INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

MONDAY 9-12

VOLLEYBALL

TINDLEY V TRADERS POINT                                       6:30PM

GUERIN CATHOLIC V HERITAGE CHRISTIAN              7:00PM

TUESDAY 9-13

COVENANT CHRISTIAN V BISHOP CHATARD             7:00PM

DOWN THE LINES INDIANS                                       5:00PM

FRIDAY 9-16

MOUNT VERNON V DELTA                                        7:30PM

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL V EVANSVILLE HARRISON   7:00PM CST

COLUMBUS NORTH V BISHOP CHATARD                  7:00PM

TINDLEY V COVENANT CHRISTIAN                             7:00PM

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN V SCECINA                              7:00PM (@BEECH GROVE)

HCAC GAME OF THE WEEK

KALAMAZOO V DEFIANCE                                         1:30PM

BISHOP DWENGER V BISHOP[ CHATARD                 2:30PM ( GSOC)

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#16 ARKANSAS 44 SOUTH CAROLINA 30

#15 MIAMI FL. 30 SOUTHERN MISS 7

#3 OHIO STATE 45 ARKANSAS STATE 12

#1 ALABAMA 20 TEXAS 19

#23 WAKE FOREST 45 VANDERBILT 25

#18 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 55 CHARLESTON 3

#13 UTAH 73 SOUTHERN UTAH 7

MARSHALL 26 #8 NOTRE DAME 21

#5 CLEMSON 35 FURMAN 12

#24 TENNESSEE 34 #17 PITTSBURGH 27 OT

APPALACHIAN STATE 17 #6 TEXAS A&M 14

WASHINGTON STATE 17 #19 WISCONSIN 14

#2 GEORGIA 33 SAMFORD 0

#14 MICHIGAN STATE 52 AKRON 0

TEXAS TECH 33 #25 HOUSTON 30 2OT

#20 KENTUCKY 26 #12 FLORIDA 16

#7 OKLAHOMA 33 KENT STATE 3

#22 OLE MISS 59 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 3

#11 OKLAHOMA STATE 34 ARIZONA STATE 17

#10 USC 41 STANFORD 28

#4 MICHIGAN 56 HAWAII 10

#21 BYU 26 #9 BAYLOR 20 2OT

ELSEWHERE

PURDUE 56 INDIANA STATE 0

INDIANA 35 IDAHO 22

MINNESOTA 62 WESTERN ILLINOIS 10

DUKE 31 NORTHWESTERN 23

PENN STATE 46 OHIO 10

MARYLAND 56 CHARLOTTE 21

IOWA STATE 10 IOWA 7

ILLINOIS 24 VIRGINIA 3

RUTGERS 66 WAGNER 7

GEORGIA SOUTHERN 45 NEBRASKA 42

BALL STATE 30 WESTERN MICHIGAN 29

ADRIAN 33 HANOVER 0

ALMA 49 MANCHESTER 7

ST. FRANCIS IN 52 ST. FRANCIS IL 14

BUTLER 45 TAYLOR 10

NORTH CENTRAL 56 WABASH 12

AURORA 49 FRANKLIN 16

TRINE 24 ROSE HULMAN 23

ILLINOIS STATE 28 VALPO 21

DEPAUW 55 ANDERSON 0

NFL WEEK 1

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

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

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

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

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC

WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC

INDIANA SRN FOOTBALL POLLS: TOP 5

6A

  1. BROWNSBURG
  2. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  3. CATHEDRAL
  4. CENTER GROVE
  5. WARREN CENTRAL

5A

  1. WHITELAND
  2. MISHAWAKA
  3. MERRILLVILLE
  4. VALPO
  5. DECATUR CENTRAL

4A

  1. NEW PALESTINE
  2. RONCALLI
  3. MOORESVILLE
  4. NORTHWOOD
  5. NEW PRAIRIE

3A

  1. WEST LAFAYETTE
  2. CHATARD
  3. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  4. GUERIN CATHOLIC
  5. WESTERN BOONE

2A

  1. LINTON STOCKTON
  2. EASTBROOK
  3. SCECINA
  4. ANDREAN
  5. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN

1A

  1. INDY LUTHERAN
  2. SOUTH ADAMS
  3. ADAMS CENTRAL
  4. PARK TUDOR
  5. TRI

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THE “POWER POLL”

6A

  1. CATHEDRAL
  2. BROWNSBURG
  3. BEN DAVIS
  4. CENTER GROVE
  5. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  6. FISHERS
  7. LAWRENCE CENTRAL
  8. WESTFIELD
  9. CARMEL
  10. CROWN POINT

5A

  1. WHITELAND
  2. VALPO
  3. MERRIVILLE
  4. FRANKLIN
  5. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  6. FW SNIDER
  7. MISHAWAKA
  8. DECATUR CENTRAL
  9. HARRISON WL
  10. CASTLE

4A

  1. NEW PALESTINE
  2. RONCALLI
  3. EAST CENTRAL
  4. BREBEUF
  5. NORTHWOOD
  6. MOORESVILLE
  7. EVANSVILLE REITZ
  8. GREENFIELD CENTRAL
  9. MT. VERNON
  10. KOKOMO

3A

  1. CHATARD
  2. WEST LAFAYETTE
  3. OAK HILL
  4. NORWELL
  5. VINCENNES LINCOLN
  6. LAWRENCEBURG
  7. GUERIN CATHOLIC
  8. SOUTHRIDGE
  9. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  10. HANOVER CENTRAL

2A

  1. LAVILLE
  2. SCECINA
  3. LINTON STOCKTON
  4. TRITON CENTRAL
  5. ANDREAN
  6. FT. WAYNE LUERS
  7. EASTSIDE
  8. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
  9. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
  10. SOUTHMONT

1A

  1. INDY LUTHERAN
  2. ADAMS CENTRAL
  3. NORTH DECATUR
  4. NORTH JUDSON
  5. SOUTH PUTNAM
  6. TRITON
  7. PARK TUDOR
  8. TECUMSEH
  9. PROVIDENCE
  10. COVENANT CHRISTIAN

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 5 CAPSULES:

http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsFri.htm#loaded

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SCORES:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/volleyball/scores/

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SCORES:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/scores/

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SCORES:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/girls/scores/

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NY YANKEES 10 TAMPA BAY 3

SEATTLE 3 ATLANTA 1

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 10 OAKLAND 2

DETROIT 8 KANSAS CITY 4

BOSTON 17 BALTIMORE 4

TORONTO 11 TEXAS 7

CLEVELAND 6 MINNESOTA 4

LA ANGELS 6 HOUSTON 1

SAN FRANCISCO 5 CHICAGO CUBS 2

PHILADELPHIA 8  WASHINGTON 5

NY METS 11 MIAMI 3

MILWAUKEE 5 CINCINNATI 1

ST. LOUIS 7 PITTSBURGH 5

COLORADO 4 ARIZONA 1

LA DODGERS 8 SAN DIEGO 4

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

OMAHA 9 INDIANAPOLIS 6

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

CHARLOTTE 1 NEW YORK CITY 0

NASHVILLE 1 LOS ANGELES 1

NEW YORK 2 NEW ENGLAND 1

ATLANTA 4 TORONTO 2

CINCINNATI 6 SAN JOSE 0

PHILADELPHIA 5 ORLANDO 1

CHICAGO 3 MIAMI 1

SEATTLE 3 AUSTIN 0

DALLAS 2 LAFC 1

HOUSTON 0 KANSAS CITY 0

COLORADO 3 VANCOUVER 1

SALT LAKE 0 DC 0

PORTLAND 1 MINNESOTA 0

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Young, No. 1 Alabama escape Texas on late FG 20-19

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Will Reichard kicked a 33-yard field goal with 10 seconds left, and Bryce Young and No. 1 Alabama overcame a stifling defensive effort by Texas to earn a hard-fought 20-19 victory Saturday.

Young was hit and harassed by the Texas defense most of the game, but the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback put together a big fourth quarter.

He had a twisting, off-balance touchdown pass, and then a 20-yard scramble in the final minute to set up Reichard’s winning kick. Young easily dodged a blitzing defender, then had wide open field ahead of him to scamper.

Young’s clutch play rescued Alabama on an uncharacteristically sloppy day when the Crimson Tide (2-0) struggled with penalties and dropped passes and was forced into six consecutive punts in one stretch. Texas (1-1) stuffed Alabama on fourth-and-inches late to set up a go-ahead field goal by Bert Auburn with 1:39 remaining.

Young also spoiled what could have been a program-defining victory for Texas and second-year coach Steve Sarkisian. Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers was knocked out with a shoulder injury at the end of the first quarter.

The steady hand of backup Hudson Card and an inspired defense helped Texas build a 16-10 lead early in the fourth, and then drive for the lead again on Auburn’s fourth field goal of the day.

Young was 27-of-39 passing for 213 yards with the scrambling TD throw to Jahmyr Gibbs that gave Alabama a 17-16 lead. Jase McLellan had an 81-yard touchdown run for Alabama in the first quarter.

Alabama avoided its first nonconference loss since 2007 against Louisiana-Monroe in coach Nick Saban’s first season.

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: The Tide was all out of sorts. Eleven first-half penalties and dropped passes showed a level of sloppy play seldom seen by Saban teams. Last season’s Bronco Nagurski Award winner Will Anderson struggled to make plays against an inexperience Texas offensive line.

Texas: The Longhorns let a huge win get away. Now they also have questions at quarterback if Ewers is out for an extended period. He was electric early against the Tide and had already passed for 134 yards in the first quarter before he was hurt when linebacker Dallas Turner drove him into the ground.

UP NEXT

Alabama hosts Louisiana-Monroe.

Texas hosts UTSA next Saturday.

No. 15 Miami pulls away in 2nd half, tops Southern Miss 30-7

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Some in-game adversity hit Miami for the first time this season. The Hurricanes responded.

A pair of third-quarter touchdowns – barely 2 minutes apart – changed the game, Henry Parrish rushed for 102 yards and a score, and No. 15 Miami pulled away in the second half to beat Southern Miss 30-7 on Saturday.

The Hurricanes (2-0) trailed for most of the second quarter, then shook off the slow start by scoring the game’s final 27 points.

“I think it’s a good thing, actually,” said Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who completed 19 of 29 passes for 230 yards, a touchdown and an interception. “Obviously, we want to move the ball with ease … but I think adversity, we needed that for the rest of the season, just to experience that a little.”

Thaddius Franklin Jr. rushed in from 7 yards out for a 17-7 third-quarter lead, Van Dyke connected with Key’Shawn Smith for a 35-yard flea-flicker touchdown on Miami’s next offensive snap, and the outcome wasn’t in doubt again.

“Certainly, when you’re 1-0 for the week, that’s your goal,” Miami coach Mario Cristobal said. “But certainly, we want to play more polished, more precise, football. So, we’ve got to practice better, we’ve got to keep coaching better and we’ve got to keep working it better. We’ve got to go get better.”

Parrish had a 1-yard touchdown run late in the first half for the Hurricanes, who have started with two wins for only the seventh time in the past 18 seasons.

Jason Brownlee caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Zach Wilcke for Southern Miss (0-2). That capped a six-play, 75-yard drive for the Golden Eagles — but they managed only 122 yards on their next seven drives, five of which ended in punts, one with an interception in the end zone and the other with a fumble.

“We came out here to win the game,” Southern Miss coach Will Hall said. “Credit to Mario and his guys. Man, I’ve got great respect for him and a lot of the guys on their staff for making the adjustments to win the game. I thought they wore on us as the game went on.”

Frank Gore Jr., the son of Miami Hall of Famer Frank Gore, was held largely in check by the Hurricanes’ defense in his return to his hometown. Gore Jr. had seven carries for 10 yards, and two catches for 18 more yards. That’s after he rushed for 178 yards last week in Southern Miss’ opening-game loss to Liberty.

Wilcke completed 16 of 27 passes for 207 yards for the Golden Eagles. Brownlee had five of those catches for 102 yards.

Andy Borregales kicked three field goals for Miami.

THE TAKEAWAY

Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles were 20 seconds away from doing something that the program hasn’t done in nearly 12 years. The last time Southern Miss led an AP-ranked team on the road at halftime was Nov. 13, 2010 in what became a win over then-No. 25 UCF. That week marked UCF’s first-ever appearance in the AP poll; Miami was ranked this week for the 511th time.

Miami: There will be much on the film, especially the first-half film, for the Hurricanes to correct before going to Texas A&M next week. The offensive line will be a key point of emphasis, after it let Southern Miss sack Van Dyke four times and get in his face on several other occasions.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Hurricanes will remain ranked, probably right around the No. 15 spot they held this week and set up a ranked-vs.-ranked game in College Station next week. The last three of those games – when both teams enter ranked – haven’t exactly gone great for the Hurricanes; they’re 0-3, having gotten outscored 148-56.

INJURIES

Miami DE Akeem Mesidor, who had four tackles, a sack and a pass breakup in last week’s win over Bethune-Cookman, was held out with a lower body injury.

UP NEXT

Southern Miss: Host Northwestern State on Sept. 17.

Miami: Visits No. 6 Texas A&M on Sept. 17.

Harrison grabs 3 TDs, No. 3 Buckeyes rout Arkansas St 45-12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) With two Ohio State starting receivers sidelined with injuries, Marvin Harrison Jr. got another prime chance to shine on a team loaded with great wideouts.

Harrison, the son of a former NFL star, caught three touchdown passes from C.J. Stroud as the No. 3 Buckeyes beat Arkansas State 45-12 on Saturday.

With Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming unavailable, Harrison became Stroud’s go-to guy, grabbing a career-high seven passes for 184 yards, including a pair of in-stride 42-yard touchdowns in the first half, and a leaping, 30-yard scoring grab with two defenders draped on him in the third quarter.

“He can put it wherever he wants to,” Harrison said of Stroud. “He’s a great player – it’s like he handed me the ball.”

Coupled with his three-touchdown performance as a first-year player in the Rose Bowl last season, Harrison became only the second Ohio State player to have a pair of three-touchdown receiving games in his career. Joey Galloway had multiple touchdown games in 1993 and ’94.

“Marvin’s route running is very mature for his age,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “When you see somebody who has played as much as he had with the high level of route running, it’s pretty remarkable.”

TreVeyon Henderson ran for another two scores and Emeka Egbuka had a 51-yard TD reception for the Buckeyes (2-0)

Stroud, a Heisman Trophy favorite, finished 16 for 24 for 351 yards and four touchdowns as Ohio State gained 538 yards.

Henderson busted through for an 8-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 23-yard romp to open the second half. He finished with 10 carries for 87 yards.

Ohio State had a large margin of error with the Sunbelt Conference team, and it was necessary in the first half.

Kicker Dominic Zvada was responsible for all of Arkansas State’s scoring, but Ohio State miscues set up the first two field goals.

Penalties helped put the Red Wolves in range for a 30-yard Zvada boot in the first quarter. Blown coverage and a missed tackle on a long James Blackman pass to Champ Flemings got them in range for another.

“We got in the red zone a couple of times, but we’ve got to find ways to finish,” said Blackman, who threw for 188 yards. Flemings had 10 catches for 105 yards.

THE TAKEWAY

Arkansas State: The Red Wolves looked for a short time like they might keep up, but once Ohio State cleaned up its mistakes the rout was on. The Arkansas State offense couldn’t get any traction against unpredictable Ohio State defensive looks.

“When you play a team like Ohio State, every mistake is magnified,” Arkansas State coach Butch Jones said.

Ohio State: Stroud, who was still trying to shake off the preseason rust in last week’s 21-10 win over Notre Dame, showed that he’s regained his touch. It will be interesting to see if Stroud and Harrison can keep up their chemistry as the quality of opponents improves.

“We’re playing with toughness, we’re playing with an edge, we’re taking care of the football and all those are positive things,” Day said. “But the negative things get us off schedule, and we don’t quite execute at a high level, and then it throws you off.”

YOU CAN’T DO THAT

The Buckeyes were penalized nine times for 85 yards, after drawing seven flags costing 75 yards last week against Notre Dame.

Cornerback Denzel Ward drew two pass-interference flags in the same series in the first half. Defensive tackle Taron Vincent was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for something he did as the first half ended and was benched in the second half.

“That’s unacceptable,” Day said. “We’ve got to get that cleaned up.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A flashy offensive showing in the rout of a heavy underdog should keep the Buckeyes where they are.

UP NEXT

Arkansas State: At Memphis next Saturday night.

Ohio State: Hosts Toledo next Saturday.

Hartman passes for 4 TDs as No. 23 Wake Forest beats Vandy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) With Sam Hartman behind center, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson feels pretty good about his team’s chances.

Hartman passed for 300 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 23 Wake Forest beat Vanderbilt 45-25 on Saturday.

Hartman connected on 18 of 27 passes after he missed Wake Forest’s opener against VMI because of a blood clot. The fifth-year quarterback directed the Demon Deacons to 11 wins and a trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game last season.

“He’s played so much football and when he goes out there, he’s just got a command of things,” Clawson said. “And I think everybody else’s play kind of elevates with him. “He’s one of the premier quarterbacks in the country.”

Hartman’s 68-yard touchdown pass to A.T. Perry lifted Wake Forest (2-0) to a 14-3 lead with 36 seconds left in the first quarter. He found Christian Turner for a 2-yarder early in the second quarter, and then threw second-half touchdown passes to Taylor Morin and Cameron Hite.

“I didn’t feel too bad, you know a little rusty,” Hartman said. “I mean, of course, it’s a rain game your first game back, but no turnovers on offense was huge. It was sloppy, you know how it goes. I missed throws here and there on some of the early ones.”

A.J. Swann passed for two touchdowns for Vanderbilt in relief of Mike Wright. Swann also ran for a 2-point conversion.

Re’Mahn Davis had 18 carries for 87 yards for the Commodores (2-1), including a 2-yarder with 11:06 left in the first half that trimmed Wake Forest’s lead to 21-10.

The Demon Deacons went ahead to stay when Wright threw a pass to the left under pressure that was intercepted by Coby Davis and returned 31 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

“I felt like early in the game we started fast on defense and were playing competitively,” Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea said. “But the interception for a touchdown was a momentum killer.

“We wanted to represent this program better today, but we didn’t. It’s frustrating. It’s disappointing.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Wake Forest: Solid performance by the Demon Deacons defense, which held the Commodores to 294 total yards, 113 on the ground. Vanderbilt averaged 512.5 total yards and 52.5 points through its first two games.

“It’s always hard to win on the road,” Clawson said. “So anytime you go on the road against a Power Five team, especially an SEC team, it’s a good win.”

Vanderbilt: Wright had accounted for 10 touchdowns in his first two games, but he was held in check by Wake Forest.

SWANN SONG

Swann replaced Wright late in the third quarter. Wright was 8 for 15 for 35 yards and one interception. Swann completed 8 of 11 passes for 146 yards and the two TDs.

“We weren’t getting anything done on offense,” Lea said. “I felt like we needed to do something different.

“A.J. was the next man up. I really don’t want to comment on his performance but I was pleased with the scoring drives.”

GOOD TO BE BACK

Hartman had a blood clot near his collarbone. The school originally said he would be out indefinitely due to what was described as a non-football medical issue, so missing only one game was a nice development for the QB.

It also made him realize how quickly it can all end.

“When you have to step away from it for reasons not in your control, you learn to value it more,” Hartman said. “I greatly appreciate the opportunities that I get.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Wake Forest entered the game at No. 23. The victory, an expected one though the Demon Deacons had lost their previous three games against Vanderbilt, should keep them around No. 23.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest returns home to play Liberty on Saturday.

Vanderbilt travels to Northern Illinois on Saturday.

Leary, No. 18 NC State beat Charleston Southern 55-3

RALEIGH, N.C (AP) Devin Leary tied a program record by accounting for six touchdowns and No. 18 North Carolina State’s defense surrendered 150 total yards as the Wolfpack beat Charleston Southern 55-3 in Saturday’s home debut.

Leary threw four TD passes, including a perfect 24-yard wheel route to Jordan Houston down the left side and then a 40-yard strike over the middle to Anthony Smith after he shrugged blitzer Nick Perry off his back. Leary’s two rushing scores included a 12-yard keeper in the first quarter, when the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year bounced off three hard hits before hitting the end zone for the game’s first TD.

Celebrating his 23rd birthday, Leary wrapped up his day by hitting Chris Toudle for a 27-yard TD down the middle and a 45-0 lead with 12:48 left in the third.

The game offered N.C. State (2-0) a chance to regroup from last week’s 21-20 win at East Carolina, with the Wolfpack carrying a No. 13 ranking in the AP Top 25 to Greenville and taking the victory when the Pirates missed two critical late kicks. That game was full of problems after halftime, including coming up scoreless on two drives with a combined six goal-line snaps as well as sputtering to 25 fourth-quarter yards.

That made recent days, along with kickoff against the Buccaneers (0-2) of the Championship Subdivision, a chance to clean up mistakes.

“It’s nice to have a low-stress day,” Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said. “Proud of our guys, I thought we got a lot better in a lot of areas.”

Charleston Southern’s top highlight was a 48-yard field goal from Sam Babbush midway through the third quarter to break up the Wolfpack’s shutout bid. Ross Malmgren threw for 111 yards but found himself under repeated pressure. Charleston Southern managed 36 yards rushing on 15 carries to remain winless all-time against Bowl Subdivision teams.

“What I feel we should’ve done a better job, what we wanted to do a better job of was just competing,” Charleston Southern coach Autry Denson said. “You know when you play a game like this that you have to play perfect, and that’s just to give yourself a chance because from a personnel standpoint, you just don’t match up. We just didn’t do that.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers opened the season by surrendering 52 points at home against Western Carolina. And the Big South Conference program entered this one with an 0-25 mark against Bowl Subdivision opponents, including 0-15 against teams from the Power Five conferences. They never threatened to change that Saturday, either.

N.C. State: The storylines focused on improvements the Wolfpack could make after the ECU escape, not whether Doeren’s squad would beat a lower-division opponent. Leary and his teammates largely showed that, with the offense cracking the 40-point mark on its first snap after halftime and the defensive front generally overwhelming the Bucs.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The close call at ECU cost the Wolfpack five spots in the AP Top 25 poll. This is unlikely to have a notable impact.

UP NEXT

Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers visit Eastern Kentucky next Saturday.

N.C. State: Texas Tech visits the Wolfpack next Saturday in an ACC-Big 12 matchup.

No. 13 Utah routs overmatched Southern Utah 73-7

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) After dropping a heartbreaker to Florida in the season opener, Cameron Rising said Utah didn’t want to leave anything to chance against Southern Utah.

“The game plan was just to come out and dominate,” Rising said.

Dominate they did as Rising threw for 254 yards in the first half, Dalton Kincaid had 107 yards receiving and two touchdowns and No. 13 Utah routed Southern Utah 73-7 on Saturday.

Utah scored on nine consecutive drives, including eight touchdowns, over the final three quarters against the FCS Thunderbirds (1-1). The Utes had 599 yards of total offense.

“It was good to see guys perform efficiently and make a lot of plays on both sides of the ball,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “A game like this is as valuable for our 2s as it is for our 1s. Helps us know what we have down the line.”

As six-touchdown underdogs, the Thunderbirds weren’t afraid of taking some risks. They started the game with an unsuccessful onside kick that led to a 13-yard touchdown run by Tavion Thomas.

Southern Utah got a break when Thomas fumbled later in the first quarter and Rodrick Ward recovered. On the next play, Grady Robison tied it at 7 on a quarterback draw that went for 28 yards.

“We didn’t flinch and we made sure the next series counted,” Rising said.

Utah didn’t allow any gains of 10 yards or more the rest of the game.

“During our week of preparation, we were homing in on physicality, being dominant and we were truly dominant up front,” linebacker Lander Barton said a week after Whittingham called his defensive front seven soft.

Thomas scored on another touchdown run early in the second quarter. Utah then turned a fourth-down stop of the plucky Thunderbirds into a field goal and a diving interception by Junior Tafuna into Chris Curry’s TD run.

Rising unleashed more of Utah’s vertical passing game, which was absent against Florida, and capped the first half with three touchdown passes to the Utes’ prolific tight ends – two to Kincaid and one to Brant Kuithe. Utah gained 250 yards of offense in the second quarter.

“I think they have us out-talented 10-to-1 at every single position. Every kid they got could eat a bowl of soup off the top of our player’s head across the line from him. They’re all looking down on us,” SUU first-year coach DeLane Fitzgerald said.

On the first possession of the second half, R.J. Hubert took an interception 39 yards for a touchdown. With the huge lead, most of Utah’s stars watched the rest of the game from the sideline.

The Ute defense held the Thunderbirds to 85 total yards despite scoring quickly throughout the game. The blowout marked Utah’s highest-scoring game since beating UTEP 82-6 in 1973.

Whittingham cautioned taking too much from the lopsided game.

“The level of competition was different, so you can’t put all your stock in the numbers . because sometimes things can become masked in a game like this so we’ll need to analyze the film,” Whittingham said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Southern Utah: The Thunderbirds were overmatched at every position but had a nice moment when they tied it in the first quarter. After two seasons with only two wins, the Thunderbirds are rebuilding and were helpless to stop the Utes once they got rolling.

Utah: Despite a turnover, nine penalties and some missed assignments, almost everything the Utes tried was successful in spades. The starters were able to rest and some of backups had a chance to show their talents in front of a sun-drenched home crowd.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Utah tumbled out of the top 10 after the Florida loss, but should maintain its position.

COMING HOME

Longtime NFL players Eric Weddell and Chris Kemoeatu were honored as part of this year’s University of Utah Athletics Hall of Fame class.

UP NEXT

Southern Utah: At Western Illinois next Saturday.

Utah: Hosts San Diego State next Saturday night.

Uiagalelei leads No. 5 Clemson to 35-12 victory over Furman

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) DJ Uiagalelei looks more and more like the leader who can continue Clemson’s championship legacy, than the one who struggled his first season as a starter a year ago.

Uiagalelei threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and the fifth-ranked Tigers took a big, first-half lead to beat FCS opponent Furman 35-12 on Saturday.

“You can see he’s playing with a lot of confidence,” Clemson offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter said. “It shows.”

That wasn’t the case in 2021 as Uiagalelei, the highly touted passer who figured to instantly replace Clemson’s No. 1 NFL draft pick in Trevor Lawrence, struggled to find his way. Uiagalelei had nine touchdowns against 10 interceptions as the Tigers fell from the national and ACC title chase by midseason.

“There’s been nobody more under the fire than him,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said about Uiagalelei. “Two games don’t make a season, but proud of how he’s played.”

Uiagalelei led Clemson to touchdowns on his first five drives to take a 35-9 lead early in the third quarter. Uiagalelei did have a pick off a tipped ball with his team ahead by 23 points.

“For the most part, I played a solid game,” Uiagalelei said. “Overall, I thought it was good game today.”

Things might be quieter this week for Uiagalelei, who finished 21 of 27.

It was Clemson’s eighth straight victory, longest among Power Five teams; its 35th straight win at home and 32nd in a row over Furman. Clemson improved to 37-0 alltime against FCS teams.

Clemson opened 2-0 for the seventh time in eight wins.

Uiagalelei, although he said he didn’t hear it, got plenty of support from the home crowd, the student section chanting “Let’s Go, DJ” several times in the first half.

“You get kind of locked in once the game starts,” the third-year quarterback said.

Will Shipley had TD runs of 1 and 17 yards, giving the sophomore tailback 15 touchdowns in 12 career games at Clemson.

Furman (1-1) punched holes in Clemson’s defense, things future Tigers’ opponents will certainly break down in pregame prep. The Paladins of the Southern Conference gained 384 yards after Clemson yielded on 237 to Georgia Tech in the opener.

“This team has shown a lot to me these past two games,” said Furman quarterback Tyler Huff, who transferred from Presbyterian this season. “When we played against a big opponent and were down pretty quick. Nobody gave in, nobody folded.”

Huff went 30 of 39 for 256 yards and a touchdown as the Paladins outgained Clemson, 384-376.

Furman coach Clay Hendrix thought Uiagalelei was the difference. “I thought he completely beat us,” Hendrix said. “He did a couple of things I wasn’t sure he could do. Hats off to him.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Furman: The Paladins found ways to make plays, just not enough to stay close to the ACC preseason title favorite. At least Furman goes home with the $415,000 guarantee for playing at Death Valley.

Clemson: The Tigers remain a work in progress. A defense that seemed so strong in defeating Georgia Tech looked leakier against Furman. Clemson will need to get things cleaned up over the next two weeks before heading to No. 23 Wake Forest on Sept. 24.

POLL IMPLICATIONS: Clemson fell a spot in the rankings last week after a 31-point win over Georgia Tech 41-10. Who knows what’s ahead after the Tigers did the expected by blowing out Furman.

DABO DEAL: The game was the first since Dabo Swinney agreed to a reworked contract that will pay him $115 million over the next 10 seasons through 2031. Swinney said new athletic director Graham Neff reached out to the coach’s agent to begin crafting the deal. Swinney has won seven ACC crowns and two national titles his first 13 full seasons. He thought more big things are ahead. “And I’m only 52,” he said. “I’m learning. I’m getting better.”

DABOTRON: Clemson’s new video board debuted Saturday. The scoreboard over the East end zone at Memorial Stadium that’s five times larger and 20 times the resolution of the one that was in use the past 10 seasons. The improvement was among $20 million in upgrades in phase one of a $68.7 million worth of enhancements to the Tigers’ home field. The video screen, the eighth largest in the NCAA, was nicknamed “Dabotron” by the school’s assistant athletic director of football communications in Ross Taylor.

UP NEXT

Furman starts Southern Conference play at East Tennessee State next Saturday.

Clemson hosts Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

Hooker, defense lead No. 24 Tennessee past No. 17 Pitt in OT

PITTSBURGH (AP) Tennessee coach Josh Heupel isn’t sure his team would have found a way a year ago to win a game where it fumbled twice and allowed a blocked punt. All in the second half. On the road. Against a program coming off a Power Five conference title.

It’s not last season. The 24th-ranked Volunteers may be maturing in front of their coach’s eyes. The latest proof came in a draining 34-27 overtime victory over No. 17 Pitt on Saturday, a four-hour physical and emotional marathon that ended with Tennessee spilling onto the field in a mixture of joy and relief.

“There’s a certain level of maturity that we certainly didn’t have last year at times,” said Heupel, who is in his second season of trying to restore the Volunteers to relevancy in the SEC. “Our kids are willing to continue to compete. They handled the flows, the ups and downs of the game the right way.”

There were plenty of each to go around. The Volunteers (2-0) allowed a game-tying touchdown pass from Pitt backup quarterback Nick Patti with 2:23 to go but regrouped to win it on a 28-yard lob from Hendon Hooker to Cedric Tillman on Tennessee’s first possession of the extra period.

The Volunteers’ defense, which had been relentless over the final three-plus quarters following a slow start, did the rest. It used a third-down sack and the one last of a seemingly unending streak of quarterback pressures to force Patti to throw incomplete on fourth down to end it.

“The second, third and fourth quarter, that’s as good a performance as I’ve been around in a long time,” Heupel said of a defense that struggled against quality competition in 2021. “They got put in a lot of bad positions. … I thought the overall effort from them was special.”

The defense needed to be on a night when the offense, which has become the program’s calling card, spent much of the second half running in place.

While Hooker finished with 325 yards passing and two touchdowns and Tillman caught nine passes for 162 yards, Tennessee couldn’t put the Panthers away even with Pitt severely limited.

The Panthers (1-1) lost starting quarterback Kedon Slovis to an undisclosed injury at the end of the first half and Patti spent the final quarter-plus effectively on one leg after twisting his knee while getting sacked.

The Volunteers allowed a blocked punt, saw a fumble cut short a drive and gave Pitt life late when Tre Flowers muffed a punt with 7:28 to go. The Panthers slowly moved the ball deep into Tennessee territory before a backpedaling Patti found Jared Wayne for a 4-yard score on fourth-and-goal to tie it at 27 with 2:23 to play.

Pitt finally ran out of chances in overtime. Patti – who finished 9 of 20 for 79 yards – drove the Panthers inside the 10 but Tennessee’s fourth sack forced Patti into a “heave and pray” and when his final pass fell to the turf, the Volunteers had found a way to win the type of game they’d grown accustomed to losing in recent years.

“(The defense) played amazing, you know, especially in the second half,” Tillman said. “You know, we’re not in his game if they don’t make the plays that they did.”

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

The Panthers missed a pair of field goals and saw a red-zone possession in the first quarter end with an interception instead.

“I told our guys, it’s a game of inches, and there were inches all over the place that we needed to get,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said.

Narduzzi declined to give specifics on the nature of Slovis’ injury, saying only that he was hurt while getting sacked late in the first half that turned into a fumble – allowing Tennessee to take a 24-17 lead into the break.

Slovis, who finished 14 of 24 for 195 yards with a touchdown and a pick, felt “good” after the game according to Narduzzi.

Israel Abanikanda ran for 154 yards and a touchdown for Pitt.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tennessee: The Volunteers are eyeing a big step forward this fall. Whether they take it will rely heavily on a defense that struggled against quality opponents in 2021. So far, so good.

Pitt: The offense entered the season with plenty of question marks following Kenny Pickett’s graduation. The offensive line was not supposed to be one of them. There were times Saturday when there were multiple white jerseys in the Panther backfield almost immediately after the snap.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Panthers could potentially fall out of the poll for the first time since Halloween after letting an early 11-point lead get away. The Volunteers should vault into the Top 20 for the first time since October 2016 when the poll is released Sunday.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: Hosts Akron next Saturday, with a visit from Florida looming on Sept. 24.

Pitt: Travels to Western Michigan next Saturday hoping to avenge a stunning home loss to the Broncos last fall.

App State uses 2 turnovers to stun No. 6 Texas A&M 17-14

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) On paper, there was no reason to believe that Appalachian State would have a chance Saturday against No. 6 Texas A&M.

But Mountaineers coach Shawn Clark, who makes 10 times less than the over $9 million Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher receives each season at the Southeastern Conference school, made it clear to his 18 1/2-point underdog team that the game is not played on paper and mindset would mean everything.

“The key was belief,” an exhausted Clark said. “You have to believe in yourself and believe in this program. I told them take the logo off of the helmet, take the logo off the field and let’s go play football.”

And play football they did, with Chase Brice throwing for 134 yards and a touchdown and a stingy defense taking advantage of two turnovers to stun the Aggies 17-14.

“It didn’t feel real at first,” Brice said. “I’ll be honest, I was just in shock. I just couldn’t believe the way we fought and finished. It was just great.”

Appalachian State won a week after scoring six touchdowns and 40 points in the fourth quarter in a 63-61 opening loss to North Carolina.

“It means something to me to beat the No. 6-ranked program,” Clark said. “It’s two different programs. We don’t recruit at the same level. We don’t have what they have, but we have a lot of heart and we have the right kind of players in our program.”

Clark was thrilled to see Brice lead his team to the win after his school-record six-touchdown performance last week wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

“He was crushed,” Clark said. “He loves this program and today was his shining moment.”

Along with the victory, the Mountaineers got a fat $1.5 million check to take back with them to Boone, North Carolina, for playing this game.

Appalachian State (1-1) settled for a 29-yard field goal by Michael Hughes to take a 17-14 lead with about eight minutes left after Christian Wells was wide open but dropped a touchdown pass on third down.

The Aggies (1-1) had a chance to tie it with about 3 1/2 minutes to go, but a 47-yard field goal attempt by Caden Davis was short.

Camerun Peoples, who finished with 112 yards rushing, had a 1-yard run on third down on the next possession to keep Appalachian State’s drive going. He then dashed 48 yards to the 12 on the next play and the Mountaineers ran out the clock.

“At the end of the day, that’s my fault as the head football coach,” Fisher said. “We have to have guys ready in all three phases. We had chances to make plays in all three phases.. We had opportunities, but we have to coach it better. That’s on me.”

It’s Appalachian State’s first win over a team in The AP top 10 as a FBS team after losing in overtime to No. 9 Tennessee in 2016 and dropping an OT game to No. 9 Penn State in 2018.

The Mountaineers famously knocked off No. 5 Michigan 34-32 with a last-second blocked field goal in Ann Arbor in 2007 when they were still in the FCS.

“Respect all those guys they were great,” offensive lineman Cooper Hodges said. “But I’m tired of hearing about Michigan. I want our legacy to be Sun Belt champions and I want our legacy to be beating Texas A&M.”

The Mountaineers kept A&M’s offense in check a week after Clark was left looking for ways to fix his defense after the 63-point outburst by North Carolina.

Devon Achane ran for a touchdown in the first half and returned a kickoff for a score in the third, but the Aggies had trouble getting much else going on a mistake-filled day.

The Mountaineers outgained A&M 305-186 and had 22 first downs to just nine by the Aggies. They controlled time of possession, too, holding a 41:29 to 18:31 advantage in that area.

Fisher said he would consider a change at quarterback this week after a sub-par performance by Haynes King. He added that they probably would have made the switch Saturday if the game had gone differently.

“We were but we never had the ball,” he said. “If we had got more possessions maybe so.”

The Aggies were driving in the third quarter when Dexter Lawson Jr. forced a fumble by Evan Stewart after a 13-yard reception and it was recovered by Nick Hampton.

The Mountaineers took a 14-7 lead when Henry Pearson grabbed a 9-yard TD reception from Brice with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the third.

The lead was short-lived as Achane returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown seconds later. Achane, who is a sprinter on Texas A&M’s track team, juked a defender before shedding a would-be tackler and racing downfield for the score to tie it at 14-all.

King was sacked by DeAndre Dingle-Prince and fumbled late in the first quarter. Texas A&M lineman Layden Robinson recovered the ball, but he also fumbled and this time Appalachian State recovered it.

They cashed in on the mistake when Ahmani Marshall scored on a 4-yard touchdown run that made it 7-0 early in the second quarter.

The Aggies tied it up when Achane dashed 26 yards for a touchdown on the next drive.

King finished with 97 yards passing.

THE TAKEAWAY

The loss puts a huge dent on Texas A&M’s preseason goal of finally contending for a national title, leaving the Aggies in an early hole before they even begin the rigors of SEC play.

RECORD TALK

Fisher was hired to take A&M to the next level after coach Kevin Sumlin was fired after his sixth season. But so far Fisher hasn’t done any better than Sumlin did in his time with the Aggies.

Sumlin was 36-14 in his first 50 games and Saturday’s loss dropped Fisher to 35-15 in his first 50.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Aggies are certain to plummet in the poll after losing to an unranked opponent. Appalachian State should enter the poll after the big upset.

UP NEXT

Appalachian State: Hosts Troy next Saturday.

Texas A&M: Hosts No. 15 Miami next Saturday night.

Watson helps Washington State beat No. 19 Wisconsin 17-14

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Nakia Watson acknowledged having extra motivation this week facing his former team.

No wonder he was a little more emotional than usual afterward.

Watson scored both of Washington State’s touchdowns as the Cougars upset No. 19 Wisconsin 17-14 on Saturday. Watson rushed for 522 yards and five touchdowns at Wisconsin from 2019-20 before transferring.

“Normally, I’m not a person that cries,” Watson said afterward. “But I cried a little bit, I’m not going to lie.”

Watson scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and put the Cougars ahead for good by turning a short completion into a 31-yard score with 5:12 left in the third period. Watson said he followed the counsel of running backs coach Mark Atuaia, who reminded him to maintain his poise at all times.

He only let his emotions out once the game ended while thanking Atuaia for the advice.

“The fireworks were going in my head when the clock hit zero,” said Watson, who had 10 carries for 33 yards.

Washington State (2-0) was about a 17-point underdog but survived a game that featured multiple bizarre plays and produced a happy homecoming for Watson and Cougars coach Jake Dickert.

Dickert was born in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, Wisconsin, about 65 miles east of Camp Randall Stadium. Dickert played for Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 2002-06, and about 200 friends and relatives gathered for a pregame tailgate.

Several of them hung around for a postgame celebration around the visitors’ locker room.

“I think a few of the are looking for some beers in the fridge that aren’t there,” Dickert quipped. “Just Gatorades and water.”

This game featured two separate plays in which one team intercepted a pass and then fumbled the ball away, creating a first down for the team that threw the pick.

Wisconsin (1-1) trailed 17-14 and faced third-and-6 from the Washington State 9 midway through the fourth quarter when defensive tackle Christian Mejia picked off a Graham Mertz pass before losing the ball. Mertz recovered the fumble at the Washington State 20, but a personal foul on tight end Clay Cundiff pushed Wisconsin back to the 35.

Cundiff then caught a 24-yard pass, but Quinn Roff forced a fumble that Sam Lockett III recovered at the 12 with 5:14 left.

Washington State never gave up possession the rest of the way.

Those two mistakes spoiled Cundiff’s day after he had caught two touchdown passes from Mertz in the second quarter, a 17-yarder and a 10-yarder. Those were Cundiff’s first touchdowns since the tight end dislocated his right ankle, broke a fibula and tore a foot ligament in a victory over Iowa last October.

“I had a good first half, but none of that will matter unless you finish on the right foot,” Cundiff said. “I didn’t do that today.”

There was plenty of blame to go around for Wisconsin.

The Badgers were penalized 11 times for 106 yards. Vito Calvaruso sent a 51-yard field goal wide right in the first quarter and was well short on a potential tying 43-yard attempt to start the final period.

“We did some things today that make it hard to win,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said.

Another interception-turned-fumble led to Washington State’s go-ahead score.

The Cougars trailed 14-10 and had third and 10 from their 47 when quarterback Cameron Ward was hit by Kamo’i Latu just as he threw a pass that Wisconsin’s Jay Shaw picked off. Washington State receiver Lincoln Victor then applied a hit that knocked the ball loose, and center Konner Gomness recovered the fumble at the Wisconsin 49.

“I take this one on me, to be completely honest with you,” Shaw said.

Six plays later, Watson caught a pass just beyond the line of scrimmage, made a spin move to get past Latu at the 30 and raced untouched the rest of the way.

“There was most definitely a chip on my shoulder, just playing against my old boys, a couple of roommates,” Watson said. “I feel like that’s the type of mentality that you have to have when you’re playing against people you know, just having that chip on your shoulder, that edge, fighting to the echo of the whistle.”

Washington State hung on from there and gave Watson and Dickert moments they’ll never forget.

“My grandma told me something today. She was like, `Your grandpa would be so proud,’ if my grandpa was still here,” Dickert said. “That’s a special moment. Special people that just know me as Jake Dickert. That’s always what we’ve been. I’m just proud to be able to win this game with all of them here cheering us on.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Washington State: Ward went 17 of 28 for 200 yards but threw two interceptions. The Cougars still won thanks to a defense that limited Wisconsin’s vaunted rushing attack to 174 yards on 44 carries. Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen had 21 carries for 98 yards, just the second time in his last 11 games that he’s been held below 100.

Wisconsin: The Badgers controlled the ball for over 38 minutes, ran 25 more plays than Washington State and outgained the Cougars 401-253. But those penalties proved costly. Wisconsin had its highest totals in penalties and yardage since getting flagged 13 times for 125 yards in a 47-44 victory over Purdue in 2018.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Wisconsin figures to fall out of the poll, while Washington State should at least get some votes.

UP NEXT

Washington State: Hosts Colorado State on Saturday.

Wisconsin: Hosts New Mexico State on Saturday.

No. 2 Georgia’s defense dominates in shutout of Samford

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) A shutout win wasn’t enough for a No. 2 Georgia coming off its impressive opener when it scored touchdowns on its first seven offensive possessions.

The reigning national champions fell short of that lofty standard against FCS Samford.

Stetson Bennett still passed for 300 yards while throwing and running for touchdowns and No. 2 Georgia’s rebuilt defense delivered another dominant performance in the Bulldogs’ 33-0 win on Saturday.

One week after giving up only a field goal in a 49-3 rout of then-No. 11 Oregon, Georgia (2-0) held Samford (1-1) to 128 yards and three first downs.

The offense, however, settled for four field goals – including on its first two possessions after moving the ball inside Samford’s 10.

“We didn’t score touchdowns,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “… You come off a week like Oregon where every opportunity to score a touchdown, we score a touchdown. And then we take a huge step back and have to kick field goals. Good teams, you can’t do that. You have to be able to execute well. … We have to do a better job.”

Bennett completed 24 of 34 passes, including a 3-yard scoring pass to freshman Dillon Bell. Even so, he wasn’t satisfied.

“I think we’re all upset we didn’t execute as well as we could have in the first half,” Bennett said, adding “Too many field goals.”

There were no complaints on defense, where Georgia has reloaded after losing eight players in this year’s NFL draft, including five in the first round. Overall, Georgia had a record 15 players taken in the draft.

One year ago, Samford gave another SEC East team a scare, leading Florida 42-28 in the first half before the Gators rallied for a 70-52 win. Samford couldn’t repeat that offensive showing against Georgia.

Tight ends Darnell Washington and Brock Bowers had big gains, each leaping while making catches for 28 and 26 yards, respectively.

Georgia gave up only one first down in the first half and led 30-0 at the break. Late in the third quarter, Carson Beck replaced Bennett and Georgia’s third quarterback, Brock Vandagriff, completed the game.

Samford’s second possession ended with Georgia safety Dan Jackson forcing a fumble by quarterback Michael Hiers. Xavian Sorey’s recovery set up the second of four field goals by Jack Podlesny.

Another defensive highlight was freshman defensive end Mykel Williams’ first sack.

Samford’s Michael Hiers completed 13 of 21 passes for 62 yards.

Samford coach Chris Hatcher was upbeat despite the lopsided loss.

“I thought defensively there were times we just shut them down,” Hatcher said. “We get back into playing our level of competition, I expect us to come back better and faster and meaner and tougher than ever on Monday.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Samford: Hiers, who was impressive in a season-opening win over FCS Kennesaw State was unable to establish consistent offense. The visiting Bulldogs were held to 59 yards in the first half. Backup Quincy Crittendon’s 36-yard pass to Ty King in the fourth quarter was the biggest gain of the day.

Georgia: There was no evidence of Georgia looking ahead to next week’s Southeastern Conference opener at South Carolina – or looking back at its rout of Oregon. The only disappointment was the Bulldogs’ inability to reach the end zone when they moved inside Samford’s 10 on their first two possessions. The only bad news came when receiver Adonai Mitchell limped off the field during the Bulldogs’ opening drive and was ruled out with a left ankle injury.

RUNNING AWAY FROM RAIN

Kendall Milton led Georgia with 85 yards rushing on 10 carries. Kenny McIntosh had a 1-yard scoring run and caught five passes for 61 yards.

Georgia prepared to emphasize its ground game, especially with expectations for rain.

“Going through this week, we knew we were going to have to run the ball,” Milton said. “We actually were expecting it to be a rainy day so we were kind of already expecting for it to be a big running day.”

