INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SECTIONAL TITLE GAMES NOV. 3
LAKE CENTRAL (5-5) AT CROWN POINT (10-0)
WARSAW (9-1) AT PENN (9-1)
FISHERS (7-3) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (8-2)
WESTFIELD (9-1) AT NOBLESVILLE (4-6)
BEN DAVIS (9-1) AT PIKE (3-7)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (7-3) AT LAWRENCE NORTH (7-3)
WARREN CENTRAL (4-6) AT SOUTHPORT (2-8)
CENTER GROVE (9-1) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (5-5)
MERRILLVILLE (8-2) AT HAMMOND MORTON (5-4)
MICHIGAN CITY (6-4) AT VALPARAISO (8-2)
MISHAWAKA (8-2) AT CONCORD (6-4)
FORT WAYNE NORTH (3-6) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (9-1)
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (9-1) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (8-2)
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (5-5) AT WHITELAND (6-4)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (9-1) AT SEYMOUR (6-4)
EVANSVILLE NORTH (7-3) AT CASTLE (7-3)
NEW PRAIRIE (9-2) AT CULVER ACADEMY (5-6)
NORTHWOOD (9-2) AT NORTHRIDGE (9-2)
GAME TIME: 7 PM ET, INTERRA FIELD.
FORT WAYNE DWENGER (6-5) AT LEO (9-2)
KOKOMO (9-2) AT MISSISSINEWA (11-0)
MOORESVILLE (6-5) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (6-4)
NEW PALESTINE (9-2) AT MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (7-4)
GREENWOOD (6-5) AT EAST CENTRAL (11-0)
EVANSVILLE REITZ (11-0) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (8-3)
HANOVER CENTRAL (11-0) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (8-3)
JOHN GLENN (7-4) AT KNOX (11-0)
DELTA (7-4) AT GARRETT (6-5)
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (11-0) AT HAMILTON HEIGHTS (11-0)
TRI-WEST (10-1) AT MONROVIA (9-2)
VINCENNES LINCOLN (8-3) AT GIBSON SOUTHERN (9-2)
BATESVILLE (10-1) AT INDIAN CREEK (8-3)
HERITAGE HILLS (10-1) AT SCOTTSBURG (7-4)
BREMEN (6-5) AT LAVILLE (10-1)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (8-3) AT SEEGER (8-3)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (8-3) AT MANCHESTER (5-6)
EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (9-2) AT BLUFFTON (9-2)
SOUTHMONT (6-5) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (10-1)
WINCHESTER (8-2) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (7-4)
TRITON CENTRAL (10-1) AT EASTERN (PEKIN) (5-6)
PAOLI (10-1) AT NORTH POSEY (10-1)
NORTH JUDSON (7-4) AT TRITON (8-3)
PARK TUDOR (11-0) AT NORTH VERMILLION (8-3)
CARROLL (FLORA) (11-0) AT TRI-CENTRAL (5-6)
ADAMS CENTRAL (11-0) AT MADISON-GRANT (8-3)
SHERIDAN (8-3) AT MONROE CENTRAL (6-5)
NORTH DECATUR (8-3) AT MILAN (8-3)
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (9-0) AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (7-3)
SPRINGS VALLEY (10-1) AT PROVIDENCE (11-0)
INDIANA BOYS AND GIRLS STATE SOCCER FINALS
SATURDAY, OCT. 28
CLASS 1A BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | BETHANY CHRISTIAN 2, FOREST PARK 1 (3-1 PKS)
CLASS 2A BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | MISHAWAKA MARIAN 4, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 0
CLASS 3A BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | NOBLESVILLE 2, INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL 0
CLASS 3A GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | NOBLESVILLE 3, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 1
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE SCORES
HAMILTON SE 3 LAPORTE 0
CASTLE 3 RONCALLI 1
BELLMONT 3 NORTHWOOD 0
PROVIDENCE 3 TRI WEST 1
MUNCIE BURRIS 3 PIONEER 0
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 3 SCECINA 2
SOUTHWOOD 3 FW BLACKHAWK 0
TECUMSEH 3 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 0
CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
11 AM ET | SOUTHWOOD (31-4) VS. TECUMSEH (32-4)
CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
1:30 PM ET | MUNCIE BURRIS (30-4) VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (24-13)
CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
4:30 PM ET | BELLMONT (34-2) VS. PROVIDENCE (30-5)
CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
7 PM ET | HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (32-0) VS. CASTLE (34-3)
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS-SATURDAY
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORES
KANSAS 38, NO. 6 OKLAHOMA 33
NO. 10 PENN STATE 33, INDIANA 24
NO. 4 FLORIDA STATE 41, WAKE FOREST 16
UMASS 21, ARMY 14
BOSTON COLLEGE 21, UCONN 14
NORTHWESTERN 33, MARYLAND 27
TEXAS A&M 30, SOUTH CAROLINA 17
KANSAS STATE 41, HOUSTON 0
WEST VIRGINIA 41, UCF 28
SMU 69, TULSA 10
HOWARD 17, DELAWARE STATE 10
DUQUESNE 27, SACRED HEART 0
TENNESSEE TECH 38, ROBERT MORRIS 13
YALE 35, COLUMBIA 7
LAFAYETTE 35, GEORGETOWN 25
WESTERN MICHIGAN 45, EASTERN MICHIGAN 21
BUCKNELL 49, COLGATE 34
HOLY CROSS 49, FORDHAM 47
UNI 24, ILLINOIS STATE 21
PRINCETON 14, CORNELL 3
DRAKE 33, STETSON 7
GARDNER-WEBB 38, UT MARTIN 34
CHATTANOOGA 24, VMI 23
NC STATE 24, CLEMSON 17
MORGAN STATE 32, NORFOLK STATE 28
NORTH DAKOTA 36, INDIANA STATE 33 (OT)
YOUNGSTOWN STATE 44, MISSOURI STATE 28
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 37, SOUTH DAKOTA 3
FURMAN 16, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 8
MERCER 45, WESTERN CAROLINA 38
JACKSON STATE 40, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 14
SOUTHERN UTAH 52, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 14
MONTANA 40, NORTHERN COLORADO 0
HOUSTON CHRISTIAN 17, TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE 13
TENNESSEE STATE 43, LINDENWOOD 20
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE 35, NICHOLLS 31
KENNESAW STATE 28, LINCOLN (CA) 12
SAMFORD 37, THE CITADEL 7
MEMPHIS 45, NORTH TEXAS 42
NO. 1 GEORGIA 43, FLORIDA 20 (IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.)
NO. 7 TEXAS 35, BYU 6
NO. 8 OREGON 35, NO. 13 UTAH 6
NO. 14 NOTRE DAME 58, PITT 7
NO. 18 LOUISVILLE 23, NO. 20 DUKE 0
MIAMI (FLA.) 29, VIRGINIA 26
AUBURN 27, MISSISSIPPI STATE 13
MINNESOTA 27, MICHIGAN STATE 12
NEBRASKA 31, PURDUE 14
IOWA STATE 30, BAYLOR 18
UTSA 41, EAST CAROLINA 27
APPALACHIAN STATE 48, SOUTHERN MISS 38
MIAMI (OHIO) 30, OHIO 16
ALABAMA STATE 31, ALABAMA A&M 16 (IN BIRMINGHAM, ALA.)
NORTH DAKOTA STATE 38, MURRAY STATE 6
NO. 24 USC 50, CAL 49
NO. 22 TULANE 30, RICE 28
FLORIDA A&M 45, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 7
AUSTIN PEAY 49, NORTH ALABAMA 39
PORTLAND STATE 47, EASTERN WASHINGTON 35
IDAHO 24, MONTANA STATE 21
NORTHERN ARIZONA 38, UC DAVIS 21
HARVARD 17, DARTMOUTH 9
UIW 17, LAMAR 7
BRYANT 47, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 24
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 63, WESTERN ILLINOIS 0
ARKANSAS STATE 34, UL MONROE 24
LOUISIANA 33, SOUTH ALABAMA 20
TARLETON STATE 25, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 23
SAN DIEGO 17, MOREHEAD STATE 11
BOISE STATE 32, WYOMING 7
COASTAL CAROLINA 27, MARSHALL 6
NO. 5 WASHINGTON 42, STANFORD 33
NO. 21 TENNESSEE 33, KENTUCKY 27
NO. 19 AIR FORCE 30, COLORADO STATE 13
TROY 31, TEXAS STATE 13
NO. 3 OHIO STATE 24, WISCONSIN 10
NO. 12 OLE MISS 33, VANDERBILT 7
NO. 23 UCLA 28, COLORADO 16
ARIZONA STATE 38 WASHINGTON STATE 27
OKLAHOMA STATE 45 CINCINNATI 13
GEORGIA TECH 46 NO. 17 NORTH CAROLINA 42
NO. 25 JAMES MADISON 30 OLD DOMINION 27
ARIZONA 27 NO. 11 OREGON STATE 24
TUESDAY, OCT. 31
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
BUFFALO AT TOLEDO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1
BALL STATE AT BOWLING GREEN | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
KENT STATE AT AKRON | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
THURSDAY, NOV. 2
TCU AT TEXAS TECH | 7 P.M. | FS1
WAKE FOREST AT DUKE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
SOUTH ALABAMA AT TROY | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE AT BETHUNE-COOKMAN | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FRIDAY, NOV. 3
PRINCETON AT DARTMOUTH | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
BOSTON COLLEGE AT SYRACUSE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
COLORADO STATE AT WYOMING | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, NOV. 4
TEXAS A&M AT OLE MISS | 12 P.M. | ESPN
CAMPBELL AT NORTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UCONN AT TENNESSEE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
JACKSONVILLE STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
HOLY CROSS AT LEHIGH | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
YALE AT BROWN | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
DRAKE AT MARIST | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
SAN DIEGO AT PRESBYTERIAN | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
HARVARD AT COLUMBIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN+
KENNESAW STATE AT SAM HOUSTON | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
DELAWARE STATE AT MORGAN STATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
BUCKNELL AT FORDHAM | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
YOUNGSTOWN STATE AT INDIANA STATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
CORNELL AT PENN | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
GARDNER-WEBB AT BRYANT | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
VMI AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
FURMAN AT CHATTANOOGA | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NAVY AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
ARMY AT AIR FORCE | 2 P.M. | CBSSN
FLORIDA A&M AT ALABAMA A&M | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH DAKOTA AT MURRAY STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
DAYTON AT VALPARAISO | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
ROBERT MORRIS AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
BUTLER AT MOREHEAD STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MERCER AT THE CITADEL | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN ILLINOIS AT UNI | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
UT MARTIN AT TENNESSEE TECH | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT UAB | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
UTSA AT NORTH TEXAS | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH FLORIDA AT MEMPHIS | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA AT ARKANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS STATE AT MISSOURI STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN AT ALCORN STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS SOUTHERN AT JACKSON STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
LINCOLN (CA) AT SOUTHERN UTAH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
UTAH TECH AT ABILENE CHRISTIAN | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
IDAHO AT NORTHERN COLORADO | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
EASTERN ILLINOIS AT LINDENWOOD | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN CAROLINA AT WOFFORD | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH ARIZONA AT MONTANA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
PENN STATE AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
VIRGINIA TECH AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TULANE AT EAST CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M.
JAMES MADISON AT GEORGIA STATE | 3:30 P.M.
MERRIMACK AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
COASTAL CAROLINA AT OLD DOMINION | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
HOWARD AT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NORFOLK STATE AT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
AUBURN AT VANDERBILT | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
CHARLOTTE AT TULSA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
UL MONROE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
CAL POLY AT EASTERN WASHINGTON | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE AT LAMAR | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
MCNEESE AT SE LOUISIANA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
TENNESSEE STATE AT CHARLESTON SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
NICHOLLS AT UIW | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
AUSTIN PEAY AT EASTERN KENTUCKY | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
CENTRAL ARKANSAS AT NORTH ALABAMA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA TECH AT LIBERTY | 6 P.M. | CBSSN
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MARSHALL AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 6 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
WEBER STATE AT IDAHO STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN AT TARLETON STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
PORTLAND STATE AT UC DAVIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
WASHINGTON AT USC | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
KENTUCKY AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SMU AT RICE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
MIAMI (FLA.) AT NC STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
SACRAMENTO STATE AT MONTANA | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
OREGON STATE AT COLORADO | 10 P.M. | ESPN
BOISE STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10 P.M. | CBSSN
MISSOURI AT GEORGIA
PURDUE AT MICHIGAN
OHIO STATE AT RUTGERS
FLORIDA STATE AT PITT
OKLAHOMA AT OKLAHOMA STATE
KANSAS STATE AT TEXAS
CAL AT OREGON
LSU AT ALABAMA
ARIZONA STATE AT UTAH
NOTRE DAME AT CLEMSON
UCLA AT ARIZONA
WISCONSIN AT INDIANA
NEBRASKA AT MICHIGAN STATE
ILLINOIS AT MINNESOTA
IOWA AT NORTHWESTERN
STANFORD AT WASHINGTON STATE
GEORGIA TECH AT VIRGINIA
HOUSTON AT BAYLOR
UCF AT CINCINNATI
KANSAS AT IOWA STATE
BYU AT WEST VIRGINIA
UTAH STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE
NFL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE
HOUSTON TEXANS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK JETS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
ATLANTA FALCONS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
CHICAGO BEARS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT DETROIT LIONS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
SATURDAY, OCT. 28
ARIZONA 9 TEXAS 1 (SERIES EVEN 1-1)
MONDAY, OCT. 30
TEX @ AZ, GAME 3, 8 P.M. (FOX)
TUESDAY, OCT. 31
TEX @ AZ, GAME 4, 8 P.M. (FOX)
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1
TEX @ AZ, GAME 5 (IF NECESSARY), 8 P.M. (FOX)
FRIDAY, NOV. 3
AZ @ TEX, GAME 6 (IF NECESSARY), 8 P.M. (FOX)
SATURDAY, NOV. 4
AZ @ TEX, GAME 7 (IF NECESSARY), 8 P.M. (FOX)
INDIANA 125 CLEVELAND 113
NEW ORLEANS 96 NEW YORK 87
WASHINGTON 113 MEMPHIS 106
PHILADELPHIA 114 TORONTO 107
MINNESOTA 106 MIAMI 90
PHOENIX 126 UTAH 104
ANAHEIM 7 PHILADELPHIA 4
FLORIDA 3 SEATTLE 2
BOSTON 4 DETROIT 1
NY ISLANDERS 2 COLUMBUS 0
MONTRÉAL 4 WINNIPEG 3
NASHVILLE 3 TORONTO 2 OT
OTTAWA 5 PITTSBURGH 2
NY RANGERS 4 VANCOUVER 3 OT
VEGAS 4 LOS ANGELES 3
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
PHILADELPHIA 3 NEW ENGLAND 1
LAFC 5 VANCOUVER 2
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
KELLY DOMINATES AFTER KOREA DETOUR AS DIAMONDBACKS ROUT RANGERS 9-1 TO TIE WORLD SERIES 1-ALL
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Merrill Kelly called his four-season detour to South Korea a “Lost in Translation” experience. When he made his World Series debut, it was Texas Rangers batters who were disoriented.
The 35-year-old right-hander pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, Ketel Marte extended his postseason hitting streak to a record 18 games and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed Texas 9-1 on Saturday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.
“At this point in my career, nothing is going to shock me,” Kelly said. “I think going over to Korea as a 26-year-old is way scarier than pitching in the big leagues or even in the World Series.”
Kelly struck out nine, walked none and allowed his only run on Mitch Garver’s leadoff homer in the fifth on a sinker at the bottom of the strike zone. His 22 called strikes were the most for a Series pitcher since Stephen Strasburg in Game 6 for the 2019 Washington Nationals.
“I thought he might go nine innings today at one point,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said, contemplating what would have been the first complete game in the World Series since 2015. “But for that to happen, 89 pitches, you’ve got to jump him up probably another 35. I wasn’t going to let him throw 120 pitches.”
Gabriel Moreno hit a go-ahead homer in a two-run fourth against Jordan Montgomery, and Tommy Pham went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Arizona batters broke it open late as the young Diamondbacks rebounded quickly from an agonizing defeat the night before.
Marte had a two-run single in a three-run eighth, snapping a tie for the longest postseason hitting streak with Derek Jeter, Manny Ramírez and Hank Bauer. Marte has a hit in every postseason game he’s ever played.
A night after wasting a two-run, ninth-inning lead in a 6-5, 11-inning loss, the Diamondbacks outhit Texas 16-4 – the most hits for one team in a Series game in nine years.
Emmanuel Rivera also had a two-run single, and rookie Corbin Carroll had a pair of RBI singles. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and 38-year-old Evan Longoria each singled in a run for Arizona, which got its first World Series road win after four losses dating to 2001.
The best-of-seven Series, just the third between wild-card teams, shifts to Arizona for Game 3 on Monday in the first Series game at Phoenix since 2001.
Texas has won all eight of its road games this postseason, equaling a major league record.
“We’d be naive to think that we’re going to run away with four in a row against a team that really fights hard like the same way we did,” Rangers first baseman Nathanial Lowe said.
Kelly was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2010 and had spent six seasons in the minors when he was told by pitcher Doug Mathis he had been spotted by a South Korean scout while pitching in Rochester, New York. Kelly’s agents at Apex Baseball arranged a contract and Kelly spent 2015-18 with SK Wyverns in Incheon.
“I definitely had visions and images about me sitting on this podium,” Kelly said in the postgame interview room, recounting how he got up each morning, made coffee and checked MLB games. “It felt literally and figuratively miles away.”
In an on-field interview with MLB Network, he called it “Lost in Translation” type stuff, referring to the 2003 Sofia Coppola movie of cultural displacement, saying “as far as how they view pitching, for four years I pretty much had to figure it out myself.”
“The coaches that I had, the translation factor, obviously, is a bit of a hindrance,” he said later in the interview room. “At the end of the day, I think what helped over there the most is almost being my own voice and my own pitching coach.”
Kelly made his big league debut with Arizona in 2019 and is 48-43. He went 12-8 with a 3.29 ERA in 30 starts this season and is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four postseason starts.
