TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
#25 Auburn 62 Alabama State 0
#12 Oregon 35 #3 Ohio State 28
#13 Florida 42 S. Florida 20
#19 Virginia Tech 35 Middle Tennessee 14
#8 Notre Dame 32 Toledo 29
#7 Cincinnati 42 Murray State 7
#5 Texas A&M 10 Colorado 7
#2 Georgia 56 Alabama Birmingham 7
#11 Penn State 44 Ball State 13
#1 Alabama 48 Mercer 14
#10 Iowa 27 #9 Iowa State 17
#6 Clemson 49 South Carolina State 3
Arkansas 40 #15 Texas 21
#22 Miami, Florida 25 Appalachian State 23
#4 Oklahoma 76 Western Carolina 0
#18 Wisconsin 34 Eastern Michigan 7
#24 North Carolina 59 Georgia State 17
#20 Ole Miss 54 Austin Peay 17
BYU 26 #21 Utah 17
#23 Arizona State 37 UNLV 10
Stanford 42 #14 USC 28
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Purdue 49 Connecticut 0
Indiana 56 Idaho 14
Maryland 62 Howard 0
Michigan 31 Washington 10
Virginia 42 Illinois 14
Michigan State 42 Youngstown State 14
Northwestern 24 Indiana State 6
Minnesota 31 Miami Ohio 26
Rutgers 17 Syracuse 7
Nebraska 20 Buffalo 3
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NY Yankees 8 NY Mets 7
Arizona 7 Seattle 3
Texas 8 Oakland 6
Toronto 11 Baltimore 10
Tampa Bay 7 Detroit 2
Boston 9 Chicago White Sox 8 (10)
Minnesota 9 Kansas City 2
LA Angels 4 Houston 2
Toronto 11 Baltimore 2
San Francisco 15 Chicago Cubs 4
Philadelphia 6 Colorado 1
Pittsburgh 10 Washington 7
St. Louis 6 Cincinnati 4
Miami 6 Atlanta 4
LA Dodgers 5 San Diego 4
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Fort Wayne 9 Lansing 7
Beloit 4 South Bend 0
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Seattle 1 Minnesota 0
New England 2 New York City 1
New York 1 DC 1
Nashville 1 Montréal 0
Cincinnati 2 Toronto 0
Inter Miami 1 Columbus 0
Dallas 1 San Jose 1
Sporting KC 2 Chicago 0
Houston 3 Austin 0
Dallas 77 New York 76
Connecticut 76 Phoenix 67
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Mississinewa 47 Madison Grant 6
Alexandria Monroe 31 Blackford 28
Frankton 37 Elwood 0
Eastbrook 50 Oak Hill 13
Western 49 New Castle 42
Indiana Deaf 40 Alabama Silent 0
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Hamilton Heights 3 Lafayette Central Catholic 0
Benton Central 6 Tipton 1
Covenant Christian 5 Kankakee Trinity 1
Providence 3 Southwestern 2
Tri-Central 5 Delphi 1
Charlestown 1 Salem 0
Rensselaer Central 4 Western 2
Connersville 6 Rushville 2
Terre Haute South 3 Martinsville 1
North Harrison 1 Madison 0
Indianapolis Shortridge 5 Warren Central 2
Prairie Heights 7 Lakeland 3
White River Valley 4 Owen Valley 0
Centerville 1 Liberty Christian 1
Kankakee Valley 5 Glenn 0
Pendleton Heights 1 South Bend Washington 0
Princeton 1 Wood Memorial 0
West Lafayette 4 Northwestern 0
North Putnam 5 Northview 1
Penn 3 Carroll 1
Covenant Christian 6 Ritter 0
Bloomington North 4 Mooresville 2
Hamilton Southeastern 1 Perry Meridian 0
Avon 1 Plainfield 1
Hammond Noll 2 market Catholic 1
Brebeuf 3 Lawrence Central 2
Bloomington South 1 Floyd Central 0
Portage 2 Hobart 2
Illiana Christian 9 Michigan City 0
Plymouth 2 Mishawaka Marian 2
Greencastle 3 Cascade 0
Valparaiso 10 Lafayette Jeff 1
Cathedral 2 Homestead 1
Kankakee Trinity 4 Portage Christian 3
Forest Park 2 Pike Central 1
LaVille 4 Oregon Davis 0
Southport 4 Terre Haute North 0
Madisonville 5 Evansville Reitz 1
North White 5 Rossville 3
International 5 Bethesda Christian 2
Seymour 2 Oldenburg Academy 0
Richmond 6 Marion 3
Fishers 3 Columbus East 1
Heritage Christian 1 Covenant Christian 0
Bellmont 2 Eastbrook 1
Wabash 6 Eastern 4
Providence Cristo Rey 4 Morristown 2
Westview 9 Elkhart Christian 2
Caston 3 Lakeland Christian 2
Fort Wayne Snyder 1 Fort Wayne Luers 0
Elkhart 9 LaPorte 2
Christian Academy 2 Shoals 2
St. Ignatius 4 Noblesville 2
Zionsville 5 NorthWood 1
Indianapolis Tech 11 Anderson 0
Roncalli 4 Indianapolis Chatard 0
Mount Vernon 3 Tell City 0
South Bend St. Joseph 2 Plymouth 1
Chesterton 8 Highland 1
Brown County 5 Sullivan 1
Switzerland County 5 Hauser 0
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7 Blackford 0
Argos 2 NorthWood 1
Castle 2 New Albany 1
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Fort Wayne Dwenger 9 Fort Wayne Wayne 0
Fort Wayne South 7 Tippecanoe Valley 0
Hobart 2 Victory Christian 1
Scecina 6 Shortridge 1
NorthWood 4 Jimtown 0
Carroll 1 Brebeuf 1
Forest Park 4 Pike Central 0
Argos 1 Eastbrook 0
Greencastle 2 Cascade 2
Northview 6 N. Putnam 0
Centerville 4 National Trl. 3
Park Tudor 7 Muncie Burris 0
Bremen 4 Bethany Christian 4
Boone Grove 5 Morgan Twp. 1
Northeast Dubois 9 Salem 0
Terre Haute North 6 Southport 1
Heritage Christian 2. Lawrence North 1
Hamilton Heights 11 Frankfort 1
New Albany 1 Jennings County 1
Western 6 Tippecanoe Valley 0
Shelbyville 5 Delta 3
Corydon Central 4 Trinity Lutheran 0
Tri-Central 2 Maconaquah 0
Faith Christian 2 Traders Point 0
Brownsburg 3 Chesterton 2
Hamilton Southeastern 1 Crown Point 0
Fishers 0 Plainfield 0
Seymour 2 Silver Creek 1
Noblesville 6 Harrison 0
Bloomington South 2 Evansville North 1
Mount Vernon 4 Yorktown 1
Plymouth 1 Northridge 1
Central Noble 2 E. Noble 0
Princeton 2 S. Spencer 2
Mishawaka Marian 6 Fort Wayne Canterbury 0
Western the 5 Fort Wayne South 2
Roncalli 4 Covenant Christian 0
Castle 1 Center Grove 1
Terre Haute South 2 McCutcheon 1
Crown Point 1 Brebeuf 0
Culver Academies 6 Trinity 3
Guerin Catholic 2 Westfield 2
Evansville Memorial 5 Evansville Mater Dei 2
Lafayette Jeff 5 Rensselaer Central 3
Hamilton Southeastern 1 Carroll 0
Mishawaka 2 South Bend St. Joseph 1
Evansville North 2 Mount Vernon 1
Mitchell 2 Clarksville 0
Rossville 2 Lewis Cass 0
North Daviess 2 Hebron 1
Shelbyville 2 Wes-Del 1
Frontier 2 Maconaquah 1
Pendleton Heights 2 Anderson 0
Loogootee 2 Eastern Greene 0
Anderson 2 Liberty Christian 0
Edon 2 Fremont 0
LaPorte 2 South Bend St. Joseph 0
Benton Central 2 Mooresville 0
Hamilton Southeastern 3 Martinsville 0
Franklin Central 2 Western 0
Seymour 2 Rising Sun 0
Covington 2 Lowell 0
Valparaiso 2 South Bend St. Joseph 0
Crawford County 2 Orleans 0
Pioneer 2 Danville 1
Harrison 2 Danville 0
Hammond Noll 2 Boone Grove 0
Munster 2 Elkhart 0
Edon 2 Fort Wayne Canterbury 0
Indianapolis Pike 2 Rising Sun 0
Carroll 2 Andrean 1
Cathedral 3 Westfield 0
Noblesville 2, Huntington North 0
Elkhart Christian 2 Central Noble 0
South Newton 3 Lafayette Jeff 1
NorthWood 2 Plymouth 0
Concord 2 Jimtown 0
Monrovia 2 Scecina 1
NorthWood 2 W. Noble 0
LaVille 2 Culver Community 1
North Putnam 3 S. Putnam 1
Lafayette Central Catholic 2 Clinton Central 0
New Palestine 2 Scecina 0
Providence 3 Jasper 1
Caston 2 Knox 0
Benton Central 2 Lowell 0
Chesterton 2 Boone Grove 0
Trinity Lutheran 3 Terre Haute South 1
Rossville 2 Fountain Central 0
Portage 2 Wheeler 1
Union City 2 Ansonia 0
Heritage Christian 2 S. Adams 1
Evansville North 2 Evansville Memorial 0
Munster 2, Valparaiso 0
Charlestown 2 Orleans 1
Mitchell 2 Crothersville 0
Madison 3 Rock Creek Academy 0
Elkhart Christian 2 Bethany Christian 0
NorthWood 2 New Prairie 0
Noblesville 2 Western Boone 0
Plymouth 2 New Prairie 1
Hebron 2 Union Dugger 0
Loogootee 2 Booneville 0
Linton Stockton 3 Forest Park 0
Greencastle 3 Cloverdale 0
Carroll 2 Northridge 1
Seymour 2 Indianapolis Pike 1
Shelbyville 2 Jay County 0
NorthWood 2 Concord 0
Maconaquah 2 N. Miami 0
Danville 2 Rochester 0
Pendleton Heights 2 Frankton 0
Frontier 2 N. Miami 0
Lafayette Central Catholic 2 Mississinewa 0
Harrison 2 Pioneer 1
Culver Academies 3 Kouts 2
Franklin Central 2 NVTO 1
Knox 2 Bremen 0
LaVille 2 Argos 0
Alexandria Monroe 2 Elwood 0
Mississinewa Valley 2 Union City 0
Carmel 3 Jasper 0
New Palestine 2 Monrovia 0
Marquette Catholic 2 Portage 0
Elkhart Christian 2 Churubusco 1
LaPorte 2 Mishawaka 0
Boone Grove 2 South Bend Washington 1
Glenn 2 Knox 0
Concord 2 Westview 0
Concord 2 E. Noble 0
Pendleton Heights 2 Madison Grant 0
West Lafayette 2 Ritter 0
Union City 2 Union 0
Marquette Catholic 2 Hobart 0
Sullivan 3 Brown County 2
Terre Haute South 3 Bedford North Lawrence 0
Hamilton Southeastern 3 Cathedral 0
Brebeuf 3 Muncie Burris 0
Hagerstown 2 S. Adams 1
Madison Grant 2, Alexandria Monroe 0
Trinity Lutheran 3 Evansville Mater Dei 1
Pioneer 2 Rochester 0
Lafayette Central Catholic 2 Frontier 0
Rossville 2 Lafayette Central Catholic 1
Noblesville 2 Franklin Central 0
Benton Central 2 Covington 0
Portage 2 Hobart 0
Indianapolis Pike 2 Connersville 0
Germantown 2 SWCHA 0
Scecina 2 Jennings County 0
Tipton 3 Carroll 1
Carroll 2 Fort Wayne Concordia 0
Triton 2 LaVille 0
Providence 3 Carmel 2
Munster 2 LaPorte 1
Seymour 2 Connersville 0
New Palestine 2 Greenwood 0
Springs Valley 2 Orleans 0
Loogootee 2 Bloomfield 0
Mississinewa 2 Maconaquah 0
Shelbyville 2 Franklin Central 0
South Adams 2 Blackford 0
Chesterton 2 Portage 0
Danville 2 Mooresville 0
Covington 2 Pioneer 0
North Putnam 3 Greencastle 0
Frontier 2 Rossville 1
Maconaquah 2 Lewis Cass 1
Noblesville 2 Shelbyville 1
Harrison 2 Benton Central 0
Hobart 2 Boone Grove 0
Munster 2 Carroll 0
Wabash 3 Carroll 0
Mooresville 2 Lowell 0
Pike Central 2 Evansville Central 1
Zionsville 2 W. Lafayette 1
LaPorte 2 Fort Wayne Concordia 0
Glenn 2 LaVille 0
West Lafayette 2 E. Central 0
Blue River Valley 3 Shenandoah 0
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Verdell, No. 12 Oregon stun No. 3 Ohio State 35-28
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) C.J. Verdell watched on TV last week as Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim shredded Ohio State’s disheveled defense early. The Oregon running back thought he could take advantage in the same fashion.
Verdell, who has struggled with injuries the past two seasons, made it happen. He ran for 161 yards and scored three touchdowns as shorthanded No. 12 Oregon stunned No. 3 Ohio State 35-28 on Saturday.
“We saw the Minnesota running back was having a good game, and we wanted to do the same thing,” the 5-foot-8, 211-pound Verdell said.
Verdell and quarterback Anthony Brown exploited holes in Ohio State’s defense and handed the Buckeyes their first regular-season loss in nearly three years and the first of third-year coach Ryan Day’s tenure.
The Buckeyes’ last loss in the regular season came at Purdue in October 2018 under Urban Meyer.
Ohio State (1-1, 1-0 Big Ten) never led the game it was favored to win by 14 1/2 points despite gaudy numbers from freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud. Its front seven struggled to contain Verdell, control the edge and get after Brown in front.
“They quickly adapted and just played with grit and toughness, knowing this was going to be a slugfest,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said.
The Ducks (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) were without star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and linebacker Justin Flowe.
“It’s hard to express in words the magnitude of coming out here down a couple of guys due to injury, and just playing really, really gutsy football, executing at a high level,” Cristobal said. “A tremendous job of preparation and turning it into a reality by our players and coaching staff.”
The Buckeyes had a chance to tie it late after pulling within a touchdown with 7:55 to go. But when they got the ball again, Stroud took his first sack of the day and then was intercepted by Verone McKinley III on a desperation sideline pass on third-and-18 at the Oregon 35 with 2:50 left as a crowd of more than 100,000 sat stunned.
Stroud, trying to show he is a worthy heir to Justin Fields, likely will be fine. It’s the Ohio State defense that needs work.
Twice in the first half Verdell scurried around the left end – one of them was a pitch pass on fourth-and-1 – and went untouched into the end zone from 14 yards out. Travis Dye exploited the left side again, running from 5 yards out to give the Ducks a 28-14 third-quarter lead.
Three plays into the second half, Verdell blasted through the middle untouched and outran defensive backs for a 77-yard score. He went left again for a 7-yard gain and a first down in the fourth quarter, one play before Brown connected with Moliki Matavao for a 14-yard touchdown to give the Ducks a 35-21 lead with 12:46 left.
“This is not fatal,” Day said. “Certainly, it hurts.”
No. 9 Iowa beats No. 10 Iowa St 27-17 to keep Cy-Hawk Trophy
AMES, Iowa (AP) Jack Campbell returned a fumble 6 yards for a touchdown and No. 10 Iowa ran its winning streak against No. 9 Iowa State to six games with a 27-17 victory Saturday that ruined the most-anticipated home game in Cyclones history.
In the first Cy-Hawk Trophy game matching ranked teams in 65 total meetings, the Hawkeyes (2-0) were not about to play the foil for Iowa State’s feel-good story.
Iowa turned four takeaways into 20 points, ran its overall winning streak to eight games and its winning streak against ranked teams to five. Iowa has not won that many in a row against ranked opponents since 1960.
The Hawkeyes used a familiar formula as last week when they had two defensive touchdowns in a rout of Indiana, another upstart program looking to build off 2020’s success.
Maybe the Cyclones will have better luck in the Big 12 because the Hawkeyes from the Big Ten are heartbreakers.
With the Cyclones backed up to their goal line, All-American Breece Hall was stripped by Iowa’s Jestin Jacobs. Campbell scooped the bouncing ball and took a couple of strides into the end zone to make it 21-10 with 5:08 left in the third quarter.
The Hawkeyes celebrated while Hall was face down on the turf for a few extra seconds, frustrated by a critical mistake. One that has become so common in this series for Iowa State.
Matt Hankins had two of Iowa’s three interceptions against Brock Purdy, who was benched for Hunter Dekkers early in the fourth quarter.
Hankins’ second pick at the end of the third quarter left the Hawkeyes in Iowa State territory and seemed to kill all hope from the Cyclones’ sellout crowd of 61,500.
The hype song “Jump Around” blared inside Jack Trice Stadium heading into the fourth quarter, but it hardly caused a stir in the stands on a hot, mercifully overcast day in Ames.
Caleb Shudak knocked home a 22-yard field goal to make it 27-10 with 12:53 left in the fourth and that was pretty much it.
Spencer Petras threw a pretty 26-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Jones and Tyler Goodson had a 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for Iowa.
The Hawkeyes managed just 173 yards, but it was good enough.
The Cyclones came into this season with sky-high expectations, a loaded and experienced roster and hot-commodity coach. One significant milestone has eluded Iowa State during its program renaissance under Matt Campbell: A victory against Iowa.
Maybe next year.
Super Sub: Bennett 5 TD passes, No. 2 Georgia routs UAB 56-7
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Stetson Bennett did his best to create a quarterback controversy at Georgia.
Stepping in for injured starter JT Daniels, Bennett tied a school record with five touchdown passes in the first half to lead No. 2 Georgia to a 56-7 rout of UAB on Saturday.
The senior completed his first six passes – four of them going all the way to the end zone for the Bulldogs (2-0), who didn’t show any signs of a letdown after a 10-3 victory over Clemson in the opener.
Bennett, a former walk-on, started five games last season before Daniels claimed the job.
It looks as if Bennett hasn’t given up on winning it back.
“I guess it’s just an innate confidence,” he said. “If you believe you’re good enough, it really doesn’t matter the situation that is thrust upon you.”
Jermaine Burton set the tone by slipping behind the secondary to haul in a 73-yard TD from Bennett on Georgia’s second offensive play, thrilling the raucous crowd of nearly 93,000 at Sanford Stadium.
It was the first full house between the hedges since the 2019 season. Crowds were limited to about 20,000 last season because of the pandemic.
By the opening minute of the second quarter, Bennett had tacked on scoring passes of 12 yards to Kenny McIntosh, 89 yards to Brock Bowers and 61 yards to Arian Smith.
At that point, Bennett’s passer rating was a staggering 775.6. The Blazers’ secondary didn’t put up much resistance, leaving Burton, Bowers and Smith wide open with blown coverages.
“It always helps when you’ve got great players all over the field,” Bennett said.
After finally throwing an incompletion, Bennett tacked on his fifth TD of the game with another to Bowers, the freshman tight end finding a seam in the zone to grab a 9-yarder that sent the Bulldogs to the locker room with a 35-0 halftime lead.
Bennett played only one more series in the second half and, yes, led the Bulldogs to another TD. He set it up with a 20-yard scramble – Georgia’s longest run of the day – before James Cook took it in from the 14.
Bennett finished 9 of 11 passing for 279 yards and became the sixth Georgia quarterback to pass for five touchdowns in a game. The most recent was Aaron Murray vs. New Mexico State in 2011.
“He’s always had great composure, great athletic ability and a great understanding of the game,” coach Kirby Smart said. “He’s meant a lot to this program. All he does is do his job each and every day.”
Daniels was sidelined by an oblique injury, which is not believed to be a long-term problem. He was in uniform on the sideline, but the Bulldogs had no reason to risk a more serious issue by playing him against a team that was a 25 1/2-point underdog.
Once Daniels was ruled out, Smart made a bit of a surprising call on the starter. Redshirt freshman Carson Beck was listed as No. 2 on the depth chart, but the Bulldogs went with the more experienced signal-caller.
While some fans groaned when Bennett was introduced as the starter, remembering his up-and-down results in 2020, there were nothing but cheers after he lit up the Blazers (1-1).
Georgia scored touchdowns on six of seven possessions with Bennett in the game.
So, what’s the quarterback situation going forward?
“It depends on JT’s injury, it depends on how we practice during the week,” Smart said. “It’s a day-to-day evaluation. I don’t get into hypotheticals.”
The Bulldogs’ defense wasn’t too shabby, either. The unit has yet to allow a touchdown this season while scoring two itself, following up a pick-six against Clemson with another on Jamon Dumas-Johnson’s 21-yard interception return for a score.
UAB was held to 174 yards overall on a miserable day for quarterback Tyler Johnston III, who completed just 6 of 14 for 39 yards with three interceptions.
“Give Georgia all the credit. They are super talented,” UAB coach Bill Clark said. “They have a great defense and their special teams are unreal. There is no doubt that they are deserving of that No. 2 ranking.”
The Blazers avoided a shutout when Keondre Swoopes picked off a pass from Beck and returned it 61 yards for a score.
Beck did throw the first TD pass of his college career, a 12-yarder to Justin Robinson.
Young, McClellan lead No. 1 Alabama to 48-14 rout of Mercer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Nick Saban thinks it might be time for a reckoning like his father used to deliver with a pounding of his hand on the dinner table.
Sure, Bryce Young threw three touchdown passes and Jase McClellan scored three times to help fuel No. 1 Alabama to a 48-14 rout of FCS Mercer on Saturday.
But it was still a performance that left plenty for the Crimson Tide coach to scowl about and harp on, just as Nick Sr. did at times with his various tasks and chores. Better to learn the lessons from two lopsided wins.
“If you didn’t do any of those things right, you were going to do it again,” Saban said. “We might need a little of that somewhere along the line.”
The Tide (2-0) started sluggishly on offense in what amounted to a warmup game before the Southeastern Conference opener at No. 13 Florida, but potentially more notably had star linebacker Will Anderson Jr. leave with a right knee injury.
Saban said Anderson was questionable against the Gators.
Asked to evaluate his offense’s first few possessions, Saban said “we stopped ourselves” on four first-half possessions with penalties and dropped passes.
“Well, what’d you think? I mean, it’s kind of a loaded question, isn’t it?” the coach responded to a reporter. “I mean, if it stinks it stinks. It smells bad for everybody. Smell bad for you? Yeah. What do you want me to do, make excuses for them?”
Special teams struck before Young and the offense. Chris Braswell blocked a punt, which McClellan scooped up for a 33-yard touchdown, and the expected rout was on against the Bears (1-1). It just took eight minutes and change.
“We all went up there with the mentality to block it,” McCellan said. “Once that happened it was just scoop and score at that point.”
A sophomore backup tailback, McClellan had two touchdowns in his first 14 games, but added a 21-yard catch and run and a 5-yard, fourth-down scoring run.
Young completed 19 of 27 passes for 227 yards after coming out slow in just his second game as `Bama’s starter. Freshman JoJo Earle had seven catches for 85 yards and also had a 29-yard punt return.
Mercer quarterback Fred Payton did burn Alabama for two big plays to wide-open receivers in the second half, a 60-yard touchdown to Devron Harper and a 22-yarder to Ty James in the third quarter.
“It’s an honor to be here,” Mercer coach Drew Cronic said. “You go into a game like this, and you just want to find small victories and find ways to improve. I think we’re going to find that. Obviously, when you’re playing against a team like that, everything is magnified, every mistake you make is magnified.”
Anderson, a preseason All-American, headed to the locker room after coming up limping after a cut block to the right leg in the third quarter. The defense was already without fellow outside linebacker Chris Allen, expected to miss the rest of the season with a foot injury sustained in the opener.
“When it comes to injuries, it’s just next man up,” linebacker Christian Harris said.
