY||61|
|CENTRAL NOBLE||46||FORT WAYNE LUERS||39|
|CONCORD||38||SOUTH BEND ADAMS||31|
|CORYDON CENTRAL||51||BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL||32|
|COVENANT CHRISTIAN||52||BEECH GROVE||41|
|CROWN POINT||52||KANKAKEE VALLEY||36|
|CULVER ACADEMY||48||SOUTH BEND CLAY||29|
|EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL||60||RIVER FOREST||41|
|EASTERN (PEKIN)||50||CRAWFORD COUNTY||39|
|EASTERN GREENE||53||SOUTH KNOX||46|
|FOREST PARK||40||FLOYD CENTRAL||29|
|FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA||57||NEW HAVEN||25|
|FORT WAYNE NORTHROP||75||LEO||25|
|GARY WEST||48||GARY 21ST CENTURY||24|
|GUERIN CATHOLIC||51||GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN||6|
|HAMILTON HEIGHTS||36||CLINTON PRAIRIE||26|
|HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)||72||MARION||6|
|INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI||62||TRITON CENTRAL||53|
|LAVILLE||42||SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)||39|
|NEW ALBANY||60||EVANSVILLE BOSSE||18|
|NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)||64||EMINENCE||35|
|NORTH DAVIESS||56||BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE||16|
|NORTH MIAMI||62||NORTH WHITE||56|
|ORLEANS||56||WHITE RIVER VALLEY||50|
|PARKE HERITAGE||63||NORTH MONTGOMERY||18|
|SOUTH DECATUR||48||SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)||36|
|SPRINGS VALLEY||47||WOOD MEMORIAL||37|
|TERRE HAUTE NORTH||41||EVANSVILLE CENTRAL||31|
|TIPPECANOE VALLEY||58||SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH||49|
|UNION CITY||48||SOUTHERN WELLS||32|
|VINCENNES LINCOLN||53||EVANSVILLE REITZ||52|
|VINCENNES RIVET||66||EVANSVILLE HARRISON||29|
|WARREN CENTRAL||67||MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)||45|
|WEST LAFAYETTE||60||WESTERN BOONE||42|
|WHITKO||53||FORT WAYNE NORTH||48|
|INDIANAPOLIS RITTER CLASSIC|
|JENNINGS COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
|JENNINGS COUNTY||66||NORTH HARRISON||36|
|NORTH HARRISON||46||SHAWE MEMORIAL||37|
|LAKE CENTRAL CLASSIC|
|LAKE CENTRAL||51||FORT WAYNE SNIDER||47|
|SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON||80||PORTAGE||27|
|FORT WAYNE SNIDER||64||PORTAGE||24|
|SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON||51||LAKE CENTRAL||35|
|NORTH PUTNAM TOURNAMENT|
|RIVERTON PARKE||57||INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE||9|
|SOUTH DEARBORN TOURNAMENT|
|NEW WASHINGTON||58||SOUTH DEARBORN||30|
|NEW WASHINGTON||56||NORTH DECATUR||47|
WORLD SERIES SCOREBOARD
HOUSTON 4 PHILADELPHIA 1 (ASTROS WIN SERIES 4 – 2)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
BLUFFTON 27, ANDERSON 9
BUTLER 26, SAN DIEGO 23
DEFIANCE 24, MANCHESTER 21
DEPAUW 72, OBERLIN 0
HANOVER 47, ROSE-HULMAN 17
HOPE 28, TRINE 21
INDIANA WESLEYAN 61, TAYLOR 20
IOWA 24, PURDUE 3
LAWRENCE TECH 24, ST. FRANCIS 19
MARIAN 24, SIENA HEIGHTS 2
MT. ST. JOSEPH 27, FRANKLIN 20
NORTH DAKOTA 42, INDIANA STATE 7
NOTRE DAME 35, CLEMSON 14
PENN STATE 45, INDIANA 14
ST. THOMAS 34, VALPARAISO 7
UINDY 48, WILLIAM JEWELL 14
WABASH 49, KENYON 25
WEEK 11 SCHEDULE FOR THE STATE OF INDIANA
BALL STATE AT TOLEDO, NOVEMBER 8 AT 8 P.M. (TV: ESPN)
BUTLER AT DRAKE, NOVEMBER 12 AT 2 P.M.
HANOVER AT FRANKLIN, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1:30 P.M.
INDIANA AT OHIO STATE, NOVEMBER 12 (TIME TBA) (TV: TBA)
INDIANA STATE AT WESTERN ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 12 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)
INDIANA WESLEYAN VS. MADONNA, NOVEMBER 12 AT NOON (TV: ESPN3)
MANCHESTER AT ANDERSON, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1:30 P.M.
MARIAN AT LAWRENCE TECH, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1 P.M.
NOTRE DAME VS. NAVY, NOVEMBER 12 AT NOON (TV: ABC)
PURDUE AT ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 12 (TIME TBA) (TV: TBA)
ROSE-HULMAN AT MT. ST. JOSEPH, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1:30 P.M. (TV: INDIANA SRN)
ST. FRANCIS AT CONCORDIA, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1 P.M.
TAYLOR VS. SIENA HEIGHTS, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1 P.M.
TRINE AT KALAMAZOO, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1 P.M.
UINDY VS. TRUMAN, NOVEMBER 12 AT 2 P.M.
VALPARAISO AT MARIST, NOVEMBER 12 AT 11 A.M. (TV: ESPN+)
WABASH AT DEPAUW, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1:07 P.M. (TV: XFINITY CHANNEL 81 OR ISC TV)
AIR FORCE 13, ARMY 7
NO. 2 OHIO STATE 21, NORTHWESTERN 7
NO. 7 TCU 34, TEXAS TECH 24
NO. 17 NORTH CAROLINA 31, VIRGINIA 28
NO. 19 TULANE 27, TULSA 13
IOWA 24, PURDUE 3
KENTUCKY 21, MISSOURI 17
WISCONSIN 23, MARYLAND 10
MINNESOTA 20, NEBRASKA 13
FLORIDA 41, TEXAS A&M 24
WESTERN KENTUCKY 59, CHARLOTTE 7
YALE 69, BROWN 17
NORTH CAROLINA A&T 49, NORFOLK STATE 24
HOLY CROSS 42, LEHIGH 14
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 34, ROBERT MORRIS 21
GEORGIA TECH 28, VIRGINIA TECH 27
ST. FRANCIS (PA) 38, GEORGETOWN 24
COLUMBIA 21, HARVARD 20
PENN 28, CORNELL 21
PRINCETON 17, DARTMOUTH 14
KENNESAW STATE 44, UT MARTIN 27
NORTH DAKOTA 42, INDIANA STATE 7
FORDHAM 59, BUCKNELL 17
LAFAYETTE 21, COLGATE 16
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY 29, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT 20
DAYTON 52, PRESBYTERIAN 28
DELAWARE STATE 27, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 24 (OT)
TEMPLE 54, SOUTH FLORIDA 28
MARSHALL 12, OLD DOMINION 0
WESTERN CAROLINA 36, WOFFORD 29
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 50, HOWARD 21
SOUTH DAKOTA 20, MISSOURI STATE 13
NORTH DAKOTA STATE 56, WESTERN ILLINOIS 17
ST. THOMAS (MINNESOTA) 34, VALPARAISO 7
CHATTANOOGA 31, THE CITADEL 21
BRYANT 43, CAMPBELL 37
TENNESSEE TECH 35, LINDENWOOD 34
BAYLOR 38, OKLAHOMA 35
GEORGIA STATE 42, SOUTHERN MISS 14
LOUISIANA TECH 40, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 24
IDAHO 48, EASTERN WASHINGTON 16
YOUNGSTOWN STATE 19, ILLINOIS STATE 17
SAMFORD 34, VMI 15
GRAMBLING 36, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 10
SACRAMENTO STATE 33, WEBER STATE 30
UIW 73, HOUSTON CHRISTIAN 20
NORTHWESTERN STATE 41, TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE 14
NO. 3 GEORGIA 27, NO. 1 TENNESSEE 13
NO. 8 OREGON 49, COLORADO 10
NO. 15 PENN STATE 45, INDIANA 14
MICHIGAN STATE 23, NO. 16 ILLINOIS 15
KANSAS 37, NO. 18 OKLAHOMA STATE 16
PITT 19, NO. 20 SYRACUSE 9
NO. 25 UCF 35, MEMPHIS 28
WASHINGTON STATE 52, STANFORD 14
IOWA STATE 31, WEST VIRGINIA 14
UTAH STATE 27, NEW MEXICO 10
UTSA 44, UAB 38 (2OT)
LIBERTY 21, ARKANSAS 19
CINCINNATI 20, NAVY 10
SOUTH ALABAMA 38, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 31
NORTH TEXAS 52, FIU 14
MONTANA STATE 41, NORTHERN ARIZONA 38
SE LOUISIANA 47, LAMAR 31
MARIST 31, MOREHEAD STATE 21
TROY 23, LOUISIANA 17
UL MONROE 31, TEXAS STATE 30
PORTLAND STATE 35, NORTHERN COLORADO 21
AUSTIN PEAY 38, NORTH ALABAMA 35
EASTERN KENTUCKY 42, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 14
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 31, UNI 28
FLORIDA A&M 30, SOUTHERN 16
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE 42, TENNESSEE STATE 0
NO. 10 LSU 32, NO. 6 ALABAMA 31 (OT)
NO. 24 TEXAS 34, NO. 13 KANSAS STATE 27
SAN DIEGO STATE 14, UNLV 10
BYU 31, BOISE STATE 28
SMU 77, HOUSTON 63
UC DAVIS 43, IDAHO STATE 3
JACKSON STATE 41, TEXAS SOUTHERN 14
NOTRE DAME 35, NO. 4 CLEMSON 14
NO. 5 MICHIGAN 52, RUTGERS 17
NO. 14 UTAH 45, ARIZONA 20
SOUTH CAROLINA 38, VANDERBILT 27
MISSISSIPPI STATE 39, AUBURN 33 (OT)
LOUISVILLE 34, JAMES MADISON 10
FLORIDA STATE 45, MIAMI (FLA.) 3
NO. 22 NC STATE 30, NO. 21 WAKE FOREST 21
MONTANA 57, CAL POLY 0
MCNEESE 29, EASTERN ILLINOIS 15
ABILENE CHRISTIAN 28, TARLETON 23
UTAH TECH 48, SOUTHERN UTAH 36
NO. 9 USC 41 CALIFORNIA 35
NO. 12 UCLA ARIZONA STATE 36
TUESDAY, NOV. 8
EASTERN MICHIGAN AT AKRON | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
OHIO AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
BALL STATE AT TOLEDO | 8 P.M. | ESPN
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT WESTERN MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
BUFFALO AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
KENT STATE AT BOWLING GREEN | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
THURSDAY, NOV. 10
TULSA AT MEMPHIS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT LOUISIANA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FRIDAY, NOV. 11
EAST CAROLINA AT CINCINNATI | 8 P.M. | ESPN2
COLORADO AT USC | 9:30 P.M. | FS1
FRESNO STATE AT UNLV | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, NOV. 12
MISSOURI AT TENNESSEE | 12 P.M.
LSU AT ARKANSAS | 12 P.M.
VANDERBILT AT KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NOTRE DAME VS. NAVY (BALTIMORE, MARYLAND) | 12 P.M. | ABC
LIBERTY AT UCONN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
VIRGINIA TECH AT DUKE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
PITT AT VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
SMU AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
UL MONROE AT GEORGIA STATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
JAMES MADISON AT OLD DOMINION | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
UMASS AT ARKANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT HOUSTON | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA AT OLE MISS | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
LOUISVILLE AT CLEMSON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
IOWA STATE AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 3:30 P.M.
UCF AT TULANE | 3:30 P.M.
BOSTON COLLEGE AT NC STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
ARMY AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
MIAMI (FLA.) AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
NEW MEXICO AT AIR FORCE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
APPALACHIAN STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
CHARLOTTE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
LOUISIANA TECH AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH TEXAS AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
SOUTH CAROLINA AT FLORIDA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
LAMAR AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 4 P.M. | FLOFOOTBALL
TEXAS STATE AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
KANSAS AT TEXAS TECH | 7 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
WYOMING AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT FIU | 7 P.M. | STADIUM
TCU AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
NORTH CAROLINA AT WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
TEXAS A&M AT AUBURN | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTHERN MISS AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FLORIDA STATE AT SYRACUSE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
BOISE STATE AT NEVADA | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UTAH STATE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
INDIANA AT OHIO STATE
NEBRASKA AT MICHIGAN
WASHINGTON AT OREGON
ARIZONA AT UCLA
KANSAS STATE AT BAYLOR
STANFORD AT UTAH
MARYLAND AT PENN STATE
PURDUE AT ILLINOIS
CAL AT OREGON STATE
ARIZONA STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE
OKLAHOMA AT WEST VIRGINIA
WISCONSIN AT IOWA
NORTHWESTERN AT MINNESOTA
RUTGERS AT MICHIGAN STATE
SAN JOSE STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE
NFL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2022
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2022
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (MON) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P ESPN
SACRAMENTO 126 ORLANDO 123 OT
BROOKLYN 98 CHARLOTTE 94
ATLANTA 124 NEW ORLEANS 121 OT
BOSTON 133 NEW YORK 118
MILWAUKEE 108 OKLAHOMA CITY 94
MINNESOTA 129 HOUSTON 117
DENVER 126 SAN ANTONIO 101
PHOENIX 102 PORTLAND 82
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp
DETROIT 3 NY ISLANDERS 0
COLORADO 5 COLUMBUS 1
WINNIPEG 4 CHICAGO 0
DALLAS 6 EDMONTON 2
TORONTO 2 BOSTON 1
VEGAS 6 MONTRÉAL 4
PHILADELPHIA 2 OTTAWA 1
TAMPA BAY 5 BUFFALO 3
SEATTLE 3 PITTSBURGH 2
ARIZONA 3 WASHINGTON 2
NEW JERSEY 4 CALGARY 3
NASHVILLE 4 VANCOUVER 3
LOS ANGELES 5 FLORIDA 4
ANAHEIM 5 SAN JOSE 3
BOIX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
ALVAREZ BLASTS BAKER, ASTROS TO WORLD SERIES TITLE VS PHILS
HOUSTON (AP) Yordan Alvarez hit a moon shot that sent Space City into a frenzy, and the Houston Astros to their second World Series title.
While the stain on Houston’s first championship might never completely fade, Alvarez’s majestic three-run homer helped fashion a fresh crown for the Astros — and the first for Dusty Baker as manager — in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 on Saturday night.
“What happened before, it doesn’t ever pass over completely,” said Baker, the veteran manager hired by the Astros in the wake of their sign-stealing scandal. “But we have turned the page and hopefully we’ll continue this run.”
Alvarez blasted a ball over the 40-foot batter’s eye in center field during the sixth inning immediately after Phillies starter Zack Wheeler was pulled with a 1-0 lead.
As Alvarez’s 450-foot shot sailed, Astros starter Framber Valdez jumped and wildly screamed in the dugout while the crowd of 42,958 went crazy waving orange rally towels.
“When I was rounding second base, I felt the whole stadium moving,” Alvarez said through a translator.
The 73-year-old Baker finally got his first title in his 25th season as a manager. He’s spent the past three with the Astros after they hired him to help the team regain credibility after their trash can banging scheme cost manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs, and made Houston the most reviled team in baseball.
“I wasn’t here in 2017, but it’s definitely a weight off of everybody’s shoulders. Ain’t nobody can say (anything) now,” said closer Ryan Pressly, who finished the Series with another scoreless inning.
Baker, who won a World Series as a player with the Los Angeles Dodgers and had been to the Fall Classic twice before as a skipper, is the oldest championship manager in any of the four major North American sports. The win came 20 years after a near-miss, when he came within five outs of taking the title while guiding the San Francisco Giants.
“What’s next? I said if I win one, I want to win two,” Baker said afterward.
Houston’s coaching and training staffs circled around Baker after Nick Castellanos flied out to end it, jumping up and down, and chanting “Dusty! Dusty! Dusty!” in the dugout before they joined the players on the field.
Astros rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena was the World Series MVP after getting another key hit, a single to set up Alvarez’s drive.
The 25-year-old star born in the Dominican Republic also won a Gold Glove award and AL Championship Series MVP – Pena is the first hitter to win those three awards in a career, and he did it all in his first season, per OptaSTATS.
A year after watching the Atlanta Braves clinch the World Series title at Minute Maid Park, the Astros went 11-2 in the postseason became the first team to seal the championship at home since the 2013 Boston Red Sox.
Alvarez homered for the first time since going deep in the first two games this postseason. Christian Vazquez added an RBI single later in the inning to make it 4-1.
Valdez earned his second win of this Series. He had been in the dugout only a few minutes after throwing his 93rd and final pitch while striking out nine over six innings.
But the lefty had walked off the mound with the wild-card Phillies up 1-0 on Kyle Schwarber’s homer leading off the sixth.
Schwarber, who hit his third homer in the past four games, rounded the bases waving his raised empty hand in the same motion as the fans with their towels.
But by the time Schwarber batted in the eighth, the NL’s home run leader was reduced to bunting, trying for a hit to stir a dormant Phillies offense. His bunt went foul with two strikes, resulting in a strikeout.
In the sixth, Houston got two runners on base against Wheeler for the first time in the game, when Martin Maldonado was hit by a pitch, Jose Altuve grounded into a forceout and Pena singled.
Phillies manager Rob Thomson went to left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado to face the lefty slugger for the fourth time in the series – Alvarez had popped out twice and been hit by a pitch the first three times.
“I thought Wheels still had really good stuff. It wasn’t about that. It was just I thought the matchup was better with Alvarado on Alvarez at that time,” Thomson said.
And Alvarado had allowed only three homers to lefty hitters in his six big league seasons, until his 2-1 pitch, when Alvarez crushed the 99 mph sinker.
“It’s kind of a dirty inning and I thought, I mean, going into the series it was always kind of Alvarado on Alvarez,” Thomson said. “It was the sixth inning and I felt like the normal back end of the bullpen guys could get through it.”
Alvarez hadn’t homered since Game 2 of the AL Division Series against Seattle, when his two-run shot in the sixth inning put them up to stay. That came after his game-ending, three-run shot in Game 1 for an 8-7 win.
Houston won an American League-best 106 games and reached its fourth World Series during a span in which it made it to the AL Championship Series six seasons in a row. The Astros made their only other World Series appearance in 2005, while still in the National League, and were swept in four games by the Chicago White Sox.
This was their third ALCS and second consecutive World Series since former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers revealed after the 2019 season, when he had gone from Houston for two years since being part of their 2017 championship, that the team had used a camera in center field to steal signs and signal hitters on which pitches to expect by banging on a garbage can.
“That will probably never go away but I think this just proves how good this team is and how good it’s been for a long time,” Astros owner Jim Crane said on the field afterward.
Philadelphia was 22-29 when Joe Girardi was fired in early June and replaced by bench coach Thomson, the 59-year-old baseball lifer getting his first chance a big league manager – he was on the Yankees big league staff for 10 seasons with Girardi, and was part of their last World Series and title in 2009.
The Phillies finished the regular season 65-46 under Thomson, their 87 wins good for the sixth and final spot in the NL playoffs, on the way to their first World Series since 2009.
Phillies: In less than four months, the Phillies will be back in Texas to begin their 2023 regular season, about 250 miles away for the opener of an interleague series March 30 against the Texas Rangers.