He went to only one three-ball count Saturday.
“Just great command. He hit his spots all night, four pitches. He was on,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said.
Kelly’s grandmother June was at the game and he looked forward to seeing her for the first time since a 2011 visit when he was driving to spring training with his wife.
Kelly’s brother Reed also was in the stands. Last year, Merrill took Reed to Game 3 of the World Series in Philadelphia.
“His birthday is Halloween,” Merrill Kelly said. “He texted me the other day saying that obviously this is probably the best birthday present I could give him.”
Pham, a trade-deadline acquisition from the New York Mets, entered in a 3-for-29 skid that included a Game 1 homer. He singled in the second, hit opposite-field doubles to right in the fourth and sixth, and singled in the eighth. He also was picked off second base by Montgomery.
Pham was inspired by Kurt Reece’s self-help book “Good Is The Enemy Of Great.”
“One of my mentors, who the St. Louis Cardinals hired, he gave it to a group of us to read that were hand-chosen from the Cardinals to work with him,” Pham said. “Highly recommend it.”
Montgomery, coming off his second big league relief appearance, a win in Game 7 of the ALCS at Houston on Monday, had a velocity dip of about 1.5 mph from his season average. Diamondbacks batters failed to make contact on just two of the 37 pitches they swung at.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to grit,” he said.
At 2 hours, 59 minutes, it was the quickest World Series game since 2017.
Rangers rookie third baseman Josh Jung dove into foul territory to snag Christian Walker’s fourth-inning grounder, then popped to his feet to throw out Walker at first. … Walker leaped to make a barehand grab of Jonah Heim’s fifth-inning grounder that hit first base and flipped to Kelly covering for the out.
Texas RHP Max Scherzer, who is 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA in a pair of postseason starts this year, appears for his third different World Series team in Game 3 after pitching for Detroit and Washington. Rookie RHP Brandon Pfaadt has a 2.70 ERA without a decision in four postseason games for Arizona.
TOP 25 ROUNDUP: KANSAS SCORES LATE, STUNS NO. 6 OKLAHOMA
Devin Neal ran for 112 yards, including a 9-yard go-ahead touchdown in the final minute, to lift host Kansas to a 38-33 upset win over No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday in Lawrence.
It was Kansas’ first win over the Sooners since 1997 and it ended their unbeaten start.
Kansas quarterback Jason Bean had thrown interceptions on each of the previous two drives, but after the Jayhawks’ defense came up with a big stop to get the ball back with 2:15 remaining, Bean went to work. He hit Lawrence Arnold for a 37-yard pass on fourth-and-6 to set up Neal’s 9-yard touchdown run a play later with 55 seconds remaining.
Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) quickly drove inside the Kansas 30 but Dillon Gabriel’s desperation heave was batted out of the back of the end zone as time expired to give the Jayhawks (6-2, 3-2) bowl eligibility for the second consecutive season.
No. 1 Georgia 43, Florida 20
Carson Beck returned home and threw for two scores, Daijun Edwards rushed for two, and the top-ranked Bulldogs throttled the Gators in Southeastern Conference play in Jacksonville, Fla.
In the annual neutral-site matchup between the SEC East Division schools, Georgia (8-0, 5-0) scored 36 unanswered points after trailing 7-0 in its first game without star tight end Brock Bowers (ankle).
Graham Mertz was 25 of 34 for 230 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for the final points for Florida (5-3, 3-2).
No. 3 Ohio State 24, Wisconsin 10
Kyle McCord connected with Marvin Harrison Jr. on two touchdown passes as the Buckeyes remained undefeated by knocking off the Badgers in the Big Ten matchup in Madison, Wis.
Ohio State (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) moved into a tie atop the Big Ten East with second-ranked Michigan, while Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2) dropped into a four-way tie atop the Big Ten West.
McCord completed 17 of 26 passes for 226 yards and two first-half interceptions. Harrison had six catches for 123 yards, and TreVeyon Henderson finished with 162 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
No. 4 Florida State 41, Wake Forest 16
Jordan Travis threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Seminoles kept their unbeaten record intact and bulldozed its way past host Demon Deacons at Winston-Salem, N.C.
Travis completed 22-of-35 passes for a season-high 359 yards and also rushed seven times for 29 yards for the Seminoles (8-0, 6-0 ACC).
Wake Forest (4-4, 1-4 ACC) ran the ball 49 times, but didn’t have much success on the ground with 2.6 yards per carry. Justice Ellison paced the attack with 77 rushing yards on 10 carries.
No. 5 Washington 42, Stanford 33
The Huskies recorded their fourth straight single-digit win, escaping with a defeat of the host Cardinal in Stanford, Calif.
The Huskies (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) got 369 yards on 21-of-38 passing and four touchdowns from Michael Penix Jr., who repeatedly answered scores from the Cardinal.
Stanford (2-6, 1-5) began its rally from a 21-7 first-half deficit when Joshua Karty connected on field goals of 23 and 47 yards, made just 65 seconds apart before intermission.
No. 7 Texas 35, BYU 6
Maalik Murphy hit Adonai Mitchell on two scoring passes, Jonathon Brooks racked up 138 combined yards and a rushing touchdown, and Xavier Worthy returned a punt for touchdown as the Longhorns overwhelmed the Cougars in a Big 12 game in Austin, Texas.
Texas (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) won its second straight game and moved back into a first-place tie in the conference thanks to No. 6 Oklahoma’s loss to Kansas. Murphy, making his first start of the season in place of the injured Quinn Ewers (shoulder), passed for 170 yards but was also intercepted once and fumbled. Brooks amassed 98 yards on the ground and another 40 yards receiving.
Kedon Slovis threw for 197 yards and two interceptions in the loss for BYU (5-3, 2-3 Big 12).
No. 8 Oregon 36, No. 13 Utah 6
Bo Nix passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to help the Ducks roll past the Utes in Pac-12 play at Salt Lake City.
Tysheem Johnson intercepted two passes as Oregon (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) won its second straight game. Bucky Irving rushed for a score and accumulated 119 scrimmage yards (83 rushing, 36 receiving) for the Ducks.
Bryson Barnes completed 15 of 29 passes for 136 yards and two interceptions for Utah (6-2, 3-2), which had its 18-game home winning streak halted. Devaughn Vele caught seven passes for 80 yards for the Utes, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
No. 10 Penn State 33, Indiana 24
Drew Allar connected with KeAndre Lambert-Smith for a go-ahead, 57-yard touchdown with 1:46 remaining to lift the Nittany Lions over the Hoosiers in State College, Pa.
Penn State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) saw a 10-point lead evaporate in the fourth quarter when Indiana’s Brendan Sorsby threw a 26-yard scoring strike to Omar Cooper Jr. and Chris Freeman made a 35-yard field goal to tie the score 24-24 with 2:58 remaining.
Sorsby threw for 269 yards, three touchdowns and a pick on 13-for-19 passing for Indiana (2-6, 0-5), which lost its fourth straight game.
Arizona 27, No. 11 Oregon State 24
Noah Fifita threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Michael Wiley and Arizona survived a late onside kick as the Wildcats posted their second consecutive victory over a ranked team by beating the Beavers in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12), coming off a 44-6 win at then-No. 19 Washington State on Oct. 14, defeated a ranked team at home for the first time in five years and a day (No. 19 Oregon on Oct. 27, 2018). Fifita completed 25 of 32 passes for 275 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Oregon State (6-2, 3-2) quarterback DJ Uiagalelei was 16 of 30 for 218 yards with two scores.
No. 12 Ole Miss 33, Vanderbilt 7
Quinshon Judkins rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns as the Rebels routed the Commodores in Oxford, Miss., in their Southeastern Conference matchup.
The Rebels (7-1, 4-1 SEC) led 26-0 at the half thanks to a 301-82 edge in total offense. For the game, Jackson Dart threw for 240 yards and Dayton Wade had eight catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.
Vanderbilt (2-7, 0-5), wasn’t competitive from the jump and couldn’t protect starting quarterback Ken Seals, who went 4-of-8 passing for 22 yards and one interception. Walter Taylor finished the game going 4-of-12 passing for 38 yards and also was picked off once.
No. 14 Notre Dame 58, Pitt 7
Audric Estime rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns, and the Fighting Irish cruised past the visiting Panthers in South Bend, Ind.
Notre Dame (7-2) also notched two special teams touchdowns and a defensive score in the victory. Sam Hartman completed 18 of 25 passes for 288 yards and two interceptions.
Konata Mumpfield caught the lone touchdown for Pitt (2-6). Panthers quarterback Christian Veilleux threw four interceptions and finished 14-for-29 for 127 yards.
Georgia Tech 46, No. 17 North Carolina 42
Haynes King threw for four touchdowns and the Yellow Jackets, who didn’t lead until the final five minutes, finally caught up with the Tar Heels and pulled out a victory in Atlanta.
King threw 5 yards to tight end Brett Seither for a touchdown with 4:28 left. Georgia Tech racked up 635 yards of total offense, with Dontae Smith gaining 178 yards on 22 carries. King ran for 90 yards, and Jamal Haynes had 80 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Yellow Jackets (4-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) rushed for 348 yards.
The Tar Heels (6-1, 3-2) lost to a team with a losing record for the second week in a row after a stunning setback to visiting Virginia a week earlier. North Carolina running back Omarion Hampton gained 153 rushing yards with two touchdowns on 29 carries. Drake Maye threw for two touchdowns and 310 yards.
No. 18 Louisville 23, No. 20 Duke 0
Jawhar Jordan scored on two first-quarter touchdown runs and compiled a career-high 163 yards on the ground as the Cardinals handled the Blue Devils for a home victory in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Louisville (7-1, 4-1 ACC) bounced back from a loss at Pittsburgh two weeks earlier, followed by an open week.
Duke (5-3, 2-2) has lost two games in a row, both on the road against nationally ranked opponents. The Blue Devils led No. 4 Florida State in the fourth quarter a week earlier, but this one wasn’t that tight.
No. 19 Air Force 30, Colorado State 13
Emmanuel Michel rushed for 130 yards and a clinching touchdown Saturday as the Falcons improved to 8-0 with their Mountain West win over the Rams in Fort Collins, Colo.
Michel’s 5-yard scoring run with 8:51 left in the game helped the Falcons up their conference mark to 5-0. Quarterback Zac Larrier completed 4 of 7 passes for 32 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 34 yards. But his 1-yard scoring run with 8:58 left in the third quarter put the Falcons ahead for good at 20-13. The Falcons outrushed the Rams (3-5, 1-3) 259-42 and committed only two penalties for 15 yards.
Colorado State quarterback Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi hit 28 of 45 passes for 297 yards with a touchdown but couldn’t get his team on the board in the second half. Justus Ross-Simmons caught eight passes for 128 yards and one score.
No. 21 Tennessee 33, Kentucky 27
Joe Milton III threw for 228 yards and Jaylen Wright added 120 yards rushing as the Volunteers withstood a challenge from the Wildcats in a Southeastern Conference win in Lexington, Ky.
Milton completed 18 of 21 passes for one touchdown and no interceptions as Tennessee (6-2, 3-2 SEC) led from start to finish in fending off the Wildcats (5-3, 2-3).
Charles Campbell made all four of his field-goal attempts and Dylan Sampson added 115 total yards (76 rushing, 39 receiving), playing a major role late for the Volunteers.
In losing their third straight game, the Wildcats got a strong performance from Devin Leary, who completed 28 of 39 passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee held Ray Davis to a season-low 42 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Dane Key added seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats.
No. 22 Tulane 30, Rice 28
Michael Pratt threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Green Wave held off the host Owls in an American Athletic Conference game in Houston.
Pratt completed 22 of 30 passes for 263 yards and Makhi Hughes rushed for 153 yards on 23 carries for Tulane (7-1, 4-0 AAC).
JT Daniels passed for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and Juma Otoviano ran for two scores for Rice (4-4, 2-2).
No. 23 UCLA 28, Colorado 16
Ethan Garbers threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns as the Bruins used their defense to overcome four first-half turnovers and earn a victory over the Buffaloes in a Pac-12 game at Pasadena, Calif.
T.J. Harden rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown for the Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12), who improved to 4-0 at home. The Bruins’ Carson Steele rushed for 75 yards with a touchdown reception but turned the ball over twice on first-half fumbles. UCLA’s defense recorded seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Under pressure all game, quarterback Shedeur Sanders was 27-of-43 passing for 217 yards and a touchdown for the Buffaloes (4-4, 1-4), who lost for the fourth time in their last five games. Sanders’ TD came with 2:37 remaining on an 18-yard pass to Jimmy Horn Jr.
No. 24 Southern California 50, California 49
The Trojans rallied from down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and snapped a two-game skid with a road over the Bears in Berkeley, Calif.
USC (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) trailed 43-29 after Cal quarterback Fernando Mendoza rushed for a 1-yard touchdown with 14:06 remaining in the game.
Jaydn Ott rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns for Cal (3-5, 1-4).
No. 25 James Madison 30, Old Dominion 27
Jordan McCloud passed for 340 yards and three touchdowns as the Dukes held off visiting Old Dominion for a win in their Sun Belt Conference matchup in Harrisonburg, Va.
McCloud completed 27 of 40 passes with two interceptions as the newly ranked Dukes (8-0, 5-0 Sun Belt) won their 11th straight game dating to last year.
Reggie Brown caught nine passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns and Elijah Sarratt added eight receptions for 139 yards and one score.
Grant Wilson completed 26 of 36 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns without an interception for Old Dominion (4-4, 3-2).
NBA ROUNDUP: DESPITE 51 FROM ZACH LAVINE, PISTONS TOP BULLS
Cade Cunningham had 25 points and 10 assists as the host Detroit Pistons overcame a career high from Zach LaVine and defeated the Chicago Bulls 118-102 in their home opener on Saturday night.
LaVine scored 51 points as he knocked down 19 of 33 field-goal attempts and 6 of 8 free throws. DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and Nikola Vucevic chipped in 12.
Jalen Duren supplied 23 points, 15 rebounds and five assists as Detroit snapped its 15-game losing streak against the Bulls. Alec Burks contributed 18 points off the bench.
LaVine surpassed the 50-point mark with 4:28 left in the game on a layup. DeRozan made a jumper to cut the Pistons’ lead to 10, 109-99, but Detroit then scored the next nine points to put the game out of reach.
76ers 114, Raptors 107
Tyrese Maxey scored 15 of his 34 points in the second quarter and Philadelphia won in coach Nick Nurse’s return to Toronto.
Joel Embiid also scored 34 points to go with nine rebounds, eight assists and two blocked shots. Nurse, who coached the Raptors for the previous five seasons, was honored with a video tribute during the first quarter. Nurse guided the Raptors to their only NBA championship in 2019.
Scottie Barnes scored 24 points for the Raptors. Gary Trent Jr. added 17 and rookie Gradey Dick contributed 16.
Timberwolves 106, Heat 90
Reserve Naz Reid scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as Minnesota pulled away down the stretch and beat short-handed Miami in Minneapolis.
Reid made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and tied a career high by hitting four treys as Minnesota’s bench contributed 42 points. Anthony Edwards added 19 points and seven assists and Gobert contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Playing the second night of a back-to-back, the Heat rested Jimmy Butler, the former Minnesota player who heard “Where is Jimmy” chants from the crowd. Caleb Martin (knee) and Kevin Love (shoulder) also sat out. Herro led the Heat with 22 points on 8-of-23 shooting and Bam Adebayo added 19.
Pacers 125, Cavaliers 113
Aaron Nesmith poured in a career-best 26 points in 30 minutes off the bench, Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner recorded double-doubles and visiting Indiana won its second straight game, outlasting Donovan Mitchell-less Cleveland.
Haliburton notched 21 points and a game-high 13 assists, while Turner had 20 points and a team-high 12 rebounds for the Pacers. With the Cavaliers resting Mitchell (sore hamstring) on the second night of a back-to-back, Evan Mobley went for 33 points and Caris LeVert 31 in Cleveland’s second loss in its first three games.
The hosts were within 109-107 when Mobley dunked with 4:08 to play, but Haliburton bombed in three 3-pointers in a 57-second flurry, the third opening up a 10-point cushion with just 2:46 left.
Wizards 113, Grizzlies 106
Jordan Poole led six scorers in double figures with 27 points, Corey Kispert added 22 off the bench and Washington won its home opener at the expense of Memphis.
Washington never trailed after taking the lead with just over 4 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter, then built its advantage to as many as 25 points. The Grizzlies, who were looking to avoid starting the season with a third straight loss, cut the deficit to six points with 1:50 left in the game.
Back-to-back baskets by Kyle Kuzma — part of his 21 points — pushed the Washington lead to 10. Kuzma also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. The Wizards got another double-double from Daniel Gafford, who finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Desmond Bane led the Grizzlies with 26 points and went 4-for-10 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Pelicans 96, Knicks 87
Brandon Ingram scored 26 points, Zion Williamson had 24 and New Orleans won its home opener, defeating New York.
RJ Barrett scored 18 points, Jalen Brunson had 14 and Julius Randle had 10 along with 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who made just 7 of 37 3-pointers one night after making 20 of 44 in a 126-120 victory at Atlanta.
Mitchell Robinson had 15 rebounds and Josh Hart added 10 as New York enjoyed a 59-43 advantage on the boards. But that wasn’t nearly enough to slow down the Pelicans, who never trailed after tying the score at 2-2.
Suns 126, Jazz 104
Kevin Durant recorded 26 points and seven assists in three quarters to help Phoenix trounce visiting Utah.
Eric Gordon scored all 21 of his points in the first half as the Suns defeated Utah for the 10th time in the past 12 meetings. Grayson Allen scored 14 of his 17 points in the third quarter for Phoenix, which has won two of its first three games.
Lauri Markkanen made five 3-pointers for the second straight game while scoring 19 points for the Jazz, who have lost two of their first three games.
NHL ROUNDUP: HABS RALLY AGAIN, THIS TIME TO BEAT JETS
Joel Armia scored the tying goal early in the third period and Jake Allen stopped 42 shots, plus all three in the shootout, as the Montreal Canadiens overcame another two-goal deficit to beat the visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Saturday night.
