COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
Illinois 20, No. 7 Penn State 18 (9OT)
No. 6 Michigan 33, Northwestern 7
No. 3 Oklahoma 35, Kansas 23
No. 2 Cincinnati 27, Navy 20
No. 16 Wake Forest 70, Army 56
Arkansas 45, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3
Florida State 59, UMass 3
Kansas State 25, Texas Tech 24
Northern Illinois 39, Central Michigan 38
Eastern Michigan 55, Bowling Green 24
Yale 42, Penn 28
Morehead State 27, Marist 24
Sacred Heart 31, Duquesne 13
Syracuse 41, Virginia Tech 36
Kent State 34, Ohio 27
Brown 49, Cornell 45
North Carolina Central 28, Morgan State 17
Indiana State 28, Youngstown State 17
Georgetown 29, Bucknell 21
San Diego 69, Presbyterian 28
Fordham 35, Lehigh 28
Princeton 18, Harvard 16 (5OT)
Valparaiso 45, Dayton 28
Norfolk State 45, Howard 31
Chattanooga 55, Samford 13
McNeese 28, Incarnate Word 20
Stetson at Drake — CANCELED
Gardner-Webb 28, Robert Morris 17
Georgia State 28, Texas State 16
Hampton 30, North Carolina A&T 9
Illinois State 20, South Dakota 14
Western Carolina 45, The Citadel 31
East Tennessee State 17, Furman 13
Jackson State 42, Bethune-Cookman 12
South Carolina State 13, Delaware State 7
Tennessee Tech 56, Virginia Lynchburg 13
Wisconsin 30, No. 25 Purdue 13
Sam Houston 42, Jacksonville State 7
Montana State 27, Idaho State 9
North Dakota 34, Western Illinois 10
Tennessee State 28, Eastern Illinois 0
UT Martin 38, Southeast Missouri State 30
Northern Iowa 26, South Dakota State 17
North Alabama 45, Charleston Southern 22
Austin Peay 47, Murray State 6
12 Ole Miss 31, LSU 17
No. 23 Pitt 27, Clemson 17
Minnesota 34, Maryland 16
Iowa State 24, No. 8 Oklahoma State 21
No. 10 Oregon 34, UCLA 31
BYU 21, Washington State 19
Cal 26, Colorado 3
Toledo 34, Western Michigan 15
Rice 30, UAB 24
Miami (Ohio) 24, Ball State 17
Buffalo 45, Akron 10
New Mexico 14, Wyoming 3
North Dakota State 27, Missouri State 20
Mississippi State 45, Vanderbilt 6
Louisville 28, Boston College 14
Houston 31, East Carolina 24 (OT)
Liberty 35, North Texas 26
Weber State 35, Eastern Washington 34
Kennesaw State 30, Campbell 7
Southeastern Louisiana 51, Northwestern State 14
Holy Cross 42, Colgate 10
Mercer 45, Wofford 14
No. 4 Alabama 52, Tennessee 24
UL Monroe 41, South Alabama 31
No. 22 San Diego State 20, Air Force 14
Fresno State 34, Nevada 32
Western Kentucky 34, FIU 19
South Florida 34, Temple 14
No. 24 UTSA 45, Louisiana Tech 16
Central Arkansas 49, Lamar 38
Tarleton 17, Midwestern State 14
Nicholls 44, Houston Baptist 14
Prairie View A&M 48, Southern 21
No. 13 Notre Dame 31, USC 16
No. 5 Ohio State 54, Indiana 7
West Virginia 29, TCU 17
No. 17 Texas A&M 44, South Carolina 14
Miami 31, No. 18 NC State 30
Virginia 48, Georgia Tech 40
Oregon State 42, Utah 34
Montana 34, Idaho 14
UC Davis 24, Cal Poly 13
Northern Colorado 17, Southern Utah 9
Stephen F. Austin 37, Dixie State 20
Sacramento State 44, Northern Arizona 0
Hawaii 48 New Mexico State, 34
Davidson 49 Butler 35
Valpo 45 Dayton 28
DePauw 38 Allegheny 14
Bethel 63 Macalester 10
Trine 47 Kalamazoo 13
Franklin 17 Anderson 0
Hanover 41 Bluffton 10
Rose-Hulman 57 Manchester 14
Concordia 28 Taylor 21
Indiana Wesleyan 23 St. Francis 21
WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
Thursday, Oct. 28
Troy at Coastal Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
South Florida at East Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Friday, Oct. 29
Navy at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
UNLV at Nevada | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Saturday, Oct. 30
Iowa at Wisconsin | 12 p.m.
Michigan at Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Fox
Indiana at Maryland | 12 p.m.
Bowling Green at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
North Texas at Rice | 2 p.m.
Hawai’i at Utah State | 3 p.m.
Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville, Florida) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
FIU at Marshall | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
UL Monroe at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Western Kentucky | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
UTEP at FAU | 6 p.m.
Georgia State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m.
Boise State at Colorado State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
North Carolina at Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC
Fresno State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Texas Tech at Oklahoma
Florida State at Clemson
Penn State at Ohio State
Iowa State at West Virginia
Cincinnati at Tulane
Colorado at Oregon
Miami at Pitt
Arizona at USC
Washington at Stanford
Texas at Baylor
Texas State at Louisiana
UCLA at Utah
Washington State at Arizona State
Ole Miss at Auburn
Kentucky at Mississippi State
Missouri at Vanderbilt
Virginia at BYU
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
Louisville at NC State
Boston College at Syracuse
Duke at Wake Forest
Rutgers at Illinois
Minnesota at Northwestern
Purdue at Nebraska
UMass at Liberty
TCU at Kansas State
Kansas at Oklahoma State
UCF at Temple
SMU at Houston
Arkansas State at South Alabama
Oregon State at Cal
Wyoming at San Jose State
Atlanta 4 LA Dodgers 2
Indiana 102 Miami 91 OT
Cleveland 101 Atlanta 95
Dallas 103 Toronto 95
Chicago 97 Detroit 82
Minnesota 96 New Orleans 89
Milwaukee 121 San Antonio 111
Portland 134 Phoenix 105
Memphis 120 LA Clippers 114…DESMOND BANE 19PTS, 6REB
Sporting KC 2 Seattle 1
New York 2 Columbus 1
Toronto 1 Montréal 1
Philadelphia 1 Nashville 0
New York City FC 6 DC 0
Chicago 1 Real Salt Lake 0
Los Angeles FC 1 Minnesota 1
Inter Miami 5 Cincinnati 1
Colorado 2 Portland 0
Los Angeles 2 Dallas 2
San Jose 1 Vancouver 1
NY Rangers 3 Ottawa 2
Calgary 4 Washington 3
Montréal 6 Detroit 1
Minnesota 4 Anaheim 3
Colorado 4 Tampa Bay 3
New Jersey 2 Buffalo 1
Florida 4 Philadelphia 2
Pittsburgh 7 Toronto 1
Carolina 5 Columbus 1
Winnipeg 6 Nashville 4
NY Islanders 3 Arizona 0
St. Louis 7 Los Angeles 3
Vancouver 4 Seattle 2
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 25, 2021
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SEMI-STATE SCOREBOARD
Noblesville 5 Chesterton 0
Carmel 2 Castle 1
West Lafayette 3 FW Dwenger 1
Brebeuf 2 Heritage Hills 1
Westview 2 Park Tudor 1
Providence 4 Cascade 0
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SEMI-STATE SCOREBOARD
Homestead 1 SB St. Joseph 0
Carmel 1 Bloomington South 0
Mishawaka Marian 1 Leo 0
Evansville Memorial 4 Brebeuf 1
Andrean 1 Tipton 0
Heritage Christian 3 Providence 0
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL REGIONALS
Penn 3 Munster 1
McCutcheon 3 Fishers 0
Roncalli 3 Yorktown 1
Castle 3 Columbus East 1
West Lafayette 3 New Prairie 1
Bellmont 3 NorthWood 0
Brebeuf 3 Tri-West Hendricks 1
Silver Creek 3 Greensburg 0
Andrean 3 South Central 0
South Adams 3 Madison Grant 0
Western Boone 3 Covenant Christian 1
North Posey 3 Linton Stockton 0
Kouts 3 Southwood 1
Lafayette Central Catholic 3 Daleville 0
Bloomfield 3 Lutheran 0
Trinity Lutheran 3 Springs Valley 0
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY SEMI—STATE
AT BROWN COUNTY: https://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/19097.html
AT SHELBYVILLE: https://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/19098.html
AT NEW HAVEN: https://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/19099.html
AT NEW PRAIRIE: https://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/19100.html
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SEMI-FINALS
Crown Point (5-4) at Merrillville (9-0)
Lafayette Jeff (6-3) at Lake Central (3-6)
Portage (2-7) at Chesterton (6-3)
Penn (4-5) at Elkhart (5-4)
Homestead (6-3) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (8-1)
Westfield (8-1) at Noblesville (2-7)
Fishers (6-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (7-2)
Carmel (8-1) at Avon (1-8)
Brownsburg (7-2) at Pike (1-8)
Southport (0-9) at Ben Davis (4-5)
Perry Meridian (2-7) at Indianapolis Tech (5-4)
North Central (Indianapolis) (1-8) at Lawrence North (5-3)
Warren Central (5-3) at Lawrence Central (3-6)
Center Grove (9-0) at Franklin Central (4-5)
Munster (2-7) at Hammond Central (2-7)
Hammond Morton (1-5) at Valparaiso (8-1)
Michigan City (6-3) at South Bend Adams (4-6)
Mishawaka (7-2) at Concord (9-1)
Fort Wayne Northrop (3-6) at Fort Wayne Snider (7-1)
Fort Wayne North (2-6) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (5-4)
Harrison (West Lafayette) (8-1) at Zionsville (5-5)
Anderson (2-4) at Kokomo (7-2)
Plainfield (4-5) at Indianapolis Cathedral (9-1)
Decatur Central (8-1) at Terre Haute South (1-8)
Columbus East (4-5) at Whiteland (5-3)
Franklin (3-6) at New Palestine (6-3)
Bloomington South (6-2) at Castle (7-2)
Evansville North (5-4) at Bloomington North (6-3)
New Albany (6-3) at Floyd Central (4-6)
Seymour (3-5) at Bedford North Lawrence (4-5)
Gary West (6-2) at Lowell (7-3)
East Chicago Central (2-6) at Hobart (7-3)
Kankakee Valley (4-6) at South Bend St. Joseph (3-7)
New Prairie (8-2) at Culver Academy (7-3)
DeKalb (2-8) at Leo (10-0)
Columbia City (5-5) at Northridge (6-4)
Fort Wayne Wayne (3-7) at Delta (5-5)
Mississinewa (7-2) at New Haven (5-5)
Connersville (2-8) at Richmond (2-8)
Mount Vernon (Fortville) (9-1) at Greenfield-Central (7-3)
Indianapolis Shortridge (3-4) at Indianapolis Chatard (6-4)
Lebanon (7-3) at Indianapolis Roncalli (10-0)
South Dearborn (7-3) at Martinsville (6-4)
East Central (8-2) at Mooresville (8-2)
Evansville Central (2-7) at Evansville Memorial (8-2)
Evansville Reitz (4-6) at Northview (8-1)
Benton Central (1-6) at Hanover Central (9-1)
River Forest (5-3) at Knox (4-6)
John Glenn (5-4) at Jimtown (8-2)
Mishawaka Marian (7-3) at Tippecanoe Valley (10-0)
Fort Wayne Concordia (2-7) at Norwell (9-1)
Peru (7-2) at Oak Hill (8-2)
Brebeuf Jesuit (8-2) at North Montgomery (4-4)
Guerin Catholic (3-7) at Western Boone (6-4)
Tri-West (8-2) at Indianapolis Ritter (1-9)
Danville (9-1) at Indian Creek (3-7)
Vincennes Lincoln (2-8) at Edgewood (2-7)
Owen Valley (8-1) at Brown County (5-5)
Brownstown Central (10-0) at Batesville (6-4)
Lawrenceburg (9-1) at Greensburg (4-4)
Heritage Hills (8-2) at Evansville Bosse (3-7)
Salem (6-2) at Gibson Southern (9-1)
Rensselaer Central (6-4) at Andrean (7-3)
Boone Grove (2-6) at Whiting (4-6)
Delphi (7-3) at Pioneer (8-2)
Bremen (7-3) at LaVille (7-2)
Eastside (10-0) at Central Noble (8-2)
Fort Wayne Luers (9-1) at Prairie Heights (4-6)
Tipton (9-1) at Alexandria (4-5)
Lafayette Central Catholic (6-4) at Southmont (6-4)
Monrovia (7-3) at Speedway (8-2)
Shenandoah (4-4) at Indianapolis Scecina (7-3)
Centerville (9-0) at Northeastern (6-4)
Paoli (6-2) at Providence (5-5)
Clarksville (3-7) at Triton Central (6-4)
North Knox (8-2) at North Posey (8-2)
Evansville Mater Dei (8-2) at Linton-Stockton (10-0)
South Central (Union Mills) (5-3) at Culver (3-5)
North Judson (6-3) at Winamac (8-0)
Tri-County (0-8) at Clinton Prairie (5-4)
Carroll (Flora) (7-3) at Traders Point Christian (5-5)
Monroe Central (10-0) at South Adams (8-2)
Taylor (1-5) at Union City (5-4)
Triton (3-6) at Northfield (7-3)
Southwood (5-5) at Adams Central (9-1)
South Putnam (8-2) at Parke Heritage (8-2)
Covington (8-2) at Riverton Parke (3-6)
Indianapolis Tindley (4-4) at Covenant Christian (6-4)
Indianapolis Lutheran (10-0) at Park Tudor (8-2)
Milan (4-6) at North Decatur (5-4)
Tri (8-2) at Knightstown (1-7)
West Washington (4-4) at Springs Valley (8-1)
Tecumseh (3-6) at North Central (Farmersburg) (4-5)
Brave new world: Atlanta beats LA 4-2, heads to World Series
ATLANTA (AP) Led by an unlikely hero, the Atlanta Braves are heading back to a place that used to be so familiar to them.
The World Series.
Eddie Rosario capped a remarkable NL Championship Series with a three-run homer, sending the Braves to the biggest stage of all with a 4-2 victory over the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
The Braves won the best-of-seven playoff four games to two, exorcising the demons of last year’s NLCS – when Atlanta squandered 2-0 and 3-1 leads against the Dodgers – and advancing to face the AL champion Astros.
Game 1 is Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
“It’s a great moment in my life,” Rosario said through an interpreter. “But I want more. I want to win the World Series.”
The Braves were Series regulars in the 1990s, winning it all in ’95 with a team that included Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Chipper Jones.
That remains their only title in Atlanta. The Braves lost the Series four other times during that decade, a run of postseason disappointment that marred a momentous streak that grew to 14 straight division titles.
After getting swept in the 1999 World Series by the Yankees, the Braves couldn’t even get that far in the postseason.
Twenty-two years of frustration, 12 playoff appearances that fell short of a pennant.
Finally, it’s over.
“We actually did it,” said longtime first baseman Freddie Freeman, sounding a bit bewildered.
Rosario was acquired in a flurry of deals just before the July 30 trade deadline that rebuilt the Braves’ depleted outfield, which lost Ronald Acuna Jr. to a season-ending knee injury and slugger Marcell Ozuna to a hand injury and legal troubles.
They weren’t missed at all in the NLCS.
“Anything that was thrown at us,” Freeman said, “we were able to overcome it.”
Rosario set an Atlanta record and became only the fifth player in baseball history to get 14 hits in a postseason series. He was an easy choice as MVP of the series.
Spurred on by chants of “Eddie! Eddie! Eddie” from the raucous sellout crowd of more than 43,000, Rosario finished 14 of 25 (.560) against the Dodgers, with three homers and nine RBIs.
“We just couldn’t figure him out,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said.
Will Smith worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the postseason after a brilliant relief stint by winner Tyler Matzek, who escaped a huge jam in the seventh by striking out the side.
Rosario’s final hit was certainly the biggest of the 30-year-old Puerto Rican’s career.
With the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the fourth, Rosario came up after pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza extended the inning with a two-out double into the right-field corner. Slow-running catcher Travis d’Arnaud was held at third by coach Ron Washington, surely aware of who was up next.
Rosario got into an extended duel with Walker Buehler, who stepped up to start on three days’ rest after ace Max Scherzer wasn’t able to go because of a tired arm.
Rosario swung and missed the first two pitches. Then he fouled one off. Then he took a ball. Then he fouled off two more pitches.
Finally, he got one he liked from the Dodgers’ 16-game winner – a cutter that Rosario turned into a 105 mph rocket down the right-field line, higher and higher, straight as an arrow until it landed well back into the seats below the Chop House restaurant.
“We got him 0-2 and just couldn’t put him away,” Roberts said.
Rosario knew it was gone, dancing down the line after delivering a 361-foot finishing shot to a highly paid team that won 106 games during the regular season – 18 more than the NL East-winning Braves – but came up short in its bid to become baseball’s first repeat champion since the 2000 New York Yankees won their third straight title.
“We had a tremendous season,” Roberts said. “We were two wins away from going to the World Series. I want the guys to be proud of that.”
Illinois stuns No. 7 Penn State 20-18 in NCAA’s 1st 9OT game
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Over the course of an unprecedented nine overtimes, Illinois survived Penn State’s botched attempt at a trick play, lost its quarterback and a powerful running back to injury, and failed to gain just three measly yards again and again.
When Casey Washington finally came down with the winning catch Saturday, he hardly knew what to do.
“I actually cried,” he said. “It just felt good.”
The Illini came out victorious in the NCAA’s first ever nine-overtime game, edging the seventh-ranked Nittany Lions 20-18 on Washington’s 2-point conversion catch from Brandon Peters to end a string of goal-line stalemates under college football’s recently rewritten overtime rules.
The sides were tied at 10 after regulation, exchanged field goals in the first two overtimes, then began to alternate one-and-done drives from the 3-yard line in the third OT as part of a format tweaked ahead of the 2021 season.
Penn State tried to win it then and there with a variation of the famed “Philly Special” play the Eagles used to win Super Bowl LII. Quarterback Sean Clifford – still suffering from an unspecified injury sustained Oct. 9 against Iowa – was wide open near the goal line on the trick play, but tight end Tyler Warren’s pass attempt missed its mark.
Quarterback Artur Sitkowski missed a receiver on Illinois’ first try, and both defense held firm for the four OTs that followed. Illinois attempted three more passes that fell incomplete, and Josh McCray was stopped at the goal line in the seventh overtime.
Meanwhile, Clifford missed his next two 2-point passes while Noah Cain was stuffed to start the fifth and seventh overtimes.
Sitkowski – normally the backup – was injured in the sixth OT and replaced by Peters, the regular starter who had been sidelined by injury. McCray, who had 142 yards on 24 carries, also left and didn’t return after being pulled down and slamming his helmet off the grass.
Finally in OT No. 8, Isaiah Williams ran one in to put Illinois up 18-16, only to have Cain keep the game alive with a 2-point run of his own.
In the ninth OT, Clifford’s pass to Parker Washington was broken up by linebacker Khalan Tolson. Peters then found Washington near the back of the end zone for the winning completion.
“I just had to hold onto it for the team,” Washington said.
When Washington caught the ball, his teammates piled on him. Others ran to center field to cartwheel or do backflips – surprising energy after a game that lasted 4 hours, 11 minutes.
The 2-point conversion shootout format was introduced in 2019, the season after LSU and Texas A&M played a seven-overtime game that left both teams badly beaten up. The rule was tweaked this year, with the 2-point conversion possessions beginning with the third overtime instead of the fifth.
Bullish backs Chase Brown and McCray blasted through wide-open holes and flanked Penn State’s defense for a combined 365 rushing yards and a touchdown and James McCourt kicked three field goals, including 39- and 32-yarders in overtime, on a soggy day at Beaver Stadium. The Illini (3-5, 2-3 Big Ten) outgained the Nittany Lions 370 yards to 207 in regulation and battled back from an early 10-0 deficit.
“To see our locker room right now is pretty special,” Illinois coach Bret Bielema said. “They fight for one another.”
KeAndre Lambert-Smith caught a touchdown pass and Jordan Stout added three field goals for the Nittany Lions (5-2, 2-2), who ran for just 62 yards and struggled to protect a banged-up Clifford.
Led by Brown’s 229 total yards, the Illini tied it 10-10 early in the fourth quarter with a 37-yard field goal from McCourt.
A sloppy fourth quarter gave way to overtime where McCourt and Stout matched each others’ kicks before a string of goal line standoffs pushed the game into unprecedented territory.
“We had other opportunities on offense, defense and special teams that we could’ve made big plays to end the game and we did not,” Penn State coach James Franklin said.
Clifford suffered an unspecified injury on Oct. 9 at Iowa and didn’t finish that game. He handled a light workload early Saturday.
The third-year starter attempted just nine passes in the first half and was slow to get to his feet after taking a sack on his first series. After two lackluster possessions and just 15 yards on seven plays, Clifford was able to rally his offense on its third try.
Working quickly, Clifford completed two straight passes downfield to top target Jahan Dotson, then fired a bullet to slanting KeAndre Lambert-Smith for a 42-yard touchdown.
Stout added a 35-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 11:42 to play in the second quarter.
Led by Brown and McCray, the Illini ran the ball 12 times on a 15-play drive that ended when Brown bulled into the end zone from a yard out and cut Penn State’s lead to 10-7. Another 16-play, 70-yard drive led to McCourt’s tying field goal.
No. 2 Cincinnati stays unbeaten with 27-20 win over Navy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell could tolerate his team’s slow start, and he may have expected some issues defending Navy’s triple-option offense.
What was more grating was the fact No. 2 Cincinnati took a double-digit lead in the second half and then had to hold on late for the win.
“We’ve got to find ways, especially on the road, when you’re up, whatever it is, 13 points or something, to kind of close things out,” Fickell said. “That’s probably the only thing that I’m somewhat disappointed we couldn’t and didn’t do today, but we needed a challenge and we got one.”
The unbeaten Bearcats actually led by 17 at one point, but victory wasn’t secure until Arquon Bush intercepted a pass with 25 seconds left to wrap up a 27-20 victory Saturday.
The Bearcats (7-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) weren’t at their best, but they never looked like they were in danger until the final minute, when Tai Lavatai’s 1-yard run made it a one-score game and Navy recovered an onside kick with 48 seconds left.
The Midshipmen (1-6, 1-4) didn’t do much with that final chance, though. Lavatai’s third-down pass was picked off by Bush near the Cincinnati 45.
The Bearcats were fortunate to lead by three after a mistake-filled first half, but they eventually snapped out of their offensive funk. Desmond Ridder threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Navy was hosting a top-five team for the first time since 1984, and the Midshipmen didn’t trail until a wild swing at the end of the first half. With the game tied at 10, Navy was driving and looked poised to use up the remaining time in the second quarter. But after losing yards on back-to-back plays, the Midshipmen had to try a 51-yard field goal.
The kick was blocked, and Cincinnati’s Deshawn Pace nearly ran it back for a touchdown, but he stepped out of bounds with 1 second left. That was enough time for Alex Bales to kick a 52-yard field goal and give the Bearcats a 13-10 lead.
Jerome Ford’s 43-yard touchdown run made it 20-10, and Ridder added a 3-yard TD pass to Josh Whyle later in the third.
“I’m very very proud of our team, proud of our defense, but that’s not good enough,” said Navy cornerback Jamal Glenn, who had an interception and recovered the late onside kick. “Coming into the game … we stressed, moral victories is not a thing. Yeah, they’re the No. 2 team in the country, but we want to win games.”
Cincinnati was coming off back-to-back 50-point performances, but the first half of this one was a slog. Navy drove 79 yards in 7:12 and took a 7-0 lead on Lavatai’s 2-yard run.
The Bearcats quickly tied it on a 31-yard pass from Ridder to Whyle.
With Cincinnati down 10-7, Ridder threw an interception deep in Navy territory, but after that the Bearcats scored on their next four possessions.
“Everyone’s going to give us our best,” Ridder said. “Navy was a great team. We’re playing against the United States Navy, so we know that they’re going to fight all four quarters. The game’s not going to be over until the clock hits zero. That’s what we learned today, that we can’t take nothing for granted, can’t take any game for granted.”
No. 3 Oklahoma holds off Kansas 35-23 behind Williams’ runs
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Facing a far tougher test than expected against Kansas, Caleb Williams bailed out No. 3 Oklahoma with quick feet and quick thinking.
The freshman converted two crucial fourth downs in the fourth quarter, one with a 40-yard touchdown run, and Oklahoma rallied to avoid an enormous upset and beat Kansas 35-23 Saturday,
The Sooners (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) trailed by double figures on two occasions – including 10-0 at the half — but outscored the Jayhawks 35-13 in the second half to win their 16th straight game.
“I’m excited for the win, but we played poor football in the first half,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “We couldn’t get Kansas off the field and missed several opportunities. I give our team credit for rising up. Kansas deserves a lot of credit, and they did a few things that gave us trouble.”
Jason Bean passed for 246 yards and a score for Kansas (1-6, 0-4), which led 17-7 late in the third quarter.
A 66-yard run by Trevon West sparked the Oklahoma offense, and two plays later Williams tossed a short TD pass to cut the lead to 17-14 in the third quarter.
Kansas was able to stay in the game because of the legs of Devin Neal, who ran for 100 and a pair of touchdowns. Kansas didn’t punt until the fourth quarter.
“I’m proud of our guys and the way the first half especially went,” Kansas coach Lance Leipold said. “We were able to mix some things together and keep their explosive offense off the field.”
In his second start, Williams threw for 178 yards and two scores and ran for 70 yards.
Williams used a sharp cut to avoid two tacklers on a fourth-and-3 and then raced the distance for a 40-yard score to make it 28-17 midway through the fourth quarter.
After KU cut it to 28-23, Oklahoma faced a fourth-and-1 near midfield. Kennedy Brooks looked as if he would be stopped short of the line to gain, but Williams took the ball from the back.
“I saw Caleb so I gave it to him,” Brooks said. “I knew it would be close if I was behind the line of scrimmage and I was happy Caleb ran for a first down.”
Williams scampered 5 yards to keep alive what turned out to be the sealing touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter.
“That was just a really smart play by both of those guys,” Riley said. “We talk about situations like that, but I can’t take credit because that’s all Caleb and Kennedy.”
Brooks ran for two scores.
“We can finish with the best of them, but we don’t play our best early in the game so we need to keep battling that,” Riley said. “It’s time for us to start closing the gaps and playing more consistently.”
No. 6 Michigan tops Northwestern 33-7; Michigan State next
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan got off to a sluggish start, perhaps peeking ahead to playing Michigan State. Then the Wolverines used a strong finish to seal a matchup of undefeated rivals.
Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins combined for 229 yards rushing and four touchdowns, carrying No. 6 Michigan to a 33-7 win over Northwestern on Saturday.
Shortly after the victory, Jim Harbaugh’s thoughts had already shifted to facing the ninth-ranked Spartans on the road.
“All focus is there,” he said.
The Wolverines (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) led the Wildcats (3-4, 1-3) by just three at halftime. They pulled away by outscoring them 23-0 in the first 16:40 of the second half.
“We played pretty solid in the first half to give ourselves a chance,” Northwestern coach Pat Fizgerald said. “And, then we reverted back to some bad habits.”
Corum finished with 119 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Haskins ran for 110 yards and two scores.
Corum jukes defenders with shifty moves while Haskins runs through them with power.
“We both bring different things to the table,” Corum said. “We feed off each other.”
Michigan had 294 yards rushing, nearly 50 yards more than its average.
“They’re the best rushing offense in the country for a reason,” Fitzgerald said.
Cade McNamara was 20 of 27 for 129 yards for the Wolverines, whose inability to throw the ball downfield might prove to be a problem against tougher teams.
Northwestern quarterback Ryan Hilinski, a South Carolina transfer, completed 14 of 29 passes for 114 yards with an interception. He was replaced early in the fourth quarter by Carl Richardson, who was 2 for 3 for 9 yards.
Evan Hull had a 75-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, making it 10-7 and nearly doubling the yards the Wildcats had in the game at that point.
Down 17-7 midway through the third, Northwestern’s Charlie Kuhbander missed a 39-yard field goal.
“There’s a lot of good things we can take from this game, and a lot of things where we let it get away from us,” Hilinski said.