Arkansas manhandles No. 15 Texas, 40-21, crowd rushes field
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Texas hasn’t considered Arkansas to be a rival for a long time. Judging by the goal posts coming down Saturday night and with the Longhorns set to join the Southeastern Conference soon, that won’t last.
Arkansas ran for 333 yards, held Texas to 256 yards of total offense and the Razorbacks beat their former Southwest Conference nemesis 40-21 on Saturday night. The ninth-largest crowd in Arkansas history, 74,531 strong, was jubliant all night and many of them stormed the field afterward, celebrating their team’s first win over Texas in Fayetteville since 1981.
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman was the Razorbacks’ offensive line coach the last time they played Texas in the 2014 Texas Bowl. He credited his former unit for the big night. Arkansas was 120th in FBS last year in sacks allowed.
“Isn’t that something? (Offensive line coach Cody Kennedy) comes in in June and we rush for 333 yards,” Pittman said. “He’s got some really hard-working kids. They took a lot of heat in the past and will, I’m sure, some in the future. But the way they played, to rush for 333 against a good Texas squad is outstanding.”
The Razorbacks led 16-0 at halftime as Texas was dominated from the beginning. The Longhorns (1-1) punted on six of their first seven drives. Their seventh resulted in a missed field goal.
“This was not a performance I was anticipating,” first-year coach Steve Sarkisian said. “But we’ll find out about ourselves and what we’re made of, because I really believe this one games not going to define us. But we’ve got work to do, that’s for sure.”
Arkansas (2-0) had no such trouble. The Razorbacks punted twice the whole game, on its first two drives. Every other series resulted in a score except one that resulted in an interception that led to Texas’ first touchdown.
The five minutes that followed that score were the only quiet ones of the night as Texas trimmed Arkansas’ lead to 16-7. When Razorbacks quarterback KJ Jefferson connected with Tyson Morris for 46 yards on the ensuing drive, the volume returned. Arkansas would cap that series with a 1-yard touchdown from Trelon Smith.
“That was a big answer right there and I was hoping he would do exactly what he did,” Pittman said. “We could have went in the tank that series, too. We didn’t. We went right back down and scored a touchdown.”
After an Arkansas field goal, the Longhorns’ next offensive play resulted in a strip-sack of quarterback Hudson Card the Razorbacks recovered at the Texas 26 and Raheim Sanders went that distance on the next play, practically ending the visitors’ chances.
Card was pulled on the final drive of the third quarter with Texas trailing 33-7. Casey Thompson led two Longhorns scoring drives in the fourth quarter, both capped by his rushing touchdowns.
The two Texas quarterbacks combined to go 13 of 23 for 118 yards with no touchdowns. Star running back Bijan Robinson, like most of the Longhorns, was bottled up all night and ended with 69 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
The Longhorns’ 256 yards of total offense are their lowest since 2015. Asked about his quarterback situation, Sarkisian said “we’ll have to take a look at it.”
“Could we have blocked better? No question. Could Hudson have maybe played better? Sure he could have. Could we have ran better routes? Yes,” Sarkisian said. “So everybody takes a part in this thing, coaches included.”
Jacksonville State stuns Florida State on final play
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville State earned $400,000 for a trip to Tallahassee. It was a night and victory the Gamecocks will savor for a lifetime.
Zerrick Cooper connected with Damond Philyaw-Johnson on a 59-yard touchdown as time expired and Jacksonville State upset Florida State 20-17 on Saturday night.
“You’ve got to play at a certain level execution-wise in these type games and we did that tonight,” Jacksonville State coach John Grass said. “(Damond) beat his man, Zerrick made a perfect throw, he made a great cut down there and Ahmad (Edwards) made a big block and got him in the end zone.”
A year ago, Jacksonville State had a 14-0 lead after a quarter against Florida State. On Saturday, the Gamecocks (1-1) needed touchdowns on their final two drives but enjoyed late magic as they celebrated by planting a flag at midfield on the Seminoles’ logo.
Cooper completed 17 of 38 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. The senior surpassed Eli Jenkins (7,652 yards from 2013-16) as JSU’s all-time passing leader. He now has 7,819 passing yards for his career.
The Seminoles (0-2) were sluggish from the start as they played six days after an overtime loss to No. 9 Notre Dame. Florida State lost for the first time in 27 matchups against FCS teams.
“We came out and definitely did not play in any way to the standard of what we are capable of,” Florida State coach Mike Norvell said. “The self-inflicted mistakes, penalties, that’s 100 percent on me. Did not have the guys ready to go. That’s something that will be fixed and will be addressed. That was a very disappointing performance for our football team.”
As drops and penalties stalled the offense, the Seminoles often leaned on the running game. Jashaun Corbin rushed 15 times for 109 yards and a 12-yard touchdown. Florida State ran 37 times for 202 yards.
McKenzie Milton made his first start at Florida State, completing 18 of 31 passes for 133 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Milton had not started a game since Nov. 2018 at UCF, playing in two series late in Florida State’s season-opening loss to Notre Dame.
“It’s embarrassing,” Milton said. “We got to own that. That’s who we are. That’s who we are today. We lost to Jacksonville State and we’re 0-2. All we can do is look forward. We got Wake Forest next.
The game was often marred by inconsistency in the passing game for both teams as well as a combined 24 penalties.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL RE-CAPS
Virginia 42, ILLINOIS 14: In Illinois’ first road game of the season at Virginia, the Illini were unable to contain the Cavaliers’ offense, falling 42-14, on Saturday at Scott Stadium. Despite QB Artur Sitkowski’s 190 passing yards and a touchdown, the Illinois offense never found a steady rhythm. [FULL RELEASE]
MICHIGAN STATE 42, Youngstown State 14: Michigan State gained 595 yards of total offense and quarterback Payton Thorne completed 15-of-21 passes for 280 yards and a career-high four touchdowns as the Spartans defeated Youngstown State in the home opener at Spartan Stadium, 42-14, on Saturday afternoon. [FULL RELEASE]
MINNESOTA 31, Miami (OH) 26: Treyson Potts picked up for Minnesota where injured star Mo Ibrahim left off, rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start to help fend off Miami of Ohio 31-26 on Saturday. Tanner Morgan connected with Dylan Wright and Daniel Jackson on scoring passes in the second quarter as the Gophers (1-1) took a 21-3 lead into halftime. [FULL RELEASE]
NORTHWESTERN 24, Indiana State 6: Evan Hull ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and Northwestern beat Indiana State 24-6 on Saturday. The Wildcats (1-1) never trailed, stopping the Sycamores (1-1) in the first matchup between the two programs. [FULL RELEASE]
Oregon 35, OHIO STATE 28: After a slow start Saturday, Ohio State and Oregon went back and forth in Top 15 match up in Ohio Stadium. Buckeye quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for 472 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough to overcome a strong Duck offense that seemed to answer every Buckeye score with one of its own. [FULL RELEASE]
RUTGERS 17, Syracuse 7: Behind a 14-point third quarter, Rutgers football (2-0) defeated Syracuse (1-1), 17-7, on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. Quarterback Noah Vedral tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jovani Haskins and running back Kyle Monangai scored an 11-yard touchdown run to help the Scarlet Knights to their first 2-0 start since 2014. [FULL RELEASE]
PURDUE 49, UConn 0: Fueled by fourtouchdown throws by Jack Plummer, three scoring catches by David Bell, and a stout performance from the defense, the Purdue football team improved to 2-0 on the year with a 49-0 win on the road at Connecticut. It was Purdue’s first shutout since a 59-0 win against Southeast Missouri in 2011. [FULL RELEASE]
NEBRASKA 23, Buffalo 3: The Nebraska defense produced another strong performance, and Adrian Martinez used several big plays with his arm and legs to lead the Cornhuskers to a 28-3 victory over Buffalo on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. [FULL RELEASE]
PENN STATE 44, Ball State 13: Quarterback Sean Clifford completed 21 of 29 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown in Penn State’s 44-13 victory over Ball State on Saturday. He also added 66 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The passing score came on a 25-yard connection with Jahan Dotson in the second quarter. [FULL RELEASE]
IOWA 27, Iowa State 17: The 10th-ranked University of Iowa football team turned four Cyclone turnovers into 20 points in a 27-17 victory over No. 9 Iowa State on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at Jack Trice Stadium. [FULL RELEASE]
WISCONSIN 34, Eastern Michigan 7: Chez Mellusi ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, leading No. 18 Wisconsin to a 34-7 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday night. Wisconsin (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) piled up 352 rushing yards and also dominated on defense against Eastern Michigan (0-2), which had 92 total yards on offense. The Eagles had three first downs. [FULL RELEASE]
INDIANA 56, Idaho 14: Michael Penix Jr. threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and Indiana took advantage of two special teams touchdowns and a dominant defense to rout Idaho 56-14. [FULL RELEASE]
MARYLAND 62, Howard 0: Maryland scored early and often and cruised to a 62-0 victory over Howard to move to 2-0 on the season. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was 22-of-27 for 274 yards with three scoring passes. Dontay Demus Jr. had six catches for 128 yards and scored a touchdown for the sixth game in a row. Eight different players scored a touchdown, including three who scored the first of their careers. [FULL RELEASE]
MICHIGAN 31, Washington 10: The University of Michigan football team used a dominant rushing performance to leave Washington in the dust Saturday night, riding the dynamic rushing duo of sophomore Blake Corum and senior Hassan Haskins to a 31-10 victory under the lights at Michigan Stadium. [FULL RELEASE]
Nolan Arenado hits 30th homer, Cardinals beat Reds 6-4
ST. LOUIS (AP) Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in the eighth and had three RBIs and Paul DeJong had a solo shot to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Saturday night.
St. Louis has won three of four and gained a game on Cincinnati in the NL wild-card race. The Reds, who have lost four of six, started the day percentage points behind San Diego for the second spot.
“I’m here to drive runs in and I’m here to help the team win,” Arenado said. “I had an opportunity there against a good pitcher and I was fortunate enough to hit a pitch up and hit it out of the ballpark. I said it yesterday and I feel like I haven’t done a great job of that but it felt good today to do it.”
Alex Reyes, who had been closing games for most of the season, pitched the eighth to earn the victory. Reyes (7-8) struck out one and walked one. Giovanny Gallegos picked up his seventh save.
Arenado hit his 30th homer, connecting on a 1-0 pitch from Lucas Sims (5-3) to drive home Paul Goldschmidt. Sims allowed three hits and struck out two in one inning.
The Cardinals scored twice with two outs in the sixth to tie it at 4. Tyler O’Neill, called safe after a review, scored on Arenado’s triple. Dylan Carson then dropped a short fly just out of the reach of center fielder Tyler Naquin and shortstop Jose Barrero for a double to chase home Arenado.
“We haven’t done a great job of coming back in games this year and for us to fight that against a good pitcher and a really good team that was huge,” Arenado said.
The two Reds players collided going after the hit and laid on the field for a few minutes before getting to their feet. Naquin came out of the game with bruised ribs, while Barrero stayed in.
Reds starter Luis Castillo went seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. He also struck out five and walked one.
“I felt really good today,” Castillo said. “I felt really healthy. Lot of confidence on the mound today. They were able to get some runs off me today, but overall, I felt really good.”
India and Nick Castellanos both homered off starter St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas to account for the Reds’ four runs. India’s 20th home run came with two outs in the third. He hit a 3-1 pitch to dead center to drive in Tucker Barnhart who reached on a single. Max Schrock followed India with a base hit and Castellanos hit his 28th homer.
“Every single game we play from here on out, we need to win,” Castellanos said.
St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas lasted five innings, giving up four runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out one.
DeJong led off the third with his 17th homer to left field. Harrison Bader followed with a double and later scored on a Tommy Edman single.
Judge HRs twice, rallies Yanks past Mets on 9/11 anniversary
NEW YORK (AP) A raucous New York crowd of 43,144 lurched and howled – frequently out of their seats – through a back-and-forth Subway Series game that followed an affecting Sept. 11 observance.
Hours after standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their crosstown rivals, Aaron Judge and the Yankees came out ahead.
“It was just about a perfect night,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Judge tied it with his second homer of the game in the eighth inning, Mets infielder Javier Baez gave away the lead with an error a few at-bats later and the New York Yankees beat their crosstown rival 8-7 at Citi Field on Saturday night following a stirring ceremony on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The Yankees snapped a seven-game skid and ended a run of 11 losses in 13 games since a 13-game winning streak pushed them to the AL wild-card lead. They dropped into a tie with Toronto for the second wild card after the Blue Jays swept a doubleheader Saturday against Baltimore.
“One of those where we needed everyone, we used almost everyone,” Boone said. “And yeah, definitely feels good to hear some noise in that clubhouse postgame.”
The Mets remained five games behind NL East-leading Atlanta after the Braves lost to the Marlins. New York remained four games behind the Reds and the Padres, who both lost Saturday, for the final NL wild card.
The Yankees jumped to a 5-0 lead shortly after an emotional pregame tribute, then let it all slip away, capped by James McCann’s two-run homer that put the Mets up 6-5 in the sixth.
The Mets added another run against Clay Holmes (7-3) before Judge lofted a tying two-run drive off Trevor May (7-3) that stayed in the air nearly seven seconds before dropping over the wall in left with no outs in the eighth.
Five batters later, reliever Aaron Loup induced a potential double-play ball from slow-footed pinch-hitter Luke Voit, but Baez sailed his throw on the pivot from second nearly into the home dugout, allowing pinch-runner Andrew Velazquez to score and make it 8-7.
Mets slugger Pete Alonso hammered a ball to center with two on in the eighth, but it was caught on the warning track for the final out, drawing an enormous groan from the home fans. Alonso squatted in the infield dirt, thinking the ball might have been gone.
“I think our whole dugout did,” McCann said.
“That would have been just special if it went out of the yard,” manager Luis Rojas added.
Judge dived to rob Baez of a hit for the first out of the ninth, and Aroldis Chapman closed out his 26th save after a nervy dropped strike three that required a stellar throw from catcher Kyle Higashioka.
Wearing hats honoring various first responder groups from New York, the teams lined up interspersed along the foul lines for the national anthem – Jacob deGrom next to Gerrit Cole, Brandon Nimmo wedged between Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton – and shared the diamond with first responders, former players and a giant ribbon imprinted with the American flag.
“As one unified New York,” said public address announcer Marysol Castro.
The sold-out stadium buzzed in a way it hasn’t since before the coronavirus pandemic as Mike Piazza, John Franco and other Mets alumi accompanied members of New York’s fire, police, EMT, sanitation, correction and court officers along the outfield warning track. Bobby Valentine, the 2001 Mets manager, was joined by longtime Yankees skipper Joe Torre to throw out a pair of ceremonial first pitches.
“Very emotional night,” Judge said. “But it was good to have everybody together for the city. It was a great game.”
In a sign, perhaps, of how much healing has happened since, fans in Queens booed loudly when Yankees star DJ LeMahieu was introduced for the game’s first at-bat.
“I know it’s Sept. 11,” Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. “But it definitely had the feel of a playoff game.”
Higashioka, Brett Gardner and Judge homered off Mets starter Taijuan Walker in the second inning to put the Yankees ahead 5-0. The Mets immediately fired back with a three-run second, and Baez’s solo drive in the third cut the deficit to 5-4.
McCann hit his two-run drive to left off Chad Green three innings later, pushing Citi Field back into a full-on frenzy.
Some more crazed than others.
Play was paused in the bottom of the sixth after someone seated down the right-field line threw an object into the outfield. Seconds later, a man jumped onto the field and evaded security for about 20 seconds with a series of sprints and dekes. Fans booed when he emerged, cheered when he was finally tackled and chanted “USA! USA!” as he was carried away.
McCann hit his go-ahead home run a few pitches later.
Another man, this one shirtless, sprinted onto the field and interrupted play in the bottom of the eighth.
Betts homers on 4-RBI night, Dodgers beat Padres 5-4
LOS ANGELES (AP) Mookie Betts hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers held off the San Diego Padres 5-4 on Saturday night.
The Dodgers remained 2 1/2 games behind NL West-leading San Francisco.
Betts drove in four of the Dodgers’ five runs. He had a sacrifice fly in the third that made it 2-0.
Fernando Tatis Jr. slugged a two-run shot, his NL-leading 38th, on the first pitch from Walker Buehler that tied the game at 2 in the fourth.
Buehler (14-3) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked two.
“Tonight probably wasn’t my best,” said Buehler, whose 2.31 ERA is three points behind NL leader and teammate Max Scherzer. “Kind of forget about it now.”
Buehler drew a key walk from Chris Paddock that set up Betts, who blasted his 20th homer on the first pitch from Craig Stammen.
Paddock (7-7) got the first two outs of the fifth and then Gavin Lux singled. He walked Buehler on four pitches before getting pulled, having thrown 30 more pitches than Buehler at that point.
“Still kind of fighting getting back into the groove after that long month off,” said Paddock, making his third start since coming off the injured list with a left oblique strain. “Last start the velo was down as well against the Astros. Just kind of going through a little dead arm.”
Paddock gave up four runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked two.
Kenley Jansen retired the side in the ninth for his 32nd save.
Betts was solid defensively, too. He made a shoe-top catch of a sinking liner from Trent Grisham with a runner on second to end the seventh.
The Padres closed to 5-4 in the eighth on back-to-back RBI singles by former Dodger Manny Machado and Tatis off Blake Treinen. Joe Kelly came in and struck out Wil Myers and Tommy Pham on a combined seven pitches to strand Tatis at third.
“When Joe Kelly is healthy, he’s pretty electric and he showed that,” Buehler said.
Machado had three hits, scored two runs and drove in another.
“The way Manny and Tatis swung the bats for us, that was encouraging,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “Got to hope that some of that becomes contagious up and down the order.”
Brewers’ Burnes, Hader combine for MLB record 9th no-hitter
CLEVELAND (AP) Milwaukee ace Corbin Burnes combined with reliever Josh Hader to pitch baseball’s record ninth no-hitter this season, breaking a mark set when pitchers began throwing overhand in 1884 as the Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on Saturday night.
Burnes (10-4) struck out 14 with 115 pitches over eight innings, taking a perfect game into the seventh while overpowering the Indians, who were no-hit for a record third time in 2021. All of those came with starter Zach Plesac on the mound.
This time, Cleveland was stymied by Burnes – who has become a Cy Young contender as the Brewers run away with the NL Central – and Hader, one of the game’s top closers.
“Anyone would want to keep pitching in that situation, but if there was anyone I would want out there for the ninth, it would be Josh Hader,” Burnes said. “There were no nerves with him. It was more like a done deal when he came in.”
The right-handed Burnes was in control from the start, striking out 11 of his first 14 hitters and retiring the first 18 in order. After walking Myles Straw to start the seventh, the 26-year-old got through the eighth thanks to a diving catch by center fielder Lorenzo Cain on Owen Miller’s liner.
“I was definitely on my horse, ready to go get that one,” Cain said. “You need a little bit of everything to go right in a no-hitter.”
The Progressive Field crowd booed as Hader came on in the ninth. He overpowered Oscar Mercado, striking him out to start the inning. Then, first baseman Jace Peterson went into foul territory to making a lunging catch for the second out.
Hader ended the no-hitter by getting Straw to flail at a pitch in the dirt for his 31st save. The Brewers stormed the field to share hugs and high-fives with a signature victory in their runaway season.
“To share that with Josh was obviously awesome,” Burnes said. “He was the first guy I congratulated.”
Juan Nieves pitched the Brewers’ previous no-hitter on April 15, 1987, at Baltimore.
Burnes dropped his ERA to 2.25 and has more than doubled his career high for strikeouts with 210 in 152 innings. He’s been vying with Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler and the Dodgers’ Max Scherzer for the NL Cy Young Award. This gem, no doubt, will have some sway with voters.
“It was a masterpiece,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “Corbin felt good after the eighth, but knowing you’re putting in Josh Hader to finish it played a part in the decision.”
The Brewers improved to a franchise-record 33 games over .500 while slimming their magic number to clinch the division to eight.
Arizona rookie Tyler Gilbert had thrown the majors’ most recent no-hitter on Aug. 14, and the Chicago Cubs threw the only previous combined effort on June 24. The other no-hitters this season were thrown by San Diego’s Joe Musgrove (April 9), Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox (April 14), Cincinnati’s Wade Miley (May 7), Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull (May 18) and the Yankees’ Corey Kluber (May 19).
Most of those gems were thrown before MLB cracked down on the use of sticky foreign substances by pitchers in late June.
The no-hitters by Miley and Rodon both came against the Indians, as did a seven-inning no-hitter by Tampa Bay on July 7 that didn’t officially count in the Major League Baseball record book. Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner also had a seven-inning no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader at Atlanta on April 25.
NFL PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT ATLANTA FALCONS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 17-14-1
STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/15/19: Eagles 20 at Falcons 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/19
QB JALEN HURTS passed for 919 yards & had 8 TDs (5 pass, 3 rush) in 4 starts as rookie in 2020. Led all rookie QBs with 354 rush yards. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 300+ pass yards. • RB MILES SANDERS had 1,064 scrimmage yards (867 rush, 197 rec.) & 6 rush TDs in 2020. Since 2019, ranks 4th in NFL among RBs with 4.9 yards per carry average (min. 300 atts.). Had 75+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his 7 road games last season. • TE ZACH ERTZ has 70+ receptions & 800+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 seasons. Had 8 receptions for 72 yards in last meeting. WR DEVONTA SMITH was selected in 1st round (10th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. WR GREG WARD led team in catches (careerhigh 53) & rec. TDs (career-high 6) in 2020. • DT FLETCHER COX had 6.5 sacks & 9 TFL last season. DE BRANDON GRAHAM had 8 sacks & 13 TFL in 2020. DE RYAN KERRIGAN makes Phi. debut. Ranks 5th among active players with 95.5 sacks. Kerrigan, Graham (59 sacks) & Cox (54.5) are only trio of teammates each with 50+ career sacks. LB ERIC WILSON makes Phi. debut. Set career highs in tackles (121), TFL (8) & PD (8) with Min. in 2020. Was only player last season with 100+ tackles, 3+ sacks (3) & 3+ INTs (3). CB DARIUS SLAY ranks 4th among active players with 110 career PD. Had 2 INTs in his last game vs. Atl. (9/24/17 w/ Det.). CB STEVEN NELSON makes Phi. debut. S ANTHONY HARRIS makes Phi. debut. Had careerhigh 104 tackles with Min. in 2020.
QB MATT RYAN ranks 9th in NFL history with 55,767 passing yards & surpassed HOFer PEYTON MANNING (54,828) for most passing yards by player in his 1st 13 seasons. Has 7 career seasons with 4,500+ pass yards (4,581 in 2020), 2nd-most in NFL history. Ranks 10th-ever with 347 career TD passes. Passed for 320 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. at home with 2+ TD passes. • RB MIKE DAVIS makes Atl. debut. Set career highs in scrimmage yards (1,015), rush yards (642), rec. yards (373) & TDs (8) in 2020 with Car. Ranked 4th among RBs with career-best 59 receptions last season. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had career-high 90 receptions & tied-5th in NFL with career-high 1,374 rec. yards in 2020. Had 9 rec. TDs last season & can become 4th player in NFL history with 7+ TD catches in each of 1st 4 seasons. Had 8 catches for 105 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR RUSSELL GAGE had careerhigh 72 receptions for 786 yards & 4 rec. TDs in 2020. WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON makes Atl. debut. Has 8 career KRTDs, tied-most ever. TE KYLE PITTS was selected in 1st round (4th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft, highest drafted TE since 1967. • LB DEION JONES had 4th-career 100+ tackle season (106) in 2020. Is 1 of 2 players (MINKAH FITZPATRICK) with INT-TD in each of past 3 seasons. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had careerhigh 117 tackles in 2020. Was 1 of 3 players with 4+ FFs (4) & 2+ INTs (2) last season. DT GRADY JARRETT had 4 sacks in 2020.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 138 (Phi.), 83 (Atl.) | XM: 380 (Phi.), 225 (Atl.) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 801 (Atl.)
NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BUFFALO BILLS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 14-10
STREAKS: Bills have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/13/20: Steelers 15 at Bills 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/20
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 3,803 yards & 33 TDs in 2020, his 10th-career season with 3,500+ pass yards. Ranks 7th in NFL history with 60,348 career pass yards. Has 396 career TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes. Had 2+ TD passes in 6 of 7 road starts last season. • RB NAJEE HARRIS was selected 24th overall in 2021 NFL Draft. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER led team with 97 catches last season, his 2nd-career season with 95+ catches (111 in 2018). Had career-high 9 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 6 catches for 55 yards & TD in last meeting. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON set career highs in catches (88), rec. yards (team-high 923) & rec. TDs (7) last season. Has 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 62 catches for 873 yards & led all rookies with 9 rec. TDs in 2020, tied-most ever by Pit. rookie. Smith-Schuster (831), Johnson & Claypool were only trio of AFC teammates each with 800+ rec. yards last season. • LB T.J. WATT led NFL with career-high 15 sacks in 2020 & became 6th player since 1990 with 13+ sacks in 3 straight seasons. Since 2017, ranks 3rd in NFL with 49.5 sacks. LB MELVIN INGRAM makes Pit. debut. Has 7+ sacks in 5 of past 6 seasons. LB JOE SCHOBERT makes Pit. debut. Ranked 4th in NFL with 141 tackles in 2020 with Jax. DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 55.5 sacks since 2013, 2nd-most among DTs. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK led team with 4 INTs last season. CB JOE HADEN led team with 12 PD in 2020. Leads NFL with 149 PD since 2010.
QB JOSH ALLEN set franchise records in pass yards (4,544) & TD passes (37) & had 8 rush TDs last season, becoming 1st player in NFL history with 4,500+ pass yards, 35+ TD passes & 5+ rush TDs in single season. Passed for 238 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Had 22 TDs (17 pass, 5 rush) vs. 6 INTs & 103 rating in 8 regular season home games last season. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 956 scrimmage yards (687 rush, 269 rec.) in 2020, his 2nd-consecutive season with 950+ scrimmage yards. RB ZACK MOSS ranked 5th among AFC rookies with 481 rush yards in 2020. • WR STEFON DIGGS led NFL with 127 catches & 1,535 rec. yards in 2020, 6th-most catches ever in single season. Had 75+ rec. yards in 15 games last season, incl. playoffs, tied 2nd-most ever in single season. Had 10 catches for 130 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row at home, incl. playoffs, with 75+ rec. yards. WR COLE BEASLEY set career-highs in catches (82) & rec. yards (967) in 2020. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS makes Buf. debut. Has 60+ catches & 700+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had team-high 3 INTs in 2020 & is only player in NFL with 50+ PD (54) & 15+ INTs (15) since 2017. Has 3 PD & 2 INTs in 2 career games vs. Pit. S JORDAN POYER had 118 tackles last season, tied-most among all DBs. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. Pit. CB TARON JOHNSON set career-bests in tackles (93) & PD (7) in 2020. Had 51-yard INT-TD in last meeting. LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with 119 tackles last season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 104 (Pit.), 82 (Buf.) | XM: 382 (Pit.), 227 (Buf.) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 803 (Buf.)
NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK JETS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 4-3
STREAKS: Panthers have won last 2
LAST GAME: 11/26/17: Panthers 35 at Jets 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/13: Panthers 30, Jets 20
QB ZACH WILSON makes NFL debut. Selected with 2nd overall pick in 2021 NFL Draft, highest-selected QB in franchise history. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN makes NYJ debut. Has 500+ rush yards in 4 of past 5 seasons. Rushed for 105 yards & had career-high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. Car. (10/27/19 with SF). Has 105+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Car. RB TY JOHNSON ended 2020 season with 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 games. • WR JAMISON CROWDER led team in catches (59), rec. yards (699) & rec. TDs (6) in 2020 & has 50+ catches & 600+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 career seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 50+ rec. yards. WR COREY DAVIS makes NYJ debut. Had 65 catches for career-high 984 yards & 5 TDs with Ten. last season. Had 5 games with 100+ rec. yards in 2020, tied-2nd most among AFC WRs. WR KEELAN COLE makes NYJ debut. Set career-bests in catches (55) & rec. TDs (5) last season with Jax. WR ELIJAH MOORE was seelcted in 2nd round of 2021 NFL Draft. • S MARCUS MAYE led team with career-high 11 PD in 2020 & was 1 of 3 DBs in NFL (JORDAN POYER & DONOVAN WILSON) with 2+ INTs (2), 2+ FFs (2) & 2+ sacks (2). Had 7 tackles in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. S LAMARCUS JOYNER makes NYJ debut. Had career-high 6 TFL in 2020 with LV. DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS led team with career-best 7 sacks & 10 TFL last season. DT SHELDON RANKINS makes NYJ debut. Had 17.5 sacks in 5 seasons with NO. LB C.J. MOSLEY has 22 tackles, 2 PD & TFL in 2 career games vs. Car.
QB SAM DARNOLD makes Car. debut. Had 8,097 pass yards & 50 TDs (45 pass, 5 rush) in 38 career starts (2018-20) with NYJ. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY ranked 3rd in NFL in scrimmage yards per game (114.1) since entering NFL in 2017. Had 374 scrimmage yards (124.7 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 games last season. Aims for his 4th in row with 2 TDs. Has 320 career receptions. Has 10 career games with 10+ catches, most by RB in NFL history. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON led team with career-high 95 receptions & had 1,096 rec. yards, his 1st-career 1,000-yard season. Had 207 receptions for 3,059 yards & 20 rec. TDs in 62 games (2016-2019) with NYJ. WR DJ MOORE had 66 catches for career-high 1,193 rec yards & 4 TD catches in 2020. Is 1 of 3 WRs (MIKE EVANS & TYREEK HILL) with 15+ yards per catch (15.2) since 2018 (min. 200 receptions). WR TERRACE MARSHALL was selected in 2nd round (59th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • LB HAASON REDDICK makes Car. debut. Ranked tied-4th in NFL with career-high 12.5 sacks in 2020 with Az. DE BRIAN BURNS led team with 9 sacks & had career-high 3 FFs last season. DT DERRICK BROWN ranked 3rd among rookies with 8 TFL in 2020. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 2nd-consecutive 100+ tackle season (career-high 114) in 2020. CB DONTE JACKSON is 1 of 3 CBs (J.C. JACKSON & MARCUS PETERS) with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. S JEREMY CHINN led all rookies & ranked 3rd among DBs with 116 tackles last season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (NYJ), 81 (Car.) | XM: 381 (NYJ), 226 (Car.) | SXM App: 824 (NYJ), 804 (Car.)
NFL PREVIEW: MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 7-6
STREAKS: Vikings have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Bengals 7 at Vikings 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/13: Bengals 42, Vikings 14
QB KIRK COUSINS had 4,265 pass yards & career-high 35 pass TDs in 2020. Is only QB with 25+ TD passes in each of past 6 seasons. Passed for career-high 458 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 97.2 rating in only career start vs. Cin. (10/30/16 w/ Was.). • RB DALVIN COOK ranked 2nd in scrimmage yards (1,918) & rush yards (1,557) & tied-2nd in rush TDs (16) last season, all career highs. Led NFL with 6 games with 150+ scrimmage yards in 2020. Had 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in 7 road games last season. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had NFL rookie-record 1,400 rec. yards & led rookies with 88 receptions in 2020. Became 4th rookie ever with 7+ games (7) with 100+ rec. yards. WR ADAM THIELEN had 74 receptions for 925 yards & ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 14 rec. TDs last season. Had 6 TD catches in 8 road games in 2020. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 14.5 sacks in both 2018 & 2019. In 2019, became youngest player (25 years & 40 days) since 1982 to reach 50 career sacks. Had sack in last meeting. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 5th-consecutive season with 100+ tackles (107) in 2020. Is only player with 500+ tackles (547) & 40+ PD (40) since 2016. Had 31-yard INT-TD in last meeting. LB ANTHONY BARR has 15 sacks, 8 FFs & 5 FRs in 7-year NFL career. CB PATRICK PETERSON makes Min. debut. Ranks tied-3rd among active players with 28 career INTs. S HARRISON SMITH had 89 tackles, 10 PD & team-high 5 INTs last season. Is only active player with 25+ INTs (28) & 10+ sacks (13.5).
QB JOE BURROW passed for 2,688 yards & 13 TDs in 10 games last season, both 2nd-most among rookies. Had 5 games with 300+ pass yards, tied 3rd-most ever by rookie. Had 1,148 pass yards (287 per game) & 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 95.8 rating in 4 home games last season. • RB JOE MIXON is 1 of 3 AFC RBs (MELVIN GORDON & KAREEM HUNT) with 3,000+ rush yards (3,359) & 1,000+ rec. yards (1,008) since 2017. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. RB SAMAJE PERINE had career-high 3 rush TDs in 2020. • WR TYLER BOYD led team with 79 catches & had 841 rec. yards last season & is 1 of 6 WRs with 75+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. WR TEE HIGGINS ranked 3rd among rookies with 67 catches in 2020, tied-most ever by Cin. rookie (CRIS COLLINSWORTH in 1981), & led team with 908 rec. yards & 6 rec. TDs. WR JA’MARR CHASE was selected 5th overall in 2021 NFL Draft. • S VONN BELL led team with career-bests in tackles (114) & FFs (3) in 2020. S JESSIE BATES had 107 tackles & led team with 3 INTs last season. Is 1 of 4 safeties with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. Bell & Bates were 1 of 2 pairs of DB teammates each with 100+ tackles in 2020. CB MIKE HILTON makes Cin. debut. Set career highs in INTs (3) & sacks (3) in 2020 with Pit. DE TREY HENDRICKSON makes Cin. debut. Tied-2nd in NFL with careerhigh 13.5 sacks with NO last season. LB SAM HUBBARD has 22 TFL & 16.5 sacks over 3-year career.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Min.), 137 (Cin.) | XM: 383 (Min.), 228 (Cin.) | SXM App: 820 (Min.), 806 (Cin.)
NFL PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT DETROIT LIONS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 37-27-1
STREAKS: 49ers have won 10 of past 11
LAST GAME: 9/16/18: Lions 27 at 49ers 30
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Lions 32, 49ers 17
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 1,096 yards & 7 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 92.4 rating in 6 starts last season. Is 22-8 (.733 win pct.) as starter since joining SF in 2017. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.4 rating in last meeting. QB TREY LANCE was selected in 1st round (3rd overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had 677 scrimmage yards (521 rush, 156 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 games last season. Leads RBs with 5.7 yards per rush attempt since 2018 (min. 250 atts.). FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had career-high 6 TDs (4 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. RB TREY SERMON was selected in 3rd round (88th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 48 receptions for 634 yards & 2 TDs in 8 games last season. Since 2018, ranks 2nd in rec. yards (3,064) & 3rd in receptions (221) among TEs. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 33 receptions for 391 yards & 1 TD in 7 games in 2020. WR BRANDON AIYUK had the 2nd-most receptions (60) & 3rd-most rec. yards (748) by a rookie in franchise history last season. Was 1 of 4 WRs with 5+ rec. TDs (5) & 2+ rush TDs (2) in 2020. • LB FRED WARNER led team with 125 tackles, his 3rd-consecutive 100+ tackle season. Is 1 of 3 LBs (DARIUS LEONARD & BOBBY WAGNER) with 360+ tackles (366) & 20+ PD (21) since 2018. DL NICK BOSA had 9 sacks & won AP Defensive Rookie of Year in 2019. DL SAMSON EBUKAM makes SF debut. Had 14 sacks in 4 seasons (2017-20) with LAR. CB JASON VERRETT had 2 INTs & 7 PD last season.
QB JARED GOFF makes Det. debut. Had 18,171 pass yards & 107 pass TDs in 69 starts with LAR (2016-20). Has 14 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 88.2 rating in 8 career starts vs. SF. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had team-high 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) in 2020 & joined HOFer BARRY SANDERS (1989) & BILLY SIMS (1980) as only rookies in franchise history with 10+ TDs. Was 1 of 2 rookie RBs (JAMES ROBINSON) with 500+ rush yards (521) & 300+ rec. yards (357) last season. Ranked 2nd among rookie RBs in receptions (46). RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS makes Det. debut. Had 2,946 scrimmage yards (1,985 rush, 961 rec.) & 18 TDs (10 rush, 8 rec.) in 60 games with GB (2017-20). • WR TYRELL WILLIAMS makes Det. debut. Had 42 receptions for 651 yards & 6 rec. TDs in 2019 with Raiders. TE T.J. HOCKENSON led NFC TEs with career-best 723 rec. yards & ranked 2nd in receptions (career-high 67) last season. TE DARREN FELLS makes Det. debut. Has 21 career rec. TDs. WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN was selected in 4th round (112th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • DE ROMEO OKWARA led team with career-high 10 sacks & had 3 FFs in 2020. DE MICHAEL BROCKERS makes Det. debut. Had 5 sacks with LAR in 2020. DE TREY FLOWERS has 6+ sacks in 4 of his past 5 seasons. LB JAMIE COLLINS led team with 101 tackles in 2020, his 4th-career 100+ tackle season. Has 3 FFs, 2 PD & FR in his past 3 at home. S TRACY WALKER had 81 tackles, 5 TFL & 4 PD in 2020.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 106 (SF), 119 (Det.) | XM: 384 (SF), 229 (Det.) | SXM App: 827 (SF), 810 (Det.)
NFL PREVIEW: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT HOUSTON TEXANS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK
LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 25-13
STREAKS: Texans have won past 6
LAST GAME: 11/8/20: Texans 27 at Jaguars 25
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/20: Texans 30, Jaguars 14
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) makes NFL debut. Selected 1st overall in 2021 NFL Draft & is expected to be 1st Jax. rookie QB to start Week 1 in franchise history. Can become 5th rookie QB selected 1st overall to win 1st career start in common-draft era. • RB JAMES ROBINSON ranked 2nd among rookies with 1,414 scrimmage yards in 2020, most by undrafted rookie in common draft era. Became 4th undrafted rookie with 1,000+ rushing yards (1,070) in common-draft era. Had 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.) last season, joining PHILLIP LINDSAY & DOMINIC RHODES as undrafted rookies with 10+ TDs in common-draft era. Totaled 169 scrimmage yards (84.5 per game) in 2 games vs. Hou. last season. RB CARLOS HYDE makes Jax. debut. • WR DJ CHARK led team with 706 rec. yards in 2020, his second consecutive season with 700+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for season-high 146 yards & TD in last meeting. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT led team with 58 catches last season, second-most ever by Jax. rookie. Had 7 catches for 79 yards in last road meeting. WR MARVIN JONES makes Jax. debut. Had career-high 76 catches for 978 yards last season with Det. Is 1 of 2 WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS) with 9+ rec. TDs in 3 of past 4 seasons. • LB MYLES JACK set career highs in tackles (118) & TFL (6) last season. Had TFL, FF & PD in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN makes Jax. debut. Set career highs in INTs (3) last season with Sea. Had 2 PD in only career game vs. Hou. (10/29/17 with Sea.).
QB TYROD TAYLOR makes Hou. debut. Has 9,770 pass yards & 70 TDs (54 pass, 16 rush) in career. Has 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 120.2 rating in 2 career games vs. Jax. QB DAVIS MILLS was selected in 3rd round (67th overall) of 2021 NFL Draft. • RB DAVID JOHNSON led team with 691 rush yards & 6 rush TDs in 2020. Rushed for 96 yards in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 120+ scrimmage yards. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY makes Hou. debut. Totaled 3,015 scrimmage yards & 18 TDs (17 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 seasons with Den. RB MARK INGRAM makes Hou. debut. Leads active RBs in scrimmage yards (9,219), rush yards (7,324) & rush TDs (62). Has 75+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. RB REX BURKHEAD makes Hou. debut. Had 450+ scrimmage yards each of past 2 seasons. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team in catches (81) & rec. yards (1,150) in 2020. Has 1,100+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6 seasons. Has 367 rec. yards (122.3 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. Jax. Aims for 4th in row vs. Jax. with TD catch. WR CHRIS CONLEY makes Hou. debut. Had 87 catches for 1,246 yards & 7 TDs in past 2 seasons with Jax. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM led NFL with career-high 163 tackles in 2020, second-most ever by Hou. player in single season. Since 2018, ranks 5th in NFL with 405 tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 10+ tackles & sack. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 vs. Jax. CB TERRANCE MITCHELL set career highs in tackles (65) & FFs (3) last season with Cle.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 94 (Jax.), 98 (Hou.) | XM: 385 (Jax.), 230 (Hou.) | SXM App: 814 (Jax.), 812 (Hou.)
NFL PREVIEW: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/1/17: Seahawks 46, Colts 18
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/6/13: Colts 34, Seahawks 28
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 4,212 yards & tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 40 TD passes last season. Became 2nd player ever (HOFer PEYTON MANNING) with 25+ TD passes in 7 of 1st 9 seasons. Had rating of 105.1 in 2020 & can become 1st player ever with 105+ rating in 4 consecutive seasons. Ranks 4th alltime among QBs with 4,506 rush yards. Passed for 295 yards & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) in last meeting. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 968 scrimmage yards (681 rush, 287 rec.) & 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) last season. Has 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 7 on road. • WR DK METCALF set career bests in receptions (83), rec. yards (franchise-record 1,303) & rec. TDs (10) last season. WR TYLER LOCKETT had career-high & franchise-record 100 receptions for 1,054 yards & 10 rec. TDs in 2020. Ranks 5th in rec. TDs (28) since 2018. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 138 tackles & became 3rd player (KEITH BROOKING & LONDON FLETCHER) with 100+ tackles in 9 consecutive seasons since 2000. Leads NFL with 1,211 tackles since entering NFL in 2012. Had 21-yard FR-TD in last meeting. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had 5 sacks & 6 TFL in 8 games with Sea. in 2020. S JAMAL ADAMS led team with career high 9.5 sacks, most sacks by DB in single season since 1982. S QUANDRE DIGGS led team with career-high 5 INTs last season. Is 1 of 3 DBs (MARCUS PETERS & HARRISON SMITH) with 3+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons.
QB CARSON WENTZ makes Ind. debut. Passed for 16,811 yards & 113 TD passes in 5 seasons with Phi. & had 3,000+ pass yards in 4 of 5 seasons. Has passed for 1,037 yards (259.3 per game) in 4 career games vs. Sea. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led all rookies in scrimmage yards (1,468), & rush yards (1,169) & tied-1st in rush TDs (11) in 2020. Rushed for 560 yards (140 per game) & 7 TDs in last 4 games of 2020 reg. season. Aims for 7th in row, incl. postseason, with rush TD. RB NYHEIM HINES set career-highs in rec. yards (482) & rush yards (380) last season & led all AFC RBs with 63 catches. RB MARLON MACK has 1,000+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 seasons. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC West • WR ZACH PASCAL set career-bests in catches (44) & rec. yards (629) last season. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN was 1 of 6 AFC rookies with 500+ rec. yards (503) in 2020. TE JACK DOYLE had 3 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 5 catches in last meeting. • LB DARIUS LEONARD led team with 132 tackles last season & is 1 of 4 players in NFL with 120+ tackles in each of past 3 seasons. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER led team in sacks (9.5) & TFL (10) in 2020. Is 1 of 3 DTs (AARON DONALD & CHRIS JONES) with 7+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. Had 5 sacks in final 3 games of 2020 reg. season. Has 7 TFL, 5 sacks & 2 FRs in his past 4 vs. Sea. CB KENNY MOORE led team with career highs in INTs (4) & PD (13) in 2020. CB XAVIER RHODES had 12 PD & 2 INTs last season. Had FF in his last game vs. Sea. (10/2/19 with Min.).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Sea.), 99 (Ind.) | XM: 386 (Sea.), 231 (Ind.) | SXM App: 828 (Sea.), 813 (Ind.)
NFL PREVIEW: ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Cardinals lead all-time series, 7-4
STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Titans 7 at Cardinals 12
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/13: Cardinals 37, Titans 34 (OT)
QB KYLER MURRAY had 26 TD passes & 11 rush TDs in 2020 & became 2nd QB (CAM NEWTON) with 25+ TD passes & 10+ rush TDs in single season in NFL history. Had 9 games with both pass TD & rush TD, most by QB in single season ever. Has 90+ passer rating in 6 of his past 7 starts on road. • RB JAMES CONNER makes Az. debut. Had 721 rush yards & 6 rush TDs with Pit. in 2020. Had 111 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 29 rec.) in his last game vs. Ten. (10/25/20 w/ Pit.). RB CHASE EDMONDS had career-high 850 scrimmage yards (448 rush, 402 rec.) & career-best 53 catches in 2020. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS tied-2nd in NFL with franchise-record 115 receptions & had 6th-career 1,000+ yard season (1,407) in 2020. Has 1,313 rec. yards (101 per game) & 7 rec. TDs in 13 career games vs. Ten. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 games at Ten. WR A.J. GREEN makes Az. debut. Had 47 catches for 523 yards & 2 TDs with Cin. in 2020. Had 115 rec. yards & rec. TD in his last game at Ten. (11/12/17 w/ Cin.). • LB CHANDLER JONES is tied-1st among active players in FFs (27) & ranks 4th in sacks (97). Has 10+ sacks in 5 of his past 6 seasons. Has 4 sacks + 2 FFs in 3 career games vs. Ten. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with sack. DE J.J. WATT makes Az. debut. Leads active players in TFL (172) & ranks 2nd in sacks (101). Has 18 sacks, 9 FFs & 2 FR in 15 career games vs. Ten. S BUDDA BAKER had 3rd-consecutive season with 100+ tackles (118) in 2020. Leads all DBs with 365 tackles since 2018.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 3,819 yards & career-high 33 TDs last season & ranked 5th in NFL with 106.5 rating. Is 1 of 2 AFC QBs (PATRICK MAHOMES) with 105+ rating in each of past 2 seasons. Rushed for career-high 7 TDs in 2020. Completed 15 of 20 passes (75 pct.) for 195 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 124 rating in his last game vs. Az. (12/11/16 with Mia.). Had 1,987 pass yards (248.4 per game) & 25 TDs (22 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 118.5 rating in 8 home games last season. • RB DERRICK HENRY led NFL in rush yards (2,027, 5th-most ever) & rush TDs (17) last season & became 4th player ever with 1,500+ rush yards & 15+ rush TDs in consecutive seasons. Had 806 rush yards (100.8 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 8 home games in 2020. Rushed for TD in last meeting. • WR JULIO JONES makes Ten. debut. Has 95.5 rec. yards/game in career, most in NFL history (min. 100 games) & ranks 4th alltime with 58 games with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. WR A.J. BROWN led team with career highs in catches (70), rec. yards (1,075) & rec. TDs (11) in 2020. Had 6 rec. TDs in 7 home games last season. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with career-best 111 tackles last season, 5th-most among DBs. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 18 INTs. LB BUD DUPREE makes Ten. debut. Is 1 of 6 LBs with 8+ TFL in each of past 4 seasons. Had 3 TFL & sack in his last game vs. Az. (12/8/19 with Pit.). CB JANORIS JENKINS makes Ten. debut. Ranks 6th among active players with 26 career INTs.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Tiki Barber SIRIUS: 211 (Az.), 146 (Ten.) | XM: 387 (Az.), 232 (Ten.) | SXM App: 800 (Az.), 830 (Ten.)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 7-4
STREAKS: Chargers have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Washington 13 at Chargers 30
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/13: Washington 30, Chargers 24 (OT)
QB JUSTIN HERBERT set NFL all-time rookie records in TD passes (31) & completions (396) & had 2nd-most passing yards ever by rookie (4,336) in 2020. Became 1st rookie with 25+ TD passes & 4,000+ passing yards. Had 6 games with 3+ TD passes & 8 games with 300+ pass yards, both most-ever by rookie. Can join JAMEIS WINSTON as only players ever with 4,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. • RB AUSTIN EKELER totaled 933 scrimmage yards (530 rush, 403 rec.) in 2020, his 3rd-consecutive season with 900+ scrimmage yards. Has 16 rec. TDs since 2017, tied-most among RBs. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team in catches (100), rec. yards (992) & rec. TDs (8) in 2020. Is 1 of 2 players (DEANDRE HOPKINS) with 95+ catches in each of past 4 seasons. Has 624 receptions in 100 career games, most-ever by player in 1st 100 games. Has 14 catches for 239 yards (119.5 per game) & TD in 2 career games. vs. Was. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 756 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs in 2020, his second-straight season with 750+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK makes LAC debut. Is only TE with 6+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • DE JOEY BOSA led team with 7.5 sacks in 2020 & tied-3rd in NFL with 15 TFL. Is only player in NFL with 15+ TFL in each of past 2 seasons. LB KENNETH MURRAY led team with 107 tackles last season, 2nd-most among rookies. CB MICHAEL DAVIS led team with career-high 14 PD & 3 INTs in 2020. Has 7 PD in his past 5 on road. CB CHRIS HARRIS has 21 INTs in 10-year career.