Montreal overcame a pair of two-goal deficits during Thursday’s 4-3 overtime victory against visiting Columbus.
With Montreal trailing 3-2, the veteran Armia, in his season debut after opening the campaign in the AHL, found himself amid a two-on-one rush with teammate Kaiden Guhle and beat Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit (26 saves) just 1:54 into the third.
Thanks to some solid work from Allen, the game eventually went to a shootout, where Nick Suzuki scored the lone goal. The Canadiens have won two straight games and four of five.
Adam Lowry scored twice and Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who had won three straight games.
Golden Knights 4, Kings 3 (SO)
Logan Thompson made 36 saves and also stopped all three shootout tries and Jack Eichel celebrated his 27th birthday by scoring the game-deciding goal in the shootout as visiting Vegas rallied to defeat Los Angeles.
Mark Stone, Michael Amadio and William Carrier also scored goals for the Golden Knights, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit to extend their season-opening point streak to nine games (8-0-1). Drew Doughty, Alex Laferriere and Trevor Lewis scored goals for the Kings, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Eichel, going after Thompson made a pad save on Trevor Moore to open the shootout, fired a wrist shot past Talbot’s glove side for what proved to be the game-decider. Thompson made a pad save on Pierre-Luc Dubois in the second round and sealed the win with a glove save of a Kevin Fiala try in the third round.
Rangers 4, Canucks 3 (OT)
Mika Zibanejad scored once in a three-point game and K’Andre Miller notched the game-winning goal in overtime as visiting New York claimed a win over Vancouver.
Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox both collected one goal and one assist for the Rangers, who are on a four-game winning streak. Goaltender Igor Shesterkin made 30 saves, including three game-savers against Andrei Kuzmenko in overtime.
J.T. Miller, Tyler Myers and Carson Soucy replied for the Canucks, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped. Goalie Casey DeSmith stopped 20 shots. On the winning goal, Miller joined a rush up ice and buried a one-timer set up by Chris Kreider at 3:48 of overtime.
Ducks 7, Flyers 4
Frank Vatrano collected a hat trick, Ryan Strome added one goal and two assists and Anaheim defeated host Philadelphia.
Adam Henrique had one goal and one assist while Trevor Zegras and Brett Leason each contributed one goal for the Ducks, who won their third game in a row. Anaheim goaltender Lukas Dostal made 27 saves.
Travis Konecny scored twice and Cam Atkinson and Joel Farabee each had one goal for the Flyers, who lost at home for the first time in four games. Bobby Brink chipped in two assists.
Panthers 3, Kraken 2
Nick Cousins scored the go-ahead goal into an empty net with 5:52 left in the third period as Florida defeated Seattle in Sunrise, Fla.
The net was open because Kraken goalie Joey Daccord went to retrieve a puck in the corner to his right. However, the puck took an odd bounce and went right to Cousins, who scored his first goal of the season.
Seattle’s Jared McCann scored a goal against his former team, teammate Eeli Tolvanen also tallied and the Kraken got 35 saves from Daccord (2-1-2), who lost in regulation for the first time this season.
Bruins 4, Red Wings 1
David Pastrnak scored twice in the third period to highlight his three-point night as Boston defeated visiting Detroit.
Pavel Zacha and Charlie McAvoy helped the Bruins get out to a 2-0 lead during the opening 20 minutes. Pastrnak also gave an assist to Zacha before netting his back-to-back goals to finish off Boston’s seventh win in eight games (7-0-1).
Joe Veleno scored his fifth goal in five games for Detroit, which has lost back-to-back games and gone 0-2-1 since a five-game winning streak. Ville Husso took the loss despite a 27-save effort.
Islanders 2, Blue Jackets 0
Semyon Varlamov, making his second start of the season, stopped all 34 shots he faced as New York blanked host Columbus.
Kyle Palmieri scored in the first and Matt Martin added a goal with 3:21 left in the third for the Islanders, who have won two straight games after a three-game losing streak. The shutout was the 39th of Varlamov’s career and his first since he turned back 23 shots in a 4-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 26.
Spencer Martin made 31 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight games (0-1-2).
Predators 3, Maple Leafs 2 (OT)
Roman Josi scored at 2:13 of overtime to lift host Nashville to a win against Toronto.
Luke Evangelista left a pass for Josi high in the zone, and the Predators captain took it to the high slot. Ryan O’Reilly scored twice, Josi added an assist and Filip Forsberg and Evangelista each had two assists for the Predators, who have won three of their past four games. Juuse Saros made 33 saves.
William Nylander and Mark Giordano scored, and Ilya Samsonov made 21 saves for the Maple Leafs, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Senators 5, Penguins 2
Brady Tkachuk scored twice and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made 40 saves to help visiting Ottawa snap a three-game losing streak with a win against Pittsburgh.
Ridly Greig added a goal and an assist, Dominik Kubalik and Drake Batherson also scored and Claude Giroux and Tim Stutzle each added two assists for the Senators, who were playing without three injured defensemen.
Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored for the Penguins, who have lost four of their last five games. Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry gave up three goals on nine shots before being pulled. Magnus Hellberg, making his Penguins debut, made 15 saves.
LAFC BUZZ BY WHITECAPS THANKS TO PAIR OF BRACES
Denis Bouanga and Ryan Hollingshead each recorded a brace, leading host Los Angeles FC to a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday in Game 1 of their best-of-three first-round playoff series.
Bouanga, the 2023 MLS Golden Boot winner, scored in the 29th and 64th minute for the defending MLS Cup champions. Hollingshead scored goals in the 18th minute and the 52nd minute for LAFC, who went 0-1-1 against the Whitecaps in the regular season.
Brian White and Sam Adekugbe had the goals for Vancouver, which ended the regular season on a five-match unbeaten run (1-0-4). The Whitecaps had lost just three of their previous 14 league matches entering Saturday’s meeting with LAFC.
Game 2 of the series is set for Nov. 5 in Vancouver.
Los Angeles held a slight edge in possession in the opening 45 minutes, but the two sides were tied 2-2 at the halftime whistle.
Hollingshead opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Whitecaps keeper Yohei Takaoka stopped Hollingshead’s header off a Carlos Vela cross, but Hollingshead’s left-footed strike on the rebound found the back of the net.
Vancouver responded in the 27th minute. White’s right-footed strike off an Andres Cubas through ball beat Maxime Crepeau to level the score at 1-1.
LAFC retook the lead two minutes later when Diego Palacios sent Bouanga in — the Argentine cut inside and beat Takaoka with a right-footed strike.
Before the first-half whistle, Vancouver tied it 2-2 off a set piece, as Adekugbe headed in a Ryan Gauld cross. The goal was Adekugbe’s first in 11 appearances for the Whitecaps.
Los Angeles scored three unanswered goals in the second half.
Hollingshead’s second of the match gave LAFC a 3-2 lead in the 52nd minute. Off a set piece, the rebound of Bouanga’s strike bounced to the American defender, who scored his sixth goal of the season (regular season and playoffs).
Bouanga recorded his second goal of the match in the 64th minute when his right-footed strike got past Takaoka.
LAFC defender Jesus Murillo made it 5-2 in the 80th minute, putting his header off the bar and in.
Saturday was the first MLS Cup Playoffs meeting between LAFC and Vancouver. The only other knockout round encounter between the two sides came during the quarterfinals of this year’s CONCACAF Champions League, which saw Los Angeles advance 6-0 on aggregate.
UNION JUMP OUT EARLY TO TOP REVOLUTION IN GAME 1
Daniel Gazdag scored his fourth career MLS Cup Playoff goal and the Philadelphia Union did all their damage before halftime in a 3-1 victory over the visiting New England Revolution in Game 1 of their best-of-three Round One series.
Mikkel Uhre and Nathan Harriel also scored for Philadelphia, the defending Eastern Conference champions who earned the fourth seed in the playoff bracket ahead of New England based on the second tiebreaker of a better goal difference.
Gustavo Bou scored his third goal in his last two games to give the Revolution something to build on after watching 2021 MLS MVP Carles Gil leave after 23 minutes with an apparent leg injury.
Gil will have more than a week to try and recover, with Game 2 set at New England on Nov. 8.
Philadelphia striker Julian Carranza also made what appeared an injury-influenced exit in the 60th minute after first showing signs of distress shortly before halftime.
Gazdag scored his 18th penalty in all competitions this season to give the Union the lead at the 19-minute mark.
Carranza earned the penalty when he beat Jacob Jackson to the ball on the left side of the 18-yard box and was clipped by the rookie goalkeeper.
Referee Pierre-Luc Luzie originally waved play on but awarded the penalty after a video review. Gazdag stepped forward and finished cleanly inside the right post as Jackson guessed incorrectly and dove to the wrong side.
Gil’s exit followed four minutes later, and three minutes after that Uhre had doubled the Union’s lead.
Kai Wagner got forward down the left, then crossed toward Uhre near the penalty spot. Defender Dave Romney nearly turned the cross into his own net, and though Jackson reacted well to keep it out for a moment, the rebound fell to Uhre for a simple finish.
Harriel added the third in the 37th minute when reached Wagner’s diagonal free kick from the right and powered a back-post header past Jackson from close range.
Bou pulled New England back within two in the 68th minute, but Andre Blake’s exceptional reflex save of Bobby Wood’s 75th-minute effort prevented any truly late nervy moments for home fans.
NASCAR NOTEBOOK: TYLER REDDICK SAYS STRATEGIC ADJUSTMENTS MAY BE NECESSARY
Entering Sunday’s Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway 10 points below the current cutoff for the Championship 4, Tyler Reddick’s path to the title race is arguably more complex than that of any other competitor.
Stage points could play an important role in Reddick’s fortunes as he tries to overtake Ryan Blaney, who holds the last Playoff-eligible position. Then again, a variety of circumstances could force Reddick to win the event in order to advance.
Initially, Reddick expects to approach the race the way he would any other.
“It’s straightforward,” Reddick said. “It’s a normal race weekend, honestly. Our (purpose) here in practice is to get a good feel in our race car and understand what we need to do, if anything. Hopefully, we don’t have to do anything to it for qualifying and just go out there and execute the qualifying lap just like any weekend.”
If a must-win situation develops, however, Reddick needs to be prepared to make adjustments.
“Typically, the way this race plays out, there’s really only been a couple guys that have gotten really crazy with strategy to flip their track position,” Reddick said. “I don’t anticipate a lot of odd-placed cautions, but if they do happen, it’s something we’ll have to weigh in our minds.
“But if we’re at the front of the field like we plan on being, like we’re shooting for, we’re at the front of whatever strategy we want to be on. It’ll just give us more options if that arises. If it comes down to the end of the race, and you’ve got to get a couple spots, you’ve got to be aggressive.
“Your whole year’s on the line, right?”
Qualifying, however, didn’t work out the way Reddick had hoped. He spun in Turn 4 on his second lap in the first round and will start 19th on Sunday — with lot of work to do to keep his championship aspirations alive.
There’s no secrecy between teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing
In all likelihood, Martin Truex Jr. must reverse his recent fortunes — or misfortunes, more precisely — and win Sunday’s Xfinity 500 to advance to the Nov. 6 Championship 4 race at Phoenix Raceway.
Denny Hamlin, Truex’s teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, faces the exact same challenge. Each driver trails fourth-place Ryan Blaney by 17 points and third-place William Byron by 37.
With two Championship 4 spots already claimed by Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell, thanks to their respective victories at Las Vegas and Homestead, and Byron likely to advance on points, Truex and Hamlin could be battling each other for a win at Martinsville and the final Championship 4 berth.
Under the circumstances, you might expect their teams to adopt a secretive mode as they try to gain an upper hand, but Truex says that’s not the case.
“Nothing really changes,” Truex said Saturday before winning the pole for Sunday’s race at the 0.526-mile short track. “We race just like we do every other week. We will go with what got us here. Being in the Playoffs as teammates for so many years, we have that experience, and we know what got us here and things that make us strong as a group.
“Then you go on Sunday and race. You don’t hide things, you don’t try to do anything different. At least that has been my experience in the past on how we’ve handled it, and so far, nothing that I’ve seen has been different.”
TYSON FURY TAKES SPLIT DECISION OVER FRANCIS NGANNOU
Tyson Fury was awarded a split-decision victory over Francis Ngannou in their heavyweight bout in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday despite getting knocked down in the third round.
The heavily favored Fury took the cards 96-93, 95-94 and 94-95 in the 10-round bout. It was the pro boxing debut of Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion. Ngannou had not fought anywhere since January 2022. Fury entered a 14-1 favorite.
“I’m very happy, it didn’t go my way,” Ngannou said. “Tonight was a feel of the water and I know the temperature of the water.”
According to CompuBox, Ngannou landed 37 power shots to Fury’s 32, in addition to the knockdown. Fury landed more punches overall, 71-59, including 14 in the final two rounds versus just six for Ngannou, according to CompuBox.
While Saturday night’s fight was not a title bout, Fury’s next one is — Dec. 23 against Oleksandr Usyk in Riyadh for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
“It will be our next fight guaranteed,” Fury said.
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GAME REWIND: PACERS 125, CAVALIERS 113
Last season, the Indiana Pacers boasted the highest-scoring bench in the NBA. If Saturday’s performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers (1-2) is any indication, the Pacers (2-0) will again have one of the deepest second units in the league in 2023-24.
In a 125-113 Central Division road victory at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the Pacers’ bench outscored the Cavs reserves 61-11.
The Pacers trailed by 15 early, led by 11 at halftime, and came up clutch in the final moments to stay unbeaten. The Cavs got as close as two points with four minutes left in the game, but All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton knocked down three straight 3-pointers to put the Pacers up 118-108 with 3:13 remaining to help seal it.
Forward Aaron Nesmith, who recently signed a contract extension, scored a career-high 26 points and had nine rebounds for the Blue & Gold off the bench. Haliburton finished with 21 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for a second straight double-double and veteran center Myles Turner logged 20 and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
On top of Nesmith’s performance, backup center Jalen Smith had 13 points and six rebounds, Buddy Hield scored 10 points and had four assists off the bench, and T.J. McConnell recorded eight points and eight assists with a +/- of +21.
“They were really good for us, (they) really saved the game,” Haliburton said of the bench play.
Center Evan Mobley topped the Cavs’ box score with 33 points and 14 rebounds, former Pacer Caris LeVert recorded 31 points, eight assists and five rebounds, and Max Strus logged 21 points and 11 rebounds.
A healthy Pacers squad faced a notably shorthanded Cavs team, as All-Star guards Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland both sat out with hamstring injuries and starting forward Jarrett Allen was sidelined with an ankle bone bruise. Mitchell played in the Cavs’ 108-105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night, scoring 43 points in 42 minutes.
Indiana’s bench outscored Cleveland’s reserves 38-2 in the first half, led by 17 points (7-for-10 shooting) from Nesmith and 10 points and five rebounds from Smith. LeVert scored an impressive 25 points in the first half.
LeVert could hardly miss to start the game, scoring 19 of his team’s first 27 points and 22 first-quarter points total on 9-for-12 (4-for-5 3-point) shooting.
Cleveland led by as many as 15 points in the first quarter, but the Pacers closed the gap before the start of the second frame. The Pacers’ bench kept them in it, scoring 21 of the team’s points as they trailed 37-31 at the end of 12 minutes of play.
The Cavs opened the game on a 15-3 run, which included a 13-0 scoring spree, through the first three and a half minutes, with LeVert accounting for nine points while his team pulled down four offensive rebounds and the Pacers shot 1-for-7.
While an and-one by Turner and a bucket from Andrew Nembhard cut the deficit to single digits, two more 3-pointers by LeVert and a basket by Isaac Okoro pushed the Cavs lead to 27-12 seven minutes into the game.
The Pacers then responded with an 11-1 run, with two dunks coming from Smith and a 3-pointer by Hield, to cut it to 28-23, and in the final 95 seconds of the first quarter, Nesmith hit two 3-pointers for the Pacers to keep it close.
After a hot first quarter, the Cavs shot 19 percent and made only four field goals in the second.
Indiana opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run, led by five points from Nesmith, before a 3-pointer by Smith and back-to-back baskets by McConnell — who had five assists in the first half — put the Pacers ahead 44-40 with eight minutes left before the break.
Both teams cooled off midway through the second quarter, but in the final 1:51 of the half, the Pacers strung together a 9-1 run behind five points by Bennedict Mathurin to take a 60-49 lead into intermission.
After scoring 12 points in the second quarter, the Cavs dropped 38 in the third.
Through the first six minutes of the third quarter, the teams virtually went basket-for-basket, but the Cavs used a pair of mini runs to narrow their deficit to six points. A 6-0 run, on four points by Haliburton and a basket by Hield, put the Pacers back up 82-72 with four minutes left in the third quarter.
Cleveland made it a four-point game following a Dean Wade 3-pointer, but the Pacers answered with treys from Smith and Nesmith to go back up 91-84 with a minute on the clock. Wade then drained another trey with 30 ticks left, but the Cavs trailed 91-87 going into the fourth quarter.
Tristan Thompson opened the fourth quarter with a putback, and Georges Niang made a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game for the Cavs, but threes from Nesmith and Hield soon put the Pacers back up 99-92 with 10 minutes remaining.
With 7:19 left, after Strus hit two 3-pointers to cut it to 105-101, the Pacers took a timeout. From there, Haliburton took over with his performance from deep. Turner also helped put the game away with a three of his own with 2:08 left to extend the lead to 121-110.
Overall, the Pacers shot 49 percent to the Cavs’ 43.4 percent. Foul shooting made a big difference, as the Cavs made just 15 of 24 shots from the charity stripe, and the Pacers went 14-for-17.
The Cavs outrebounded the Pacers 51-48 but were outscored 62-58 in the paint. Indiana had seven turnovers and Cleveland gave up six.
“We got off to a very slow start (and) they were charged up,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “They had a tough game last night and the crowd was into it. It couldn’t have been much worse of a start, but we kept our poise, kept playing. The second unit gave us a big lift. T.J. McConnell was +21 in 18 minutes, and he was obviously a major influence on the game. Our whole bench did a great job, and down the stretch Tyrese closed the game.”
The Pacers return home Monday to host the Chicago Bulls (1-2) in another Central Division game.