Young, Robinson power No. 4 Alabama past Tennessee 52-24
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama players once again got to light up those celebratory cigars after another win over border rival Tennessee.
This one just didn’t come quite so easily for the first three-plus quarters.
Bryce Young passed for 371 yards and two touchdowns, ran for two more scores and led No. 4 Alabama to a dominant fourth quarter and a 52-24 victory Saturday night over the Volunteers.
Brian Robinson ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) score 21 of their 28 fourth-quarter points in a little over six minutes.
“It’s a special rivalry to the Alabama fans and the players so we wanted to just have fun with it while we can,” Robinson said.
That fourth-quarter flurry turned a mostly competitive game against the Volunteers (4-4, 2-3), fueled by Hendon Hooker’s 282-yard passing performance, into another lopsided final score.
“The offense answered and we kept putting up points,” Tide coach Nick Saban said.
The result was Alabama’s 15th consecutive win in the border rivalry, with the previous five having an average margin of 33 points. And the players got to return to the field after it was over to light up and celebrate.
The Tide monopolized the ball for more than 40 minutes and converted 15 of 20 third-down plays. Tennessee was 2 of 13.
Young, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, completed 31 of 43 passes and turned five of his frequent scrambles into first downs or touchdowns.
John Metchie caught 11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Jameson Williams gained 123 yards on six catches.
Hooker was 19-of-28 passing with three scores after . But he had a fourth-quarter pass intercepted by Jalyn Armour-Davis, who returned it 47 yards to set up another ‘Bama score.
“I thought Hendon battled all night long,” Vols coach Josh Heupel said. “I thought he was really efficient for the most part during the football game.
“I thought he continued to fight and play in the second half and had some big-time plays.”
Hooker’s status had been uncertain after a lower body injury sustained against No. 12 Mississippi.
“I was kind of just going day by day,” he said.
Tennessee’s Cedric Tillman had seven catches for 152 yards, including a 70-yard TD early in the fourth when Hooker hit him in stride down the right sideline.
That came quickly after Young pump faked, then ran and dove over the goal line for a 6-yard touchdown to open the fourth for a 31-17 lead. He bobbled the ball near the goal line before falling on it.
Thirty seconds. Two scores. But that one had to be reviewed before the on-field ruling was upheld.
“I was initially talking to the side judge, and he said the box didn’t have a view for it to be overturned and that he had crossed the goal line based on the footage they had,” Heupel said.
Then Alabama struck again, with Young launching a 65-yard bomb to Williams. That set up Robinson’s 15-yard touchdown that effectively quashed the Vols’ upset hopes.
“I’m not going to be negative about the game, I’m not going to be negative about our team,” Saban said. “Really positive about the way they went out there and kept competing in the game and even though everything wasn’t perfect we made the plays that we needed to make to win the game.”
No. 16 Wake Forest beats Army 70-56 behind Hartman
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) When it was over, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson used one word to describe it: “Wow!”
Sam Hartman threw for a career-high 458 yards and five touchdowns in a big-play display and ran for another score, and No. 16 Wake Forest defeated Army 70-56 on Saturday to remain unbeaten in front of a sellout crowd at Michie Stadium.
“It felt like whoever had the ball last was going to win,” Clawson said. “That was about as clean a performance as I’ve ever seen. Every time we had to make a play we made a play. We found a way to win.”
Army (4-3), which lost its third straight and had its 13-game winning streak at Michie Stadium snapped, had not defeated a ranked opponent since a 17-14 victory over Air Force in 1972. Still, the Black Knights made Wake Forest (7-0) earn this one, matching them on the scoreboard until a costly turnover.
Hartman was unstoppable and rarely pressured, completing 23 of 29 passes and hitting touchdown passes of 41, 54 and two of 75 yards as he matched the Michie Stadium record for scoring passes. Jaquarii Roberson had eight catches for 157 yards and three touchdowns and A.T. Perry had six catches for 146 yards and one score.
Army never led, and a costly interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter gave the Demon Deacons the breathing room they needed.
“Guys made plays and you make the throws and it works like that,” Hartman said. “That’s how this offense is supposed to do.”
Two touchdown passes by Army’s Jabari Laws, a 21-yarder to Isaiah Alston late in the third, and a 25-yarder to Tyrell Robinson midway through the fourth, made it a one-possession game again until Hartman scored on an 8-yard run with 6:57 left.
“The room for error is very small and that can cost a ballgame,” Alston said. “Proud of my guys. We put everything on the line … and just came up short.”
Army rushed for 416 yards and finished with 595 yards offensively as the teams combined for 1,233 yards in a game that featured just one punt and was the second-highest scoring game involving an Atlantic Coast Conference team, according to Elias Sports, after Pitt’s 76-61 win over Syracuse in 2016.
“Yeah, it was frustrating,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “If I was a fan of football and just watching, that’s a fun offense to watch. I hate I had to watch it from our sideline.”
It was a one-possession game until the third quarter after Army knotted the score at 28-all on Jakobi Buchanan’s 1-yard touchdown run.
Hartman came right back quickl y, hitting Roberson over the middle for a 75-yard score.
The Black Knights then drove deep into Wake Forest on the ensuing possession and tried some trickery on a fourth-and-5. It backfired big-time when quarterback Cade Ballard, in his first play of the season, lined up as the holder and his pass into the left flat was intercepted by Traveon Redd, and he returned it 83 yards for a touchdown and a 42-28 lead.
“I saw green grass and I just took it,” Redd said.
But the big plays just kept coming.
Anthony Adkins raced 71 yards for an Army score and Hartman responded with a 75-yard strike to Ke’Shawn Williams.
Army matched the Demon Deacons on the scoreboard in the first half until Christian Beal-Smith scored on a 13-yard run up the gut of the Army defense with 35 seconds left in the second quarter to give Wake Forest a 28-21 halftime lead.
Hartman guided the Demon Deacons to two quick scores in the first quarter, hitting Perry for 50 yards down the middle and three plays later connecting with Roberson for a 41-yard score and a 14-7 lead.
After Buchanan’s 3-yard scoring run knotted the score at 14-all early in the second quarter, Hartman connected on a 54-yard scoring pass to Perry, who was free and clear after Army defender Cam Jones fell.
Army tied it at 21-21 on Tyhier Tyler’s 24-yard run up the middle with 3:17 left in the second. Army had failed on a fourth-and-2 play, but after a video review by the officiating crew, Wake Forest was penalized for having too many players and Tyler took advantage.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL: Week 8 Football Recaps
MICHIGAN 33, NORTHWESTERN 7: The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan football team returned to Michigan Stadium and used a decisive third quarter to record a convincing 33-7 victory over Northwestern on Saturday (Oct . 23). Michigan held NU off the scoreboard in the second half, turning a three-point halftime lead into a 26-point victory. With the win, Michigan secured the George Jewett Trophy in its inaugural contest. The game marked a new trophy game between the two institutions, as Jewett was each program’s first African American football player. It is the first and currently the only FBS trophy game named for an African American. [FULL RECAP]
ILLINOIS 20, PENN STATE 18: The Fighting Illini football team made history on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. After nine overtime periods — the longest game in college football history — Brandon Peters connected with Casey Washington in the end zone to lift the Fighting Illini to an upset win at No. 7 Penn State, 20-18, on the Nittany Lions’ Homecoming weekend. The historic win also marks the 100th of head coach Bret Bielema’s career. Illinois’ run game fueled the offense through regulation as Chase Brown and Josh McCray rushed for 223 and 142 yards, respectively. [FULL RECAP]
WISCONSIN 30, PURDUE 13: Chez Mellusi ran for 149 yards and a touchdown and Braelon Allen had 140 yards and two scores to help Wisconsin beat No. 25 Purdue 30-13 on Saturday. Mellusi and Allen both had career highs for yards, with Mellusi carrying 27 carries and Allen 12 for the Badgers (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten). [FULL RECAP]
MINNESOTA 34, MARYLAND 16: Freshmen Ky Thomas and Mar’Keise Irving became the fourth and fifth different 100-yard rushers for Minnesota this season, as the Gophers gained 326 yards on the ground in a 34-16 trampling of Maryland on Saturday for their third straight victory. Thomas (21 carries, 139 yards) and Irving (15 carries, 105 yards) each had one of four rushing touchdowns for Minnesota (5-2, 3-1), which moved into a first-place tie with Iowa in the Big Ten West Division. [FULL RECAP]
MAC FOOTBALL: RECAPS
Saturday’s Football Results
Eastern Michigan 55, Bowling Green 24
Northern Illinois 39, Central Michigan 38
Kent State 34, Ohio 27
Miami 24, Ball State 17
Toledo 34, Western Michigan 15
Buffalo 45, Akron 10
Stories courtesy of the Associated Press
Eastern Michigan 55, Bowling Green 24
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Ben Bryant passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third and Eastern Michigan rolled to a 55-24 win over Bowling Green on Saturday.
The Eagles (5-3, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) scored three touchdowns in both the second and third quarters.
Bryant had a 31-yard scoring pass to Bryson Cannon and his touchdown run in a second quarter that was highlighted by David Carter’s 42-yard punt return for a touchdown. That helped Eastern Michigan take a 24-10 lead at the half.
Bryant connected with Gunnar Oakes for a 37- yard score in the third quarter and Darius Boone ran for a score before running back Samson Evans found Dylan Drummond for a 16-yard score, set up when the Falcons lost a fumble on the kickoff.
Backup quarterback Preston Hutchinson had a touchdown pass to Thomas Odukoya in the fourth quarter.
Bryant was 20 of 26 for 286 yards.
Nate Needham’s field goal to open the scoring for Bowling Green (2-7, 0-4) made him 14 of 14 on the season.
Northern Illinois 39, Central Michigan 38
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Rocky Lombardi threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns and freshman Kanon Woodill kicked the go-ahead field goal with under a minute to go in his first collegiate action to give Northern Illinois a 39-38 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday.
Trayvon Rudolph kept the Huskies’ final drive alive with a 7-yard gain off a reverse on fourth-and-1 at the 50. Jay Ducker followed with a 26-yard run and four plays later Woodill kicked a 26-yard field goal with 56 seconds left.
CMU reached the Huskies’ 22 with five seconds left and lined up for a field-goal attempt that ended with a low snap.
NIU (6-2, 4-0) won its fifth straight to remain the only Mid-American team without a loss in conference play.
NIU came into the game with the MAC’s top rushing offense and last in passing yards. But against Central Michigan (4-4, 2-2), ranked second in rushing defense and last in passing defense, the Huskies changed gears.
Kent State 34, Ohio 27
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Dustin Crum threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Kent State turned back Ohio 34-27 on Saturday.
The Golden Flashes (4-4, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) clinched the game when Andrew Glass kicked a 27-yard field goal that capped an 11-play, 65-yard drive with 3:04 left.
The Bobcats (1-7, 1-3) responded with a drive that got to the Kent State 1 but ended up settling for a field goal with 47 seconds to play. The Golden Flashes recovered the onside kick.
Crum was 26-of-31 passing for 257 yards and gained 93 on the ground on 17 attempts. Dante Cephas had nine receptions for 103 yards.
Crum and Cephas connected for 33 yards to open the scoring and Crum’s 4-touchdown yard run made it 17-7 at halftime. The Golden Flashes had two 74-yard drives in the third quarter.
Kurtis Rourke threw for 308 yards and had a pair of touchdown runs for Ohio.
Miami 24, Ball State 17
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Sterling Weatherford intercepted a Drew Plitt pass in the end zone with 60 seconds left and Miami (Ohio) held off Ball State 24-17 on Saturday.
Miami had a chance at a two-possession lead with 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter but Graham Nicholson missed a 51-yard field goal. The Cardinals drove down to the Miami 19 before Weatherford’s interception sealed it.
Brett Gabbert was 20-of-24 passing for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Miami (4-4, 3-1 Mid-American Conference). Gabbert connected with Nate Muersch on a 6-yard TD, and the two-point conversion from Gabbert to Andrew Homer gave Miami seven-point lead in the fourth.
Miami’s defense forced two turnovers and held Ball State’s offense to just 327 yards.
Plitt was 22 of 34 for 227 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Ball State (4-4, 2-2). Jayshon Jackson had eight catches for 121 yards and a score.
Toledo 34, Western Michigan 15
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Dequan Finn’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Danzel McKinley-Lewis ignited a 21-point burst over the final 8:08 of the third quarter and Toledo rallied for a 34-15 victory over Western Michigan in Mid-American Conference play on Saturday.
Toledo (4-4, 2-2) was leading 13-3 — on two Thomas Cluckey field goals and Finn’s 28-yard TD pass to Bryce Mitchell — with 8:46 left in the second quarter, but the Broncos (5-3, 2-2) struck twice from there. Kaleb Eleby’s 14-yard TD run with 3:20 remaining capped an 11-play, 83-yard drive and — following a three-and-out by the Rockets — Sean Tyler’s 4-yard TD run with 1:36 left put the Broncos on top at halftime 15-13 after Nick Mihalic missed both point-after kicks.
Toledo broke the game open in the third quarter. Following Finn’s igniter, Zachary Ford returned a Tyler fumble 33 yards for a score and Micah Kelly added a short TD run. Finn completed 8 of 24 passes for 138 yards. Bryant Koback rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries. The TD receptions by McKinley-Lewis and Mitchell were their only catches of the game.
Eleby connected on 15 of 29 passes for 232 yards for Western Michigan. Skyy Moore had eight catches for 128 yards.
Buffalo 45, Akron 10
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Kyle Vantrease threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns, Buffalo had a program-record 11 sacks, and the Bulls defeated Akron 45-10 on Saturday.
Touchdown runs by Vantrease and Dylan McDuffie gave the Bulls (4-4, 2-2 Mid-American) a 17-3 lead midway through the second quarter. Buffalo went on to lead 24-10 at halftime and controlled the second half, outscoring the Zips 21-0 after halftime.
Two of the Bulls’ second-half scores were short TD passes by Vantrease, the third a 1-yard run by tight end Jake Molinich.
Vantrease finished 15-of-20 passing for 241 yards. McDuffie gained 111 yards rushing on 23 carries.
Kyler Laing was credited with 3 1/2 sacks for the Bulls and Daymond Williams had 2.
Jonzell Norrils carried 11 times for 151 yards, including a 74-yard TD run for the Zips (2-6, 1-3). DJ Irons was just 5 of 13 passing for 66 yards and carried 25 times for 60 yards.
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INDIANA PACERS…Game Rewind: Pacers 102, Heat 91
After opening the season with two games on the road, the Pacers (1-2) hosted the Miami Heat (1-1) inside the fan-filled Gainbridge Fieldhouse. And the Blue & Gold put on a show.
For the second night in a row, Indiana found themselves playing in overtime. Only this time, they survived. A run of nine straight points in the extra frame helped put away the Heat, 102-91, in front of the home crowd.
“It was a really great effort by our guys,” head coach Rick Carlisle said postgame. “Third game in four nights, playing a team that’s waiting on us.”
“The energy was great in the first half. The second half, fatigue set in a little bit. But, it was a situation where the collective will of the group carried us through somehow.”
The Pacers found themselves ahead by 10 at halftime. However, once again the third quarter woes appeared. The offense managed just eight points in the frame. Luckily, the defense held the Heat to 17. Trailing by six in the fourth, the Blue & Gold put their heads down and powered back to force overtime.
Once again, Chris Duarte proved his talent. The rookie tallied a team-high 19 points, including three clutch free throws in the extra frame. He nearly had the game-winning shot to end the fourth. But, his attempt kicked out of the net at the last second. The squad had big nights from Oshae Brissett (18 points) and Jeremy Lamb (12 points) off the bench. The usual suspects – Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis – both chipped in with double-double. Brogdon (18 points) hauled in a team-high 14 rebounds in the victory.
“It felt great, being out there with the guys,” Brissett said after his performance. “Just with myself, I felt like I knew exactly what I could bring to the table – what needed to be done.”
“That was the energy side, attacking the basket and just being myself. It felt great being out there.”
Brissett did not play in the season opener against Charlotte and played just 7:52 against Washington. Tonight, he was on the court for 31:37.
After starting 0-for-3, the Pacers rallied to take their first lead of the game. Duarte tallied seven of the first nine Pacers points, including a tough contested fadeaway jumper that grabbed a one-point edge with 8:13 remaining.
However, Miami quickly responded with seven unanswered to take a 15-9 lead after the first timeout of the game. Duncan Robinson – the Heat’s main 3-point threat – knocked in his second triple of the frame to anchor the spree.
As the benches rotated in, Indiana rattled off a 19-9 run to finish out the frame, including a string of eight unanswered. During the run, Lamb connected on three consecutive triples to keep Miami at bay. The squad earned a 28-24 advantage after one.
Early in the second, the offense kept rolling. Indiana stretched its lead to 39-32 with 9:29 to play behind buckets from Sabonis, Duarte, Lamb, and Brissett. At the 10:00 mark, Duarte stifled Jimmy Butler at the top of the key, forcing a steal. Sabonis then found Lamb for his fourth trey of the half.
Midway through the frame, two threes from Brissett helped extend the Pacers’ lead to double digits, 47-35.
Later, the Pacers’ defense locked down. After Miami gained a bit of momentum, Justin Holiday stymied it with steal-and-finish at the 2:53 mark. After Tyler Herro knocked in a tough baseline jumper, Sabonis fought hard for a tough tip layup to hit the double-digit mark for the half. Indiana led 53-43 with 1:55 to play. Indiana earned a 56-46 advantage at halftime.
Early in the third, the Pacers’ defense made up for a string of three consecutive turnovers on offense. Several steals and stoppages maintained a 60-50 Indiana lead after four minutes ticked away. Indiana’s advantage bounced between eight and 10 points as both sides began picking up their defensive play as the frame reached the halfway mark.
A rare two-point bucket by Robinson cut the Pacers’ lead to 62-56 at the 5:30 mark, but both sides did not make any headway after that. Neither side connected on a bucket for the next 2:05 until Herro’s jumper cut Indiana’s lead to four. The Blue & Gold had trouble keeping possession on offense and committed their sixth turnover of the frame after Brissett’s errant pass landed in Butler’s hands with 3:01 to play.
Brissett’s runner with 1:18 left ended a run of nine consecutive misses for the Pacers. The bucket stretched Indiana’s lead to 64-61. But, a jumper from Herro cut the lead back down to one. The score remained the same entering the fourth. Indiana was outscored in the third, 17-8.
Miami finally took the lead on a dunk by Markeiff Morris to start the fourth as Indiana continued its shooting woes on offense. Myles Turner’s turnaround jumper with 10:31 remaining brought Indiana back to within one. But, buckets from Herro and Adebayo soon gave the Heat a 71-66 lead and forced a timeout from head coach Rick Carlisle.
Miami stretched its lead to six before five straight from Brogdon cut the deficit to 74-73 with 7:16 to go. However, they could not get over the hill. Buckets from Morris and Butler pushed Miami’s lead back to five.
But, Indiana kept hanging tough, and Duarte continued showing extreme confidence. Down 78-76, the rookie lined up a deep three and drilled it without hesitation to give Indiana a one-point edge with 4:17 to play.
Later, down 80-79, Brogdon drove the paint and finished a tough and-one play to give Indiana a two point lead. Down one again with 2:12 to play, Brissett nailed a three to push Indiana ahead 85-83. On the Pacers’ next possession, he was fouled shooting beyond the arc. However, he made just one free throw out of three. Due to the misses, Miami managed to tie the ballgame on a step-back triple from the oft-lethal Herro. The teams were tied at 86 apiece with 49.9 seconds to play.
After a timeout, the Pacers came up empty after Brogdon missed a layup. However, the defense stifled Butler’s go-ahead attempt, and Sabonis snagged the rebound. Indiana had 3.8 seconds to come up with a play.
A screen was set for Duarte. The rookie rose for the game-winning shot. However, it rattled out. For the second night in a row, the Blue & Gold headed to overtime tied at 86.
After teams traded buckets, the Pacers broke serve and scored nine straight. The run included an offensive putback from Brissett, three clutch free throws from Duarte, and a confident bucket from Sabonis. There would be no collapse this time, as the Pacers held on strong for the win. The Blue & Gold have a day off tomorrow before taking on the 2020-21 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
INDY ELEVEN SOCCER: RECAP: INDY ELEVEN 1 : 1 FC TULSA
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven closed out the home portion of its 2021 USL Championship season with a 1-1 draw over playoff bound FC Tulsa Saturday night at Carroll Stadium.
Eleven midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell registered a Goal of the Week caliber strike in the 71st minute for his third goal of 2021. That tally was assisted by club captain Ayoze, the Spanish midfield maestro capping his 100th appearance for Indiana’s Team by taking the team lead in assists all for himself with his fifth helper of the campaign. However, Tulsa evened up through Jason Johnson seven minutes later, a goal that eventually secured the standings point needed for the visitors to claim the Central Division’s fourth and final playoff berth.
While Tulsa was the team in need a result, it was Indy that came out with the attacking impetus – although a couple of shots from distance by Vassell and blocked efforts from Manuel Arteaga and Gershon Koffie in the opening half hour offered just moderate danger.
After a quiet start, things got all sorts of active for Eleven goalkeeper Jordan Farr starting in the 27th minute, when he raced off his line to try and beat Joaquin Rivas to a lofted ball over the backline 30 yards from his goalline. While Rivas looped his shot over Farr, the ball bounced off the left post and spun towards goal, but by then defender Patrick Seagrist was there to sweep the ball off the line.
A minute later, Farr made a more routine play at that same post to save Lebo Moloto’s shot from 25 yards. In the 31st minute, the reigning USL Championship Team of the Week netminder made a key reaction save on Bradley Bourgeois’s point blank header off Rivas’ set piece service. It appeared Tulsa moved the scoreboard in the 38th minute through a Rivas right-footed finish, but the goal was nullified for an offside infraction. That marked the last major look for either side, sending the match into halftime still scoreless.
Indy had the first look of note in the second half five minutes in, but a sliding Arteaga couldn’t get the contact he wanted on Ayoze’s pinpoint service to the top of the six, allowing FC Tulsa ‘keeper Austin Wormell to gather. Seagrist showed up big again in defense three minutes later, putting a strong shoulder into Marlon Santos near the penalty spot to thwart a 1-v-1 look on Farr. Ayoze fancied a look of his own off a Kevin Partida square ball at the top of the area in the 57th minute, but the skipping effort was also gobbled up by Wormell without a spill.
It was a moment of individual brilliance that put the Eleven up in the 71st minute, a short pass by Ayoze setting up Vassell into space on the left flank 25 yards out. From there, the Jamaican international curled a beauty into the far upper corner, causing Wormell to leap in vein and putting Indy up 1-0 heading down the stretch.
Unfortunately, the lead was short lived as Tulsa evened up through a dead ball opportunity in the 78th minute. Moloto’s ball deep into the penalty area was knocked down by Marlon Santos and fell to the feet of Jason Johnson, who powered home in traffic from the six to knot the match at ones.
It was déjà vu for Vassell in the 84th minute, when he found himself in the same spot with the same amount of space as his sublime finish, but this time a low effort to the near post was smothered and covered by Wormell. In the 87th minute Tulsa had their last best chance when da Costa beat his mark across the top of the six to clip Santos’ cross first time, but he sent it just wide right of frame.
Indy Eleven will end its 2021 USL Championship campaign next Saturday, Oct. 30, with an away affair at Memphis 901 FC. Fans can follow the 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff from AutoZone Park live on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.
USL Championship Regular Season
Indy Eleven 1 : 1 FC Tulsa
Saturday, October 23, 2021
IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
Indy Eleven: 9W-14L-8D, 35 pts.; 6th place in Central Division
FC Tulsa: 13W-12L-5D, 44 pts.; 4th place in Central Division
IND – Peter-Lee Vassell (Ayoze) 71’
TUL – Jason Johnson (Marlon Santos) 78’
TUL – Johnny Fenwick (yellow card) 32’
IND – Manuel Arteaga (yellow card) 43’
IND – Tobi Adewole (yellow card) 77’
Indy Eleven line-up (4-5-1): Jordan Farr; Patrick Seagrist, Jared Timmer, Tobi Adewole, Rece Buckmaster; Peter-Lee Vassell (Jeremiah Gutjahr 86’), Gershon Koffie (Karl Ouimette 90’), Kevin Partida, Aboubacar Sissoko (Nick Moon 65’), Ayoze (captain); Manuel Arteaga
IND substitutions: Bobby Edwards (GK), Liam Doyle, Neveal Hackshaw, Aidan Liu
FC Tulsa line-up (4-4-2): Austin Wormell; Jorge Corrales, Johnny Fenwick, Kevin Garcia, Bradley Bourgeois; Jason Johnson (Modou Jadama 86’), Lucas Coutinho (Raphael Ayagwa 76’), Lebo Moloto, Marlon Santos; Joaquin Rivas, Rodrigo da Costa
TUL substitutions: Jesus Hernandez, Solomon Kwambe, Ciaran Winters, Daniel Gagliardi, Victor Milke
INDY FUEL HOCKEY: CYCLONES SNEAK PAST THE FUEL IN HOME OPENER
NDIANAPOLIS – Opening the 2021-22 campaign at home, the Indy Fuel hosted the Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday night. A late third-period goal by Mason Mitchell handed the Cyclones the win in game one of the 2021-22 season.
After trading chances throughout the opening period, neither team were able to put the puck in the net. Outshooting the Cyclones 15-7, the Fuel couldn’t put the puck past Cincinnati goaltender Michael Houser.
Handing the Fuel the lead less than a minute into the second period, Spencer Watson sprung Cedric Lacroix on a breakaway and he tucked the puck through the legs of Houser. The Cyclones responded almost immediately when Mason Mitchell tapped in a cross-ice pass from Matt McLeod. It would take until the final minutes of the middle period for anybody to take a lead when Graham Knott rushed down the side and put a wrist shot over the shoulder of Fuel goaltender Cale Morris.
Starting the third period on the power play, Brent Gates would get loose on the sideboards and fire a wrist shot that would sneak through the five-hole of Houser, tying the game 2-2. Taking advantage of a power play midway through the third, Mason Mitchell would pick up his second goal of the game, deflecting a shot by Morris to take a 3-2 lead.
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PURDUE FOOTBALL: Mellusi, Allen help Wisconsin run past No. 25 Purdue, 30-13
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Chez Mellusi ran for 149 yards and a touchdown and Braelon Allen had 140 yards and two scores to help Wisconsin beat No. 25 Purdue 30-13 on Saturday.
Mellusi and Allen both had career highs for yards, with Mellusi carrying 27 carries and Allen 12 for the Badgers (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) .
Wisconsin has won 15 straight against Purdue (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten).
The Boilermakers took a 13-10 lead on defensive end George Karlaftis’ 56-yard fumble return with 6:13 left in the second second quarter.
John Torchio intercepted Aidan O’Connell’s pass and returned it 37 yards to the 1. However, Mellusi was stopped for no gain and quarterback Kendric Pryor had a 3-yard loss on third down. Collin Larsh made a 23-yard field goal to tie it at 13.
The Badgers took the lead for good at 20-13 on Mellusi’s 20-yard run. Allen’s 70-yard run set up the touchdown, putting the ball on the 24.
Wisconsin pushed it to 27-13 on Allen’s 14-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Larsh added a 43-yard field goal.
O’Connell completed 24 of 32 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions, and Jake Plummer was 3 of 6 for 19 yards.
Entering the game, Wisconsin was third in the nation in rushing defense allowed at 64.3 yards per game. The Badgers limited Purdue to minus-13 on 24 attempts. In stark contrast, the Badgers finished with 290 rushing yards. Purdue had three interceptions, all by O’Connell, and lost two fumbles. Wisconsin lost two fumbles.
After being ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since the 2007 season after upsetting then-No. 2 Iowa 24-7 in Iowa City on Oct. 16, Purdue will make a quick exit. At 4-3, Wisconsin is unlikely to move into the Top 25. The Badgers were ranked No. 15 in the preseason.
Wisconsin: Hosts No. 11 Iowa on Saturday.
Purdue: At Nebraska on Saturday.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Golden Boot at Stake in Regular-Season Finale
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 18-ranked Purdue soccer team looks to retain the Golden Boot Trophy for a seventh consecutive year with a rivalry matchup against in-state foe Indiana on Sunday, October 24, at 1 p.m. ET, at Folk Field.