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK makes Was. debut. Passed for 2,091 yards & 13 TDs with 95.6 rating in 9 games with Mia. in 2020. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 1,042 scrimmage yards (795 rush, 247 rec.) & tied-1st among rookies with 11 rush TDs in 2020. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had career-high 954 scrimmage yards (589 rec., 365 rush) & ranked 2nd among RBs with career-high 80 catches last season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had career-high 87 receptions & 1stcareer 1,000+ rec. yard season (1,118) in 2020. Aims for his 6th in row, incl. postseason, at home with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR CURTIS SAMUEL makes Was. debut. Set career-highs in receptions (77), rec. yards (851) & scrimmage yards (1,051) with Car. in 2020. TE LOGAN THOMAS set career-highs in catches (72), rec. yards (670) & rec. TDs (6) last season. • DE CHASE YOUNG led all rookies with 7.5 sacks & 10 TFL & tied1st in FFs (4) in 2020. Was 1 of 2 rookies (JUSTIN JEFFERSON) selected to 2021 Pro Bowl. DE MONTEZ SWEAT led team with career-high 9 sacks & 12 TFL in 2020. LB JON BOSTIC led team with career-best 118 tackles & had career-high 3 sacks last season. LB JAMIN DAVIS was selected in 1st round (19th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. CB KENDALL FULLER led team with 4 INTs in 2020. Has 10+ PD in 3 of the past 4 seasons. S KAMREN CURL was only rookie last season with 80+ tackles (88) & 3+ INTs (3). S LANDON COLLINS has 95+ tackles in 5 of 1st 6 NFL seasons.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 108 (LAC), 103 (Was.) | XM: 388 (LAC), 233 (Was.) | SXM App: 817 (LAC), 831 (Was.)
NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 13-11-2
STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 3
LAST GAME: 11/4/18: Chiefs 37 at Browns 21
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Chiefs 17, Browns 13
QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 3,563 yards & 26 TDs for career-high 95.9 rating in 2020 & joined HOFer PEYTON MANNING as only players in NFL history with 3,500+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 seasons. Passed for 297 yards & 2 TDs for 95 rating in last regular season meeting. • RB NICK CHUBB totaled 1,217 scrimmage yards (1,067 rush, 150 rec.) & career-high 12 rush TDs last season. Aims for his 5th in row on road in reg. season with rush TD. RB KAREEM HUNT had 1,145 scrimmage yards (841 rush, 304 rec.) & 11 TDs (6 rush, 5 rec.) in 2020, his 3rd career season with 10+ TDs. Totaled 2,984 scrimmage yards & 25 TDs (15 rush, 10 rec.) in 27 games (2017- 18) with KC. • WR JARVIS LANDRY led team in catches (72) & rec. yards (840) in 2020 & became 1st player with 70+ catches in each of 1st 7 seasons. Had rec. TD in 2020 AFC-D meeting. Aims for his 6th in row on road with TD catch, incl. postseason. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 5 seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards since 2014, tied 4th-most in NFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. • DE MYLES GARRETT ranked 6th in NFL with 12 sacks in 2020 & is 1 of 3 (AARON DONALD & T.J. WATT) with 10+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. Has 42.5 career sacks, most by Cle. player in 1st 4 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with sack, incl. postseason. CB DENZEL WARD tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 18 PD last season. CB TROY HILL & S JOHN JOHNSON make Cle. debuts.
QB PATRICK MAHOMES ranked 2nd in NFL with 4,740 pass yards & 4th with 38 TD passes in 2020 & became 3rd player ever with 4,000+ pass yards in 3 of 1st 4 seasons. Has 108.7 career rating, highest among qualified passers in NFL history. Became youngest QB (25 years, 143 days) to start 2 Super Bowls. Has 630 passing yards (315 per game) & 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 118.3 rating in 2 career games vs. Cle., incl. postseason. Passed for 23 TDs vs. 2 INTs in 8 home games in 2020. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE ranked 4th among rookies with 1,100 scrimmage yards (803 rush, 297 rec.) last season, 3rdmost ever by KC rookie. RB DARREL WILLAIMS rushed for 78 yards in 2020 AFC-D meeting. • WR TYREEK HILL had 87 catches for 1,276 yards & career-high 17 TDs (15 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. Has 47 rec. TDs & 6 rush TDs & joined HOFer JERRY RICE as only players since 1970 with 35+ rec. TDs & 5+ rush TDs. Had 8 catches for 110 yards in 2020 AFC-D meeting. TE TRAVIS KELCE ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,416 rec. yards in 2020, most-ever by TE in single season. Had 8 catches for 109 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-D meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with rec. TD, incl. postseason. • S TYRANN MATHIEU led all safeties with career-high 6 INTs in 2020. Since 2019, ranks 3rd in NFL with 10 INTs. Had INT & TFL in 2020 AFC-D meeting. DT CHRIS JONES led team with 7.5 sacks last season. Has 38.5 sacks since 2017, 4th-most among DL. DE FRANK CLARK had 3 sacks in 2020 postseason.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 104 (Cle.), 82 (KC) | XM: 382 (Cle.), 227 (KC) | SXM App: 807 (Cle.), 815 (KC)
NFL PREVIEW: MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 56-52
STREAKS: Dolphins have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/20/20: Patriots 12 at Dolphins 22
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Patriots 21, Dolphins 11
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA passed for 1,814 yards & had 14 TDs (11 pass, 3 rush) vs. 5 INTs as rookie in 2020. Joined JEFF KEMP as only rookie QBs in Super Bowl era with 1+ TD pass & 0 INTs in each of 1st 5 career starts. Completed 20 of 26 passes (76.9 pct.) & rushed for career-best 2 TDs in last meeting. • RB MYLES GASKIN led team with career highs in scrimmage yards (972) & rush yards (584) last season. Had 66 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 26 rec.) in last road meeting. Has 432 scrimmage yards (108 per game) in his past 4 on road. RB MALCOLM BROWN makes Mia. debut. Had career-high 581 scrimmage yards (419 rush, 162 rec.) with LAR in 2020. • WR DEVANTE PARKER led team in catches (63) & rec. yards (793) last season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 7+ catches & 115+ rec. yards. WR JAYLEN WADDLE was selected 6th overall in 2021 NFL Draft. TE MIKE GESICKI set career highs in catches (53), rec. yards (703) & rec. TDs (6) in 2020. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD led NFL with 10 INTs & 20 PD last season, becoming 1st player with 10+ INTs in season since ANTONIO CROMARTIE (10 in 2007). Since 2016, ranks 2nd in NFL with 22 INTs. Had FF in last meeting. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH led team with career-best 9 sacks in 2020. Had sack in last meeting. LB JEROME BAKER was 1 of 2 players (DEVIN WHITE) with 100+ tackles (111) & 7+ sacks (7) last season. CB JASON MCCOURTY makes Mia. debut. Had 148 tackles, 19 PD & 2 INTs in past 3 seasons with NE (2018-20)
QB MAC JONES was selected 15th overall in 2021 NFL Draft & became 1st QB selected in 1st round by NE since DREW BLEDSOE (1st overall) in 1993. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS led team with career-high 691 rush yards in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 70+ rush yards. RB JAMES WHITE leads all active RBs in catches (369), rec. yards (3,184) & rec. TDs (25). Had 52 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with career bests in catches (59) & rec. yards (729) in 2020. Had 7 catches for 111 yards in last meeting. WR NELSON AGHOLOR makes NE debut. Had careerhigh 896 rec. yards last season with LV. Had 5 catches for career-high 155 yards & TD in his last game vs. Mia. (12/26/20 with LV). WR KENDRICK BOURNE makes NE debut. Set career bests in receptions (49) & rec. yards (667) in 2020 with SF. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Mia. (10/11/20 with SF). TE HUNTER HENRY makes NE debut. Had career-best 60 catches in 2020 with LAC. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Mia. TE JONNU SMITH makes NE debut. Ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with career-high 8 rec. TDs in 2020 with Ten. • CB J.C. JACKSON ranked 2nd in NFL with career-best 9 INTs in 2020 & is only player with 5+ INTs in each of past 2 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with INT. LB MATT JUDON makes NE debut. Is 1 of 3 LBs (KHALIL MACK & T.J. WATT) with 6+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. LB KYLE VAN NOY had 69 tackles, 6 sacks & career-high 10 TFL in 2020 with Mia.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Mia.), 81 (NE) | XM: 381 (Mia.), 226 (NE) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 821 (NE)
NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD (JACKSONVILLE) // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 17-9
STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/27/20: Packers 37 at Saints 30
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/27/20 (New Orleans)
QB AARON RODGERS became 6th player to win AP MVP 3 times (2011, 2014 & 2020) since 1957. Led NFL with career-high 48 TD passes, tied for 5th-most in single-season in league history, & 121.5 passer rating, 2nd-highest single-season mark in NFL history, in 2020. Has 51,245 pass yards & can surpass HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 10th-most pass yards in NFL history. Ranks 7th all-time with 412 pass TDs. Passed for 283 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.9 rating in last meeting. • RB AARON JONES ranked 4th in NFL with 1,104 rush yards in 2020. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL (DALVIN COOK) with 30 scrimmage TDs (25 rush, 5 rec.) since 2019. Has 224 scrimmage yards (112 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. NO. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led NFL with 18 rec. TDs, tied-3rd most in single season ever, & ranked tied-2nd in catches (career-high 115) & tied-5th in rec. yards (1,374) in 2020. Leads NFL with 58 rec. TDs since 2016. Aims for his 6th in row on road with TD catch. WR ALLEN LAZARD had career-high 6 catches for career-high 146 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. TE ROBERT TONYAN tied-1st among TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with career-high 11 rec. TDs last season. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH is 1 of 4 players (SHAQUIL BARRETT, AARON DONALD & T.J. WATT) with 25+ sacks (26) since 2019. Had FF & FR in last meeting. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER ranks tied4th in PD (41) since 2018. S DARNELL SAVAGE led team with career-high 4 INTs in 2020.
QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 270 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.8 rating in only career start vs. GB (12/3/17 w/ TB). Led NFL in passing yards (5,109) & ranked 2nd in pass TDs (33) in 2019 with TB. • RB ALVIN KAMARA led NFL with franchise-record 21 scrimmage TDs (16 rush, 5 rec.). Leds RBs with 83 catches & became 3rd RB with 50+ catches in each of his 1st 4 seasons. Had career-high 1,688 scrimmage yards (932 rush, 756 rec.) & became 1st player ever with 500+ rush yards & 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. Had 13 receptions, career-high 197 scrimmage yards (career-high 139 rec., 58 rush) & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 5+ TDs in each of past 6 seasons. • WR TRE’QUAN SMITH set career-highs in catches (34) & rec. yards (448) in 2020. Had 85 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in NFC-D vs. TB last postseason. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 7.5 sacks in 2020 & ranks 4th in NFL with 93.5 sacks since 2012. Is only player with 7+ sacks in each of past 9 seasons. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 4th-consecutive season with 100+ tackles (team-high 119) last season. Is 1 of 2 LBs (LAVONTE DAVID) with 400+ tackles (475) & 40+ TFL (45) since 2017. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with sack. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE ranks tied-3rd with 55 PD since 2017 & is 1 of 3 DBs (JAMES BRADBERRY & MARLON HUMPHREY) with 10+ PD in each of the past 4 seasons.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews/Tom Rinaldi (field reporters) SIRIUS: 138 (GB), 83 (NO) | XM: 380 (GB), 225 (NO) | SXM App: 811 (GB), 822 (NO)
NFL PREVIEW: DENVER BRONCOS AT NEW YORK GIANTS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: All-time series tied, 6-6
STREAKS: Broncos have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Giants 23 at Broncos 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/13: Broncos 41, Giants 23
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER makes Den. debut. Set career highs in pass yards (3,733) & TD passes (15) last season with Car. Completed 15 of 25 passes (60 pct.) for 168 yards & TD for 93.4 rating in only career game vs. NYG (12/27/15 with Min.). • RB MELVIN GORDON rushed for 986 yards & 9 TDs in 2020 & is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 800+ scrimmage yards in each of past 6 seasons. Is only player with 8+ rush TDs in each of past 5 seasons. Since 2015, ranks 4th in NFL with 45 rush TDs. Had 163 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 58 rec.) in only career game vs. NYG (10/8/17 with LAC.). Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC East. • WR JERRY JEUDY had 52 catches & ranked 5th among rookies with 856 rec. yards in 2020, both 2nd-most ever by Den. rookie. WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 72 catches, 1,112 rec. yards & 6 rec. TDs in 2019. TE NOAH FANT set career highs in catches (62) & rec. yards (673) in 2020. • LB VON MILLER has 106 career sacks, most in NFL since 2011. Had sack in last meeting. Has 7 TFL, 5 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in 5 career games vs. NFC East. LB MALIK REED led team with career-high 8 sacks last season. LB BRADLEY CHUBB had 7.5 sacks, 9 TFL & FF in 2020. S JUSTIN SIMMONS recorded 3rd-consecutive season with 90+ tackles (96) & tied-4th in NFL with career-high 5 INTs. Is only safety in NFL with 2+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons. CB RONALD DARBY & CB KYLE FULLER make Den. debuts. CB PAT SURTAIN III selected 9th overall in 2021 NFL Draft.
QB DANIEL JONES passed for 2,943 yards & 11 TDs in 2020. Was 1 of 4 NFC QBs with 400+ rush yards (423) last season. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts at home. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 3,563 scrimmage yards (2,344 rush, 1,219 rec.) & 23 TDs (17 rush, 6 rec.) in 31 career games. Has 528 scrimmage yards (105.6 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 career home games vs. AFC. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY makes NYG debut. Had 183 catches for 3,068 rec. yards & 21 TDs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Det. Had 6 receptions for 66 yards & TD catch in his only career game vs. Den. (12/22/19 w/ Det.). WR STERLING SHEPARD tied his career high with 66 receptions last season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC with 50+ rec. yards. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 63 catches for 654 yards & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in 2020. Had 5 catches for 82 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR KADARIUS TONEY was selected in the 1st round (20th overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ ranked 3rd in NFL with 151 tackles in 2020, his 4th-consecutive 100+ tackle season. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS led team with career-high 11.5 sacks & 14 TFL. Had 2 sacks in his last game vs. Den. (10/7/18 w/ NYJ). CB JAMES BRADBERRY tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 18 PD in 2020 & is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. S JABRILL PEPPERS set career highs in tackles (89), TFL (8), PD (11) & sacks (2.5) last season. DB LOGAN RYAN is 1 of 3 active DBs with 15+ career INTs (18) & 10+ career sacks (12).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Den.), 137 (NYG) | XM: 383 (Den.), 228 (NYG) | SXM App: 809 (Den.), 823 (NYG)
NFL PREVIEW: CHICAGO BEARS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 53-37-3
STREAKS: Rams have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/26/20: Bears 10 at Rams 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/26/20
QB ANDY DALTON makes Chi. debut. Had 2,170 pass yards & 14 TDs with Dal. in 2020. Has 3,000+ pass yards in 8 of his 1st 10 seasons. Has 10 TDs vs. 4 INTs in 6 career starts on SNF. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY ranked 5th in NFL with career-best 1,508 scrimmage yards (1,070 rush, 438 rec.) & had 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) last season. Had 69 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 21 rec.) in last meeting. RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS makes Chi. debut. Had 1,001 scrimmage yards (694 rush, 307 rec.) & 13 TDs (9 rush, 4 rec.) with KC, incl. postseason, in 2019. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON led team with 102 receptions & 1,250 rec. yards & had 6 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 70 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards in 10 of his past 11 on road. WR DARNELL MOONEY ranked 5th among rookies with 61 catches last season. TE JIMMY GRAHAM led team with 8 rec. TDs in 2020. Ranks 4th all-time among TEs with 82 rec. TDs. • LB KHALIL MACK led team with 9 sacks in 2020 & is 1 of 2 players (AARON DONALD) with 8+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. Has 9 sacks, 4 FFs & 3 FR in 10 career games on SNF. Had sack & FF in last meeting. LB ROQUAN SMITH had team-high 139 tackles & ranked 2nd in NFL with 18 TFL last season. Has INT in 2 of his 3 career games vs. LAR. LB ROBERT QUINN had 62.5 sacks & 20 FFs in 95 games with Rams (2011-17). Had FF in last meeting. DL AKIEM HICKS has 5 sacks in his past 5 on SNF & aims for his 4th in row on SNF with sack. DB EDDIE JACKSON had FR-TD in last meeting.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD makes LAR debut. Had 45,109 pass yards & 282 TD passes in 165 career games with Det. (2009- 20). Can become 13th player in NFL history with 300+ career TD passes. Has 5,440 pass yards (272 per game) & 34 TDs (32 pass, 2 rush) in 20 career starts vs. Chi. • RB SONY MICHEL makes LAR debut. Had 2,292 rush yards & 14 rush TDs in 38 career games with NE. RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 783 scrimmage yards (624 rush, 159 rec.) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 2020. • WR COOPER KUPP led team with 92 receptions & 974 rec. yards & had 3 rec. TDs last season. Had 6 catches in last meeting. Has 5+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 at home. WR ROBERT WOODS had 90 receptions for 936 yards & team-high 8 TDs (6 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5 at home. WR DESEAN JACKSON makes LAR debut. TE TYLER HIGBEE had 44 catches for 521 yards & career-high 5 rec. TDs last season. • DL AARON DONALD tied-2nd in NFL with 13.5 sacks in 2020 & became 4th player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of his 1st 7 seasons. Has 4 sacks & FR in 4 career games vs. Chi. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 on SNF. LB LEONARD FLOYD had career highs in sacks (10.5) & TFL (11) in 2020. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Had 18.5 sacks & 26 TFL in 4 seasons (2016-19) with Chi. CB JALEN RAMSEY had INT in last meeting. CB DARIOUS WILLIAMS led team with career-high 4 INTs & career-best 14 PD in 2020.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Rod Woodson SIRIUS: 81 (Chi.), 211 (LAR) | XM: 226 (Chi.), 225 (LAR) | SXM App: 805 (Chi.), 818 (LAR)
NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 8-3
STREAKS: Ravens have won past 2
LAST GAME: 11/25/18: Raiders 17 at Ravens 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/8/17 (Oakland): Ravens 30, Raiders 17
QB LAMAR JACKSON led all QBs with 1,005 rushing yards in 2020 & became 1st QB ever to rush for 1,000+ yards in multiple seasons (1,206 in 2019). Had 15 TDs (10 pass, 5 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 104.2 rating in 7 road games last season. Rushed for 71 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rushed for 302 yards (100.7 per game) & 2 TDs in 3 career games on MNF. • RB GUS EDWARDS set career highs in rush yards (723) & rush TDs (6) last season. Is 1 of 4 RBs with 5+ yards per attempt (5.2) since 2018 (min. 400 attempts). Had 118 rush yards in last meeting. • WR MARQUISE BROWN led team with career highs in rec. yards (769) & rec. TDs (8) last season. Ended 2020 reg. season with rec. TD in 5 of 6 games. WR SAMMY WATKINS makes Bal. debut. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. LV (10/11/20 with KC). TE MARK ANDREWS had 58 catches for 701 yards & 7 TDs last season. Has 17 rec. TDs since 2019, most among TEs. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY led NFL with 8 FFs in 2020, tied 2ndmost by DB since 1994. Is 1 of 3 in NFL with 10+ PD in each of past 4 seasons. CB MARCUS PETERS led team with 4 INTs & was only player in NFL with 4 INTs & 4+ FFs (4) in 2020. Has 31 career INTs, most in NFL since 2015. Had 50-yard INT-TD in his last game vs. Raiders (9/10/18 with LAR). LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with 105 tackles & was only rookie with 100+ tackles & 3+ sacks (3). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL is 1 of 6 active players with 90+ sacks (92).
QB DEREK CARR set career highs in pass yards (4,103) & passer rating (101.4) in 2020, his 3rd consecutive season with 4,000+ pass yards. Has 26,896 career pass yards, 4th-most ever by QB in 1st 7 seasons. Ended 2020 season with 315+ pass yards in 4 of 5 games. Has 744 pass yards (248 per game) & 8 TDs vs. INT for 100.1 rating in 3 career games vs. Bal. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for 1,065 yards & career-best 12 TDs last season, becoming 1st player in franchise history with 1,000+ rush yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. Has 218 scrimmage yards (109 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games on MNF. RB KENYAN DRAKE makes LV debut. Set career highs in rush yards (955) & rush TDs (10) with Az. in 2020. Has 449 scrimmage yards (149.7 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 3 career games on MNF. • TE DARREN WALLER led TEs with 107 catches in 2020, 3rd-most ever by TE in single season. Ended 2020 season with 100+ rec. yards in 3 straight games. Appeared in 18 games (2015-16) with Bal. WR WILLIE SNEAD makes LV debut. Had 126 catches for 1,422 rec. yards & 9 rec. TDs in 3 seasons (2018-20) with Bal. • DE MAXX CROSBY led team with 7 sacks in 2020. Has 30 career TFL, 3rd-most in AFC since 2019. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE makes LV debut. Is 1 of 3 players (AARON DONALD & KHALIL MACK) with 8+ sacks in each of past 5 seasons. CB CASEY HAYWARD makes LV debut. Has 100 PD & 23 INTs in 9-year career. LB K.J. WRIGHT makes LV debut. Had 11 TFL, 10 PD & 2 FRs in 2020 with Sea. Has 3 PD in 3 career games vs. Bal.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN/ABC (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (Bal.), 83 (LV) | XM: 226 (Bal.), 225 (LV) | SXM App: 802 (Bal.), 816 (LV)
INDIANA SPORTS NEWS
Hoosiers Handle Vandals in Home Opener, 56-14
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Order is restored to the Cream & Crimson football world.
To a point.
Indiana dominated Idaho as it should Saturday night. It blocked as needed, ran as demanded, passed as emphasized, tackled as required, and unleashed special team TDs as desired.
To a point.
The 56-14 victory righted a lot of wrongs from the season-opening disappointment at Iowa, and provided a much-needed confidence boost entering next Saturday’s sold-out home game against No. 7 Cincinnati, a 42-7 winner over Murray State.
“We came back more prepared,” wide receiver D.J. Matthews Jr. said. “We worked a lot. You’ve got to respond to adversity.”
Yes, Idaho (1-1) is a Football Championship Subdivision program with significant disadvantages in scholarships and talent, and it showed.
Yes, the Hoosiers (1-1) gave up a touchdown at the end of the first half, and then one early in the second half (for a total of 150 yards after giving up 10 previously), which will provide plenty of teaching points for defensive coordinator Charlton Warren and head coach Tom Allen.