Georgia ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns, but Milton’s 19-yard gain was the only big play on the ground.

“The backs did a nice job of running downhill, we just didn’t have a big home-run hitter,” Smart said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Georgia should hold its No. 2 spot in the AP Top 25 and could receive more support for the top spot following No. 1 Alabama’s 20-19 win over unranked Texas.

NO CELEBRATION

There were few visual reminders of Georgia’s 2021 national championship in its first home game. A “2021” was added to the “1942” and “1980” on Georgia’s national championship signage on a Sanford Stadium facade. Also, a 2021 championship flag was raised atop the east end zone stands.

Players were awarded their championship rings in the spring, and Smart said it’s time to move on.

“It’s really not fair for this team to celebrate that because this year’s team didn’t do that,” Smart said. “Last year’s team did that.”

UP NEXT

Samford: Plays at Tennessee Tech, a member of the FCS Ohio Valley conference, next Saturday.

Georgia: Opens SEC schedule at South Carolina next Saturday. The Bulldogs have won the last two games in the series, including a 40-13 home win last season.

No. 14 Michigan State runs for 6 TDs in 52-0 rout of Akron

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Jalen Berger ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns and Michigan State’s defense forced four fumbles Saturday to help the 14th ranked Spartans to a 52-0 victory over Akron.

It was the largest margin of victory for Michigan State (2-0) since beating Eastern Michigan by 59 points in 2014.

“Our focus was better, our intensity throughout was better,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said. “There was a lot of good things for us to build upon with our team in all three phases. And we have some things to clean up if we expect to go on the road and get anything done.”

Kendell Brooks, filling in for injured starting safety Xavier Henderson, forced the ball out twice in the first quarter. He has forced three fumbles in the Spartans’ first two games.

“KB, he’s getting better,” Tucker said. “We have confidence in him to go in the game and get the job done and make plays and be physical and knock the ball off people. I think as he gains more experience he’s going to continue to get better. That’s good when guys can go in, execute and make plays.”

On Akron’s opening drive, the senior safety knocked the ball loose from tight end TJ Banks and linebacker Cal Haladay picked up the ball and ran 22 yards to the Michigan State 41. Six plays later, Jarek Broussard scored on a 1-yard run. Haladay later forced a fumble in the second half when he sacked backup quarterback Jeff Undercuffler.

“I was just reading my keys,” said Brooks who was making his first career start at Michigan State. “It was cover 3 so I was reading the quarterback. I saw him take his hand off the ball and throw. So I kind of just broke and I glanced over to the tight end to see where he was throwing, and I just ran through contact.”

Brooks also punched the ball out from receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis, leading to a 1-yard touchdown run by Berger.

Jacoby Windmon, who had four sacks against Western Michigan last week and another one and vs. Akron, forced his second fumble in two games when he pounced on a bobbled pitch to Jonzell Norrils and Berger followed with his second score on another 1-yard run.

Michigan State closed the first-half scoring with Jack Stone’s 43-yard field goal to make it 24-0.

The Spartans continued the scoring in the second half with a 16-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Noah Kim to Tre Mosley, 2-yard touchdown runs by Broussard and Berger, and a 1-yard run by Elijah Collins.

Broussard said he doesn’t mind sharing the workload with Berger. In addition to the five touchdowns, the pair accounted for 188 of Michigan State’s 260 rushing yards.

“I feel like we complement each other really well running the ball,” Broussard said. “There’s no drop-off from my point of view.”

Akron coach Joe Moorhead said the turnovers killed any hope of pulling off an upset.

“Can’t turn it over once against a team like this, let alone four times and expect to win,” he said. “You can’t put your defense in adverse situations like that. Two or three of the turnovers resulted in scores for the other team. … You can’t let a team like Michigan State that’s big and physical get extra possessions and wear you down.”

INJURY REPORT

Akron (1-1) starting quarterback DJ Irons was knocked out of the game with just over six minutes left in the first half. The Big Ten Network broadcast reported that he was taken to a hospital with a lower body injury. Moorhead did not have an update on Irons’ condition after the game.

Michigan State’s leading receiver Jayden Reed suffered a cut on his back late in the first half when he was pushed out of bounds and was held out of the second half.

STREAKING SPARTANS

Michigan State has now won eight straight home games and also 14 straight games against Mid-American Conference teams. The last loss was to a MAC foe was to Central Michigan in 2009.

THE TAKEAWAY

Akron: With Irons knocked out of the game after completing 9 of 13 passes for 123 yards and running for 31 yards, the Zips could not move the ball much.

Michigan State: Even though he completed 18 of 28 passes for 212 yards, quarterback Payton Thorne continued to miss open receivers for the second straight game and threw two interceptions.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Spartans were expected to win convincingly against the Zips and may actually move up slightly in the poll.

UP NEXT

Akron: Stays on the road and will play at No. 24 Tennessee on Sept. 17 and at Liberty on Sept. 24.

Michigan State: Goes on the road Sept. 17 to play Washington and hosts Minnesota on Sept. 24 in both teams’ Big Ten openers.

Smith TD in 2nd OT gets Texas Tech past No. 25 Houston 33-30

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Donovan Smith put Texas Tech at risk of losing with his arm.

The sophomore quarterback rescued the Red Raiders with his legs.

Smith ran 9 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime, lifting Texas Tech to a 33-30 victory over No. 25 Houston on Saturday.

A back-and-forth finish ended with the Red Raiders (2-0) beating a ranked nonconference opponent in the regular season for the first time since 1989, a span of 14 games.

It was the last meeting between the former Southwest Conference rivals before they become league foes again when the Cougars move from the American Athletic to the Big 12 next year.

After Houston’s Bubba Baxa opened the second OT with a 20-yard field goal, Smith broke into the open field and ran untouched to the end zone, sending Texas Tech students and fans streaming onto the field.

Baxa kicked a go-ahead 35-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining in regulation after Gervarrius Owens returned Smith’s third interception to the Texas Tech 21 in the final two minutes.

Smith answered with a 27-yard scramble on the next play, sparking a drive to a tying 47-yard field goal from Trey Wolff with three seconds to go. Wolff replaced Gino Garcia, who missed from 45 earlier in the fourth quarter.

“It’s always what coach (Joey) McGuire preached, you could look at this game and that’s exactly what he said, `What’s next?'” said Smith, who threw for 351 yards with three picks and six sacks that cut his rushing total from 86 to 28 yards.

“That’s something I did this game. Everyone on the sideline was encouraging and, `Hey, what’s next? We got this, we don’t got to worry about nothing.”

The Cougars (1-1) erased a 17-3 halftime deficit, getting even early in the fourth quarter when Jayce Rogers stepped in front of a pass from Smith and returned it 54 yards for a TD. Still, Houston’s 12-game regular-season winning streak ended.

Houston had 11 penalties for 121 yards, including two personal fouls on the same possession that twice let the Red Raiders keep the ball when the Cougars would have taken possession in the first half.

“Just a whole lot of stupid stuff,” coach Dana Holgorsen said. “Stupid, stupid, undisciplined stuff. I don’t feel like we deserved to win. With that said, I was very proud of our team in how we just kept fighting.”

Houston also trailed by two touchdowns in the second half of another overtime game in last week’s opener, rallying from 21-7 down entering the fourth quarter for a 37-35 double-overtime victory over UTSA.

“It was chaos,” Houston quarterback Clayton Tune said. “It felt a lot like last week, obviously other than the outcome. We’ve just got to be prepared to play till the clock says zero.”

Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime after backing themselves up. Smith converted on fourth-and-20 with a 21-yard completion to Jerand Bradley. The Red Raiders forced the second OT on Tahj Brooks’ 4-yard scoring run.

Tune faced second-and-21 to open overtime before a 19-yard completion to Nathaniel Dell, who had seven catches for 120 yards and a 35-yard punt return. Three plays later, he threw a 15-yard TD pass to Matthew Golden.

THE TAKEAWAY

Houston: Before the Cougars made it two-for-two in overtime games this season, so did UTSA. The Roadrunners also rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the second half Saturday, beating Army 41-38 in OT.

Texas Tech: Smith was up and down in his first full game since Tyler Shough again was sidelined by a shoulder injury in last week’s 63-10 victory over Murray State. The sophomore struggled at times in the first half before TD passes of 43 yards to Nehemiah Martinez and 54 yards to Myles Price gave Texas Tech its two-touchdown lead.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Cougars slid a spot after last week’s victory over UTSA, and figure to fall out now. It’s unlikely Texas Tech will get many Top 25 votes, if any. But the Red Raiders play another ranked team next week in their first road game at N.C. State next Saturday.

THE BACKS

Lead Houston running back Ta’Zhawn Henry exited early with an injury, and Brandon Campbell filled in with 80 yards and a touchdown. Brooks also had 80 yards and a score.

UP NEXT

Houston: The home opener next Saturday is a second consecutive game against a future Big 12 opponent with Kansas visiting.

Texas Tech: If playing a ranked N.C. State team feels familiar for longtime Texas Tech fans, it’s because the last time a ranked nonconference opponent played in Lubbock before this win over Houston was Philip Rivers and the Wolfpack in 2002. N.C. State won 51-48 in overtime.

No. 20 Kentucky handles Richardson, topples No. 12 Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Much of the hype surrounding Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson was dashed, or at least diminished, in the Swamp on Saturday night.

No. 20 Kentucky intercepted Richardson twice, including one Keidron Smith returned 65 yards for a touchdown, and the Wildcats toppled the 12th-ranked Gators 26-16 to notch consecutive wins in the series for the first time in 45 years.

Richardson was off all game, a stark contrast from last week’s three-touchdown, turnover-free performance against then-No. 7 Utah. He had two throws in this one that were complete head-scratchers, and the Wildcats (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) made him pay dearly.

“I feel like I let everybody down, especially the defense, because I looked everybody on the defense in the eye and I told them I got them and I was going to put up points for them,” Richardson said. “Obviously I didn’t.”

Linebacker Jordan Wright, cleared to play Thursday after sitting out the opener, made a one-handed catch on Richardson’s pass to the flat late in the second quarter. Kentucky quarterback Will Levis scored three plays later.

Richardson’s second pick was more egregious. He misread a defensive alignment and threw a pass to the wide side of the field that Smith easily picked off. Smith returned it down the sideline and had to juke only Richardson to make it to the end zone.

“I think sometimes the quarterback position, you get that spotlight put on you,” Florida coach Billy Napier said. “Reality is there’s things around you that can be done that will contribute to quarterback play.”

Richardson’s interceptions were among three big plays that propelled Kentucky to back-to-back wins over Florida (1-1, 0-1) for the first time since 1976-77.

Levis connected with Dane Key for a 55-yard score in the first half, a perfect throw that showed why Levis is projected to be a first-round draft pick in 2023.

“You’ve got to be a tough son of a b to come into this place and win,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said, taking a shot at an SEC Network analyst who called his team soft earlier this week. “That’s what we showed. We may win or lose, but we’re tough.”

Twenty-two scouts from 15 NFL teams were on hand for the game. Most of them probably were there to see Richardson. None of them could have been impressed with what the third-year sophomore did in his third career start.

The Gainesville native completed 14 of 35 passes for 143 yards. He also ran six times for 4 yards. Kentucky stacked the line of scrimmage and forced Richardson to be a pocket passer, clearly understanding that the Gators have few difference-makers outside of their quarterback who looked like a budding star seven days earlier.

Levis was considerably better. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. The pick was a great play by Florida defenders Brenton Cox and Gervon Dexter. Cox pressured Levis and deflected the pass, and Dexter made a diving catch.

But it was Kentucky’s defense that stole the show.

“Defensively, what more can I say?” Stoops said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Kentucky: The Wildcats are far from soft. SEC Network analyst Roman Harper called the Cats “a little bit softer” than Florida on the Paul Finebaum Show earlier this week, and Kentucky players used it as motivation. Kentucky dominated the second half, outscoring the Gators 13-0.

Florida: The Gators spent the last week getting patted and may have been ripe for a letdown. Regardless, the Wildcats exposed weaknesses and showed Florida still has a long ways to go to catch up in the SEC East.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Kentucky should leapfrog Florida in the next AP college football poll.

“Heck, we must jump into the top 10 now,” Stoops quipped.

MILESTONE VICTORY

The victory moved Stoops past Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most wins (61) in Kentucky’s football history.

“I’m glad it’s here,” Stoops said. “You like to be home with family and friends, but we’ll have time for that. We needed this win. Just to get this opportunity. I’ve been given incredible support. It’s been a group effort.”

KEY INJURIES

Kentucky free safety Jalen Geiger was carted off the field in the second quarter with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. Team trainers placed an air cast on his left leg before helping him onto the cart.

Florida linebacker Ventrell Miller, one of the team’s top tacklers, left the game with a lower leg injury. Right tackle Michael Tarquin injured his right ankle and limped to the sideline.

UP NEXT

Kentucky: Hosts Youngstown State of the Football Championship Subdivision next Saturday.

Florida: Hosts South Florida next Saturday. The Gators are 2-0 in the in-state series.

Mims, Gabriel help No. 7 Oklahoma beat Kent State 33-3

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Marvin Mims caught seven passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 7 Oklahoma overcome a slow start in a 33-3 victory over Kent State on Saturday night.

Dillon Gabriel completed 21 of 28 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns, and the Sooners finished with 430 yards of offense. Oklahoma (2-0) has won 11 straight home games and 29 of its last 30.

Oklahoma was scoreless and trailed Kent State (0-2) as late as the final minute of the first half before Mims played key roles on touchdown drives to end the half and start the second. That helped the Sooners move to 4-0 against current Mid-American Conference teams.

“We faced some good adversity tonight,” Brent Venables said after winning his second game in two tries as Oklahoma’s coach. “As I told (the team) at halftime, there’s nothing less important than the score at halftime. We were really prepared for exactly what happened. We talked about it all week.

“I was hopeful for some strain and a challenge. There’s not going to be change and development and improvement without a challenge. I’m glad that that happened.”

Collin Schlee passed for 131 yards and rushed for 55 yards for Kent State, which is the only Football Bowl Subdivision team this season playing three nonconference games against opponents from Power 5 conferences. The Golden Flashes lost their opener at Washington and will visit No. 2 Georgia in two weeks.

Kent State played the Sooners on even terms in the first half and Oklahoma was fortunate to be ahead 7-3. The Golden Flashes had 11 first downs to Oklahoma’s seven and limited the Sooners to only 7 rushing yards before halftime. To that point, Kent State had converted on six of 11 3rd-down attempts and owned a two-to-one edge in time of possession.

“I thought our kids played relentlessly hard in the first half. It was obviously a game of two halves there,” Kent State coach Sean Lewis said. “We gave up some explosive plays to start the second half and turnovers proved costly. The game got away from us against a really talented team . and you can’t put yourself in that position. They’re a talented ball club and well-coached, and we showed that we’re talented as well.”

After a 15-play, 72-yard drive, Andrew Glass gave the Golden Flashes a 3-0 lead, kicking a 37-yard field goal with 8:27 left in the second quarter. With 1:10 left before halftime, Glass pushed a 41-yard attempt wide right.

Suddenly, Oklahoma’s offense – which mostly had been ineffective to that point – came to life, moving 76 yards in five plays. The final three were passes from Gabriel to Mims covering 13, 14 and 36 yards, the latter for the touchdown 18 seconds before halftime.

Gabriel targeted Mims on the first two plays of the second half – one a catch, one drawing a pass-interference penalty – and the Sooners again were off and rolling. Marcus Major capped that drive with a side-stepping 16-yard touchdown run to make it 14-3.

It quickly snowballed for Oklahoma. Billy Bowman recovered a Kent State fumble at the Golden Flashes’ 34 and Zach Schmit subsequently booted a 25-yard field goal to extend Oklahoma’s lead. Gabriel’s 18-yard scoring pass to Drake Stoops on Oklahoma’s next possession put the Sooners ahead 24-3, with 5:31 still remaining in the third quarter. Stoops’ score came two plays after a 44-yard run by Eric Gray, who had 71 yards on 10 carries.

Oklahoma stopped Kent State on downs at the Sooners’ 18 late in the third quarter, essentially ending any hopes of a rally by the Golden Flashes. Mims’ second touchdown came next, a 58-yard catch-and-run from Gabriel, capping a 24-point quarter for the Sooners during which they had 99 rushing yards.

Oklahoma picked up a fourth-quarter safety when linebacker David Ugwoegbu forced Schlee out of the end zone after the quarterback retreated to field a high snap.

“We had some things that didn’t go our way on many occasions, but we buckled down and responded within drives to either execute and put the ball in the end zone, or on defense, we found a way to get off the field and get a stop when we needed to,” Venables said.

Kent State finished with 295 yards of offense, with Marquez Cooper rushing for 55 yards on 22 carries and Dante Cephas catching four passes for 50 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Kent State: The Golden Flashes, picked by Mid-American Conference coaches as the preseason MAC East Division favorite, threw a scare into a top-10 team as they navigate their early season gauntlet. The strong defensive showing against the Sooners in the first half should give Kent State confidence going forward.

Oklahoma: After a quick offensive start to the season – three touchdowns in the first nine minutes in the season opener against Texas-El Paso – the Sooners sputtered somewhat on that side of the football, particularly in the run game, until the third quarter against Kent State. They’ll want to iron out any offensive issues before visiting Nebraska next Saturday.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

On a day in which No. 6 Texas A&M (to Appalachian State) and No. 8 Notre Dame (to Marshall) both lost at home, simply surviving and winning might be enough for the Sooners to ease up a spot in the AP Top 25.

MARVELOUS MARVIN

Mims’ 58-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter was his 14th career catch of 40 yards or more for Oklahoma. The junior had career highs in catches and receiving yards. It was the fifth time Mims has caught multiple touchdown passes in a game. Early in the fourth quarter, he added a 41-yard punt return that set up the Sooners at the Kent State 48.

“He’s able to run really fast,” Lewis said of Mims. “He got behind us and a talented quarterback was able to throw it deep and they played catch and made us pay.”

UP NEXT:

Kent State: The Golden Flashes will host Long Island in their home opener next Saturday before visiting Georgia on Sept. 24.

Oklahoma: After renewing their longtime rivalry with Nebraska last season, the Sooners will visit the Cornhuskers next Saturday. It will be Oklahoma’s first visit to Lincoln since 2009.

No. 22 Mississippi starts fast, routs Central Arkansas 59-3

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Luke Altmyer threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, Michael Trigg had three touchdown catches and No. 22 Mississippi routed Central Arkansas 59-3 on Saturday night.

Ole Miss (2-0) raced to a 28-0 first-quarter lead, highlighted by touchdown passes of 1 and 7 yards from Altmyer to Trigg before adding a 1-yard scoring run to cap the decisive surge.

Altmyer was 6 of 13 for 90 yards before being lifted late in the second quarter with what a school spokesperson described as an upper-body injury, pending evaluation.

“Luke was doing a good job until he got banged up,” Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said. “That affected him staying out there when he was injured.

Overall, there was improvement from last week but we’ve still got to get better.”

The early outburst opened with a 6-yard touchdown run from Zach Evans.

Ole Miss got a 25-yard punt return for a touchdown from Ladarius Tennyson after a poor snap, and set up another score when Bobo Miller blocked a punt.

“Scoop and score. That’s all I was thinking. That’s all,” said Tennyson, an Auburn transfer. “I saw the punter was down and when that happens, it’s scoop and score.”

Atlantic Sun Conference member Central Arkansas (0-2), trailed 31-0 at halftime. It had 182 yards of total offense.

“It snowballed early with the two blunders in punting,” Central Arkansas coach Nathan Brown said. “We knew it would be uphill against a great program and that put us behind the eight-ball.”

Hayden Ray made a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout.

Jaxson Dart, a transfer from Southern California, relieved Altmyer and finished 10 of 15 passing for 182 yards, highlighted by touchdown passes of 6 yards to Malik Heath and 2 yards to Trigg.

“Jaxson did some good things when he got in there,” Kiffin said. “He had some good series, a bad series, then came back with more good series. It was a cleaner second half, but not perfect.”

Ole Miss finished with 487 yards of total offense. Quinshon Judkins rushed for 104 yards as the Rebels pulled away, leading 52-0 after three periods..

THE TAKEAWAY

Central Arkansas: The FCS-member Bears were down 28-0 in less than 13 minutes. Demetrias Charles had eight tackles and KC Clark added an interception to highlight an overworked defense.

“We knew going in that their defense is really, really good,” said Brown, concerning his team’s offensive struggles. “I can’t wait to watch them (Ole Miss defense) the rest of the year.”

Mississippi: The defense and special teams were outstanding, including a 41-yard field goal from Jonathan Cruz. Pending the physical evaluation of Altmyer, the quarterback role figures to be filled exclusively Dart.

RED ZONE BOOST

The Rebels improved to 10 of 11 in the red zone for the season, all touchdowns, after going 6 of 7 against Central Arkansas. Improving that efficiency was a high priority for the Rebels, especially early in the schedule.

Last season, “jackpot-type” scoring plays, beyond 20 yards, more than compensated for finishing No. 115 nationally, 52 of 69, 75 percent in the red zone. This season, with fewer long distance touchdowns, a continued higher efficiency will be crucial as the schedule stiffens.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Ole Miss dropped a spot last week despite a win over Troy, so improving to 2-0 should not force a major move in either direction. The Rebels are ranked seventh of the eight SEC teams in the Top 25.

UP NEXT

Mississippi: The Rebels visit Georgia Tech on Saturday for the first time since the 1971 Peach Bowl, a 41-18 Ole Miss win.

Central Arkansas: The Bears return to FCS competition with a visit Idaho State of the Big Sky Conference on Saturday.

Sanders leads No. 11 Oklahoma St. past Arizona St., 34-17

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he saw some of the improvement he was looking for after what he considered a shaky opener.

Spencer Sanders passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and No. 11 Oklahoma State defeated Arizona State 34-17 on a rainy Saturday night.

Sanders passed for 268 yards and ran for 54, and Dominic Richardson ran for 131 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 44 yards for the Cowboys (2-0).

The Cowboys had issues in a 58-44 win over Central Michigan on Sept. 1, but overcame some of them on Saturday.

“So that (against Arizona State) was a better game for us overall as a team,” Gundy said. “We minimized missed assignments from the last game. So I told the the team and the coaches in the locker room that I was proud of them.”

Emory Jones passed for 223 yards and a touchdown and Xazavian Valladay rushed for 118 yards and a score for Arizona State (1-1). But Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards said offense wasn’t effective enough the help the defense.

“They were competitive,” he said of the defense. “They played as hard as they could play. They just eventually wore down. That’s the nature of the game. You can’t keep asking the defense to keep going out there over and over and over.”

In the second quarter, Oklahoma State’s Brock Martin’s hit Valladay hard and forced a fumble, Tyler Lacy recovered and the Cowboys took over at the Arizona State 37. Oklahoma State took advantage, and Richardson’s 3-yard touchdown run gave the Cowboys a 7-3 lead.

Later in the quarter, Sanders kept on the option for a 6-yard touchdown run to put Oklahoma State up 14-3 with just under three minutes left before halftime. His score capped an 11-play, 96-yard drive. The Cowboys tacked on a field goal to lead 17-3 at the break.

Valladay’s 1-yard touchdown run, which came shortly after a 73-yard reception by Giovanni Sanders, cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 17-10.

After an Oklahoma State field goal, Jones connected with Elijhah Badger for a 21-yard touchdown that pulled Arizona State to 20-17 with 14:25 to play. The Cowboys responded with trickery as Sanders found Bryson Green wide open on a flea-flicker, and the 31-yard score put Oklahoma State in control for good.

“We have a chance to learn from this game,” Edwards said. “There’s a lot of football left, so hopefully we can continue to learn from the situation and close the team together.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Arizona State: The Sun Devils struggled with their passing game, completing just 12 of 24 passes. Defensively, Arizona State allowed just 120 yards the previous week against Northern Arizona, but surrendered 465 yards on Saturday.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys gave up 546 yards in the opener against Central Michigan, but they bounced back and held the Sun Devils to 354 total yards.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

There’s room for the Cowboys to move up into the Top 10 after Texas A&M and Notre Dame lost on Saturday.

CAREER MILESTONE

Valladay surpassed 4,000 career all-purpose yards on Saturday. The transfer from Wyoming entered the day with 3,987 career all-purpose yards and now has 4,105.

Valladay entered the week as the FBS’ career active rushing leader.

CLOSING IT OUT

Oklahoma State struggled to close out their opener against Central Michigan, but the Cowboys were much better in the fourth quarter against Arizona State.

The Cowboys possessed the ball for 10:33 in the fourth quarter, outgained the Sun Devils 156-70 in the period and most important, outscored Arizona State 14-7 in the final 15 minutes.

“Much, much better rushing the football and we’re much, much more physical in the second half, and our running backs broke some tackles in key third downs and situations to keep us going,” Gundy said.

UP NEXT

Arizona State hosts Eastern Michigan.

Oklahoma State hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Another big day for Williams leads No. 10 USC past Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Caleb Williams stood up and offered one last parting thought: “Fight on! 2-and-0, baby!” His decorated fingernails told a story, too: Stanford’s iconic tree mascot on each middle digit.

Williams threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns, with two of those going to Jordan Addison, leading No. 10 Southern California past Stanford 41-28 on Saturday night in the Pac-12 opener.

First-year USC coach Lincoln Riley had his own postgame message: “Look at 12 months ago.” That’s a reference to the 42-28 beating – nearly the same score as Saturday – the Trojans took at home from upset-hungry Stanford on Sept. 11 last year.

Addison wound up with seven catches for 172 yards and Travis Dye ran for 105 yards and a touchdown, while the Trojans’ opportunistic defense shined again with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries – four turnovers that led to 17 points.

Dominant USC (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) didn’t have a third-down play until 52 seconds before halftime and punted for the first time with 8:02 left.

“This series has been extremely one-sided over the last 15 years, especially here,” Riley said. “We took that personal.”

Williams completed 20 of 27 throws – 13 of his first 15 – and Dye ran for a 27-yard score in a first half that featured 685 yards of offense between the teams. Williams then hit Addison for a 48-yard gain right out of halftime that set up Denis Lynch’s 45-yard field goal. Lynch later missed wide left from 39 yards before hitting from 42 yards.

Early in the second quarter, Williams connected on back-to-back passes to Mario Williams. The first was a 43-yard completion that set up their 15-yard scoring play.

“We just executed this offense overall,” Caleb Williams said. “All 11 guys on one page, everybody did his job.”

Lake McRee caught the first TD pass of the day by Williams, a 5-yarder, as the Trojans notched their second lopsided win so far after a 66-14 thumping of Rice in the season opener. With Williams’ 19-for-22 performance in that one, the sophomore star has now completed 39 of 49 passes for 590 yards in two games.

USC’s defense has forced eight total turnovers this season.

“We put the defense in a lot of bad positions, too many bad positions,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “We had opportunities to keep the ball a little bit longer, score some more points. We could have gone into halftime with a lead if we didn’t turn the ball over. So that to me is the story of the game.”

Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee threw an interception on his third play from scrimmage for Stanford (1-1, 0-1) that Max Williams tipped and caught before returning it 32 yards. Then McKee threw another pick Cain the end zone by Mekhi Blackmon on 4th-and-2 with a chance to tie the game.

The Cardinal capitalized on their next chance when McKee connected on a 3-yard TD pass to E.J. Smith to cap a seven-play, 93-yard drive that got Stanford within 14-7.

But just like that, the Trojans answered immediately. Williams connected with Addison on a 75-yard catch and run.

Riley can’t wait to see every phase continue to click as the new-look Trojans gain more experience together.

“We’re just on our climb, on our journey,” he said.

Smith also ran for a 5-yard score and McKee had a 2-yard TD rush while finishing the day 20 of 25 for 220 yards passing.

USC running back Austin Jones carried eight times for 38 yards facing his former Stanford team after transferring during the offseason. He ran for 1,155 yards and 12 TDs in three seasons with the Cardinal.

THE TAKEAWAY

The Trojans, who had won just one of their previous five meetings at Stanford dating to 2010, improved to 71-24-5 in conference openers and have won 33 of their last 52. Also, USC has won 24 of its last 37 road conference openers with a 29-14-2 record overall outside of Los Angeles.

DAY OF HONORS

Stanford honored former star quarterback Andrew Luck for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame this year.

He won all three of his career starts against USC, including a triple-overtime thriller on the road in 2011. Highlights showed on the big screen. He smiled and waved with his young family in tow.

Also Saturday, the school celebrated Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer and former Cardinal star Nneka Ogwumike among those inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

UP NEXT

USC: Hosts Fresno State next Saturday.

Stanford: After a bye week, the Cardinal visits Washington on Sept. 24.

J.J. McCarthy becomes QB1, No. 4 Michigan tops Hawaii 56-10

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) J.J. McCarthy did enough to win the job.

McCarthy was sharp in his first start, throwing for three touchdowns to help No. 4 Michigan overwhelm Hawaii 56-10 on Saturday night.

Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said McCarthy will be the team’s first-string quarterback next week against Connecticut.

“He’s earned it,” Harbaugh said.

McCarthy had his turn to take the first snap after Big Ten championship-winning quarterback Cade McNamara had a lackluster performance in the season-opening win over Colorado State as the starter.

The sophomore made the most of his opportunity against the Rainbow Warriors, throwing a 42-yard touchdown pass to Roman Wilson on his second snap and 13-yard pass to Ronnie Bell early in the second quarter to give the Wolverines (2-0) a four-touchdown lead.

“It was a near-flawless performance,” Harbaugh said. “He was 11 for 12, and one was dropped.”

McNamara entered the game with 6:22 left in the first half and took a sack to end his first possession.

McCarthy went back in and threw for his third score, dropping back and stepping up in the pocket before connecting with Cornelius Johnson for a 17-yard touchdown late in the first half to give Michigan a 42-0 lead.

“I can’t remember having one like that myself,” said Harbaugh, a former Michigan and NFL quarterback.

McCarthy, a former five-star recruit, finished 11 of 12 for 229 yards without a turnover.

“He controlled the game,” said Blake Corum, who ran for 88 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. “He was confident. I expected nothing less.”

McNamara started the second half and the senior finished 4 of 6 for 26 yards with an interception.

“He’s got gravel in his guts,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll be ready for his next opportunity.”

The Rainbow Warriors (0-3) were scoreless until late in the third quarter when Matthew Shipley made a 26-yard field goal, taking advantage of favorable field position following their second sack of McNamara.

With Michigan backups getting a chance to play, freshman Tylan Hines ran for a 54-yard score to make it 49-10.

“What an experience for these guys that get to play here, and play an opponent like that,” Hawaii first-year coach Timmy Chang said. “I’m proud of them. I’m proud of how they played four quarters, but it was a tall task for us.”

HONOLULU GUY

Wilson, who hails from Honolulu, caught a touchdown pass on McCarthy’s first throw and ran for a 21-yard score after the quarterback casually flipped it to him on an end-around.

“I think he knew almost everybody over there,” Bell said. “He probably had a big weight on his shoulders and to play the way he did is awesome against his hometown.”

INJURY REPORT

Harbaugh said he did not have an update on running back Donovan Edwards, who was injured in the first half after he had 26 yards rushing and a score on three carries along with a 33-yard reception while lining up as a wide receiver.

LATE START

The game was scheduled to start at 8 p.m., but lightning in the area cleared the stadium before the game and led to a 1-hour delay.

THE TAKEAWAY

Hawaii: Chang, a former star quarterback at the school, is facing quite a challenge. The Rainbow Warriors opened the season with two home games and lost 63-10 to Vanderbilt and 49-17 to Western Kentucky. Chang is following Todd Graham, who resigned as coach in January after former players and some parents criticized his management style and relationships with players.

Michigan: Before the season began, Harbaugh said he would decide on his Week 3 starter after both McCarthy and McNamara had a shot to start a game. McCarthy’s talent as a passer and runner gave him an edge in the competition. McNamara accomplished a lot last year, but he has struggled this season and that has led to him losing his role as starter.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Wolverines will likely remain ranked No. 4 because the teams ahead of them in the AP Top 25 also won their games.

UP NEXT

Hawaii: Hosts Duquesne, a second-tier college football program that beat NAIA-level Thomas More after opening with two losses.

Michigan: Hosts Jim Mora-led Connecticut (1-2) in the third of four straight home games to open season.

Katoa’s TD lifts No. 21 BYU past No. 9 Baylor 26-20 in 2OT

PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU fought for every inch on offense against Baylor. Lopini Katoa carried the Cougars across the finish line.

Katoa barreled into the end zone on a 3-yard run to lift No. 21 BYU to a 26-20 victory over the ninth-ranked Bears in double overtime on Saturday night.

The Cougars (2-0) tallied just 83 yards on 33 carries. They refused to give up on running the ball and ground out a game-winning touchdown in the end.

“That’s a tough defense right there,” said Katoa, who finished with 26 yards on nine carries. “They pride themselves on stopping the run. They do a great job at it. Me and Chris (Brooks) both knew we were going to have to scratch and claw for every yard.”

Jaren Hall threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, and added a 22-yard TD catch, to lead BYU. Chase Roberts had a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. Roberts also threw a touchdown pass to Hall in the third quarter.

Blake Shapen threw for 134 yards and a touchdown while Qualan Jones added a pair of touchdown runs for Baylor (1-1). Jones and Craig Williams combined for 135 yards on 33 carries.

Shapen’s incompletion on fourth down in double overtime sealed the upset win for BYU. The Bears were one of three Top 10 teams to lose on Saturday along with No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 8 Notre Dame.

Two false start penalties helped derail Baylor’s final drive after it reached the BYU 4.

“The biggest way you lose games is by hurting yourself and we hurt ourselves two times in critical situations,” Bears center Jacob Gall said.

Baylor kicker Isaiah Hankins missed a 43-yard field goal attempt in the first overtime after missing a PAT on the Bears’ only first-half touchdown. Cougars kicker Jake Oldroyd missed a 35-yard attempt with 8 seconds left in regulation and then missed from 37 yards to force a second overtime.

“I told him he has no reason to hang his head,” Katoa said. “He’s kept us in so many games in the past. He’s won games for us in the past.”

After combining to go 3-and-out on five straight first-half drives, Baylor and BYU traded touchdowns right before halftime.

The Bears jumped in front 6-3 after Jones punched it in on a 1-yard run. His touchdown capped off a 13-play, 68-yard drive where Baylor converted a pair of third downs.

The Cougars answered as they covered 75 yards in eight plays, culminating in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Hall to Chase Roberts to take a 10-6 lead. Hall completed five of six passes on the drive. Each play gained at least 11 yards.

Both teams carried their offensive momentum into the third quarter.

Jones shed tacklers to score his second touchdown on a 7-yard run and give Baylor a 13-10 lead. He also had a 12-yard catch on third down during the drive.

After tying the score on a 39-yard field goal from Oldroyd, BYU dug into its bag of tricks to retake the lead. Roberts tossed a backward pass back to Hall and he raced 22 yards to put BYU back in front 20-13.

The Bears knotted it up at 20-20 on Ben Sims’ 4-yard catch with 10:01 remaining.

THE TAKEAWAY

Baylor: Success on third down helped the Bears get through some tough stretches on offense. The Bears went 9 for 18 on third down. Defensively, Baylor held the Cougars to 3 for 14 on third down.

BYU: With starting receivers Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney sidelined with injuries, the Cougars made up for it by getting tough on defense. BYU sacked Shapen four times for a loss of 22 yards and had six tackles for loss overall.

MEASURING STICK

BYU used last year’s 38-24 loss to Baylor in Waco, Texas, as a barometer on where it needed to improve. Cougars coach Kalani Sitake urged his players to transform their bodies and grow stronger in the offseason. He liked what he saw from his team on Saturday as BYU allowed only 3.6 yards per play on defense while averaging 5.0 yards per play on offense.

“From last year’s game, I made statements that we got to learn from that. We’re going to see them again,” Sitake said. “I wanted to see improvement in our team and in our program from everybody and I saw it.”

PENALTY PROBLEMS

The Bears were flagged for 14 penalties, losing a total of 117 yards. The infractions derailed some Baylor drives and kept some BYU drives alive.

“We have to be able to not hold on critical pass downs,” Bears coach Dave Aranda said. “We’ve got to be able to play through the down and not have a pass interference on critical downs. We had 14 penalties, which is way too much.”

BIG VICTORY

The win was BYU’s sixth all-time against an AP Top 10 team and first at home since beating No. 1 Miami in 1990. This is the second such win under Sitake who also led the Cougars to a 24-21 victory at No. 6 Wisconsin in 2018.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Baylor will likely drop in the AP Top 25, while BYU will climb several spots after upsetting a Top 10 foe at home.

UP NEXT

Baylor: Hosts Texas State on Saturday.

BYU: Visits Oregon on Saturday.

NFL PREVIEWS

NFL PREVIEW: NEW ORLEANS AT ATLANTA

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LEADER Falcons lead all-time series, 53-52-0

STREAKS Saints have won 4 of last 5

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Saints 30 at Falcons 20

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22

SAINTS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 1,170 yards & had 15 TDs (14 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 102.8 rating in 7 starts last season. Has 1,166 yards & 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 110 rating in 4 career starts at Atl. Aims for his 4th start in row at Atl. with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA totaled 1,337 scrimmage yards (898 rush, 439 rec.) in 2021 & is only player in NFL with 1,300+ scrimmage yards in each of past 5 seasons. Has 373 career receptions, most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Since 2017, leads NFL with 67 scrimmage TDs & ranks 2nd with 7,501 scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 510 receptions for 5,950 yards & 32 TDs in 70 career games & can surpass Keenan Allen (96 games) & Antonio Brown (96 games) for fastest ever to 600 receptions. • WR JARVIS LANDRY makes NO debut. Is 1 of 3 (Mike Evans & Travis Kelce) with 50+ catches in each of past 8 seasons. Has 688 career receptions, 4th-most since entering NFL in 2014. • DE CAMERON JORDAN led team with 12.5 sacks in 2021 & is 1 of 10 players since 1982 with 7+ sacks in 10 consecutive seasons. Ranks 3rd among active players with 107 career sacks. Has 23 sacks & 25 TFL in 22 career games vs. Atl. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS led team with 105 tackles, his 5th-straight 100+ tackle season. Had 13 TFL & is 1 of 4 with 10+ TFL in each of past 5 seasons. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE ranked 3rd in 2021 with career-high 19 PD & is 1 of 3 with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. • S TYRANN MATHIEU makes NO debut. Has 76 PD & 26 INTs in 9-year career

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MARCUS MARIOTA makes Atl. debut. In 74 career games (61 starts), has 13,437 pass yards & 77 TD passes for 89.5 rating & 1,574 rush yards & 13 rush TDs. Passed for career-high 371 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.7 rating in his only career start vs. NO (11/8/15 w/ Ten.). • RB CORDARELLE PATTERSON set career highs in scrimmage yards (1,166) & scrimmage TDs (11) in 2021. Was 1 of 2 (Austin Ekeler) with 500+ rush yards (618) & 500+ rec. yards (548) & 1 of 3 (Ekeler & Deebo Samuel) with 5+ rush TDs (6) & 5+ rec. TDs (5) last season. • TE KYLE PITTS ranked 3rd among TEs with 1,026 rec. yards in 2021, the 2nd-most rec. yards by a rookie TE in NFL history. Had 68 catches last season, 3rd-most ever by a rookie TE. Was 1 of 5 TEs with 3+ games (3) with 100+ rec. yards in 2021. • WR DRAKE LONDON makes NFL debut. Was selected No. 8 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • WR BRYAN EDWARDS makes Atl. debut. Set career highs with 34 catches for 571 yards & 3 rec. TDs in 2021 with Las Vegas. • DL GRADY JARRETT is 1 of 4 DL (Michael Brockers, DeForest Buckner & Lawrence Guy) with 50+ tackles in each of past 5 seasons. • LB RASHAAN EVANS makes Atl. debut. Had 317 tackles & 15 TFL in 4 seasons (2018- 21) with Ten. • CB A.J. TERRELL set career highs with 16 PD & 3 INTs in 2021. Has 5 PD & 2 FFs in 4 career games vs. NO. • CB CASEY HAYWARD ranks 3rd among active players with 109 career PD. Is only player with 7+ PD in each of past 8 seasons.

NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND AT CAROLINA

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Panthers lead all-time series, 4-2

STREAKS Browns have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 12/9/18: Panthers 26 at Browns 20

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/14: Browns, 17, Panthers 13

BROWNS NOTES:

QB JACOBY BRISSETT makes Cle. debut. In 5 starts with Mia. last season, totaled 1,089 pass yards (217.8 per game) & 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs. Had rush TD in only career start vs. Car. (12/22/19 w/ Ind.). • RB NICK CHUBB ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,259 rush yards & had 8 rush TDs in 2021. Is only player in NFL with 950+ rush yards & 8+ rush TDs in each of past 4 seasons & is 6th player all-time to do so in each of 1st 4 seasons. Rushed for 66 yards & TD in last meeting. Had 820 scrimmage yards (117.1 per game) in 7 road games in 2021. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 560 scrimmage yards (386 rush, 174 rec.) & 5 rush TDs in 8 games last season. Had 4 rush TDs in 4 road games in 2021. • WR AMARI COOPER makes Cle. debut. Totaled 68 catches for 865 rec. yards & tied career-high with 8 rec. TDs in 2021 with Dal. Is only player in NFL with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 7 seasons. Had TD catch in his last game vs. Car. (10/3/21 w/ Dal.). • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES set career highs in catches (34), rec. yards (597) & rec. TDs (3) last season. • TE DAVID NJOKU had 475 rec. yards & tied career high with 4 TD catches in 2021. • DE MYLES GARRETT ranked 3rd in NFL with franchise=record 16 sacks last season. Is 1 of 3 players (Aaron Donald & T.J. Watt) with 10+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. Had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. • DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY ranked 2nd on team with 11 TFL & 9 sacks in 2021, his 3rdcareer season with 9+ sacks (2017, 2018). • CB DENZEL WARD had 10 PD & tied career-high with 3 INTs last season. Is only player in NFL with 10+ PD & 2+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons.

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD makes Car. debut. Was selected No. 1 by Cle. in 2018 NFL Draft & passed for 14,125 yards & 92 TDs in 60 games (2018-21). Is 1 of 9 QBs all-time with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 4 career seasons. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 785 scrimmage yards (112.1 per game) in 7 games in 2021. Leads all active players with 113.8 scrimmage yards per game. Has 11 career games with 10+ catches, most by RB all-time. Has 3,661 scrimmage yards (126.2 per game) & 27 TDs (18 rush, 9 rec.) in 29 career homes games. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD ranked tied-2nd among rookies with 5 rush TDs in 2021. • WR DJ MOORE led team with career-high 93 receptions & 1,157 rec. yards & had 4 TDs in 2021. Is 1 of 3 (Stefon Diggs & Travis Kelce) with 1,100+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had 5+ catches in 7 of his 8 home games in 2021. • DE BRIAN BURNS tied career high with 9 sacks & set career high with 13 TFL last season. Leads all players who entered NFL in 2019 with 25.5 sacks. Had TFL in 6 of his 8 home games in 2021. • S JEREMY CHINN led team with 106 tackles in 2021 & is only DB with 100+ tackles in each of past 2 seasons. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 3rd-straight 100+ tackle (104) season in 2021. Is 1 of 3 LBs (Demario Davis & Deion Jones) with 100+ tackles, 5+ TFL & 5+ PD in each of past 2 seasons. • CB DONTE JACKSON is 1 of 3 DBs (Adrian Amos & Denzel Ward) with 8+ PD & 2+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons. Had 1st career game with 10+ tackles in last meeting.

NFL PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO AT CHICAGO

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER All-time series tied, 32-32-1

STREAKS 49ers have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 10/31/21: 49ers 33 at Bears 22

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/21

49ERS NOTES:

QB TREY LANCE totaled 771 yards (603 pass, 168 rush) & 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 97.3 rating in 6 games (2 starts) in 2021. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL ranked 2nd among rookies with franchise rookie-record 963 rush yards & 4th with 1,100 scrimmage yards in 11 games in 2021. Led all rookies & ranked tied-2nd among all players with 5 games with 100+ rush yards last season. Rushed for career-high 137 yards & had rush TD in last meeting. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 1,770 scrimmage yards (1,405 rec., 365 rush) & became 1st player ever with 1,400+ rec. yards & 300+ rush yards in single season. Had 8 rush TDs, most-ever by WR in single season. 1 of 3 all time (Roger Craig & HOFer Marshall Faulk) with 1,000+ rec. yards, 5+ rec. TDs (6) & 5+ rush TDs in single season. Had 171 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 56 receptions for career-high 826 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs in 2021. • TE GEORGE KITTLE ranked 4th among TEs in rec. yards (910) & 6th in catches (71) last season. Has 4,489 career rec. yards, 3rd-most rec. yards by TE in his 1st 5 seasons all-time. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in rec. yards & 3rd in receptions (335) among TEs. • DL NICK BOSA tied for NFL-lead with 21 TFL & ranked 4th in NFL with career-high 15.5 sacks in 2021. Had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last meeting. Had 0.5+ sacks in 8 of his 9 road games last season. • LB FRED WARNER led team with career-high 137 tackles in 2021 & is 1 of 3 with 115+ tackles in each of past 4 seasons. Since 2018, ranks 4th in NFL in tackles (503). • CB CHARVARIUS WARD makes SF debut. Had 10+ PD & 2+ INTs in 2 of his past 3 seasons.

BEARS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN FIELDS totaled 1,870 pass yards & 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) in 12 games (10 starts) & led all rookie QBs with 420 rush yards last season. Rushed for career-high 103 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in last meeting. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY led team with 1,150 scrimmage yards (849 rush, 301 rec.) & 7 rush TDs in 2021 & became 4th player in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of his 1st 3 seasons. Is 1 of 3 NFC RBs (Ezekiel Elliott & Aaron Jones) with 1,000+ rush yards & 7+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 81 receptions for career-high 1,055 rec. yards & 5 total TDs (4 rec., 1 rush) last season. Had 4 games with 120+ rec. yards in 2021, tied-3rd most in NFL. Had 6 catches for 64 yards in last meeting. • TE COLE KMET set career highs in receptions (60) & rec. yards (612) in 2021. • DL ROBERT QUINN set franchise record & ranked 2nd in NFL with 18.5 sacks last season & became 6th player since 1982 with 18+ sacks in multiple career seasons. Ranks 2nd among active players in FFs (31) & 6th in sacks (101). • DL TREVIS GIPSON ranked tied-5th in NFL with 5 FFs last season. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team & ranked 5th in NFL with career-high 163 tackles. Is 1 of 2 (Demario Davis) with 100+ tackles & 2+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. Ranks 3rd in league with 523 tackles since 2018. Is 1 of 2 (T.J. Watt) with 30+ TFL (30) & 10+ PD (10) since 2020. • DB KYLER GORDON (No. 39 overall) & DB JAQUAN BRISKER (No. 48) were selected in 2nd round of 2022 NFL Draft. • DB JAYLON JOHNSON led team with 9 PD in 2021.

NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH AT CINCINNATI

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 65-38-0

STREAKS Bengals have won past 3

LAST GAME 11/28/21: Steelers 10 at Bengals 41

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/21

STEELERS NOTES:

QB MITCH TRUBISKY makes Pit. debut. Started 50 games over 5-year career, totaling 10,652 pass yards & 73 TDs (64 pass, 9 rush). Completed 25 of 32 atts. (78.1 pct.) for 271 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) for 112.4 rating in only career start vs. Cin. (12/10/17 w/ Chi.). Is 3-0 with 100.5 rating in 3 career starts vs. AFC North. • RB NAJEE HARRIS led all rookies with 1,667 scrimmage yards (1,200 rush, 467 rec.) last season & ranked 2nd with 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.). Led all RBs with 74 catches in 2021. Totaled 667 scrimmage yards (111.2 per game) in 6 division games last season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON set career highs in catches (107), rec. yards (1,161) & rec. TDs (8) in 2021. Had 9 catches for 95 yards in last meeting. Has 6+ catches in 4 of 5 career games vs. Cin. Had 5+ catches in each of 8 road games last season. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had career-high 956 scrimmage yards (860 rush, 59 rec.) in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 80+ rec. yards. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH ranked 2nd among rookies with 7 rec. TDs last season & had TD catch in both games vs. Cin. • LB T.J. WATT led NFL with 22.5 sacks in 2021, tied for most by player in single season since 1982. Is 2nd player (HOFer Reggie White) since 1982 with 13+ sacks in 4 straight seasons. Since 2017, leads NFL with 72 sacks, 3rd-most by player in 1st 5 seasons since 1982. Has sack in 5 of his past 6 vs. Cin. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH set career highs in sacks (6) & TFL (15) in 2021. • DE CAMERON HEYWARD had 10 sacks & 15 TFL last season. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with sack. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK led all DBs with career-high 124 tackles in 2021.

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JOE BURROW set franchise records in pass yards (4,611) & TD passes (34) last season & ranked 2nd in NFL with 108.3 passer rating. Became 3rd QB ever selected in 1st round of NFL Draft to start Super Bowl within 1st 2 seasons. Has 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 97.4 rating in 3 career starts vs. Pit. Totaled 1,319 pass yards (439.7 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.7 rating in final 3 home games of 2021. • RB JOE MIXON ranked 4th among RBs with career-high 1,519 scrimmage yards (1,205 rush, 314 rec.) & 16 TDs (13 rush, 3 rec.) in 2021. Rushed for career-high 165 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with rush TD & 4th in row with 110+ scrimmage yards. • WR JA’MARR CHASE ranked 4th in NFL with 1,455 rec. yards last season, most by rookie in Super Bowl era. Totaled 368 rec. yards in 4 playoff games, most-ever by rookie in postseason. Had 391 rec. yards & 3 rec. TDs in final 2 home games in 2021. • WR TEE HIGGINS set career highs in catches (74) & rec. yards (1,091) in 2021. Had 6 catches for 114 yards & TD in last meeting & has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON ranked 5th in NFL with career-high 14 sacks last season. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (T.J. Watt) with 13+ sacks in each of last 2 seasons. Had sack & FF in last meeting & had sack in each of 5 division games in 2021. • LB LOGAN WILSON led team with career-high 98 tackles & 4 INTs in 2021 & was 1 of 2 LBs (Shaquille Leonard) with 90+ tackles & 4+ INTs. • S JESSIE BATES had 88 tackles in 2021 & ranks 3rd among DBs with 406 tackles since 2018. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Pit.

NFL PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA AT DETROIT

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER All-time series tied, 16-16-2

STREAKS Lions have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 10/31/21: Eagles 44 at Lions 6

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/21

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 3,144 yards & 16 TDs & led all QBs in rush yards (784) & rush TDs (10) in 2021. Became 3rd QB ever (Kyler Murray & Cam Newton) with 3,000+ pass yards, 700+ rush yards & 10+ rush TDs in single season. • RB MILES SANDERS had 912 scrimmage yards (754 rush, 158 rec.) in 2021. • WR A.J. BROWN makes Phi. debut. Has 185 receptions for 2,995 yards & 24 TDs in 43 career games. Had 3 games with 125+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2021, tied-2nd most in NFL. • WR DEVONTA SMITH ranked 4th among rookies with Phi. rookie-record 916 rec. yards in 2021. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 56 receptions & ranked 5th among TEs with career-high 830 rec. yards last season. • LB HAASON REDDICK makes Phi. debut. Had 11 sacks with Car. in 2021 & is 1 of 5 with 10+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. Ranks 5th in NFL with 23.5 sacks since 2020. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE set career-highs in sacks (7.5) & TFL (9) last season. • DE JOSH SWEAT had career-high 7.5 sacks in 2021. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM (59 sacks) & DT FLETCHER COX (58) are only pair of NFC teammates each with 55+ career sacks. • DT JORDAN DAVIS was selected No. 13 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • CB DARIUS SLAY was only player with 3 defensive TDs in 2021. Leads all active players with 119 career PD. Had 33-yard FR-TD in last meeting. Had 341 tackles, 104 PD & 19 INTs in 103 games (2013-19) with Det. • CB JAMES BRAD BERRY makes Phi. debut. Ranked tied-4th in NFL with 17 PD in 2021 with NYG & is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 6 seasons. • S CHAUNCEY GARDNER-JOHNSON makes Phi. debut. Has 28 PD in 43 career games.

LIONS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF passed for career-high 67.2 comp. pct. (332 of 494) for 3,245 yards & 19 TDs with 91.5 rating in 2021. Is 1 of 6 QBs with 3,000+ pass yards in each of past 5 seasons & has 26 games with 300+ pass yards since 2017, 4th-most in NFL. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 1st-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,069) last season, 1st Det. RB since 2014 (Joique Bell) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. Since 2020, is 1 of 4 RBs (Austin Ekeler, Alvin Kamara & J.D. McKissic) with 100+ receptions (108) & 800+ rec. yards (809). • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 758 scrimmage yards (601 rush, 157 rec.) in 2021. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN ranked 2nd among rookies with 90 receptions & had franchise rookie-record 912 rec. yards, 5th-most among rookies in 2021. From Weeks 13-18, became 1st rookie in NFL history with 8+ catches in 6 consecutive games. Needs 8 receptions in Week 1 to become 5th player ever with 8+ catches in 7 straight games. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON is 1 of 4 TEs (Travis Kelce, Noah Fant & Dalton Schultz) with 60+ catches & 500+ rec. yards in each of past 4 seasons. Was 1 of 2 TEs (Mark Andrews) with 4+ games (4) with 8+ catches in 2021. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON was selected No. 2 overall in 2022 NFL Draft, tied for highest-drafted DL by team since 1967 (Ndamukong Suh, No. 2 overall in 2010). • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 6 INTs & led team with career-best 11 PD last season. • S TRACY WALKER led team with career-high 105 tackles in 2021 & was 1 of 6 DBs with 5+ games (5) with 9+ tackles last season.

NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS AT HOUSTON

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 31-9

STREAKS Colts have won past 4

LAST GAME 12/5/21: Colts 31 at Texans 0

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/5/21

COLTS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN makes Ind. debut. Ranks 7th in NFL history in completions (5,242), 8th in pass yards (59,735) & 9th in TD passes (367). Totaled 3,968 pass yards in 2021 with Atl. & became 5th player ever with 3,500+ pass yards in 12 straight seasons. Had 330 pass yards & 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 102.6 rating in his last game vs. Hou. (10/6/19 w/ Atl.). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led NFL with 2,171 scrimmage yards (1,811 rush, 360 rec.) in 2021 & tied-1st with 20 TDs (18 rush, 2 rec.). Became youngest player ever with 2,000+ scrimmage yards & 20+ TDs in season. Rushed for 143 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting & has 531 scrimmage yards (132.8 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games vs. Hou. Has 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 of past 5 vs. division. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with career highs in catches (88), rec. yards (1,082) & rec. TDs (6) in 2021. Had 6 catches for 77 yards in last meeting. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD led NFL with career=high 8 FFs & had 122 tackles last season. Is 1 of 2 players (Bobby Wagner) with 120+ tackles in each of past 4 seasons. Is 1st player since 1982 with 15+ sacks (15) & 10+ INTs (11) in 1st 4 seasons. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 7 sacks & 10 TFL in 2021 & is 1 of 4 DL with 7+ sacks & 9+ TFL in each of past 4 seasons. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE makes Ind. debut. Totaled 10 sacks, 8 TFL & 2 FFs last season with LV. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Aaron Donald) with 8+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. Had 2 sacks in his last game vs. Hou. (10/4/20 w/ Min.). • CB STEPHON GILMORE makes Ind. debut. Is 1 of 5 in NFL with 20+ INTs (27) & 100+ PD (116) since 2012.

TEXANS NOTES:

QB DAVIS MILLS started 11 games last season & ranked 2nd among qualified rookies in rating (88.8), TD passes (16) & comp. pct. (66.8) & 3rd in pass yards (2,664). In 6 home starts, totaled 1,676 pass yards (279.3 per game) & 12 TDs vs. INT for 113.5 rating. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. • RB DAMEON PIERCE makes NFL debut. Selected in 4th round (No. 107 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • RB REX BURKHEAD ranked 2nd on team with 613 scrimmage yards (427 rush, 186 rec.) in 2021. Totaled 281 scrimmage yards (93.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs over final 3 home games last season. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team in catches (career-high 90), rec. yards (1,037) & rec. TDs (6) in 2021. Is 1 of 2 players (Mike Evans) with 1,000+ rec. yards & 5+ rec. TDs in 6 of past 7 seasons. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. Ind. • LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL led team with career-high 106 tackles & 13 TFL last season & was 1 of 5 in NFL with 100+ tackles & 10+ TFL. Had career-high 19 tackles, 3 TFL & sack in last meeting. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 93 tackles & ranked tied-2nd among all LBs with career high 8 PD last season. Had 7 tackles, FR & PD in last meeting. • DE JONATHAN GREENARD led team with career-high 8 sacks in 2021. • DE MARIO ADDISON makes Hou. debut. Totaled 7 sacks last season with Buf. & is 1 of 5 in NFL with 5+ sacks in each of past 8 seasons. • CB DEREK STINGLEY JR. was selected No. 3 overall in 2022 NFL Draft.

NFL PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND AT MIAMI

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LEADER Dolphins lead all-time series, 58-52-0

STREAKS Dolphins have won past 3

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Patriots 24, Dolphins 33

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22

PATRIOTS NOTES:

QB MAC JONES led all rookies in comp. pct (67.6), pass yards (3,801), TD passes (22) & passer rating (92.5 – min. 100 atts.) last season & became 4th rookie in NFL history with 3,500+ pass yards & 90+ rating. Had 97.6 rating in 2 games vs. Mia. in 2021. Had 0 INTs in 4 of 6 division games last season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS had career-high 1,061 scrimmage yards (929 rush, 132 rec.) in 2021 & tied-2nd in NFL with career=high 15 rush TDs. Had 190 scrimmage yards (95 per game) in 2 games vs. Mia. last season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. division with rush TD. Had rush TD in 6 of 7 road games in 2021. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON totaled 729 scrimmage yards (606 rush, 123 rec.) in 12 games last season & ranked tied=2nd among rookies with 5 rush TDs. • WR DEVANTE PARKER makes NE debut. Totaled 338 catches, 4,727 rec. yards & 24 rec. TDs over past 7 seasons with Mia. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with career highs in catches (83) & rec. yards (866) last season. Has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. • TE HUNTER HENRY tied-1st among TEs with career-high 9 rec. TDs in 2021. Had 5 catches for 86 yards in last meeting. • LB MATTHEW JUDON led team with career=high 12.5 sacks last season. Ranks 5th in NFL with 64 TFL since 2017. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Mia. with TFL. • LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with career highs in tackles (108) & FFs (3) in 2021. Had career-high 17 tackles in last meeting. • S DEVIN MCCOURTY had 10 PD & 3 INTs last season. Is 1 of 2 active players (Marcus Peters) with 30+ (31) career INTs.

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA set career highs in passing yards (2,653), TD passes (16) & passer rating (90.1) last season & ranked 3rd in AFC with 67.8 comp. pct. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career starts vs. NE. Had 7 TDs (6 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 99.6 rating in final 5 home games of 2021. • RB CHASE EDMUNDS makes Mia. debut. Had career-high 903 scrimmage yards (592 rush, 311 rec.) in 2021 with Az. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. AFC East. • WR TYREEK HILL makes Mia. debut. Ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 111 catches last season with KC & had 1,239 rec. yards & 9 rec. TDs. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 1,200+ rec. yards in each of past 2 seasons. Since 2016, ranks 3rd in NFL with 56 rec. TDs. Has 401 rec. yards (100.3 per game) & 5 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. NE. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE led team with 104 catches, 1,015 rec. yards & 7 TDs (6 rec., 1 rush) in 2021, most catches by rookie in NFL history. Had rec. TD in both games vs. NE in 2021. • TE MIKE GESICKI set career highs in catches (73) & rec. yards (780) last season & is 1 of 5 TEs with 50+ catches & 500+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD led team with 5 INTs in 2021 & is 1 of 4 in NFL with 5+ INTs in each of past 2 seasons. Leads NFL with 27 INTs since 2016. Had INT-TD in last meeting. • DE EMMANUEL OGBAH led team with 9 sacks & set career highs in PD (12) & TFL (9) last season. Is 1 of 3 in AFC (Myles Garrett & T.J. Watt) with 9+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with PD. • LB JEROME BAKER led team with 92 tackles in 2021 & had 5.5 sacks & 9 TFL. • LB MELVIN INGRAM makes Mia. debut. Has 51 sacks & 14 FFs over 10-year career.

NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE AT NEW YORK JETS

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LEADER Ravens lead all=time series, 9-2

STREAKS Ravens have won 9 of last 10

LAST GAME 12/12/19: Jets 21 at Ravens 42

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/23/16: Jets 24, Ravens 16

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON enters 2022 with 3,673 rush yards, most-ever by QB in 1st 4 seasons. Ranked 2nd among QBs with 767 rush yards in 2021. Tied career-high with 5 TD passes & had 86 rush yards in last meeting vs. NYJ. Has 834 pass yards (278 per game) & 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 150.2 rating in 3 career starts in Week 1. • RB J.K. DOBBINS rushed for 805 yards & 9 TDs as rookie in 2020 before missing last season due to injury. • RB MIKE DAVIS makes Bal. debut. Totaled 762 scrimmage yards (503 rush, 259 rec.) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) last season with Atl. • TE MARK ANDREWS led all TEs with career highs in catches (107) & rec. yards (1,361) last season, the 3rd-most rec. yards & tied 3rd-most catches ever by TE in single season. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN ranked 4th among AFC rookies with 515 rec. yards in 2021. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY led team with 13 PD in 2021 & is 1 of 3 players (James Bradberry & Marshon Lattimore) with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. Ranks 3rd among active DBs with 12 career FFs. Had 2 PD in last meeting. • CB MARCUS PETERS leads all players with 31 INTs since 2015 & ranks 4th with 86 PD. Has 3 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. NYJ. • S MARCUS WILLIAMS makes Bal. debut. Is 1 of 6 players with 2+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 5+ tackles. • LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with career-high 98 tackles & 10 TFL last season. • LB TYUS BOWSER had career-high 7 sacks in 2021. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL ranks 2nd among active players with 161 career TFL.

JETS NOTES:

QB JOE FLACCO passed for 291 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.5 rating in only start last season (Week 11 vs. Mia.). Ranks 5th among active QBs with 41,269 career pass yards & 6th with 227 TD passes. Won SB XLVII MVP with Bal. & is franchise’s all-time leader in pass yards (38,245) & TD passes (212). • QB ZACH WILSON totaled 2,334 pass yards & 13 TDs (9 pass, 4 rush) in 13 starts in 2021. • RB MICHAEL CARTER ranked 4th among rookies with 964 scrimmage yards (639 rush, 325 rec.) in 2021 & was 1 of 3 rookies (Najee Harris & Javonte Williams) with 600+ rush yards & 300+ rec. yards. Totaled 628 scrimmage yards (89.7 per game) in 7 home games last season. • RB BREECE HALL was elected in 2nd round (No. 36 overall) of 2022 NFL Draft. • WR ELIJAH MOORE ranked 5th among rookie WRs with team-high 538 rec. yards last season. Finished 2021 season with rec. TD in each of his last 3 home games. • WR COREY DAVIS had 34 catches for 492 yards & 4 TDs last season. Had 5 catches for 113 yards in his last game vs. Bal. (11/22/20 w/ Ten.). • TE C.J. UZOMAH makes NYJ debut. Set career highs in catches (49), rec. yards (493) & rec. TDs (5) last season with Cin. • LB C.J. MOSLEY ranked 4th in NFL with career-high 168 tackles in 2021. Is 1 of 3 active LBs (Lavonte David & Bobby Wagner) with 700+ tackles (751) & 10+ INTs (10). • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS led team with 9 TFL, tied for lead with 3 FFs & ranked 2nd with career-high 107 tackles last season. • CB SAUCE GARDNER (No. 4 overall), WR GARRETT WILSON (No. 10) & DE JERMAINE JOHNSON (No. 26) each selected in 1st round of 2022 NFL Draft.

NFL PREVIEW: JACKSONVILLE AT WASHINGTON

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LEADER Commanders lead all-time series, 6-1

STREAKS Commanders have won last 4

LAST GAME 12/16/18: Washington 16 at Jaguars 13

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Washington 41, Jaguars 10

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE led all rookies last season with 359 completions, 3rd-most ever by rookie, & ranked 2nd with 3,641 pass yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON totaled 989 scrimmage yards (767 rush, 222 rec.) & career high 8 rush TDs in 2021. Has 2,403 career scrimmage yards, 4th-most by undrafted player in 1st 2 seasons in common-draft era. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE makes NFL debut after missing 2021 season due to injury. Selected No. 25 overall in 2021 NFL Draft. • WR MARVIN JONES led team in catches (73), rec. yards (832) & rec. TDs (4) last season. Is 1 of 4 players with 500+ rec. yards & 4+ rec. TDs in each of past 7 seasons. Had 8 catches for 96 yards & TD in his last game vs. Was. (11/15/20 w/ Det.). • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK makes Jax. debut. Set career highs in catches (77) & rec. yards (982) in 2021 with Az. Had 57 rec. yards in his last game vs. Was. (9/20/20 w/ Az.). • TE EVAN ENGRAM makes Jax. debut. Is 1 of 3 TEs (Travis Kelce & George Kittle) with 40+ catches in each of past 5 seasons. Had rec. TD in his last game at Was. (11/8/20 w/ NYG). • LB JOSH ALLEN led team with 7.5 sacks & career-high 12 TFL in 2021. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN makes Jax. debut. Led NFL with 192 tackles last season with Atl., most by player in single season since 2000. Had 12 tackles, sack & PD in his last game vs. Was. (10/3/21 w/ A tl.). • LB TRAVON WALKER makes NFL debut. Selected No. 1 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • DE ARDEN KEY makes Jax. debut. Had career-high 6.5 sacks & 5 TFL w/ SF in 2021. • CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had 2 PD & INT in his last game vs. Was. (12/20/20 w/ Sea.).

COMMANDERS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ makes Was. debut. Passed for 3,563 yards & 27 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 94.6 rating w/ Ind. in 2021, his 3rd-career season with 25+ TD passes & 5thcareer season with 3,000+ pass yards. Is 1 of 2 active QBs (Aaron Rodgers) with 10-or-fewer INTs in 4 of the past 5 seasons (min. 10 starts per season). • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had career-high 1,331 scrimmage yards (1,037 rush, 294 rec.) & 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.) in 2021 & is 1 of 5 RBs with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 2 seasons. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC is 1 of 3 RBs (Austin Ekeler & Alvin Kamara) with 120+ receptions (120) since 2020. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 77 receptions for 1,053 yards & 5 TDs in 2021. Is 1 of 7 players with 75+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 2 seasons. • WR JAHAN DOTSON was selected No. 16 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN led team with career-high 9 sacks & 10 TFL in 2021. Is 1 of 3 DL (DeForest Buckner & Cameron Heyward) with 250+ tackles (254) since 2018. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT aims for his 4th season in row with 5+ sacks. • LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with career-high 142 tackles & had career-high 7 PD last season. Had 10+ tackles in 4 of his final 5 games in 2021. • CB KENDALL FULLER led team & ranked tied-6th in NFL with career-high 16 PD in 2021. Aims for his 8th in row at home with PD. • CB WILLIAM JACKSON had 8 PD in 12 games last season. • S KAMREN CURL set career highs in tackles (98) & PD (5) in 2021. • S BOBBY MCCAIN set career highs in tackles (63), PD (9) & INTs (4) last season.

NFL PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY AT ARIZONA

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LEADER Chiefs lead all-time series, 9-3-1

STREAKS Chiefs have won 4 of last 5

LAST GAME 11/11/18: Cardinals 14 at Chiefs 26

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/7/14: Cardinals 17, Chiefs 14

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES ranked 4th in NFL with 4,839 pass yards last season & tied4th with 37 TD passes. Joined HOFer Peyton Manning as only players ever with 4,000+ pass yards in 4 of 1st 5 seasons & is 1st player ever with 35+ TD passes in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. Since 2018, leads NFL in pass yards (18,707) & TD passes (151). Had 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 7 of 8 road starts last season. Completed 21 of 28 atts. (75 pct.) for 249 yards & 2 TDs for 125.4 rating in last meeting. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE totaled 646 scrimmage yards (517 rush, 129 rec.) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 10 games last season. • TE TRAVIS KELCE tied for lead among TEs with 9 rec. TDs in 2021 & ranked 2nd with 92 catches & 1,125 rec. yards. Is 1st TE ever with 90+ catches in 4 straight seasons & is only player in NFL with 80+ catches in each of past 6 seasons. Since 2014, ranks 3rd in NFL in catches (704), 4th in rec. yards (9,006) & 5th in rec. TDs (57). Had 7 catches for 110 yards in last road meeting. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER makes KC debut. Has 800+ rec. yards & 7+ rec. TDs in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC West. • DT CHRIS JONES led team with 9 sacks in 2021, his 4th-straight season with 7+ sacks. Had 2 sacks, 2 PD & FF in last meeting. • DE FRANK CLARK had sack & FR in his last game vs. Az. (12/30/18 w/ Sea.). • LB NICK BOLTON led all rookies with team-high 112 tackles last season & ranked 2nd with 11 TFL, becoming 5th rookie since 2010 with 100+ tackles & 10+ TFL. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED ranked 2nd on team with career-high 8 PD & had 7 TFL in 2021. • S JUSTIN REID makes KC debut. Totaled 7 INTs over past 4 seasons with Hou.

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 3,787 yards & 24 TDs with career-high 100.6 rating & had 423 rush yards in 2021 & became 1st player ever with 3,500+ pass yards & 400+ rush yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. Can join HOFer Peyton Manning as only QBs all-time with 3,500+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 4 seasons. Has 13 games with both pass & rush TD since 2019, 2nd-most in NFL. • RB JAMES CONNER ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 18 TDs & ranked tied-2nd with 15 rush TDs, both 2nd-most in single season in franchise history. Aims for his 7th in row at home with rush TD. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 56 receptions for 574 yards & 3 TDs in 11 games with Az. in 2021. Since 2013, ranks 2nd among TEs in receptions (635) & rec. yards (6,841). • WR A.J. GREEN had 54 receptions for 848 yards & 3 TDs in 2021. Has 10,278 career rec. yards, 4th-most since he entered NFL in 2011. • WR MARQUISE BROWN makes Az. debut. Set career-highs in catches (91) & rec. yards (1,008) last season with Bal. Had 113 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. KC (9/19/21 w/ Bal.). • DE J.J. WATT is 1 of 6 active players with 100+ career sacks (102). • LB MARKUS GOLDEN led team with 11 sacks in 2021, his 3rd-career 10+ sack season. • S BUDDA BAKER had 98 tackles, 7 PD, 6 TFL & career-high 3 INTs in 2021. Is 1 of 4 (Lavonte David, Demario Davis & Roquan Smith) with 95+ tackles & 5+ TFL in each of past 4 seasons. • S JALEN THOMPSON ranked 2nd among DBs with career-high 120 tackles last season & had career-bests in PD (7) & INTs (3).

NFL PREVIEW: LAS VEGAS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

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LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 66-56-2

STREAKS Chargers have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Chargers 32 at Raiders 35 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/4/21: Chargers 28, Raiders 14

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR ranked 5th in NFL with career-high & franchise-record 4,804 pass yards in 2021 & is 1 of 4 QBs with 4,000+ pass yards in each of past 4 seasons. Is 5th QB ever with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 8 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row vs. LAC with 2+ TD passes. Has 0 INTs in 6 of his past 7 vs. LAC. • RB JOSH JACOBS totaled 1,220 scrimmage yards (872 rush, career-high 348 rec.) & 9 rush TDs last season. Is 1 of 3 (Nick Chubb & Ezekiel Elliott) with 1,200+ scrimmage yards & 7+ TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Rushed for 132 yards & TD in last meeting. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS makes LV debut. Last season with GB, ranked 2nd in NFL with 123 catches, 3rd with 1,553 rec. yards & 5th with 11 rec. TDs. Is 4th player ever with 110+ catches & 1,300+ rec. yards in 3 career seasons. Since 2016, leads NFL with 581 catches & 69 rec. TDs & ranks 2nd with 7,192 rec. yards. • WR HUNTER RENFROW led team with career highs in catches (103), rec. yards (1,038) & rec. TDs (9) in 2021. Had 2 TD catches in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with rec. TD. Had TD catch in 5 of 6 division games last season. • TE DARREN WALLER had 665 rec. yards in 11 games in 2021 & is 1 of 3 TEs (Mark Andrews & Travis Kelce) with 650+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAC. Had 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 road games last season. • DE MAXX CROSBY led team with 13 TFL in 2021 & ranked 2nd with 8 sacks. Had career-high 3 PD & 2 sacks in last meeting. • DE CHANDLER JONES makes LV debut. Had 10.5 sacks last season with Az. & leads all players with 107.5 sacks since 2012. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN ranked 6th in NFL with career=high 154 tackles in 2021.

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT ranked 2nd in NFL with career-high 5,014 pass yards last season & ranked 3rd with career-high 38 TD passes. Became 3rd player ever (Patrick Mahomes & HOFer Dan Marino) with 5,000+ pass yards in 1 of 1st 2 seasons. Has 9,350 career pass yards & 69 TD passes, both most-ever by QB in 1st 2 seasons. Has 1,245 pass yards (311.3 per game) & 11 TDs (10 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT in 4 career games vs. LV. Aims for his 8th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB AUSTIN EKELER totaled career-high 1,558 scrimmage yards (911 rush, 647 rec.) in 2021 & tied-1st in NFL with career-high 20 TDs (12 rush, 8 rec.). Ranked 2nd among RBs with 70 catches last season & since 2019, leads all RBs with 216 catches. Had 244 scrimmage yards (122 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 2 games vs. LV in 2021. Aims for his 9th in row vs. division with TD. Had TD in 8 of 9 2021 home games. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with career=high 106 catches last season & is only player in NFL with 100+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. Leads NFL with 509 catches since 2017. Has 5+ catches in 11 of his past 12 vs. Raiders. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS led team in rec. yards (career-high 1,145) & rec. TDs (9) in 2021. Had 9 catches for 119 yards & TD in last meeting. • DE JOEY BOSA led team with 10.5 sacks last season & ranked tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 7 FFs. Had sack & FF in both games vs. LV in 2021. • LB KHALIL MACK makes LAC debut. Had 6 sacks in 2021 w/ Chi. & is 1 of 4 in NFL with 6+ sacks in each of past 7 seasons. Since 2014, ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 23 FFs. • CB J.C. JACKSON makes LAC debut. Led NFL with career-high 23 PD last season with NE & ranked 2nd with 8 INTs. Leads NFL with 25 INTs since 2018.

NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY AT MINNESOTA

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LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 63-55-3

STREAKS Vikings have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 1/2/22: Vikings 10 at Packers 37

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/21: Vikings 34, Packers 31

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS ranks 5th all-time in TD passes (449) & 10th in passing yards (55,360). Had 4,115 pass yards & 37 TD passes in 2021 & led NFL with 111.9 rating. Can become 1st player ever to win MVP award in 3 consecutive seasons. Has 56 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 110.3 rating in 26 career starts vs. Min. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 350+ pass yards & 4+ TD passes. • RB AARON JONES had 1,190 scrimmage yards (799 rush, 391 rec.) & 10 TDs (6 rec., 4 rush) in 2021. Is 1 of 2 (Derrick Henry) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Since 2019, ranks 2nd in NFL with 40 scrimmage TDs. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. Min. & aims for his 4th in row at Min. with rush TD. • RB A.J. DILLON had career-high 1,116 scrimmage yards (803 rush, 313 rec.) & career high 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021. Had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR SAMMY WATKINS makes GB debut. Has 5,059 rec. yards in 99 career games. • WR CHRISTIAN WATSON makes NFL debut. Was selected in 2nd round (No. 34 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • LB RASHAN GARY led team with career-high 9.5 sacks in 2021. Had sack in last meeting. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team & ranked 7th in NFL with career-high 145 tackles last season. Has 90+ tackles in each of past 5 seasons. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS led team with career-high 5 INTs & had career-high 13 PD in 2021. Was 1 of 3 (Trevon Diggs & Mike Edwards) with 2 INT-TDs last season. • CB ERIC STOKES had 14 PD last season, tied-most among 2021 rookies. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER has 44 PD in 48 career games.

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 4,221 yards & 33 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 103.1 rating in 2021. Is only QB with 25+ pass TDs in each of past 7 seasons & 1 of 2 QBs (Russell Wilson) with 100+ rating in each of past 3 seasons. Has 18 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 110.4 rating in 8 career starts vs. GB & aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with 115+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK had 1,383 scrimmage yards (1,159 rush, 224 rec.) in 2021 & is 1 of 3 (Ezekiel Elliott & Alvin Kamara) with 1,250+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 seasons. Has 17 rush TDs in his past 18 home games. Has 759 scrimmage yards (108.4 per game) & 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in 7 career games vs. GB. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON ranked 2nd in NFL with career-high 1,616 rec. yards & 4th with career-best 108 catches last season. Has 3,016 career rec. yards, most-ever by player in his 1st 2 seasons. Had 169 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in last home meeting. • WR ADAM THIELEN is 1 of 4 WRs with 10+ rec. TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Has 49 career rec. TDs & can become 4th undrafted player since 1967 with 50+ career TD catches. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home vs. GB. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER has 60.5 sacks & 72 TFL in 85 career games. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS set career highs in tackles (143) & sacks (5) in 2021. Is 1 of 2 (Bobby Wagner) with 100+ tackles in each of past 6 seasons. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH makes Min. debut. Had 30 sacks & 32 TFL in 38 games, incl. postseason, with GB (2019-21). • LB JORDAN HICKS makes Min. debut. Since 2019, ranks 5th in NFL with 384 tackles. • S HARRISON SMITH had career-high 114 tackles in 2021. Is only active player with 25+ interceptions (29) & 15+ sacks (16.5).

NFL PREVIEW: NY GIANTS AT TENNESSEE

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LEADER All-time series tied, 6-6

STREAKS Titans have won 6 of last 7

LAST GAME 12/16/18: Titans 17 at Giants 0

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/7/14: Giants 36, Titans 7

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 2,428 yards & 10 TDs with 84.8 rating & had 298 rush yards & 2 rush TDs in 11 starts last season. Is 1 of 4 QBs with 250+ rush yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had 90+ rating in 5 of his 6 home starts in 2021. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 856 scrimmage yards (593 rush, 263 rec.) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021. Since 2018, is 1 of 6 to average 100+ scrimmage yards per game (100.4), min. 40 games played. • RB MATT BREIDA makes NYG debut. Has 3,010 career scrimmage yards. • WR STERLING SHEPARD has 50+ receptions in 5 of his 6 career seasons. • WR WAN’DALE ROBINSON was selected in 2nd round (No. 43 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY led team with 521 rec. yards last season. • LB KAYVON THIBODEAUX (No. 5 overall) & T EVAN NEAL (No. 7) were selected in 1st round of 2022 NFL Draft. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 6.5 sacks in 2021. Ranked 4th among DL with career high 81 tackles last season and has 2nd-most tackles (404) among DL since entering NFL in 2015. • LB AZEEZ OJULARI led team & ranked 3rd among rookies with 8 sacks last season. • LB TAE CROWDER led team with career-high 130 tackles in 2021. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had career-high 5 INTs last season & was only DB with 90+ tackles (93), 10+ PD (10) & 5+ INTs in 2021. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 62 tackles & 8 PD in 2021. Was selected No. 18 overall by Titans in 2017 NFL Draft & had 199 tackles, 33 PD & 2 INTs in 46 games (2017-20) with Tennessee.

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL totaled 3,734 pass yards & 21 TD passes last season & ranked 2nd among QBs with 7 rush TDs. Is only QB in NFL with 7+ rush TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Since 2019, ranks 3rd among QBs with 18 rush TDs. Has 6 TDs vs. INT in 4 career starts vs. NFC East. • RB DERRICK HENRY totaled 1,091 scrimmage yards (937 rush, 154 rec.) & 10 rush TDs in 8 games last season & led all players with 117.1 rush yards per game (min. 200 atts.). Since 2017, leads NFL with 6,307 rush yards & 60 rush TDs & is only player with 10+ rush TDs in each of past 4 seasons. Rushed for 170 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. • WR ROBERT WOODS makes Ten. debut. Had 556 rec. yards in 2021 with LAR & is 1 of 3 in NFL (DeAndre Hopkins & Emmanuel Sanders) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 9 seasons. Had TD catch in his last game vs. NYG (10/17/21 w/ LAR). • WR TREYLON BURKS was selected No. 18 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • TE AUSTIN HOOPER makes Ten. debut. Since 2016, ranks 4th among TEs w/ 298 catches. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with 88 tackles & 5 INTs last season & was 1 of 4 players in NFL with 85+ tackles & 5+ INTs. Since 2016, leads all safeties with 23 INTs. Had INT & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with INT. • CB KRISTIAN FULTON led team with career-high 14 PD in 2021. Totaled 5 PD in his final 3 home games last season. • DE DENICO AUTRY ranked 2nd on team with 9 sacks last season. Had sack in each of final 3 home games in 2021. Has TFL in 5 of 6 career games vs. NFC East. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS set career highs in sacks (8.5) & TFL (12) in last season.

NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY AT DALLAS

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LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 13-5

STREAKS Cowboys have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 9/9/21: Cowboys 29 at Buccaneers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/23/18: Cowboys 27, Buccaneers 20

BUCS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY is NFL all-time regular-season leader in starts (316), pass yards (84,520), completions (7,263) & TD passes (624) & postseason all-time leader in starts (47), wins (35), pass yards (13,049), TD passes (86), SB titles (7) & SB MVPs (5). Led NFL with career-high 5,316 pass yards & 43 TD passes in 2021, 3rd-most pass yards in single season all-time. Recorded most-ever completions (485) in single-season last year. Passed for 379 yards & 4 TDs in Week 1 meeting in 2021. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 1,266 scrimmage yards (812 rush, 454 rec.) & 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) & ranked 3rd among RBs with 69 receptions in 2021. • WR MIKE EVANS had 1,035 rec. yards in 2021 & became 1st player ever with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 8 seasons. Ranked 2nd last season with career-high 14 rec. TDs. Since 2014, leads all players with 75 rec. TDs & ranks 3rd in rec. yards (9,301). • WR CHRIS GODWIN had career-high 98 receptions with 1,103 rec. yards & 6 TDs (5 rec., 1 rush) in 2021. Had 9 catches for 105 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR JULIO JONES makes TB debut. Leads all active players in receptions (879) & rec. yards (13,330). Has 59 career games with 100+ rec. yards, tied-3rd most in NFL history. • LB LAVONTE DAVID ranks 2nd in tackles (1,220) & 5th in TFL (134) since 2012. Is 1 of 2 (J.J. Watt) with 50+ PD (54) & 25+ FFs (26) since 2012. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 128 tackles in 2021. Is 1 of 3 (Jerome Baker & Demario Davis) with 300+ tackles (359) & 10+ sacks (15) since 2019. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT led team with 10 sacks in 2021 & ranks 4th in NFL with 37.5 sacks since 2019. Had sack in last meeting. • CB CARLTON DAVIS led team with 11 PD in 2021. Had INT in last meeting.

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 4,449 yards & franchise-record 37 TDs & ranked 3rd in NFL with 104.2 rating last season. Joined Daunte Culpepper & Cam Newton as only QBs ever with 125+ TD passes (143) & 25+ rush TDs (25) in 1st 6 career seasons. Passed for 23 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 116.2 rating in 8 home starts in 2021. Had Week 1 NFL-record 42 completions & passed for 403 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 1,289 scrimmage yards (1,002 rush, 287 rec.) & 12 TDs (10 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021. Since 2016, leads NFL with 9,630 scrimmage yards & 7,386 rush yards. Has 1,691 scrimmage yards (112.7 per game) in 15 career games on SNF. • RB TONY POLLARD had career-high 1,056 scrimmage yards (719 rush, 337 rec.) in 2021. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had career-high 79 receptions for career-best 1,178 scrimmage yards (career-high 1,102 rec., 76 rush) & became 1st Dal. WR with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ set career highs in catches (78), rec. yards (808) & rec. TDs (8) in 2021, 3rd-most receptions by TE last season. • LB MICAH PARSONS led all rookies with 13 sacks last season, tied-3rd most by rookie since 1982. Ranked 3rd in NFL with 20 TFL. • CB TREVON DIGGS led NFL with 11 INTs, most by player in single season since 1981. Has 14 INTs, tied-2nd most by player in his 1st 2 seasons in SB era. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 21 PD last season. • CB ANTHONY BROWN ranked tied-4th in NFL with career-high 17 PD in 2021. • S JAYRON KEARSE led team with career-high 98 tackles & had career-high 10 PD last season. Had 14 games with 5+ tackles in 2021, tied 3rd-most among DBs.

NFL PREVIEW: DENVER AT SEATTLE

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Broncos lead all-time series, 35-19

STREAKS Broncos have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 9/9/18: Seahawks 24 at Broncos 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/21/14: Seahawks 26, Broncos 20 (OT)

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON makes Den. debut. Spent 1st 10 years of career with Sea. & is franchise’s all-time leader in completions (3,079), pass yards (37,059) & TD passes (292). Has 5th-most pass yards & 2nd-most TD passes ever by player in 1st 10 seasons. Has 25 TDs (22 pass, 3 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 103.6 rating with 10-3 record in 13 starts on MNF. • RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS ranked 3rd among rookies in scrimmage yards (1,219) & rush yards (903) last season & tied-3rd with 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.). • RB MELVIN GORDON totaled 1,131 scrimmage yards (918 rush, 213 rec.) & 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021, his 5th-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ TDs. Since 2015, ranks 2nd among RBs with 8,388 scrimmage yards & 4th with 67 TDs. Rushed for 113 yards & TD in only career game vs. Sea. (11/4/18 w/ LAC). • WR COURTLAND SUTTON led team with 776 rec. yards last season. Has 236 rec. yards (78.7 per game) in 3 career games on MNF. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 games in primetime. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS led team with 5 INTs & had 12 PD in 2021. Is 1 of 2 safeties (Quandre Diggs) with 5+ INTs in each of past 2 seasons. Since 2016, ranks 2nd among safeties with 21 INTs & 3rd with 49 PD. Had INT in last meeting. • S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 88 tackles last season. • CB PAT SURTAIN II led all rookies with 4 INTs in 2021 & had team-high 14 PD. Had PD in 6 of 8 road games last season. • LB RANDY GREGORY makes Den. debut. Tied career highs in sacks (6) & FFs (3) last season with Dal.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB GENO SMITH completed 65 of 95 atts. (68.4 pct.) & had 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 103 rating in 5 games (3 starts) in 2021. Had TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.3 rating in his last start on MNF (10/25/21 vs. NO). • RB RASHAAD PENNY had career-high 749 rush yards & career-best 6 rush TDs in 2021. Had 135+ rush yards & rush TD in 4 of his final 5 games last season. Can join HOFers Jim Brown (1958) & O.J. Simpson (1976) as well as Adrian Peterson (2012) as the only players ever with 150+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 straight games. • RB KENNETH WALKER was selected in 2nd round (No. 41 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • WR DK METCALF led team in receptions (75) & rec. TDs (career-high 12) & had 967 rec. yards in 2021 & became 5th player since 1990 with 900+ rec. yards & 7+ rec. TDs in each of his 1st 3 seasons. Has 70+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 career games on MNF. • WR TYLER LOCKETT led team with 1,175 rec. yards last season & is 1 of 4 WRs (Stefon Diggs, Mike Evans & DJ Moore) with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • TE NOAH FANT makes Sea. debut. Was selected No. 20 overall by Denver in 2019 NFL Draft. Had career-high 68 receptions for 670 rec. yards & 4 rec. TDs with Broncos in 2021. • LB JORDYN BROOKS ranked 2nd in NFL with 183 tackles in 2021 & became 1st player since 2000 with 180 tackles & 10+ TFL (11) in a season. • S JAMAL ADAMS has 75+ tackles in each of past 5 seasons. Needs 3.5 sacks to become 6th DB since 1982 with 25+ career sacks. • S QUANDRE DIGGS ranked tied-1st among safeties with 5 INTs & is only player with 3+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons.

Raiders agree to contract extension with TE Darren Waller

(AP) — Star tight end Darren Waller has agreed on a three-year contract extension with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus said the sides reached the deal on Saturday that adds $51 million to Waller’s existing contract that was previously set to pay him about $7 million in each of the next two seasons.

The reworked deal will pay Waller an average of a little more than $13 million a season through 2026. The new money average of $17 million a year exceeds the top existing deal at the position that pays San Francisco’s George Kittle $15 million per season. Waller had previously had the 18th highest average annual salary at the position.

“Darren Waller is an exemplary teammate in every way, and we’re excited to see him continue to grow as a leader on this team,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said in a statement. “Darren brings a tremendous commitment and work ethic to the building every day and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he will be a part of the Raiders family for years to come.”

Waller had two years remaining on the contract he signed during his 2019 breakout season. Waller had been looking for a new deal and changed agents to Rosenhaus last week in hopes of speeding the process along.

The sides were able to come to the agreement the day before the Raiders’ season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Waller is the fourth key player to get a lucrative extension in the past six months from the new regime led by coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler. Las Vegas previously gave deals to defensive end Maxx Crosby, quarterback Derek Carr and receiver Hunter Renfrow.

The move to bring in Waller and lock him up early was one of the best made by former coach Jon Gruden during his three-plus seasons in charge of the Raiders. Waller had been on Baltimore’s practice squad as he tried to get his career on track after being suspended twice for recreational drug use.

The Raiders signed him late in the 2018 season and made him the starter the following year. Since becoming a starter, Waller ranks second in the NFL among all tight ends with 252 catches for 3,006 yards, trailing only Kansas City’s Travis Kelce in both categories. He is also tied for fifth with 14 TD catches the past three years.

Waller, who turns 30 next week, played 11 games last season when he was hampered by ankle and knee injuries. He had 55 catches for 665 yards and two TDs.

The Raiders are counting on Waller to be part of a dynamic passing attack for Carr that includes All-Pro receiver Davante Adams and Renfrow.

Ravens rule out T Ronnie Stanley for opener against Jets

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens tackle Ronnie Stanley has been ruled out of Sunday’s season opener against the New York Jets.

The Ravens announced Saturday that Stanley would not make the trip with the team to face the Jets. He played only one game last season and is still trying to work his way back from ankle problems.

Stanley, a 2019 All-Pro, finished the 2020 season on injured reserve and hardly has played since then.

Ja’Wuan James, himself returning from an Achilles tendon injury that kept him out all of last season, is next up on the depth chart at left tackle.

Bills S Poyer gains extra incentives in reworking contract

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Though it’s not the contract extension Jordan Poyer was seeking, the Buffalo Bills increased the amount of bonus incentives the starting safety can earn this season.

Poyer’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the agreement being reached on Saturday, with his client now eligible to make as much as $2 million in bonuses – up from $500,000 – in the final year of his contract. ESPN.com first reported the deal.

The agreement comes after Poyer lobbied for a contract extension since changing agents by hiring Rosenhaus in April. The 31-year-old emphasized his point by skipping the Bills’ voluntary spring practices.

In July, Poyer expressed hope a contract extension could be reached after Rosenhaus attended the start of Bills training camp to meet with general manager Brandon Beane.

Poyer is a 10-year veteran and in his sixth year with Buffalo, where he and Micah Hyde have become one of the NFL’s top starting tandems since both signed with the team in 2017.

Poyer is off to a solid start already after registering one of Buffalo’s three interceptions in a 31-10 season-opening win at the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. He started after missing the final month of training camp with a hyperextended left elbow.

Last season, Poyer earned All-Pro honors by finishing tied for fourth in the NFL among safeties with five interceptions while also adding three sacks. Overall, he has 21 career interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 sacks.

The Bills are in part handcuffed by salary-cap constraints, and last week passed over Poyer by signing tight end Dawson Knox to a four-year contract extension.

Last month, Poyer said he would leave contract talks up to his agent and the team while he focuses on football.

“I’m just here. I want to continue to play football and play my best football in Buffalo for as long as I can, however long that may be,” Poyer said. “I’m here with the guys right now, and I’m ready to attack this season.”

Judge, Yankees start with 7 straight hits, rout Kluber, Rays

New York (AP) Leadoff man Aaron Judge singled twice during a six-run first inning off Corey Kluber as the New York Yankees started with seven straight hits for the first time since 1990 and routed the Tampa Bay Rays 10-3 Saturday.

Josh Donaldson homered early and Giancarlo Stanton connected late off a lob pitch as both players returned to the lineup and helped the AL East-leading Yankees move to 4 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay. New York also clinched the season head-to-head tiebreaker over the Rays should the teams finish even atop the division.

Judge, leading the majors with 55 home runs, hit three singles in raising his average to .307. He is the first Yankees player to reach base at least three times in seven straight games since Mickey Mantle in June 1957.