Admission is free for all fans, and the first 300 fans will receive a free mystery t-shirt. It’s a Boilermaker Blackout, and fans are encouraged to wear their black Purdue gear.
University, local and state health guidelines will be followed on game day. Updates will be provided by Purdue Athletics, if necessary. A clear bag policy will be implemented for all events in Purdue Athletics facilities this year, and information can be found at PurdueSports.com/ClearBag.
The match will be broadcast live on B1G+ and live stats are available at Purdue.Statbroadcast.com. Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
Winners of four of its last five, Purdue is 12-3-2 overall and 7-2-0 in the Big Ten, both its best marks since 2007. The team has 12 wins for the first time since 2009, and seven Big Ten wins for just the third time in program history and the first since 2007. The Boilermakers have clinched a second-place finish in the Big Ten standings to tie their best regular-season finish, along with 2005 and 2007. The Old Gold and Black have 21 points, four more than the third-place team, ahead of Sunday’s regular-season finale.
Seventeen players have earned at least a point and 15 have at least one assist, both tied for the most in the Big Ten. Ten Boilermakers have scored a goal, tied for fifth-most in the conference. Purdue boasts a 31-16 advantage in goal differential, including 20-8 in the second half and 2-0 in overtime.
The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 5.41 saves per game, and they are second in assists (32), points (94) and save percentage (.852) and third in goals (31).
Individually, senior forward Sarah Griffith is No. 4 nationally with 13 goals, and 2.50 shots on goal per game, No. 7 with 4.75 shots per game, No. 17 with four game-winning goals and No. 18 with 27 points. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova is ninth in the NCAA with 1566:23 minutes played and 19th with 88 saves. She also is second in the Big Ten with a .846 save percentage.
Additionally, freshman forward Gracie Dunaway has a team-best seven assists, which is second in the Big Ten. Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews is second on the team with five goals and 14 points.
The Hoosiers are 9-4-4 and 3-3-3 in Big Ten action. IU is in a four-way tie for sixth place in the conference standings, with 12 points.
Purdue moved up one spot in the national rankings to No. 18 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25. The Boilermakers are ranked nationally for the third consecutive week, and it is their highest ranking since 2009, which also was the last year the team was ranked before two weeks ago. Purdue debuted at No. 25 on October 5 and was No. 19 last week. The Old Gold and Black also remain at No. 2 in the North Region ranking, and they are No. 27 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue is No. 27 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll.
In her career, Bova’s 0.91 goals-against average and .804 save percentage are both second-best all-time, she is third with 18 shutouts and fourth with 26 wins and 4,996.36 minutes. Bova is fifth in school history in saves (205) and starts (53).
In a single season, Bova is No. 3 with a .846 save percentage, tied for No. 4 with 88 saves, tied for No. 5 with 12 wins, tied for No. 7 with four shutouts and No. 8 with a 0.92 goals-against average. Her 12 victories is the most by a Boilermaker goalkeeper since 2007.
Griffith’s 23 career goals and nine game-winning goals are sixth-most all-time and her 53 points is ninth. In 2021, she has 13 goals, tied for second in school history, while her four game-winning goals is tied for fourth and her 27 points is tied for sixth.
She had scored in seven consecutive matches prior to Thursday, the longest goal streak in program history, with eight goals in that stretch. Griffith had at least one point in the first eight Big Ten games, also the team record point streak. Meanwhile, senior midfielder Teagan Jones had a three-game assist streak that was snapped on Thursday, one game shy of tying the school record.
Additionally, Griffith is a three-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honoree this year, tied for fourth-most by a single player in conference history.
Dunaway’s seven assists are No. 2 in the school record books by a freshman and tied for No. 9 overall in a single season.
LAST TIME OUT: REBOUND WIN
Purdue clinched its second-place Big Ten finish with a 1-0 victory over Northwestern on Thursday night at Folk Field. Senior forward Sydney Duarte scored in the 16th minute as Bova and the defense earned the clean sheet. The shutout was the fourth of the season and second in three games, and the win came after a 2-1 loss at Penn State on October 17.
Duarte’s goal was the fifth of her career and her first game-winning goal. Mathews and Dunaway earned assists and Bova made three saves. Purdue had 17 shots to Northwestern’s 13, and the Boilermakers had a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal. NU’s keeper made eight saves, and both teams cleared a ball off the line. Senior forward Sarah Griffith had a game-high eight shots, four on goal.
A complete recap from the match, including box score, highlights and postgame reaction from coach Drew Roff, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
SERIES HISTORY VS. INDIANA
Purdue is 15-4-6 all-time against Indiana and 8-2-3 in West Lafayette. As a ranked team, the Boilermakers own a 4-0-3 mark overall and a 2-0-1 record at home. The Boilermakers have retained the Golden Boot Trophy for six consecutive years, with a 3-0-3 mark since 2015 after a three-game losing streak. The six-game unbeaten stretch is the second-longest in the rivalry, behind a 15-game string by Purdue from 2000-2011.
Last season, Purdue and Indiana played to a 0-0 draw in the regular-season finale at Folk Field. The Boilermakers had an 18-4 advantage in shots, and an 8-2 edge in shots on goal, but the home side could not find a goal. Griffith had a game-high seven shots, five on goal, and Bova stopped both shots she faced.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana owns a 9-4-4 record with a 3-3-3 mark in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are 2-2-3 on the road and 0-1-1 against top-25 opponents, with a scoreless draw against No. 17 Michigan and a 2-0 loss to No. 9 Rutgers, both at home. IU is coming off that defeat to RU on Thursday, as the Scarlet Knights clinched the Big Ten title. Indiana is winless in its last three, with two losses and a tie.
The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in goals-against average (0.566) and shutout percentage (.588), and they are fourth in corner kicks per game (5.76).
UP NEXT: BIG TEN QUARTERFINAL AT FOLK FIELD
Having clinched the No. 2 seed, Purdue will host a quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Tournament against the No. 7 seed on Sunday, October 31, at Folk Field. Additionally details, including opponent, start time and ticket information, will be announced at the conclusion of the regular season.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: No. 5 Ohio St extends streak with 54-7 blowout at Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It will get better for Indiana football.
Fifth-ranked Ohio State excellence collided with Indiana vulnerability at sold-out Memorial Stadium Saturday night and the result was a nationally televised 54-7 Buckeye victory. They scored the game’s final 47 points.
“It was ugly,” head coach Tom Allen said. “Painful. Not good.”
In the aftermath, facing a 2-5 record, linebacker Micah McFadden pushed a moving-on message.
“We’ve got to fix it. It’s a start to a new season. We’re moving on to the next game.
“We’re better than this. We know that. We have to come back ready to play. We have to step up and find a way to win a game.”
In the aftermath, Allen again emphasized his belief in his team.
“We don’t have a choice (but to bounce back),” he said. “We’re nowhere close to what we thought it was going to be.
“I’m proud of the guys for staying together. They will continue to do so.
“Challenges are there. L-E-O (Love Each Other) is the foundation. Injuries continue to mount. The disappointments continue. You fall back on who you are and what you’re made of.
“As tough as tonight was, you put it in the trash and press on.”
The brutal schedule will soften. Sixth-ranked Michigan (7-0) is the only remaining Top-10 team. Purdue (4-3) is ranked No. 25, but will fall out of the polls after Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin.
As for the game …
Jack Tuttle joined the growing injured-IU-quarterback list after taking a big shot from a couple of Buckeyes while throwing a 7-yard first-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Peyton Hendershot. He suffered a lower leg injury.
He missed the next couple of series, returned for one series, and didn’t play the rest of the game. He finished 4-for-7 for 41 yards and a touchdown.
“He did a great job while he was in there,” Allen said. “X-rays were negative. He was in a lot of pain.”
As for Tuttle’s status for next week’s game at Maryland, “We don’t know,” Allen said.
True freshman Donaven McCulley replaced him and went 1-for-6 for 30 yards. That included his first college completion, a 30-yard connection to Ty Fryfogle early in the third quarter.
Mainly playing out of the run-pass option, he ran 11 times for nine yards.
“We had some concerns of him being ready,” Allen said. “He has to grow.
“We didn’t want to put him in a bad spot and have him make complex reads. We wanted him to focus on small things.
“It was a way to protect him.”
Walk-on quarterback Grant Gremel also played and was 3-for-4 for nine yards.
“Jack was out so early that it put us in a position we didn’t want to be in,” Allen said. “That’s why we put Grant in. (McCulley) wasn’t here in the spring. He didn’t have enough reps. We have to address that moving forward.
“Grant has been here longer. He knows (the playbook and reads) better. We have to come up with expanded plays for (McCulley).”
IU recruited for quarterback depth, but injuries shredded it.
Third-string Dexter Williams II tore his ACL in the offseason. Starter Michael Penix Jr. injured his left (throwing) shoulder against Penn State in early October. Then Tuttle got crunched.
That left McCulley, a four-star, dual-threat prospect out of Indianapolis who hadn’t thrown an official forward college pass until Saturday night, and Gremel, a redshirt sophomore from Noblesville with one game on his resume, last month against Idaho.
Gremel played, Allen said, because “There were times we felt Donaven was rattled. We wanted to get him calmed down. He did some positive things.
“Grant has taken some reps in practice. He can throw.
“There was never a thought we’d be in this situation going into the season. We’ve got one healthy scholarship quarterback left. We’ve got to battle. Next man up.”
The defense, so good the previous week against Michigan State, was no match for the Big Ten’s best offense (48.5-points-a-game average), especially with standout cornerbacks Tiawan Mullen and Reese Taylor sidelined for the second-straight week with injuries.
“Not having them makes a major difference in our defense, especially with those receivers,” Allen said.
“But I expected us to play better.”
In Ohio State’s first nine possessions, it had seven touchdowns, one field goal, and one punt. It totaled 539 yards, 352 passing yards and 31 first downs. It averaged 7.8 yards a play — 5.8 yards per carry, 12.6 yards per completion.
Quarterback C.J. Stroud was 21-for-28 for 266 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. Eleven receivers caught at least one pass. Jaxon Smith-Njigba led with six catches for 99 yards.
“They hit us on some gashes,” McFadden said. “Their receivers made plays. Their quarterback made plays.
“It hurts. It’s sad we didn’t play better.”
Added Allen: “That quarterback, with the way he’s playing, it’s impressive. They have a lot of talent. We saw a lot of it tonight.”
The Buckeyes (6-1) protected Stroud (he was only sacked once) and opened large holes for the rushing attack.
“We did blitz some,” McFadden said. “They honed in on it well. We didn’t get the pressure we needed. We didn’t get in (Stroud’s) face as much as we should have.
“Their offensive line did a good job of moving us off the ball. We could have done a better job. They blocked hard. They ran hard. We didn’t tackle well.”
IU’s focus on preventing explosive plays left it vulnerable for everything else.
“We should have been more aggressive,” Allen said.
IU gained 75 yards on its first possession with Tuttle at quarterback, lost 21 yards on its next six. It finished with 128 total yards.
“Without Jack,” Allen said, “it wasn’t quite the same.”
IU gave up a touchdown on the game’s opening possession. Tuttle was sacked on the Hoosiers’ first offensive play.
Then he went to work.
He hit Hendershot with consecutive first-down producing passes, then connected with Miles Marshall for 12 yards and another first down. McCulley came in for a 15-yard run before Tuttle connected with Hendershot for a touchdown pass on third-and-7 for a 7-7 tie.
But Tuttle paid the big-hit price.
McCulley replaced him and slipped for a six-yard loss, then threw consecutive incompletions under pressure.
The Hoosiers punted, and the rout was on.
“A lot of times,” McFadden said, “guys felt they should have made the play. A lot of times, we were in great position. We didn’t come up with the play.”
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: IU Welcomes Wisconsin for Final Conference Home Match
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In its final Big Ten match at home, Indiana men’s soccer (10-3-1, 4-2-0 B1G) will look to bolster its position for another conference regular season championship when it hosts fellow title contender Wisconsin (7-4-3, 3-2-1 B1G) Sunday (Oct. 24) on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The match will be aired live on the Big Ten Network Plus digital platform. Live stats are available at IUHoosiers.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana men’s soccer is in its best stretch of the season so far, winning seven of its last eight and recording five straight shutout victories.
• The Hoosiers won each of their last two Big Ten matchups, blanking Ohio State (3-0) and Penn State (1-0).
• Wins in each of Indiana’s final two conference matches, against Wisconsin and at Maryland, would secure IU at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.
• Junior forward Victor Bezerra is coming into form as of late, with five goals and three assists in IU’s last six matches for a total of 13 points. Of those five goals, four have given Indiana a lead.
ABOUT THE BADGERS
• Wisconsin is led by 12th-year head coach John Trask. He owns an 87-94-37 record during his time with the Badgers.
• After starting Big Ten Conference play 3-0-1, the Badgers have dropped their last two matches, falling to Michigan, 1-0, and Northwestern, 2-0.
• Junior midfielder Inaki Iribarren leads Wisconsin with four goals. Senior forward Andrew Akindele owns a team-high three assists.
• Three Badgers have seen time in goal this season. Sophomore Carter Abbott leads the group with nine starts and has seen action in each of Wisconsin’s last five matches.
• Indiana has traditionally dominated the series, boasting a 40-5-9 record in the series history.
• IU has won eight straight matches against the Badger spanning back to 2018. The Hoosiers are also undefeated against Wisconsin in nine consecutive regular season matches, a streak that stretches back to the 2014 season.
• Indiana head coach Todd Yeagley earned his first head job at Wisconsin, where he spent the 2009 season before returning to his alma mater in 2010.
• The Indiana defense has posted five consecutive clean sheets and eight total shutouts this season.
• The Hoosiers have not allowed a goal in 480 consecutive minutes of play.
• Indiana student-athletes have earned the last two Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards, as junior goalkeeper Roman Celentano (Oct. 19) and redshirt junior defender Daniel Munie (Oct. 12) have played key roles in IU’s defensive dominance.
• Senior defender Nyk Sessock was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week on October 19 for his role in IU’s clean sheets against Ohio State and Penn State. Sessock’s 75th minute cross in the PSU match turned into an own goal that gave IU the lone score it needed.
• Sessock and All-American left back Spencer Glass (12 starts) typically bookend Indiana’s four-wide back line, filled in the middle by Munie and sophomore center back Joey Maher.
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Indiana Volleyball Set For Sunday Match Against Rutgers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (8-13, 2-7 Big Ten) continues its four-game home stand on Sunday, October 24 when they play host to Rutgers (8-12, 0-9 Big Ten). The two teams previously met on October 8 where the Hoosiers toppled the Scarlet Knights, 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23).
Indiana vs. Rutgers
Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall
Sunday, October 24 | 2:00 p.m.
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The Opening Serve
• The Hoosiers last competed on Wednesday, October 20 as they played Michigan at home. The Wolverines took the match, 3-0 (22-25, 9-25, 21-25).
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth has put on a show behind the line in her first collegiate season and she is fifth in the Big Ten in aces with 27.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame checks in at No. 4 among Big Ten players in digs. Cerame has tallied an Indiana leading 329 digs and is averaging 4.33 per set.
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg continues to prove she belongs in the Big Ten with her No. 10 ranking in hitting percentage. The junior has recorded 140 kills and is hitting .358.
• As a unit, Indiana ranks No. 8 among Big Ten programs in digs with 1075. They are averaging 14.14 per set.
• The Hoosiers sit at No. 10 in the conference in blocking, averaging 2.29 per set. They have tallied a total of 204 so far this season.
• Indiana has a strong hold on the all-time series with the Scarlet Knights, 14-1. The only loss to Rutgers came in 2019 where the Hoosiers dropped the road match, 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 19-25, 20-25).
• The two teams have already met in 2021 where Indiana was able to capture the road win, 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23).
Checking Out the Competition
• RUTGERS: Caitlin Schweihofer, who is in her second season, sits at the helm of the Scarlet Knights program. Rutgers has compiled a record of 8-12 overall and is 0-9 in the conference. They have dropped their last two matches in straight sets but were able to take a set off Penn State prior to the straight set losing skid. Fifth year senior right side hitter Beka Kojadinovic leads the Scarlet Knights attack, tallying 193 kills and garnering a hitting percentage of .194. She is also solid on the block with 39 total blocks, which is the third highest among the roster. Senior Inna Balyko does to most of their setting in which she has recorded 557 assists. On defense, redshirt senior middle blocker Shea McNamara has put 83 blocks which is a squad high. McNamara’s 83 is No. 10 in the Big Ten. Among the conference, Rutgers is No. 9 in aces, securing 91 so far in 2021. The Scarlet Knights are allowing their opponents to hit .228 while they are hitting .190 as a team.
Last Time Out
• The Hoosiers were last in action at home against Michigan for a midweek matchup on Wednesday, October 20. Despite hanging around with the Wolverines they fell, to Michigan, 3-0 (22-25, 9-25, 21-25). For the third straight match, Breana Edwards led the Hoosiers attack with 13 kills and a hitting percentage of .312. Savannah Kjolhede led the Indiana defense with two blocks, including one solo block. Paula Cerame put up two aces for a season high.
News & Notes
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards leads the Hoosiers in kills with 246 in 2021. She has tallied double-digit kills in two-straight matches. Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10.
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg leads the Hoosier attack with a hitting percentage of .358 and 140 kills. The junior also has the second-most blocks on the squad with 60.
• Graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld returned to her starting role with the Hoosiers at Minnesota and continues leads the team in assists with a total of 432 in 2021. Westbeld has seen double-figure assists in her last two matches.
• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede leads the way on defense, putting up 66 blocks on the season so far.
• As the Hoosiers starting libero, junior Paula Cerame has put up 316 digs to lead Indiana. In eight-straight matches, Cerame has seen double-digit digs.
• In the match at Minnesota on October 17, sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes tallied a career-high 10 kills.
Freshmen Coming in Hot
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth has been stellar behind the serving line, serving up an Indiana-leading 27 aces.
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris is having a strong first season with the Hoosiers as she has secured 198 kills and 32 blocks.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #13 NOTRE DAME BEATS SOUTHERN CAL, 31-16, TO RETAIN JEWELED SHILLELAGH
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The No. 13 Notre Dame football team (6-1) led from start to finish in the 31-16 win over rival Southern Cal (3-4, 2-3 Pac-12) Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish retained the Jeweled Shillelagh as they won their fourth straight game against the Trojans.
The Irish struck first in the contest, marching 70 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown. Coan found a wide-open Avery Davis in the endzone from four yards out to give Notre Dame the early 7-0 lead with four minutes left in the first quarter.
USC responded by driving to the redzone but Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa disrupted a pass attempt and Bo Bauer picked it off and returned it 82 yards to the Trojans’ three-yard line. Notre Dame had to settle for a field goal to extend its lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter.
The Trojans managed to get on the board on their next possession, putting together a 60-yard drive that resulted in a 33-yard field goal to make the score 10-3.
Notre Dame immediately responded, scoring its second touchdown of the evening on the ensuing drive to push the lead to 14 points at 17-3. Notre Dame went 75 yards on a methodical nine-play drive, capped off by a five-yard touchdown run from Kyren Williams.
The Irish defense stood tall on the final drive of the half, giving Notre Dame a 17-3 lead at the half.
Notre Dame’s defense picked up right where it left off to start the third quarter, making back-to-back stops.
On the second Irish possession of the half Notre Dame put together a methodical 13-play drive that went 80 yards for a touchdown to give it the largest lead of the night at 24-3. Williams found pay-dirt for the second time to finish the drive off with a 1-yard plunge.
USC answered with a touchdown on its next drive, going 77 yards for the score to trim the lead to 24-10.
The Trojans then came down with an interception on the Notre Dame 14-yard line and cashed in on the caused turnover with another touchdown off a three-yard run from Darwin Barlow to make it a one-possession game at 24-16.
The Irish put the game out of reach with an eight-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up nearly four minutes of clock. The drive was capped with a three-yard rushing touchdown that put the Irish back ahead by double digits, 31-16, with 4:52 left in the game.
The Irish are back in primetime next weekend, as they welcome North Carolina for a 7:30 p.m. ET kick on Saturday, Oct. 30. The game will be broadcast on NBC.
BUTLER FOOTBALL: Davidson Defeats Butler Football 49-35
INDIANAPOLIS – The Davidson Wildcats visited the Selleck Bowl on Saturday afternoon and left with a 49-35 victory over Butler to improve their PFL record to 4-0. The Bulldogs (2-6, 0-5) led the Wildcats 14-7 after the first quarter, but would face a 28-21 halftime deficit. Davidson scored 21 more points in the third frame and the Bulldogs would take us to the 49-35 final score with two touchdowns scattered over the final 15 minutes of play.
How It Happened
Butler and Davidson combined for 941 yards of total offense on Saturday afternoon with each team moving the ball up and down the field. The Bulldog script worked to perfection on their first possession of the afternoon. BU used 20 plays to travel 66 yards to find the end zone on their first drive. Bret Bushka found Yogi Flager on a nine-yard TD pass.
Davidson answered quickly with Aris Hilliard breaking free on the far side of the field for a 59-yard TD run. BU countered on their next drive in a similar fashion. AJ Deinhart took a handoff and sped by defenders for a 53-yard TD run to close the scoring over the first quarter.
The ground game for Davidson proved to be the different in this one and the Wildcats would score on a seven-yard rush to tie the game at 14-14 and moments later take the lead on a three-yard rush by Coy Williams.
BU kept the ball on the ground as well and would see Michael Benefield even the scoreboard at 21-21 with 1:06 to play in the first half. The Butler defense couldn’t contain Davidson over the final sixty seconds and a 35-yard pass from Louis Colosimo to Mark McCurdy gave the away team a seven point cushion at the half.
Davidson scored on all four of their first half possessions and would make it seven in a row after the third quarter. Hilliard scored his second rushing TD of the game to open up the second half and a pass from Colosimo to Bradyn Oakley would make the score 42-21. The final Davidson TD came on a four-yard run from Eli Turner.
Butler kept the chains moving in the fourth quarter thanks to Bushka. The BU QB scored on a 14-yard run with 6:17 to play and would later hit Flager for his second TD of the game from 8-yards out.
Flager ended the game with 10 catches for 68 yard and two scored. Bushka was a dual threat with 46 rushing yards to go along with 166 through the air. He completed 21 of his 32 pass attempts.
Stat of the Game
Butler recorded two more first downs than Davidson and led time of possession 31:44-28:16
Inside the Box Score
– There were no turnovers on Saturday and just three punts combined between the two teams
– BU went 7-for-14 on third down and 4-for-6 on fourth down
– Each team cashed in on all four of their red zone chances
– AJ Deinhart rushed the ball 12 times for 96 yards and a TD
– Michael Benefield ended the game with 11 carries for 57 yards and a score
– Jared Suchevits caught three passes for 20 yards
– Mac Menard led the BU defense with 11 tackles
– Gabe Hicks made all three of his stops behind the line of scrimmage for the ‘Dawgs
Butler will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 30 with a game at Dayton.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Battles DePaul to Draw
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Butler men’s soccer team was unable to score but kept DePaul out of the net as well, as the Bulldogs (6-6-2, 4-2-1 BIG EAST) and Blue Demons (7-6-2, 3-3-2 BIG EAST) each earned a point in the conference standings.
- 17′ | A DePaul foul leads to a 30-yard shot by Hemi Nasser that rebounds off the left post
- 28′ | Twos Blue Demons shots after a corner kick are deflected and blocked, and eventually the Bulldogs defense clears.
- 34′ | Nasser feeds Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. who shoots from 13 yards. The hard shot is saved by DePaul’s keeper, leading to a corner kick.
- 63′ | A hard Blue Demons shot from close range is blocked by Perrin Barnes, leading to a corner kick which hits the post and is then cleared.
- 64′ | Hemi Nasser takes a pass from Jack Streberger and hits a hard, low shot that is saved.
- 66′ | The ball bounces around, off a Bulldogs’ corner. Tommy Visser finds a seam, but the shot is saved.
- 68′ | DePaul sends a free kick directly in front of Butler’s goal, but Gabriel Gjergji grabs it to avoid facing a shot.
- 78′ | DePaul earns a corner kick. The resulting shot from 20 yards is deflected by Gjergji off the crossbar.
- 81′ | Philip Halvorsen gathers a deflection and sends it low and on target, but it is saved.
- 83′ | Streberger gets a shot from the right side, but it is picked out of the air for another save.
- 93′ | A DePaul shot from inside the penalty area hits the left post and rolls along the line in front of the goal but is eventually cleared.
- 95′ | Henri Kumwenda takes a hard shot from the right side, but it sails high and wide.
- 99′ | Gjergji makes a save on a low, on-target shot from the top of the box.
- 101′ | A heavily guarded Cabrera, Jr. manages a shot from inside the box, but it is saved.
- 104′ | A Butler foul leads to a free kick. The Blue Demons are unable to create a shot.
Butler Points Summary
- The Bulldogs, now with 13 points, remain in third place in the BIG EAST standings. Georgetown sits in first, and Providence remains in second.
- Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji (6-6-2) picked up his third shutout of the season, making two saves in the match.
- The Bulldogs offense was led by Tommy Visser, Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., and Henri Kumwenda, who each produced three shots. Cabrera, Jr. had the most on goal, with a pair.
- Butler outshot DePaul, 20-10. The Bulldogs had eight on target, while the Blue Demons only had two.
- DePaul created ten corner kicks compared to seven for Butler
- Butler is now 1-0-2 in overtime matches this season. The Bulldogs defeated Marquette, 2-1, on October 20, and the August 26 match vs. Oakland also ended 0-0.
Butler returns to Indianapolis to host Seton Hall on Wednesday, October 27, at 7 pm. (This match was originally scheduled for October 2.) Later that week, Creighton visits the Sellick Bowl on Saturday, October 30.
BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Remains on Road at Villanova
Matchday Information – Butler at Villanova
DATE: Sunday, October 24 / 1 PM
LOCATION: Villanova, Pa. / Higgins Soccer Complex
LIVE STATS: Villanova.com
LIVE VIDEO: BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD: Tied, 4-4-1
LAST MEETING: October 6, 2019 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 1, Villanova 1 (2OT)
Full Notes (PDF)
The Butler women’s soccer team remains on the road as it prepares to play Villanova on Sunday, October 24, at 1pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-2 loss at No. 17 Xavier, while the Wildcats most recently lost to UConn, 0-1, in double overtime.
- (through games 10/21/2021)
- Abigail Isger is 17th nationally with four game-winning goals and is tied for the BIG EAST lead.
- Katie Soderstrom is second in the BIG EAST and 40th nationally with nine goals. Soderstrom is third in the BIG EAST and 31st nationally with 24 points.
- Alli Leonard, with seven assists, is second in the BIG EAST and 37th nationally. Soderstrom (with six) is fifth in the conference, while Isger (with five) is eighth in the BIG EAST.
- Emma Martin’s seven shutouts are third in the BIG EAST and 22nd nationally, while her .646 GAA is third in the conference and 27th nationally.
- Previous match- No. 17 Xavier L, 1-2: Alli Leonard’s goal was her second of the season and the seventh of her career. The assist from Anastasia Savich was her third of the season and the twelfth of her career. Freshman Emma Martin (12-2-1) made four saves in the match.
- Bulldogs goalkeeper Emma Martin was selected as the BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week for her performances last week against Providence and DePaul. She scored back-to-back shutout victories, making three stops in each contest.
- With 16 points, Butler has clinched a spot in the six-team BIG EAST Tournament. The Bulldogs remain mathematically in contention for the number-two spot and a first-round bye. That scenario would require two Butler wins along with either two Georgetown losses or a loss and a tie.
- The Bulldogs have scored 32 goals in 16 matches this season (2.0 goals/match) while giving up 14 goals (0.875 goals allowed/match).
- Twelve different players have scored at least one goal in 16 matches this season, and eleven different players have produced an assist.
- The Bulldogs and Wildcats have met on nine occasions with each team earning four victories.
- Villanova won the first four contests, between 2001 and 2014, while Butler won the next four, from 2015-2018. The teams battled to a 1-1, double-overtime draw in 2019.
Previous match: UConn L, 0-1 (2OT)
- Villanova has scored 22 goals this season and allowed 30 goals.
- Eight players have scored a goal for the Wildcats, and fourteen have produced an assist.