Inside the Numbers
There were no ties in the game and five total lead changes.
The biggest lead either team had was 15 points.
The Pacers had 15 fastbreak points to the Cavs’ nine.
After recording 38 assists as a team in game one, the Pacers dished out 36 assists against the Cavs.
Six players scored in double figures for the Pacers.
Indiana went 15-for-38 from 3-point range and Cleveland was 12-for-31.
Longtime Pacer Myles Turner recorded his first double-double of the season, which is the 91st of his career.
Tyrese Haliburton recorded a second straight double-double. He finished with 32 last season and has 64 for his career between Indiana and Sacramento.
You Can Quote Me On That
“It’s a group that plays with good energy. They saw the task. The task was to bring more force and posture to the game. We needed to get some stops and get some tempo going on the second unit.” – Carlisle on the second unit
“Caris (LeVert) was getting anything he wanted to start the game, and he’s one of these guys that can go for 50 (points). We talked about that, but this is one of those situations for them where he needed a big night, (Max) Strus needed a big night, and so did (Evan) Mobley. Those guys were beasts, all three of them. It was going to be a tough game regardless of who was or wasn’t playing.” – Carlisle on the Cavs
“Jalen Smith really was terrific. Aaron Nesmith, he scored, made threes, drove it, and had two or three really key offensive rebounds for us. He’s becoming a better crasher. (Andrew) Nembhard defensively is a guy that really helps us … he’s really just starting to get some rhythm.” – Carlisle on the bench play
“Tyrese was amazing in the fourth quarter – 21 and 13, and makes it look easy.” Carlisle on Haliburton
“There is a reason why we wanted to sign him and have him be one of our long-term pieces. His development both offensively and defensively is on the come – he’s getting better all the time. … Lloyd (Pierce) has done a great job helping him understand our style of play. It’s much different than Boston’s and much different than what he played in college. He really has found a niche and found a flow. He knows how to pick spots in our random game and defensively it gives us a big body to put on any one of four positions on the floor. He could even play five defensively with his strength.” – Carlisle on Nesmith.
“This morning I talked to the staff about keeping our eyes open: If there’s a point in the game where T.J. (McConnell) is the right guy, we have to pull the trigger decisively. It was pretty clear in the first quarter that we needed him and what he brings. He was +24 at halftime.. He’s a terrific player, and our rotation is by no means set. You come into the season (with) an idea of what might work to keep guys in rhythm and keep them into the game, but sometimes it’s just not that simple. Sometimes you just need your best competitors ready to go like right now. He was and was a major difference in the game.” – Carlisle on McConnell
“Andrew (Nembhard) just has a really good understanding of our system. His footwork is very good. He’s unafraid. He’s one of our guys that takes a lot of charges. He loves these challenges. And then we had T.J. (McConnell) guarding (LeVert) for a while, I think at the end of the first half, because I was concerned that we were going to wear Andrew out. That’s a hard job guarding that caliber of scorer who has not a green light, but a blue light. .. It takes a lot out of you” – Carlisle on having Nembhard play defense on LeVert early
“We have a roster that’s really 15 deep.” – Carlisle on the team’s depth
“Tyrese was pitch-perfect tonight. He found the creases, he found the advantages. He finished the game off.” – Carlisle on Haliburton
“We kind of let them dictate the pace tonight, which is something we don’t want to do, but when you get in a hole that’s 15 or 20 usually that team is dictating the pace. We just had to figure it out, and any win is a good win.” — Haliburton on the game
“I have to be better for us to win games. Thankfully, our second unit brought us back. I have to be better in my minutes for us to win games.” — Haliburton on his slow start but strong finish
“That’s a group that has played together pretty consistently. Andrew (Nembhard), Aaron (Nesmith), Jalen (Nesmith) has been playing really well these first coupe games and Buddy (Hield) is Buddy. T.J. did what he does — brought energy to the game and kind of picked the pace up.” — Haliburton on the second unit playing well and the starting unit needing to step up earlier
“The thing about Aaron (Nesmith) is I think he’s just comfortable in his skin. He really knows who he is as a basketball player and really maximizes what he does well.” — Haliburton on Nesmith
Stat of the Night
Indiana’s bench outscored Cleveland’s reserves 61-11 in the Pacers win.
Last season, the Cavs won the regular season series against the Pacers 3-1. Indiana hasn’t won the season series against Cleveland since the 2020-21 season.
Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle is two wins away from reaching 900 in his NBA career.
Craig Porter Jr., a Terre Haute, Ind. native, made his NBA debut, playing 3 minutes, 39 seconds for the Cavs and achieving an assist.
The Pacers will host Zach Lavine and the Chicago Bulls in a Central Division matchup on Monday, Oct. 30, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 7:00 PM.
K-WINGS BARK UP WRONG TREE ON PUCKS AND PAWS NIGHT AS FUEL WIN 6-2
INDIANAPOLIS- The Indy Fuel hosted the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday night for Pucks and Paws/Halloween Night. Despite going down in the first period, the Fuel came out with the 6-2 win.
The Fuel got on the board first at 6:11 with a goal by Jon Martin who scored his fourth goal in fourth consecutive game with the Fuel, tying a franchise record of most consecutive games with a goal to start a season. Cam Hillis and Chris Cameron both earned an assist on this.
Just a minute later, the first penalties of the game came when Kalamazoo’s Nico Blachman and Indy’s Santino Centorame were called for roughing and embellishment respectively.
At 8:18, Cameron took a hooking penalty to give Kalamazoo a 4-on-3 opportunity. At 10:04, the K-Wings tied it up with a goal by Robert Calisti on the power play.
Less than two minutes later, Kalamazoo took the lead with a shorthanded goal by Cooper Walker after Brandon Saigeon took a tripping penalty. Kalamazoo took the next two penalties as well but the Fuel could not capitalize with their man advantages.
At 18:52, Kalamazoo’s Brad Morrison took a minor penalty for interference but added on a ten minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct after arguing the call. This gave the Fuel a huge opportunity on the power play headed into the second frame.
Ross MacDougall quickly capitalized for the Fuel with a goal at 1:06 to tie the game at two. Hillis collected his second assist of the night on that goal, along with Centorame who collected his first.
Kyle Maksimovich scored at 4:15 to give the Fuel a 3-2 lead. Centorame collected his second point of the night with the lone assist. He scored again at 10:23, with the help of Centorame…again, to make it 4-2. With his third assist of the period, Centorame tied a Fuel franchise record of the most points in one period by a defenseman.
The chippiness continued through the period and at 15:20, Collin Adams was called for slashing, giving the Fuel yet another power play opportunity. At 17:12, Matus Spodniak scored with the help of Ryan Gagnier to make it 5-2 before time expired on the period.
At 4:10, Anthony Firriolo took an interference penalty but the Fuel were able to kill it off. Seamus Malone scored his first of the season and first as captain of the Fuel to make it 6-2 at 8:24 of the third. Hillis collected his third assist of the night on that goal.
At 11:04, Chaz Reddekop took a boarding penalty. In the last minute of the game, Kalamazoo took two more penalties but could not score again and it remained 6-2.
Ultimately, the Fuel outshot the K-Wings 37-15 and had four players with a multi-point night as they took the 6-2 victory.
The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on November 10, 2023 for Military Appreciation Night against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
INDIANA FALLS AT NO. 10 PENN STATE
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Forget the banged-up throwing shoulder. No way Indiana quarterback Brendan Sorsby was coming out.
It wasn’t enough on Saturday afternoon, but it offered hope.
Relentless Hoosier defensive pressure produced three sacks and Penn State quarterback Drew Allar’s first career interception in 301 pass attempts courtesy of safety Josh Sanguinetti.
It wasn’t enough, but it offered hope.
IU pushed No. 10 Penn State (7-1) to the brink of its first road upset of a ranked team since 1987. It was tied at 24-24 with three minutes left.
It wasn’t enough in the 33-24 defeat, but it offered hope.
“I hurt for them,” head coach Tom Allen said during the post-game radio show. “A lot of effort was given. I’m so proud of them and the way they prepared, the way they responded.”
IU fell to 2-6 overall. It has to win its last four games to become bowl eligible.
“We’re in playoff mode,” Allen said. “We know what we have to do. We have to keep battling.
“I believe in this team. I know we’ve had some short-comings, but we’re getting better. Our offense is getting better. Our defense did some great things.
“On the road against a team like this, you’ve got to find a way to make some special plays. We just needed one more.”
Allen had talked earlier in the week about the Hoosiers need to generate big plays.
Talk became reality.
The third-longest play in IU history, and its longest pass play since 1993 (Sorsby to DeQuece Carter for 90 yards and a touchdown) produced a 7-0 first-quarter lead. Sorsby’s 69-yard TD pass to Donaven McCulley gave the Hoosiers a 14-7 second quarter lead.
“We felt we had a chance to make some big plays with our receivers on their corners,” Allen said. “We worked on that all week. We’re growing up on offense. It takes some pressure off if we can get some chunk plays.”
Under new offensive coordinator Rod Carey, the offense is starting to find the consistency it lacked earlier.
By halftime, IU had 220 yards against the nation’s best defense in total yards allowed (218). It finished with 349.
“It was an awesome job by the offense,” Allen said. “I’m so proud of Coach Carey and what’s he’s doing with those guys. The way they’re coming together. We have to keep building off of that.”
Sorsby hurt his shoulder during a physical fourth-quarter run, but still threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Omar Cooper Jr. to get the Hoosiers within three points at 24-21, and then a 24-24 tie.
In his third career start, Sorsby finished 13-for-19 for 269 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception.
“He has a lot of toughness to him,” Allen said. “When we recruited him, he was more of a runner. He hadn’t played a lot of quarterback. We saw the arm talent and the way he competed.
“He has the ability to make those tough runs and throw, as well. He’s young, but getting better each week.”
Added Carter: “I trust him. We have his back. We stayed out there in the summer and got a lot of work in. I’m excited for what’s to come.”
Carter, a transfer from Fordham, caught three passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. McCulley caught four passes for 96 yards and a TD.
Running back Josh Henderson came back from injury to rush for 57 yards.
James Evans punted four times for a 57.5-yard average.
Linebacker Aaron Casey and safety Louis Moore had 10 tackles each on a defense that faced 74 plays and 35 Penn State offensive minutes.
“They battled and battled,” Allen said. “They played so hard and tough.”
IU defended so well early, the 100,000-plus Beaver Stadium crowd booed the Penn State offense.
Hoosier mistakes hurt. A fumbled punt return and an interception led to 10 Nittany Lion points and a 17-14 halftime Penn State lead. A fourth-quarter Sorsby fumble while being sacked resulted in a safety.
“We can’t make a couple of mistakes that cost us,” Allen said. “We got to the last three minutes and didn’t finish. I hate that.”
Both teams punted on their first two possessions.
Then came the Sorsby-to-Carter stunner and a 7-0 Hoosier lead midway through the first quarter.
IU forced a third-straight Penn State punt, but Camden Jordan fumbled the return, and the Nittany Lions recovered and scored the tying touchdown.
The Hoosiers came back with Sorsby’s touchdown pass to McCulley for that 14-7 lead. Penn State tied it on a TD run with 2:09 left in the first half, then capitalized on a Sorsby interception with a 50-yard field goal for a 17-14 halftime lead.
The Nittany Lions got a third-quarter touchdown pass for a 24-14 lead. Chris Freeman missed a 37-yard field goal to end a 14-play, 56-yard drive.
The Hoosiers came back with Sorsby’s touchdown pass to Cooper Jr. for a 24-21 score.
Sanguinetti’s interception set up Freeman’s 35-yard field goal for a 24-24 tie with three minutes left.
The Nittany Lions responded with a 57-yard touchdown pass for a 31-24 lead with less than two minutes left.
Penn State sacked Sorsby, forced a fumble and got a safety to clinch the victory.
“We were so close,” Allen told Fischer and Lewis. “This hurts.
“No question it’s hard to mentally keep going when you’re not getting what you want, but I felt good about how they responded. They stayed together. They kept believing. They keep working hard.”
IU hosts Wisconsin next Saturday and Michigan State on Nov. 18. It plays at Illinois on Nov. 11 and Purdue on Nov. 25.
“We think of it as the playoffs,” Carter told Fischer and Lewis. “We have to get all four.
“There’s a lot of belief on this team. We play a hard schedule. We’re not backing down from anybody. We have a lot of positivity going forward.”
ROAD BOILERMAKERS FALL AT NEBRASKA
LINCOLN, Neb. – In cold and blustery conditions, Purdue’s defense forced four turnovers, scored a fumble recovery for a touchdown and allowed just 277 yards of total offense, but an early Nebraska lead proved too much to overcome in a 31-14 loss on the road on Saturday.
True freshman Dillon Thieneman paced the Boilermakers on the defensive end racking up 12 tackles, his third game with 10-plus tackles as he continues to be the nation’s leading tackler among true freshmen.
Thieneman forced a pair of fumbles for his fourth and fifth takeaways of the year. The first came in the third quarter when he stripped Nebraska quarterback Heinrich Haarberg at the Huskers’ 13-yard line. He stonewalled Haarberg again in the fourth at the Nebraska 24-yard line. Cole Brevard came away with the ball both times.
Thieneman’s two forced fumbles matched the most in a game in school history, last accomplished by DaMarcus Mitchell in the Music City Bowl vs. Tennessee on Dec. 30, 2021. Brevard’s two fumble recoveries also tied the program record for a single game, the first time since Ryan Russell recovered two against Minnesota on Oct. 8, 2011.
The second fumble recovery led to Purdue’s first score of the game when quarterback Hudson Card hit Jayden Dixon-Veal for a 29-yard touchdown on a 3rd-and-15 in the fourth quarter.
The Boilermaker defense tied its season high with nine tackles-for-loss, led by dominant efforts from Kydran Jenkins (4.5 tackles-for-loss) and Nic Scourton (three). The pair accounted for Purdue’s first five stops behind the line. Jenkins also notched two sacks to add to his team-leading tally, finishing the day with seven sacks on the season.
Later in the fourth when Nebraska went for a 4th-and-1 at the Purdue 45-yard line, Jenkins stripped quarterback Jeff Sims in the backfield and took the ball 55 yards to the end zone. The play marked Purdue’s second fumble recovery score of the season.
Nebraska built up a 14-0 advantage at the break. The Cornhuskers opened the scoring after an eight-play drive, followed by a 73-yard passing touchdown after an interception. In the third, Nebraska added to the advantage with a 68-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown.
Purdue’s defense came out strong in the second half and held Nebraska to 94 total yards, with a two-of-seven third-down conversion rate (29%) after halftime.
The Boilermakers allowed just six pass completions on the day from Haarberg, who led Nebraska with 122 yards and two touchdowns on 6-of-11 passing. Emmett Johnson led the Huskers with 76 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.
Purdue quarterback Hudson Card completed 16 of 32 passes for 100 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
• Nebraska evened the all-time series at 6-6.
• Dillon Thieneman and Cole Brevard matched single-game school records with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, respectively.
• Kydran Jenkins posted career highs in sacks (two) and tackles-for-loss (4.5).
• Punter Jack Ansell hit a career-long 65-yard poot on Saturday. The Aussie finished with seven punts for 329 yards (47 average) with four pinned inside the 20.
• Jayden Dixon-Veal amassed a career-high four catches for 38 yards and his first collegiate touchdown reception.
• Andrew Sowinski caught a pass from Hudson Card for a successful two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, the Boilermakers’ first two-point conversion since vs. Indiana on Nov. 30, 2019.
The Boilermakers will travel to the Big House to take on No. 2 Michigan in primetime on NBC next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
#16 PURDUE FALLS 1-3 AT ILLINOIS
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – After a hot start by the Boilermakers, which included seven blocks in the first set, No. 16 Purdue volleyball fell, 1-3 at Illinois (25-20, 19-25, 24-26, 18-25).
Raven Colvin tied a season-high 13 kills and came to blocks shy of a double-double.
Attack errors plagued Purdue over the final three sets, as Purdue ended the night with a .118 hitting %. The Boilermakers came from behind in Set 3 to take away two Illinois set points and tie it up, 24-24, before the Illini snagged the set, 24-26.
Up next, Purdue is slated for its final midweek of the season with a Wednesday night showdown at No. 2 Wisconsin. The match will air on Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. ET.
Purdue totaled seven blocks in the first set, five coming against the league’s leading point-scorer, Raina Terry.
With Purdue’s third point of Set 2, the Boilermakers tied Thursday night’s eight team blocks vs. Minnesota.
Purdue seven blocks in Set 1 marked the second time this season the Boilermakers have posted as many in a set, with the team’s 7.5 in Set 3 at Ohio State (10/15)
After leading 18-14 in Set 2, the Boilermakers dropped the set with an 11-1 Illini run to close it out, with attack errors plaguing the team as Purdue recorded 10 in the set.
Purdue tied up Set 3, 17-17 and again, 22-22 and again at 24-24, taking away two Illinois set points before dropping the third frame.
Raven Colvin tied a season-high 13 kills in the match and eight total blocks (1 solo, 7 assisted).
Maddie Schermerhorn produced 22 digs in the match, the most since her 24 at Indiana (10/11).
Two setters saw time in the match with Taylor Anderson starting the night out with 28 assists, six block assists and four digs before Lorrin Poulter came in for the final two sets, registering 15 assists, two digs and a kill.
BUTLER KEEPS HOOSIER HELMET WITH 17-7 WIN OVER VALPARAISO
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler Bulldogs recorded a 17-7 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon behind an impressive performance from running back Jyran Mitchell. The graduate transfer topped 1,000 yards on the season by adding 159 rushing yards and a touchdown vs. the Beacons. With the win, Butler moves to 6-3 on the year with two games to play in the regular season.
After a scoreless first half, Mitchell would put Butler on the scoreboard with a 67-yard TD run. The Beacons however would counter with a 70-yard TD run from Solomon Davis on their next possession.
After those two explosive plays, Butler would grind the Valparaiso defense to add a second score in the third quarter with the clock hitting 0:00. Bret Bushka capped off an 18-play, 75-yard TD drive with a three-yard run to make the game 14-7. The only points of the fourth would also go to the home team as BU added three points for insurance with less than four to play on the clock on a Luka Zurak 32-yard field goal. The Bulldogs made it a two-score game with the kick and controlled the action using 15 plays to eat up 8:42 of the fourth.