The Yankees opened a game with seven straight hits – all singles – for the first time since starting a 15-3 win over Baltimore with eight hits in a row on Sept. 25, 1990. New York hit six singles on the first 21 pitches from Kluber (10-8).

Judge’s RBI single with two outs in the first chased the two-time Cy Young Award winner after 32 pitches.

Donaldson came back from the paternity list and hit an RBI single that bounced off the top of the fence in the first. After flipping his bat on the single, Donaldson homered in the second. He had missed four games following the birth of his daughter.

Stanton hit his 25th home run, connecting on a 47 mph lob from catcher Christian Bethancourt in the eighth. Stanton had been limited to pinch-hitting appearances in the previous two games since fouling a ball off his left foot in the sixth on Monday.

Stanton’s homer was his first extra-base hit in 55 at-bats since he homered and won the MVP award in the All-Star Game on July 19. He had missed a month with Achilles tendinitis since then.

New York starter Jameson Taillon (13-4) gave up three runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings and got his 50th career win.

Judge led off the first with a single as the Yankees broke loose from the start. Rookie Oswaldo Cabrera hit a two-run single and scored on a grounder by Kyle Higashioka on New York’s first out of the game.

Kluber allowed six runs and eight hits.

Wander Franco hit an RBI single and Harold Ramirez added a two-run single as Tampa Bay lost for the second time in 11 games.

The Yankees opened a 1-0 lead on Torres’ single and Donaldson followed with a single that bounced off the top of the right field wall and was upheld via review for a 2-0 lead.

Cabrera’s hit to right field extended the lead to 4-0 and following a single by Miguel Andujar, the Yankees took a 5-0 lead on Higashioka’s groundout and Judge added an RBI single.

Donaldson hit his 13th homer in the second. He stumbled home in the seventh on a wild pitch by Calvin Faucher.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: LHP Shane McClanahan (left shoulder impingement) may throw a light session Sunday and is on track to return from the injured list when eligible next Thursday.

Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo (headaches from epidural injection) could start ramping up activities on Sunday. Rizzo’s could return by the end of the upcoming road trip. . RHP Luis Severino (strained right lat) will make another rehab start Thursday and could rejoin the rotation Sept. 21 against Pittsburgh. . LHP Aroldis Chapman (leg infection) will appear in rehab game for Double-A Somerset Sunday along with RHP Miguel Castro (strained right shoulder), OF Harrison Bader (right foot plantar fasciitis) and LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John surgery). . LHP Scott Effross (strained right shoulder) threw a bullpen session Saturday.

UP NEXT

The Rays did not announce a starter for Sunday. RHP Domingo German (2-3, 3.27 ERA) is expected to start Sunday for the Yankees on four days’ rest.

Pujols hits 696th HR, ties A-Rod for 4th; Cards beat Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Albert Pujols hit his 696th home run, tying Alex Rodriguez for fourth place on the career list, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 Saturday night.

Pujols trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) on the all-time homer chart. The 42-year-old Pujols has 22 games left in his 22nd and final season in the big leagues.

“I don’t care who I tied,” Pujols said. “At the end of the day, it’s about tying (the game) for the team and giving them an opportunity to pick up a win. … It’s pretty special. I think I’m aware of where I am in the history of the game. But at the end of the day, 21 years ago when I make the ballclub, that wasn’t something that I was chasing.

“Twenty-two years later, I don’t think I’m going to change my approach,” he continued. “I think I’m going to let things happen and try to enjoy it. If it happens, it happens. If not, at the end of the day, I think everybody, including myself, are pretty blessed with the career that I have.”

With St. Louis down 3-1 in the sixth, Pujols connected on a first-pitch slider from JT Brubaker. He sent a two-run shot 418 feet into the left-field bleachers at PNC Park, launched with an exit velocity of 111.2 mph.

“I know it’s a historic home run, but it still sucks,” Brubaker said. “I should have walked off that mound giving our team the lead and I didn’t do it. That bothers me.”

Pujols also doubled and singled for the NL Central leaders. His RBI single in the eighth made it 4-all.

“Albert, three knocks. Big homer there,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. ” … Fouled two pitches off in the top of the zone. He knew he had to make an adjustment to get on top of it. Was able to let it get a little deep, got on top of it for a single. Drove in that run. That’s a pro at bat.”

Nolan Arenado broke the tie with a three-run double with two outs in the ninth off Wil Crowe (5-9).

“You have a guy that is grinding right now,” Marmol said. “He’s played a lot of games in a row. Head stays in it, gives us a good at bat there and drives in three runs. That was nice to see.”

Giovanny Gallegos (3-5) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the Cardinals. Ryan Helsley allowed a two-out RBI single from Bryan Reynolds in the ninth before getting Rodolfo Castro to ground out for his 15th save.

Paul Goldschmidt was 0 for 4, dropping his average to .325 to fall behind Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Freddie Freeman (.330) in the NL batting race. His two-out walk loaded the bases in the ninth.

Oneil Cruz put the Pirates ahead 4-3 in the seventh with his 14th homer, driven over the Clemente Wall in right. The 23-year-old rookie singled in the first, extending his hit streak to a career-best seven games. He is 14 for 30 (.467) during the streak.

“He’s a good player,” Pujols said of Cruz. “Obviously, he has a great future ahead of him.”

Pittsburgh took a 3-0 lead on a pair of homers off Jack Flaherty in the first two innings, a solo shot from Castro in the first and a two-run drive from Jack Suwinski in the second. Flaherty went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits.

Brendan Donovan cut the deficit to two with a home run in the Cardinals fifth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: LHP Packy Naughton was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. . RHP James Naile was optioned to Memphis.

Pirates: RHP David Bednar threw a live batting practice on Saturday. The All-Star closer has been on the injured list with lower back tightness since Aug. 3.

UP NEXT

Cardinals LHP Jose Quintana (5-6, 3.41 ERA) will return to the mound in Pittsburgh on Sunday, going opposite RHP Mitch Keller (5-10, 4.22). Quintana and RHP Chris Stratton were sent to St. Louis on Aug. 1 in a trade that moved RHP Johan Oviedo and INF Malcolm Nunez to the Pirates. Keller allowed five hits in six shutout innings against the Mets his last time out on Tuesday.

Trout HR 6th game in row; Ohtani blister, Angels top Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Mike Trout homered in his sixth straight game to set an Angels franchise record, Shohei Ohtani threw five solid innings before exiting because of a blister and Los Angeles beat the Houston Astros 6-1 on Saturday night.

Trout hit his 34th homer, a three-run drive to left field in the second inning. The three-time AL MVP broke the club mark of five games in a row with a homer set by Bobby Bonds in 1977.

“It’s pretty cool,” Trout said of the achievement. “I’ve just been preparing myself, trying to get my swing right and not missing pitches. I got some pitches to hit tonight and put a good swing on them.”

Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long share the major league record of eight games in a row with a home run.

Ohtani (12-8) yielded one run on six hits with seven strikeouts until leaving with a blister on his right index finger. He threw the fastest pitch of his career at 101.4 mph in the third inning, according to Statcast.

“I had a little rough first inning, things weren’t going our way, but I was able to fight through that,” Ohtani said through a translator. “Once we got through that inning, momentum was on our side.”

Ohtani said he felt fine and thought he got out of the game before it became more severe.

The right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in eight straight starts.

“A lot of awesomeness again,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said of Ohtani’s outing. “That two-seamer ridiculous. When you can throw it 100 miles per hour with that kind of movement, you can see the reactions from some of the hitters on their faces.”

As Ohtani was warming up to start the sixth, he motioned to the dugout, and Nevin and a trainer came out to check on him. After conversing for several minutes, Ohtani walked off and was replaced by Jimmy Herget.

“It was more getting him out of there before it opens,” Nevin said. “He’s had them before. He manages his body as well as anybody, and if that thing rips open, it probably puts his next start in jeopardy, so he got out of there before it did that.”

Ohtani remained in to hit to start the seventh, but Jo Adell batted for him in the ninth, which Nevin said he did because he didn’t want to risk anything with a five-run lead. The Angels would check on Ohtani on Sunday to see if he can be the designated hitter in the series finale.

The Angels jumped on Houston starter Jose Urquidy (13-6) for five runs in the first two innings. He allowed a career high-tying six runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts in five innings.

“They hit some balls hard that were caught early and then they had some soft contact infield hits that started rallies and then the three-run homer by Trout,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s the hottest man around. He’s hit homers in six straight games, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that.”

Taylor Ward, who finished with three hits, had an RBI single in the first. Mike Ford had an RBI double in the fifth and Andrew Velazquez had an RBI groundout as part of the four-run second.

Jose Altuve scored on a single by Yuli Gurriel and an error in the first. Gurriel had three hits.

ROSTER MOVE

C Kurt Suzuki was activated off the bereavement list. C Chad Wallach was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Suzuki.

OUTSTANDING GRABS

Astros CF Chas McCormick robbed Ohtani of extra bases in the first with a running catch as he crashed into the wall. In the fourth, Angels LF Mickey Moniak robbed Jeremy Pena of a hit with a diving catch then proceeded to double off Trey Mancini at first.

Trout denied Yordan Alvarez of extra bases to end the fifth, running back on a deep flyball to center and reaching over his head to make the catch.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: 2B David Fletcher exited with a right hand contusion after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. X-rays were negative, and he was listed as day-to-day. . RHP Archie Bradley (right elbow fracture) threw a bullpen session prior to the game Saturday. . 3B Anthony Rendon (right wrist) has returned to doing baseball activities, Nevin said.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right calf) felt “good” following his bullpen session on Friday, Baker said. . Utility player Aledmys Diaz (groin) continued his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Sugar Land on Saturday, with the “tentative” plan for him to rejoin the Astros in Detroit on Tuesday, Baker said.

UP NEXT

LHP Tucker Davidson (2-5, 6.42 ERA) starts Sunday for the Angels opposite Houston RHP Luis Garcia (11-8, 3.99 ERA) in the series final.

Mariners use 2 homers, Kirby’s pitching to stop Braves 3-1

SEATTLE (AP) George Kirby already pitches with a level of confidence not often found in rookies. It’s why he’s become such an asset for the Seattle Mariners.

Shutting down the hottest team in baseball should only help Kirby’s confidence grow, especially with what’s likely a big role in Seattle’s push for a playoff spot and potentially into the postseason.

“You can’t be scared. You have to be confident, just do what you keep doing,” Kirby said. “I didn’t want to change anything today. I just wanted to attack them.”

Sam Haggerty and Eugenio Suarez each hit a solo homer, Kirby pitched into the seventh inning and Seattle beat Atlanta 3-1 on Saturday night to snap the Braves’ eight-game winning streak.

A day after the World Series champion Braves took sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time all season, they fell a half-game behind the Mets again after New York beat Miami earlier in the night.

It was another night of dominant pitching, and two big swings by the Mariners against Atlanta starter Max Fried proved to be the difference.

Haggerty hit the first pitch of the fifth out to left field for his fifth home run. Suarez followed an inning later, hitting a two-out shot to center for his 28th of the season. It was the first time this year Fried allowed multiple home runs in a start.

Julio Rodriguez lined a two-out RBI double in the seventh off reliever Jesse Chavez that didn’t stop rolling until it reached the wall in right-center field and scored Adam Frazier from first.

Seattle gained a game on Tampa Bay and didn’t lose ground to Toronto in the tight race for three American League wild cards. Seeking their first postseason berth in 21 years, the Mariners are five games ahead of Baltimore for the final spot.

“That’s a great team. They’re going to be deep in October and for him to do what he did tonight to get us back into this series, I can’t speak enough about what George did tonight,” Haggerty said.

Kirby (7-3) was outstanding in the 21st start of his rookie season and only some bad luck kept him from pitching deeper. He struck out six, didn’t walk a batter and over his past 11 starts has a 1.99 ERA.

“The first time I’ve seen him and he works fast, gets the ball over the plate. He’s got a good feel for the secondary stuff. Impressive guy,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “I mean, he was just on the attack all night. There were a lot of strikes. I can see why he is successful.”

Kirby shut out the Braves for six innings on two hits and retired 12 straight until Dansby Swanson’s base hit leading off the seventh. Austin Riley hit what appeared to be a double-play ball but it bounced off shortstop J.P. Crawford’s glove for an error, putting runners at first and third with no outs.

Andres Munoz took over and limited the damage to one run that scored on Matt Olson’s groundout. Erik Swanson retired the Braves in the eighth and Paul Sewald pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

“There’s no more pressure on anybody than the starting pitcher every day. And understanding what was ahead of us tonight, I thought George could not have handled it any better,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “You go out, you attack, you stay aggressive and that’s exactly what he did.”

Fried (13-6) made his first start in interleague play this season and had won his previous nine starts against AL teams. His final line was almost a mirror of Kirby’s, throwing six innings and striking out six, but the two home runs proved the difference. Over his previous 14 starts, Fried had allowed two total home runs.

SMOKEY CONDITIONS

The game was played with the Puget Sound region engulfed in smoke from nearby wildfires. Conditions deteriorated on Friday but got significantly worse after a new fire broke out overnight about 65 miles northeast of Seattle. Ash was falling throughout the region during the day and air quality readings during the game were in the 170 range, which is considered unhealthy.

It also started affecting the play on the field. Atlanta right fielder Robbie Grossman briefly lost a popup in the sky before recovering in time to make the catch in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Suarez never saw a foul pop off the bat of Grossman that fell on the dirt in front of the Braves dugout.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 3.90 ERA) makes his fourth start this season against Seattle. Odorizzi is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his previous three, all with Houston. He is 4-6 in 16 career starts against the Mariners.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (10-13, 3.98) makes his 28th start of the season looking to rebound from a loss in his last outing when he threw seven innings and allowed three runs to the Chicago White Sox.

Adames, McCutchen, Houser lead Brewers to 5-1 win over Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) Willy Adames and Andrew McCutchen each hit a two-run homer, and Adrian Houser allowed one hit in six innings as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 on Saturday night.

Houser (6-9) permitted a leadoff double by Jose Barrero in the third and a sacrifice fly by TJ Friedl – but nothing more. The right-hander turned a 2-1 lead over to the bullpen, and the Brewers easily held on.

“It feels great,” said Houser, who was on the injured list from July 7 to Aug. 23 with a right flexor strain. “Just being able to see some results from all the work we’ve been putting in, especially through all the rehab and stuff.”

It was a timely effort on the mound for Milwaukee, which is three games behind San Diego for the final National League wild card.

“To deliver six innings and give us a good shot to win, a start where we could get some rest for some guys in the bullpen who needed it, that was a big-time performance and much needed,” manager Craig Counsell said.

Taylor Rogers worked a 1-2-3 seventh, Matt Bush struck out the side in the eighth and Brad Boxberger handled the ninth for the Brewers.

“We just pitched so well tonight,” Counsell said. “The bullpen also did a great job. Three guys out of the bullpen and no hits, no baserunners. Pitching was the story of the night.”

Houser came in 3-4 with a 5.73 ERA in 14 games against the Reds, including 11 starts.

“He’s pitched some really good games against us,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “We’ve gotten to him before, but tonight he pitched really a great game.”

Adames connected off Chase Anderson (0-3) in the first inning for his 27th home run, tying Corey Seager of the Texas Rangers for most in the majors by a shortstop.

“It’s huge,” Houser said. “Getting that early 2-0 lead gets you some confidence going to just go out there and attack the strike zone.”

McCutchen hit his 16th homer in the eighth after Hunter Renfroe doubled off Joel Kuhnel.

Milwaukee made it 3-1 in the seventh. Tyrone Taylor legged out a triple when his drive to left field skipped under Jake Fraley’s glove and rolled all the way to the wall. Taylor came home when Christian Yelich slapped a base hit through a drawn-in infield.

The Brewers had the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth but failed to score. Fernando Cruz relieved Reiver Sanmartin and retired Renfroe on a fly to center.

Anderson struck out five, walked three and gave up just the one hit by Adames over four innings in his third start since the Reds signed the former Brewers pitcher (2016-19) to a minor league contract on Aug. 27. It was his longest outing this season.

“Other than the home run to Adames, he really did a really nice job,” Bell said. “He’s still building back into being a starter.”

YOU’RE OUTTA HERE

Bell was ejected in the top of the eighth by plate umpire Jeff Nelson for arguing balls and strikes. It was his fourth ejection of the season and 20th of his career.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Graham Ashcroft (right biceps) is scheduled for a rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A Chattanooga. He’ll be on a 50-pitch limit. . C Aramis Michael Garcia (left middle finger) continues to make progress. His next step is live batting practice. “He’s getting there,” Bell said. “We’re running out of time, but I still think he has a chance to play this year.”

Brewers: LHP Aaron Ashby (left shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday or Monday. . RHP Trevor Gott (right forearm) will likely pitch at Class A Appleton on Sunday and, if all goes well, he’ll move up to Triple-A Nashville.

REDS ROSTER MOVES

RHP Luke Farrell, claimed off waivers Friday from the Chicago Cubs, was added to the 28-man roster and RHP Art Warren was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

BREWERS ROSTER MOVES

LHP Eric Lauer, who is 10-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 26 starts this season, was placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 8, with left elbow inflammation. RHP Trevor Kelley was recalled from Nashville.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Justin Dunn (1-2, 4.82 ERA) makes his seventh start of the season and first ever against Milwaukee. A right shoulder strain kept him off the mound until Aug. 8 when he made his Reds and season debut in a 5-1 loss to the New York Mets.

Brewer: RHP Brandon Woodruff (9-4, 3.41) makes his 23rd start and third against the Reds this season. He is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in those two previous outings against Cincinnati.

Bart, Villar, Webb lead Giants past Cubs to end 5-game slide

CHICAGO (AP) Joey Bart and David Villar each homered, doubled and drove in two runs, helping the San Francisco Giants top the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Saturday to end a five-game losing streak.

It’s been a down year for San Francisco, well out of contention in the NL West. But youngsters such as Bart and Villar, both 25, might be providing a glimpse of a brighter future that’s not-so-distant.

“Just trying to get good pitches and put a barrel on them,” said Bart, who singled in the ninth to finish with three hits. “There’s a lot of stuff out here to get caught up in and you’ve just got to stay focused on what’s going to make you better, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Bart has tried to pass that along to Villar, who’s come up with him in the Giants system.

“Him as a player is a real threat to the ball,” Bart said. “If he turns it on the barrel, it’s going to go. It’s been a blast to watch him.”

Logan Webb (13-8) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings, while striking out six and walking none.

The 25-year-old right-hander retired 17 of his last 19 hitters, and extended his career highs for wins and innings pitched.

Manager Gabe Kapler gushes about Webb, now in his fourth season.

“Logan Webb’s a star,” Kapler said. “He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. He’s got a big personality. He’s got a great smile. He’s charismatic and interesting. There’s a ton to love about Logan Webb.”

And Webb’s soaking in the Giants’ transition to younger players.

“You never really know what’s going to happen” Webb said. “They could go and sign 15 guys that are not from here, but it’s fun for me to see because I get to see guys get more comfortable, I guess.”

Joc Pederson doubled and singled for the Giants.

John Brebbia tossed a scoreless eighth. Camilo Doval worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 21st save.

Ian Happ doubled twice and drove in a run for the Cubs, who lost for the 10th time in 13 games. Alfonso Rivas tripled and singled.

Chicago starter Marcus Stroman (3-7) yielded four runs – all in the second – and seven hits over four innings. He had allowed one run in 12 innings in his previous two starts.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first on Happ’s RBI double.

Bart’s 11th homer, to deep left-center, capped the Giants’ four-run second. San Francisco scored its first two runs on Villar’s double and Stroman’s balk with runners on first and third.

“I lifted my leg and everyone yelled, `step off,'” Stroman said. “So it happens. I was just little too late. I should have just delivered the pitch.”

The Cubs cut it to 4-2 in the bottom half on Rivas’ triple and an error by second baseman Villar on the relay from right field.

Webb settled in after the second and retired 13 straight before Happ doubled off the left-center all with two outs in the sixth.

Villar made it 5-2 with a line solo shot to left in the eighth.

HOMETOWN HALL

The late Buck O’Neil, the first Black coach in the majors when he was added to the Cubs staff in 1962, was among three inductees to the team’s Hall of Fame on Saturday. Former outfielder Jose Cardenal and longtime play-by-play broadcaster Pat Hughes also were inducted.

LEONE WAIVED

The Giants placed RHP Dominic Leone on unconditional release waivers a day after putting him on the 15-day injured list with elbow impingement. Leone was 4-5 with a 4.01 ERA and three saves in 55 games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: C Austin Wynns was available off the bench after being struck in the head by a pitch from Drew Smyly on Friday and leaving the game. Bart started behind the plate.

Cubs: 2B Nick Madrigal was placed on the 10-day IL with a right groin strain after undergoing an MRI. He left Friday’s game after the third. . INF Patrick Wisdom (left ring finger sprain) was reinstated from the 10-day IL.

UP NEXT

LHP Wade Miley (1-0, 3.13) starts for the Cubs on Sunday night, his second outing after missing three months with a shoulder injury. Kapler said after the game he wasn’t ready to announce a starter.

Andrus HR vs former team, surging Chisox 20 hits, rout A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Elvis Andrus connected for a three-run homer against the team that cut him last month and the Chicago White Sox got 20 hits, beating the Oakland Athletics 10-2 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

A.J. Pollock and Andrew Vaughn each had four hits, helping Lance Lynn (6-5) and the surging White Sox win for the ninth time in 11 games.

A’s starter Adrian Martinez (4-4) was tagged for 14 hits in just 3 2/3 innings. The Athletics lost their fifth in a row.

Andrus signed with Chicago after the A’s released him in mid-August and returned to haunt his former team. He is 6 for 15 with two home runs through the first three games of the series.

Andrus is 22 for 60 with five homers over his last 14 games.

“We have one more game (this series) and I just hope he continues doing what he’s doing,” White Sox interim manager Miguel Cairo said.

“He’s a guy that I’m glad that we have. He has good at-bats, he gets us going in the leadoff spot. It’s been awesome to have him,” he said.

Lynn allowed two unearned runs and three hits in six innings. The 35-year-old struck out five, walked one and improved to 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his last five starts.

“I’ve faced him a lot and I just love how he competes, he’s a savage out there,” Pollock said.

“It’s fun to watch the guy compete. He’s fun, he’s fiery,” he said.

Martinez gave up seven runs. He fell to the ground after being struck in his left (non-pitching) shoulder by a line drive off Gavin Sheets’ bat in the second, got the out to end the inning and stayed in the game.

“I think he gave us all he had,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said.

“I didn’t see the exit velo on that line drive, but for him to get hit in that shoulder, stay in the game, that shows his character, that shows his competitiveness, and I appreciate that, I think we all do. But overall stuff-wise, just not his best day with commanding the fastball and pitching off that with his changeup.”

Andrus’ three-run homer in the second highlighted a four-run inning. Vaughn’s two-out, two-run double capped a three-run fourth that made it 7-0.

The White Sox have combined for 38 runs in their last four games.

“I think it’s just a boost in confidence,” Vaughn said. “Hitting is contagious and I think we’re all feeding off that, using every game and just rolling with it.”

RACE TO THE BOTTOM

The A’s (50-90) hit the 90-loss plateau for the ninth time in Oakland history with their ninth in 10 games. They’ll need to win 13 of their last 22 to avoid the team’s second 100-loss season in Oakland.

FAMILIAR FACES

Andrus is among five White Sox players who returned to their old stomping grounds for this series. Pitchers Jake Diekman, Kendall Graveman and Liam Hendricks also previously played for the Athletics. White Sox manager Tony La Russa managed the A’s from 1986 to 1995.

STREAK SNAPPED

A’s 2B Tony Kemp was 0 for 3, snapping a career-best 11-game hitting streak.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Both starting pitchers appeared to suffer injuries early on, but both stayed in the game. Lynn seemed to hurt his leg in the first inning sprinting to cover first on Vimael Machin’s grounder. Martinez was hit the next inning.

UP NEXT

White Sox RHP Johnny Cueto (7-7, 2.87 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.06 ERA in in five career starts against Oakland. A’s LHP Cole Irvin (7-11, 3.78 ERA) is 1-2 with a 7.45 ERA over his last five starts after going 5-3 with a 1.88 ERA in his previous seven.

Freeman, Dodgers beat Padres 8-4; magic number down to 4

SAN DIEGO (AP) Freddie Freeman drove in four runs on four hits, including a two-run homer, and Trea Turner hit a go-ahead, three-run double for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Saturday night to reduce to four their magic number for clinching the NL West.

The Dodgers, an MLB-best 95-43, can clinch a postseason berth for the 10th straight season with a victory Sunday or a Milwaukee loss. They are also closing in on their ninth division title in 10 seasons.

“I think we all know what kind of lead we have,” Freeman said. “But if you start looking at that, and some of the other things, that lead’s going to evaporate and you’ll get a little bit relaxed. I like the way we’ve been playing games the last few days. Even yesterday’s game was just a good baseball game.

“We’ve just got to keep the foot on the pedal and keep going and clinch it, and whenever we do clinch it, just keep going after that, too.”

The Dodgers continue to dominate the Padres, winning for the 11th time in 14 games this season and for the 21st time in their last 24 matchups. They’ll go for their eighth straight series win against the Padres on Sunday.

San Diego dropped into the NL’s third wild-card spot, three games ahead of Milwaukee.

Julio Urias (16-7) allowed two home runs to Manny Machado but otherwise quieted the Padres for seven innings to win his third straight start and for the 12th time in 13 decisions.

With Freeman leading the way, the Dodgers bounced back from a 5-4, 10-inning loss in the series opener on a wet Friday night. Freeman drove in Turner on three of his hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Turner tripled between rookie center fielder Jose Azocar and right fielder Juan Soto with two outs in the third and scored on Freeman’s single to right.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth against Blake Snell (6-9) and Turner cleared them with a double to center that gave the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. Freeman then doubled in Turner.

Turner walked with one out in the seventh and was aboard for Freeman’s homer to center field, his 19th. Will Smith doubled and scored on Chris Taylor’s single.

“I’m just trying to be a good hitter and sometimes it goes over the fence,” Freeman said. “When guys get on I just want to see them keep making left turns. All four hits were with guys on base today.”

Urias held San Diego to two runs and five hits. He struck out five and walked two. He loaded the bases with two outs in the first but then struck out Jake Cronenworth.

“He was outstanding,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I’m having a hard time coming up with adjectives to describe him and what he’s done for us. Just to get through that first inning, his pitch count got up a little bit but the next six were really clean. He threw the baseball really well.”

Machado hit a moonshot homer to left with two outs in the third and another one to right with one out in the sixth. He has 28.

“You’ve got to tip your hat to him,” Urias said through a translator. “He’s obviously a really good hitter and he’s seeing me really well. Hopefully down the road if I see him again, I’ll go look at the video and make those adjustments and see if we can get him out next time.”

Snell allowed five runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. He struck out five and walked three.

WILLIE O’REE

Hockey Hall of Famer Willie O’Ree, the first Black player in the NHL, was at the game for a sponsor promotion and spent several minutes visiting with Roberts, bench coach Bob Geren and right fielder Mookie Betts. O’Ree lives in suburban La Mesa, and Roberts and Geren went to San Diego-area high schools. O’Ree was wearing a Padres cap in their old blue-and-white color scheme, and Geren went into the Dodgers clubhouse and got him a new LA cap.

PITCH

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played Padres catcher Mike Lawson in the short-lived Fox drama “Pitch” in 2016, was wearing a Dodgers cap while watching batting practice. Gosselaar, who starred in the TV show “Saved by the Bell,” chatted with Roberts for several minutes.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Placed RHP Blake Treinen on the injured list with right shoulder tightness, retroactive to Wednesday, and recalled RHP Andre Jackson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Padres: Reinstated RHP Pierce Johnson (right forearm tendinitis) from the 60-day IL, optioned RHP Reiss Knehr to Triple-A El Paso, reinstated C Austin Nola from the paternity list, and designated OF Matt Beaty for assignment.

UP NEXT

Dodgers LHP Andrew Heaney (2-2, 2.94 ERA) and Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (9-6, 3.16) are scheduled to start the series finale Sunday.

Canha’s slam caps 8-run 4th inning, Mets rout Marlins 11-3

MIAMI (AP) Francisco Lindor had three hits, including his 22nd home run, Mark Canha launched a grand slam to cap an eight-run fourth inning and the New York Mets routed the Miami Marlins 11-3 on Saturday night.

Eduardo Escobar also went deep among his three hits for the Mets, who moved back into first place in the NL East by a half-game over Atlanta. New York began the night trailing in the division for the first time since April 11. The defending champion Braves overtook the Mets by a half-game Friday but lost 3-1 at Seattle late Saturday.

Canha opened the fourth with a walk against Miami starter Pablo Lopez and polished off the outburst by connecting against reliever Andrew Nardi for his first career slam to put the Mets ahead 9-1.

“I am trying to have a good at-bat, not really trying to go deep there,” Canha said. “Just wanted to hit something hard and knock in a couple of runs. And it worked out.”

For the 33-year-old Canha, the drive finally satisfied an elusive goal.

“My very first major league hit was inches (from) being a grand slam,” Canha said. “I was joking with (teammate Brandon) Nimmo that I haven’t even come close since. I finally got my first one after seven years.”

Escobar had an RBI double, James McCann and Lindor added run-scoring singles and Jeff McNeil hit a sacrifice fly in the Mets’ highest-scoring inning of the season.

Lindor made it 10-1 with his solo shot against Nardi in the fifth. The four-time All-Star also doubled and singled.

“Obviously, Mark had the big blow but we had a lot of good at-bats today,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “We just kept putting good at-bats together. We weren’t trying to do too much.”

Carlos Carrasco overcame an early Marlins advantage and pitched six innings of one-run ball. In his second start since returning from the injured list, Carrasco (14-6) allowed four hits and struck out six. The right-hander retired 11 straight before Jon Berti’s one-out double in the sixth.

“I just went out there and put zeros on the board,” Carrasco said of his approach after the Mets’ big inning. “I went out as if the game was still 1-0. That’s the key for me.”

Escobar led off the seventh with his 16th homer against Jeff Brigham. The veteran switch-hitter, who signed with the Mets as a free agent in the offseason, has homered four times in September after a six-week stint, which included a stretch on the injured list, without going deep.

“Now and at the beginning of the season are the best two times I’ve felt physically,” Escobar said through a translator. “I think going to the IL did me a lot of good. I was able to recover from the little injuries that I was dealing with.”

Lopez (8-10) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He has allowed 14 runs and 22 hits in his last two starts against New York.

“It just happened very quickly after the leadoff walk,” Lopez said. “A lot of missed execution and when I didn’t execute my pitch they hit it hard.”

Garrett Cooper hit an RBI double off Carrasco in the first before New York tied it on McNeil’s run-scoring double in the third.

AWAY FROM HOME

The Mets (42-29) clinched a winning record on the road. It marks the first time New York will finish above .500 at home and away since 2016.

ROSTER MOVE

The Mets recalled INF Mark Vientos from Triple-A Syracuse. The 22-year-old Vientos has 24 homers and 72 RBIs with the club’s top minor league affiliate this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RF Starling Marte (right middle finger fracture) was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 7. With the fracture being non-displaced, there was optimism Marte would heal quickly, but the club opted for the IL stint.

Marlins: OF Avisail Garcia exited after the top of the first because of left hamstring discomfort.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (10-4, 3.60 ERA) seeks his fourth win against Miami this season when he starts the series finale Sunday.

Marlins: LHP Jesus Luzardo (3-6, 3.36) has completed at least six innings in each of his last four outings.

Guardians top Twins 6-4 behind McKenzie’s 7 shutout innings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Triston McKenzie turned in another postseason-worthy performance in another pivotal game for the Cleveland Guardians.

Whether or not this proves to be a tune-up for October, he sure was sharp.

McKenzie pitched seven shutout innings, Amed Rosario hit a two-run homer and the AL Central-leading Guardians held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 Saturday night.

“The vibe in the clubhouse right now is these are must-win games,” McKenzie said. “Second place in this division doesn’t make the playoffs, so I think that’s all that’s on our mind.”

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with two runs, a walk and an RBI for Cleveland, which improved to 13-5 in its last 18 road games and stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of Chicago in the three-team division race. Minnesota dropped 3 1/2 games back and fell to .500 for the first time since April 24.

The Guardians, who are 8-5 against the Twins this year, would complete their second series sweep since the All-Star break with a win Sunday. They won all three games at Detroit on Aug. 9-11.

After turning a 7-0 deficit into a one-run loss Friday night, their rally finally halted in the eighth inning with the potential tying run on second base, the Twins again snapped to life late. They trailed 6-0 before a four-run ninth that got tense enough for All-Star closer Emmanuel Clase to be summoned for the final out.

After a sacrifice fly by Gio Urshela, an RBI double by Jake Cave and an RBI single by Luis Arraez – whose two earlier doubles were wasted – Carlos Correa greeted Clase by reaching on an infield single. The errant throw from Ramirez at third base allowed Arraez to score. But after one more hit, by Jose Miranda, Clase retired Max Kepler on a grounder for his 33rd save.

“We’ve got to figure out the end a little better. It’s getting a little hairy there,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said.

McKenzie (10-11) won for the first time in four starts, with six hits and two walks allowed and five strikeouts. The slender right-hander’s breakthrough year has made him a strong candidate to complement two-time All-Star Shane Bieber in a playoff-series rotation if the Guardians can fend off the White Sox and injury-ravaged Twins, who have lost eight of 10.

“The big games is the key. I don’t care who you are, what your ERA is. If you’re a young guy or even a veteran, you pitch in a big game there’s some emotions that take over,” Guardians catcher Luke Maile said. “He came out and dominated.”

Even if the AL Central winner is on track for the worst record of the 12 qualifiers in Major League Baseball’s expanded postseason field, the Guardians are carrying a confidence about them that belies their failure so far to pull away from the pack.

McKenzie had a spring in his step all night as he ended each inning on the mound. First baseman Josh Naylor and second baseman Andres Gimenez pumped their fists upon completion of a double play in the fifth on a grounder by Miranda after the Twins put runners at the corners.

Left fielder Will Benson leaped at the wall in the eighth for a highlight-reel catch on Kepler’s fly ball. In the third, Gimenez, shifted into shallow right field, made a diving catch to steal a hit from Kepler to end that inning and strand runners at the corners.

“My immediate thought is, `Wow, that’s a hit, maybe a run,’ and then I look over and he’s midair making the catch,” McKenzie said. “I don’t think there’s a better feeling.”

The Twins have scored just 29 runs in nine games this month.

“We’ve got a good team,” Miranda said. “I’d still say we’ve got to take it day by day.”

ALL OVER THE PLACE

Twins starter Chris Archer (2-8) lasted only two innings because of tightness in his right pectoral muscle, and the game spiraled out of control – literally – when Cole Sands relieved for the third. The rookie right-hander threw only 16 strikes in 39 pitches that inning, giving up two runs on four walks and two hit batters – without a hit.

“It’s pretty hard to come back and win those types of ballgames,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said.

The Twins are 1-10 in Archer’s last 11 starts, a span in which he has a 6.35 ERA.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: RHPs Aaron Civale (forearm inflammation) and Zach Plesac (broken hand) would both be eligible to return to the rotation Wednesday. They went on the injured list Aug. 30.

Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco (knee inflammation), who has missed the last 10 games, could be reinstated from the injured list during the next series, Baldelli said. The Twins have 16 players on the IL.

UP NEXT

Guardians: Bieber (9-8, 2.96 ERA) will pitch Sunday afternoon. He’s 5-2 with a 1.79 ERA over his last eight starts.

Twins: Rookie RHP Josh Winder (4-3, 3.77 ERA) is expected to be called up from Triple-A St. Paul to take the mound for the final game of the series.

Scheffler overwhelming choice as PGA Tour player of the year

(AP) — Scottie Scheffler went 58 tournaments over more than two years between getting a PGA Tour card and getting his first win at the Phoenix Open. That turned out to be just the beginning of a year that topped all others in golf.

A month later, Scheffler went to No. 1 in the world. Two weeks after that, he became a major champion by winning the Masters. And on Saturday, he capped off his remarkable rise when he was announced as the PGA Tour player of the year.

Scheffler can do a lot in a short amount of time once he gets going.

He became the first player since the awards began in 1990 to win player of the year on the Korn Ferry Tour, rookie of the year on the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour player of the year, all in a span of four seasons.

The award is a vote of PGA Tour members who played in at least 15 tournaments. Scheffler received 89% of the vote over British Open champion Cam Smith and FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, both of whom won three times and trail him in the world ranking.

The only surprise belonged to Scheffler. He received the Jack Nicklaus Award during an appearance on ESPN’s “College GameDay” in Austin, Texas. Scheffler graduated from the McCombs School of Business at Texas with a finance degree in four years without going to summer school.

He was on stage with the Texas golf team, which won the NCAA title this year, when Longhorns coach John Fields brought him what was described as a special gift. It was the bronze trophy, and the fans began chanting his name.

“That’s pretty cool,” Scheffler said, choking up. “I don’t have much to say. I definitely was not expecting that. But it means a lot to me.”

The Masters was Scheffler’s fourth win in six tournaments, and while he didn’t win the rest of the season, he was never far away. His close friend, Sam Burns, beat him in a playoff at the Colonial. He finished one shot behind Matt Fitzpatrick in the U.S. Open.

And then he nearly finished the season with the FedEx Cup until McIlroy tracked him down in the final round of the Tour Championship.

Scheffler had to settle for a tie for second and a $5.75 million bonus. He also won a $4 million bonus for leading the FedEx Cup in the regular season – he was No. 1 the final 23 weeks of the season – and $1 million bonus from the Aon Risk-Reward Challenge.

His earnings in the regular season were a record $14,046,910, giving him total income from his performance at just short of $25 million.

“Undoubtably, one of the highest compliments a player can receive is the endorsement from his peers, and the fact that Scottie’s season was both dominant and consistent spoke volumes to the membership,” Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement.

Smith’s three victories came at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, The Players Championship and the British Open at St. Andrews, where he shot 30 on the back nine.

McIlroy won the CJ Cup in Las Vegas last fall, the RBC Canadian Open in June and the Tour Championship. He was the only player to finish in the top 10 in all four majors. He captured the FedEx Cup for the third time.

Even then, McIlroy could appreciate the year Scheffler had.

“He deserves this maybe more than I deserve it. He played an unbelievable season,” McIlroy said. “Hell of a player, hell of a competitor. Even better person. Love his family.”

Rory McIlroy, LIV golfers in sight of leaders at Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) A truncated tournament could pave the way for a thrilling finish to the BMW PGA Championship, with the top 10 players separated by two shots heading into Sunday’s final round.

Rory McIlroy is in there. And so are two golfers from the Saudi-backed breakaway series.

The European tour’s flagship event has been shortened to 54 holes after a day’s play was canceled following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Viktor Hovland and Soren Kjeldsen were tied for the lead on 12 under par Saturday at the end of the second round.

McIlroy finished birdie-birdie on the closing par 5s at Wentworth to shoot 7-under 65 – tying his career-low round in the tournament – and was in a three-way share of third place with Thomas Detry (65) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (65), a shot behind the leaders.

Then came five players on 10 under – including Adrian Otaegui (65) and Talor Gooch (64), who both now play in the contentious LIV Golf series. Gooch’s presence in the field was criticized ahead of the event by some golfers who have decided to stick with the sport’s established tours and shun the Saudi money.

Gooch was even name-checked by defending champion Billy Horschel, who said his fellow American was at Wentworth “for one reason only and that’s to try to get world ranking points because you don’t have it” in LIV tournaments.

Otaegui and Gooch will play together on Sunday.

Hovland shot 68 to follow up his opening 64, while Kjeldsen started with a bogey and finished birdie-birdie for a 64 after opening with a 68.

Hovland hasn’t won since the Dubai Desert Classic in January. The last of Kjeldsen’s four European tour titles came in 2015.

McIlroy, meanwhile, is coming off winning the Tour Championship – and the FedEx Cup – two weeks ago and is seeking back-to-back titles worldwide for the first time since 2014.

As the current leader of the Race to Dubai, the four-time major champion is also in a good position to win the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic.

“I felt my putting was really good,” McIlroy said after a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 18, which came soon after a big par save at No. 16, “and that’s kept me in the tournament.”

Play started at 6:40 a.m. local time on Saturday, with 30 players needing to finish their first rounds that were stopped late Thursday following the announcement of the death of the queen at the age of 96.

A decision was taken for there to be no play on Friday – meaning the event was cut to 54 holes – as a mark of respect to the monarch of more than 70 years and players, caddies and officials held a two-minute period of silence around the course at 9:50 a.m.

The proclamation of King Charles III was later shown on the television screens in the Championship Village.

Horschel said he and his wife visited Windsor Castle to pay their respects to the queen when the tournament was put on hold on Friday, with Australian player Min Woo Lee – who shot a week-low 62 – doing likewise at Buckingham Palace.

McIlroy paid tribute to the queen’s “dignity, dedication and grace personified.”

“She was such a steadying figure for the entire country,” McIlroy said. “I was very fortunate, I got to meet her a few years ago and she could not have been nicer. I have the picture of that in my house alongside my MBE, which I am very proud of as well.

McIlroy said it was the “right decision” for the tournament to continue.

“I don’t think we are disrespecting anyone by playing and celebrating what a life the queen had,” he said.

Ewing takes 1-shot lead over Fassi on LPGA in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) Ally Ewing shot into the lead with a fast start and stayed there on a soggy course Saturday for a 5-under 67 to build a one-shot lead over Maria Fassi in the Kroger Queen City Championship.

Ewing’s first order of business this deep in the LPGA Tour season is to make sure she is among the 60 who reach the final event, which she has done every year since 2017. A victory would take care of that.

Ewing has not finished in the top 10 all year, but she was practically flawless at Kenwood Country Club. She has six birdies and was bogey-free until the final hole, playing even longer than its 446 yards because of the soggy conditions that allowed for preferred lies.

She missed the green with a metal to the right, had very little green to work with and pitched about 18 feet by the hole.

Ewing was at 16-under 200.

Right behind was Fassi, the dynamic Mexican with the powerful swing who matched Ewing with a 67 and will play in the final group with her Sunday with a chance to win her first LPGA title.

Fassi closed in on the lead at the par-5 15th after she had short-sided herself by missing the green to the right with a pin tucked to the right behind a bunker. She hit a flop shot that landed a few feet short of the hole and rolled for eagle.

Fassi showed off her length on the 18th hole, needing only a 5-iron to reach the green for a two-putt par on a closing hole that hurt other chances.

Sarah Kemp (70) and Megan Khang (69) both hit a metal and missed the green, each making bogey to fall four shots behind. Khang and Kemp are trying to win on the LPGA Tour for the first time.

Khang finished one shot behind Gary Lopez a week ago at the Dana Open as the final group struggled.

“We saw last week Gaby and I kind of fought it out in our group, and I think we were like third or fourth to last group. So it’s golf. Anything can happen,” Khang said. “Just got to stay within yourself and give yourself the chance.”

Ewing, with two LPGA victories in her career, started the third round one shot behind and quickly erased that with a pair of birdies, along with another on the par-5 fourth hole. Ewing birdied all four of the par 5s.

Xiyu Lin had a 70 and was three shots behind.

Ariya Jutanugarn had a 69 and was in the group at 12-under 202 along with Kemp, Khang and Jeongeun Lee6, who had the 36-hole lead and struggled to a 73.

More soggy conditions are expected for the final round in Cincinnati, which has not had the LPGA Tour in town since 1989. Tee times have been moved up in the final round.

The 29-year-old Ewing has won in each of the last two years on the LPGA, at the Bank of Hope

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It’s also a big final round for Fassi, the Arkansas grad who is No. 97 in the Race to CME Globe and has never won on tour.

Iga Swiatek beats Ons Jabeur for 1st US Open title, 3rd Slam

NEW YORK (AP) Good as she’s been this year, Iga Swiatek came to the U.S. Open unsure of what to expect.

She complained that women use different, slightly lighter, tennis balls than the men do at Flushing Meadows, where she’d never been past the fourth round. She was trying to grow accustomed to the noise and distractions, the hustle and bustle, of the Big Apple. And she arrived with a record of just 4-4 since her 37-match winning streak ended in July.

None of that matters now. Cementing her status as her sport’s new dominant figure by winning what is expected to be the last tournament of Serena Williams’ career, the No. 1-ranked Swiatek outplayed No. 5 Ons Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (5) in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday to claim her first championship at the U.S. Open and third Grand Slam title overall.

“It’s something that I wasn’t expecting, for sure. It’s also like a confirmation for me that the sky’s the limit,” said Swiatek, who is 55-7 in tour-level matches with seven trophies in 2022, both best in the WTA. “I’m proud. Also surprised little bit.”

She acknowledged harboring concerns about the U.S. Open after a couple of shaky showings at hard-court tune-up tournaments.

It turned out OK: She is the first top-seeded woman to win the U.S. Open since 23-time major champion Williams in 2014.

“I feel like on court, I can just do my job,” Swiatek said, “and I’m happy about it, that I kind of can make these doubts go away.”

Swiatek, like Jabeur, travels with a sports psychologist, and it took some fortitude to finish this one off. At 6-5 in the second set, Swiatek held her first championship point. Right before Jabeur served, Swiatek jogged over to the sideline to change rackets – an unusual choice at that moment.

When action resumed, Swiatek missed a backhand. That could have been tough to recover from. Indeed, Jabeur pushed things to the tiebreaker, which she then led 5-4. But Swiatek steeled herself, took the last three points and soon was accepting the silver trophy and a $2.6 million winner’s check, joking: “I’m really glad that is not in cash.”

The 21-year-old from Poland won the French Open for the second time in June and is the first woman since Angelique Kerber in 2016 to collect two major titles in a single season.

“She’s really set the bar very high. It’s great for our sport,” said Jabeur, a 28-year-old from Tunisia who will rise to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday.

She is the first African woman and first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam final and was participating in her second in a row.

But she is 0-2 at that stage, including a runner-up showing at Wimbledon in July.

“Definitely, I’m not someone that’s going to give up,” said Jabeur, whose support team wore black shirts with white writing that read “Yalla Habibi,” Arabic for “Let’s go, my love!”

“I am sure,” she added, “I’m going to be in the final again.”

Didn’t help on this sunny, 85-degree Fahrenheit (29.4 Celsius) afternoon that Jabeur needed to deal with Swiatek, who has won her past 10 finals – all in straight sets – and was great from the get-go.

Jabeur did not face a single break point in her semifinal victory, but she got broken right away when Swiatek laced a cross-court backhand winner off a short ball to cap a 15-stroke exchange.

“The only match here where I started that well,” said Swiatek, who had to come back from a set down in the fourth round and the quarterfinals.

Eight minutes in against Jabeur, Swiatek had grabbed 12 of the first 14 points for a 3-0 edge.