- Current offensive standouts for Villanova include:
#10 Chloe O’Neill (8g, 5a)
#4 Lauren Belcuore (3g, 2a)
#9 Brice McInroy (3g, 2a)
#24 Reagan Smith (3g, 2a)
#16 Niki Molina (2g, 1a)
- Megan McClay (2-6-0) has started 14 of 16 matches in goal. She has 63 saves (.724) and has allowed 24 goals, producing a 1.68 GAA. Ela Kopec (0-2-0) has started two of 16 matches in goal. She has 21 saves (.778) and has allowed 6 goals, producing a 2.72 GAA.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Cardinals fall to RedHawks in Red Bird Rivalry
MUNCIE, Ind. – Despite playing in front of a season-best crowd of over 15,000 at Scheumann Stadium to celebrate its 95th Homecoming, Ball State fell to Miami 24-17 Saturday in the annual Red Bird Rivalry.
The Cardinals (4-4, 2-2) snapped a three-game winning streak heading into the matchup.
“It was a disappointing loss and it hurts,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “I’m very appreciative of the Homecoming crowd and I’m very thankful for the fans. There were a lot of positive things trending going into today, but it was a tough loss.”
The Cardinals turned the ball over twice – once on a fumble on the second series of the game and the second on an interception on the final drive – and were unable to cause a turnover defensively.
“It’s tough to lose the turnover battle,” Neu added. “We’ve been so good at that the last three weeks. We certainly had some untimely penalties, too. Right there at the end, we did a good job of driving down the field, but credit No. 21 (Sterling Weatherford) for making a play. We’ve got to stick together, regroup and move forward.”
With the score at 24-17 late in the fourth quarter, Ball State got a stop on defense, forcing Miami (4-4, 3-1) to attempt a 51-yard field goal, which was missed.
The Cardinals then took over at their own 33-yard line and began to put together a drive as Drew Plitt completed passes to Jayshon Jackson and Yo’Heinz Tyler mixed in with a couple of rushes by Will Jones to get the home team into the red zone as the clock was winding down. However, Plitt’s pass to the end zone intended for Jackson was picked off by Weatherford to seal the win for the RedHawks.
Plitt finished the night completing 22 of 34 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns – one on a 6-yard pass to Justin Hall to cap a 7-play, 75-yard drive to open the game and the other a 4-yard strike to Jackson midway through the third quarter.
Jackson led the way with eight catches for a career-high 121 yards and a score. Tyler reeled in five catches for 43 yards, while Hall had four grabs for 32 yards. Hall found pay dirt for the fourth consecutive game.
On the ground, Ball State rushed for 100 yards, highlighted by Carson Steele’s 49 yards and Jones’ 31. Entering the game, Miami had allowed 168 rushing yards total in its last three games.
Defensively, Clayton Coll and Bryce Cosby led the way with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively. Christian Albright added 1.5 tackles-for-loss, which included a sack and a forced fumble, which was recovered by the RedHawks.
Miami’s Brett Gabbert completed 20 of his 24 attempts through the air for 207 yards and two touchdowns to lead the RedHawks. Eight of those connections were to Jack Sorenson, who had 138 receiving yards.
The Cardinals get a short break before returning to the field Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Akron.
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Sweeps WMU Again; Moves to 20-3 On The Year
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – – Led by a career-best .818 (9-0-11) hitting percentage from middle Lauren Gilliland, the Ball State women’s volleyball team closed an important Mid-American Conference road series with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-17) sweep of Western Michigan Saturday afternoon at University Arena.
“WMU is a scrappy team and was playing through a lot of adversity, but I thought our team maintained focus and just kept battling to finish out a really tough week,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “Playing three quality opponents in one week is not easy. I’m proud of how we stayed focused and kept working all week.”
It was the 10th consecutive victory for the Cardinals, who became the first team in the MAC to reach 20 wins this season at 20-3. BSU improved to 10-1 in league play, trailing only an 11-0 Bowling Green squad in the MAC standings.
Ball State will host the Falcons this coming Friday for a 6:30 p.m. serve in Worthen Arena. The battle for first in the league will also serve as Alumni Night for the Cardinals. BSU women’s volleyball alumni can register to join the festivities at BallStateSports.com/WVBAlumni
While it was Ball State which pulled out the sweep, it was the Broncos (14-8; 7-4 MAC) who would start out hot, pulling ahead by four at 15-11 in the opening set. The Cardinals would rally back, however, eventually tying the score at 17 thanks to a solo block by outside Jaclyn Bulmahn.
Gilliland’s first kill of the match would give BSU a 21-20 edge and send setter Megan Wielonski to the service line. Four points later, the Cardinals had won the set 25-19 on Gilliland’s second kill.
The second set was the closest of the match, with the teams battling to a 22-22 tie. WMU would get a kill on the next rally, but another kill from Gilliland tied the score once again at 23. After a Broncos’ attack error, middle Marie Plitt sealed the set victory with a huge blast.
The third set was all Ball State, as the Cardinals scored the first two points and never trailed. The visitors from Muncie would win the set 25-17 on back-to-back kills from opposite Natalie Mitchem.
“While we started a little slow, we continued to build and get better and better as the match went on.” Phillips said. “We were pretty well balanced again on offense and our defensive presence picked up as the match continued which helped us finish strong.”
Led by Gilliland’s career-best .818 attack percentage, the Cardinals finished the night hitting .320 (50-11-122) as a team. Mitchem led all attackers with 12 kills, while outside Natalie Risi was one behind with 11. Bulmahn joined Gilliland with nine kills, while Plitt scored five.
In addition to guiding the Ball State offense to its seventh above .300 attack percentage of the season, Wielonski scored four kills and registered her 13th double-double of the season with 39 assists and 15 digs.
Libero Maggie Huber led all defenders with 18 digs, while defensive specialist Havyn Gates added 15.
Maggie King paced the Western Michigan attack with nine kills, while Maddie Arundel and Meredith Phillips tied for team-high honors with 14 digs apiece.
Following Friday’s battle with Bowling Green, the Ball State women’s volleyball team will host Miami next Saturday (Oct. 30) for Chirp or Treat. The FREE community event features trick-or-treating starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Worthen Arena Concourse sponsored by the Ball State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: Rushing, fourth-quarter defense lead Sycamores past Youngstown State on Homecoming
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Peterson Kerlegrand and Anthony Thompson combined for four rushing touchdowns and the Indiana State defense recorded four interceptions in the fourth quarter as the Sycamores topped visiting Youngstown State, 28-17.
The Sycamores (4-4, 2-3 MVFC) picked up their third consecutive win in the series over the Penguins and seventh in their last 11 matchups as Indiana State celebrated the win in front of a Homecoming crowd of 5,479 on Saturday afternoon. The Penguins (2-4, 1-3 MVFC) fell for the fourth time in their last five contests with Saturday’s loss.
Peterson Kerlegrand sparked an Indiana State rushing attack that recorded a season-high 228 yards on 43 carries in the win. Kerlegrand was responsible for 25 carries and 151 of those rushing yards in addition to recording his second multi-rushing touchdown game of the 2021 season.
Anthony Thompson was 13-of-21 through the air for 156 yards while finding six different receivers through the air. He added a season-best 12 carries for 63 yards and two scores in the win. Zach Larkin paced the team’s receiving efforts with five catches for 65 yards in the win.
Jaleel McLaughlin led the Penguins with a game-high 138 rushing yards and a touchdown. Joe Craycraft took over the quarterback reins midway through the first quarter and finished 13-of-31 through the air for 172 yards and a touchdown to go with the four interceptions.
Defensively, Rylan Cole led Indiana State in the contest with eight tackles and a pace breakup. JJ Henderson added six tackles and two interceptions, while Ethan Hoover and Omar Jackson also added their first interceptions on the season during a fourth-quarter stretch that had ISU post picks on four consecutive possessions.
Youngstown State’s Griffin Hoak posted a game-high 11 tackles in the loss, while Grant Dixon added nine tackles and an interception.
How They Scored
- Indiana State put together an impressive opening drive as the Sycamores moved down the field with eight plays covering 80 yards, including a key 27-yard strike from Anthony Thompson to Daijon Collins. Two plays after the big gain, Thompson took the ball up the middle from six yards out to put the Sycamores ahead 7-0 with 12:13 remaining in the first quarter.
- Youngstown State responded on their opening drive with Jaleel McLaughlin capping the Penguins’ drive with a 21-yard touchdown run over the left end to tie the game up at 7-7 with 9:25 remaining in the first quarter.
- Peterson Kerlegrand capped an eight-play, 74-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown plunge to put the Sycamores up 14-7 with 13:46 left in the second quarter. The drive was aided by a 33-yard pass from Thompson to Zach Larkin to set the Sycamores up with the ball inside the YSU 10-yard line.
- Youngstown State evened the score with :02 left in the second quarter as Joe Craycraft found Bryce Oliver for a 14-yard touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone to tie it up at 14-14 at the halftime break. The touchdown capped a 14-play, 92-yard drive.
- YSU took its first lead of the game with 9:09 remaining in the third quarter as Colt McFadden connected on a 20-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 73-yard drive and put the Penguins ahead 17-14.
- Anthony Thompson put the Sycamores back in the lead with 14:55 remaining in the fourth quarter as the redshirt senior called his own number from 12 yards out to cap a seven-play, 54-yard drive to put Indiana State ahead 21-17.
- Peterson Kerlegrand added to the Sycamores lead following a YSU interception as the senior running back went 53 yards up the middle for his second touchdown of the game to put ISU ahead 28-17 with 10:02 remaining.
Inside The Statistics
- Both Indiana State and Youngstown State featured balanced offenses in Saturday’s game with Indiana State posting 228 rushing yards and 174 passing yards, while the Penguins had 226 rushing and 175 passing.
- The Sycamores held the narrow 402-401 edge in total offensive yards in the game, while Youngstown held the 22-21 edge in first downs.
- Keeping with the narrow theme, Youngstown State edged ISU in time of possession, 30:02-29:58.
- Thanks to the four fourth-quarter interceptions, Indiana State held the 7-0 edge in points off turnovers.
- Punter Travis Reiner had another solid day for ISU averaging 39.2 yards per punt over his five attempts and downed three punts inside the 20 yard line.
- The Sycamores averaged 5.3 yards per carry and 12.4 yards per completion in the contest.
News & Notes
- Dante Hendrix continued one of the longest active streaks in FCS as the redshirt junior wide receiver hauled in a catch in his 24th consecutive game that he’s been active in. He closed out the game with three receptions for 49 yards.
- In addition to Hendrix, tight end Zach Larkin also brought his own catch streak into the game and extended it to 15 consecutive games with a pair of receptions in second quarter. Larkin finished the game with five catches for 65 yards.
- Ethan Hoover, JJ Henderson, and Omar Jackson became the fourth, fifth, and sixth Sycamores to record interceptions on the season with a four picks coming on four consecutive defensive series in the fourth quarter. It marked ISU’s sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth interceptions of the season and the defense’s second multi-interception game on the year.
- Henderson became the second Sycamore with a two-interception game on the year joining Michael Thomas (Aug. 28 vs. Eastern Illinois).
- Indiana State’s four interceptions marked the most since ISU picked off three passes against Eastern Illinois back on September 21, 2019, and was one off the overall team record set back in 1980 (5 vs. Eastern Illinois).
- Anthony Thompson picked up his first multi-touchdown effort on the ground this season as the redshirt senior quarterback crossed the goal line twice on Saturday afternoon. He became the first player on the Sycamores not named Peterson Kerlegrand or Phazione McClurge to find the end zone twice in the same game.
- Peterson Kerlegrand was also in the end zone twice for the Sycamores and he picked up his second rushing touchdown of 50-plus yards in the game with the 53-yard score in the fourth quarter.
- The last time ISU had two players score multiple rushing touchdowns in the same game came back on September 7, 2019, with Kerlegrand and Chris Childers both finding the end zone twice in the game against the Flyers.
- The Sycamores were held without a sack for just the second time this season. ISU led the Missouri Valley Football Conference with 24 sacks on the season entering the weekend.
- Indiana State picked up its third consecutive win over the Penguins to extend their longest winning streak in the season. ISU moves to 8-23 all-time in the series against YSU dating back to 1988.
Indiana State heads back on the road next weekend as the Sycamores make the trip to Fargo, N.D. and the Fargo Dome on Saturday, October 30, to take on North Dakota State. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Bison is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Sycamores Fall in Straight Sets at Evansville
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Evansville volleyball extended its winning streak to six matches after sweeping Indiana State, 3-0 (16-25, 17-25, 23-25) inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon. The Aces improved to 16-4 on the season and 6-3 in Missouri Valley Conference action while ISU fell to 11-8 overall and 3-6 in the MVC.
Kaitlyn Hamilton paced ISU with a team high eight kills on a .500 hitting percentage. Chloe Mason assisted on 14 of ISU’s 28 kills while Emma Kailin recorded a team high eight digs. Taylor Shelton picked up three of ISU’s six service aces, including two in the third set.
The Aces were strong on the offensive side of the ball, outhitting Indiana State .396 to .198 over the match. UE’s Giulia Cardona led all players with 17 kills on 32 attacks while Melanie Feliciano was the only other attacker to finish with double-digit kills with 14. Cardona also recorded seven of the Evansville’s 10 service aces.
Set One – Evansville 25, Indiana State 16
- Evansville outhit ISU .462 to .261
- The Aces jumped out to a 9-4 lead and never looked back
- Feliciano recorded five kills in the set on five attacks
- UE converted 81 percent (13-of-16) of their sideout opportunities
Set Two – Evansville 25, Indiana State 17
- It was a back-and-forth set until the Aces extended their lead to five points at 12-7
- No Sycamore recorded more than two kills in the set
- ISU converted just 37 percent (9-of-24) of their sideout opportunities
- UE outhit ISU .333 to .179
Set Three – Evansville 25, Indiana State 23
- Trailing UE 19-13, ISU pulled back to within one point at 24-23
- Cardona recorded a match high eight kills in the set
- Haffner assisted on 13 of UE’s 19 kills in the set
- The set featured three ties and one lead change
- ISU recorded a match high four service aces in the set with Taylor Shelton and Williams picking up two each
The Sycamores return home next weekend as Loyola and Valparaiso make their way to the ISU Arena Friday and Saturday.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER: ‘Dons Tie 1-1 Against Detroit Mercy
DETROIT – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team finished Saturday’s game in a 1-1 draw against Detroit Mercy on Saturday, Oct. 23.
With the tie, the Mastodons record is 5-6-6 overall and 4-4-2 in the Horizon League with 14 points. The ‘Dons are in fifth place in the Horizon League, three points behind Green Bay (17 points), who defeated Northern Kentucky 1-0 on Saturday.
The top six teams earn a bid into the Horizon League tournament. Seeds one and two get a bye and seeds three and four will host an on campus quarterfinals game on Oct. 31.
After a scoreless first half, the Titans got on the board with in the 53rd minute with a goal from Sarah Soraghan with an assist from Erica Toupin.
For the second game in a row, the ‘Dons would not go down without a fight, and drew a foul inside the goalkeeper’s box. Bella Reitano would score a penalty kick goal moments later to tie the game. For Bella, it was her fourth goal of the season.
The ‘Dons would get shots in overtime from Morgan Reitano and Lizzie Haub, but both were saved by Detroit Mercy’s Jazmine Scott.
The ‘Dons out-shot the Titans 16-15 and a 5-4 shots on goal advantage. Morgan Reitano led the ‘Dons with five shots, Kelsey Gallagher would add four. Samantha Castaneda would start in goal and played all 110 minutes. She racked up three saves and allowed one goal.
The Mastodons will conclude the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) with a Horizon League game against Cleveland State at the Hefner Soccer Complex. With a win or tie, the ‘Dons would clinch a spot in the Horizon League tournament.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER: Earns 0-0 Tie at Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Purdue Fort Wayne held a 17-13 advantage in shots on Saturday (Oct. 23) at Green Bay, but in the end neither team found the back of the net as the two clubs tied 0-0 (2 OT) in Horizon League men’s soccer action.
While the game would go to overtime scoreless, the ‘Dons had some good chances in the second half. In the 59th minute Nathaniel Edwards sent a shot from the edge of the box just above the crossbar. Ali Nasser had a shot that was saved in the 69th minute after he corralled a cross in the box by the ‘Dons. Seth Mahlmeister picked up a pair of shots in the final 20 minutes of regulation.
In the 96th minute, the ‘Dons earned multiple attempts during a scramble drill in the box. Keith Larson and Logan Lee finished with shots on goal in the frantic few seconds but didn’t find the back of the net.
A header by Ayrton Redmore off a corner kick in the 101st minute nearly snuck in the upper right corner of the net before it was knocked away. The shot set up another corner kick for the ‘Dons, but that would be all that came of the possession.
Each team finished with six corner kicks in the game.
Purdue Fort Wayne’s Danny Salazar made three saves for the ‘Dons for his second consecutive shutout.
The Mastodons move to 4-8-2 (2-5-1 Horizon). Green Bay is now 1-9-4 (0-6-2). The ‘Dons are back in action on Saturday (Oct. 30) at home against IUPUI.
IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: LACOGNATO’S LATE STRIKE SENDS JAGS TO SENIOR DAY WIN
INDIANAPOLIS -On a brisk Saturday morning Senior Day at Carroll Stadium, the IUPUI Jaguars women’s soccer team defeated Youngstown State 1-0 for its first win—and goal—since October 10. Junior forward Maya Lacognato was the hero, scoring in the 85th minute to help IUPUI to a 4-10-3 record (3-5-2 HL). Senior goalkeeper AP Woodall recorded her fourth straight shutout, one of the longest such streaks in program history.
Youngstown State now drops to 2-10-5 (2-4-4 HL) and has gone two games without a goal.
“One thing we did was move Autumn Weeks up into the midfield,” head coach Chris Johnson explained about his team’s emphasis on offense. “That gave us a little more punch in terms of the ability to win the ball in that space. We worked a lot on shooting, crossing and finishes, combinations up top, and the players did a great job today being unselfish.”
The Jaguars’ first chance came on a fourth-minute corner kick from Renae Blevins, followed shortly by their first official shot attempt from Elizabeth Bueckers. Penguins defenders were in position to knock down the first chance, while Bueckers missed the net.
Youngstown State countered in the eighth minute when Abriana Rondin broke into the penalty area with a head of steam and an open look. Her shot missed wide left, much to the chagrin of away fans in the stadium. IUPUI came close in the 11th minute, but keeper Brooklyn Kirkpatrick snared Paige Waskom’s cross attempt before it could reach Bueckers.
The Jaguars made their first substitutions in the 26th minute, deploying Alex Stocker and Emma Antoine in relief of Blevins and Alex Bond. Waskom tested Kirkpatrick two minutes later, and Jessica Jacobs tried again in the 33rd minute from outside the box. Youngstown State’s goalkeeper was up to the task.
Both teams swapped a number of personnel in the waning moments of the first half. Antoine came tantalizingly close to ending IUPUI’s goal drought in the 42nd minute, chipping a loose ball past a diving Kirkpatrick, but a Penguins defender managed to clear the ball on the goal line to preserve the deadlock.
“It was frustrating for sure,” Johnson said about the missed chance. “We created some very good opportunities, but couldn’t just quite put it away. Very proud of the players for just continuing to plug away and to keep at it.”
LaVigna had the first chance of the second half for Youngstown State, but her 47th minute attempt went wide. The Jaguars quickly countered upfield, and Blevins fired a shot off a visiting defender for a corner kick. IUPUI’s bench was irate about a hard tackle that went uncalled, and the first corner led to a second, but no goal.
Weeks received a yellow card in the 50th minute, but the Jaguars kept pressing. Bueckers came within inches of paydirt three minutes later as her high shot ricocheted off the crossbar, but the score remained 0-0. Woodall made her first save of the game in the 55th minute on Root.
In the 74th minute, Lacognato sped up the left side, pressuring Youngstown State’s back line before passing towards the middle. Hannah Roberson tried for goal, but her shot was down the middle and easily saved by Kirkpatrick. Nonetheless, the play gave Lacognato an idea, one that she executed about 10 minutes later.
The Jaguars goal drought finally ended as Lacognato drove to the net with Waskom and Blevins. Waskom’s cross-crease pass was true, and Lacognato tapped it past Kirkpatrick to ensure that IUPUI would not face a third straight 0-0 tie.
“Paige [Waskom] crossed it, and I was like: all you’ve got to do is just tap it in,” said Lacognato about her critical play. “Kept my composure, and that’s what happened.”
Blevins had the chance to make it 2-0 in the 87th minute but elected to pass, allowing Youngstown State to intercept. In any case, the Penguins couldn’t muster much offense in the game’s final moments.
Afterwards, the IUPUI Jaguars honored their five academic seniors on the field: Woodall, Blevins, Bueckers, Ciena Miller and Emily McGrath.
“I’m honestly just proud that I called [IUPUI] home,” said Woodall. “I couldn’t have done any of these accomplishments without my team. They’re half the reason it happened.”
IUPUI will conclude the regular season with a vital matchup against UIC on October 27 on the road. Only a victory will keep their Horizon League Tournament aspirations alive. That contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.
IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER FALLS AT HOME TO OAKLAND ON LATE GOLDEN GRIZZLIES SCORE
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team held down one of the top attacks in the Horizon League for much of the day, including stopping a penalty kick, but ultimately allowed a score in the closing minutes in a 1-0 home loss to Oakland on Saturday (Oct. 23).
Oakland’s Dylan Borczak took advantage of an errant clearance and laced a shot past IUPUI goalkeeper Lucas Morefield in the game’s 75th minute for the day’s only offense. It spoiled an otherwise brilliant effort from the IUPUI defense as the Jaguars allowed just four shots on goal, one of which was a PK, to the Golden Grizzlies.
IUPUI SWIMMING: MEN BREEZE PAST MILWAUKEE; WOMEN DROP TIGHT DUAL WITH PANTHERS
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s swimming and diving team coasted past Horizon League foe Milwaukee in a dual inside the Natatorium on Saturday (Oct. 23), breezing to a 213-87 margin. On the women’s side, the Jaguars dropped a 155-144 decision to the Panthers in a dual that came down to the final events of the meet.
EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: Aces extend win streak with sweep over Indiana State
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The longest Missouri Valley Conference win streak in program history got a little longer on Saturday when the University of Evansville volleyball team won its 6th consecutive league match with a 3-0 sweep over Indiana State inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.
Evansville’s streak pushes its record to 16-4 and 6-3 in the MVC. The league start matches the program’s best since entering the league in 1994; the Purple Aces began the 2000 campaign with a 6-3 mark through nine games.
Reigning MVC Player and Freshman of the Week Giulia Cardona made an argument for the repeat, leading all players with 17 kills and 7 service aces. The finished the match with 24 points in just three sets. Cardona’s 7 aces is her top collegiate mark and is the first such effort since Anne Teegardin recorded 7 in 2006, also against Indiana State.
Melanie Feliciano added 14 kills in the winning effort to go along with 6 digs. Taya Haffner recorded 38 assists while Blakeley Freeman and Alondra Vazquez led the team in digs, finishing with 9 and 8, respectively. The Sycamores (11-8, 3-6 MVC) were led by an 8-kill match by Kaitlyn Hamilton.
Set 1 – UE 26, Indiana State 16
After falling to Indiana State by a 3-0 final in the MVC opener last month, the Aces wasted little time in setting the tone. An ace by Alondra Vazquez highlighted a 5-2 run to open the match. The serving continued its dominant effort as consecutive aces by Giulia Cardona pushed the lead to 11-4. Melanie Feliciano added a pair of kills in the run. UE continued to be efficient from all spots on the floor with its middles – Hannah Watkins and Madisyn Steele – picking up kills to pace the team to a 25-16 win and an early 1-0 lead.
Set 2 – UE 25, Indiana State 17
Game two saw the teams battle to a 5-5 tie before Evansville wrestled away a 9-5 lead. Using its stellar serving to its advantage once again, Evansville saw Cardona rack up two more aces to take the lead. Indiana State stayed close, taking advantage of a pair of UE errors to get within one at 18-17. That is when a familiar face took matters into her own hands. Cardona got the Aces back on track with a kill before assuming the serving duties. She added two more aces while Feliciano recorded two more kills to complete the set on a 7-0 run, taking a 2-0 match lead on the strength of a 25-17 win.
Set 3 – UE 25, Indiana State 23
Early on, it looked like the Aces would clinch the match in runaway fashion. Another Cardona ace, coupled with a Feliciano kill, saw Evansville take an 8-3 advantage. ISU countered with a 4-0 rally to get within one, but Evansville responded with two in a row to go up 11-7. Three kills by Cardona helped the Aces pad their lead at 19-13, but a tenacious rally by the Sycamores made for an exciting finish. Madeline Williams picked up an ace that cut the UE lead to 21-19. Evansville retook control, going up 24-21 on a Cardona kill, but the Sycamores continued to fight back. Back-to-back kills made it a 24-23 game, but the defining moment came when Hannah Watkins delivered the winning kill to cap off a 25-23 win.
Evansville has won all four MVC home matches by 3-0 finals and looks to continue its home success next weekend with Valparaiso and league-leading Loyola coming to town.
EVANSVILLE SWIMMING: Redbirds Hold Off Aces In Pool
NORMAL, Ill.-The Illinois State Redbirds held off a hard-charging University of Evansville women’s swimming and diving team on Saturday at Horton Pool in Normal, Illinois, as ISU was able to hold on for a 155-144 victory.
“I am really proud of the way that we competed today,” said UE swimming and diving head coach Stuart Wilson. “The ladies really showed a lot of grit to the very end.”
The Redbirds, predicted to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference in the preseason poll, jumped out to an early meet lead on the diving boards, behind an NCAA provisional standard of 285.00 by freshman Eva Reyes on the one-meter board. UE senior Fae-Siri Keighley finished second behind Reyes, and just 10 points shy of the provisional mark, as she posted a season-best mark of 255.00 in the one-meter competition.
In the pool, Evansville finished first in 10 of the 14 individual and team events to rally back. Freshman Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) and junior Maya Cunningham (Yakima, Wash./Eisenhower) went one-two in both the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly events (100 times: 57.27 and 59.25 | 200 times: 2:08.76 and 2:08.82). Brugnoli’s 100 fly time ranked her as the eighth-fastest Ace in school history in the event.
Senior Jessie Steele (Houston, Texas/Klein) swept the sprint freestyle events, placing first in both the 50 free (25.18) and 100 free (53.65). Freshman Mari Mueller (Aschaffenburg, Switzerland) also posted a double by winning the 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.89) and the 200 IM (2:09.69). Juniors Sarah Jahns (200-yard backstroke – 2:07.33) and Sage Moore (100-yard breaststroke – 1:06.94) and sophomore Iryna Tsesiul (100-yard backstroke – 59.41) also won individual events for UE.
“Both Jessie and Sveva really stood out today,” said Wilson. “They were dominating in their events.”
UE got within striking distance at the close of the meet, but ISU was able to hold off the Purple Aces by outscoring Evansville 20-16 over the final two events. UE finished just a second behind Illinois State in the all-important final event – the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay – that swung the victory into ISU’s favor.
“Winning 10 of 16 events was outstanding, but give Illinois State a lot of credit for pulling out that last relay,” said Wilson. “I still really liked the fight that our team showed today, and this is a good meet to build on going forward.”
Evansville will now have a week off before returning to the pool next the weekend of November 5 and 6 to host Arkansas-Little Rock and Saint Louis.
VALPO FOOTBALL: Offense Thrives as Valpo Downs Dayton on Saturday
After a string of heart-pounding games that came down to the final play, the Valparaiso University football team made sure there was little doubt in the second half on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.
Not only did the Beacons bounce back from consecutive narrow defeats by knocking off a perennial Pioneer Football League powerhouse, but they did so in convincing fashion by pulling away from Dayton 45-28 behind a 31-point second half including a third quarter that saw Valpo outscore the guests 17-0.
The offense crafted its finest performance of the season to help head coach Landon Fox prevail over one of his coaching mentors in Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin. This marked Fox’s first victory over the Flyers, where he spent a decade leading the defense prior to his arrival on Valpo’s campus.
How It Happened
- After receiving the opening kickoff, Dayton marched 71 yards on an 11-play drive to get on the board with a 20-yard field goal by Sam Webster.
- The Beacons responded with an opening-drive score of their own, taking the lead on a 10-play, 77-yard voyage that ended with quarterback Ben Nimz (Waukesha, Wis. / Catholic Memorial) finding Jake Vickers (Canton, Mich. / Canton) for a 6-yard touchdown with 5:10 left in the first.