Bushka ended the game with 51 rushing yards and 89 passing yards in the win. He threw four passes to Ethan Loss and five to Luke Wooten. Loss led all Bulldogs with 58 receiving yards and Wooten was in the box score with 21 yards.
Butler’s defense limited Valpo to just 12 first downs in the outcome. The Beacons were 3-for-9 on third down and 0-for-2 on fourth. The Bulldogs also stood up strong in big moments leading Valpo to go 0-for-3 in the red zone on Saturday.
Sacks went to Carson Gulgin and Steven Williams II against the Beacons and Jack Burch came up with an interception. Gulgin made two other stops behind the line of scrimmage and Adam Sturtz credited with a team-high six tackles.
The Bulldogs will break into the month of November with a road game at Morehead State. Kick-off on ESPN+ is slated for 2 PM.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY EARNS #HLXC RUNNER-UP FINISH
FAIRBORN, Ohio – The IUPUI men’s cross country team collected a runner-up finish at the 2023 Horizon League Championships on Saturday (Oct. 28), finishing second to only a strong Youngstown State squad at Fairborn Community Park. Andrew Whitinger and Nate Kaiser led the Jaguars, finishing fourth and fifth respectively, to earn First Team All-Horizon League honors.
Nick Perkins and Mitchell Rans collected second team honors by placing tenth and 13th among the 107 runner field.
Youngstown State topped the team scoring with 31 points while IUPUI was second with 47 points, easily outdistancing third-place Oakland’s 70.
It was expected to be a two team race from the opening gun with the Jaguars and YSU the prohibitive favorites. Kaiser moved comfortably to the front early in the race along with Northern Kentucky’s Natnael Weldemichael. However, the YSU duo of Hunter Christopher and Ryan Meadows made their move with roughly 2,000 meters remaining, ensuring the top two finishes. Oakland’s Yami Albrecht followed to claim the No. 3 finish while Whitinger and Kaiser were next in line.
YSU finished strong, moving up late to fend off a deep IUPUI roster that had seven finishers among the top 21 runners.
Whitinger ran a time of 24:21.6 and Kaiser closed at 24:23.3. Perkins ran a time of 24:39.7 and Rans was brilliant, finishing at 24:43.2. Redshirt freshman Deion Guise just missed an all-league berth, placing 15th at 24:48.3 and Eric Petersen was No. 18 at 24:53.2. Matt Mitsch was next in line at 24:53.6 and Jack Acton spun a time of 24:54.4.
Sophomore Will Clark notched a time of 25:18.5 to place 37th and IUPUI’s last three finishers crossed in succession as Mitchell Gits was 41st, Grant Moon was 42nd and Wilson Whicker was 43rd.
Six Jaguars recorded new personal bests and virtually every entry in the lineup registered season best times.
IUPUI will compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wisc., on Nov. 10.
VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FIVE-SET BATTLE TO MASTODONS
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI volleyball team fell to the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons in a five-set thriller, 3-2. Freshman Ava Harris recorded a career-high 21 points while Briana Brown added 18.
In the opening set, the Jags took a 16-11 lead before the Mastodons tied it up 17 all. IUPUI retook the lead and created some separation at 23-20 but Purdue Fort Wayne wasn’t going away. After an attack error tied the set at 24 all, the Mastodons closed out the first set at 26-24.
After falling behind a set the Jags fell behind early in the second set before tying it up at nine all with kills from Harris and Morgan Ostrowski. The Jags took the momentum and closed out the set with kills from Brown and a Mastodon attack error, 25-21.
IUPUI took the match lead with a third set victory, 25-23. Harris sealed the third set victory with back-to-back kills. After a back-and-forth fourth set, the Mastodons took the last three points to tie the match at two sets each, 26-24.
Purdue Fort Wayne took an early lead in the fifth and deciding set, 6-2. After an IUPUI timeout, Emily Alan earned back-to-back kills to close the gap to 6-4. The Mastodons held the lead despite a 4-0 lead from the Jags to seal the win, 15-13.
Harris led the Jaguar attack with a career-high 21 kills while Brown followed with 18. Ostrowski collected 11 kills with a team high .455 hitting percentage. Brooke Phillips led in assists with 33 while Grace Purichia collected 25. Addie Evans led the defense with 20 digs while Brown, Phillips and Purchia each had 17.
The Jags fall to 2-11 in Horizon League play and currently sit in ninth in the standings. IUPUI will next go on the road to face Robert Morris on Thursday, November 2 at 6:00 PM.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL
IRISH TAKE CARE OF PITTSBURGH 58-7
The University of Notre Dame football team (7-2) won its second consecutive game at sold out Notre Dame Stadium (77,622) with a 58-7 thumping of Pittsburgh (2-5). The Irish defense was suffocating yet again, holding the Panthers to just 255 total yards, 53 rush yards and just one single touchdown.
Notre Dame, for the second straight game, scored in all three phases of football to claim the victory. Chris Tyree lit up the scoreboard first with an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown. Audric Estimé scored three rushing touchdowns and finished the game with 114 yards. Sam Hartman (to start) and Steve Angeli (in relief) connected with 12 different receivers for 380 passing yards and one touchdown.
The third phase to score was the Irish defense, which intercepted three passes in the game with one returned by sophomore Jaden Mickey for a 43-yard touchdown. Mickey combined with Xavier Watts (two interceptions) and freshman Christian Gray to intercept Pitt four times.
Mickey’s big play was part of a 27-point third quarter for Notre Dame, which also recovered a muffed punt in the end zone for a touchdown.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The box score tells the tale of a 58-7 victory, but Notre Dame’s offensive start was not indicative of the rest of the contest. Hartman threw two interceptions on the first two offensive series for Notre Dame (one was on a tipped pass), but the turnovers were sandwiched by Tyree’s big punt return and the Irish maintained their momentum through the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Notre Dame compiled its first offensive scoring drive of the game when Estimé burst out for a 33-yard run, Rico Flores Jr. made a 12-yard catch to the Pitt 15 and Estimé took it in from there. His 15-yard touchdown was through a huge hole on the right side of the Irish line, highlighted by wide receiver Jayden Thomas’ text book block of the Pitt safety.
On the next drive, Pitt assembled its first decent drive of the game to get to the Notre Dame 25-yard line. A loss of two, then two errant passes from defensive quarterback pressures led to a 45-yard field goal attempt which was far left of the goal posts.
Notre Dame’s offense didn’t move the ball on their next opportunity, but Xavier Watts intercepted his first pass of the game at the Pitt 38-yard line and returned it to the 15 just before halftime. A Notre Dame penalty on the return set them back to the 30-yard line and the Irish had to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Spencer Shrader for a 17-0 lead at halftime.
Pitt received the second half kick but continued to be stymied by the Irish defense. Two pass break ups, one from Mickey and one from Liufau, forced a punt and the Irish offense struck quickly. A 60-yard reception by Flores moved the ball to the 20-yard line, Estimé rumbled for 10 yards and Jadarian Price entered the backfield to power in for a 10-yard rushing touchdown.
Just three plays later, Mickey’s ‘pick six’ put the Irish up 31-0 and the rout was on.
The interception party continued on the next drive when Christian Gray rose up to tip, then pull in a pass at the 50-yard line. Notre Dame’s offense stalled but it ended up not mattering because Pittsburgh muffed the punt on a hit from Devyn Ford at the six-yard line. The ball skittered into the end zone where Ramon Henderson jumped on the loose ball for a Notre Dame touchdown.
Pitt was still unable to move the ball on its next drive. Hartman connected with Tobias Merriweather for 42 yards to the Pitt five-yard line after the Panther punt. Estimé bulled in from three yards out one play later for his second score of the day.
Yet another Irish defensive stop brought in Steve Angeli at quarterback. His first pass was a 33-yard swing pass to Jeremiyah Love for 33 yards. Estimé eventually capped the drive with his third score from five yards out.
Pittsburgh spoiled the shut out with a touchdown drive against Notre Dame’s reserve defense, but the quick score allowed the Irish to get one more scoring drive with Angeli. He found a wide open Cooper Flanagan in the end zone for a 24-yard strike to give the Irish freshman tight end his first career catch and touchdown.
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL
NOTHING SPOOKY ABOUT VOLLEYBALL’S 3-1 WIN OVER OHIO
MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team celebrated Chirp or Treat in style, finishing off a candy filled afternoon with a 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18) victory over Ohio Saturday inside Worthen Arena.
With a majority of its sporting teams on hand to pass out treats prior to the match thanks to the Ball State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Cardinals (14-10; 11-2 Mid-American Conference) used the sugar rush to hit a blistering .531 (20-3-32) in the opening set.
While Ball State’s offense cooled down a little, the team finished the day connecting at a .329 (62-16-140) clip with three different attackers boasting double-digit kills. Leading the way was redshirt freshman outside Aniya Kennedy with 17 markers and a .286 (17-5-42) rate of success.
“Over the last few matches, we really struck a balance on offense,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We’re distributing better to more hitters, getting everyone involved, which allows us to have more one-on-one offensive looks to be able to score. Our ball control has continued to improve as well, allowing us to be able to set a more balanced offense. Megan is also doing a great job distributing, finding the right hitters at the right moments.”
Speaking of junior setter
Megan Wielonski, she handed out 51 more assists against the Bobcats (13-12; 8-5 MAC) and fell one dig shy of a double-double with nine digs. She also scored four kills and served up one of Ball State’s three aces.
Back on offense, sophomore opposite Madison Buckley added 13 kills and hit .417 (13-3-24), while fifth-year middle Marie Plitt scored 12 kills and connected for a .370 (12-2-27) rate of success. Throw in a career-high eight kills from freshman outside Kendall Barnes and six for freshman middle Camryn Wise and it was a solid all-around night for BSU’s attackers.
In the backcourt, junior defensive specialist Kendall Seimet led a trio of defenders in double figures with 17 digs, while also serving up an ace.
“Kendall Seimet is staying confident, staying the course,” Phillips said about the night’s top digger. “She’s not overthinking things, staying disciplined and has a great first step on the ball. Our block is doing a great job funneling the ball to her and she’s playing her role well.”
Joining Seimet in double figures were fifth-year libero Havyn Gates with 15 and sophomore defensive specialist Josie Bloom with 10.
For the Bobcats, Anna Kharchynska and Caroline Clippard tied for team-high honors with 15 kills apiece, while Sam Steele collected a match-best 18 digs.
Up next, the Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to the road for a showdown with league-leading Western Michigan. The Cardinals and Broncos will battle at 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at WMU’s University Arena.
“It’s going to be a fun one,” Phillips said about the weekend ahead at Western Michigan. “We know we are going to have to play really well. They are an experienced team and strong across every position. It will be a great challenge for us to see where we are.”
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL
SYCAMORES FALL IN OVERTIME THRILLER AT NORTH DAKOTA, 36-33
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – No. 17/15 North Dakota overcame a 20-point fourth quarter rally from visiting Indiana State as the Sycamores fell in overtime in a thriller inside the Alerus Center on Saturday afternoon, 36-33.
Freshman quarterback Elijah Owens led a furious Indiana State (0-8, 0-5) comeback in ISU’s first trip to Grand Forks in program history. The Jacksonville, Ill. native led three Indiana State touchdown drives over the span of 5:59 in the fourth quarter to swing a 21-10 deficit to a 30-27 ISU lead with 47 seconds remaining on the clock.
North Dakota (5-3, 3-2) answered with an eight-play, 60-yard drive led by UND quarterback Tommy Schuster. Schuster slipped out for a 21-yard carry on 3rd-and-10 to move into Indiana State territory, before completing a 25-yard pass to Elijah Klein to set up CJ Elrich’s game-tying 32-yard field goal conversion.
The Sycamores held possession first in the overtime period with UND limiting Indiana State to Jake Andjelic’s 39-yard field goal to give ISU the 33-30 lead. The Fighting Hawks secured the win on their possession as Schuster found Quincy Vaughn over the middle for a 15-yard touchdown pass to provide the final 36-33 score.
Indiana State battled throughout the fourth quarter as the Sycamores defense sparked the charge starting with 6:46 mark in the regulation. Lucas Hunter caught a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage as the defensive lineman hauled in the ball and rumbled down to the UND 39-yard line with ISU trailing 21-10. Justin Dinka scored the first of his two fourth quarter touchdowns on the next play as the ISU running back split the gap on the right side of the line and went 39 yards for the touchdown.
The teams traded punches the rest of the way as UND’s Isaiah Smith’s 71-yard carry set up his own three-yard touchdown carry to make it a 27-16 ballgame. The Sycamores responded as Owens found Dakota Caton over the middle for a 50-yard touchdown pass at the 4:10 mark in the fourth quarter to make it a 27-22 game.
The Sycamore defense forced a 3-and-out to turn possession back to Indiana State with 1:41 remaining in the contest. The Sycamores went to work from their own 25 with Owens finding Harry Van Dyne for a 23-yard completion to move the ball into UND territory, while a roughing the passer penalty moved the ball to the UND 26.
Two plays later, Owens was tripped up on a 20-yard scramble that ended at the UND 1. Dinka took it the rest of the way with the one-yard touchdown plunge to give the Sycamores the lead. Owens found Dinka open for the two-point conversion to make it a 30-27 game prior to UND’s Schuster’s late-game heroics.
Cade Chambers (12-of-20, 132 yards, 1 TD) and Owens (7-of-13, 113 yards, 1 TD, 2 interceptions) led the Indiana State passing game as the Sycamores tied their season-high through the air with 245 yards. Van Dyne was the primary recipient with seven catches for 110 yards, while Caton (six catches, 84 yards, 1 TD), and Tyce Ferrell both hauled in scores.
Dinka posted 16 carries for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first collegiate multi-touchdown game of the season. Plez Lawrence added 36 yards on seven carries as the Sycamores pounded out 143 yards on the ground.
Maddix Blackwell paced the Sycamores with 13 tackles for his fifth double-digit tackling effort of the season. The redshirt sophomore safety added 1.0 tackles for loss and forced a fumble, while Garret Ollendieck finished with 12 stops, a sack, and a team-high 2.0 TFLs.
Schuster led North Dakota’s offense on the day as the UND quarterback finished 25-of-34 through the air for 273 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Isaiah Smith added 11 carries for 109 yards and a score, while Bo Belquist posted seven catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
Wyatt Pedigo was UND’s leading tackler with seven stops to go with two sacks. Devin Hembry and Malachi Buckner added interceptions in the win.
How They Scored
Indiana State was on the board first as Cade Chambers found Tyce Ferrell for a five-yard touchdown pass over the middle with 7:43 remaining in the second quarter to end a 12-play, 78-yard drive, and give ISU the 7-0 lead.
North Dakota tied the game up just before the end of the first half as Schuster targeted Smith for a three-yard touchdown pass to even it at 7-7 at the break.
Jake Andjelic put Indiana State back in the lead with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter as the sophomore kicker converted a 22-yard attempt to end a 10-play, 90-yard drive and give ISU the 10-7 lead.
Schuster found Belquist in the right corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 0:46 remaining in the third quarter to give UND the 14-10 lead.
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Schuster connected with Belquist for the second time with 9:40 remaining in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard touchdown pass to put the Fighting Hawks ahead 21-10.
Justin Dinka followed up Lucas Hunters’ interception with a 39-yard touchdown run to pull the Sycamores within 21-16 with 6:46 to play.
Smith responded for UND with a three-yard touchdown run to put the Hawks ahead 27-16 with 4:37 to play.
Elijah Owens found Dakota Caton over the middle and the redshirt senior wide receiver bounced off three tackles on the way to a 50-yard touchdown pass with 4:10 remaining in the contest to cut the deficit to 27-22.
The Sycamores used seven plays and 75 yards over a 54-second span with Dinka carrying the ball in from one yard out to put Indiana State back in the lead with 47 seconds remaining. Owens found Dinka for the two-point conversion connection to make it a 30-27 ISU advantage.
The Hawks moved the ball down the field to tie the game up just before the end of regulation as Elrichs hit from 32 yards out with four seconds remaining to tie the game at 30-30 and send it to overtime.
Andjelic put the Sycamores on the board in the overtime period with a 39-yard field goal conversion to put ISU ahead 33-30.
Schuster found Vaughn over the middle for a 15-yard overtime touchdown connection to end the game in favor of the UND.
News & Notes
Elijah Owens found Dakota Caton for his second touchdown pass of the 2023 season. The duo previously connected against Ball State back on September 16 for a 49-yard touchdown pass against the Cardinals.
Maddix Blackwell posted his fifth double-digit tackling effort of 2023 and third consecutive game with 10+ tackles giving him a team-high 73 stops on the year. The safety is on pace to reach 100 tackles on the season with three games to play. He would become the first ISU player to achieve the feat since Jonas Griffth back in the 2019 season (106).
Jake Andjelic moved to 5-for-5 on field goal attempts in 2023 following his two conversions on Saturday afternoon. He also converted his lone extra-point opportunity on the day.
Indiana State lost the time of possession battle on Saturday afternoon for the first time in MVFC play as UND edged the Sycamores 33:04-26:56 in the category.
The Sycamores went into overtime for the first time since the 2018 season when ISU topped South Dakota in a triple-overtime contest at home on November 3, 51-48.
Indiana State falls to 0-2 all-time against North Dakota with the loss.
Harry Van Dyne eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for the second time in the 2023 season after previously breaking the century-mark in the conference opener at Murray State (122 yards) on October 7.
Justin Dinka’s two touchdowns on Saturday afternoon marked his first two scores of 2023. His last rushing touchdown prior came in the 2022 season finale against Missouri State.
Van Dyne (51) and Caton (50) both posted 50-yard receptions on Saturday marking the first time in 2023 the Sycamores had two 50-yard catches in the same game. It also marked the second and third times an ISU receiver had a 50-yard reception in 2023.