Astros: Whether or not Baker and/or general manager James Click are back – neither is signed past this season – the World Series champs will play their 2023 season opener at home March 30 against the Chicago White Sox.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL: WEEK 10 FOOTBALL RECAPS
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
MINNESOTA 20, NEBRASKA 13: Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 128 yards and two second-half touchdowns, and backup quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis brought Minnesota back from a 10-point halftime deficit in the Gophers’ 20-13 victory over Nebraska on Saturday. The Gophers beat the Cornhuskers for a fourth straight year and became bowl-eligible for the fourth time in coach P.J. Fleck’s six seasons. [FULL RECAP]
#2 OHIO STATE 21, NORTHWESTERN 7: Miyan Williams ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 2 Ohio State got all it could handle from Northwestern in a 21-7 victory on a rainy and windy Saturday. The Buckeyes came in tied with Tennessee in the AP poll and trailing only the Volunteers in the season’s first College Football Playoff rankings. Williams gave Ohio State the lead with a 27-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He made it 21-7 when he scored from the 2 with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the game after C.J. Stroud broke a 44-yard run. [FULL RECAP]
IOWA 24, PURDUE 3: Kaleb Johnson ran for 200 yards on 22 carries, including a touchdown, and Spencer Petras passed for two touchdowns to power Iowa past Purdue 24-3 on Saturday. Leading 17-3 at halftime, it took Iowa just 17 seconds in the second half to push the lead to 24-3 on Johnson’s 75-yard touchdown run. Petras finished 13 of 23 for 192 yards with two touchdowns. [FULL RECAP]
WISCONSIN 23, MARYLAND 10: Isaac Guerendo ran for an 89-yard touchdown and combined with Braelon Allen for 233 yards rushing as Wisconsin defeated Maryland 23-10 on Saturday. Allen rushed for 119 yards on 23 carries and gave the Badgers the lead for good with a 9-yard touchdown that opened the scoring late in the first period. Guerendo ran 12 times for a career-high 114 yards, including the 89-yard score that made it 14-0 in the second quarter. [FULL RECAP]
MICHIGAN STATE 23, #16 ILLINOIS 15: Payton Thorne threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan State ended a troubling week where eight players were suspended for a post-game fight with Michigan last week by defeating No. 14 Illinois 23-15 on Saturday. The Spartans stopped the Illini five times on fourth down to end a three-game losing streak. [FULL RECAP]
#15 PENN STATE 45, INDIANA 14: Kaytron Allen ran for 86 yards and scored a season-high three times Saturday while Nicholas Singleton rushed for 73 yards and another score to help No. 16 Penn State rout Indiana 45-14. The Nittany Lions have won eight of the last nine in this series and six of their wins this season have come by double digits. [FULL RECAP]
#5 MICHIGAN 52, RUTGERS 17: J.J. McCarthy threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and No. 4 Michigan rallied from its first halftime deficit of the season to beat Rutgers 52-17 on Saturday night. Running back Blake Corum had two short TD runs and linebacker Michael Barrett intercepted two passes in a big third quarter, returning the second one 31 yards for a touchdown as Michigan matched its best start since 2016. [FULL RECAP]
NO. 1 GEORGIA SHUTS DOWN QB HOOKER, NO. 2 TENNESSEE, 27-13
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) In the biggest games, Stetson Bennett seems to rise to the occasion and above his often more heralded counterparts.
Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score as No. 1 Georgia shut down Hendon Hooker and the Vols’ high-powered offense to win a Southeastern Conference showdown of the nation’s top-ranked teams 27-13 Saturday.
After leading the Bulldogs to a national title last season, Bennett improved to 23-3 as a starter at Georgia.
“Competitive excellence, competitive toughness,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart when asked about Bennett’s ability to shine on the grandest stages.
“He’s a winner. Let’s be honest. The guy knows how to win.”
Bennett passed for 257 yards, completing 17 of 25 passes. He had a 13-yard scoring run in the matchup against Hooker, regarded as a Heisman Trophy favorite. Maybe Bennett should be now?
Bennett insisted his only motivation was for the team’s hopes of returning to the SEC championship game, not for his personal validation “because at the end of the day we’re playing for the East and if we lost it’s a lower percentage we’re playing in Atlanta.”
Added Bennett: “I don’t really care about quarterback vs. quarterback.”
Georgia (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) turned the 25th regular-season matchup of the top two teams in the AP poll into a rout that made clear the defending national champions are still the team to beat.
“I kind of feel like it was a statement win,” said Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey, who had five catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.
In a deafening and soggy Sanford Stadium, Georgia led 27-6 before Tennessee scored its first touchdown with 4:15 remaining.
Hooker, whose Heisman hopes were bolstered by a win over Alabama last month, passed for only 195 yards for Tennessee (8-1, 4-1). Hooker was sacked six times by star defensive tackle Jalen Carter and the Bulldogs.
Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt said Georgia’s defense was “way more physical than Alabama.”
Georgia’s special teams put more pressure on Tennessee. Punter Brett Thorson nailed a 75-yarder that went out of bounds at the Tennessee 1 in the first quarter. Jack Podlesny kicked two field goals.
Hooker threw an interception, lost a fumble that nearly resulted in a safety for Georgia and didn’t throw a touchdown pass.
‘”‘They are a great ball team,” Hooker said. “They played extremely hard, and they got the win today. We have got to clean some things up. It is a learning process.”
The Volunteers came in averaging almost 50 points per game.
The Volunteers rode that Alabama victory to the top spot in the first College Football Playoff ranking. Georgia was No. 3 in last week’s CFP ranking.
That will change Tuesday.
The Vols were held to two first-half field goals as Georgia took a 24-6 halftime lead. Rain in the second half made it only more difficult to move against the Bulldogs’ defense.
Bennett threw scoring passes of 37 yards to McConkey and 5 yards to Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint in the first half.
There were more big plays in Georgia’s passing game. Bennett had completions of 52 yards to Arian Smith and 49 yards to running back Kenny McIntosh.
Tennessee: The Vols struggled in the big-game atmosphere, especially on offense where crowd noise contributed to a series of false starts and illegal procedure calls.
Tennessee’s playoff hopes are far from gone, but the Vols are now going to need some help.
Georgia: Coming into the game, no team in FBS had more plays of at least 30 yards than Tennessee with 36.
Against the Bulldogs, the Vols’ longest play was a 28-yard pass to Hyatt.
After losing outside linebacker Nolan Smith, Georgia’s leader with three sacks, to a season-ending injury last week, his replacement, Robert Beal, left game in third quarter with a neck injury. Chaz Chambliss took over for Beal. … Tennessee RB Jabari Small was taken to the medical tent in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. Wright took over as the lead running back.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ordered all flags in the state, including at Sanford Stadium, to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of former longtime Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, who died at 90 on Oct. 28.
Georgia players wore a patch on their uniforms honoring Dooley, who won 201 games, the 1980 national championship and six SEC titles.
For the second week, Georgia players also wore a helmet decal honoring Bulldogs legend Charley Trippi, a Pro and College Football Hall of Famer who died on Oct. 19. There was a moment of silence for Dooley and Trippi before the game.
Tennessee returns home to play Missouri on Saturday. The Vols have won the last three games in the series, including a 62-24 win at Missouri in 2021.
Georgia begins a stretch of back-to-back SEC road games when it plays at Mississippi State on Saturday night. Georgia has won the last three games in the series.
DANIELS, NO. 15 LSU OUTLAST NO. 6 ALABAMA, 32-31 IN OT
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) First-year LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels was unflappable in the face of an Alabama defense that sacked him six times.
First-year Tigers coach Brian Kelly made bold decisions while trying to capture a maiden victory over Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
Together, Daniels and Kelly helped produce a scene of sheer rapture at Death Valley — something that was hard to envision when the two joined a program coming off consecutive non-winning seasons.
Daniels ran for 25-yard touchdown in overtime and then found Mason Taylor for a do-or-die 2-point conversion, and 15th-ranked LSU seized control of the SEC West race with 32-31 victory over No. 6 Alabama on Saturday night.
“I had never beaten Alabama,” Kelly said. “I was emotional, not for myself, but I was emotional for our team. Because I know what we looked like in January and to see where we are today, that’s pretty emotional.”
Jubilant fans stormed the field after LSU (7-2, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) triumphed in a riveting game that included six second-half lead changes and a tying field goal by Alabama in the final 30 seconds.
Alabama (7-2, 4-2) began overtime with the ball and took a 31-24 lead on Roydell Williams’ second touchdown of the game.
But Daniels needed one play in overtime to score and force a decision by Kelly to try to tie it with a kick or let the Arizona State transfer try to win it.
“If you asked me before the game started, `Hey I’m going to give you one play and if you are successful on that one play you are going to beat Alabama,’ I would have taken it 100 times out of a hundred,” Kelly said. “At that moment, it kind of hit me that way. I knew we had a really good play that we hadn’t used and (Alabama) hadn’t seen. When you get (Daniels) out on the perimeter you truly have a threat. So I felt really good about the play.”
The winning play began with Daniels rolling right before throwing to Taylor along the goal line. Taylor was tackled at the pylon but with the ball narrowly across the goal line.
“I felt comfortable with the play,” Daniels said, adding the he, like Kelly, didn’t want a second overtime. “If it wasn’t there, hopefully I could make something of it with my legs. But I was able to give Mason a ball he could catch and the rest is history.”
Alabama, favored by nearly two-TDs, lost in Tiger Stadium for the first time since 2010.
“It would be an understatement to say how disappointed our team is,” Saban said. “Sometimes, we beat ourselves too much and it’s kind of hard to overcome. It was a tough loss, but there’s nobody that feels worse about it than the players.”
Kelly, who as Notre Dame’s coach lost to Saban and Alabama twice in college football’s postseason, became the coach to end LSU’s decade-long run of home futility against the Tide at the beginning of a 10-year contract worth nearly $100 million.
“To come here and restore the pride and tradition of this program just means so much,” Kelly said. “It just feels so good to return the faith and trust that they’ve given to me.”
Daniels passed for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 95 yards and a score. Josh Williams had a 2-yard TD run for LSU.
Alabama’s Bryce Young passed for 328 yards and one touchdown, and also was intercepted.
“Obviously, this isn’t the outcome we wanted, but I am super proud of our team,” Young said. “These are my brothers and this is tough.”
There were three lead changes in the final 4:44, starting when Young narrowly escaped a sack, scrambled right and found Ja’Corey Brooks for a 41-yard touchdown.
LSU went back in front 24-21 with 1:47 left in regulation when Daniels hit Taylor, a true freshman, in the back of the end zone for a 7-yard score.
But Young drove Alabama to the LSU 28 and Will Reichard’s 46-yard field goal with 21 seconds left tied it.
Alabama took its first of two fourth-quarter leads with the help of face mask and defensive holding penalties by LSU that negated what would have been a third-down sack.
After Jahmyr Gibbs’ 14-yard run to the 2, Williams barreled in to make it 15-14 after a failed 2-point conversion with 12:37 to go.
Damian Ramos’ 32-yard field goal put LSU back up 17-15 with 6:52 to go.
A crowd of 102,321 turned Death Valley into “Deaf Valley” with ear-splitting roars that seemed to send vibrations coursing through the nearly century-old stadium.
The crowd “created an energy unlike on I can remember,” Kelly said. “That was truly a home-field advantage.”
Alabama: Young was sacked twice and routinely threw under pressure. He came in completing 66% of his passes for the season but connected on 49% (25 for 51) in Tiger Stadium. The Tide also was penalized nine times for 92 yards.
LSU: The Tigers’ defense has improved since giving up 40 points in a loss to Tennessee on Oct. 8 and 35 points in a victory at Florida on Oct. 15. After holding explosive Ole Miss to 20, the Tigers kept the Crimson Tide out of the end zone for three quarters.
Alabama: At No. 11 Mississippi, which had this weekend off.
LSU: At Arkansas, which will be trying to regroup from loss to No. 23 Liberty.
NO. 4 MICHIGAN RALLIES IN 2ND HALF TO BLITZ RUTGERS 52-17
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) College football games tend to be decided in the second half and No. 4 Michigan has been a beast in the final 30 minutes the past four games.
J.J. McCarthy threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and the Wolverines rallied from their first halftime deficit of the season to beat Rutgers 52-17 on Saturday night.
The Wolverines (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 5 CFP) outscored Rutgers 38-0 in the second half, overcoming a 17-14 deficit. They have a 100-3 advantage in the second half of their last four games, including wins against Indiana, Penn State and Michigan State.
“Really proud of our guys,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Rutgers had momentum coming off the field in the first half and our guys were real quiet at halftime, got our minds right and go out there for the second half and our guys didn’t flinch. It was fun to be a part of.”
Running back Blake Corum had two short TD runs and linebacker Michael Barrett intercepted two passes in a big third quarter, returning the second one 31 yards for a touchdown as Michigan matched its best start since 2016.
The Wolverines’ defense played a major role in the comeback, picking off Rutgers freshman quarterback Gavin Wimsatt three times in third quarter.
Timmy Ward scored on a 7-yard return of a blocked punt, Jude McAtamney kicked a 32-yard field goal and Wimsatt threw a 3-yard TD pass to Sean Ryan to give the 25-point underdog Scarlet Knights the lead.
It didn’t prevent Rutgers (4-4, 1-5) from losing its 36th straight game to a ranked opponent, and eighth in a row to Michigan.
“What was important to me was we played clean football in the first half,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. “The penalties disappeared, there were zero, no turnovers – it was clean football. To beat a team that is a national championship contender you have to play clean football for 60 minutes.”
The Wolverines wiped out the lead with a 21-point blitz early in the third quarter fueled by Barrett, who had never had an interception at Michigan.
McCarthy hit Donovan Edwards with a go-ahead, 14-yard TD pass with 8:24 left in the quarter. On the second play from scrimmage after that, Barrett stepped in front of Wimsatt’s pass to Ryan and returned it to the 10-yard line. Corum scored from 2 yards out for a 28-17 lead with 6:53 left.
Nine seconds later, Barrett scored on his interception return and the game was all but over.
“Once we come out in the second half, we get that breath, just feeling good and at that point, we’re ready to come out and hunt as wolves,” Barrett said.
The finish was delayed a few minutes while medical personnel attended to a member of the chain crew who became ill. He was taken off the field in a wheelchair.
Michigan: The Wolverines finally looked like one of the best teams in the country in the second half. They came in just out of the CFP picture and scuffled early, but losses by Tennessee and Clemson could help them move up in the rankings. Michigan’s most direct path to the playoff is winning a second straight Big Ten title, which likely means going 12-0 with a victory at rival Ohio State.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have to win two of their final three to have any shot at playing in a second consecutive bowl game. After Michigan State, they play No. 16 Penn State and finish at Maryland.
Corum and Edwards each rushed for 109 yards. … McCarthy finished 13 of 27 for 151 yards. … Wimsatt was 14 of 29 for 166 yards. … Michigan outgained Rutgers 433-180 and held the ball for 37:41. … Michigan kicker Jake Moody missed two 50-yard field goal attempts in the first half before hitting from 29 late. … CB Max Melton blocked Brad Robbins’ punt on Ward’s TD. It was his third punt block of the season. It was Rutgers’ first TD on a punt block since 2013 against Central Florida and the first allowed by Michigan since 2018 against Ohio State.
Michigan: Will host Nebraska on Saturday.
Rutgers: Plays at Michigan State on Saturday.
WILLIAMS RUNS FOR 2 TDS, NO. 2 OHIO ST GETS BY NORTHWESTERN
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Ryan Day was more than willing to take the win and move on from this one. The way the wind was blowing and rain was falling, it was hard to blame the coach.
Miyan Williams ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 2 Ohio State overcame the ugly weather and a stiff challenge from Northwestern to win 21-7 on Saturday.
The Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) came in tied with Tennessee in the AP poll and trailing only the Volunteers in the season’s first College Football Playoff rankings. But what figured to be an easy win turned into a struggle.
The heavy rain that fell at times and gusting winds that blew passes off course all afternoon helped make it that way. Northwestern’s physical play, particularly in the early going, only added to the difficulties.
“I’ve never been around conditions like this,” Day said. “It must have been 30-mile-an-hour winds. And if you’ve ever tried to golf in 30-mile-an-hour winds, it’s hard to get off the tee, (let alone) throw a football. We saw this coming, so we had a plan. … There were times I was concerned about the snap coming back.”
The Buckeyes didn’t score until the closing minutes of the first half, when Emeka Egbuka ran it in from the 15.
Williams gave Ohio State the lead with a 27-yard touchdown in the third quarter and celebrated by making snow angels in the grass. He made it 21-7 when he scored from the 2 with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the game after C.J. Stroud broke a 44-yard run, and the Buckeyes came away with a tougher-than-expected win.
Stroud, the Big Ten leader in yards passing, set a career low with 76. He completed just 10 of 26 passes in his only game this year without a touchdown throw. But he ran for 79 yards, a big number particularly for a quarterback with minus-4 yards rushing coming in.
“We had to find another way to win,” Stroud said. “I’m like that every game, where I tell coach run me if he wants to, or if he doesn’t it’s up to him.”
The Buckeyes set by far a season low with 283 yards and matched one in scoring. But they made enough plays to pick up their 10th consecutive win against Northwestern and 34th in the past 35 meetings.
The Wildcats (1-8, 1-5) dropped their eighth straight, matching their worst skid since the 1998 team lost eight in a row. They are 5-17 since falling to Ohio State in the 2020 conference championship game.
“A lot of good happened today,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “Unfortunately, the bad is the outcome on the scoreboard. I thought our staff put together a really good plan to be prepared for the elements, and I think we pretty much executed it except for a couple plays. Those ended up being the difference in the game.”
Evan Hull ran for 122 yards and a touchdown. Brendan Sullivan threw for 79, completing 10 of 14 passes, and Northwestern remained winless since beating Nebraska in Ireland to start the season.
Ohio State came came in averaging 48.9 points – second only to Tennessee – and hadn’t scored fewer than 44 in a Big Ten game. But the Buckeyes had a tough time getting going.
Northwestern, which has not beaten a top-five team since knocking off No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 5 Iowa in the first two games of the 1959 season, grabbed a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Hull took a direct snap and scored from the 16.
Egbuka turned up the right side and scored from the 15 to tie it at 7 with 2:26 left in the half. Stroud kept that drive going with a 16-yard keeper on fourth down at the Northwestern 37.
Williams, who left last week’s game at Penn State early with an injury, gave Ohio State the lead with 8:44 left when he bounced off a pack, turned to the right and beat three or four defenders for his 27-yard TD. He put this one away with his short score run in the fourth.
Though the Buckeyes remained unbeaten, they could drop a spot or two
Ohio State: The Buckeyes asserted themselves more as the game wore on after getting pushed around in the first half and found a way to pull out a difficult game.
Northwestern: Though they hung in against one of the Big Ten’s powerhouses, the Wildcats continue their slide.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes have a home game against Indiana next week and visit Maryland before a showdown with No. 4 Michigan in Columbus on Nov. 26.
Northwestern: The Wildcats will try to stop their skid when they visit Minnesota.
NEAL LEADS KANSAS PAST NO. 18 OKLAHOMA STATE, 37-16
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Devin Neal ran for 224 yards and a touchdown and had 110 receiving yards, leading Kansas past No. 18 Oklahoma State 37-16 on Saturday.
The Jayhawks (6-3, 3-3 Big 12 Conference) are bowl eligible for the first time since 2008 when they beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
“I’m really proud of our guys and our staff,” Kansas coach Lance Leipold said. “To be able to do something like this is pretty special.”
Kansas’ ground game led the way with 351 yards as a team with Neal setting career highs in both rushing and receiving yards against the Cowboys (6-3, 3-3).
“That’s what makes it more special,” Neal said about growing up in Lawrence just a few miles away from the stadium. “When I did commit there was a lot of people that asked me why I would waste my career there.