- Redshirt sophomore Austin Chilton (Windermere, Fla. / West Orange) notched an interception to bring the ensuing Dayton drive to an early halt. His 36-yard return helped Valpo take over at the Dayton 15-yard line.
- Valpo took advantage of the favorable field position with a quick scoring drive that finished with Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) bulldozing into the endzone from two yards out to make it 14-3 with 2:17 left in the first.
- Dayton’s next drive featured a 57-yard pass from Jack Cook to Luke Brenner and finished with Cook finding Jake Chisholm from three yards out to cut the lead to four at 14-10.
- After a Valpo punt, the Flyers went 58 yards on eight plays including a Chisholm 14-yard scoring scamper to jump ahead 17-14 with 9:42 left in the second quarter.
- The Valpo defense bent but didn’t break on Dayton’s final drive of the half, which resulted in a 31-yard field goal by Webster to double the lead to 20-14.
- Valpo responded with a field goal of its own on the first possession of the second half, which was set up by a 76-yard kickoff return by Chuck Maxwell (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Christian Academy). Brian Bartholomew’s (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) 22-yard field goal sailed through the uprights to cut the lead in half at 20-17 with 11:03 remaining in the third quarter.
- After a Dayton punt, Nimz found Braden Contreras (Hinsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central) for a 42-yard gain, then Washington broke free for a 34-yard touchdown run to allow the hosts to regain the lead at 24-20 with 8:34 left in the third.
- The next Valpo drive featured five straight completions by Nimz, including a short shovel to Maxwell that turned into a 15-yard TD to make it 31-20 with 3:25 to go in the third.
- Cook’s 1-yard TD plunge early in the fourth followed by a 2-point conversion trimmed the edge to three at 31-28. The first play of the ensuing Valpo possession was a 48-yard Nimz-to-Washington connection, then Washington capped the drive with a 4-yard TD run to up the cushion back to 10 at 38-28.
- The score remained that way until Jamauri Jackson (San Diego, Calif. / Monterey Trail) came up with an interception and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown with 6:04 to go, accounting for the final points of the day.
- Valpo sealed the win by converting 4th-and-2 from the Dayton 32 as running back Robert Washington found Brett Bittner (Chicago, Ill. / St. Laurence) for 14 yards on a trick play.
Inside the Game
- This marked Valpo’s fourth win in 30 all-time meetings with Dayton and first since 2017. The 45 points were the program’s most in any of the 30 matchups with the Flyers. The 17 points also represented Valpo’s largest margin of victory in the all-time series.
- The 17 points marked the largest margin of victory in any game since Nov. 10, 2018, a 48-30 victory over Jacksonville. This was also Valpo’s highest scoring output since the aforementioned game against the Dolphins and the team’s highest scoring output of the Landon Fox coaching era.
- The Beacons continued their success against teams picked ahead of them in the PFL preseason poll. Dating back to last season, Valpo has won four straight games against teams predicted to finish ahead of them in the preseason survey.
- Valpo had 388 yards of total offense and 251 passing yards, both season highs. Both the total offense and passing yards were the team’s highest totals since Nov. 16, 2019 at Butler.
- Nimz went 14-of-23 for a career-high 233 yards. His 48-yard heave to Washington was Valpo’s longest pass of the season and Nimz’s career long.
- Contreras led the team with four catches for 118 yards, becoming the first Valpo player with a 100-yard receiving game since Deuce Larose on Nov. 9, 2019 vs. Morehead State (112).
- Jackson accounted for Valpo’s first pick six since Oct. 20, 2018, when Drew Snouffer returned one 40 yards for a score in a game at Morehead State.
- The Valpo defense doubled its season interception total on Saturday as the team entered the day with two. Chilton notched his third of the fall, and then Jackson became the first Beacon not named Chilton to grab a pick this year.
- Entering Saturday’s action in FCS, only 28 players nationally had three or more interceptions this season, a club that Chilton will now join.
- Chilton has now been a part of four takeaways this season including two on Saturday as he recovered a fumble when a Dayton player inadvertently touched the ball on a Valpo punt in the second quarter.
- The Beacons outdid Dayton 3-0 in the turnover battle. This marked the first time all season Valpo did not commit a turnover.
- Trey Psota (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) was atop the tackle chart with nine stops while also receiving credit for a pass breakup. Evan Annis (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson) made eight tackles and Jaxon Peifer (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) recorded seven, with each member of that linebacker duo earning 1.5 tackles for loss. Chilton had five stops and 0.5 TFL to go along with his takeaways.
- Not to be overshadowed by the team’s strong day in the passing game, Valpo’s standout running back accrued 91 yards and a career-high three rushing TDs. Washington became the first Valpo player to run for three scores in a game since Cody Boxrucker on Oct. 13, 2018 vs. Butler. Washington was a factor in all aspects of the game, as he also had three catches for 59 yards and completed the aforementioned game-clinching pass on a direct snap that turned into a successful completion.
- The 6-yard TD reception by Vickers was not only his first career score, but the first reception of his collegiate career. Maxwell boasted his first career receiving TD and second overall score, both this season.
- This snapped a Valpo streak of seven straight PFL games decided by seven points or fewer and a stretch of 14 straight decided by 12 points or fewer.
- The win came over a Dayton (3-4, 2-3 PFL) program that owns a league-record 12 PFL championships, has the best all-time PFL record in league history and entered this season with the fifth-best winning percentage in FCS football since 2000.
Valpo (2-5, 2-2 PFL) will return to the road next week to visit San Diego. The game will be available on the WAC Digital Network as well as the Valpo Sports Network (TuneIn Radio app, 95.1 FM Valparaiso and ValpoAthletics.com) with kickoff slated for 3 p.m. Central Time.
INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Clinton Continues Record-Breaking Season as Hounds Ground Hawks
QUINCY, Ill. – Senior running back Toriano Clinton made history Saturday afternoon, breaking the UIndy single-season rushing record in a dominating 70-21 victory at Quincy University. Already the Division II rushing leader heading into the day, Clinton racked up 234 yards on the ground to surpass one of the program’s most high-profile records just eight games into the season.
INS & OUTS
Behind the Hounds’ talented offensive line of Tarnjeet Singh, Kednal Alexis, Austin Keele, Zachery Clark and Clay Hadley, Clinton spearheaded a UIndy rushing attack that generated a whopping 425 yards. Clinton hit the 200-yard mark for the third consecutive week, while Lenny Bennett tacked on a career-high 150 yards. Both players scored three touchdowns, and Kellen Porter tacked on 45 yards and an additional score.
Defensively, UIndy held the Hawks to 3-for-14 on third-down conversions on the afternoon and just two first downs in the entire first half. Quincy kept it close early with a 57-yard fumble return, but the home team managed only two offensive TDs, just one of which did not come directly off a turnover.
Second-year cornerback Kasyus Kurns delivered a big play in the third quarter, returning a Quincy fumble 52 yards for a touchdown. Fellow-DB Trevon Hall garnered the Hounds’ lone defensive interception on the first play in the second quarter.
The special teams also played a big role. Freshman San Flowers grabbed the collegiate spotlight for the first time, blocking a Hawks punt and returning it 16 yards to the house. Meanwhile, kicker Paul Buisman was a perfect 10-for-10 in extra-point attempts while notching seven touchbacks on 10 kickoffs.
INSIDE THE BOX
– UIndy rushed the ball a season-high 60 times and surpassed the 400-yard plateau for the third time in four weeks.
– The Greyhounds possessed the ball for 38 minutes of the game compared to just 22 minutes of TOP for the Hawks.
– Linebacker Gavin Bane led the Hounds with eight tackles, while Alec Patch and Sean Jackson each recorded solo sacks.
– QB Bryce Stancombe finished 10-for-16 passing for 152 yards, including a 24-yard TD pass to Jon Eineman.
– Freshman receiver Logan Koehne amassed collegiate highs with three catches for 69 yards.
The Greyhounds return to the road next weekend when they travel to Rolla, Mo., to face the Miners of Missouri S&T. Kickoff is once again set for 2 p.m. ET.
INDIANAPOLIS CROSS COUNTRY: Eaton, Goecker Pace Hounds at GLVC Championships
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – A chilly morning on the Lewis Cross Country Course was the setting for the 2021 GLVC Cross Country Championships. Both UIndy men’s and women’s cross country teams finished fifth in the team standings, with Claire Eaton and AJ Goecker each earning All-GLVC honors with top-20 finishes.
The women’s squad, who kicked off earlier at 11 a.m., was led by dominant performance by Eaton, who in her first ever GLVC Championships finished with a time of 21:56:61 to net sixth place, good for all-conference accolades. She would not be the only high finish for the women’s team, with Melissa Spencer putting together a solid day of her own crossing the line in 24th place with a time of 23:01:07.
The Hounds continued to stay together through the race with Eline Pinter, who has been impressive all season for the Hounds, coming in at 30th. Just 10 seconds later, with a time of 23:25:80, Hanna Stein would wrap up her conference race in 36th place.
Mariah Judy (23:43.91) and Hanna Stamm (23:47.41) finished back-to-back in 47th and 48th, respectively. To round out the top seven for the women’s side, Emma Treibic crossed in 51st.
On the men’s side, Goecker had himself a quality day with a 15th-place finish in 24:51:87, solidiying his first career sub-25 8K and first career All-GLVC nod. Will Reid was next to finish for the Hounds, coming in 40th with a time of 25:35:44. Ben Nagel was not far behind finishing in 49th.
Similar to the women’s team, the men’s would have a pair of back-to-back finishes with Jordan Parkinson and Andrew Bixler finishing in 60th and 61st. In 68th and 70th was Noah Kurtz and Blake Ellis who both ran PRs in the 8K. Finally, freshman in Hayden Baldwin stayed under the 27-minute mark with a time of 26:55:52 to earn him 91st.
MAJOR AWARDS, WOMEN
GLVC Runner of the Year: Jennifer Comastri, Southern Indiana
GLVC Freshman of the Year: Cameron Hough, Southern Indiana
GLVC Coach of the Year: Mike Hillyard, Southern Indiana
MAJOR AWARDS, MEN
GLVC Runner of the Year: Blake Jones, Illinois Springfield
GLVC Freshman of the Year: Chris Cherry, Illinois Springfield
GLVC Coach of the Year: James Kearney, Lewis
The Hounds have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA DII Midwest Regional. The race will take place on Nov. 6 in Evansville, Ind.
INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Falls to #21 Lewis Saturday Afternoon
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – A back-to-back stretch of conference action was capped off this afternoon with the University of Indianapolis volleyball team dropping a contest on the road in four sets to No. 21 Lewis. The loss moves the Hounds down to 11-12 on the season with a 7-4 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Set one went in favor of the visiting Greyhounds, who battled the Flyers past the 25-point mark in a back-and-forth contest. Most notably, the set saw the score knotted up at 11, 18, and 26 a piece at one point. However, it was a consecutive pair of attack errors by the Flyers that lifted UIndy to the 28-26 advantage.
Despite the early match heroics, it was Lewis who eventually took the spotlight and won the next three-straight sets to corral the victory. Set two went to the Flyers in another close affair (25-21) while set three (25-15) and set four (25-18) featured a little more distance.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-Lewis led with a hitting percentage of .291 while UIndy tallied a mark of .227.
–Alex Equihua pulled together a double-double by leading the team in both assists (39) and digs (16).
-The Hounds won the battle at the net with 16 block assists (10 by the Flyers) while Grace Hegwood and Hannah Huppenbauer each notched a block solo.
-Hegwood guided the Hounds with 18 kills on the afternoon while Lauren Cullison was second with 10.
The Greyhounds will return home to the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. for a battle against Rockhurst.
MARIAN FOOTBALL: NO. 11 MARIAN FLATTENS NO. 5 CONCORDIA 25-7
INDIANAPOLIS – With a full crowd on hand to celebrate homecoming, the Marian football team handed previously undefeated Concordia their first loss of the season Saturday afternoon with a 25-7 home victory. Marian’s win is their second consecutive as they improve to 6-2 on the year, while they move into a three-way tie for first place in the MSFA with a 4-1 record.
The Knights got off to a perfect start Saturday, getting an interception from Sir’Zion Dance on the second play of the game to set up the offense in prime field position. Zach Bundaloneeded just one play to put points on the board for Marian, finding an open Johnny Williamafter the turnover to connect for a 29-yard touchdown to give the Knights a 6-0 lead. Marian’s defense kept their strong play going through the first quarter, forcing two three and outs while a pair of tackles for loss on the goalline aided a goal-line stand near the end of the first quarter.
While the defense played solid, Marian’s offense stumbled after their opening drive as they turned the ball over on downs twice failing to convert a pair of fourth and short yardage plays, and on the fourth drive of the quarter Bundalo was intercepted. The offense got back in gear on their first drive of the second quarter, with Baron Hueblercarrying the load of the work, rushing seven times on an eight plapy series. A pass to William pushed Marian into Cardinal territory, and Huebler finished the drive going untouched from 41 yards out to put Marian on top 13-0 with 9:52 remaining before halftime.
A Krystapher Oakley sack halted the ensuing drive for Concordia, but on the following series the Cardinals got points from their defense, as Bundalo threw a 93-yard pick-six as he was getting hit, bringing Concordia back within a score. Neither team gained traction on offense on their final two series of the half, keeping Marian in front 13-7 at the half dominating both time of possession and yards gained in the first half.
The defense kept their solid play going in the third quarter, as Jake Parisrecorded his first career interception after collecting a deflected pass. The interception had Marian start their next series deep in their own territory, but it failed to phase Bundalo as he hit CJ Youngand William to move the sticks, and on the seventh play of the series Bundalo threw a bomb to William, connecting on a 48-yard touchdown. The strike gave Marian a 19-7 lead, which was more than enough for the Knights defense to play with. Dance forced a fumble on the next series which Trevor Adlerrecovered a fumble, and the next time the defense took the field Dance broke up a pass to force a turnover on downs.
Bundalo put the game away on the first play of the fourth quarter, winding up to find an open Ben Stevensfor a 71-yard score, giving Marian a 25-7 lead. The defense continued to plug away in the final quarter, forcing a turnover on downs as well as two punts, getting a stand on Concordia’s final drive of the game to close the home win.
In the win Marian gained 486 yards of offense while holding Concordia to 282, with the defense allowing zero points for the second this season. Bundalo threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns with two throws going to William, while the senior wideout led the team in receiving with 148 yards on six snags. Both Huebler and Daylen Tayloreclipsed the century mark in the win, with the freshman leading the rushing attack with 149 yards on 23 carries.
Dance was all over the field on defense, recording eight tackles, two of which were for loss, while intercepting a pass and breaking up two throws to go with his forced fumble. Nate Freyhad 6.5 total tackles, and Paris made 3.5. Tyler Bukur, Titus Bryant, Chamaar Smith, and Oakley each recorded a half sack or more.
Marian enters the bye week winners of their last two games, and will return to the gridiron on Saturday November 6 when they travel to Siena Heights. The final road game of the regular season will kickoff at noon from Adrian, Michigan.
MARIAN MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PLACES 12TH AT NAIA GREAT LAKES CHALLENGE
Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Marian men’s cross country team finished 12th on Saturday morning at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge, placing in top half of the 27 team field. The Knights ranked fifth among nine Crossroads League teams, beating out Goshen, Spring Arbor, St. Francis, and Mount Vernon Nazarene. St. Francis (Ill.) took the win with St. Mary (Kan.) taking second place.
The Knights were led by Joe Barrett as the Sophomore finished in 30th place with a time of 25:12.40. Blake Hipkiss was next for the Knights, finishing 47th in 25:35.20. Following just a few places behind Hipkiss was Marian’s third finisher, Sam Stage, in 55th place with a 25:47.80.
Marian senior Kyle Linwanag was next for the Knights, taking 101st overall with a 26:24.50. Taking the fifth spot on the team was Aaron Broderick in 146th with a 27:11.90. Nick Frank finished right behind Broderick in 150th with a 27:16.30. Drew Holok placed in 180th with a 28:48.40. The eighth finisher for the Knights was Ben Hochgesang, clocking in with a 28:53.60. Finishing as the ninth runner for Marian was Jacob Oppy with a 29:03.80.
The Knights will travel to Huntington, Ind., for the Crossroads League Championship race on Saturday, November 6.
MARIAN WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TAKES 20TH PLACE AT NAIA GREAT LAKES CHALLENGE
Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Marian women’s cross country team took 20th place on Saturday morning at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge. St. Francis (Ill.) took the win with a score of 62. Cornerstone finished second as a team with a score of 76.
Nora Steele led the Marian runners, posting a 19:05.00 finishing time in 68th place. Senior Catherine Newhart was the next finisher for the Knights, taking 99th with a 19:31.30. Ali Ray finished a few places behind Newhart, finishing 102nd with a 19:36.00. In 109th place for Marian was Sydni Montgomery, completing the five kilometers in 19:47.10.
Coming across as the fifth Knights finisher was Liz Loichinger, taking 132nd in 20:19.30. Lauren Longshore crossed the finish line in 143rd place with a 20:33.40 time. Senior Kate Cunningham wrapped up the placing Marian runners in 160th with a 21:05.20. The eighth finisher for Marian was Maria Christoff, finishing the race in 21:15.70. Mari Hudson was the ninth finisher for Marian with a 21:44.40, and Luci Woodrum finished 10th among Marian runners with a 21:48.40.
The Knights will travel to Huntington, Ind., for the Crossroads League Championship race on Saturday, November 6.
INDIANA WESLEYAN SWIMMING: MEN’S SWIM MAKES HISTORICAL DEBUT
MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s swim took the pool for the first time in school history this afternoon. IWU hosted a veteran team in No. 10 Bethel University, falling 47-154. The meet was highlighted by the Wildcats falling in the first race of the day by .21 seconds and finished the day winning the 400-yard free relay.
- 400-yard medley relay – 2nd place – Dalton Scheffer, Hunter Conrad, Freddy Henderson, Preston Porta – 3:57.43
- 100-yard back – 1st place – Dalton Scheffer – 55.88
- 50-yard free – 2nd place – Freddy Henderson – 23.39
- 100-yard free – 3rd place – Preston Porta – 57.15
- 200-yard breast – 2nd place – Hunter Conrad – 2:36.38
- 500-yard free – 3rd place – Dalton Scheffer – 5:21.49
- 100-yard fly – 2nd place – Freddy Henderson – 59.33
- 400-yard free relay – 1st place – Freddy Henderson, Preston Porta, Hunter Conrad, Dalton Scheffer – 3:34.14
- “What tremendous first showing for our men’s team with several impressive races. This is a small, spirited group and I’m excited about what’s ahead for them as we continue to grow and develop as a team.”
NEXT TIME OUT
- Wildcats remain at home hosting Aquinas College on Saturday, November 6 at 2pm.
INDIANA WESLEYAN FOOTBALL: VONGUNTEN NETS TIME EXPIRING FIELD GOAL TO LIFT WILDCATS OVER COUGARS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – It was a thriller in Fort Wayne Saturday, as senior kicker Ben VonGunten lifted No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan over Saint Francis, with a time expiring field goal from 46 yards out. The Wildcats trailed just once in the contest, after USF went up one with 44 seconds left.
VonGunten was a perfect 3-for-3 in the field goals column, while averaging 42.6 punting yards with two landing inside the twenty.
INSIDE THE GAME
- Penalties cost both teams Saturday, with IWU committing 11 penalties for 148 free years. USF committed six, for 109 yards.
- After tying the game up with 44-seconds left, USF committed the most costly penalty of the day, throwing the ball into the suites resulting in a 15-yard penalty tacked onto the kickoff. IWU would capatilize in a big way, with Justin Johnson scampering to nearly the 50-yard line off the kickoff.
- IWU’s first touchdown came off a Neil Campbell blocked field goal, returned nearly 65 yards to the house.
- Justin Johnson forced his third fumble of the season in the second quarter. Johnson also collected an interception in the contest, in which he returned for 34-yards. He also led all Wildcats with 11 tackles.
- Devodney Alford scored his ninth touchdown of the season with six seconds left in half, putting IWU up 10 at the break.
- IWU rushed for 122 yards on 33 carriers, the fourth time this season they have netted at least 100 rushing yards.
NEXT TIME OUT
- IWU returns home for their final regular-season game hosting Siena Heights.
- The Saints come to Marion, having won four of their last five contests.
- SHU’s three losses on the season have come to ranked teams, losing those three games by just 20 points.
INDIANA WESLEYAN SWIMMING: WOMEN’S SWIM DEFEATS BETHEL
MARION, Ind. – No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan women’s swim defeated No. 9 Bethel University this afternoon 158-104. IWU holds a 6-0 record over the Pilots when competing in head-to-head competition. The two teams will face each other in head-to-head competition in late January to conclude the regular season.
FIRST PLACE FINISHES
- 400-yard medley relay – Olivia Cummins, Taylor Malin, Whitley Eicher, Abbe Hershberger – 4:08.22
- 200-yard free – Abbe Hershberger – 2.02.10
- 100-yard back – Olivia Cummins – 1:01.08
- 200-yard back – Ella Sackett – 2:14.14
- 500-yard free – Erica Samuel – 5:18.04
- 100-yard fly – Whitley Eicher – 1:02.21
- 200-yard IM – Taylor Malin – 2:15.68
- 400-yard free relay – Sidney Campbell, Khloe Price, Abbe Hershberger, Taylor Malin – 3:48.61
- “Today’s win was a great team effort. Everyone came ready to race and ready to support one another. It was a big step in the right direction for our squad.”
NEXT TIME OUT
- Wildcats remain at home hosting Aquinas College on Saturday, November 6 at 2pm.
IU EAST MEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST 1, OAKLAND CITY 0
OAKLAND CITY, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team won its second straight Rivers States Conference match with a 1-0 victory Oakland City University on Saturday, Oct. 23.
The Red Wolves are now 3-11-1 overall and 3-4 in the league, while the Mighty Oaks are 9-4-1, 5-2.
Dailen Troutman scored off a deflection for his first goal of the season at the 37:14 mark in the opening period.
IU East goalkeeper Alex Visscher recorded four saves as he posted his second shutout in a row.
Next up for the Red Wolves is a trip to Point Park University on Thursday, Oct. 28. The conference affair gets underway at 8 p.m.
IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: BRESCIA 3, IU EAST 1
OWENSBORO, Ky. – The IU East women’s volleyball could not overcome a sluggish start and fell in four sets on the road to Brescia University on Saturday, Oct. 23.
Final score from Brescia University: 23-25, 25-21, 24-26, and 18-25.
IU East falls to 14-10 overall and is now 9-3 in the RSC East Division. With the win, Brescia improves to 5-15 overall and 5-8 in the RSC West Division.
The Red Wolves, in the midst of a three match conference road trip, met a Brescia team that played great defense throughout the match and played with a purpose today to spring an upset. “We came out flat, unmotivated, and not ready to win today”, said IU East coach Kim McConaha. “All our problems can be solved in practice and get us prepared for Rio Grande on Wednesday.”
The Red Wolves salvaged a second set win and were looking to turn the momentum in their direction, but Brescia won the important third set which went to extra points and sprung the hosts to an easy fourth and decisive set.
“Today’s game was a tough loss,” said Jenna Mitchell. “Brescia put up a great game against us, but we didn’t execute the game plan consistently the we should have.”
The Red Wolves will end their road trip when they travel to the University of Rio Grande on Wednesday, Oct. 27 for a first serve at 6 p.m.
IU EAST CROSS COUNTRY: GREAT LAKES INVITATIONAL RECAP
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The entire Indiana University East women’s cross country team and four of the six runners from the men’s cross country team recorded personal bests at the Great Lakes Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 23.
There were two divisions for the Invitational: Maroon and White. Both the men’s and women’s team ran in the White division.
Savannah Hart, Hannah Markeson, Edmalie Cruz Sanchez, Julia Arruda, Maddy Wolf, Sarah Marshall, Macy Adams, Emma Walburn, and Abby Page on the women’s side and Liam Nelson, Caden Shumaker, Dixon Minton, and Luke Roland on the men’s side recorded their season bests at the event hosted by Aquinas College.
Hart was the top runner for the IU East women’s team with a season best time of 19:43.80 which earned her 21st place in the 5k. Markeson 20:08.30 (48th) and Cruz-Sanchez 20:14.90 (100th) finished in the top 100.
Nelson led the IU East men’s team with a season best 28:03.00 in the 8k and finished in 87th place.
Point Park from the River States Conference won the women’s 5k White division which had 26 complete squads and runners from 10 other schools. The Red Wolves finished in 9th place overall. IU Kokomo also from the RSC finished in 7th place. Breanna Alderton from Brescia University came in first overall with a time of 17:55.50.
On the men’s side St. Mary (Kansas) won the men’s 8k White division which had 30 complete squads and runners from 10 other schools. The Red Wolves finished in 26th place overall. Josphat Chumba from Judson won the men’s event with a 25:55.00 time.
Next up for both men’s and women’s cross country teams is the River States Conference Championships being held at the IU East Cross Country Course on Saturday, Nov. 6th at 10:30 a.m.
ROSE HULMAN SWIMMING: RHIT Swim-Dive – RHIT Men 1st, Women 2nd at Indiana D3 Meet
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on eight event victories and five runner-up finishes to capture first-place team honors at the Indiana Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Invitational on Saturday at the Vigo County Aquatic Center.
Rose-Hulman topped the 6-team field by earning top honors over Franklin and Wabash in the meet.
Ryan Bowering led the individual performance with two first-place finishes. Bowering won both the 200-backstroke (1:59.41) and the 1000-freestyle (10:09.27).
Individual winners also included Jared Brown in the 50-freestyle (21.51); Vineet Ranade in the 200-individual medley (2:00.88); Justin Roberts in the 100-butterfly (53.80); and Evan Sellers in the 500-freestyle (4:53.94).
Rose-Hulman also swept victories in both relay events. The 200-medley team of Ryan Nikolic, Ranade, Brown and Tyler Sommer won in 1:37.01. The 400-freestyle team of Logan McLaughlin, Nikolic, Brendan King and Brown won in 3:12.77.
Runner-up finishers include Ranade in both the 100-breaststroke (1:01.29) and 200-breaststroke (2:14.25); Roberts in the 100-backstroke (55.02); and Sellers in the 1000-freestyle (10:12.74).
Rose-Hulman returns to action with a dual meet at Wabash on Friday October 29.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s swimming and diving team relied on five top-3 finishes to place second at the Indiana Division III Swimming and Diving Invitational on Saturday at the Vigo County Aquatic Center.
Franklin won the 5-team meet, with Rose-Hulman coming in a strong second place.
Cate Stauffer led the Fightin’ Engineer individual performances with a second place in the 1,000 freestyle in a time of 11:45.76.
The 200-medley relay team of Natalija Pumpurs, Lauren Meyer, Megan Howell and Stauffer also came home second in 2:02.23.
Third-place finishers for Rose-Hulman included Tori Kinnamon in the 200-butterfly (2:32.97); Pumpurs in the 200-backstroke (2:22.65); and the 400-freestyle relay team of Therese Jaeger, Riya Bharamaraddi, Kinnamon and Hayden Mattick in a time of 4:12.79.
Rose-Hulman returns to women’s swimming and diving action on Oct. 30 at Illinois Wesleyan.
ROSE HULMAN MEN’S SOCCER: RHIT Men’s Soccer – Rose-Hulman 5, Bluffton 1
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology clinched the No. 1 seed for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament with a 5-1 win over Bluffton University on Senior Day Saturday.
With the victory, Rose-Hulman will host an opponent to be determined on Wednesday Nov. 3 in the HCAC Semifinal Round. Rose-Hulman would also host the HCAC Tournament Championship Match on Saturday Nov. 6 if the Fightin’ Engineers advance in the Semifinal Round on Nov. 3.
Rose-Hulman improved to a perfect 8-0 with its eighth straight victory. The Fightin’ Engineers also clinched at least a share of their third consecutive HCAC regular season championship with the win.
Prior to the match, four seniors were honored prior to their final weekend regular season home contest. Seniors honored included Trevor Bednarek, George Bulger, Colin Featherby and Matt Fix.
Rose-Hulman then started the scoring early with a goal by Takezo Kelly in the 2nd minute, on an assist from Tatenda Mafa. Mafa found the back of the net in the 25th minute on a double assist by Kelly and Caleb Urban.
The halftime lead reached 3-0 on a goal by Colin Featherby in the 31st minute.
