INDIANA FOOTBALL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES NOVEMBER 4

SECTIONAL 1

LAFAYETTE JEFF (8-2) AT CROWN POINT (10-0)

SECTIONAL 2

WARSAW (8-2) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (10-0)

SECTIONAL 3

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (10-0) AT FISHERS (7-3)

SECTIONAL 4

NOBLESVILLE (4-6) AT WESTFIELD (7-3)

SECTIONAL 5

BROWNSBURG (9-1) AT AVON (2-8)

SECTIONAL 6

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (8-1) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (5-5)

SECTIONAL 7

PERRY MERIDIAN (4-6) AT WARREN CENTRAL (5-5)

SECTIONAL 8

CENTER GROVE (8-2) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (5-5)

SECTIONAL 9

MERRILLVILLE (8-2) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (8-2)

SECTIONAL 10

VALPARAISO (7-3) AT CHESTERTON (5-5)

SECTIONAL 11

MISHAWAKA (9-1) AT CONCORD (5-5)

SECTIONAL 12

FORT WAYNE NORTH (8-2) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (9-1)

SECTIONAL 13

DECATUR CENTRAL (4-6) AT PLAINFIELD (5-5)

SECTIONAL 14

WHITELAND (9-1) AT FRANKLIN (8-2)

SECTIONAL 15

BLOOMINGTON NORTH (6-4) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (8-1)

SECTIONAL 16

EVANSVILLE NORTH (6-4) AT CASTLE (6-4)

SECTIONAL 17

NEW PRAIRIE (10-1) AT HOBART (8-3)

SECTIONAL 18

NORTHRIDGE (7-4) AT NORTHWOOD (11-0)

SECTIONAL 19

LEO (8-3) AT COLUMBIA CITY (10-1)

SECTIONAL 20

MISSISSINEWA (8-3) AT KOKOMO (10-1)

SECTIONAL 21

BREBEUF JESUIT (7-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (10-1)

SECTIONAL 22

CONNERSVILLE (7-4) AT NEW PALESTINE (11-0)

SECTIONAL 23

MARTINSVILLE (8-3) AT EAST CENTRAL (9-2)

SECTIONAL 24

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (8-3) AT BOONVILLE (8-3)

SECTIONAL 25

WEST LAFAYETTE (11-0) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (11-0)

SECTIONAL 26

KNOX (8-3) AT JIMTOWN (9-2)

SECTIONAL 27

YORKTOWN (8-3) AT NORWELL (10-1)

SECTIONAL 28

INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (7-4) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (7-4)

SECTIONAL 29

DANVILLE (5-6) AT MONROVIA (4-7)

SECTIONAL 30

PIKE CENTRAL (3-8) AT OWEN VALLEY (11-0)

SECTIONAL 31

BATESVILLE (6-5) AT LAWRENCEBURG (10-1)

SECTIONAL 32

SOUTHRIDGE (10-1) AT HERITAGE HILLS (7-4)

SECTIONAL 33

ANDREAN (7-3) AT BREMEN (7-4)

SECTIONAL 34

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (8-3) AT ROCHESTER (10-1)

SECTIONAL 35

FORT WAYNE LUERS (6-5) AT EASTSIDE (9-2)

SECTIONAL 36

EASTBROOK (8-3) AT BLUFFTON (7-4)

SECTIONAL 37

LINTON-STOCKTON (11-0) AT SULLIVAN (7-4)

SECTIONAL 38

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (7-3) AT LAPEL (6-5)

SECTIONAL 39

INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (10-1) AT TRITON CENTRAL (9-2)

SECTIONAL 40

NORTH POSEY (9-2) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (8-3)

SECTIONAL 41

CULVER (7-4) AT NORTH JUDSON (10-1)

SECTIONAL 42

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (6-5) AT PARK TUDOR (8-3)

SECTIONAL 43

WEST CENTRAL (10-1) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (10-1)

SECTIONAL 44

ADAMS CENTRAL (11-0) AT NORTHFIELD (6-5)

SECTIONAL 45

SHERIDAN (10-1) AT HAGERSTOWN (7-4)

SECTIONAL 46

KNIGHTSTOWN (3-7) AT NORTH DECATUR (11-0)

SECTIONAL 47

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (11-0) AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (8-3)

SECTIONAL 48

TECUMSEH (10-0) AT PROVIDENCE (8-2)

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE

1A

TECUMSEH 3 INDY LUTHERAN 0

FT. WAYNE BLACKHAWK 3 SOUTHWOOD 1

2A

LINTON-STOCKTON 3 SCECINA 2

WAPAHANI 3 ANDREAN 2

3A

PROVIDENCE 3 WESTERN BOONE 2

BELLMONT 3 NORTHWOOD 0

4A

YORKTOWN 3 FLOYD DENTAL 1

HAMILTON SE 3 LAKE CENTRAL 0

VOLLEYBALL STATE FINALS

CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

11 AM ET | TECUMSEH (31-4) VS. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN (33-4)

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

1:30 PM ET | LINTON-STOCKTON (28-5) VS. WAPAHANI (31-5)

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

4:30 PM ET | PROVIDENCE (30-6) VS. BELLMONT (30-6)

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

7 PM ET | YORKTOWN (34-2) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (33-1)

INDIANA SOCCER STATE FINALS

SATURDAY, OCT. 29 

CLASS 2A BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
FINAL | BREBEUF JESUIT 2, MISHAWAKA MARIAN 1 
> BREBEUF WINS BACK TO BACK STATE TITLES
> STEFAN BOES OF BREBEUF HONORED WITH CATO MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
> FINAL RECORDS: BREBEUF JESUIT (17-4-1), MISHAWAKA MARIAN (18-2-2)
RECAP | BOX SCORE 

CLASS 3A BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
FINAL | NOBLESVILLE 1, COLUMBUS NORTH 0
> NOBLESVILLE BOYS WIN BACK TO BACK STATE TITLES
> FLYNN KEELE OF COLUMBUS NORTH THE RECIPIENT OF THE CATO MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
> FINAL RECORDS: NOBLESVILLE (16-3-3), COLUMBUS NORTH (19-2-1)
RECAP | BOX SCORE 

CLASS 3A GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | NOBLESVILLE 1, CARMEL 0
> NOBLESVILLE GIRLS WIN THIRD TITLE IN FOUR YEARS
> CARMEL’S AUBREE EMPIE HONORED WITH WYNNS MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
> FINAL RECORDS: NOBLESVILLE (20-1), CARMEL (18-3-2)
RECAP | BOX SCORE  

CLASS 1A GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | PARK TUDOR 3, FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 0
> PANTHERS SCORE THREE IN THE SECOND PERIOD TO SECURE STATE TITLE
> PARK TUDOR’S KATIE HUR RECIPIENT OF WYNNS MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
> FINAL RECORDS: PARK TUDOR (21-1-1), FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (12-9-2)
RECAP | BOX SCORE  

CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS

RESULTS: https://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/21046.html

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENING DAY SCHEDULE

NOV 1

ALL TIMES EASTERN
ALEXANDRIAATMUNCIE BURRIS7:30 PM
ANDERSONATPIKE7:30 PM
BROWN COUNTYATSHELBYVILLE7:30 PM
CENTER GROVEATFRANKLIN CENTRAL7:30 PM
CHURUBUSCOATFORT WAYNE DWENGER7:30 PM
CORYDON CENTRALATNEW WASHINGTON7:30 PM
CROWN POINTATHAMMOND CENTRAL8:00 PM
DEKALBATHERITAGE7:30 PM
EASTERN GREENEATBLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE7:30 PM
FOUNTAIN CENTRALATFAITH CHRISTIAN7:30 PM
GREENWOOD CHRISTIANATINDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE6:00 PM
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERNATCOLUMBUS NORTH7:30 PM
INDIANA MATH & SCIENCEATCENTRAL CHRISTIAN6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKSATZIONSVILLE7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRALATCOVENANT CHRISTIAN7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARDATTRI-WEST7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS HERRONATKIPP INDY LEGACY6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS TECHATCHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL7:30 PM
JEFFERSONVILLEATLANESVILLE6:00 PM
JIMTOWNATFAIRFIELD7:30 PM
MARIONATPENDLETON HEIGHTS7:30 PM
MARQUETTE CATHOLICATBOONE GROVE8:00 PM
MISHAWAKAATSOUTH BEND RILEY7:30 PM
MISHAWAKA MARIANATBREMEN7:30 PM
MOORESVILLEATNORTHVIEW7:30 PM
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)ATWHITELAND7:30 PM
NEW PRAIRIEATCONCORD7:45 PM
NORTH DECATURATFRANKLIN COUNTY7:30 PM
NORTH PUTNAMATNORTH VERMILLION7:30 PM
PERRY CENTRALATSOUTHRIDGE8:00 PM
PROVIDENCE CRISTO REYATINDIANAPOLIS SCECINA6:00 PM
RICHMONDATNEW CASTLE7:30 PM
RIVERTON PARKEATCLOVERDALE7:30 PM
SCOTTSBURGATJENNINGS COUNTY7:30 PM
SHAKAMAKATNORTH KNOX7:30 PM
SOUTH BEND CAREERATGRANGER CHRISTIAN6:45 PM
SOUTH DECATURATMILAN7:30 PM
SOUTH PUTNAMATSOUTH VERMILLION7:30 PM
SOUTHMONTATGREENCASTLE7:30 PM
TELL CITYATCANNELTON7:00 PM
TERRE HAUTE SOUTHATPLAINFIELD7:30 PM
TRINITY GREENLAWNATCULVER ACADEMY7:30 PM
UNIVERSITYATINDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE7:30 PM
WARREN CENTRALATBROWNSBURG7:00 PM
WES-DELATEASTERN HANCOCK7:30 PM
WEST VIGOATEDGEWOOD7:30 PM
WESTERNATNORTH MIAMI7:30 PM
WESTFIELDATNORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)7:30 PM
WHEELERATLOWELL8:00 PM
WHITE RIVER VALLEYATSOUTH KNOX7:30 PM
WOODLANATNEW HAVEN7:30 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9

NO. 2 OHIO STATE 44, NO. 13 PENN STATE 31

NO. 7 TCU 41, WEST VIRGINIA 31

NOTRE DAME 41, NO. 16 SYRACUSE 24

ARKANSAS 41, AUBURN 27

OKLAHOMA 27, IOWA STATE 13

UCONN 13, BOSTON COLLEGE 3

HOUSTON 42, SOUTH FLORIDA 27

FLORIDA STATE 41, GEORGIA TECH 16

TOLEDO 27, EASTERN MICHIGAN 24

MIAMI (OHIO) 27, AKRON 9

MORGAN STATE 41, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 14

ST. FRANCIS (PA) 44, SACRED HEART 14

MARIST 37, PRESBYTERIAN 7

MIAMI (FLA.) 14, VIRGINIA 12 (4OT)

BROWN 34, PENN 31

GEORGETOWN 30, LAFAYETTE 20

PRINCETON 35, CORNELL 9

KENNESAW STATE 30, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 20

COLGATE 13, BUCKNELL 7

DRAKE 24, STETSON 17

HOLY CROSS 53, FORDHAM 52 (OT)

NORTH CAROLINA A&T 45, CAMPBELL 38

WOFFORD 48, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 41

HARVARD 28, DARTMOUTH 13

MERCER 55, VMI 14

GARDNER-WEBB 48, BRYANT 40

CHARLOTTE 56, RICE 23

EASTERN KENTUCKY 28, SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE 23

HOWARD 49, NORFOLK STATE 21

NC CENTRAL 28, DELAWARE STATE 21

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 45, SOUTH DAKOTA 24

FURMAN 24, CHATTANOOGA 20

SAMFORD 38, THE CITADEL 3

JACKSON STATE 35, SOUTHERN 0

LINDENWOOD 64, WILLIAM JEWELL COLLEGE 23

MINNESOTA 31, RUTGERS 0

GEORGIA STATE 31, OLD DOMINION 17

WEBER STATE 24, MONTANA 21

UT MARTIN 52, HOUSTON CHRISTIAN 28

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 49, INDIANA STATE 7

MISSOURI STATE 64, WESTERN ILLINOIS 14

UIW 35, TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE 7

UTAH TECH 47, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 44

GRAMBLING 35, ALCORN STATE 6

MURRAY STATE 19, TENNESSEE STATE 3

UNI 37, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 36

TENNESSEE TECH 20, EASTERN ILLINOIS 17

NO. 1 GEORGIA 42, FLORIDA 20 (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA)

NO. 8 OREGON 42, CAL 24

NO. 22 KANSAS STATE 48, NO. 9 OKLAHOMA STATE 0

LOUISVILLE 48, NO. 10 WAKE FOREST 21

NO. 17 ILLINOIS 26, NEBRASKA 9

UCF 25, NO. 20 CINCINNATI 21

SMU 45, TULSA 34

IOWA 33, NORTHWESTERN 13

NEW MEXICO STATE 23, UMASS 13

NAVY 27, TEMPLE 20 (OT)

APPALACHIAN STATE 42, ROBERT MORRIS 3

NORTH TEXAS 40, WESTERN KENTUCKY 13

NORTH DAKOTA STATE 24, ILLINOIS STATE 7

ALABAMA STATE 24, ALABAMA A&M 17 (BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA)

MISSOURI 23, NO. 25 SOUTH CAROLINA 10

SOUTH ALABAMA 31, ARKANSAS STATE 3

JACKSONVILLE STATE 40, AUSTIN PEAY 16

PORTLAND STATE 38. EASTERN WASHINGTON 34

NORTH DAKOTA 34, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 31

LAMAR 24, NICHOLLS 17

CENTRAL ARKANSAS 64, NORTH ALABAMA 29

NO. 3 TENNESSEE 44, NO. 19 KENTUCKY 6

NO. 10 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 45, ARIZONA 37

BOISE STATE 49, COLORADO STATE 10

COASTAL CAROLINA 24, MARSHALL 13

FLORIDA ATLANTIC 24, UAB 17

UC DAVIS 59, CAL POLY 17

NO. 4 MICHIGAN 29, MICHIGAN STATE 7

NO. 15 OLE MISS 31, TEXAS A&M 28

ARIZONA STATE 42, COLORADO 34

BAYLOR 45, TEXAS TECH 17

NO. 21 NORTH CAROLINA 42, PITT 24

SE LOUISIANA 28, MCNEESE 27

SAM HOUSTON 40, TARLETON 21

WYOMING 27 HAWAII 20

NO. 12 UCLA 38 STANFORD 13

SAN JOSE STATE 35 NEVADA 28

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 24 UTEP 13

FRESNO STATE 32 SAN DIEGO STATE 28

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10

TUESDAY, NOV. 1

BALL STATE AT KENT STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

BUFFALO AT OHIO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2

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

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT BOWLING GREEN | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

THURSDAY, NOV. 3

UTEP AT RICE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

APPALACHIAN STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 4

UMASS AT UCONN | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

DUKE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

OREGON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN2

SATURDAY, NOV. 5

AIR FORCE VS. ARMY (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 11:30 A.M. | CBS

OHIO STATE AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | ABC

KENTUCKY AT MISSOURI | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NORTH CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

TULANE AT TULSA | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

FLORIDA AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT CHARLOTTE | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

GEORGIA TECH AT VIRGINIA TECH | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH FLORIDA AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

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

GEORGIA STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

TENNESSEE AT GEORGIA | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

SYRACUSE AT PITT | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

WASHINGTON STATE AT STANFORD | 3:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

WEST VIRGINIA AT IOWA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

NEW MEXICO AT UTAH STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTSA AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

LIBERTY AT ARKANSAS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

SOUTH ALABAMA AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

FIU AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

TROY AT LOUISIANA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

TEXAS STATE AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN3

ALABAMA AT LSU | 7 P.M. | ESPN

UNLV AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

HOUSTON AT SMU | 7 P.M.

MICHIGAN AT RUTGERS | 7 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

CLEMSON AT NOTRE DAME | 7:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

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

AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

JAMES MADISON AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

FLORIDA STATE AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

WAKE FOREST AT NC STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

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

HAWAI’I AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS2

COLORADO STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M.

TEXAS TECH AT TCU

OREGON AT COLORADO

OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS

UCLA AT ARIZONA STATE

PENN STATE AT INDIANA

ARIZONA AT UTAH

MICHIGAN STATE AT ILLINOIS

NAVY AT CINCINNATI

TEXAS AT KANSAS STATE

BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA

MINNESOTA AT NEBRASKA

IOWA AT PURDUE

MARYLAND AT WISCONSIN

BYU AT BOISE STATE

UCF AT MEMPHIS

NFL WEEK 8

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS VS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (WEMBLEY) 1:30P (BST) 9:30A ESPN+

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CHICAGO BEARS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 3:05P (CT) 4:05P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT BUFFALO BILLS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2022

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

WORLD SERIES

HOUSTON 5 PHILADELPHIA 0 (SERIES TIED 1 – 1)

MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, HOU @ PHI, FOX

TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, HOU @ PHI, FOX

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, HOU @ PHI, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

NBA SCOREBOARD

SACRAMENTO 119 MIAMI 113

CHARLOTTE 120 GOLDEN STATE 113 OT

INDIANA 125 BROOKLYN 116

PHILADELPHIA 114 CHICAGO 109

MILWAUKEE 123 ATLANTA 115

OKLAHOMA CITY 117 DALLAS 111 OT

UTAH 124 MEMPHIS 123

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY RANGERS 6 DALLAS 3

FLORIDA 5 OTTAWA 3

TAMPA BAY 4 SAN JOSE 3

BUFFALO 4 CHICAGO 3

DETROIT 2 MINNESOTA 1

CAROLINA 4 PHILADELPHIA 3

MONTRÉAL 7 ST. LOUIS 4

LOS ANGELES 4 TORONTO 2

NY ISLANDERS 5 COLORADO 4

WASHINGTON 3 NASHVILLE 0

EDMONTON 3 CALGARY 2

SEATTLE 3 PITTSBURGH 1

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

TUIMOLOAU SHINES AS NO. 2 OHIO ST BEATS NO. 13 PENN ST 44-31

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) For the final act in a spectacular performance, J.T. Tuimoloau kept a blocker from cutting his legs, reached up and grabbed a pass intended for a receiver a few yards behind him and casually cruised into the end zone to seal an Ohio State victory.

The interception was the second of the day for the Buckeyes’ defensive end – yes, defensive end – to go along with two sacks, a fumble caused and recovered, and a tipped pass that a teammate came down with for another takeaway.

“This is kind of his coming out party today,” said Ohio State coach Ryan Day, underselling the sophomore’s breakout game.

Tuimoloau’s strip sack and pick-6 in the fourth quarter helped the No. 2 Buckeyes erase a deficit and pull away from No. 13 Penn State 44-31 on Saturday.

The former five-star recruit from Seattle said the last time he intercepted a pass was as a sophomore in high school and he never remembered getting two in one game.

“I mean, it hasn’t hit yet,” Tuimoloau said about having an all-time great game on such a big stage. “I just take it as a great team win right now.”

The 6-foot-4, 270 pounder’s first interception of his career came in the first quarter on a play in which he dropped into coverage and broke quickly on a sideline throw to a running back.

“Brother’s an athlete, you can’t teach that,” said fellow defensive end, Zach Harrison, who had the interception on Tuimoloau’s tipped pass.

Tuimoloau said the tipped pass to Harrison was his favorite of the game-changing plays he made.

Day said Tuimoloau has been playing well this season, getting pressure despite not putting up big stats. He had only one sack coming into the game.

“He been right there,” Day said. “He’s almost been like the unsung hero of the defense.”

On this day, Tuimoloau outshined all the Buckeyes stars.

C.J. Stroud passed for 354 yards and the Buckeyes (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) ran their winning streak in the rivalry to six in a row – none by more than 13 points.

NO. 22 KANSAS STATE ROUTS NO. 9 OKLAHOMA STATE, 48-0

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) After the final seconds ticked away on No. 22 Kansas State’s comprehensive 48-0 win over ninth-ranked Oklahoma State on Saturday, thousands of purple-clad fans didn’t storm the field so much as they wandered onto it in celebration.

Which was altogether fitting, considering the way the Wildcats methodically trounced the Cowboys.

Backup quarterback Will Howard threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns, Deuce Vaughn ran for 158 yards and another score, and a late interception by the Wildcats sealed Oklahoma State’s first shutout loss since 2009 while allowing Kansas State to remain a game behind TCU in the race for berths in the Big 12 championship game.

“This is as good a win as I’ve ever been a part of,” Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said. “Offense fed off defense. Defense fed off the offense. We need to play complementary football and we were really good in all three phases.”

Kansas State scored TDs on its first two possessions, had 495 yards of total offense and held Oklahoma State, which had been the nation’s No. 3 scoring offense at 44.7 points per game, to just 217 yards – less than half its season average.

Kade Warner caught five passes for 97 yards and two scores, and Malik Knowles had eight catches for 113 yards. The late interception gave the Wildcats (6-2, 4-1) their first shutout of the Cowboys since a 10-0 win on Nov. 21, 1992.

“We’re confident,” Howard said. “We feel good right now. And we just played a really good game against a really good team and beat them 48-0. And the nice thing is, we haven’t played our best game, and that’s still in front of us.”

Spencer Sanders was just 13 of 26 for 147 yards with an interception for Oklahoma State (6-2, 3-2) before landing hard on his shoulder midway through the fourth quarter. The star quarterback did not return to the game.

The Cowboys’ most lopsided loss in nearly 18 seasons under coach Mike Gundy was also their first shutout loss to anyone since Nov. 28, 2009, when they fell 27-0 to Oklahoma in the Bedlam game.

HYATT’S 2 TDS LEAD NO. 3 TENNESSEE OVER NO. 19 KENTUCKY 44-6

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No looking ahead for Jalin Hyatt and No. 3 Tennessee.

The Volunteers were ready for Kentucky.

Hyatt caught five passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns to lead Tennessee to a 44-6 victory over No. 19 Kentucky on Saturday night.

Hyatt broke the school record for touchdown receptions in a season with 14 and set up the Volunteers (8-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) for their showdown with No. 1 Georgia next Saturday.

Tennessee is off to its best start since winning the national championship in 1998.

“The first day I took this job, this is what you envision,” Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said. “You’re in the nuts and bolts and continue to grow. These guys wanted to stay (during the coaching transition).”

The Wildcats (5-3, 2-3) struggled in the latest edition of the border rivalry. Will Levis, projected as one of the top quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL draft, was intercepted three times – including two by Doneiko Slaughter, who moved from safety to cornerback to fill a void.

“(Slaughter) trained at corner,” Heupel said. “He did a great job early on. We weren’t healthy at that position.”

“You have to have the mentality you want to be great,” Slaughter said. “I like to be more in the box (at safety), but it’ll grow on me.”

Kentucky was 1 for 6 on third down in the first half and 2 of 13 for the game. Levis was 16 for 27 for 98 yards.

“(Tennessee) beat us in virtually every area,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “When the game started getting away from us, (Levis is) forcing things. That’s the competitor in him.”

“(Tennessee’s defense was) playing some zones that ended up plugging up a lot of things,” Levis said. “Credit (Tennessee), but most of it was us shooting ourselves in the foot.”

Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker completed 19 of 25 passes for 245 yards and three scores. Hooker also ran for a TD.

“We’re here to accomplish the goal we set in January,” Hooker said. “We’ll take every opponent seriously. I have to lock into my assignment.”

The Vols led 27-6 at halftime. Hyatt had three receptions for 91 yards, two of them were for touchdowns.

DUGGAN THROWS FOR 3 TDS, NO. 7 TCU BEATS WEST VIRGINIA 41-31

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) No. 7 TCU is still working on putting together an ideal performance on both sides of the ball.

For now, the Horned Frogs are happy to still have a perfect record.

Max Duggan threw three touchdown passes, Kendre Miller ran for 120 yards and a score and TCU used big plays on offense to beat West Virginia 41-31 Saturday.

Though the Horned Frogs had four plays of at least 50 yards, with three going for touchdowns, they had to fight hard in the fourth quarter to hold on.

“We’re not playing for how pretty it looks,” Duggan said. “We’re playing to get that win, whether it’s won by one or by 40. Obviously, there’s things that we need to work on that will make it easier for us.”

The Horned Frogs (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) didn’t need a comeback from a double-digit deficit like they did in their two previous games. Duggan staked TCU to a 28-21 halftime lead that held up.

TCU has won its first eight games for the first time since 2015 and broke a four-game losing streak to the Mountaineers.

Duggan previously had gone 0-3 against West Virginia. He changed that by completing 16 of 28 passes for 341 yards.

“We’re grateful to be 8-0,” he said. “You’re never going to take winning for granted. We know it’s hard to win in this league, especially on the road.”

West Virginia (3-5, 1-4), which was coming off a season-low 282 yards of offense in a lopsided loss at last week at Texas Tech, gave the Horned Frogs a fight.

NO. 1 GEORGIA PULLS AWAY LATE, WINS ‘COCKTAIL PARTY’ 42-20

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Top-ranked Georgia expects to eventually benefit from a game like this. It might happen next year. Or maybe next week.

Daijun Edwards and Kenny McIntosh ran for two touchdowns each, and the Bulldogs pulled away from Florida following a second-half scare to win 42-20 Saturday night in the rivalry dubbed “the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.”

Next up: No. 3 Tennessee, a game that could have Southeastern Conference and College Football Playoff implications. Georgia might not have the same margin for error against the Volunteers as it enjoyed against Florida.

The defending national champion Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 SEC) looked to be in trouble when the Gators (4-4, 1-4) scored the first 17 points of the third quarter and turned a 28-3 deficit into a one-score game.

But the Dawgs answered in resounding fashion with consecutive touchdown drives to seal their 10th consecutive victory. It was Georgia’s fifth win over Florida in the last six seasons.

“I don’t enjoy losing the momentum in the game,” Dawgs coach Kirby Smart said. “I enjoy the fact that we never blinked. … There’s two things (that happen) when adversity hits: you fracture or you connect. Our team connected.”

This one was dedicated to legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley, who died Friday at age 90.

NIX ACCOUNTS FOR 6 TDS IN NO. 8 OREGON’S 42-24 WIN OVER CAL

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Once Oregon shook off a sluggish start, there was no stopping the Ducks’ high-powered offense.

Bo Nix threw three touchdown passes and ran for three more scores to lead No. 8 Oregon to a 42-24 victory over California on Saturday for its seventh straight win.

“It’s nice when you don’t perform your best, you miss a few opportunities in the red zone, and you still do what we did on offense,” Nix said. “It’s a good thing, but we still have to get back to work and be hungry.”

The Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) broke open the game with three TDs in a span of less than seven minutes of game time spanning halftime and rolled to another win.

Oregon hasn’t lost since a season-opening 46-point loss to Georgia, winning six of the seven games by at least 15 points.

The Golden Bears (3-5, 1-4) lost their fourth straight game as their defense could do little to slow down Nix and the Ducks and the offense couldn’t keep up. Cal has lost 22 of its last 23 games against teams ranked in the top 10.

“We have to make them earn it more than we did,” coach Justin Wilcox said. “They have a very good team, a lot of talent out there. Defensively we had too many uncharacteristic coverage busts and when we were in good shape we didn’t fo a good enough job getting the ball out of the quarterback’s hand.”

Nix threw for 412 yards and accounted for six touchdowns combined through the air or on the ground. The Ducks gained 586 yards for the game, the most against the Bears in six seasons under Wilcox.

“I think it’s hard to stop our team right now when we’re consistent and operating at a high level, regardless of really who the opponent is,” coach Dan Lanning said. “When we did get stopped, it was really more so us stopping ourselves. Jack Plummer threw for 214 yards and one TD for Cal.

LOUISVILLE FORCES 8 TURNOVERS IN ROUT OF NO. 10 WAKE FOREST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville’s defense set up a third-quarter scoring outburst that overwhelmed No. 10 Wake Forest.

The Cardinals forced eight turnovers, returning two for touchdowns, and registered eight sacks in a 48-21 victory over the Demon Deacons on Saturday.

The dominant defense gave coach Scott Satterfield his first win against a top 10 team.

Six of those turnovers and both scores came in the third quarter. Louisville turned a 14-13 halftime deficit into a 34-point lead by the time Quincy Riley returned an interception 90 yards for a score on the final play in the period.

“The third quarter was remarkable,” Satterfield said. “I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve been in this game a long time.”

Louisville’s 35-point third quarter tied a record for the most points in a quarter against an AP Top 10-ranked team. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it had occurred three times previously, most recently by then-No. 5 Oklahoma against then-No. 2 Texas Tech on Nov. 22, 2008.

Louisville (5-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) needed a rally after losing a 13-0 lead they held a minute into the second quarter. Kei’Trel Clark’s 46-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Louisville a 20-14 lead 47 seconds into the second half.

Seven Louisville players accounted for the four interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

HARVEY SCORES 2 TDS AS UCF BEATS NO. 20 CINCINNATI 25-21

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) RJ Harvey had a 17-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds remaining, sending UCF to a 25-21 win over No. 20 Cincinnati on Saturday.

Harvey’s go-ahead TD capped a seven-play, 75-yard march directed by Mikey Keene. The backup quarterback was 4 for 4 for 57 yards on the drive.

“We have our plays that we go through during the week so it’s like second nature to us,” Keene said. “I just try to put the ball in a good place and let the guys go out there and make plays.”

Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1) had won 19 straight American Athletic Conference games, including victories in the past two league championship games.

Cincinnati took a 21-18 lead with 3:04 remaining. Ryan Montgomery scored on a 39-yard touchdown run, and the Bearcats added the 2-point conversion on a Ben Bryant pass to Tyler Scott.

“We didn’t get it done tonight, it wasn’t from a lack of will or a lack of fight,” Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. “We just got exposed in some situations where we have to be a lot better.”

UCF (6-2, 3-1) took a 10-6 lead into halftime on the strength of a 26-yard touchdown run by Harvey. The Knights added a safety in the third quarter when Josh Celiscar sacked Bryant in the end zone.

Cincinnati had won six in a row since a season-opening loss to Arkansas. Bryant passed for 298 yards and a touchdown, and Montgomery had a team-high 40 yards rushing on three carries.

Harvey had 18 carries for 84 yards for UCF. The Knights finished with 258 yards on the ground and 247 through the air.

“We talked all week that the most physical team is going to win this game,” UCF coach Gus Malzahn said. “We had to get ready for a fistfight. … We beat a championship program.”

NO. 4 MICHIGAN TOPS MICHIGAN ST 29-7 AND STEWS ABOUT SCUFFLE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Blake Corum and No. 4 Michigan stayed undefeated, ending a two-game losing streak to their in-state rival, but the victory was overshadowed by another altercation in the Big House tunnel.

Corum ran for 177 yards and scored twice, Jake Moody made five field goals and the Wolverines beat Michigan State 29-7 on Saturday night.

After the game, social media posts showed at least three Spartans pushing, punching and kicking Michigan defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows in the tunnel and near a hallway that does not lead to either locker room.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said a second player, who he did not identify, was also attacked and one player might have a broken nose.

“Two of our players were assaulted,” Harbaugh said. “I saw on the one video. Ten on one. It was pretty bad.

“It needs to be investigated.”

University of Michigan Deputy Police Chief Melissa Overton said an investigation is underway in partnership with Michigan State University Police and Michigan’s athletic department and football program.

“Situations like these, and the safety of the community, are taken very seriously,” Overton said.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren also is looking into the fracas.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said he did not know what happened in the tunnel after the game.

“I know it was a heated game,” Tucker said. “We were trying to get our guys in the locker room. We’ll have to see what happened.”