“Looking back now, to be able to do what we’ve done it’s pretty special. It just means a lot more to me especially just because I grew up here just two miles way from campus.”
Jason Bean was efficient in the air, too. He went 18-for-23 passing for 203 yards with two touchdowns while rushing for a 72-yard touchdown.
Neal and Bean combined for 237 yards on the ground in the first half with two touchdowns. Bean gained 93 yards on four carries while Neal had six catches.
“The performance of Devin Neal was just outstanding,” Leipold said. “We had talked about how we needed him to have one of those games, and he answered that. “
Kansas benefited from Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders not playing, with freshman Garrett Rangel throwing interceptions on the Cowboys’ first two drives. Rangel went 27 of 40 for 304 yards and two touchdowns.
Bryan Green had nine catches for 105 yards for Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State had four turnovers, which resulted in 14 points for Kansas.
“Obviously turnovers made it difficult for us today,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “We have to be able to defend the rush on defense and keep working on trying to run the ball a little better on offense.”
The Cowboys scored a touchdown with 10 minutes left in the second quarter, their first points in 83 game minutes spanning over their last three. It was an 8-yard touchdown pass by Rangel to Stephon Johnson.
Oklahoma State: Without Sanders, the Cowboys offense struggled. They were outscored by a combined 85-16 by Kansas State and Kansas in their last two games.
Kansas: Now being bowl eligible, the pressure is off this team that won their first five games. If the Jayhawks win out and get some help, they could find themselves in the Big 12 Championship game.
Oklahoma State heads home to host Iowa State on Saturday.
Kansas travels to Texas Tech on Saturday.
MORRIS, DEFENSE LEAD NO. 21 NC STATE PAST NO. 20 WAKE FOREST
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) MJ Morris has given No. 21 North Carolina State the spark it needed.
The first-year passer threw for three scores while the Wolfpack’s defense thrice picked off Sam Hartman to beat No. 20 Wake Forest 30-21 on Saturday night. He threw for 210 yards in becoming the first true freshman in more than 22 years to start for the Wolfpack (7-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), following his three-TD effort in last week’s comeback home win against Virginia Tech.
This performance, though, came against a ranked instate foe featuring a veteran star quarterback in Hartman leading a high-scoring offense.
“He’s way ahead of where we thought he would be at this point in his career,” Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said of Morris.
Morris hit Darryl Jones for two of his touchdowns and Keyon Lesane for another to lead the offense. He also directed a key late drive that took four minutes off the clock and set up Christopher Dunn’s 25-yard field goal to make it a two-possession game with 2:54 left. And it was another boost for a team that lost preseason ACC player of the year Devin Leary at quarterback to a season-ending injury less than a month ago.
“That’s one of the things Coach Doeren told me last week: `Just bring that juice because the whole team is going to revolve around you,'” Morris said.
Meanwhile, the Wolfpack’s veteran defense got after Hartman for four sacks and plenty of pressure up front. The unit also got an early boost by standing up when the Demon Deacons got a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line, forcing three straight negative-yardage plays followed by a missed field goal.
This wasn’t the type of performance Dave Clawson wanted from his Demon Deacons (6-3, 2-3), who lost at Louisville last week while committing eight turnovers – six by Hartman in the third quarter alone. Hartman threw for 397 yards and connected with Taylor Morin and A.T. Perry for touchdowns in this one, while Perry had 12 catches for 159 yards.
But the Demon Deacons managed just 17 yards rushing to put everything on Hartman’s right arm.
“It’s a good football team, it’s a tough environment, it’s a really good old veteran defense,” Clawson said of the Wolfpack. “They started a freshman quarterback but the rest of that unit is good players. They’ve got a veteran O-line, they’ve got veteran offensive skill. He played well, but they didn’t ask him to win the game.”
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons’ formula for success under Clawson has been avoiding self-inflicted mistakes. They now have 11 turnovers in two games and had nine penalties for 74 yards in this one.
N.C. State: N.C. State’s last two home games had featured comebacks from double-digit deficits after halftime, first from 17-3 down against Florida State and then last week’s rally from a 21-3 hole against Virginia Tech. No need this time, not with Morris looking steady and mobile all night while following eventual longtime NFL quarterback Philip Rivers as the program’s last true freshman QB starter.
N.C. State is showing the kind of resilience sure to keep the Wolfpack solidly in the AP Top 25, while Wake Forest could tumble slightly after another off-target performance.
N.C. State has won 16 straight home games to tie the program record set from 1972-75 under Lou Holtz.
Things got testy late, with the teams jawing at each other during and after the game as they left the field. That included Wake Forest defensive back Caelen Carson taking off his helmet while exchanging words with a Wolfpack player, leading Carson to be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
There was also the sight of Wolfpack defensive tackle Cory Durden waving good-bye multiple times to Wake Forest during that exchange and as some players were separated afterward.
The arguing didn’t carry into the tunnels or locker rooms. North Carolina State’s stadium has separate tunnels for the each team.
“We did some things that I’m not proud of and I’m sure Dave feels the same way about his football team,” Clawson said, adding: “I’m not pointing fingers. I’m responsible for what our guys did and I’m embarrassed by some of the things we did. And we’ll address that tomorrow.”
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons host No. 17 North Carolina next Saturday for a second-straight matchup against a ranked instate ACC team.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack’s home finale comes next Saturday with a division visit from Boston College.
MORDECAI’S 9 PASSING TDS SEND SMU PAST HOUSTON 77-63
DALLAS (AP) Tanner Mordecai set school and American Athletic Conference records with nine touchdown passes – an NCAA-record tying seven coming in the first half – and SMU’s offense exploded for a 77-63 win over Houston on Saturday.
As a point of reference, Houston’s men’s basketball team beat SMU’s 75-61 on Feb. 27.
On the gridiron, their combined 140 points set the NCAA single-game scoring record for two teams in regulation. The previous record of 137 points was set when Pitt beat Syracuse 76-61 on November 26, 2016.
SMU reached school records with 77 points in a game (which tied the AAC record), 11-total touchdowns, nine passing scored and 433 total yards in the first half.
The Mustangs (5-4, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) scored touchdowns on their first nine drives of the game and didn’t punt until their 10th drive with 5:30 left before the end of the third quarter. Mordecai also had a 2-yard touchdown run with 8:43 before halftime for a 35-21 lead and his 10 total TDs set new single-game program and conference records.
The Mustangs needed to keep their foot on the pedal because Houston quarterback Clayton Tune did his best to keep the Cougars (5-4, 3-2) in it, throwing for seven touchdowns and running for another.
Tune joined David Klingler, Jimmy Klinger and Andre Ware in Houston’s seven-touchdowns-thrown-in-game club. David Klingler reached the mark on three occasions in the 1990 season and holds the all-time school record of 11 also in 1990.
Tune missed touchdown number eight when he threw an interception in the end zone down 77-63 with 1:43 left. SMU secured three picks on Tune.
Tyler Lavine’s 15-yard touchdown run with with 5:13 left made it 77-56 and he rushed for a career-high 146 yards.
BUCKS TOP OKC FOR FRANCHISE-RECORD 9TH STRAIGHT TO OPEN YEAR
MILWAUKEE (AP) Brook Lopez scored 25 points and the Milwaukee Bucks extended their season-opening winning streak to a franchise-record nine games with Giannis Antetokounmpo on the bench, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-94 Saturday night.
Antetokounmpo sat out for the first time this season. He was listed as “questionable” with left knee soreness after recording his first triple-double of the season a night earlier in Minnesota. He did not go through warmups ahead of the game, and head coach Mike Budenholzer said before that game that the league’s second-leading scorer at 32.6 points per game would get the night off.
“It’s kind of exciting,” Lopez said of playing without the two-time Most Valuable Player. “Giannis gets a chance to rest, to refill his cup and we get a chance to get better and see what it’s like without him on the court and get better in that way.”
With Antetokounmpo out, Lopez led Milwaukee on 10-of-16 shooting that included four of the Bucks’ 17 3-pointers – three of which came in the opening quarter.
“He’s had so many good games for us, but to shoot the 3-ball so well out of the gate, then really be such a force in the paint, he really delivered in a lot of different ways,” Budenholzer said. “He was phenomenal.”
He also had plenty of help.
Jevon Carter and Grayson Allen each added five 3s and finished with 18 points and 19 points, respectively. Bobby Portis notched fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 21 rebounds. Jrue Holiday also finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points with 13 assists.
“I think we all knew that we’d all have to chip in,” Lopez said. “You look across the board . everyone who (played) had an impact.”
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander connected on 7 of 16 shots and led Oklahoma City with 18 points. Josh Giddey scored 15 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 12.
“We were playing well offensively and defensively, but they started to chip away more on the defensive end than we did,” Robinson-Earl said.
After finishing the opening quarter tied at 34, the Thunder trailed by as many as 24 before hitting four 3-pointers in the closing minutes of the third. Oklahoma City opened the fourth on a 7-2 run that cut Milwaukee’s lead to 95-85 with 10:22 to play.
The Bucks responded with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to put the game away.
“We really hard a hard time getting it going in the second quarter and into halftime, but I appreciate how hard our guys fought in the second half,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “We just kind of hung in there and stuck with it. “
Along with being the first team in franchise history to start the season with nine straight victories, the Bucks are also the first team in the NBA to win their first nine games since 2015, when Golden State went 24-0 to start the season – a streak that ended in Milwaukee.
“It’s obviously fun,” Lopez said. “I think what’s pretty cool for us is we just feel like we could still be so much better. We were talking after the game about how much better we could be, especially offensively.”
Thunder: The loss was Oklahoma City’s third in four road games this season. . Gilgeous-Alexander came into the game averaging 32.3 points, good for third in the league and just 0.3 points behind Antetokounmpo.
Bucks: With Antetokounmpo sitting out for the first time this season, first-round draft pick MarJon Beauchamp got his first career start Saturday night.
Thunder: At Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Bucks: At Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
BROWN HAS 30, CELTICS HIT 27 3S IN 133-118 WIN OVER KNICKS
NEW YORK (AP) Jaylen Brown scored 30 points, Jayson Tatum added 26 and the Boston Celtics made a franchise-record 27 3-pointers in a 133-118 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Brown and Tatum each connected on six 3-pointers, while reserve guard Sam Hauser set career highs with 16 points and five 3-pointers. Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 14 points.
Boston shot 13 for 27 from long distance in the first half and then went 14 for 24 over the last two quarters.
“We got a really good team who can really shoot the ball,” Brown said. “When we give each other the correct spacing and we get going like we did tonight, a lot of shots can fall.”
Joe Mazzulla stressed the importance of his team moving the ball and the Celtics responded with 30 assists on 47 baskets while improving to 6-3.
“It felt amazing. Joe is just preaching to us, don’t get tired, we’re playing the right way,” said Marcus Smart, who had 11 assists. “I think every coach preaches that, but to see it actually happen in action is a thing of beauty. It’s good for us. It felt good for guys to hit shots. It’s felt good for the team to see how we play and when we play that way the things we can do.
Julius Randle scored 29 points and RJ Barrett added 27 for the Knicks, who have lost four of their last five games. Jalen Brunson had 22 points and 10 assists.
Two free throws by Randle got the Knicks within four points midway through the fourth quarter, but the Celtics then went on an 8-2 run, highlighted by Tatum’s 3-pointer that was Boston’s 26th, to increase the lead to 124-114 with 3:34 left.
Grant Williams then set the team record for 3s in a regular-season game with 14 seconds to go.
The 27 3-pointers given up by the Knicks were most ever for the franchise in a regular-season game.
“They’re a tough team to guard,” Randle said. “Obviously they have two great players who can break you down and get in the paint and create open 3s.”
Celtics: Boston improved to 2-0 in the second game of a back-to-back. . Hauser’s previous career high in points was 11 at Milwaukee last April 7. . Veteran forward Al Horford, who has not played in any of the team’s back-to-backs, sat out Saturday’s game. He played 33 minutes in Friday night’s home game against Chicago.
Knicks: C Mitchell Robinson missed the game after spraining his right knee in Friday night’s victory at Philadelphia. He will be evaluated in seven to 10 days.
Boston center Robert Williams rejoined the team on the road as he ramps up his rehab as he recovers from Sept. 23 left knee surgery. Williams said before the game that he has been on the court working out and even dunking.
“I’m stepping it up,” he said. “They just try to hold me (back from) being a little too explosive sometimes.”
Williams explained that he has been running the court and working in pick-and-rolls. He added that while is not sure when he expects to make his season debut, he has been pleased that there have been no setbacks.
NEW SET OF WHEELS
One lucky New York Knicks fan went home with a brand new car after he hit a half-court shot during a timeout in the third quarter.
Celtics: Visit Memphis on Monday night. Boston went 2-0 against the Grizzlies last season and has won five of the last six meetings.
Knicks: Visit Minnesota on Monday night.
HUSSO, RED WINGS SNAP ISLANDERS’ 5-GAME WIN STREAK, 3-0
DETROIT (AP) Ville Husso made 26 saves, and the Detroit Red Wings snapped the New York Islanders’ five-game win streak with a 3-0 victory on Saturday.
Dominik Kubalik had a goal and an assist, helping Detroit to its third win in four games. Lucas Raymond scored a power-play goal, and Pius Suter had a short-handed goal.
Husso’s shutout was his second this season and fifth of his career. He has allowed a total of two goals in his last three starts.
“The guys did a really good job today,” Husso said. “They only had like 11 shots after two periods. It made my night easy again. I just tried to keep my focus for the game and not let in any goals. Guys blocked shots and did all the little things again today.”
Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves for the Islanders, who were blanked for the first time this season. Varlamov was replaced by Ilya Sorokin with 8:13 left.
“Give them credit, they played well,” Islanders coach Lane Lambert said. “I thought they were taking away time and space but I didn’t think we played fast enough and there’s no excuse for it.”
The Red Wings had two power plays and a 13-7 advantage in shots on goal in the first period but it ended scoreless.
Detroit was awarded a 5-on-3 advantage in the second, and this time it capitalized. Kubalik set up Raymond, who was parked near the goalpost. He lifted a shot over Varlamov’s right pad for his fourth goal.
The Islanders had allowed just three power-play goals coming into the day. Raymond also scored a power-play goal off a Kubalik feed against Washington on Thursday.
“It’s getting better for sure. We have a lot of looks every power play,” Raymond said. “Kubby has found me really good there (at the side of the net), so I just try to be in the right spot.”
Adam Erne cleared the puck out of his zone, setting up Suter’s breakaway goal at 12:51 of the second. It was the first short-handed goal allowed by the Islanders this season.
“We’d had a couple of power plays, so we knew we were going to have to spend some time on the PK,” Suter said. “Getting a two-goal lead is huge and doing it short-handed just takes away all of their momentum.”
The Red Wings killed off two penalties in the first seven minutes of the third. Husso made a sliding stop against Mathew Barzal with 12 minutes left.
Kubalik scored his fifth goal with a wrist shot from the left circle with 9:47 remaining.
With four games coming up next week, Lambert said his team won’t dwell on the loss.
“You look at it just like we do a win and we see things we liked about it, because there was some things to like about it, and then we’ll see the things we have to correct and move forward,” he said. “It’s a busy week coming up. We’ve got games on Monday and Tuesday and we have to be ready for it.”
Detroit defenseman Ben Chiarot played in his 500th career game. … The Islanders played their 3,000th game, including playoffs, with Lou Lamoriello as GM. … This was the lone meeting in Detroit this season. They’ll play on the Islanders’ home ice Jan. 27 and March 4. … Red Wings F Oskar Sundqvist missed the game with an upper-body injury. … Detroit F Filip Zadina was hit with a shot on his right leg during the third period and was helped off the ice.
Islanders: Host Calgary on Monday.
Red Wings: At New York Rangers on Sunday.
HELLEBUYCK GETS 2ND SHUTOUT AS JETS BEAT BLACKHAWKS 4-0
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30 shots for his second shutout of the season and 30th of his career as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Saturday.
Josh Morrissey and Pierre-Luc Dubois each had a goal and an assist, and Nate Schmidt and Adam Lowry also scored to help Winnipeg improved to 5-0-1 in its last six games.
“Our details have been right,” Hellebuyck said. “We’re getting everyone’s A game right now. We’ve got a lot of character in this room and it’s starting to show. We care about winning and we’re showing it.”
All of the Jets’ scoring came on special teams, with three on the power play and Lowry getting his second short-handed tally of the season.
“Obviously, special teams were huge,” Morrissey said. “And (Hellebuyck) in net was fantastic. I think the things we’re trying to see out of our team are becoming more and more consistent. Hopefully, we can keep that going.”
Arvid Soderblom started in goal for Chicago and stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced through two periods. Dylan Wells came on to begin the third and had 12 saves in his NHL debut.
“I don’t know (Soderblom’s) status,” Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said. “I just know the trainer came after the second period and said he wasn’t feeling good, and Wells was here. He stood really strong for us in the third period. It’s definitely concerning with all of the injuries at this point. Hopefully, he’s not too bad.”
Chicago has already lost goalies Petre Mzrak and Alex Stalock to injuries.
“(Wells) looked confident standing in the crease there, so it was a good start for him,” Richardson said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good start or finish for us.”
Despite the loss, Wells was thrilled to have played in his first game.
“It feels really good,” Wells said. “It’s been a goal of mine since I was a little kid, to play in the NHL.”
Morrisey got Winnipeg on the scoreboard midway through the second period. With Chicago’s Jujhar Khaira off for interference, Morrissey’s slap shot from the point beat a screened Soderblom. It was Morrissey’s first goal of the season.
Lowry made it 2-0 when he beat a Chicago defenseman to the puck outside the blue line, raced down the ice and blasted a shot over Soderblom’s right shoulder with 6:27 left in the period.
“Honestly, coming down that side, I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Lowry said. “I think I just tried to get it off my stick as quick as I could. … It’s a big momentum swing. I was happy to see that one go in.”
Dubois added to that lead nearly 4 1/2 minutes later, beating Soderblom with a wrist shot off of a smart pass from Kyle Connor.
Winnipeg made it 4-0 with its third power-play goal of the game 4:59 into the third. Schmidt took a perfect pass from Cole Perfetti and fired it past Wells.
Chicago forward Jonathan Toews had a seven-game points streak snapped. His seven goals lead the team and was ninth in the NHL heading into the day.
Blackhawks: At Los Angeles on Thursday night in the second of a three-game trip.
Jets: Host Dallas on Tuesday night in the finale of a three-game homestand.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES/HEADLINES
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Alfred Bryant contemplated Indiana’s loss with a soft voice, a reflective voice, a voice that mixed frustration and resolve.
“It’s tough,” the redshirt senior outside linebacker said in the aftermath of Saturday’s 45-14 loss to No. 15 Penn State, “We have to come back and work and get things figured out. Get back to the details.”
Six-straight defeats have ripped away the promise of a 3-0 start, and with three games remaining, including next Saturday’s challenge at No. 2 Ohio State, strong minds and attitudes are crucial.
“You have to come back to work,” Bryant said. “Flush all of that. You can’t dwell on the past. We have a game next week. Try to win that. It’s hard, but you have to have that mindset.”
Quarterback uncertainty has returned. Banged-up starter Connor Bazelack was not in uniform. Jack Tuttle started, but got knocked out of the game midway through the second quarter.
True freshman Brendan Sorsby and redshirt sophomore Dexter Williams II got their first college action.
Tuttle showed good speed and mobility until Penn State’s relentless pressure sent him to the locker room with a first-down sack. Sorsby came in and was sacked for losses of one and seven yards to force one of eight-straight Hoosier punts.
Tuttle hit his first six passes for 66 yards and finished 9-for-12 for 82 yards and a touchdown.