Bluffton answered with a goal by Dalton Taynor in the 63rd minute to close within 3-1. Owen Trudt scored the final two goals, one on a double assist from Luke Dawdy and Elijah Hardersen and the second on an assist from Tyler Eldridge.
Rose-Hulman improved to 11-4-1 and 8-0 in HCAC play, while Bluffton dropped to 7-7 and 3-5 in league games. The Fightin’ Engineers will look for a perfect HCAC regular season record on Wednesday at home against Anderson.
ROSE HULMAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: RHIT Women’s Soccer – Rose-Hulman 4, Bluffton 0
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology honored its eight seniors prior to their final regular season home game, then scored three first half goals to defeat Bluffton University 4-0 in women’s soccer action on Saturday.
Rose-Hulman honored seniors Lily Bailey, Waverly Clark, Rachael Enrici, Veronica Gawarecki, Christina Rogers, Sarah Shoemaker, Alyssa Taylor and Elle Vuotto prior to the game, then improved to 6-1-1 in conference play with the victory.
Rogers led the offense with her 7th and 8th goals of the season. She scored in the seventh minute on a pass from Lane Lawrence, then made the score 2-0 in the 20th minute on a pass from Vuotto.
The lead reached 3-0 at halftime when Kyra Hicks scored, courtesy of an assist from Lawrence.
Alicia Rodriguez rounded out the scoring with a goal in the 55th minute, off a crossing pass from Jayden Gibson.
Rose-Hulman improved to 10-2-2 and 6-1-1 in HCAC play with the victory, while Bluffton dropped to 4-11 and 1-7. The Fightin’ Engineers travel to Anderson University for the final regular season game on Oct. 27, before the 6-team HCAC Tournament begins on Oct. 30.
ROSE HULMAN FOOTBALL: RHIT Football – Rose-Hulman 57, Manchester 14
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Andrew Dion set two school records, and graduate student Noah Thomas continued added to his historic career as the Fightin’ Engineers topped Manchester University 57-14 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football action on Saturday.
Dion completed 15-of-21 passes for 292 yards and 6 touchdowns on the day and established two new career school records along the way. He now holds Rose-Hulman career school records for passing yards (8,568) and passing touchdowns (84).
Thomas added to his receiving school records with 6 receptions for 117 yards and 3 touchdowns. He now holds career school records for career receptions (228) and career receiving yards (3,246) and needs just 3 touchdowns receptions to set a new career school record in that category after his 33rd today.
Rose-Hulman scored 14 points in the first quarter and 28 in the second quarter to take a commanding 42-7 lead at the half. The Fightin’ Engineers continued the strong defense in the second half to put away the 57-14 victory.
Other key offensive performers on the day included Daniel Huery with 3 catches for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns; Jailen Hobbs with 2 catches for 61 yards and 1 touchdown; and Shane Welshans with 76 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Rose-Hulman’s defense made key plays as part of the victory. Winston Amankwah returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the first half, and Tyler Smith returned an interception 22 yards for a score in the second half. Michael Stevens led the team with 11 tackles, 3 tackles-for-loss and 1 forced fumble. Tyce Miller led the team with 2 interceptions on the day, and Devin Cobb had a team-high 2 sacks.
Rose-Hulman outgained Manchester 486 yards to 246 on the day, with Carmelo Gurley providing the highlight for the Spartans with an 85-yard kickoff return for a score.
The Fightin’ Engineers scored the first 3 touchdowns of the game to take a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Dion connected with Huery on a 35-yard score with 5:58 left in the first quarter, Thomas on a 2-yard pass with 2:57 left in the first quarter, and Huery again on a 10-yard pass early in the second quarter.
Manchester’s kickoff return trimmed the margin to 21-7, but 3 more unanswered scores pushed Rose-Hulman’s lead to 42-7 at the half. Dion and Thomas connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass; Amankwah had his 25-yard interception return; and Dion and Thomas finished the first half scoring with a 15-yard strike.
In the second half, Dion and Hobbs connected on a 54-yard touchdown pass with 14:18 left in the third quarter to make the score 48-7. A 32-yard field goal by Jonathan Oliger and the 22-yard interception return for Smith capped the Fightin’ Engineer scoring.
Rose-Hulman improved to 5-2 and 4-0 in HCAC play, while Manchester dropped to 2-5 and 2-2 in league play. The Fightin’ Engineers return home to face Bluffton University in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Saturday October 30 at 1:30 pm.
FRANKLIN FOOTBALL: Grizzly Defense Torments Ravens, Earns First Shutout Since 2019
ANDERSON, Ind. – The Franklin College football team began a two-game road swing on Saturday (Oct. 23) afternoon, heading north to take on in-state rival Anderson.
The Grizzlies’ (4-3, 2-2 HCAC) defense dictated play all afternoon, punishing the Ravens’ (0-7, 0-4 HCAC) offense all afternoon. Franklin recorded their first shutout since 2019, blanking the Ravens 17-0 for their second straight victory.
How it Happened
Scoreless after one quarter, Franklin broke the draw midway through the second when freshman quarterback Kai Ross connected with fellow rookie Garrett Cora for a 63-yard touchdown, the first TD pass in Lizton, Ind.-native Ross’ career. The Grizzlies added to their lead with three minutes to go in the first half, when Derek Baldin banged home a 34-yard field to give the Grizzlies a two-score lead they took into the locker room for halftime.
Ross used his legs to find the end zone late in the third quarter, calling his own number and racing in from 37 yards out to cap the scoring.
It proved to more than enough insurance for the FC defense, who made life difficult for Anderson’s offense all afternoon. The Grizzlies held the Ravens to negative-11 yards net rushing and just 225 passing yards on 52 attempts. The Grizzlies sacked AU quarterback Tyson Harley five times and recorded a season-high 18 quarterback hurries.
Inside the Box Score
-After taking over for Dane Andrews in the second quarter, Ross threw for 106 yards on four completions.
-Franklin’s run game racked up 189 yards on the ground, with Cora running for 106 on 16 attempts for his second career 100-yard game. Cora also led the team in receiving with 73 yards on three grabs.
–Aaron Black had a team-high 10 tackles, adding 1.5 tackles for loss and a pair of pass break-ups.
-Senior Tanner Swindle was in the Anderson backfield all afternoon, recording a team-leading six hurries and one tackle for loss.
-Sophomore Jireh Ojata added to his league-leading sack total with 1.5 sacks to go along with four hurries. The Carmel, Ind.-native has 8.5 for the year and is one shy of matching the most sacks in a season by a Grizzly since David O’Rourke’s 9.5 back in 2011.
Franklin is on the road against next Saturday (Oct. 30), heading to Ohio to meet the Defiance Yellow Jackets. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.
FRANKLIN VOLLEYBALL: Grizzlies Drop Home Finale to Earlham on Saturday
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College volleyball team closed out their home schedule on Saturday (Oct. 23) afternoon with a showdown against conference-leading Earlham College.
The Grizzlies (10-14, 2-5 HCAC) battled the Quakers (17-5, 6-1 HCAC) tough all afternoon, but were bested in three sets 25-21, 25-21, 25-19.
How it Happened
With the opening set tied at 10, the Quakers rattled off an 8-2 run to take control of the opening game. That proved to be a pattern for the day, as Earlham used critical runs in all three sets to put distance between the two sides.
Offensively, Earlham hit .298 on the afternoon with four different players recording double digit kills. Franklin hit a respectable .142 for the afternoon, with Miranda Wilson‘s 14 kills leading all players.
Around the Box Score
-Junior Billie Jarrett handed out 30 assists and led the Grizzlies with four aces on the afternoon.
-In their final career home matches, Allison Thompson and Morgan Curtis anchored the FC back line with Thompson digging up 17 balls and Curtis adding 10.
Franklin starts the final week of the regular season on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night, traveling to Hanover. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.
FRANKLIN MEN’S SOCCER: RECAP | Grizzlies Earn HCAC Tourney Berth, Moore Matches Single-Season Goal Record in Win Over Defiance
FRANKLIN, Ind. – For the first time since 2014, there is playoff soccer in the future for the Franklin men’s soccer team after the Grizzlies punched their ticket to the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament on Saturday (Oct. 23).
The Grizzlies (6-8-1, 4-3-1 HCAC) turned in a strong showing against Defiance (8-11, 3-5 HCAC), doubling up the Yellow Jackets in shots in a 2-0 win. The Grizzlies got goals from Van Lian and Jon Moore, with the latter moving into a tie for the most goals in a single season by any Franklin attacker.
How it Happened
The Grizzlies spent the bulk of the first half controlling play, but the game remained scoreless until the final three minutes of action. With 2:12 to go in the half, Lian took a through ball from Jair Moreno on the right wing, ripping a shot just inside the far post for his first marker as a Grizzly.
The Yellow Jackets came out of halftime pressing for the equalizer, but every threat was sent back by a gritty Franklin back line. In the 69th minute, the Grizzlies got a much-needed insurance goal when Moore took advantage of some miscommunication between a Defiance defender and the goalkeeper to net his 10th goal of the year and match Grant Krevda’s single-season program record.
Inside the Box Score
-Franklin held a 16-8 edge in shot attempts with both teams putting five shots on target. Moore led all players with four attempts, followed by three shots from Isaac Gleitz.
–Ian Rowe earned the start in goal for Franklin and stopped all five shots against to earn his first solo clean sheet. It capped a big week for the sophomore keeper, as he stopped all 13 shots he faced while earning both decisions.
With their spot in the conference tournament locked up, the Grizzlies will play for tournament position in their regular season finale against Transylvania on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night. A Franklin win or draw will secure the number four seed in the HCAC Tournament and an opening round home game at Faught Stadium.
FRANKLIN WOMEN’S SOCCER: RECAP | Grizzlies Lock Up Conference Tournament Berth with Dominant Win Over Defiance
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s soccer team put on a dominant display in their final regular season home match, blanking the Defiance Yellow Jackets 5-0 on Senior Day at Faught Stadium.
The Grizzlies (5-10, 4-4 HCAC) got goals from four different players with three recording career firsts. Franklin out-shot the Yellow Jackets (2-12, 0-8 HCAC) 31-0 on the afternoon, earning their second straight win and punching their ticket to next week’s conference tournament.
How it Happened
Just 1:37 in, Franklin took a lead they would hold all afternoon when Lilly Haines buried a feed from Elaina Page. In the 16th minute, the two connected again with Page finding Haines for her second goal of the day, making it a two-goal game.
Abby Hensley added to the lead in the 32nd minute, hammering home her first career goal after a nice set-up feed from Claire Hurley. Hensley added a pair of helpers in the second half, assisting on Abby Holmer‘s 62nd minute goal and Page’s marker in the 77th minute.
Inside the Box Score
-Haines netted her third game-winner of the year and leads Franklin with four goals on the season.
-Holmer topped all players with eight shot attempts to go along with her first career goal.
-Before the opening kick, the Grizzlies honored senior defenders Mackenzie Yoder and Madison Short. Yoder collected her first career point, assisting on Page’s second half goal.
–Riley Rice and Makenna Mundy combined to earn the clean sheet, with Mundy earning a share of her first career shutout.
The Grizzlies wrap up the regular season on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night, heading to Lexington, Ky. to take on the Transylvania Pioneers. Positioning in the conference tournament is up for grabs, with a Franklin win or draw securing the five-seed. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
FRANKLIN WOMEN’S SWIMMING: RECAP | Women’s Swimming & Diving Rolls in 2021-22 Season Opener
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s swimming and diving team hit the pool for their first competition of the year on Saturday (Oct. 23), taking on four other Indiana schools at the Indiana DIII Championships.
The Grizzlies got their season off on the right foot, racking up 1,135 points and winning all 17 events run away with first place. A pair of Grizzly women won three events in the opener and four total swimmers walked away with multiple event wins on the day.
The first swimmer to claim three event victories was junior Caileigh McCafferty. The Wonder Lake, Ill.-native claimed the 100 back (1:01.84), the 100 IM (1:02.15) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.73) in a strong season debut for the former conference Freshman of the Year.
Joining her as a three-event winner on Saturday is the current conference Freshman of the Year in Samantha Phillips. The sophomore rolled to wins in the 200 free (2:04.27), the 200 butterfly (2:14.38) and the 500 free (5:26.77). Also picking up multiple wins in the pool was freshman Emme Egan, who claimed victory in the 50 free (25.45) and the 100 free (56.43).
Five other Grizzly women earned victories on the day. Freshman Erin Perkins claimed 1000 freestyle in 11:26.86 for her first collegiate victory. Fellow newcomer Caroline Glaze won in her debut swim, taking the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.95.
Also picking up their first career event wins were Alayna Kenworthy in the 200 IM (2:18.79) and Paige Hedger in the 200 backstroke (2:19.05). Sophomore Maggie McGuire capped the individual event winners by taking first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:37.96. The Grizzlies claimed first place in both relay events, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:55.63 and the 400 medley relay in 3:50.18.
On the boards, junior Faith Jackson claimed victory in both events. The Greenwood, Ind.-native picked up 258.85 points on the three-meter board and accumulated 244.30 points on the one-meter board.
The Grizzlies are off until Friday, Nov. 5 when they host a tri-match with Asbury and Bluffton. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m.
FRANKLIN MEN’S SWIMMING: RECAP | Freshman Duo Make Strong Career Debuts, Grizzlies Place Second in Season Opening Event
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s swimming and diving team hit the pool for their first competition of the year on Saturday (Oct. 23), taking on five other area schools at the Indiana DIII Championships.
Franklin claimed eight event victories, highlighted by two impressive career debuts at the event. The Grizzlies took second place overall, finishing with 733 points to place just ahead of Wabash in the rankings.
Freshman Paul Klaeren had a career debut to remember at the invitational, winning all three individual events he took part in. The Dusseldorf, Germany-native started his day off with a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.25) before adding wins in the 100 IM (55.02) and the 200 breaststroke (2:13.10).
Also putting together a solid career debut was Danville, Ky.-native Campbell Coyle. Coyle picked up wins in both the 200 free (1:45.49) and the 100 free (48.25) while also grabbing second in the 500 free (4:54.05). Sophomore Kosmo Wojack picked up the final swimming event win for the FC men with a victory in the 200 butterfly (2:01.43). Franklin’s 400 medley relay placed second in 3:15.53 while the 200 medley relay took third in 1:40.73.
Junior Gauge Creech claimed victory in both diving events, claiming decisive victories on both the one-meter board (267.00) and the three-meter board (291.70).
The Grizzlies are off until Friday, Nov. 5 when they host a tri-match with Asbury and Bluffton. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m.
ANDERSON FOOTBALL: Tallent Breaks Career Reception Record against Franklin
Anderson University football senior Zac Tallent (Lakeland, Fla. / George Jenkins) broke the Anderson career reception record during Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) contest against Franklin College at Macholtz Stadium.
Tallent tallied seven receptions to boost his career total to 222 receptions, breaking the previous career record of 217 set by 2006 graduate Hyman Smith.
“I am very proud and happy for Zac on this great accomplishment,” Coach Steve Rock said. “Zac works hard on the field and has earned this record. Zac brings a football mindset and effort to practice each day and sets high expectations for himself and his teammates. Congratulations Zac!”
Franklin (4-3, 2-2) captured a 17-0 victory against the Ravens (0-7, 0-4).
Caleb Brown (Decatur, Ga. / Alcovy) recorded seven receptions and 82 receiving yards while James Tucker (Brookville, Ind. / Franklin County) provided 10 receptions and 76 receiving yards. Tyson Harley (New Palestine, Ind. / Mount Vernon) completed 27-of-45 (60 percent) passes for 198 yards.
Jose Olivo (Knightstown, Ind. / Knightstown) led the Ravens with nine tackles. Jawan Coney (Hammond, Ind. / Morton) produced seven tackles, one sack. The sophomore from Hammond recorded 2.5 tackles for losses for 17 tackle-for-loss yards. Caden McClain (Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights) contributed seven tackles and forced a fumble. Ted Lamson (Odon, Ind. / North Daviess) blocked a kick while Cayden Sotelo (Charlottesville, Ind. / Eastern Hancock) picked off a pass and returned it for 13 yards. Sam Feola (Ridgeville, Ind. / Monroe Central) put together seven tackles. Hayden Lee (Cedarville, Ohio / Cedarville) recorded two sacks and 11 sack-for-loss yards. The junior from Cedarville, Ohio turned in two tackles for losses and 11 tackle-for-loss yards. Collin McCaffrey (Manchester, Mich. / Manchester) produced six tackles. Brandon Goodman (Logansport, Ind. / Logansport) tallied a sack, 1.5 tackles for losses and 11 tackle-for-loss yards.
Caleb Oliver (Marion, Ind. / Marion) pinned four punts inside the 20.
The Ravens take on Mount St. Joseph University (4-2, 3-0) in HCAC action on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Cincinnati, Ohio.
TRINE FOOTBALL: Dominate Defense and a Record; Football Swarms Kalamazoo 47-13
ANGOLA, Ind. – A NCAA record tying pass play capped off a dominate 47-13 victory for the Trine University football team over visiting Kalamazoo College. The Thunder offense posted 525 yards from scrimmage in the contest.
Trine opened the contest with the ball and quickly drove down the field. After opening the drive with a short pass play and a pair of rushes by junior Xaine Kirby (Sweetser, Ind. / Eastbrook), junior Alex Price (Reading, Mich. / Reading) capitalized on a play action pass for a 20-yard touchdown connection with senior Colin Goebel (Auburn, Ind. / DeKalb).
The team’s second drive a few minutes later looked set to be just as successful when the team earned a first-and-goal at the two, but the team would turn the ball over on a fumble. The defense made its first play following the turnover, holding the Hornets to a three-and-out and then junior Kyle Naif (Riverview, Mich. / Riverview) burst through the line to block the ensuing punt attempt, earning the team a safety.
The offense returned to the field and Price once again led a scoring drive ending with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kale Lawson (Reynolds, Ind. / Tri-County). In the second quarter Goebel Price would connect again for 63-yard pass and senior Ryan Hibbetts (Monticello, Ind. / Twin Lakes) would convert a 46-yard field goal and Trine would take a 26-3 lead into the intermission.
After another defensive stop to start the third quarter, the rushing game came up with an extended drive for the Thunder. Both Joseph Keefe (Marne, Mich. / Coopersville) and Jordan Watson (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) had solid runs, but Watson finished off the drive with a two-yard touchdown giving the team a 33-3 lead.
Junior Brett Kaylor took over for price in the rest of the third quarter. He led the team to their next touchdown ending a drive with a 29-yard completion to Anthony Latin (Benton Harbor, Mich. / Berrien Springs).
It was neither Kaylor or Price that made history in the contest, but instead Nicholas Christiano (Deltona, Fla. / Spruce Creek) who took over quarterback duties in the fourth quarter. After a goal line stand by the defense, Christiano took the offense to the field deep in their own zone. After barely avoiding the safety on first and second down, the team was pinned at their own one for a third and long play. Christian dropped back and lofted a pass down the left sideline to junior Sheldon Lyall (Canton, Mich. / Salem) who broke away from his defender and ended up in the endzone for a touchdown.
The 99-yard play becomes the longest passing play in Trine University history and ties the NCAA record for longest passing play.
Despite the offensive highlights the defense was what dominated the contest for the Thunder. The unit finished the game with seven sacks for a loss of 63 yards along with the blocked punt. They held Kalamazoo to just 43 yards rushing and 153 yards in the air for a total of under 200 yards.
The Thunder improve to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. They will continue their season when they face off with the 6-1 (2-1 MIAA) Albion College Britons. The game which will be hosted by Albion is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
TRINE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Trine Defeats Albion 4-0 in Penultimate Regular Season Match
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University women’s soccer team improved their chances at securing a bid to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) postseason with a 4-0 victory over Albion College Saturday afternoon.
The Thunder defense held the Britons to just a single shot on goal in the match, with goalkeeper Sophie Aschemeier [Findlay, Ohio / Liberty-Benton] making the lone save on it.
The win brings Trine’s record to 13-3-1 overall, 4-3 in conference play. Albion falls to 9-3-1, 4-2-1 in MIAA action.
The first good look at the net for Trine came via a free ball in the box, with Lia Franzone [Lancaster, N.Y. / Lancaster] getting a touch with the keeper out of position. An Albion defender was there to prevent the Thunder from getting on the board in the 15th minute.
Trine got back-to-back goals just before period end with Taylor Noll [Anna, Ohio / Anna] converting in the 39th minute and Bella Mabry [Oregon, Ohio / Clay] scoring off a find from Veronica Ocampo [Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Memorial] in the 44th.
Teresa Ashbrook [Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt] netted her 15th goal of the 2021 campaign just over two minutes into the second to give Trine a commanding 3-0 advantage. Olivia Argentieri [East Amherst, N.Y. / Clarence] was there for the assist.
Andrea Wright [Plainfield, Ind. / Plainfield], Rachel Hill [Guilford, Ind. / East Central] and Ellie Price [Terre Haute, Ind. / Terre Haute North Vigo] each spent 90 minutes on the pitch in the defense, contributing to the shutout.
The regular season comes to a close with a home match against the Alma College Scots on Tuesday, October 26. It will be a win-and-in match for postseason play beginning at 4 pm.
BETHEL FOOTBALL: No. 15/16 Bethel Beats Macalester 63-10
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The No. 15/16 ranked Bethel University Royals rolled to a 63-10 victory over the visiting Macalester College Scots on a beautiful fall afternoon at Royal Stadium. Bethel amassed 651 yards of total offense including 387 on the ground with six rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns. The Royals defense limited Macalester to just 21 yards rushing while the Scots were able to total 217 yards through the air. The Scots lone touchdown came with just 2:43 left in the fourth quarter. Bethel had 13 offensive possessions on the day, scoring touchdowns on nine of them while Macalester had 14 possessions, punting in half of them.
Leading the Royals on the ground was sophomore running back Bryce Kunkle who ran for a career high 141 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Sid Boros popped a 77-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, the fourth touchdown run of 70 or more yards in his career. Riley Gritz and quarterback George Bolt both had second half rushing touchdowns with Gritz totaling 43 yards on just three carries while Bolt had four carries for 31 yards. Senior quarterback Jaran Roste ran for 49 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 255 yards and three touchdowns. A trio of freshman receivers were the leading pass catchers. Joey Kidder had another big day with six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. Micah Niewald caught three passes for 72 yards including a 68-yard catch and run. Gabe Ante caught two passes for 43-yards including a 32-yard touchdown on the final play of the first half. Roste was flushed from the pocket and lofted up a jump ball into the endzone and with three Macalester defenders in the area, Ante was the one to come down with the ball for the score to make it 28-3 at the half. Kunkle also had a 12-yard touchdown catch on the Royals opening possession of the game.
Defensively Bethel was led by senior cornerback Tavian Swanson who had six tackles, five of them solo, along with a pass breakup. Freshman linebacker Kolin Baier had a sack for a nine-yard loss and fellow freshman linebacker Colin Heckman picked off a pass, returning it 13-yards. Junior defensive lineman Aidan Thomas had 1.5 tackles for loss.
The win improves Bethel to 6-1 overall, 3-0 in the MIAC Skyline division, and the Royals will travel to Northfield next week to take on St. Olaf while Macalester will host Hamline looking for their first win in the MIAC as they are now 1-6 overall on the season.
BETHEL VOLLEYBALL: No. 23 Bethel Inches Closer to MIAC Playoff Spot in Five Set Thriller at Augsburg
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 23-ranked Bethel University volleyball team came out on top in a back-and-forth five-set MIAC clash at Augsburg University Friday evening. Behind a career-high 19 kills from Allie Fauth, Bethel moves one step closer to a spot in the MIAC Playoffs winning by scores of 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-27, 15-12.
The Royals head three players record a double-double with Fauth completing the feat with 16 digs. Hannah Wilhite matched a career-high 53 assists to go along with 16 digs while Danielle Friedges added 12 kills and 16 digs. Abigail Drury was a brick wall matching a career-high seven blocks.
BU had its best offensive performance in the opening set hitting .268 with 16 kills on 41 swings and minimal five errors. Emily Rossing’s only kill of the set, before she went on finishing with 10 for the night, gave the set its 10th and final tie before an Augsburg attacking error gave the Royals a lead the rest of the way. Augsburg kept it close fending off three BU set points before Friedges put down the set winning kill.
Despite opening the second set with a 5-1 advantage, BU dropped a close 25-23 decision after nine ties and seven lead changes. In the third, BU led from the opening serve where they opened on a 6-0 run. The Royals never allowed the Auggies any closer than three points as a kill by Fauth put BU up two sets to one.
An eight-point run for Augsburg in the fourth erased a 17-12 Bethel lead. BU fought back earning match point before Auggies closed with three straight points.
The excitement carried into the fifth as BU came out swinging with a 4-1 lead. Like the entire night Augsburg didn’t go away easily sending Bethel scrambling and out of sync on a few occasions. Augsburg took back the lead at 8-6 before back-to-back kills from Fauth tied it up. At 14-9 Augsburg could only fend off the Royals for three points until Kirstin Cotter finished her 18 kill night giving Bethel the victory.
Bethel, now 18-4 overall and 7-1 in MIAC play, travels to Winona tomorrow night facing off against Saint Mary’s at 7 p.m. A win for the Royals over the Cardinals and they are in!
BETHEL MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s Soccer First Half Struggles Result in 4-1 Loss at No. 20 Gustavus Adolphus
ST. PETER, Minn. – The Bethel University men’s soccer team had its hands full with No. 20th-ranked Gustavus Adolphus Saturday afternoon in St. Peter. Allowing a pair of goals in each half BU dropped to 8-7-1 overall and 2-5-1 in MIAC play by a score of 4-1.
Gustavus didn’t take long breaking the scoreless tie with a goal in the 7th minute before scoring a minute and 44 seconds later pushing it to 2-0. Bethel had its chances with five shots, three of which were on target.
About 15 minutes into the second half GAC expanded on its lead before Ben Richburg scored his fourth goal of the year cutting the deficit back to pair of goals.
GAC added one more in the 80th minute holding BU to a minimal one shot on goal.
The Royals conclude the home portion of their schedule next Tuesday for senior day against Concordia at 3:30 p.m.
DEPAUW FOOTBALL: Tigers Make it Six Straight with Road Win
Meadville, Pa. – DePauw totaled over 500 yards of offense and the Tigers scored the game’s first 35 points on the way to a 38-14 North Coast Athletic Conference win at Allegheny. The Tigers moved to 6-1 overall and 6-0 in the NCAC, while the Gators dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
The Tigers’ defense recorded a three-and-out on the game’s opening series and the offense took over on its own 31, but DePauw turned the ball over on downs at the Allegheny 5. DePauw forced another punt and this time converted it into a score as quarterback Chase Andries connected with Jaylon Smith for a 41-yard score on the fourth play of the drive.
DePauw’s defense stopped the Gators on downs early in the second and the offense used 12 plays to cover 64 yards and take a 14-0 lead with 10:11 left in the half as Andries completed a 14-yard scoring pass to Trey Shaw.
Andries and Shaw teamed again for a 13-yard score with 5:09 remaining in the half to push the lead to 21-0.
DePauw linebacker Daniel Rafeedie stopped the Gators’ best scoring chance late in the half as he picked off Jack Johnson at the DePauw 22.
Gus Baumgartner picked up 23 yards on the first play of the second half before Andries connected with Gabe Quigley for 11 yards and Drew Moore rushed for eight. Andries then called his own number and ran it in for a 33-yard score to make it 28-0 just 1:37 into the third.
Baumgartner’s 27-yard run with 5:45 remaining in the third pushed the lead to 35-0 before the Gators reached paydirt with 10:45 left in the fourth on Trevor Brncic’s 33-yard pass to Moses Snell Jr.
Jack Drake wrapped up DePauw’s scoring with a career-long 45-yard field goal with 6:09 left.
Brncic’s 10-yard pass to Vaun Ross with 1:24 remaining were the game’s final points.
Andries completed 22 of 33 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns with Shaw catching eight for 104 yards and two touchdowns and Smith totaling 97 yards on five grabs. Baumgartner topped the century mark for the second straight week with 105 yards on the ground.
Johnson completed 27 of 42 for 159 yards and Brncic was 10 of 13 for 137 yards. Ross hauled in 14 for 77 yards to lead the Gators.