BIG 10 FOOTBALL RE-CAPS

SATURDAY, OCT. 29
OHIO STATE 44, PENN STATE 31: J.T. Tuimoloau had a strip sack to set up No. 2 Ohio State for a separation-score in the fourth quarter and then a pick-6 to cap a spectacular performance by the defensive end as the Buckeyes erased a fourth-quarter deficit to beat No. 13 Penn State 44-31 Saturday. C.J. Stroud found his groove for Ohio State in the fourth quarter and finished with 354 yards passing as the Buckeyes ran their winning streak in the rivalry to six in a row — none by more than 13 points. [FULL RECAP]
 
MINNESOTA 31, RUTGERS 0: Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries to lead Minnesota past Rutgers 31-0 on Saturday to stop a three-game losing streak. Quarterback Tanner Morgan crisply returned from a concussion that kept him out of the previous game for the Gophers, who enjoyed a 19-play, 99-yard drive on their first possession that drained 10:24 off the clock. [FULL RECAP]
 
IOWA 33, NORTHWESTERN 13: Spencer Petras threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and Drew Stevens kicked four field goals as Iowa defeated Northwestern, 33-13, on Saturday. The Hawkeyes (4-4, 2-3 Big Ten) snapped a three-game losing streak with their highest point total of the season. Northwestern (1-7, 1-4) has lost seven straight. [FULL RECAP]
 
ILLINOIS 26, NEBRASKA 9: Chase Brown rushed for 149 yards and scored on consecutive series in the second quarter, helping No. 17 Illinois beat Nebraska 26-9 on Saturday. The Illini beat the Cornhuskers for the third year in a row. They won a sixth straight game for the first time since 2011 and secured their first winning regular-season record since 2007. [FULL RECAP]
 
MICHIGAN 29, MICHIGAN STATE 7: Blake Corum ran for 177 yards and scored twice, and Jake Moody made five field goals to help No. 4 Michigan remain unbeaten with a 29-7 win over Michigan State on Saturday night. The Wolverines scored 26 straight points after falling behind briefly late in the first quarter. [FULL RECAP]
 
Bye: INDIANA, MARYLAND, PURDUE, WISCONSIN

ASTROS BURST AHEAD, BEAT PHILLIES 5-2, TIE WORLD SERIES 1-1

HOUSTON (AP) Framber Valdez swapped his glove and his spikes midgame. He repeatedly rubbed his hands.

By the time he strode off the mound to a standing ovation and handed the Houston Astros’ bullpen a seventh-inning lead, it was clear he had thrown a curve at the Philadelphia Phillies.

“This was a really good game for the fans, a really good game for our team and also for me,” he said through a translator after pitching the Astros over the Phillies 5-2 Saturday night to tie the World Series at one game apiece. “I’ve just been playing really inspired.”

Valdez made a five-run lead stand up after Houston’s lightning first-inning burst and Alex Bregman homered as the Astros rushed to a 5-0 lead for the second straight night. Unlike ace Justin Verlander in the opener, Valdez and Houston held on.

“His curveball was on tonight,” Phillies star Bryce Harper said after going 0 for 4. “It was big, sharp.”

Houston became the first team to open a Series game with three straight extra-base hits, and Valdez pitched shutout ball into the seventh, rebounding from a pair of poor outings against Atlanta last year that had left him with a 19.29 Series ERA.

He threw 42 curveballs among 104 pitches and got six of nine strikeouts with that pitch, three of them looking. He allowed four hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings, giving up a leadoff double in the seventh to Nick Castellanos, who scored on Jean Segura’s sacrifice fly off Rafael Montero.

Valdez said his hand-rubbing was inconsequential.

“Nobody should think of it as anything like in the wrong way. I do it out in the open,” he said. “It’s all tendencies I do. I do it throughout the game, maybe distract the hitter a little bit from what I’m doing, Like maybe look at me, rubbing different things, and nothing about the pitch that I’m going to throw. I’ve been doing it all season.”

Valdez started the game with a tan glove and spikes with orange and yellow trim, then swapped ahead of the second inning for a dark glove and dark cleats with a white stripe.

“Normally have different spikes when I warm up and the ones that I go into the game. Today I decided to start the game with the ones I warmed up in,” he said. “I had a long inning there and I was like, You know what, I’m going to change everything. I’m going to change my glove, my belt, my cleats. And those are just things that us Dominicans do, just some tendencies here and there.”

When the Phillies put two runners on for the only time against him in the sixth, Valdez struck out Game 1 star J.T. Realmuto with high heat, then got Harper to bounce a first-pitch sinker into an inning-ending double play.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson didn’t take issue with Valdez rubbing his palm – social media was abuzz, wondering if there was some banned sticky substance.

“The umpires check these guys after almost every inning and if there’s something going on MLB will take care of it,” Thomson said. “We saw it the last time he started, too.”

Jose Altuve, Jeremy Pena and Yordan Alvarez all doubled as Houston took a two-run lead four pitches in against Zack Wheeler. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa’s throwing error allowed another run in the first.

Bregman added a two-run homer in the fifth when Wheeler left a slider over the middle of the plate, Bregman’s sixth career Series homer.

A day after coming back for a 6-5 win in 10 innings, Philadelphia tried to rally in this one, too.

With the Phillies trailing by four runs, Kyle Schwarber hit a drive deep down the right-field line with a man on in the eighth against Montero that was originally ruled a two-run homer by right field line umpire James Hoye.

First base umpire Tripp Gibson at first signaled for umps to conference and the call was reversed on a crew chief review when it was determined the ball was just to the foul side of the pole.

Schwarber, who led the NL with 46 home runs this season and added three more in the playoffs, hit the next pitch 353 feet to right, where it was caught by Kyle Tucker just in front of the wall.

Ryan Pressly finished a six-hitter for a bullpen that lowered its postseason ERA to 0.89, giving up a run on whwn an first baseman Yuli Gurriel allowed Brandon Marsh’s grounder to skip past him and down the right-field line for an error.

Following the split in Houston, the Series resumes Monday night when Citizens Bank Park hosts the Series for the first time since 2009.

Of 61 previous Series tied 1-1, the Game 2 winner went on to the title 31 times – but just four of the last 14.

“I just can’t wait to get out on Monday and keep it rolling,” Segura said.

Altuve, who broke out of a 4-for-37 postseason slump with three hits, lined a sinker into left on Wheeler’s first pitch and Pena drove a curveball into the left-field corner on the second for a 1-0 lead. Alvarez fouled off a pitch and drove a slider high off the 19-foot wall in left.

Wheeler gave up five runs – four earned – six hits and three walks in five innings, a day after Aaron Nola struggled.

“I think everybody deserves a poor start every once in a while,” Thomson said. “Those guys have been so good for us for so long, and I fully expect them to come back and be ready to go and pitch well for us.”

BIG DIFFERENCE

Houston won 106 games during the season and Philadelphia 87, the second-highest win disparity in the Series behind the 93-win Chicago White Sox beat the 116-win Cubs in 1906.

UP NEXT

RHP Noah Syndergaard will start Game 3 for the Phillies and RHP Lance McCullers Jr. for the Astros. Phillies LHP Ranger Suarez will take the mound for Game 4, and likely LHP Cristian Javier for Houston.

HORNETS SPOIL CURRY’S HOMECOMING AGAIN, BEAT WARRIORS IN OT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets were coming off a 20-point road loss to the Orlando Magic, playing on the second night of a back-to-back and without their starting front court of LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier.

So they had no chance against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, right?

Well, think again.

P.J. Washington erupted for 31 points, Gordon Hayward added 23 and the Hornets once again spoiled Stephen Curry’s annual homecoming game with a 120-113 overtime win over the Warriors on Saturday night.

Kelly Oubre Jr added 18 points as the Hornets beat the Warriors for the fourth straight year at the Spectrum Center, just a few miles from where Curry grew up.

“They obviously understand who is coming into the building so they don’t want to give us anything easy,” Curry said. “We knew they were going to come out aggressive and with a sense of pride and they did that.”

Curry scored 31 points and had 11 rebounds to pace the Warriors, but missed a tightly contested 3-pointer at the end of regulation that would have won the game. He also air-balled a 3 in overtime and finished 3 of 13 from beyond the arc.

Jordan Poole had 24 points off the bench for Golden State.

EMBIID SCORES 25, HITS BIG 3 AS 76ERS BEAT BULLS 114-109

CHICAGO (AP) Joel Embiid scored 25 points and made a tiebreaking 3-pointer to help the Philadelphia 76ers squeeze by the Chicago Bulls 114-109 on Saturday night.

Philadelphia led by 19 midway through the second quarter before Chicago went on a big run to get back into the game prior to halftime. The Bulls took the lead in the third quarter, and it remained tight the rest of the way. But the 76ers made just enough plays to beat Chicago for the 12th straight time.

“That wasn’t pretty,” coach Doc Rivers said. “That was the first thing I told our guys. I said we’ll take the win. We’ve been playing great at the beginning of the game, and then we held on to win. … I just thought we lost our rhythm, lost our pace.”

It was tied at 109 after the Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic made two foul shots with 1:10 left in the game. Embiid then missed two free throws after Patrick Williams fouled him away from the ball.

Chicago’s Alex Caruso grabbed the rebound, but Zach LaVine missed a 19-footer. Embiid then nailed an open 3 to give the Sixers a 112-109 lead with 18.1 seconds remaining.

“I can’t believe I missed two free throws,” Embiid said. “Both of them, actually, I thought it was going in. But it happens. Some moments you (stink), some moments you’re good. But I was able to be wide open for the next one. There was no way I wasn’t taking that because I missed the two free throws.”

DeRozan missed on a drive. Alex Caruso then stole a pass from P.J. Tucker, only to miss a 3, and Tobias Harris made two free throws with 4.4 seconds to play.

Embiid had seven rebounds and four assists after sitting out Friday’s win at Toronto because of a sore right knee. James Harden scored 15, though he made just 2 of 13 shots.

Georges Niang had 15 points. Tyrese Maxey, coming off a career-high 44-point outing, finished with 14, and the Sixers improved to 3-4 with their second straight win.

“We got a lot of work to do,” Embiid said. “We blew up the lead, mainly by not playing the right way. We need to be focusing better for 48 minutes.”

BUCKS OUTLAST HAWKS 123-115 TO MAINTAIN PERFECT RECORD

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday each scored 34 points as the Milwaukee Bucks responded after falling behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-115 on Saturday night and remain unbeaten.

Antetokounmpo scored 30 of his 34 points after halftime and also had 17 rebounds. Holiday also had 12 assists as the Bucks withstood Trae Young’s 42-point effort and improved to 5-0.

“We really just stayed confident,” Holiday said. “I don’t think we felt any type of pressure. We kind of knew what we had to do. Down the stretch, we did a great job.”

The Hawks trailed 118-115 after calling a timeout with 23.2 seconds left, but De’Andre Hunter was called for an offensive foul on Wesley Matthews before Atlanta could throw the ball inbounds. Hunter made contact with Matthews, who then collided with Young.

“The guy basically ran him over,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I don’t know if he’s trying to create some confusion and try to create a call the other way, but good officiating to see it and call it. That’s the kind of thing Wes does to help us win.”

Young had a different opinion.

“I think the refs got it wrong, but it is what it is,” Young said. “We’ve got to move on to the next one.”

The Bucks went 19 of 29 on free-throw attempts, while the Hawks were 12 of 15. In the fourth quarter, the Bucks were 9 of 16 and the Hawks never got to the foul line.

“We’ve got to be more aggressive getting to the basket,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “Tonight I thought we settled a lot for the jump shot and the deep ball.”

Milwaukee sealed the win after the offensive foul, with Antetokounmpo delivering the emphatic punctuation by dunking in the closing seconds after Holiday stole the ball from Young.

Antetokounmpo has scored 151 points over his last four games, which represents the highest output he’s had for any four-game stretch in his career. The two-time MVP still believes he has plenty of room to grow.

JAZZ EDGE SHORT-HANDED GRIZZLIES 124-123

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Lauri Markkanen and Kelly Olynyk each scored 23 points, including a pair of late 3-pointers, to lift the Utah Jazz to a 124-123 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, who were playing without Ja Morant.

On their final possession, the Jazz were leading 124-123 and nearly lost the ball twice but it bounced to Markkanen near the basket and he missed a contested layup.

“When I missed that, I realized I should have just held onto it,” Markkanen said since the shot clock was off.

Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins was disappointed that it even came to that last-second play.

“You got to give the Jazz credit. They outcompeted us for 48 minutes,” Jenkins said.

Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points and Colin Sexton had 19 points in his first start of the season for Utah (5-2).

Both teams shot better than 50% and the final minutes saw big baskets back and forth, one after another.

“We’re playing well, sharing the ball, getting out and running. But we’re going to have to guard better if we want to win like we want to (win),” Bane said.

After Bane pushed the Memphis lead to 118-113, Markkannen hit a 3, Olynyk made a layup and a 3, and then Beasley sank a three-pointer that brought the entire bench across the court to mob him.

Bane had 32 points and Dillon Brooks had 30 points in his third game of the season to help make up for Morant’s 32.6 scoring average. He missed the game with a non-COVID illness.

Tyus Jones added a season-high 23 points and 10 assists.

The Jazz were also shorthanded as Mike Conley rested, Walker Kessler had an illness, and Simone Fontecchio and Rudy Gay are in health and safety protocols.

Every time down the court, the Jazz had a different playmaker and a different look.

“We don’t really have that one guy that is . making all the plays. So when it’s kind of chaotic and you’re moving the ball and your body and creating confusion for the defense . that’s probably when we’re at our best,” Olynyk said.

AP SOURCE: SPURS WAIVED PRIMO AFTER ALLEGATION OF EXPOSURE

(AP) — A female former San Antonio Spurs employee has alleged that now-former Spurs guard Josh Primo exposed himself in her presence, a person with knowledge of the matter said Saturday night.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details had been revealed publicly by the Spurs, Primo or the accuser.

Attorney Tony Buzbee confirmed to AP that he has been hired by “a former contractor” with the Spurs. He is the attorney who represented 24 women who sued Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, then of the Houston Texans, accusing him of sexual assault or harassment.

Watson is serving an 11-game unpaid suspension and was fined $5 million by the NFL.

Primo was waived by the Spurs on Friday in a surprising move, given that the 19-year-old was considered to be an important part of the team’s future. ESPN, citing sources, reported Saturday that the Spurs parted ways with Primo after “multiple alleged instances of him exposing himself to women.” The San Antonio Express-News also confirmed that the Spurs’ decision followed multiple allegations made against Primo.

There are no active court cases against Primo in Bexar County, Texas, according to online records.

On Friday, Primo released a statement to ESPN saying that he has “been seeking help to deal with previous trauma I suffered and will now take this time to focus on my mental health treatment more fully. I hope to be able to discuss these issues in the future so I can help others who have suffered in a similar way. I appreciate privacy at this time.”

The Spurs took Primo with the No. 12 pick in the 2021 NBA draft after he spent one year of college at Alabama.

Primo averaged 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his rookie season with the Spurs, and 7.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in four games with the Spurs this season.

IRVING SAYS HE EMBRACES ALL RELIGIONS, DEFENDS RIGHT TO POST

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving said Saturday he embraced all religions, defiantly defending his right to post whatever he believes after the owner of the Brooklyn Nets said he was disappointed that Irving appeared to back an antisemitic film.

“We’re in 2022. History is not supposed to be hidden from anybody and I’m not a divisive person when it comes to religion,” Irving said during a tense postgame press conference. “I embrace all walks of life.”

Nets owner Joe Tsai said Friday he was disappointed that Irving appeared to support a film “based on a book full of antisemitic disinformation.” The star guard for the Nets posted a link for the film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” on Twitter on Thursday. The synopsis on Amazon said the film “uncovers the true identity of the Children of Israel.”

“The organization has spoken to Kyrie about it,” Nets coach Steve Nash said before their loss to Indiana, not divulging specifics of what that meant.

But nothing that was said will stop Irving from what he wants to share.

“I’m not going to stand down on anything I believe in,” he said. “I’m only going to get stronger because I’m not alone. I have a whole army around me.”

Irving said he understood Tsai’s position but was quick to say that he did nothing harmful, adding that just because he posts about something doesn’t necessarily means he supports it.

“Did I do anything illegal? Did I hurt anybody?” Irving said. “Did I harm anybody? Am I going out and saying that I hate one specific group of people?”

But he went far enough that the Nets and the NBA spoke out against hate speech.

Tsai and the Nets reacted quickly to the latest trouble stirred up by Irving, who had previously supported the idea of the Earth being flat and last month on social media shared an old clip from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones – though Irving clarified that he didn’t stand with Jones when it came to anything regarding the shootings at Sandy Hook.

“I want to sit down and make sure he understands this is hurtful to all of us, and as a man of faith, it is wrong to promote hate based on race, ethnicity or religion,” Tsai wrote on Twitter regarding Irving.

The NBA on Saturday said “hate speech of any kind is unacceptable.”

“We believe we all have a role to play in ensuring such words or ideas, including antisemitic ones, are challenged and refuted and we will continue working with all members of the NBA community to ensure that everyone understands the impact of their words and actions,” the league said.

It was not clear if that meant the league has spoken to Irving, or plans to speak to him on the matter.

Irving was unavailable for most of the Nets’ home games last season because he refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as was mandated in New York City. The Nets then declined to give him a contract extension this summer, meaning Irving could be in his final season with the team.

“The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemn and have no tolerance for the promotion of any form of hate speech,” the team said in a statement. “We believe that in these situations, our first action must be open, honest dialogue. We thank those, including the ADL, who have been supportive during this time.”

Nash was asked Saturday if he felt if the latest Irving storyline was a distraction to the team.

“I don’t think our group is overly affected by the situation,” Nash said. “We’ve had so many situations over the last 2 1/2 years that I think we’ve kind of built an immunity to some of it. I also think our guys aren’t that familiar with the material.”

BIG 10 BASKETBALL PREVIEW

PREJECTED ORDER OF FINISH

1. Indiana

2. Illinois

3. Michigan

4. Ohio State

5. Iowa

6. Michigan State

7. Purdue

8. Rutgers

9. Penn State

10. Wisconsin

11. Maryland

12. Northwestern

13. Minnesota

14. Nebraska

ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM

Jalen Pickett, Penn State

Kris Murray, Iowa

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

Zach Edey, Purdue

ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM

Chucky Hepburn, Wisconsin

Jamison Battle, Minnesota

Terrence Shannon Jr., Illinois

Tyler Wahl, Wisconsin

Cliff Omoruyi, Rutgers

ILLINOIS

THE SCOOP

At first glance, there’s no way that Illinois could have high hopes for this season. Not after losing Kofi Cockburn, Alfonso Plummer, Trent Frazier, Jacob Grandison, Andre Curbelo, Da’Monte Williams, Austin Hutcherson, Omar Payne, Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk and Bran[1]din Podziemski. In case you’re counting, that’s a full 10 players that left Champaign after the season. Cock[1]burn left early for the pros while Plummer, Frazier, Williams and Hutcherson all graduated. Grandison transferred to Duke, Curbelo to St. John’s, Payne to Jacksonville, Bosmans-Verdonk to South Carolina and Podziemski to Santa Clara — all in the same offseason. Nevertheless, the Illini have a chance to be even better than a year ago, when they finished 23-10 overall and went 15-5 in Big Ten play. They will definitely be different with a bunch of skilled and versatile players. “I feel good,” Underwood said. “We’ve got good players. We’re going to be a good case study of how the portal works this year. In a normal year, when you lose this many players, you don’t have these expectations. Especially at a place like this.” Brad Underwood brought back three role players from a year ago, added three transfers from winning programs and also welcomed in a top-10 recruiting class. Underwood struggled his first couple seasons, but has made Illinois and its hungry fan base relevant nationally the last three years. Even though he lost a ton after last season, he has used the momentum to capitalize on the recruiting trail and also in the portal to give Illinois a chance again this year.

INDIANA

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It all changed quickly for Mike Woodson and the Indiana Hoosiers. In his first season at his alma mater, his most important task was to retain Trayce Jackson-Davis — and he did just that. But even with TJD, the Hoosiers were squarely on the bubble entering the Big Ten Tournament following a 9-11 league performance. Then came a win over Michigan and the huge upset over Illinois to get Indiana back in the Big Dance for the first time since 2016. “We had our ups and downs,” Woodson said. “But for the most part, you know, we made the late run that we needed to make to break that streak of not being in tournament play, and we were able to get in tournament play.” Frankly, Indiana didn’t lose much from last season — and that’s why the expectations are so high for 2022-23, despite being a Big Ten tourney loss away from playing in the NIT. The Hoosiers lost one starter, Parker Stewart, but the veteran wing only aver[1]aged 6.2 points per game. The other departures were Rob Phinisee (4.5 ppg), Khristian Lander (2.9 ppg) and Michael Durr (1.5 ppg), all of whom transferred to other programs in search of expanded roles. Everyone else returned, and Woodson and his staff also brought in a pair of top30 freshmen. There is so shortage of excitement in Bloomington these days.

IOWA

THE SCOOP

Sure, Iowa fans want more. They want their Hawkeyes to get to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. That’s fair. However, the Fran McCaffery Era has resulted in Big Dance appearances in six of the past eight seasons and at least 19 victories in nine of the last 10. McCaffery has been fortunate the last three years to have a cornerstone piece. Luka Garza was a National Player of the Year runner-up as a junior, then won the award his senior year. Skilled forward Keegan Murray made a huge jump that earned him All-American honors last year before being picked fourth overall in June’s NBA Draft. Iowa will be without Murray, veteran guard Jordan Bohannon and regular starter Joe Toussaint, who transferred to West Virginia. However, there’s a chance this team could be better than last year’s 26-10 squad that finished in a tie for fourth in the Big Ten. A pair of full-time starters return, in addition to a part-time starter and Murray’s twin brother, who came off the bench last season. Throw in a couple of impact freshmen, and McCaffery is excited about a team that should have improved balance and depth.

MARYLAND

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Shortly after head coach Mark Turgeon quit after just eight games last season, one name quickly surfaced: Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard. The Terps took a run at some bigger coaches, but Willard was a logical selection after taking Seton Hall to the NCAA Tournament four of the past five years (essentially five of six; Hall was projected as a 3-seed in the canceled 2020 affair). Maryland had high expectations a year ago when Turgeon brought in heralded transfers Fatts Russell and Qudus Wahab. It never materialized, though, and the Terps were a major disappointment. But this is the ideal job for Willard, who has been in the Northeast for the better part of the last two decades as the head coach at Iona and Seton Hall. He’s familiar with the area and also understands the job in College Park. Maryland certainly has tradition and expectations, and no shortage of fan support. But sometimes the expectations can be a tad unrealistic. The Terps won the national title in 2002 but have had their ups and downs since, having gone dancing 10 times in 19 years. Willard inherited enough talent and added four transfers —- including a couple of scoring guards —- to give Mary[1]land a chance to get to the NCAA Tournament in his Year 1.

MICHIGAN

THE SCOOP

When it comes to former NBA players who go on to be head coaches at the college level, Juwan Howard has been one of the outliers. In other words, he’s actually been successful. Sure, last season wasn’t exactly smooth sailing — at least not from start to finish — as Michigan finished 11-9 in the Big Ten. But for the second-consecutive season, Howard led his alma mater to the second week of the NCAA Tournament, and that’s what matters most. In his three years since taking over for John Beilein, Howard is 61-32 overall and 35-22 in the league. He’s reached the second weekend twice, advancing to the Elite Eight on one of those occasions. But Year 4 might be his most challenging yet. Sure, Howard still has an All-Ameri[1]can candidate in seasoned big man Hunter Dickinson, but he lost a total of seven players from last year’s team — Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate early to the NBA, and three role players in Zeb Jackson, Brandon Johns and Frankie Collins to the transfer portal.

MICHIGAN STATE

THE SCOOP

Tom Izzo has reached 24 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, but the past two years have been disappointing — at least by Sparty’s lofty standards. Two years ago, Michigan State barely made the Big Dance with a 15-13 overall record and a 9-11 mark in Big Ten play. The Spartans didn’t even reach the Round of 64, falling in the First Four. Last year was an improvement with 23 overall victories, but the Spartans were still just 11-9 in league play — and still didn’t make the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Izzo isn’t about just getting into the 68-team bracket come March. This is a coach who has made eight Final Four appearances since taking over in 1995, and he wants to hang another national championship banner at the Breslin Center. The Spartans have lacked a star these past couple of years. There was some hope that heralded freshman Max Christie could fill that void last season. He was just a piece, though, who averaged 9.3 points per game and shot just 28 percent on 3-pointers in conference play. Christie left for the NBA after one ho-hum season and Izzo lost two other starters: leading scorer Gabe Brown (11.6 ppg) and Marcus Bingham Jr. (9.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg). But let’s face it. No one on last year’s team was irreplaceable. What Izzo does bring back is experience. He’s got a fifth-year veteran, a couple of four-year players and a third-year guy. He didn’t hit the transfer portal like so many of his colleagues, so he’ll rely on program development and familiarity. This team should be improved on defense and balanced on offense.

MINNESOTA

THE SCOOP

Ben Johnson was a surprise hire at Minnesota in March of 2021. Sure, he was a local guy and a former Gopher, but he was also an assistant at Xavier. At the time, not a ton of assistants were hired for high-major head jobs — especially those who weren’t at a blue blood. Johnson knows how difficult the job is, but his first year at the helm wound up being better than expected despite finishing with just 13 total wins and four Big Ten victories. This year probably will likely be more of the same. Johnson returns his leading scorer in Jamison Battle, but the other four starters are all gone — as are most of the rotation guys. Johnson has put together a team that has some young, semi-anonymous in[1]state talent. He also hit the transfer portal this past offseason — including bringing one big-time talent back home. However, it’s still far-fetched to think that Year 2 of the Johnson Era will be anything more than another rebuilding season. Retention will be key, as every single player on the roster besides Dartmouth transfer Taurus Samuels has at least one more season of eligibility remaining. So the plan will be taking a step forward this season, putting the Gophers in position to make an NCAA Tournament appearance in the third and/or fourth season of the Johnson tenure.

NEBRASKA

THE SCOOP

When Fred Hoiberg replaced Tim Miles in late March of 2019, Cornhuskers fans rejoiced. Hoiberg was the guy who owned the transfer market long before the portal ever existed, and he was tasked with making Nebraska relevant again in hoops. That’s not an easy task. The men’s basketball program has only made one trip to the NCAA tournament since 1998 — and that was under Miles in 2014. Barry Collier didn’t go in six seasons at the helm, Doc Sadler was 0-for-6, and Miles went just the once in his seven years. Three years and nine Big Ten wins later, Hoiberg is squarely on the hot seat. Honestly, he might have been removed this past offseason by new AD Trev Alberts if not for a hefty buyout. Hoiberg restructured his contract, and the buyout has dropped from $18.5 million to $11 million. However, this is a make-or-break year for the former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls coach with a revamped roster that has been built around positional size, experience and skill. “Experience is so important,” Hoiberg said. “Especially in today’s game.” Nebraska was terrible last season. The Cornhuskers had just one league victory under their belt until late February, when they reeled off three consecutive road wins over Penn State, Ohio State and Wisconsin to close out the regular season. But now the question becomes whether Nebraska can pick up where it left off, or whether all the new faces will still produce similar results: a Big Ten bottom-feeder.

NORTHWESTERN

THE SCOOP

For a Northwestern program that has been down on its luck for much of its existence, let’s start with the good news: Chris Collins brings back his starting backcourt, along with basically everyone else on the perimeter. The bad news? Collins’ top big men both transferred out of the program — Pete Nance left for North Carolina after flirting with the NBA Draft, and Ryan Young went to Duke. That’s a combined 23.6 points and 10.7 re[1]bounds, leaving a mammoth hole up front for the Wildcats. It was five-plus years ago that Collins was on top of the coaching world and Northwestern basketball fans appeared out of nowhere. The Wildcats had finally done it — reaching the elusive NCAA Tournament for the first time — and the program was on the upswing. Since then, the Wildcats have settled back into mediocrity, and that’s probably being kind. Northwestern is 26-71 in that span in Big Ten play and hasn’t finished with a .500-or-better record overall in any of the last five years. Collins looked to have a lifetime deal after taking the program dancing in 2017, but he’s got a fairly new athletic director and can ill afford to take a step backwards after a 15-16 season last year, in which Northwestern lost a ton of close games.

OHIO STATE

THE SCOOP

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann fully expected EJ Liddell to forgo his remaining eligibility in college, but he was caught off-guard with freshman Malaki Branham. Liddell flirted with leaving Ohio State after his sophomore year, and then it was a given that he’d be off to the pros following a season in which he averaged 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds — and also one in which he changed his body and improved his defense. But no one saw this coming with Branham. Not this quickly. Yes, Branham was a top-50 recruit coming out of high school, but he was supposed to only be a piece a year ago. Truly, that may have been the case had Justice Sueing been healthy. Instead, Branham was one of the top freshmen in the country: a scoring wing who averaged 13.7 points, shot 42 percent from 3 and became the 20th overall pick in the NBA Draft. With those two gone — along with Kyle Young, Jamari Wheeler, Justin Ahrens and Meechie Johnson — Holtmann had to completely retool his roster. Then, in an unfortunate twist, former Ivy League Player of the Year Seth Towns announced in September that he was stepping away from basketball after multiple injury-plagued seasons. As such, Holtmann returns just one starter in Zed Key, and he responded by landing three transfers to go with a freshmen class that includes four top-75 players. While there are some Ohio State fans who are disappointed that Holtmann has been unable to reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament thus far, the Buckeyes have been incredibly consistent with either 20 or 21 victories in four of his five seasons.

PENN STATE

THE SCOOP

The first year of the Micah Shrewsberry Era at Penn State went about as well as could be expected. The Nittany Lions notched wins over Michigan State, Iowa and Indiana, and even won a couple games in the Big Ten Tournament. But they still finished 7-13 in league play — ahead of only Minnesota and Nebraska. Going into Year 2 in State College, Shrewsberry brings back both of his top two scorers from 2021-22 in Jalen Pickett and Seth Lundy. He also added a trio of experienced and productive mid-major transfers to give him a team with more skill, more depth and more versatility than the one from his rookie campaign. “We can play a lot of different ways,” Shrewsberry said. “And we’re deeper. Guys now have to bring it in practice.” That improved depth should also result in Shrewsberry playing the way he wants: faster. A longer bench should also mean that Pickett isn’t quite as tired at the end of games. Last year, he played in excess of 37 minutes per game — there just weren’t any other viable options. This year, the options abound.

PURDUE

THE SCOOP

A year ago, Matt Painter and the Purdue Boilermakers were considered a legit Final Four threat, maybe even national championship material. They had a high-lottery pick in Jaden Ivey, a couple of talented bigs in Trevion Williams and Zach Edey alongside enough quality role players to make a deep tourney run. Instead, they bowed out to Cinderella Saint Peter’s in the Sweet 16. Now, Ivey and Williams are gone. So is veteran Sasha Stefanovic. The two point guards, Eric Hunter Jr. and Isaiah Thompson, both transferred out of the program. As such, it’s a completely different cast for Painter. He still has Edey back in the fold, and there are other returning players who got time a year ago: guys like Mason Gillis, who started 25 games, and Caleb Furst, who start[1]ed a dozen. Ethan Morton averaged 15 minutes a game. There are also plenty of new faces. Painter and his staff brought in four freshmen, and three should be in the rotation. He brought in a key transfer in well-traveled David Jenkins Jr. (South Dakota State, UNLV, Utah), and Painter also has a couple of guys who redshirted a year ago ready to make an impact. But life without Ivey and Williams will obviously look different. Ivey was electric and could make something out of nothing. Williams could score, rebound and pass out of the post at a high level. Meanwhile, Stefanovic shot 38 percent from deep last season. How do they bounce back?