“Jack did a good job,” tight end AJ Barner said. “He moved the pocket. He extended some plays. It’s unfortunate he got hurt. I know how hard he has worked. It will work out for him. He’s a great person and teammate. He’ll be back.”
Sorsby finished 3-for-6 for eight yards and an interception.
Williams II’s dual-threat ability was a positive. He was 4-for-11 for 41 yards and two interceptions. He added 24 rushing yards on four carries.
“Dexter is one of the hardest working people I know,” Barner said. “If you ask him to get in catches, he’ll come out with you.
“They can move around. They have great arm talent. They will continue to learn. They can only get better.”
Head coach Tom Allen said Bazelak should be able to play next Saturday.
“Jack did some good things. He got injured, so we’re trying to figure out the final diagnosis for him.”
As for Sorsby and Williams II, Allen said they are “very similar.”
“They have a lot of talent. Dexter did some really good things. There’s no doubt about it. They will both be a big part of our future.”
Offensive line woes continue. It gave up six sacks, including the one that hurt Tuttle. The running game generated just 65 yards. IU was held to 196 total yards.
Penn State (7-2) had 483 total yards. Quarterback Sean Clifford threw for 223 yards.
“In order to move the football,” Allen said, “it has to start up front. We have to do a better job in that area. It’s not good enough. It’s killing us.
“There’s no magic scheme. You have to block them up front. When you block them up front, everything works better. It’s about getting our playmakers the football and letting us have a chance on offense.”
Hoosier defenders were positioned to make multiple key plays. They didn’t. The Nittany Lions did.
“It’s very frustrating to have guys in those spots and not be able to come up with a play that can change the game,” Allen said.
Added cornerback Tiawan Mullen: “We try to translate what happens in practice to the game. We’re not doing our part as players, but the season is not over.”
Penn State’s game-opening possession ended in a punt courtesy of Bryant’s sack.
The Nittany Lions came back to score on a 1-yard run. IU countered with an up-tempo, 75-yard touchdown drive. Tuttle connected with Emery Simmons for 14 yards and Andison Coby for 35 yards, then added runs of six and 14 yards to set up his 11-yard scoring pass to Barner for a 7-7 tie.
The Hoosiers got the ball right back on Mullen’s second interception of the season, but couldn’t score off of it due to a pair of Tuttle sacks.
Penn State added two second-quarter touchdown runs and then a field goal, for a 24-7 halftime lead. Sorsby’s third-quarter interception led to a 96-yard Nittany Lion TD drive and a 31-7 lead. The advantage grew to 45-7.
Williams provided a late spark for a touchdown drive, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
“It stinks,” Barner said. “A lot of people don’t see the spring we go through, the winter workouts we go through, the summer we go through. We create a bond. A lot of guys love each other and have each other’s backs. No matter what happens, we’ll be there for each other.”
INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 1: VS. MOREHEAD STATE
• Indiana University opens its 123rd season of competition in men’s basketball with a matchup against Morehead State at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT on Nov. 7.
• The Eagles finished 23-11 and third in the Ohio Valley Conference a season ago under seventh-year head coach Preston Spradlin.
Date: Nov. 7, 2022 • 7 PM ET
Venue: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: BTN+ (Griffin Epstein, Jack Edwards, Audrey Hausberger)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)
Series History: Indiana leads, 5-0
Last Meeting: IU 92, MSU 59 on Dec. 5, 2015 in Bloomington
• The two programs have met five previous times on the hardwood with Indiana holding a 5-0 advantage. All five matchups have taken place in Bloomington.
• Indiana earned a 92-59 triumph over Morehead State the last time the two sides met on Dec. 5, 2015. Five Hoosiers scored in double figures during the game, led by Troy Williams (16). Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (15), James Blackmon, Jr. (15), Thomas Bryant (14), and Max Bielfeldt (12) carried the Hoosiers to the victory.
• The Hoosiers hold an all-time record of 25-0 against teams currently residing in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Last Time Out
• Five Hoosiers tallied 10-plus points in Indiana’s 104-59 exhibition win over Saint Francis on Thursday evening. Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis scored a team-best 19 points to go alone with nine rebounds.
• The freshman duo of forward Malik Reneau and guard Jalen Hood-Schifino each scored 15 points, while Reneau recorded eight rebounds and Hood-Schifino dished out a team-high five assists.
• Off the bench, sophomore guard Tamar Bates and junior forward Jordan Geronimo each tallied 10 points.
• Indiana swatted away 12 Saint Francis shots in the exhibition finale on Thursday night, the most since denying Nebraska 12 times in the 2020 Big Ten Tournament.
• To go along with Jackson-Davis, Indiana returns four starters and nine total scholarship letterwinners. Fifth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention after putting up 12.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game. Fifth-year senior forward Miller Kopp tallied 6.0 points per game on 36.1% shooting from the 3-point line. Sixth-year senior forward Race Thompson finished second on the team in rebounding (7.5) and scored 11.1 points per game.
• Junior guard Trey Galloway was limited to 20 games with three starts and compiled 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Geronimo played in 34 contests off the bench a season ago and averaged 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Junior guard Anthony Leal started twice across 17 appearances and averaged 1.9 points per game.
• Bates appeared in 32 games and averaged 3.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per contest. Sophomore center Logan Duncomb saw game action in nine contests.
• Non-scholarship players Michael Shipp, Nathan Childress, and Shaan Burke return to the Hoosiers, while Hogan Orbaugh joined the team ahead of the 2022-23 season.
Highly-Touted Freshman Class
• Five-stars Hood-Schifino and Reneau, four-star-forward Kaleb Banks and Indiana All-Star guard CJ Gunn committed to the Hoosiers to give Indiana the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports, eighth by ESPN.com and 13th by Rivals.
• Hood-Schifino and Reneau helped lead Montverde Academy to back-to back GEICO High School national championships.
• Banks was the Georgia Class 4A Player of the Year and a 2,000-point scorer. Gunn is the all-time leader in points per game average at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.
WITTENBRINK SCORE SATISFIES IN BIG TEN QUARTERFINAL SHUTOUT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 4-seeded Indiana men’s soccer (9-3-6, 3-1-4 B1G) has advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinal round for a 10th straight season following a 1-0 shutout win against No. 5 seed Penn State Friday (Nov. 4) night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
A team-leading eighth goal of the season from redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink in the 35th minute was the difference while the Hoosier defense allowed no shots on target to earn the clean sheet.
With No. 1 seed Maryland defeating No. 8 Northwestern Friday, IU and the Terrapins will meet again after the two sides tied in a dramatic final day of regular season action on October 30. The rematch will take place in College Park, Maryland, on Wednesday (Nov. 9), with kickoff time yet to be announced.
• 19′ – Junior defender Joey Maher had the best attempt for IU before the goal. A corner from the right wing sailed his way at the back post, and Maher turned on it acrobatically to put a shot on target, but it was right at Penn State senior goalkeeper Kris Shakes.
• 35′ – IU’s constant pressure in their attacking third finally paid off. A shot from freshman forward Luka Bezerra was deflected to the perimeter of the box, where Wittenbrink was lurking. He took first time, pushing it low with pace to the bottom corner for the opening score.
• 45′ – Indiana had its 1-0 advantage at the half after a dominant 45 minutes. The Hoosiers led in the shots category, 7-1, and had 76 percent possession. Additionally, IU earned 10 first-half corners while allowing none to Penn State.
• 90′ – IU held on to its 1-0 lead while inviting some pressure late into the second half. Penn State added seven shots in the second half, but none came on target.
• Indiana will play in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal for a tenth season in a row.
• IU is 7-1-3 at Bill Armstrong Stadium this season.
• The Hoosiers earned their second win over Penn State this season, marking their eighth victory in 10 matches against the Nittany Lions. IU holds a heavy advantage in the all-time series with a 37-15-5 record.
• Indiana earned its fifth shutout of the season.
• Wittenbrink tallied his team-best eighth goal to bring his point total to 22 this season, which also leads IU.
• The first-team All-Big Ten selection now leads the Big Ten with four game-winning goals.
• Wittenbrink totaled six points against this Penn State this season after adding the score Friday. He had previously tallied a goal and two assists in the 4-2 regular season win on his way to Big Ten Player of the Week laurels.
• Bezerra earned his first-career assist with his shot that led to the Wittenbrink goal. Bezerra has tallied a goal contribution in two of IU’s last three matches.
Indiana will travel to College Park, Maryland, for a Big Ten Tournament semifinal match with host and No. 1-seeded Maryland on Wednesday (Nov. 9). Kickoff time is yet to be announced, but the match will appear on the Big Ten Network.
PURDUE HALTED BY IOWA
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – On a blustery day in West Lafayette, the Purdue football team could not extend its winning streak against Iowa to three games, falling 24-3 to the Hawkeyes on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Both sides had to battle gusting conditions that featured constant winds of 25 mph with gusts over 45 mph.
Wide receiver Charlie Jones caught 11 passes for 104 yards. He joined Rondale Moore as the second Boilermaker since 2000 to have at least five games with double-digit catches. Jones also became the sixth player in Purdue history to top the century mark six times in a single season.
Quarterback Aidan O’Connell threw for 168 yards on 20-of-43 passing with two interceptions. Running back Devin Mockobee had 14 carries for 65 yards.
The Purdue defense recorded seven tackles-for-loss, one shy of the season high. Defensive lineman Jack Sullivan led the way, matching his career high with a pair of stops behind the line. Fellow lineman Lawrence Johnson recorded 1.5 sacks on Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras for a new career high.
The two sides traded punts early on without much traction offensively in the first quarter. The Hawkeyes took advantage of a pair of Purdue interceptions to open a 17-0 lead midway through the second.
Mitchell Fineran converted a 34-yard field goal with 1:40 left in the first half for Purdue’s only points of the game. The Hawkeyes scored the final points of the game 17 seconds into the third quarter on a 75-yard touchdown run by Keagan Johnson.
Petras connected on 13 of his 23 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns, while Johnson rushed for 200 yards on 22 touches with one score.
Iowa finished with 376 yards to Purdue’s 255. The Boilermakers were 2-of-16 on third down, while holding Iowa to 4-of-14 attempts.
• Purdue leads the all-time series with Iowa 50-40-3.
• Punter Jack Ansell punted six times in the blustery conditions with a long of 59 and a trio inside the 20-yard line.
• The Boilermakers tallied their fifth game with five or more tackles-for-loss.
• Purdue failed to score a touchdown for the first time since 2017 against Wisconsin.
• The Boilermakers converted on a pair of fourth-down tries, going 2-for-5 on the afternoon.
• Running back Dylan Downing got his first carries since the win at Maryland, returning from injury and rushing nine times for 35 yards.
Purdue will hit the road for the Cannon Trophy Game against No. 16 Illinois in Champaign next Saturday. Kickoff time and television assignment will be announced later.
NO. 4 SEED @BUTLERMSOCCER ADVANCES AFTER SHUTOUT OF NO. 5 SEED PROVIDENCE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men’s soccer team advanced to the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Tournament with a 3-0 shutout win over Providence. The No. 4 seed Bulldogs (10-5-3) scored twice in the first half and added the final goal midway through the second period. The No. 5 seed Friars (5-5-7) produced 12 shots, four on frame, but were unable to adequately solve the defensive play of Butler’s back line and its goalkeeper, Gabriel Gjergji.
With the win, Butler advances to the semifinal round and will face No. 1 seed (No. 24) Georgetown on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Boyds, Md. The Hoyas defeated the Bulldogs, 3-2, in a regular-season match in Indianapolis on Oct. 5.
13′ | Jack Streberger takes a pass from Tommy Visser and carries toward the top of the penalty area. As defenders close in, he touches a shot pass to Palmer Ault. Ault takes a touch and turns, slotting the ball into the left side of the net for an early, 1-0, lead.
25′ | As a Providence defender drops a ball back to his keeper, DJ Hooks intercepts the pass and one-times a shot into the net, putting the Bulldogs up, 2-0.
68′ | Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. takes a pass at midfield. He carries and then splits two defenders with a pass to a streaking Streberger on the left side. Streberger finds space 8 yards beyond the defensive line but passes on taking a shot, instead connecting with Ault in front of the goal. Ault easily redirects the ball into the net for Butler’s third goal.
Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Palmer Ault (2), DJ Hooks
ASSISTS: Jack Streberger (2), Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.
Palmer Ault’s goals were the ninth and tenth of his career.
DJ Hooks’ goal was his sixth of the season and the seventh of his career.
Jack Streberger, with two assists in the match, now has four this season and nine for his career.
Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.’s assist was his fourth of the season and the twelfth of his career.
Gabriel Gjergji (10-5-3) made four saves in the match, producing his fifth solo shutout of the season. He now has 21.5 clean sheets in his career.
ZURAK PUSHES @BUTLERUFOOTBALL PAST SAN DIEGO WITH 56-YARD GAME-WINNING FIELD GOAL
INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs won in dramatic fashion at San Diego on Saturday afternoon with Luka Zurak drilling a 56-yard field goal with no time left on the game clock to give BU a 26-23 victory. The outcome goes down as just the sixth win over San Diego in program history!
The Bulldogs scored 13 fourth quarter points to complete the comeback win. Zurak’s third field goal of the game came midway through the fourth and got Butler back within seven at 23-16. The game really got interesting after Bret Bushka found Luke Wooten in the back of the end zone for a 21-yard TD to tie the score at 23-23 and Zurak would deliver the final blow on the final play of the day with the 56-yard field goal.
Butler trailed USD 14-3 after the opening 15 minutes. Zurak hit from 33 in the first and 21 in the second to make the score 14-6. BU’s lone TD of the first half came courtesy of Kwesi Kyei-Fordjour. The redshirt-freshman’s only carry of the day resulted in a five-yard score.
Butler’s defense locked down the Toreros in the second half limiting the home team to just three points. Nick Bafia led the Bulldogs with 10 tackles and Austin Korba got in the backfield for a sack.
The offense ran through Bret Bushka and his top target Luke Wooten. 14 of Bushka’s 25 completions went to Wooten on Saturday. The BU QB passed for 268 yards and rushed for 41. Joey Suchy matched Bushka’s effort on the ground with 41 yards on nine carries. AJ Deinhart was also heavily involved with eight rushes for 35 yards.
Wooten a one-man wrecking crew for BU on the outside. His 14 receptions resulted in 147 yards and a fourth quarter TD. Tyler Adams grabbed three passes for 55 yards and Jeremy Johnson also had three catches for 15 yards.
Butler’s last win against San Diego before Saturday was back in 2009. Their last win in San Diego prior to today was in 2001!
With two weekends left in the 2022 regular season, Butler sits at second in the conference standings with a 5-1 record. They are 7-2 overall and will play at Drake next weekend.
BUTLERVB SWEEPS SETON HALL IN KEY BIG EAST BATTLE
The Bulldogs picked up an important conference win Saturday night, sweeping Seton Hall.
Butler won the match by a score of 25-21, 25-23, 26-24 at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J.
With the result, Butler is now 13-13 and 7-7 in the BIG EAST; Seton Hall falls to 5-9 in conference play and 14-12 overall.
The Bulldogs now have a two-game advantage (and own the head-to-head tiebreaker) over the Pirates in the BIG EAST standings as the six-team BIG EAST Tournament bracket looks to take shape over the next two weekends.
STAT OF THE MATCH: Mariah Grunze had a match-high 21 kills for the Bulldogs, hitting .488 for the match. The 21 kills are also a career-high for Grunze and the second-best output for a Bulldog so far this season.
SET 1: Butler 25-21
A 5-0 run by the Bulldogs turned a 9-7 deficit into a 12-9 lead midway through the set. Butler would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the opening stanza, taking a 25-21 decision. Grunze had five of her kills in the opening set.
SET 2: Butler 25-23
The second set featured nine ties and five lead changes. Providence led 21-18 before Butler knotted the match at 22-22 and 23-23, winning the final two points to take a 2-0 lead. Set point was decided by a Grunze kill, her tenth of the set. The Bulldogs hit .306 in the set.
SET 3: Butler 26-24
Butler’s first lead of the third set came at 23-22 and the Bulldogs were able to hold on for a 26-24 win in the deciding frame. For the third set in a row, Grunze led the Bulldogs with six kills.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
Butler and Seton Hall previously met Oct. 14 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the Bulldogs defended their home court by a score of 3-1.
Grunze was the only player in the match to reach double figures in kills. She recorded a double-double with 12 digs, adding two solo blocks.
Shackelford’s nine kills were the second-best mark on the team.
Libero Jaymeson Kinley finished with 18 digs.
Freshman setter Cora Taylor had 30 assists.
Jenna Walsh led Seton Hall with nine kills.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs return to Indianapolis for a few days before heading back east for their final road trip of the regular season, traveling to Villanova Saturday and Georgetown Sunday. Those are two of Butler’s final four matches of the BIG EAST regular season as the Bulldogs make a run toward qualifying for the 2022 BIG EAST Tournament.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TO OPEN REGULAR SEASON AT HOME ON MONDAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team will officially kickoff the 2022-23 season on Monday, November 7 with a new head coach leading the way. Kate Bruce begins her tenure with the Jags at home in the Jungle against UIC at 7:00 PM. The reigning Horizon League Champions will also be presented their 2022 Championship rings before tipoff.
Head coach Kate Bruce enters her first season with the Jaguars with a new staff and several new faces. She brought on Johnny Montello (Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator), Kortney Dunbar (Assistant Coach), China Dow (Assistant Coach) and Hannah Blake (Director of Basketball Operations) to aid her in continuing the Jaguars’ success.
IUPUI finished on top of the Horizon League last season sealing the 2022 KEEPS Horizon League Championship title with a win over Cleveland State in the championship game, 61-54. The Jags then moved onto the NCAA Tournament falling just short to Oklahoma in the opening round, 78-72. Before tipoff on Monday, the 2021-22 Jaguars will be presented their championship rings in a celebration of their achievements.
Those receiving their rings and returning for the Jags include starters Rachel Kent (10.5 ppg, 70 3’s) and Destiny Perkins (6.6 ppg, 72 assists) along with Natalie Andersen (5.3 ppg, 21.8 mpg) and Ali Berg (1.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg). Other returners from the championship team that look to make a big impact this season include Jaci Jones, Logan Lewis, Jacquel Bronaugh and Nakaih Hunter.
The freshman class of Brianna Wooldridge, Abby Wolterman and Teresa Maggio will provide fresh talent for the Jags while Coach Bruce also added new faces from the transfer portal with Genesis Parker (Butler) and Jazmyn Turner (Ball State).
The Jaguars host UIC on Monday at 7 PM ET on ESPN3. Tickets are just $10 for adults and admission is FREE for IUPUI students with a valid Crimson Card.
BALL STATE BATTLES BUFFALO FOR THE MAC CHAMPIONSHIP
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ball State soccer team returns to UB Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 6, for the Mid-American Conference Championship match against host Buffalo at 1 p.m. ET. The Cardinals are competing for their first MAC Tournament title and first NCAA Tournament berth.
Earlier this week, Delaney Caldwell was named the MAC Freshman of the Year as well as being named to the All-MAC Second Team and the MAC All-Freshman Team. Avery Fenchel and Lexi Fraley were rewarded with All-MAC First Team honors, while Caldwell was joined by Abby Elgert and Lexy Smith on the All-MAC Second Team.
Caldwell is tied for 10th all-time in BSU history with seven goals in a single season and is tied for 16th in program history with 15 points. She leads the Cardinals with three match-winning goals. She has appeared in 19 matches, including 14 starts.
Fenchel leads the team with 11 goals and is currently tied for second in the MAC and 27th in the NCAA. Her 11 goals are the second most in program history in a single season and are two away from the program record. Her 22 points have her tied for fourth for points in a single season.