Indiana State returns home next weekend as the Sycamores host Youngstown State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 4, as ISU continues Missouri Valley Football play. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Penguins is set for 1 p.m. ET with the game set to be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE CC
KING WINS HORIZON LEAGUE TITLE AS MASTODON WOMEN FINISH RUNNERS-UP
FAIRBORN, Ohio – Madison King brought home Purdue Fort Wayne’s third individual conference title in program history and the first Horizon League title at Saturday’s (Oct. 28) Horizon League Cross Country Championship.
King captured the individual crown with a personal best 6K time of 20:34.89. She ran the second-fastest time in school history and came within two seconds of Emma Rafuse’s school record of 20:33.0. Brooke Neal finished fourth overall to earn First Team All-Horizon League with a personal record of 21:15.11, the school’s fifth-fastest time. Riley Tate finished 10th to earn Second Team All-Horizon League with the school’s sixth-best time of 21:39.0.
Ava Genovese was the fourth runner for the ‘Dons and finished 35th with a time of 22:59.59. Mercedes Sarver turned in her personal record time of 23:11.02 to finish 43rd as the fifth runner for the ‘Dons.
Haylee Hile ran a personal best 23:26.78 to finish 50th. Lydia Carrell took 58th at 23:36.23. Faith Allen also ran a personal best time of 23:52.44 to finish 65th.
Purdue Fort Wayne scored 92 points to finish as the runner-up behind Oakland. The ‘Dons won the Summit League in 2007 but finished second for the third time in program history on Saturday.
Purdue Fort Wayne will head to Madison, Wis. to take part in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The Mastodons will run at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course on Friday, November 10.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL
PANNA RATKAI WILLS MASTODONS TO FIVE-SET WIN AT IUPUI
INDIANAPOLIS – Redshirt-freshman Panna Ratkai became the only Mastodon in program history to have two 30-kill performances in her career on Saturday (Oct. 28), as the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team beat IUPUI 3-2 (26-24, 21-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-13).
Of the many Mastodon greats to come through the program, Ratkai has two of the top-four single-match performances.
Laura Douglas – 36 kills at Lewis, 10/28/2000
Panna Ratkai – 35 kills vs. Milwaukee, 10/20/2023
Fabiana Souza – 34 kills vs. South Dakota State, 11/12/2005
Panna Ratkai – 33 kills vs. IUPUI, 10/28/2023
Ratkai’s 33 kills on Saturday rank 13th in the nation in kills in a match this season. She managed it on an efficient .305 hitting. She also added 13 digs and five aces.
The ‘Dons took set one thanks to a defense that held IUPUI to .204 hitting. Ratkai and Ashby Willis had four kills each. The ‘Dons finished the set on a 6-1 run that included two kills and an ace from Ratkai, a block from Kennedy McCants and Ratkai, and a kill from Willis on set point.
IUPUI took the next two sets despite 15 kills from Ratkai and put the ‘Dons’ backs against wall.
The Mastodons responded with a .295 team hitting percentage in set four while holding IUPUI to .163. Ratkai had nine more kills and Willis had four errorless kills. IUPUI nearly closed the door on the ‘Dons with a set point opportunity at 24-23, but the ‘Dons went to their freshman stars to get kills from Willis and Ratkai to take the frame and push it to a fifth.
Purdue Fort Wayne went up 12-6 in set five after a 4-0 run that included an ace from Becky Barrett, but IUPUI clawed all the way back to 13-12 in favor of the ‘Dons. With the match on the line late, the ‘Dons went to Ratkai twice more for two more kills and the match winner.
To go with Ratkai’s 33 kills, Willis pitched in a double-double of 13 kills and 14 digs. LonDynn Betts had a match-high 24 digs. Taya Haffner distributed 52 assists and had 10 digs for a double-double as well. Abby Stratford had 10 kills, six digs and five blocks.
Ava Harris and Briana Brown were a 1-2 punch for IUPUI with 21 and 18 kills, respectively.
Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 9-16 and 4-9 in the Horizon League. IUPUI falls to 8-16, 2-11. The Mastodons are back next Friday (Nov. 3) at Robert Morris and Saturday (Nov. 4) at Youngstown State.
SALUKIS STAGE LATE RALLY TO DEFEAT VOLLEYBALL
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Late rallies in the third and fourth set saw Southern Illinois clinch a 3-1 victory over the University of Evansville volleyball team on Saturday evening inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.
Giulia Cardona recorded a match-high 23 kills while Melanie Feliciano picked up 17 kills while hitting a strong .312. Kora Ruff and Ainoah Cruz anchored the defense with 22 and 20 digs, respectively. Ruff added 41 assists. Madisyn Steele led the way with six total blocks while Brooke Springer finished the night with five. Southern Illinois was led by Nataly Garcia’s 20 kills and 20 digs.
Game 1 – SIU 25, UE 21
Opening the contest scoring three of the first four points, the Salukis had the early momentum, but the Purple Aces grabbed a 7-5 lead thanks to a pair of Giulia Cardona kills, followed by two Melanie Feliciano aces. Madisyn Steele and Emilee Scheumann assisted on a block that pushed the lead to 11-8 before SIU countered.
Four in a row put the Salukis back in front and the squads exchanged the lead multiple times, resulting in a 20-20 score. Southern Illinois broke the tie with two in a row and would take a 25-21 decision.
Game 2 – UE 25, SIU 17
Seeing her first action of the night, Angelica Maltes Gonzalez recorded a pair of kills to cap off a 7-2 rally to open the second set. Feliciano kept things going with three kills in a row to extend the lead to 15-7. Over the remainder of the set, the Salukis never got closer than six points as the Aces tied the match with the 8-point victory.
Game 3 – SIU 28, UE 26
Both teams spent time in the lead throughout the opening sequence of game three. With things tied at 7-7, Evansville jumped in front when Angelica Gonzalez Maltes began a 4-0 run with a pair of kills. Steele recorded a block before Cardona capped off the stretch with an ace. UE extended its lead to as many as five points when a Feliciano kill stabilized a 16-11 advantage.
Southern Illinois slowly closed the deficit, but the Aces remained in a solid position, holding a 23-21 edge. Unfortunately, three in a row by the Salukis put them in front before they wrestled away a 28-26 win.
Game 4 – SIU 25, UE 20
Things could not have started better in the fourth set as the Aces scored the opening six points. Brooke Springer had a solo block in the early run. SIU made its way back, chopping the deficit to just one at 14-13. Maddie Hawkins helped the Aces retake an 18-14 lead with her first service ace of the match.
Just when it looked like UE had retaken control, SIU countered with a huge run to finish off the match. They outscored the Aces by an 11-2 margin to clinch the match. The Aces are back on the road next weekend to face Drake and UNI.
SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S CC
EAGLES PULL OUT SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT LEAGUE MEET
MOREHEAD, Ky.—Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Zoe Seward (Rochester, Indiana) raced to a fourth-place finish out of 89 competitors at the OVC Cross Country Championships Saturday morning to lead University of Southern Indiana Women’s Cross Country to a second-place team finish.
The Screaming Eagles, who were without the services of their top performer Cameron Hough (Olney, Illinois) due to injury, finished with 71 points in the 11-team field, 29 behind defending champion Eastern Illinois University.
Seward completed the six-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 22.62 seconds, to earn first-team All-OVC honors. She was just 11 seconds off a second-place finish after running most of the race inside the top three.
USI also got huge efforts from senior Aubrey Swart (Noblesville, Indiana), sophomore Micah Peals (Terre Haute, Indiana) and junior Audrey Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana). Swart was ninth with a time of 22:04.05, while Peals and Comastri were 14th and 15th, respectively, with times of 22:15.88 and 22:18.68.
Swart and Peals earned second-team All-OVC honors, while Comastri just missed the cut for All-Conference honors.
In addition to having four runners in the top 15, the Eagles finished with six in the top 30 and eight in the top 35. Freshman Sara Livingston (Jasper, Indiana) wrapped up the Eagles’ scoring with a 29th-place finish, while junior Katie Winkler (Santa Claus, Indiana) was 30th.
Junior Katie Hoerig (Prospect, Kentucky) was 31st to round out the Eagles’ top-seven competitors, while freshman Sydney Klinglesmith (Westfield, Indiana) was 34th.
The Eagles turn their attention to the track, which begins with the start of the indoor season in January.
SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S CC
USI MEN’S XC SECOND AT OVC CHAMPIONSHIPS
MOREHEAD, Ky.—University of Southern Indiana Men’s Cross Country raced to a second-place finish out of 11 teams at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships Saturday morning. The Screaming Eagles finished with 74 points, 18 off the winning score of 56, which was set by defending champion Eastern Illinois University.
Senior Mitchell Hopf (Santa Claus, Indiana) paced the Screaming Eagles with an eighth-place finish to earn second-team All-OVC honors, while OVC Freshman of the Year Alex Nolan (Evansville, Indiana) was 10th to join Hopf in earning second-team All-Conference accolades. Hopf completed the eight-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 10.56 seconds, while Nolan crossed the finish line in 24:17.06.
Junior Brady Terry (Philpot, Kentucky) also earned second-team All-OVC honors with a 13th-place finish in the 96-competitor field, while freshman Jackson Collman (Bethalto, Illinois) and junior Dylan Bland (Holland, Indiana) were 20th and 23rd, respectively, to complete the Eagles’ scoring.
Freshmen Landen Swiney (Du Quoin, Illinois) and Cole Hess (Cannelton, Indiana) were 42nd and 43rd, respectively, to round out the Eagles’ top-seven competitors.
The Eagles turn their attention to the track, which begins with the start of the indoor season in January.
VOLLEYBALL WINNING STREAK SNAPPED BY MURRAY STATE
The Valpo volleyball team looked poised to extend its winning streak to seven straight matches Saturday night at the ARC as the Beacons took the first two sets, but visiting Murray State turned the tables after intermission, winning the final three sets as Valpo fell by a 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-12) final.
How It Happened
The decisive fifth set saw Murray State hold a slight lead through the first half of the frame. The Racers got their lead to two points at 6-4 and still led at 8-7.
The Beacons scored four of the next five points following the media timeout, capped by a service ace from Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) to turn the tables and take an 11-9 lead. But MSU ended the match on a 6-1 run to compete its comeback.
The opening set was tied late at 20-20 before Valpo scored five of the final seven points of the frame — including a kill and a block from both Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) — to claim the set.
Valpo led by as many as six points in the middle stages of set two, and after Murray State closed to within two at 19-17, the Beacons reeled off four points in a row to keep control. A kill by Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) on Valpo’s second set point chance gave the Beacons a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Beacons nearly fought all the way back from a seven-point deficit in set three, closing to within one at 20-19 on a service ace by Abby Boyle (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center). But the Racers scored five of the set’s final seven points to extend the match.
Valpo tried to put together a furious rally for an epic comeback win in the fourth set, as trailing 21-12, the Beacons scored eight of the next 10 points to close to within 23-20. MSU picked up a kill to get to set point, but the Beacons were able to successfully hold off three set point chances to get the score to 24-23. The Racers eventually picked up a kill on their fourth set point, however, to send the match to the fifth set.
Inside the Match
The loss snapped Valpo’s six-match winning streak in Valley play.
Valpo lost a five-set match for the first time since the season’s opening weekend, as the Beacons had won their last three matches which went the distance.
Swistek paced the Valpo attack with a career-best 17 kills and also picked up 20 digs for the 20th double-double of her collegiate career.
Ravotto came up with 13 kills and tallied 14 digs as well.
Kois handed out a season-high 29 assists, tied her career best with four service aces and registered 10 digs.
Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) posted her 40th career double-double as she notched 25 assists and a season-high 19 digs.
Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) led Valpo’s back-row effort with 28 digs.
Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) matched her season best defensively with eight blocks, while Januski and Olivia Blackketter (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South [Winthrop]) each tallied four rejections.
As a team, Valpo registered 12 blocks on Saturday — the fifth time in the last seven matches the Beacons have hit double figures in rejections.
Valpo (16-10, 8-5 MVC) returns to the road next weekend for the swing through central Illinois, beginning next Friday night at 6 p.m. at Bradley. The match can be seen live on ESPN+.
VALPO FALLS IN HOOSIER HELMET RIVALRY MATCHUP
The Valparaiso University football team had the better of the play in the first half, but the two teams went into the locker room scoreless in a game that saw rival Butler pull out a 17-7 victory with all of the scoring coming after halftime. The Beacons moved the ball and created opportunities throughout the day, but did not score on their three red-zone opportunities.
How It Happened
Valpo appeared to take the lead before the game’s first offensive snap when Jashon Butler (Lynwood, Wash. / Meadowdale [Arizona]) returned the opening kickoff into the end zone, but the touchdown was called back on a holding penalty.
Valpo moved the ball on an opening drive that saw redshirt freshman quarterback Rowan Keefe (Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South) complete a 45-yard pass to Solomon Davis (Brighton, Tenn. / Brighton) and find Butler for 19 yards. Valpo narrowly missed a 39-yard field goal attempt into the wind and the game remained scoreless with 11:04 left in the half.
The two teams exchanged three-and-outs, then the Valpo defense came up with the game’s first takeaway to extinguish a Butler red-zone chance. Jimmy Pouba (Chicago, Ill. / Lyons [College of the Sequoias]) forced and recovered the fumble at the Valpo 20 with 2:37 left in the first quarter.
Valpo marched down field on a drive that saw Davis haul in a 23-yard reception, eventually electing to attempt a 21-yard field goal that was blocked.
Butler embarked on an 18-play, 62-yard drive that took nearly nine minutes off the clock, but the Bulldogs missed a 51-yard field goal as windy conditions continued to play a factor.
Keefe completed a 14-yard pass to Brandon Jimenez (Suffern, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep [Albany]), then Tytus Ragle (New Castle, Ind. / New Castle) hauled in a 26 yarder. That led to a 41-yard field goal try in the closing seconds of the half that became Valpo’s third miss, sending the game to the break scoreless.
The Valpo defense got a quick three-out to start the second half, then a pair of Butler penalties aided the Beacons as they moved the ball inside the Butler 20 on their first drive of the second half. Valpo went for it on fourth down and did not convert.
Two plays later, Jyran Mitchell took off for a 67-yard touchdown run to account for the first points of the game with 11:03 left in the third.
The points suddenly came in quick succession as Valpo’s first offensive snap following Butler’s first score saw Solomon Davis (Brighton, Tenn. / Brighton) run for a 70-yard score to tie the game with 10:01 left in the third.
Butler’s next drive featured five third-down conversions and one fourth-down success. An 18-play, 75-yard odyssey that took 10:01 resulted in a 3-yard TD run by quarterback Bret Bushka on the final play of the third quarter, giving the hosts a 14-7 lead.
The Butler defense applied pressure on the quarterback and forced a pass that was intercepted by a defensive lineman to create Valpo’s first giveaway. Then the Bulldogs took another 8:42 off the clock with a 15-play, 29-yard drive that featured another fourth-down conversion and two more instances of moving the sticks on third down. This resulted in a 32-yard field goal to make it 17-7 and account for the game’s final score.
Inside the Game
Davis’ 70-yard run represented Valpo’s longest offensive play of the season. Davis does have a 78-yard catch in his career, but this was far and away his longest career rushing play, as he entered the game with 12 total collegiate rushing yards.
This was Davis’ first career rushing touchdown and his ninth career total score (fifth this season). He also had two catches for a team-high 68 yards.
Pouba notched his first forced fumble and fumble recovery with the Brown & Gold.
Valpo punted only once and had just one turnover in a game in which the team was limited to seven points.
Butler converted eight third downs and went 4-of-4 on fourth down.
Valpo accumulated 289 yards of total offense, edged by Butler’s 335 in that category. The Beacons out-passed the Bulldogs 172-89.
Keefe went 11-of-19 passing for 172 yards in his first collegiate start.
Running back Ryan Mann (Vernon Hills, Ill. / Vernon Hills [Northern Illinois]) accrued 47 yards on 10 carries.
A pair of Beacons notched double-figures in the tackle department with Wade Abrams (Fox River Grove, Ill. / Cary-Grove) posted a team-high 13 including 10 solos and Colin Graves (Seattle, Wash. / Bishop Blanchet) recorded 10 including seven solos. Sam Hafner (Green Bay, Wis. / De Pere) was a big factor as well, with seven tackles including a sack.
Abrams’ 13-tackle output was the highest total by a Valpo player in a game this season.
Valpo (1-7, 0-5 PFL) will host Dayton next week on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brown Field for the first of back-to-back home games.
FOOTBALL STAYS UNDEFEATED WITH WIN OVER PEACOCKS
INDIANAPOLIS—The No. 10 UIndy football team kept its perfect record intact Saturday night at Key Stadium, topping visiting Upper Iowa, 35-7. The Greyhounds are now 8-0 on the season, winning their first eight games for the first time since 2017 and just the second time ever.
INS & OUTS
The Hounds sprinted out of the gate with 21 unanswered points in the first quarter, including hanging two touchdowns on the board in the opening five minutes. The highlight came on a perfect 70-yard bomb from QB Gavin Sukup to wideout Markez Gillam that accounted for the entirety of the Hounds’ second drive.
The Peacocks got on the board late in the first half on a 30-yard touchdown pass with just 1:24 on the clock, but they did not manage a single point for the remainder of the game.
Meanwhile, UIndy tacked on with a seven-yard rushing TD from Anthony Crowell with 3:48 left in the third quarter, and then put out of reach with a 39-yard strike to Cobi Lewis in the fourth—his second TD of the night.
INSIDE THE BOX
– Sukup finished 24-for-35 for a season-high 332 yards and four touchdowns.
– Gillam racked up a career-high 113 receiving yards. His 70 yarder matched UIndy’s longest touchdown reception of the season.
– Jalyn Givan had a team-high 11 tackles, followed closely by 10 stops by Clay Schulte.
– Dylan Shelton blew up the Peacock’s punt protection late in the game to earn his first career blocked punt.
– Giovani Laurent recorded his first collegiate TD on a 30-yard reception late in the first quarter.
– Seven Greyhounds had at least a half TFL tonight.
Tonight’s contest marks the first-ever meeting between UIndy and Upper Iowa … The Peacocks are in their first year as members of the GLVC … UIndy has not allowed more than 20 points in a game and still have not surrendered a single point in the third quarter all season.
Just two regular-season games remain on the slate, with the final home game coming next week. UIndy hosts McKendree University for Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 4. Kickoff is schedule for 2 p.m. ET.