Luke Marsh led the Tigers with nine tackles, while Jake Comer added eight and Liam Pooler seven. David Guhl and Ben Burger each recorded sacks for the Tigers. Hudson Alread led Allegheny with 10 tackles.
DePauw outgained Allegheny, 539-333 with a balance of 264 on the ground and 275 through the air. The Tigers held Allegheny to just 37 rushing yards marking the sixth straight opponent they’ve held to 55 rushing yards or less.
DePauw returns home on Saturday, October 30, with a 1 p.m. game against Denison.
DEPAUW MEN’S SOCCER: Tigers Shutout Gators in 2-0 Victory
Greencastle, Ind. The DePauw men’s soccer team recorded its sixth shutout in its 2-0 victory over the Allegheny College Gators.
Though DePauw outshot its opponents 8-4 in the first half, had three corner attempts, and forced six fouls on Allegheny, it wasn’t until the second half that the Tigers would get on the board.
In the 48th minute of play, the Tigers Chase Brieger found Sam Thiel on the right top corner of the box. Thiel took one touch on the ball and shot a rocket off the left post into the goal, putting DePauw up 1-0.
Desperate to knot up the game, Allegheny turned up its offense and recorded seven shots throughout the second half.
Though the Gators managed to get some good looks on goal, the Tigers quickly cleared balls out of the box and pushed play into its attacking half.
The Tigers 9-6 overall and 3-3 in NCAC play travel to Wabash College on Wednesday, October 27, with a game-time set for 4 pm EDT.
DEPAUW VOLLEYBALL: Tigers Battle Back for Win over Ohio Wesleyan
Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw recovered from a 2-1 deficit with a thrilling fourth-set win before taking the fifth for a 3-2 (25-20, 8-25, 19-25, 29-27, 15-10) North Coast Athletic Conference win over visiting Ohio Wesleyan. The Tigers improved to 10-10 overall and 3-5 in the NCAC, while the Battling Bishops dropped to 10-12 overall and 4-3 in NCAC play.
The Tigers hit .270 in the opening set and never trailed on the way to the 25-20 win. The Battling Bishops scored the first seven points of the second set and outhit the Tigers .476- -.222 to take a 25-8 win and even the match at 1-1. The third set was tight to start before Ohio Wesleyan scored six straight to take a 10-4 lead. DePauw got no closer than four points as the guests took a 2-1 lead by winning the set, 25-19.
The fourth set included 13 ties and four lead changes and the Tigers scored three straight to even the score at 19-19. The Battling Bishops regained the lead at 22-21, but the Tigers didn’t trail the rest of the set as Katie Gansle‘s kill gave the Tigers a 29-27 win to even the match.
In the final set, DePauw held a 10-9 lead before Gansle’s kill started a 5-1 run which lifted the Tigers to the win.
Ohio Wesleyan outhit DePauw, .126-.120 and held a 55-50 edge in kills as Gansle paced DePauw with 12 and Eliza Richardson had 16 for the Battling Bishops. Grace Filbrun had a team-high 17 assists, while Avery Christy chipped in 15. Abby Thierauf paced Ohio Wesleyan with 23 assists. Jenna Purichia had three of DePauw’s four services aces, while Olivia Osuna had three for OWU. Purichia led the Tigers with 41 digs, while Gansle and Lauren Ridgway each finished with six blocks. Neah White paced the Battling Bishops with 26 digs and Ava Kutilek had five blocks.
DePauw returns to action on Saturday, October 30 at WashU with matches against Millikin and the host Bears.
HANOVER FOOTBALL: Football rushes past Bluffton in HCAC action
BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Hanover football team pummeled Bluffton on Saturday afternoon as they won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up 41-10.
With the win, Hanover moves to 4-3 overall, 3-1 in the HCAC.
Hanover tallied a game-high 588 total yards of offense led by senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) with 76 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. His counterpart, senior Walt Ballinger (Beech Grove, Ind.) added a game-high 146 rushing yards with a score.
Hanover found the endzone early and often in the contest as senior Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) delt the first blow piloting the offense 83 yards on six plays with 9:48 to play in the opening quarter. After a Bluffton penalty landed HC inside the Beaver 40 yard line, Weimer handled the rest rushing for 57 yards and the goal line, 7-0.
The next Panther blow came seconds later as senior Kiefer Askew (Warner Robins, Ga.) was able to pick-off the Beaver quarterback and steal the Bluffton thunder. Weimer went to work in the shotgun as he took the offense 80 yards on six plays finding Ballinger for the 38 yard connection and score, 13-0.
With 11:06 remaining before half, the Panthers would strike again. This time Coane found himself in the endzone as he capped off a 76 yard six play drive that propelled HC to the convincing 20-0 lead.
The second half saw another Panther blow as HC tallied their longest drive of the afternoon going 94 yards on just four plays. Ballinger was the magic man as he took the hand-off 80 yards to the house to extend the lead to 27-0.
With 5:49 remaining in the third quarter, Coane would tally his second TD of the afternoon. The senior running back bullied the Bluffton offensive line for the 1 yard score. The drive lasted 2:34 as Hanover traveled 50 yards on six plays.
Hanover’s final score came just seconds into the fourth quarter with freshman Austin Oppel (Brandenburg, Ky.) making his way into the end zone. The first year running back rushed ahead for 11 yards and the Panthers fifth rushing touchdown of the contest.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 30 when they welcome Manchester for Hall of Fame day. Game time is set for 1:30 PM.
HANOVER SWIMMING: Women’s Swimming tallys strong day in Terre Haute
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover women’s swimming team opened the 2021-22 season with a trip north, competing as part of the Indiana Division III swim meet. Hanover finished fifth overall in the five team field.
Hanover was led by Ilys Anderson who finished second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:05.29. She also found success in the 50-yard freestyle as she took third in a time of 27.04.
Anderson continued her strong day as she charted a second place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.78.
Teammate, Keli Brock also found success in the 50-yard freestyle taking fifth overall in a time of 27.47. Brock also competed as part of the 100-yard butterfly where she took sixth in a time pf 1:09.09.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Alaina Simmons led the charge as she took seventh overall in a time of 2:15.62.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 6 when they open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at Franklin.
HANOVER SWIMMING: Men’s Swimming opens season at Indiana Division III Swim Meet
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover men’s swimming team opened the 2021-22 season on Saturday afternoon as they competed as part of the Indiana Division III meet. The Panthers finished fifth in the six team field with 68 points.
The 200-yard medley relay team captured a fifth place mark as the team of freshman William Harkins, Will Morgan, Davis Guthier and Dustin Wilson completed the race in a time of 1:48.37.
Morgan also posted a strong finish in the 100-yard IM where he took ninth in the 17 swimmer field with a time of 1:00.23.
William Harkins notched a top 10 finish in the 200-yard backstroke as he took 10th overall with a time of 2:11.91.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Morgan paced the Panthers as he took 13th overall with a time of 1:09.26. he also claimed 13th as part of the 200-yard IM.
His teammate, Wilson found success in the 50-yard freestyle as he took 13th in a time of 23.16 while also finishing 13th in the 100-yard freestyle.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 6 when they open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at Franklin.
HANOVER MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s Soccer shoots past Anderson
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team soared past Anderson on Saturday afternoon in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action as they defeated the Ravens 3-0.
With the win, Hanover moves to 11-4-1 overall and 7-1-0 in the HCAC. They currently rank second in the league behind unbeaten Rose-Hulman.
The Panthers were paced by senior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) with three shots, two on frame, and a goal.
The first blow of the afternoon came in the 41st minute as senior Sean Fleming (Louisville, Ky.) was able to navigate the Anderson defense en route to the 1-0 lead.
The goals continued to come as freshman Joao Domenici (Alphaville, Brazil) found the back of the net in the second half taking a pass from senior Renato Yostsui (Sao Jose De Rio Preto, Brazil) to push the difference to 2-0.
The final strike came in the 82nd minute as Hughes connected on a penalty kick that propelled HC to the convincing 3-0 victory.
Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 27 when they wrap-up the regular season with a trip to Mt. St. Joseph. Game time is set for 7 PM.
HANOVER VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball rallies past Anderson in five set thriller
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team claimed a thrilling Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Anderson 3-2 (25-15, 25-16, 18-25, 22-25, 17-15) to move to 14-9 overall, 5-2 HCAC.
Hanover was paced in the contest by junior Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.) with a team-high 14 kills and a .267 hitting percentage. Senior Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) finished the afternoon with 38 assists and 26 digs.
The opening set saw the Panthers chart a set best 14 kills for an impressive .333 hitting percentage. Hanover wasted little time pulling away as freshman Maggie Schweitzer (Shelbyville, Ind.) paced a nine point outburst from behind the service line to put HC on top 15-3. Junior Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) handled the rest as she took a pass from Ketcham for the set ending kill.
Set two saw the Panthers capitalize on a pair of Raven miscues that pushed them in front 10-5. Hanover never looked back as senior Maddie Edwards (jasper, Ind.) recorded back-to-back kills to propel HC to the 2-0 set lead. Hanover added 12 total kills on 53 total attempts.
The Panthers would surrender the next two sets before setting the stage for a five set thriller. The final set of the afternoon saw a very competitive battle with neither team giving an edge when Anderson was able to soar ahead to the 5-3 lead. But Vance had other things in mind as she teamed up with senior Emma McPeek (North Vernon, Ind.) for back-to-back kills tying the contest at 5-5. The back-an-forth battle continued for several points when Schweitzer connected with Vance for the 15-14 advantage. The victory celebration commenced following a series of Anderson miscues that propelled HC to the win.
Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 27 when they take on Franklin. Game time is set for 7 PM.
WABASH FOOTBALL: Little Giants Rally But Lose In Overtime At OWU
Wabash erased a 14-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation but lost in overtime 35-28 at Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.
Wabash (5-2, 4-2 NCAC) trailed 28-14 with 5:26 left to play in regulation and the Battling Bishops (6-2, 5-2 NCAC) set to kick a 33-yard field. David Marsh blocked the kick and Kamron Ferguson scooped up the loose ball to give the Little Giants the football at the 37-yard line.
Liam Thompson and the Wabash offense took over from there. The Little Giants marched 63 yards in four plays and scored on an 11-yard TD pass from Thompson to Jackson Clayborne to cut the lead to 28-20 after the missed extra point. Wabash held Ohio Wesleyan on three consecutive plays on the ensuing drive to force a punt.
The final fourth-quarter drive started on the Little Giants’ 10-yard line. Wabash marched down the field on eight straight plays before Thompson his running back Donovan Snyder with an underhand toss for a seven-yard TD to cut the OWU lead to two points with 27 seconds remaining in regulation.
Wabash ran its own version of the “Philly Special” on the extra-point try. Heisman Skeens took a lateral and stopped along the right sideline to complete a pass to Thompson for the two-point try and draw Wabash even at 28-28.
The Little Giants won the coin toss in overtime and started on defense. Ohio Wesleyan got a 15-yard completion on third down and followed with a 10-yard touchdown run by TJ Weems. The extra-point kick provided a seven-point lead with Wabash ready to take over on offense.
Thompson immediately found Derek Allen on a 17-yard pass to move the Little Giants to the 8-yard line. Two plays later Thompson connected with Nick Hamman in the end zone but a holding penalty on the Wabash offense moved the football back to the 17. Thompson’s third-down pass to Allen was knocked away at the last second by OWU defender Nick Cianciola. With Wabash needing to score for a chance to retie the game, Thompson dropped back but was sacked for the sixth time to end the game.
Wabash took a 7-3 lead in the second quarter on a 30-yard TD pass from Thompson to Cooper Sullivan. OWU regained the lead with a touchdown on the next offensive series to move back in front 10-7. The Battling Bishops took advantage of a late Wabash fumble to score just before halftime to extend the lead to 17-7. After a third-quarter field goal made it a 20-7 lead for OWU, Thompson capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive with a 2-yard run to draw Wabash within six points. Ohio Wesleyan added a late third-quarter score to go in front 28-14 before the Little Giants produced the 14-point rally in the final five minutes of regulation.
Wabash finished with 393 yards of total offense but accumulated 375 of those yards in the passing game. One week after rushing for nearly 391 yards the Little Giants were held to 18 rushing yards on 26 carries. Thompson completed 26-of-46 passes for 375 yards and three TDs, but threw two interceptions and had one fumble to go with six sacks. Ohio Wesleyan came into the game with 20 turnovers and was ranked among the leaders in sacks with an average of 3-1/2 per game.
Allen caught seven passes for a career-high 138 yards. Sullivan finished with 10 receptions for 136 yards, his second consecutive week with more than 100 receiving yards and third 100-yard game of the season.
Ohio Wesleyan finished with a season-best 506 yards of offense. The Bishops ran for 206 yards and one touchdown and threw for 300 yards and three scores. Quarterback Zane Ries completed 25 of 41 passes and was sacked twice. Seth Buresh and David Marsh both recorded sacks for Wabash. Trey Dixon led OWU with 113 rushing yards on 28 carries. JT Dozier caught nine passes for 153 yards and one TD.
Casey Crozier made a team-high 10 solos tackles and finished with 17 total in the game. Marsh picked up 12 tackles, while Clayton McPeek recorded 11 total stops. Joe Rios added 10 tackles for Wabash.
The Little Giants complete the road portion of their season next Saturday with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Kenyon College before closing out the regular season with home games against Wittenberg and DePauw.
WABASH MEN’S SOCCER: Wabash Blanked At 22nd-Ranked OWU
Wabash faced 22nd-ranked Ohio Wesleyan in North Coast Athletic Conference men’s soccer action Saturday. The Little Giants played to a scoreless first-half tie before losing 2-0 to the host Battling Bishops.
Wabash (10-5-1, 6-3-1 NCAC) put up eight shots with three shots on goal but were not able to pick up a goal. Ohio Wesleyan (12-1-2, 6-1-0 NCAC) finished with 14 shots on goal out of 27 total shot attempts. Coledon Johnson led the Little Giants with three shots and one shot on goal. Cristian Aleman and Jackson Grabill also put shots on goal for Wabash.
Little Giant goalkeeper Michael Bertram recorded a career-high 12 saves over 90 minutes. Ohio Wesleyan scored its first goal in the 49th minute before adding a second in the 69th minute. Both goals came off the foot of Jaggar Brooker.
Wabash will complete its regular-season schedule with a pair of home games. The Little Giants play DePauw University on Wednesday, October 27, at 4 p.m. before a Saturday contest against Oberlin at 1 p.m.
WABASH SWIMMING: Wabash Takes Third At Indiana DIII Championships
Wabash scored 14 top-three finishes, including one individual victory, to finish in third place out of six teams competing at the Indiana Division III Swimming and Diving Championships held Saturday at the Vigo County Aquatic Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Wabash scored a total of 653 points to finish third behind men’s champion Rose-Hulman (1,047 points) and runner-up Franklin College (733 points). Anderson University finished in fourth place with 179 points with Hanover (68 points) and Manchester (62 points) completing the team scoring.
Justin Dusza scored the lone victory for the Little Giants. He won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.32. Dusza also placed second in the 200 backstroke by finishing in 1:59.64.
Wabash opened the meet with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of Dusza, Connor Craig, Gavin Hill, and Caleb McCarty completed the race in 1:37.58.
Craig added a pair of top-three finishes for the Little Giants. He captured second place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.96 after placing third overall in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.11. Daren Glore finished second in the 100-yard individual medley, completing the race in 56.50. Glore added a third-place finish in the 1000 freestyle by turning in a time of 10:19.50.
McCarty raced to a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, sprinting to a time of 22.05 for the Little Giants. Gavin Hill took second in the 100-yard butterfly by finishing that race in 53.84. Ethan Johns scored a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle by touching the wall in 1:47.32.
Two Wabash divers turned in top-three performances on the boards. William Morris scored a total of 219.55 points in three-meter competition to finish in second place. Tanner Carver finished in third place with a score of 211.55 points. Carver placed third on the one-meter board with a total of 246.95 points.
The Little Giants closed out the meet with the foursome of Glore, Jack Pendleton, Keane Albright, and McCarty combining for a time of 3:25.77 to finish third in the 400 freestyle relay.
“We performed well for the second meet of the season,” Wabash head coach Will Bernhardt said. “It’s encouraging to see the gains our men made from the first meet at Purdue last week to this week. The hard work they put in the pool and weight room over the week really showed.
“We have a pretty young team which means a lot of learning with each meet. We had a few breakthroughs from guys today and that is always great to see. Our divers were able to compete with some new dives today and that was great to see. Coach Frost has done a wonderful job preparing them for each meet and building on the previous week’s lessons. We have a very big two weeks coming up. It will be fun to watch our men grow and compete at a high level.”
Wabash opens the dual-meet portion of its 2021-22 schedule Friday evening against Rose-Hulman. The meet begins at 7 p.m. at the Class of 1950 Natatorium. The Little Giants travel to Albion College on Saturday, October 30, for a 2 p.m. competition.
IU SOUTHEAST: GRENADIER MEN’S BASKETBALL ADDS UOFL STANDOUT DEJUAN WHEAT TO COACHING STAFF
“DeJuan has great basketball knowledge and experience and is a great communicator,” head coach Wiley Brown said. “He is a great teacher for our student-athletes and is a great addition to our staff. He had all the great characteristics of a successful coach as a player at UofL and his time as a professional plus his previous coaching experience will make him a great asset to our program.”
Wheat was a standout guard at the University of Louisville from 1993-1997, ranking second in career points (2,183) and career three-pointers made (323) and fifth in career assists (498). He helped lead the Cardinals to an Elite Eight appearance in 1997 when he led the team in scoring (17.3 ppg), assists per game (4.3) and steals per game (1.9). He was named a NABC third-team All-American selection in 1997.
Wheat was the first player in NCAA history to record at least 2,000 points, 450 assists, 300 three-point field goals and 200 steals.
“I want to thank Coach Brown for this opportunity,” Wheat said. “It has always been my ultimate goal to return to coaching. The chance to be able to work with Coach Brown and a great program like IU Southeast is an opportunity I could not pass up. I am excited to get started.”
Wheat was a second-round pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1997 NBA Draft. He appeared in 34 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1997-98 and 46 of 50 for the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1998-99. He also signed a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2003. After spending eight years playing professionally overseas, he finished his professional career with the Soles de Mexicali in 2010.
He was the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Valley High School from 2016-2020.
The Grenadiers open the 2021-22 season on October 26 when they host Simmons College of Kentucky at 6 p.m.
IU KOKOMO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Women’s Basketball Drops Season Opener to IU South Bend
SOUTH BEND, Ind – The Indiana University Kokomo Women’s basketball team opened the season on the road Saturday, losing to IU South Bend 80-48.
The Titans of IU South Bend jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead before Gabrielle Joyner drilled a three-pointer to make it 5-3, giving the Cougars their first points of the season. IU Kokomo would only score once more in the quarter on a Sierra Peete layup.
Trailing 21-5 midway through the second quarter, the Cougars went on a 7-0 run to cut the Titan lead to nine. The run, beginning with back-to-back Peete field goals, was capped off by a Kristen Ridner three-pointer. IU South Bend would finish the half strong and enter halftime with a 42-22 lead over the Cougars.
The Cougars showed fight late in the third quarter. While trailing 65-33, the Cougars went on an 11-0 spurt in the final 2:05 of the quarter. Despite a strong finish to the third quarter, the Cougars were unable to carry the momentum to the fourth, as they were held to four points in the final quarter.
IU Kokomo was led by senior guard Sierra Peete, delivering 12 points on 50% shooting from the field. Peete also added five assists and three rebounds. Vanessa Mullins and Gabrielle Joyner each had eight points as well. Joyner paced the Cougars with seven rebounds.
The Cougars will return to the court Wednesday, November 3, as they host Grace College inside the Student Activities and Events Center for the home opener. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
IU KOKOMO VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Streak Continues With Sweep of Golden Bears
BECKLEY, WV – A balanced attack led the Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team to its eighth straight win on Friday night as the Cougars earned a 3-0 sweep over the host, West Virginia Tech Golden Bears. IU Kokomo moves to 19-8 overall and 11-1 in River States Conference action and currently hold a one match lead in the West Division with six matches to play.
Sidney Gerig had a match-high eight kills while Erinn Adam led the way, hitting .875, with seven kills in eight attempts.
In the opening set, the Cougars took an early 2-1 lead on a kill from Adam and never looked back, holding the Golden Bears to just 11 points and a -0.100 attack percentage.
The Cougars scored the first five points of the second set to jump out to a 5-0 advantage. A kill from Morgan Weir and a block from Audrey Strawsma and Adam gave IU Kokomo a 10-2 lead. With the score 18-10, the Cougars finished with seven straight points to take the set, 25-10, and 2-0 advantage in the match.
The final set turned out to be the most competitive as the Golden Bears scored 20 points and led for much of the early part of the set. Kaley Lyons recorded a service ace to tie the set at nine and spark a 5-0 Cougar run, giving IUK a 13-9 lead. WVU Tech battled back and eventually evened the set at 18 but a 7-2 spurt from the Cougars closed out the match. IU Kokomo earned its 14th sweep of the season with the 3-0 victory over the Golden Bears.
Lyons finished the night with 18 assists while Kendal Williams added 16.
The Cougars will be back in action this afternoon as they take on Rio Grande at 12:00 p.m.
IU NORTHWEST: CROSS COUNTRY COMPLETES NAIA GREAT LAKES CHALLENGE SATURDAY
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Indiana University Northwest men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge at Riverside Park hosted by Aquinas College Saturday. Both teams did not record a team score as there were 263 total runners for the men’s side and 245 for the women’s side.
Elizabeth Bosterwas the first runner to cross the finish line for the women’s cross country team as the sophomore finished with a time of 24:00. Lilly Butlerwas not far behind Boster as the freshman crossed the finish line at 24:07.
Nascha Hladekrounded out the IU Northwest runners after finishing with a time of 25:15.
IU SOUTH BEND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Women’s Hoops open season with win over IU Kokomo
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Following a ten-month wait since their last appearance on the court, IU South Bend came back in style on Saturday afternoon, opening the 2021-22 season with an 80-48 win over IU Kokomo at the Student Activities Center.
A high-pressure Titan defense forced 32 turnovers, leading to a 33-13 margin in points off turnovers in the win. Five different players finished with a team-high three steals for the Titans (1-0), as IUSB held their opponents to a 32.1% shooting percentage (18-56).
Four players finished in double figures for the Titans, led by Rachel Robards’ 16 points off the bench. Maddie Gard scored 15 to go with six boards and a team-high five assists. Katie Gard tallied 14 points, while Emma Fisher collected 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting with seven rebounds.
IU South Bend came out strong defensively, holding the Cougars (0-1) to just five points in the first period. A layup from Maddie Gard put the Titans up 12 with just over three minutes to play in the first quarter, 15-3. Their lead would grow to as much as 20 in the first half, with a three-pointer from Kylee Stepp giving the Titans a 42-22 advantage just seconds before the halftime break.
Taking their largest lead of the day near the end of the third quarter, Robards put the Titans up 65-33 following the steal from Maddy Schumacher. IU Kokomo would hold the Titans scoreless through the rest of the period, building an 11-0 run to cut into the deficit and leaving IUSB with a 65-44 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The visitors wouldn’t get much closer however, as the Titans held IU Kokomo to just four points in the fourth quarter to secure the win. A pair of threes from Robards in the final frame helped secure the season-opening victory.
With the win, the Titans extend their streak to nine consecutive victories in season-opening games, and take their first win over IU Kokomo in the all-time series. IUSB will now prepare to host Lourdes (Ohio) next week, with tipoff from the Student Activities Center set for Wednesday, October 27, at 5:30 p.m.
PURDUE NORTHWEST: Men’s Cross Country takes eighth at GLIAC Championships
HAMMOND, Ind. — The Purdue Northwest men’s cross country team placed eighth in the 2021 GLIAC Cross Country Championships. PNW totaled 229 points in Saturday’s 8K race hosted by Saginaw Valley State University.
Senior Antonio Chapa led the Pride with a 37th-place finish by running at a 5:26 pace. He registered an overall time of 27:01.4. Sophomore Carter Leak, freshman Quinton Bock and senior Diego Gomez crossed the line with a few spots of each other. Leak placed 53rd overall with a final time of 27:35.3 while Bock ended 57th with a time of 27:35.3. Gomez tallied 28:03.2 to cross in 60th place overall. Rounding out the PNW scoring lineup was freshman Bruce Leipart in 74th place.
Grand Valley State won the team championship with a meet-low 25 points. The Lakers featured individual champion Isaac Harding and runner-up Tanner Chada.
Topping out the top five teams were Michigan Tech (76), Wayne State (82), Saginaw Valley State (102) and Northwood (139).
37 Antonio CHAPA SR 27:01.4 5:26
53 Carter LEAK SO 27:35.3 5:32
57 Quinton BOCK FR 27:52.4 5:36
60 Diego GOMEZ SR 28:03.2 5:38
74 Bruce LEIPART FR 28:34.4 5:44
83 Fernando ROSAS SR 29:09.3 5:51
85 Eric ALEGRE JR 29:16.5 5:53
91 Logan RUSSELL FR 29:40.8 5:58
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Score Most Lopsided Victory Since 1963
LIVONIA, Mich. – The Taylor football team blasted Madonna, 63-0, on the road Saturday, turning in the program’s most lopsided win since a 68-0 victory against Hanover on October 26, 1963.
The 63-point outburst was the program’s most since a 63-10 win against Lindenwood on October 21, 2017 and its most points in a road game since a 63-21 win at Siena Heights on October 17, 2015.
Taylor found the end zone on eight-of-12 possessions against Madonna (1-7, 0-5 MSFA) and added a defensive score in the rout. The game was over early, as Taylor forced punts on MU’s first three possessions and followed with touchdowns on its first three drives to bolt to a 21-0 lead.
TU extended the cushion to 35-0 in the third quarter, before striking for four more touchdowns in the final quarter to push the spread to 63-0.
The Trojans posted eye-popping numbers in the win, rattling off 34 first downs on 5.9 yards per play. Taylor was unstoppable on the ground, rushing for 304 yards and 5.6 yards a pop. The outing marked a second-straight game with over 300 rushing yards for the Taylor offense, which had not reached that mark a single time in the last 18 seasons.
Jacob Cleaver set the tone early out of the Trojan backfield and finished with 19 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Rylan Arihood took over later in the affair and closed with 18 carries for 65 yards and three touchdowns. Stephen Ellis also provided a spark, averaging 9.9 yards over his eight touches for 79 yards and three scores and Dakohta Sonnichsen had two carries for 51 yards.
Zac Saltzgaber moved the ball through the air as well, completing 13-of-16 pass attempts for 122 yards, with Grant Gerig catching four passes and Reid Gerig adding three receptions.
Zane Shilts stayed busy and was accurate with nine converted point-after tries in as many chances.
The Taylor defense also posted its best showing of the year, recording seven sacks, 11 tackles for lost yardage and four interceptions during the dominant shutout performance. TU controlled the trenches on defense as well, limiting Madonna to just 16 rushing yards in the contest.
Reid Wheeler led the way by picking off one of the interceptions, running it back 44 yards for a touchdown and posting 1.5 sacks.
Collin Woolford, Evan Kitt and Hojun Yun also collected interceptions, with Woolford joining Aven Jones with a team-leading 10 tackles. Parker Whitby also got in on the action with two sacks.
Taylor (2-5, 1-3 MSFA) will now return home to host Saint Francis (2-4, 0-3 CL) on Saturday, October 30 in a 1:00 pm start inside Turner Stadium.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 4 Trojans Race to Second-Fastest Team Time in Program History in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The fourth-ranked Taylor women’s cross country team finished third at the Great Lakes Challenge, hosted by Aquinas College at Riverside Park. TU battled against 25 other NAIA teams, including 13 that are ranked or receiving votes.
The Trojans raced to a blazing season-best team time of 91:39, claiming the second-fastest combined time in TU program history. Taylor tallied 112 points to finish third behind No. 1 Saint Francis (Ill.) with 62 points and No. 3 Cornerstone with 76 points. TU topped No. 5 Saint Mary (155), No. 7 Aquinas (187) and No. 13 Olivet Nazarene (243).
Abbey Brennan and Ahna VanderWall crossed among the top-15 finishers out of 226 competitors in the maroon race. Nine Taylor women set lifetime PRs and the top-five scoring runners clocked a 47-second spread.