Fraley has played a vital role in the Cardinal attack and is third on the team with five goals to go along with her two assists. Two of her goals ended up being match winners, which is second on the team.
Elgert is tied for a program record for single season assists with seven, which is tied for fourth in the MAC and tied for 47th in the nation. She leads the team in assists and looks to add to her total during the Cardinals’ postseason play.
Smith is second on the team with five assists. She has recorded a career high in points with seven, assists, and goals with one. She has started all 19 matches as a defender. She has blocked countless shots and has helped the Cardinals secure six shutouts.
Last Time Out
Ball State battled Bowling Green to a draw in the MAC Semifinal and advanced to the MAC Championship on penalty kicks, 4-2. Sammi Corcoran put the Cardinals on the scoreboard first with an absolute missile from about 34 yards out that was buried into the top, right corner of the net. The Falcons tied the game in the 56th minute. The match remained tied after regulation and after two periods of overtime to force penalty kicks. BSU went 4-for-4 on PK’s while BGSU converted on two chances. Corcoran, Fenchel, Tiffani Torres, and Jenna Dombrowski all found the back of the net. Bethany Moser made an outstanding save on BGSU’s Maya Dean PK to give Dombrowski the chance to clinch the PK’s. Dombrowski’s made PK sent Ball State into the MAC Championship match. Moser made eight saves to move her season total to 78.
Rest of the Flock
Emily Roper is fourth on the team with three goals and one assist. Corcoran is fifth on the team with two goals. Dombrowski, Grace Alsop, Maria Broering, Tori Monaco, and Tiffani Torres have each added one goal on the season. Alex McPhee and Maya Millis are tied for third on the team with two assists. Six other Cardinals have notched one assist.
Series Outlook with Buffalo
Ball State is 1-1-1 against Buffalo under the direction of Head Coach Josh Rife. The Cardinals have won six of the last eight meetings. Earlier this season, BSU and UB fought to a 2-2 draw. The teams are tied 1-1-0 in MAC Tournament games. Buffalo won the MAC Tournament meeting in Buffalo in 2014, while Ball State won the meeting in the 2018 tournament in Muncie.
Scouting the Bulls
Buffalo is led by the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, Ellie Simmons, and MAC Goalkeeper of the Year, Emily Kelly. Shawn Burke was named MAC Coach of the Year. Simmons and Kelly were All-MAC First Team selections, while Payton Robertson, Leah Wengender, and Hannah Callaghan earned spots on the second team. Simmons and Katie Krohn found themselves on the MAC All-Freshman Team. Jasmine Guerber leads the Bulls with eight goals and has added four assists. Arianna Zumpano is second on the squad with seven goals. Robertson leads UB with eight assists, while Simmons is second with seven assists. Kelly has started all 19 matches in goal and has made 58 saves on the season. Kelly has produced 12 shutouts on the season.
How to Follow
Live Stats: ubbulls.com
MAC Final Standings
Team – Overall; Conference Record
1. Buffalo – 13-1-4; 7-0-4
2. Ball State – 7-4-7; 6-1-4
3. Bowling Green – 9-5-4, 6-2-3
4. Ohio – 10-7-2; 6-4-1
5. Miami – 10-4-6; 4-2-5
6. Western Michigan – 5-9-5; 5-4-2
7. Kent State – 4-7-7; 4-2-5
8. Northern Illinois – 6-7-4; 3-6-2
9. Akron – 3-9-4; 2-7-2
10. Eastern Michigan – 3-11-4; 2-7-2
11. Toledo – 2-10-6; 1-6-4
12. Central Michigan – 2-11-4; 1-6-4
IRISH UPSET NO. 5 CLEMSON 35-14
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame football team upset the fifth ranked Clemson Tigers Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium, 35-14. The Irish ran for 263 yards in the win, marking the third-consecutive game hitting the 200-yard plateau. Logan Diggs and Audric Estime each surpassed the century mark, running for 114 and 104 yards, respectively. The Irish improved to 6-3 and won its third-straight game. The loss is Clemson’s first of the year.
The running game was the key to victory as Joe Alt, Jarrett Patterson, Zeke Correll, Josh Lugg and Blake Fisher paved the way. Along with the twin 100-yard rushers, Chris Tyree added 26 yards with seven carries, and Drew Pyne scrambled for 21 yards on four rushes and scored a touchdown. Estime also hit paydirt as it’s the fifth time this season the Irish have scored multiple touchdowns on the ground.
Drew Pyne threw for nine completions on 17 attempts, finding Michael Mayer four times. Mayer recorded 44 yards and caught the game’s final touchdown. That’s the 16th of his career, setting a new Notre Dame record for career touchdown receptions for a tight end, breaking Ken McAfee’s record that was set during his career in 1974-77.
Defensively, linebacker JD Bertrand led the team with 12 tackles, nine solo, a sack and two tackles for loss. Freshman Ben Morrison added seven tackles, four solo, two interceptions, one in which he took 96 yards for a touchdown. The Irish defense limited Clemson to 281 total yards, 90 on the ground and 191 through the air.
How It Happened
Notre Dame received the opening kickoff before having to punt to Clemson on the Tiger 21 yards line. The defense moved the Tigers back four yards, setting up a punt. Jordan Botelho darted in and blocked the kick, Prince Kollie caught the deflection at the 17, and scampered into the end zone to give the Irish an early lead. It’s the sixth blocked punt of the season, tying a Notre Dame record set in 1937.
The teams exchanged punts until the Irish took over with 6:25 remaining in the half at its own 22. Fisher, Lugg, Correll, Patterson and Alt took over the drive as Notre Dame drove 78 yards on 11 plays, gaining 67 of those yards on the ground. Estime carried for 41 yards in the series and Pyne finished it out with a bootleg to the left side. He followed the lead block of Mayer to run in for the five-yard score. The Irish led 14-0 with 0:38 remaining in the first half.
As the third quarter wound down, the Irish defense made a big splash. Justin Ademilola hurried new Clemson quarterback Cade Klubnik on a bootleg pass. The throw was late over the middle and Morrison grabbed his first career interception to set the Irish up in the red zone. A Pyne bootleg got the ball inside the five where Estime finished the job with a two-yard touchdown run to put the Irish up 21-0 with 14:37 remaining in the game.
Clemson responded by putting together a drive to get into the Notre Dame red zone. The Clemson starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei tried to find a receiver inside the five, but again it found the hands of Morrison. Morrison ran down the Notre Dame sideline for a 96-yard touchdown to put the Irish up 28-0.
The Tigers wouldn’t go down easily as Uiagalelei engineered the first Clemson scoring drive of the night, going 75 yards on 11 plays to cut the lead down to 28-7 with 10:14 remaining in the game.
Notre Dame counter punched, putting together an 11-play drive of its own. The running game powered the series as Estime ran for 13 yards, eight after contact on a third and 12 to keep the drive rolling in Clemson territory. On a second and seven from the 17, Pyne faked the handoff to Estime and hit Mayer for a 17-yard record-breaking score.
Clemson added another touchdown in the final two minutes of action, but Mayer recovered the onside kick to thwart the comeback attempt and preserve the Irish’s 35-14 victory over Clemson.
The Irish hit the road next week to renew its annual rivalry with the Navy Midshipmen. The game will be played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
#12 IRISH FALL TO #3 GOPHERS IN GAME ONE
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The 12th-ranked Irish of Notre Dame fell to the No. 3 Minnesota Gophers Friday night, 4-1, at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
The two teams battled through the first period of play, with the Irish just narrowly trailing shots on goal, 10-13, through 20 minutes of play.
Minnesota looked to take the lead early as the Irish were called for interference and the opposition awarded a penalty shot. Ryan Bischel read the play early and came out of his crease to make the stop and keep the game scoreless with just over 15 minutes to play in the period.
With under a minute to play in the opening frame, the Irish saw the powerplay for the first time Friday night. Despite several shots on goal during the man-advantage, the Irish were unable to capitalize and the two teams remained tied at 0-0 early in the second period.
The Gophers broke the stalemate at 7:30 of the second period, following a series of saves by Bischel. Unable to clear their zone, the Irish and Gophers battled along the back boards with Minnesota eventually coming up with the puck where they found an open skater out front for the quick shot high.
The Irish found themselves down a pair at 14:09 of the second stanza following a Gophers’ shorthanded goal. Peppering the Minnesota netminder with shots, an Irish rebound trickled through traffic and onto the stick of a Gopher uncontested.
After two periods of play, the Irish continued to trail by two while posting 17 shots on goal.
A quick wrister from a Gopher forward extended their lead to three goals at 5:59 of the third period. Shortly after, the Irish were called for a hook and skated down a man for two minutes.
The Irish successfully killed off the penalty and regained their ground searching for twine.
At 12:05 of the third, the Irish were whistled for a slash on the Gophers’ breakaway and Minnesota was awarded their second penalty shot of the night. After being denied in the first period, the Gophers opted for the man-advantage. Just 12 seconds later Notre Dame was whistled for a cross-check and had two men in the box of which the Gophers capitalized to take a 4-0 lead.
Following the Gophers’ fourth goal of the game, Jack Williams went in goal for the Irish, making just his second appearance with the Irish.
Justin Janicke broke the Gophers’ shutout bid in the final minute of regulation, finding twine at 19:14 of the third period with assists to Nick Leivermann and Zach Plucinski.
The two teams return to action Saturday night with an 8:07 p.m. ET puck drop inside 3M Arena at Mariucci.
Notre Dame then returns home Nov. 11-12 to face Michigan. Friday night’s game will serve as Military Appreciation Night with puck drop set for 7:35 p.m. at Compton Family Ice Arena.
SYCAMORES FALL TO VISITING NO. 21 NORTH DAKOTA IN SATURDAY MVFC ACTION
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – No. 21 North Dakota scored 35 unanswered points aided by a pair of first-half turnovers as Indiana State fell to the visiting Fighting Hawks on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, 42-7.
The Sycamores (1-8, 0-6 MVFC) tied the game up at 7-7 as Justin Dinka scored on a two-yard touchdown run at the 13:44 mark in the second quarter. The drive was highlighted by a trio of Harry Van Dyne catches, including a one-handed snag that moved ISU inside the North Dakota (6-3, 4-2 MVFC) 25-yard line in leading to the score.
Indiana State had the momentum going their way following a North Dakota punt, but back-to-back ISU turnovers were converted to UND touchdowns prior to the halftime break to swing the edge back to the Fighting Hawks. UND would score touchdowns on five consecutive drives on their way to pulling away in the Valley Football win.
Dante Hendrix became Indiana State’s career receiving leader in the contest as the redshirt senior surpassed former Sycamore Sam Logan (2,385 receiving yards – 2003-06). Hendrix hauled in five catches for 37 yards to finish the game with 2,408 career yards and take his place atop the Sycamore all-time rankings.
Gavin Screws went 11-of-19 through the air to lead the Sycamore efforts as the sophomore quarterback came into the game due to injury to ISU starter Cade Chambers. Screws targeted six different receivers for 130 yards in the loss. Evan Olaes added 71 rushing yards on the ground including a 57-yard carry down the right sideline to pace the ISU run game.
Rylan Cole recorded a game-high eight tackles, including a tackle-for-loss to lead the ISU defense. Garret Ollendieck added six tackles and the first sack of his ISU career, while Kris Reid Jr. posted 1.5 tackles-for-loss in the game.
UND starting quarterback Tommy Schuster went 16-of-19 through the air for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Garett Maag was his top target with five catches for 71 yads, while Tyler Hoosman added 81 rushing yards and two scores for the Fighting Hawks.
Kason Kelley and Devon Krzanowski recorded six tackles apiece to lead UND’s defense in the game, while Wyatt Pedigo posted 2.5 tackles-for-loss. CJ Siegel added a 29-yard interception return in the win.
How They Scored
Tommy Schuster found Garrett Maag on the 25-yard corner route to cap UND’s first drive of the game and put the Fighting Hawks ahead 7-0 with 9:05 remaining in the first quarter to end the seven-play, 74-yard drive.
Justin Dinka capped a 12-play, 91-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown carry up the middle to tie the game up at 7-7 with 13:44 to play in the second quarter. Key to the drive were a trio of completions from Gavin Screws to Harry Van Dyne, including a one-handed 21-yard snag that set the Sycamores up near the red zone.
Tyler Hoosman put the Fighting Hawks up 14-7 with 8:29 remaining in the first half with a six-yard carry for the score. Cade Peterson’s 41-yard punt pinned the Sycamores at the ISU one-yard line and the ensuing rushing carry was fumbled and recovered by UND’s Malachi Buckner.
Hoosman added his second rushing score of the game with 2:03 left in the second quarter as his two-yard carry put the Fighting Hawks ahead 21-7. The touchdown carry capped an eight-play, 36-yard drive sparked by an ISU interception near midfield.
UND scored on the opening drive of the second half as Red Wilson took the ball 45 yards to the end zone to put the Fighting Hawks ahead 28-7 with 11:35 left in the third quarter. The score ended a six-play, 75-yard drive.
North Dakota went ahead 35-7 with 2:34 remaining in the third quarter as Schuster found Isaiah Smith for a 16-yard touchdown pass to extend the Fighting Hawks lead. The score capped an 11-play, 84-yard drive that spanned 6:51 in the quarter and featured two fourth-down conversions.
Smith added his second touchdown of the day as the running back went up and over the pile for a seven-yard score to give North Dakota the 42-7 lead with 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. The score ended a 14-play, 73-yard drive.
Inside the Numbers
Indiana State posted 265 total offensive yards in the loss (126 rushing, 139 passing) and added 14 first downs.
The Sycamores held onto the ball for 24:50 in the contest with 14 first downs, while going 6-of-14 on third downs in the game.
North Dakota recorded 391 total offensive yards with 229 yards coming on the ground in the win.
The Fighting Hawks posted six drives of six plays or more on their way to recording 22 first downs and 35:10 in time of possession.
UND was 5-of-11 on third down conversions and a perfect 3-for-3 on fourth downs.
News & Notes
Dante Hendrix set the Indiana State career receiving mark in the second quarter with a five-yard slant to surpass Sam Logan (2,385 yards – 2003-06) and become the program’s all-time leader. Hendrix finished the game with five catches for 37 yards, giving him 2,408 yards with two games to play.
Hendrix (181) is currently 15 receptions behind Logan (196 career receptions – 2003-06) with two games to play in the 2022 season.
Rylan Cole’s eight tackles gave the sophomore safety six games with at least eight tackles in the 2022 season. Cole leads the Sycamores with 74 total stops on the year.
Harry Van Dyne was ISU’s leading receiver on the day as the redshirt senior continues to impress down the stretch. Van Dyne posted three catches for 49 yards on the Sycamores’ touchdown drive and finished with four receptions for a team-high 59 yards.
The Sycamores and North Dakota met for the first time in each of their respective program histories on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Indiana State is back on the road as the Sycamores travel to Macomb, Ill. to take on the Western Illinois Leathernecks in their final road game of the 2022 season. Kickoff between the Sycamores and WIU is set for 2 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
BEARS TOP SYCAMORES IN ROAD TRIP FINALE
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Indiana State closed a four-match road trip Saturday night, falling in three sets to Missouri State (25-13, 25-21, 25-19) inside Hammons Student Center.
Kaitlyn Hamilton had a team-high 11 kills, while Mallory Keller added seven for a Sycamore team that couldn’t generate sustained attacking success for much of the match. Melina Tedrow had a match-high 12 digs along the back row for the Trees.
Errors proved costly in the first set for Indiana State, as Missouri State led wire-to-wire in the opening set. The Bears had a 20-4 lead at one point before the Sycamores generated a spark on attack. Keller and Hamilton combined for seven kills among Indiana State’s last nine points of the set but it was too little, too late as Missouri State cruised to a 25-13 win in the first.
Indiana State got off to a better start in the second set and led 8-5 following back-to-back kills by Karinna Gall. The Sycamores pushed their lead to 14-10 following a pair of MSU errors but a 7-1 scoring run midway through the set gave the home side a lead it didn’t relinquish. Errors kept the Sycamores within reach, but Missouri State hung on to take the set 25-21, as Indiana State faced a 2-0 deficit.
Kills by Hamilton, Keller and Storm Suhre gave Indiana State an early third-set lead, but Missouri State erased it with an 8-0 run and never looked back. The Sycamores cut their deficit to 17-13 with kills by Hamilton and Jamie Brown but couldn’t generate a lengthy scoring run. Suhre and Hamilton added kills late in the set, but Missouri State closed out the match by taking the third set 25-19.
Inside the Numbers
Emma Kaelin continued her strong play since becoming a six-rotation setter, finishing one dig shy of a double-double with 28 assists, nine digs and three kills.
Indiana State’s three blocks were tied for its fewest in a match this season.
News and Notes
Saturday’s match snapped Indiana State’s 10-match streak of having more blocks than its opponents. The Sycamores entered the match as the top team in the MVC in blocks.
Including Saturday’s match, Kaitlyn Hamilton has four aces in her last three matches.
Indiana State begins its final homestand Friday at 6 p.m. against Belmont.
MASTODONS OPEN 2022-23 AT NO. 22 MICHIGAN
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team hits the road to No. 22 Michigan on Monday (Nov. 7) night to open the season. The game will air on BTN.
Game Day Information
Who: Michigan Wolverines
When: Monday, November 7 | 6:30 PM
Where: Ann Arbor, Mich. | Crisler Center
Live Stats: Link
Radio: 1380 AM The Fan | Listen
Game Notes (PDF): Purdue Fort Wayne | Michigan
‘DONS & ENDS
// Purdue Fort Wayne was picked to win the Horizon League in the preseason poll. The ‘Dons tied with Northern Kentucky for the first spot.
// The ‘Dons are number 17 in the preseason CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.
// The Mastodon roster has an average age of 21. The ‘Dons have a 35 combined seasons of NCAA collegiate experience.
// Newcomer Anthony Roberts scored 1,312 points over three seasons at NCAA Division II St. Cloud State. He was an all-league first team selection each of his final two years when he averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game.
// The 2022-23 roster features student-athletes from Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina and the Bahamas.
// Jarred Godfrey (1,613), Damian Chong Qui (1,284) and Anthony Roberts (1,312) have each scored 1,000 career NCAA points. Deonte Billups (773) and Bobby Planutis (865) could enter that group this season.
// Monday’s play-by-play announcer on BTN, Kevin Kugler, was on the call for the Mastodons’ win over Indiana in Fort Wayne in 2016.
// Jon Coffman owns a 139-114 career record. He is already the Mastodons’ all-time leader in Division I coaching victories. He is nearing the program record for career wins. That total is held by Andy Piazza who went 142-108 with the ‘Dons from 1987 to 1996.
LAST SEASON THE MASTODONS… :
// … earned a share of the 2022 Horizon League regular season title.
// … earned their sixth postseason berth in program history, and their first trip to the CBI.
// … went on a 10-game win streak, the longest streak in the program’s Division I history.
// … won nine games in February. It was only the ninth time since 2010-11 a Division I team won nine or more games in the month of February (sports-reference.com).
// … went 14-2 at home, winning 14 games at home for the first time since 2016-17.
// … held a lead for five minutes or more in all but four games.
// … had seven different players lead the team in scoring.
// … earned these national top 25 ranks: steals per game (19th/8.8), total steals (19th/289) and 3-pointers per game (21st/ 9.4)
// … recorded the highest Effective field goal percentage in program history (77 percent) in a home win over Robert Morris (Jan. 21).
// … saw their 3OT victory over Cleveland State featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter as Scott Van Pelt’s “Best Thing I Saw Today”.
// … earn a 98.7 defensive efficiency in league play, according to KenPom, the best in the Horizon League.