GREYHOUNDS SUCCUMB TO SAINTS IN FIVE-SET HEARTBREAKER
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The UIndy volleyball team suffered its fifth loss in the last six matches on Saturday, dropping a heartbreaking five-set thriller at Maryville.
It was the Saints’ first win in the all-time series against the Greyhounds, who had won the previous 13 contests.
Sophia Parlanti and Hannah Sabotin were incredible on the afternoon, combining for 34 kills on .388 hitting.
INS & OUTS
UIndy jumped out to a 5-1 advantage in the final frame, with Sabotin knocking down a pair of kills. The Saints responded, scoring 12 of the next 19 points to lead late. After a block from Lauren Cullison and Sabotin knotted the set at 13 apiece, Maryville put its foot on the gas and quickly ended the bout with a kill and service ace.
The Saints built momentum from a dominating fourth set after UIndy tallied the final five points of the third to grab a 2-1 game advantage. In that fourth frame, Grace Hegwood finished a Morris set to start the run and capped it with second service ace of the match. Elizabeth Eads, with Parlanti, was also credited with a block assist during the stretch.
The Hounds bounced back after a tough loss on Friday at Missouri S&T, securing a tight 25-22 victory in the opening set. Setter Claire Morris delivered a perfect pass to Cullison to pull away at the end before Sabotin blocked a Maryville attack attempt to help seal the game win.
INSIDE THE BOX
– Freshman libero Ellie Spang scooped up a team-high 23 digs, recording 20 or more for the fourth time this fall.
– Parlanti (18) and Sabotin (16) each recorded their third-most kills of the season.
– The Greyhounds matched their season-high block total with 12; Sabotin totaled seven, including two solo stops.
– With 13 digs, Parlanti finished with her eighth double-double of the season.
ON ANOTHER NOTE
UIndy now leads the all-time series, 13-1.
The Hounds return home to Ruth Lilly Fitness Center next Friday for a 6 p.m. serve against GLVC-newcomer Upper Iowa. The Peacocks are 10-13 this season with a 5-4 league record.
MARIAN MEN’S SOCCER
MARIAN DROPS 2-1 TO HUNTINGTON IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Marian men’s soccer team dropped a tough one on the road, falling to Huntington 2-1 on Saturday night. Marian wraps up the regular season 5-4 in Crossroads League play and holds the 11-4-2 overall record.
Huntington meant business from the start as they wasted no time. The Foresters took the first shot of the game in the third minute before scoring the first goal of the game in the first ten minutes of action. Marian tried to quickly answer with two on frame shots from Kameron Hooker and Phillip Seifert, but the HU keeper kept the guests off the scoreboard to hold the 1-0 lead.
Marian had multiple chances throughout the first half, with the remainder of their chances being on target, but the Huntington goalie denied any shot kicked his way. In a chance to extender their lead, the Marian defense and Alvaro Rueda held off any chances the Foresters threw their way to trail by only one goal at the break.
With the 1-0 lead in hand, Huntington continued their offensive pursuit to begin the second half by firing off two quick shots that both found the hands of Rueda. Sebastian Gonzalez booted Marian’s first shot of the half, before Evan Dawdy took a shot that ended high to keep the Knights searching for their first goal. HU put the pressure on Marian at the 60:20 mark when they scored their second goal of the night. Around nine minutes later, Marian’s efforts paid off after Yoshiaki Takeishi played the ball in the box where Kyle Alb headed in home to put the Knights on the board, cutting their deficit to 2-1.
The Knights tried to find the equalizer with attempts from Seifert and Donovan Doolittle, but the time would run out before Marian could answer with the game-tying goal.
Marian posted 11 shots, seven coming on frame, while Huntington had 14 shots and nine on target. Seifert led in the shot category with three, while Dawdy and Hooker added two. Alb scored the Knights one goal of the night on his attempt, with Takeishi dishing out the assist. Rueda made seven saves and allowed two goals in his 90 minutes of work in goal.
Marian has claimed the No. 5 seed for the Crossroads League Tournament and will play at either Indiana Wesleyan or Spring Arbor on November 4.
MARIAN DOWNS TAYLOR IN FOUR FOR SEASON SWEEP
UPLAND, Ind. – The Marian volleyball team completed the season sweep over Taylor Saturday afternoon at Odle Arena by defeating the hosts in four sets (23-25, 25-9, 25-15, 25-20). The win gives Marian a 19-9 overall record and 13-5 in CL play.
The first set was tight to begin the first set, going point for point before Taylor found the largest lead of the set at 14-10. The Trojans were able to grab four consecutive points after errors plagued the Knights and a kill by the hosts allowed them to have a small spurt. After a Marian timeout, the Knights jumped back in it behind a kill from Madison Brooks on the feed from Logan Smith. Taylor stayed poised and continued their lead, but it was a kill coming from Mikayla Christiansen ignited a 5-0 run to give Marian the 20-18 advantage. Taylor responded right back with a run of their own, helping them close out the set 25-23.
Marian answered in commanding fashion in set two, rattling off a 10-3 lead to force the Taylor timeout. The Trojans were able to get back on the board after the timeout, but it was the Knights coming right back with a kill from Gabby Fish. The Knights kept the Trojans at arm’s length throughout and closed the second set with back-to-back kills from Nicole Wilkinson and Brooks. Marian would take set two with ease at 25-9.
Brooks got the Knights started in set three as she grabbed the first points for her team, before Khori Dryden pounded down a kill to cap off a 5-2 run. Taylor was able to counter to pull within at one, before Dryden’s kill sparked another run to put her team ahead 12-7. The next few points went back and forth, but Marian still continued to extend their lead and eventually pulled away for the 25-15 victory.
Despite dominating wins in set two and three, the third set proved to be a battle from start to finish. The two teams traded points to start before Taylor saw themselves in front 10-7. Marian found three straight points behind a kill from Fish to even the score at 10, eventually propelling a 3-1 spurt to put the Knight up 13-11. It was a back and forth battle the remainder of the set until the Knights put themselves at a 23-20 favor that saw Smith setting up Christiansen and Brooks for the finals kills of the match.
Four Knights registered double digits for kills, with Christiansen leading with 13, while Brooks had 12, Dryden with 11, and Fish adding 10. Smith set her team up nicely as she poured in a game-high 31 assists to go along with 11 digs for the double double. Ainsley Neighbors chipped in 19 assists, while Emma Lyons posted a game-best 23 digs and Christiansen had 12 digs to finish her double double.
Marian has earned the No. 3 seed and will host Spring Arbor on November 4 at 6:30 p.m. for the Crossroads League Tournament quarterfinals.
MARIAN COASTS PAST TAYLOR 34-20 FOR EIGHTH VICTORY
Upland, Ind. – Paced by 28 first half points, the Marian football team breezed to their eighth win of the season Saturday afternoon, as the Knights defeated Taylor by a final score of 34-20. Marian’s 8-0 start marks their longest unbeaten start since the 2019 season, as they improve to 5-0 in the MSFA Mideast.
Taylor had little success in the first quarter against Marian’s swarming defense, as the Knights forced the Trojans to punt on each of their four possessions in the opening quarter. Marian got off to a slow start after having to punt on their opening series, but after a Joe Owens sack got the offense the ball back, Marian went to work behind Keagan La Belle. The sophomore running back hit the scene for 51 yards on Marian’s second possession, taking the final 40 yards to the house on a fourth and short run.
La Belle’s run was followed by a second Marian score on the ensuing possession, as quarterback Zach Bundalo connected with Jalen Jennings on a 34-yard touchdown pass to complete a 42-yard drive, as the senior connection was met with a diving catch at the goal line. Jennings’ touchdown gave Marian a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
The Knights had an opportunity to score on their first possession of the second quarter but the drive ended with a missed field goal. The offense would make up for it on their second series of the quarter after the defense forced the sixth Taylor punt of the afternoon, as a 35-yard connection from Bundalo to CJ Young put the ball in the red zone, setting up a La Belle one-yard score four plays later. Taylor attempted to set up an up-tempo drive as they got possession back with three minutes before halftime, but sacks from James Ralph and Jake Paris negated any ball movement.
With 1:33 remaining before half, Marian marched the ball 65 yards in 47 seconds, as chunk plays from Bundalo to Drew Byerly and Tirae Spence moved the ball inside the five yard line, allowing Baron Huebler to clean up the series with a touchdown run. Huebler’s first touchdown of the season gave Marian a 28-0 lead going into halftime.
Marian moved the ball well coming out of halftime as they drove into the red zone on each of their first two possession with long catch and runs aiding each series, but the Knights were unable to finish as they settled for a pair of field goals. The two kicks from Marlon Pomili gave Marian a 34-0 lead, ending their scoring for the quarter. Taylor would cough the ball up to Marian on their next possession as Tony Alo forced and recovered a fumble, but two plays later an interception halted Marian’s momentum, and two punts would end the quarter.
In the fourth quarter Taylor marched the field three times as Marian began working in their reserves, scoring three times to end with 20 points. The Trojans would try for an onside kick late in the game with 39 seconds remaining after scoring their third touchdown, but the kick was recovered by the hands unit, as Marian knelt out the remaining clock and preserved the 34-20 victory.
Bundalo passed for 298 yards in the win, making his first career reception on a batted ball as he threw for one touchdown and one interception. La Belle led the ground attack with 80 yards on 13 caries, and Huebler rushed for 15. William Gibson ran for 48 yards in the win. Spence hauled in three catches and led the team in receiving yards with 132, while Jennings posted four catches for 68 yards. Jake Reichard finished with 46 yards in the air. Pomili finished the day 4-4 on PAT’s and 2-3 on field goal attempts.
Defensively the Knights were led by Joe Owens who made his first start of the season, recording eight tackles and one sack in the win. JT Downey also recorded eight tackles, and James Ralph had a career-best five including a sack.
With the win the undefeated Knights will hit the road for their final away trip of the regular season, traveling to undefeated and fourth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan next Saturday with the MSFA Mideast Championship up for grabs. Kickoff from Marion, Indiana, is set for 12 p.m. on November 4.
MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL
WHITAKER’S CAREER-HIGH 33 POINTS LEADS MARIAN OVER IU-SOUTHEAST
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team began their 2023-24 season with a home victory Saturday afternoon, defeating IU-Southeast 90-76. The game teetered back and forth at the end of the first half, and in the second half Marian pulled away behind Brody Whitaker as the Knights begin the season 1-0.
The Knights started the game out strong, getting contributions from newcomer Gus Etchison and Maximus Gizzi in the first four minutes to build a 12-4 lead by the first media timeout. The Grenadiers were able to chip away at their early deficit in the next four minutes of play, but a quick 8-0 run fueled by the backcourt tandem of Etchison and Brody Whitaker helped Marian carry a 22-10 lead.
The 12-point advantage with 11:57 to play in the first half would be Marian’s largest of the half, as IU-Southeast slowly whittled away at the Knights’ lead. Led by Jocobi Hendricks and company, IU-Southeast was able to inch within six points with 7:30 remaining in the opening half of the season, while an extended run gave the visitors their first lead of the afternoon at the 4:09 mark. The Grenadiers took advantage of a Marian cold streak, but the Knights began to warm back up with Nolan Foster and Dylan Moles quieting the storm. The game rocked back and forth as it reached halftime, and in the final 69 seconds Marian out-scored IU-Southeast 5-0 to take a 46-42 lead to the break.
Marian dialed back in after halftime and pushed their lead quickly to double figures once more, as Whitaker and Etchison knocked down open three-point shots. The lead would build to 14 just outside of the media timeout, but the Grenadiers responded with an 8-0 run to keep within striking distance. Marian failed to push their lead back to double figures after the run, and the game stayed within a two possession game until the 10 minute mark, as a three-point play from Whitaker pushed the lead to eight.
Whitaker got in a rhythm after the old-fashioned three, scoring nine consecutive Marian points to reclaim a double-digit lead. A three from Josh Bryan put the game out of reach with under seven minutes remaining, as the senior’s bucket gave Marian a 79-64 edge. The lead would stay in double figures for the remainder of the match, as Whitaker and Etchison put the finishing touches on the lead, with a Jackson Ames dunk emphatically scoring the final home points of the game in the 90-76 win.
Brody Whitaker led all players and scored a career-high 33 points in the win, going 11-21 from the field while also grabbing eight rebounds and a blocked shot. Etchison finished with 25 points in his Marian debut, adding a team-high six assists to his stat-line. Gavin Foe posted the first double-double of the year for Marian, grabbing 10 rebounds in addition to his 11 points.
As a team the Knights shot 48.5 percent from the field and made 11 three-point attempts, additionally scoring 38 points in the paint.
Marian will play their final exhibition matchup of the season on Friday November 3, as the Knights travel to Bloomington to take on the Indiana Hoosiers at 6:30 p.m.
MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER
MARIAN SLIPS PAST HUNTINGTON 2-1 ON SENIOR DAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s scored a senior day win on Saturday afternoon as they slipped past a pesky Huntington team, 2-1. With the win, the Knights move to 12-2-3 overall and 5-2-2 in Crossroads League play.
Marian were the first on the attack with Katie Koger and Delaney Taylor each firing off a shot in the first 10 minutes that force the HU keeper to make the save. It was not before the Knights found their first goal of the afternoon, as Kiley Jones blasted a 30-yard free kick that soared over the goalie and into the back of the net to give Marian the 1-0 advantage at the 16:34 mark. The Knights continued to put pressure on the Forester defense with four more before HU found their first look of the day. Following the Foresters’ single shot, Marian would continue to dominate possession the remainder of the half.
The Knights held a 12-1 shot advantage in the first half, helping them hold the 1-0 favor at the break.
Huntington came out hard to start the second half as they more than doubled their shot total from the the first half, but the Marian defense was able to hold off the attack. Marian put together a few good looks after three corner kicks and a shot on goal from Koger. After a slew of corners from Marian, HU was able to counter with Sophie Shepherd evening the score at 1-1. The Knights tried to respond, but Ireland Aerni came up big for HU stopping all the attempts put on frame. As time ticked by, the match was looking to be a 1-1 decision until Marian got a corner late in the game. Gretchen Mallin sent one in the box that found the head of Olivia Parmer, putting the Knights up 2-1 with under a minute to go.
In Marian’s 23 shots, Koger led the way with eight, while Grace Crawford had four, and Taylor had three. Parmer took two shots with one being the game-winner, while Jones’ only attempt ended in the back of the net. Lily Ames and Mycheala Johnson teamed up in goal, making one and three saves, respectively.
Marian will be back in action at home on November 4 for the Crossroads League Quarterfinals as they await final seeding.
SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS
INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/
EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/
WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/
FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/
ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/
HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/
IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx
GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/
GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/
HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php
TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/
VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index
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|New York Jets||3||3||0||.500||1.5||113||119||2-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|New England Patriots||2||5||0||.286||3.0||101||177||1-3-0||1-2-0||2-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
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|Las Vegas Raiders||3||4||0||.429||3.0||112||161||2-1-0||1-3-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||2||4||0||.333||3.5||144||155||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|Denver Broncos||2||5||0||.286||4.0||148||217||1-3-0||1-2-0||0-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
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|Baltimore Ravens||5||2||0||.714||0.0||171||97||2-1-0||3-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||2 W|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||4||2||0||.667||0.5||103||127||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|Cleveland Browns||4||2||0||.667||0.5||134||115||3-1-0||1-1-0||3-2-0||1-2-0||2 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||3||3||0||.500||1.5||100||127||2-1-0||1-2-0||0-3-0||0-2-0||2 W|
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|Jacksonville Jaguars||5||2||0||.714||0.0||173||146||2-2-0||3-0-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||4 W|
|Houston Texans||3||3||0||.500||1.5||135||113||2-1-0||1-2-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||3||4||0||.429||2.0||178||191||1-3-0||2-1-0||3-3-0||2-2-0||2 L|
|Tennessee Titans||2||4||0||.333||2.5||104||117||2-1-0||0-3-0||2-3-0||0-1-0||2 L|
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|Philadelphia Eagles||6||1||0||.857||0.0||186||141||3-0-0||3-1-0||4-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||4||2||0||.667||1.5||154||100||2-0-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Washington Commanders||3||4||0||.429||3.0||140||190||1-2-0||2-2-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|New York Giants||2||5||0||.286||4.0||85||174||1-2-0||1-3-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
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|San Francisco 49ers||5||2||0||.714||0.0||201||109||3-0-0||2-2-0||4-1-0||2-0-0||2 L|
|Seattle Seahawks||4||2||0||.667||0.5||144||118||2-1-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||4||0||.429||2.0||155||141||1-3-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||1||6||0||.143||4.0||127||182||1-2-0||0-4-0||1-5-0||0-3-0||4 L|
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|Detroit Lions||5||2||0||.714||0.0||174||151||2-1-0||3-1-0||4-1-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Minnesota Vikings||3||4||0||.429||2.0||151||152||1-3-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Green Bay Packers||2||4||0||.333||2.5||130||132||1-1-0||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||3 L|
|Chicago Bears||2||5||0||.286||3.0||158||188||1-3-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
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|Atlanta Falcons||4||3||0||.571||0.0||115||133||3-1-0||1-2-0||3-2-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||4||0||.429||1.0||121||128||1-3-0||2-1-0||3-3-0||1-1-0||3 L|
|New Orleans Saints||3||4||0||.429||1.0||133||127||1-2-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|Carolina Panthers||0||6||0||.000||3.5||112||186||0-2-0||0-4-0||0-5-0||0-2-0||6 L|
|New York||1||2||.333||1.5||0-1||1-1||0-1||1-1||1-2||1 L|
|Oklahoma City||2||0||1.000||—||–||2-0||–||–||2-0||2 W|
|Golden State||1||1||.500||0.5||0-1||1-0||1-1||1-1||1-1||1 W|
|LA Lakers||1||1||.500||0.5||1-0||0-1||1-0||1-1||1-1||1 W|
|LA Clippers||1||1||.500||0.5||1-0||0-1||–||1-1||1-1||1 L|
|New Orleans||2||0||1.000||—||1-0||1-0||1-0||1-0||2-0||2 W|
|San Antonio||1||1||.500||1.0||1-1||–||1-1||1-1||1-1||1 W|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||8||5||2||1||11||4||29||24||2-1-0||3-1-1||5-2-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||9||5||3||1||11||5||36||28||3-1-1||2-2-0||5-3-1|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||8||4||2||2||10||4||29||24||4-0-1||0-2-1||4-2-2|
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|New York Islanders||7||4||2||1||9||4||18||19||3-1-1||1-1-0||4-2-1|
|New Jersey Devils||7||4||2||1||9||4||29||27||2-2-1||2-0-0||4-2-1|
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|San Jose Sharks||8||0||7||1||1||0||8||32||0-3-1||0-4-0||0-7-1|
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1889 The National League’s Giants defeat the Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the American Association, 3-2, to win the World’s Championship Series, a precursor to the modern-day World Series. The nine-game postseason matchup is the Big Apple’s first ‘Subway Series,’ although that type of transportation will not be available until 1904.