“Put a lot of pressure on me,” Jabeur said.

Using her heavy topspin forehand to take charge from the baseline, Swiatek dictated the tempo and trajectory of points. She ran her opponent this way and that, never letting Jabeur use the sorts of spins and variety that she’s accustomed to.

When Jabeur did show off some of what she can do, Swiatek would manage, more often than not, to elongate points. She used her strong court coverage, backed by a soundtrack of squeaky sneakers as she darted everywhere, sometimes even sliding as she arrived at a ball, the way one does on red clay, her favorite surface.

When Jabeur missed a slice forehand early in the second set, she dropped her racket to reflect her despair. A few points later, she flung her racket while off balance and falling face down. A running, down-the-line backhand passing shot from Swiatek on the next point made it 2-0 in that set. Swiatek raised a clenched fist and yelled, “Come on!”

Then Jabeur did make things interesting, briefly.

But only briefly.

She got to 4-all and, after ending up on her back when an off-balance backhand won a point in the next game, she stayed there, enjoying the moment, pumping her fists while laying on the ground.

Jabeur earned three break chances in that game, any one of which would have allowed her to serve for the set. She could not cash in there, though, missing a groundstroke on each.

Swiatek needed to wait 10 minutes from her first match point to the one that closed the contest, but close it she did. Maybe she’ll feel more comfortable at the U.S. Open from now on.

Basketball Hall of Fame enshrines its new Class of 2022

(AP) — Tim Hardaway took the stage and told a story of his early days in the NBA, when Golden State teammates Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin would often ask him the same question.

“They would ask me, `Tim, how great do you want to be?'” Hardaway said.

They have their answer. So does everyone else. He’s a basketball immortal.

Hardaway, Manu Ginobili, Swin Cash, Bob Huggins, Del Harris, Lindsay Whalen, Marianne Stanley, Theresa Shank Grentz and George Karl all delivered their enshrinement addresses as new members of the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“A kid from the east side of Chicago made it all the way to Springfield, Massachusetts,” Hardaway said. “Incredible.”

Such was the theme throughout the night: how an honor that none of the new Hall members imagined has now come their way, each of them thanking those who helped them reached the pinnacle.

Ginobili was presented by Tim Duncan, already a Hall of Famer himself, and next year the third member of San Antonio’s legendary Big 3 of players – Tony Parker – will be eligible for selection.

“The Spurs were one big, strong, supportive family for me,” Ginobili said.

Someday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will be in the Hall as well; the NBA’s all-time wins leader doesn’t want to be considered until his career is over. Ginobili reserved special tribute for him.

“Pop, what can I say? You’ve been so, so important for me and my family, on and off the court, that’ll I never be able to thank you enough,” Ginobili said, his voice cracking.

Cash – an NCAA, WNBA and Olympic champion – also paid tribute to her coach at UConn, Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma and her Huskies teammates, including the group that went 39-0 for her senior season in 2001-02.

“If anyone’s debating the greatest basketball team ever, ask about us,” said Cash, who now works in the front office of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Duncan and Ginobili weren’t the only teammates in the building. Stanley and Shank Grentz were teammates at Immaculata in the 1970s, before going on to coaching careers – and now, the Hall, together.

“It’s the privilege of a lifetime,” Stanley said.

Added Shank Grentz, who, like all inductees, learned of her selection in April: “I am still overwhelmed.”

Whalen, whose legendary playing career has been followed by her returning to alma mater Minnesota and coaching there, might have had a Hall of Fame first by thanking a fast-food company.

“Thank you, Burger King,” Whalen said.

To explain: When Whalen – a converted hockey player – was going to her first basketball camp, she was anxious, crying, not wanting to go into the gym. But her parents had paid for camp and weren’t going to let her back out, so negotiations quickly took place. The agreement was eventually struck; if Whalen would go to camp, she’d get a Whopper Jr., with cheese, for the ride home.

“I ended up having a great time,” Whalen said.

Her parents not wanting her to play hockey was her twist of fate. For Harris, his was a professor encouraging him to take a year to coach a junior-high basketball team before joining the seminary.

Harris was going to be a pastor; ironically, basketball’s founder, Dr. James Naismith, also was a pastor. Instead, Harris followed in another set of Naismith’s footsteps, as a coach.

“After that year, I knew what I wanted to do with my life,” said Harris, who coached at just about every imaginable level – high school, college, the NBA, international teams and at the FIBA level.

His path to the Hall came from modest beginnings, just like Huggins – who now coaches at his alma mater, West Virginia and has won more than 900 games in his collegiate career – and Karl, who got emotional when he paid tribute to his college coach at North Carolina, Dean Smith, and got laughs when talking about the challenge of coaching a Hall of Famer like Gary Payton.

“This is really incredible for a guy from Penn Hills, Pennsylvania,” Karl said. “This is a `wow’ moment for me.”

Huggins even did a little coaching as he paid tribute during his speech to Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

“You’re allowed to clap, I think,” Huggins said. “I’m not real sure of the rules, but what the hell, let’s just make them as we go.”

Hardaway, Richmond and Mullin formed the trio known as “Run TMC,” which remains popular today. Mullin entered the Hall in 2011, Richmond three years later. And they were on the stage Saturday night, seated just to Hardaway’s left, when his wait finally ended.

“Legendary, baby,” Hardaway said. “We was legendary.”

Also honored were seven more new Hall members, all deceased: one of NBA’s first Black referees in Hugh Evans, six-time All-Star Lou Hudson, former coach Larry Costello, international great Radivoj Korac and a trio of former Harlem Globetrotters in Wyatt “Sonny” Boswell, Inman Jackson and Albert “Runt” Pullins.

And special tribute was paid to two-time Hall of Fame inductee Bill Russell, who made it in as a player, then as a coach. Russell died earlier this year, and the ceremony Saturday began with Hall of Famers Jerry West and Alonzo Mourning paying respect to the 11-time champion.

“Bill was the ultimate competitor on the court and a remarkable human being off of it,” West said. “And in his own way, he made all the lives he touched a little better. That’s why he’ll be missed, especially by those who were fortunate enough to know him.”

Added Mourning, who spoke of Russell’s work as a champion of social justice: “Rest in power, my friend.”

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

INDIANS BASEBALL:

PAPILLION, Neb. – Drew Maggi collected his first three-hit performance of the season as the Indianapolis Indians fell to the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday night, 9-6. With tonight’s loss, the Indians dropped their first series since July 12-16 at Columbus.

Omaha (65-69) bursted for a four-run fourth against Indians starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (L, 6-6) to take a 6-2 lead. Maikel Garcia smacked an leadoff single and stole second to put himself in scoring position and Dairon Blanco would send him home on an RBI single. Reetz put a stamp on the four-run frame with a two-run shot over the left field fence.

Both teams traded a pair of runs to break open the scoring in the second inning. Blake Sabol walked and Brendt Citta singled to set the table for back-to-back RBI singles by Jared Oliva and Maggi. Oliva extended his hitting streak to eight games with his fifth multi-hit game during that span. In the bottom half, Freddy Fermin and Jackson Reetz each singled before the Storm Chasers tied the ballgame at two apiece. Jimmy Govern reached on a fielding error by shortstop Maggi to score Fermin and an RBI single by Ivan Castillo would score Reetz.

Three consecutive extra-base hits for the Indians (69-64) led to two runs and cutting their deficit in half in the fourth inning. Back-to-back doubles by Zack Collins and Oliva led to Indy’s first run of the frame and ended the night of reliever Zach Haake (W, 1-1). Maggi then followed with an RBI triple – his first triple since Aug. 26, 2021 with Triple-A St. Paul at Toledo.

Onto the fifth, the Indians inched closer with a double steal by Kevin Padlo and Blake Sabol that forced an errant throw by catcher Freddy Fermin to score Padlo. Omaha would get that run back in its following at bat when Blanco was beaned, advanced to second base on a balk and swiped third base prior to an RBI groundout by Fermin.

After a leadoff walk by Gabriel Cancel, Clay Dungan extened the Storm Chasers’ lead with an RBI triple and a throwing error by second baseman Ji-Hwan Bae that sent him home.

Indy found life when they loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh, but only managed to scratch across a run when Collins hit a sacrifice fly.

With runners on the corners in the top of the ninth, the Indians brough the tying run up to the plate. Omaha’s closer Andres Nunez (S, 5) induced a 4-6-3 double play to effectively end the ballgame.

The Indians begin will finish their 13-game road trip tomorrow afternoon with first pitch slated for 3:05 PM ET. RHP Peter Solomon (8-6, 5.20) will take the hill for the Indians and the Storm Chasers have yet to name a starter.

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER:

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, September 10, 2022) – It wasn’t easy, but Indy Eleven found a way to collect a thrilling 4-3 result over Birmingham Legion FC in front of an announced crowd of 10,104 at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. The victory pushed Indy’s unbeaten streak to four games, including a trio of wins over playoff-bound competition at home over the last two weeks.

Despite letting a three-goal lead elapse over the middle of the match, the Boys in Blue kept their resolve and found the match winner in the 78th minute through Stefano Pinho’s 10th goal of the season, his third in as many matches. Midfielder Solomon Asante provided the assist on the game-winner and Indy’s two opening goals by Neveal Hackshaw to record the first three-assist game in Indy Eleven’s nine seasons of play.

Asante’s fourth minute ball from the right corner that found Pinho at the six for a header that flashed over the cross bar was a harbinger of things to come, as the Ghanaian playmaker served up two perfect corner kicks on Hackshaw’s head in the 11th and 16th minutes. The Trinidad & Tobago international had carbon copy finishes on the back post balls, rising over his mark, Mikey Lopez, to beat Legion FC goalkeeper Matt VanOekel inside his near post to give the Eleven their first two-goal lead since another wild 4-3 win at Charleston Battery on June 4.

The Boys in Blue stayed on the front foot, with Asante’s blast in the 28th minute forcing VanOekel into a heavy two-handed parry to steer aside. It was a shot by Juan Tejada in the 15th minute that led to Hackshaw’s second corner kick goal, and the Panamanian scratched one across himself to push the lead to 3-0 in the 31st minute with a seeing-eye shot from the arc that snuck inside the far right post. 

From there the Hammers began to impose their will on the match, beginning in the 34th minute when Eleven goalkeeper Tim Trilk was forced to take down Marlon Santos on a 1-v-1 look inside the area after he got behind the Indy backline. Trilk got a foot to the ensuing PK by Enzo Martinez, who was able to easily follow up the rebound and slot into an open net to get one back for the visitors in short order. Trilk was called into action on a Juan Agudelo blast to begin stoppage time, and Indiana’s Team was fortunate when Bruno Lapa’s nine-yard shot was sliced just wide of the right post minutes later, sending the squads into the locker room at 3-1 Indy.

Just past the hour mark it was Marlon continuing Birmingham’s comeback, his roofed shot from close-range on a near angle putting the visitors within one at 3-2. Chances from distance by Hackshaw and Asante in the minutes that followed proved the Eleven were not interested in merely bunkering in, but the 71st minute saw Marlon strike for his second on a tap-in of Sadik Balarabe’s low cross to the six, bringing the proceedings to a 3-3 stalemate that seemed unlikely 40 minutes of action earlier.

However, the Boys in Blue once again found the energy and attacking impetus that had helped it knock off both conference leaders in San Antonio and Louisville within the last two weeks, scoring the decisive tally on a beautiful team goal in the 78th minute. Substitute midfielders Bryam Rebellon and Raul Aguilera helped get the ball through midfield before the latter’s through ball slipped Asante into the penalty area. Rather than shoot, Asante played provider once again with a squared ball along the six-yard box that Pinho finished first-time to push Indy Eleven back in front at 4-3.

Legion FC had no quit in them either, a finish nullified for offside in the 84th minute followed by Marlon’s attempt at a hat trick from 12 yards out in the 88th that sailed just over the crossbar. The Eleven held on through five minutes of added time to gather the full three points from a match that tied the most goals produced by both teams in a home game in Eleven history, equaling the output from a 5-2 win over Jacksonville Armada FC on Aug. 3, 2016, during the club’s NASL era.

Indy Eleven will take its longest road trip of the 2022 season next weekend, when it heads to the Pacific Coast for its first meeting with expansion side Monterey Bay F.C. on Saturday, Sept. 17. The USL Championship “After Dark” kickoff takes place at 10:00 p.m. ET for a match fans can watch on ESPN+ and follow updates from via the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Boys in Blue then return to IUPUI Carroll Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 25, when they play host to Loudoun United FC for a special 5:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Details on the club’s annual Hispanic Heritage Night festivities – presented by Financial Center First Credit Union, Morales Group & Sherwin-Williams – can be found at indyeleven.com/promotions, and tickets can be purchased at indyeleven.com/tickets, starting for $15. Fans who can’t make it to “The Mike” can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 / exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed.

COLTS FOOTBALL

The Colts are spending money on their offensive line by signing Guard Quenton Nelson to a four-year $80 million dollar extension that makes him the highest-paid guard in the NFL.

Nelson, who is a three-time ALL-PRO, will make $20 million per year in new money, will make $60 million in guarantees.

“It has always been the plan to get that done,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said during training camp. “We’ve never had a problem there, when you look at the history of the franchise, with our outstanding players going into their second contracts, whether it’s been Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison or whoever.”

“Everyone knows what great ability he has, but I think what makes Quenton special is how smart he plays and how instinctive he is,” Reich said in a news release. “I think that’s what takes his game over the top. He’s a physically dominant player, but it’s his instincts and his intelligence that take him I think to another level. During the game, he’s one of those guys where if he says, ‘Hey, here’s what I’m seeing and feeling,’ like over the years, you go back and look at the tape and he’s always right as far as what he’s seeing and feeling. So, you trust him.”

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Second-Half Surge Helps Hoosiers Top Idaho

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Unacceptable? You bet. Tom Allen made that clear.

Yes, Indiana found a second-half way during Saturday night’s 35-22 victory over Idaho, but the Hoosier coach wants more, expects more.

“We sure enjoy making it hard on ourselves,”

Hard or not, IU’s 35 second-half points blasted away danger and suggested, quarterback Connor Bazelak said, future potential.

“Everyone wants to see 50 points in the first half,” he said. “The good part of it was it forced us to come all together.

“Scoring 35 in the second half shows we are able to come together. We overcame adversity. It’s good experience for down the road.”

A tough first half — in six possessions totaling just 110 yards and zero points, the Hoosiers (2-0) had one fumble, one interception, one missed field goal, one missed goal-line opportunity and two punts — left them fuming and focused.

Idaho (0-2) had no chance.

“I was pretty stern with them,” Allen said about his halftime message. “I encouraged our staff to do the same.  That’s not the standard we have to play as a team.”

Stern didn’t mean screaming.

“It wasn’t a happy environment,” linebacker Aaron Casey said. “We weren’t playing the way we wanted to play. We knew we had to change it. Play like we know we can play and ball like we know we can ball.”

Added Bazelak: “It’s hard not to be frustrated, but the main message was stay the course. Keep playing our game. Let the big plays come. Don’t try to force them. We did a good job not forcing stuff and playing our game.”

Did they ever. The Hoosiers went from down 10-0 to ahead 23-10 faster than a Tom Brady retirement.

“We had a heck of a third quarter,” Allen said. “I envisioned that in the first quarter.

“I got after it at halftime, but I also told them to just play football. Play hard. Execute. Do what you’re supposed to do. Dig deep.”

The Hoosiers scored 23 points in a 10-minute, third-quarter blitz on a quarterback Donaven McCulley touchdown run, a safety, a 43-yard TD pass from Bazelak to tight end AJ Barner and a 26-yard scoring strike to D.J. Matthews Jr.

The offensive line blasted open holes it hadn’t before and tailback Shaun Shivers took full advantage to finish with 155 rushing yards and a touchdown. Tailback Josh Henderson added 58 yards and a TD.

IU rushed for 239 yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry.

“It was awesome,” Bazelak said about the running game. “That takes the pressure off of me. The offensive line did a great job. All the running backs did a great job.”

Bazelak, after a slow start in part because of rainy weather, went 16-for-29 for 197 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

IU finished with 436 total yards.

“I don’t want to make excuses,” Bazelak said, “but the ball was slick in the first half. That played a part in it.

“It was about getting in a rhythm. We started moving the ball. The run game got going and that gave me options. With this offense, when we’re good, we’re really good.”

The Vandals’ offense disappeared against a ferocious Hoosier third-quarter assault. It totaled minus-two yards on four drives before adding a couple of fourth-quarter scores that irritated Allen.

“Two of our best players gave up those last two touchdown,” he said. “Two of our best players on blown assignments. That’s a lack of focus. That’s my responsibility.”

Idaho had played Washington State tough in a 24-17 season-opening loss. That’s the same Washington State that upset Wisconsin on Saturday. Allen knew the challenge, and had lost his voice during last Wednesday and Thursday practices getting that across.

“I tried to make sure we didn’t take these guys for granted because we blew them out a year ago,” Allen said. “It wasn’t the same team. I knew they had talent and was good enough to beat us if we didn’t show up.”

Severe weather delayed the kickoff by 30 minutes, and a sometimes-torrential pre-game rain kept the stands mostly empty until action began.

In the first quarter, IU’s normally accurate kicker Charles Campbell missed field goals of 32 and 28 yards, although the 28-yarder didn’t count because an Idaho holding penalty gave the Hoosiers first-and-goal at the 5-yard line. They were stopped on fourth-and-1.

The Vandals then drove 98 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead two minutes into the second quarter.

IU fumbled on its next possession, but the defense forced a punt.

Idaho added a field goal. Bazelak threw an interception. The Vandals reached halftime with a 10-0 lead.

The Hoosiers needed a spark in the worst way.

They got it.

The defense forced a three-and-out to open the second half. Shivers busted a 39-yard run. Bazelak hit Matthews on passes of 15 and 10 yards that led to McCulley’s 4-yard touchdown run.

A safety quickly followed. Then came Bazelak’s 43-yard TD pass to Barner. In just over six minutes, IU had its first lead at 16-10.

Bazelak followed with a 26-yard TD pass to Matthews. Henderson had an 8-yard scoring run five seconds into the fourth quarter for a 29-10 lead.

Idaho added a couple of touchdowns. IU countered with Shivers’ 46-yard touchdown run.

On this night, it was enough.

“We didn’t start with the right intensity,” Casey said. “Our mindset wasn’t right and it showed it the first half. Luckily, we were able to come back, bow up, and get everybody together to a common goal.”

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Hosts Memphis for Sunday Evening Matchup

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (1-0-4) will host the Memphis Tigers (4-3-0) on Sunday evening in their USA themed Salute to Service Day in honor of 9/11. The first pitch between the Hoosiers and Tigers is set for 5:00 p.m. ET at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

BTN+ will provide a stream of the match with Kevin Vera (PxP) and Austin Platt (Analyst) and Gwen Parks (Sideline) on the call. Live stats of the match can be tracked on IUHoosiers.com.

ABOUT THE TIGERS

• The Memphis Tigers are led by long-time head coach Brooks Monaghan and enter Sunday’s match with a record of 4-3-0. Memphis is coming off a 3-0 victory against FAU after struggling against Louisville and  #5 Virginia.

• The Tigers have saw 10 different players get the ball in the back of the net this season.

• Sophomore midfielders Momo Nakao and Anne-Valerie Seto lead the team with three goals each while sophomore forward Jocelyn Alonzo leads with four assists on the season.

• The sophomore duo set the tone for the Tiger’s offense in points (13), assists (1), shots (23) and shots on goal (16).

• Memphis has saw three goalkeepers this season with freshman Sarah Bozeman leading the team with 360 minutes played earning two victories. She has tallied 10 saves (0.536 save percentage) and allowed nine goals (2.25 goals against average). The O’Fallon, Mo., native has recorded one shutout this season.

SERIES HISTORY

• The two sides have met three times before with the first of the meetings happening in the 2005 season where the Hoosiers defeated the Tigers 5-0. Memphis leads the series 2-1.

• Indiana is looking for its first win since the 2021 season. Memphis has dominated in the last two matches with a pair of shutout victories in 2017 (2-0) and 2021 (2-0).

• IU is 9-9-0 all time against schools currently in the American Athletic Conference.

LAST TIME OUT

• Indiana saw their first opportunity from senior forward Paige Webber in the 27th minute before it was saved by Louisville’s goalie Erynn Floyd.

• After subbing in the 36th minute, freshman midfielder Izzy Smith had a strong shot at the center of the goal before it was caught by Floyd once again.

• Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg picked up a save in the 39th minute to keep the match tied as the Cardinals had the last attempt before the half.

• Louisville attacked first in the second half before it went back-and-forth between the Hoosiers and Cards. Gerstenberg picked up two big saves in the 69th and 81st minutes to keep the game tied up.

• In the 79th minute, the Hoosiers saw another attempt from Webber to score, before being pounced on by the goalie.

• Indiana received the last attempt in the 88th minute from freshman Abbey Iler but couldn’t get it behind the net before the goalie dived for the save.

• IU earned its fourth draw of the season in just five games.

• Gerstenberg tallied four saves on the night and earned her fifth shutout game of the season and 14th on her career.

INDIANA DEFENSE

• The Hoosiers have shutout five consecutive opponents, extending their scoreless streak to a total of 450 minutes this season.

• This is the third longest consecutive scoreless streak in IU history followed by the 2015 run (463 minutes) and the 1993 inaugural season (720 minutes).

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Boilermakers Blank Indiana State, 56-0

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue’s defense forced a fumble on the opening play of the game to set the tone in a 56-0 rout of Indiana State on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. The 56-point margin of victory was the largest for Purdue since a 59-point shutout win over Southeast Missouri in 2011.

The Boilermakers (1-1) tallied 521 yards of total offense with a balanced 232 on the ground and 289 through the air. Purdue’s defense held the Sycamores (1-1) to 145 yards of total offense.

The defense posted its second shutout of the Jeff Brohm era. Purdue racked up seven tackles-for-loss, three sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Sanoussi Kane delivered a punishing hit to Indiana State Tee Hodge on the opening play of the game to pop the ball up in the air into safety Cam Allen’s arms.

In the third quarter, Allen picked off an Indiana State pass and took it to pay dirt for a 65-yard touchdown. It marked the first time Purdue has interception returns for a touchdown in back-to-back weeks since Ricardo Allen achieved the feat in 2010.

Offensively, Purdue scored a touchdown on seven of its first nine drives. The only two drives the Boilermakers failed to score on started inside their own two-yard line.

Quarterback Aidan O’Connell was efficient in his one half of action with four touchdowns and 211 yards on 17-of-19 passing. Charlie Jones added to his early haul as a Boilermaker with his second straight 100-yard receiving game. The Deerfield, Ill., native snagged nine passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman Devin Mockobee led the rushing attack with 78 yards on 13 touches with one score. Dylan Downing added 55 yards from 11 rushes. Purdue topped 200 yards rushing for the first time since Oct. 13, 2018, in a win over Illinois.

DOMINANT DEFENSE

Twice in the first half, Indiana drove inside the Purdue 10-yard line. Twice, Purdue kept the Sycamores off the scoreboard. Kieren Douglas and Kane stonewalled Justin Dinka on 4th-and-goal late in the first quarter. Early in the second, Jamari Brown intercepted the first pass of his career in the endzone on a 3rd-and-goal from the Purdue seven-yard line.

Kane notched a career-high seven tackles and a forced fumble. Khordae Sydnor, Branson Deen and Jack Sullivan tallied a sack, while Yanni Karlaftis and Sulaiman Kpaka combined for one. Purdue held four of the five Sycamore receivers who caught a pass to five or fewer yards.

OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY

• The Boilermakers put points on the board with seven of their 12 drives.

• Purdue scored a touchdown on all but one drive that started beyond its own 25-yard line.

• Purdue’s first five touchdown drives took 2:09 or less and six plays or fewer.

• Twelve different receivers caught a pass for the Boilermakers, who finished 25-of-30 passing on the day.

• Quarterbacks Aidan O’Connell, Austin Burton, Michael Alaimo all led the Boilermakers on scoring drives. Freshman Brady Allen also saw action in the fourth quarter.

NOTES

• Purdue improved to 6-0 all-time against Indiana State.

• The Boilermakers remained perfect against FCS opposition since the 1978 division.

• Purdue’s last shutout was in Week 2 of the 2021 season against UConn, a 49-0 victory.

• The 145 yards of total offense allowed by Purdue were the fewest given up by the defense in over 25 years.

• O’Connell was one completion and attempt shy of breaking the Purdue single-game record for completion percentage. A minimum of 20 attempts is needed to qualify.

• Jones’ four touchdowns through two games at Purdue surpassed the three receiving touchdowns he had at Iowa over two seasons. Jones is also 37 receiving yards shy of his total output with his time with the Hawkeyes.

• The Indiana State offense made it into Purdue territory just four times in 15 drives.

• Purdue held a team to 60 or fewer yards rushing for the third time in the Brohm era.

UP NEXT

Purdue will hit the road for the first time this season next Saturday at Syracuse. Kickoff is set for noon.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Efficient Offense Leads Purdue to Sweep Xavier

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Purdue Boilermakers (7-1) bounced back in the final match of the Louisville Invitational with their highest hitting % of the season, notching a .422 efficiency in its sweep over Xavier (25-19, 25-17, 25-13).

In addition to ranking as the second-most efficient attack % by a Big Ten team this season, the Boilermakers saw 47 receptions, allowing just one reception error.

Freshman Eva Hudson led both teams with 21 kills, tying her career-high while averaging a .475 attack %, the most efficient match of her young career.

Setter Megan Renner accounted for 39 of Purdue’s 50 assists, a team performance which is the second-most by a Big Ten team in a three-set match this year. Additionally, the redshirt junior went errorless on the attack, producing three kills on four attempts.

Meanwhile, Raven Colvin secured a .500 attack % with 11 kills on 18 swings with two errors.

Purdue will close out the regular season next week in Holloway Gymnasium with the Stacey Clark Classic. The Boilermakers will play Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. ET vs. Northern Kentucky and Saturday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. ET. Both matches will be streamed on B1G+.

Quick Hits:

Four Boilermakers hit over .400: Colvin (.500), Hudson (.475), Hannah Clayton (.429) and Renner (.750)

Redshirt freshman Emily Rastoviski earned her first career start and ended the day with four kills (4-1-8), a .375 attack % and one block assist

Purdue currently ranks third in the Big Ten with a season hitting % of .288

In the past two seasons, Purdue has reached the .422 attack % benchmark four other times (three occasions in 2021, once in 2020)

BUTLER FOOTBALL: Runs Away from Taylor, 45-10

Butler moved to 2-0 on the young season with a convincing 45-10 win over Taylor Saturday night at the Sellick Bowl in Indianapolis.

Bret Bushka, who earned Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week honors after his performance a week ago in Butler’s win over St. Thomas (Fla.), continued his strong start to the 2022 campaign. Bushka completed 14 of his 20 passes for 117 yards, and also gained 80 yards on the ground on 12 carries. He had one touchdown through the air and another on the ground.

Taylor scored on the opening drive of the game, going 75 yards to score on a 10-yard rush from Brendan Lamb. That opening drive would prove to be 75 of the Trojans’ 186 total yards on the evening. Butler responded with a score of their own – Bushka’s rushing touchdown from six yards out – to knot the score, 7-7. That was the start of 42 consecutive points scored by the Bulldogs.

NOTES:

Six different Bulldogs scored touchdowns Saturday night, including Adam Sturtz who ran back an interception for a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

AJ Deinhart led Butler on the ground with 85 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Tyler Adams had a team-best six catches for 39 yards, while Luke Wooten’s 44 yards led Butler (three catches); Johnny O’Shea caught the only Butler touchdown through the air, a 12-yard strike from Bushka on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Butler had distinct advantages in first down (23-10) and rushing yards (290-118).

The Bulldogs converted six of their 12 third down attempts and went 2-for-3 on fourth down.

Butler was only forced to punt once, a 52-yard blast from Luka Zurak.

Joey Audia averaged 37.7 yards per kick-off return on three runbacks.

Mike Wymer led Butler with five tackles.

Taylor is now 2-1 on the season.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs travel to South Dakota State for a Saturday match-up with the No. 3-ranked Jackrabbits.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Closes Boise State Classic with 3-0 Decision Over Southern Utah

The Bulldogs picked up their second consecutive sweep Saturday, downing Southern Utah in the team’s final match of the Boise State Classic. Butler posted a 2-1 record for the weekend.

Butler won Saturday’s match by a score of 25-21, 25-20, 25-16.

With the result, Butler is now 6-3 on the season, while Southern Utah falls to 0-7.

WITH HONORS: Butler’s Jaymeson Kinley and Mariah Grunze were selected to the Boise State Classic All-Tournament Team following Saturday’s match. Kinley had a team-best 51 digs over the team’s three matches, while Grunze posted 42 kills and 25 digs.

SET 1: Butler 25-21

And 6-1 spurt midway through the first set took a 15-14 Butler advantage to 21-15, and from there the Bulldogs closed out the set. Amina Shackelford had six kills in the opening set. Southern Utah out-hit the Bulldogs, .243-.209, in the opening frame but were hampered by five service errors.

SET 2: Butler 25-20

Butler never trailed in the second set, which was tied four times, the last one coming at 6-6. Butler opened up a six-point advantage midway through the set at 16-10 and kept a similar distance through the final point. The Bulldogs hit .350 during the set, with Grunze posting six kills. Shackelford and Megan Sheridan each had four kills in the stanza.

SET 3: Butler 25-16

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back in clinching the three-game sweep. Grunze had eight kills on 11 swings. Butler hit .370 while holding Southern Utah to only a .154 clip.

STAT OF THE MATCH: Butler only trailed in the match at two points – both in the first set and never by more than two points.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

Mariah Grunze had 15 kills and Amina Shackelford also reached double figures with 11.

Grunze posted a double-double with 10 digs to go along with her 15 kills.

Jaymeson Kinley had a team-best 15 digs.

Setter Cora Taylor had 38 assists for Butler.

The Bulldogs hit .300 in the match, which is the team’s second-best mark of the season.

UP NEXT:  After two straight weekends on the road, the Bulldogs now return to Hinkle Fieldhouse for the Bulldog Brawl. Butler will play three consecutive nights at 6 p.m. (vs. Ohio Thursday, against Missouri Friday, and vs. Central Michigan Saturday). Additional matches featuring those other teams will be played Friday and Saturday throughout the day.

IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER: JAGS EARN ROAD RESULT IN PHYSICAL AFFAIR AT WRIGHT STATE

DAYTON, Ohio – The IUPUI men’s soccer team earned a road result on Saturday (Sept. 10) as the Jaguars played Wright State to a 2-2 draw at Alumni Field. Josemir Gomez and Lukas Hackaa tallied for the Jaguars, who earned a first-ever road result against the Raiders.

“Before the fact, if you would’ve told me that you’ll go to Wright State and get a 2-2 tie to start conference play with a point on the road, I would be super happy and positive about that,” head coach Sid van Druenen said. “I think now that we’re there and we got the point, there was more in this game for us, but at the same time, we’re super positive with getting the point. I think it’s a great start to the (conference) season.”

IUPUI (1-1-3) built a 2-0 lead early in the second half, scoring both goals in a span of five minutes, only to see Wright State (0-3-2) get level near the midpoint of the second half. The Raiders enjoyed a man advantage over the final 20-plus minutes after a straight red card had the Jaguars playing short-handed.

Gomez opened the scoring with his team-high fourth score of the year in the 52nd minute when he got on the business end of a Logan Finnegan cross. Freshman Gavin O’Shea sent Finnegan free up the right side and Gomez discarded a defender to complete the connection, redirecting a rocket past WSU keeper Sebastian Jimenez.

Moments later, IUPUI scored on another gorgeous header when Hackaa made a slick run to the back post and redirected Tyler Gainer’s cross past Jimenez for his third score of the year.

“I thought in the first half, we had the better chances,” van Druenen said. “We didn’t really change much (at halftime), we just kind of warned them about what was coming and this is how you’re going to deal with it. They did a good job and it was two beautiful goals.”

Wright State cut the lead in half in the game’s 58th minute when Conner Osterholt capped a tight passing combination by rolling a shot into the lower left-hand corner, just beyond junior Lucas Morefield.

In the 70th minute, things took an unfortunate twist for the Jaguars as freshman Brady Horn was called for a straight red card for pulling down a WSU attacker, just inside the 18-yard area. Horn was sent off and Joe Kouadio scored on the ensuing penalty kick to knot the score.

“(The PK) changed the game. After that moment when we go a man down, it’s all about can we get out of here with a tie,” van Druenen said. “The guys showed tremendous fight, grit, organization, discipline – a great team effort.”

Wright State took full advantage of the man advantage from there, ultimately finishing the day with a 21-12 shot discrepancy and 9-6 margin in shots on goal. The Raiders nearly went ahead in the 85th minute when Nicolas Likulia had a shot glance off the crossbar from the left side and Cole Werthmuller’s rebound attempt from the right side was cleared away by freshman Edgar Correia. The Raiders thought they had the winner in the 89th minute also when an attacker headed a shot past Morefield from point blank range, but was ultimately whistled for pushing off an IUPUI defender to get in position.

IUPUI also had a shot at a winner in the final minute as Finnegan received a gift when a WSU clearance hit the referee and redirected to the Jaguars’ striker. However, Finnegan’s attempt when wide of frame from distance.

Gomez and Hackaa finished with a team-high four shots each while Morefield made a season-high six saves.

IUPUI will return to action on Tuesday (Sept. 13) when the Jaguars travel to Chicago to face Loyola at 6:00 p.m. Central (7 Eastern) on ESPN+.

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: DEFEATS BELLARMINE TO CLOSE OUT INVITATIONAL, 3-1

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore Briana Brown and freshman Morgan Ostrowski each recorded season-highs in kills to lead the Jaguar attack and defeat Bellarmine on Saturday, 3-1. IUPUI finished the Hawthorn Suites Louisville East Bellarmine Invitational 2-1.

In the opening set of the match, IUPUI went back and forth with Bellarmine but fell 29-27. In set one, the Jags hit only .140 with 11 attack errors. IUPUI improved their hitting in set two to .333 with only four errors and 17 kills to earn the 25-22 set win.

The Jags continued their hitting dominance, hitting .469 with just two attack errors and 17 kills to take set three 25-20. IUPUI took set four 25-18 to earn the 3-1 victory. Overall, the Jaguars hit .280 with a total of 65 kills compared to Bellarmine’s .126 with 43 kills.

Brown led the attack with a season-high 21 kills followed by Allie Pogue with 13 kills. Freshman Morgan Ostrowski added a career-high 12 kills with Millai Madison also collected 12 kills. Darragh Dixon earned 32 assists with a team-high 13 digs while Addie Evans added 12 digs. Emma Ashcraft and Brown each added a service ace.

IUPUI leaves Louisville, 2-1 on the weekend and 4-5 overall. Dixon and Ostrowski were each named to the Hawthorn Suites Louisville East Bellarmine Invitational All-Tournament Team.

The Jags will travel to Peoria, Illinois next weekend (Sept. 16-17) for the Bradley Invitational with Bradley, St. Thomas and Western Michigan.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Tops Green Bay in Saturday Thriller

MUNCIE, Ind. – – With its back to the wall, the Ball State women’s volleyball team completed an improbable comeback Saturday night, topping Green Bay in a five-set thriller to claim the Ball State Tournament title.

Trailing 10-5 in the fifth set, the Cardinals (8-1) battled back to even the score at 12, only to see the Phoenix (5-4) reach match point at 14-13. That is when true freshman outside Katie Egenolf came up with perhaps the biggest kill of her young career, ripping a shot to the back corner to even the score at 14.

While Green Bay managed to get one more chance to complete the contest with a kill on the next rally, back-to-back errors set up a match-winning kill from junior outside Cait Snyder. The blast helped BSU pick up its 16th straight victory in Worthen Arena by a score of 3-2 (25-22, 12-25, 25-23, 17-25, 17-15).

“At the end, we tried to focus on what works, what’s going to score points,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said after the match. “We tried to keep it very simple and not solve everything at once. There were sets tonight where we were not playing very well at all, so at the end, we really tried to focus on what we are doing well and ways we know we can score.”

What work against the Phoenix, much like the other two matches this weekend, was a heavy dose of tournament MVP Marie Plitt. Plitt led the Ball State offense with 15 kills and added another solid hitting mark at .353. Overall, Plitt finished the tournament with a team-high 34 kills and a .484 (34-4-62) hitting mark.

“Marie was really the only thing we had going offensively,” Phillips said. “In set five, we started her in left front to get her more opportunities to get the ball. Green Bay is a great blocking team and forced us to continue to try different things offensively, but Marie was the one person that really found a way to score tonight.”

In addition to adding the match-winning kill, Snyder finished the night second on the squad with nine kills to also earn a spot on the all-tournament team.

Rounding out Ball State’s all-tournament selections was sophomore setter Megan Wielonski who collected her second straight double-double with 44 assists and 16 digs.

The Cardinals backcourt combined to finish the match with 87 team digs, led by senior libero Maggie Huber’s 19. Senior defensive specialist Havyn Gates added 12 digs, served up a team-best three aces and played the last two sets at libero.

Rounding out Ball State’s double-digit diggers was junior defensive specialist Kate Vinson with 11 on the night. She also had a pivotal service run in the fifth set, helping bring the Cardinals within one in a stint which included a service ace.

While the Cardinals got the win on the scoreboard, Green Bay held the edge in nearly every statistical category, including out-hitting BSU .302 (80-20-199) to .200 (57-20-185) on the night.

Four players smashed double-digit kills for the Phoenix, led by a match-high 20 from Cora Behnke. For their play over the entire tournament, both Alexandra Zakutney and Tiffany Paalman were named to the all-tournament team for Green Bay. The six-member squad was rounded out by Alabama’s Alyiah Wells.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team closes its current four-match homestand Tuesday, with a 6 p.m. first serve versus Dayton.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: falls in back-and-forth battle with Western Michigan

MUNCIE, Ind. – In a battle that saw two Mid-American Conference foes trade punches all afternoon, it was Western Michigan that came out on top, 37-30, Saturday vs. Ball State inside Scheumann Stadium in front of a crowd of 12,972.

The Cardinals (0-2, 1-1 MAC) put up 447 yards of offense, highlighted by a 147-yard performance and one touchdown on the ground from running back Carson Steele and a 291-yard aerial attack on 23-of-39 passing with two touchdowns from quarterback John Paddock.

However, the Broncos (1-1, 1-0) used a patient ground game that broke open in the fourth quarter and totaled 207 yards on 43 carries to take the result.

“Tough loss. That’s what the Mid-American Conference is all about,” head coach Mike Neu said. “In the last three years, we’ve been in 15 one-possession games, like it was today. Give credit to Western Michigan. They made some critical plays in situations down the stretch, and we did not.”

After Western Michigan got on the board with a rushing touchdown, Ball State earned three consecutive scores with the big play coming from a diving touchdown catch by Yo’Heinz Tyler mid-way through the first. Tyler had five catches for 52 yards on the day.

Kicker Ben VonGunten add a pair of field goals – one from 20 yards out and another from 47 yards away – to make it 13-7 late into the second quarter.

After another score in which the Broncos regained the lead, 14-13, the Cardinals went 44 yards in 27 seconds to set up a 44-yard field goal try from VonGunted, which was drilled as time expired and gave the home team a 16-14 lead into the locker room.

Steele gave Ball State its biggest lead of the afternoon after punching in a one-yard rush on fourth down to make it 23-14.

Western Michigan then used drives of eight and 10 plays, respectively, to make it a six-point ballgame at 29-23 in favor of the road team just after the start of the fourth quarter.

Wideouts Amir Abdur-Rahman and Jayshon Jackson put up nearly identical receiving marks with seven catches for 90 yards and seven receptions for 80 yards, respectively, while Abdur-Rahman added a one-handed touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinals a 30-29 lead.

The Broncos countered by scoring on a 60-yard run from La’Darius Jefferson, who had 18 carries for 67 yards and three scores, to regain the lead and mark the game’s final score, 37-30. Sean Tyler led the way for Western Michigan with 15 carries, 123 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, defensive backs Jaquan Amos and Jordan Riley guided Ball State with eight tackles apiece, while Amos added 3.0 tackles-for-loss. Fellow secondary member Amechi Uzodinma II added an interception in the fourth quarter. Clayton Coll and Malcolm Lee had six stops each.

“I do believe that our football team is getting better,” Neu added. “We’re certainly not where we want to be at. We just need to focus on getting better every day. If we can do that and everyone can be bought in to that, we’re going to be just fine.”

Ball State returns to action Saturday, Sept. 17 for Family Weekend vs. Murray State. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET inside Scheumann Stadium.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: FALLS TO MARSHALL AT HOME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame football team dropped a 26-21 contest to the visiting Marshall Thundering Herd Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium. The Fighting Irish fall to 0-2, the first 0-2 start to a season since 2011. The loss marks the first loss to an unranked team at home since Nov. 19, 2016 when the Irish fell to Virginia Tech 34-31.

The Fighting Irish offense worked for 130 yards on 37 carries on the ground, Through the air, the Irish connected on 21-of-38 passing for 221 yards

Quarterback Tyler Buchner led the ground attack, picking up 44 yards on 13 carries and scoring twice. Audric Estime added 33 yards on 10 carries.

Michael Mayer led the receiving corps with eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Lorenzo Styles added seven catches for 69 yards.

Howard Cross III led the defense, earning a career-best 11 tackles. D.J. Brown also set a new career best with nine tackles, while Jack Kiser and J.D. Bertrand equaled that total. Kiser added 1.5 tackles for loss, including a sack.

The Thundering Herd opened the scoring in the second quarter. Marshall utilized a series of outside screen passes to move into Notre Dame territory before scoring on a fou- yard run up the middle by Khalan Laborn. Marshall special teams missed the extra point to take the lead at 6-0 just a minute into the second quarter.

Notre Dame answered in the waning minutes of the half. After playing the field position game with special teams, the Irish started the drive on their own 44. Buchner carried twice to start the series before the sophomore quarterback hit Mayer on back-to-back passes to get the ball down to the Marshall one yard line. Buchner carried off left tackle for the one-yard scoring run. Blake Grupe was true on the extra point and the Irish took a 7-6 lead with three minutes left in the half.

Marshall took over with 2:15 left on the clock in the first half. The Thundering Herd marched 74 yards in 12 plays and connected on a 21-yard field goal by Rece Verhoff to take the lead at 9-7 into halftime.

After the Irish failed to convert a fourth and one in their own territory, Marshall used a 30-yard rush down the left sideline to work their way into the red zone. With a second and three inside the Irish five, Jayson Ademilola broke through the line of scrimmage to drag the Marshall running back down for a loss of three. Another stop on an outside run by Joseph and Justin Ademilola forced the Thundering Herd into a 20-yard field goal attempt. The kick was good and Marshall took a 12-7 lead with 3:54 remaining in the quarter.

On the ensuing possession, the Irish stormed down the field. Buchner hit Mayer down the right sideline for a gain of 30 and moved the Irish into Marshall territory. Notre Dame moved down to the one-yard line after Buchner found Kevin Bauman between the hashes as the third quarter came to a close. Buchner took the one-yard plunge for his second score of the game and put the Irish up 13-12. Buchner did it again on the two-point conversion, running outside the right end to give Notre Dame the 15-12 lead with 14:57 remaining.

After an Irish punt, the Thundering Herd took over at its own six-yard line with a little over 10 minutes to go. Laborn broke free for a rush of 42 yards to put the Herd inside the Irish 10 before Henry Colombi hit Devin Miller for a three-yard touchdown pass to go up 19-15 with 4:35 remaining.

On the ensuing Irish possession, Notre Dame threw to the left flat and the pass was jumped by the Marshall cornerback who returned in 37 yards for the score to put the Herd up 26-15.

A third Notre Dame interception gave Marshall the ball back with 3:01 on the clock. The defense held strong, forcing a punt that was blocked by Bo Bauer and the Irish took over on the Marshall 32 yard line with 1:56 remaining. Backup quarterback Drew Pyne led the scoring drive, finding Mayer on the right side for the touchdown. After the two-point conversion failed, the Irish trailed 26-21.

Notre Dame’s onside kick attempt was recovered by Marshall on the Notre Dame 48 yard line, and the Herd took a knee to claim the victory. 

The Irish are back in action next Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium as they will play host to the California Bears, with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: #22 IRISH DROP ACC OPENER AT #24 SYRACUSE, 1-0

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No. 22 Notre Dame fell to No. 24 Syracuse in a 1-0 road defeat to open up ACC play for the 2022 season.

Goalkeeper Bryan Dowd made a career-high eight saves in the defeat at Syracuse.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The hosts controlled play in the opening stages of the match, forcing the Irish to defend for stretches of time. The Orange scored the opener in the 22nd minute, as Giona Leibold gave Syracuse a 1-0 lead.

Dowd made four saves in the opening 45 minutes of play to keep Syracuse’s lead to one goal at the half.

The Irish tried to push forward in the second half but the Syracuse defense stood strong and limited Notre Dame’s scoring chances.

Notre Dame had one final chance in the final minute from a corner, but the Fighting Irish shot was cleared by the Orange defense, securing the 1-0 win.

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“Credit to Syracuse they were excellent today. We were not at our best in the first half but managed to be down by one. I loved the team’s response in the second half and while we weren’t at our best they had to clear one off the line in the last minute. We will grow from it and be ready for UVA.”

UP NEXT

The Irish remain on the road with another ACC matchup, taking on Virginia in Charlottesville at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 16 and will be streamed on ACCNX via WatchESPN.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH FALL IN FOUR TO NAVY

NORFOLK, Va. – The Irish fell to Navy on Saturday, Sept. 10 in a four set loss (12-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-27) and dropped to 3-5 on the season in day two of the Quest for the Crown Tournament.

Lucy Trump led the way for the Irish today as she tallied 14 kills, followed by Avery Ross with nine kills and Kaylyn Winkler with seven kills. Phyona Schrader dished out 31 assists for the Irish and Hattie Monson recorded 13 digs.

Set One

The Midshipmen took a 3-2 to start set one and never looked back. Navy went on to extend their lead 18-5 and the Irish responded with a 4-0 run to close the gap to nine at 18-9. Notre Dame’s late efforts weren’t enough as the Midshipmen took home set one 25-12.

Set Two

Notre Dame came out strong in set two, posting an 8-5 lead over the Midshipmen. The Navy tied it up at 13-13 and 15-15, before taking their second lead of the game at 16-15. A kill from Lauren Tarnoff and a kill from Avery Ross made it even 17-17. The Irish and Midshipmen swapped points until Navy took the two point advantage at 21-19. A service error and two attack errors from Navy tied the game yet again at 23-23. A kill from Tarnoff gave the Irish a 24-23 advantage until the Midshipmen responded with a kill of their own for an even 24-24. A service error from Navy followed by a kill from Navy, made it an even 25-25. The Irish capped off the set with a block from Schrader and Winkler and an attack error from Navy to give Notre Dame the set two win at 27-25.