// … finished with 14 games of double-digit steals.
// … gave up 69.6 points per game, the sixth time as a Division I member they’ve finished a season allowing less than 70 points per game.
// … had eight games where they committed 10 or fewer turnovers.
// … saw Jon Coffman named the Horizon League Coach of the Year. He now owns two coaching honors, winning the 2016 Summit League Coach of the Year honor.
PORTUGAL & SPAIN TRIP:
// The ‘Dons traveled to Portugal and Spain in August. Activities included a tuk tuk tour of Lisbon, attending an FC Barcelona soccer contest and a bike tour of Barcelona.
// The NCAA permits teams to take a foreign tour once every four years to allow student-athletes the opportunity to experience cultures abroad. The Mastodons traveled to Italy in 2018 and Canada in 2014. Jarred Godfrey went on both the Italy and the Portugal/Spain trips.
PURDUE FORT WAYNE FALLS TO LEAGUE-LEADING WRIGHT STATE
DAYTON, Ohio – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team fell to the Horizon League-leading Wright State Raiders 25-16, 25-17, 25-13 in the Gem City on Saturday (Nov. 5).
After the Mastodons went up 4-1 on a block from Molly Mirabelli and Sidney Schiller, the Raiders went on a 7-0 run to take the lead for good. Wright State never trailed in set two, but the ‘Dons closed the gap to three points at the 16-13 mark on a kill from Iris Riegel. She led the team with eight kills.
Set three was all Wright State, as the Raiders led 18-7 thanks to 7-1 run. The ‘Dons had a 4-1 push with a pair of kills from Mirabelli and an ace Rachael Crucis, but Wright State finished the match on a 6-2 run.
Schiller and LonDynn Betts had 13 and 11 digs, respectively.
Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 8-19, 4-12 Horizon League. Wright State improves to 24-3, 16-0. The Raiders clinched sole possession of the Horizon League regular season championship with the win.
The Mastodons will return to the Summit City on Friday (Nov. 11) to welcome Oakland. Saturday’s (Nov. 12) match against Cleveland State will be senior day for the Mastodons.
USI’S SENIOR DAY SPOILED BY TENNESSEE STATE
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-25, 1-14 OVC) held a 2-0 match lead before Tennessee State University (14-15, 8-8 OVC) stormed back and defeated the Screaming Eagles, 3-2 (25-22, 25-18, 22-25, 24-26, 7-15), Saturday afternoon at Screaming Eagles Arena. This was the final home match of the season for USI.
The Eagles kicked off the match with a 25-22 opening-set win. TSU found itself up 3-0 to start the frame before a quick 4-0 run from USI turned the tables. Junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois) was able to start the stint with a kill before sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) finished it with a kill. The Lady Tigers fired back with three straight points to make it 6-4. Down 8-6, USI put on another 4-0 run that gave the Eagles the 10-8 advantage until TSU turned around and put up five of the next six points to regain the lead. With the set tied at 15, the Lady Tigers tallied four straight points before USI recorded seven of the next eight points to hold onto a 22-20 lead with four of the seven points coming from kills. The Eagles ended the set with a 3-0 stint off three straight Lady Tigers’ errors to give USI its first win of the match. The Eagles put up a match-best 16 kills and two errors with a .255 hitting percentage.
An early USI lead gave the Eagles the 25-18 victory and a 2-0 match lead. USI went on an early surge to begin the set, going up 9-4. The Eagles were able to put up three more with the help of a kill from sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) to double up TSU, 12-6. USI finished the set by securing eight of the final 12 points to win the set and take the 2-0 match lead. Downing was able to nab two kills in the final stint.
The third set found USI in a 25-22 deficit and gave TSU their first win of the match. The Lady Tigers held onto the lead the entire game after jumping out to an 11-6 lead. USI was able to get back into it after a pair of TSU mistakes and a kill from sophomore middle blocker Lauren O’Neill (Covington, Indiana) to cut the make it 15-12. Before the Eagles knew it, the Lady Tigers had a 21-15 advantage and ended the set with the win despite USI scoring seven of the last 11 points.
Late surges from the Lady Tigers put the Eagles on their heels and gave TSU the 26-24 fourth-set win. Down 6-3, USI was able to tack on three straight points after two TSU attack errors and a kill from junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) to tie the set at six apiece. The Lady Tigers pushed forward and broke out a 17-12 gap on the Eagles. USI retaliated with a massive 8-1 run that gave them a 20-18 advantage. Sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indianapolis) and Anderson recorded two kills and an ace each during the stint. However, TSU came back and took down USI in extra rallies to tie the match at two. In the final portion of the fourth, the Eagles could only tally four points compared to the Lady Tigers’ eight.
TSU brought the energy in the final frame, winning the set 15-7 to complete the comeback over USI. The set started with a quick 8-1 run by the Lady Tigers before a Bednar kill stopped the surge momentarily until TSU tacked on a couple more points to make it 10-2. Another Bednar kill was the only offense that USI got out of the final frame as the Lady Tigers stormed back against the Eagles to win the match.
Three Eagles earned double-doubles in the match with Anderson leading the group with 20 kills, three aces, and a season-high 18 digs. Bednar secured 14 kills and 13 digs while Sobieralski nabbed a career-high 47 assists and 14 digs. Also performing well was Downing who added 12 kills and six digs. O’Neill led the team with four blocks. One note about the match is that senior manager Sabrina Yamashita (Evansville, Indiana) was activated and able to play in all five sets in her final home match of the season as an Eagle.
USI produced 55 kills, 51 assists, and a match-high six aces with 72 digs and six blocks. TSU ended the night with 69 kills, 65 assists, and two aces along with 92 digs and 13 blocks.
NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:
The Eagles head to Charleston, Illinois for a battle against Eastern Illinois University Wednesday at 6 p.m. before playing in the season-finale next Friday and Saturday against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Illinois.
EAGLES FALL IN SEASON FINALE, 4-0
TULSA, Okla. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer ended their 2022 season with a loss to Oral Roberts University on Saturday, 4-0. The Screaming Eagles finish their season 2-12-3, 2-5-1 Summit League, while the Golden Eagles finish the regular season 11-3-2, 7-1-0 Summit League, and earned the Summit League regular season crown and the number one seed in the conference tournament.
The first half belonged to Oral Roberts, scoring in the 14th minute to take the early 1-0 lead thanks to Felipe D’Agostini. While USI tried to rebound and even the match up, the Golden Eagles just continued to put the pressure on, extending their lead at the 36:53 mark with a goal from Josselyn Petel. The scoring outbreak didn’t end there, with just 16 seconds left in the half, Oral Roberts took a 3-0 lead with a goal from Shane Anderson.
The Golden Eagles outshot USI 9-2 in the first half and had a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) made three saves in the first half.
While the offense slowed down for Oral Roberts in the second half, they were still able to get one more goal at the 62:50 mark thanks to Romulo Bosqueiro. The Golden Eagle would stand tough in the second half, not allowing USI to get a shot off in the final 45 minutes.
The Eagles finished the match being outshot 16-2 and had a 9-1 disadvantage in shots on goal. Meissner finished the match with five saves on the day. Freshman Ednilson Voiles (Jeremie, Haiti) and junior Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri) finished the match with the two shots for USI while Voiles had the lone shot on goal.
END OF SEASON WRAP UP:
The Eagles finish the season with a 2-12-3, 2-5-1 Summit League, record and finished seventh in the conference with seven points. USI finished above Lindenwood University, six points, and Eastern Illinois University, one point.
The Eagles first win this season came against Eastern Illinois on October 1, when they took down the Panthers, 3-2. USI then finished their home schedule with a win over St. Thomas University on November 2, 2-0.
Meissner also finished the year with two clean sheets, the first one coming against the University of Evansville in a 0-0 draw on September 10 and the second coming against St. Thomas in the 2-0 victory.
Graduate Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri) led the Eagles in scoring this season with three goals. He also finished with a team high eight points, adding to his three goals with two assists, which was also tied for first on the team. Sophomore Sam Benoist (Foristell, Missouri), junior Brian Winkler (Philpot, Kentucky), and senior Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri) all finished with two goals apiece this season. Along with Faddis’ two assists, Voiles, junior Dan Hartman (Seymour, Indiana), and freshman Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana) also finished with two assists, all tied for the team high.
Benoist was named the Summit Leagues TicketSmarter Offensive Peak Performer of the Week on October 3 after his two goals against Eastern Illinois.
Meissner finished the season starting 16 of the teams 17 matches, allowing 36 goals and making 73 saves while facing 228 shots. Freshman Giancarlo Varano (Woodbridge, Canada) also made two appearances for the team, making one start against Northern Kentucky University, allowing four goals on the season and making nine saves while facing 20 shots.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SET TO OPEN SEASON MONDAY AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Valparaiso (0-0, 0-0 MVC)
Game #1 – Nov. 7, 2022 – 6 p.m. CT
at Central Michigan (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
McGuirk Arena (5,300) – Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team kicks off the 2022-23 season on Monday evening on the road, traveling to Mt. Pleasant, Mich. to face off against Central Michigan for the second straight season. The game against the Chippewas is the first of three against MAC opponents in the Beacons’ nonconference slate.
Previously: Valpo chose to play a pair of closed scrimmages in the preseason in lieu of open exhibition games.
Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN3
Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)
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Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com
Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fifth year at the helm of the program in 2022-23 and owns a record of 48-68. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first four years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game in each of the last three seasons and in steals per game in two of the last three years.
Series Notes: Central Michigan holds a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series over Valpo, with the Chippewas’ five wins coming in each of the last five meetings. Last season, the two squads met for the first time in 13 years as Valpo hosted CMU on Nov. 14. The Beacons led that matchup 49-44 entering the fourth quarter, but the Chippewas out-scored Valpo 21-12 over the final 10 minutes to earn a 65-61 victory. Leah Earnest led the Beacons in that game, coming off the bench to score a career-best 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting while also pulling down six rebounds.
– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 197 points, just 10 points behind Evansville.
– Valpo is in its sixth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
– The Valley was ranked 10th in conference NET last year, was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo finished last year with an 11-19 overall record, but was strong in MVC play, going 9-9 in conference and finishing in sixth place – both of which match the program’s best since joining the Valley.
– The Beacons registered the first win at Drake and the first win at Bradley in program history.
– Valpo swept the season series over Drake, the program’s first two wins ever against the Bulldogs.
– The Beacons also tallied four top-100 wins within Valley play.
– Grace White was named MVC Sixth Player of the Year – the program’s first major postseason award since joining the Valley. Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC choice, while White was an All-Defensive Team selection and Olivia Brown earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.
– Valpo won’t hit the road again for nearly three weeks after Monday’s game, as the Beacons’ next three games are all at the ARC.
– Valpo hosts Southern Miss Nov. 12, Eastern Illinois Nov. 16 and UAB Nov. 21.
…on the road
– Valpo will play 14 true road games this season, including four in nonconference action.
– The Beacons posted a 5-11 record in true road games last season.
…in season openers
– Valpo dropped its season opener to Miami (Ohio) last season, 85-60.
– Valpo’s last win in a season opener came over IU Kokomo to open the 2017-18 campaign, 81-47, while its last win over a D-I opponent in a season opener was a 91-57 win over Butler to open the 2014-15 season.
– Central Michigan posted a 4-25 record last season and went 2-18 in MAC play.
– The Chippewas were picked last in the MAC preseason poll.
– Prior to last season, CMU had advanced to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and had made six straight postseason appearances.
– It will be a revamped squad on the court for the Beacons in 2022-23.
– Valpo returns just 32.1% of their scoring, 38.1% of their rebounding, 24.4% of their assists and 35.9% of their minutes played from last year’s squad.
– Valpo lost its three leading scorers, four of its five leading rebounders and its three highest assist talliers from the 2021-22 team.
– Seven letterwinners return for the Beacons in 2022-23.
– Included among that group are four regulars from last year’s team, highlighted by senior Olivia Brown, who was an MVC All-Newcomer choice last season.
– Brown averaged 6.6 points/game and hit at a conference-best 39.8% clip from the 3-point line. Brown stepped up her game within Valley play, averaging 9.5 points/game in MVC action and hitting at a 42.4% rate from deep.
– Also returning from last year’s starting group is junior wing Leah Earnest. Earnest averaged 7.7 points/game and 4.6 rebounds/game in 2021-22, ranking second on the team in rebounding.
– She paced Valpo on the boards nine times and scored in double figures on nine occasions, including a pair of 17-point efforts.
– Fifth years Maya Dunson (3.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and Ilysse Pitts (1.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg) also saw regular action last season.
– Juniors Ava Interrante and Jayda Johnston and sophomore Katie Beyer look to take advantage of the available playing time entering this year.
– While Valpo has three freshmen on this year’s team, none of them are traditional true freshmen.
– Both Ella Van Weelden and Lovie Malone redshirted last season in their first year on campus.
– Meanwhile, Ali Saunders came to campus at the holiday break and spent the spring semester with the team.
– The Beacons also added a pair of transfers to the roster for this season.
– Emma Tecca spent three seasons at Akron, but used just one season of eligibility. Tecca hit at a 45.2% clip from behind the 3-point line in 2020-21 — a mark which ranks among the best single-season clips in Akron history.
– Olivia Sims was at Oakland last season, where she hit at a 46.9% clip from the 3-point line in 12 appearances. Sims scored in double figures four times, including a 12-point performance against Michigan State.
– In her time at the helm of the Valpo program, head coach Mary Evans’ teams have become known for their propensity to shoot 3-pointers.
– Evans’ first four seasons at the helm saw Valpo’s top-four single-season total 3-pointers made, including a program-record 276 in her first season in 2018-19 – a mark which ranks seventh in MVC history.
– Valpo has ranked among the top-35 in the nation in 3-pointers/game all three years, with the 2020-21 squad setting a program single-season record by averaging 9.0 triples/game.
– Prior to Evans’ arrival, Valpo had made 14 or more 3-pointers in a game just nine times in program history.
– In her four seasons at the helm, Valpo owns 11 more games with 14+ triples, including twice matching the program single-game record of 17.
– The style of play isn’t a surprise if you follow the coaching tree. Evans coached under Bob Boldon at Ohio for five years before getting the head job at Valpo, and Boldon was a former assistant coach at FGCU under their legendary head coach, Karl Smesko, whose teams have ranked among the top-5 in the nation in 3-pointers made in each of the last 10 years.
Top 100 Wins
– Valpo has made a habit of knocking off top-100 opponents in MVC play over the last few seasons.
– Four times in MVC play in 2021-22, the Beacons earned a victory over a top-100 team.
– Valpo has nine top-100 NET/RPI wins in Valley action over the last three seasons.
– Prior to its Feb. 16, 2020 win at Illinois State – its first top-100 win in conference play since joining the Valley – Valpo had gone nearly seven years without a top-100 victory.
Down 10? No Problem
– Not surprisingly given their penchant for the 3-point shot, a double-digit deficit isn’t a death sentence for Valpo.
– Last season, five of the Beacon’s nine conference wins saw Valpo overcome a double-figure deficit at some points during the game.
– Valpo has now rallied from down 10 or more to win 15 times in head coach Mary Evans first four years at the helm of the program.
Same Alma Maters
– While there are 12 players on the 2022-23 Valpo women’s basketball roster, there are only 10 high schools represented.
– Fifth year Maya Dunson and redshirt freshman Lovie Malone are both alums of Wayne (Ohio) H.S.
– Junior Ava Interrante and sophomore Katie Beyer were teammates at McHenry (Ill.) H.S.
COMEBACK EFFORT COMES UP JUST SHORT FOR VOLLEYBALL AT MURRAY STATE
After dropping the first two sets Saturday afternoon at Murray State, the Valpo volleyball team stormed back to take sets three and four to force a decisive fifth frames, but the Racers came away with the 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 22-25, 15-10) victory. Junior middle Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) dominated defensively at the net with 13 blocks, the most by a Valpo player in nearly two decades.
How It Happened
Valpo jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the fifth set behind a pair of kills from senior Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) and a block by Boyer and Januski.
The lead was still three points at 6-3, but Murray State quickly erased the advantage with three in a row, starting off a 12-4 stretch to end the match in its favor.
The idea the match could reach the fifth set seemed remote late in the third, as Valpo trailed two sets to none and 19-14 in the third set. But the Beacons scored six of the next seven, including a pair of kills from senior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), to tie the set at 20-all.
The Racers scored the next two points to go up 22-20 before a kill from fifth-year outside Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) returned the serve to Valpo. Januski then did her best to singlehandedly deliver the set to the Beacons, as she was in on four straight blocks — two solo, two combination with Boyer — to overcome the deficit and extend the match to a fourth set.
The fourth set played out much different than the third frame, as Valpo used an early 6-0 run to take the lead for good. The Beacons never fully put the Racers away, but were never threatened with the score being tied either, as they sided out seven consecutive times after MSU closed within two points — the last a rejection by Januski and senior Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]) which closed the set four win and forced the fifth frame.
Valpo looked like it might complete a big rally to win the opening set, going on a 7-1 spurt to erase a 20-14 deficit and tie the set at 21-21, but the Racers scored the final four points to take the opener. The Beacons again rallied late in set two, but were never able to tie the score or overcome MSU hitting .471 for the set as the Racers went up 2-0 in the match.
Inside the Match
Januski enjoyed a career night on the block, nearly doubling her previous career high of seven blocks as she was part of 13 rejections — four of the solo variety.
The 13 blocks are the most in a single match in Valpo history by any player not named Liz Mikos. Mikos had three efforts of 13+ blocks, the last of which was a 13-block night against IPFW on Oct. 21, 2003 — meaning it had been over 19 years since a Valpo player had tallied that many rejections.
Needless to say, Januski now holds the Beacons’ single-match high in the 25-point era, surpassing the previous mark of 11.
Januski’s 13-block performance is the highest tally by any MVC player since Meg Viggars registered 14 for Southern Illinois at Loyola on Oct. 30, 2015.
Boyer joined in with Januski for five of those blocks and totaled six in all, setting a season best.
In all, Valpo posted 17 team blocks on Saturday, tied for fourth-most in a five-set match in the 25-point era. It was the program’s best single-match total since recording 18 rejections at Evansville on Oct. 4, 2019.
Despite the Beacons being out-dug by the Racers, 79-65, freshman libero Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) once again led all players in the category, as she picked up nearly half of Valpo’s digs to finish the afternoon with 30 — her second effort this year of at least 30 digs.
Hickey sailed past the 600-dig mark for the year on Saturday, as she has recorded 605 digs to date — the second-highest total for a freshman in program history. It is the 13th season of 600 or more digs by a Valpo player.
One day after holding a 15-kill advantage and outhitting the opposition by 68 points, the tables were flipped on the Beacons on the attack Saturday. Murray State boasted a 74-50 advantage in the kills category and outhit Valpo, .239-.182.
Boyer was the lone Beacon to reach double figures in kills, tallying 11.
Valpo matched its season high with eight service aces, while redshirt freshman Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) set a career best with four aces.
Valpo (20-7, 8-7 MVC) returns home to the ARC for the final three matches of the regular season, starting against Bradley next Friday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. The match can be seen live on ESPN3.
FOOTBALL FALLS TO NATIONALLY-RANKED TOMMIES
No. 25 St. Thomas remained undefeated in Pioneer Football League play by topping the Valparaiso University football team 34-7 on a blustery and overcast Saturday afternoon at Brown Field. A topsy-turvy first quarter saw the two teams combine for five turnovers including three forced by the Valpo defense, but the Brown & Gold had no points to show for the early takeaways.
How It Happened
The Valpo defense made a big play right away as Ben Hines (Snohomish, Wash. / Archbishop Murphy [Washington]) came up with an interception on St. Thomas’ second play from scrimmage after the Tommies received the opening kickoff. Valpo took over in the red zone at the St. Thomas 20.