RUTGERS

THE SCOOP

When Steve Pikiell arrived six years ago, Rutgers hadn’t been to the NCAA Tourna[1]ment since 1991. Kevin Bannon couldn’t get the Scarlet Knights there in four tries. Neither could former coaches like Gary Waters (five years), Fred Hill (four), Mike Rice (three) or Eddie Jordan (three). Pikiell was all set to finally get there in 2020, but the tourney was scrapped due to COVID. But then, it finally happened. Rutgers has sustained success the last couple years, going to the NCAA Tournament as 10-seed in 2021 and earning a First Four appearance last season. Pikiell has made Rutgers nationally relevant, which isn’t an easy accomplishment. But now Pikiell will have to figure out how to replace the scoring of his top two guys: Ron Harper Jr. (15.8 points per game) and Geo Baker (12.6). This duo didn’t just put the ball in the basket; they also grew up in the program and became leaders. Despite losing Harper and Baker, Pikiell has a realistic chance to make it three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He has one of the top big men in the league returning in Cliff Omoruyi, one of the Big Ten’s best point guards in Paul Mulcahy and arguably the best defender in the country in Caleb McConnell — who opted to return for a fifth season. “The great part is that all three of those guys have made a jump from last season,” Pikiell said.

WISCONSIN

THE SCOOP

Wisconsin suffered as significant a loss as there was in college basketball last season with the early departure of Johnny Davis. The Badgers guard had a breakout season no one truly saw coming, going from averaging 7.0 points as a freshman to 19.7 a year ago. More importantly, Davis led Wisconsin to a 25-8 overall record and a Big Ten regular-season title. “I knew he was going to be good,” Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard said. “But I didn’t know he’d be that good.” But Gard didn’t just lose Davis. He also lost veteran guard Brad Davison, the heart and soul of the team for the past five seasons. Gard took over for Bo Ryan midway through the 2015-16 season and has had one sub par campaign — in 2017-18. Besides that, he’s found a way to keep the Badgers nationally relevant and ranked every single season. This year will challenge that streak. Davis and Davison combined to average nearly half of the team’s scoring. However, there is hope, as the three other starters are all back in Madison.

WEEK 8 NFL CAPSULES

DENVER AT JACKSONVILLE

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER All-time series tied, 6-6

STREAKS Broncos have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 9/19/21: Broncos 23 at Jaguars 13

LAST GAME AT SITE (first meeting in London)

BRONCOS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 16-9 vs. N.Y. Jets

COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0

PTS. FOR 14.3

OFFENSE 328.6

PASSING Russell Wilson: 116-198-1,442-5-3-83.4

RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 66-234-3.5-1

RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 34-454-13.4-1

PTS. AGAINST 16.4

DEFENSE 286.0

SACKS Bradley Chubb: 5.5

INTs Caden Sterns: 2

TAKE/GIVE -1 (7/8)

PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 45.1 (40.6)

KICKING Brandon McManus: 50 (5/7 PAT; 15/19 FG)

QB RUSSELL WILSON has 3+ TD passes in each of his 2 career starts vs. Jax. Passed for 222 yards & 3 TDs with 125.4 rating in only career start in London (10/14/18 vs. Raiders, w/ Sea.). • QB BRETT RYPIEN completed 24 of 46 atts. (52.2 pct.) for 225 yards in 1st start of season last week. • RB MELVIN GORDON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Since entering NFL in 2015, ranks 2nd among RBs with 8,737 scrimmage yards (6,378 rush, 2,359 rec.). • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 2nd rush TD of season last week & 1st with Den. Had 79 scrimmage yards (44 rush, 35 rec.) in his last game vs. Jax. (10/13/19 w/ NO). Had rush TD in Week 4 London game (vs. Min., w/ NO). • WR JERRY JEUDY tied career high with 7 catches for 96 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (159) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Has 355 rec. yards (118.3 per game) in his past 3 vs. AFC South. • TE GREG DULCICH (rookie) had 6 catches for 51 yards in Week 7. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB is 1 of 5 in AFC with 5+ sacks (5.5) & 2+ FFs (2) this season. • LB ALEX SINGLETON led team with 11 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with 9+ tackles. Has 2 TFL in 2 of past 3. • DE DRE’MONT JONES tied season high with 2 sacks last week. Chubb & Jones (4.5 sacks) are 1 of 3 pairs of AFC teammates each with 4.5+ sacks in 2022. • S KAREEM JACKSON has 6+ tackles in 5 of past 6. Had INT in last meeting.

JAGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 23-17 vs. N.Y. Giants

COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 1-0

PTS. FOR 22.1

OFFENSE 371.3

PASSING Trevor Lawrence: 155-246-1,707-9-4-88.9

RUSHING Travis Etienne: 68-415-6.1-1

RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 32-458-14.3-4

PTS. AGAINST 19.6

DEFENSE 348.4

SACKS Josh Allen: 3

INTs Andre Cisco, Devin Lloyd (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE -1 (9/10)

PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 50.5 (45.4)

KICKING Riley Patterson: 43 (13/14 PAT; 10/11 FG)

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE passed for season-high 310 yards last week, his 3rd-career game with 300+ pass yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Passed for 319 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 93.4 rating in only career start in London (10/17/21 vs. Mia.). • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE had career-high 114 rush yards & 1st-career rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had season-high 7 catches for 96 yards last week. Had 57 rec. yards in only career game vs. Den. (10/18/18 w/ Az.). • WR MARVIN JONES aims for 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 55 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with rec. TD. Had 7 catches for 100 yards & TD in only career London game (10/17/21 vs. Mia.). • WR ZAY JONES had 54 rec. yards in Week 7. • TE EVAN ENGRAM has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 5 catches for 82 yards & TD in only career game vs. Den. (10/15/17 w/ NYG). • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN aims for 3rd in row with 12+ tackles. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. Had 10 tackles, sack & PD in only career game vs. Den. (11/8/20 w/ Atl.). Only AFC player with 70+ tackles (70) & sack this season. • LB TRAVON WALKER (rookie) had 2nd sack of season last week. • LB DEVIN LLOYD has 6+ tackles in each of 7 games this season & lead all rookies with 63 tackles. • CB DARIOUS WILLIAMS had career-high 8 tackles & season-high 3 PD in Week 7. • S ANDRE CISCO had 8 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.

CAROLINA AT ATLANTA

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Falcons lead all-time series, 34-20

STREAKS Falcons have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 12/12/21: Falcons 29 at Panthers 21

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/21: Panthers 19, Falcons 13

PANTHERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 21-3 vs. Tampa Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Steve Wilks: 0-1

PTS. FOR 17.7

OFFENSE 271.9

PASSING P.J. Walker: 31-44-297-2-0-104.1

RUSHING D’Onta Foreman: 27-155-5.7-0

RECEIVING DJ Moore: 27-273-10.1-2

PTS. AGAINST 21.3

DEFENSE 351.9

SACKS Brian Burns: 5.0

INTs Many tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -2 (6/8)

PUNTING (NET) Johnny Hekker: 49.4 (44.4)

KICKING Eddy Piniero: 46 (10/10 PAT; 12/13)

QB P.J. WALKER completed 16 of 22 atts. (72.7 pct.) for 177 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.5 rating in Week 7, his 1st-career start with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN had career-high 145 scrimmage yards (118 rush, 27 rec.) last week, his 4th-career game with 100+ rush yards. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD rushed for 63 yards & 1st rush TD of season last week. Rushed for 82 yards & TD in last road meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with rush TD. • WR DJ MOORE had season-high 7 receptions for 69 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 7. Had 6 catches for 84 yards in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 7 of his 8 career games vs. Atl. & aims for his 5th in row at Atl. with 50+ rec. yards. • TE TOMMY TREMBLE had 1st rec. TD of season last week, his 3rd career TD. • DE BRIAN BURNS had sack & 2 TFL last week, his 5th sack of season & has 5+ sacks in each of his 1st 4 career seasons. Is 1 of 3 in NFC (Micah Parsons & Za’Darius Smith) with 5+ sacks (5) & 8+ TFL (8). • DE YETUR GROSS-MATOS has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Had sack in last road meeting. • DT DERRICK BROWN had 2 TFL in last meeting. Has 6 PD in his past 6. • LB FRANKIE LUVU has 5+ tackles in 4 of his 5 games this season. Has 3+ TFL in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON has 10+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 vs. Atl. & aims for his 4th in row at Atl. with 10+ tackles. • CB DONTE JACKSON had season-high 10 tackles last week. Has 7 PD & 2 INTs in his past 7 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with PD. • DB MYLES HARTSFIELD aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ tackles.

FALCONS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 35-17 at Cincinnati

COACH VS. OPP. Arthur Smith: 1-1

PTS. FOR 23.3

OFFENSE 308.6

PASSING Marcus Mariota: 92-150-1,179-7-4-90.4

RUSHING Tyler Allgeier (R): 70-285-4.1-1

RECEIVING Drake London (R): 26-315-12.1-2

PTS. AGAINST 24.4

DEFENSE 406.9

SACKS Grady Jarrett: 4.5

INTs Many tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE +2 (10/8)

PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 47.6 (41.7)

KICKING Younghoe Koo: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/14 FG)

QB MARCUS MARIOTA had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 118.8 rating in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 100+ rating. Is 1 of 3 QBs (Joe Burrow & Trevor Lawrence) with 7+ TD passes (7) & 3+ rush TDs (3) in 2022. • RB TYLER ALLGEIER (rookie) rushed for 50 yards & 1st career TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 50+ rush yards. • TE KYLE PITTS had 5 catches for 61 yards in last meeting. • WR DRAKE LONDON ranks 3rd among rookies in rec. yards (315) & tied-3rd in receptions (26). • WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS aims for his 3rd in row at home with 55+ rec. yards. • WR DAMIERE BYRD had career-long 75-yard rec. TD last week, his 6th-career TD catch. • DL GRADY JARRETT had sack & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had FR in last meeting. Has 5 TFL in his past 5 at home vs. Car. • LB RASHAAN EVANS led team with 13 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row at home with 10+ tackles. Is 1 of 3 NFC LBs (Jordyn Brooks & Roquan Smith) with 4+ games (4) with 10+ tackles in 2022. • LB LORENZO CARTER had sack last week & has 2.5 sacks in 2022. • LB DEANGELO MALONE (rookie) had 1st-career sack in Week 7. • S JAYLINN HAWKINS tied his career high with 10 tackles & had 3rd PD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. • S RICHIE GRANT had 4th-career TFL last week. Has 5+ tackles in 6 of his 7 games in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ tackles.

CHICAGO AT DALLAS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 13-12

STREAKS Cowboys have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 12/5/19: Cowboys 24 at Bears 31

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/16: Cowboys 31, Bears 17

BEARS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 33-14 at New England (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Matt Eberflus: 0-0

PTS. FOR 18.0

OFFENSE 307.3

PASSING Justin Fields: 76-136-1,048-5-6-74.6

RUSHING Khalil Herbert: 75-464-6.2-3

RECEIVING Darnell Mooney: 20-294-14.7-0

PTS. AGAINST 18.9

DEFENSE 330.0

SACKS Roquan Smith: 2.5

INTs Eddie Jackson: 3

TAKE/GIVE +1 (12/11)

PUNTING (NET) Trenton Gill (R): 48.1 (42.0)

KICKING Cairo Santos: 42 (9/11 PAT; 11/11 FG)

QB JUSTIN FIELDS totaled 261 yards (179 pass, 82 rush) & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 85.2 rating last week. Is 1 of 2 QBs (Lamar Jackson) with 2 games of 80+ rush yards in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ rush yards & 6th in row with 45+ rush yards. Since 2021, ranks 4th among QBs with 784 rush yards. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY rushed for 62 yards & had 23rd-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD & 14th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 86 yards in last meeting. • RB KHALIL HERBERT had 87 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 25 rec.) & 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Herbert (526 scrimmage yards) & Montgomery (421) are 1 of 2 RB duos (Ezekiel Elliott & Tony Pollard) each with 400+ scrimmage yards in 2022. • WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 53 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 5th in row overall with 50+ rec. yards. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 12 tackles & had sack & INT in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles & sack. Leads NFL with 78 tackles & has 8+ tackles in each of 1st 7 games in 2022. • LB ROBERT QUINN had 2nd TFL of season last week. Had 11.5 sacks & 14 TFL in 14 games with Dal. in 2019. • DB EDDIE JACKSON had sack in last meeting. Has 5+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 on road. • DB JAQUAN BRISKER (rookie) had 7 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 7. Ranks tied3rd among rookies with 42 tackles & aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. • DB KYLER GORDON (rookie) had 1st-career INT last week.

COWBOYS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 24-6 vs. Detroit

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 18-7

PTS. FOR 19.1

OFFENSE 305.0

PASSING Dak Prescott: 33-54-341-1-1-77.8

RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott: 109-443-4.1-4

RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 37-479-12.9-2

PTS. AGAINST 14.9

DEFENSE 305.3

SACKS Micah Parsons: 7

INTs Trevon Diggs: 3

TAKE/GIVE +6 (12/6)

PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 47.1 (41.6)

KICKING Brett Maher: 56 (11/12 PAT; 15/17 FG)

QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 19 of 25 atts. (76 pct.) for 207 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 113.3 rating in Week 7. Since 2020, has 3,646 pass yards (280.5 per game) & 33 TDs (29 pass, 4 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 108.4 rating in 13 home starts. Has 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6 home starts. Passed for 334 yards & TD in last meeting. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 2 rush TDs in Week 7, his 13th career game with 2+ rush TDs last week, 3rd-most in NFL since 2016. Rushed for 81 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Had 160 scrimmage yards (140 rush, 20 rec.) in last home meeting. • RB TONY POLLARD led team with season-high 109 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 26 rec.) last week, his 7th career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6. • WR CEEDEE LAMB led team with 70 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 20th sack in 23rd career game in Week 7, tied-3rd fewest games to 20 sacks since 1982. Is 1 of 2 (Nick Bosa) with 25+ TFL (28) & 20+ sacks since 2021. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG had 3rd-career FR last week. Armstrong & Parsons are only pair of NFC teammates each with 5+ sacks in 2022. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 1st FF & 2nd FR of season last week. • DE SAM WILLIAMS (rookie) had 1st 2 career sacks, 1st FF & 2nd-career FR last week. • CB TREVON DIGGS had 17th-career INT last week, tied with Dwight Hicks for 2ndmost INTs by player in 1st 35 games since 1970. • S DONOVAN WILSON aims for his 3rd in row with sack.

MIAMI AT DETROIT

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Dolphins lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS Lions have won past 3

LAST GAME 10/21/18: Lions 32 at Dolphins 21

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/9/14: Lions 20, Dolphins 16

DOLPHINS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 16-10 vs. Pittsburgh

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0

PTS. FOR 21.0

OFFENSE 367.0

PASSING Tua Tagovailoa: 101-150-1,296-9-3-105.9

RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 87-388-4.5-1

RECEIVING Tyreek Hill: 57-773-13.6-2

PTS. AGAINST 23.6

DEFENSE 358.4

SACKS Jaelan Phillips: 3

INTs Jevon Holland: 2

TAKE/GIVE -2 (7/9)

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 45.8 (40.7)

KICKING Jason Sanders: 45 (15/16 PAT; 10/13 FG)

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 21 of 35 atts. (60 pct.) for 261 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 92.7 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 4 of 5 starts this season. Is 5-1 with 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 105.9 rating in 6 career starts vs. NFC. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT led team with 109 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 30 rec.) & had 1st TD catch of season last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. • RB CHASE EDMONDS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC North. • WR TYREEK HILL had team-high 7 catches for 72 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 7+ catches. Has 70+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. NFC North. Has 397 rec. yards (132.3 per game) in 3 road games this season. Leads NFL with 57 catches & 773 rec. yards in 2022. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE led team with 88 rec. yards in Week 7 & aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards. Has 531 rec. yards (106.2 per game) in his past 5 vs. NFC. Hill & Waddle (621 rec. yards) are only pair of teammates each with 600+ rec. yards in 2022. • TE MIKE GESICKI has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has PD in 2 of his past 3 on road & 5 of his past 6 vs. NFC. Leads NFL with 27 INTs since 2017. • CB NOAH IGBINOGHENE had 1st-career INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. • CB JUSTIN BETHEL had 7 tackles & INT in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. • S JEVON HOLLAND had 5 tackles & 2nd INT of season in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. • LB JAELAN PHILLIPS had career-high 8 tackles, 2 TFL & 1.5 sacks last week.

LIONS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 24-6 at Dallas

COACH VS. OPP. Dan Campbell: 0-0

PTS. FOR 24.3

OFFENSE 395.2

PASSING Jared Goff: 132-212-1,583-11-6-90.6

RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 92-411-4.5-6

RECEIVING Amon-Ra St. Brown: 28-275-9.8-3

PTS. AGAINST 32.3

DEFENSE 412.2

SACKS Aidan Hutchinson (R): 4.5

INTs DeShon Elliott, Will Harris: 1

TAKE/GIVE -6 (5/11)

PUNTING (NET) Jack Fox: 48.7 (39.7)

KICKING Michael Badgley: 6 (0/0 PAT; 2/2 FG)

QB JARED GOFF has 849 pass yards (283 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 107.7 rating in 3 home starts in 2022. Has 115+ rating in 5 of his past 7 home starts. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 4+ TD passes & 100+ rating & 8th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 355 yards in his last start vs. Mia. (11/1/20 w/ LAR). • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for 79 yards last week & aims for his 6th in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of his 3 home games this season. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT aims for his 3rd in row at home with 85+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row at home with TD. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN has 43 receptions (8.6 per game) for 465 yards (93 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 8+ catches & rec. TD. • WR KALIF RAYMOND led team with 5 catches for 75 yards in Week 7 & aims for his 3rd in row 5+ receptions. • WR JOSH REYNOLDS has 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. Ranks 3rd among NFC TEs with 315 rec. yards. • DE AIDAN HUTCHINSON had 1.5 sacks last week & leads all rookies with 4.5 sacks. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had 2nd-career FR last week. Has 6 PD in his past 5 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. • CB JEFF OKUDAH had career=high 15 tackles & 5th-career TFL in Week 7. • S DESHON ELLIOTT aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & 4th in row with 8+ tackles.

ARIZONA AT MINNESOTA

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Vikings lead all-time series, 15-12

STREAKS Vikings have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 9/19/21: Vikings 33 at Cardinals 34

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/14/18: Vikings 27, Cardinals 17

CARDS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 42-34 vs. New Orleans (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Kliff Kingsbury: 1-0

PTS. FOR 22.3

OFFENSE 343.1

PASSING Kyler Murray: 184-281-1,667-7-4-83.7

RUSHING Eno Benjamin: 57-265-4.6-2

RECEIVING Zach Ertz (TE): 37-320-8.6-2

PTS. AGAINST 25.1

DEFENSE 359.7

SACKS J.J. Watt: 2.5

INTs Many tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE +5 (10/5)

PUNTING (NET) Andy Lee: 46.5 (37.9)

KICKING Matt Prater: 22 (4/4 PAT; 6/6 FG)

QB KYLER MURRAY had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 100.4 rating in Week 7. Aims for his 5th in row overall & 5th in row on road with 25+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Completed 29 of 36 atts. (80.6 pct.) for 400 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 117.6 rating & had rush TD in last meeting. • RB JAMES CONNER aims for his 12th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. • RB ENO BENJAMIN set career highs in scrimmage yards (113) & rush yards (92) & had 3rd-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 10 catches for 103 yards in season debut last week, his 13th-career game with 10+ receptions & 38th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with TD catch. Had 5 rec. TDs in 5 road games last season & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • TE ZACH ERTZ has 6+ catches in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 6th in row on road with 6+ receptions. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Min. • DE J.J. WATT leads all active players with 183 TFL. • DE ZACH ALLEN had TFL & PD last week. Is only DL in 2022 with 5+ TFL (5) & 5+ PD (career-high 6). • LB ISAIAH SIMMONS (56-yard INT-TD) & CB MARCO WILSON (38-yard INT-TD) each had 1st career TD in Week 7 & became 1st pair of Az. teammate with INT-TD in same game since 2015 (Week 3: Justin Bethel & Tyrann Mathieu). • S BUDDA BAKER had TFL & PD last week. Had FR-TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 8+ tackles & 2+ TFL. • S JALEN THOMPSON had 2 PD last week & has 5 PD in his past 4.

VIKINGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK Bye (W 24-16 at Miami in Week 6)

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin O’Connell: 0-0

PTS. FOR 23.2

OFFENSE 339.8

PASSING Kirk Cousins: 151-228-1,502-9-5-88.7

RUSHING Dalvin Cook: 94-450-4.8-4

RECEIVING Justin Jefferson: 46-654-14.2-2

PTS. AGAINST 19.7

DEFENSE 384.5

SACKS Za’Darius Smith: 5.5

INTs Harrison Smith: 2

TAKE/GIVE +4 (10/6)

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Wright (R): 45.0 (43.1)

KICKING Greg Joseph: 39 (12/14 PAT; 9/13 FG)

QB KIRK COUSINS had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.2 rating in Week 6. Has 833 yards (277.7 per game) & 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 101.2 rating in 3 home starts in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row at home with 250+ pass yards & 90+ rating. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.4 rating in last meeting. Has TD pass in 36 straight games, longest active streak in NFL & tied-6th longest streak all-time. • RB DALVIN COOK had 4th rush TD of season in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD & 5th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Had 148 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 17 rec.) in last meeting. Ranks 3rd among active players with 110.5 scrimmage yards per game. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 6 catches for 107 yards in Week 6. Has 18 career games with 100+ rec. yards, 3rd-most ever by player in 1st 3 career seasons (Odell Beckham Jr. & HOFer Randy Moss – 19). Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 51st-career rec. TD in Week 6 & surpassed Wes Welker (50) for 3rd-most by undrafted player since 1967. Had 11 catches for 123 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Az. with 5+ catches & rec. TD. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 4th sack of season in Week 6 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2+ TFL. Has 8 sacks in 4 career games vs. Az. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Az. with 2+ sacks & 5th in row overall vs. Az. with sack. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had 2 sacks, incl. 50th-career sack, in Week 6. Aims for his 7th in row with TFL & needs TFL for 4th-career season with 10+ TFL (2018-20). • S HARRISON SMITH had 31st-career INT & 9th-career FF in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Az. with sack. Is only active player with 30+ INT & 15+ sacks (16.5).

LA RAIDERS AT NEW ORLEANS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 7-6-1

STREAKS Raiders have won past 2

LAST GAME 9/21/20: Saints 24 at Raiders 34

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/11/16: Raiders 35, Saints 34

RAIDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 38-20 vs. Houston

COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 0-0

PTS. FOR 27.2

OFFENSE 367.2

PASSING Derek Carr: 134-211-1,520-9-4-91.3

RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 111-633-5.7-6

RECEIVING Davante Adams: 37-509-13.8-5

PTS. AGAINST 25.0

DEFENSE 366.7

SACKS Maxx Crosby: 6

INTs Duron Harmon: 2

TAKE/GIVE -1 (4/5)

PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 51.4 (44.2)

KICKING Daniel Carlson: 61 (13/14 PAT; 16/16 FG)

QB DEREK CARR completed 21 of 27 atts. (season-high 77.8 pct.) for 241 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with season-high 116.2 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 0 INTs & 3rd in row with 110+ rating. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 109.7 rating in 2 career starts vs. NO. Has 2 TD passes in each of 3 road games this season. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for 143 yards & tied career high with 3 rush TDs last week, his 10th-career game with 2+ rush TDs, 2nd-most in NFL since 2019. Is 5th player since 2000 with 140+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 straight games. Can become 5th player ever with 150+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 straight games. Had 105 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 17 rec.) in last meeting. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 6 rush TDs & 3rd with 633 rush yards this season. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 8 catches for 95 yards last week & aims for his 4th in row with 95+ rec. yards. Has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NO. Has TD catch in each of 3 road games this season. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 7 seasons. • WR HUNTER RENFROW has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. • WR MACK HOLLINS had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 7. • TE DARREN WALLER had 12 catches for 105 yards & TD in last meeting. • DE MAXX CROSBY had PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with TFL & 3rd in row on road with sack & 2+ TFL. Had PD in last meeting. Leads NFL with 11 TFL in 2022. • DE CHANDLER JONES has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. NO. • LB DIVINE DEABLO had 11 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. • S DURON HARMON had 6 tackles & 73-yard INT-TD last week, 1st-career TD.

SAINTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 42-34 at Arizona (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Dennis Allen: 0-0

PTS. FOR 25.0

OFFENSE 398.3

PASSING Andy Dalton: 83-131-946-7-4-90.1

RUSHING Alvin Kamara: 77-351-4.6-0

RECEIVING Chris Olave (R): 32-495-15.5-2

PTS. AGAINST 28.6

DEFENSE 340.4

SACKS Demario Davis: 5

INTs Tyrann Mathieu: 1

TAKE/GIVE -10 (6/16)

PUNTING (NET) Blake Gillikin: 48.3 (41.5)

KICKING Wil Lutz: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/15 FG)

QB ANDY DALTON had season highs in completions (30), pass yards (361) & TD passes (4) in Week 7, his 32nd-career 300-yard game & 7th-career game with 4+ TD passes. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.7 rating in 2 career starts vs. Raiders. • QB JAMEIS WINSTON had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in only career start vs. Raiders (10/30/16 w/ TB). Has 100+ rating in 3 of his 4 career home starts with NO. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 7 receptions & 105 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 49 rush) in Week 7. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches & 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 397 receptions & can surpass HOFer LaDainian Tomlinson (398) for 2nd-most catches by RB in 1st 6 career seasons. Had 9 catches, 174 scrimmage yards (95 rec., 74 rush) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR CHRIS OLAVE led team with 7 receptions & 106 rec. yards in Week 7 & is only rookie with 2 games with 100+ rec. yards. Leads all rookies with 32 receptions & 495 rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • TE JUWAN JOHNSON tied his career high with 2 rec. TDs in Week 7. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has 8 sacks & 8 TFL in his last 6 at home. Ranks 2nd among active players with 111.5 career sacks. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS had career-high tying 5th sack of season in Week 7. Had TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Raiders with 6+ tackles. • LB PETE WERNER led team with 7 tackles & had career-high 2 TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 7 PD in his past 7 at home. • S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for his 3rd row vs. LV with FR & PD.

NEW ENGLAND AT NY JETS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Patriots lead all-time series, 69-53-1

STREAKS Patriots have won past 12

LAST GAME 10/24/21: Jets 13 at Patriots 54

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/19/21: Patriots 25, Jets 6

PATS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 33-14 vs. Chicago (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 36-12

PTS. FOR 22.1

OFFENSE 341.1

PASSING Mac Jones: 67-103-799-2-6-70.8

RUSHING Rhamondre Stevenson: 98-487-5.0-4

RECEIVING Jakobi Meyers: 26-355-13.7-2

PTS. AGAINST 20.9

DEFENSE 345.3

SACKS Matthew Judon: 8.5

INTs Jack Jones (R), Jalen Mills: 2

TAKE/GIVE -2 (13/15)

PUNTING (NET) Jake Bailey: 43.2 (35.4)

KICKING Nick Folk: 47 (17/17 PAT; 10/12 FG)

HC BILL BELICHICK has 324 career wins, incl. postseason, & can surpass HOFer George Halas (324) for 2nd-most wins ever by HC. Only HOFer Don Shula (347) has more. • QB MAC JONES passed for 307 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 111.7 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 0 INTs. • QB BAILEY ZAPPE (rookie) has 100+ rating in 3 of 4 games this season. Leads all rookie QBs with 781 pass yards, 5 TD passes & 100.9 rating this season. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON led team with 98 scrimmage yards (career-high 59 rec., 39 rush) & had rush TD & career-high 8 catches last week. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for 106 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with rush TD. Has rush TD in 5 of his past 6 vs. division & 4 of his past 5 on road. • WR DEVANTE PARKER led team with 68 rec. yards in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in his last game vs. NYJ (12/19/21 w/ Mia.). • WR JAKOBI MEYERS had rec. TD last week & has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Has 55+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 games this season. Had 5 catches in last meeting. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had PD & season-high 2.5 sacks in Week 7. Has sack in 6 of 7 games this season & 2+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had sack in last road meeting. Leads NFL with 8.5 sacks in 2022, his 4th-career season with 8+ sacks. • LB ANFERNEE JENNINGS had sack & 1st-career FF & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB JA’WHUAN BENTLEY led team with 10 tackles & had TFL in Week 7.

JETS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 16-9 at Denver

COACH VS. OPP. Robert Saleh: 0-2

PTS. FOR 22.7

OFFENSE 331.1

PASSING Zach Wilson: 58-101-693-1-2-73.6

RUSHING James Robinson (w/ Jax.): 81-340-4.2-3

RECEIVING Garrett Wilson (R): 28-314-11.2-2

PTS. AGAINST 19.6

DEFENSE 314.7

SACKS Quinnen Williams: 5

INTs Lamarcus Joyner: 3

TAKE/GIVE +2 (11/9)

PUNTING (NET) Braden Mann: 47.6 (43.4)

KICKING Greg Zuerlein: 55 (16/17 PAT; 13/15 FG)

QB ZACH WILSON aims for his 4th start in row overall & 5th in row at home with 0 INTs. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 200+ pass yards. • RB MICHAEL CARTER had 74 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 29 rush) last week. Had 104 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 37 rush) & 8 catches in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 85+ scrimmage yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON makes NYJ debut. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC East. • WR COREY DAVIS had rec. TD in last meeting & has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NE. • WR GARRETT WILSON ranks 2nd among rookies with 28 catches & 4th with 314 rec. yards. • WR BRAXTON BERRIOS had 7 catches for career-high 73 yards in last home meeting. • DT QUINNEN WILLIAMS had PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NE with TFL. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. • DT SHELDON RANKINS had sack in last home meeting. • DE JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had sack & FF in last home meeting. • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS aims for his 14th in row with 5+ tackles. Had PD in last meeting. • CB SAUCE GARDNER (rookie) led team with season-high 10 tackles & had 3 PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ PD. Is only player in NFL with PD in 7 games this season & joined Jairus Byrd as only players since 2000 with PD in each of 1st 7 career games. Leads NFL with 12 PD. • S LAMARCUS JOYNER had 3rd INT of season in Week 7.

PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Eagles lead all-time series, 47-29-3

STREAKS Steelers have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 10/11/20: Eagles 29 at Steelers 38

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/16: Eagles 34, Steelers 3

STEELERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 16-10 at Miami

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 2-2

PTS. FOR 15.3

OFFENSE 298.6

PASSING Kenny Pickett (R): 87-127-771-2-7-66.8

RUSHING Najee Harris: 100-329-3.3-1

RECEIVING Diontae Johnson: 38-337-8.9-0

PTS. AGAINST 23.1

DEFENSE 394.3

SACKS Alex Highsmith: 6.5

INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick: 3

TAKE/GIVE -2 (10/12)

PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 44.4 (41.1)

KICKING Chris Boswell: 45 (9/9 PAT; 12/16 FG)

QB KENNY PICKETT (rookie) completed 32 of 44 atts. (72.7 pct.) for 257 yards last week. Has 250+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 career road starts. Leads all rookies in completions (87) & ranks 2nd in pass yards (771). • RB NAJEE HARRIS led team with 80 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 15 rec.) last week. Has TD in 5 of 6 career games vs. NFC. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON aims for his 4th in row overall & 13th in row on road with 5+ catches. Has 50+ rec. yards in 10 of his past 11 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 70+ rec. yards. • WR GEORGE PICKENS (rookie) had 6 catches for 61 yards & 1st-career TD last week & has 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 338 rec. yards. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 5 catches in Week 7 & has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH led team with 8 catches for 75 yards last week. Has 7+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD aims for 3rd in row with TFL & has TFL in 7 of his past 8 on road. Had sack in last meeting. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH ranks 4th in NFL with career-high 6.5 sacks this season. • LB MYLES JACK led team with 10 tackles last week. Aims for 8th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 10 tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. • LB DEVIN BUSH had 6 tackles, TFL & PD last week. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had 6 tackles & PD in Week 7. Has PD in 2 of past 3.