Set Three

The Irish trailed early as the Midshipmen came out taking an 11-4 lead over Notre Dame. A block from Phyona Schrader closed the gap to five at 12-7, but Navy would go on 7-1 run to extend their lead 19-8. The Irish and Midshipmen went point-for-point until the 22-11 mark, but the Irish would go on a 6-3 run to make it a 24-17 game. Navy was able to send home their final point to finish the set 25-17 and take the 2-1 advantage heading into set four.

Set Four

It was a close one to start the fourth as the Irish and Midshipmen came out with an even 6-6 and struggled to pull away from one another. Navy took the 10-4 lead, but two kills from Ross and a block from Schrader brought it within one at 10-9. The Midshipmen maintained the lead but couldn’t pull away from the Irish by more than three as a kill from Schrader brought it back within two at 16-14. Two kills a piece from Winkler and Ross would give the Irish an opportunity at the end of the set as the Irish trailed by one at 19-18 and an attack error from Navy made it an even 19-19. The Irish’s eight point run allowed Notre Dame to take the lead 22-19, but Navy was able to tie it up at 22-22. Another kill from Winkler made it an even 24-24 before a service ace from Maisie Alexander gave the Irish the 25-24 advantage. Two kills from Navy and a service error from the Irish gave the Midshipmen their final set win of the match at 27-25.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: Purdue jumps ahead early as Sycamores fall to the Boilermakers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana State was unable to keep pace with the Purdue offense on Saturday afternoon as the Sycamores fell to the host Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium, 56-0.

The Sycamores (1-1) took the ball into the red zone twice in the second quarter with the game still in doubt. However, the Purdue (1-1) defense forced a turnover on downs on the first opportunity and recorded an interception in the end zone on the second chance to keep Indiana State off the board.

Dante Hendrix highlighted the Indiana State offense on the day with five catches for 90 yards. The redshirt senior wide receiver extended his catch streak to 28 consecutive games with a 17-yard drab in the second quarter and added receptions of 29 and 33 yards in the contest.

Gavin Screws paced the ISU offense at quarterback going 6-of-14 for 83 yards and a pair of interceptions through the air. Tee Hodge was the Indiana State top running back with eight carries for 30 yards.

Rylan Cole led all Indiana State players defensively with eight tackles in the contest, while Maddix Blacwell and Bilhal Kone both finished with seven apiece. Garret Ollendieck and Blake Surface paced the Sycamores with 1.0 tackles-for-loss apiece.

Purdue quarterback Aiden O’Connell targeted his favorite receiver Charlie Jones early and often as Purdue jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead. O’Connell finished 17-of-19 for 211 yards and four touchdowns through the air, while Jones picked up nine catches for 133 yards and three scores.

Sanoussi Kane was the top Purdue defensive player with seven tackles and a half-tackle-for-loss. Cam Allen added a 65-yard pick-six, while Jamari Brown recorded an interception in the end zone to highlight the PU defense.

How They Scored

An Indiana State fumble on the opening possession gave Purdue a short field and the Boilermakers took advantage of it. King Doerue capped a 4-play, 30-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run off the left side to put Purdue ahead 7-0 with 13:20 remaining in the first quarter.

Purdue went up 14-0 with 9:57 remaining in the first quarter as the Boilermakers capped a 6-play, 58-yard drive with an Aiden O’Connell seven-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Jones.

Purdue went ahead 21-0 on the O’Connell 26-yard touchdown pass to Paul Piferi to cap a 3-play, 43-yard drive with 6:44 remaining in the first quarter.

O’Connell found Jones for a 36-yard touchdown pass with 3:50 remaining in the second quarter to cap a 4-play, 61-yard drive and put Purdue ahead 28-0.

O’Connell found Jones for their third touchdown connection with 0:46 left in the first half to extend the Purdue lead to 35-0. The five-yard completion in the back right corner of the end zone capped a 5-play, 48-yard drive.

Dylan Downing took the ball up the middle for the one-yard touchdown plunge to give Purdue the 42-0 lead following the opening possession of the third quarter. The TD run capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive that took 5:45 off the clock.

Cam Allen stepped in front of a Gavin Screws pass and returned it 65 yards for the interception and score to put Purdue up 49-0 with 6:43 to play in the third quarter.

Devin Mockobee added a 14-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to put Purdue up 56-0. The carry capped a 12-play, 73-yard drive.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana State finished the contest with 145 total offensive yards in the game, including 94 passing yards.

The Sycamores were limited to seven first downs and went 3-for-16 on third down conversions.

Purdue finished with 521 total offensive yards, including 289 passing yards and 232 rushing yards.

The Boilermakers finished with 27 total first downs and held the time of possession edge with 31:47 of possession in the contest.

Purdue forced three Indiana State turnovers in the contest, while Indiana State took advantage of a punt return fumble to get in the turnover column.

News & Notes

Jayden Perry recorded his first forced fumble of the 2022 season as the sophomore long snapper hustled down the field early in the third quarter and jarred the ball loose to flip the field. It was ISU’s second forced fumble of the 2022 season.

Dante Hendrix put the Sycamores in scoring position twice in the contest as the redshirt senior wide receiver hauled in both a 29-yard reception and 33-yard reception in the first half to give ISU a pair of red zone opportunities.

Hendrix finished the game with five catches and 90 yards, moving him closer to all-time ISU leader Sam Logan (196 catches, 2,385 yards – 2003-06) in both categories. Hendrix finished the game with 145 career catches and 1,871 career yards following his first action of the season.

Anthony Beacom made his Indiana State punting debut with a 48-yard punt in the fourth quarter that resulted in a Purdue fair catch at the PU 11-yard line.

Tee Hodge picked up his first reception of the 2022 season in the fourth quarter with a two-yard snag. He became the eighth ISU player with a catch this year.

Indiana State falls to 0-18 all-time against the Big Ten and 0-6 all-time against Purdue with the loss.

Up Next

Indiana State returns home to face No. 2/3 Montana at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 17, as a part of the Big Sky-MVFC Challenge. Game time is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN and 105.5 The Legend.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Sycamores fall to No. 14 Kentucky in non-conference finale

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Facing an SEC opponent for the first time since 2018, Indiana State closed its non-conference schedule Saturday afternoon with a three-set loss to No. 14 Kentucky (25-16, 25-16, 25-15) inside Memorial Coliseum.

Storm Suhre and Mallory Keller led the way for the Sycamores with nine kills apiece, while Melina Tedrow had a team-leading 15 digs. Emma Kaelin recorded 12 assists, while Keller and Jamie Brown tallied three blocks each in the losing effort.

Indiana State held its own in the early stages, as a kill by Keller and a block assist by Brown and Karinna Gall gave the Sycamores an early advantage. Even after Kentucky went on a 5-0 run to take the lead, the Sycamores remained within striking distance. Three UK errors in a four-point span cut the ISU deficit to 9-8 before a 6-0 Wildcat run sent the teams to a media timeout with the Trees down by seven. Brown, Kaitlyn Hamilton and Suhre all had kills late, but Kentucky claimed the opening set 25-16.

Similar to the first set, the Sycamores got off to a strong start with Keller and Brown combining on an early block. The Trees took a 7-6 lead following a block assist by Keller and Gall, but Kentucky came back with five straight points to pull ahead. Kills by Keller and Hamilton made it a 13-12 deficit midway through the set but the Wildcats scored five of the next seven points to increase their lead back to five. Suhre and Gall combined for three kills in a five-point span in the closing stages, but UK won the last five points to take the second set 25-16.

The Sycamores took an early 3-2 lead in the third set following kills by Keller and Suhre, but Kentucky seized momentum with an 8-1 run and never looked back. A kill by Keller cut the Sycamore deficit to four at 11-7, but that was the closest Indiana State got for the remainder of the set as Kentucky rattled off four straight points. A pair of kills by Suhre followed by a kill by Keller late in the set was not enough for the Trees, as the 14th-ranked Wildcats closed out the sweep with a 25-15 third-set win.

Inside the Numbers

Storm Suhre’s nine kills were her most since the opening weekend of play, when she had 11 against Chicago State (Aug. 27).

Jamie Brown has recorded three or more blocks in three straight matches.

Mallory Keller and Storm Suhre combined for 21.5 of the Sycamores’ 34 points in the match.

News and Notes

Melina Tedrow sits 17 digs shy of Indiana State’s school record after recording 15 Saturday.

Kaitlyn Hamilton is currently 20 kills away from reaching 500 for her career.

Saturday’s match was Indiana State’s second straight match against a 2021 NCAA Tournament team.

Up Next

Indiana State has a rare weekend off before beginning Missouri Valley Conference play at home against Bradley (Sept. 23, 6 p.m.) and Illinois State (Sept. 24, 5 p.m.).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER: Mastodons Earn Draw with League Favorite Oakland 1-1

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The left foot of Luke Benford found the back of the net in the 76th minute to give Purdue Fort Wayne a 1-1 tie with Oakland on Saturday (Sept. 10) afternoon.

The ‘Dons controlled the first half of the game, out-shooting Oakland 9-3 in the first 45 minutes and recording the half’s only two shots on goal. One of which came on a header by Abe Arellano that required a diving save by Oakland goalkeeper Michael Sly Jr.

The first 20 or so minutes of the second half was flipped, with Oakland controlling the majority of the pace of play. The Golden Grizzlies went up 1-0 on a goal by Owen Smith, assisted by Dawsun Schrum. Smith found the left side of the net on his shot.

The game flipped again, however, and the ‘Dons recorded the final eight shots of the contest. The equalizer came in the 76th minute. Benford’s strike from about 20 yards out was deflected by an Oakland defender into the top right of the goal, despite Sly’s best efforts to reach for it. Keith Larson received an assist on the goal.

The Mastodons finished with a 20-8 edge in shots, including 6-2 in shots on goal. Purdue Fort Wayne also held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. 

While the series with Oakland goes back to 1982 and includes shared time in the Summit League, positive results have been far and few between against the Golden Grizzlies. The draw is only the second positive result in 22 tries for the ‘Dons, the other being a win in 2012.

Oakland won the league title last season and was picked to win it again this season.

Purdue Fort Wayne is now 1-2-2 (0-0-1 Horizon League). Oakland is now 0-4-1 (0-0-1 Horizon League).

The ‘Dons are back in action on Wednesday against Western Michigan. It will be the annual Party at the Pitch with food trucks, games and other fun.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Mastodons Pick Up Road Win at Missouri Valley Favorite Valparaiso

VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team took down the Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite Valparaiso on Friday night (Sept. 9) 1-0.

While the Beacons controlled possession for the majority of the contest, holding a 28-5 edge in shots, there was no shortage of excitement for Mastodon fans.

Purdue Fort Wayne got a goal from Rylee Vruggink in the 65th minute that was the difference in the game. After a throw in, Vruggink drew a foul from a Valparaiso defender that set up a free kick. Kelsey Gallagher dished to Vruggink, then the junior scored her first goal of the season off a right-footed kick to the lower left corner of the goal.

Gallagher’s assist moved her into fourth in program history in career assists. The redshirt-senior has eight to her name.

In minute 73, Mastodon keeper Samantha Castaneda recorded one of her nine saves just moments before her defense came to support the goal line. Valpo’s Dana Fish rebounded her teammate’s shot, but it was saved by a Mastodon defender. With around 10 minutes left, Castaneda made a save on one of the most dangerous looks of the evening, diving to the lower right side to stop a Valparaiso free kick.

With just seconds left on the clock, Valparaiso was awarded a penalty kick. Castaneda was the wall she had been all night, stopping the attempt in its tracks to seal the victory. She dove to the right and went low for the save.

Castaneda recorded her second shutout of the season and sixth of her career. She is third in program history with six shutouts, trailing just Sam Pavlika (10, 2012-14) and Shannon Lynn (9, 2004-06).

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 3-2-2. Valparaiso falls to 1-4-2. The Mastodons will welcome Southern Indiana to the Hefner Soccer Complex on Sunday (Sept. 11). The Screaming Eagles are in their first season of Division I competition.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Mastodons Sweep Saint Francis (Pa.), Haffner Named All-Tournament

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team finished its appearance in the Geri Polvino Invitational with a 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-14) win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday (Sept. 10).

Taya Haffner, Purdue Fort Wayne’s setter, finished with 32 assists and three kills in Saturday’s match. She finished the tournament with 104 assists, 20 digs and 14 kills. She was named to the Geri Polvino All-Tournament Team for her efforts.

The Mastodons jumped out to a big lead in the first set, going up 15-5 after Haffner put down one of her three kills. The ‘Dons used the comfortable lead to take the first set. Sidney Schiller had six kills on 11 attempts to lead Purdue Fort Wayne through the first.

Schiller and Iris Riegel were the one-two punch in the second set, recording three and four kills, respectively. There were 10 ties and five lead changes in the set, but the biggest swing came late. The Mastodons held off two set points and won the frame with a 4-0 run.

The third set was all Mastodons, as they rattled off an 18-6 start. Joanna Larsen got the kill that capped off a Schiller serving run. Savanna Rogers saw her first action as a Mastodon in the third, serving the ace that clinched the match. The ‘Dons hit a match-high .444 in the final set.

Schiller finished with 12 kills on an efficient .345. Seven Mastodons had an ace. LonDynn Betts and Rachael Crucis had 15 and 14 digs, respectively.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 4-5 while Saint Francis falls to 1-9. The Mastodons will be back in action next week when they visit Toledo to face the Rockets and Duquesne on September 16-17. Both matches will be streamed on ESPN3.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Aces get another result as Mayor’s Cup clash ends in a scoreless draw

EVANSVILLE – In front of a packed house of 1,620 fans, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team battled to a scoreless draw with Southern Indiana on Saturday evening at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

The match marked the second-straight clean sheet for graduate goalkeeper Alex Vidizzoni, who faced six shots total and two on goal, saving both. Much of the attack came from sophomore Jose Vivas, who tallied a career-high six shots on the night, putting three on frame. On the evening, the Aces out-shot the Screaming Eagles, 15-6.

Evansville’s best chance of the opening half came just four minutes into the match as Vivas streaked down the left side and into the box and had his shot just tipped away by Eagles goalkeeper Alec Meissner. USI had a chance to move in front just before the break in the 43rd minute with a shot from Zach Barton that Vidizzoni saved.

The Aces came out of the half as the aggressors, quickly firing three shots inside the first eight minutes of the half. Late in the match, Evansville continued to put the pressure on the Screaming Eagles backline. UE’s best chance of the night came in the 85th minute as a ball found the feet of sophomore forward Nacho Diaz, who flicked a ball towards goal that ricocheted off the left post and was knocked in off the chest of Vivas, but the goal was called off as Vivas was offside. Despite the late flurry of shots from Evansville, the defenses won the night in the 0-0 draw.

Evansville returns to action next Saturday, September 17th as the three-match homestand hits its midpoint with the Aces Missouri Valley Conference opener against SIUE at 6 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: UE tripped up at #15 Baylor

WACO, Texas – Facing one of the top teams in the nation, the University of Evansville volleyball team dropped a 3-0 contest at #15 Baylor on Saturday evening.  Without two of its top offensive weapons, the Purple Aces gave its younger players valuable experience against some of the top competition in the nation.

Giulia Cardona paced the offense with seven kills while Madisyn Steele finished with six.  Kora Ruff tallied 17 assists while Cardona led UE with four digs.

Set 1- BU 25, UE 12

Hitting .778 in the opening frame, Baylor took a 1-0 lead on the strength of a 25-12 win.  After a Kora Ruff kill made it a 4-3 Baylor lead, the Bears posted the next five tallies to extend the lead to 9-3.  Back-to-back aces helped their lead grow to 13-4 before a Giulia Cardona kill halted the rally.  From there, the Bears would finish strong to take the early nod.

Set 2 – BU 25, UE 10

Madisyn Steele recorded two early kills as UE kept it close in the early moments.  Her second kill cut the UE deficit to 4-3 and that is when the Bears made their run.  Five in a row extended the lead to 9-3.  Baylor continued to keep the pressure on as they extended their lead to finish with a 25-10 decision and pick up a 2-0 advantage.

Set 3 – BU 25, UE 10

Things got off to a very quick start for the Bears, who scooted out to a 7-1 lead.  Cardona and Steele picked up kills that made it an 8-3 game, but the potent Bears attack continued to put it all together, earning a 25-10 to secure the 3-0 sweep.

Evansville travels to East Lansing, Michigan for the Green & White Classic next weekend.  In its final non-conference tournament, the Aces face Chicago State, Oakland and Michigan State before opening the Missouri Valley Conference slate in two weeks.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: USI snaps streak with 0-0 draw at Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer snapped its losing streak with a hard fought 0-0 draw at the University of Evansville. The Screaming Eagles go to 0-4-1 on the season while The Purple Aces are 2-0-2 after tonight.

USI and Evansville battled back and forth to a 0-0 draw throughout the first 45 minutes. The Eagles had a pair of great chances to score but were stopped short. Freshman forward Jackson Mitchell (Newburgh, Indiana) had the first shot on-goal at 18:57, while junior forward Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri) was stopped on a break away at 42:44.

USI junior goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) was helped by the Eagles’ defense and only had to make one save in the opening stanza.

In the second half, the Aces continued to pressure the USI defense with a 10-3 advantage in shots. Meissner stood tall in the goal for the Eagles, making four great saves on the shots on-goal.

The Eagles had a chance in the 69th minute with a direct kick just outside the box, resulting in shots by freshman midfielder Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana) and freshman midfielder Ednilson Voiles (Plainfield, Indiana).

Overall, the Aces had the advantage (15-6 shots; 7-1 corners) but the Eagles defense was the difference the match.

UP NEXT FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles travel to Peoria, Illinois to take on Bradley University on Tuesday, September 13th with kickoff set for 6pm. The match against Evansville will be streamed on ESPN3 while the Bradley match will be streamed on ESPN+.

USI holds a 2-0-1 advantage over Bradley all-time, all three matches coming from the Eagles’ Division I seasons between 1992 and 1994. The Eagles took the first two meetings, 3-1 at Bradley in 1992 and 2-0 at Strassweg Field in 1993, before the programs battle to a 2-2 draw at Bradley in 1994.

SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Eagles end Chattanooga Classic with 3-1 loss

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-9, 0-0 OVC) completed the Chattanooga Classic with a 3-1 (25-19, 15-25, 19-25, 15-25) loss to Duquesne University (2-8) Saturday afternoon at Maclellan Gym. The Screaming Eagles won the opening frame but watched the Dukes win three-straight sets to snap its’s five-match losing skid.

USI used an all-around effort to win the opening set, 25-19. Duquesne began with a 2-0 lead before junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) kicked things off for the Eagles, knocking down three kills to help USI tie it at five apiece. After a pair of attack errors from the Dukes and a couple of kills from junior outside/right side/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois), the Eagles gained a two-point advantage. Sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) tallied back-to-back kills to spark a 7-2 USI surge to extend to a 19-13 gap. Despite a late comeback from Duquesne, the Eagles held onto the lead thanks to a set-ending service ace from Koch. USI ended the set with 12 kills, two aces, and a .276 hitting percentage.

Duquesne, however, used an early 7-0 run to secure a 25-15 second set victory. With USI holding to a 5-3 lead, the Dukes plotted a 7-0 surge that ended with a Duquesne five-point advantage. Sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) was able to stop the Dukes’ impressive run with a kill before Koch and sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) each tallied a kill to put the Eagles within three. Strategic runs by Duquesne put USI in a hole, leading to a 17-10 gap. Weber and Anderson provided a pair of kills each, but it was not enough to stop the raging Dukes from handing USI its first loss of the match. The Eagles provided 12 kills but lost traction due to nine attack errors.

The Dukes used its second-set momentum to conquer the third frame, 25-19. USI took an early 3-1 lead before Duquesne went on an 8-1 surge to hold a 9-4 advantage. The Dukes piled on the points, but sophomore middle blocker Lauren O’Neill (Covington, Indiana) tried to stop the bleeding with one of her three kills in the set. The Eagles went on a short run due to two Duquesne attack errors and an Anderson kill to cut the deficit to just five. The Dukes would not back down and secure the set win and claim a one-set lead over USI.

The Eagles watched the Dukes walk away with a 25-15 match-sealing win in the fourth set. USI began the frame with an ace from junior libero/defensive specialist Audrey Crowder (Avon, Indiana) and a kill from Downing before Duquesne retaliated with three kills of its own. With the score knotted up at four, the Dukes went on a short surge before Weber’s kill ended the streak. Despite being within one, USI allowed Duquesne to spark another run, this time a 5-0 stint to double up the Eagles, 12-6. Back-to-back kills from Weber kept USI in the match but the Dukes kept pulling away, eventually reaching a 21-12 lead. Downing, O’Neill, and sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) each tallied a kill in the final moments of the set before Duquesne sealed the Eagles’ fate.

Anderson, who was named to the All-Tournament team, led the charge for USI, securing 14 kills, while Koch nabbed a career-high tying three aces. Downing stood tall for the Eagles at the net, tallying a career-high seven blocks. Koch led the passing game for USI by tabbing 22 assists while Crowder was the lone Eagle with double-digit digs, recording 10.

As a team, USI had 43 kills, four aces, and 34 assists to go along with 10 blocks and 47 digs. The Eagles put up an impressive first-set stat line with 12 kills and a .276 hitting percentage. USI matched its kills count in the second set but doubled its error margin, recording a match-high nine attack errors that led to a .088 attacking percentage. The Eagles’ third frame ended with 10 kills and eight errors while set four saw nine kills and five errors leading to a .130 hitting percentage for the match.

NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles will compete in the NIU Tri-Match in Dekalb, Illinois next Friday and Saturday. USI will battle the University of Rhode Island Friday at 11 a.m. before taking on Northern Illinois University Saturday at 11 a.m. This will be the final non-conference match of the season for the Eagles.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Eagles earn 2-0 win after big second half

CHICAGO – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer capitalized on two second-half goals Friday night to earn a 2-0 win against Chicago State University, improving the Screaming Eagles’ record to 3-1-2 in the 2022 season.

After about 10 minutes into the match, the Screaming Eagles started to find their flow in the contest. USI controlled possession in the attacking half for most of the first half. There were a couple of opportunities where the USI attack pushed ahead of the defense and slotted passes across the face of the goal, but both passes were just out of the reach of the intended target. The Screaming Eagles’ defense had a huge role in keeping the possession toward USI’s advantage, pressing forward to keep the Chicago State Cougars contained in the defensive midfield area.

The match was scoreless at halftime. The Cougars did get off a few attempts in the latter portion of the first half, but the USI defense and senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) handled the situation with ease.

At the start of the second half, the Screaming Eagles found an opportunity to go on the break and net their first goal of the match. In the 49th minute, the Cougars’ defense tried to play the ball forward, but USI’s freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) stepped in front and brought the ball down to her feet. After a quick touch, Murphy played the ball through and up to a racing Morgan Beyer (Rossford, Ohio). The junior forward ran up 1-on-1 against Chicago State’s goalkeeper Stella Chiara Chiaradia, slotting the ball past the keeper. The goal was Beyer’s first of the season and the two points from the score moved her into USI’s top-15 all-time for career points. She is two goals away from USI’s top-12 all-time in goals scored.

About 18 minutes later, Southern Indiana tallied their second goal of the contest. Senior defender Madison Crawford (O’Fallon, Missouri) gathered a loose ball near the sideline in the left part of the midfield and crossed it toward Murphy in the middle of the field and 25 yards out. Murphy took a couple of touches, turned, and fired a beautiful shot into the top right-hand corner of the goal. The connection and assist from Crawford led to Murphy’s fifth goal of the season, a team high.

With just over six minutes left to play, Crawford took a free kick from outside the box, booming a low line drive on goal, but it was saved by Chiaradia and kept the match 2-0 for the final score.

USI recorded 17 shots and seven on goal, outshooting their opponent for the fourth time this season. USI also had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Beyer, Murphy, and freshman midfielder Emma Thurston (Leawood, Kansas) led Southern Indiana with three shots each.

Etienne made five saves on eight shots faced, finishing with her fourth clean sheet of the season. She increased her career shutouts record to 33.

“It was a great team win,” Morgan Beyer said. “We really executed what we wanted to in the second half, and we’re looking forward to Sunday’s match!”

The Screaming Eagles will continue their weekend road trip Sunday afternoon when they take on the Purdue University Fort Wayne Mastodons at 12 p.m. CT. Sunday’s away game is available to watch with an ESPN+ subscription.

USI fans can stay up-to-date with the latest at usiscreamingeagles.com or follow USI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Pushes Full-Scholarship MVFC Opponent to the Brink in Near Upset at Illinois State

They say there are no moral victories, but this is about as close to one as you can come if you’re the Valparaiso University football team.

The mood surrounding the team was one of disappointment following a 28-21 road loss to full-scholarship, Missouri Valley Football Conference opponent Illinois State on Saturday night at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill. But once the sting of dropping a game that was close from start to finish wears off, the Beacons can hold their heads high following one of the best performances against a Division-I scholarship opponent in program history.

How It Happened

After each team went three-and-out on its opening possession, Illinois State posted the first points of the contest on a five-play, 52-yard drive highlighted by a 35-yard touchdown catch that made it 7-0.

The two teams exchanged punts once again, but the Beacons put together a nine-play, 61-yard drive that tied the game. The drive was aided by a pair of Illinois State penalties. That scoring march finished when quarterback Mason Kaplan (Peachtree Corners, Ga. / Norcross) completed an 8-yard TD pass to Matt Ross (Naperville, Ill. / Montini Catholic [Eastern Illinois]) with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter. The PAT was from five yards longer after a false start, but Brian Bartholomew’s (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) kick was right on the money none-the-less to make it 7-7.

The Valpo defense continued to hold its own on the ensuing possession, forcing a quick three-and-out with Ben Hines (Snohomish, Wash. / Archbishop Murphy [Washington]) in on all three stops. Valpo’s first drive of the second quarter started with a 20-yard pass to Barret Labus (Wadsworth, Ohio / Wadsworth), but the possession stalled out and the Beacons were forced to punt. Evan Matthes (Reston, Va. / South Lakes [West Virginia]) booted one 43 yards that was mishandled by the Illinois State punt returner and Caleb Rao (Liberty Township, Ohio / Lakota West) recovered the fumble in the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown on special teams to put Valpo in front 14-7.

The game continued to go haywire as Illinois State instantly responded with a game-tying 98-yard kickoff return for a TD that made it 14-all.

An Illinois State drive highlighted by a 47-yard completion resulted in points to make it 21-14 in favor of the hosts after an 8-yard TD run with 8:40 to play in the second quarter.

Valpo put together a strong drive late in the half, moving it 45 yards on 13 plays – the longest of which was a 19-yard reception by Jake Vickers (Canton, Mich. / Canton). However, the drive did not result in points as a 40-yard field goal try was blocked.

Illinois State tried a long heave on the final play of the first half that was intercepted by Rao.

The Illinois State defense made an interception early in the second half, but the Valpo defense forced a turnover on downs on the hosts’ first offensive possession of the half.

The Redbirds eventually extended the lead to 28-14 on a 23-yard TD pass. Valpo moved the ball 42 yards on its next possession, but was forced to punt.

Illinois State embarked on a run-heavy drive that engulfed 7:50 off the clock but resulted in a missed 37-yard field goal try. That set up Valpo’s 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive that saw five different players catch passes. The final one was a 14-yard TD snag by tight end Evan Jernegan (Altadena, Calif. / St. Francis]) to cut the lead to seven at 28-21 with 2:47 remaining.

A roughing the kicker penalty on the PAT allowed Valpo to kick off from midfield, and the Beacons pulled off an onside kick recovery at the Illinois State 40, creating an opportunity to tie the game with a last-minute score. However, the Illinois State defense stood tall on that possession, as the drive went backward and resulted in an interception.

The game was not over yet as Valpo still had two timeouts. The Valpo defensive front led by Sam Hafner (Green Bay, Wis. / De Pere) and Kurt Kessen (Shelby Township, Mich. / Utica) made a key stop on fourth-and-1 from the Valpo 36, and the Beacons took back over with 39 seconds on the clock. The hope for a late miracle was extinguished by an interception as the Redbirds held on for the seven-point victory.

Inside the Game

The near upset came over a team that was receiving votes nationally as Illinois State received 17 votes in this week’s AFCA poll.

The game marked a far different story from Valpo’s last visit to Illinois State, a 50-13 loss to open the 2016 season.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference, the nation’s top FCS league, entered the week with 28 straight victories against unranked FCS opponents, a streak that Beacons put in jeopardy on Saturday.

This was one of the closest games against a Division-I opponent that offers athletic scholarships in program history, behind a five-point loss to Duquesne in 2017.

Since the start of the 2010 season, Valpo has played nine games against members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and this was far and away the closest contest. Previously, the closest Valpo had come was a 42-7 loss to Youngstown State in 2018 as those eight games came by an average margin of defeat of over 50 points per game.

Since the start of the Spring 2021 season, 10 of the program’s 19 games have been decided by seven points or fewer including back-to-back one-score games to start the 2022 campaign.

Valpo actually moved the chains more frequently than Illinois State, producing 19 first downs to the Redbirds’ 16. Valpo gained 256 yards of total offense, while moving the ball through the air at nearly the same clip as the hosts, with Illinois State holding a narrow 196-191 edge in passing yards.

Valpo displayed an ability to sustain drives offensively and get off the field defensively as the team ran 78 offensive plays to Illinois State’s 60.

Rao’s unusual fumble recovery for a TD was his first career score, while his interception was also his first with the Brown & Gold. Jernegan had his first career TD a week after making his first collegiate reception. Ross collected his second career TD grab and first of the season.

Hines put up eye-popping tackle numbers with 15 stops, while James Doerer (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe South) continued his strong start to the season with seven tackles, six of which were solos. Kurt Kessen, Kevin Spelman (New Lenox, Ill. / Providence Catholic) and Jadarius Horton (Charlotte, N.C. / West Charlotte [Southwestern College]) had six tackles apiece.

The 15 tackles by Hines were the most by a Valpo player since Jamari Booker on Nov 2, 2019 at Davidson (21).

Nine different Beacons caught passes, led by Labus’ three catches for 48 yards. Ross also had three grabs, totaling 42 receiving yards. Kaplan went 18-of-36 for 191 yards and two scores. 

Thoughts From Head Coach Landon Fox

“We’re disappointed that we lost the football game when we had a chance to win, but one thing I told the team is that I’m proud of their effort and the persistence that we had throughout the game. We showed an ability to not flinch when we were down 28-14. We gave ourselves an opportunity to have the ball late in the game with a chance to tie or win.”

“Ben (Hines) is a really good player. As a coach, I enjoy how intelligent he is. Not only is he a good athlete and a good player, but he understands the schematics of what we’re trying to do. That allows him to be in a lot of positions to make plays.”

Up Next

Valpo (1-1) will close out nonconference play next week with another challenging opponent as the Beacons visit Dartmouth for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday in Hanover, N.H. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Matches Best Start in Program History, Wins Akron Invitational

The Valpo volleyball team continued its early-season run on Saturday, clinching the Akron Invitational championship with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-11) victory at Cleveland State. With the win, the Beacons improve to 9-0 on the season and match the 2015 team for the longest winning streak to start a season in program history.

How It Happened

Valpo led from the start of set one and extended its lead to seven points at the halfway mark of the frame. But with the score 19-15, CSU reeled off seven of the next eight points to pull ahead 22-20, and the teams traded sideouts the rest of the way as the Vikings took the opener.

A 7-1 run around the midpoint of the second set — a spurt which featured two kills and a block by junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) — took an 11-10 deficit and turned it into a 17-12 lead for the Beacons.

Cleveland State closed to within 20-18, but Valpo came through with four of the next six points to earn set point at 24-20. Three chances to even the match came and went as CSU picked up three straight kills, but at 24-23, senior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) came through with a kill to end the second set in Valpo’s favor.

The third set was the tightest early on as the two sides vied for control, featuring 12 ties and five lead changes. The key run came with the score knotted at 15 apiece, as senior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) recorded a kill and then stepped back to the service line and served four in a row as Valpo pulled ahead, 20-15. The lead remained at least three points the rest of the way as the Beacons took the 2-1 lead in the match.

On the flip side, the fourth set was all Valpo, as the Beacons led start to finish. Valpo hit .317 with 16 kills in the frame and limited CSU to six kills on .000 hitting. The Beacons closed the match in style, scoring the final five points in a row — the last coming on a kill by senior Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]) — to complete their ninth straight victory.

Inside the Match

Valpo held a 19-kill advantage over the Vikings, finishing with a 60-41 lead in the category. The Beacons have not posted fewer kills than their opponent in any match this season.

Valpo recorded a season-high 98 digs, helping to limit Cleveland State to .086 hitting — the second-lowest hitting percentage for a Valpo opponent so far this year.

Ravotto and Cooper tied for team-high honors with 15 kills apiece. For Ravotto, the 15 kills were one off her season high and came as part of her second consecutive double-double, as she tallied 30 digs in the back row — the second 30-dig effort of her career.

Meanwhile, less than 24 hours after setting a career high with 18 kills, Cooper registered the second-highest kill total of her career with her 15 in Saturday’s win.

Januski joined the aforementioned duo in double figures in the kills column with a career-best 12 kills on .500 hitting. The junior also was part of a team-best four blocks.

Junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) tied her season high as she dished out 29 assists.

Freshman Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) matched her season best with 28 digs. The first-year libero has tallied at least 20 digs in six of her first nine matches.

Inside the Tournament

The win secured the Akron Invitational title for Valpo, its third tournament title in as many weekends to open the season.

Valpo has won 32 in-season tournament titles under head coach Carin Avery.

This is the fifth time in Avery’s tenure that Valpo has captured three in-season championships in the same season, joining the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 squads. The 2010 team is the only other one of that group which won them on each of the season’s first three weekends.

The Beacons’ defense was key to this weekend’s triumph, as Valpo limited its opponents to .078 hitting and averaged 18.73 digs and 2.77 blocks per set.

Inside the Winning Streak

This is the second time in program history that Valpo has won nine consecutive matches to open a season, as this year’s Beacons join the 2015 team as the only ones to start a campaign 9-0.

This year’s squad has had to battle a bit more, however. The 2015 team dropped just three sets in those nine matches, while the 2022 team has dropped eight sets.

This marks the 11th time in program history that Valpo has won at least nine straight matches at any point of the season, nine of which have come under Avery. There have been six double-digit winning streaks all time, including the record 14-match winning streak in 2004.

Next Up

Valpo (9-0) closes out nonconference action next weekend at UTSA’s Roadrunner Classic. The Beacons will face UIW and Houston Baptist in San Antonio in addition to the hosts.

U OF I VOLLEYBALL: Greyhounds Sweep Saturday at IUP

INDIANA, Pa. – The UIndy volleyball team swept its way back into the win column on Saturday, knocking off Roberts Wesleyan and Frostburg State at the Crimson Hawk Classic held on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The pair of victories were the first away from home this fall for the Hounds, who now sport a 7-4 record.

UIndy 3, Roberts Wesleyan 0

The Greyhounds bounced back against the Redhawks in the morning match, handling them in straight sets. UIndy totaled 65 digs as a unit, limiting Roberts Wesleyan to just .036 attacking. MaKenna Barnhart led the way defensively, finishing with 20 scoops.

Parlanti paced the offense, recording 11 kills on .588 attacking from the outside. Sara Spalding dished out 18 assists – along with her 10 scoops – while Alex Equihua chipped in nine digs and seven helpers.

The highlight of the morning was the team’s opening set, as the Hounds allowed a paltry seven points to the Redhawks. Including its 6-for-7 sideout percentage in the first frame, UIndy went 29 for 44 in the category throughout the match.

UIndy 3, Frostburg 0

Sabotin recorded double-digit kills for the third time this weekend, including the fifth instance this fall, with an 11-piece against the Bobcats. The junior middle attacked at a .429 clip, adding four digs and an assist in the sweep.

Another double-double was on tap for Spalding, who contributed five kills to her 16 dimes and 11 scoops. Barnhart paced the back line once again with 13 herself, while Grace Hegwood finished with 10 kills and 10 digs.

The UIndy defense held Frostburg to negative hitting in the first and third sets, blocking six Bobcat attacks and forcing 20 errors.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Spalding now has four double-doubles in her rookie campaign, upping her totals to 5.83 assists/set and 1.95 digs/set.

– Sabotin tallied seven kills on .353 attacking in the first match against Roberts Wesleyan, finishing Saturday with 17 putaways.

– With 33 scoops on the day, Barnhart is now just five away from 1,500 in her Greyhound career.

– Equihua recorded 10 helpers and seven digs in the win over Frostburg.

HOUND BYTES

Head coach Jason Reed on finishing the weekend with two wins

“I’m proud of how we bounced back today. We’re still figuring out our identity and dealing with adversity is important for that.”

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds open GLVC action next weekend at McKendree. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday from Lebanon, Ill.

MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: NO. 5 KNIGHTS BREEZE PAST NO. 11 AQUINAS

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 5 Marian women’s soccer team took down No. 11 Aquinas in a top-15 showdown at St. Vincent Field Saturday afternoon, 5-1. With this win the Knights move to 6-0-1 on the season.

It was all Marian in the first half, as they controlled a majority of the possession in the first half. The Knights fired off a total of eight shots as to the Saints 6. Marian wasted no time to get themselves on the board, as Naomi Walters got a nice ball from Maya Decker to give the Knights the 1-0 lead. Walters was not finished in the half, as she went on to score her second goal of the match at the 17:07 mark.

With Marian leading 2-0, they continued their offensive pressure by scoring their third and final goal of the half to the thanks of Allie Schlom on the assist from Ryli John. Lindsey Stoughton was able to produce one more shot attempt for the Knights before going into the break, but she was unable to execute as their goalie would get her hands on it.

Marian came out firing yet again in the second half, as Erin Oleksak got things rolling for the Knights, booting one at the Aquinas goalie. Although both team were able to post seven shot attempts each, the Knights were the ones who seemed to have the offensive execution by continuing to pressure the visitors. Walters had a great look at a header that would go just wide, just before Oleksak would give the Knights some extra juice at the 68:52 mark by scoring her a goal of her own after breaking away from the Aquinas defenders. Schlom wanted in on the action, as she scored her second goal, and the team’s final goal of the match, a minute and a half later to give the Knights the 5-0 lead over the Saints.

Aquinas finally found themselves on the board in the 76:28 mark, but it was no match for the Knight’s solid offensive performance.

Walters and Schlom led the way for Marian with two goals each, while Oleksak added a goal of her own and an assist. Oleksak also posted five shots, while Walters had three, and Jacelyn Smith added two. Delaney Taylor also had a shot attempt and Decker posted an assist. Noelle Rolfsen got the win in goal for the Knights, making five saves and playing the full 90 minutes.

Marian will be back in action as they travel to Lima, Ohio on September 14 to take on UNOH at 12 PM.

WABASH FOOTBALL: Little Giants Drop Home Contest To Second-Ranked North Central

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana — Wabash fell 56-12 to second-ranked North Central (IL) Saturday afternoon at Little Giant Stadium.

Wabash dropped to 1-1 for the season while North Central starts the season with a 1-0 record.

Liam Thompson completed 16-of-29 pass attempts for 161 yards and one touchdown. He also threw one interception. Derek Allen Jr. hauled in five catches for 64 yards.  Penn Stoller made his presence felt in the passing game, recording five receptions for 60 yards and one touchdown. Heisman Skeens threw a touchdown pass to Donovan Snyder for the Little Giants’ first score of the game.

Thompson totaled 32 yards to lead the Wabash ground attack in the game. Xavier Tyler also tacked on 30 yards on eight carries.

How It Happened

North Central  took a 28-0 lead, but Wabash got on the board with 6:47 left in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 28-6.Another Wabash score then narrowed the deficit to 28-12. North Central (IL) tacked on 28 more points to finish off the scoring.

Game Notes

» North Central (IL) outgained Wabash 542-257 in the contest.

» Wabash tallied 12 points in the second quarter, accounting for 100% of their total score.

» Wabash converted 6 of 17 third downs while North Central (IL) was successful on 7 of 11.

» The Little Giants had three players with more than eight tackles in the ballgame led by Ben Netting, who had eight.

» Thompson punted four times for the WAB with an average of 46.5 yards per punt while pinning the NCC inside their own 20 one time.

» Wabash went 2-for-4 on fourth down, converting on 50 percent of attempts.

» Luke Lehnen led the North Central passing attack, completing 22 of his 28 attempts for 301 yards and two touchdowns.

» Deangelo Hardy was North Central (IL)’s leading receiver with 139 yards and two touchdowns.

» Ethan Greenfield ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.

Wabash opens the North Coast Athletic Conference portion of its schedule next week when the Little Giants travel to the College of Wooster.

WABASH MEN’S SOCCER: Opens Robbie Dreher Classic With 4-1 Win

CRAWFORDSVILLE,  INDIANA — Wabash got a pair of goals from Alexis Delgado in a 4-1 win over Fontbonne on the opening day of the 2022 Robbie Dreher Soccer Classic Saturday at Mud Hollow Stadium.

Wabash improved to 4-1-0 overall after the victory.

How it Happened

Wabash started the scoring when Emilio Paez recorded his first goal of the season in the 17th minute, assisted by Quinn Leous.

The Little Giants scored again on a goal from Delgado — his second goal of the season — in the 19th minute, assisted by Caleb Castaño.

Wabash went up 3-0 on Austin Hughes’ 62nd-minute goal, his first of the season.

The Little Giants kept Fontbonne off the scoreboard and took a 4-0 lead with a 72nd-minute goal from Delgado, his second goal of the season. Andre Aguilera and Jesse Martinez assisted the goal.

Fontbonne made it a 4-1 game on Eldar Kladnjakovic’s goal in the 84th minute, assisted by Alex Wigge. The game closed without another goal scored.

Game Notes

Soren Russell totaled two saves for the Little Giants out of eight total Griffins shots.

Wabash totaled nine shots on goal

FRANKLIN MEN’S SOCCER: RECAP | Grizzlies Drop Saturday Meeting with St. Francis

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Franklin men’s soccer team wrapped up a busy 10 days to start the season on Saturday (Sept. 10) afternoon, taking on the St. Francis Cougars in a non-conference road match.

Junior Eddy Yousak netted his third goal of the year for the Grizzlies (0-5), but they would fall to the Cougars (6-0-1) by a 6-1 count.

Yousak opened the scoring at the 15:22 mark of the first half, getting a feed from Cooper Gross and depositing Franklin’s first shot of the game into the back of the net. Yousak’s goal matches a single-season career high with three with Gross picking up his first career point with the helper.

Up Next

The Grizzlies are off until next Saturday (Sept. 17), when they travel to Kentucky for a meeting with the Berea Mountaineers. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

FRANKLIN VOLLEYBALL: RECAP | Volleyball Bests Asbury in Four Sets for Second Straight Win

WILMORE, Ky. – The Franklin College volleyball team posted their second consecutive win on Saturday (Sept. 10) afternoon, handling the Asbury Eagles in four sets.

The Grizzlies (3-3) got a team-high eight kills from Kaitlyn Lavy while the team racked up nine aces and eight solo blocks to turn back the Eagles (1-3) 25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18.

Franklin closed out the opening set with an 8-3 run to take a one-set let, but the Eagles answered with a game two win to tie things up. The Grizzlies would rely on their defense to close out the victory, as they pulled away late in games three and four.

Inside the Box Score

-Junior middle blocker Chloe Holder led the Grizzlies with a .500 hitting percentage, putting down six kills on 10 attempts.

-Senior setter Billie Jarrett handed out 17 assists running the offense.

-Campbell Clark led the Grizzlies with nine digs and tied with Hope Moring for the team lead with three aces each.

-Makayln Miller blocked three attempts at the front of the net to lead all players.

Up Next

-Franklin is back on the road on Tuesday (Sept. 13) night, heading to Ohio to meet the Wilmington Quakers. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.

FRANKLIN FOOTBALL: RECAP | Grizzlies Fall to Aurora in Final Stop Ahead of Home Opener

AURORA, Ill – The Franklin College football team hit the road for week two of the regular season, heading to Spartan Stadium to take on the Aurora Spartans.

The Grizzlies (0-2) struggled from the outset, falling behind the Spartans (1-1) early and dropping a 49-16 decision to the home side.

Down by two scores early in the second quarter, Franklin marched 70 yards in eight plays over 2:13 to get on the board with a 10-yard Garrett Cora touchdown run. Derek Baldin cut the Aurora lead to 14-10 with a 22-yard field goal midway through the second quarter, but Franklin would only manage two more Baldin field goals the rest of the way.

Inside the Box Score

-The Grizzlies totaled 260 yard on offense, with sophomore quarterback Kai Ross going 21-for-35 for 207 yards through the air.

-Senior Jarrett Gibson was targeted 14 times, hauling in nine passes for 108 yards to lead all players in both categories. Gibson’s 228 all-purpose yards also led all players.

-Baldin’s three field goals totaled 18, 22 and 34 yards, respectively. It marked the first time in his career he totaled multiple field goals in a game.

-Senior Kody Wilkerson led all players with eight tackles, picking up six solo stops.

-Jireh Ojata and Royce Lofton both recorded quarterback sacks for the Grizzlies.

Up Next

The Grizzlies will play in front of their home crowd for the first time next Saturday (Sept. 17), hosting the Trine Thunder for the final non-conference game and Salute to Service Day.

Kick-off from Faught Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m.

ROSE HULMAN FOOTBALL: Second Half Rally Leads Trine Football Past Rose-Hulman 24-23

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Trine University scored 21 second half points to earn a come-from-behind 24-23 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the Fightin’ Engineers home opener on Saturday night at Cook Stadium.

Rose-Hulman took a 23-3 lead at halftime courtesy of a strong offensive performance.  Grant Ripperda rushed for two first-half touchdowns and Rick Easterwood connected on a 22-yard touchdown strike to Adam Tice-Saliu to help Rose-Hulman build the advantage.

Trine rallied with two third quarter touchdowns to move within 23-17.  The Thunder took the lead at 24-23 on a 17-yard scoring run by Alex Price followed by an extra point from Anthony Hertz.

Rose-Hulman mounted a final drive in the last two minutes, reaching Trine territory at the 42-yard line.  The Thunder forced and recovered a fumble in the final minute to secure the victory.

Easterwood completed 13-of-21 passes through the air for 174 yards and one touchdown.  Ripperda rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

Tice-Saliu had six receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown to lead the receiving effort.  Daniel Huery added five receptions for 44 yards and rushed for 24 yards, while Jailen Hobbs added 30 receiving and 70 kickoff return yards on the evening.