The Beacons eventually had first-and-goal from the St. Thomas 3-yard line, but then on second-and-goal from the 5, the Tommies came up with a strip sack followed by a 79-yard fumble return for a scoop-and-score touchdown.
After a Valpo punt, Kohlton Sherman (Millington, Mich. / Millington) made an interception to extinguish a promising St. Thomas drive. His 46-yard return set up the Beacons at the St. Thomas 39. However, the Valpo offense went three-and-out.
The defense flexed its muscles with a third straight takeaway as Caleb Rao (Liberty Township, Ohio / Lakota West) came up with a fumble recovery at the St. Thomas 17. However, the ensuing Valpo drive saw the Tommies make an interception in the end zone.
St. Thomas used a six-play, 80-yard drive to double the lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter. The two teams exchanged punts on drives that chewed up the bulk of the remaining first-half time and the hosts went into the locker room down two scores.
St. Thomas used a 50-yard TD pass on its first drive of the second half to up the lead to 20-0. Valpo did respond with a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive that started with a 55-yard reception by Solomon Davis (Brighton, Tenn. / Brighton) on a pass by Michael Appel Jr. (Springboro, Ohio / Springboro). Later, Aaron Dawson (Westbury, N.Y. / W.T. Clarke [Central Connecticut]) plunged into the end zone from a yard out to make it 20-7.
Valpo appeared to have recovered an onside kick a moment later, but the play was negated by an offside penalty, then the re-kick turned into an 89-yard kickoff return TD to extend the St. Thomas lead back to 20 at 27-7.
The only remaining scoring by either team was a St. Thomas touchdown with 11:10 left in the fourth on a 3-yard run.
Inside the Game
This marked the third straight game that Sherman has notched an interception. He now has five in his collegiate career.
Dawson’s touchdown run was his eighth of the season. He finished with 62 yards on 17 carries, moving his season total to 955 rushing yards, still fifth in program history.
Davis led the receiving corps with four catches for 84 yards including a long of 55. Appel went 10-of-19 through the air for 130 yards.
Hines’ interception was his first in a Valpo uniform.
Jake Birmingham (River Forest, Ill. / Oak Park and River Forest) registered 11 tackles to share the team lead with Hines. Prior to Saturday’s game, Birmingham had four tackles in his collegiate career, all this season. For Hines, this marked his third double-figure tackle game of 2022.
Valpo forced three turnovers for the second straight game. Prior to last week at Dayton, the team had forced six turnovers in the first seven games this season. Now, the Beacons have doubled their season total in the last two games.
The Valpo defense has five interceptions in the last two games after totaling just three over the season’s first seven contests.
St. Thomas converted on eight of its 12 third-down opportunities.
The biggest bugaboo of the day was sacks as Valpo permitted a season-most eight sacks to the Tommies. St. Thomas had 11 tackles for loss totaling 81 yards.
This past week, St. Thomas cracked the American Football Coaches Association FCS Top 25 poll for the first time this season as the Tommies arrived at Brown Field ranked No. 25 nationally.
The 27-point margin of defeat was Valpo’s largest of the season. This was Valpo’s largest margin of defeat in its last 25 Pioneer Football League games, a stat that reflects the program’s progress from the days where lopsided defeats were the norm. In the program’s last 31 games, this was its second largest margin of defeat behind a game against FCS powerhouse North Dakota State.
Valpo (4-5, 3-3 PFL) will try to bounce back next week with a trip to Marist for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff on Saturday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The game will air on ESPN+. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.
HOUNDS OVERWHELM CARDINALS WITH BIG SECOND HALF
LIBERTY, Mo. –The No. 15-ranked UIndy football team kept its perfect GLVC record intact, downing host William Jewell, 48-14, in the final road game of the regular season. The result ups the Greyhounds’ record to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play, setting up a de facto GLVC title game versus Truman next weekend at Key Stadium.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hounds got off to a slow start, falling behind 7-0 early. The Cardinals had the ball late in the second quarter down just 17-14, but the UIndy defense forced a big three-and-out that led to a Greyhound field goal in the final minute of the half.
The Hounds came out of intermission with renewed purpose, ultimately running off 31 unanswered points to pull away. Jewell went the final 33 minutes of game time without scoring a single point.
The third quarter proved particularly damaging for the Cardinals, as the Hounds racked up 13 first downs and 198 total yards in the third period compared to zero first downs and a mere four yards of offenisve from Jewell in that span.
The Greyhounds’ rushing attack once again drove the offense as seven UIndy ball carriers combined for 349 rushing yards and six TDs. JaQuan Buchanan and Lenny Bennett both went over 100 yards on the day.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-Filling in for the injured Toriano Clinton, Buchanan continues to impress. He racked up 135 yards and three TDs on the ground Saturday. He has now amassed 11 TDs in the last three games combined.
-Four different Greyhounds – Jeremiah Lee, Buchanan, Bennett and Kellen Porter – scored a rushing touchdown in the second half.
-On the other side of the ball, seven different Hounds were credited with a tackle for a loss.
-UIndy forced four Jewell fumbles, with Kiave’ Guerrier accounting for the only defensive recovery on the day.
-Kicker Colin Seymour made two field goals, including a season-long 39 yarder, while also going 6-for-6 on PATs.
The Greyhounds have won seven in a row versus Jewell and are now 9-1 all-time in the series … Today marked the final game in the 67-year history of Jewell’s Greene Stadium.
UIndy return home next Saturday, Nov. 12 for the regular season finale. The Hounds will host Truman State University for what could be one of the biggest games in recent program history. Both teams are 8-1 on the season with eyes on both the GLVC title and a spot in the DII playoffs.
BLUBAUGH REPEATS AS KAUFMAN OPEN CHAMPION
ST. LOUIS – The No. 3-ranked University of Indianapolis wrestling team opened up its schedule with a familiar tournament, taking on the Kaufman Brand Open, hosted by GLVC-foe Maryville University. The highlight of the day came when No. 2-ranked Derek Blubaugh became a three-time winner at the event, claiming the 197-lb crown in the elite tournament.
INS & OUTS
Blubaugh proved he was deserving of that No. 2 ranking early, winning his first match of the day by pinfall in 4:08. Following his first win, the Bloomington, Ind., native started his GLVC gauntlet, first taking down Alexander Drmac out of McKendree by another pinfall. His semifinal match was a familiar foe, challenging teammate Phoenix Rodgers. He eventual took the victory in a 8-0 major decision to advance to a finals match against McKendree’s Logan Kvien. Blubaugh closed out his day with another decision, taking the 197 title with a 4-0 win.
The Greyhounds saw two champions in the amateur brackets, the first of which coming in the 125-lb class. Aidan Sprague and Nathan Smith, competing unattached, dominated their sides of the bracket, setting up a Greyhound vs. Greyhound matchup in the final. Sprague would win the dogfight with a 4-1 decision, setting up a quality collegiate debut for the freshman out of Kendallville, Ind.
The final man on top of the podiums was Porter Keevers, who competing unattached made a trip through the bracket to capture the 184-lb amateur crown. He won his first two matches by pinfall – the first in 2:50 and the second in 2:11 – before capturing the title with a 4-2 decision win.
Also in the 197 class, Rodgers had himself a quality day, finishing in third place. He started his day out hot, winning by major decision over Maryville’s Dylan Shotwell. He followed that up with a quick 44-second pinfall to send him to matchup with eventual champion Blubaugh. After falling to the No. 2-ranked Blubaugh, he battled teammate Griffin Stine in the consolation semifinal, winning 7-0. He dominated the third-place match, winning in a 17-1 tech fall.
Stine, after losing to Rodgers, went on to win his final match of the day against Kentucky Wesleyan’s Drayden McKerrow to claim fifth place. Drew Kreitzer (165) and Owen Butler (174) rounded out the top finishes for the elite group. Kreitzer picked up a pair of pinfall victories, his first in 87 seconds and his next in 40.
Other top amateur performers included Tyler Conley, who grabbed bronze in the winning his first match with a 1:52 pinfall. After losing his quarterfinal match by a tight tiebreaker, he took back-to-back pinfall victories, sending him to the semifinals. He ended his day with two more wins by decision.
Tabor Lock grabbed fourth in the amateur 184, taking down two William Jewell Cardinals in the process.
Head Coach Jason Warthan on Blubaugh’s continued success at the Kaufman Open…
“We start the season off with this tournament, so I think it’s just more of a testament to his hard work over the summer, in preseason and continuing to evolve and improve as a wrestler, and I think he showcased that pretty well today. Last year he had a couple close matches, and I think this year it was a little about proving that last year wasn’t a fluke. And so he definitely had a target on his back (this year) where last year he was more of an unknown; people didn’t know who he was.”
Warthan on the finals match-up between Sprague and Smith…
“It was nice that they were on opposite sides of the bracket, so we got to see that one in the finals. It’s always weird with teammates; it’s always one of the those where it’s hard to coach against one of your guys, so we just kind of sat back and watched and gave guidance as as needed. That’s always like a pretty good pat on the back when you have two guys, and they both end up in the finals against each other.”
Warthan on the value of bringing a large team…
“It was nice. I had Ivan and Gavin with me this weekend as assistants to sit in the corner, but we also had Dawson Combest, Breyden Bailey, Logan Bailey and Jack Eiteljorge that were also sitting in corners and helping us coach. So it’s nice for them to get that perspective a little bit too and help coach and look at it from from a different perspective. I think it will benefit them when it’s their turn to start competing.”
The Greyhounds stay on the road, taking a trip to Glennville, W.V., for the Glenville State Duals. They open with Mercyhurst on Nov. 10, with action starting at noon. They follow that up at 2 p.m. against Glenville State.
GREYHOUNDS CLINCH GLVC TOURNEY BERTH WITH WIN AT MARYVILLE
ST. LOUIS – The UIndy volleyball team (13-13, 6-6 GLVC) spoiled senior night for Maryville (17-11, 4-8 GLVC) and clinched a spot in the conference tournament this afternoon after corralling a four set win over the Saints.
Grace Hegwood emerged with a solid performance after earning a double-double at 15 kills and 17 digs, her ninth of the season. The duo of Alex Equihua and Claire Morris notched 25 and 18 assists, respectively, while five different Hounds tallied double-digit digs with MaKenna Barnhart guiding the team with 21.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hounds came out of the gate hot and never looked back in the 25-15 set one victory. Most notably, with the score tied 4-4 early on, UIndy proceeded to rattle off a blistering 16-4 scoring run in front of the crowd at the Moloney Arena to reach 20 points before the Saints could even score in the double-digits. UIndy locked down Maryville, who managed a forgetful .050 hitting percentage in the opening frame.
Not to be denied on its home floor, Maryville battled strong in set two and had the match all tied up at 14 with the halfway point passed. However, UIndy accomplished another productive scoring run right after this, going for five-straight points and providing some cushion heading into the home stretch. Despite the Saints battling back and trailing by only one with a few points left, UIndy weathered the storm and took set two by a 25-21 final.
Set three was a back-and-forth battle as the scoreboard notably read 15-15 at one point. However, Maryville went on to roll out a 5-0 scoring run right after this to force a Greyhound timeout. UIndy quickly answered back with four straight points of its own to cut into the deficit, but the Saints ultimately held on to win the set by a slim 26-24 mark.
UIndy had no problem closing the match out in the final set, jumping out to a convincing 14-3 lead early on. Much like the opening frame, the Hounds collected 20 points on the scoreboard before the Saints could get in the double-digit column. This eventually rolled over into the 25-16 set victory and clinched the Greyhounds a spot in the conference tournament for a 22nd consecutive year.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-UIndy notched a .196 hitting percentage while Maryville hit .107.
-The Hounds led the afternoon with 24 total blocks and the Saints had just 16.
-The Greyhounds earned a game-high 10 service aces with Hegwood leading at four.
The Hounds will now wait to see who they draw in the 2022 GLVC tournament. Stay updated by checking www.UIndyAthletics.com.
KNIGHTS WIN THREE WEIGHT CLASSES AT PATRIOT OPEN
Williamsburg, Ky. – The Marian wrestling team had a strong start to their 2022-23 season Saturday at the Patriot Open, earning three championships and multiple top-three finishes in their opening tournament. Blake Mulkey, Sam Osho, and Noah Hollendonner were all victorious in their respective weight classes.
Newcomer Alex Cottey went 0-2 in his Marian debut, falling twice in the open to finish 0-2 with two losses by decision. Anthony Hughes had a strong day, going 4-1 overall. Hughes went 2-1 in the main draw, but fell to the consolation bracket where he earned a third period win by fall. Hughes would finish third in the open, winning a 17-8 major decision to close his day.
Blake Mulkey was one of Marian’s champions on the day, as the senior returned to the lineup for the first time since the 2021 NAIA Championships. Mulkey workred his way through the bottom half of the bracket, earning a pair of wins by decision as he reached the semifinals. Mulkey would win by fall with four seconds remaining to get to the championship, and in the first place bout the senior earned a 3-1 sudden victory.
Jared Brown had a strong outing, going 3-2 on the day. Each of Brown’s matches were decided by fall, with his three wins each coming in the first period.
Marian had solid performances in the 141 division, getting a strong showing from transfer Asa Garcia. Garcia went 2-1 in the open class, and finished 4-2 overall, taking fifth place with an injury victory. Stephen Roberson went 2-1 in the main bracket and would finish 2-2 after ending on a 5-3 defeat, and Logan Wagner finished with a 3-2 margin in his opening tournament. Aundre Beatty went 2-2 overall, ending his day on a 6-3 defeat.
In the freshman and sophomore division, the Knights entered four wrestlers at 141. Landon Bertsch had the best outing of the Marian four in the bracket, finishing as the runner-up with a 3-1 record on the day. Both Drew Willis and Braden Haines went 2-2 on the day, and Dylan McKelvey went 0-2 in his debut.
The Knights struggled in the 149 open division, with Ricky Hegedus dropping to the consolation round after a sudden loss. Hegedus went 2-2 overall on the weekend, and Ian Heath went 1-2, with his final loss coming against his teammate.
Marian entered two wrestlers in the freshman and sophomore group at 149, with Blaze Garcia making a strong showing in his collegiate debut. Garcia won three matches by fall to reach the championship match, but was unable to secure his first college open title as he fell to Weston Melvin of the Cumberlands by a 4-2 sudden victory score. Zach Wilson went 4-1 on the day, falling to Melvin to drop to the consolation bracket, where he would rebound with a win by decision and win by fall to take home third place.
Bailey Moore headlined a group of four Knights in the 157 class, going 5-1 overall on the day to finish sixth overall. Moore went 1-1 in the championship bracket before falling to the consolation, where he would earn wins over teammate Jordan Fulks and Bryan Richardson en route to his sixth place finish. Fulks went 1-2 falling to his teammate by a 6-5 decision, and Richardson went 0-2, ending his day with a loss by fall to Moore. Julian Johnson went 0-2 in the open class at 157.
In the 165 open class, Elliott Rodgers had a strong start to his season as he went 4-1 with a runner-up finish. Rodgers won each of his first two matches by first round fall, and then earned a 10-3 decision to reach the semifinals. After a win over Camden Trupp by a 6-0 decision, Rodgers would reach the championshp match, but came up short in a 10-7 loss by decision.
Also competing was Noah Baker, who went 1-2 on the day, winning his lone match in the consolation bracket by fall.
Austin O’Donoghue went 0-2 on the day, as he lost to Drake Egan of Indiana Tech by fall and to Kallum Lowe of Cumberlands by decision.
Noah Hollendonner made his Marian wrestling debut and shined at 174, as he came away with the championships in the 174 division. Hollendonner earned two wins by decision and one by sudden victory on his way to the first place round, where he took a win by injury to finish 4-0 to start the season. Also competing at 174 was Jeff Dunasky, who went 1-2 on the day with a win in the consolation bracket.
Sam Osho guided Marian in the 184 open, as the fifth-year senior won his first open of the season. Osho started the day with a win over William Speight of Lourdes by an 11-6 decision, then after getting a takedown on Will Huyke from Indiana Tech he would go on to record a win by fall in 1:16. The senior followed with a 12-9 win by decision over Life’s No. 8 Austin Eichert, setting up a championship against Kyle Hornet. Osho trailed after the second period, but scored an early escape and takedown to steal an 8-7 win for the title. Osho finished with a 4-0 record on the day.
Justice Cash also competed in the 184 bracket, where he went 0-2 overall on the day.
Marian’s trio in the 285 open division each went 0-2, as Isaiah Greene, Austin Lane, and Excell Brooks went down in two matches.
In the heavyweight class for freshmen and sophomores, Marques Lewis went 0-2 while Liam Begley went 2-2 overall.
Marian will compete again next weekend in the annual Grand View Open on Saturday, November 12.
MARIAN ADVANCES IN CROSSROADS LEAGUE TOURNAMENT WITH 4-0 RESULT OVER GOSHEN
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer team opened the Crossroads League Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Goshen in the quarterfinal round. Marian received a hat trick from Naomi Walters in the first half and a second half PK from Isabelle Stanfield to improve the Knights to 16-0-2 overall and 9-0-1 in league play as they head into the semifinal on Wednesday night.
Marian began the match with an early offensive assault, with Walters having the first shot attempt before scoring the first goal of the match in the 15th minute on the assist from Jacelyn Smith. Smith would take the next shot attempt for Marian, seeing it go just wide left, but at the 22:13 mark it was Walters again finding the back of the net on the assist from Maya Decker.
With the 2-0 lead at hand, Marian continued to press as it was Erin Oleksak finding Walters who booted it past the Goshen goalie to complete her hat trick. The Knights did not let up as they put together seven more shot attempts in the half, with the goalie having to make the save on four of the shots.
The Knights came out aggressive in the second half picking up two shots and three corners in the half’s first 22 minutes, continuing to own the possession. After seeing several shot attempts, the Knights found their fourth goal of the night on a PK coming from Stanfield to extend the lead to 4-0. Lindsey Stoughton and Delaney Taylor made late attempts to try and build onto the Marian lead, but were unable to find back netting as the Maple Leafs keeper managed to get her hands on the attempts.
Not only was the Marian offense hot, but the defense effort put together was impressive by only allowing Goshen three shots to Marian’s 20. Noelle Rolfsen played the full 90 minutes in goal, making one save to help her team pick up the 4-0 win.
Walters led Marian with three goals on five shots, while Stanfield added the other goal and had two shot attempts. Oleksak, Decker, and Smith all picked up an assist, wile Oleksak and Decker had two shots.
Marian will play either Taylor in the Crossroads League Semifinals on Wednesday. Kickoff from St. Vincent Field comes at 7 PM.
MARIAN DROPS SIENA HEIGHTS 24-2 ON SENIOR DAY
INDIANAPOLIS – Playing through windy conditions, the Marian football team poured on 24 first half points Saturday afternoon as they downed Siena Heights 24-2 on senior day. Marian’s win improves their win total to 7-1 on the year and 5-1 in MSFA Mideast play.
The Knights defense continued their string of strong performances, opening the afternoon by forcing consecutive three and outs. Tyler Bukur and Logan Blake led the defensive charge early, and with a short field at hand the Knights came away with a Marlon Pomili 41-yard field goal on their second drive of the contest.
Siena Heights would pick up three first downs on their next series, but had their drive stalled after Deon Pettiford came around the end for an eight-yard sack. Taking over at their 19 after a punt, Baron Huebler and Zach Bundalo moved the chains on an eight play series, with the senior quarterback capping the 81-yard series with a 32-yard touchdown pass to CJ Young.