EAGLES NOTES:

LAST WEEK: Bye (W 26-17 vs. Dallas in Week 6)

COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 0-0

PTS. FOR 26.8

OFFENSE 394.5

PASSING Jalen Hurts: 123-184-1,514-6-2-98.4

RUSHING Miles Sanders: 105-485-4.6-4

RECEIVING A.J. Brown: 33-503-15.2-2

PTS. AGAINST 17.5

DEFENSE 297.8

SACKS Haason Reddick: 4.5

INTs C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Darius Slay: 3

TAKE/GIVE +12 (14/2)

PUNTING (NET) Arryn Siposs: 45.9 (40.3)

KICKING Jake Elliott: 33 (15/16 PAT; 6/7 FG)

PHILADELPHIA can match best start in franchise history (7-0 in 2004). • QB JALEN HURTS had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.6 rating in Week 6. Has 14 TDs (8 rush, 6 pass) in his past 6 home starts. Has most rush TDs (19) by QB in 1st 25 career starts all-time. Is 1 of 4 QBs (Josh Allen, Joe Burrow & Patrick Mahomes) with 300+ pass & rush yards combined per game (301.2) in 2022 (min. 4 starts). • RB MILES SANDERS had 4th rush TD of season in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rush TD & 4th in row at home with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR A.J. BROWN had 5 catches for team-high 67 rec. yards & 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 6. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 153 yards & rec. TD in his only career game vs. Pit. (10/25/20 w/ Ten.). • WR DEVONTA SMITH had 7th-career TD catch in Week 6. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his 3 home games in 2022. Ranks 1st among NFC TEs with 357 rec. yards this season. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack & FR in last home meeting. • DT FLETCHER COX had 2 sacks & FF in last home meeting. • LB HAASON REDDICK has 4.5 sacks, 3 FFs & 2 FR in his past 4. Since 2020, is 1 of 2 (T.J. Watt) with 10+ games (10) with 1.5+ sacks. • S C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON had 1st-career 2 INT game in Week 6. CB JAMES BRADBERRY tied his career high with 4 PD in Week 6. Has PD in each of 1st 6 games this season. CB DARIUS SLAY has 2 PD & 3rd INT of season in Week 6. Slay, Gardner Johnson (3) & Bradberry (2) are only trio of teammates in 2022 each with 2+ INTs. Since 2016, Slay (91 PD) & Bradberry (91) rank tied-1st in PD among active players.

TENNESSEE AT HOUSTON

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Titans lead all-time series, 22-18

STREAKS Titans have won 4 of last 5

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Titans 28 at Texans 25

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22

TITANS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 19-10 vs. Indianapolis

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 5-3

PTS. FOR 19.2

OFFENSE 274.2

PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 95-146-1,097-6-3-92.7

RUSHING Derrick Henry: 134-536-4.0-5

RECEIVING Robert Woods: 20-230-11.5-1

PTS. AGAINST 21.3

DEFENSE 374.3

SACKS Denico Autry: 5

INTs David Long: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (10/7)

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Stonehouse (R): 54.9 (46.5)

KICKING Randy Bullock: 37 (13/13 PAT; 8/9 FG)

QB RYAN TANNEHILL aims for 4th in row overall & 5th in row vs. division with 0 INTs. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Passed for 287 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 138.9 rating in last meeting. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts vs. Hou. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for season-high 128 yards last week, his 28th-career game with 100+ rush yards, 2nd-most in NFL since 2016. Aims for 5th in row with 130+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with 100+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 4 of past 5. Has 673 rush yards (224.3 per game) & 7 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. Hou. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Hou. with 200+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs. Has 100+ rush yards in 9 of his past 10 vs. division. Aims for his 4th in row on road with rush TD. Is only player in NFL with 500+ rush yards & 5+ rush TDs in each of past 6 seasons. • WR ROBERT WOODS aims for his 4th in row vs. Hou. with TD catch. • WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE had 78 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 75+ rec. yards. • TE AUSTIN HOOPER led team with season-high 56 rec. yards last week. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & sack in Week 7. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles & 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with TFL. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. • DL DENICO AUTRY had sack & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Hou. with PD. • LB BUD DUPREE had 2nd sack of season in Week 7. • LB DAVID LONG aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles & INT & 4th in row with PD. • S ANDREW ADAMS had career-high 10 tackles & 76-yard INT-TD last week.

TEXANS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 38-20 at Las Vegas

COACH VS. OPP. Lovie Smith: 2-2

PTS. FOR 17.7

OFFENSE 310.0

PASSING Davis Mills: 132-207-1,350-7-5-83.6

RUSHING Dameon Pierce (R): 106-504-4.8-3

RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 28-281-10.0-1

PTS. AGAINST 22.8

DEFENSE 411.8

SACKS Jerry Hughes: 4

INTs Jalen Pitre (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (8/6)

PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 49.3 (43.4)

KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 46 (10/10 PAT; 12/14 FG)

QB DAVIS MILLS completed 28 of 41 atts. (68.3 pct.) for season-high 302 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT with 95.8 rating last week, his 5th-career game with 300+ pass yards. Has 2 TD passes in 2 of past 3. Passed for 301 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 128.5 rating in last meeting. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 105 rating in his past 3 starts vs. division. Has 0 INTs & 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 home starts. • RB DAMEON PIERCE (rookie) led team with 117 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 25 rec.) last week. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4. Leads rookies with 504 rush yards this season. • RB REX BURKHEAD has 65+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. • RB DARE OGUNBOWALE had 5 catches for career-high 54 rec. yards last week. • WR BRANDIN COOKS aims for 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 55+ rec. yards. • WR NICO COLLINS has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 67 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR PHILLIP DORSETT had 45 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season in Week 7. • WR CHRIS MOORE had 1st TD catch of season last week. • TE JORDAN AKINS led team with season-high 68 rec. yards in Week 7. • S JONATHAN OWENS led team with 10 tackles last week, his 4th game this season with 10+ tackles, most among all DBs. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. • CB DESMOND KING had 5 tackles & TFL in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 6+ tackles & 2+ PD. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 9 tackles & TFL last week. Had 2 TFL & PD in last meeting. • DE RASHEEM GREEN had season-high 2 TFL & sack last week. Has 0.5+ sacks in 4 of 5 games this season.

WASHINGTON AT INDIANAPOLIS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 21-10

STREAKS Colts have won past 4

LAST GAME 9/16/18: Colts 21 at Washington 9

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/14: Colts 49, Washington 27

COMMANDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 23-21 vs. Green Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 2-0

PTS. FOR 17.9

OFFENSE 326.6

PASSING Taylor Heinicke: 20-33-201-2-1-85.5

RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 71-273-3.8-2

RECEIVING Terry McClaurin: 27-440-16.3-2

PTS. AGAINST 22.3

DEFENSE 335.9

SACKS Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne: 3.5

INTs Jonathan Allen, Darrick Forrest: 1

TAKE/GIVE -5 (4/9)

PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 47.9 (44.7)

KICKING Joey Slye: 29 (8/9 PAT; 7/9 FG)

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 20 of 33 atts. (60.6 pct.) for 201 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 85.5 rating. Has 80+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. Had 14 TDs (13 pass, 1 rush) vs. 8 INTs & 89.9 rating in 8 road starts last season. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 77 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 18 rec.) & 4th-career TD catch last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 overall & 12 of his past 13 on road. Aims for his 5th in row with 3+ catches. • RB BRIAN ROBINSON (rookie) rushed for career-high 73 yards last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 60+ rush yards. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 5 catches for 73 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 7. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 5 catches & 79 scrimmage yards (53 rec., 26 rush) last week. Leads team with 39 receptions. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & PD. • DT DARON PAYNE has sack in 2 of his 3 road games this season & aims for his 4th in row on road with TFL. • DE EFE OBADA has sack in 2 of his past 3. • LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with 9 tackles last week. Has 6+ tackles in 22 of his 25 career road games. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 8+ tackles. • CB KENDALL FULLER had 5th PD of season last week. • S KAMREN CURL had 7 tackles last week. Has 5+ tackles 9 of his past 10 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road in 2022 with 5+ tackles. • S DARRICK FORREST aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD.

COLTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 19-10 at Tennessee

COACH VS. OPP. Frank Reich: 1-0

PTS. FOR 16.1

OFFENSE 341.6

PASSING Sam Ehlinger: Expected to make 1st-career start

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 91-386-4.2-1

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 44-475-10.8-1

PTS. AGAINST 20.0

DEFENSE 313.7

SACKS Yannick Ngakoue: 3.5

INTs Many tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -7 (7/14)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 42.2 (39.7)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 37 (7/7 PAT; 10/11 FG)

QB SAM EHLINGER expected to make 1st-career start. Selected in 6th round of 2021 NFL Draft. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 85 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 27 rec.) & career-high 7 catches last week. Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 8 of his past 9 at home. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with 95+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • RB NYHEIM HINES had 5 catches in Week 7, his 3rd game with 5+ catches this season, tied 3rd-most among RBs. • RB DEON JACKSON has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 55+ rec. yards. Has 8+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. • WR PARRIS CAMPBELL led team with career-high 10 catches for season-high 70 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 55+ rec. yards. • WR ALEC PIERCE (rookie) has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER has sack in 2 of past 3. • DT GROVER STEWART led team with career-high 12 tackles in Week 7. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had 5 tackles & sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Has 5 sacks in his past 4 vs. NFC East. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 10 tackles, season-high 2 PD & 1st FR of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. • CB KENNY MOORE had 1st sack of season in Week 7. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 9 tackles & TFL in last meeting.

SAN FRANCISCO AT LA RAMS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER 49ers lead all-time series, 75-67-3

STREAKS 49ers have won past 7

LAST GAME 10/3/22: Rams 9 at 49ers 24

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22: 49ers 27, Rams 24 (OT)

49ERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 44-23 vs. Kansas City

COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 8-3

PTS. FOR 20.7

OFFENSE 355.0

PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo: 119-185-1,456-9-4-95.7

RUSHING Jeff Wilson: 88-454-5.2-2

RECEIVING Brandon Aiyuk: 32-402-12.6-3

PTS. AGAINST 19.0

DEFENSE 294.9

SACKS Nick Bosa: 7

INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 3

TAKE/GIVE -3 (9/12)

PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 44.8 (39.9)

KICKING Robbie Gould: 42 (15/15 PAT; 9/12 FG)

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 303 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 99.3 rating last week, his 11th-career 300-yard game. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Had TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. LAR. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 62 yards (38 rush, 24 rec.) in team debut last week. Has 732 scrimmage yards (104.6 per game) in 7 total games this season. Had 158 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 69 rec.) in Week 6 at LAR (w/ Car.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 150+ scrimmage yards. • RB JEFF WILSON rushed for 74 yards & TD in Week 4 meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Had 115 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 4 meeting. Has 6 TDs (3 rec., 3 rush) in his past 6 vs. LAR. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LAR with TD & 5th in row vs. LAR with 115+ scrimmage yards. • WR BRANDON AIYUK led team with 7 receptions last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. Had 107 rec. yards in last road meeting. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for 98 yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards & 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has 5+ receptions in 7 of his past 8 vs. LAR. • DL NICK BOSA had 7th sack of season last week & has sack in 5 of his past 6. Had 2 sacks in Week 4 meeting. Has 13.5 sacks & 18 TFL in his past 12 on road. • LB FRED WARNER aims for his 10th in row vs. LAR & 17th in row on road with 5+ tackles. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD tied his career high with 10 tackles last week. • S TALANOA HUFANGA had 3rd INT of season last week. Had INT-TD in Week 4 meeting.

RAMS NOTES:

LAST WEEK Bye (W 24-10 vs. Carolina in Week 6)

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McVay: 3-8

PTS. FOR 17.3

OFFENSE 309.8

PASSING Matthew Stafford: 160-225-1,576-6-8-84.6

RUSHING Darrell Henderson: 46-181-3.9-2

RECEIVING Cooper Kupp: 56-607-10.8-4

PTS. AGAINST 21.0

DEFENSE 301.3

SACKS Aaron Donald: 4

INTs Five tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -5 (8/13)

PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 48.0 (39.9)

KICKING Matt Gay: 38 (11/11 PAT; 9/10 FG)

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for his 4th in row at home with 250+ pass yards & TD pass. Passed for 254 yards in Week 4 meeting. Has 27 TD passes vs. 13 INTs for 100.2 rating in 12 home starts with LAR. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 12th-career rush TD in Week 6 & has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR COOPER KUPP had 14 receptions for 122 yards in Week 4 meeting. Had 7 catches for 118 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with 115+ rec. yards. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 75+ rec. yards & 15th in row at home with 5+ catches. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 5 catches for 63 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 6. • WR BEN SKOWRONEK had 1st=career rush TD in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ receptions. • TE TYLER HIGBEE had 10 catches for 73 yards in Week 4 meeting. Had 6 catches for 55 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Has 5+ catches in 7 of his past 8 at home. • DL AARON DONALD had 2 TFL in Week 4 meeting & aims for his 5th in row vs. SF with TFL. Has 5 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 5 at home vs. SF. Since 2014, leads NFL with 102 sacks & 156 TFL. • LB BOBBY WAGNER aims for his 5th in row at home in 2022 with 6+ tackles. Has 5+ tackles in each of his 21 career games vs. SF. • DB JALEN RAMSEY had INT in last home meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with PD. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Is only DB with 2+ sacks (2) & 5+ PD (5) in 2022.

NY GIANTS AT SEATTLE

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Giants lead all-time series, 10-9

STREAKS Seahawks have won 4 of last 5

LAST GAME 12/6/20: Giants 17 at Seahawks 12

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/6/20

GIANTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 23-17 at Jacksonville

COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-0

PTS. FOR 21.4

OFFENSE 334.3

PASSING Daniel Jones: 126-189-1,223-6-2-90.8

RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 143-726-5.1-4

RECEIVING Saquon Barkley (RB): 25-180-7.2-0

PTS. AGAINST 18.6

DEFENSE 355.4

SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 4

INTs Julian Love: 1

TAKE/GIVE +3 (9/6)

PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 49.4 (41.0)

KICKING Graham Gano: 58 (13/13/ PAT; 15/17 FG)

NEW YORK GIANTS are 3rd team ever (2000 Minnesota & 1998 New Orleans) to have 6 wins each with final score margin of 8-or-fewer points in each win in 1st 7 games of a season. Leads NFL with 173.4 rush yards per game in 2022. • QB DANIEL JONES totaled 309 yards (202 pass, career-high 107 rush) & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 94 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 90+ rating. Ranks 2nd among QBs with 343 rush yards in 2022. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 135 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 7. Leads NFL in scrimmage yards (906) & ranks 2nd in rush yards (726) in 2022. Is only player with 85+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 7 weeks. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 58 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. • WR WAN’DALE ROBINSON (rookie) led team with 6 catches & had 50 rec. yards in Week 7. • S JULIAN LOVE led team with 9 tackles & had 2nd-career FR last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 1st-career FF in Week 7. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE has sack in 3 of his past 4. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 2.5 sacks in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with sack. • LB TAE CROWDER had PD last week. Had 7 tackles & sack in last meeting. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 7 tackles & season-high 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall with PD & 4th in row on road with 6+ tackles.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 37-23 at L.A. Chargers

COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 5-2

PTS. FOR 26.1

OFFENSE 362.9

PASSING Geno Smith: 158-215-1,712-11-3-107.7

RUSHING Kenneth Walker (R): 67-411-6.1-4

RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 41-468-11.4-2

PTS. AGAINST 26.6

DEFENSE 399.1

SACKS Many tied: 3

INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 4

TAKE/GIVE +2 (12/10)

PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 48.8 (44.4)

KICKING Jason Myers: 63 (18/19 PAT; 15/16 FG)

QB GENO SMITH completed 20 of 27 atts. (74.1 pct.) for 210 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 105.5 rating in Week 7. Leads NFL in comp. pct. (73.5), 5th-highest by QB in team’s 1st 7 games of season since 1970. Leads NFC & ranks 3rd in NFL in rating (107.7). Appeared in 2 games (1 start) with NYG in 2017. • RB KENNETH WALKER rushed for 168 yards & 2 TDs in Week 7, most rush yards by rookie in 2022 & became 1st Sea. rookie with 150+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs in single game since 1983 (Curt Warner). Leads NFL with 353 rush yards since Week 5 & aims for his 4th in row with 85+ rush yards & rush TD. • WR TYLER LOCKETT led team with 7 receptions last week. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Had 6 catches for 63 yards in last meeting. • WR MARQUISE GOODWIN had 67 rec. yards & 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week, his 1st 2 TD catches of season. • LB JORDYN BROOKS ranks 2nd in NFL with 73 tackles. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 18th in row with 8+ tackles, longest such streak in NFL since 2000. • LB DARRELL TAYLOR had 3rd sack & 3rd FF of season & 1st-career FR last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row at home with sack & FF. Taylor & rookie CB COBY BRYANT (4 FFs – most in NFL) are only pair of teammates each with 3+ FF in 2022. • DE SHELBY HARRIS had 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. • CB TARIQ WOOLEN (rookie) ranks tied-1st in NFL with 4 INTs. Has PD in 6 of his 1st 7 career games & aims for his 6th in row with PD. • S RYAN NEAL had career high 4 PD & 3rd-career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 7+ tackles & PD. Blocked punt for safety in last meeting.

GREEN BAY AT BUFFALO

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Bills lead all-time series, 8-5

STREAKS Packers have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 9/30/18: Bills 0 at Packers 22

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/14/14: Bills 21, Packers 13

PACKERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 23-21 at Washington

COACH VS. OPP. Matt LaFleur: 0-0

PTS. FOR 18.3

OFFENSE 331.6

PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 163-244-1,597-11-3-94.9

RUSHING Aaron Jones: 78-432-5.5-1

RECEIVING Allen Lazard: 26-340-13.1-4

PTS. AGAINST 20.9

DEFENSE 308.4

SACKS Rashan Gary: 6

INTs Jaire Alexander, De’Vondre Campbell: 1

TAKE/GIVE -4 (5/9)

PUNTING (NET) Pat O’Donnell: 46.0 (40.1)

KICKING Mason Crosby: 36 (15/15 PAT; 7/8 FG)

QB AARON RODGERS had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 99 rating last week. Passed for 298 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 21 TDs vs. INT for 129.3 rating in his past 7 SNF starts. Aims for his 8th in row on SNF with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. • RB AARON JONES had career-high 9 receptions, 76 scrimmage yards (53 rec., 23 rush) & 2 rec. TDs in Week 7, his 3rd-career game with 2+ TD catches. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his last 4. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 1,163 scrimmage yards (96.9 per game) & 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) in 12 career SNF games. • RB A.J. DILLON has 4 rush TDs in his past 5 on SNF. • WR ALLEN LAZARD had 6 catches & team-high 55 rec. yards in Week 7. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 6 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on SNF with rec. TD. • LB RASHAN GARY has 6 sacks & 7 TFL in last 7 games. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with sack & 2 TFL. • LB QUAY WALKER (rookie) led team with career-high 13 tackles & had 1st-career PD last week. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 51 tackles & is 1 of 2 rookies (Devin Lloyd) with 7 games of 5+ tackles. • LB PRESTON SMITH has 7 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 7 on SNF & aims for 5th in row on SNF with sack. Had sack in only career game vs. Buf. (12/20/15 w/ Was.). • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 12 tackles, career-high 3 TFL & 1st-career INT-TD in Week 7. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 10+ tackles. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had INT in last meeting. Has 11 PD in 10 career SNF games. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS had season-high 10 tackles & 3 PD in Week 7, his 5th-career game with 3+ PD. Has 5 PD & 2 INTs in his past 4 in primetime.

BILLS NOTES:

LAST WEEK Bye (W 24-20 at Kansas City in Week 6)

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McDermott: 0-1

PTS. FOR 29.3

OFFENSE 440.8

PASSING Josh Allen: 160-239-1,980-17-4-109.1

RUSHING Josh Allen (QB): 47-257-5.5-2

RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 49-656-13.4-6

PTS. AGAINST 13.5

DEFENSE 281.5

SACKS Von MIller: 6

INTs Jordan Poyer: 4

TAKE/GIVE +3 (13/10)

PUNTING (NET) Sam Martin: 48.2 (43.1)

KICKING Tyler Bass: 48 (21/21 PAT; 9/11 FG)

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 27 of 40 atts. (67.5 pct.) for 329 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 117.6 rating in Week 6, his 12th-career game with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes, tied with Andrew Luck for 4th-most such games ever by player in 1st 5 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Has 8 TDs vs. INT with 135 rating in 2 home games this season. Is 3-0 as starter on SNF. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 6 of his past 7 in primetime. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had season-high 107 scrimmage yards (season-high 85 rush, 22 rec.) in Week 6. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. • WR STEFON DIGGS led team with 10 catches & tied season high with 148 rec. yards in with TD catch in week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 13 games with 100+ rec. yards since joining Buf. in 2020, 4th-most in NFL. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 80+ rec. yards & TD catch. Aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with rec. TD. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 in primetime. • WR GAVE DAVIS aims for 3rd in row with 70+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 in primetime. • TE DAWSON KNOX had 1st TD catch of season in Week 6. • LB VON MILLER had 2 sacks in Week 6, his 22nd-career game with 2+ sacks, tied 3rd-most among active players. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Has TFL in 3 of 4 career games vs. GB. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 in primetime. • CB TARON JOHNSON had 6 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & PD. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • CB KAIIR ELAM (rookie) aims for 3rd in row with INT.

CINCINNATI AT CLEVELAND

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Bengals lead all-time series, 51-46

STREAKS Browns have won past 4

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Bengals 16 at Browns 21

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22

BENGALS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 35-17 vs. Atlanta

COACH VS. OPP. Zac Taylor: 1-5

PTS. FOR 24.7

OFFENSE 366.1

PASSING Joe Burrow: 186-270-2,097-15-5-102.6

RUSHING Joe Mixon: 121-405-3.3-2

RECEIVING Ja’Marr Chase: 47-605-12.9-6

PTS. AGAINST 18.9

DEFENSE 321.1

SACKS Trey Hendrickson: 3.5

INTs Vonn Bell: 3

TAKE/GIVE 0 (8/8)

PUNTING (NET) Kevin Huber: 44.7 (37.9)

KICKING Evan McPherson: 49 (16/17 PAT; 11/13 FG)

QB JOE BURROW completed 34 of 42 atts. (season-high 81 pct.) for season-high 481 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with season-high 138.2 rating & had rush TD last week, becoming 3rd player ever with 475+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & rush TD in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes & 4th in row with rush TD. Has 315+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 2 of 3 career starts vs. Cle. Has 0 INTs in 5 of past 6 road starts. Has 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs in 3 of 4 career starts in primetime. • RB JOE MIXON had 91 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 33 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Had 110 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 46 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in his last game vs. Cle. (11/7/21). Has 558 scrimmage yards (138.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. Cle. • WR JA’MARR CHASE had 8 catches for 130 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 7th-career game with 125+ rec. yards, 2nd-most ever by player in 1st 25 games. Aims for 3rd in row with 125+ rec. yards & 2 TD catches. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 6 rec. TDs in 2022. • WR TYLER BOYD had 8 catches for career-high 155 yards & TD in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Has 7+ catches, 70+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cle. • WR TEE HIGGINS had 5 catches for 93 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in his last game vs. Cle. (11/7/21). Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. AFC North. • LB SAM HUBBARD had sack & PD in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks & PD. Had 2 TFL & sack in his last game vs. Cle. (11/7/21).

BROWNS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 23-20 at Baltimore

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 4-0

PTS. FOR 24.0

OFFENSE 378.0

PASSING Jacoby Brissett: 146-233-1,584-6-5-82.3

RUSHING Nick Chubb: 126-740-5.9-8

RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 34-422-12.4-4

PTS. AGAINST 26.6

DEFENSE 346.0

SACKS Myles Garrett: 6

INTs Grant Delpit, Denzel Ward: 1

TAKE/GIVE -4 (6/10)

PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 48.5 (39.9)

KICKING Cade York (R): 54 (15/17 PAT; 13/16 FG) QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 22 of 27 atts. (81.5 pct.) for 258 yards with 106.5 rating last week. Passed for 233 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT in only career start vs. Cin. (10/29/17 w/ Ind.). Has 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 99.6 rating in his past 4 starts vs. AFC North. • RB NICK CHUBB had 107 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 16 rec.) & rush last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 of past 6. Has 130+ scrimmage yards & 2 rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cin. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 430 scrimmage yards (107.5 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 4 home games this season. Leads NFL with 740 rush yards & 8 rush TDs & is 5th player ever with 8+ rush TDs in each of 5 seasons. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 3rd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 585 scrimmage yards (117 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 5 career games on MNF. • WR AMARI COOPER led team with 74 rec. yards in Week 7. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 51 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Cin. (12/30/20 w/ Dal.). Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on MNF. • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Cin. • DE MYLES GARRETT aims for 3rd in row overall & 5th in row vs. Cin. with sack. Has sack in 6 of 7 career games vs. Cin. Has 5 TFL in 4 career games on MNF. • DT TAVEN BRYAN had 1st sack of season last week. • LB JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH had 2 PD, TFL & 2nd FF of season last week. • CB MARTIN EMERSON (rookie) had 1st-career sack in Week 7. Has PD in 2 of past 3.

NFL PREVIEW: WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 8

FLYING TO HISTORY: The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (6-0) return to action this week following their Week 7 bye. They are the last remaining undefeated team in the league and are looking to match their best start to a season in franchise history (7-0 in 2004).

Philadelphia leads the league with a +12 turnover differential and has a league-low two giveaways through their first six games. With no turnovers against Pittsburgh on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), the Eagles will become the second team in the Super Bowl era with two-or-fewer giveaways through their first seven games of a season, joining the 2017 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (one giveaway).

The teams with the fewest giveaways through their first seven games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

TEAMSEASONGIVEAWAYS
Kansas City Chiefs20171
Green Bay Packers20203
Buffalo Bills20173
New England Patriots20153
San Diego Chargers20143
Philadelphia Eagles20222*
*Through six games

Quarterback JALEN HURTS led all quarterbacks with 10 rushing touchdowns last season and in 2022 again leads the position with six rushing touchdowns entering Week 8. Hurts, who also had three rushing touchdowns as a rookie in 2020, enters Sunday with 19 career rushing touchdowns and can become the fourth quarterback with at least 20 rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons in the Super Bowl era.

The quarterbacks with the most rushing touchdowns in their first three seasons in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYERTEAMRUSHING TDS
Cam NewtonCarolina28
Josh AllenBuffalo25
Kyler MurrayArizona20
Jalen HurtsPhiladelphia19*
Lamar JacksonBaltimore19
*In third season

— NFL —

SCARY GOOD DUO: Cincinnati enters Week 8 having won four of their past five games and have scored at least 30 points in each of their past two games. Quarterback JOE BURROW ranks second in the league with 2,097 passing yards and third with 15 touchdown passes, while wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE ranks sixth with 605 receiving yards and tied for second with six touchdown receptions.  

Last week, Burrow and Chase connected on touchdowns of 32 and 41 yards. In their 23 games together as Bengals teammates, they have now connected on 11 touchdowns of at least 30 yards, tied for the fourth-most such touchdowns by a quarterback and wide receiver duo each under the age of 26 in NFL history.

When Cincinnati travels to Cleveland on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Burrow will be 25 years and 325 days old while Chase will be 22 years and 244 days old.

The quarterback-wide receiver duos each under the age of 26 with the most 30-yard touchdown connections in NFL history:

QB & WR DUOTEAM30+ YARD TOUCHDOWNS
Daunte Culpepper & Randy MossHOFMinnesota13
Dan MarinoHOF & Mark ClaytonMiami12
John Hadl & Lance AlworthHOFSan Diego Chargers12
Joe Burrow & Ja’Marr ChaseCincinnati11
Andrew Luck & T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis11


Burrow has scored a rushing touchdown in each of the past three weeks and has recorded at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in each of the past two games. In Week 7, he earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after becoming the third player in NFL history with at least 475 passing yards, three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in a single game.

On Monday night, Burrow can become the first player in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and a rushing touchdown in three straight games. He can also join JACK KEMP (1960) as the only players ever with at least three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games.

Since entering the league in 2021, Chase ranks fourth among all players with 2,060 receiving yards and second with 19 touchdown receptions. Monday will mark his 25th career game and with a touchdown reception, he will join ODELL BECKHAM JR. as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least 2,000 receiving yards and 20 touchdown receptions in their first 25 career games.

— NFL —

MINNESOTA MILESTONES: Minnesota (5-1) enters the week sitting atop the NFC North, having won four consecutive games prior to their Week 7 bye. They rank fourth in the NFC with 242 passing yards per game, led by quarterback KIRK COUSINS and wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON.

Cousins entered the year as one of three quarterbacks with at least 300 completions in each of the past seven seasons. In 131 games over his 11-year career, Cousins has totaled 2,976 completions. With 24 completions against Arizona on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Cousins will tie DEREK CARR (132 games) as the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 3,000 career completions. Only MATTHEW STAFFORD (125 games) and MATT RYAN (130) reached the mark in fewer games.

The players to reach 3,000 career completions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES
Matthew StaffordDetroit125
Matt RyanAtlanta130
Derek CarrOakland/Las Vegas Raiders132
Kirk CousinsWashington, Minnesota131*
*Has 2,976 career completions

Jefferson enters the week ranked third in the NFL with 654 receiving yards this season and has totaled over 100 receiving yards in each of his past three games. Since entering the league in 2020, Jefferson has 18 career games with at least 100 receiving yards, tied for the most in the league over that span.

With at least 100 receiving yards on Sunday, Jefferson will tie ODELL BECKHAM JR. (19 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (19) for the most games with at least 100 receiving yards by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least 100 receiving yards in their first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMGAMES
Odell Beckham Jr.N.Y. Giants19
Randy MossHOFMinnesota19
Justin JeffersonMinnesota18*
*In third season

— NFL —

HOME COOKING: Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN and Detroit’s JARED GOFF are two of three quarterbacks to record at least four touchdown passes in multiple games this season. Allen totaled four touchdown passes in each of his two 2022 home games (Weeks 2 and 5), while Goff also reached the mark in his past two home games (Weeks 2 and 4).

If Allen records at least four touchdown passes against Green Bay on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) or if Goff does so against Miami (1:00 PM ET, CBS), they will become the fourth and fifth different players to record at least four touchdown passes in three consecutive home games. Allen can also join TOM BRADY (2021) as the only players ever with four-or-more touchdown passes in each of their first three home games of a season.