“I did not like way we finished the half,” Allen said. “You can’t do that.”
Still, never underestimate the advantages of a lobsided victory.
“It feels amazing,” running back Stephen Carr said. “It’s a great team win. There’s a lot to feel great about. It’s back to the drawing board next week.”
Added Allen: “To be able to bounce back from a tough loss, to regroup and address the things we wanted to address, the guys responded.”
Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. rebounded from a sub-par Iowa performance to go 11-for-16 for 68 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception after throwing three the previous week. He also ran for a TD.
“It’s a good next step,” Allen said, “to come back from that. I understand it’s not the same (caliber of) opponent, but it was a positive step in the right direction. I felt he got more comfortable. He has to continue to grow.”
Added receiver Javon Swinton: “He put it behind him. He upped his energy and made us up our energy. He stays so focused. His motivation and determination to get better is what got us going.”
Matthews said the receivers helped Penix, by, “Being in the right spots. We want to make him more comfortable. Receivers have to be at our best to help him out.”
Quarterback Jack Tuttle took over late in the third quarter and was 2-for-4 for 91 yards and a touchdown.
A big crowd (47,414) at spectacularly lit-up Memorial Stadium saw a series of season firsts — first rushing TD (Carr), first passing TD (Penix), first two touchdowns of a college career (Swinton, one by 9-yard catch, one by returned blocked punt), first punt return for a TD since 2018 (Matthews scored from 81 yards to follow the punt return for a TD he had at Florida State), first time scoring two special teams touchdowns in the same game since 1969 against Kentucky, first career touchdown catch by tight end A.J. Barner and the first scoring run by walk-on running back Davion Ervin-Poindexter.
Don’t forget Jacolby Hewitt’s 72-yard second-half-opening kickoff return to set up a Penix touchdown run.
It was the kind of excel-in-many-phase success you can build on, and Allen and his staff have plenty of building in mind.
“Special teams were special,” Allen said. “Coach (Kasey) Teegardin did an excellent job. All three areas did a great job.
“It’s a positive win for our future.”
As for all the criticism that followed the 34-6 season-opening loss to Iowa, consider the Hawkeyes won at Top-10 Iowa State 27-17 on Saturday to make a strong case for best Big Ten team after No. 3 Ohio State’s 35-28 home loss to No. 12 Oregon. That doesn’t minimize the poor Hoosier play, but it does indicate Hawkeye excellence was a big reason for it.
Anyway, the offensive line IU wanted to start against Iowa, but couldn’t because of injury, arrived with Luke Haggard, Mike Katic, Dylan Powell, Matthew Bedford and Caleb Jones.
The result — 179 rushing yards, 378 total yards, and 42 offensive points. Carr rushed for 118 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown.
“They were very solid,” Allen said about the line. “We wanted to put our best five on the field. They have to keep working together.”
Added Carr: “It all comes back to practice. We were all tuned in. We had great attention to detail and it showed. We can only improve from here.”
Six other running backs had at least one carry for three yards.
“We love it,” Carr said. “We want to see everybody eat. It doesn’t matter who’s in the game. We love to see everybody eat.”
Love disappeared over Penix getting sacked twice.
“We still have things to work on,” Allen said.
The defense allowed 261 yards, only 65 on the ground.
“We started fast,” linebacker Micah McFadden said. “We were ready to dominate. Guys played hard. We showed up ready.”
Allen wants it that way all the time.
“That was the challenge this week. I told Coach Warren I expect them to set the tone for each game. Flip the field, set up the offense. That’s the expectation.”
Swinton, who added three catches for 33 yards, came back from last week’s suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules. He said he knew over the summer he would miss the first game.
“I had to keep the right mindset. Missing last week gave me more hunger and motivation to show everybody I’m here to stay.
“(Catching that touchdown pass) helped me to get settled down and get me more confident. I felt I was ready to go.”
Added Allen: “He learned a valuable lesson. It didn’t surprise me. He makes plays every day. I love his ball skills and toughness. He was responsible for his actions. To come back to do what he did tonight was big.”
The game opened with a fully engaged student section.
“Our students were unbelievable,” Allen said. “They were loud. It’s awesome. It means so much to our players. They noticed it immediately.
“It has to continue. I know it will.”
IU’s defense forced a three-and-out on the game’s opening drive by Idaho. Carr had a 17-yard run before ending IU’s first drive with a 2-yard TD run.
McFadden followed with a sack and forced fumble recovered by defensive tackle Weston Kramer at the Idaho 13-yard line. Penix hit Swinton with a 9-yard TD pass and a 14-0 lead 12 minutes into the game.
It quickly became 21-0 when Noah Pierre blocked a punt and Swinton returned it four yards for a touchdown.
The Hoosiers ended the quarter with an 83-6 total-yard advantage.
Carr’s 26-yard second-quarter run led to Penix’s 9-yard TD pass to Ty Fryfogle and a 28-0 lead.
A few minutes later, Matthews had the punt return for a TD. Idaho scored just before halftime for a 35-7 Hoosier advantage.
Hewitt’s 72-yard kickoff return to start the third quarter set up a Penix 1-yard touchdown run and a 42-7 lead. Idaho added a third-quarter TD.
In the fourth quarter, Tuttle connected with Barner for a 76-yard touchdown and Ervin-Poindexter had a 4-yard TD run to complete what was, in essence, a must-dominate performance.
“The captains and seniors got on to us to work hard and stay to it,” Swinton said. “Last week was embarrassing. We know what we’re supposed to do. Our goal was to show everybody what we’re about.”
Walk-Off Home Run Hands Indy Saturday Loss
LOUISVILLE, KY. – A solo home run by Michael De Leon with two outs in the ninth inning handed the Indianapolis Indians their third loss of the series to the Louisville Bats on Saturday afternoon, 5-4.
The Indians (53-59) took a 3-0 lead in the third inning when five consecutive batters reached base safely with one out. Marcano led off the frame with a double, and back-to-back RBI singles by Phillip Evans and Bligh Madris scored two. With runners at first and second, Ka’ai Tom drove in another with a single.
Three extra-base hits in the bottom of the third inning – led by a solo home run off the bat of Louisville pitcher, Michael Mariot – brought the Bats (49-63) within one run of the Indians.
With Indianapolis holding a 4-2 lead after an RBI single by John Nogowski in the fifth inning, Louisville tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. A throwing error by Matt Eckelman put two runners in scoring position with one out, and they both were brought in on an RBI single by Francisco Urbaez.
Hunter Stratton (L, 0-2) sat down TJ Friedl and Urbaez as the first two outs of the ninth inning before De Leon’s home run ended the game. Dauri Moreta (W, 2-0) allowed one hit in the top of the ninth.
The Indians and Bats will face off one final time this season on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM ET. In a rematch of Game 1, RHP Max Kranick (3-4, 4.66) will face off against RHP Hunter Greene (5-7, 4.26).
INDY ELEVEN: USL Championship Recap:
Indy Eleven 1 : 0 Sporting KC II
|INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, September 11, 2021) – Indy Eleven used a 77th minute goal by forward Gordon Wild and a fifth shutout of the season to post a vital 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City II this evening at Carroll Stadium. The win put Indy Eleven (8W-10L-5D) back into playoff position in the crowded Central Division. While Indiana’s Team sits even with OKC Energy FC on 29 points, it currently holds the tiebreaker for the fourth and final spot via its advantage in two head-to-head meetings. “At this stage of the season, it’s about winning games no matter how you do,” said Indy Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers. “You want to be able to sort of play nice football and be entertaining, but it’s about winning in any way possible, really, and we did that tonight.” The start of tonight’s match officially signaled a piece of club history, as center back and vice-captain Karl Ouimette earned his club-record 96th start in official competitions, breaking his deadlock with “Eleven Original” Brad Ring in the category. The first half was one way traffic for the home side, which posted a 13-2 advantage in shots across the opening 45 minutes. Sporting KC II netminder Kendall McIntosh was credited with three saves in the half, his best coming in the 14th minute on Eleven forward Gordon Wild’s dipping half volley from the top of the area. McIntosh wasn’t credited for a save on what was likely his best stop in the 37th minute, when he acrobatically gathered SKC defender’s accidental backwards header of an Indy corner to the top of the six. Wild continued to pile up the chances around the half hour mark, first spinning and firing just wide from 10 yards out before curling a thumping shot from 20 yards out that slammed off the underside of the crossbar before spinning away from danger. In the 42nd minute, Eleven striker Nicky Law’s tantalizing cross bounced through the six, but eluded both forward Manuel Arteaga’s touch to turn and defender Rece Buckmaster’s back post run, the chance marking the last of an entertaining but ultimately fruitless half for Indiana’s Team. The second half started more evenly, but was still tilted towards the home side and still saw Wild instigating, his first-time volley near the hour mark from 15 yards sailing high but also serving notice. Law’s cheeky chip behind the defense in the 61st minute sprung Ayoze into the left side of the area, but his low far post effort was steered wide by McIntosh. Rogers didn’t go to his bench until the 74th minute, but his insertion of Nick Moon and Carl Haworth nearly paid dividends immediately. In the 76th minute, Haworth’s effort from the top of the area that was set up by a perfect give-and-go with Law, missed wide of the right post by a foot. A minute later it was the other sub helping to finally move the scoreboard, as Moon slipped a cross from the right side of the area through two defenders to Wild, who turned and poked past McIntosh from seven yards out. The German striker’s eighth shot of the night – and fourth on target – finally hit paydirt, putting the Eleven deservedly in front 1-0 with just over ten minutes remaining. The Eleven were able to gamely ride out the rest of the match, but not without Sporting getting one look on frame in the 80th minute, when defender Petar Cuic stepped up into the attack with a 20-yard shot that forced Eleven netminder Jordan Farr into his only save of the night. A minute later it was substitute striker Ropapa Mensah looking to equalize from near the spot, but his turn-and-fire chance was pushed just wide right of goal. Ultimately, Farr would earn his fourth clean sheet of the campaign, and his second across the Eleven’s last three home outings in recent weeks. Indy Eleven starts a busy week at home this Tuesday, Sept. 14, with a 7:00 p.m. ET friendly at IUPUI Carroll Stadium against Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire FC. Fans can follow the proceedings live by listening to Exitos Radio 94.3 FM or exitos943.com (Spanish) or following the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers. The Boys in Blue return to USL Championship play this Saturday, Sept. 18, with the first of two meetings inside a month against archrival and Central Division leader Louisville City FC (13W-5L-4D, 43 pts.; 1st in Central). Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff on “The World Comes to The Mike Night” are limited but still available and can be secured by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours. Fans who can’t make it Saturday can follow the action on WISH-TV, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed.|
|USL Championship Regular Season|
Indy Eleven 1 : 0 Sporting KC II
Saturday, September 11, 2021
IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
Indy Eleven: 8W-10L-5D, 29 pts.; 4th place in Central Division
Sporting KC II: 4W-14L-7D, 19 pts.; 8th place in Central Division
IND – Gordon Wild (Nick Moon) 77’ Discipline Summary
IND – Gershon Koffie (yellow card) 64’
IND – Neveal Hackshaw (yellow card) 87’
IND – Gordon Wild (yellow card) 89’
SKC – Petar Cuic (yellow card) 90+3’
Indy Eleven line-up (3-4-3): Jordan Farr; Neveal Hackshaw, Jared Timmer, Karl Ouimette; Ayoze (captain) (Nick Moon 74’), Gershon Koffie (Aboubacar Sissoko 82’), Jeremiah Gutjahr, Rece Buckmaster (Carl Haworth 74’); Nicky Law, Manuel Arteaga, Gordon Wild IND substitutions: Bobby Edwards (GK), Aidan Liu, Ecris Revolorio, Alann Torres Sporting KC II line-up (4-3-3): Kendall McIntosh; Isaiah LaFlore, Graham Smith, Alijaz Dzankic, Kayden Pierre; Christian Duke (captain) (Zion Long 90’), Petar Cuic, Jacob Davis; Enoch Mushagalusa, Osvaldo Cisneros (Ropapa Mensah 67’), Jamil Roberts (Rojay Smith 67’) SKC substitutions: Remi Prieur (GK), Daniel Barbir, Jahon Rad, Matthew Constant
Hoosiers Take No. 21 Georgia Tech To Four Sets
ATLANTA, Ga. – Despite taking set one, Indiana Volleyball (5-4) couldn’t keep up the momentum and fell to No. 21 Georgia Tech, 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 21-25, 17-25).
• Kaley Rammelsberg got Indiana going in the opening set with the first five Hoosier points. With the score tied at 11, Brooke Westbeld and Kaley Rammelsberg threw up a block that kept the momentum in their favor.
• Up 16-14, Morgan Geddes and Saris recorded a duo of kills that led to another kill by saris followed by Savannah Kjolhede getting a kill of her own.
• Breana Edwards set up the match point for Indiana by going up for a solo block. She then turned around for the set winning kill as Indiana took set one, 25-20.
• In the second set, Edwards started out with Indiana’s opening two kills. despite being down early, the Hoosiers hammered away as Rammelsberg pulled Indiana within two.
• Being down 21-17, Kjolhede and Edwards slammed down kills to claw back in it. Indiana tried to mount the comeback, but the Yellow Jackets took set two, 25-19.
• Kills by Saris and Rammelsberg put Indiana up 2-1 in the third set, but it was a back-and-forth battle from there. Westbeld secured an ace to give the Hoosiers an 8-6 lead.
• Tied at 16-16, Edwards got a solo block to put the Hoosiers back in the lead.
• Down by three Geddes attempted to put Indiana back in the lead but a quick kill by Georgia Tech gave them the advantage, 25-21.
• Out the gate in set four, three blocks got Indiana in a good spot before a kill by Edwards and back-to-back attack errors put the Hoosiers out in front 6-1. The Yellow Jackets chipped away at the Indiana lead making it 10-9.
• Saris served up her first ace of the match, but Georgia Tech went on a 5-0 scoring run to put themselves in the lead.
• Once the Yellow Jackets took the lead, the Hoosiers saw kills from Rammelsberg and Saris, but it wasn’t enough to prevail over Georgia Tech.
• Kaley Rammelsberg led the attack with 16 kills and a hitting percentage of .565. She also had team-leading five blocks.
• Haley Armstrong, Emily Fitzner, Morgan Geddes, Camryn Haworth, and Ashley Zulauf checked in for the Hoosiers.
• Paula Cerame saw a team-leading 20 digs.
• Breana Edwards tallied 14 kills.
Indiana returns to Wilkinson Hall for the Indiana Invitational on September 16 and 17. The Hoosiers will play matched against Chicago State, Alabama A&M, and Ole Miss.
IUVB Falls In Five Setter To Oklahoma
ATLANTA, Ga. – Indiana Volleyball (5-3) came up short against Oklahoma (4-3) by a score of 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 18-25, 13-15) in the second match of the Georgia Tech Classic on Friday morning.
• The Hoosiers started the first set off hot with a block from Brooke Westbeld and Savannah Kjolhede. Kjolhede also tallied the first kill of the match for Indiana immediately after, making the score 3-0.
•Kaley Rammelsberg slammed two kills as the Hoosiers had all the momentum out to a 7-3 advantage.
• Breana Edwards and Rammelsberg hammered down back-to-back kills to jump out to a 16-10 lead and forced the Sooners to take a timeout. Oklahoma inched their way back in it, closing the gap to as close as three, but multiple errors by Oklahoma and a final kill from Rammelsberg gave Indiana the set victory by a score of 25-22
• Indiana and the Sooners were locked in a back-and-forth battle for most of the second frame. Mady Saris started the set with back-to-back kills while Edwards recorded a solo block.
• The Sooners tried to pull away, but Camryn Haworth came up clutch with two kills that tied the frame twice.
• Out of a timeout, Saris pulled it within one by smacking a kill followed by an ace. The Oklahoma attack proved too heavy, and the Hoosiers dropped the second set. 25-22.
• Despite going down early, Indiana bounced back and got out to a 10-6 lead in the third frame. • Almost immediately following a Sooner timeout, Indiana went on a 6-0 scoring run that lifted them to a 17-10 lead.
• Rammelsberg, Edwards, and Westbeld hammered three kills in a row to put the Hoosiers up 20-13.
• Another quick kill by Edwards set up a match point which led to a service error by the Sooners to give Indiana the set victory, 25-15.
• A block by Kjolhede and Westbeld opened the fourth frame that fed in to a 3-0 run for the Hoosiers that included two kills from Saris and Kjolhede and an ace by Haworth.
• Out to a 13-10 advantage, Indiana and Oklahoma exchanged points before the Sooners took control and scored five straight points to win the set 25-18.
• Going to a fifth set, the Hoosiers let Oklahoma get out to a 6-3 lead before kills by Edwards and Haworth closed the gap. Rammelsberg found a hole to give Indiana the momentum up 7-6.
• Saris tried to get the offense going with a pair of kills to pull within two twice but Oklahoma felt the momentum and collected the set win, 15-13.
• Breana Edwards hit a team-high 17 kills against Oklahoma.
• Mady Saris tallied 13 kills and had an .238 hitting percentage.
• Camryn Haworth had a career high nine kills.
• Junior Haley Armstrong saw her first start of the season vs. Oklahoma.
• Emily Fitzner, Camryn Haworth, and Ashley Zulauf saw court time on Friday morning.
IU Head Coach Steve Aird
“Congratulations to Oklahoma. They played a great match. We made some errors at key times throughout the match. I thought we competed from the first whistle to the last whistle. This was our fifth five game match and the ball can bounce either way. We have room to improve with this young team. Excited to get back out there tonight vs. Georgia Tech.” – Head Coach Steve Aird
No. 9 Indiana, No. 16 Akron Play to 1-1 Draw
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 9-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (3-1-1) played to a 1-1 draw against the No. 16-ranked Akron Zips (4-0-1) after 110 minutes on Friday night at Cub Cadet Field at FirstEnergy Stadium.
• Indiana struck first with a goal in the 66th minute off a corner from junior striker Victor Bezerra. The take found the head of redshirt junior Daniel Munie, who redirected the ball into the back of the net for his first goal of the 2021 season.
• Akron answered right back with a goal of their own in the 68th minute from redshirt senior midfielder Diego Pacheco on the assist from freshman forward Jason Shokalook.
• The Hoosier defense withstood a flurry of dangerous chances from the Zips in the final 15 minutes of play. Akron attempted seven shots in the final 15 minutes that included a pair of saves from junior keeper Roman Celentano, three shots blocked by Hoosier defenders, and a pair of takes that sailed just high of the crossbar.
• For the second time in the match, Bezerra found a hint of free space inside the UA box in the 95th minute during the first overtime stanza. His right-footed blast required a diving save from senior keeper Will Meyer. The Solon, Ohio, native made a similar save in the 54th minute off a Bezerra shot.
• Senior defender Nyk Sessock saw the best Hoosier chance in the second OT with a driving shot from the right side of goal. Meyer was again up to the task to turn back the potential winner.
• The goal from Munie is his first since scoring the match-winner in the 88th minutes against Michigan State on March 15, 2021. The Maryland Heights, Mo., native has recorded three career goals.
• Celentano recorded three saves in the match. His counterpart collected a game-high six saves. The Hoosier defense faced 16 shots and four on frame.
• Indiana set season-highs in shots (17) and shots on goal (7). The Hoosiers outshot the Zips, 17-16 and put three more shots on frame.
• IU is 19-7-9 in the program’s last 35 matches against ranked foes and sports a record of 4-1-2 since the beginning of the 2020-21 season.
• The Hoosiers hold a record of 15-5-1 in true road matches over the last four seasons and are currently riding a five-match unbeaten streak on the road dating back to the spring season.
• Indiana and Akron played in front of 3,399 fans at FirstEnery Stadium, marking the largest crowd IU has played in front of this season.
GOALS: Daniel Munie
ASSISTS: Victor Bezerra
The Hoosiers will open Big Ten Conference play with a home match against Rutgers at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 17 at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
Boilermakers Blank UConn 49-0
HARTFORD, Conn. – Fueled by four touchdown throws by Jack Plummer, three scoring catches by David Bell, and a stout performance from the defense, the Purdue football team improved to 2-0 on the year with a 49-0 win on the road at Connecticut. It was Purdue’s first shutout since a 59-0 win against Southeast Missouri in 2011.
In just one half of play, Plummer went 17-of-21 for 245 yards and four touchdowns, as Purdue put up 563 yards of total offense. Bell tallied his 12th game of more than 100 receiving yards with six catches for 121 yards.
The Boilermakers extended their streak of games with at least 20 points to 12, after pouring on 35 points in the first half. While the defense held UConn to just 168 yards in the first half, Purdue’s offense struck on five straight possessions. Plummer connected with Bell three times on strikes of 30, 59 and eight yards, and added a 17-yard toss to Payne Durham. King Doerue scored his first rushing touchdown since 2019 on a one-yard power up the middle in the second quarter.
The Boilermaker defense held the Huskies to just 223 total yards and 99 through the air. Purdue finished with six tackles-for-loss and never allowed UConn into the redzone until late in the fourth quarter. Sixteen different Boilermakers recorded multiple tackles, as the Huskies went just 6-of-16 on third downs and 0-of-2 on fourth.
In just one half of action, Bell made some significant moves up Purdue’s all-time lists. The Indianapolis native moved up to second in program history with 100-yard receiving games, his 12th time over the century mark in 20 career games and ninth out of his last 11. He now has 18 career touchdowns, good for eighth by a Boilermaker, moving up from 12th at the start of the day. His three scoring catches are tied for second in program history. He tied Rondale Moore with 153 career receptions for 14th all-time.
The defense was in UConn’s face all afternoon with eight quarterback hurries and a pair of forced fumbles. George Karlaftis finished with four solo tackles, two pass breakups and his second career forced fumble. Zane Greene closed the game out with his first career interception with a minute to play in the fourth quarter.
• Durham pulled down a touchdown in his second straight game.
• Purdue used four different quarterbacks in the win – Plummer, O’Connell, Austin Burton and Michael Alaimo.
• Plummer’s four touchdown tosses were the most by a Purdue quarterback since Elijah Sindelar’s five against Vanderbilt in 2019.
• Purdue is now 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2006-07.
• Branson Deen picked up his first career forced fumble.
• Purdue’s 49 points were the most since the win against No. 2 Ohio State in 2018.
After a six-year hiatus, the Purdue-Notre Dame rivalry will be renewed for its 87th game next Saturday. The Battle for the Shillelagh Trophy kicks off at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.
Purdue Soccer: Non-Conference Slate Concludes Sunday at Home
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In its final non-conference matchup of the season, the Purdue soccer team welcomes Colorado to Folk Field on Sunday, September 12, at 1 p.m. ET.
Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home matches in 2021. Sunday is Camper Reunion Day, where those who attended a Purdue Soccer camp are encouraged to cheer on the Boilermakers and reconnect with their fellow campers.
University, local and state health guidelines will be followed on game day. Updates will be provided by Purdue Athletics, if necessary. A clear bag policy will be implemented for all events in Purdue Athletics facilities this year, and information can be found at PurdueSports.com/ClearBag.
The match will be broadcast live on B1G+ and live stats are available at Purdue.Statbroadcast.com. Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
The Boilermakers come into Sunday with a 4-1-2 record, and they have won two in a row and four of their last five. Purdue is unbeaten at home, at 4-0-1, after a 2-0 victory against Kansas State on Thursday night.
Through six matches, Purdue leads the Big Ten with 4.57 saves per match, and the Boilermakers are No. 6 in save percentage (.865) and total assists. Individually, senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova paces the conference and is No. 5 nationally with 670 minutes played and she leads the league with 32 total saves. Senior forward Sarah Griffith is No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 17 in the NCAA with 4.67 shots per match, and she is No. 19 nationally and second in the conference with five goals. Bova also is third in the Big Ten in saves per match (4.57) and fifth in save percentage (.865), while Griffith is second in the conference in shots on goal per match (2.17), third in goals per match (0.83) and sixth in points per match (1.67).