The Rose-Hulman defense held Trine to just 11-of-31 passing for 129 yards and one touchdown.  Price rushed for 62 yards and one touchdown to lead the Trine rushing attack.

Winston Amankwah paced the Fightin’ Engineer defensive performance with two interceptions and a pair of pass breakups.  Kyzer Bowen had a team-high seven tackles, Peter Cross added six tackles, and Deven Cobb added two tackles-for-loss and one sack among his five tackles.

Trine improved to 2-0 on the season, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 0-2 with two losses by a combined four points.  The Fightin’ Engineers return home to face Albion College at Cook Stadium on Saturday at noon.

ROSE HULMAN MEN’S SOCCER: Draws with North Central in Rain-Shortened Game

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team draws with North Central in a highly-competitve game that was shortened by thunderstorms in the 77th minute.

This game was back and forth with both teams making runs, and both defenses refusing to be broken. Through the first half of action, the game was even at 0-0 with each team only having one shot on goal in the entire game. In the second half, things started to break open with North Central getting their chances at goal.

The Rose-Hulman defense led by Zach Buvalic and John Biederstadt stood strong until the 69th minute when a miscue by the Fightin’ Engineers led to a goal by Daniel Navarro.

However, in the 77th minute, the Fightin’ Engineers responded with a strike from outside of the box by AJ Yilmaz, assisted by Caleb Urban. The goal was the 10th career by Yilmaz on the 19th career assist for Urban.

The Fightin’ Engineers will return to action next Wednesday, September 14, at DePauw with a 7:30 pm start time.

ROSE HULMAN VOLLEYBALL: Falls in Tight Matches at Illinois Wesleyan

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball team gave a battle to two strong Midwestern NCAA Division III foes before falling in four sets to Concordia Wisconsin and Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday.

Concordia Wisconsin picked up a 25-17, 25-17, 22-25, 25-14 victory in the opener.  Illinois Wesleyan won by a margin of 25-16, 25-12, 18-25, 28-26 in the nightcap.

In the opener, Elizabeth Canon and Allie Fults led the Fightin’ Engineers with eight kills each.  Fults added a team-high two blocks.

Kylie Rathbun, Sophia Koop and Lily Ebright added two service aces against Concordia Wisconsin.  Jillian Gregg (17) and Sophia Harrison (14) reached double figures in assists, and Ebright had a team-best 19 digs.

Against Illinois Wesleyan, Rose-Hulman won set three and nearly won the fourth set before falling to one of the top programs in the Midwest.

Fults led the offense with nine kills, and Megan Korte contribute eight kills.  Harrison had a team-high 19 assists and Gregg contributed 15 assists and 11 digs.

Ebright paced the defensive effort with 28 digs.  Harrison and Rathbun recorded three service aces each, and Fults joined Elizabeth Canon with three blocks.

Following the tournament, Ebright earned a spot on the all-Illinois Wesleyan Invitational team.

Rose-Hulman stands 3-4 on the season and returns to action at the Aurora Invitational next weekend.

ANDERSON VOLLEYBALL: Perry Ties School Record, Ravens Move to 7-1

The Anderson University volleyball team put together sweeps against Mount Mary University and Finlandia University to round out the Blue Angel Bash on Saturday in Milwaukee and to move to 7-1 on the season.

Anderson (7-1) topped Mount Mary (4-4) by a score of 25-16, 25-12, 25-23. The Ravens then downed Finlandia University (0-8) by a score of 25-9, 25-13, 25-11. Anderson opened the season with a 7-1 record for the first time since 2007.

Shaylen Perry powered to an .800 attack percentage against Finlandia, recording a line of 13 kills, one attack error and 15 total attacks. The junior from Eaton, Ohio tied the single-match school record for attack percentage set by Audra Hodge in 2001.

COACH TAMI MILLER’S COMMENTS

To have the opportunity to get all players on the court in a weekend rarely happens. Not only did we accomplish this, but we also went 4-0 and won each match in three sets. We served aggressively, played with defensive heart and we didn’t hold back offensively. Another total team effort [on Saturday].

ANDERSON 3, MOUNT MARY 0

Anderson compiled a .235 hitting percentage while Mount Mary finished with a .076 hitting percentage.

Olivia Ricica – 5 Kills, 3 Blocks, .400 Attack Percentage

Kelsie Marker – 6 Kills, 11 Digs, .429 Attack Percentage

Shaylen Perry – 6 Kills, .417 Attack Percentage

Kate Todd – 13 Assists, 3 Service Aces

Tess Perdue – 6 Kills

Carmen Soloria – 10 Assists

ANDERSON 3, FINLANDIA 0

Anderson rolled to a .337 hitting percentage and silenced Finlandia with a -.025 hitting percentage.

Shaylen Perry – .800 Attack Percentage (Ties School Record), 13 Kills, 1 Attack Error, 15 Attacks, 3 Blocks

Ashlyn Transier – 5 Kills, .556 Attack Percentage

Jimena Montano – 6 Kills, .500 Attack Percentage

Sydney McClain – 5 Kills, .444 Attack Percentage

Erin Roach – 11 Digs

Tess Perdue – 6 Kills

Kate Todd – 18 Assists

Carmen Soloria – 12 Assists

UP NEXT

The Ravens challenge Albion College (7-0) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Albion, Mich.

ANDERSON FOOTBALL: DePauw Hands Anderson Loss in Weather-Affected Contest

During a contest that experienced a 2-hour, 5-minute lightning delay, DePauw University handed the Anderson University football team a 55-0 loss on Saturday at Macholtz Stadium.

DePauw (2-0) closed the contest with a 487-162 advantage in total offense.

Cayden Sotelo led the Ravens (0-2) with 12 tackles and two pass breakups. Sam Feola contributed seven tackles while Jawan Coney notched a sack and two quarterback hurries. Drevion Williams recorded five tackles for the Ravens.

On offense, Nathan Clayton threw for 114 yards. Tazz Garrett provided 108 yards on kickoff returns.

Anderson battles Alma College (2-0) on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at Macholtz Stadium.

TRINE FOOTBALL: Thunderous Comeback Secures 50th Win for Abbs

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – After trailing at halftime by the score of 23-3 the Trine University football team mounted a huge comeback to defeat their hosts from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology by the score of 24-23. The victory is the 50th of head coach Troy Abbs’s time at Trine.

The Fightin’ Engineers began the game with ball and put together a strong first drive. They utilized quick passes and an outside running attack to quickly drive their way down the field for an opening touchdown, giving them a 7-0 lead just over three minutes into the game.

Trine on the other hand faced offensive struggles on their first drive and throughout the first half. With the exception of their second drive of the game, which covered 59 yards and led to a successful 38-yard field goal by sophomore Colton Wampler, the team was largely held in check. The offense would record just 111 total yards in the first half.

Rose-Hulman continued to find success during the second quarter. They would add a field goal and two more touchdowns to build their lead to 23-3 heading into halftime.

The Thunder looked to be in real trouble when senior quarterback Alex Price threw his second interception of the game to end the team’s opening drive of the second half.

The defense however had made the necessary adjustments at halftime and began to smother the Engineers. The home team did nothing after the interception, gaining only three yards and punting. In fact the next four Rose-Hulman drives would net under ten-yards and each ended with a quick punt.

Leading the way for the shift in defensive success was the middle portion of the defense which combined for ten tackles for a loss including a pair of sacks. Senior Jacob Yoder led the way with 2.5 tackles for a loss, while junior Jamon Gibson came in second with two. Gibson was also recorded one of the team’s two sacks.

Leading the team in tackles was senior Keysean Amison who finished the game with eight including one for a loss. Gibson finished second on the team with seven and sophomore Tucker Hasselman came in with six.

The offense finally found their formula for success beginning on their third drive of the half. Price began the drive in shotgun with sophomore fullback Dominic Crowder and the pair began to lead a power running game down the field. Crowder rumbled for 33 yards to get the drive moving, with Price following up with a ten-yard gain of his own.

Once the team reached the red zone, junior Cole Alexander entered the game at quarterback to complete the jumbo package. He would eventually finish of the drive with a pair of runs, the first for nine yards and the second a three-yard touchdown. The score cut the lead to 13 at 23-10 with three and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter.

That score held well into the fourth quarter. After the defense forced another three-and-out for the Engineers, Price and the Thunder took over with 10:36 remaining in the game. The team faced an early fourth down and Price was able to power ahead to save the drive.

While success through the air was in short supply, the team continued to find success on the ground. Senior Xaine Kirby broke an inside run for 22 yards and Price came up with a 14-yard run of his own to lead the team deep into the red zone again. Price pulled off a great play action fake and connected with senior tight end Matthew Shoemaker for a seven-yard touchdown to cap the drive getting the team back within one score at 23-17.

The defense came up with a crucial stop on the ensuing Rose-Hulman drive, highlighted by an open field tackle by Amison that stopped Rose-Hulman from picking up a third down conversion and forced a punt.

Price connected with junior Connor Arthur for 31 yards to start the next drive and then scampered in for the final 17 yards to the endzone tying the game with 1:37 left on the clock. Sophomore Anthony Hentz added his third extra point of the game to give the team their first lead at 24-23.

The defense iced the game when junior Jacob Jackson recorded the team’s second sack of the day, forcing a fumble in the process. The Thunder took over on offense after sophomore Trestan Kern recovered the loose ball. Price and the offense needed to run just two plays in the victory formation to secure the victory.

Trine improves to 2-0 following the come-from-behind victory. Coach Abbs improves to 50-20 in his tenure at Trine becoming just the second coach to reach 50 wins in program history. The Thunder and him will look for 51 when they travel to face Franklin College next Saturday, Sept. 17. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 1:30 p.m.

BETHEL WOMEN’S SOCCER: The Lady Pilots battled against Indiana Tech to end in a tie.

Mishawaka, Ind—The Lady Pilots battled against Indiana Tech tonight with the result of a tie bringing their record to 2-0-3. Leena Thomas and Marah Franke kept the pressure up the whole game but were unable to capitalize for a goal. Marah Franke took most of the corner kicks while Lenna Thomas had three shots on goal.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Three yellow cards were issued during tonight’s match. Danielle Dunn (IT), Lenna Thomas (BU), and Courtney Hatfield.

The Lady Pilots had a total of 11 shots.

Indiana Tech had 12 total fouls and Bethel had 10.

NEXT TIME OUT

Women’s Soccer will be at Siena Heights (Mich.) September 14th at 4:00 PM.

BETHEL VOLLEYBALL: wins a big match over #9 Viterbo in day 1 of Viterbo Invitational

LaCrosse, Wis. — The Viterbo Invitational started off on the right note for the Lady Pilots with a 3-0 sweep of Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and a big win over #9 Viterbo 3-2. Against Viterbo the Pilots were close trading sets before capping off the victory in the fifth set by two points. There was a total of 18 lead changes and 24 instances of a tie.

VITERBO

Cheyanne Seymour and Hannah Weiss had 14 and 13 kills respectively

Madyson Beaver led with 28 assists and Elise Schilermans had 19

Three Pilots including Jackeline Fernandez, Paige Hickey and Rachel Vendl had over 10 digs

Five Pilots had over 10 points Seymour and Weiss leading with 14

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots continue the Viterbo Invitational tomorrow taking on Rocester (Mich.) and RV Dakota State (SD) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

DEPAUW VOLLEYBALL: Tigers Open NCAC/MIAA Crossover with 3-1 Win over Saint Mary’s

Angola, Ind. – After dropping the opening set, DePauw rallied with wins in the next three to take a 3-1 victory over Saint Mary’s at the North Coast Athletic Conference/Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Crossover. The Tigers moved to 4-2, while the Belles dropped to 3-3.

Olivia Karwin paced DePauw with 14 kills and Lauren Ridgway added 12 and each hit .417 for the match. Avery Christy recorded 25 of the team’s 49 assists, with Katie Gansle and Ashley Haas each finishing with three of the Tigers’ eight aces. Haas paced the team with five block assists and Grace Myers totaled 19 digs.

Colleen McCarthy led the Belles with 18 kills with Remington Vincent leading with 21 assists and Delaney Martin totaling five aces. Grace Braselton finished with three block solos and Cali Allen had 17 digs.

DePauw faces Adrian at Noon tomorrow and Trine at 2 p.m.

HANOVER VOLLEYBALL: splits on day one of Pam Briggs Classic

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Hanover Panthers (2-5 overall) opened play at as part of the Pam Briggs Classic on Friday afternoon defeating host Capital in straight sets before falling to Birmingham-Southern.

GAME ONE

Hanover dominated the Crusaders winning in straight sets 25-16, 25-17, and 25-15. Leading the charge for the Blue and Red was sophomore Molly Schwarzkopf (Greenfield, Ind.) with a game leading seven kills.

Junior Aubrey Walton (Linton, Ind.) posted a strong afternoon as she dished out a game-high 15 assists.

As a unit, Hanover landed 30 total kills.

GAME TWO

The Panthers fell in the night cap as Birmingham-Southern claimed the match 25-20, 25-9, 25-12.

Leading the charge for the Blue and Red was freshman Elliot Mays (Jeffersonville, Ind.) with a team-high five kills.

Defensively, junior Casey Dun (Fort Thomas, Ky.) picked up seven digs while Walton dished out seven assists.

MANCHESTER WOMEN’S SOCCER: McLaughlin’s Goal Lifts Spartans to First Win of Season

N. MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Spartans picked up their first win of the 2022 campaign against the Eagles.

Sophomore Abby McLaughlin (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) finished a through ball sent through by 5th year Jayden Murray (Delphi, Ind./Rossville) to lift the Spartans above the Eagles in the 49th minute. The Black & Gold’s defense held strong to keep the lead until the final whistle. The Manchester defense earned the clean sheet behind a 3 save day from goalkeeper Brie Spagnolo (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee).

The Spartans will be back in action Wednesday at Good Field to take on Calvin. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.

MANCHESTER MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s Soccer Rallies Wittenberg

N. MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester men’s soccer team rallied against the Wittenberg Tigers with a game-tying goal in the 83rd minute.

Manchester scored the first goal of the match during the 30th minute.  The goal was scored by junior, Noah Black (Swayzee, Ind./Mississinewa), who drew a penalty kick after a yellow card was recorded for Wittenberg. This marks the goal as Black’s second on the season.  Later in the half, Manchester did concede one goal to Wittenberg’s Kees Ciric, which was assisted by Salih Mohammed, in the 38th minute.

The Spartans worked hard offensively in the second half, drawing a few penalties from Wittenberg.  As the 50th minute approached, Kees Ciric emerged with another goal for the Tigers.  The goal was assisted by Nick Harding and Jack Pascoal.  This goal has been recorded as Ciric’s second of the season. 

After Wittenberg’s second goal, Manchester worked hard on offense and defense to fight back into the match.  After a double yellow card, Noah Black nets another goal to tie the Spartans 2-2.  The goal came in the 83rd minute, seven minutes before the game’s conclusion.  Given the time left in the match, both teams fought tirelessly to break the tie.  No team remained victorious, leaving the ending score to be 2-2.

The Spartans update their record to 0-2-2, and look to gain their first victory tomorrow, as they are back in action at Spartan Stadium against Alma College.  Kickoff is set for 1 pm.

HUNTINGTON MEN’S SOCCER: FORESTERS DEFEND HOME TURF WITH 2-0 WIN OVER LAWRENCE TECH

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU men’s soccer team defended their home turf Saturday afternoon by blanking Lawrence Tech 2-0 at King Stadium. It’s the Foresters’ second straight W over the Blue Devils as the series between the two squads favors Lawson and crew 4-2.

Huntington doubled up their guests in shot taken through the opening 45 minutes, 11-5, but couldn’t get anything to stick until the second period. Both keepers made several quality saves in the first half to make for the 0-0 deadlock at intermission.

Both goals came within a 15-minute span with the first in the 53rd minute when Pablo Garcia played a ball to Higor Barbieri who turned his defender and placed it side netting to break the silence on the scoreboard.

The insurance goal came at the 67:03 mark. Consecutive passes by Paulo Fiho and Tiago Costa set up Joao Ratinho who made a clever run for a picture perfect finish off Costa’s cheeky pass. It proved the exclamation mark on the match as Tech never really threatened after that.

Pedro Moreira was spectacular in net, collecting five saves on the way to claiming his third clean sheet of the season. HU outshot their guests 16-10 and finished with six corners to SHU’s five.

“After our loss earlier this week, today was a fantastic response against a very well coach and talented team,” said Coach Russ Lawson. “I felt like the adjustments we made and the buy-in from our guys really allowed us to put an imprint on the game. It’s exciting to get this type of team effort because it shows us what we’re capable of doing.”

The Foresters will be tested Wednesday when they host #14 Indiana Tech at 4:00 p.m.

HUNTINGTON WOMEN’S SOCCER: LOW SCORING AFFAIR FAVORS SIENA HEIGHTS

ADRIAN, Mich. – While the HU women’s soccer team gave up just one goal Saturday afternoon, they were never able to find back netting to suffer a 1-0 loss to Siena Heights at O’Laughlin Stadium.

Saints posted 29 shots on the afternoon but was only able to cash in on one compliments of Huntington’s stingy defense. The game’s only goal came 12 minutes in. Huntington’s opportunities were limited with Ella Theard, Paige Weiss and Janae Good the only Foresters to fire off a shot.

Ireland Aerni took the loss in goal but saved ten shots. The loss drops HU to 2-4 on the season.

“We began the game passing the ball around well but then we lost our composure and started playing ugly soccer,” said Coach David Lewis. “With three games next week, we need to return to the style of play we’re developing.

“Ireland played well in net using her athleticism and provided strong communication.”

All three of HU’s games next week are on the road with their next trip slated for Tuesday at IU Kokomo.

OAKLAND CITY WOMEN’S SOCCER: Seven Goals Drive Mighty Oaks Women’s Soccer Past Berea College

Oakland City, IN – The Mighty Oaks were victorious on Saturday over the Berea College Mountaineers. After the defeat last week, the Mighty Oaks were roaring to put seven past the Berea goalkeeper resulting in a final score of 7-1.

The first goal came within the first four minutes which was scored by Madison Ward. The goal came from a corner that was rebounded back out wide to Claudia Melgar who sent in a high cross to the back post where Ward was free for an open header.

After pressing high, the Mighty Oaks won a throw in on the right hand side that was taken by Maddie Myers. Myers threw the ball in to Kennedy Hospelhorn who dummied the ball which allowed Melgar to lob the keeper as a defender rushed her.

After playing out from the back, Nara Santos, on her debut after clearing eligibility, played the ball from the left hand side through to Rhiannon O’Looney on the right to play a one-two with Myers. O’Looney then received the ball back in the box to beat three defenders and play a square ball across the box to Rachael Poneskis who took a touch and placed the ball in the bottom left corner.

In the dying seconds of the first half, Berea won a freekick in their half and sent it long where a defensive error led to their striker receiving the ball and putting it in the back of the net, making the score 3-1 at halftime.

The Mighty Oaks started the second half strong, scoring three minutes after halftime. Winning the ball back from Berea’s goal kick, Alana Doherty, Lauren Zirkelbach, and Claudia Melgar did some combination play which led to Melgar eventually playing a through ball to Doherty down the left side of the box where she took a touch and shot the ball past the keeper into the roof of the net.

After winning another throw in on the right hand side, Madison Nicolas quickly threw the ball to Lauren Zirkelbach down the right wing where she took a touch before shooting which forced the keeper into a save that rebounded to Melgar who then had a tap in.

Following the goalkeepers punt, Melgar possessed the ball on the wing and took her space in the middle, then split two opposing players to find Zirkelbach’s feet. She then beat her defender with her pace and slotted the ball into the net across the keeper.

For the seventh and final goal, O’Looney received the ball on the left wing on the half way line and took a touch inward to beat her defender. After creating this opening, she ran half the pitch and struck the ball just inside the box, left of the goalie. The keeper got finger tips to it but she was no match for the power.

The Mighty Oaks dominated throughout and finished the game with 13 shots (10 on goal) compared to Berea’s seven shots (six on goal). Kassidy Elkin in goal finished with 4 saves and Annabelle Lansdale finished with 1 save.

The Mighty Oaks will look to continue the momentum and come back with another win as they are on the road again to St. Louis, Missouri, on Wednesday, September 7 to face the University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis at 6:00 pm.

ST. FRANCIS FOOTBALL: Seven Touchdowns Paves the Way for Cougars in 52-14 Win Over Fighting Saints

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (1-0) opened up the 2022 season on the road in Joliet, Illinois with a game against the Saint Francis Fighting Saints (0-1) and backed by strong defense and many successful offensive possessions prevailed 52-14 with seven touchdowns.

After a long opening drive ended to no avail, the Cougars went out on defense and defensive tackle Connor Price forced a fumble that was then recovered and returned for a five-yard defensive touchdown by defensive end Joey Schaufelberger to put the Cougars in the lead 7-0.

On their next defensive drive, it was linebacker River Walsh who got an interception and after senior quarterback Heath Simmons guided the offense down the field, a 39-yard field goal by kicker Jack James went through the uprights as Saint Francis now led 10-0.

Meanwhile, the Cougars defense continued to step up and make big stops when needed. In the final two minutes of the first quarter, Simmons passed the ball to sophomore Crosley MacEachen for an 11-yard touchdown pass and the game entered the second quarter with Saint Francis leading 17-0.

Opening the second quarter, the Cougars had forced a three-and-out and after getting the ball back, Simmons connected with wide receive Adjaye Dandridge for 32 yards and the sophomore receiver ran it to the end zone for a fourth scoring drive for the Cougars in the first half.

The Cougars now led 24-0 with under two minutes played in the frame.

The remainder of the second quarter didn’t see anymore scoring as both defenses stepped up and the game went to halftime with the Cougars still leading 24-0.

After a dominant first half, the Cougars didn’t skip a beat when they took the field for the second half.

This time it was the Fighting Saints who started with the ball and produced their first successful drive of the game as they took 12 plays to find the endzone and get on the board.

Then the Cougars got the ball back and answered right back. Heath Simmons produced another successful scoring drive that ended with a second touchdown pass to Crosley MacEachen, this time for three yards, to regain their 24-point lead at 31-7.

After three quarters, it was still the Cougars firing on all cylinders as they entered the fourth quarter with the ball already ahead by 24.

Then in the fourth quarter, a touchdown rush by senior Luke Conner capped off a six-play drive to put the Cougars’ lead at 31 points. The longest pass of the day though came from junior quarterback Luke Robertson who hurled the ball down field and found wide receiver Dawan Langston open and completed a 70-yard touchdown pass on a third-down play.

An interception by defensive back CJ Tanner gave the Cougars one last chance at the endzone, and they took advantage.

It was then wingback Isaac VanCuren who scored the seventh touchdown of the game for the Cougars and the Saint Francis Cougars earned their way to a 52-14 win to open the season.

Throughout the game the Cougars totaled 498 yards on offense and had six sacks on defense for a total loss of 32 yards and two interceptions returned for a total of 26 yards.

The Cougars resume play next Saturday when they come home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium for their season home opener against the Judson University Eagles (0-1) with kickoff set for 6:00 pm.

Cougar fans, stay updated with all events and recaps with USF athletics by visiting Saintfranciscougars.com or by downloading the Saint Francis Cougars app.

ST. FRANCIS MEN’S SOCCER: Freshman Francisco Moura Knocks in Two in 6-1 Victory for Cougars

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (5-0-1) played host to the Franklin College Grizzlies (0-5) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium and continued their hot start with a 6-1 victory.

In the first half the Cougars came out strong but couldn’t find the net early as both teams went back-and-forth in the opening minutes. Then in the 15th minute the Cougars got a bad break as a bounce went the way of the Grizzlies and they knocked it past freshman goalkeeper Joe Deitering to give Franklin a 1-0 lead.

But the Cougars came right back and then junior midfielder Daniel Eleuterio passed the ball across the field to junior midfielder Mateo Abella who then knocked in the Cougars’ first goal of the game to tie the score at one.

After that, Abella’s goal sparked the Cougars in the 20th minute. Another goal followed less than five minutes later from Eleuterio who scored his fourth goal of the week on a pass from junior midfielder Enrique Subiran to double the lead.

But Saint Francis wasn’t done there. Just five minutes later freshman defender Francisco Moura knocked in his first goal of the season as the Cougars took a 3-1 lead into halftime.

Coming into the second half the Cougars didn’t skip a beat as they continued to go on the offensive, creating one scoring opportunity after another.

After a couple stellar saves by the Grizzlies’ goalkeeper, the Cougars kept pressing. A fourth goal was then scored in the 69th minute as Moura knocked in his second goal of the game off a bad bounce from the Grizzlies. Saint Francis now led 4-1.

A fifth goal scored in the 71st minute by freshman midfielder Dalton Blankenbaker and another in the 90th minute scored by junior defender Guilherme Girotto was icing on the cake as the Cougars cruised to another win.

Throughout the game the Cougars managed 15 shots on goal with six going in while freshman goalkeeper Joe Deitering only had to make one save on just two shots on goal from the Grizzlies.

The Cougars resume play on Wednesday evening when they play host to the Manchester University Spartans (0-2-1) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium beginning at 8:00 pm.

Cougar fans, stay updated with all events and recaps with USF athletics by visiting Saintfranciscougars.com or by downloading the Saint Francis Cougars app.

ST. FRANCIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: Cougars Fight Back and Earn Tie Against Formidable IU East

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (3-1-2) traveled to Richmond, Indiana to take on the IU East Red Wolves (0-2-4) and after falling behind rallied to tie the resilient Red Wolves 1-1.

Heading into the game, junior goalkeeper Amber Morgan was looking to continue her reign in the net as the Cougars and Red Wolves battled it out.

Through the game’s first 17 minutes, Morgan stepped up and made three saves to keep it scoreless while her teammates returned the favor only to have their shots saved and out of the net.

The action continued to go back-and-forth through the first half with Morgan making four saves during the frame, but the Cougars had no luck on offense themselves and the game went to halftime a scoreless tie.

Heading into the second half, both teams turned it up a notch on offense.

Senior forward Aubrey Vince had the first shot on goal for the Cougars though it was saved. Then in the 61st minute, the Red Wolves broke the deadlocked score with a shot that went just past Morgan to give IU East a 1-0 lead.

After that, the Cougars responded with more offensive drives and continuously applying the pressure on the Red Wolves and their goalkeeper.

Finally in the 75th minute, a shot by senior midfielder Katie Schier was deflected and the ball deflected back to freshman midfielder Haley Roberson. Roberson then passed it back to Schier who knocked it in to tie the score at one with 15 minutes left to play.

After that, only one shot was taken the remainder of the game by the Cougars, and they held the Red Wolves offensive attack down to earn a 1-1 tie.

“I am very happy with this comeback,” Head Coach Ken Nuber said. “IU East is a strong team and very well-coached. It was a fun and competitive game and I’m proud of my players for earning this tie.”

Throughout the game the Cougars managed six shots on goal with one going in, while Amber Morgan made four saves against five shots on goal from the Red Wolves.

The Cougars resume play on Wednesday evening when they return home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium for a game against the Concordia Cardinals (0-3-1) beginning at 5:30 pm.

Cougar fans, stay updated with all events and recaps on USF Athletics by visiting Saintfranciscougars.com or by downloading the Saint Francis Cougars app.

IU KOKOMO VOLLEYBALL: Closes Out Weekend With Wins Over Judson University and Aquinas College

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team closed out play at the Aquinas/Cornerstone Invite with a pair of wins. The Cougars swept Judson University 3-0 before taking down Aquinas College in four sets. IUK is now 9-3 through three weekends of action.

Match One Recap

The Cougars came out of the gates strong, winning the first six points of the match to force a Judson timeout. Trailing 16-10, Judson managed to go on a 5-0 run to get within one and force an IUK timeout. The Cougars extended their lead back to five at 23-18, but Judson once again trimmed the lead to one at 24-23. After another Heather Hayes timeout, IU Kokomo closed out the opening set 25-23.

IU Kokomo led 15-9 before utilizing a 6-0 run to take a commanding 21-9 second-set lead. IUK cruised to a 25-11 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

IUK carried momentum over to the third set as they took an early 7-0 lead to force a Judson timeout. Leading 16-10, the Cougars went on a 6-0 run to take a 22-10 lead. IU Kokomo won the third set 25-14 and the match 3-0 over Judson University.

Sidney Gerig led IUK with 12 kills while freshman Allison Richman had a match-high 35 assists. Alyvia Smith also had a match-high in digs with 18.

Match Two Recap

IU Kokomo led early on in the opening set, but a 5-0 run gave Aquinas a 15-13 lead. The two sides traded points for much of the opening set, but Aquinas got the better of IUK for a 25-23 first set win.

The Cougars won the first four points of the second set to set the tone. IUK extended their lead to seven at 12-5 to force an Aquinas College timeout. The Cougs led by as many as eight in the set on their way to a 25-19 set win to tie the match at one set apiece.

IUK built an early 8-3 lead to force a Saints timeout. Trailing 10-5, the Saints went on a 5-0 run to tie the set and force a timeout. Aquinas led 24-22 late in the set, but IUK saved two match points on the way to a 26-24 third set win.

With the fourth set tied at seven, the Cougs utilized a 6-0 spurt to take a 13-7 lead. The Cougars controlled play for the remainder of the set to win it 25-14 and the match 3-1 over Aquinas College.

Lexi Broyles led IUK with 12 kills while Audrey Strawsma impressed at the net with ten blocks. Allison Richman had a match-high 39 assists and Alyvia Smith had a match-high 23 digs.

The Cougars will be back-in-action next Saturday, September 17, as they welcome RSC foe IU East and Trinity International to the Student Activities and Events Center for a pair of matches.

PURDUE NORTHWEST VOLLEYBALL: Pride Earn First GLIAC Conference Win of the Season

For the Saturday afternoon matinee, your PNW Pride hosted the Lake Superior State University Lakers. The first set saw a tough defensive battle as the Pride were held to a .067 hitting percentage but in turn held the Lakers to a .091 hitting percentage. A few key plays made the difference in the end as the Pride took the first set 25-23. The second set had the Pride rolling so a 19-10 lead. But the Lakers turned up their service game and went on an 8-point run bringing the score to 20-18 after a Pride side out. The Pride answered with a run of their own to go to set point 24-20. But again, the Lakers answered back with another run and took it to set point 25-24. After a side out and back-to-back missed serves from the Lakers, the Pride survived set two 28-26. In set three, the Pride looked to close out the Lakers with a sweep, but Lake State had other plans. The Lakers pounded out 14 kills and survived a late run from the Pride 22-25. In the final set, the Pride wouldn’t be denied. The 4th set featured zero ties and zero lead changes as the Pride lead from start to finish 25-15. This match marked the first GLIAC win for the Pride since 2017 taking their record to 6-4, 1-1. Next weekend the Pride host two GLIAC matches on John Friend court with Grand Valley State on Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 2:00 pm against Saginaw Valley State.

The Pride had several standouts with their first GLIAC win. Freshman Arra Cottrell (LeClaire, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) had a standout match with 14 kills with only 2 blocks, but those 2 blocks came at crucial times for the Pride. Bryanna Moonen (Franklin, Wis./Franklin HS) got the start today and took full advantage with 10 kills with a lot of those happening at times when PNW needed it most. Marina Gronkiewicz (Munster, Ind./Munster) had 16 assists but also brought a team high 17 digs. Lauren Sanders (Indianapolis, Ind./Avon HS) and Summer Clark (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian HS) brought another 8 kills apiece to round out the offense presence. 

Quote from Coach Sean Douglas: “Unbelievable night for our team. Lake State did an excellent job at the net today and made us really elevate our play and be scrappy just to earn points. With the great numbers Lauren Sanders (Indianapolis, Ind./Avon HS) has been putting up, the Lakers made sure they had two up on her at all times, so we needed someone to step up today and I thought our two right sides, Bry Moonen and Arra Cottrell (LeClaire, Iowa/Pleasant Valley), stepped up today. We had some patches where our offense struggled but I was really proud of the way the girls made plays when we had to have them. Today was a huge win for us but there is a lot of season left and we need to make sure we keep improving in the serve and pass area to keep up with all of the great teams in our conference.” 

PURDUE NORTHWEST WOMEN’S CC: Wins 7th Annual Prairie Star Invitational

Springfield, Ill. – Purdue University Northwest Women’s Cross Country team won the 7th Annual Prairie Star Invitational at the University of Illinois Springfield, scoring 24 points just ahead of host Illinois Springfield (33). Senior Christina Shaginaw (Hobart, Ind./Hobart HS) (Hobart, Ind./Hobart HS) claimed the individual title, for the second week in a row, winning the 5k race in 18:21.2. Freshman Caitlyn Derwinski (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) finished closely behind, claiming runner-up with a time of 19:04.8. Rounding out the top five for the team included senior Holly Shaginaw (Hobart, Ind./Hobart HS) (Hobart, Ind./Hobart HS) running 19:48.5 placing 6th, freshman Landry Koski (Rock, Mich./Mid Peninsula HS) (Rock, Mich./Mid Peninsula HS) running 20:17.8 placing 8th, and Carina Alanis (Frankfort, Ind./Frankfort HS) (Frankfort, Ind./Frankfort HS) running 20:25.7 rounding out the top 10.

“The women’s team had a great day. They executed the race plan put together from them and were rewarded with some great times. I am excited to see what they do next” stated Coach Whittaker. The Pride are back in action on Friday, Sept. 30, for the 43rd Annual Loyola Lakefront Cross Country Invitational at Loyola University Chicago.

INDIANA TECH WOMEN’S SOCCER: Warriors Earn Draw at Morey Field

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — The Indiana Tech women’s soccer team came away from Morey Field with a hard-fought 0-0 draw versus Bethel University on Saturday evening. Michaela Bitle starred with five saves in goal for the Warriors.

“This was a physical battle and our goalkeeper (Bitle) made some critical saves. With some players out, we had others take on new roles and they adjusted well over 90 minutes,” head coach Andrea Gorton noted. “We created some chances in the second by playing with more confidence.”

Indiana Tech hopes to keep its momentum from two-straight shutouts as it prepares for a Sept. 14th non-conference match versus Taylor University in Upland, Ind. Tech is 1-7 in the all-time series with the Trojans, the last win coming in 2008. TU won 2-0 in Ft. Wayne in 2021.

INDIANA TECH VOLLEYBALL: Schaldenbrand Reaches 1000 Assists and Tech Wins Lykowski Memorial Tournament

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Warrior’s Volleyball team continued their winning ways on Saturday in the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament. Tech picked up a 3-0 sweep of Saint Ambrose University in the morning game, winning an exciting 3-2 in the tournament’s final match against IU Southeast. Tech kept their win streak alive, reaching a 13-0 start their season.

Kelsey Schaldenbrand entered today’s contest with 996 career assists. In the morning match, she picked up 11 assists, pushing her past the 1,000 marks for her career. Number 1,000 came in set one of the first match, which was an assist to Taylor Sorg on a slide. Kelsey added twenty-nine more assists in the afternoon match, putting her at 1,036 for her career thus far. Tech won match one in three sets, 25-22, 25-13, and 26-24. Noelle VanOort posted nine kills in match one and four aces. Andrea Schriver led the team in assists and digs in match one, contributing fourteen and nine.

The afternoon match was exciting, with Tech winning the first 25-16 before dropping sets two and three, 26-24, and 25-16. The team responded to the pressure and won set four, 25-19. The fifth set was a tight contest. Tech reached eight on the score first, forcing the switch on the court. After that, Tech never looked back; they maintained the lead the rest of the way, and a Noelle VanOort kill ended the game in Tech’s favor, 15-13. VanOort led the team with twenty kills in the final match. Madison Mayes contributed two aces, Havilyn Cummings posted six blocks, and Jacey Blust had twenty-four digs.

The all-tournament consist of Jacey Blust (Tech), Emilee Organ (IUSE), Ella Brooks (IUSE), Sadie Brenneman (GC), Desiree Anderson (USF), and Mackenzie Grafton (SAU). The tournament MVP was brought home by Noelle VanOort (Tech). The Warriors won all four matches this weekend, making them tournament champions.

Tech is back on the court Wednesday, September 14, at the Schaefer Center, where they host WHAC opponent Concordia University (Mich.). The Warriors are 29-3 all-time in the series. They won all three matches against the Cardinals last season, only dropping one set. The most recent match up was a 3-0 sweep at home on November 10, 2021.

GRACE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Moriarty’s last-minute goal ties No. 10 Fire

LAKELAND, Fla. – In a fitting result for a pair of top teams, No. 23 Grace’s women’s soccer team tied No. 10 Southeastern on Saturday 1-1.

Danae Moriarty secured the draw with a dramatic, last-minute goal.

With seconds on the clock, Lea Moessinger squeezed a pass through traffic to Janni Bettin. Bettin’s cross was put into a dangerous position in front of the goal, and Moriarty poked the ball into the net.

The Lady Lancers (4-0-1) remain unbeaten on the season after tying the top-10 Fire on the road.

Grace finished the game with a slight 13-12 advantage in shot attempts. Only two of the Fire’s attempts were on frame, while Grace had five shots on goal.

Madison Tuma was active in the first half. She tried an ambitious shot in the early minutes that whizzed wide of goal.

Tuma also tried a glancing header that missed the goal frame; she was set up by a well-placed chipped pass by Lucy Schmitt.

Twenty minutes into the game, Tuma made a weaving run at SEU’s goal and was fouled. JJ Aalbue delivered a line drive shot on her free kick that was saved by the Fire’s goalkeeper.

Grace continued to apply pressure, taking six shots on the Fire’s net. The Lady Lancers’ possession had several dangerous stretches that produced attempts.

Aalbue tried another free kick 10 minutes later that went wide of the goal.

Grace had a few dangerous advances in the closing minutes of the half but could not generate a shot from those moments.

The teams entered halftime scoreless. Grace had the advantage in scoring chances, with a 7-3 shot advantage.

The Fire came out of halftime aggressively, trying two shots with a corner kick in the first five minutes.

But Grace responded and looked increasingly dangerous on the wings.

However, Southeastern finally broke the scoreless match with a goal against the run of play. The Fire tried a looping shot with 22 minutes left that snuck under the crossbar for the opening goal.

In the final eight minutes, Grace made run after run at the Fire’s goal in attempt of an equalizer.

Grace’s best chances came from Moriarty, who tried a pair of shots from outside the penalty box. Luna Gianotti also tried a long shot that missed the mark.

But Grace had the final say with Bettin’s cross being finished by Moriarty in the last minute.

Libby Stratton made one save in goal, and she was protected well by Simone Castaneda, Gianotti, Kimberly Aalbue, Amber Meade, Lilli Oberhoff and Schmitt.

Next week, the Lady Lancers will travel to Missouri for a pair of matches against Stephens and No. 16 Columbia.

GRACE MEN’S SOCCER: Lancers draw with No. 16 UNOH

WINONA LAKE, Ind.  – Grace’s men’s soccer earned a 0-0 draw with the University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday night.

The newly minted No. 18 Lancers (4-0-3) hosted the No. 16 Racers in a top 20 showdown at 1st Source Bank Field.

UNOH (4-0-2) was coming off a 2-1 victory of Indiana Wesleyan on Thursday night.

The game was hotly contested throughout the entire 90 minutes, but neither team could find a goal.

The opening 10 minutes of action passed without much fanfare, before the chances began to come in bunches.

The Lancers were awarded a corner and Diogo Lopes corralled the pass and nearly snuck the ball inside the far post.

UNOH answered back almost immediately, with a chance of their own but Matteo Conci was up to the task for the point-blank shot.

Grace took advantage of UNOH’s aggressive attack with a long clearing pass that nearly ended in a Racers’ own goal.

Martim Sequeira’s quick pace forced the Racers defense into an ill-advised pass back to goal. The pass bounced over the UNOH keeper and off the crossbar before bouncing back to Sequeira.

The senior forward immediately put another shot on goal that rebounded off the goalie and to the feet of Joao Sousa who had his close range shot sail just high.

Scanferlato Simone again threatened to put the Lancers ahead, but the Racer goalie held the game even.

Following a skilled run-on goal by a Racer forward, Conci made a diving effort to redirect the ball wide of the net as the game ticked under 10 minutes remaining in the opening frame.

Conci made one last save to end the half as the game went to intermission with both teams still scoreless.

Both teams attempted nine shots in the opening half and each goalie was busy from the onset, making four saves apiece.

As the second half got underway, it became a physical affair. The game ended with six yellow cards and numerous warnings for aggressive tackles.

Sequeira tried to spark the Lancers offense with a chance early in the second, but he could not find goal on his attempt.

Grace had numerous chances taken away by UNOH’s aggressive goalkeeper who played well out of his net throughout the night, which limited the Lancers’ counter attack opportunities.

UNOH’s best chance of the second half came off of a corner kick opportunity at the midpoint of the half. The well-placed cross off the corner led to a curling shot that was pushed wide by Conci at the last possible second.

With 10 minutes left in the half, Simone crossed a ball to Felipe Gruber who headed the ball toward goal, but his attempt was thwarted by the Racer keeper as the game’s waning moments passed ending the contest in a scoreless draw.

UNOH outshot Grace 19-14 and both teams were whistled for 10 fouls each. Conci made six saves in his start.

The Lancers have now faced five opponents who were in the NAIA Top 25 coaches’ poll and have yet to suffer a defeat.

Grace’s next test will be on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. as the Lancers travel to Missouri to take on No. 4 Columbia.

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS VOLLEYBALL: Pomeroys stay unbeaten at Iowa Wesleyan

MOUNT PLEASANT, IOWA — With an 8-0 record, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods women’s volleyball is off to the best start in program history following a pair of 3-0 wins Saturday at Iowa Wesleyan University.

   The Pomeroys handed a previously unbeaten Waldorf squad a 25-18, 25-22, 26-24 loss in Saturday’s first game of a triangular meet at Iowa Wesleyan. Amber Doyle paced the Pomeroy attack with 13 kills on just 18 attacks (.667 hitting percentage), while freshman Jazilyn Davis chipped in 10 kills.

  SMWC then swept host Iowa Wesleyan 25-19, 25-17, 25-13 behind 12 kills from Hannah Zuege.

“I’m so proud of how far this team has come this past month,” coach Ashley Harris said. “We still have a lot to work on, but we are doing good things. We had outstanding performances today from Amber Doyle and Jaz Davis to help us defeat Waldorf, and Hannah played well vs. Iowa Wesleyan. We are going to enjoy these wins tonight and get ready for a new opponent Tuesday.”

  Senior setter Katelyn Bucy had 30 assists between the two matches to lead the team. Jocelyn Chavez 21 digs on the day.

 The Pomeroys return home to face Hannibal-Lagrange University on Tuesday.

GOSHEN MEN’S TENNIS: moves to 5-1 in Crossroads League with wins over Saint Francis and Bethel

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The men’s tennis team moved their win streak to four ant their conference record to 5-1 with two wins on Saturday in Fort Wayne. The Leafs defeated Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-0 before taking down Bethel 5-2.

Against Saint Francis, a few Maple Leafs had particularly dominant outings. Filippo Gallo won 6-0, 6-1 at no. 2 singles, Mario Gomez won 6-1, 6-1 at no. 5 singles, and Insee Akarapan won 6-1, 6-1 at no. 6 singles. Gomez and partner Kevin Bollmann won in no. 3 doubles 6-0.

Goshen lost no. 1 and no. 2 singles against Bethel, but Pedro Scattolon, Bollmann, Gomez and Akarapn all snagged wins in their singles matches. Then, Goshen swept all three doubles matches to earn the team point, winning by 6-4, 6-4, and 6-2 scores.

The Leafs are 5-1 in Crossroads League play and 5-2 overall. The only teams currently above Goshen in the league standings are Grace and Huntington, who are both 4-0. Goshen challenges #25 Marian and (RV) Grave in Indianapolis on Tuesday, September 13. GC faces the Knights at 9:00 am and the Lancers at 1:00 pm.

Goshen 7, Saint Francis 0

Singles

1. Matija Margetic (G) def. Alfredo Huamami 7-6(5), 6-2

2. Filippo Gallo (G) def. Quentin Spears 6-0, 6-1

3. Pedro Scattolon (G) def. Eric Stavnheim 6-3, 6-1

4. Kevin Bollmann (G) def. Martin Maurant 7-5, 6-2

5. Mario Gomez (G) def. Devon McCaffrey 6-1, 6-1

6. Insee Akarapan (G) def. Will Daigle 6-1, 6-1

Doubles – Goshen won team point 3-0

1. Gallo/Akarapan (G) def. Huamami/Maurant 6-3

2. Margetic/Scattolon (G) def. Spears/Stavnheim 7-5

3. Bollmann/Gomez (G) def. Daigle/Jacobs 6-0

Goshen 5, Bethel 2

Singles

1. Victor Bonsergent (B) def. Matija Margetic 6-1, 6-3

2. Santiago Flores (B) def. Filippo Gallo 6-3, 6-4

3. Pedro Scattolon (G) def. Lucca Almeida 6-0, 6-4

4. Kevin Bollmann (G) def. Wes Troyer 6-1, 7-5

5. Mario Gomez (G) def. Garrison Miller 6-0, 6-3

6. Insee Akarapan (G) def. Vansh Aggarwal 6-4, 6-0

Doubles – Goshen won team point 3-0

1. Gallo/Akarapan (G) def. Bonsergent/Flores 6-4

2. Margetic/Scattolon (G) def. Almeida/Troyer 6-4

3. Bollmann/Gomez (G) def. Bos/Miller 6-2

GOSHEN WOMEN’S TENNIS: defeats Saint Francis for first time since 2009, fall to Bethel by one

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In a 7-0 sweep of Saint Francis, the Goshen women’s tennis team picked up their first win of the season on Saturday. Goshen’s last win was September 11, 2020.

This was Goshen’s first win over Saint Francis since 2009. The Leafs dominated every match – the Cougars didn’t win more than three sets in any matchup. Sude Aytekin and Meaghan Godzisz only allowed one set win from their opponents in the single matchups, and the no. 1 doubles team of Aytekin and Szofia Kallai won 6-0.

The Maple Leafs nearly pulled out a second win for the day, but Bethel came out on top 4-3. Goshen won the team point 2-1 thanks to wins from Kallai and Aytekin at no. 1 doubles and Godzisz and Carmen Aliaga at no. 3 doubles. Aytekin won at no. 2 singles 6-4, 6-3 and Aliaga won at no. 3 singles 6-3, 6-0.

On Tuesday, September 13, the Leafs face (RV) Marian at 9:00 am and Grace at 1:00 pm in Indianapolis.