The players with at least four touchdown passes in the most consecutive home games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASON(S)CONSECUTIVE HOME GAMES
Tom BradyTampa Bay2020-215
Drew BreesNew Orleans20183
Drew BreesNew Orleans20133
Dan MarinoHOFMiami19843
Josh AllenBuffalo20222*
Jared GoffDetroit20222*
*Active streak

— NFL —

HENRY IN HOUSTON: Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY enters Week 8 as one of three players in the league with at least 500 rushing yards (536) and five rushing touchdowns (five) this season. He has totaled over 100 rushing yards in each of his past three games and has a rushing touchdown in four of his past five.

When Tennessee travels to meet Houston on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS), Henry will be facing an opponent that he has had historic recent success against. In his past three games against the Texans, Henry has totaled 673 rushing yards (224.3 per game) and seven rushing touchdowns. In each game, he has recorded at least 200 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Henry can join EDDIE GEORGE (four consecutive games vs. Cleveland from 1999-2000) as the only players ever with at least two rushing touchdowns in four consecutive games against a single opponent and become the first player in league history to record at least 150 rushing yards in four consecutive games against a single opponent. 

Derrick Henry’s past three games against Houston:

WEEK, SEASONRUSHING YARDSRUSHING TOUCHDOWNSFINAL SCORE
Week 17, 20212502TEN 41, HOU 38
Week 6, 20202122TEN 42, HOU 36
Week 17, 20192113TEN 35, HOU 14


— NFL —

SILVER AND BLACK ATTACK: Las Vegas running back JOSH JACOBS totaled 155 scrimmage yards (143 rushing, 12 receiving) and tied his career high with three rushing touchdowns, while wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS led the team with eight receptions and 95 receiving yards in the Raiders’ Week 7 win. 

Jacobs ranks tied for second in the NFL with six rushing touchdowns and fourth with 774 scrimmage yards this season and has recorded at least 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in each of his past three games. If he reaches those marks again at New Orleans on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), he can become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games and first since Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2006 (Weeks 8-11).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
LaDainian TomlinsonHOFSan Diego Chargers20064
Larry JohnsonKansas City20054
Priest HolmesKansas City20024
Terrell DavisHOFDenver19984
Josh JacobsLas Vegas20223*
*Active streak

Adams has 37 receptions for 509 yards and five touchdowns this season, including at least one touchdown catch in each of his past three road games. Since entering the NFL in 2014, he ranks tied for first among active players in touchdown receptions (78), fourth in receptions (706) and fifth in receiving yards (8,630).

With two more receiving touchdowns this season, Adams can become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 700 receptions and 80 receiving touchdowns in his first nine career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISONCALVIN JOHNSON and JERRY RICE.

The players with at least 700 receptions and 80 receiving touchdowns in their first nine seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)RECEPTIONSREC. TDs
Marvin HarrisonHOFIndianapolis84598
Calvin JohnsonHOFDetroit73183
Jerry RiceHOFSan Francisco708118
Davante AdamsGreen Bay, Las Vegas706*78*
*In ninth season

— NFL —

ROOKIE RUNNING INTO RECORD BOOKS: Seattle running back KENNETH WALKER ties for the lead among rookies with four rushing touchdowns this season and ranks third with 410 rushing yards. Over the past three weeks, he leads all players with 352 rushing yards (117.3 per game).  

Walker has rushed for at least 85 yards and a touchdown in each of his past three games, including a 167-yard and two-touchdown rushing performance in Week 7, the most rushing yards by a rookie in a single game this season.

With at least 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown against the New York Giants on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Walker will become the fifth rookie to record at least 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in four-or-more consecutive games in the Super Bowl era, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers FRANCO HARRIS (six consecutive games in 1972) and CURTIS MARTIN (four in 1995), as well as ROBERT EDWARDS (four in 1998) and ALFRED MORRIS (four in 2012).

The rookies with at least 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the most consecutive games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONCONSECUTIVE GAMES
Franco HarrisHOFPittsburgh19726
Robert EdwardsNew England19984
Curtis MartinHOFNew England19954
Alfred MorrisWashington20124
Kenneth WalkerSeattle20223*
*Active streak

— NFL —

TWO AT A TIME: Entering Week 8, Dallas linebacker MICAH PARSONS ranks second in the NFL with eight sacks and leads all players with four games with at least two sacks.

With two sacks against Chicago on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Parsons will become the first player to record at least two sacks in five of his team’s first eight games of a season since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

Parsons, who is appearing in his 24th career game and led all rookies with three games with at least two sacks last season, can also surpass SHAWNE MERRIMAN (seven games) and ALDON SMITH (seven) for the most games with a least two sacks by a player in his first 25 games since 1982.

The reigning Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year enters Sunday with 21 career sacks and can surpass Merriman (22.5 sacks) and JOEY BOSA (22) for the fourth-most sacks by a player in his first 25 career games since 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (25), VON MILLER (24.5) and Smith (23.5) have more.

The players with the most sacks in their first 25 career games since 1982:

PLAYERTEAMSACKS
Derrick ThomasHOFKansas City25
Von MillerDenver24.5
Aldon SmithSan Francisco23.5
Shawne MerrimanSan Diego Chargers22.5
Joey BosaSan Diego/L.A. Chargers22
Micah ParsonsDallas21*
*Through 23 games

NFL PREVIEW: THE STARTING 11

Close games and comebacks continue to be calling cards of the 2022 campaign. No prior season in NFL history has had more games (84) that have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter or decided by one touchdown or less (49 games in 1999 and 2022) through the first seven weeks. There have also been 34 games this year in which a team came back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter, tied with the 2012 and 1989 seasons for the most ever through Week 7.

Three division leaders return from their bye week looking to resume their momentum as the league heads towards the midway point of the 2022 season.

The NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team and NFC East leading PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (6-0) look to match their best start to a season in franchise history (7-0 in 2004). One of the keys to the club’s start to the season has been ball control. Philadelphia leads the league in:

  • Plays per game (70.7), the third-highest mark by a team that began their season 6-0 in NFL history, trailing only the 1977 Dallas Cowboys (73.7) and 2013 Denver Broncos (71.3).


  • Time of possession (33:59), the fourth-highest average time of possession by a team that won each of their first six games of a season since 1977, trailing only the 1991 New Orleans Saints (35:20), 2007 New England Patriots (35:13) and 2019 San Francisco 49ers (34:46).

The BUFFALO BILLS (5-1), who lead the AFC East and possess the league’s top points margin (+95), host the GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-4) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). The Bills are looking for their fourth win this season over a 2021 division winner, having previously defeated the Los Angeles Rams (Week 1), Tennessee (Week 2) and Kansas City (Week 6).

Atop the NFC North, the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-1) come off their bye having won four consecutive games, three of which featured a fourth-quarter comeback victory. Quarterback KIRK COUSINS has thrown a touchdown pass in 36 consecutive games and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (36 games from 2002-04) for the sixth-longest such streak in the Super Bowl era.

The Eagles (3-0), Bills (2-0) and Vikings (3-0), who each host a Week 8 game following their Week 7 bye, are the only three teams remaining in 2022 with perfect home records.

Also in Week 8, the third international game of the 2022 season will take place at Wembley Stadium in London between the DENVER BRONCOS (2-5) and JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-5). The Broncos (six games) and Jaguars (five) are two of the nine teams this season who have played in at least five games with a final score margin of eight-or-fewer points.     

The Starting 11 entering Week 8…

1.     INTRASTATE RIVALRIES: Three games on the Week 8 schedule feature intrastate matchups…

  • In Pennsylvania (1:00 PM ET, CBS), PITTSBURGH (2-5) visits Lincoln Financial Field to take on PHILADELPHIA (6-0). Each of the five meetings between the two clubs over the past 20 years has been won by the home team. The Eagles are 9-0 in home games against Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl era.


    • In California (4:25 PM ET, FOX), the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-4) visit the LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-3) as the NFC West rivals meet for the second time this season. On Monday Night Football in Week 4, the 49ers defeated the Rams, 24-9, as NICK BOSA registered two of the team’s season-high seven sacks. San Francisco has won seven consecutive regular-season meetings over Los Angeles dating back to 2019, with the Rams earning a 20-17 win over the 49ers at SoFi Stadium in the NFC Championship game last season en route to the Super Bowl LVI title.

    • In Ohio on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), CINCINNATI (4-3) visits CLEVELAND (2-5) in a battle between AFC North foes. The Browns have won four consecutive meetings between the two clubs, Cleveland’s longest winning streak against a division opponent since realignment in 2002.     
                                                                      

2.     NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 9.33: The average final score margin of 9.33 points this season is the lowest average final score margin through Week 7 since 1970. Only three other seasons since the merger (1982, 1983 and 2016) have had an average score margin of fewer than 10 points through the first seven weeks. 

3.     NOTE THAT MATTERS: The combined winning percentage by NFC East teams this season is .741 (20-7), the highest winning percentage by a single division through the first seven weeks of a season since 2002. Only on two other occasions since realignment has a division had a winning percentage of .700-or-higher through the first seven weeks, the 2013 AFC West (.704; 19-8) and 2020 NFC West (.704; 19-8). 

4.     SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: When TENNESSEE (4-2) visits HOUSTON (1-4-1) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS), two of the five running backs with at least 500 rushing yards this season will be in action. Titans running back DERRICK HENRY, who leads the NFL in rushing yards (6,843 yards) since 2017, ranks fourth with 536 rushing yards in 2022 while Houston running back DAMEON PIERCE leads all rookies and ranks fifth among all running backs with 504 rushing yards this season.

Henry looks to continue his rushing dominance over the AFC South since he entered the league in 2016. In 35 career games, Henry has averaged 99 rushing yards per game against the AFC South, the third-highest rushing yards per game average against a single division since 1970 (minimum 20 games). Only Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs BARRY SANDERS (104.7 rushing yards per game against the NFC Central) and ERIC DICKERSON (102.1 rushing yards per game against the NFC Central) have a higher average.

Including 128 rushing yards against Indianapolis last week, Henry has rushed for at least 100 yards in nine of his past 10 division games. He has an NFL-record five career games with at least 200 rushing yards and multiple rushing touchdowns, including each of his past three games against the Texans. 

5.     SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: The DENVER BRONCOS (2-5) and JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-5) head to Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday (9:30 AM ET, ESPN+) in a matchup that features two of the five AFC defensive units allowing fewer than 20 points per game this season. Each club is led by a first-year defensive coordinator – the Broncos’ EJIRO EVERO and the Jaguars’ MIKE CALDWELL.

Denver enters Week 8 ranked second in total defense (286 yards allowed per game) and pass defense (173.1 yards allowed per game) and third in scoring defense (16.4 points allowed per game). Jacksonville leads the NFL with 48 passes defensed this season and ranks tied for fourth in the AFC in scoring defense (19.6 points allowed per game). The Broncos and Jaguars are two of three AFC teams (Buffalo) to allow fewer than 14 points in three games in 2022.

6.     STREAK SPEAK: Five teams enter Week 8 on a winning streak of at least four games as Philadelphia has opened the season with six consecutive wins and Minnesota, the New York Giants, the New York Jets and Tennessee have each won their past four contests. The last season in which five teams were each on a five-or-more game winning streak at the same time was 2017.  

The Giants and Jets have each won their first four games in the month of October, the first time both clubs have been on a four-game winning streak at the same time since 2008 (Weeks 8-12). With victories in Week 8, both clubs can join the 2021 GREEN BAY PACKERS, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 2017 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES and 2007 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS as the only teams since 2002 to go 5-0 in the month of October in a season. Each of the four previous teams to accomplish the feat finished the season as the No. 1 overall seed in their respective conferences. 

7.     DID YOU KNOW?: Seattle rookie running back KENNETH WALKER is the only player in the NFL this season with two rushing touchdowns of at least 65 yards. His first career rushing touchdown was a 69-yard run in Week 5 and last week, he registered a 74-yard rushing touchdown. Walker is the first rookie with two rushing touchdowns of at least 65 yards since SAQUON BARKLEY (2018). Seattle (4-3) hosts Barkley and the New York Giants (6-1) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). 

8.     UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: When CLEVELAND (2-5) hosts CINCINNATI (4-3) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), it will be a family affair as BILL CALLAHAN, Cleveland’s offensive line coach, and his son, BRIAN CALLAHAN, Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator, meet for the fifth time as division rivals since 2020.

The Browns rushing attack under Bill Callahan, who has been Cleveland’s offensive line coach since 2020, ranks second in rushing yards per game (149.8) and third in yards per rush attempt (4.98) over the past three seasons. Cleveland is one of five AFC teams to allow one-or-fewer sacks in four games in 2022.

Brian Callahan, Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator since 2019, helped the Bengals to a Super Bowl LVI appearance last season as the team ranks fifth in passing yards per game (264.8) and sixth in scoring offense (26.4 points per game) since the beginning of the 2021 season. The Bengals enter Week 8 ranked second in average time of possession (32:25) and third in third down efficiency (49.5 percent; 46 of 93).

9.     TREND TIME: Since 2017, head coach SEAN MCDERMOTT‘s first season with Buffalo, the Bills have won each of their three Sunday Night Football appearances, the only team with multiple wins and no defeats on Sunday night games over the past six seasons.

Buffalo, who is coming off a Week 7 bye, is also a perfect 5-0 under McDermott after their bye week, one of three teams to earn a victory after their bye in each of the past five years. Pittsburgh is also 5-0 after their bye since 2017 and has a Week 9 bye in 2022 following their Week 8 meeting with Philadelphia. Tennessee is 6-0 since 2017 after their bye week, including 5-0 under head coach Mike Vrabel, following their Week 7 victory over Indianapolis. McDermott can become the third head coach ever to win each of his first six games following a bye, joining ANDY REID (first 13 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (seven).

Under head coach Matt LaFleur, Green Bay is 16-2 in games with a start time of 7:00 PM ET or later, including 13 consecutive wins in primetime games, the longest such streak since 1970. With their victory on Sunday Night Football in Week 2, the Packers surpassed the Indianapolis Colts (12 consecutive primetime wins from Week 9, 2004 to Week 7, 2007) and Pittsburgh Steelers (12 consecutive primetime wins from Week 9, 2007 to Week 9, 2009) for the longest streak of primetime wins since the merger.

Heading into Sunday Night Football,Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN has the highest passer rating (108.6) among all quarterbacks with at least 300 pass attempts in primetime games since 1970, while Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS ranks second (106.5).

10.  THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY: October 28, 2007 (15 years ago) – The New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, at Wembley Stadium in London, England, in the first regular-season game played in London and the first regular-season game played outside of North America. The NFL continues the 2022 international slate in Week 8 as the DENVER BRONCOS (2-5) take on the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-5) at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (9:30 AM ET, ESPN+). The Jaguars have played in London in eight of the past nine seasons and return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since 2019.

11.  AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Monday’s matchupbetween the Browns and Bengals will mark the eighth time since 1970 that the NFL has played a Monday night game on Halloween. 2022 will mark the fifth-consecutive Monday Night Football game on Halloween since 1990 to feature divisional opponents: 2016 (NFC North – Minnesota 10 at Chicago 20), 2011 (AFC West – San Diego Chargers 20 at Kansas City 23), 2005 (AFC North – Baltimore 19 at Pittsburgh 20) and 1994 (NFC Central – Green Bay 33 at Chicago 6).  

LUCAS RAYMOND SCORES TWICE IN RED WINGS’ 2-1 WIN OVER WILD

DETROIT (AP) Lucas Raymond scored his first two goals of the season, Ville Husso made 30 saves and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Saturday night to end a two-game losing streak.

Raymond finally broke through in the eighth game of the season after scoring 23 times last season as a rookie.

“It feels good,” Raymond said. “Of course it feels like I could have gotten one the previous games, too. It was good that I finally got it today. I feel like we could’ve had a lot more goals today.”

Raymond broke a tie on a power play with 4.3 seconds remaining in the second period. Driving into the goal crease with the puck, he managed to jam it through the legs of goalie Filp Gustavsson before tumbling into the netminder.

“Raymond kind of fans on it a little bit, but it hits my back leg and goes in,” Gustavsson said. “That’s super frustrating, especially with so little time on the clock.”

Raymond has five goals in three career games against Minnesota.

Kirill Kaprizov opened the scoring for the Wild at 1:28 of the first period on the second shot of the game. Breaking in on a 2-on-1, Karpizov utilized Jared Spurgeon as a decoy and snapped a high wrist shot under the crossbar behind Ville Husso.

“I think it probably hurt us by coming out so fast,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “We had like four chances right away and it looked like we thought we could just continue doing that.

“We thought we were just going to play as a skilled hockey club and that doesn’t work. We’re about skill and grit. We can’t beat teams by being cute.”

Raymond tied it with 3:09 left in the first. He fired a wrist shot from the bottom edge of the right faceoff circle past Gustavsson on the blocker side.

Detroit coach Derek Lalonde liked how Raymond played as much as how many times he scored.

“You didn’t see the looping, you didn’t see the poaching for offense, you didn’t see the hoping,” Lalonde said. “He played the game right. He put himself in some good situations and obviously it went in tonight.”

Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin, Raymond’s center, felt it was just a matter of time before his linemate would start scoring.

“Whether the puck goes in or not, we were getting chances,” Larkin said. “He put himself in great spots to receive the puck and he’s got a quick release. It was easy to find him tonight.”

Husso improved to 3-1-1. Gustavsson made 23 saves in dropping to 0-3.

CHRISTIAN DVORAK HAS 1ST HAT TRICK, CANADIENS BEAT BLUES 7-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) Christian Dvorak had his first NHL hat trick and the Montreal Canadiens scored three times in a 4:50 span in the second period to rally for a 7-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Dvorak completed the hat trick into an empty net with 1:35 remaining in the third period. He broke through after 13 two-goal games.

“That’s nice,” Dvorak said. “I’ve been close a couple times but it’s kind of nice to get it out of the way, I guess.”

Cole Caufield added two goals and Nick Suzuki and Juraj Slafkovsky also scored to help the Canadiens win for the second straight game.

Montreal converted on two of three power plays after scoring just one goal in 24 opportunities prior to Saturday night’s contest.

“It feels good,” Suzuki said. “We’ve been, obviously, struggling to score. I think we’ve had good looks most of the games, but to get two tonight against, I think they were a top 5 PK last year, is a big confidence boost for usgoing into next game.”

Former Blues netminder Jake Allen made 26 saves for his first win in St. Louis since being traded to Montreal in 2020.

Jordan Binnington allowed six goals on 24 shots as St. Louis dropped its fourth straight after starting 3-0-0.

“We scored four goals,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “We should win the game. Them empty nets, we could’ve had seven. So, we’ve got to bear down and do a lot better job of being sharp and being simple and playing for each other. That’s the bottom line.”

Jordan Kyrou scored twice to break a four-game scoreless streak, and Noel Acciari and Vladimir Tarasenko each had a goal for St. Louis.

“It’s unacceptable to play like this,” Tarasenko said. “We have some time before next game. We’ll figure it out. We have to play better at home.”

Dvorak scored his first goal of the season 41 seconds into the third period on a pass that deflected off Blues defenseman Nick Leddy. Dvorak added another 40 seconds later to make it 6-3.

OLOFSSON SCORES IN OT AS SABRES RALLY PAST BLACKHAWKS 4-3

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Victor Olofsson scored twice, including in overtime, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Saturday night.

Olofsson got his sixth of the season 36 seconds into overtime. With Buffalo on a power play after Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was called for holding late in the third period, Olofsson converted a slap shot from the right circle off a pass from Rasmus Dahlin.

“He’s always ready, he’s an opportunist, he’s always ready,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “We made a quick change in overtime to put him out and he had, you could argue, two goals in the game (already), but he felt the back of the net twice before that, one was disallowed, obviously, but so we knew he had a little swagger tonight as well and he didn’t let us down. What a shot.”

Buffalo had dropped two in a row. The Sabres trailed 3-1 after two periods, but Tage Thompson scored twice in the third. Craig Anderson made 23 saves.

Olofsson opened the scoring in the first with a power-play slap shot from the slot. But the Blackhawks responded with three straight goals.

Olofsson had a goal disallowed for being offside following a coach’s challenge, but he scored moments after the clock was reset after a review.

“We kind of took over in the second and we just gave up two quick goals,” Olofsson said. “We can’t stop playing defense just because we’re rolling over them. I think we kind of have to learn from that, but we fought back and got the win.”

Jason Dickinson, Sam Lafferty and Taylor Raddysh scored for Chicago. Arvid Soderblom made 41 saves in his season debut.

“He played great, he really deserved better tonight,” Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said. “I thought he looked really calm in there, made some really big saves on chances that were primaries. That’s something we want to clean up as a team, especially in front of a young goaltender, but he showed a lot of poise out there. It was nice to see.”

Thompson, who led the Sabres with 38 goals last season, entered with one goal, but he crashed the Chicago net twice while erasing its two-goal lead.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

2022-23 CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS RECAP

Lily Cridge of Indianapolis Bishop Chatard successfully repeated as state champion and Noblesville earned its first team title during the first race of the day at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

Cridge ran the third-fastest time in state finals history covering the world-class Terre Haute 5K course in 17:14.6. Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka holds the top two spots with 17:08.8 and 17:13.2 in 2014 and 2012, respectively.

After the senior Cridge, Delta junior Nicki Southerland finished second in 17:17.5, Park Tudor senior Sophia Kennedy was third in 17:24.4, and Columbus North senior Julia Kiesler ended fourth in 17:36.4.

In fact, those top four made the top 10 fastest list for this course. Cridge and Southerland ran the third and fourth-fastest times, while Kennedy is sixth-fastest and Kiesler became the 10th-fastest.

Noblesville, coached by Aaron Becker, tallied 122 points earning the school’s first state title in the sport. The school’s previous best finish of third place came in the 2006 meet. The team’s 122 points was the second-highest total for a state championship team. Fort Wayne Concordia’s 134 points in 1983 is the highest for a title-winner.

After Noblesville, defending state champion Columbus North finished second with 153 points, Carmel third with 177, Homestead fourth with 187, and North Central of Indianapolis rounded out the top five with 197 points.

The Millers winning team was paced by senior Brooke Lahee who finished 28th overall in 18:54.6. Junior Kennedy Applegate was 34th in 19:06.3, senior Paige Hazelrigg was 38th in 19:11.2, junior Nadia Perez was 43rd in 19:20.4, and junior Summer Rempe was 44th in 19:21.8.

Boys: Teammates Mathison, Provenzano go 1-2, Carmel secures Team Crown

Kole Mathison and teammate Tony Provenzano finished 1-2 to lead Carmel to the team title during the IHSAA Boys Cross Country State Finals at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute.

The 6-3 senior Mathison with his long strides ran away from the field down the stretch clocking a 15:02.8 for his first state title. It was his third straight year finishing in the top five (fourth last year, third in 2020) and his time today was the third-fastest in the state finals at this course.

Provenzano, a junior, edged Brebeuf Jesuit’s Cameron Todd, another junior, for second in a photo finish as both clocked 15:11.2. It was the third time teammates had swept the top two spots (1974, 1996) in the state meet.

Center Grove’s Ty Garrett (15:31.6) and Matteo Rosio of Brebeuf, both seniors, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Carmel edged Zionsville in the team race, 103-106 to win its 17th title. It was the second-closest margin of victory in state finals history behind Floyd Central’s two-point nod over Portage in 1991. Center Grove (143), Columbus North (157) and Noblesville (166) rounded out the top five teams.

The other scoring Greyhounds for coach Colin Altevogt’s outfit were Charlie Leedke in 28th (15:59.9), Thomas Biltimier in 56th (16:24.0), and Jack Capes in 61st (16:27.8).

Mental Attitude Awards

Following their respective races, Bridget Gallagher of Guerin Catholic High School and Kole Mathison of Carmel High School were announced as the recipients of the IHSAA mental attitude awards in girls and boys cross country, respectively.

Bridget is the daughter of Thomas and Kathleen Gallagher of Westfield, IN while Kole is the son of Scott and Amy Mathison of Carmel, IN.

The annual recipients of the awards were nominated by their principal and coach, and were determined by the IHSAA Executive Committee to have best demonstrated mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability during their four years of high school.

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance presented a $1,000 scholarship to each school’s general scholarship fund in the names of Gallagher and Mathison.

GAME REWIND: PACERS 125, NETS 116

Game Recap

Playing on the second night of a back-to-back and with two starters and a key reserve watching in street clothes, the Pacers were significant underdogs against Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and the Nets on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

But the young and hungry Pacers didn’t get the memo, as Indiana (3-4) unleashed an unprecedented shooting display, knocking down a franchise-record 23 3-pointers in a 125-116 victory over Brooklyn (1-5).

The Blue & Gold’s two emerging stars, Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin, combined for 58 points and 11 3-pointers in the victory.

The 20-year-old Mathurin scored 32 points off the bench, the highest total so far in his young career, going 6-for-9 from 3-point range and 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

“I watched (Durant and Irving) growing up, and I felt like tonight was an opportunity for me to show out,” Mathurin said after the win. “And I think I did pretty well.”

22-year-old Haliburton added 26 points while going 6-for-9 from distance and also tallied eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals.

The Pacers handled the Nets even without starting center Myles Turner, who sat out the second night of a back-to-back as he works his way back from a sprained ankle, as well as forward Aaron Nesmith and backup point guard T.J. McConnell, who both did not dress due to knee soreness.

Haliburton went 2-for-2 from 3-point range in the first quarter, but the rest of the Blue & Gold struggled to knock down shots early on Saturday. Haliburton’s teammates went 2-for-12 to start the contest, allowing Brooklyn to jump out to a 22-13 lead.

Rookie Mathurin finally ignited the Indiana offense, converting a layup and a 3-pointer during a 7-0 Pacers run. Mathurin continued to key the Pacers’ surge through the rest of frame, capping a nine-point quarter with a pair of free throws in the closing seconds that tied the game at 26 entering the second quarter.

The offense went cold once again to open the ensuing frame. Indiana missed its first eight shots in the second quarter as the Nets surged back ahead with 10 unanswered points.

Buddy Hield broke the drought with his first three of the night. Mathurin added a trey of his own the Pacers’ next possession, then Haliburton and Hield again knocked down triples during a 16-7 Indiana run to climb back within one.

That trio continued their 3-point barrage a short while later, as Mathurin, Hield, and Haliburton went back-to-back-to-back from distance to give the Blue & Gold a 55-51 lead. The next trip down the floor, Haliburton was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all his free throws to extend the lead to seven.

“I think the ball was just popping,” Haliburton said after the game. “Obviously, I got hot, Buddy got hot, Benn was shooting the ball well, everybody was shooting the ball well. That energy’s contagious.”

The Nets answered with some threes of their own, as Joe Harris, Royce O’Neale, and Irving each made a trey to put Brooklyn back in front in the final minute. Haliburton answered with a layup with 10 seconds left to give Indiana a 63-62 lead at the break.

The two teams traded the lead 10 times over the first six minutes of the second half. They were tied at 82 following a Durant dunk before Hield’s fifth three of the night followed by two Isaiah Jackson slams opened up a seven-point lead for Indiana.

Durant came to life for the Nets, scoring 10 points in the quarter to keep the score close, but Indiana took a 92-90 lead into the fourth.

Two more threes — this time by Chris Duarte and Andrew Nembhard — keyed a 13-5 Pacers run to open the final frame. Durant continued to carry the offense for the Nets, scoring six straight Brooklyn points to make it a 108-101 game with 6:37 remaining.

But Duarte then buried Indiana’s 22nd 3-pointer of the night to set a new team record. Haliburton then made a free throw after a take foul and followed that up with a lob to Jackson to push the Pacers’ lead to 13.

Indiana later led 118-103 following two Mathurin free throws with 4:04 to play. The Nets responded with six straight to get back within single digits, but Mathurin sealed the victory with a three from the right corner with 2:33 remaining.

Hield flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists while going 5-for-11 from 3-point range. Jackson filled up the stat sheet with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.

Irving led all scorers with 35 points in the loss, going 13-for-21 from the field and 5-for-11 from 3-point range. Durant added 26 points, five rebounds, and five blocks.

The Pacers and Brooklyn will have a rematch on Monday night, when they complete a two-game set at Barclays Center. Indiana is expected to have reinforcements for that contest, as Turner should return to the lineup, likely along with one or both of Nesmith and McConnell.

Inside the Numbers

Mathurin became the first rookie to score 30 points in a game this season. He set a new franchise record for points off the bench by a rookie and his 32 points were the most by any Pacers rookie since 1987. His six 3-pointers were one shy of the franchise rookie record, set by Duane Washington Jr. last season.

Haliburton saw his streak of five straight games recording a double-double snapped, but he topped 20 points for the fifth time in seven games this season.

Hield made at least five threes for the third straight game and is 17-for-32 (53.1 percent) from beyond the arc over that stretch.

Starting in place of Turner, Jackson recorded his first double-double of the season and the fourth of his career.

The Pacers outrebounded Brooklyn 53-34 and outscored the Nets 47-27 in bench points.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We really are trying to build an environment here that’s all about team. The last couple games have really been tremendous for this group. What these guys did in Washington last night, national TV game against a team that was (3-1) and then tonight against a team like Brooklyn that’s just loaded with superstars…we’re starting to really understand how hard we have to play all the time.” -Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle

“I think it shows our toughness, our resilience, just our camaraderie as a team. Just coming together, we got a good win in Washington and a lot of our stars were out (tonight), so I feel like we just picked it up as a team. We came together (and) played hard.” -Jackson

“He’s a monster, man. He’s just so controlled and confident in what he does…It’s that dog in him. He just wants to be better…He’s going to be real nice, and he’s going to help us this season and going forward.” -Jackson on Mathurin

“He’s going to always be aggressive. He had some good opportunities early, got right into it, and played a really spectacular offensive game…He’s dynamic.” -Carlisle on Mathurin

“He’s been amazing. It’s no surprise to any of us. We knew what it was when he came in here. He can score with the best of them. We know how aggressive he is and the confidence that he has in himself.” -Haliburton on Mathurin

“I just felt really confident. I feel like over the last couple of games I’ve just been real confident in my game, my passing ability, just my rebounding (and) just helping my team. I feel like a lot of things that I do on the court don’t really show in the stat sheet.” -Jackson on his strong play

Stat of the Night

Indiana went 23-for-46 from 3-point range, setting a new franchise record for most threes made in a single game. The previous mark was 21 set in a win at Oklahoma City on May 1, 2021 and matched 12 days later in a loss to Milwaukee.

Noteworthy

Saturday’s win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Pacers against the Nets. Indiana’s last win over Brooklyn prior to Saturday was on Nov. 18, 2019 at the Barclays Center.

Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle rejoined the team on Saturday after missing Friday’s game to attend his daughter’s senior night as cheer captain at her Dallas high school. Carlisle collected his 864th career win on Saturday, tying him with the legendary Jack Ramsay for 14th place on the all-time wins list.

Haliburton’s first assist on Saturday gave him 1,000 for his career in just 142 games.

Indiana is now 2-0 on the season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

Up Next

The Pacers and Nets wrap up a two-game set on Halloween in Brooklyn, as the two teams are set to meet on Monday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 PM ET.

Tickets

After a five-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY CLAIMS FIRST WIN IN READING SERIES

READING – The Fuel headed to Reading for back-to-back games against the Royals where they looked to extend their win streak. In game one of the set, they did just that with a final score of 3-1.

The Royals took control early in the game with few shots on goal, but weren’t able to get anything past Fuel goaltender Mitchell Weeks. Each team respectively had three power play opportunities, but nobody was able to capitalize on them and the first period ended scoreless.