1920 In a move less heralded than the acquisition of Babe Ruth earlier in the year, the Yankees hire Red Sox skipper Ed Barrow to be the team’s general manager. Under the future Hall of Famer’s leadership over the next quarter-century, the Bronx Bombers will win 14 American League pennants and 10 World Series championships.
1931 A’s southpaw Lefty Grove, capturing a 98% share of the vote, is named the American League’s MVP, easily outpacing runner-ups Lou Gehrig and Al Simmons. The future Hall of Famer left-hander posted a 31-4 (.886) record while compiling a league-leading 2.08 ERA for first-place Philadelphia.
1942 Branch Rickey, the innovator of the farm systems that helped build a strong Redbird franchise, resigns as the Cardinals’ vice president. Three days later, the Dodgers name the Mahatma the Brooklyn club president, helping fill the void created by Brooklyn’s general manager Larry MacPhail’s enlistment in the army to serve in World War II.
1959 White Sox right-hander Early Wynn, who posted the most victories in either league, wins the Cy Young Award as the top pitcher in the majors. The 39-year-old veteran, who led Chicago to an AL pennant with a 22-10 record, is named on 13 of the 16 votes cast by the BBWAA writers, with the Giants’ Sam Jones and teammate Bob Shaw also receiving consideration.
1969 Tom Seaver garners 23 of 24 possible first-place votes cast by the BBWAA to capture the National League Cy Young Award. The 24-year-old right-hander from Fresno (CA) led the major leagues in victories with 25 while striking out 200+ batters for the second straight season and compiling a 2.21 ERA, the second lowest in the MLB, for the World Champion Mets.
1975 As their overwhelming choice, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America selects Fred Lynn (.331, 21, 105) as the American League Rookie of the Year. The 22-year-old Red Sox All-Star outfielder receives 23½ out of 24 first-place votes, with teammate Jim Rice getting the other half.
1979 Willie Mays, one of the game’s most popular players, severs all ties with major league baseball when he accepts a public relations job with an Atlantic City casino. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn issued an ultimatum to the Hall of Fame outfielder to disassociate himself from the national pastime due to the gambling aspect of the position
1985 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth suspends Cardinal pitcher Joaquin Andujar for the first ten games next season due to bumping Don Denkinger twice during his World Series Game 7 dispute with the home plate umpire over balls and strikes calls. The Redbird right-hander’s frustration is a carry-over from the ump’s game-costing blown call at first base in yesterday’s ballgame.
1991 Buck Showalter replaces Stump Merrill as the Yankee manager. During his four-year reign as the Bronx Bomber skipper, the 36-year-old will compile a 313-268 (.539) record, capturing the American League Manager of the Year award and AL East title in 1994 and the league’s first wild card the following year.
1991 Braves skipper Bobby Cox becomes the first person selected as the Manager of the Year in both leagues when the BBWAA picks him as the National League’s top field boss. The 50-year-old former third baseman, who won the AL honor with the Blue Jays in 1985, led Atlanta to their first pennant after the team finished with the worst record during the previous season.
2001 “As the (economic) problems have exacerbated, it has become clearer to me that everything should be on the table, including contraction.” – COMMISSIONER BUD SELIG, commenting on the possible elimination of two major league teams as soon as next season. Before Game 2 of the World Series, Commissioner Bud Selig says major league baseball is considering eliminating two teams by next season. The highly controversial contraction would include the Montreal Expos and the Minnesota Twins or the Florida Marlins.
2002 Bringing the total to seven this month, three more teams hire new managers, including Ned Yost (Brewers), Ken Macha (A’s), and Eric Wedge (Indians). Being younger than two of his players (Ellis Burks and Omar Vizquel), the Tribe’s skipper, at age 34, becomes the youngest manager in the major leagues.
2006 Silas Simmons, the oldest surviving former baseball player, passes away at St. Petersburg’s Westminster Suncoast retirement community in Florida. The 111-year-old was a southpaw hurler in the Negro Leagues for 17 years and played for the Homestead Grays, New York Lincoln Giants, and Cuban All-Stars.
2008 The Phillies complete the first-ever suspended game in World Series history, playing three innings at Citizens Bank Park, beating the Rays, 4-3, in Game 5 to win the Fall Classic. The World Championship is only the team’s second in franchise history and the first since 1980.
2009 Derek Jeter is the recipient of this year’s Roberto Clemente Award, an honor given to a player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, and community involvement. The 35-year-old Yankee captain joins 13 Hall of Famers and former Bronx Bombers Ron Guidry and Don Baylor in winning the prestigious prize.
2010 The Mets officially introduced 62-year-old Harvard Law School graduate Sandy Alderson as the team’s new general manager at a Citi Field news conference. The A’s former president and GM and chief executive officer of the Padres is being allowed to leave his current administrative position with MLB to take on the challenging role of rebuilding the directionless organization, which includes hiring a new manager for the team.
2010 Joe Girardi finalizes a new three-year contract with the Yankees to remain the team’s manager. During the season, rumors surfaced that the Illinois native and former Cub catcher might be interested in replacing the retiring Lou Piniella as the Chicago skipper, a position recently filled by interim Mike Quade.
2013 After batting .360 (9-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBIs for his island nation during the World Baseball Classic, Jose Abreu, who defected from Cuba last summer, finalizes a $68 million, six-year deal with the White Sox. The Pale Hose projects the 26-year-old slugger to play first base/DH, helping the team bolster a weak offense, which scored the fewest runs in the American League this season.
2014 In Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium, the Giants clinch their third World Series in five years when the team defeats the Royals, 3-2. San Francisco’s 25-year-old southpaw Madison Bumgarner, the MVP of the Fall Classic, hurls the five final scoreless innings to earn the save in addition to his victories in Games 1 and 5.
2015 On the day the Sporting News names him the Executive of the Year, Blue Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos rejects a five-year contract extension after bringing the franchise to an AL East Championship the previous season and posting a 489–483 record during his six-year tenure with the team. The 38-year-old, who will become the Dodgers’ vice president of baseball operations in January, is believed to have departed the organization after quarreling with Toronto’s new president and CEO, Mark Shapiro, concerning his autonomy as the club’s general manager.
2016 The Marlins hire Don Mattingly as its new skipper, replacing Dan Jennings, who became the team’s interim manager after Mike Redmond’s firing in May. The recently departed Dodger skipper will spend seven seasons with Miami, compiling a 443-587 record (.430) with the team making the postseason as a Wild Card in the 2020 COVID-shortened season.
2020 Tony La Russa becomes the White Sox’s new manager, replacing Rick Renteria, fired after leading the team to their first postseason appearance in 12 years. The incoming 76-year-old Hall of Fame skipper, dismissed after eight seasons with the club in 1986, compiled a 2,728-3,625 (.536) record during his 35 campaigns in the dugout en route to winning World Championships with the A’s (1988) and Cardinals (2006, 2011).
WORLD SERIES HISTORY
Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs St. Louis Cardinals (2)
As America welcomed in their third decade of professional baseball, the Philadelphia Athletics had clearly re-established themselves as one of Major League baseball’s elite. Connie Mack’s franchise had taken longer than expected to rebuild itself into the dynasty of the early 1900’s, but it was certainly worth the wait. They had almost upset the up-and-coming New York Yankees in the 1928 pennant race, dominated the American League for the title in 1929 and won it comfortably in 1930 to return for another World Series appearance.
The 1930 post-season provided Mack with an opportunity to win his fifth championship title and his second in a row. Their opponents, the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals were more than worthy of the challenge while batting .314 with an all .300-hitting line-up. 1930 had been dubbed “The Year of the Hitter” as six National League clubs had above .300 averages, with the New York Giants setting a modern record with a .319 figure and the Philadelphia Phillies hitting .315. The American League was not far behind with a .288 average.
Despite their regular season rallies at the plate, the Athletics’ bats struggled in Game 1 and only managed five hits to the Cardinals’ nine. However, all five went for extra bases and each figured in the defending champions’ scoring, which came on single runs in the second, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Two of the A’s hits were homers by Al Simmons and Mickey Cochrane, and helped Lefty Grove to beat veteran Burleigh Grimes, 5-2.
Despite the win, Philadelphia was determined to make amends for the “one-hit-an-inning” performance in the Series opener. Cochrane, Simmons and Foxx came out swinging and beat Cardinals’ starter Flint Rehm in a 6-1 victory putting their team ahead two games to none.
As the Series shifted to St. Louis, the home team once again, found themselves in familiar territory. Come-from-behind situations were nothing new to the 1930 Cardinals who were tied for fourth in August and trailed the then National League leading Brooklyn Robins by eleven games. Their tenacity had allowed them to rebound to the top of their league and nothing had changed in Game 3.
Veteran ace, “Wild Bill” Hallahan shut out the returning World Champions for a 5-0 triumph and Series veteran, Jesse Haines, beat out Lefty Grove in a Game 4, 3-1 duel that tied the contest at two games apiece.
Game 5 represented the Series leading win and both teams were determined to turn the tournament in their favor. Burleigh Grimes and George Earnshaw went at it for a nine-inning pitcher’s masterpiece as neither team could manage any offense at the plate. Grimes blinked first as Cochrane managed a walk in the top of the ninth. Two batters later, Jimmie Foxx, who had hit thirty-seven home runs during the regular season, added number thirty-eight for the 2-0 Athletics’ victory. Philadelphia had the advantage and was one game away from back-to-back championships.
Connie Mack’s confidence in Earnshaw warranted the thirty-year old right-handers return for Game 6 despite having only one days rest while the Cardinals skipper, Gabby Street chose Game 3 winner, “Wild Bill” Hallahan to even the score. The questionable decision to start Earnshaw would prove meaningless as the Athletics’ line-up would tag both Hallahan and reliever Syl Johnson for two run scoring doubles in the first, a homer in the third and a two-run blast in the fourth. Once again, the A’s had made each hit worth extra-bases and their poorly rested pitcher backed them up with a solid outing for a five-hit, 7-1 victory. The win made the Philadelphia Athletics the first team in Series history to win back-to-back championships twice.
How ironic, that in “The Year of the Hitter”, batting would be nothing more than a mediocre statistic in the World Series. Philadelphia managed to hit a meager .197 and St. Louis tallied an unimpressive .200 average. In this contest, “quality” apparently meant more than “quantity” as the A’s had eighteen of their thirty-five going for extra-bases. The lack of offense was a testament to the solid pitching on both sides. Earnshaw was a standout, going 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA for twenty-five innings of work and Grove was not far behind with a 2-1 record with a 1.42 ERA in nineteen innings.
Centre hands Harvard a loss!
October 29, 1921 – Per the footballfoundation.org, Centre College in Kentucky upset Harvard 6-0, handing the Crimson its first defeat since 1916. Centre’s Bo McMillin, a 1951 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, scored on a 32-yard run in what many still consider as one of the 20th century’s greatest sports upsets.
Wash. State with the Upset!
October 29, 1988 – A story from the NFF : Washington State scored 28 points in the second half to upset No. 1 UCLA and College Football Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Terry Donahue, 34-30. Cougar running back Rick Swinton scored the go ahead touchdown with 6:21 remaining in the game. The Bruins had an opportunity late in the fourth quarter to win the game but Aikman misfired on four consecutive passes from the Washington State six yard line as Washington State’s defense stood tall to preserve the victory.
All good things must come to an end
October 29, 1989 – Ozzie Newsome had his NFL streak of 150 consecutive games with a reception come to an end. In a UPI article by Thomas M. Burnettrich dated October 29, 1989 the Newsome was injured after the first Cleveland offensive play in the second half and had not had a reception in the first half against the Oilers. Newsome, by his own choice, decided not to go back into the game to try and preserve the streak with a short reception. The Browns prevailed without their star receiver contributing on the stat line as they cruised to a 28-17 victory over the Houston Oilers. The streak started on October 21, 1979.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY FOR OCTOBER 29
October 29, 1881 – Phillipsburg, New Jersey – John DeWitt a former guard and kicker from Princeton University was born. Some consider DeWitt to be the greatest player in Princeton history as even the great Walter Camp placed him on an all-time All-America team. The NFF recounts a great story on Dewitt on their website. Things were not looking good for the Princeton Tigers in their annual battle with Yale. Their 10-game winning streak was in jeopardy when the Bulldogs scored the first points of the season against the Tigers. The Elis were about to increase their 6-0 lead as Ledyard Mitchell set to drop-kick a field goal. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, came the rush of John De Witt. He caught the ball in mid-air and raced 70 yards for a Tiger touchdown, then kicked the conversion point that tied the game at 6-6. Late in the contest, De Witt struck again, this time on a 53-yard field goal which provided the winning points in an 11-6 Princeton victory. Princeton finished the season at 11-0-0 and won the national championship, due largely to the efforts of this drop-kick specialist. DeWitt was a great all-around athlete as he even competed in the hammer throw for the United States in the 1904 Summer Olympics held in St. Louis and won the silver medal! John DeWitt was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
October 29, 1923 – Gloster, Mississippi – Barney Poole was an end that played for multiple collegiate teams including Mississippi, North Carolina and Army. The National Football Foundation informs us that due to special war time allowances, Barney Poole was permitted to participate in an unprecedented 7 seasons! Poole started off his collegiate career at Mississippi in 1942, played with the North Carolina V-12 unit in 1943, moved to Army for the 1944-46 campaigns, then returned to Ole Miss for two additional seasons. Never was his playmaking talent displayed better than in the 1946 Army-Navy game. With time waning and Army up, Navy was driving for the go ahead score. Poole made a couple game-saving tackles, the last when he hauled Navy’s Pete Williams down at the Cadet 4 yard line, ending the final threat with just seven seconds left in the game according to the NFF’s website. Poole was an all around great athlete as he earned 7 letters in football, 7 letters in basketball and 8 more in the sport of baseball. The National Football Foundation voted Barney Poole to join their exclusive club of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974. Barney after college played in the National Football League for the New York Yanks, the Dallas Texans, the Baltimore Colts, and the New York Giants. Poole also played football in the All-America Football Conference for the New York Yankees.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
10 – 15 – 18 – 76 – 9 – 82 – 35 – 40 – 11 – 30
October 29, 1910 – Hamilton Tigers running back / kicker Ben Simpson scored a CFL record 11 singles in Tigers 14-7 win over Montreal at Montreal AAA Grounds
October 29, 1931 – Lefty Grove, Number 10 A’s pitcher who won 31 games, is named the AL’s MVP
October 29, 1949 – The Chicago White Sox traded Number 15, Joe Tipton to A’s for Number 18, Nellie Fox
October 29, 1950 – Cleveland Browns’ Number 76, Marion Motley set a record for highest avg gain in a game with 17.1 (10 attempts), Cleveland 45, Pittsburgh 7
October 29, 1950 – Detroit Lions Wally Triplett, Number 18 achieved a kickoff return yardage of 294 yards against the LA Rams, the second highest in a single-game in NFL history
October 29, 1969 – Tom Seaver, Number 41 of the New York Metswas voted NL Cy Young Award
October 29, 1986 – Kirk Muller, Number 9 scored the New Jersey Devils record 6 point, beat Penguins, 8-6
October 29, 1989 – Ozzie Newsome, Number 82 had his NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions end
October 29, 2008 – World Series: Philadelphia beats Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3 in Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park for Phillies second title in their 126-year history; MVP: Phillies pitcher Number 35, Cole Hamels
October 29, 2014 – World Series: San Francisco beats Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Game 7 at Kauffman Field, KC to win Giants’ 3rd title in 5 years; MVP: SF starter Madison Bumgarner, Number 40
October 29, 2018 – Golden State shooting guard Number 11, Klay Thompson broke the NBA record previously held by teammate Number 30, Stephen Curry for most 3-pointers in a game with 14 in Warriors’ 149-124 win over the Bulls in Chicago
TV SPORTS SUNDAY
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|NASCAR Cup: Xfinity 500||2:00pm||NBC|
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|Ligue 1: Brest vs PSG||8:00am||beIN Sports|
|EPL: West Ham United vs Everton||9:00am||USA|
|La Liga: Real Betis vs Osasuna||9:00am||ESPN+|
|EPL: Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest||10:00am||Peacock|
|EPL: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Fulham||10:00am||Peacock|
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|Ligue 1: Lille vs Monaco||10:00am||beIN Sports|
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|Ligue 1: Rennes vs Strasbourg||12:05pm||beIN Sports|
|EPL: Aston Villa vs West Ham United||11:30am||USA|
|Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs Freiburg||12:30pm||ESPN+|
|Serie A: Internazionale vs Roma||1:00pm||Paramount+|
|La Liga: Athletic Club vs Valencia||1:30pm||ESPN+|
|Argentina Primera División: Talleres Córdoba vs Banfield||3:00pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Rosario Central vs Argentinos Juniors||3:00pm||Paramount+|
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|Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais vs Clermont||3:45pm||beIN Sports|
|La Liga: Atlético Madrid vs Deportivo Alavés||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|Argentina Primera División: Gimnasia La Plata vs River Plate||5:30pm||Paramount+|
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|MLS: Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake||6:00pm||Apple TV|
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|Argentina Primera División: Colón vs Atlético Tucumán||8:00pm||Paramount+|
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|Iona vs Rider||5:00pm||ESPN+|
|Oregon State vs Washington State||5:00pm||PAC12N|