Abbey Brennan claimed her third top-10 finish of her stellar senior season, pacing the Purple and Gold to ninth place overall and a career-best time of 17:54.8. Brennan is only the fourth runner in Taylor cross country history to hit the 17:00s. Sophomore Ahna VanderWall crossed soon after Brennan, posting a lifetime PR of 18:08.6 for 14th place.
Giovanna Domene cruised to 23rd place and and set a personal-best mark of 18:21.7, followed by Brooke Studnicki with a top-30 finish. Studnicki placed 29th with a career-best time of 18:33.4.
Mollie Gamble rounded out TU’s scoring five, claiming 37th place with a personal-best time of 18:41.1. Just steps behind Gamble, Madeline Purdom crossed with a lifetime PR of 18:45.2 to claim 45th place.
Freshmen Audrey Brinkruff and Elayna Kitt ended seconds apart. Brinkruff clocked a lifetime-best time of 18:48.7, finishing 54th. Kitt ended 56th overall and posted a career-best time of 18:53.0, dropping 29-seconds from her previous PR and breaking into the 18:00s for the first time.
Taylor also had 3 runners compete in the white race, with Annika Erickson leading that group by finishing 26th-of-245 competitors with a time of 19:46.4.
The No. 4 Trojans (56-41) will close their regular season at the Crossroads League Championships in Huntington on November 6 as they look to compete for their ninth-straight league title.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Gerber Finishes Second, No. 5 Trojans Fourth at Great Lakes Challenge
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 5 Taylor men’s cross country team ran against a competitive field at the Great Lakes Challenge, hosted by Aquinas College at Riverside Park, battling 26 other NAIA teams, including 18 that are ranked or receiving votes.
Despite having three runners finish in the top-10, the Trojans finished fourth as a team in the maroon race. TU lost to No. 3 Saint Francis (92 points), No. 2 Saint Mary (101) and No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan (113). The Purple and Gold accumulated 153 points and outran No. 11 Huntington (154), No. 10 Cornerstone (189) and No. 18 Shawnee State (259).
The crisp fall morning and flat course were ideal conditions for a cross country race. Seven Taylor men set lifetime PRs and the Purple and Gold logged the second-fastest team time of the season, posting a time of 2:05:30.
Daniel Gerber, Alex Helmuth and Derek Van Prooyen competed in the front pack from the start of the race. As the pack broke apart, Gerber went with the leader and cruised to finish second out of 239 competitors. Gerber collected his third top-three finish of the season, ending with a time of 24:23.9. Helmuth crossed in eighth place, recording a time of 24:39.4. Van Prooyen ended ninth overall, clocking a time of 24:41.6.
Connor White raced to a season-best finish of 25:32.3 and grabbed 43rd place. Ben Eiffert and Josh Harden ended seconds apart, both posting lifetime PRs. Eiffert logged a time of 26:13.3 to claim 94th place and rounded out the Trojans’ scoring five. Harden clocked 26:15.6 and finished 98th overall.
Nathan Streitmatter posted a time of 26:22.4 and crossed the line in 103rd place. Zach Hoekstra turned in a lifetime PR of 26:24.1 to finish 107th.
Taylor also had eight runners compete in the white race. Nathan Holst led that group by finishing 31st-of-263 competitors with a time of 27:13.0.
The No. 5 Trojans (62-24) will battle for their first league title since 1999 as they close their regular season at the Crossroads League Championships hosted by Huntington on November 6.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Men’s Golf Captures Chariot Run Challenge
LACONIA, Ind. – The Taylor men’s golf team cruised to a 13-shot victory at the Chariot Run Challenge.
The 16th-ranked Trojans tallied a final round team score of 300 to claim the tournament title at Chariot Run Golf Club, the site of the 2022 Crossroads League Championship.
Sophomore Adam Kasitz claimed a runner-up finish with a three round total of 4-under par 212. Kasitz entered the final round with the lead and birdied his final hole, the par-5 18th, to post a closing 72 but Midway’s Hayes Mason fired a blistering final round 67 to finish at 6-under par and claim the title.
The Trojans also got a solid final round from junior Drew Pickering who tallied a 2-over par 74. Pickering hit one of the shots of the tournament during his final round when he hit a 5-iron to tap-in range for an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. Pickering tied for sixth place at 4-over par 220 with rounds of 77, 69, and 74.
Junior Noah Ross battled back from a rough start, playing his final six holes at 3-under par to post a 5-over par 77 during the final round. Ross tied with Pickering for sixth place at 220 with rounds of 72, 71, and 77.
Freshman Tommy McWatters added a final round 77 as well for the Trojans.
Junior Javan Johnson withdrew from the final round.
Taylor did most of its damage on the par-5’s, playing those holes at 20-under par for the tournament. Ross played the par-5’s at 8-under, the second best mark in the field while Kasitz was 7-under on par-5’s. Kasitz also led the field in par-3 scoring at 1-under par.
The win marked the third victory of the fall for the Trojans. Taylor fired a team score of 873 (+9) to edge Marian at 886 (+22). Spring Arbor (890, +26) finished in third followed by Midway (894, +30) and Indiana Wesleyan (909, +45).
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Home Finale Spoiled By 1-0 Loss
UPLAND, Ind. – In its home finale, the Taylor women’s soccer team lost a nail-biter to No. 15 Grace (10-4-1, 5-1-1 CL) by a score of 1-0.
Play was competitive throughout, as each team controlled the ball with craft en route to landing six shots on goal. Two of those came in the first half for the Lancers, both of which, however, were saved by Trojan goalie, Hannah Brackenbury.
Senior, Linli Tu, landed the Trojans’ only shot on goal in the first half, yet the net stayed clean. The match moved into intermission locked at zero a piece.
Play got all the more competitive in the second half, as the Trojans nearly matched Grace shot-for-shot. Grace managed to take eight shots, while Taylor took seven. Along the way, however, Grace scored the game’s only goal.
The goal came in the 12th minute of the second half, scored by the Lancers’ leading scorer. The Trojans responded in a fury, though, as senior, Erin Teevans struck an optimistic shot only to be saved by the opponent’s goalie.
Later in the half, Teevans came within inches of another goal, but the Lancer defense performed its best Houdini maneuver, tricking the entire Taylor crowd into celebration while the ball was stopped short by a Grace defender.
With much of the crowd’s jaw dropped, the score remained 1-0 Grace as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Brackenbury secured five saves, but, unfortunately, one goal was all Grace needed as the Trojans lost their final match of the season inside Turner Stadium.
Taylor returns to action on Wednesday, October 27, when the Trojans travel to Indianapolis to take on No. 6 Marion (13-2-1, 5-1-1 CL) at 7:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Blanked 2-0 By Grace
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Taylor men’s soccer team dropped a tough match against Grace (8-8, 5-2 CL) by a score of 2-0.
The Trojans could only cultivate two shots on goal throughout the match, while two of Grace’s seven found the back of the net. In the end, Grace outshot Taylor 14 to six and forced seven corner kicks compared to the Trojans’ two.
The Lancers first got on the board in the 18th minute of the match, after subbing three reserves just two minutes earlier. Two of the three Lancer reserves played a role in the match’s first goal, one scoring the goal while the other crafted the assist.
Grace held on to the 1-0 lead heading into the half, while the Trojans prevented the home team from landing another shot on goal.
Taylor could not quite keep up the defensive pressure, however, as the Lancers landed five shots on goal in the second half, one of which gave Grace a 2-0 lead with just nine minutes left to play.
Each of the six Trojan shots was taken by a different player, while Jhon Alzate and Matt Harrold were the only two to land one on frame.
Trojan goalie, Jacob Susud, secured four saves, while the Taylor defense recorded another for the team’s fifth total save.
Taylor (8-5-1, 3-3-1 CL) returns to Turner Stadium on Wednesday, October 27, when the Trojans take on Marion (8-6-2, 4-3 CL) at 7:00 pm.
VINCENNES: 10-0! Trailblazers close out 2021 regular season with unbeaten record in Region 24 play
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University volleyball team closed out their Fall 2021 regular season with a sweep over Region 24 opponent Kaskaskia 26-24, 25-16, 25-20.
With the win, VU finishes with an unbeaten 10-0 record in Region 24 play and an impressive 20-3 record overall.
The first set showed how evenly matched these two teams were, with the Blue Angels breaking the back-and-forth scoring to take a 10-7 lead.
VU responded well on their home floor, launching a 6-0 scoring run to take a 13-10 advantage.
Kaskaskia continued to battle, cutting the lead to two points, before extending the match by tying the game at 24-all.
Vincennes closed out the first set in overtime, scoring the next two points to win the set 26-24 to take a 1-0 match lead.
The Trailblazers jumped out to an early lead in the second set, opening up a 16-10 lead midway through the set.
Vincennes kept their foot on the gas to close out the set, ending the second set on a 6-1 scoring run to win set two 25-16 and hold a commanding 2-0 match lead.
VU again took an early lead in the third set by scoring eight of the first 11 points to hold an 8-3 advantage.
The Trailblazers continued to build on their lead, eventually sitting at 22-13 when VUVB head coach Gary Sien emptied his bench on Sophomore Recognition Day.
The Blue Angels rallied back with a 5-0 scoring run before Vincennes stopped the run to close out the third set 25-20, giving VU the three-set sweep and 10th win in a row.
“This was a tough weekend for us,” Sien said. “Playing away at John A. Logan last night, getting back late from that, then turning around and playing the No. 2 seed in the Region today, plus Sophomore Recognition Day which can affect how we play.”
“It was such an emotional win last night too, to win after such a long break and playing so well, so it was going to be a challenge today to try and duplicate that type of win,” Sien added.
“There were times where we just didn’t look great out there but one thing about this team, when it comes time to play, they get it done,” Sien said. “I think we’ve learned how to make adjustments when playing a team for the second time this season.”
VU was led on offense by freshman Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) who finished with a team-high eight kills, while also adding a pair of blocks, two digs and an ace to her totals.
Freshman Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) ended with six kills offensively, while contributing 14 digs from the back row and a solo block at the net. Ainscough also added an ace from the service line.
Sophomores Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.) and Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) and freshman Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) finished with five kills each.
Metzger had a big game at the net on Sophomore Recognition day, adding six blocks and three digs to her totals, while also hitting .400 for the match.
“I’ve known Breanna probably longer than anyone else I’ve ever coached,” Sien said. “I’ve known her since she was a freshman in high school and to be able to bring her back for a third year was really special.”
Russell added four blocks to her totals for the day and Banasiak ended the match with a pair of block and a pair of digs.
“Jamie switched positions for us this year and has been really dominant for us this season,” Sien added.
Sophomore Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) helped the Trailblazer defense at the net, matching Metzger’s block totals to lead the team with six blocks on the day, while also adding a pair of kills and two digs in her final match at the P.E. Complex.
“Emilie, with this being her second year as a middle, is leading us in blocks and now she’s really getting good swings on the ball and putting the ball away,”
Freshmen setters Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) helped drive the VU offense, with Graber finishing with yet another double-double, her eighth of the season, with 19 set assists and 10 digs, while also leading the Blazers with three aces and one kill.
Mulligan ended her day with 12 set assists and six digs defensively, while also adding an ace.
Sophomore Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) and freshman Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) patrolled the back row for VU, with Earp finishing the match with 11 digs and Gomes de Castro adding eight of her own.
“Grace, being a second-year libero has taken a big step this season with her confidence and serving tough,” Sien added. “Being a libero is tough, there are a lot of little nuances that you won’t really know how to do unless you are a libero.”
Sophomore Claudia Mendoza (Washington, Ind.) saw some playing time in the third set and closed out her regular season with an emphatic solo block in her final match at the P.E. Complex.
“Claudia is a true leader for us. She is someone that I have personally enjoyed coaching,” Sien said. “She’s a bright spot on the team, she’s always working hard in practice and being very vocal during games. Every team needs to have a couple Claudia’s on the roster.”
Sophomore Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.) did not dress for this game as she is still recovering from injury but was also recognized before the game.
“Losing Amee is like losing two players for us,” Sien said. “She can play defense, she can hit, she’s a great leader out there. So having her out for this stretch of the season, we really do miss that.”
“Last year we didn’t have a lot of returning players coming back, so this group of sophomores had to play a lot last year as freshmen,” Sien said. “This group really took a major step forward in maturity this year with how to handle things. This group came back and knew what it was like to play here and have done a really good job of communicating with the freshmen class about how last season ended and dedicating ourselves to getting things done here this season.”
Vincennes will now turn their attention to the Region 24 Tournament next weekend hosted by Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill. VU will play in the Semi-Finals Friday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. eastern. Their opponent is still to be determined at this time.
“We’re still working on bringing back people. Amee has been out for quite a while, so incorporating her back in is going to be huge,” Sien said. “It’s always nice to have a few days to get rested and ready. As long as we work hard in practice, we’re going to be good.”
“For Friday, not knowing who we are going to play, we’re just going to game plan for both teams,” Sien added. “We’ve done well against everyone in the Region, we’re very confident and we just have to treat it like just another game. We say if every game is big, then it’s just another game.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1908 “Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I never get back.”
– JACK NORWORTH’S original lyrics. Bill Murray introduces Take Me Out to the Ballgame, the immortal tune inspired by an NYC subway sign that read “Baseball Today – Polo Grounds.” The songwriting team of Albert Von Tilzer (music) and Jack Norworth (words), who created Baseball’s anthem, has never seen a game.
1911 The World Series is resumed after six days of rain. The A’s, behind the pitching of Chief Bender, beat the Giants and Christy Mathewson 4-2 to give Philadelphia a 3-1 game lead in the Fall Classic.
1951 Former Reds and Dodger owner Larry MacPhail suggests four new major leagues, including one located on the West Coast. The innovative baseball executive, responsible for introducing night baseball and commercial air travel, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.
1972 Jackie Robinson, weakened by heart disease complications and diabetes, dies of a heart attack in his North Stamford (CT) home. The 53 year-old nearly blind baseball pioneer and social activist’s death comes nine days after his appearance at the World Series, where he threw the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium.
1985 In the bottom of the seventh in Game 5, Royals’ starter Danny Jackson becomes the first pitcher to throw an immaculate inning in World Series history. The 23-year-old southpaw needs only nine pitches to strike out Terry Pendleton (swinging), Tom Nieto (looking), and Brian Harper (swinging) en route to going the distance in the team’s 6-1 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
1987 The Twins, amidst the deafening crowd noise of the hanky-waving fans in the Metrodome, stave off elimination when the team scores eight runs in the fifth and sixth frames of Game 6 to beat the Cardinals, 11-5. Minnesota’s southpaw-swinging Kent Hrbek hits a sixth-inning grand slam off left-handed Ken Dayley to put the contest out of reach for the Redbirds.
1992 In Game 6, Canada wins its first-ever World Series when the Blue Jays beat the Braves at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, 4-3. Toronto’s 41 year-old right fielder Dave Winfield’s 11th-inning double is the key hit in Toronto’s victory.
2000 Orlando Hernandez (8-0, 1.90) loses his first postseason game as the Mets defeat the Yankees on a tiebreaking eighth-inning double by Benny Agbayani, 4-2. New York native John Franco gets the win, ending the Yankees’ record 14-game World Series winning streak.
2000 Roger Clemens is fined a reported $50,000 for throwing the jagged barrel of a shattered bat in the direction of Met catcher Mike Piazza in the first inning of Game 2 of the World Series. Yankee manager Joe Torre and the right-hander both deny the incident was intentional.
2002 The Giants take the lead in the Fall Classic when they demolish the Angels 16-4 in Game 5 played at Pac Bell. Jeff Kent leads the attack with two home runs and four RBIs and ties a World Series record by scoring four times.
2006 After seven months of negotiations, the Players’ Association and MLB officials come to terms on a five-year collective bargaining agreement. The longest accord in baseball history, which will end in 2011, ensures the game will have a span of 16 years without a work stoppage
2007 In a 13-1 rout of the Rockies, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia becomes the second player, and the first rookie to hit a leadoff home run in a World Series opener. The 24-year-old freshman, the 31st major leaguer to homer in his first Fall Classic appearance, joins Orioles’ outfielder Don Buford, who went yard in 1969 as a leadoff batter in Game 1 off Tom Seaver of the Mets.
2011 With the help of a mismanaged Cardinal bullpen, Mike Napoli gives his team a 3-2 Series lead when he hits a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Rangers’ 4-2 victory in Game 5 in Arlington. The Texas catcher, who bats eighth in the order, becomes only the second player to have four multi-RBI games in a World Series, joining Yankee legend Mickey Mantle, who accomplished the feat against Pittsburgh in 1960.
2012 In the Giants’ 8-3 victory over the Tigers at AT&T Park, Pablo Sandoval becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit three home runs in a World Series game. The San Francisco third baseman, with his first, third, and fifth-inning round-trippers in the opening contest of the Fall Classic, joins Yankees outfielders Babe Ruth (1926, 28) and Reggie Jackson (1977) and Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (2011) in accomplishing the feat.
2014 Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are named co-recipients of the Roberto Clemente Award, an honor bestowed on major leaguers for their commitment to the community. The former White Sox first baseman and Phillies shortstop have been heavily involved in improving children’s lives by raising money, obtaining school supplies and back-to-school clothes, supporting juvenile diabetes and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis research, and funding the fight against child abuse, among many other charitable efforts.
2020 Randy Arozarena sets the record for most playoff home runs in a single postseason after going deep for the ninth time, belting a fourth-inning round-tripper in the Rays’ 8-7 victory in Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers at Globe Life Field. The Tampa Bay DH surpasses the eight compiled by Barry Bonds (Giants, 2002), Carlos Beltran (Astros, 2004), Nelson Cruz (Rangers, 2011), and Corey Seager (Dodgers, 2020).
WORLD SERIES HISTORY
1905 WORLD SERIES
New York Giants (4) vs Philadelphia Athletics (1)
After refusing an invitation to play the Boston Americans the 1904 World Series, the New York Giants agreed to participate in the 1905 Fall Classic in an effort to win back it’s fan approval. Many were upset by the Giants’ “no thanks” attitude of the previous year and it was clearly visible in their regular season attendance. This time, John T. Brush and company were eager to take on the American League champion Philadelphia Athletics after an National League race in which the Giants won one-hundred five games. The Series would be contested under guidelines drawn up by the Giants’ owner, seeking to stabilize an event he earlier had cancelled. Besides outlining a revenue formula, the John T. “Brush Rules” called for a best-of-seven format.
The Giants were extremely confident going into their first combined post-season championship for obvious reasons. Their pitching rotation read like an All-Star ballot and featured Christy Mathewson (thirty-one victories), Joe McGinnity (twenty-one) and Red Ames (twenty-two) and also included Dummy Taylor (fifteen) and Hooks Wiltse (fourteen). New York wound up using only two of its “big five” as starters in the Series, but that twosome proved more than enough. The Athletics were not as fortunate and were still reeling from the late-season loss of standout lefthander Rube Waddell.
In the opening game, lefthander Eddie Plank, a twenty-five game winner for the Athletics, was matched up against the Giants ace Mathewson. Recalling memories of the first World Series, it remained a pitcher’s duel until the fifth inning when the Giants offense finally broke through for two runs. Game 1 was all Mathewson – on both sides of the ball. At the plate, he contributed a single in the fifth that ignited New York’s scoring drive and a key sacrifice in the ninth. On the mound, he completed a four-hit, 3-0 victory and did no walk a single batter. For Game 2, Athletic’s manager Connie Mack called on righthander Chief Bender to even the score. He obliged the legendary skipper with support from Bris Lord’s run-scoring singles in the third and eighth innings. In the end, Bender out-dueled the Giants’ Joe McGinnity for a 3-0 victory. The Series was now tied and an interesting trend had developed with two shutouts in two games.
With two days’ rest, Game 1 winner Christy Mathewson was given the start for Game 3. Once again, the righthanded sensation dominated the contest and held Philadelphia to only four hits and one walk. First baseman Dan McGann was the Giants’ big gun in a 9-0 romp, collecting two singles and a double and driving in four runs. New York was now ahead, but the Athletics refused to roll over and entered the following contest with a renewed vigor. Game 4 represented the ultimate pitcher’s duel and to this day, is still considered one of the best match-ups ever on the mound during a World Series. This time McGinnity and Plank hooked up in a contest that allowed only nine hits and one run. Philadelphia matched the Giants play in every aspect of the game and only lost due to a crucial infield error. The 1-0 triumph increased New York’s Series lead to three games to one.
Once again, Mack decided to go with Chief Bender to halt the Giants in Game 5, while McGraw decided to stick with a winner and brought Mathewson back for a third performance. Pitching on only one day of rest, the Giant’s workhorse was again up to the challenge allowing only six hits with no walks. His counterpart was almost as good yielding only five hits, but allowing two runs. The 1905 New York Giants suddenly found themselves the champions of a contest that they had previously boycotted and had a newfound respect for their American League rivals who made them earn it.
Mathewson was clearly the most valuable player of the 1905 Fall Classic although the award had not yet been established. In the space of six days, he pitched three shutouts and permitted only fourteen hits. The Giants’ ace struck out eighteen and walked one in twenty-seven innings. Besides Mathewson and McGinnity, the only other Giants pitcher to see action was Ames, who worked all of one inning (as a reliever in Game 2). Pitching was the most noteworthy aspect of the Series with five shutouts in five games.
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|New England Patriots||2||4||0||.333||2.0||125||127||0-4-0||2-0-0||2-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|New York Jets||1||4||0||.200||2.5||67||121||1-1-0||0-3-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Miami Dolphins||1||5||0||.167||3.0||99||177||0-2-0||1-3-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||5 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||2||0||.667||0.0||148||150||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||4||2||0||.667||0.0||147||144||2-1-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Kansas City Chiefs||3||3||0||.500||1.0||185||176||1-2-0||2-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||3||4||0||.429||1.5||140||127||1-2-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||0-1-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||5||1||0||.833||0.0||170||123||3-0-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||0-0-0||5 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||4||2||0||.667||1.0||148||111||2-1-0||2-1-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||4||3||0||.571||1.5||173||165||3-1-0||1-2-0||2-2-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||3||3||0||.500||2.0||117||132||2-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||4||2||0||.667||0.0||166||161||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||2||4||0||.333||2.0||139||131||1-2-0||1-2-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||1||5||0||.167||3.0||92||172||1-2-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||5 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||1||5||0||.167||3.0||116||172||1-3-0||0-2-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Dallas Cowboys||5||1||0||.833||0.0||205||146||3-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||5 W|
|Washington Football Team||2||4||0||.333||3.0||136||186||1-3-0||1-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||2 L|
|Philadelphia Eagles||2||4||0||.333||3.0||137||152||0-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|New York Giants||1||5||0||.167||4.0||114||177||0-3-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Arizona Cardinals||6||0||0||1.000||0.0||194||109||2-0-0||4-0-0||3-0-0||2-0-0||6 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||5||1||0||.833||1.0||179||127||2-1-0||3-0-0||4-1-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||3||0||.400||3.5||117||119||0-2-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|Seattle Seahawks||2||4||0||.333||4.0||140||149||0-2-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Green Bay Packers||5||1||0||.833||0.0||144||136||2-0-0||3-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||5 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||3||3||0||.500||2.0||147||137||2-1-0||1-2-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Chicago Bears||3||3||0||.500||2.0||98||124||2-1-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Detroit Lions||0||6||0||.000||5.0||109||172||0-3-0||0-3-0||0-4-0||0-3-0||6 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||1||0||.833||0.0||195||144||3-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|New Orleans Saints||3||2||0||.600||1.5||127||91||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Carolina Panthers||3||3||0||.500||2.0||143||121||2-2-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||1-0-0||3 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||2||3||0||.400||2.5||105||148||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|New York||2||0||1.000||—||1-0||1-0||1-0||2-0||2-0||2 W|
|Oklahoma City||0||2||.000||2.0||–||0-2||0-1||0-2||0-2||2 L|
|Golden State||2||0||1.000||—||1-0||1-0||2-0||2-0||2-0||2 W|
|LA Clippers||0||2||.000||2.0||0-1||0-1||0-1||0-2||0-2||2 L|
|LA Lakers||0||2||.000||2.0||0-2||–||0-2||0-2||0-2||2 L|
|San Antonio||1||2||.333||1.5||1-1||0-1||–||0-1||1-2||2 L|
|New Orleans||0||3||.000||2.5||0-1||0-2||–||0-1||0-3||3 L|
|1 Florida Panthers||5||5||0||0||10||5||22||9||3-0-0||2-0-0||5-0-0|
|2 New York Rangers||6||4||1||1||9||4||14||13||0-0-1||4-1-0||4-1-1|
|3 Carolina Hurricanes||4||4||0||0||8||4||18||7||1-0-0||3-0-0||4-0-0|
|4 Pittsburgh Penguins||5||3||0||2||8||3||23||12||2-0-1||1-0-1||3-0-2|
|5 Buffalo Sabres||5||3||1||1||7||2||14||10||3-1-0||0-0-1||3-1-1|
|6 Detroit Red Wings||5||2||2||1||5||2||14||18||2-1-1||0-1-0||2-2-1|
|7 Washington Capitals||5||3||0||2||8||3||19||11||2-0-2||1-0-0||3-0-2|
|8 New Jersey Devils||4||3||1||0||6||3||11||10||3-1-0||—||3-1-0|
|9 Columbus Blue Jackets||5||3||2||0||6||3||15||14||3-1-0||0-1-0||3-2-0|
|10 Philadelphia Flyers||4||2||1||1||5||2||18||13||2-1-1||—||2-1-1|
|11 New York Islanders||5||2||2||1||5||2||13||15||—||2-2-1||2-2-1|
|12 Toronto Maple Leafs||6||2||3||1||5||2||12||19||2-1-1||0-2-0||2-3-1|
|13 Tampa Bay Lightning||5||2||2||1||5||2||15||21||0-2-1||2-0-0||2-2-1|
|14 Boston Bruins||3||2||1||0||4||2||10||8||1-0-0||1-1-0||2-1-0|
|15 Ottawa Senators||5||2||3||0||4||2||10||12||2-2-0||0-1-0||2-3-0|
|16 Montreal Canadiens||6||1||5||0||2||1||10||20||1-3-0||0-2-0||1-5-0|
|1 Edmonton Oilers||5||5||0||0||10||4||24||13||3-0-0||2-0-0||5-0-0|
|2 St. Louis Blues||4||4||0||0||8||4||22||11||1-0-0||3-0-0||4-0-0|
|3 San Jose Sharks||4||4||0||0||8||4||16||7||1-0-0||3-0-0||4-0-0|
|4 Minnesota Wild||4||4||0||0||8||4||15||11||2-0-0||2-0-0||4-0-0|
|5 Vancouver Canucks||6||3||2||1||7||2||18||18||—||3-2-1||3-2-1|
|6 Dallas Stars||5||3||2||0||6||2||11||11||1-0-0||2-2-0||3-2-0|
|7 Winnipeg Jets||5||2||2||1||5||2||20||19||2-0-0||0-2-1||2-2-1|
|8 Calgary Flames||4||2||1||1||5||2||11||11||0-0-1||2-1-0||2-1-1|
|9 Anaheim Ducks||6||2||3||1||5||2||17||20||1-1-0||1-2-1||2-3-1|
|10 Colorado Avalanche||5||2||3||0||4||1||15||20||1-1-0||1-2-0||2-3-0|
|11 Los Angeles Kings||5||1||3||1||3||1||14||17||1-1-0||0-2-1||1-3-1|
|12 Seattle Kraken||6||1||4||1||3||1||13||23||0-1-0||1-3-1||1-4-1|
|13 Vegas Golden Knights||4||1||3||0||2||1||10||17||1-2-0||0-1-0||1-3-0|
|14 Nashville Predators||5||1||4||0||2||1||12||17||1-3-0||0-1-0||1-4-0|
|15 Chicago Blackhawks||5||0||4||1||1||0||9||21||0-2-0||0-2-1||0-4-1|
|16 Arizona Coyotes||5||0||4||1||1||0||8||25||0-3-0||0-1-1||0-4-1|
|Orlando City SC||30||12||10||8||43||42||1||8-5-2||4-5-6||46|
|New York City FC||31||12||8||11||51||34||17||9-3-3||3-5-8||44|
|Inter Miami CF||31||11||5||15||33||48||-15||7-2-7||4-3-8||38|
|Real Salt Lake||30||12||6||12||48||46||2||9-4-2||3-2-10||42|
|Los Angeles FC||31||11||8||12||47||45||2||7-5-3||4-3-9||41|