The Buffaloes are 4-2-0, with both losses to top-six-ranked foes, including the nation’s No. 1 team. Colorado is coming off a 4-2 home win over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday. Sunday marks the third time in four weeks that Purdue will face a team that made the 2020 NCAA Tournament.
LAST TIME OUT: SHUTOUT VICTORY
Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway scored their first collegiate goals to lead Purdue to a 2-0 victory over Kansas State on September 9 at Folk Field. Bova made two saves and the defense turned in their second clean sheet of the year.
Mathews’ goal, the eventual game-winner, came in the 26th minute, and Dunaway added the insurance in the 83rd. Freshman forward Sydney Boudreau earned the assist on Mathews’ goal, the first point of her career, and senior midfielder Aly Mielke assisted on Dunaway’s goal, which was her third of the season.
As the Boilermakers held a 21-10 advantage in shots, they had eight shots on goal and held K-State to two. Mathews had a match-high six shots, four on goal, while freshman forward Megan Hutchinson had three shots, two on goal.
Bova earned the 15th clean sheet of her career and moves into sole possession of third place in program history for career shutouts. She passes Jenny Bradfisch, who had 14 shutouts from 2006-09, and in second place all-time is Jocelyn Cavalier, who had 19 from 1998-02.
A complete recap from the match, including box score, postgame comments from coach Drew Roff and highlights, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
SERIES HISTORY VS. COLORADO
Purdue is 2-0-0 all-time against Colorado. The series began with a 3-1 win in Boulder in 2010, and was followed up by a 1-0 victory at home in 2011.
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOES
Colorado is 4-2-0 on the season and 0-1 on the road. The Buffaloes have won two in a row, both at home, 2-0 against Stony Brook on September 5 and 4-2 over Cal State Fullerton on September 9. CU’s two defeats were against top-six teams, to No. 1 Florida State, 2-1, and at No. 6 TCU, 2-0, in back-to-back contests on August 29 and September 2.
Colorado is second in the Pac 12 with 16 total assists, fifth in saves per match (3.50) and shutout percentage (.500) and sixth in goals (11), points (38) and save percentage (.778). Shyra James leads the team with three goals and seven points, while Allie Palangi has a team-best 12 shots and is second with two goals, two assists and six points. Dani Hansen has made 14 saves for a .778 save percentage with four goals allowed for a 0.87 goals-against average in 411:42 minutes.
UP NEXT: BIG TEN PLAY BEGINS
Purdue begins Big Ten Conference action on Sunday, September 19, at Nebraska. Kickoff in Lincoln is set for 2:05 p.m. ET / 1:05 p.m. CT.
Boilermaker Offense Overpowers the Bison
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Powered by four Boilermakers hitting above .400%, No. 6 Purdue (5-1) took down Lipscomb (1-6) in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-17) to close the Xavier University Tournament.
No. 6 Purdue bounced back from its first loss with its most efficient match of the season at a .444%, the team’s second-highest attack % in a match in over three years.
The day was highlighted by senior Grace Cleveland, who became the 29th Boilermaker to join the 1,000 kill club. Cleveland ended the match with 15 kills, two errors on 24 swings for a .542 hitting efficiency.
Leading the offensive effort was senior Caitlyn Newton, who recorded 16 kills, and a .406 hitting %. Meanwhile Emma Ellis matched a career-high 13 kills on her way to leading with a .600 attack %, a team-best and career-high with more than three attempts.
Setter Hayley Bush produced 42 assists in the win. Meanwhile libero Marissa Hornung anchored the back row with a team-leading 12 digs and Taylor Trammell led Purdue’s blocking effort with seven total blocks (one solo, six assisted).
Purdue will close out the non-conference play next weekend at home. The Boilermakers will host Tennessee, Purdue Fort Wayne and Jacksonville State in the Stacey Clark Classic. The tournament will run Friday, Sept. 17-18th.
ButlerUFootball Defeats DePauw on Homecoming 49-24
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters to collect a 49-24 victory over DePauw on Saturday night to even their overall record at 1-1. Nick Orlando rushed for three touchdowns and Devin Aguilar intercepted two passes to help the Bulldogs come out on top.
How it Happened
Butler took the opening drive in for a touchdown to grab ahold of a lead they would never let go of. The Bulldogs used six plays to travel 75 yards to find the end zone. Nick Orlando would take a snap and cross the goal line for the first points of the night on a 1-yard rush. Later in the first, Bret Bushka would find Yogi Flager for six, from six yards out.
Butler’s third series would end early on a turnover and the Tigers would capitalize on good field position to make the game 14-7. RB Drew Moore scored on a 4-yard TD rush, but the game would not get any closer.
Orlando added his second rushing TD of the game moments later on a 2-yard rush to make the game 21-7 and the two teams would head to halftime with Butler leading by 21 after a second Yogi Flager touchdown reception. Flager capped off an eight-play 64-yard drive from a nice ball from Bushka.
Defense was the story at the start of the third quarter with Devin Aguilar getting the ball back for the Bulldogs with his first pick of the season. BU kept the ball on the ground and would ride Kavon Samuels all the way to the goal line for a 2-yard TD. Butler scored once more in the third off an 11-yard rush by AJ Deinhart. The final points of the game for Butler belonged to Orlando on a 1-yard run in the fourth.
Stat of the Game
Butler recorded 31 first downs against DePauw and went 7-for-8 in the red zone.
Inside the Box Score
– Butler rushed for 22 first downs
– The Bulldogs averaged 7.0 yards per rush
– BU posted 580 yards of total offense
– Butler scored on five of their first six possessions
– BU only punted the ball one time
– Bret Bushka ran for 105 yards on eight carries and threw for 161 yards and two touchdowns
– Kavon Samuels rushed a team-high 23 times and ended the night with 101 yards
– Yogi Flager led BU with four catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns
– Eloi Bigirimana led the defense with five tackles
– Michael Wellman and Jacob Cain each made a tackle for loss
Butler will play at Taylor next Saturday, Sept. 18. Kick-off is set for 7 PM.
ButlerVB Rallies to Beat Cal in Four Sets
Berkeley, Calif. – The Butler women’s volleyball team beat Cal in four sets (25-23, 16-25, 25-16, 25-23) to conclude the Cal Tournament with a 2-1 record. The Bulldogs (5-4) rallied from a six-point deficit late in the fourth set to clinch the match.
Set 1: Butler 25-23
The Bulldogs quickly got out to a 7-2 lead thanks to three early kills from Melody Davidson. They methodically built the lead to seven at 15-8. Cal responded, however, with an 8-0 run to take a 21-20 lead. Butler quickly regained momentum with kills from Davidson and Grace Boggess to hang on to win the set. Davidson led the Bulldogs with six kills in the opening frame.
Set 2: Cal 25-16
The early portion of the second set was tight until the Golden Bears rattled off a 5-0 run to take control 20-13. Boggess, Davidson, Mariah Grunze and Brittany Robinson put down two kills each for Butler’s offense.
Set 3: Butler 25-16
Cal continued its momentum from the previous set in starting off with a 10-7 lead. Butler responded by taking 7-of-8 points from there including an ace from Boggess to go up 14-11. The Bulldogs would extend the lead and clinch the set with a 5-0 run where three different student-athletes put down kills. Grunze led the Butler attack with four kills in the third set.
Set 4: Butler 25-23
Butler trailed much of the early portion of the set, but started a methodical comeback after falling behind 17-11. Amina Shackelford accounted for three straight Butler points on kills to get the team to within two at 22-20. From there, Davidson took over with three kills during the Bulldogs’ 5-0 run to conclude the set and match. Davidson (six kills), Grunze (five) and Shackelford (five) proved to be a potent trio to help Butler complete the comeback during the fifth set.
Stat of the Match:
Davidson dominated with 16 kills on a .448 hitting percentage, two solo blocks and three block assists for 19.5 points.
Inside the Box Score:
-Grunze accumulated a double-double with 15 kills and 13 digs and added an ace, an assist and a solo block.
-Shackelford contributed 13.5 points on 10 kills, one solo block and five block assists.
–Jaymeson Kinley (17), Jillian Ziemba (11) and Madison Friebel (10) all recorded double-digit digs.
Butler returns home to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Sept. 15, for a 6 p.m. match against Eastern Kentucky.
Football Drops Road Opener at No. 11 Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – – Playing a top 15 program in its home opener would be a tough task for any football team. Throw in a near capacity crowd of 105,323 in one of the nation’s toughest venues holding its first game with fans in 651 days, that just raised the degree of difficulty.
Having won its last two games versus ranked opponents, the Ball State football team was undeterred and turned in a solid effort Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. The strong play was not enough to earn an upset victory, however, as 11th-ranked Penn State won the contest by a score of 44-13.
The reigning Mid-American Conference Champions, the Cardinals (1-1) entered the game with the nation’s fourth-longest active winning streak at eight games. Unfortunately, the Nittany Lions (2-0) were able to snap it by scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions and never allowing the Cardinals to get closer than 11 points the rest of the game.
After going three-and-out in its first two drives, the Ball State offense started to gain some traction in its third possession. The drive started with a 12-yard completion from redshirt fifth-year senior quarterback Drew Plitt to fifth-year wide receiver Justin Hall.
It marked Hall’s 45th consecutive game with a catch, every game of his career, which is the longest active streak in the country at the FBS level. It also sparked a 15-play, 69-yard scoring drive which brought the Cardinals within 11 points, at 14-3.
Hall would finish the game with six receptions and 35 total yards, raising he career total to 2,883 yards. He is 147 yards shy of breaking Dante Ridgeway’s program record 3,030 career receiving yards. He also raised his career reception total to 271 which leads all active college football players and is a Ball State record.
Another key play on the drive came on 4th-and-4 from the Penn State 43 when Plitt completed a 21-yard pass to true freshman running back Carson Steele for his first career reception. The Cardinals added third down conversion later in the drive to reach the Penn State 11, before settling for a 24-yard field goal from redshirt senior kicker Jake Chanove.
After holding Penn State to just a field goal on its third possession, making the score 17-3, the Cardinals looked to be on the road to answering on the next drive. Unfortunately, BSU was called for an offensive pass interference call on 3rd-and-5, wiping away a 14-year gain and ultimately forcing a punt.
The Nittany Lions would follow with their third touchdown drive of the game, pulling ahead 24-3. However, they left the Cardinals 2:50 in the half and BSU would capitalize. Starting on its own 25, Ball State would drive all the way to the Penn State four on a 23-yard pass from Plitt to junior receiver Jayshon Jackson.
Plitt would finish the game 25-for-39 with 176 total yards, including the aforementioned 23-yard completion which was a game-long for BSU’s veteran quarterback.
Four plays later, the Cardinals would get a 23-yard field goal from Chanove to cut the lead to 24-6 going into the half.
Ball State’s defense picked up its play after in the second half, as Penn State missed a 45-yard field goal in its first possession of the third quarter and was forced to punt on its second.
The big play on the second stop, a seven-yard sack by fifth-year senior outside linebacker Christian Albright and redshirt sophomore defensive lineman John Harris on a third-and-eight play which led to the punt.
Unfortunately, the Nittany Lions were able to get a pick-six on BSU’s first offensive play of the subsequent drive to pull ahead 31-6. After another Ball State three-and-out, PSU would add a 26-yard field goal to extend its lead to 34-6 with 1:53 remaining in the third.
Following a third Penn State field goal which made the score 37-6 with 9:59 remaining, the Cardinals answered with a touchdown as Steele provided a six-yard, fourth-down run into the end zone to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive with 6:54 remaining.
It was Steele’s second fourth-down conversion of the game, making the score 37-13, as he brought in the crucial 21-yard reception on fourth down in BSU’s first scoring drive. Steele finished the contest with a team-high 18 rushing yards to go along with 21 receiving yards.
While a Nittany Lions touchdown with 2:10 remaining capped the scoring at 44-13, Ball State fought until the final whistle. Over the last 2:10, redshirt junior quarterback John Paddock nearly engineered another scoring drive.
Paddock completed his first five passes, including a career-long 28-yard throw to redshirt fifth-year senior tight end Dylan Koch. It was the longest passing play of the game and put the Cardinals on the Penn State 12. BSU would get five more yards on a PSU penalty, before an incomplete pass ended the game. Paddock finished the contest 5-for-6 for a career-high 50 yards.
Fifth-year senior safety Bryce Cosby led the Ball State defense with 11 total tackles, including a sack late in the fourth quarter and a pair of tackles for loss.
The Ball State football team returns to the road next Saturday with a 4 p.m. ET (2 p.m. MT) kickoff at Wyoming.
Volleyball Falls to Syracuse in Cy-Hawk Series Finale
CORALVILLE, Iowa – – Despite another strong showing on offense, the Ball State women’s volleyball team could not get past an explosive Syracuse attack in a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-13) loss Saturday afternoon to close play in the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament.
In a battle of one-loss teams, it was the Orange (8-1) attack which connected for a .489 (52-9-88) rate of success that helped hand the Cardinals (8-2) its second setback of the young season.
“Syracuse was a really tough team,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “Their outside hitters are incredibly physical and we had trouble slowing them down. We will keep working to get better this week in practice.”
Ball State did not look too bad on offense either, connecting for a .241 (34-13-87) attack percentage, but it was not enough to offset Syracuse. Leading the way for the Cardinals was graduate transfer Emily Hollowell with a team-best eight kills.
Overall, Hollowell had an impressive showing at the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament, smashing 27 total kills and hitting .230 (27-10-74) over BSU’s three matches. Her best match was a career-high 11 kills in Friday night’s win over Iowa.
“Emily adds another dimension to our offense with her physicality at the net,” Phillips said. “She’s starting to get in consistent rhythm with Megan and that’s allowing her to feel more and more confident each time out.”
Like much of the season, the Cardinals were still able to spread out the offense Saturday, with five different players logging at least five kills. Finishing right behind Hollowell was junior middle Marie Plitt with seven kills and a .545 (7-1-11) attack percentage.
Sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland led Ball State at the net with a pair of solo blocks, to go along with five kills and a .364 (5-1-11) rate of success.
In the backcourt, sophomore libero Kate Vinson led the Cardinals with nine digs. She also recorded a perfect reception in 18 attempts.
Polina Shemanova led three Orange in double figures with 20 kills, while Marina Markova added a match-high 13 digs to her 16 kills.
The Ball State women’s volleyball returns to action Friday, when it opens the home portion of the 2021 fall season with the first of two matches against Northern Kentucky. The Cardinals and the Norse will play at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday inside Worthen Arena.
“We are very excited to be home next weekend,” Phillips concluded. “I look forward to playing in front of our amazing fans and showing everyone how hard we’ve been working to improve this past year!”
#8/#7 IRISH COME FROM BEHIND TO BEAT TOLEDO, 32-29
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The No. 8/7 ranked Notre Dame football team (2-0) had a flair for the dramatics in its 32-29 come-from-behind win over Toledo (1-1) Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium. With the Irish trailing by five with 1:35 left, Jack Coan took the Irish down the field in three plays and connected with Michael Mayer on the game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 left.
Mayer was the standout player on offense, hauling in seven catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Graduate student quarterback Jack Coan finished 21-of-33 passing for 239 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Tyler Buchner got his first taste of collegiate action, completing 3-of-3 in the air for 78 yards and a touchdown and adding seven carries for 68 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball JD Bertrand continued his great start to the season, leading the Irish in tackles with 11 tackles, including a sack, three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery to seal the win.
To start the game, the Irish marched right down the field on the game’s opening possession and found Michael Mayer for a touchdown to take an early 7-0 lead.
Toledo managed to cut the Notre Dame lead to one by the end of the first quarter at 7-6 off two field goals off the foot of Thomas Cluckey.
The Irish then pushed its lead back to 14-6 off a five play, 96-yard drive which was capped off by a Kyren Williams 43-yard touchdown run. The drive marked freshman quarterback Tyler Buchner’s first collegiate appearance.
The visitors once again answered the Irish score and were able to score the final 10 points of the half over a span of 1:04 to take a 16-14 lead into the halftime break.
Notre Dame retook the lead early in the fourth quarter off a 55-yard drive that spanned 13 plays led to a 48-yard field goal from Jonathan Doerer to put the Irish on top 17-16.
After a big defensive stop, Buchner connected with Chris Tyree on a 55-yard passing touchdown on the first play of the drive to extend the lead to 24-16.
The Rockets refused to go away, scoring on their next possession off a shovel pass from eight yards out but missed the ensuing two-point conversion, allowing the Irish to hold onto the lead at 24-22 with just under eight minutes left in the game.
Following a fumble by the Irish with 3:26 remaining in the fourth, Toledo drove down into field goal range as time was winding down in the game. On third-and-one, Dequan Finn busted loose for a 26-yard touchdown run to give the Rockets the lead.
The Irish were not done as Coan took over with 1:35 left in the game. He quickly connected with Kevin Austin for a 34-yard pass to put the Irish in Toledo territory. A holding penalty put the Irish in the red zone and on the following play, Coan connected with Michael Mayer for an 18-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead for the Irish. The Irish converted the two-point try after Avery Davis connected on a pass to give the Irish a 32-29 lead that would not relinquish.
Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa forced a fumble that was recovered by JD Bertrand with 25 seconds left to seal the win.
Notre Dame welcomes Purdue for an intrastate clash at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Notre Dame Stadium. The game will be broadcast on NBC.
IRISH TAKE DOWN ARIZONA IN AUSTIN
USTIN, Tex. — Charley Niego notched 18 kills and 11 digs for her 40th career double-double as Notre Dame earned a five-set victory (22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 12-25, 15-10) over Arizona on Saturday afternoon at Gregory Gymnasium in Austin, Texas.
“I loved how we competed,” said Irish head coach Mike Johnson. “We can and will improve. But we kept fighting regardless of the score. I was especially happy with our serving. We showed toughness in hitting our serve. The biggest point though, is we hit it all week in practice. We earned the right to do it in today’s game.”
Niego’s 18 kills (.333%) led all players while Aubrey Hamilton and Caroline Meuth each added 10 kills for Notre Dame.
The Irish racked up 12 service aces in the contest, including a game-high four by Hamilton, three each by Hattie Monson and Zoe Nunez and two by Niego. Nunez collected 39 assists in the five sets of play.
Monson led the Irish defensively with a game-high 25 digs while Nunez earned 12 digs and Lindsey Miller recorded a game-high five blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Hamilton notched a kill and an ace to get the Irish within three at 11-8 before the Wildcats earned the next three points to go up 14-8. Arizona took a 19-11 advantage before the Irish went on a 5-0 run, including two kills by Meuth, to make it 19-16. Another 3-0 Irish run put the Irish within two at 24-22 and forced an Arizona timeout. However, the Wildcats earned the next point after the break to take the first set, 25-22.
After the Wildcats took a 7-4 lead, Notre Dame earned eight of the next nine points, including two kills and a block by Meuth, to go up 12-8. Arizona responded with a 5-1 run to even the stanza at 13-all. Notre Dame then went on a 6-0 run that involved a trio of kills by Niego to take a 19-13 lead. The Irish stayed in control from there with a kill by Hamilton clinching a 25-16 triumph to even the match.
The Irish racked up 16 kills, including six by Niego, and hit .314 in the frame as a team.
Arizona held a 7-6 lead before the Irish went on a 7-1 run, including an ace by Monson and two kills by Hamilton, to go up 14-8. Three straight kills by Meuth pushed Notre Dame’s lead to 22-13 before Monson notched another ace to clinch the third set, 25-14.
The Irish racked up six service aces in the third stanza, including two by Monson, two by Niego, and one each from Hamilton and Nunez.
The Wildcats broke a 3-3 tie with seven straight points to grab a 10-3 lead. Arizona stayed in control from there to take the set, 25-12, and force a decisive fifth frame.
The Irish jumped out to a 5-1 lead with help from an ace by Hamilton to go with a kill and block by Miller to force a Wildcats timeout. Arizona responded with a 5-1 stretch to even the stanza at 6-all and force the Irish to take a timeout of their own. The Irish answered back with a 5-1 run of their own, capped by a kill from Meuth, to go up 11-7. Miller delivered a kill to clinch the fifth set, 15-10, and five-set triumph for Notre Dame.
- The Irish close the weekend against top-ranked Texas on Sunday (Sept. 12) at 1 p.m. ET.
- That match will be televised on Longhorn Network.
Champions! Sycamore Volleyball Claims Sycamore Invite Championship with Win Over Austin Peay
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball earned their second-consecutive comeback victory of the year, defeating Austin Peay 3-2 (21-25, 28-26, 22-25, 25-22, 15-8) to earn the Sycamore Invitational championship and extend their winning streak to five matches.
Karinna Gall was named the Most Valuable Player for the tournament, recording 40 kills for 2.86 per set to go along with 51 digs (3.64 per set) and 11 blocks. She recorded a double-double in each match of the tournament and hit an impressive .406 against Austin Peay on Saturday.
Storm Suhre and Madeline Williams were also named to the All-Tournament team, with Suhre playing a key role in Saturday’s comeback win over Austin Peay with 19 kills and two solo blocks while hitting .515. For the tournament she registered 31 kills. Williams ended her weekend with 30 kills and 12 blocks, including two solo blocks. She tallied a weekend-best 11 kills over IUPUI to go with seven digs.
With the victory over Austin Peay, Indiana State (6-2, 0-0 MVC) won their first non-conference tournament since the 2015 campaign when they were victorious at the ISU Classic. The five-match winning streak is also the longest since five wins in-a-row during the 2015 season.
In addition to Suhre and Gall, Kylie Newby was strong offensively with 12 kills while Williams added nine, helping the Trees to 70 total kills on the afternoon. The Sycamores out-hit the Governors (5-4, 0-0 OVC) .251-.224.
Junior Chloe Mason recorded her second double-double of the weekend behind a 32 assist, 10 dig performance while Emma Kaelin added 25 assists and 12 digs over her own. Gall made it three Sycamores with double-doubles, getting down for 15 digs of her own.
Leading the defensive effort was Melina Tedrow with 25 digs for an impressive 5.0 per set. Despite a strong defensive effort from the Blue & White, Austin Peay still held an 83-81 advantage in the category.
At the net, ISU was strong with nine total blocks compared to Austin Peay’s eight. Suhre recorded the lone solo block, but Newby and Gall each tallied three block assists of their own to help maintain control.
Austin Peay was led by Mikayla Powell with 18 kills on .417 hitting. Brooke Moore and Tegan Seyring each contributed 15 kills of their own for the opposition.
Finding themselves in a similar position to Friday night, Indiana State looked much more confident throughout the duration of the fifth and final set. The Trees hit an impressive .500 with 11 kills while holding the Governors to just .150 hitting and forcing four errors to claim the tournament championship.
The Sycamores will be back at home next Friday, Sept. 17 when they welcome rival Eastern Illinois to ISU Arena at 6 p.m. ET.
Sycamores fall in physical battle at Northwestern, 24-6
EVANSTON, Ill. – Indiana State was unable to overcome the physical rushing game of host Northwestern on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field as the Sycamores fell to the Wildcats, 24-6.
The Sycamores (1-1) surrendered two early touchdowns in the first half before the defense settled down into a slugfest within the trenches throughout the contest. Indiana State limited Northwestern (1-1) to just 29:38 in the time of possession battle, but NW’s Evan Hull was the difference-maker in the contest with 22 carries for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Indiana State’s allowed just nine first downs over the final 45 minutes of the game after surrendering nine in the first quarter in a dominant performance against the Wildcats. Matt Thompson paced the Sycamores defense with a career-high 12 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss, while Inoke Moala added two more tackles for loss to his totals on the season.
The Sycamores offense tacked on a late touchdown in the fourth quarter with Anthony Thompson finding Zach Larkin by himself in the middle of the end zone from nine yards out to put the Sycamores on the board late in the contest. Thompson finished 21-of-34 from the field for 132 yards and a touchdown.