The Fuel came out hot for the second period starting on the power play. Just 35 seconds into the middle frame, Jan Mandat got Indy on the board. Seven minutes later, after a huge series of saves by Weeks, Yvan Mongo was able to tie it up for Reading. Late in the period, Chase Lang took a double minor penalty for high-sticking, but after a great turnover in the neutral zone, Mitchell Hoelscher got his first goal of the season while the Fuel were killing off their own penalty. The period then expired with Indy on top 2-1.

The third period started with Reading still on a power play, but the Fuel were able to kill it off and hold the score right down to the last minute of regulation. Indy’s Weeks remained steadfast in the Fuel’s net with some highlight reel saves that kept the Royals’ score down at just one. Captain Keoni Texeira was credited with scoring the empty net goal, putting away the game for Indy with a final score of 3-1.

The Fuel’s pair of Mitchell’s claimed two stars of the game as Mitchell Hoelscher scored the game-winning goal and Mitchell Weeks stopped 28 shots.

Indy is now 3-0 to start their season and will face off with the Royals again tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Reading.

INDIANA TAKES CARE OF MARIAN, 78-42

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It’s just an exhibition game, nothing more.

Just an exhibition game vs. Marian University, an NAIA school that boasts former IU star and 1972-73 Big Ten Player of the Year Steve Downing as its athletic director.

Just the first time out for head coach Mike Woodson’s team.

But, boy, there is plenty to be excited about.

The Hoosiers opened their 2022-23 exhibition season with a 78-42 win over the Knights behind 14 points and 11 rebounds from freshman Malik Reneau and 13 points from sixth-year Race Thompson. IU turned in a dominant performance that saw the Hoosiers score the first 10 points of the game and build a 20-point advantage by the halfway point of the first half.

The outcome of the game was never really in doubt following the hot start, but it wasn’t about the points on the board. It was about how the Hoosiers built the lead.

With All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis and sophomore Tamar Bates both inactive for the exhibition, senior forward Race Thompson and senior guard Xavier Johnson took on leadership roles and set the tone for the Hoosiers. Thompson scored 11 of IU’s first 24 points, and Johnson was his usual active self, distributing the ball and rebounding while also scoring a bit himself.

But it wasn’t just the veterans who showed out. Freshman Malik Reneau earned the start in place of Jackson-Davis, and he made an immediate impact, scoring IU’s second bucket of the game. Freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino made his presence felt, too, scoring his first points on a layup just 150 seconds into the game and adding a midrange jumper and a score in transition all in his first six minutes of action.

“I look at Jalen and Malik, and I think the transition for them coming in—especially for Jalen—has been really easy,” head coach Mike Woodson said. “(Jalen) works, and Malik, I thought his night was fantastic. He did a lot of good things defensively, he rebounded the ball, and we know he can score. It’s kind of nice. Starting those two guys for the first time at the college level, I thought they passed with flying colors.”

Reneau sandwiched a pair of scores in the paint around a Thompson 3-pointer to give IU a 30-7 lead with 12:26 left in the first half. Marian answered with a pair of three pointers, but another triple from Thompson halted the run.

Another freshman, guard CJ Gunn, scored his first bucket in an Indiana uniform on a 3-pointer with 5:27 left before halftime, and IU took a 42-21 lead into the break.

Thompson finished the half with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including drilling all three of his 3-point attempts. Reneau chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds, and Hood-Schifino added eight points on 4-5 shooting from the floor to go with three rebounds and three assists.

Indiana shot 58.1% from the field overall and 44.4% from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes while holding the Knights to 29.0% shooting from the floor. The Hoosiers outrebounded Marian 23-10 in the first half and dominated the paint, outscoring the Knights 20-4.

Reneau continued to show his skills in the second half, owning the paint with the hat trick of a short jumper, a layup, and a dunk, the last coming off an assist from Thompson. Hood-Schifino continued to show his range with a jumper off another assist from Thompson that put IU up 60-30 by the midpoint of the second half.

Junior Jordan Geronimo got into the act by knocking down a 3-pointer off the bench, and he helped stretch the lead with a driving layup after beating his defender on the perimeter and swooping through the lane.

The Hoosiers cruised the rest of the way, and all 11 scholarship players who were available saw playing time. For a team that features more depth than it has in recent years, getting guys meaningful minutes, even during exhibition games, was important.

“It’s important for everybody to play because from a coaching standpoint, I’m still learning and trying to figure out who can do what even though we’ve been together for five months,” Woodson said. “Practice is different than the game, and I’ve always believed if you practice well, you play well. We didn’t do a whole lot yesterday, but the carryover was nice. Everybody has to be on board… This is a team. I’m trying to push these guys along with my staff to do all the necessary things on and off the court to help us win basketball games.”

BUTLERMBB TAKES EXHIBITION OPENER, 75-65, OVER TIFFIN

The Bulldogs unofficially opened the second edition of the Thad Matta Era Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse with a 75-65 exhibition win over Tiffin.

STAT OF THE GAME: Seventeen of Simas Lukosius’s game-high 20 points came in the second half. He went 7-for-10 from the field overall.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

Butler’s two impact transfers – Eric Hunter Jr. and Manny Bates – had 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Bates went 7-for-12 from the field and had a team-best eight rebounds in his unofficial Butler debut.

Hunter was 6-for-13 from the field and had four assists.

Both Butler and Tiffin shot 6-for-21 from three-point range. After hitting only two of their 13 attempts from behind the arc in the first half, Butler went 4-for-8 after the intermission.

Myles Wilmoth got the start and had six points and six rebounds.

The Bulldogs went 2-for-9 from the free throw line in the first half and finished at 11-for-22.

Wesley Jordan led Tiffin with 12 points; he was one of three Dragons in double figures.

OF NOTE:

The Bulldogs were without Jalen Thomas, John-Michael Mulloy and Ali Ali due to various injuries.

Butler led 32-25 at the half before Tiffin took a 38-37 lead early in the second half; the Bulldogs responded with a 9-0 run to retake a 46-38 lead.

Butler had only seven assists on 29 made field goals.

Butler opened the game by scoring 12 of the first 15 points.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs host their second and final exhibition Tuesday night when Davenport comes to Hinkle for a 7 p.m. tip.

BUTLERUFOOTBALL LEADS FROM START TO FINISH IN 56-20 WIN OVER MOREHEAD STATE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler football team scored 42 first half points allowing them to cruise to a 56-20 victory over Morehead State on Saturday afternoon. The win was significant in keeping Butler undefeated at home this season (5-0). It also marked the 600th all-time win in program history.

The Bulldogs rushed for 290 yards and six touchdowns in the PFL battle against the Eagles. Joey Suchy picked up a team-high 99 yards for Butler. He scored the first touchdown of the day on a 21-yard run. Brody Reder was responsible for the next two BU touchdowns. Reder finished the day with 29 rushing yards. Three of his five carries resulted in a touchdown.

Second quarter scoring started with Bret Bushka hitting Jared Suchevits on a crossing route. Suchevits beat his defender and went up the sideline for a 43-yard TD reception. After Reder’s third TD of the day, Bushka would take a fourth and goal play to the end zone, increasing the BU lead to 42-7.

The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 30-yard TD pass from Bushka to Tyler Adams. Adams led all receivers on Saturday with 91 yards. The final BU touchdown of the day belonged to Owen Keane. Keane played in jersey #40 and #62 on Saturday and was able to capitalize on a Quinn Warweg interception to plunge ahead for a one-yard TD.

Butler’s winning recipe against Morehead State was running the ball and stopping the run. They limited Morehead State to just 49 rushing yards on 35 attempts. Connor Reid was the leader of the BU defense with nine tackles. Steven Williams II, Jack Belskis, Kody Leach and Jake LaBarre all recorded a sack against the Eagles and Will Mason led the ‘Dawgs with three pass break-ups.

The offense scored a touchdown on all five of their red zone visits on Saturday. The first three drives of the day for BU went for six points and after one punt, the next three possessions all ended with touchdowns.

The Bulldogs have three games remaining on the 2022 schedule. Two of the next three will be on the road with Butler heading to San Diego on Nov. 5 and Drake on Nov. 12. Senior Day is set for Nov. 19 against St. Thomas.

BUTLERMSOCCER BATTLES TO DRAW AT SETON HALL, CLINCHES POSTSEASON SPOT

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Butler men’s soccer team earned a point on the road in a defensive battle with Seton Hall that ended in a 0-0 tie. The Pirates (7-2-7, 4-1-5 BIG EAST) came into the match in second place in the conference standings, while the Bulldogs (9-5-2, 4-3-2 BIG EAST) were locked in a tie for third with Xavier.

With the draw, Butler has clinched one of the six spots in the postseason BIG EAST Tournament. The Bulldogs remain in a tie with the Musketeers for the third position with one match to play, and the two sides will face each other for their final regular-season contest. The pair are three points behind Seton Hall, which is currently in the second spot and has a bye on the final day of competition. Butler and Xavier are one point in front of Creighton, two points in front of UConn, and three points in front of Providence.

Full standings

Remaining conference schedule

Key Moments

5′ | A low shot to the far post forces Gabriel Gjergji to the ground for a save.

31′ | Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. feeds DJ Hooks from the right side. Hooks’ shot, from just outside the 18, is saved by the Pirates’ keeper.

34′ | Cabrera, Jr. penetrates the left side of the box. He attempts to chip a shot over the Seton Hall keeper, but a glove catches enough of the ball to tip it up into the air to allow a save.

—HALFTIME—

49′ | Cabrera, Jr. carries into the area and hits a hard shot toward the far post. Seton Hall makes the tough save.

50′ | Perrin Barnes manages a tough shot off a corner kick, but it is just outside the post.

54′ | A hard Seton Hall header, off a cross from the right side, sails just over the crossbar.

79′ | Cabrera, Jr. feeds Jack Streberger from the left side of the box. Streberger’s bending shot from 15 yards just misses the upper-right 90.

89′ | Seton Hall is fouled and sends the free kick toward the left post. A Pirate breaks behind the defense and gets a foot on the ball, but the shot sails over the crossbar.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: (none)

ASSISTS: (none)

Bulldog Bits

Gabriel Gjergji (8-5-2) made three saves in the match and notched his fourth solo shutout of the season. He has 20.5 shutouts in his career.

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. led the offensive attack for Butler with three shots, all on goal. Palmer Ault and DJ Hooks each had a pair of shots.

This was only the second match this season in which the Bulldogs were denied a goal. The first was vs. (current No. 13) Ohio State.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM EARNS #HLXC RUNNER-UP FINISH

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The IUPUI men’s cross country team earned a runner-up finish at the 2022 Horizon League Championships on Saturday (Oct. 29), held at the Oakland University Cross Country Course. The Jaguars had three individuals run to all-league performances and finished with 54 points, falling only to Youngstown State’s 29-point effort.

Both Grant Moon and Eric Petersen earned first team all-league spots, by placing fifth and seventh, respectively. Nick Perkins earned second team all-league honors with an eighth-place finish and Mitchell Gits just missed an all-league spot, placing 15th overall. YSU had three finishers among the top four while Oakland’s Yami Albrecht won on his home course in a time of 24:44.0.

Moon came in behind a trio of YSU runners at 24:50.8 and Petersen crossed at 25:00.5. Perkins finished at 25:06.8 and Gits crossed at 25:34.3. Mitchell Rans capped the Jaguars’ top five in a time of 25:47.9 to ultimately place 19th overall.

“I’m really happy with how far this team has come over the course of the season,” Moon said. “There was a lot of adversity we faced over the course of the year, so to come out with a runner-up finish is something we are all extremely proud of.”

Injuries have chipped away at the Jaguars’ depth all season long, but opened the door for others to step up. Jack Acton continued his ascent by finishing 26th overall in a time of 26:00.1 and Matthew Leppert crossed at 26:05.3.

It marked the eighth time in the past nine years the IUPUI program has brought home hardware, earning five league titles and three runner-up finishes in that span.

Head coach Justin Roeder’s squad will now turn attention to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, to be held on Friday, Nov. 11, in Terre Haute, Ind.

MEN’S SOCCER RUNS UNBEATEN STREAK TO FIVE WITH 3-1 WIN OVER MASTODONS

WESTFIELD, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s soccer team extended its current unbeaten streak to five straight games as the Jaguars powered past Purdue Fort Wayne at Grand Park on Saturday (Oct. 29) by a 3-1 score. Lukas Hackaa, Tyler Gainer and Josemir Gomez all found the back of the net and Lucas Morefield made eight saves in the victory.

The win helped IUPUI claw back to .500 on the season at 5-5-6 overall and improve to 4-1-3 in Horizon League play. The victory also assured the Jaguars a spot in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament with one regular season game yet to be played. The Jaguars were picked to finish tenth in the preseason polls, but have proven the pundits wrong, having now won four straight league games after opening 0-1-3.

“It’s super relieving and a happy feeling obviously. The weight of the game – we knew that if we win the game, we clinched a spot in the postseason. That was obviously our goal,” head coach Sid van Druenen said. “We got up 1-0 at halftime, but I think it was Morefield that kept us in the game, honestly. PFW came out strong and had some good chances and we struggled with their initiative in the build.

“The second half, I think we were better and in control for 45 minutes. We’re super happy and super relieved and know that we just extended our season.”

IUPUI was opportunistic in the attack, finally getting on the board in the 41st minute when Logan Finnegan earned a penalty kick chance. Finnegan had gotten behind the Purdue Fort Wayne (1-10-3, 0-6-2 HL) defense and was clipped by goalkeeper Danny Salazar on his way to goal. Hackaa capitalized for his sixth score of the season.

Having already scored in the final five minutes of the first half, the Jaguars went for the knockout punch in the middle 10 minutes, tallying again in the opening five minutes of the second half. Gainer maneuvered past a Purdue Fort Wayne defender before rocketing a drive into danger. The shot redirected off a Mastodon defender and easily past Salazar for his first collegiate score.

The game stayed at 2-0 until the guests got on the board in the 68th minute. After Morefield and the IUPUI defense staved off back-to-back corners with impressive saves, the ‘Dons found paydirt on a third try as Keith Larson climbed the ladder to redirect Abe Arellano’s corner service.

IUPUI held strong defensively down the stretch and Gomez provided a late cushion when he blasted a diagonal shot past Salazar for his ninth tally of the season, Freshman Spencer Holland earned the assist as he sprung Gomez free with a long lead pass.

Both teams finished with 14 shots each while Morefield made eight saves as nine of the Mastodons’ attempts were on target. Ethan Vermillion and Finnegan had a team-high three shots each for the Jaguars.

IUPUI will close out the regular season at Robert Morris on Wednesday (Nov. 2) at 2:00 p.m..

CATES, FRY PUSH JAGUARS TO FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT #HLXC CHAMPIONSHIPS

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The IUPUI women’s cross country team wheeled its way to a fourth-place finish at the 2022 Horizon League Cross Country Championships on Saturday (Oct. 29), hosted at the Oakland University Cross Country Course. Ellie Cates earned first team all-league honors by virtue of her fifth-place finish and classmate Madison Fry was a second team honoree after placing 13th overall.

IUPUI closed with 120 points, trailing Milwaukee (47), Oakland (86) and Youngstown State (87) in the standings. YSU’s Morgan Cole was the individual champion in a time of 21:25.5.

Cates was brilliant in her fifth-place finish, finishing the race in a time of 22:04.2.

“Going into the race, my goal was to get top-5 and having accomplished that really shows that all the hard work is paying off,” Cates said. “I’m super proud of my teammates for working through the hurt and getting fourth as a team.”

Fry notched a time of 22:29.6 to place 13th and Hannah Sale finished 27th at 23:08.7. Sophomore Laci Provenzano, who sat out the team’s first 6K of the year with a lingering injury, finished 35th overall at 23:32.9. Freshman Julie Smith, who also missed IUPUI’s last meet, clocked a time of 23:44.1 to finish 40th in her first collegiate 6K.

Sophia Taylor and Claire Mehling rounded out IUPUI’s top seven, placing 44th and 51st. Taylor crossed at 24:00.8 and Mehling finished at 24:28.8. Kara Krol was just behind Mehling, crossing the finish line at 24:35.0.

IUPUI will now turn attention to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Friday, Nov. 11.

JAGS FALL IN FIVE-SETS TO YOUNGSTOWN STATE, 3-2

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI volleyball team fell to Youngstown State in a thrilling five-set match, 3-2. Sophomore Briana Brown led the attack with 23 kills hitting .333. Senior Allie Pogue collected four aces.

In the opening set, IUPUI came out on top after going into extra points, 35-33. Brown mashed back-to-back kills to end the set and give the Jags the 1-0 lead. Youngstown State evened it up at 1-1 winning the second set, 25-23.

IUPUI retook the lead with a third set victory, 25-18. The Jags outhit the Penguins .269 to just .038 to earn the third set win. Youngstown State quickly tied it up at two sets a piece and sent it to the fifth set with a fourth set victory, 25-20. The Penguins took four of the last five points to seal the fourth set.

Youngstown State went on a 4-0 run late in the fifth set to seal the match, 15-9.

Brown led the Jags offense with 23 kills while Pogue followed with 19 kills hitting .226 and four aces. Millai Madison earned 16 kills hitting .423 while Morgan Ostrowski added three aces. Addie Evans led the defense with 20 digs and Darragh Dixon earned 35 assists.

IUPUI will travel to Green Bay on Tuesday, November 1 to face the Phoenix at 7:00 PM.

CARDINALS USE STRONG SECOND HALF TO SURGE PAST DEPAUW IN EXHIBITION

MUNCIE, Ind. – In its first official game action of the 2022-23 season, Ball State used a strong second half to overpower Depauw in an exhibition Saturday afternoon, 87-60.

After leading by just one at halftime, 38-37, the Cardinals outscored the Tigers 49-23 in the second half.

“It was good for us to get out and play in front of fans,” Michael Lewis, who toed the sideline for the first time as Ball State’s head coach said. “That’s why you play these games. We got a lot out of our scrimmage with Wright State that gave us some things to work on this week. Obviously, I was not very thrilled with how we started the game, but I’m really pleased with what we did coming out of halftime.

“Whenever you play these exhibitions and you play these teams, obviously, they’re not as big as we are. You get a 6-foot-9, 260-pound Payton Sparks trying to guard guards. They spread you out, you overhelp and they kick it. They were 8-for-16 from 3 in the first half. We just started switching all of their ball screens, covered the 3-point line, made them beat us off the dribble and score over the top of us. We did a really good job in the second half holding them to 26 percent shooting and 23 points in the second half. The defensive effort in the second half was what we’re looking for, and then we just settled down offensively.”

The Cardinals shot 56 percent from the floor in the second half, which included makes from eight different players across the final 20 minutes. In addition, Ball State controlled the glass, 29-17, in the second half.

Four Cardinals reached double figures on the day, led by Jarron Coleman’s 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Demarius Jacobs contributed 17 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

Payton Sparks racked up 11 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block, while Jalen Windham added 12 points and three dimes.

Off the bench, Mickey Pearson Jr. had a team-high 11 rebounds to go along with six points, while Basheer Jihad had an all-around game with eight points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.

“As we build this program to what we all want it to become, we’ve got teach these guys how to win,” Lewis added. “There were a few possessions there where we took an ill-advised shot – those are all teaching moments. This is a team that wants to win, they just don’t understand how to win. As much as you try to simulate those things in practice, it’s really difficult until you get into game situations. This was really good for us, just like last week. The first half was not great, but in the second half, I was pleased with our effort.”

Ball State opens the season Monday, Nov. 7 when it hosts Earlham for a 7 p.m. ET tip inside Worthen Arena.

11 STRAIGHT; VOLLEYBALL TOPS REDHAWKS IN STRAIGHT SETS

OXFORD, Ohio – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team hit a blistering .542 in the opening set and never looked back, picking up its 11th straight win with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-20) victory over Miami Saturday evening at Millett Hall.

With the win, the Cardinals improve to 18-6 (11-2 Mid-American Conference) and maintain a one-match lead over both Bowling Green (10-3 MAC) and Ohio (10-3 MAC) in the league standings. The Falcons and Bobcats also picked up league wins on the day.

“We battled hard this weekend, and for the most part, played clean volleyball,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We are continuing to develop our consistency and hope to keep building that as the season progresses.”

In handing the RedHawks (6-18, 1-12 MAC) their 10th consecutive loss, Ball State finished the contest with the 20th-best single-match hitting performance in program history at .409 (47-11-88).

Freshman outside Katie Egenolf came off the bench to lead the Cardinals in the category with a .636 (7-0-11) rate of success. Meanwhile, senior opposite Natalie Mitchem led all players with 11 kills and connected at a .524 (11-0-21) clip of her own.

Junior outside Cait Snyder added double-digit kills for the fifth consecutive outing, and ninth time in the last 10 matches, with 10 markers. Overall, eight different Cardinals blasted at least two kills in the victory.

“I felt like we had a lot of balance tonight across all attackers, which helped us hit at a high percentage,” Phillips added. “Katie come in and really gave us a spark, helping set the tone for the final two sets.”

Dishing the rock for the Ball State was sophomore setter Megan Wielonski who passed out 31 assists and has now guided the Cardinals to four of its top 20 single-match hitting efforts in program history. She also tied for match-high honors with three total blocks and collected six digs.

Speaking of digs, senior libero Maggie Huber was the lone player in double figures in that category on either side of the net at 11.

Overall, the Cardinals limited Miami to a .174 (31-15-92) hitting mark, while holding a 36-to-22 advantage in total digs. BSU also out-blocked Miami 7.0-to-4.0 and held a slim edge in aces at 6-to-5.

Allyson Severance led the RedHawks with 10 kills, while Ellie Hanson was credited with a team-high six digs.

“We have really been emphasizing working hard, especially in transition, and I thought this weekend showed that if we can do that, positive results will come,” Phillips said. “I also thought our service pressure continues to be a positive factor and we have to continue to make that a priority down the stretch.”

The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to Worthen Arena this week, when its hosts Kent State on Thursday and Friday. Both matches will start at 6 p.m., with Friday’s contest serving as senior day.

IRISH RUN THROUGH NO. 16 SYRACUSE, 41-24

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The University of Notre Dame football earned a 41-24 victory over No. 16 Syracuse in the JMA Wireless Dome Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame piled up 246 yards on the ground with five different ball carriers, scoring three times.

Audric Estime led the ground attack with a career-high 20 carries for 123 yards and two scores. Logan Diggs added 85 yards on 20 attempts and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season.

Drew Pyne coordinated the offensive attack, going 9-for-19 for 116 yards and a touchdown. Michael Mayer led the receiving corps with three catches for 54 yards. Deion Colzie caught his first passes at Notre Dame, gaining 44 yards on three catches.

Defensively, the Irish were led by cornerback TaRiq Bracy who finished with six tackles. Linebacker JD Bertrand added five tackles and a tackle for loss in the win. Marist Liufau and Brandon Joseph each had an interception. Overall, the defense had eight tackles for loss in the win.

How It Happened

The Irish defense scored the first points of the game on the first play of the day. Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader dropped back, pumped once and tried to hit his wide receiver on a hitch route. Joseph jumped the route and maneuvered through the Orange offense for the 29-yard pick six.

The Orange was up for the challenge, taking its next possession 53 yards on seven plays to knot the score after Shrader found Oronde Gadsden II on a skinny post in the end zone.

Diggs put the Irish back on top midway through the second quarter. The sophomore polished off a 55-yard drive on the 11th play, scoring from three yards out for his first rushing touchdown of the season, fourth of his career. Diggs and Estime ran for 44 yards on the drive.

A tipped pass deep over the middle led to a Syracuse interception, and the Orange were in business. Taking over at the Irish 42 with 1:42 remaining in the first half. Notre Dame’s defense stood strong, giving up just three yards and getting the ball back for the offense after Shrader scrambled and has his pass knocked down by Bertrand to give the ball back to the Irish.

After a first down run by Tyree, Pyne found Mayer along the Syracuse sideline for a 37-yard gain to put the ball down at the Orange 14. Pyne again hit Mayer, who fought off a tackle and was pushed out of bounds at the three, setting up first and goal. Pyne dropped back and hit Thomas on the right hand side for the three-yard score with 0:17 on the clock. Grupe was true on the extra point and the Irish took a 21-7 lead at the midway point.

The teams exchanged punts to begin the second half. Syracuse, who started a drive on their own five, punted for just 28 yards, setting the Irish up at the Orange 31. Notre Dame picked up 22 yards on the ground before settling for a Grupe field goal. Grupe hit from 31 yards out and the Irish took a 24-7 lead with 7:41 on the clock in the third quarter.

With a change at quarterback, the Orange passing game took off as the third quarter came to a close. Carlos Del Rio-Wilson began the second half before engineering a six-play, 67-yard scoring drive. Del Rio-Wilson connected on passes of 23 yards and 30 yards before handing off to Sean Tucker who scored from four yards out. Syracuse cut the Irish lead to 24-17 with 25 seconds left in the third quarter.

With all the momentum seeming to be on the Orange sideline, the Irish defense shifted it back. Del Rio-Wilson tried to find a receiver and had his pass over the middle tipped by Howard Cross III. Liufau was there for the diving interception to give the Irish possession. Notre Dame marched 54 yards on seven plays, capped by an Estime 11-yard score. Grupe was true on the extra point and Notre Dame took a 31-17 lead with 9:11 remaining. 

A Cross sack set up an Orange punt on fourth down with less than seven minutes remaining. Clarence Lewis darted in, getting a hand on the kick and the Irish recovered the blocked punt at the two. Pyne handed to Estime who ran behind Blake Fisher, Josh Lugg and Zeke Cordell for his second score of the day. The Irish led 38-17 with 7:47 left.

Syracuse wasn’t done yet, cutting into the Irish lead with an eight-play, 75-yard drive, capped with a Del Rio-Wilson touchdown pass to D’Marcus Adams from 13-yards out. With 5:44 left, Notre Dame led 38-24.

After recovering the onside kick, the Irish marched 45 yards on eight plays, as Grupe knocked through a 20-yard kick to put Notre Dame up 41-24.

Up Next

The Irish return home next weekend for a primetime matchup with the fifth-ranked Clemson Tigers at Notre Dame Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcasted on NBC.

SATURDAY NIGHT SHOOTOUT

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 12th-ranked Notre Dame hockey program skated to a 1-1 tie with their Big Ten foe, Michigan State, Saturday night to round out the weekend series at home.

The Spartans struck first with a tally off the rebound at 5:43 of the opening period.

Despite firing 13 shots on goal in the first frame, the Irish offensive efforts were unrewarded as they skated to the locker room trailing by a goal after 20 minutes.

The Irish fired 19 shots on goal in the second period to bring their total to 32 after 40 minutes of play. Nick Leivermann’s shot from the point late in the period knotted things up for the two teams with one period left.

Both sides skated hard in the third period but the goaltenders in either crease held their ground and turned aside all shots faced to force the overtime session.

With the extra conference point on the line, the two squads headed to overtime knotted up 1-1. The Irish had two close shots in the five minute session but were unable to light the lamp and a shootout ensued.

Leivermann, who had the lone goal for the Irish Saturday night, went first in the shootout. Firing a shot high stick side the graduate captain gave ND an early advantage but the next two shooters were turned aside and the Spartans claimed the extra Big Ten point.

On opening weekend of conference play, the Irish clinched four of six possible points.

GOALS

Nick Leivermann scored his second goal of the weekend with the game-tying tally in the second period. Trevor Janicke’s initial shot ricocheted off the pads of the Spartan netminder before Zach Plucinski gathered the pucks along the boards. Skating the puck deep along the boards, Plucinski found Leivermann at the top of the far circle for the equalizing goal.

KEY STATS

Ryan Bischel turned aside 18 shots in the opening period, allowing just one goal against with 40 minutes to play.

The Irish fired a season-high 19 shots on goal in the second period with Nick Leivermann’s being the lone goal in the stanza on either side.

With four saves in the overtime period, Ryan Bischel set a career-high 41 saves Saturday night. The tie was the senior’s first 40+ save night.

The Irish fired 40 shots on goal through 65 minutes of play, with Trevor Janicke posting a team-high six.

Zach Plucinski’s four blocks, including two in the final period of play, doubled his season total. The Irish boasted 14 blocked shots in Saturday night’s game.

UP NEXT

The Irish hit the road for their first true road series of the year when they face top-ranked Minnesota, Nov. 4-5. Puck drop for both contests at 3M at Mariucci Arena is set for 8 p.m. ET.

ACC TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL: VS PITT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The second season is upon us and the No. 4 ranked Notre Dame women’s soccer team will kick off the ACC Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 30. The Fighting Irish earned the No. 3 seed after falling a win shy of sharing the regular-season title with Florida State and North Carolina. As a result, the Irish get a revenge match at home against No. 6 seed Pitt. First touch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on ACC Network.

Since this is an ACC Tournament event, tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for youth. To purchase ahead of time, click here.

ACC TOURNAMENT

It’s almost appropriate that Halloween is on Monday because the ACC Tournament has been spooky-season for the Irish. However, they have plenty of voodoo this season to change their ACC Tournament luck.

Notre Dame is 1-7 all-time in the ACC Tournament. They’ve appeared in the semis twice (2014 & 2016) and will look to make their first ACC title game appearance.

A WIN ON SUNDAY …

Would mark Coach Norman’s best year at the helm, already surpassing last year’s win total of 14.

REVENGE MATCH

Notre Dame did not allow a goal in October until the regular season finale in its 2-2 tie with No. 11 Duke. Notre Dame’s last loss occurred back on Sept. 25 vs. Pitt. It also marked Notre Dame’s only loss at home this season, for they are 8-1-1 inside Alumni.

RED-HOT ALBERT

Nothing like hitting your stride down the stretch. Albert has recorded braces in back-to-back games. She has scored eight goals over the last six games, which includes three game-winners.

In addition, she scored free-kick goals in both the Virginia Tech and Wake Forest games and has three total on the season. 

TAKING THEIR PLACE

The Irish have made major statements all season long to boost their resume. Take this stat — 4-1-1 against the top-25.

Notre Dame defeated then No. 2 Virginia 1-0, No. 3 Florida State 4-0 and tied No. 11 Duke, 2-2.

Notre Dame earned two top-three wins during the regular season for the first time in program history.

The victory over FSU was its largest win against a top-3 program since Sept. 8, 2000 (6-1 win over #2 Santa Clara).

COMMITTEE TOP-10 REVEAL

The NCAA women’s soccer committee revealed its midseason top-10 on Oct. 13 and Notre Dame checked in at No. 3. In fact six of the spots belong to ACC teams.

In order: UCLA, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State, Virginia, Duke, Arkansas, Pitt, Northwestern

If it were to hold, the Irish could secure their first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament since 2008.

IRISH RESUME

In the RPI rankings on Oct. 24, the Irish remained at the No. 4 spot behind UCLA, North Carolina and Alabama.

Notre Dame is 3-2 against the current RPI Top-25. Furthermore, the Irish are 7-2 against the Top-50 and 8-2 against the Top-100.

The Irish boast four ranked wins on the season, including two against the top-three: No. 19 Saint Louis (road game), No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 2 Virginia and No. 3 Florida State.

Notre Dame’s strength of schedule ranks 17th in the country.

HOLD THE LINE

The Irish backline of Gaetino, Hudson and Klenke have only allowed 46 shots on goal over 17 games – which equates to a stout 2.7 SOG per game.

6 games this season the Irish backline has only allowed 1 SOG or fewer: NC State (Oct. 6), Boston College (9/30), Virginia (9/22), Saint Louis (8/25), Western Michigan (8/21) and Marquette (8/18).

Notre Dame’s defensive/goalie crew boasts 11 shutouts on the year. Their shutout percentage of 0.647 ranks 9th in the country.