Leading 10-0 after the first quarter, the Knights wasted little time adding to their lead as a hurried pass forced by Trevor Adler led to a Jake Paris interception, with the linebacker racing 36 yards for his first career touchdown. Paris’ pick six was the first of a string of defensive highlights, as Pettiford would get his second sack to end the next Saints possession. David Badescu came off the edge and blocked his first career punt after the sack to set up great field position, placing Marian on the 11 after the tight end’s 20-yard return. Fellow tight end Drew Byerly took two plays out of the wildcat and gained 11 yards, capping a short series with his second career rushing touchdown.
With a 24-0 lead at hand, the Knights looked to add to their lead mutliple times with three additional second quarter possessions, but came up empty resulting in two punts and an interception. The defense would play stout to end the half forcing two kicks as Blake and Paris hounded the Saints, and forced a hail mary attempt on the half’s final play to sail incomplete.
Marian struggled to move the ball in the second half as penalties and and incompletions wiped away a pair of series. On Marian’s second drive of the quarter Taylor Soper was unable to handle a snap, and batted the ball out of the back of the end zone which resulted in a safety. The first safety Marian had allowed in 24 games put points on the board for Siena Heights, but they failed to ride the momentum as a 13-play drive ended in a turnover on downs.
A Logan Blake sack slammed the fourth and goal play at the Marian 18, and the Knights were able to drain the clock as the game moved into the fourth quarter, running a nine-minute series. The defense would force one final punt after missing a field goal, and were able to melt the final 4:02 off the clock gaining a first down on a pass from Bundalo to Young.
The 24-2 win was highlighted by a strong defensive effort, as Marian held Siena Heights to 141 yards, while forcing 11 missed third down conversions and eight punts. Blake was all over the field on defense making 12 total tackles which included a sack and two tackles for loss, and Paris had seven including his pick-six. Pettiford had six tackles with two sacks in the win.
Bundalo finished the game completing 14-of-20 passes for 152 yards and one score, and Huebler rushed for 69 yards. Byerly had 35 total yards on the ground and through the air, and Ben Stevens hauled in a team-leading five receptions for 42 yards. Young led all Marian receivers with 43 yards.
Marian will finish the regular season on the road, traveling to Lawrence Tech next Saturday. Kickoff in Southfield, Michigan, is set for 1 p.m.
KNIGHTS BEGIN POSTSEASON WITH SWEEP OF HUNTINGTON
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team found their way back into the win column as they began postseason play, sweeping Huntington University in straight sets on Saturday night. Marian’s win in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals improves the Knights to 22-5 on the year.
The Knights got off to a slow start in the opening set of the night, as Huntington did what they did in their previous matchup on October 12 by taking charge in the opening rallies. The Foresters lead built to 6-3, but stalled as an Averi Lanman kill ignited a 6-0 run for the Knights as Sydney Schaffer served her team back in front. The run drew an early timeout, and Marian continued to put their foot on the pedal as the lead swelled five on multiple occasions. Skyler Van Note and Madison Brooks drove the lead to seven as Schaffer landed two services aces in a late run, leading to the 25-22 first set win.
In the second set, a quick 8-4 run helped the Knights jump in front early, with a block from Jaymison Summers and Grace Hunter fueling the spree. Two kills for Van Note off Logan Smith sets helped grow the lead to six after an early timeout, but Huntington would stay close as they countered with multiple service aces. An error ended the Huntington scoring spree, with a Jai-Lyn Norwood kill helping force the final timeout with a 17-10 lead. After the break, Marian cruised to the finish out-scoring Huntington 8-6, ending the set victorious 25-16 after Van Note’s eighth kill.
Marian left no doubt in the match as they pounced to an early 7-2 lead in the final set, getting kills and blocks from Lanman, while Van Note continued her attack. After forcing a timeout with a 10-4 lead, Schaffer started a 3-0 run with a service ace and pushed the margin to nine. The Knights would keep their lead above seven points for the remainder of the match, and led by as many as 13 in the stretch run as they closed the match with a 25-13 victory in the third game.
The Knights hit .228 in the contest, and had 33 kills and 32 assists. Van Note led all players with 13 kills while hitting .367, and Norwood had eight kills. Lanman and Summers each had five kills, with Lanman posting a team-leading four total blocks. Both Katie Hardegree and Logan Smith had double-doubles from their setting positions, as Hardegree led the team with 16 assists and 13 digs, while Smith had 14 helpers and 12 digs. Schaffer finished the match with four service aces, setting a season high.
Marian will go on to play against Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday night, as the Knights play in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals. First serve from Marion, Ind., will be at 7 p.m.
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|New York Jets||5||3||0||.625||1.5||176||159||1-3-0||4-0-0||4-3-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Miami Dolphins||5||3||0||.625||1.5||178||192||3-1-0||2-2-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||2 W|
|New England Patriots||4||4||0||.500||2.5||177||163||1-2-0||3-2-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
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|Los Angeles Chargers||4||3||0||.571||1.0||164||189||2-2-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Denver Broncos||3||5||0||.375||2.5||121||132||2-2-0||1-3-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Las Vegas Raiders||2||5||0||.286||3.0||163||174||2-1-0||0-4-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
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|Baltimore Ravens||5||3||0||.625||0.0||208||183||2-2-0||3-1-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||4||4||0||.500||1.0||186||164||2-1-0||2-3-0||2-3-0||0-3-0||1 L|
|Cleveland Browns||3||5||0||.375||2.0||200||199||2-3-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||6||0||.250||3.0||120||197||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-5-0||1-1-0||2 L|
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|Indianapolis Colts||3||4||1||.438||2.0||129||157||2-2-0||1-2-1||3-3-1||1-3-1||2 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||2||6||0||.250||3.5||172||158||1-3-0||1-3-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||5 L|
|Houston Texans||1||6||1||.188||4.0||133||183||0-3-1||1-3-0||1-4-1||1-1-1||3 L|
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|Philadelphia Eagles||8||0||0||1.000||0.0||225||135||4-0-0||4-0-0||5-0-0||2-0-0||8 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||6||2||0||.750||2.0||183||133||4-1-0||2-1-0||5-2-0||2-1-0||2 W|
|New York Giants||6||2||0||.750||2.0||163||157||3-1-0||3-1-0||3-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Washington Commanders||4||4||0||.500||4.0||142||172||2-2-0||2-2-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||3 W|
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|Seattle Seahawks||5||3||0||.625||0.0||210||199||3-1-0||2-2-0||3-3-0||1-1-0||3 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||4||4||0||.500||1.0||176||147||2-1-0||2-3-0||4-2-0||3-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||4||0||.429||1.5||118||157||2-3-0||1-1-0||3-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||3||5||0||.375||2.0||182||210||1-3-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 L|
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|Chicago Bears||3||5||0||.375||3.5||155||181||2-1-0||1-4-0||1-5-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|Detroit Lions||1||6||0||.143||5.0||173||225||1-3-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-1-0||5 L|
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|Atlanta Falcons||4||4||0||.500||0.0||200||205||3-1-0||1-3-0||3-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
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|New Orleans Saints||3||5||0||.375||1.0||199||200||2-3-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|Carolina Panthers||2||6||0||.250||2.0||158||186||2-3-0||0-3-0||2-5-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|New York||4||5||.444||2.0||3-2||1-3||1-1||4-4||4-5||1 L|
|Oklahoma City||4||5||.444||2.5||3-2||1-3||0-4||3-4||4-5||2 L|
|LA Clippers||5||4||.556||2.0||1-2||4-2||2-1||5-4||5-4||3 W|
|Golden State||3||7||.300||4.5||3-1||0-6||2-1||2-3||3-7||5 L|
|LA Lakers||2||6||.250||4.5||2-3||0-3||0-2||2-6||2-6||1 L|
|New Orleans||5||4||.556||1.0||2-1||3-3||1-0||3-3||5-4||1 L|
|San Antonio||5||5||.500||1.5||2-3||3-2||–||2-3||5-5||3 L|
|1 Boston Bruins||12||10||2||0||20||9||51||30||6-0-0||4-2-0||8-2-0|
|2 New Jersey Devils||12||9||3||0||18||9||44||31||4-2-0||5-1-0||9-1-0|
|3 Carolina Hurricanes||11||8||2||1||17||6||38||31||3-1-0||5-1-1||7-2-1|
|4 Tampa Bay Lightning||12||7||4||1||15||7||40||38||3-1-1||4-3-0||6-3-1|
|5 Detroit Red Wings||11||6||3||2||14||6||34||33||5-1-1||1-2-1||5-3-2|
|6 Philadelphia Flyers||11||6||3||2||14||6||28||28||3-1-1||3-2-1||5-3-2|
|7 New York Islanders||12||7||5||0||14||7||41||30||4-2-0||3-3-0||6-4-0|
|8 Buffalo Sabres||12||7||5||0||14||7||49||38||4-2-0||3-3-0||6-4-0|
|9 Toronto Maple Leafs||12||6||4||2||14||6||34||33||5-1-0||1-3-2||5-3-2|
|10 New York Rangers||12||6||4||2||14||6||34||36||3-2-2||3-2-0||4-4-2|
|11 Florida Panthers||12||6||5||1||13||5||38||39||3-0-1||3-5-0||4-5-1|
|12 Washington Capitals||13||5||6||2||12||5||35||38||3-2-1||2-4-1||4-4-2|
|13 Montreal Canadiens||12||5||6||1||11||5||34||40||3-3-0||2-3-1||4-5-1|
|14 Pittsburgh Penguins||12||4||6||2||10||4||42||44||3-1-1||1-5-1||2-6-2|
|15 Ottawa Senators||11||4||7||0||8||4||38||38||4-3-0||0-4-0||4-6-0|
|16 Columbus Blue Jackets||12||3||9||0||6||3||30||55||2-5-0||1-4-0||3-7-0|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||13||11||2||0||22||11||46||27||5-1-0||6-1-0||8-2-0|
|2 Dallas Stars||12||8||3||1||17||8||46||27||4-1-0||4-2-1||6-3-1|
|3 Seattle Kraken||13||7||4||2||16||7||45||40||2-3-1||5-1-1||6-3-1|
|4 Winnipeg Jets||11||7||3||1||15||7||33||27||4-1-0||3-2-1||6-3-1|
|5 Los Angeles Kings||14||7||6||1||15||6||49||53||3-3-0||4-3-1||5-4-1|
|6 Colorado Avalanche||11||6||4||1||13||5||40||31||2-1-1||4-3-0||5-4-1|
|7 Edmonton Oilers||12||7||5||0||14||7||46||42||4-5-0||3-0-0||6-4-0|
|8 Chicago Blackhawks||12||5||5||2||12||5||34||39||4-2-1||1-3-1||5-3-2|
|9 Calgary Flames||10||5||4||1||11||5||32||33||4-4-1||1-0-0||5-4-1|
|10 Minnesota Wild||11||5||5||1||11||4||35||40||2-4-0||3-1-1||5-4-1|
|11 Nashville Predators||12||5||6||1||11||4||34||40||2-3-1||3-3-0||3-6-1|
|12 Arizona Coyotes||11||4||6||1||9||4||31||45||1-2-1||3-4-0||4-5-1|
|13 Vancouver Canucks||12||3||6||3||9||3||41||49||2-3-1||1-3-2||3-4-3|
|14 Anaheim Ducks||12||4||7||1||9||2||36||56||2-1-0||2-6-1||3-6-1|
|15 San Jose Sharks||14||3||8||3||9||3||36||49||1-5-3||2-3-0||3-4-3|
|16 St. Louis Blues||9||3||6||0||6||3||21||35||1-4-0||2-2-0||3-6-0|
November 6, 1869 – The College of New Jersey, that later became Princeton and Rutgers played each other in a football match. This information comes from princetontigersfootball.com. The word match should be a clue to all of this that the game is not recognizable to our era as being the game of American football that we know and love. The game was played using a round shaped ball, and they used Football Association (soccer) rules but the style of play closely resembled rugby. This game marked the beginning of intercollegiate football and subsequently has gone down in the history books as the first American college football game. The contest ended in a Rutgers win in which they scored six runs to Princeton’s four. Two weeks later, after the inaugural game, Princeton handed Rutgers its first loss– eight runs to zero. Both Rutgers and Princeton were retroactively awarded the 1869 National Championship.
Racine Eleven Dismissed
A fun fact about Racine’s football team was that in 1903 the program ended for what we would look at today as the oddest of circumstances! A November 6, 1903 article in the Champagne, Illinois Daily Gazette posts the headline of:
Bounced for Eating Fudges: Football team of Racine Gets its Walking Papers
Yes the entire football team was discharged allegedly because the players were caught eating fudge which in the eyes of the school administration was thought to make them poor students and athletes. Thank God that same criteria isn’t used for your friendly blog writer! For more on some Racine College football history go to our story from May 30.
Under the Lights for the 1st time
November 6, 1929 – Providence, Rhode Island – Just days after the 1929 Stock market crash signalling the start of the Great Depression the Providence Steam Roller became the first NFL team granted permission by the NFL to host a game at night under floodlights and they scheduled it at the Cycledrome in Providence. The Steam Rollers had enjoyed success in the season before, as they won the 1928 National Championship, but multiple key players had left for better paying jobs before the 1929 season so a gimmick such as a night game might do the trick to bring paying fans into the stands.. The highest paid man on the team was Jimmy Conzelman who doubled as quarterback and coach with a $292 per game salary. Due to heavy flooding in the Cycledrome, the game against the Chicago Cardinals was moved to Kinsley Park so as not to lose revenue. The portable floodlights were moved to Kinsley too and the first NFL night game was played. The Steam Roller lost by the score of 0-16, but were satisfied that 6,000 fans attended after a season of low attendance. In 1930, floodlights were permanently installed in the Cycledrome, but the players “received a pay reduction for night games…to help pay for the cost of floodlight installation.” Learn more here!
The St. Louis Gunners
November 6, 1934 – NFL finally approved the sale of the Cincinnati Reds to a St. Louis group for approximately $25,000. In the 1933 season of the NFL a certain amount of stability had arisen in the League, or so everyone thought. The Cincinnati Reds football franchise was in trouble due to financial woes but a group in St. Louis prior to the start of games offered to buy the team. The other NFL owners rejected the idea, feeling St. Louis was too far west to be in the league. However as the Reds got further into the season things got worse. The NFL was facing an embarrassing situation with a team folding midseason so finally after weeks of negotiating the NFL allowed the sale according to a paper submitted to the PFRA by Bob Gill on the St Louis Gunners. The St. Louis Gunners took over the Reds roster and played a partial 1934 schedule. The backstory on the Gunners is really well told by Gill’s transcript, and basically tells us that after some failed pro teams in St Louis, in 1931 the Field Artillery of the National Guard, of Battery A, announced that it would sponsor a team for the coming season in the city. The team was promptly referred to as the Batter A Gunners from its association with the Guard. The team had a big signing in naming as its head coach the famous pro star and future Hall-of- Famer Jimmy Conzelman. Then after securing the Public Schools Stadium as a home field, the Gunners were ready to open for business. The NFL couldn’t be happier that they were waiting in the wings, the Reds franchise was then bought out and the Gunners were a part of the NFL. They won their first game against the Pittsburgh Pirates 6–0, but then lost the last two to the Detroit Lions 40–7 and the Green Bay Packers 21–14. The Gunners franchise in the NFL lasted only those three 1934 games.
November 6, 1995 – Art Modell officially announced that his Cleveland Browns franchise was moving to Baltimore. The city of Cleveland would later be learned to retain the Browns name so Modell’s franchise would go on to become the Ravens. Thanks to onthisday.com
SEC Adds another School
November 6, 2011 – The Southeastern Conference welcomed the University of Missouri into their Conference of collegiate athletics. Missouri officially entered the SEC on July 1, 2012 along with Texas A&M. According to the SEC’s official website, They completed their first year of competition in the SEC in the 2012-2013 school year.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for November 6
November 6, 1914 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Ave Daniell a tackle from the University of Pittsburgh was born. Per the NFF, Daniell played for the Panthers from 1934 through the 1936 seasons and made the team as a walk-on candidate. Utilizing quickness and aggressive spirit, Daniell overshadowed many of the great linemen of his day. And in 1936, Daniell’s senior season, the Panther captain became a consensus All-America selection as the leader of what many feel remains the best line in Pitt history. The National Football Foundation elected to induct Ave Daniell into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975. After school Ave in the National Football League for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
November 6, 1916 – Mount Clemens, Michigan – The great halfback from Michigan State, John Pingel celebrated his birth. Pingel was a triple threat as his precision passing, astounding rushes and his punting helped MSU achieve an 8-1 record in 1937. In fact the footballfoundation.org site claims he averaged 5.1 yards per rushing attempt, completed 54 percent of his passes and led the nation in punting that season. John received accolades and awards for being the top ranked student athlete at the school and even gained All-America status on the gridiron in 1937. Those are many of the reasons that John Pingel was accepted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968.
49ers famous owner
November 6, 1946 – Youngstown, Ohio – Edward DeBartolo Jr. former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. DeBartolo purchased the franchise in 1977 and held ownership of the club for 23 years. In that time his 49ers played in 16 playoff games 10 of those were NFC Championship games and they won 5 Super Bowl Championships per the Pro Football Hall of Fame bio on Edward. The franchise posted the best winning percentage in the NFL in both the decades of the 1980s and 1990s. DeBartolo was named the NFL Man of the Year by the Football News in 1989 as recognition as the nation’s top sports executives. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Edward DeBartolo Jr. in 2016.
Big Al Williams
November 6, 1968 – Houston, Texas – Is the day that the fantastic University of Colorado linebacker, Alfred “Big Al” Williams came into this world. Big Al was the 1990 Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker per his bio on the NFF’s website. Williams led the Colorado Buffalos to the 1990 National Championship and he set the Colorado record for career sacks (35) and became a 1990 unanimous first-team All-American linebacker. The National Football Foundation elected to induct Alfred Williams into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. After school he was a linebacker and defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos.
LB- Pat Tillman
November 6, 1976 – Fremont, California – Another great player who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010 was born on this day too. Pat Tillman who played as a LB at Arizona State University secured the last remaining scholarship for the ASU team in 1994. Tillman excelled as a linebacker at Arizona State, despite being relatively small for the position at 5 ft 11 in tall. After the 1997 season Pat was voted the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year as well as also being named Arizona State’s MVP of the season and finished his collegiate career with 230 career tackles. The NFF goes onto to tell us that Tillman was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals as a safety in the 1998 NFL Draft. Pat ended up spending four seasons with the Cards before being inspired to join the U.S. Army. Tillman, a U.S. Army Ranger, served tours in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 before he was tragically killed. Tillman was posthumously honored with the NFF’s Distinguished American Award in 2006. The Pat Tillman Foundation was established in his name to promote scholarship, the spirit of community service and supporting veterans, active service members and their dependents.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS:
35 – 17 – 28 – 32 – 23
November 6, 1961 – US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith. The interesting thing is that Naismith was reported to actually be Canadian. This legend invented game of basketball and is often credited with possibly being the first to wear head protection on the gridiron.
November 6, 1969 – Inaugural Cy Young Award is a tie between Mike Cuellar (Number 35 of the Baltimore Orioles) and Number 17 of the Detroit Tigers, Denny McLain
November 6, 1974 – LA Dodger Mike Marshall, Number 28 was the 1st relief pitcher to win Cy Young Award
November 6, 1983 – Tampa Bay Buccaneer Number 32, James Wilder rushed for 219 yards against the Minnesota Vikings defense
November 6, 1990 – Atlanta Braves’ Number 23, David Justice won the NL Rookie of YearNovember 6, 1995 – Art Modell officially announced that the original Cleveland Browns were moving to Baltimore, Maryland. The would later be known as the Ravens.