Goshen 7, Saint Francis 0

Singles

1. Szofia Kallai (G) def. Jessica Henline 6-0, 6-2

2. Sude Aytekin (G) def. Alyssa Ciocca 6-0, 6-1

3. Carmen Aliaga (G) def. Sophia Vandegriff 6-1, 6-2

4. Sarah Hinshaw (G) def. Elizabeth Gomez 6-1, 6-2

5. Meaghan Godzisz (G) def. Danielle Smith 6-1, 6-0

6. Goshen by default

Doubles – Goshen won the team point 3-0

1. Kallai/Aytekin (G) def. Henline/Ciocca 6-0

2. Hinshaw/Aliaga (G) def. Vandegriff/Gomez 6-3

3. Goshen by default

Bethel 4, Goshen 3

Singles

1. Elizaveta Mikhailova (B) def. Szofia Kallai 6-2, 6-2

2. Sude Aytekin (G) def. Alexia Pena 6-4, 6-3

3. Carmen Aliaga (G) def. Kyla Heckaman 6-3, 6-0

4. Layla Jojo (B) def. Sarah Hinshaw 7-5, 6-1

5. Saige Rinkenberger (B) def. Meaghan Godzisz 7-6, 6-1

6. Moana Martins (B) def. Hannah McCoy 6-3, 6-2

Doubles – Goshen won the team point 2-1

1. Kallai/Aytekin (G) def. Mikhailova/Heckaman 6-0

2. Jojo/Rinkenberger (B) def. Hinshaw/McCoy 6-3

3. Godzisz/Aliaga (G) def. Pena/Martins 7-6 (7-2)

GOSHEN VOLLEYBALL: Brenneman named to All-Tournament team but Leafs lose in straight sets to Concordia and St. Francis

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On the second day of the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament, Goshen lost in straight sets to Concordia (Mich.) and St. Francis (Ill.)

Against Concordia, the Leafs improved in the second and third sets. The Cardinals won 25-17 in the first but just 25-23 in the second and 25-22 in the third. Concordia narrowly beat out Goshen in kills (42-36), assists (39-34), and digs (50-45).  Goshen had four aces from Sadie Brenneman, Christina Towne, Gwyn Bellamy and Kennedy Land.

Sydney Stutsman led all players on the court with 28 assists. Brenneman had 13 kills to her name.

In the second match, Goshen had one tight set against the Fighting Saints, but St. Francis dominated the two other sets. St. Francis won the first 25-15 but had their work cut out in the second. They lead most of the time, with sizable leads at 10-4, 14-8, and 24-21. Goshen came back and scored points when needed, but the Fighting Saints prevailed 32-30. They then secured a 25-17 win in the third set and a 3-0 victory over the Leafs.

Kassidy Faler had 21 digs, Stutsman totaled 24 assists, and Brenneman notched ten kills. These three led both teams in these categories. Brenneman was named to the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament team for her second year in a row.

Goshen hosts Saint Francis (Ind.) on Wednesday, September 14. This will be the first home Crossroads League match of the season. The match begins at 7:00 pm.

HOLY CROSS MEN’S SOCCER: SAINTS DROP 2-1 TO STRITCH

Notre Dame, Ind. The Holy Cross College men’s soccer kicked off their Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this afternoon when they hosted Cardinal Stritch University. The Wolves were able to get on the board first, with a goal coming in the 22nd minute. The goal remained for the half, as the Saints found themselves down 1-0 at halftime. Despite playing a man down, Axel Valenzuela was able to find the back on the net to even the game 1-1 in the 72nd minute. Stritch responded with a goal of their own in the 76th minute to hand Holy Cross the 2-1 defeat. With the loss, Holy Cross stands at 2-3 and 0-1 in conference play, while Stritch improves to 3-3 and 1-0.

MATCH DETAILS

Score: Holy Cross fell to Stritch 2-1

Records: Holy Cross (2-3) | Stritch (3-2)

Location: Saints Field | Holy Cross College | Notre Dame, Ind.

SCORING SUMMARY

22′ | Andres Sesma (CS) assisted by Marcos Garcia

72′ | Axel Valenzuela (HC) assisted by Marcos Hernandez

76′ | Andres Sesma (CS) assisted by Andrian Manchado

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Claudio Fuentealba got the start in goal and recorded four saves

Axel Valenzuela recorded a goal

HC outshot Stritch 13-10 in the loss

NEXT TIME OUT

The Saints continue their conference play on Tuesday, September 13 when they host Judson University. Kickoff set for 1:30pm EST.

HOLY CROSS WOMEN’S SOCCER: SAINTS FALL TO WOLVES 2-1

Notre Dame, Ind. The Holy Cross College women’s soccer team began their Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this morning when they hosted Cardinal Stritch University.The Wolves were able to take a 1-0 lead midway through the first half with a penalty kick in the 27th minute. That goal was enough to give the Wolves the lead going into the half. Midway through the 2nd half, the Wolves were able to make it 2-0 when they scored again in the 75th minute. Late in the 2nd half Abby Craig was able to score in the 88th minute. The Saints’ late surge of offense was not enough to complete the comeback. With the loss, Holy Cross moves to 1-1-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play, while Stritch moves to 3-2 and 1-0.

MATCH DETAILS

Score: Holy Cross fell to Stritch 2-1

Records: Holy Cross (1-1-4) | Stritch (3-2)

Location: Saints Field | Holy Cross College | Notre Dame, Ind.

SCORING SUMMARY

27′ | Mari Sagstad (CS) on PK

75′ | Nora Vangsnes (CS) assisted by Mari Sagstad

88′ | Abby Craig (HC) unassisted

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Taylor Primack got the start in goal and recorded ten saves

Abby Craig recorded a goal

HC was outshot by Stritch 25-6 in 2-1 loss

NEXT TIME OUT

The Saints will continue their conference play on Wednesday, September 14 when they host Judson University. Kickoff set for 2:00 pm EST.

EARLHAM MEN’S SOCCER: scores late to defeat Cougars

RICHMOND – The Earlham College men’s soccer team defeated the University of Cincinnati Clermont College 2-1 in Matlack-Messer Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Quakers improved to 2-0-1 on the 2022 season.

After a scoreless first half, Quentin Berry recorded the first Earlham goal in the 75th minute on a close-range shot from the left side. The shot came just 40 seconds after Berry pulled a shot from the same position wide left of the goal.

Braden Guinn extended the lead in the 88th minute on a free kick goal from around 25 yards out.

The Cougars added a goal in the 89th minute.

Berry led the Quake with four total shots, and placed two on frame. Guinn was second on the list with two shots.

Tyler Smith had an active day in the goal with eight saves.

Earlham will be back in action on Wednesday in Matlack-Messer Stadium to host Indiana University East at 3:30 pm.

EARLHAM VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball concludes Pam Briggs Classic

BEXLEY, Ohio – The Earlham College volleyball team defeated Capital University 3-1 before falling to Birmingham Southern College 3-0 on the final day of competition at the Pam Briggs Classic on Saturday.

The Quakers now sit at 4-4 on the 2022 season.

GAME ONE: EARLHAM 3   CAPITAL 1  (25-17, 30-28, 24-26, 25-23)

Liv Kyrk recorded 16 kills in the extended match with only five errors for a .333 hitting percentage. Kyrk also was involved in two blocks that scored for the Quakers. Maria Young tallied 13 kills and first year player Jasmyn Meeker hit double-digits with 11 kills.

Erin Wagner led in sets after putting up 45 assists in the morning contest. Jen Shamel and Mallory Cox led the Quaker backline with 19 and 16 digs respectively.

The Quakers jumped out to a lead in the first set after scoring a four-point run. Earlham extended its lead again with a three-point run while leading 12-10. The Comet offense had no answer down the stretch as Earlham pulled away to a 25-17 win.

After stretching out to a 7-2 lead, the Quakers slowed and found themselves trailing 19-15. Earlham then scored a 9-2 run and led 24-21. On set point, Capital scored four straight points to lead 25-24 before a kill from Meeker tied the set at 25. After a kill from Capital, the Quakers capitalized on a kill by Kyrk and an attack error by the Comets to win 30-28.

The Comets recorded their most efficient set of the contest in set three with a .146 hitting percentage. Earlham fell behind in the set, but used a 7-2 run to tie the score at 22. With a locked score again at 24, it was the Comets who prevailed the second time around with a set score of 26-24.

Earlham took the lead off of an 8-1 run in the fourth set after trailing early. The Quakers led 15-12 before the home squad went on a 7-1 run to lead the set. The momentum quickly swung back in the favor of Earlham with a 5-0 run to lead 24-22.

GAME TWO: EARLHAM 0   BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN 3  (19-25, 16-25, 22-25)

Meeker led the Quakers in their second match of the day with nine kills and a .138 hit percentage. As a team, Earlham attacked at a .068 clip during the contest.

After falling behind 13-6 in the opening set, the Quakers scored a 6-2 run. EC then put together five straight points to trail 18-17.

The Earlham offense struggled in the final two sets and hit at a .065 and -.033 respectively.

Earlham will be back in action on Tuesday at home in Druley Performance Gym against Denison University at 7 pm.

IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: RED WOLVES TAKE DOWN MADONNA

Livonia, Mich. – The last time these two teams played, it was a 5-set thriller that the Red Wolves were able win.

A week later, IU East was down again, but this time won in four as they defeated Madonna 13-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-22.

The win improves the Red Wolves to 10-2 on the season. Jessica Swimm tallied a team-high 18 kills with Brooke Lepper following in double figures with 13 kills. Reece Shirley compiled 40 assists.

“Coming into the game today, we were super prepared and knew what we had to do,” Shirley said. “After the nerves were settled, we began to find our rhythm and controlled our side of the court.”

In the first set, the two teams started off close. But the Crusaders went on multiple huge runs to take the first with ease for the 1-0 lead.

The Red Wolves looked to take set two with the same ease as Madonna did in Set 1, but the Crusaders mounted a comeback. IUE shot out to leads of 10-5 and 18-9. Kills from Teah Barrett-Matthew and Swimm gave the Red Wolves a 24-16 lead, one away from knotting the game at 1-1. But Madonna went on a 7-0 run that caused head coach Kim McConaha to call two timeouts in that span to rally the girls for the final point. IUE grabbed the 25th point off a bad set from Madonna.

IUE was able to keep the pedal on the gas in the third set as they took their large lead and closed it out. Swimm, a Madonna attacking error and a kill from Makayla Price gave the Red Wolves the last three points.

The Red Wolves may have led the rest of the way after holding a 7-6 lead, but the Crusaders didn’t make it easy on them coming back from a 19-12 deficit in the fourth set. Madonna went on a 9-3 run to come within one point. The rest of the points in the set were off of errors. Fortunately for the Red Wolves, they only committed one and were able to win in four.

“I am proud of the team’s ability to go into the last three sets and complete our job with loud energy on and off the court, ” Shirley said.

The Red Wolves will hop into RSC play starting on Saturday the 17th against IU Kokomo. The cougars were favored to win the RSC in the preseason polls. First serve is scheduled for noon in Kokomo.

IU EAST MEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST 5, PIKEVILLE 0

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Albert Yakah scored a pair of goals to help the Indiana University East men’s soccer team post a 5-0 victory over the University of Pikeville on Saturday, Sept. 10.

IU East evened its season record at 3-3, Pikeville is now 3-2.

Yakah’s first goal came in the opening period with an assist from Josh Hlei before Tristan Thomas found the back of the net to give the Red Wolves a 2-0 advantage at the internission.

“We talked before the game about the need to come out with a focused, attacking, aggressive mindset, and we did,” IU East coach Steve Moore said. “This is what we’re capable of and now it’s a matter of stringing a couple performances like this together.”

In the second half, Yakah and Hlei scored to make it 4-0. Vince Brown added the final tally for IU East on a penalty kick.

Red Wolves goalkeeper Peter Lamprou had four saves for his second shutout of the season.

The Red Wolves return to action at cross-town rival Earlham College on Wednesday, Sept 14. The match in Matlack-Messer Soccer Stadium begins at 3:30 p.m.  

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Lim Victory Highlights Historic Day for No. 16 Taylor on the Links

YORKTOWN, Ind. – Shayne Lim topped a loaded field at the Players Club Invitational on Friday and Saturday for her first collegiate tournament championship in just her second outing with the Trojans.

No. 16 Taylor rode the steady play of Lim to a second-place showing in the 14-team event that featured seven teams ranked inside the NAIA Top-25. TU finished ahead of No. 4 Dalton State and No. 8 Cumberland, while also comfortably topping No. 17 Lindsey Wilson, No. 21 Cumberlands and No. 22 Northwestern Ohio.

The Trojans carded a final-round score of 291 to tie the lowest single-round total in program history and ended the three-round event at 889, just one stroke off the best 54-hole score in program history.

The final round score of 291 nearly helped TU overcome a 16-shot deficit to No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan, but the Wildcats did just enough to hold on for a five-stroke win.

Lim stole the show all weekend, firing successive scores of 73, 72 and 69 to finish at 214 and two-under par. The freshman’s 214 was the second-best 54-hole score in program history and gave her a two-shot lead for the individual title.

Sabrina Langerak turned in another strong finish, riding a first-round score of 68 to a sixth-place finish at 220 and Elizabeth Kemper finished 11th after climbing the leaderboard with a final-round score of 71 to end at 224.

No. 16 Taylor will return to play in South Bend on October 3 and 4 at the Saints Classic at Warren.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Fall at Butler for First Loss of Season

INDIANAPOLIS – Taylor suffered its first loss of the young 2022 campaign on Saturday night at NCAA Division 1 FCS Butler, as the Bulldogs overcame an early 7-0 Trojan lead to secure a 45-10 outcome.

TU opened well, putting together a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown march on the opening possession of the contest. Stephen Ellis sparked the scoring drive, hauling in a nine-yard catch on the first snap and then taking a carry for 10 yards. Ellis later broke loose for a 29-yard burst to the Butler 19-yard line, before Brendan Lamb eventually finished the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-one play.

Butler (2-0) countered with a touchdown on its first touch as well, taking the kickoff back 44 yards to ignite the game-tying score.

The Taylor defense preserved the tie with a back-to-back takeaways in the second quarter, with Ja Pryor forcing a fumble inside the red zone and Jacob Hockett recovering the loose ball to stop the BU scoring threat.

Reid Wheeler then stopped Butler’s next drive with an interception, but the hosts scored on their next two drives to build a 21-7 lead and then pushed the margin to 35-7 with touchdowns on their first two possessions of the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Taylor rushed for 118 yards but managed only 186 total yards of offense, while allowing 290 yards on the ground to the Bulldogs.

Ellis ended the evening with 51 yards on six carries, with Lamb going for 50 yards on 15 touches. Hutson Hohlbein caught one pass for 32 yards and Zane Shilts provided TU’s second score of the night with a 47-yard fourth-quarter field goal.

Evan Kitt led the defense with seven solo stops and a team-leading eight tackles, with Reid Wheeler posting seven tackles with his interception and Prior recording five solo hits and the one forced fumble.

Taylor (2-1, 1-0 MSFA) will look to bounce back on its home turf, when it welcomes Trinity International (0-2) to Turner Stadium for a 7:00 pm start on September 17.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Czerniak Powers Trojans Past Two RV Opponents

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The No. 18 Taylor Trojans (12-3, 1-0 CL) took the court on Saturday for day two of the 2022 Viterbo Tournament in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where Ryan Czerniak powered the Trojans to two match wins while accumulating 33 kills and maintaining a .500-plus hitting percentage throughout Taylor’s seven sets of play.

Such numbers are becoming somewhat unsurprising for Czerniak, though not any less impressive, as she now leads the entire NAIA with 231 kills and an absurd hitting percentage of .456 on the season.

Taylor’s senior right-side hitter posted 21 kills in just 32 attempts throughout TU’s first match win of the day over RV Dakota State (6-7), before adding 12 more in just 19 attempts during Taylor’s three-set sweep over RV Rocky Mountain (5-7).

Thanks in large part to Czerniak’s strong left arm, Trojan setter, Kacy Bragg, posted 45 assists in Taylor’s four-set win over Dakota State, averaging 11.25 assists-per-set.

Anna Frey contributed 12 kills of her own to Bragg’s assist total, all the while performing a season-best 22 digs in response to the Dakota State attack. As a team, Taylor was nothing short of stubborn in its defense against its opponent, as a trio of Trojans recorded 12 digs apiece alongside Frey’s 22, including senior, Karli Ware, who finished the match just one dig away from her career best.

Meanwhile, middle-hitter, Grace Ieremia, maintained a fierce presence in the Trojan front line, scoring at least four total blocks for the seventh time this season.

With all this cooking for the Trojans, Taylor managed to monopolize the lead for much of the match, especially the final two sets in which Dakota State not once managed to draw even, let alone taste a lead.

Taylor’s second opponent of the day came in the form of RV Rocky Mountain, of whom the Trojans made quick work in a three-set match sweep. Once again, the Taylor defense was sharp across the board, as the Trojans combined for 51 digs while only allowing a total of 22 Rocky Mountain kills.

Freshman, McKaylah Flagle, led the way with 10 digs, but four other Trojans posted six-or-more digs as well.

On the offensive end, Czerniak struck her 12 kills in 19 attempts while Frey and Ieremia were nearly just as dominate. Frey totaled eight kills in 16 attempts, while the TU middle hitter pounded four in just five attempts.

Meanwhile, Bragg quietly scored another 34 assists, giving her 590 on the season throughout 56 sets played for a Crossroads League-leading average of 10.54 assists-per-set. Bragg now has 3,330 assists in her career, moving into eighth all-time in program history and just 141 assists behind 2019-grad Haley Harrell for seventh all-time.

With the regular-season tournament schedule behind them, the No. 18 Taylor Trojans (12-3, 1-0 CL) re-enter league play on Wednesday, September 14, when Taylor travels to Michigan to play Spring Arbor (7-3, 0-1 CL) at 7:00 pm ET.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees8456.60049 – 2235 – 3437 – 2625 – 815 – 145 – 5W 1
Tampa Bay7859.5694.547 – 2431 – 3536 – 2714 – 1516 – 98 – 2L 1
Toronto7860.565538 – 2940 – 3130 – 2519 – 1517 – 148 – 2W 3
Baltimore7366.52510.541 – 2932 – 3729 – 3315 – 1519 – 105 – 5L 1
Boston6872.4861635 – 3433 – 3819 – 4016 – 1425 – 86 – 4W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland7265.52633 – 3039 – 3513 – 1635 – 2512 – 164 – 6W 2
Chi White Sox7268.5141.534 – 3638 – 3215 – 1731 – 2918 – 158 – 2W 4
Minnesota6969.5003.540 – 3129 – 3818 – 1631 – 2412 – 172 – 8L 2
Kansas City5684.40017.533 – 4123 – 4312 – 2027 – 3310 – 183 – 7L 2
Detroit5485.3881930 – 4024 – 459 – 2025 – 389 – 184 – 6W 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8950.64046 – 2243 – 2810 – 1223 – 847 – 247 – 3L 1
Seattle7861.5611137 – 3141 – 3016 – 1717 – 935 – 287 – 3W 1
LA Angels6178.4392831 – 4030 – 3811 – 2316 – 1027 – 325 – 5W 1
Texas5979.42829.528 – 4031 – 395 – 2017 – 1327 – 381 – 9L 3
Oakland5090.35739.522 – 4828 – 4213 – 2011 – 2122 – 361 – 9L 5
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8852.62946 – 2342 – 2945 – 2217 – 619 – 146 – 4W 1
Atlanta8752.6260.547 – 2540 – 2735 – 2221 – 1218 – 128 – 2L 1
Philadelphia7762.55410.543 – 3134 – 3133 – 2820 – 1017 – 165 – 5W 2
Miami5781.4133027 – 3930 – 4227 – 3411 – 1512 – 212 – 8L 1
Washington4991.3503922 – 4727 – 4411 – 4515 – 1815 – 185 – 5L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis8258.58647 – 2435 – 3416 – 1839 – 2117 – 97 – 3W 1
Milwaukee7466.529838 – 2736 – 3911 – 1336 – 3114 – 185 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs5881.41723.530 – 4128 – 4013 – 930 – 369 – 223 – 7L 1
Cincinnati5681.40924.529 – 3927 – 4212 – 2223 – 3010 – 226 – 4L 1
Pittsburgh5187.3703028 – 4223 – 459 – 2224 – 3414 – 173 – 7L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers9543.68849 – 1846 – 2519 – 1421 – 940 – 155 – 5W 1
San Diego7763.5501938 – 3039 – 3319 – 1519 – 1033 – 296 – 4L 1
San Francisco6673.47529.537 – 3229 – 4117 – 1318 – 1421 – 365 – 5W 1
Arizona6573.4713037 – 3428 – 3916 – 1516 – 1622 – 354 – 6L 4
Colorado6179.4363540 – 3321 – 4610 – 2414 – 1529 – 305 – 5W 4

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1886       At Washington’s Swampoodle Grounds, backstop Connie Mack makes his major league debut when the Nationals, in a rare victory, edge the Philadelphia Quakers, 4-3. As a manager, the journeyman catcher posts the most big-league wins and losses, compiling a 3731-3948 (.486) record with the Pirates and A’s during his 53-year managerial career.

1886       Roger Connor becomes the first and only player to hit a ball out of the original Polo Grounds (110th Street and Fifth Avenue). The Giants’ first baseman receives a $500 gold watch from stockbrokers and others to honor his accomplishment.

1902       In the bottom of the 11th inning, John Malarkey hits a game-ending homer off St. Louis right-hander Mike O’Neill to give the Beaneaters a 4-3 win in the first game of a twin bill at Boston’s South End Grounds. Malarkey becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to earn a victory by hitting a walk-off home run.

1912       Eddie Collins steals six bases when Philadelphia beats the Tigers at Detroit’s Navin Field. 9-7. The A’s second baseman, who will swipe six bags again in September, will end the season with 66 stolen bases, second behind Clyde Milan’s league-leading 88.

1915       Eddie Plank of the Federal League’s St. Louis Terriers records his 300th victory when he defeats the Newark Peppers 12-5. The future Hall of Famer (1946) is the ninth player and first southpaw to reach this milestone.

1918       In the earliest conclusion of the Fall Classic, Boston’s Carl Mays three-hits the Cubs 2-1, with the Red Sox winning the World Series in six games. Baseball shortened the regular season by a month to meet many major leaguers’ obligation to leave their team after being drafted into the military to serve in World War I.

1923       At Yankee Stadium, Red Sox hurler Howard Ehmke misses being the first pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters, tossing a one-hitter in the team’s 3-0 victory against New York. The only safety given up by the 29-year-old right-hander is a first-inning infield hit to lead-off batter Whitey Witt, a grounder misplayed by Boston’s third baseman Howard Shanks that is ruled a single by the official scorer.

1928       Yankee shortstop Mark Koenig’s routine catch of A’s pinch-hitter Ty Cobb’s pop fly behind third base will mark the last time the ‘Georgia Peach’ swings a bat in the big leagues. The aging 41-year-old, the all-time hits leader, will announce his retirement six days later, ending a 24 year Hall of Fame career.

1938       Free admission and giveaways of small bats and bags of peanuts highlight Lefty O’Doul Day at Seals Stadium for youngsters under 14. Between games of the PCL doubleheader against the Oakland Oaks, the kids have a chance to scramble for autographed balls thrown by the San Francisco Seals players.

1942       Paul Gillespie homers in his first major league at-bat, hitting a solo shot off Harry Feldman in the second inning of the Cubs’ 4-3 loss to New York at the Polo Grounds. The Chicago reserve catcher will become the first of only two players in baseball history, along with John Miller (1966-1969), to a hit home run in their first and last big-league at-bats, when he blasts a round-tripper in his final plate appearance in 1945.

1947       Ralph Branca becomes the youngest pitcher to win twenty games in the National League. The 21-year-old Dodger right-hander, who finishes the season with 21 victories, reaches the plateau in his third attempt when Brooklyn beats the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 4-3.

1948       For the 16th consecutive season, the Phillies will have a losing season when the team loses its 78th game of the year, dropping a 13-2 decision to the Braves at Shibe Park. The drought, which began in 1933, will be the longest in big-league history until the Pirates suffer through twenty downtrodden years from 1993 to 2012.

1954       New York first baseman Whitey Lockman pinch-hits a grand slam off Cincinnati right-hander Howie Judson. The seventh-inning four-run round-tripper propels the first-place Giants to an eventual 7-5 victory over the Reds at the Polo Grounds.

1955       After working the count full with two outs in the ninth, Del Crandall hits a grand slam, giving the Braves a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over Philadelphia. Milwaukee had entered the final frame at County Stadium behind 4-0 before the backstop abruptly ended the game with his ‘ultimate grand slam.’

1955       In his first and only major league appearance, Fred Van Dusen, entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning for the Phillies, is hit by a pitch thrown by Humberto Robinson of the Braves. The 18-year-old bonus baby’s career ends with an on-base percentage of 1.000 but without a batting average.

1956       Frank Robinson ties Wally Berger’s 1930 National League rookie record for home runs with his 38th in the Reds’ 11-5 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Mark McGwire (1989 Cardinals, 49), Aaron Judge (2017 Yankees, 52), and Pete Alonso (2019 Mets, 53) will extend the major league mark for freshman homers.

1959       At Memorial Stadium, two twenty-year-old Oriole hurlers throw complete-game shutouts in a twin bill sweep against the White Sox. Jack Fischer wins the opener 3-0, and Jerry Walker pitches 16 innings, beating the Pale Hose in the nightcap, 1-0.

1959       The Dodgers end Elroy Face’s consecutive win streak at 22 with a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. The winner of only three major league career victories, Chuck Churn snaps the reliever’s run, who will finish the season with an 18-1 record.

1964       At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Braves’ southpaw Denny Lemaster throws a one-hitter, beating the Reds and Jim Maloney, who gives up only two hits, 1-0. The only run of the two-hour and six-minute contest scores on a sac fly by Felipe Alou plating Gene Oliver in the bottom of the eighth inning.

1966       In his debut, Nolan Ryan whiffs the first batter he faces, making Braves pitcher Pat Jarvis the first strikeout victim the right-hander will claim during a 27-year Hall of Fame career. The 19-year-old Mets right-hander fans three batters during his two-inning Shea Stadium stint in relief en route to setting a major league mark of 5,714 career strikeouts.

1966       In his first major league at-bat, John Miller hits a round-tripper off Lee Stange in the second inning of the Yankees’ 4-2 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. The 22-year-old outfielder, whose total of 10 hits in his 32 big-league games includes two home runs, will become the second player, joining Paul Gillespie, to hit a homer in his first and last plate appearance when he goes deep as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers in his final turn at-bat in 1969.

1968       Tying a dubious major league record, Cubs right-hander Ferguson Jenkins loses his fifth 1-0 decision of the season when the Mets and Jim McAndrew beat Chicago with a lone run at Wrigley Field. The Canadian-born hurler will finish the season with a 20-15 record but is 20-6 in games where his team scores a run.

1969       Implementing an innovation he conceived, team owner Ewing Kauffman announces plans to start the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy. Presently a scout, Syd Thrift, will be named the director of the program, designed to develop gifted athletes into major-league ready ballplayers for the organization.

1974       In a game that will feature a record 202 batters, the Cardinals defeat the Mets in the seven-hour and four-minute Shea Stadium contest, 4-3, with Hank Webb taking the loss after making an errant pickoff throw in the top of the 25th inning that leads to the eventual winning run. Redbird Ken Reitz’s two-strike, two-out home run had tied the game in the top of the ninth, making the extra innings necessary.

1975       Not satisfied with the Yankees’ offer, the White Sox withdraw their waivers on 40-year-old Tom Seaver, blocking New York’s attempt to obtain the future Hall of Fame right-hander. The Bronx Bombers, 1.5 games behind Blue Jays and in need of pitching, also showed interest in the 13-10 hurler because the acquisition would help win the daily battle for media coverage in the Big Apple with the crosstown Mets, the team that considers him the ‘Franchise.’

1979       The Expos beat the Cubs at Olympic Stadium, 8-6, for their 82nd win of the campaign. The victory ensures Montreal of a winning season for the first in the 11-year history of the franchise.

1985       At Riverfront Stadium in front of 47,237 hometown fans, Reds’ player-manager Pete Rose collects his 4,192nd career hit to pass Ty Cobb, who had his last at-bat 57 years ago on this date, to become the all-time major league hit leader. Padres right-hander Eric Show gives up the historic hit, a first-inning single to left field, in Cincinnati’s eventual 2-0 victory over San Diego.

1987       With his 30th stolen base, Mets third baseman Howard Johnson becomes the first National League infielder to become a 30-30 club member. The other players in the Senior Circuit to have 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season are outfielders Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Bobby Bonds, Dale Murphy, and Eric Davis.

1987       In the opening game of a critical series against the Mets at Shea Stadium, Terry Pendleton hits a ninth-inning game-tying home run in the Cardinals’ eventual 6-4 overtime victory with two outs and two strikes. The Redbird’s third basemen’s dramatic long ball smashes the car windshield of New York starter Ron Darling, who pitched one-hit ball before leaving in the top of the seventh due to spraining his thumb fielding Vince Coleman’s bunt in the last inning.

1991       Three Atlanta hurlers pitch the first combined no-hitter in National League history. Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers, and Alejandro Pena join forces to hold the opposing batters hitless in the Braves’ 1-0 victory over the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium.

1996       Having hit a home run off right-hander Francisco Cordova earlier in the game, Ken Caminiti goes deep in the bottom of the seventh inning off southpaw Matt Ruebel, making it the fourth time this season he has homered from both sides of the plate in a game. The Padres’ third baseman breaks his own major league record, which he established last year when he accomplished the feat three times.

1997       In a 9-5 Mets victory over the Expos at Shea Stadium, slow-footed John Olerud legs out an eighth-inning three-run triple to center field off Steve Kline, completing the first of two career cycles. The 29-year-old New York first baseman becomes the seventh player in the franchise’s 33-year history to accomplish the feat.

1998       Dropping an 8-2 decision against division-leading Atlanta, the Marlins lose their 100th game of the season, becoming the first team from being World Series champions to having triple digits defeats the next season. Florida, which has never had 100 defeats during its six-year existence, will compile a 54-108 (.333) record to finish last in the five-team National League East.

1998       Kevin Malone is named the Dodgers’ general manager, replacing Tommy Lasorda, who becomes the team’s senior vice president. The “new sheriff in town” tenure in Los Angeles features high-profile players signing huge contracts, including Kevin Brown’s seven-year deal making the right-hander the first $100 million man in baseball.

1999       Facing just one batter, Doug Jones records his 300th career save when he gets the final out in the A’s 5-4 win over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. The 42-year-old right-handed reliever, the 11th closer to reach the milestone, will retire at the end of next season with 303 saves.

1999       Twins’ southpaw Eric Milton throws a no-hitter against the visiting Angels, 7-0, the fourth since the team moved to Minnesota from Washington, D.C. in 1961. The 24-year-old retires the side in order seven of the nine innings en route to his 13-strikeout gem at the Metrodome.

2001       In the wake of terrorist attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball cancels all games for security reasons and the deep mourning of the senseless loss of lives. The evacuation of Yankee Stadium also takes place as a precautionary measure.

2002       Yankee legends Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto unveil a monument dedicated to the September 11th terrorist attacks victims. The team also has a ceremonial tree planting in Monument Park in honor of the heroes and victims of last year’s horrific events.

2004       The 36,887 Bank One Ballpark fans, hoping to see Barry Bonds hit his 699th and perhaps 700th career homer, watch the Giant left fielder reach a different milestone. The San Francisco slugger receives three bases-on-balls from Diamondback pitchers to break his own record and become the first major leaguer to walk over 200 times in a single season.

2006       Cody Ross ties two team records with three home runs and seven RBIs in the Marlins’ 16-5 rout of Mets. The Florida right fielder drives in all of his runs in the Dolphin Stadium contest with a pair of two-run homers and a three-run round-tripper.

2006       Frank Thomas goes yard in his sixth straight game, setting an A’s franchise record. The Big Hurt’s 36th home run, which comes off Twins’ starter Carlos Silva, is nearly caught by center fielder Torii Hunter.

2008       Jack Cust whiffs in his first two plate appearances and K’s again in the eighth inning to bring his strikeout total this season to 176. The A’s outfielder/DH breaks the franchise record previously held by Jose Canseco, who fanned 175 times in 1986.

2008       With his sixth-inning double in the 3-2 loss to the Cubs, Cardinals’ first baseman Albert Pujols becomes only the third player in history to drive in 100 runs during his first eight major league seasons. The two other big leaguers to reach the plateau are Red sox outfielder Ted Williams, who also accomplished the feat for eight seasons from 1939-42, 46-49, and starting in 1924, fly-chaser Al Simmons did it for 11 years playing for the A’s (9) and the White Sox (2).

2009       A small boy races to the pitcher’s mound and grabs a baseball intended for Tigers’ reliever Brandon Lyon Before starting the eighth inning at Comerica Park. The youngster is helped back into the stands and can keep the ball after a discussion between the boy’s uncle and security reveals that the six-year-old had misunderstood a suggestion to go to the railing and get a ball from one of the Blue Jay players.

2009       With an opposite-field single in the third inning of a 10-4 loss to Baltimore on a rainy New York night, Derek Jeter becomes the all-time team leader in hits for the historic franchise. The safety gives the Yankees captain 2,722 hits, one more than legendary Lou Gehrig, another 35-year-old team captain, who had held the record for more than 70 years.

2010       With MLB’s permission, Pete Rose goes on the Great American Ball Park field to celebrate his record-breaking hit that passed Ty Cobb, making him the all-time leader. Joined by former teammates Tony Perez and Cesar Geronimo, the banished player receives a trophy from Reds’ owner Bob Castellini, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the historic 4,192nd hit.

2010       Jim Thome connects for career homer No. 587 to pass Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for eighth place on the all-time career list. The Twins DH’s historic round-tripper, which he blasts in the top of the twelfth inning at Progressive Field, is the lone run in Minnesota’s 1-0 victory over Cleveland.

2010       For the 10th consecutive campaign, starting with his rookie year, Albert Pujols drives in 100 or more runs. Only Al Simmons, with 11, has more seasons with 100 RBIs to start a career than the Cardinals’ first baseman.

2011       Major League Baseball denies the Mets’ request to wear caps honoring police, firefighters, and other first responders for their September 11th game against Chicago. The hats worn during the pregame ceremony in remembrance of the tragic event will be autographed and sold on Mets.com, with the proceeds given to charities by the team’s foundation.

2013       At Marlins Park, benches clear when Brian McCann confronts Jose Fernandez as the Miami starting pitcher crosses home plate after hitting his first career home run. The Braves’ backstop and third baseman Chris Johnson take exception to the 21-year-old rookie right-hander admiring the home run from the batter’s box, then glaring into the Atlanta dugout rounding the bases.

2015       When Mariners reliever Tony Zych makes his major league debut in an 11-8 victory over the A’s, he displaces outfielder Dutch Zwilling, who held the distinction for more than a century of being listed last in baseball’s all-time alphabetical roll call. Another Seattle reliever, David Aardsma, ranks first in the ABC’s of baseball, replacing Hank Aaron on the top of the list in 2004.

2020       At Tropicana Field, the Rays use a lineup that features nine true left-handers, marking the first time a batting order of all southpaw swingers start a major league game in the modern era, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Although a few teams had played games when all nine hitters batted from the left-hand side of the plate, none of the players in Tampa Bay’s 11-1 victory were switch-hitters.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1983

After opening the decade with their first World Championship, Philadelphia returned to the “Big Show” hoping to repeat their award-winning performance. With a roster full of thirty-five to forty-two year-old veterans, the ’83 Phillies were among the oldest in the National League and were a stark contrast to their opponents, the American League’s Baltimore Orioles.

John Denny was Philly manager Paul Owens’ choice for Game 1 and the thirty year-old “youngster” went up against Series vet Scott McGregor. Joe Altobelli’s Blackbirds took an early lead when their second batter, Jim Dwyer sent a Denny fastball deep into the stands, but Sparkplug Morgan tied it up with a two out home run in the Philadelphia sixth. Both teams remained locked in a 1-1 tie as McGregor returned to the mound in the top of the eighth. In a strange twist, an excruciating five minutes passed before the lefthander was allowed to deliver the first pitch to officially start the inning. In what had become a Classic tradition, President Ronald Reagan was in attendance and had given an impromptu, three minute interview that ran well into the scheduled commercial time. After the lengthy pause, a cold McGregor finally sent his first offering to Garry Maddox who promptly sent it back for the go ahead run. Despite the obvious argument that the delay had affected their pitcher, the Orioles were given no reprieve as reliever Al Holland and the Phillies moved on for the 2-1 win.

Still disturbed by the controversy over Game 1, Baltimore came back in the second outing with Mike Boddicker extracting revenge with a vicious, three hitter. Philadelphia’s Charles Hudson had tossed shutout ball through the fourth inning, but surrendered three, fifth inning runs as John Lowenstein homered, Rick Dempsey added a run-scoring double and Boddicker aided his own cause with a sac-fly for the 4-1 triumph.

As the Series shifted to “The City of Brotherly Love”, a crafty Owens startled the hometown crowd by replacing 3,900 hit man, Pete Rose with Tony Perez in an attempt to generate some fresh offense. With the home team leading 2-1 in the sixth, Steve Carlton was showing signs of fatigue in the on-deck circle. As the Philly manager debated pulling the 300 game winner for a pinch-hitter, Carlton convinced him not to. The decision not to force a call to the bullpen proved costly as Carlton fanned with two on and two out. He later went on to retire the first two Baltimore batters in the seventh, but gave up a critical double to Dempsey (who later advanced to third on a wild pitch). Benny Ayala took advantage of the weary pitcher and followed with a timely pinch-single to tie it up. Angry for not going with his first instincts, Owens summoned Al Holland for relief. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late and John Shelby took the left-hander for a clutch single that scored the 3-2 game winner.

Game 4 mostly belonged to the Orioles’ Rich Dauer who had three hits and collected three runs. In an unprecedented move, Altobelli had sent up four consecutive pinch-hitters in the sixth. The daring strategy soon proved brilliant as Baltimore overcame a 3-2 deficit on the way to a 5-4 finale. Ken Singleton (the second substitute batter) drew a game-tying, bases-loaded walk and Shelby (pinch-hitter #3) sealed the deal with a go-ahead sacrifice fly. When it was over, Philadelphia slumped in disbelief after giving up another late-inning lead. The Blackbirds had beaten the odds for the third consecutive time and drew nine innings closer to their third World Series title. In the end, the dejected Philadelphia team was never able to recover from the successive comebacks as the Orioles promptly ended the contest with a 5-0 mercy killing in Game 5.

As a testament to the pitching staffs on both sides, the tournaments two biggest hitters, Baltimore’s Cal Ripken, Jr. and Philly’s Mike Schmidt went three-for-eighteen and one-for-twenty respectively. The Iron Man’s teammate, Eddie Murray, had also struggled but managed two homers and three RBIs in the finale after going two-for-sixteen in the first four outings.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1991

The 1991 All-Star Game in Toronto was the second Midsummer Classic to be held in Canada and became an instant classic as several records fell along with the National League.

Cal Ripken, Jr. continued to do what he had been doing through the first three months of the season by hitting with power in key situations. The Iron Man, hitting .348 with eighteen home runs and fifty-four runs batted in at the midsummer break, slammed a three-run homer to center field in the third, bringing in Rickey Henderson and Wade Boggs.

Ryne Sandberg’s one-out double in the third marked the National League’s first extra-base hit since 1987. Trailing 3-2, the National League put its first two batters on base in the sixth but couldn’t score. Once again, the National League displayed an anemic offense that was unable to perform at the plate.

This win, the American League’s fourth consecutive, proved that it wasn’t just luck. The American League was back after several decades of disappointment and they weren’t done yet.

FOOTBALL HISTORY

September 11, 1983 – Franco Harris becomes the 3rd player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 career yards or more. Harris’s 118 yards in the Pittsburgh Steelers 25-21 victory at Green Bay Packers put him over the distinctive yardage mark.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

September 11, 1897 – Stan Keck was a former guard and tackle for Princeton University. Stan was selected as an All-American in 1920 and 1921 for his great line play. The College Football Hall of Fame enshrined him in 1959 after a National Football Foundation vote. After his playing days Keck ended up getting into coaching and he served as the head coach at Waynesburg University from 1947 through the 1950 season.

September 11, 1924 – Tom Landry the former Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys for 29 seasons. When one thinks of Coach Landry the image of a well dressed, poised man in a fedora pacing the sidelines comes to mind. He had a demeanor unlike most coaches, he rarely showed emotion from the sideline, neither in anger or in exhuberation. Landry was from Mission, Texas and he attended the University of Texas where he played football for the Longhorns. Landry was a pretty talented player at that and well rounded as he played, cornerback, punter, quarterback and halfback. Most people don’t realize that he played professionally as well, being drafted 128th overall in the All-American Football Conference’s 1948 Draft by the New York Yankees. Tom played with the Yanks and then after the AAFC folded in 1949 he switched to the NFL to play with the New York Giants who had drafted him in the 1947 NFL Draft and held his league rights. Landry received his first glimpse of coaching as a Giant when Head Coach Steve Owen asked the young Landry to explain the 6-1-4 defense to his teammates. He stayed with the Giants for multiple seasons and was voted in as an All-Pro in 1954. In 1954 and 1955 with Steve Owen out as coach Landry served as a player/assistant coach under new head man Jim Lee Howell. Landry was the defensive coordinator while a man named Vince Lombardi was in charge of the Giants offense. Coach Landry ended his career after the 1955 season with 32 interceptions in a mere 80 games played. Early in 1960 before they even officially existed, Tom Landry was hired as the Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys. The first year coach had some tough sledding as his team went 0-11-1. The Cowboys owner, Clint Murchison Jr., had faith in Landry though as he promptly signed him to a 10 year extension. The patience paid off as the team improved and in 1966 the team won 10 games and earned the right to play Lombardi’s Packers in the NFL Championship game. His tenure as the Dallas head man lasted an amazing record of 29 years. He developed the 4-3 defense while in New York creating the position of middle linebacker, brought the use of the shot gun offense out of mothballs, innovated the flex defense and trained his running backs to run through any open space, not to a specific hole opened up by design. He taught his players to fully concentrate on their tasks and so as not to lose focus he trained them in almost mechanical shifts and player sets during the offensive cadence. He was to have said that since he and his players were so busy concentrating on doing their jobs that they had no time to be emotional. Landry coached teams in Dallas made the Super Bowl 5 times, winning two of them and he was a Bart Starr QB sneak in the Ice Bowl away from a sixth. 1990 Coach Landry was selected to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

September 11, 1978 – Ed Reed was a former Safety for the University of Miami Hurricanes. The prolific safety was drafted as the 24th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, and Reed played his entire 12 year career there. Reed started all 16 games as a rookie, ended up being the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year and played in 6 Pro Bowls. Ed was a ball hawk as he had 64 interceptions in 167 games played scoring 7 touchdowns. Ed Reed was selected to enter both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS

3 – 29 – 20 – 26 – 43 – 38 – 32 – 14

September 11, 1912 – Philadelphia second baseman Eddie Collins steals MLB record 6 bases in the Athletics’ 9-7 win over Detroit Tigers at Navin Field

September 11, 1923 – After a single, Boston Red Sox Howard Ehmke retires next 27 New York Yankee batters

September 11, 1926 – New York Yankees’ Bob Meusel tied a record with 3 sacrifice flies

September 11, 1927 – Yankees slugger (Eventual Number 3) Babe Ruth hit his 50th home run during his MLB record 60 HR season in New York’s 6-2 loss to St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium

September 11, 1928 – In his last career at bat, legend Ty Cobb last hitting appearance, pops out against Yankees

September 11, 1936 – It was not a good outing on the mound for the A’s pitcher Horace Lisenbee, Number 29 gave up 26 hits in a game

September 11, 1956 – Cincinnati Reds outfielder Frank Robinson, wearing Number 20 tied a rookie record with his 38th HR

September 11, 1956 – New York Yankees Yogi Berra, Number 8 tied a career record for home runs by a catcher when he bombed the 236th of his career against the Kansas City A’s in a 9-5 Yanks victory.

September 11, 1959 – Baltimore starter Jerry Walker, Number 38 pitched all 16 innings as the Orioles edge the Chicago White Sox, 1-0 at Memorial Stadium

September 11, 1966 – Johnny Miller, Number 26 became the first New York Yankee to hit a home run on his 1st MLB at bat only to have his second career home run come on his final MLB at bat in 1969 as a member of the LA Dodgers wearing Number 43

September 11, 1983 – Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris, Number 32 runs for 118 yards in Steelers 25-21 win at Green Bay to become the only the third player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 yards. The Steelers announced on September 7, 2022 that they were retiring Franco’s Number 32 jersey.

September 11, 1985 – Pete Rose, Number 14 of Cincinnati Reds gets career hit 4,192 off Eric Show of San Diego Padres, eclipsing Ty Cobb’s record

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EPL: Arsenal vs Everton9:00amPeacock
Serie A: Lecce vs Monza9:00amParamount+
Serie A: Sassuolo vs Udinese9:00amParamount+
Serie A: Bologna vs Fiorentina9:00amParamount+
Bundesliga: Köln vs Union Berlin9:30amESPN+
La Liga: Real Madrid vs Mallorca10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Rennes vs Auxerre11:05ambeIN Sports
Bundesliga: Freiburg vs Borussia M’gladbach11:30amESPN+
EPL: West Ham United vs Newcastle United11:30amUSA
Serie A: Lazio vs Hellas Verona12:00pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Arsenal vs Vélez Sarsfield12:00pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Newell’s Old Boys vs Gimnasia La Plata12:00pmParamount+
La Liga: Getafe vs Real Sociedad12:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Juventus vs Salernitana2:45pmParamount+
Ligue 1: Monaco vs Olympique Lyonnais2:45pmbeIN Sports
La Liga: Real Betis vs Villarreal3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille vs Lille3:00pmbeIN Sports
Brasileirão: São Paulo vs Corinthians3:00pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Boca Juniors vs River Plate4:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Cruz Azul vs Mazatlán5:00pmUniMas
Brasileirão: Coritiba vs Atlético Goianiense5:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Goiás vs Flamengo6:00pmParamount+
NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC vs Kansas City Current6:00pmCBSSN
Argentina Primera División: Talleres Córdoba vs Defensa y Justicia7:00pmParamount+
NWSL: Houston Dash vs Angel City7:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Atlas vs Atlético San Luis7:05pmTUDN
Liga MX: Pachuca vs Tijuana9:05pmTUDN
TENNISTIME ETTV
US Open Women’s Doubles Championship1:00pmESPN
US Open Men’s Final4:00pmESPN