Rontrez Morgan was Thompson’s primary target on the field with the senior wideout tying a career-high with nine receptions for 41 yards. Michael Haupert added five catches for 33 yards, while Phazione McClurge came on strong in the fourth quarter with a three-catch, 26-yard game.
Hull was the workhorse back for the Wildcats as Northwestern put together 209 rushing yards on the game. Anthony Tyus III added 71 yards on 10 carries, while quarterback Hunter Johnson was 9-of-16 through the air for 66 yards and an interception.
Defensively, Northwestern was paced by Chris Bergin’s eight tackles and a tackle for loss in the game, while Adetomiwa Adebawore added 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss in the backfield.
How They Scored
- Northwestern took the opening possession down the field with Evan Hull capping the 11-play, 75-yard drive with a three-run touchdown plunge up the middle at the 9:48 mark to put the Wildcats ahead 7-0 in the first quarter.
- The Wildcats added their second score of the first quarter with 1:42 remaining in the first quarter as Hunter Johnson found Malik Washington down the right sideline for a 29-yard touchdown pass to put NW ahead 14-0 and end a seven-play, 92-yard drive.
- A 49-yard Brandon Joseph punt return set up a Northwestern 47-yard field goal from Charlie Kuhbander on the Wildcats’ first drive of the third quarter and extended the NW lead to 17-0 with 12:17 to play in the third quarter.
- Hull added his second touchdown of the game with a 13-yard carry up the middle at the 7:37 mark in the fourth quarter to put the score at 24-0. The Northwestern score was set up by a 19-yard punt return by Raymond Niro III as the Wildcats started the drive on the INS 30-yard line.
- Indiana State scored a late touchdown with 3:32 remaining in the contest as Anthony Thompson capped off a nine-play, 75-yard drive with a nine-yard scoring pass to Zach Larkin. The drive was aided by a roughing the passer penalty on 4th-and-4 that set up the INS touchdown three plays later.
Inside the Numbers
- Northwestern controlled the rushing game totals with 209 total rushing yards on 46 carries.
- Field position played a key to the game on Saturday afternoon with the Wildcats posting four punt returns for 166 yards, including back-to-back 50-plus yard returns in the third quarter that set up short fields for Northwestern.
- The Sycamores out-gained the Wildcats through the air, 138-66, on the day with Anthony Thompson finding seven different receivers in the passing game.
- Travis Reiner averaged 40.9 yards per punt over his nine punts on the day.
- The Sycamores and the Wildcats both struggled on third-down conversions with INS going 4-of-15 from the field, while NW went 5-of-13.
News & Notes
- Indiana State fell to 0-17 all-time against the current membership of the Big Ten with the loss to Northwestern.
- The Sycamores and Wildcats’ Saturday contest was the first game between the two programs in their respective histories.
- The loss snapped Indiana State’s three-game winning streak that dated back to Nov. 16, 2019 against Youngstown State.
- Saturday marked the first time Indiana State was held under 100 yards rushing in a game this season and first time since Oct. 26, 2019 when the Sycamores were held to 79 yards against Illinois State.
- Rontrez Morgan tied an individual career-high with nine catches in the contest equaling his total against South Dakota State back on Oct. 6, 2018.
- The Sycamores defense posted 11.0 tackles for loss in the game, tying for the second-most team tackle for loss total in the Curt Mallory coaching era with the 11.0 TFL game against Kansas on August 31, 2019.
- Four different Sycamores recorded their first catches of the 2021 season with Michael Haupert, Phazione McClurge, Matt Sora, and Henry Woodcock all hauling in their first catch of the year.
- Indiana State held Northwestern’s offense under 100 passing yards in today’s game, marking the first time the Sycamores defense held an opponent under the century-mark since Nov. 2, 2019 against Southern Illinois.
- Matt Thompson recorded the first 10-tackle game of his collegiate career in the loss.
- Inoke Moala has recorded multiple tackles for loss in each of the two games played this season.
JAGUARS OPEN #HLMSOC PLAY WITH 1-0 HOME WIN OVER WRIGHT STATE
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team opened Horizon League play with an impressive 1-0 home victory over Wright State on Saturday (Sept. 11), giving the Jaguars back-to-back wins. Sophomore Rayan Choukri netted his first career goal in the first half for the winner and Lucas Morefield registered his second straight shutout in net for the victors.
“I think that it’s absolutely fantastic to get a result in the opening game of the Horizon League season. These games and these points mean so much. The thing I’m happiest about is we saw some confidence in individuals and in a collective group start to build as we got the result against Western Illinois,” head coach Brian Barnett said. “Before the game, I talked to the about starting from that point and starting from that point of individual and collective confidence and go forward from there.
“(Today) we learned some really important lessons about how you win games in the Horizon League. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your record is, these are going to be tightly contested matches and you’re going to have to make big time plays defensively – whether that’s your goalkeeper, whether that’s clearing balls off your line or whether that’s catching a couple of posts – those moments are what it takes and you’ve got to find ways to battle back when momentum isn’t going your way. And we did just that over the course of the entire game.”
The Jags offense came when Choukri took a pass from Tylin Broaders and was able to angle a shot past WSU goalkeeper Sebastian Jimenez for the game’s only goal, setting off a celebration among teammates in the endzone. Choukri had only been on the field for five minutes and Broaders had been on the field for less than a minute when the pair hooked up for the score.
The IUPUI (2-1-1, 1-0 HL) defense came up with two monster stops in the first half, getting goaline clearances in the opening 45 minutes. In the 16th minute, Joe Kouadio had a shot on frame cleared away by Ethan Diedel out of harm’s way.
However, the play of the game came in the closing seconds of the first half when Ids Hannema got free on a quick counter. Hannema drove a shot past Morefield, but Gianni Catenacci slid into the mouth of the goal and blocked the shot for a team save.
Wright State (1-3, 0-1 HL) was forced to chase a goal for the second half, doing so against a veteran and composed IUPUI defense. Morefield was equal parts lucky and good on a Harvey Slade restart, pushing the shot to his left and off the post for a corner kick.
Even after Chris Workman just missed an insurance tally in the 87th minute, the Jaguars were able to kill the game late in large part to the work of Choukri, Logan Finnegan and Kirezi Freddy. The group was able to maintain possession and drain time in the closing minutes as Wright State was unable to find footing against the Jaguars’ defense.
Wright State outshot IUPUI 19-13 and had a 6-4 edge on corner kicks, but saw Morefield made seven saves and the IUPUI defense record nine stops. Diedel, Tommy Patacca and Corey Goede continued to anchor the defensive group in front of Morefield, playing all 90 minutes on a day in which the temperatures crept into the low 80’s.
Finnegan, the reigning Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week, fired a team-high three shots and Jimenez finished with three saves.
The win snapped an eight-game skid to Wright State and was IUPUI’s first over the Raiders since 2010. It also marked IUPUI’s third shutout in four matches to start the year as the Jaguars’ defense has yielded just three goals in the season’s first four games.
Barnett’s club will continue its Horizon League slate next Saturday (Sept. 18) when it faces UIC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern in Chicago. That match is slated to be broadcast on ESPN+.
Football Falls to Nationally-Ranked North Dakota State
The Valparaiso University football team incurred a 64-0 setback to full-scholarship, nationally-ranked North Dakota State on Saturday afternoon at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. The Bison have won eight of the last 10 FCS national titles and entered the game ranked fifth nationally in the Stats Perform FCS Poll and fourth in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll.
How It Happened
- North Dakota State (2-0) jumped in front before its first offensive snap of the day as Jayden Price returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown.
- The Bison reached the endzone twice more before the end of the first quarter to build up a 21-0 lead.
- Christian Watson scored on a 65-yard TD pass from Quincy Patterson early in the second quarter, then a pair of long runs by Jalen Bussey and Patterson made it 43-0 by halftime.
- NDSU scored twice in the third quarter and once more in the fourth to account for the 64-0 final.
- The Bison had just six pass attempts in the game, but did their damage on the ground. They outrushed Valpo 458-73 and outgained the Beacons 465-111 in total offense. North Dakota State had 11 different players with at least one rushing attempt.
- Two Valpo drives that reached the red zone ended with turnovers, as the Beacons moved the ball effectively on several occasions late in the game. A 17-yard pass to the North Dakota State 17-yard line ended with a lost fumble, then Valpo again moved it inside the 20 in the final minute before an interception on the final play of the game.
Inside the Game
- Punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) was a bright spot for Valpo, totaling 302 yards on seven attempts for an average of 43.1 yards per punt. He placed two kicks inside the 20 including a 58 yarder, his longest of the season to this point. However, Niesner’s most notable play came when he turned in Valpo’s longest rush of the day, a 17-yard gain to move the chains on 4th-and-4 from the Valpo 36-yard line early in the second quarter.
- Defensive back Kohlton Sherman (Millington, Mich. / Millington) had a big game in the Valpo secondary, racking up a team-high 10 tackles including four solos. It was his second career double-figure tackle game and first since Nov. 2, 2019 at Davidson.
- Sophomore Adam Mekky (Mount Prospect, Ill. / Prospect) enjoyed a breakout day for the Valpo defense, accruing seven tackles. Trey Psota (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) and Evan Annis (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson) chipped in five apiece.
- Jadarius Horton (Charlotte, N.C. / West Charlotte [Southwestern College]) notched a sack for his first career tackle for loss. The sack went for a loss of seven, one of the defensive highlights of the day for the Beacons.
- Jordan Bingham (Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central) and Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) hauled in four catches a piece to lead the team.
Valpo (0-2) will kick off the home portion of the season next Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. vs. Dartmouth at Brown Field as a top-tier Ivy League foe makes its way to Northwest Indiana. All Valpo home games this season will be broadcast on ESPN3 as well as the Valpo Sports Network, available on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, on ValpoAthletics.com and via the TuneIn Radio app.
Valpo Tennis Starts Season with Victory
The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team started the season in style, topping Holy Cross (Ind.) 7-0 on a pleasant Saturday morning at the Valpo Tennis Complex. After enjoying the program’s winningest season since 2007 last spring, the Beacons started the new season on a high note by sweeping all six singles matches and three doubles matches en route to the win.
How It Happened
- Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) started her final season in dominant fashion, posting a “double bagel” against Helga Lopez of Holy Cross, winning the No. 1 singles match without dropping a game, 6-0, 6-0.
- The second singles player to finish was Claire’s sister Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy), who picked up a No. 2 singles match triumph while dropping just one game. She bested Anna Beer 6-1, 6-0.
- All of the other singles matches were also decided in straight sets. The third Valpo player to finish singles was Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake), whose 6-1, 6-1 victory clinched the team victory.
- Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) polished off a 6-1, 6-3 win over Clara Ruediger at No. 3, while Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) and Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) started the season with triumphs at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.
- Before singles play got underway, the Beacons (1-0) vaulted ahead by winning the doubles point thanks to victories on all three doubles courts. A dominant season-opening showing in doubles saw Valpo drop just one game total over the three matches. The Czerwonka sisters were 6-1 winners at No. 1. The Schoolcraft/Tabanera combo notched a 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles, as did Jhaveri and Allison McConnell (Westland, Mich. / Churchill) at No. 3.
Inside the Match
- Claire’s singles win marked the 45th of her career, moving her into a tie for eighth in program history with Monika Danko (2001-2005).
- Claire’s doubles win marked the 53rd of her career as she moved to within one doubles victory of tying for second in program history and within two of tying the program record for career doubles wins, held by Mara Sonkin (55).
Valpo will compete in tournament play for the first time this season next week, as the three-day Redbird Invite hosted by Illinois State will commence on Friday, Sept. 17 in Normal, Ill.
Vazquez records 26 kills in setback against NKU
OXFORD, Ohio – Alondra Vazquez recorded 26 kills and 18 digs in the finale of the Miami Ohio Invitational, which saw the University of Evansville volleyball team drop its first match of the season by a 3-1 final to Northern Kentucky.
Vazquez led the Purple Aces in both categories. Melanie Feliciano had an equally impressive performance, registering 20 kills and 15 digs. Taya Haffner led the way with 46 assists while Hannah Watkins posted three block assists.
Vazquez set the tone early on, opening the morning with back-to-back kills with the Aces jumping out to a 10-3 lead. Northern Kentucky cut the deficit to four points at 16-12 before the Aces went back on the attack. Finishing the set on a 9-3 run, UE took a 1-0 lead with a 25-15 decision. Feliciano led the way in the set with eight kills.
In the second frame, it was the Norse who were able to pull away for the win, tying the match with a 25-16 victory. The turning point for NKU came when they turned a 10-8 lead into a 21-12 advantage thanks to an 11-4 rally on their way to evening the score at 1-1.
Evansville held the lead through majority of the first half of the set. After NKU took a 14-13 lead, the Aces countered with a 4-0 run to jump back in front at 17-14. Four consecutive Feliciano kills comprised the run. The Norse inched their way back, retaking the lead at 22-21 before hanging on for a 27-25 decision in extra points.
Northern Kentucky jumped out to a 10-6 lead to open the fourth set before the Aces stormed back, using a 6-0 rally to take a 12-10 lead. Haffner’s efficient serving kept the Norse off balance while Vazquez added a kill. UE continued to hold strong, going back on top at 21-20 on the 25th kill by Vazquez. The Norse responded with two in a row and would go on to clinch the match with a 25-23 win.
Next weekend, the Aces host the Dunn Hospitality Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Liberty, Murray State and Cleveland State are the opponents.
Miners Top Hounds in Five
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team opened day two of the UIndy Invitational on Saturday, facing GLVC foe Missouri S&T in non-conference action. The Hounds rallied to win sets two and three but ultimately lost in five.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Miners led by five late before the Hounds fought back to tie the score at 25 and force extra points. A kill from Grace Hegwood fought off set point until a Miners service ace sealed the 28-26 win.
UIndy put their foot on the gas in the next two sets, posting wins of 25-14 and 25-13. The Hounds recorded a .344 hitting percentage in the third set, committing just two errors to 13 kills.
The fourth set was a nailbiter as neither team was able to pull away. Missouri S&T held a 23-19 lead before kills from Lauren Cullison and Hannah Huppenbauer cut the deficit to one. The Miners recorded a pair of kills to take the set 25-23 and force a decisive fifth set.
Hegwood opened the fifth set with a kill but it was all Miners from there. S&T pulled away with a 6-2 run en route to a 15-10 win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Hegwood tallied 17 kills followed by Huppenbauer and Cullison at 14 each.
– Gillian Santana recorded a trio of service aces.
– Santana, Hegwood and Makenna Barnhart each finished in double digit digs.
Oakland Hands Mastodon MSOC 2-0 Setback in League Opener
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Purdue Fort Wayne dropped the 2021 Horizon League men’s soccer opener on Saturday (Sept. 11) to Oakland 2-0. It was a one-goal game for the majority of the contest before a goal in the final 10 minutes by the Golden Grizzlies.
Oakland finished with six shots on goal. Erik Josson earned two saves. The Mastodons had a pair of team saves in the second half to account for the other two saves.
Alejandro Lopez, after scoring his first Mastodon goal last week, led the ‘Dons in shots on Saturday with three. He had one shot on goal. Michael Teller also added a shot on goal. Logan Lee picked up two shots in reserve action.
The ‘Dons had a flurry of action in the 29th minute when three shots were blocked in the box.
The Golden Grizzlies went up 1-0 on a goal in the 32nd minute. Ville Ahola scored on an assist from Noah Jensen. Oakland’s final score came in the 84th minute. Mike Ketteman put the ball in the left side of the goal. Oakland earned a penalty kick in the 70th minute but the shot went wide. It is the third time this season a Mastodon opponent has failed to score on a penalty kick.
Oakland improves to 1-2-1 (1-0-0 Horizon). The ‘Dons fall to 2-3-0 (0-1-0 Horizon). Purdue Fort Wayne steps out of league play on Tuesday (Sept. 14) when they travel to Western Michigan to face the Broncos.
Mastodons Douse the Flames, Fall to the Monarchs on Saturday
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team picked up a five-set win over Liberty in the morning match, but fell to Old Dominion 3-1 in the afternoon at the Liberty Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 11).
Steve Florio earned his 93rd win as head coach on his birthday. Katie Crowe was named to the Liberty Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Game 1: Purdue Fort Wayne 3, Liberty 2 (25-18, 24-26, 10-25, 25-20, 15-10)
In Purdue Fort Wayne’s third five-set match of the season, the Mastodons got the win they were searching for. If the first dozen points were any indication, the Mastodons were going to throttle Liberty, but the Flames made it a marathon contest.
The ‘Dons got nine straight points to open the match and ended up taking a 10-point lead at 12-2. Viviana Lefherz was the server responsible for the hot start, as she had a pair of aces and a kill. Molly Mirabelli had two kills from the middle in this stretch as well. This early lead held true, as the Mastodons led the first set wire-to-wire. Crowe was spectacular in the opening set, slamming down six kills on just seven swings. This included three kills after the ‘Dons reached 20 points. Purdue Fort Wayne hit .308 while holding Liberty to an anemic .071.
Crowe’s offensive firepower came in handy in the second set as well, as she notched seven more kills, but the Mastodons ultimately dropped the set. Liberty had an opportunity to take the set 25-22, but the ‘Dons sent it to extra points thanks to a kill from Crowe. The third set was all Flames, as they rattled off a 7-0 and a 9-1 run to put away the set. Liberty hit .450 compared to the Mastodons’ -.114.
The fourth set looked to be more of the same from Liberty when the Flames jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Three straight kills for the ‘Dons (one from Maggie Castleman sandwiched by two from Crowe) seemed to right the ship though. The Mastodons chipped away at the lead until LU led 13-12. From that point on, the Mastodons went on a 7-1 stretch to lead 19-14. Crowe had two kills and an ace in this run. After a Mastodon timeout at 21-19, the ‘Dons popped off four of the last five points of the set, which featured a pair of emphatic kills from Ramei Jackson.
Midway through the decisive fifth set, it looked as though the home team would escape with a victory. The Flames led 8-4 before Castleman got a kill to side-out. This brought freshman Claire Pape to the service line. With the poise of a senior, Pape drilled three straight aces into Liberty’s side of the court to spur an 8-0 run, giving the Mastodons a 12-8 advantage. The Flames responded with two points, but the ‘Dons had all the momentum as Castleman and Crowe got back-to-back kills. Jackson and Castleman combined to set up a block that forced the Liberty offense to swing into the net, giving the Mastodons their second straight win in true road matches. The ‘Dons hit .300 while holding Liberty to .091 in the final set.
Crowe finished the match with 21 kills, which led the floor, while also digging out 10 attacks for a double-double. Castleman pitched in 16 kills, eight of which came in the last two sets. Rachael Crucis had 17 digs with six coming in the fourth set. Pape’s five aces is the most by any Mastodon since Crowe had six against Youngstown State last spring.
Liberty falls to 4-2 despite out-hitting the Mastodons .209 to .160.
Game 2: Old Dominion 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 1 (14-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17)
In the afternoon match, the Mastodons started off by carrying over the energy that they had from the match that ended 30 minutes prior. They opened with a 10-4 lead that was capped off by another Crowe-Castleman kill sandwich. Papedropped an ace before Lefherz solo-blocked the Monarchs to give the ‘Dons a 14-9 advantage. Lefherz had two of her own aces later on to extend the lead to 19-11. Castleman finished off the set with a pair of kills to give her four in the opening frame.
Midway through the second set, Lefherz had another kill and ace before a kill from Jackson gave the ‘Dons an 11-9 lead. ODU would chip away at this lead for a few more points, however, until taking the lead for good at 16-15. Nicole Jones had an ace that brought it within one at 20-19 to force an Old Dominion timeout, but this was as close as the ‘Dons would get.
The Mastodons led for the majority of the third set, never trailing until the 22-21 mark. They led by as many as five when Crucis had an ace to go up 21-16. The Monarchs went on a 7-0 tear from there to take the lead that they would not yield for the rest of the set.
After a 9-9 stymie in the fourth, Old Dominion rattled off four in a row, which put the Mastodons behind for the remainder of the match.
Crowe finished with 15 kills, seven digs and an ace. Castleman had 13 kills and four digs. Crucis had 17 digs, which once again led the match. She also had four aces of the team’s 14 aces.
With the split, the Mastodons move to 2-7. Old Dominion is now 4-6. Purdue Fort Wayne will return home for its only midweek non-league match of the season on Tuesday, September 14 when Toledo visits the Arnie Ball Court.
Purdue Fort Wayne Men’s Golf Heads to West Virginia
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – West Virginia is the destination for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team as the Mastodons travel to the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on Monday.
Event: Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational
When: September 13-14 | Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday
Where: Guyan Golf and Country Club | Huntington, West Virginia
Format: Play 5, take 4, 54 holes
Live Results: Golfstat
Marshall, Belmont, Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Dayton, Longwood, Morehead State, Mount St. Mary’s, Northern Kentucky, Purdue Fort Wayne, Robert Morris, Stetson, Wright State, Xavier, Youngstown State.
Guyan Golf and Country Club
The course at Guyan Golf and Country Club is a masterpiece for those that play it and those that tour it. Nestled in a river valley in the eastern side of Huntington, West Virginia, the course and the challenge it provides have always been a centerpiece or our region. The golf course architect at Guyan Golf and Country Club was Mr. Herbert Strong. One of the most sought-after course designers of the 1920’s – Strong was often referred to as “well known” or “internationally famous” Herbert Strong. Mr. Herbert Strong completed the golf course in 1922 on the land formerly known as the Ensign Farm. Strong also built courses at Saucon Valley, Canterbury, Army-Navy in Arlington, Fort Pierce in Florida, and Murray Bay in Canada. Guyan has been the site of numerous golf tournaments throughout the years, including the Marshall Invitational, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open Qualifiers, the Women’s Western Amateur, the West Virginia Amateur & Open Championships, the West Virginia Women’s Amateur, the West Virginia Senior Amateur, the West Virginia Junior Amateur, the Virginias-Carolinas Team Matches, and the USGA Girl’s Junior Amateur.
Kasey Lilly, Tyler Green, Brett Seward, Luke Miller and Hunter Mefford will compete for the Mastodons’ team score. Reece Compton will compete as an individual.
Down the Fairway
In Tyler Green’s first tournament at Purdue Fort Wayne, he shot 211, with an average of 70.33 in each round. While he does not qualify for the career or season minimums yet, this would be the best in program history.
All Fore the Best
Kasey Lilly has finished in the top-10 five times in his career, including three in his shortened sophomore season. The junior finished as the runner-up at the Horizon League Championship in the spring of 2021, marking his second top-five finish. In the first tournament of this season, Lilly finished sixth at the EKU Fall Intercollegiate.
He’s Pretty Tee-rific
After two-plus seasons with the ‘Dons, Kasey Lilly holds the Purdue Fort Wayne program record for career scoring average with a 73.18 mark. He is also the leader in win/loss percentage with a .780 winning percentage. Last season, Lilly shot a program best 72.6 average in 14 rounds. Through three rounds in his junior season, Lilly has a 69.33 18-hole average.
At His Best
Kasey Lilly is already in mid-season form in his junior season. In his first tournament action of the year, he broke the program’s 54-hole record with a 208 at the EKU Fall Intercollegiate. This broke the previous record of 210 that was held by Zach Schroeder.
Last Time Out
The Mastodons finished seventh at the EKU Fall Intercollegiate thanks to Kasey Lilly’s 54-hole record performance of 208.
Next Time Up
The ‘Dons will take the course again just three days after completing the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational at the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational, Ball State’s tournament.
RHIT Men’s Soccer – Rose-Hulman 1, Millikin 1
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team battled with Millikin University into double overtime, where the match finally ended in a 1-1 draw. Rose-Hulman now stands 1-2-1 on the season, while Millikin moves to 0-3-1.
Rose-Hulman took the lead on a strike from Caleb Urban in the 20th minute on the assist from Elijah Hardersen. This was Urban’s second-straight game with a goal, bringing his career total to four. The Fightin’ Engineers also outshot the Big Blue 24-14.