Notre Dame’s GAA of 0.588 ranks 18th in the country and 3rd in the ACC.

Mackenzie Wood in particular has been stellar in net down the stretch, as her 0.417 GAA ranks 5th in the nation, 1st in the ACC. Wood has only allowed 5 goals in 12 games. Furthermore, she has collected 9 shutouts, which rank 14th in the nation and lead the ACC.

BREAKAWAY NUMBERS

The importance of scoring first? Well, the Irish are 14-0 and undefeated when doing so. Irish are also 9-0 when leading at the half.

Notre Dame is averaging 8.8 shots on goal per game, which ranks 11th nationally (1st in ACC). Overall, the Irish are averaging 18.9 shots per game, which ranks 11th nationally (1st in the ACC).

In comparison, shots on goal differential sit at 150-46.

All those shots have led to 41 goals on the year and a scoring offense (2.4) that ranks 16th in the nation.  

Olivia Wingate —   25th goals per game, 2nd in ACC (0.65) // 22nd in points per game, 2nd in ACC (1.59) // 3rd in SOG per game, 1st in ACC (2.5) // 21st in total goals, 2nd in ACC (11) // 18th in total points, 2nd in ACC (27).

Maddie Mercado — 19th in game-winning goals, 1st in ACC (4).

Korbin Albert — 19th in game-winning goals, 1st in ACC (4).

Mackenzie Wood — 5th in GAA (.417) // 14th in shutouts, 1st in ACC (9)

home sweet home

The Irish have made Alumni Stadium a difficult venue for opposing programs to succeed in. Since its creation in 2009, Notre Dame has gone 116-28-7.

This year the Irish are off to an 8-1-1 start inside Alumni. Last season, Notre Dame went 10-1-1 with its lone loss being a 3-2 decision to Clemson in the ACC Tournament. Therefore,  Notre Dame is 18-2-2 at home over its past two seasons. Since the start of the 2019 season, the Irish are 30-5-3 at home!

OFFENSIVE SPARKPLUGS

Notre Dame has tallied a 41-10 goal aggregate over the 2022 season. Out of the 41 goals – it’s come from 9 different players: Wingate (11), Albert (10), Mercado (8), Van Zanten (5), Klenke (2), Ospeck (2), Coyle, Fisher and Gaetino.

Mercado and Wingate are having career years up top, much like how Sammi Fisher did a year ago. Mercado boasts a career high in goals (8) and game-winners (4).

Meanwhile, Wingate has flown past her previous career high of seven with 11 goals this year. Quite frankly, she’s doing it all, leading the team in both goals and assists (5).

Now add in Albert and Van Zanten to complete the four-headed monster that is the Irish attack. As a foursome, they have contributed 74.8 percent of the team’s points.

IRISH SET TO HOST DUKE BLUE DEVILS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are back in Purcell Pavilion this Sunday as they host the Duke Blue Devils.

Sunday, Oct. 30  – Notre Dame vs. Duke – 1:00 p.m. (ACCNX | Live Stats)

SETTING THE STAGE

• Notre Dame is back at home after three games on the road as they host the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 1:00 p.m. in Purcell Pavilion.

• The game this week will be broadcasted on ACC Network Extra. w

• Junior Hattie Monson has reached the 1,000 career digs mark and will be honored on Sunday against Duke in prior to the match.

HISTORY VS. DUKE

• This will be the 21st meeting between the Fighting Irish and Duke Blue Devils with both teams looking to take the series lead as it’s tied at 10-10 currently.

• The Irish lost the last matchup on Oct. 29, 2021, where Notre Dame fell in five sets on the road (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 10-15).

• Prior to last year’s loss, the Irish won three straight against Duke, but Notre Dame’s longest winning streak was from 1988-2006, where the Irish won five straight against the Blue Devils.

NO. 1/1 JACKRABBITS TOP SYCAMORES IN MVFC PLAY, 49-7

BROOKINGS, S.D. – No. 1/1 South Dakota State scored touchdowns in each of their seven offensive drives to top visiting Indiana State on Saturday afternoon, 49-7.

The Sycamores (1-7, 0-5 MVFC) were unable to limit the Jackrabbits (8-1, 6-0 MVFC) balanced offensive attack on the day as SDSU posted 409 total offensive yards (247 passing, 162 rushing) in the game.

Indiana State’s offensive and special teams unit provided some excitement in the first half with Harry Van Dyne providing an acrobatic 25-yard touchdown reception, while Geoffrey Brown rumbled for 29 yards on a fake punt. SDSU was able to keep control of the game with two late touchdowns in the first half including a three-yard pass from Mark Gronowski to Mike Morgan with 0:03 remaining in the opening period to keep the Jackrabbits firmly in command.

The Jackrabbits added touchdowns on each of their first two offensive drives in the second half to cap the scoring on the day. Indiana State had chances late but a goal-line stand from the SDSU defense kept the Sycamores off the scoreboard in closing out the game.

Cade Chambers went 11-of-24 through the air for 114 yards and a touchdown to lead the Sycamore offense before a targeting call took the Sycamore quarterback out of the game in the third quarter. Gavin Screws closed out the game going 2-of-8 for 40 yards as the Sycamores targeted eight different receivers in the loss.

Dante Hendrix led ISU’s receiving efforts in the game with a team-high four receptions for 41 yards. Harry Van Dyne made it back-to-back games with a receiving score on his way to finishing with three catches for 39 yards in the loss. Justin Dinka was ISU’s leader in the backfield with 16 carries for 52 yards

Rylan Cole led the Sycamores’ defensive efforts with a team-high seven tackles (five solo), while Michael Lufile added six stops (four solo) on the afternoon. Casey Miller and Tony Roberts both added tackles for loss.

SDSU quarterback Mark Gronowski went 22-of-28 through the air for 233 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while adding a rushing touchdown in leading the Jackrabbits offense. Jaden Janke was the favorite target on the day with five catches for 82 yards, while Tucker Kraft added five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in the game.

The Jackrabbit rushing game was led by Amar Johnson’s 10 carries for 75 yards and a score, while Isaiah Davis added two first half rushing touchdowns in the win.

The Jackrabbit defense was led by Jason Freeman’s game-high 10 tackles, while Quinton Hicks posted SDSU’s lone sack of the day. Dalys Beanum added an interception in the SDSU win.

How They Scored

South Dakota State took their opening drive of the game 57 yards on eight plays to take the early 7-0 lead over the Sycamores. Isaiah Davis capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown carry on the direct snap with 9:31 remaining in the first quarter.

Mark Gronowski scored on a two-yard QB keeper to stretch the SDSU lead to 14-0 with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter. The touchdown carry capped a six-play, 41-yard drive set up by a Jaxon Janke 49-yard punt return.

SDSU scored on a second direct snap to Isaiah Davis with 14:13 left in the second quarter as the Jackrabbits’ running back took it 10 yards up the middle to make it a 21-0 lead. The score ended a four-play, 26-yard drive set up by an interception deep in Sycamore territory.

Cade Chambers found Harry Van Dyne for the 25-yard touchdown pass down the middle to put the Sycamores on the board with 9:43 remaining in the second quarter following the nine-play, 75-yard drive. The drive was aided by a 29-yard Geoffrey Brown carry on a fake punt to move the Sycamores into SDSU territory.

SDSU went ahead 28-7 on Gronowski’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Jadon Janke in the back left corner of the end zone to cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive with 5:19 left in the first half. Amar Johnson’s 27-yard carry highlighted the drive for the Jackrabbits.

The Jackrabbits added another touchdown just before the halftime break as Gronowski found Mike Morgan for a two-yard score with 0:03 remaining in the first half to put SDSU ahead 35-7. The score ended a seven-play, 61-yard drive and was aided by a late defensive pass interference to set up the touchdown.

SDSU marched down the field on the opening possession of the second half to extend the lead to 42-7. Gronowski found Tucker Kraft over the middle for the 21-yard score with 10:55 remaining in the third quarter to end the nine-play, 65-yard drive.

A Sycamore fumble gave SDSU possession near midfield and the Jackrabbits capitalized to add to the lead with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter. Amar Johnson went two yards up the middle on the direct snap to put the score at 49-7 following the eight-play, 47-yard drive.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana State finished the game with 260 total yards of offense on the day as the Sycamores posted 154 passing yards and 106 rushing yards in the loss.

The Sycamores posted 15 total first downs and held onto the ball for 29:18.

Indiana State turned the ball over twice in the contest, while SDSU posted a clean game in the turnover battle.

SDSU posted 409 total offensive yards and scored on their first seven offensive drives to take their eighth consecutive win in the series.

The Jackrabbits posted 23 first downs and held onto the ball for 30:42 in the win.

News & Notes

Indiana State fell to 2-10 all-time against South Dakota State with the loss.

The Sycamores also fell to 1-11 all-time when facing the No. 1-ranked team in the FCS.

Blake Surface and Michael Lufile became the 17th and 18th different Sycamore defenders to start a game in the 2022 season as the linebacker duo were both on the field for the first snap.

Dante Hendrix ran his receiving streak to 34 consecutive games following his four-catch game. The MVFC receiving leader was limited to 41 yards in the contest.

Justin Dinka was also limited in the contest with 52 rushing yards, snapping his streak of five consecutive games with 70+ yards.

Hendrix finished the game with 2,371 career receiving yards sitting just 14 yards behind Sam Logan (2,385 – 2003-06) in the ISU’s all-time annals.

Up Next

Indiana State returns home to continue MVFC play this upcoming weekend against the University of North Dakota in the first meeting between the two teams. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Fighting Hawks is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

BALANCED ATTACK PUSHES VALPO PAST INDIANA STATE

VALPARAISO, Ind. – Kaitlyn Hamilton and Jamie Brown had seven kills apiece for Indiana State Saturday evening, but it wasn’t enough for the Sycamores in a three-set loss to Valparaiso (25-13, 25-19, 25-18) inside the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Emma Kaelin finished with 25 assists for the Trees, while Melina Tedrow had nine digs. Hamilton had eight digs, the second-most in a match in her career.

Indiana State used kills by Brown and Storm Suhre to tie the first set at 7-all early on, but a six-point run for Valpo followed as the Sycamores were unable to generate momentum. Brown had four kills on five attempts in the opening set, but the Beacons had everything clicking in the first and took the opener 25-13.

Valpo raced out to a 9-2 lead in the second set, but the Sycamores clawed their way back. A kill by Taylor Shelton kickstarted a 10-1 run for the Blue and White that put Indiana State ahead 14-13. Indiana State had kills from four different players during the run, while also taking advantage of multiple Valpo attack errors. Despite the scoring run and two more kills by Shelton in the set, Valpo took the second 25-19, leaving Indiana State facing a 2-0 deficit.

The Sycamores opened the third set on the front foot, starting with a kill by Mallory Keller and adding on with early kills by Shelton and Brown. Valpo cut the Sycamore lead to one, but an ace and a kill by Hamilton extended the lead back up to three at 14-11. The Beacons came back with four straight points of their own to take the lead, one they never relinquished. Kills by Keller and Hamilton in the late stages of the set were not enough for the Trees to climb back, as Valpo clinched the win by taking the third set 25-18.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana State had the advantage in blocks for the ninth straight match, though the Sycamores’ five blocks snapped a streak of eight straight matches with at least seven blocks.

Nearly half of Indiana State’s 29 kills in the match came in the third set, where the Trees had 12 kills on a .237 clip.

News and Notes

Jamie Brown’s seven kills were her most in a match since the conference opener against Bradley.

Cadence Gilley has recorded seven or more digs in 10 of the last 11 matches for Indiana State.

Up Next

Indiana State’s four-match road trip continues Friday at Southern Illinois, with first serve set for 7 p.m.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PICKS UP BEST LEAGUE FINISH IN OVER A DECADE

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Brooke Neal earned All-Horizon League First Team honors as she helped the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s cross country squad to a fifth place finish on Saturday (Oct. 29) at the Horizon League Championships.

It is the Mastodons’ best finish on the women’s side since taking second at the 2008 Summit League meet. While the ‘Dons had multiple fifth places in the Summit League after 2008, the Horizon League field features four more teams than most of the seasons in the Summit League with fifth place performances.

Neal ran a time of 22:09.0 in the 6K race to take sixth and earn all-league for the first time in her career. Madison King took 19th (22:44.4). The next three Mastodons were all freshmen. Riley Tate (23:04.7) was 25th, Ava Genovese (23:42.0) earned 39th and Lydia Carrell (24:09.6) finished 46th. 

Mercedes Sarver finished in 49th, stopping the clock in 24:21.9. Kathy Potter (24:38.6) followed in 54th. Emma Collison (26:50.9) and Hailey Whiteleather (27:55.7) rounded out the Mastodons’ lineup.

Milwaukee won first place. The ‘Dons put together a score of 135.

The Mastodons’ fifth place is four spots better than their ninth place last year.

The ‘Dons are back in action on Nov. 11 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

JACKSON HAS CAREER NIGHT IN MASTODONS’ WIN OVER ROBERT MORRIS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Ramei Jackson hammered down a career-high 19 kills with a .708 hitting percentage in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 24-26, 25-23) win over Robert Morris on Saturday night (Oct. 29) in the Gates Sports Center.

Jackson’s .708 hitting percentage is the third-best single-match performance in program history with at least 20 attempts.

Jackson got the Mastodons off to a quick start with six kills on seven swings in the opening set. She bookended a late 6-1 run.

The ‘Dons went up 13-5 in the second set after Jackson had an ace. It was one of 11 aces for the team, with six coming from Nicole Jones. Her six aces ranks fourth in program history in four-set matches. A kill from Madelyn Wurster and a block from Jena Medearis and Iris Riegel capped off the second.

RMU used an 8-3 push down the stretch to take set three. Jones had three of her aces in the fourth set, including one in the key 4-0 run to close the match.

The Mastodons hit .281, their third-best of the season. This included three sets of over .300.

Wurster and Sidney Schiller joined Jackson in double-figures with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Schiller notched a double-double with 10 digs. Rachael Crucis had 20 digs.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 8-16, 4-9 Horizon League. Robert Morris falls to 9-17, 2-12. The Mastodons will be back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 1) at Milwaukee.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY EARNS BEST EVER FINISH AT LEAGUE MEET

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s cross country team took third on Saturday (Oct. 29) at the 2022 Horizon League Championships. The third-place finish is the Mastodons’ best finish ever at a league meet, including time as both a Division I and Division II program.

Four Mastodons finished in the top 25. Andrew Whitinger picked up a 10th place finish in the 8K race for an All-Horizon League Second Team nod. He ran a time of 25:14.9. Nicholas Mills was 21st at 25:51.1. Freshman Austin Hall earned a 23rd place finish, passing the finish line in 25:55.0. Nathan Mills was a spot behind in 24th, stopping the clock in 25:58.1.

Jarred Neff took 33rd, running a time of 26:13.2 and contributing a score to the Mastodons’ team score of 111.

Husam Saleh (26:19.7) earned 35th and Colten Gasson took 43rd (26:32.5).

The Mastodons’ lineup was rounded out by JT Hodges (26:34.2), Harrison Niswander (26:45.8), Draven Thompson (26:54.7) and Kobe Milledge (27:13.3).

Youngstown State won the team title.

The Mastodons finished three spots better than they were picked in the preseason poll. It is also four spots better than the Mastodons’ seventh place performance last season at the Horizon League meet.

The ‘Dons are back in action on Nov. 11 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

UE DEFEATS OAKLAND CITY IN EXHIBITION OPENER

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Four players finished in double figured to lead the University of Evansville men’s basketball team to an 81-56 victory over Oakland City in exhibition action inside the Ford Center.

Leading the Purple Aces was Antoine Smith Jr. with a game-high 17 points.  He converted six of his seven field goal tries and all four 3-point attempts.  Marvin Coleman II scored 12 points while Kenny Strawbridge Jr. and Blaise Beauchamp recorded 10 apiece.  Strawbridge and Coleman led UE with eight rebounds.

“The whole process has been fun – we have been doing this with good people.  We have a good coaching staff and a good group of players,” UE head men’s basketball coach David Ragland explained following the victory.  “We played connected and I did not think there were many moments where we were disconnected. It is a team sport – everything we need to do must be done together.”

Evansville finished the game shooting 47.8% from the field and 52.9% in the second half.  Nine triples found the bottom of the net with Smith picking up four.  The Aces outrebounded the Mighty Oaks by a 44-35 margin with 12 caroms coming on the offensive end.

Both teams struggled to find their offense in the early moments with both turning the ball over on three occasions in the opening three minutes.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. got the Aces on the board after Oakland City scored the opening basket.  UE started the game 1-of-7 from the field before knocking down five of its next six attempts to go up 14-2.

Marvin Coleman II hit a layup and triple while Antoine Smith Jr. also scored from outside.  Strawbridge added his second bucket to make it a 16-2 game.  Gabe Spinelli excited the crowd with a dunk while Blaise Beauchamp drained the third 3-pointer of the night to make it a 21-3 game with 11:08 remaining in the half.

The Mighty Oaks regrouped and would stabilize the deficit over the final minutes of the half as they would go to the break trailing 36-20.  Strawbridge led the Aces with 8 points and 7 rebounds in the opening period.  OCU came out of the break on a run, outscoring UE by a 6-2 margin to get within 12 at 38-26.

Evansville countered with a 13-0 run to open up its largest lead of the game.  Gage Bobe, Beauchamp and Smith each hit triples in the run that made it a 51-26 game at the 14:50 mark.  Sekou Kalle took over late in the game, contributing three Aces baskets in a row before Coleman drained another triple to make it a 72-45 contest inside the 4-minute mark.  UE would go on to finish with the 81-56 triumph.

“We have been practicing against each other for nearly a month so it felt good to play against another opponent,” Antoine Smith Jr. said.  “Attacking the boards has been a big emphasis for us and will continue to be that way.”

Tyquez Priester led Oakland City with 16 points while DJ Redding picked up a game-high 10 rebounds.  On Wednesday, UE welcomes Huntington University in the second and final exhibition game.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. at the Ford Center.

ACES DROP FINAL ROAD CONFERENCE MATCH TO UIC, 2-0

EVANSVILLE – On the road for the final time in MVC play, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team could not keep pace with UIC in a 2-0 loss on Saturday night in Chicago, Ill.

“We were much better in the second half. In the first half, we struggled to get into the game and in the second half we created a few more chances and it’s unfortunate that Tancred (Fadda) hit one off the crossbar and they went straight down and credit to the kid, he picked his head up and was able to get a ball in the back of the net from 45 to 50 (yards) out,” said Aces head coach Marshall Ray. “We still had some other opportunities late and had another one from Jose (Vivas) off the bar, but all in all, we didn’t do enough tonight to get a result. We’ve got to get ourself back together and get home to play Belmont and protect our home field and finish the regular season with a win.”

The Aces tallied 10 shots on the night to 16 for the Flames with sophomore midfielder Jose Vivas recording the bulk of Evansville’s chances, finishing with four shots on the night. Graduate goalkeeper Alex Vidizzoni faced five shots from the home side on the night, making three saves to push his season total to 51.

It was a quiet start to the night from a scoring standpoint in the first half as UIC recorded nine shots and the Aces tallied four in the opening stanza. Vidizzoni helped keep the match scoreless, making a pair of saves in what was a scoreless draw at the break.

UIC broke the deadlock 21 minutes into the second half, scoring courtesy of Paul Brauckmann to take the 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later, the Flames added a second goal as Josh Torres found the back of the net off an assist from Preston Huitron as UIC captured the 2-0 win.

Evansville returns home to close-out the regular season on Wednesday night at 6 PM against Belmont at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

VOLLEYBALL COMPLETES WEEKEND WITH ANOTHER ROAD WIN

CHICAGO – Three University of Evansville players recorded double digit kills to lead the Purple Aces volleyball team to a 3-1 road victory at UIC on Saturday evening.

Alondra Vazquez led the way once again with 19 kills with Giulia Cardona adding 14 and Emilee Scheumann checking in with 10.  Cardona paced the team with 11 digs while Kora Ruff added 10 to go along with 45 assists.  Laura Ruiz registered four service aces while Hannah Watkins picked up two solo blocks.

Set 1 – UE 25, UIC 19

UIC came out hitting on all cylinders as they jumped out to a 6-1 lead.  Kills from Kora Ruff, Giulia Cardona and Emilee Scheumann saw the Purple Aces storm back to cut the deficit to 8-7 before Cardona added an ace to tie the score at 9-9.  The Flames wrestled a 13-11 edge and UE would take advantage of three UIC errors to take their first edge at 14-13.

Things continued to go Evansville’s way down the stretch.  With things knotted at 16-16, Scheumann picked up a pair of kills in a 3-0 that propelled the Aces to the 25-19 set win.

Set 2 – UIC 25, UE 15

Highlighted by an ace from Alondra Vazquez, Evansville had a strong start to the second set, going up 5-3.  The Flames responded with a 6-1 rally to go up 9-6 before extending the lead to 15-8.  They continued the dominant set and tied the match with a 25-15 decision.

Set 3 – UE 25, UIC 18

Alondra Vazquez registered four early kills as the Aces opened up a 7-5 lead.  UIC made its first run of the set, jumping in front by a 10-8 score.  Emilee Scheumann provided the offense for UE, recording three kills before Laura Ruiz added a pair of aces to give Evansville a 13-11 lead.

After calling a time out, the Flames posted a point to end the stretch before Vazquez notched a pair of kills to solidify a 16-12 advantage.  Four errors in a row by the Flames pushed the Evansville lead to 22-16 and Giulia Cardona picked up the kill to give UE a 25-18 win and a 2-1 lead in the contest.

Set 4 – UE 25, UIC 23

Just as they did in the opening frame, the Flames took a 6-1 lead out of the gate.  UE worked its way back into the game, taking advantage of UIC errors with Scheumann adding another kill to make it a 9-8 lead in favor of the Flames.  It was another service ace that saw Evansville tie it up as Laura Ruiz picked up her fourth of the evening to tie the score at 11-11.

Evansville completed the comeback as they would go in front at 13-12.  Consecutive kills from Cardona made it a 19-17 and UE would fend off a late challenge to clinch the match with a 25-23 win in the fourth frame.

Two road contests are on the slate next weekend when the Aces head to Missouri State and Southern Illinois.

SIX FINISH IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AS ACES SHOWCASE UP-TEMPO OFFENSE IN EXHIBITION WIN

EVANSVILLE – In its lone exhibition of the preseason, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team got up and down the floor quickly in a 101-57 victory over Roosevelt University (Ill.) on Saturday afternoon inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.

Six Aces finished in double-figures, including all five starters, with senior Abby Feit and fifth-year senior A’Niah Griffin leading the way with 15 points each. Feit finished just shy of a double-double, gathering nine boards in the win, while graduate guard Anna Newman paced the team with five assists and a trio of steals to go along with her 14 points. No Ace played more than 30 minutes with Evansville going 11 players deep into its bench and no starter seeing more than 24 minutes of action. For the Lakers, Jayla Turchin was the driving force behind Roosevelt on the afternoon, scoring 18 points and securing five boards.

Evansville opened the game with a bit of a cold streak from the field, but quickly got it adjusted near the conclusion of the opening quarter. A key string of possessions occurred in the final minutes of the first period as Elly Morgan hit a running lay-up, followed by Feit grabbing an offensive rebound and putting back in as the Aces scored the last six points of the quarter to grab a 22-17 lead.

The second and third quarters were all Evansville as the Aces out-scored Roosevelt, 58-31, in the periods. An increasingly aggressive Evansville defense helped force 23 turnovers, which the Aces turned into 32 points, helping build their lead as large as 44 late in the fourth quarter en route to the 101-57 win.

Evansville opens its regular season on November 7th with a trip to take on Eastern Kentucky in Richmond, Ky.

HUFNAGEL WINS OVC TITLE AS USI MEN FINISH 3RD

COOKEVILLE, Tenn.—University of Southern Indiana Men’s Cross Country senior Noah Hufnagel (Santa Claus, Indiana) became the first runner in program history to capture an NCAA Division I conference title Saturday as he finished first out of 94 competitors to lead the Screaming Eagles to a third-place showing at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship.

Hufnagel completed the eight-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 37.2 seconds, 10 seconds faster than the OVC Male Cross Country Runner of the Year and second-place finisher Dustin Hatfield.

Junior Mitchell Hopf (Santa Claus, Indiana) was fourth and joined Hufnagel in earning first-team All-OVC honors. Hopf crossed the finish line in 25:12.6 to claim first-team accolades.

As a team, the Eagles finished with 82 points, 15 behind second-place University of Tennessee Martin and 17 behind first-place Eastern Illinois University.

Sophomore Brady Terry (Philpot, Kentucky) was 20th, while junior Wimach Gilo (Council Bluff, Iowa) and sophomore Dylan Bland (Holland, Indiana) were 28th and 29th, respectively. Freshman Mukal Verma (Palatine, Illinois) and sophomore Joseph Russler (Evansville, Indiana) rounded out the Eagles’ top seven with respective finishes of 47th and 48th.

The Eagles, who are ineligible for the NCAA Division I Regional Championships due to being in the first year of their expected four-year transition period, begin the Indoor Track & Field with the Eastern Illinois Ear Bird December 9 in Charleston, Illinois.

Men’s Awards

Athlete of the Year: Dustin Hatfield, Eastern Illinois

Athlete of the Championship: Noah Hufnagel, Southern Indiana

Coach of the Year: Erin Howarth, Eastern Illinois

Freshman of the Year: Luke Johnson, UT Martin

All-OVC First Team

Noah Hufnagel, Southern Indiana

Dustin Hatfield, Eastern Illinois

Adam Swanson, Eastern Illinois

Mitchell Hopf, Southern Indiana

Miceal McCaul, Tennessee Tech

Garrett Watts, Morehead State

Will Cahill, UT Martin

All-OVC Second Team

Zach McPhee, Little Rock

Andrew Pilat, Eastern Illinois

Noah Little, Southeast Missouri

George Payne, UT Martin

Luke McNair, UT Martin

Dominic Smith, Tennessee Tech

Andrew Payton, Little Rock

EAGLES END WEEKEND SLATE WITH THREE-SET LOSS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-23, 1-12 OVC) could not get going against Morehead State University (13-12, 9-5 OVC) Saturday afternoon at Screaming Eagles Arena, falling 3-0 (20-25, 25-27, 19-25).

A late run by MSU cost the Screaming Eagles the opening set, 25-20. It was a slow start for USI after not securing an offensive point until a service ace from sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) that brought the offense to life and tied the set at eight apiece. MSU put up eight of the next 12 points to regain the lead at 16-12. However, a trio of attacking errors from MSU and a pair of kills from USI brought the Eagles within one. Trailing 20-19, USI was not able to capture their first lead of the match due to MSU’s 5-1 run that ended the set.

USI held a solid lead late in the second set but watched MSU slowly steal the 27-25 second-set win. Junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) kicked off the game with a kill before freshman middle hitter Bianca Anderson (Chicago Heights, Illinois) and sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) each tacked on a kill of their own to help USI gain a 4-3 advantage. MSU returned the favor with a few kills and an ace to give themselves an 8-6 lead. USI was able to get three-straight points to regain the lead, 9-8; however, MSU tallied six of the next nine points to make it 14-12. This is when USI stormed back with a 5-0 stint, ending with an ace from sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) that gave the Eagles a 17-14 lead. Despite being down, MSU came back and took the lead once again to force extra play. The second frame ended with three-straight offensive points for MSU to give them a 2-0 match advantage.

The final frame ended with a 25-19 victory for MSU. USI was able to get the lead early with a couple of MSU errors and a kill from Downing and Bednar to make it 5-3. Both sides traded the lead up until MSU went on a 4-0 run that gave them a 20-16 advantage. An MSU service error and Downing kill brought USI back to life, but it was too late as MSU ended the match on a 4-1 surge that ended USI’s night.

Sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) highlights USI’s efforts, recording her seventh double-double this season by nabbing 28 assists and 10 digs. L Anderson finished the match with 11 kills, nine digs, and three blocks while B Anderson tallied nine kills with three blocks. Bednar earned 10 digs along with two aces while Downing had four blocks to lead all players. Junior libero/defensive specialist Audrey Crowder (Avon, Indiana) completed the match with 10 digs, her third straight double-digit dig game.

USI produced 35 kills, 32 assists, and three aces along with 50 digs and eight blocks. MSU ended the night with 44 kills, 43 assists, and five aces to go with 61 digs and four blocks.

NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles return to Screaming Eagles Arena for their final home contest of the season. USI will host Tennessee State University on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. with senior day highlighting the match.

VOLLEYBALL BOUNCES BACK, SWEEPS INDIANA STATE

The Valpo volleyball team bounced back from Friday night’s loss in a big way Saturday evening, putting together one of its top offensive performances of the season in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-18) sweep of Indiana State at the ARC.

How It Happened

The opening set was tied at 7-7 before the Beacons reeled off six straight points on the serve of freshman Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) to pull out to a 13-7 advantage. Junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) was in on half of those points, picking up a pair of kills and a block.

Valpo pulled away from there, not letting ISU score consecutive points the rest of the frame. A Sycamore hitting error closed the opening set, during which the Beacons hit at a .419 clip, in Valpo’s favor.

Valpo seemingly took control of the second set early on, as Januski posted a pair of service aces and senior Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]) tallied two kills as part of a seven-point spurt which gave the Beacons a 9-2 lead.

The advantage was up to 12-4 before ISU turned the tables on Valpo, going on a 10-1 run to erase the entire deficit and inch ahead, 14-13.

The Beacons scored the next three in a row, with kills from seniors Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) and Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) sandwiching an ISU error helping Valpo take the lead for good.

Later, with the advantage still just one point at 17-16, the Beacons went on a 7-1 run — which included a pair of kills by Kuckkan — to earn set point at 24-17. ISU held off two set points, but Valpo converted the third thanks to a kill from senior Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) to go up 2-0 in the match.

Indiana State had the edge from the jump in set three, leading past the halfway mark of the frame with an advantage that reached as much as four points.

With Valpo’s deficit 14-11, the Beacons scored four in a row — including kills by Kuckkan and senior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) — to take the lead for the first time in the set.

The Sycamores briefly tied the score again at 15 apiece, but the four-point spurt proved to be the starting point for a larger 14-4 run which closed out the sweep for Valpo. Ravotto was in on each of the Beacons’ next four points, picking up three kills and combining with senior Rachel Speck (Whitmore Lake, Mich./Whitmore Lake) on a block as Valpo extended the lead to 19-16.

The advantage grew from that point, and the Beacons eventually converted on their first match point chance on the fourth kill of the season from the libero, Hickey.

Inside the Match

Offensively Saturday night, Valpo hit at a .321 clip and held a 48-29 advantage in kills over the Sycamores.

The .321 hitting percentage was the Beacons’ best within MVC play and their second-highest percentage of the year.

Meanwhile, the 48 kills were the second-most for Valpo this year in a three-set match.

Ravotto led the balanced attack with a match-high 10 kills on .348 hitting. She added 12 digs as well in the back row to finish with her eighth double-double of the campaign.

Ravotto was one of six Beacons to rack up at least five kills in the sweep. Strongman hit .350 with eight kills to finish second in that department.

Boyer, who hit .500, and Kuckkan notched six kills apiece, while Januski, who hit .444, and Cooper each totaled five kills on the evening.

Valpo’s setters got the ball to their hitters in good position all night long, as redshirt freshman Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) recorded 18 assists and junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) 17.

While her streak of nine consecutive matches with at least 20 digs was snapped Saturday night, Hickey still led all players as she finished with a match-best 15 digs.

Valpo was held to just three team blocks, matching its lowest total of the season, but in turn, the Beacon attack allowed the Sycamores — who entered the match leading the conference in blocks/set — just five rejections.

Next Up

Valpo (19-6, 7-6 MVC) goes after a 20-win season for the 17th time in the last 21 years when it heads out on its final road trip of the regular season next weekend. The weekend opens Friday evening at 6 p.m. at Belmont, a match which can be seen live on ESPN3.

MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVAILS IN EXHIBITION TUNE-UP

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team took the court in a game situation for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, tuning up for the regular season with an 83-79 victory over Cedarville in exhibition action. Senior Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) turned in a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Beacons.

How It Happened

Valpo raced out to an 8-3 lead over the first two minutes including a triple by Krikke on the game’s first possession.

The lead was eight when Krikke swished a jumper at the 13:52 mark to make it 15-7, but the Yellow Jackets scored nine of the game’s next 11 points to whittle the lead to one at 17-16 with 10:53 to go in the half.

A transition trey by Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]) helped Valpo build the edge to five against Green’s former team, as he was also fouled in the act of shooting and connected on the free throw to polish off the four-point play.

Newcomer Nick Edwards (Atlanta, Ga. / Grayson [Glenville State]) knocked in a jumper with six minutes to go in the half to give Valpo its first double-figure cushion at 28-18. The lead continued to swell a moment later when Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn. / Hopkins [Wisconsin]) added a bucket, then Green scored the next five points including a fastbreak 3-pointer assisted by Maximus Nelson (Appleton, Wis. / Appleton North).

Krikke made two 3s in the final minute of the first half to make it a 42-28 lead at the break.

Edwards had a dunk that extended the gap to 17 with 17:48 to play, and the lead reached 18 as Cam Palesse (Waukesha, Wis. / Waukesha West) drilled one from long range with 12:19 on the clock to make it 58-40.

Cedarville hit three 3s in succession in just over a minute, cutting a 17-point lead to eight at 62-54 with 8:22 to go. The cushion was double figures at 77-67 with 3:29 remaining, but Cedarville canned consecutive 3s to cut it to four with 2:33 left.

The Yellow Jackets buzzed the lead down to two in the final minute, but Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) made key plays on both ends by finishing a layup and then swiping a steal. However, Valpo missed the front end of a one-and-one, then the Beacons fouled a Cedarville three-point shooter on the other end. Cedarville made two of the three free throws to reduce the lead to two at 81-79 with 12 seconds left.

Valpo turned it over, and the Yellow Jackets had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead. Valpo got a stop in the closing seconds, then King went to the free throw line and hit a pair to seal the victory.

Inside the Game

Krikke’s double-double of 25 and 13 also featured four assists and three made 3-pointers. He has not made three 3s in a regular season game since Jan. 15, 2020 at UNI.

King was Valpo’s second leading scorer with 14 points including a 6-of-7 performance at the foul stripe.

Palesse saw his first game action with the Brown & Gold after redshirting last season. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor for 10 points to round out the trio of Beacons in double figures.

Valpo played 11 players in the exhibition including a starting five that featured Edwards (six rebounds, four assists), Krikke, Green, King and Emil Freese-Vilien (Copenhagen, Denmark / Falkonergardens Gynmasium), who has not started a regular-season game in his collegiate career.

Junior college transfer Jerome Palm (Almere, Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) scooped up five rebounds in 18 minutes of action off the bench.

DAYTON EDGES VALPO IN ANOTHER CLOSE CONTEST

Close games have become the norm for the Valparaiso University football team.

The Beacons battled back from an early 14-point deficit to take the lead early in the second half, but host Dayton snapped a 24-all deadlock with a go-ahead touchdown in the closing seconds to prevail 31-24 in another Pioneer Football League thriller at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. A pair of Valpo receivers accrued over 100 receiving yards for the second straight week and the defense came up with three interceptions, but the Flyers ran for over 300 yards in the victory.

How It Happened

Valpo played from behind early as Dayton’s first possession was a five-play, 77-yard drive that culminated in an 11-yard touchdown run. The lead doubled on a 30-yard pick six on Valpo’s first offensive possession.

A key turning point play came with 9:20 left in the first quarter when Valpo faced third-and-nine from its own 33. Quarterback Michael Appel Jr. (Springboro, Ohio / Springboro) completed a 67-yard pass to Solomon Davis (Brighton, Tenn. / Brighton) for a touchdown to get the Beacons on the board at 14-7.

The Valpo defense got a three-and-out including a sack by James Doerer (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe South) on third-and-long. On the first play of the ensuing possession, Appel delivered a strike to Matt Ross (Naperville, Ill. / Montini Catholic [Eastern Illinois]) for a 39-yard gain. Later in the drive, Braden Contreras (Hillsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central) got in on the act with a 12-yard TD catch to tie the game at 14 with 4:44 left in an eventful opening quarter.

After a Valpo defensive stop, the Beacons moved the ball on their first possession of the second stanza. Appel completed big passes to Davis (18 yards) and Contreras (21 yards) to move the ball into the red zone. A 15-yard penalty against Valpo lengthened a field-goal try to 50 yards, and it was no good to keep it 14-14.

The defense came up with a big play as Kohlton Sherman (Millington, Mich. / Millington) snagged an interception and returned it 34 yards to the Dayton 21. However, Valpo couldn’t capitalize as the Flyers came up with stops on third-and-goal from the 1 and fourth-and-goal from the 1. A Dayton 41-yard field goal late in the half put the Flyers ahead 17-14.

Valpo took its first lead of the game on a five-play, 75-yard drive after receiving the second-half kickoff. The drive finished when Aaron Dawson (Westbury, N.Y. / W.T. Clarke / Milford Prep [Central Connecticut]) found the end zone on a 19-yard run to make it 21-17 Valpo with 12:30 left in the third.

Senior Anthony Sciarroni (Columbus, Ohio / St. Francis DeSales [Alderson Broaddus at Findlay]) made an impressive interception on a ball that was deflected up into the air, getting his foot inbounds to help Valpo take over at midfield.

The Beacons couldn’t cash in on the quality field position, and then Dayton used a nine-play, 70-yard drive to regain a 24-21 edge with 3:08 to go in the third. That drive ended with a two-yard TD pass.

Valpo got back to even early in the fourth quarter as Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) sent a 35-yard field goal through the uprights. Dayton reached the red zone on the ensuing drive, but a sliding interception by Tyler Days (Syracuse, N. Y. / Cicero-North Syracuse [Boston College]) helped keep the game tied.

The game stayed even as Dayton missed a 29-yard field goal try with 5:50 to go. The Flyers followed with a defensive stop that featured back-to-back sacks, then Dayton running back Jake Chisholm had the game-winning score from 23 yards out with 13 seconds on the clock.

Inside the Game

Appel went 22-of-29 through the air for a career-high 323 yards. He became the first Valpo player to pass for 300 yards since Chris Duncan on Nov. 9, 2019 vs. Morehead State (304). Appel delivered Valpo’s best single-game passing performance since Jimmy Seewald passed for 424 yards on Sept. 9, 2017 vs. Duquesne.

For the second straight week, Valpo featured a pair of 100-yard receivers. Contreras hauled in seven catches for 126 yards, his second straight week with upwards of 100 receiving yards, this time bettering his previous career high of 118, which came in last season’s matchup with Dayton. The seven catches also outdid his previous career high.

Contreras was joined in the 100-yard receiving club by Davis, who made six grabs for 110 yards. This was Davis’ third 100-yard receiving game this season and his second straight.

The 67-yard hookup between Appel and Davis represented Valpo’s longest passing play of the season. It was Valpo’s longest pass completion since Sept. 21, 2019 when Ollie Reese made a 61-yard grab at Truman State.

Ross joined the success through the air with four catches for 79 yards.

Contreras’ TD catch was his third this season and the fifth of his career, while Davis pulled down his fourth career score, all this season.

The seven-point margin was the closest Valpo has come to winning at Welcome Stadium since the program’s last win at Dayton in 2003.

This continued a theme of close games as three straight games and six out of the team’s eight games this season have been decided by seven points or fewer. In the program’s last 23 games, 14 have been one-score affairs.

Dawson cracked the top five in program history in single-season rushing yards on Saturday. He is up to 893 yards after jumping Brandon Hall’s 2014 total of 855 for fifth in single-season program lore. Dawson finished the day with 69 yards on 18 carries.

Dawson’s touchdown run represented his seventh of the season, three away from cracking the program’s single-season top five in that category.

Bartholomew’s field goal was his seventh of the season and he’s knocked through 21 PATs on the year. He has 26 made field goals in his collegiate career.

Sherman made his fourth career interception and his second in the last two weeks. Days came up with his first collegiate pick, while Sciarroni had one previously – his collegiate debut on March 13, 2021 at Butler.

Sherman had a big day, as he had nine tackles, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss in addition to the interception.

The Valpo defense entered Saturday’s game with three interceptions in the first seven games of the season and doubled that total in a single contest. The last time Valpo had three interceptions in one game was Nov. 6 of last season vs. Presbyterian.

Doerer led Valpo with 12 tackles, while Graves set a career high with 10. This was Doerer’s third double-figure tackle output of the season.

Valpo was plagued by seven penalties for 71 yards, and the Flyers outgained Valpo in rushing yards 307-36. Dayton had a pair of 100-yard rushers, as quarterback Shane Hamm went for 117 and running back Jake Chisholm for 103.

Up Next

Valpo (4-4, 3-2 PFL) will try to return to the win column next week as first-place St. Thomas makes its way to Brown Field for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

GREYHOUNDS OUTRUN MINERS, STAY UNBEATEN IN GLVC PLAY

INDIANAPOLIS—The No. 17 UIndy football team celebrated Halloween weekend with a 42-16 all-around win against visiting Missouri S&T Saturday night at Key Stadium. A number of Greyhounds had standout performances, highlighted by a four-touchdown night from JaQuan Buchanan and three interceptions from the defense.

The Hounds are a perfect 3-0 this season versus teams that beat them in ’21.

HOW IT HAPPENED

After a scoreless first quarter from both teams, the Hounds piled on four touchdown drives before halftime, each punctuated by Buchanan. The Aurora, Ill., native punched it in from 10, 50, one and eight yards to become the first Greyhound to score four touchdowns in a single quarter since game-by-game records became available in 1983.

Meanwhile, the UIndy defense came up with three takeaways in the first half. Kivonte Houston sandwiched a pair of picks around KJ Roudebush’s first career interception. The latter two came in Miner territory and led to quick scores.

The UIndy pass rush played a big role in the Miner miscues. The Hounds combined for four quarterback sacks and two QB hurries on the night. Freshman Justin Thomas was credited with a pair of sacks – the first of his collegiate career.

Already leading 28-7 at the break, the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter saw Christian Conkling find a streaking Markez Gillam for a 67-yard strike. The Hounds’ final points of the game came on a 15-yard touchdown catch from Frank Bentley.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-Buchanan scored four TDs for the second straight week.

-Houston is the second Greyhound in as many weeks to notch a two-interception game this season, as fellow-safety Michael Brown turned the trick last week versus Quincy.

-Brown finished with a game-high 13 tackles. He has average more than 11 tackles over the last four weeks.

-S&T running back Cameren Smith came into the night ranked 10th in DII at 7.3 yards per rush. He mustered 67 yards on 19 carries Saturday, good for a mere 3.5-yard average.

-The Miners twice earned 1st & Goal from the one-yard line in the second half but managed just three points between the two situations. The first such occurrence ended with a blocked field goal by Brandon Thomas.

MORE NOTES

The Greyhounds are now 9-1 all-time versus the Miners … All-American running back Toriano Clinton sat for the second straight week due to injury.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds embark on their final regular season road trip when they head to Liberty, Mo., next Saturday, Nov. 5 to take on the William Jewell Cardinals.

VOLLEYBALL SENDS OFF SENIORS AGAINST REGIONALLY-RANKED MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy volleyball team (12-13, 5-6 GLVC) celebrated its seven seniors on Saturday afternoon, before falling in four sets to Missouri-St. Louis (19-5, 10-1 GLVC) inside Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.

Lauren Cullison was hot on the attack, finishing with 12 kills on .417 hitting from the right side, while MaKenna Barnhart recorded a match-high 25 digs.

Along with Barnhart, UIndy honored the following seniors: Elizabeth Eads, Alex Equihua, Hannah Huppenbauer, Emma Jones, Gillian Santana, and Kyra Simmons.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Similar to Friday night, both teams came out firing offensively in the first frame. UIndy  – led by Grace Hegwood’s nine kills – attacked at a modest .282 clip in the opening set; however, five Tritons combined to hit .343 and pull away with a 25-21 victory.

After dropping the second set, the Greyhounds upped their game on the defensive end, allowing the offense to gain steam. The Crimson and Grey recorded a 72 percent sideout rate in the third, as four Hounds finished with four kills. Eads and Jones joined Cullison and Hegwood with four putaways in the set, with UIndy winning, 25-18.

The visitors responded in what proved to be the final frame, hitting .531 while only committing one attacking error. Cullison tallied eight of her 12 kills in the final set for the Hounds.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Jones returned for her first match of the season, finishing with a line of eight kills (.316%), three digs, two blocks, and one assist.

– Barnhart separated herself in the program’s all-time digs race with her 25-spot on Saturday and now has 1,754 career scoops in her four years as the Greyhound libero.

– Huppenbauer was also one of five Hounds to record at least eight kills, hitting .300 and totaling four blocks against the Tritons.

– Lauren Peal made 11 scoops, while also contributing one of the team’s seven service aces. Barnhart led the Hounds with three points off the serve.

HOUND BYTES

Head coach Jason Reed on the seniors…

“I love those guys. They’ve been through more than their fair share. I get emotional talking about them because they went through the COVID-19 stuff, they’re all injured…they didn’t get a fair shake. It sucks, and it’s not fair, but through all of it they show up every day and work their butts off. I’m proud of them and we’re gonna miss them. We know whatever they do in their next chapters, they’re gonna crush and we look forward to celebrating them the rest of their lives.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds wrap up the regular season with a single match next Saturday at Maryville. First serve in St. Louis is set for 4 p.m. ET.

MARIAN CLINCHES OUTRIGHT CROSSROADS LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP

Marion, Ind. – The Marian women’s soccer team has officially clinched outright Crossroads League Regular Season Champions after taking down Indiana Wesleyan in a 4-0 shutout win. With the win the Knights improve to 15-0-2 overall and 8-0-1 in league play.

Marian came out in attack mode right out the gate in the first half, outshooting Indiana Wesleyan 10-4. The Knights had three shot attempts in a span of three minutes, coming from Jacelyn Smith and Allie Schlom, before Maya Decker received the ball from Erin Oleksak, as she crossed the ball between two IWU defenders and blasted one in for the first goal of the day in the 14th minute.

The offensive threat did not end there for the Knights as Naomi Walters missed just high 30 seconds later, and Oleksak took her first attempt that made the Wildcat goalie have to make the save. The Indiana Wesleyan defense had to work with Marian firing off two more shots that soon led to a goal by Schlom in the 34th minute to send the Knights to halftime up 2-0.

After the break, Marian did not let up as they continued to put pressure on Indiana Wesleyan with Smith posting a shot 24 seconds into the half, but missing wide. Moments later Noelle Rolfsen made a great save on a Wildcat header to keep the hosts scoreless.

The Knights found their third goal of the game coming in the 58th minute after Oleksak played the ball to Marian Corro Celma who put it in the left side of the netting to advance Marian’s lead to 3-0.

The Wildcats posed a bit of a threat late, making two more shot attempts, but would find the hands of Rolfsen, before the Knights would add another goal at the 71:43 mark coming from Walters on the assist from Oleksak.

With a 4-0 lead, Indiana Wesleyan could not climb their way back and Marian would go on to win 4-0 and to clinch the Crossroads League Regular Season Championship.

Marian outshot Indiana Wesleyan 16-8 with Oleksak and Walters leading with four, while Walters also added one goal from her attempts and Oleksak had three assists. Schlom, Corro Celma, and Decker each had one goal. Rolfsen got the win in goal as she made six saves on six shots on goal.

The Knights will return to action on Saturday, November 5 to host the Crossroads League Quarterfinals.

NO. 7 MARIAN KICKS OFF THE 2022-23 SEASON WITH WIN OVER ROCHESTER

Rochester Hills, Mich. ­– The Marian women’s basketball team began the 2022-2023 season victorious on Saturday, as the Knights defeated Rochester University 60-48 to give them the 1-0 record to start the year.

Marian got off to a bit of a slow start in the season opener, with Rochester getting out to a 7-2 lead behind a five-point spurt. Ella Collier ended the run after hitting a layup, but the hosts would knock down a pair of freebies and hit a layup to grow their lead to 11-4. With the 2:35 remaining in the period, Kenna Kirby came off the bench to knock one down from deep, before Majestic Sales hit a free throw to tie things up at 13-13. The Warriors hit a couple layups while Kirby hit two free throws as the quarter winded down with Marian down 17-15 to close it out.

After some first quarter jitters, Marian came out in quarter two outscoring their opponent 13-8. Kirby got things going for the Knights as she knocked down a layup to even things up. Collier knocked down a three-ball before hitting a layup off the steal with 7:25 remaining in the half that would spark a 7-4 run going into halftime with the 28-25 lead.

A Jayla Wehner jumper and Allison Bosse three started out the third quarter, and not letting Rochester score for the opening two minutes. Both teams went back and forth a majority of the quarter until Collier would hit her third three of the game and Abbey McNally canned two free throws to send the Marian lead back up to seven at 40-33. Olivia Faust made a basket to end a minute scoring drought by both teams before Collier made two free throws to give the Knights their largest lead of the game at 10. The Warriors closed out quarter with a couple layups and a free throw to cut lead down to five with a score of 44-39 going into the final quarter of play.

Neither team could score in a little over the first two minutes of play until Rochester hit a free throw to start the scoring. A three pointer by Collier started a 9-2 run for Marian that saw Rochester respond by knocking down a layup. However, it would not be enough to stop the Knights as they put together the defensive stops and saw a late Faust three go in with 40 seconds remaining to finish strong, winning 60-48.

In the win, the Knights were led by Collier, who had a game-high 20 points, going 4-8 from three to go along with six steals, five rebounds, three blocks, and two assists. McNally had 13 points as she was the only other Knight to score in double-digits. The freshman also added five rebounds and two assists. Kirby added seven points, while Faust and Bosse each scored six. Sales pulled down a team-high seven rebounds to go along with three points, while Aliyah Evans corralled six boards. Wehner tied for a game-high four assists and scored four points.

Marian will return to action on Wednesday for their home opener against Concordia (Mich.) at 7 PM. 

MARIAN BATTLES, FALLING TO INDIANA HOOSIERS IN EXHIBITION

Bloomington, Ind. – The Marian men’s basketball team laced up Saturday against NCAA DI No. 13 ranked Indiana, playing tough as the Knights lost 78-42 against the Hoosiers in an exhibition contest.

Indiana jumped in front to an 11-0 lead by the first media timeout, with Marian getting on the board after the break on a Josh Bryan three-point shot. The Hoosiers defense forced Marian into several contested looks, as they were able to increase their lead to 17 points. Luke Heady and Luke Gohmann would help bring the Knights within four possessions at the midway point of the first half, but the Hoosiers were able to race back in front and led 43-21 at halftime.

Hayden Langkabel scored two of his team-leading nine points to start the second half and bring the score down to 20, but the Hoosiers showed why they are one of the top NCAA schools in the preseason rankings, increasing their lead to 27 at the first media timeout of the half. Indiana would increase their lead and by 30 or more for the final 7:00 of play, as they would take home a 36-point win in their exhibition opener.

The Knights finished the afternoon making 14-of-57 from the field (25 percent) and both teams finished with eight made three-point field goals. Marian scored 13 second chance points and scored 16 off turnovers, forcing five steals in the contest. Marian turned the ball over just 12 times compared to Indiana’s six, while the Hoosiers held a 48-30 advantage in rebounding.

Langkabel led the team with nine points, while Christian Havery scored seven. Gohmann and Taeshon Cherry each scored six, and Jackson Ames led the Knights in rebounding with six in the contest. Bryan and Maximus Gizzi each had a game-high two steals.

Marian will return to regular season play on Thursday night, as they host Governors State at 7 p.m.

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NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills510.8330.0176812-0-03-1-04-1-00-1-03 W
New York Jets520.7140.51591371-2-04-0-04-2-01-0-04 W
Miami Dolphins430.5711.51471653-1-01-2-04-2-02-1-01 W
New England Patriots340.4292.51551461-2-02-2-02-2-00-1-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs520.7140.02231722-1-03-1-02-2-02-0-01 W
Los Angeles Chargers430.5711.01641892-2-02-1-04-2-02-1-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders240.3332.51631502-1-00-3-02-3-01-2-01 W
Denver Broncos250.2863.01001152-2-00-3-01-4-00-2-04 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens530.6250.02081832-2-03-1-04-2-02-0-02 W
Cincinnati Bengals430.5710.51731322-1-02-2-02-2-00-2-02 W
Cleveland Browns250.2862.51681861-3-01-2-01-4-01-1-04 L
Pittsburgh Steelers250.2862.51071621-2-01-3-01-5-01-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans420.6670.01151282-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-04 W
Indianapolis Colts331.5001.01131402-1-01-2-13-3-11-3-11 L
Jacksonville Jaguars250.2862.51551371-2-01-3-02-2-01-2-04 L
Houston Texans141.2502.51061370-1-11-3-01-3-11-0-11 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles6001.0000.01611053-0-03-0-05-0-02-0-06 W
New York Giants610.8570.51501303-1-03-0-03-1-00-1-04 W
Dallas Cowboys520.7141.51341043-1-02-1-04-2-02-1-01 W
Washington Commanders340.4293.51251562-2-01-2-02-3-00-2-02 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks430.5710.01831862-1-02-2-02-3-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Rams330.5000.51041262-2-01-1-03-2-01-1-01 W
San Francisco 49ers340.4291.01451332-1-01-3-03-2-02-0-02 L
Arizona Cardinals340.4291.01561761-3-02-1-02-3-00-2-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings510.8330.01391183-0-02-1-04-1-03-0-04 W
Green Bay Packers340.4292.51281462-2-01-2-02-3-01-1-03 L
Chicago Bears340.4292.51261322-1-01-3-01-4-00-2-01 W
Detroit Lions150.1674.01461941-2-00-3-01-4-00-1-04 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons340.4290.01631712-1-01-3-02-3-00-2-01 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers350.3750.51461511-3-02-2-03-2-02-1-03 L
Carolina Panthers250.2861.01241492-3-00-2-02-4-02-0-01 W
New Orleans Saints250.2861.01752001-3-01-2-02-4-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston32.6001-12-11-03-23-22 L
New York32.6003-00-23-13-21 L
Toronto33.5000.52-11-21-23-33-31 L
Philadelphia34.4291.01-22-21-23-33-42 W
Brooklyn15.1672.51-30-21-01-21-54 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee501.0004-01-04-05-05 W
Cleveland41.8001.02-02-11-04-14-14 W
Chicago34.4293.02-21-21-13-33-42 L
Indiana34.4293.01-22-21-13-33-42 W
Detroit15.1674.51-20-30-11-51-55 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Atlanta42.6672-12-11-13-24-21 L
Washington32.6000.52-11-13-23-21 L
Charlotte33.5001.01-12-21-11-23-31 W
Miami25.2862.51-31-21-32-52 L
Orlando15.1673.01-10-41-11-51-51 W
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Portland51.8333-12-01-05-05-11 W
Utah52.7140.53-02-22-15-25-21 W
Minnesota42.6671.03-21-02-14-24-22 W
Denver42.6671.03-01-22-24-24-22 W
Oklahoma City33.5002.02-11-20-33-33-33 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix41.8003-01-12-04-14-13 W
Golden State33.5001.53-10-22-12-23-31 L
LA Clippers23.4002.00-12-22-12-32-33 L
Sacramento14.2003.01-30-10-20-41-41 W
LA Lakers05.0004.00-20-30-20-50-55 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
San Antonio42.6671-13-11-14-21 W
Memphis42.6672-02-21-12-24-21 L
New Orleans32.6000.51-12-11-01-23-21 L
Dallas23.4001.51-11-21-11-32-31 L
Houston15.1673.01-10-40-11-31-52 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins981016739216-0-02-1-08-1-0
Philadelphia Flyers852111524213-1-12-1-05-2-1
Carolina Hurricanes852111526231-1-04-1-15-2-1
Florida Panthers953111529283-0-12-3-05-3-1
New Jersey Devils853010524223-2-02-1-05-3-0
Buffalo Sabres853010529222-2-03-1-05-3-0
Detroit Red Wings842210425243-1-11-1-14-2-2
New York Islanders954010533244-2-01-2-05-4-0
Washington Capitals954010528263-1-02-3-05-4-0
10 Tampa Bay Lightning954010528281-1-04-3-05-4-0
11 Montreal Canadiens954010527273-2-02-2-05-4-0
12 New York Rangers943210428292-1-22-2-04-3-2
13 Pittsburgh Penguins94419432293-0-01-4-14-4-1
14 Toronto Maple Leafs94419424263-1-01-3-14-4-1
15 Ottawa Senators84408430274-1-00-3-04-4-0
16 Columbus Blue Jackets93606325372-4-01-2-03-6-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights972014730164-1-03-1-07-2-0
Dallas Stars953111528213-1-02-2-15-3-1
Edmonton Oilers963012634283-3-03-0-06-3-0
Calgary Flames752010524204-2-01-0-05-2-0
Winnipeg Jets853010525232-1-03-2-05-3-0
Chicago Blackhawks84319428273-1-01-2-14-3-1
Seattle Kraken1044210433342-3-12-1-14-4-2
Los Angeles Kings1055010436412-3-03-2-05-5-0
Colorado Avalanche94419329271-1-13-3-04-4-1
10 Minnesota Wild83417327321-3-02-1-13-4-1
11 Nashville Predators93517322292-3-11-2-03-5-1
12 St. Louis Blues73406318251-2-02-2-03-4-0
13 Vancouver Canucks92526228351-2-01-3-22-5-2
14 San Jose Sharks113806324341-5-02-3-03-7-0
15 Arizona Coyotes72415221320-0-12-4-02-4-1
16 Anaheim Ducks81613116361-1-00-5-11-6-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY/BIRTHDAY’S

Jets get the better of Pittsburgh

October 30, 1988 – The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey – The New York Jets defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 1st time in history. The Steelers and the Jets have only squared off against each other 22 times since the AFL/NFL merger at the time of this writing and Pittsburgh holds the edge in the series 17-5. The first meeting took place in the 1970 season with Pittsburgh upsetting the Jets 21-17 in Pittsburgh.

Super Bowl XLII Awarded to Glendale

October 30, 2003 – Glendale, Arizona is awarded Super Bowl XLII, to be played on February 3, 2008 by NFL owners. The game was played at the University of Phoenix Stadium and pitted the 6 loss New York Giants against the undefeated New England Patriots. The records shouldn’t have fooled us as the G-men pulled off the unthinkable as they knocked off Tom Brady and the powerful Patriots 17-14 in very memorable fashion including the David Tyree “Helmet Catch” on the game winning drive for New York.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for October 30

FB – Lee Mercer

October 30, 1888 – Kennett Square, Pennsylvania – Leroy Mercer a fullback that played for the University of Pennsylvania was born. Lee was a star athlete on the track and field especially in the broad jump, good enough that even participated in the U.S. Olympic Team. Footballfoundation.org says that Mercer became the captain of the Quaker football team in both his junior and senior seasons. The National Football Foundation selected Leroy Mercer to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1955

LB – Jim LeClair

October 30, 1950 – St. Paul, Minnesota – Jim LeClair a linebacker that played for the University of North Dakota was born. 1971 was a great year for LeClair as he registered 187 tackles, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles, and 20 tackles for loss per the NFF’s bio on the player. Jim even won the MVP award for the North Central Conference and he even enjoyed North Dakota winning the Conference Championship that season. The National Football Foundation selected Jim LeClair to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

A True Football Hero – Joe Delaney

October 30, 1958 – Henderson, Texas – Joe Delaney a halfback from Northwestern State arrived into this world. The first question that arises is where the heck is Northwestern State? Well our investigation into this matter finds it to be located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. This man, Delaney could definitely tote the rock. In a game against Nicholls State he rushed for 263 yards in the second half after being held to only 36 yards in the first half of a game played October 28, 1978 per the footballfoundation.org website. Joe was named Division I-AA All-America and even had his number retired by his school at halftime of his final college home game. Joe Delaney also excelled on the Northwestern State track team. The National Football Foundation selected Joe Delaney to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. After college Joe played a couple of years with the Kansas City Chiefs even earning AFC Rookie of the Year honors per the UPI. Joe DeLaney was more than a great athlete though he was a good man. In the summer of 1983 Joe Delaney died while trying to save children that were drowning in a pond near Monroe, Louisiana. Joe’s efforts did save one of the children but unfortunately the other two and Joe himself succumbed to the dangerous waters. The NFF tells us that President Ronald Reagan honored Delaney with the Presidential Citizens Medal, saying, “He made the ultimate sacrifice by placing the lives of three children above regard for his own safety. By the supreme example of courage and compassion, this brilliantly gifted young man left a spiritual legacy for his fellow Americans.”

QB – Ty Detmer

October 30,1967 – San Marcos, Texas – marked the birth of Ty Detmer, a quarterback from BYU. Ty was not shy on tossing the pigskin around as his 15,031 career passing yards and 121 touchdowns give evidence to. As a matter of fact he is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in college football history. The website bio from footbalfoundation.org states that he won a Heisman Trophy, a Maxwell Award, two Davey O’Brien Awards and at one time held 59 NCAA records! The National Football Foundation selected Ty Detmer to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Ty was a late selection of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and in the NFL he played for a total of 14 seasons with the Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons.

SPORTS IN NUMBERS:

9 – 32 – 41 – 30 – 26 – 10 – 34 – 37

October 30, 1922 – It was no secrect that the New York Giants wanted to compete with theie cross-town rivals the New York Yankees. With this in mind the Giants paid $65,000 and gave up 3 players for Jack Bentley. Bentley in the previous season with the Balltimore Orioles of the International League hit .349 and was 13-2 as pitcher in 1922.

October 30, 1945 – Legendary sports executive Branch Rickey signed another legend, player Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals contract. Robinson wore Number 9 with the Minor League Montreal.

October 30, 1963 – Sandy Koufax, Number 32 won the National League MVP award. That season the ace hurler went 25-5 with a 1.88 ERA (the best in baseball that year) and a League leading 306 strike outs.

October 30, 1973 – Tom Seaver, Number 41 became the first non-20-game winner to win Cy Young award. Seaver had 19 wins on the season but led the League in strikeouts (251) and complete games (18)

October 30, 1974 – California Angel Number 30, Nolan Ryan threw the fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)

October 30, 1975 – Giants pitcher John Montefusco, Number 26 won the National League Rookie of Year award

October 30, 1975 – John Bucyk, Number 9 of the Boston Bruins, became 7th NHL player to score 500 goals

October 30, 1997 – Argentine soccer star Number 10, Diego Maradona announced his retirement from football on his 37th birthday

October 30, 2013 – At the World Series the Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Cardinals, 6-1 in Game 6 at Fenway Park to win title; MVP: Boston slugger David Ortiz, Number 34October 30, 2019 – In World Series action, the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros, 6-2 in Game 7 at Minute Maid Park, Houston to win first title in franchise history; MVP: Washington pitcher Number 37, Stephen Strasburg