Millikin tied the contest in the 48th minute. They narrowly outshot Rose-Hulman in the two overtimes 6-4.
Evan Hofer led the defensive effort with four saves, and Takezo Kelly had a team-high eight shots with four on goal on the day.
The men’s soccer team finishes their four-game home stretch with DePauw University on Wednesday, September 15 and Albion College on Sunday, September 19.
RHIT Volleyball Splits at IWU, including key Saturday Win
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s volleyball split their matches on Saturday at the Illinois College Invitational, highlighted by a straight set win over a perennial national power.
Rose-Hulman fell to #11 Ohio Northern 3-0 but rebounded to sweep Illinois Wesleyan in three straight sets, 25-23, 25-20, 25-18. Illinois Wesleyan received votes in the latest AVCA top-25 poll.
The win over Illinois Wesleyan was highlighted by a balanced attack effort, led by Sophia Koop with a game-high 10 kills. Kate Wood added nine kills and Elizabeth Canon with eight.
Jillian Gregg led the contest with 20 assists while Kylie Rathbun led the defensive effort with a game-high 17 digs. Allie Fults added four blocks.
Against #11 Ohio Northern, Elizabeth Canon finished with seven kills. Fults and Gregg both added two blocks each.
The Fightin’ Engineers finished the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational 2-1, improving to 4-3 on the season. Rose-Hulman completed a 2-1 weekend after defeating Benedictine Friday night 3-2. The team hits the road this week for a single match against DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. on Tuesday, September 14, followed by the Wittenberg Invitational on September 17-18 in Springfield, Ohio.
RHIT Women’s Soccer – RHIT 10, Ill. College 0
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored eight first half goals and cruised to a 10-0 victory over Illinois College in the Grey Matters Awareness Game on Saturday at the Rose-Hulman Soccer Field.
The Fightin’ Engineers scored in the 8th, 10th, 11th and 13th minutes to pull away early and scored all eight first half goals in the first 30 minutes. The team tallied 47 total shots on the day.
Sarah Shoemaker led the goal scoring attack with two goals and one assist. Elle Vuotto led the passing performance with three assists.
Other goal scorers included Elsa King; Lane Lawrence; Christina Rogers; Alicia Rodriguez; Grace Hobson; Kyra Hicks; Sarah Shibuya; and Kiana Martin.
In addition to Vuotto and Shoemaker, assists were credited to Lawrence, Hobson, Rodriguez and Emily Maxwell.
Natalie Dillon recorded three saves and Erin Canning had two as Rose-Hulman recorded its third straight shutout.
The Fightin’ Engineers improved to 3-0 on the season, while Illinois College dropped to 1-3. Rose-Hulman travels to Knox College on Wednesday.
RHIT Women’s Golf Stands 1st & 2nd in HCAC Preview
FRANKLIN, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s golf team stands first and second in the team competition after day one of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preview at Legends of Indiana Golf Course on Saturday.
The first Rose-Hulman team compiled a 325 to lead the second Rose-Hulman team at 332. Transylvania and Hanover are tied for third in the 10-team competition with day one scores of 341.
Precious Saelee leads the tournament with a score of 79. Lauren Conley and Rachel Zhang are tied for second with rounds of 80. Neha Vinesh (81) and Lily Byrne (82) stand fifth and sixth individually after day one.
Meg Fosnot stands seventh after a score of 84. Mikaela Ikeda (85), Wynne Aldrich (86) and Svarnika Bommakanti (86) are all in the top 14 positions.
Other Rose-Hulman scores include Nikki Bonilla with a 94; Annie Gant with a 96; Olivia Sexton with a 102; Elizabeth Grossman with a 106; and Caitlin Hriljac with a 108.
RHIT Women’s Tennis Narrowly Falls 5-4 to Hanover
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Hanover College battled in a tight women’s tennis contest before the visiting Panthers picked up a 5-4 victory in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.
Taylor Goldman led the Rose-Hulman effort with a 2-0 record on the day. Goldman won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Breanna Rogers for an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles.
Other winners included Ruby Kauffman by a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) margin at No. 4 singles, and Julia McGuire at No. 6 singles by a 6-2, 6-2 margin.
Hanover stands 1-1 and 1-0 in HCAC play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 0-2 and 0-1. The Fightin’ Engineers return to action at home on Sept. 22 against Anderson University.
Running Game Grinds Up Terriers For 42-14 Win
Wabash ran for 301 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another four scores in the Little Giants’ 42-14 road win at Hiram Saturday afternoon.
Wabash (2-0, 1-0 NCAC) opened its 2021 North Coast Athletic Conference schedule by outscoring Hiram (1-1, 0-1 NCAC) 35-0 in the second and third quarters combined.
Donovan Snyder handled the majority of the load for the Little Giants Saturday. The sophomore carried 21 times for 138 yards and two TDs. Snyder scored the first Wabash touchdown on a 10-yard run in the -first quarter to answer the Terriers’ opening score, tying the game at 7-7. Ethan Haessig carried the ball 11 times for 64 yards in the final quarter for the Little Giants. Cade Campbell added six carries for 50 yards. Noah Bierma finished with 10 attempts for 48 yards for Wabash.
The 301-yard effort is the most rushing yards by a Wabash football team since the Little Giants ran for 426 yards against Allegheny in 2018.
Derek Allen caught the first of four touchdown passes from quarterback Liam Thompson. Allen hauled in a 27-yard pass for the first of three touchdowns in the second period and give the Little Giants the lead for good. Snyder added a seven-yard run for a score to push the Wabash lead to 21-7. Cooper Sullivan capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 13-yard TD reception just before halftime to put Wabash in front 28-7 at the break.
Thompson, who finished 18-of 25 for 244 with four TDs and one interception, connected with Zane Thomas on a nine-yard TD strike in the third period. Heisman Skeens closed out the scoring for Wabash with a three-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
The Wabash defense kept Hiram in check. The Terriers managed just 38 rushing yards and 197 yards of total offense in the game. Josh Myers led the Little Giants with nine tackles. Johnny Lamb recorded five tackles and two pass breakups. Wabash finished with three sacks and six tackles for losses of 30 yards.
Wabash plays its first home game in the new Little Giant Stadium next Saturday at 2 p.m. against Allegheny. Wabash will honor the football team members of the senior class before the start of the game. Haftime will feature the official stadium dedication ceremony.
Volleyball downs Illinois Wesleyan and Monmouth in four sets on double-header Saturday
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Earlham College volleyball team bounced back from a loss on Friday to post two victories at the Illinois Wesleyan Holiday Inn Express Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11.
Earlham opened the day by beating the host school 17-25, 25-28, 25-16, 25-21. Now 5-3 after the match with the Quakers, Illinois Wesleyan received votes in the latest national poll.
In their second contest of the day, the Quakers got past Monmouth College 25-9, 21-25, 25-14, 25-12. Monmouth is now 5-4.
“We made adjustments that lead to better execution all around,” Earlham Head Coach Lauren Horton said. “The team was energetic and hungry.”
Maria Young represented Earlham on the all-tournament team for the weekend. The other members of the team were Amber Juarez of Illinois Wesleyan, Taylor Baxter and Emma Strozewski of Ohio Northern University, Katie Wood and Allie Fults of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Young led the Quakers with 14 kills and a pair of aces against Illinois Wesleyan, while Giselle Mora added 10 kills.
Erin Wagner finished with 35 assists and two aces.
Defensively, Jennifer Shamel topped Earlham with 17 digs. Caroline Mulvihill had three blocks and 10 digs. Wagner added 11 digs.
Against Monmouth, Mora and Olivia Kyrk led the way with 14 kills. Sarah Dickman contributed 12 kills.
Wagner finished with 52 assists and three aces. Young had four blocks.
Shamel had 25 digs, while Akiko Tajima and Mulvihill added 13 each.
The Quakers (5-3) are back on the court against Wilmington College on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The non-conference contest is in the Druley Performance Gym at 7 p.m.
MEN’S SOCCER: IWU 4, IU EAST 1
MARION, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team dropped a decision to Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Sept. 11.
Tristian Thomas scored for the Red Wolves in the first half as the game was tied 1-1 at the intermission.
The Wildcats (4-2) scored three times in the second half to break away for the win.
IU East goalkeeper Alex Visscher had seven saves for the Red Wolves.
The Red Wolves (0-6-1) return home to entertain Cumberland University on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The non-conference match gets underway at 3 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST INVITATIONAL – DAY 2 RECAP
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East volleyball team concluded its pre-conference preparations with the final day of the IU East Invitational on Sept. 4.
The Red Wolves dropped a four-set contest against once-beaten Arizona Christian to conclude a competitive two-day event on Lingle Court.
Final score: 25-16, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22.
IU East (5-6) went 1-2 at its two-day tournament. Arizona Christian (9-1) was 3-0 on its Indiana stay. Six of the seven tournament matches went four or five sets.
“Our whole roster got a lot match experience during the pre-conference portion of the schedule,” said IU East coach Kim McConaha. “One of our goals was to increase our depth across the roster, and I believe we got that accomplished.
“Going into conference play, I feel prepared, but also not satisfied. We’re a young team, so we still have a lot of growth ahead of us.”
Against Arizona Christian, the Red Wolves had their rotations scrambled due to an early-match injury, but stayed close on the strength of nine service aces and a season-best 13 blocks. Jenna Mitchell served up four of the aces. Sheridan Phillips had a hand in a season-best 11 blocks.
IU East starts River States Conference play Sept. 14 with a home match against the University of Rio Grande. Match time is 7 p.m. on Lingle Court.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: CONCORDIA 1, IU EAST 0
CENTERVILLE, Ind. – A penalty kick was the difference as Concordia University defeated the Indiana University East women’s soccer team 1-0 Saturday, Sept. 11.
Isabel Stropich got the ball past IU East goalkeeper Ashlynn Black at the 86:33 mark to give the Cardinals (4-1) the victory.
IU East led the Cardinals in shots 13-4 and in corner kicks 3-2.
The Red Wolves (2-4) are back in action at Midway University next Saturday, Sept. 18. The River States Conference affair in Kentucky starts at 1 p.m.
Football: Muskies Survive Raven Rally
Lakeland University survived a fourth-quarter rally from the Anderson University football team to capture a 54-41 victory on Saturday at Macholtz Stadium.
The Muskies (2-0) held a 48-19 lead in the third quarter before the Ravens (0-2) outscored Lakeland 22-6 in the fourth quarter.
Anderson struck first in the first quarter as Tyson Harley (New Palestine, Ind. / Mount Vernon) completed a six-yard touchdown pass to Zac Tallent (Lakeland, Fla. / George Jenkins). Lakeland scored to even the score at 7-all after the first quarter.
During the second quarter, Reggie Lipscomb (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike) ran six yards for a touchdown to put Anderson ahead 14-7. The Muskies scored a touchdown to even the score at 14-all. Caleb Oliver (Marion, Ind. / Marion) delivered a 42-yard field goal to give Anderson a 17-14 lead with four minutes left in the second quarter. Lakeland put up two quick scores to enter halftime with a 28-17 lead.
The Muskies begin to separate after outscoring the Ravens 20-2 in the third quarter. Lakeland added a score to take a 34-17 lead. On the point after touchdown, Sam Feola (Ridgeville, Ind. / Monroe Central) blocked the kick and Javonte Malone (Fort Wayne, Ind. / South Side) returned the ball back for a defensive 2-point conversion. Lakeland turned in two more touchdowns in the third to lead 48-19.
During the fourth quarter, the Ravens tallied six points when Harley completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to James Tucker (Brookville, Ind. / Monroe Central). The Muskies contributed another score to take a 54-25 lead. Anderson then responded with 16 unanswered points. Lakeland fumbled a backwards pass on its own 17 that rolled back to its own end zone. Hayden Lee (Cedarville, Ohio / Cedarville) managed to recover the ball in the end zone before it was ruled a safety instead of a touchdown. Harley completed a pass to Tallent to complete the 2-point conversion. With 29 seconds remaining, Dean Foundos (Highland, Ind. / Highland) connected with Tucker on a five-yard touchdown pass. Tallent then caught a 2-point conversion from Foundos, cutting Anderson’s lead to 13.
Lakeland rolled to a 566-236 advantage in total offense. The Muskies struggled to hang onto the ball as they fumbled the ball seven times and lost four fumbles.
Harley threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Foundos also provided a passing touchdown. Lipscomb ran in a touchdown for the Ravens. Tallent closed out the day with nine receptions, 78 receiving yards, a reception touchdown and two 2-point conversions. Tucker racked up 10 receptions, 73 receiving yards and two reception touchdowns.
On the day, Oliver delivered a 42-yard field goal and converted 2-of-3 extra-point attempts.
Lee posted a defensive touchdown for the Ravens. Tristan Chambers (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Concordia Lutheran), Jacob Holifield (Griffith, Ind. / Griffith), Connor Huffman (Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights) and Kavel Killins (Gary, Ind. / Calumet New Tech) each forced fumbles while Lee, Caden McClain (Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights), Johnny Parker (Crown Point, Ind. / Boone Grove) and Cayden Sotello (Charlottesville, Ind. / Eastern Hanock) each recovered fumbles. Feola and Aidan Roach (Clayton, Ind. / Cascade) each blocked points after touchdowns. Lee came up with a sack. Feola contributed eight tackles and a pass breakup. Malone recorded five tackles and a defensive 2-point conversion. McClain produced six tackles and a quarterback hurry. Brandon Goodman (Logansport, Ind. / Logansport) and Jawan Coney (Hammond, Ind. / Morton) each tallied quarterback hurries while Sean McSmith (Griffith, Ind. / Griffith) also broke up a pass.
The Ravens face off with Alma College (2-0) next Saturday at 6 p.m. in Alma, Mich.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Bragg Surpasses 2,000 Assists in Thrilling Win at No. 25 Bethel
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Kacy Bragg became the 10th player in the rich history of the Taylor volleyball program to reach the 2,000-assist mark, tossing up a career-high 55 assists to help TU edge No. 25 Bethel on Saturday afternoon. The win was Taylor’s first over a nationally ranked foe since sweeping No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan on September 8, 2017.
The Trojans wasted no time getting back into the win column after having their 11-match win streak snapped on Friday evening inside Odle Arena, going on the road to pull out a 25-23, 21-25, 28-26, 23-25, 15-10 victory over the Pilots (14-2, 3-1 CL).
Taylor battled back from a 15-10 deficit to take the opening set and scored the final three points of the third set on successive kills from Jaylynn Dunsmore, Ryan Czerniak and Amanda Adams. In the fifth set, Taylor led throughout and closed strong once again, this time scoring the final three points on back-to-back slams from Czerniak and a service ace from Stephaney Fifield.
Just as the Trojans closed their sets well, the squad got stronger throughout the match, hitting .311 over the final three sets with 45 kills and just 13 miscues in sets three, four and five.
Bragg led the way with a 55-assist, 11-dig, six-kill, two-ace and two-block gem, tossing up at least 50 assists for the second time this season and collecting the 12th double-double showing in 15 matches this season. The junior setter closed the contest with 2,017 career assists and as TU’s first player to reach 2,000-career assists since Haley Harrell reached that mark in 2017.
Bragg was not alone in having a career-day on the court for Taylor, with Czerniak and Dunsmore each tattering the Bethel defense for career-high tallies in kills. Czerniak posted 21 kills on a .447 clip and Dunsmore added 12 kills and a .429 percentage.
Adams and Grace Isaacs also cracked double figures in kills, combining for 22 and Adams also recorded 11 digs, two aces and two blocks. Fifield finished with 28 digs and Nikki Parrett ended with 13 digs.
Taylor (13-2, 3-1 CL) will return to action on Wednesday, when it hosts Goshen (3-12, 0-4 CL) at 7:30 pm. TU head coach Erin Luthy will enter that match with 99 career victories.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Late Matipa Strike Lifts Trojans to Best Start Since 1988
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor finally allowed a goal after 352:24 scoreless minutes to open its 2021 campaign but a score from Brian Matipa with 3:13 to play in regulation gave TU a 2-1 win over Michigan-Dearborn and the program’s first 4-0 start to a season since opening with seven-straight victories in 1988.
The Trojans grabbed the lead early on their home turf, as Quinn Partain capitalized on a Wolverine (0-5) foul in the box with a successful penalty kick just 4:42 into the action.
The 1-0 edge held throughout the half, with Taylor controlling possession and not yielding a Michigan-Dearborn shot on frame until the final minute of the opening period. UMD finished the first half with only three total shots and no true threats, as TU finished its seventh-straight half without allowing a goal to open the season.
Momentum changed at intermission, as the guests came out with a more aggressive attack and unleashed nine shots against the Purple and Gold over the final 45 minutes. UMD’s best look of the night came with 24:20 remaining, but Jacob Susud made a diving stop to stuff the shot and keep the shutout on the board.
The match finally swung in Michigan-Dearborn’s favor on a pair of key plays, after a Luke Holwerda attempt beat the keeper but bounced off the post and a Taylor foul led to a score off a penalty kick less than one minute later to even the margin at 1-1 with 7:36 remaining.
The tie lasted for less than five minutes, as Taylor pushed the ball deep into the UMD zone before a long throw-in from Collin Maris found its way through a crowd and onto the foot of Matipa, who directed it into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead with 3:13 showing on the scoreboard.
Taylor held on from there for the 2-1 win, finishing the match with goals from Partain and Matipa and a five-save shutout in goal from Susud.
TU (4-0) will look for a fifth-straight win when it plays at Siena Heights (2-1) on Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00 pm. Taylor’s last five-game win streak came in 2011, when it rattled off nine-straight victories during a 19-2-1 effort.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Pickering, Trojans Roll in Season-Opening Victory
YOKRTOWN, Ind. – Propelled by a record-setting opening round, Taylor junior Drew Pickering rolled to a 9-shot victory to lead the No. 11 Taylor men’s golf team in a romp at The Players Club Invitational on Saturday.
Pickering followed up his opening round 9-under par 63 with an impressive 1-under par 71 amid very windy conditions on the 6,934-yard, par-72 layout of The Players Club at Woodland Trails.
Pickering’s 36-hole total of 10-under par is a Taylor record for the lowest 36-hole total in program history, besting the previous mark of -8 set by Alec Dutkowski at the Battle at Blackthorn in the Fall of 2017. The Westfield, Indiana native finished nine shots clear of second place for one of the largest margins of victory in program history.
Thanks to Pickering’s superb play the Trojans rolled to a 22-shot victory over runner-up Indiana Wesleyan. Taylor tallied a final round score of 298, the lowest round of the day in challenging conditions, to finish with a 36-hole total of 578 (280-298).
Redshirt junior Javan Johnson earned a spot on the all-tournament team with a T-3 finish at even par 142, carding rounds of 69-75. Junior Noah Ross added rounds of 73-75 to finish in ninth place at 148 while sophomore Adam Kasitz posted a 153 total (76-77) to finish T-21. Junior Erik Fahlen added rounds of 75-81 to finish T-27.
The Taylor reserve squad also performed well with freshman Tommy McWatters tallied rounds of 75-75 to finish in 12th place. Sophomore Austin Davis finished T-21 with rounds of 74-79 while junior Payne Moses was also T-21 with rounds of 74-79 as well.
Sophomore Lance VanErmen and senior Jason Iler both finished T-40 at 161 with both posting rounds of 76-85. Senior Sam Yeager finished closely behind at 161 (80-83).
The Trojans return to action next weekend at the Yestingsmeier Invitational hosted by Ball State University at Delaware Country Club.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Women’s Golf Takes Third, Defeats Pair of Ranked Teams
YORKTOWN, Ind. – Led by fifth-year senior Nicole Jung, the 18th-ranked Taylor women’s golf team notched a third place finish at The Players Club Invitational on Saturday.
The Trojans carded a season-high team score of 318 amid blustery conditions at the 5,963-yard, par-72 layout of The Players Club at Woodland Trails. Jung paced the Trojans over the weekend, earning a spot on the all-tournament team with a tie for fourth place at 152, tallying rounds of 73-79.
Freshman Sabrina Langerak earned her second straight top-10 finish, firing rounds of 75 and 80 to finish in eighth place at 155.
Ellie Beavins, another of the trio of freshmen in the line-up for the Trojans, finished in a tie for 15th place at 159 (78-81) while freshman Ellie Karst led the way for Taylor during the final round with a 78 to climb the leaderboard en route to a tie for 17th place at 160 (82-78). Junior Kailey Behrens rounded out the scoring for the Trojans with a 171 (87-84).
Taylor also received solid play from its reserves with sophomore Elizabeth Kemper finishing T-27 at 162 (82-80) while fellow sophomore Kirsten Schrock tallied a 169 (80-89) and freshman Alyssa Schmidt managed rounds of 88-96.
The Trojans finished 17 shots back of the tournament champions, No. 2 Dalton State (294-315) while No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan edged Taylor by 11 shots (300-315). The Trojans finished ahead of No. 17 Lindsey Wilson (317-316) and No. 21 Cumberlands (KY) (318-323).
The Trojans will return to action on Sept. 20-21 when TU competes again at The Players Club at Woodland Trails in the Cardinal Classic, an NCAA Division I event hosted by Ball State.
RHIT Football Wins 31-30 Thriller at Trine
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team defended a potential game winning 2-point play with 1:42 remaining in the fourth quarter to earn a 31-30 victory at Trine University on Saturday night.
Rose-Hulman led 31-24 late in the fourth quarter before a 15-yard touchdown pass from Alex Price to Kyran Pearson brought Trine within 31-30. Rather than going for the tie, Trine went for the lead and the Fightin’ Engineer defense pressured Price to force an errant throw on a 2-point play.
Trine went for the onside kick following the failed 2-point play, and Adam Tice-Saliu hauled in the onside kick recovery to help Rose-Hulman run the clock. The Thunder had one more possession in its own territory in the final 30 seconds, but the Rose-Hulman defense held to secure the victory.
Shane Welshans rushed for two touchdowns, and Andrew Dion passed for one touchdown and rushed for another to key the Fightin’ Engineer offense. Noah Thomas added a 39-yard touchdown reception to help key the Rose-Hulman performance.
Additional statistics will be available late Saturday night.
Trine took an early 7-0 lead, capped by an 11-yard touchdown run by Price with 9:03 left in the first quarter.
Rose-Hulman knotted the score at 7-7 late in the first quarter. Dion connected with Welshans on a 65-yard pass to put the Engineers in the red zone. The senior quarterback capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:17 left in the opening frame.
Another touchdown run by Price put the Thunder up 14-7 with 12:32 left in the second quarter. Rose-Hulman answered later in the first half to tie the score at 14-14. Thomas hauled in a 39-yard touchdown catch and run on a strike from Dion. Earlier in the drive, Thomas earlier converted a 4th-and-2 with a first down run before scoring with 7:07 left in the first half.
Rose-Hulman took a 17-14 lead into halftime on the foot of placekicker Brett Tuttle. The junior booted a 43-yard field goal with 44 seconds left in the first half to give the Fightin’ Engineers a 17-14 lead at the break.
Welshans put Rose-Hulman up 24-14 with 10:35 left in the third quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run. Dion connected with Tice-Saliu on a 17-yard pass to put the Engineers in the red zone and set up the score.
Trine closed the margin to 24-17 at the 7:37 mark of the third quarter on a 28-yard field goal by Ryan Hibbets after Rose-Hulman’s defense held the Thunder out of the end zone on a long drive.
Rose-Hulman pushed its lead to 31-17 with 1:41 left in the third quarter on the second touchdown of the half by Welshans, a 1-yard scoring plunge.
Xaine Kirby brought the Thunder within 31-24 with 11:40 remaining on a 5-yard scoring run.
After an exchange of punts, Kyzer Bowen recorded a key third-down sack to end a fourth quarter drive for the Thunder with 5:55 remaining.
Rose-Hulman improved to 1-1 on the season, while Trine dropped to 1-1. The Fightin’ Engineers return to action next Saturday with a trip to Michigan to face Hope College.
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